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Howie

History, historical fiction and mysteries are my faves, but a fan of all genres.

Calgary, AB, Canada | Member Since 2007

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  • The Devil’s Star: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (131)

    young woman is murdered in her Oslo flat. One finger has been severed from her left hand, and behind her eyelid is secreted a tiny red diamond in the shape of a five-pointed star – a pentagram, the devil’s star. Detective Harry Hole is assigned to the case with his long-time adversary Tom Waaler and initially wants no part in it. But Harry is already on notice to quit the force and is left with little alternative but to drag himself out of his alcoholic stupor and get to work. A wave of similar murders is on the horizon. An emerging pattern suggests that Oslo has a serial killer on its hands....

    Russell says: "A Great Read Becomes a Magnificent Listen"
    "Another great Nesbo book"
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    I've read the series totally out of order, but have enjoyed each Harry Hole misadventure.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Levanter

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Eric Ambler
    • Narrated By Tim Bentinck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Syria, 1970. Three years after the Six-Day War. Michael Howell is utterly apolitical and genetically programmed for survival, a Levantine of mixed origin with an Italian mistress and profitable business enterprises throughout the Middle East. Life is sweet for Howell until, one night in Damascus, he discovers that his factories have become the clandestine operations base for a fanatical terrorist organization dead set on destroying Israel. Suddenly, Howell is caught in the middle, with nowhere to run.

    Howie says: "Really Good, stick with it through the beginning.."
    "Really Good, stick with it through the beginning.."
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    For me it started rather confusingly and I thought I was getting it or misssing something. Maybe it was just me or I wasn't very attentive when I started it. It really gets going and is a good story that kept intrigued and making use of google maps to get my bearings.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Counterfeit Agent: A John Wells Novel, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Alex Berenson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (169)

    In an Istanbul hotel, a deep source warns a CIA agent that Iran intends to kill a CIA station chief. Quickly, John Wells is called in to investigate, but before he can get far, the tip comes true. Which means that the next warning the source gives will be taken very seriously indeed. And it’s a big one. We’ve put a package on a ship from Dubai to the United States. A radioactive one. A bomb? Not yet. It’s a test run.

    Brad says: "Listen a lot but dont write many"
    "Ummm, somewhat disappointed"
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    Was expecting more it was alright but not great......love the genre and I'm somewhat fussy though.....

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Purity of Vengeance: A Department Q Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    Overall
    (321)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (277)

    International superstar Jussi Adler-Olsen, with more than fourteen million copies of his books sold worldwide, returns with the fourth book in his New York Times best-selling Department Q series, about a perplexing cold case with sinister modern-day consequences. In 1987, Nete Hermansen plans revenge on those who abused her in her youth, including Curt Wad, a charismatic surgeon who was part of a movement to sterilize wayward girls in 1950s Denmark.

    Charles Atkinson says: "It's a 5 Star Story of Revenge"
    "Dark mystery with humor, though twisted I luv it!"
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    More Department Q, full of flawed characters like myself. Very interesting combination of mystery/thriller with elements humor. I refer to the series as a darker Danish Barney Miller. Looking forward to the next installment from Adler Olsen.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Enemy: Victor the Assassin, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Tom Wood
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (105)

    Victor, a former assassin-for-hire, has joined forces with a CIA special unit. His first assignment: Three strangers. Three hits. Fast and clean. Victor's a natural for this.It should have been simple. But with each hit Victor is plunged deeper into an unimaginable conspiracy where no one, least of all the people he knows, can be trusted.With the stakes growing higher by the minute, Victor realizes he's been forced into playing a game he never expected. Because he's the next target. And there's no way out.

    David says: "I want to be killed by Victor!"
    "Think I found a Winner of a series....."
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    Set in Bucharest to start, luv the settings used in these stories. Can't wait to wade into the rest of this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Saints of the Shadow Bible

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ian Rankin
    • Narrated By James MacPherson
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    Sunday Times No. 1 bestseller Ian Rankin returns with his gripping new Rebus novel. Unabridged edition featuring a bonus interview with Ian Rankin and James MacPherson. Rebus is back on the force, albeit with a demotion and a chip on his shoulder. A 30-year-old case is being reopened, and Rebus's team from back then is suspected of foul play. With Malcolm Fox as the investigating officer are the past and present about to collide in a shocking and murderous fashion?

    Howie says: "Narrator changed everything for me,"
    "Narrator changed everything for me,"
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    Couldn't get into it like previous editions.... OK but not great. Preferred previous narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jake Adelstein
    • Narrated By Jake Adelstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (273)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (111)

    At 19, Jake Adelstein went to Japan in search of peace and tranquility. What he got was a life of crime reporting at the prestigious Yomiuri Shinbun. For 12 years of 80-hour workweeks, he covered the seedy side of Japan, where extortion, murder, human trafficking, and corruption are as familiar as ramen noodles and sake.

    Steven says: "Memoir, crime story and travelogue in one package"
    "Fromage anyone? Just too macho aqua velva for me.."
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    Entertaining but not really my thing, a rainy day book maybe when between books.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (4799)
    Performance
    (4370)
    Story
    (4380)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Hesitant to pick this one up, glad I did!"
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    Wasn't sure how JK would handle a murder mystery, for me it was really good, she can transcend to this genre well. I too am looking forward to this becoming a series and the progression of the main character Comorant Strike. Also the images of London which so far the story is based in. A good listen recommend to mystery lovers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gulag Archipelago: Volume III: Katorga, Exile, Stalin Is No More

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs)
    • By Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    In this final volume of a towering work that is both literary masterpiece and living memorial to the untold millions of Soviet martyrs, Solzhenitsyn's epic narrative moves to its astounding and unforseen climax. We now see that this great cathedral of a book not only commemorates those massed victims but celebrates the unquenched spirit of resistance that flickered and then burst into flame even in Stalin's "special camps."

    Kathryn Kienholz says: "The saddest book I ever read."
    "If the whole series is too daunting, read this one"
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    Concentrates on life in the Gulag and Solzhenitsyns harrowing experiences and others around him. This volume reads more like a novel IMHO, and is great first person account of the horrors of the Terror and life in the Gulag, from a 20th century icon. Highly recommend for anyone with interest in the Soviet era of Russian history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (5877)
    Performance
    (4243)
    Story
    (4263)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Shannon says: "Word Thief"
    "One of the Best Books I've ever read bar none!"
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    A captivating engrossing tale I finished in record time because I couldn't stop listening. Felt like I was in the story watching, very well written about a time that is hard to comprehend in my mind. Highly recommend to anyone from High School age and upward.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Leopard: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (109)

    In the depths of winter, a killer stalks the city streets. His victims are two young women, both found with twenty-four inexplicable puncture wounds, both drowned in their own blood. The crime scenes offer no clues, the media is reaching fever pitch, and the police are running out of options. There is only one man who can help them, and he doesn’t want to be found.

    S. R. Gibb says: "Absolutely Fantastic"
    "Can't Get Enough Nesbo!!"
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    Spooky but compelling, Harry Hole is my favorite flawed protagonist in recent memory. This series lead me in to the entire Scandavian Crime Genre and must say this series is at the top of the list for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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