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Syosset, NY, USA

  • 25 reviews
  • 43 ratings
  • 240 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Lost Light: Harry Bosch Series, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou

    Four years ago, LAPD detective Harry Bosch was on a movie set, asking questions about the murder of a young production assistant, when an armored car arrived with $2 million cash for use in a heist scene. In a life-imitates-art firestorm, a gang of masked men converged on the delivery and robbed the armored car with guns blazing. The crime was never resolved, and the young woman's murder was in the stack of unsolved-case files Bosch carried home the night he left the LAPD.

    Harris says: "Dashel Hammet Redux"
    "Dashel Hammet Redux"

    I've read other Harry Bosch mysteries by Michael Connelly and always walked away with an unsatisfied feeling. This time he did it right! For those of you old enough to remember some of the detective novels of the fifties this one encompasses some of the best features of that genre. Don't get me wrong, the story is as up to date and timely as it gets. Al Qaeda operatives and 9/11 are never far from our minds. This novel however takes more twists and turns than a roller coaster. Bosch is a human being, capable of errors and hesitations, but always focused on his main objective, solving the murder. The plot keeps you in constant suspense, almost wanting to keep you glued to your listening device until the end. Len Cariou's reading is superb and compliments a fine mystery novel. I know that you'll like it.

    111 of 111 people found this review helpful
  • Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By George Crile
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Charlie Wilson's War is the untold story behind the last battle of the Cold War and how it fueled the rise of militant Islam. George Crile tells how Charlie Wilson, a maverick congressman from east Texas, conspired with a rogue CIA operative to launch the biggest, meanest, and most successful covert operation in the agency's history.

    Chuck says: "Best Non-Fiction Book - Extremely Compelling!!!"
    "Congressional War!"

    Charlie Wilson is one of the wierd characters in our Congress who through sheer will-power twists the arms of key government agencies to do his bidding. In this case the cause seemed right, extracting the USSR from Afghanistan. However, one is left with the distinct impression that the checks and balances between branches that our Constitutional mandates don't always work.

    The book is well written and the story concisely presented. Don't pass this one up.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Narrows: Harry Bosch Series, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou

    FBI agent Rachel Walling finally gets the call she's dreaded for years: the one that tells her the Poet has returned. Years ago she worked on the famous case, tracking down the serial killer who wove lines of poetry into his hideous crimes. Rachel has never forgotten Robert Backus, the killer who called himself the Poet, and apparently he has not forgotten her either.

    Jon says: "Bosch again"
    "No Mystery Here!"

    If your looking for a whodunit, look elsewhere. On the other hand If you want a fast moving and exciting detective novel, look no further! Harry Bosch is a thinking man's investigator. He doesn't take kindly to FBI politics but manages to work with them in his own way to catch the criminal.

    This is one of Connelly's best. Don't miss it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Eventide

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Kent Haruf
    • Narrated By George Hearn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    One of the most beloved novels in recent years, Plainsong was a best seller from coast to coast, and now Kent Haruf returns to the High Plains community of Holt, Colorado, with a story of even more masterful authority.

    Bill L. says: "Wonderful!"
    "Western Soapopera"

    Perhaps there is something about this novel that I haven't discovered. I wish I knew what is was. This is a simple story about some of the less fortunate folks living in a small Colorado town. While their trials and tribulations hold your interest initially, nothing ever happens. There is little plot and no climax. When it ends you're not sure why. Skip this one unless your in to soapoperas.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • A Death in Vienna

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By John Lee
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    Sent to Vienna to authenticate a painting, the art restorer and sometime spy Gabriel Allon is sidetracked by a photograph that throws his world upside-down. Could it really be the face of a man who during the last days of World War II had brutalized his mother on the Death March from Auschwitz?

    Leonard says: "Another Fine Silva Novel"
    "Never forget!"

    German atrocities during WWII are never a pleasant subject to deal with. This novel makes a salient point. You can destroy a people but you will never destroy their need to seek revenge against those that committed these deeds. Silva handles this in a fast paced exciting manner that hits all the right buttons. Gabriel Alon is an agent for Israel whose family was wiped out during the Holocaust. Over fifty years later a friend is murdered in Vienna under suspicious circumstances. This sets into motion an exciting investigation that turns up all of the old hatred.

    If you enjoy a vast pace action novel, this should be your cup of tea.

    17 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Juror

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
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    In 1970, one of Mississippi's more colorful weekly newspapers, The Ford County Times, went bankrupt. To the surprise and dismay of many, ownership was assumed by a 23 year-old college dropout, named Willie Traynor. The future of the paper looked grim until a young mother was brutally raped and murdered by a member of the notorious Padgitt family. Willie Traynor reported all the gruesome details, and his newspaper began to prosper.

    Danielle says: "Grisham's Finest"
    "Grisham Strikes Again!"

    If you like stories in the Southern genre there is nobody better at writing them than John Grisham. Grisham has a way of weaving a story that is riveted in hometown lure and full of the characters that inhabit most small towns. His plots develop smoothly and keep us impatiently awaiting the next turn of events. If you like a well written and excellently narrated novel this is Grisham at his absolute best. There are also side issues in this story. It is obvious that Grisham had a real problem with our involvement in Vietnam and had no patience with Mississippi's reluctance to accept integration. All told a great novel on many levels.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Zero Game

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick

    Matthew Mercer and Harris Sandler are playing a mysterious game. It's a game almost no one knows about: not their friends, not their coworkers, and certainly not their bosses, who are some of the most powerful senators and congressmen on Capitol Hill.

    Rodney says: "Great political novel"
    "Worth a Zero!"

    Talk about boring! This story involves a chase scene that goes on for over three quarters of the book, without a clue as to why. By the time you find out in the last couple of chapters you couldn't care less. The story has no redeeming qualities. Try not to listen to it in your car, you may fall asleep!

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Alienist

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Caleb Carr
    • Narrated By George Guidall
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    Best-selling author Caleb Carr deftly combines historical detail with spine-tingling chills. The year is 1896, and a serial killer is loose in New York City. His targets are poor young boys working as transvestite prostitutes. The general public has little interest in the victims, but Chief of Police Theodore Roosevelt wants the murderer stopped. He assembles a clandestine group of amateur detectives to track the killer, but there are powerful forces at work who don't want the crimes solved.

    Julie says: "Excellent historical thriller"
    "Turn of the Century Turmoil"

    "The Alienist" is a wonderful portrayal of late nineteenth century New York City. New York was in a state of flux with immigrants coming in by the boat load with many of them living in dire circumstances. Corruption abounded with the police force and hoodlums acting in concert. In the midst of this a serial killer was on the loose and the powers that be only too willing to overlook it, because young immigrant male prostitutes were the ones being slaughtered. A foreign born psychiatrist with an interest in abused children takes up the cudgels and with the help of some friends attempts to solve the mystery.

    My only quibble with the story is its length and repetitiveness. It goes on way too long to reach a conclusion. However, this is just a quibble, for the most part it works and makes for interesting listening.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Murder Room: An Adam Dalgliesh Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By P.D. James
    • Narrated By Charles Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Dupayne, a small private museum in London, is in turmoil. As its trustees argue over whether it should be closed, one of them is brutally and mysteriously murdered. Yet even as Commander Adam Dalgliesh and his team proceed with their investigation, a second corpse is discovered. Someone in the Dupayne is prepared to kill and kill again. Still more sinister, the murders appear to echo the notorious crimes of the past featured in one of the museum's galleries: the Murder Room.

    Jim says: "Classic P.D. James"
    "Mrs. Marple lives"

    For those of you that remember the old Agatha Christie mysteries this one will bring back memories of those bygone eras. However, the Adam Dagliesh mysteries are as up to date as can be. While this novel is very British by nature it is definitely a 21 century work, with current sexual mores playing an important role. The reader adds an essential element to the story with perfectly depicted British accents that are molded to the strata of society that the character belongs to. Try this one I'm sure that you'll like it.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Balance of Power

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Richard North Patterson
    • Narrated By Patricia Kalember
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    President Kerry Kilcannon and his fiancie, television journalist Lara Costello, have at last decided to marry. But their wedding is followed by a massacre of innocents in a lethal burst of gunfire, challenging their marriage and his presidency in ways so shattering and indelibly personal that Kilcannon vows to eradicate gun violence and crush the most powerful lobby in Washington - the Sons of the Second Amendment (SSA).

    A. Wright says: "Same as the last book only not as good"
    "Politics - How Low Can it Get?"

    In this continuation of the Kilcannon presidency, we find ourselves facing some of the moral dilemmas that we read about in the newspapers on an almost daily basis. While the second amendment gives us the the right to bear arms, we are forced to choose between a person's right to hunt and a criminal's right to blow people away with impunity, using handguns made strictly for that purpose. This novel shows how special interests can intrude on the legislative process to accomplish their ends. Kilcannon torn by personal tragedy, is forced to fight tooth and nail with a recalcitrant Senate. All told an exciting political novel that delves into some important issues that we face daily. If you like political intrigue this might just be your cup of tea, if not stay away.

    5 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Teeth of the Tiger

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Charged with spotting terrorist threats, the top-secret "Campus" has its hands full when Middle East thugs and Colombian drug lords join forces. New Campus recruits include Jack Ryan Jr., son of master spy John Patrick Ryan, now President.

    John says: "NOT CLANCY'S BEST"
    "Wha happened to ye Tom Clancy?"

    Where did your fast moving action filled style go to? This novel is slow and tedious. The reader is also very annoying with the ability to move from one scene to another without a pause or a breath so that you're not quite sure where your at. He also has not developed the ability to use distinguishing voices, so that as he moves from character to character you're not quite sure who's talking. The book ends suddenly! You almost expect to hear a "to be continued in the sequel", but you know something, you're glad that it's over.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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