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Troutscout

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  • The Bad Place

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Carol Cowan, Michael Hanson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (391)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (195)

    Frank Pollard awakens in an alley, knowing nothing but his name - and that he is in great danger. Having taken refuge in a motel, he wakes again only to find his hands covered in blood. As far as he knows, he's no killer. But whose blood is this, and how did it get there?

    Chris says: "Right on par"
    "A Nancy Drew Story?"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    For one thing, different narrators might move it up a notch. They made the detectives sound like 10 year olds.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    With these narrators - never


    Would you be willing to try another one of Carol Cowan and Michael Hanson ’s performances?

    No way!


    What character would you cut from The Bad Place?

    The detectives.


    Any additional comments?

    I have enjoyed Dean's novels. But either the so-called-narrators or the books premise were terribly weak.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cliff Walk: Liam Mulligan, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Bruce DeSilva
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (164)

    Prostitution has been legal in Rhode Island for more than a decade; Liam Mulligan, an old-school investigative reporter at dying Providence newspaper, suspects the governor has been taking payoffs to keep it that way. But this isn’t the only story making headlines… a child’s severed arm is discovered in a pile of garbage at a pig farm. Then the body of an internet pornographer is found sprawled on the rocks at the base of Newport’s famous Cliff Walk.

    dlb says: "Bruce DeSilva: have you listened to this?"
    "Great novel. Terrible ending - not in character."
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    If you could sum up Cliff Walk in three words, what would they be?

    Honest guy in a bad city.


    What other book might you compare Cliff Walk to and why?

    Kaminsky's Lieberman books.


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

    Never heard of the guy but great narration.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Whenever Dorcus called.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mark of the Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (621)
    Performance
    (331)
    Story
    (333)

    When a commercial airliner is blown out of the sky off the East Coast, the CIA scrambles to find the perpetrators. A body is discovered near the crash site with three bullets to the face: the calling card of a shadowy international assassin.

    Dennis says: "Worth your time"
    "Ya Gotta Whack The Bad Guys"
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    If you could sum up The Mark of the Assassin in three words, what would they be?

    Mr. Silva. You let most of the bad guys go. That ain't right. I hope you atone in the next novel.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of the Wolf Tree: A Woods Cop Mystery, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Joseph Heywood
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Grady Service, Detective for Michigan Upper Peninsula's DNR, is running hot and cold: Chasing an eco-terrorist trained in the most advanced and explosive guerrilla tactics and tackling an 80-year-old cold case involving racism, gold, and murder.

    Troutscout says: "Game Warden On The Hunt"
    "Game Warden On The Hunt"
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    What made the experience of listening to Shadow of the Wolf Tree the most enjoyable?

    I really like the character that Heywood created AND Collacci makes it a living breathing thing.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shadow of the Wolf Tree?

    Finding the mine.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death Roe: A Woods Cop Mystery, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Joseph Heywood
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    In the sixth title in the successful Woods Cop Mystery series, another suspenseful who-done-it finds Grady Service with an unexpectedly complex, truly rotten, and important case on his hands. This time tainted eggs are showing up in caviar and Service must expose a ring of corruption in state government and perhaps within his own beloved DNR, one that could lead him all the way to the top. Making enemies at every level of the state, Service rousts out the people on the take. Can he get to the source of the contaminated eggs and prove it?

    Troutscout says: "A Different Take On A Cop Story"
    "A Different Take On A Cop Story"
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    If you could sum up Death Roe in three words, what would they be?

    Complex - Pleasing - Worth The Time


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Never knew what the next wrinkle would be.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Zinnia doing yoga.


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

    If you go out in the Woods today, you better not go alone!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4313)
    Performance
    (3838)
    Story
    (3838)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "This is a dog persons book."
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    Where does Suspect rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've listened to maybe 300 plus audiobooks, so many that I lose track. But when it comes to books featuring man's best friend, this is the best.


    What other book might you compare Suspect to and why?

    Perhaps one by Nora Roberts (can't remember the title). Otherwise no comparison. The other books are too sentimental.


    Have you listened to any of MacLeod Andrews’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Don't know if I have or not.


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

    I'm Trainable


    Any additional comments?

    My wife is a dog trainer (make that a trainer of people who have dogs). She listened up to the explosion and almost quit. I promised her that this really was a great book about a brave man and dog and please don't give up on it.

    So she got back into it. AND absolutely loved it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Chiefs

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1549)
    Performance
    (953)
    Story
    (951)

    In 1919, Delano, Georgia, appoints its first chief of police. Honest and hardworking, the new chief is puzzled when young men start to disappear. But his investigation is ended by the fatal blast from a shotgun. Delano's second chief-of-police is no hero, yet he is also disturbed by what he sees in the missing-persons bulletins. In 1969, when Delano's third chief takes over, the unsolved disappearances still haunt the police files.

    karen says: "In my 'Top Ten' books of all time!"
    "One of the best listens in the last six months."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is storytelling at it's best.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Chiefs of course.


    Have you listened to any of Mark Hammer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I believe this might have been my first Mark Hammer. In other authors series I would typically select Dick Hill or a name I was familiar with. But Hammer did not disappoint me at all.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yeh, I had a reaction. I hated to turn the thing off to go to bed.


    Any additional comments?

    Looks like this was his first book. I don't know how many revisions he went through but by golly he got it right!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Rain: John Rain Thrillers

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (771)
    Performance
    (478)
    Story
    (474)

    John Rain - half-Japanese, half-American, raised in both countries but at home in neither - is trying to leave his life as a freelance assassin. After killing a CIA officer who hunted him halfway around the globe, Rain goes underground, hoping to find the peace that has eluded him. But then Tatsu, his old nemesis from the Japanese FBI, comes to him with one last job.

    Anthony says: "great ride"
    "A Walking Tour of Japan"
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    What disappointed you about Hard Rain?

    The unrelenting tour guides commentary on streets, hotels, clubs and directions to just about everything. If you are planning a trip to Japan, read this first. Heck, by the end of the book you might even speak Japanese.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'm going back to Preston or James Lee Burke. I far prefer New Orleans.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Dick Hill is one of my top ten best. But when a talented quarter back plays with a lousy team it sometimes reflect back to the QB.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Hard Rain?

    My shredder can only handle six pages at a time. Too much work.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stone Cold

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1878)
    Performance
    (656)
    Story
    (655)

    Oliver Stone and the Camel Club are back in their most dangerous adventure yet, a war on two fronts. Casino king Jerry Bagger from The Collectors is hunting Annabelle Conroy, who conned him out of millions. Stone and his colleagues Reuben, Milton, and Caleb marshal all their resources to protect Annabelle. Yet all their skills may not be enough when a deadly new opponent rips off the veneer of Stone's own mysterious past.

    Louise says: "Stone Cold fantastic"
    "Shame on you DB!"
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    Any additional comments?

    You usually write great stuff. This was trite. Did you need a quick pay check?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Live by Night

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Dennis Lehane
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (303)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (259)

    Boston, 1926. The ‘20s are roaring. Liquor is flowing, bullets are flying, and one man sets out to make his mark on the world. Prohibition has given rise to an endless network of underground distilleries, speakeasies, gangsters, and corrupt cops. Joe Coughlin, the youngest son of a prominent Boston police captain, has long since turned his back on his strict and proper upbringing. Now having graduated from a childhood of petty theft to a career in the pay of the city's most fearsome mobsters, Joe enjoys the spoils, thrills, and notoriety of being an outlaw.

    Christopher says: "bad narrator choice"
    "First 14 hours were great then"
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    If you could sum up Live by Night in three words, what would they be?

    creative insightful wordsmith


    Would you be willing to try another book from Dennis Lehane? Why or why not?

    I read all of his books because they are delightful to read.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Pick one - the prison uprising or the feet of clay


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

    The devil drinks good rum


    Any additional comments?

    Horrible ending. Did he run out of words? Did the publisher say we gotta get this on the shelves?

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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