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Joe K.

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  • 44 Scotland Street

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Robert Ian Mackenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (350)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (151)

    The brilliant Alexander McCall Smith became an international sensation with his New York Times best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency novels. His award-winning wit, made famous through that series, is fully on display in 44 Scotland Street.

    Dorothea says: "Fantastic classic McCall Smith"
    "It's all about character!"
    Overall

    It took me a little longer to warm up to this new series by one of my favorite authors, but in the end it was added to my list of 'got to get the next book in the series' list. Alexander McCall Smith has a real talent for creating characters that you 'feel' you know. In this series he captures idiosyncratic characteristics that are recognizable and presents them is a light and amusing way.

    By the way the audiobook has the added advantage of Scottish ascent.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Lost Light: Harry Bosch Series, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2278)
    Performance
    (816)
    Story
    (832)

    Four years ago, LAPD detective Harry Bosch was on a movie set, asking questions about the murder of a young production assistant, when an armored car arrived with $2 million cash for use in a heist scene. In a life-imitates-art firestorm, a gang of masked men converged on the delivery and robbed the armored car with guns blazing. The crime was never resolved, and the young woman's murder was in the stack of unsolved-case files Bosch carried home the night he left the LAPD.

    Harris says: "Dashel Hammet Redux"
    "Don't miss Bosch # 9"
    Overall

    Number 9 in the Harry Bosch series gives us a glimps of yet another layer in the rought edged detective who dose not always follow the rules, yet is more determined than many when it comes to getting to the truth. This time out he is not only in colflict with the LAPD but also the FBI.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Twelfth Card: A Lincoln Rhyme Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (413)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (114)

    Best-selling master of suspense Jeffery Deaver is back with a brand-new Lincoln Rhyme thriller. To save the life of a young girl who's being stalked by a ruthless hit man, Lincoln and his protege, Amelia Sachs, are called upon to do the impossible: solve a truly "cold case", one that's 140 years old.

    Orvetta says: "The Twelfth Card - Excellent"
    "Good but not Best!"
    Overall

    This 6th in the Lincoln Rhyme was enjoyable and it is always like visiting old friends to read another one in this series. I do not rank this one in the top 3 of this series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Jack Lemmon
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    A true classic, and a search for America's soul, is given the reading of a lifetime by one of America's finest actors: two-time Academy Award-winner Jack Lemmon. Floating on a raft down the Mississippi with Jim, an escaping slave, Lemmon's Huck finds adventure, danger, and a cast of characters who are both menacing and hilarious.

    Joe K. says: "Recommend the unabridged."
    "Recommend the unabridged."
    Overall

    Enjoyable work of great literature and the reader did a fine job, but next time I'll get the unabridged.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Finn: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jon Clinch
    • Narrated By Ed Sala
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    Author Jon Clinch makes his debut with this extraordinary novel that tackles issues of race, slavery, and paternity while delivering a fully fleshed rendering of one of the most notorious characters in the history of American literature: Huckleberry Finn's father. It was more than a century ago that Mark Twain left the notoriously violent Finn dead, surrounded by such oddities as a wooden leg and women's undergarments. As we get to know this troubled man, we meet the people who shape Finn's life.

    Michael says: "Fantastic"
    "-1 is more like it."
    Overall

    This story has no redeeming qualities and not worth anyones valuable time spent reading it.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Cold Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (605)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (162)

    On a freezing December night, with a full moon hovering in the black sky over New York City, two people are brutally murdered, the death scenes marked by eerie, matching calling cards: moon-faced clocks investigators fear ticked away the victims' last moments on earth. Renowned criminologist Lincoln Rhyme immediately identifies the clock distributor and has the chilling realization that the killer, who has dubbed himself the Watchmaker, has more murders planned in the hours to come.

    Laura says: "Another great puzzle!"
    "Rhyme, Sachs & now Dancer whoopee!"
    Overall

    I fully enjoyed this the 7th in the Lincoln Rhyme series and the 1st in a new series featuring Kathryn Dancer. As usual Rhyme uses Amelia Sachs' eyes to "walk the grid" finding physical evidence to analyze, but this time they are up against an adversary clever enough to evade identification and capture. To get the mastermind behind some bizarre murders they reluctantly request help from Kathryn Dancer an expert in interrogation and body language (kinesics). This has all the complexity and engaging storytelling Deaver readers expect.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Mountains Beyond Mountains

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Tracy Kidder
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (754)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (192)

    Pulitzer Prize-winner Tracy Kidder tells the true story of a socially conscious genius who uses his intellectual and personal gifts to solve global health problems.

    MikeInOhio says: "A Great Book"
    "Why are there seashells on mountain tops?"
    Overall

    This story about the life of noted physician and anthropologist Paul Farmer enlightens as well as entertains. Dr. Farmer's story and research are extraordinary and told in a way that keeps people who are not necessarily interested in anthropology (like me) enthralled.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Crossing: A Novel

    • ABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Guy Vanderhaeghe
    • Narrated By John Henry Cox, John Keating, Colin Lane, and others
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    This epic tale sweeps across continents and time, hovers over a key era in American history, and deftly realizes the humanity of a whole cast of characters. Told through flashbacks and alternating points of view, The Last Crossing is about redemption, about seeking and finding, about human feelings and strengths, about personal honor, and about that moment in life when we must decide to cross over and surrender to love.

    Joe K. says: "Don't pass this one by!"
    "Don't pass this one by!"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this story about three very different brothers. In a way each one is unique and interesting enough to be entitled to their own novel, so in a way your getting three stories for the price of one. The brothers are from England, but the bulk of the story is an adventurous journey through the western USA and Canada. Alive with memorable characters, this work of fiction has historical facts and a real-life Canadian hero woven into a fascinating work of literature. Oh, I almost forgot Mrs. Stoveall and Custis Straw, unique story number four. I 'read' the unabridged audio version which is masterly performed by multiple readers, making each fascinating character come alive.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lord of the Flies

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By William Golding
    • Narrated By William Golding
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (804)
    Performance
    (365)
    Story
    (366)

    Marooned on a tropical island, alone in a world of uncharted possibilities, and devoid of adult supervision or rules, a group of British boys begins to forge a society with its own unique rules and rituals.

    Raisa says: "Great story - bad narration"
    "Would have done it differently!"
    Overall

    Like other works of great literature, this is very well written. So why the avg rating? It was very disturbing to me. That fact impacts my ability to say I actually like it. This story about what could develop if a bunch of boys were stranded on an island is sadly possible, but so are many other possibilities that I could enjoy a whole lot more.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Easy: A Flap Tucker Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Phillip Depoy
    • Narrated By Rusty Nelson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Flap Tucker isn't like other private eyes - he's a mystic. Now, in the city that Sherman burned but didn't bury, where good ol' boys and transvestites pass in the downtown Atlanta night, Flap is beginning the strangest case of his already strange career.

    Joe K. says: "Fun & Entertaining!"
    "Fun & Entertaining!"
    Overall

    Entertaing and very well told (by both the author and the reader) this is an enjoyable read. There were to many dots to connect for me to call it a great mystery, but it's fun with quirkly charaters to keep you smiling.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Death in Venice: A New Translation by Michael Henry Heim

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Thomas Mann
    • Narrated By Simon Callow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    Published on the eve of World War I, a decade after Buddenbrooks had established Thomas Mann as a literary celebrity, Death in Venice tells the story of Gustav von Aschenbach, a successful but aging writer who follows his wanderlust to Venice in search of spiritual fulfillment that instead leads to his erotic doom.

    Lawerence says: "Brilliant gem"
    "Not to my liking."
    Overall

    How this story is told is masterful, but what is told I don't appreciate.

    3 of 13 people found this review helpful

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