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Parola138

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  • Blind Man with a Pistol: A Grave Digger & Coffin Ed Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Chester Himes
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
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    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    New York is sweltering in the summer heat, and Harlem is close to the boiling point. To Coffin Ed Johnson and Grave Digger Jones, at times it seems as if the whole world has gone mad. Trying, as always, to keep some kind of peace - their legendary nickel-plated Colts very much in evidence - Coffin Ed and Grave Digger find themselves pursuing two completely different cases through a maze of knifings, beatings, and riots that threatens to tear Harlem apart.

    Parola138 says: "best narrator ever"
    "best narrator ever"
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    First off, there could not be a better narrator for these Chester Himes books. Dion Graham brings them to life more than if you were reading the book yourself. This was my very first introduction to Himes, and I am glad I started here although someone who likes a traditional story might dislike this one. This book is very wild and disjointed. Many of the chapters do not fit with each other to make a coherent picture. I've laughed out loud while reading this book, but also its sad in many ways. I was reading this book simultaneously while reading a book about soldiers in WWII. So, I had this book which is about all the hustlers and dregs of society and all of America's racism boiling over, then the other book about what heroes in this country look and act like. You should not read this book if you want to feel good about the country. If you want to see seething black rage towards whites, rampant prostitution, and violence... then this is good. With that said, I think one could miss the theme of this book. It's overall message. Without top notch writing and narration, it would have been worthless trash.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden River

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (633)
    Performance
    (303)
    Story
    (293)

    Alexander Lawson is a former detective for Northern Ireland's police force. After a disastrous six-month stint in the drug squad, he became addicted to heroin and resigned in disgrace. Now 24, sickly, and on the dole, Alex learns that his high-school love, Victoria Patawasti, has been murdered in America. Victoria's wealthy family sends Alex to Colorado to investigate the case, and he seizes the opportunity for a chance at redemption.

    Dawn says: "Gerard Doyle Is Terrific!"
    "awesome stand-alone"
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    I read all of McKinty's series books. Then I started in on the stand-alone books (50 Grand, Hidden River, Falling Glass and The Sun is God). Really, really felt like Falling Glass was forced and boring. Didn't like Sun is God. Same thing- it didn't have that kick to it like the other books. Well, I decided to give Hidden River a shot and I'm glad I did. This one has all the good moves like the Duffy and Forsythe books. You can burn right through this book because of how well it flows. And for fun, you must pay attention at the 2 hour, 43 minute mark to hear Gerard Doyle royally muck up a black taxi driver's voice. Sounds like a big fat cookie monster. Hilarious. Otherwise, Doyle is perfect. I almost feel that Gerard Doyle is Robin to McKinty's Batman.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Likeness

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Heather O'Neill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2848)
    Performance
    (1750)
    Story
    (1758)

    Tana French's debut, In the Woods, hit the New York Times best-seller list and drew rave reviews from the Times (London) and Booklist. Picking up six months later, this riveting sequel finds Detective Cassie Maddox still scarred by her last case. When her boyfriend calls her to a chilling murder scene, Cassie is forced to face her inner demons. A young woman has been found stabbed to death outside Dublin, and the victim looks just like Cassie.

    Michael says: "Really on a Different Level"
    "Major Leagues"
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    This story is masterful in the way its written. I recently finished reading a few other 'mystery' type books where you hit pockets when the author sort of loses you in the suspension of disbelief and you know its a fictional book. Not with Tana French. You get pulled in and its all very real. I don't know why, but the recording on this book sounds slightly muffled. But you get over it after a few minutes and, other than that, its narrated pretty well especially with all the Irish slang and accents. I really thought the plot of this one was brilliant compared to other books not only in this series but in this genre as a whole.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sun Is God

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Colonial New Guinea, 1906: A small group of mostly German nudists lives an extreme back-to-nature existence on the remote island of Kabakon. Eating only coconuts and bananas, they purport to worship the sun. One of their members, Max Lutzow, has recently died, allegedly from malaria. But an autopsy on his body in the nearby capital of Herbertshöhe raises suspicions about foul play.

    Parola138 says: "Just the right length"
    "Just the right length"
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    I was introduced to McKinty through the Duffy trilogy, which is still his best work so far. I really found the subject of this book a bit of an odd direction for him, but also I was curious to see how he would handle it as an author. Overall, I found this to be an interesting book. Not as compelling as other books he has penned, but interesting. McKinty's style is there and it dances with wanting to be a Duffy or Forsythe book, but manages to hold its own identity despite being a crime investigation story. Gerard Doyle did an amazing job of narrating. This book had just the right length too, as one more hour would have killed it. Overall, it's a brief, interesting read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Junky

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By William S. Burroughs
    • Narrated By T. Rider Smith, Andrew Garman, Mark Nelson
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (23)

    Burroughs' first novel, a largely autobiographical account of the constant cycle of drug dependency, cures, and relapses, remains the most unflinching, unsentimental account of addiction ever written. Through time spent kicking and time spent dealing, through junk sickness and a sanatorium, Junky is a field report from the American post-war drug underground. It has influenced generations of writers with its raw, sparse and unapologetic tone.

    Parola138 says: "Love this book"
    "Love this book"
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    First off, I hate Naked Lunch. Maybe the worst book I've ever read. Burroughs is one of those writers you feel like you're supposed to like, then you read Naked Lunch and decide for yourself its all academic snob hype and nothing more. Junky is a different beast altogether. Junky is very blunt, very well-written. It transports you back in time very easily to the 1950's. It falls into line with On the Road, but to me is the darker, brooding kid brother. Narration on this is great. If you hated Naked Lunch, give this a shot (in the arm).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bloomsday Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (827)
    Performance
    (366)
    Story
    (356)

    Michael Forsythe is contacted by his former lover, Bridget, a New York Irish Mob boss, whose fiancé he killed. Bridget, calling from Dublin, says that her 11-year-old daughter has been kidnapped. Michael's choice is to fly to Dublin and help her find the girl, or be executed at the hands of Bridget's goons, who are holding him at gunpoint. He agrees to nothing, but is soon on the way to Dublin, leaving the first two of many dead bodies in his wake.

    Johnnie Walker says: "SIX STARS ******"
    "weakest of the series, still pretty entertaining"
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    Opinions on these books range. I liked the second book the best. This one didn't suck me in, but around the middle I started to like it more. Then it grew on me and I was satisfied. I burn through this author's audiobooks so easily. They read (or play, I should say) so easily. The writing is top-notch. Then, on top of that, you have Gerard Doyle's impeccable delivery on the narration. If I listen to more than three hours in one day, I start speaking in an irish accent the next day at work. No joke.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dead Yard

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (809)
    Performance
    (385)
    Story
    (382)

    In this exciting sequel to the acclaimed Dead I Well May Be, the mercenary Michael Forsythe is forced to infiltrate an Irish terrorist cell, confronting murder, mayhem, and the prospect of his own execution.

    Rebecca says: "A more mature Michael..."
    "my short story"
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    Here's my short story. I read all Sean Duffy 3-book series by this author first. Took a break. Read the first of the Michael Forsythe books (Dead I may well be), and thought it was just ok. I didn't think I was going to continue with the series. But, I decided to give this second book in the forsythe series a go and I'm glad I did. This is the best book I've read by this author yet. I really thought this was a superb book and superb narration. If there were a hundred books by this author and narrator combo, I'd buy every single one of them!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Involuntary Witness: Guido Guerrieri Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Gianrico Carofiglio
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (732)
    Performance
    (642)
    Story
    (643)

    A nine-year-old boy is found murdered at the bottom of a well near a popular beach resort in southern Italy. In what looks like a hopeless case for Guido Guerrieri, a Senegalese peddler is accused of the crime. Faced with small-town racism, Guido attempts to exploit the esoteric workings of the Italian courts. The voice of Sean Barrett brings this gritty Italian detective series to life.

    dumbclub says: "Excellence"
    "a bit too existential for me"
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    I feel like this book would fare better with Italian readers who might appreciate a more existential way of writing. I am all for existentialism, but not when it applies to a crime novel. You literally go half way into this book before you even understand what is going on with the man convicted of the crime, so its hard to care about the crime part of it. The rest is the narrator's marriage and random things about his life. I just don't feel like its a good mix. A crime novel succeeds for me when it is more plot driven, with the characters secondary. I'm an American though. I just felt like he wanted to write like Camus and Raymond Chandler at the same time. Before attempting this author, search Mediterranean Noir on Wikipedia to get a grasp for what this book is like. Aside from my qualms with the book itself, narration was great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4760)
    Performance
    (2810)
    Story
    (2811)

    As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

    Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

    Barbara says: "A near-flawless audiobook (but for one thing...)"
    "Enjoyed very much"
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    I went into this book blind. I found it very slow for most of the book and the narrator has some awkward pauses and mouth noises throughout. I would knock out a few hours, forget about the book for a while. Come back to it a week or two later, get a little further. Then I hit a point where it got very good. The writing is superb. Highly talented. Narration could use improving but overall this is a great audiobook and unfortunately I will probably buying everything else this writer has written as a result.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead I Well May Be

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1101)
    Performance
    (559)
    Story
    (554)

    Young Michael, an illegal immigrant escaping the troubles in Northern Ireland is strong and fearless and clever, just the fellow to be tapped by Darkey, a crime boss, to join a gang of Irish thugs struggling against the rising Dominican powers in Harlem and the Bronx. The time is pre-Giuliani New York, when crack rules the city, squatters live furtively in ruined buildings, and hundreds are murdered each month.

    Robert says: "What an amazing book"
    "Liked it"
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    I got into McKinty with the Duffy series, which moved a lot quicker for me and I like better than the Forsythe books. Honestly, I went four hours with this book, not really connecting with it. Then it got better. The descriptions of New York are awesome. The narration on this is perfect as in all the other books. If you are first breaking into McKinty, ready Cold Cold Ground first (The trouble trilogy).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • South of the Border, West of the Sun: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Eric Loren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (60)

    Born in 1951 in an affluent Tokyo suburb, Hajime - beginning in Japanese - has arrived at middle age wanting for almost nothing. The postwar years have brought him a fine marriage, two daughters, and an enviable career as the proprietor of two jazz clubs. Yet a nagging sense of inauthenticity about his success threatens Hajime's happiness. And a boyhood memory of a wise, lonely girl named Shimamoto clouds his heart.

    Darwin8u says: "A River of Unmindfulness"
    "The overlooked gem"
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    This was unavailable in audio for many years. I am happy to see they've finally released it. I've read four Murakami novels and most of the short story collections. I don't think this book is as popular as 'Wind up Bird' and some of the others, but in my own opinion this is his best work. Wind Up Bird and Kafka are paced very slow with chapters and chapters of stuff that is intereting to read, but overall does not contribute to the story. This book is slim, to the point. Wistful romance of the only-child. It is very haunting without trying too hard. I've read the other Murakami novels once, but this book I've read at least five times. I am surprised it is not as popular as his other books. If you already like Murakami, I think you will like this. If you're new to Murakami, I can't think of a better novel to start with.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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