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  • Phantom

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (607)
    Performance
    (507)
    Story
    (506)

    When Harry left Oslo again for Hong Kong - fleeing the traumas of life as a cop - he thought he was there for good. But then the unthinkable happened. The son of the woman he loved, lost, and still loves is arrested for murder: Oleg, the boy Harry helped raise but couldn't help deserting when he fled. Harry has come back to prove that Oleg is not a killer. Barred from rejoining the police force, he sets out on a solitary, increasingly dangerous investigation that takes him deep into the world of the most virulent drug to ever hit the streets.

    Fran Murphy says: "Jo Nesbo hates Harry Hole"
    "Great performance lifts Nesbo's latest."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Nesbo is great at transporting you to the scene. This was a very taut and nicely paced thriller.


    What other book might you compare Phantom to and why?

    The others in the series featuring Harry Hole; however, this was unique in that it dealt with the drug underworld.


    What about Robin Sachs’s performance did you like?

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE. Wonderfully paced. I think Sachs made the book more enjoyable for me.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Great from beginning to end. Never a lull in the action.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Munster's Case: An Inspector Van Veeteren Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Håkan Nesser, Laurie Tompson (Translator)
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    For Waldemar Leverkuhn, a retiree living with his wife in a small unit in an unassuming block of apartments, the day couldn't begin more auspiciously. He, along with three friends, have won the lottery. It's a modest but healthy sum of money and the old men toast to their good luck with a celebratory dinner. The day ends, however, with Leverkuhn drunk, belligerent, and eventually dead in his bed, stabbed 28 times in the chest. After a cursory investigation, Leverkuhn's quiet, weary wife incredibly confesses to murder.

    Kathleen says: "An excellent edition to the Scandinavian mystery g"
    "Van Veeteren takes a break and it's a good thing."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I thought it was so interesting that Nesser completely set his main character aside (Detective Van Veeteren) and focused on Munster. It literally is Munster's Case. The story is really good and the narration superb.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Just an opportunity to see Munster fully developed. This is a really good series.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. I've read all of Nesser's work on my Kindle. This was my first Nesser audible download I believe. Vance does an amazing job of moving between characters. I look forward to his future work.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    None.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Absent One

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (746)
    Performance
    (645)
    Story
    (646)

    In The Keeper of Lost Causes, Jussi Adler-Olsen introduced Detective Carl Mørck, a deeply flawed, brilliant detective newly assigned to run Department Q, the home of Copenhagen’s coldest cases. The result wasn’t what Mørck - or readers - expected, but by the opening of Adler-Olsen’s shocking, fast-paced follow-up, Mørck is satisfied with the notion of picking up long-cold leads. So he’s naturally intrigued when a closed case lands on his desk: A brother and sister were brutally murdered two decades earlier....

    Judith Baker says: "New favorite author"
    "Adler-Olsen my new favorite Nordic crime writer!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Absent One to be better than the print version?

    Yes, because the narration is simply that good.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Carl Mørck is a great character. He is not AS flawed as many of the detectives in other Nordic crime series. I would call him a less messy Harry Hole (Jo Nesbo).


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any time Mørck interacts with his co-workers. He's hysterical.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    None.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28616)
    Performance
    (21869)
    Story
    (22008)

    Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

    FanB14 says: "Dissent Rules"
    "Weak narration makes story unlistenable."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I couldn't even finish it because the narrator sounded too mature for the role of Katniss and basically seemed miscast.


    Has Catching Fire turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes. I purchased it because I liked the movie treatment of the first book (I actually hadn't read the first book). I don't think I'll be buying any more YA fiction - either for my Kindle or on Audible.


    What didn’t you like about Carolyn McCormick’s performance?

    After seeing the movie version of the first book, I was expecting the narrator to sound more youthful.


    What character would you cut from Catching Fire?

    None.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hypnotist

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Lars Kepler
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (482)
    Performance
    (371)
    Story
    (369)

    Tumba, Sweden. A triple homicide—all the victims from the same family—captivates Detective Inspector Joona Linna. The killer is at large, and it appears that the elder sister of the family escaped the carnage; it seems only a matter of time until she, too, is murdered. But where can Linna begin? The only surviving witness is the boy whose mother, father, and little sister were killed before his eyes. He has suffered more than 100 knife wounds and lapsed into a state of shock. He’s in no condition to be questioned....

    Watson says: "Suspense for suspense's sake"
    "Gripping Nordic Thriller!"
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    If you could sum up The Hypnotist in three words, what would they be?

    Twist and turns.


    What other book might you compare The Hypnotist to and why?

    The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo. It held my attention as well as the Larsson series.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the family was finally reunited.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Same - when the family was reunited.


    Any additional comments?

    The narration was OUTSTANDING. The narrator moved seamlessly between characters. Perfect performance. The story itself was so full of twists that towards the end it got a little overwrought but it was still a great read. I can't wait to read Kepler's next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bat: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (906)
    Performance
    (783)
    Story
    (774)

    Harry is out of his depth. Detective Harry Hole is meant to keep out of trouble. A young Norwegian girl taking a gap year in Sydney has been murdered, and Harry has been sent to Australia to assist in any way he can. He's not supposed to get too involved. When the team unearths a string of unsolved murders and disappearances, nothing will stop Harry from finding out the truth. The hunt for a serial killer is on, but the murderer will talk only to Harry. He might just be the next victim.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Probably the best of this remarkable series."
    "Great book and stellar narration!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'm a huge Nesbo fan and was thrilled when his first book, The Bat, became available at Audible. It is a great read and introduces Nesbo's character, detective Harry Hole. Having read all of Nesbo's other books featuring Harry, The Bat really helped give me some background and helped me understand him more. Loved every minute!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Definitely Harry. He is a complicated man and brilliant detective.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many to choose.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Harry goes down under in this thrill ride of an adventure.


    Any additional comments?

    Great narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Keeper of Lost Causes: Department Q, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1409)
    Performance
    (1216)
    Story
    (1213)

    Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award-also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo. Now, Dutton is thrilled to introduce him to America.

    Kelli N. Perkins says: "Maximum Thrill and Fabulous Characters"
    "Great listen by a great narrator."
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    If you could sum up The Keeper of Lost Causes in three words, what would they be?

    Thoroughly engrossing thriller.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Keeper of Lost Causes?

    Too many too choose from. Probably when Merete finally comes face to face with her nemesis.


    What about Erik Davies’s performance did you like?

    The way he shifted accents effortlessly. It was a very well-paced reading.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Thoroughly engrossing thriller.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Living Dead in Dallas: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (4328)
    Performance
    (2219)
    Story
    (2221)

    After an unfortunate incident, Sookie finds herself beholden to a group of Louisiana vampires. So she agrees to travel to Dallas with her undead boyfriend Bill and track down a missing vamp, but only if the vampires promise to let local humans go unharmed.

    Jessica says: "enjoyed it but was not in love with it"
    "Another Great Listen from Parker!"
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    Where does Living Dead in Dallas rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Parker's performance makes these silly books worth a listen. She seamlessly switches from character to character without missing a beat. I'm a fan of True Bood and never thought I'd enjoy these books as much as I do. They are a great listen when I run and I think that's due to Parker's great work.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ice Princess

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Camilla Läckberg, Steven T. Murray (translator)
    • Narrated By David Thorn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (325)
    Performance
    (234)
    Story
    (232)

    Returning to her hometown after the funeral of her parents, writer Erica Falck finds a community on the brink of tragedy. The death of her childhood friend, Alex, is just the beginning. Her wrists slashed, her body frozen in an ice cold bath, it seems that she has taken her own life. Erica conceives a memoir about the beautiful but remote Alex, one that will answer questions about their lost friendship. While her interest grows to an obsession, local detective Patrik Hedstrom is following his own suspicions about the case.

    Paul says: "A Frozen Mystery"
    "Most Annoying Voice and Way Too Slow"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The narrator was monotonous to listen to and I finally gave up and read it on my Kindle. He reads very, very slowly. I use Audible.com downloads when I run and the performance was so slow I had to speed it up. It was like listening to a chipmunk read! I'm a huge fan of Scandanavian mysteries - Larsson, Mankel, Nesbo, etc., and looked forward to trying Lackberg. She's a little simplistic and not my favorite.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Until Dark: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (7241)
    Performance
    (3797)
    Story
    (3829)

    Vampires have officially "come out of the coffin", and Miss Sookie can't wait for one to come her way.

    Pamela says: "That Vampire Said ...."
    "Great Performance and Great Reads for Running!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Dead Until Dark to be better than the print version?

    Johanna Parker is fantastic and keeps you enthralled. She is a real voice talent. I don't know how she does it but her voice is shockingly like Anna Paquin's. So if you enjoy HBO's True Blood, you'll love these books. The books are not completely true to the show so you get the characters you love and some similarity in the plot lines, but there are enough differences to hold your interest.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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