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James

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  • The Defection of A.J. Lewinter: A Novel of Duplicity

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Before The Company, Robert Littell made a name for himself with The Defection of A.J. Lewinter. Hailed as "a perfect little gem" and a "concise, smart, and funny [novel that] turns Cold War spy cliches on their head," A.J. Lewinter tells the story of an insignificant American scientist whose defection to the Soviet Union becomes a terrifying political chess match of deceit and treachery. Not to be missed!

    Mike says: "The Defection of A.J. Lewinter"
    "well read, well written"
    Overall

    Well read, well wriiten and like all of Littel, extremely nuanced. The listener must listen; the rewards are ample.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Harbor: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan
    Overall
    (2104)
    Performance
    (1800)
    Story
    (1782)

    In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.

    Amazon Customer says: "Best in the Series"
    "Excellent coupling of reader and writer"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Broken Harbor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Stephen Hogan's underscores the nuance and the powerful insights that Tana French brings to every chapter. Scorcher Kennedy is the noir detective reimagined for the world-wide bleakness that has overwhelmed the last five years.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Broken Harbor?

    The interview between the murderer and Scorcher takes your breath away. When you realize what is coming, your heart stops beating.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Scorcher and Dinah's first encounter is manic and part of a continuing leitmotif of madness enfolded into daily life.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. I am travelling in China and it makes hours of delay a pleasure. I am listening to it for the second time.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Only Game

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Reginald Hill
    • Narrated By Seán Barrett
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (100)

    When a four-year-old child is abducted from an Essex kindergarten, Detective Inspector Dog Cicero soon realizes that this is to be no routine investigation. Something about the child's mother troubles him. Maybe it's just the fact that she comes from Derry, and Cicero's Northern Ireland scars go deeper than his ruined face.

    Sherri says: "Right on his game"
    "As Good As Hill Gets"
    Overall

    The prize for listening is an excellent reader and an excellent thriller. Dog Cicero is a character who could only have come from the wonderful mind of Reginald Hill. Smatterings of philosophy, wit and sharp turns of plot --- all add to the fun. Whoever starts this book should not make any plans until he reaches the satisfying conclusion. It is not perfect; but it is a five star thrill, Reginald Hill always surprises. This is a gem that for the most part has gone unnoticed.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Nemesis

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Thor Knai
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (493)
    Performance
    (345)
    Story
    (335)

    Captured on closed-circuit television: A man walks into an Oslo bank, puts a gun to a cashier’s head, and tells her to count to 25. When he doesn’t get his money fast enough, he pulls the trigger. The young woman dies—and two million Norwegian kroner disappear without a trace.

    Janet says: "Great writer! WORST narrator in all of Audible!"
    "a paragon of a thriller/mystery"
    Overall

    This is not a police procedural. It a model for the nuanced plot, refined with subtle observation and an exceptionally flawed protagonist. Harry Hole is evocative of Philip Kerr's Bernie Gunther, Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallander, Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch (in the early books). Mysteries are more than satisfactorily solved; and the solutions then unravel. Clues are many faceted and never clear cut.
    There is only one problem for audible members. If you listen to Nemesis, you will become hooked. Audible, however, has only one book in the series. The unsolved mystery is: why one Nesbo novel when the one is a masterpiece?

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Information Officer

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Mark Mills
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    The Mediterranean island of Malta, still a British colony, is a strategic lynchpin under siege--literally the most bombed patch of earth on the planet. Max Chadwick is an officer with the British Ministry of Information and is thus charged with keeping morale high against all odds. If the Maltese bow under the weight of the daily assaults, the tide of the war could turn. Max spends his time with the military's top brass and the beautiful deputy editor of Il Berqa, the Maltese paper.

    James says: "Not to be missed"
    "Not to be missed"
    Overall

    Mills explores evil within the mind of a serial killer and within the forces that resisted Germany at the WWII gateway to Europe, the island of Malta.
    Max, the unlikely hero detective, is the master spinner of unpleasant information. The killer is also a spinner of information, the type that cripples defenses and allegiances.
    This is a masterpiece on every level: superior fiction, interesting history, well-drawn characters, an involving plot, an everyman hero and the most chilling of villains.
    The reader is also excellent.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Long Lost

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (854)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (210)

    Myron hasn't heard from Terese Collins in years. Not since their affair ended with no explanation. There had been no contact since, so her call catches him off guard. She's in Paris, she says, in trouble, and only Myron can help. She tells him a sad story she's never before revealed: a good marriage, her struggles to get pregnant, the happiest moment of her life when her only child was born, the day everything she'd ever loved was taken from her.

    Karen says: "Highly recommend/but prefer Marosz over Weber"
    "Thrift shop of ideas and plot"
    Overall

    "The Boys and Especially The Girls from Conn."
    An improbable plot is swaddled in the impossible.
    H.C. conceives a homage to Ira Levin via Henny Youngman. Neither money nor likelihood impede the homophobic-homophile Bolitar. The narrative, at its best, is plodding. Imagine Thanksgiving with butter, gravy and whipping cream and nothing else.
    This is an immature, insubstantial effort meant to capitalize on some very important themes. The listener [no fault of the reader] simply doesn't care.
    Dragging in the Jean Reno-French cop for his "charisma" is an obvious, strained attempt to create false sentiment so that it will ache when le cop is knocked off... with undue gallantry.
    Coben would be better off offing Bolitar's friends. Good editing would get rid of the comic strip characters; and the Ira Levin updating may have worked. Without the editing, "Long Lost" is a novel chuck full of kitchen sinks.
    Coben has been much better.
    "Ladies and Gentlemen," as Bolitar would announce, "I give you "Long Lost"... Please keep it."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tourist: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Olen Steinhauer
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (645)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (192)

    In the vein of John le Carré and Graham Greene, this contemporary international thriller follows Milo Weaver as he is drawn into a conspiracy that links riots in the Sudan, an assassin committing suicide, and an old friend who's been accused of selling secrets to the Chinese. Once the CIA and Homeland Security are after him, the only way for him to survive is to return, headfirst, into Tourism.

    Derek says: "I loved this book"
    "homage"
    Overall

    A homage to "The Spy Who Came In From The Cold."
    Complicated but excellent view of the Western spy machinery today... thrilling.
    very well matched to the reader

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christine Falls: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Benjamin Black
    • Narrated By Timothy Dalton
    Overall
    (685)
    Performance
    (258)
    Story
    (252)

    It's not the dead that seem strange to Quirke. It's the living. One night, after a few drinks at an office party, Quirke shuffles down into the morgue where he works and finds his brother-in-law, Malachy, altering a file he has no business even reading. Odd enough in itself to find Malachy there, but the next morning, when the haze has lifted, it looks an awful lot like his brother-in-law, the esteemed doctor, was in fact tampering with a corpse, and concealing the cause of death.

    Vivienne says: "Engaging debut."
    "Dalton and Black: perfection for the ear and mind"
    Overall

    Dalton is an excellent reader who imbues this book with a texture of nuance, atmosphere and moral imperatives. Worth a thoughtful listener's time and involvement.

    2 of 3 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
    (702)
    Performance
    (284)
    Story
    (280)

    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..."
    "diegovela"
    Overall

    The pleasure, although gorey and graphic, will be all yours.
    Reader plus writer never disappoint.
    Each book in the the series is a stand slone masterpiece for the genre.
    It is best to ready them in order as if they were a trilogy.
    But each book has a brutal charm of its own.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Faithful Spy

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Alex Berenson
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2091)
    Performance
    (738)
    Story
    (732)

    John Wells is the only American CIA agent ever to penetrate al Qaeda. Since before the attacks in 2001, Wells has been hiding in the mountains of Pakistan, biding his time, building his cover.

    Margaret says: "Faithful Spy"
    "Excellent Tradecraft"
    Overall

    Great beginning. Great end. The journey from A to Z is terror filled, thought provoking and well nuanced. The character of Wells is as well drawn as LeCarre's Lemas or Smiley. It is the perfect audio book. To abridge it would be like truncating the Venus de Milo.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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