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David

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  • Blood Memory

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (507)
    Performance
    (282)
    Story
    (289)

    Catherine "Cat" Ferry is a forensic odontologist, a specialist in bite marks and the clues they provide. But while Cat's colleagues know her as a world-class scientist, she secretly attempts to manage her fragile psyche with alcohol, delving into the minds of rapists and murderers yet never allowing her own frightening past to creep into the foreground.

    Corinne says: "Well-researched, sensitive and a good story"
    "**sigh**"
    Overall

    Way too long...an ineffectual heroine...

    This could have been a splendid listen. But it absolutely needed someone to come alongside the writer to tell him that we do NOT need endless descriptions of the heroine's blood turning to ice and her hair standing on end.

    The hero of the novel is only slightly more interesting that watching lawn bowling...and is constantly going into shock about stupid things.

    I listened to it...and the ending was good. But I thought about switching to another book several times.

    The plot seemed to go round and round in the same circle. No innovative characters.

    Outstanding narration...in a losing text.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stalking the Vampire: A Fable of Tonight

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Mike Resnick
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    It's Halloween, and John Justin Mallory's partner, Winnifred Carruthers, has been so busy preparing for the biggest holiday of the year (in his Manhattan, anyway) that she seems short of energy and pale. Mallory is worried that she's been working too hard. Then he notices the two puncture marks on her neck....

    William Ekhardt says: "funny"
    "Worst Audiobook ever"
    Overall

    The image makes this book look like a gritty noir detective novel. It isn't.

    The dialogue is flat, irritating and anti-funny. The plot is ridiculous. Doesn't even work on the level of Myth Adventures or any of the "fun" fantasy books out there.

    The narration is just awful enough to constantly remind you that you wasted your money on a dumb dumb book.

    It was like being seated next to your most annoying relative -- the one that won't shut up -- and being unable to escape.

    Truly an awful story, badly delivered. You may look at the cool cover and the title and buy it anyway. But don't say I didn't warn you...

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Walk in the Woods

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    Overall
    (2241)
    Performance
    (499)
    Story
    (512)

    After 20 years in Britain, Bryson returned to the U.S. and decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. This is his humorous, inspiring account.

    Jeff says: "Wonderful book, but hardly abridged"
    "A great trip"
    Overall

    Vintage Bryson, loaded with laugh out loud moments and crisp writing from one of the best in the business.

    Easily one of my favorite audible purchases of all time. You will NOT be disappointed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (845)
    Performance
    (318)
    Story
    (316)

    The Republicans are coming to St. Paul for their convention. Throwing a big party is supposed to be fun, but crashing the party are a few hard cases the police would rather have stayed away. Chief among them is a crew of professional stick-up men who've spotted several lucrative opportunities, ranging from political moneymen with briefcases full of cash to that armored-car warehouse with the weakness in its security system.

    Tony B. says: "Another winner for Davenport fans"
    "Weak for Sandford"
    Overall

    I really think Sandford is getting bored with Davenport. This novel tries to tell several stories and in the end succeeds by the skin of its teeth.

    The characters are still well drawn...but overall, a disappointing entry from an author who can do much better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Scarecrow

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2453)
    Performance
    (842)
    Story
    (838)

    Forced out of the Los Angeles Times amid the latest budget cuts, newspaperman Jack McEvoy decides to go out with a bang, using his final days at the paper to write the definitive murder story of his career. He focuses on Alonzo Winslow, a 16-year-old drug dealer in jail after confessing to a brutal murder. But as he delves into the story, Jack realizes that Winslow's so-called confession is bogus. The kid might actually be innocent.

    P. Giorgio says: "Depth & Breadth"
    "Vintage Connelly"
    Overall

    Not a boring second in this book.

    Richly drawn characters, relentless plot, crisp dialogue.

    Outstanding work.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Bordeaux Betrayal: A Wine Country Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Ellen Crosby
    • Narrated By Christine Marshall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    When Valerie Beauvais, author of a book on Thomas Jefferson's travels through the wine regions of France and Italy, turns up dead near Lucie Montgomery's Virginia vineyard, Lucie is certain Valerie's murder has something to do with the authenticity of a 200-year-old bottle of Bordeaux Jefferson may once have purchased for his good friend George Washington.

    Marsha says: "Beverly Hillbillies Meet the Hunt Club Crowd"
    "It's not a mystery..."
    Overall

    I thought this was going to be a wonderful book. The idea of a mystery set in wine country was wonderful to me.

    The book, however is a badly done romance with dull characters doing very little of interest. I listened through five painful hours praying that the totally whiny heroine would do something...ANYTHING of interest. She didn't.

    I finally quit listening. This is bit of a tragedy, because the information about life on a vineyard was the only really interesting aspect of this otherwise bland bland book.

    The story starts with a death and I was settling in for a good mystery. But after five mind-numbing hours of a heroine agonizing over nearly EVERYTHING...I couldn't stand it any more.

    Horrible...easily the worst Audible book I have ever purchased.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Night and Day

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By James Naughton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (29)

    Police chief Jesse Stone has received his share of unusual calls, but none can top the one from the local junior high school. When reports of lewd conduct by the school's principal, Betsy Ingersoll, filter into the station, Jesse is faced with a particularly delicate situation. Jesse, of course, would like nothing more than to see the prim, peculiar Ingersoll punished. But Betsy Ingersoll is married to the managing partner of the biggest law firm in the state, and Jay Ingersoll wants the matter buried.

    John says: "author can't remember his story lines"
    "Fair to Midlin' Parker"
    Overall

    Robert B Parker is a master at tight storylines, great characters and perfect dialogue.

    This is standard Parker -- exactly what you expect, with a lot of sex driven stuff that makes me think maybe he's working out some issues.

    The story is listenable...but like most of Parker's stuff, it's over way too soon -- which I suppose is a good thing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Drink, Play, F@#k: One Man's Search for Anything Across Ireland, Las Vegas, and Thailand

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Andrew Gottlieb
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (13)

    What is a man to do after the tragic ending of his loving marriage and a nasty divorce? How does he rediscover the essence that makes him a man after years of being forced to attend ballets, eat vegan food, and participate in intimacy seminars? There is only one way: drink, play, f@#k.

    In Drink, Play, F@#k, Bob Sullivan, a jilted husband, sets off to explore the world, experience a meaningful connection with the divine, and rediscover his passion.

    David says: "Probably not the book you think it is..."
    "Probably not the book you think it is..."
    Overall

    If you're looking for a fun "male menopause" book, this isn't it.

    If you're looking for anything with depth....this isn't it.

    The hero is a self involved uninteresting chap with little about him or in him or about him to keep readers glued to the headphones.

    After a while it just becomes a tedious waste of time...and there IS no shower in Guinnes, by the way.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil You Know

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Mike Carey
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (968)
    Performance
    (416)
    Story
    (421)

    Felix Castor used to cast out demons for a living, and London was his stomping ground. But in a time when the supernatural realm is in upheaval and spilling over into the mundane world of the living, his skills are in renewed demand. With old debts to pay, Castor is left with no choice but to accept one final, well-paying assignment: a seemingly simple exorcism.

    Jessica says: "wonderful story"
    "Not a Single Boring Minute"
    Overall

    You'll be glued to the headphones as the delightful Felix Castor has his latest adventure.

    Crackling good characters, laugh out loud humor, delightful twists and tight plotting.

    This was a wonderful surprise. Could not "put it down."

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Echo Burning

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2274)
    Performance
    (1417)
    Story
    (1419)

    Reacher is hitching through the heat of West Texas and getting desperate for a ride. The last thing he's worried about is exactly who picks him up.

    She's called Carmen. She's a good-looking young woman, she has a beautiful little girl...and she has married into the wrong family. They're called the Greers. They're a bitter and miserly clan, and they've made her life a living hell. Worse, her monster of a husband is soon due out of prison. So she needs protection, and she needs it now.

    Lawyers can't help. Cops can't be trusted. So Reacher goes home with her to the lonely ranch where nothing is as it seems, and where evil swirls around them like dust in a storm. Within days, Carmen's husband is dead - and simmering secrets send Echo, Texas, up in flames.

    S. Craig says: "The Worst Jack Reacher Ever!"
    "Not Lee Child At His Best..."
    Overall

    There's little new in this Jack Reacher novel...and much that Child has done before again and again -- usually with more interesting results.

    The plot's flat and there is precious little to keep you listening. I felt it was "okay." Certainly NOT outstanding.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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