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  • Purple Cane Road: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (75)

    Dave Robicheaux has spent his life confronting the age-old adage that the sins of the father pass on to the son. But what was his mother's legacy? Dead to him since his youth, Mae Guillory has been shuttered away in the deep recesses of Robicheaux's mind. While helping out an old friend, Dave is stunned when a pimp looks at him sideways and asks if he is the son of Mae Guillory, the whore a bunch of cops murdered 30 years ago. Her body was dumped in the bayou bordering Purple Cane Road, and the cops who left her there are still on the job.

    Dixie says: "Great Story - WRONG Narrator"
    "Quality Narration"
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    Where does Purple Cane Road rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Purple Cane Road is the best of the Burke/ Robicheaux Series(4) that I have read so far.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The quest for the truth about his mother and addressing the harm that was done to her.


    What does Nick Sullivan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Nick Sullivan gave the narration clarity and the characters personality. I much prefer his narration as compared to the mouth full of mush narration of Will Patton as for example in Neon Rain.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Justice in the cane fields.


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  • Breaking Point

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By C. J. Box
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (468)
    Performance
    (408)
    Story
    (407)

    The recipient of Edgar, Anthony, and Macavity Awards, New York Times best-selling author C. J. Box has won almost every honor in his field. In Breaking Point, Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett is glad to catch up with old friend Lyle Pendergast, but then the man goes missing and is named a suspect in the death of two EPA employees. All signs point to Lyle’s guilt, but the more Joe digs into the case, the more he realizes he’s stepped into the middle of a deadly power play.

    Ronna says: "My favorite author does it again!!"
    "Individual Liberty at risk."
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    If you could sum up Breaking Point in three words, what would they be?

    Abuse of Power.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Breaking Point?

    The rancher trying to assert his private property rights against an abusive federal government agent. The Governor of Wyoming in the story found out how coercive the federal government could be. This is eerily similar to present day IRS agents who used their positions to assist groups they agreed with politically and harm groups that they did not agree with.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The incident where Joe and his boss stop at a home to discuss a routine wildlife issue and accidentally discover a meth lab. This scene reminds us of the risks law enforcement agents can be exposed to in the course of a routine day and why they need to be ever vigilant. I also especially enjoyed the escape from the fire through the canyon and riding the rapids down the river.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Wyoming is still a frontier, beautiful and free and settled by a hardy independent people.


    Any additional comments?

    Wyoming must have plenty of crime since Walt Longmire and Joe Pickett are always so busy. George Guidall and David Chandler are both exceptional with their narration and this definitely adds to the excitement in the stories in both series. I love them both. Keep them coming.

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  • The Black Box: Harry Bosch, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Michael McConnohie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1936)
    Performance
    (1641)
    Story
    (1624)

    In a case that spans 20 years, Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photographer during the L.A. riots. Harry originally investigated the murder, but it was then handed off to the Riot Crimes Task Force and never solved. Now Bosch's ballistics match indicates that her death was not random violence, but something more personal, and connected to a deeper intrigue. Like an investigator combing through the wreckage after a plane crash, Bosch searches for the "black box", the one piece of evidence that will pull the case together.

    Amazon Customer says: "Disappointing"
    "The story lacks credibility."
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    What would have made The Black Box better?

    The kidnapping of a suspect with a subsequent coerced confession has to be totally revised. This part of the story is the core of the entire book and surely does not do justice to Harry Bosch. Almost as incredible is causing a pilot to crash a helicopter by firing a few shots in the air.Michael Connelly must have gotten lazy on this one. He must have been under pressure to get another book out quickly.The author who has provided such great entertainment in the past needs to be given a mulligan for this lapse. His fans will want him to try again.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Michael Connelly again?

    I have read all of Michael Connelly's novels and this is by far the most disappointing. This is the first Bosch novel that I have listened to but I think the poor quality of the story is much more significant than the narration which I consider satisfactory. I love the Bosch novels and would love to read/listen to another if the author can come up with some new ideas. It appears to me that Harry's daughter is being groomed to take over when Bosch and Mickey Haller move on.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Michael McConnohie?

    Yes


    What character would you cut from The Black Box?

    Reggie Banks.


    Any additional comments?

    As long as there are murder mysteries hopefully Connelly will continue to walk the beat.

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