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  • The Closers: Harry Bosch Series, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2289)
    Performance
    (821)
    Story
    (833)

    In Los Angeles in 1988, a 16-year-old girl disappeared from her home and was later found dead of a gunshot wound to the chest. The death appeared at first to be a suicide, but some of the evidence contradicted that scenario, and detectives came to believe this was in fact a murder. Despite a by-the-book investigation, no one was ever charged.

    Wheelman says: "Thoroughly enjoyable....."
    "Connelly Just Keeps Getting Better"
    Overall

    THE CLOSERS is the best yet from Michael Connelly, which makes it the best of the best. I realize that mere superlatives don't make for a very "helpful" review, but what can I say? Each entry in the series of mysteries featuring Harry Bosch is better than the last -- and it started out pretty strong (with THE BLACK ECHO, 1992). If you liked CITY OF BONES and LOST LIGHT, then you'll like THE CLOSERS.

    51 of 56 people found this review helpful
  • The Spectator Bird

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Wallace Stegner
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (96)

    Joe Allston is a retired literary agent who is, in his own words, "killing time before time gets around to killing me." His parents and his only son are long dead, leaving him with neither ancestors nor descendants, tradition nor ties. His job, trafficking the talent of others, had not been his choice. He passes through life as a spectator. But a postcard from a friend causes him to return to the journals of a trip he had taken years before.

    Alan Tripp says: "outstanding narration"
    "Perfect Match of Author and Reader"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Spectator Bird in three words, what would they be?

    The Spectator Bird, one of the funniest saddest books you'll ever hear, finds the perfect reader in Edward Herrmann. All readers should aspire to the standard he sets. Listening to Herrmann read was as though there were nothing between me and the author; as though Wallace Stegner were communicating his novel directly to me with no intermediary.

    I put Mr Herrmann right up there with George Guidall –– he's that good!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Back to Blood: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Tom Wolfe
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (519)
    Performance
    (426)
    Story
    (430)

    As a police launch speeds across Miami's Biscayne Bay - with officer Nestor Camacho on board - Tom Wolfe is off and running. Here is a big, panoramic story of the new America, as told by our master chronicler of the way we live now. Based on the same sort of detailed, on-scene, high-energy reporting that powered Tom Wolfe's previous best-selling novels, Back to Blood is another brilliant, spot-on, scrupulous, and often hilarious reckoning with our times.

    Cynthia says: "Masterful Story-tel!ing & Great Narration!"
    "Bonfire of Miami"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Way better than Charlotte Simmons, not so good as Man in Full. A terrific reading by Lou Diamond Phillips gets the flavor and pizzazz of Wolfe's idiosyncratic writing. Listening to Mr Phillips' energetic interpretation was BETTER than reading the print version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cold Dish: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3288)
    Performance
    (2423)
    Story
    (2420)

    Award-winning author Craig Johnson's critically acclaimed debut Western mystery takes listeners to the breathtaking mountains of Wyoming for a tale of cold-blooded vengeance. Four high-school boys were given suspended sentences for raping a Cheyenne girl. Now, two of the boys have been killed, and only Sheriff Walt Longmire can keep the other two safe.

    Dataman says: "Not Your Ordinary Western Novel (Series)"
    "George Guidall reads a fine mystery"
    Overall
    Performance

    If you like HIllerman's Jim Chee mysteries or the Posadas County series by Steven F Havill, you will enjoy Craig Johnson's series featuring Sheriff Walt Longmire and set in contemporary Wyoming.

    George Guidall's reading of this series opener is absolutely flawless. He's simply the best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bangkok Tattoo

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By John Burdett
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (78)

    From the author of the best seller Bangkok 8, a head-spinning new novel that puts us back in the company of the inimitable Royal Thai Police detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep.

    Sandra says: "Unforgettable"
    "As a Sermon, Pretty Good; As a Novel, Not so Hot"
    Overall

    Too bad Mr Burdett couldn't take some time out from his witty sermonizing about the evils of Christianity, America and the CIA (not highly differentiated here) in order to write the police novel which "Bangkok Tattoo" purports to be. Burdett is an amusing preacher, but only occassionally remembers to get out of the pulpit and return to the story upon which he hangs so many screeds against capitalism and the West.
    The protagonist, Thai police detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep, convincingly acted by the reader, Paul Boehmer, is an engaging guide to Thailand whenever Burdett allows him to be himself and not just a mouthpiece for the author's standard British Leftism.
    For Americans who indulge in self-loathing as a form of broadmindedness, this audiobook may be a real treat.

    4 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Altered Carbon

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3264)
    Performance
    (1480)
    Story
    (1488)

    In the 25th century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person's consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or "sleeve") making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.

    Jake Williams says: "Altered Carbon"
    "Sci-Fi Boilerplate"
    Overall

    If you need a handy compendium of all the hoariest sci-fi cliches of the last fifty years, then you might want to check out Altered Carbon. If you think that yet another pastiche of Raymond Chandler's classic detective stories is the last word in originality, you might want to check out Altered Carbon. If you believe that the U.N. will last another four decades, never mind another four centuries, then this book is for you. This weary bit of sci-fi retread is strictly for those SF enthusiasts (God bless 'em) who think Esperanto will soon be the new world language. All others might want to avoid it.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Starship Troopers

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2443)
    Performance
    (1250)
    Story
    (1274)

    Join the Army and See the Universe. That is the motto of The Third Space War, also known as The First Interstellar War, but most commonly as The Bug War. In one of Robert Heinlein's most controversial best sellers, a recruit of the future goes through the toughest boot camp in the universe - and into battle with the Terrain Mobile Infantry against mankind's most alarming enemy.

    Michael says: "Well Aged Heinlein"
    "Fun Old SciFi Yarn -- Odd Reader"
    Overall

    It's been about twenty years since I read this nutty old Heinlein novel -- and it was dated THEN. But it was loads of fun revisiting this tuff little boot-camp-o-da-future tale and especially funny listening to Heinlein's nut-boy political rants. He's so fervid in his hard-selling of the Heinlein version of Libertarianism (Ayn Rand meets Hulk Hogan) that he almost has me buying it. Great entertainment.
    The reader has a very pleasing voice and does the various voice characterizations just right -- but, as other reviewers (pause) have pointed (pause) out, his (pause) unexpected, ungrammatical and (pause) mis(pause)placed (pause) pauses and (pause) weird emPHAsis slowly drive the listener mad -- but then maybe it's better to be out your freakin' mind to enjoy good ol' Heinlein to the fullest.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Night Fall

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2460)
    Performance
    (945)
    Story
    (947)

    Five years after the crashof TWA Flight 800, the government has declared it a result of mechanical failure. But John Corey, an ex-NYPD detective who is now a contract agent with the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force, is persuaded by Kate Mayfield, his wife and task force partner, that the case deserves a second look.

    Ms Discus says: "Addictive mix of fact & intriguing storyline"
    "Make sure you have free time"
    Overall

    I volunteered for a lot of driving chores this past week or so -- I even invented chores -- and then I prolonged the driving, just to keep listening to this gripping audiobook.
    Combines the thriller style of DeMille's cop books featuring detective John Corey (*Plum Island* & *Lion's Game*) with the you-are-there believability of his last novel, *Up Country*.
    A serious book with a serious subject (the crash of Flight 800 off Long Island in '96) -- but with many, very funny lines given to John Corey and his wise-acre cop friends.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Aftermath

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Peter Robinson
    • Narrated By Ron Keith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

    When Inspector Banks of Yorkshire investigates whether an abusive husband might be guilty of an unsolved string of murders, his suspicions are aroused by the details of the man's marriage. Is the suspect's wife a victim or could she be his accomplice?

    Giles T. Jackson says: "Great book!"
    "Excellent Police Procedural"
    Overall

    Peter Robinson gives us another entry in the series of police procedurals set in Yorkshire and featuring Inspector Banks. Fully realized characters, well-drawn setting. Plotting a little hokey near the end with some breathless action not in keeping with Robinson's normally highly realistic style. Doesn't ruin it; just a bit melodramatic for Robinson.
    The reader is masterful: wide range of great voice characterizations; every phrase read for meaning.
    Highly recommended, if not quite so good as Robinson's "In a Dry Season".

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Close to Home

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Peter Robinson
    • Narrated By Ron Keith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (38)

    Peter Robinson is the critically acclaimed New York Times and London Sunday Times best-selling author of the Inspector Alan Banks series, as well as a winner of the 2001 Anthony and 2001 Ellis Awards. Close to Home traverses the difficult landscapes of a painful past, and an uncertain future for Inspector Banks. Two 15-year-old boys are lost, and the circumstances of their disappearances seem oddly parallel save one detail. The first boy disappeared and was presumed dead 35 years ago.

    Kev says: "Golden Age of Mystery"
    "Golden Age of Mystery"
    Overall

    When people write about the "Golden Age of Mystery" they're always referring to the 1930's. Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers and all that. Well, as much as I enjoy those classic mysteries, I say the Golden Age of Mystery is right now. If you don't agree, just check out this first rate contemporary suspenser from Peter Robinson.
    The audio version adds immeasurably to the experience. Reader Ron Keith brings the characters to life with a wide range of English accents that I, as a Midwesterner, couldn't have begun to conjure up. (No, not even with close study of Masterpiece Theater.)

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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