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Leonard

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  • A Death in Vienna

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (748)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (298)

    Sent to Vienna to authenticate a painting, the art restorer and sometime spy Gabriel Allon is sidetracked by a photograph that throws his world upside-down. Could it really be the face of a man who during the last days of World War II had brutalized his mother on the Death March from Auschwitz?

    Leonard says: "Another Fine Silva Novel"
    "Another Fine Silva Novel"
    Overall

    Daniel Silva is a superb writer and storyteller. "A Death In Vienna" is one of his best. The narrotor is a fine match for this story and he added much to my enjoyment.

    Leonard Stearns
    Boise, Idaho

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Bad Wolf

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Peter J. Fernandez, Denis O'Hare
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (812)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (209)

    Alex Cross' first case since joining the FBI has his new colleagues stymied. Across the country, men and women are being kidnapped in broad daylight and then disappearing completely. These people are not being taken for ransom, Alex realizes. They are being bought and sold. And it looks like a shadowy figure known as the Wolf, a master criminal who has brought a new reign of terror to organized crime, is behind this business in which ordinary men and women are sold as slaves.

    Ed says: "Alex Cross returns"
    "Big Bad Wolf"
    Overall

    I did not like "Big Bad Wolf". However, Mr. Patterson is a fine author and I have enjoyed several of his earlier novels. He is a skilful storyteller who brings dignity and wit into the inter-ethnic relationships of his characters.

    However, it strikes me that recently Mr. Patterson has begun to introduce more than one genre into a single novel. "The Big Bad Wolf" is a good example and "Cradle and All" is, in my view, an extreme example. I cannot help asking myself whether these stories are mystery or melodrama?

    Personally, I find genre mixing in "Big Bad Wolf" both distracting and frustrating because the sharp disconnects fracture my "suspension of disbelief". Unfortunately, recent narrators see to stress the melodrama line.

    It is clear that Mr. Patterson has strong moral and philosophical convictions and that his convictions add depth and dimension to his work. However, I believe an author needs to decide which genre he wants to pursue.

    Leonard Stearns
    Boise, Idaho

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Sunset Limited

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    In the Dave Robicheaux mysteries, Edgar Award-winning and best-selling author James Lee Burke immerses his fans deep in the Louisiana underworld of cops, convicts, and con artists. With each intriguing case that lands on the police detective's desk, Dave continues his debate with the unpredictable forces that dwell within him.

    Leonard says: "Sunset Limited"
    "Sunset Limited"
    Overall

    Another of Burke's superb novels. The Reader's command of Southern Louisiana dialect is breathtaking.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (132)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    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!

    Michael Koscielski says: "The Defection of A.J. Lewinter"
    "Luke Warm At Best"
    Overall

    Not even close to the quality of "The Company". However, it is readable and enjoyable -- just a disappointment after reading his show stopper.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Up Country

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1745)
    Performance
    (567)
    Story
    (564)

    In the latest from Nelson DeMille (author of The Lion's Game), Paul Brenner is called out of CID retirement to investigate the murder 30 years ago of an army lieutenant in Vietnam. Brenner's trip up country, with a beautiful American expatriate for company, will lead him to uncover an explosive, long-buried secret.

    James B says: "You Must Read Up Country"
    "Superb Fiction"
    Overall

    Mr. DeMille has written one of the best, if not the best, fiction work I have read. I cannot recommend this book too highly.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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