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  • The Gun Seller

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Hugh Laurie
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (194)

    Cold-blooded murder just isn't Thomas Lang's cup of tea. Offered a bundle to assassinate an American industrialist, he opts to warn the intended victim instead - a good deed that soon takes a bad turn. Quicker than he can down a shot of his favorite whiskey, Lang is bashing heads with a Buddha statue, matching wits with evil billionaires, and putting his life (among other things) in the hands of a bevy of femme fatales. Up against rogue CIA agents, wannabe terrorists, and an arms dealer looking to make a high-tech killing, Lang's out to save the leggy lady he has come to love...and prevent an international bloodbath to boot.

    connie says: "May he write on!"
    "He's a better actor than author."
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    Laurie is a much better actor than author- I'd prefer if he would read books- he has a great voice!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Moriarty: Sherlock Holmes, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Anthony Horowitz
    • Narrated By Julian Rhind-Tutt, Derek Jacobi
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (127)

    Internationally best-selling author Anthony Horowitz's nail-biting new novel plunges us back into the dark and complex world of detective Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty - dubbed the "Napoleon of crime" by Holmes - in the aftermath of their fateful struggle at the Reichenbach Falls. Days after the encounter at the Swiss waterfall, Pinkerton detective agent Frederick Chase arrives in Europe from New York.

    Tony says: "Re-Imaginings in the Holmes Universe"
    "Well Done!"
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    Brilliant reading by Rhind-Tutt. I won't spoil the plot twist but will say that he reads this with a fine knowledge of accents- American, Baaston, New Yark, Australian and British. At first I was irritated by it but it's a valid part of the plot.

    Read on- it's worth it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Anthony Horowitz
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
    Overall
    (1221)
    Performance
    (1074)
    Story
    (1077)

    Sherlock Holmes is the greatest detective in literary history. For the first time since the death of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a new Holmes story has been sanctioned by his estate, whetting the appetites of fans everywhere. Information about the book will be revealed as deliberately as Holmes himself would unravel a knotty case, but bestselling novelist and Holmes expert Anthony Horowitz is sure to bring a compelling, atmospheric story to life.

    Debra says: "PLEASE tell me there are MORE !"
    "Great story for Sherlock Holmes fans"
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    This was a fun book- in the style of A. Conan Doyle. Well read and crafted

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Walk Up Nameless Ridge

    • UNABRIDGED (39 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (46)

    On planet Eno, there stands a mountain that has never been summited. Many have tried. All have failed. This climbing season finds three teams making their bid up this murderous peak. And one man among them will discover these ugly truths: There are fates worse than death. There are fates worse than obscurity. To be remembered forever can be its own curse.

    R. Mitchell says: "My new favorite short story."
    "I'm glad it was in no more detail"
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    Mountain climbers have always amazed me- Years ago I read _Annapurna_ by Maurice Herzog and considered it a self-inflicted horror story. This is, thankfully, shorter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Short Stay in Hell

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Steven L. Peck
    • Narrated By Sergei Burbank
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (214)

    An ordinary family man, geologist, and Mormon, Soren Johansson has always believed he'll be reunited with his loved ones after death in an eternal hereafter. Then, he dies. Soren wakes to find himself cast by a God he has never heard of into a Hell whose dimensions he can barely grasp: a vast library he can only escape from by finding the book that contains the story of his life. In this haunting existential novella, author, philosopher, and ecologist Steven L. Peck explores a subversive vision of eternity.

    Janice says: "I'll be thinking about this one for a while."
    "Interesting short story"
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    At first I was ready to set this one aside, then I got hooked. This is a surreal view of Hell. I have always thought that, if there is a Hell, it's probably tailored to the individual.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Euphoria: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Lily King
    • Narrated By Simon Vance, Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (362)
    Performance
    (315)
    Story
    (308)

    English anthropologist Andrew Bankson has been alone in the field for several years, studying the Kiona river tribe in the territory of New Guinea. Haunted by the memory of his brothers' deaths and increasingly frustrated and isolated by his research, Bankson is on the verge of suicide when a chance encounter with colleagues, the controversial Nell Stone and her wry and mercurial Australian husband, Fen, pulls him back from the brink. Nell and Fen have just fled the bloodthirsty Mumbanyo and, in spite of Nell's poor health, are hungry for a new discovery.

    David says: "Anthropologists in Love"
    "Very, very good book"
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    This book deals with people at the cusp of anthropology as a science. Anthropologists moved from measuring Indigenous people's heads and watching from a distance to moving into the village and inserting one's self into the culture to understand it. While there are issues with both approaches, the cultural view is far more informative.
    The readers are fantastic - the comment made elsewhere on this page about Simon Vance is way off- he's great and always a great voice of his character.
    This is a great read!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Plainsong

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Kent Haruf
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (112)

    A high school history teacher in a small Colorado town, Guthrie is raising his two young sons alone. Thoughtful and honest, he is guiding them through a world that is not always kind. Victoria, one of his students, is pregnant, homeless, and vulnerable to the scorn of the town. When Guthrie helps two elderly ranchers take the young woman into their home, an unlikely extended family is born.

    MAUREEN says: "A beautiful read"
    "This is a good one."
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    T.S is, as always, a great reader- Sometimes I choose a book just because he's reading. He has yet to read a bad one.

    The book builds slowly and evenly a great story with some wonderful characters. Some of the characters are from a time that is past and missed today.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Colony: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By A.J. Colucci
    • Narrated By Teri Clark Linden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (23)

    A deadly supercolony of ants with razor-sharp claws that pierce skin like paper and stinging venom that liquefies its prey is killing in Manhattan. The desperate mayor turns to the greatest ant expert in the world, Paul O’Keefe. Paul calls on his ex-wife Kendra Hart, a spirited entomologist. When the ants launch an all-out attack, Paul and Kendra hit the dangerous, panic-stricken streets of New York, searching for a coveted queen. It’s a race to unlock the secrets of an indestructible new species, before the president nukes Manhattan.

    Kim Venatries says: "Ewwww....THEM!!"
    "Predictable, Don't Bother!"
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    If you have ever watched a romance/thriller movie or read such a book you know the plot and every turn and twist. ...and all the world's problems are solved at the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dog Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Peter Heller
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1187)
    Performance
    (1048)
    Story
    (1052)

    Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. His wife is gone, his friends are dead, he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life exists beyond the airport.

    Craig says: "The End is Merely a Beginning"
    "Not so good"
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    The writing style is not prose and yet not poetry so it fails on both fronts. Interesting Dystopian situation, fun that it takes place in Colorado and some on the Western Slope.
    It takes way too long to work though so small a story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Antiquarian

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Gustavo Faveron Patriau, Joseph Mulligan (translator)
    • Narrated By Joel Richards
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Three years have passed since Gustavo, a renowned psycholinguist, last spoke to his closest friend, Daniel, who's been interned in a psychiatric ward for murdering his fiancée. When Daniel unexpectedly calls to confess the truth behind the crime, Gustavo's long-buried loyalty resurfaces and draws him into the center of a quixotic, unconventional investigation. While Daniel reveals his unsettling story through fragments of fables, novels, and historical allusions, Gustavo begins to retrace the past for clues.

    CHET YARBROUGH says: "CHANNELING EDGAR ALLEN POE"
    "Amazing story- Great read"
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    This is an amazing book- full of stories that dovetail into the main plot. Much to think about!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By John Waters
    • Narrated By John Waters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (259)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (244)

    John Waters is putting his life on the line. Armed with wit, a pencil-thin mustache, and a cardboard sign that reads "I’m Not Psycho", he hitchhikes across America from Baltimore to San Francisco, braving lonely roads and treacherous drivers. But who should we be more worried about, the delicate film director with genteel manners or the unsuspecting travelers transporting the Pope of Trash?

    randy says: "another great piece of filth from john waters!"
    "John Waters Rocks!"
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    I was not as interested in his imaginary "best" and "worst" trips- bit his actual trip was a fantastic read!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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