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  • Open Season: A Joe Pickett Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By C. J. Box
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (834)
    Performance
    (679)
    Story
    (676)

    C.J. Box’s Open Season is a rare debut mystery that “immediately sets itself apart from the crowd” (Booklist). This thrilling novel stars Joe Pickett, a game warden in Wyoming who finds his life in danger after he looks into a murder investigation and discovers a conspiracy involving an oil pipeline and its threat to an endangered species.

    Bob says: "The start of an adventure!"
    "Seems like a decent guy."
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    Joe Picket is a newly minted warden in "small-town, big-game" Wyoming.

    He is an incorruptible character with high ideals. (enter dirty-dealing friends and big money temptation). He quickly makes a few enemies who would like nothing better than to see Picket replaced and his reputation destroyed - and if they have their way that's exactly what will happen.

    To the author's credit he has left out a lot of unnecessary "sensationalism" that most author's are tempted to junk up their writing with. (eg., there is very little, if any, foul language; no grisly details or gory, deranged murders; lusty scenes are mostly replaced with monogamous relationships). Neither does he preach his values, he just tells a story.

    However, to be fair review, the storyline is promising, but rather predictable.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Clockwork

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 31 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Anton Lesser
    Overall
    (305)
    Performance
    (273)
    Story
    (275)

    A tormented apprentice clock-maker - and a deadly knight in armour. A mechanical prince - and the sinister Dr Kalmenius, who some say is the devil... Wind up these characters, fit them into a story on a cold winter's evening and suddenly life and the story begin to merge - almost like clockwork...

    blaqfury says: "Cute Story"
    "Okay short story"
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    Reads like an old German fairytale set in an authentic Germanic village (replete with artisans and laborers), but includes modern amenities such as cell phones.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nobody Walks

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Mick Herron
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    The death of Tom Bettany's estranged 26-year-old son brings him back to London. His return sparks the interest of everyone from mobsters to MI5 officers - he may have thought he left his old life as a spy behind, but nobody just walks away. Tom Bettany is working at a meat processing plant in France when he gets the voicemail from an English woman he doesn't know telling him that his estranged 26-year-old son is dead. Liam was smoking dope on his London balcony when he fell....

    Aaron says: "Loved the book, hated the ending"
    "Loved the book, hated the ending"
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    Narrator was great, I think he really made the words come alive.

    There is something really enjoyable about Mick Heron's writing style. I'm not sure if it is the story, the slow build, the slightly off-beat characterization, or something else...but I seem to be pulled into the story eventually, every time.

    I was somewhat disappointed when this. One came to an end. I suppose I knew it had to happen, but I was no less surprised when it did happen.

    Perhaps a sequel? Hollywood can do it, why not you? Hehehe😚

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Agent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By David Horovitch
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (68)

    Our agent, a man named Mr Verloc, minds his own business while he keeps his shop in London's Soho, alongside his wife, who attends to her aged mother and disabled brother. Their lives are turned upside down when Verloc is reluctantly employed to plant a bomb and destroy an observatory in London. What was once the perfect bomb plot inevitably turns awry and Verloc, his family and his associates are forced to face the consequences.

    John says: "Worthwhile"
    "Life is too short to endure a bad novel"
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    Perhaps it is the difference in times and cultures, but this book moves at a snail's pace, and the plot remains unclear after several hours.

    As an avid listener to espionage novels, and classic lit.,... this one is a dud.

    *It doesn't help that the narrator sounds like Yoda when performing the main character.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The World at Night: Jean Casson Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Alan Furst
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (224)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (128)

    The World at Night is an edge-of-your-seat World War II tale of intrigue and espionage, set in the shadowy back streets and glittering salons of occupied Paris. Film producer Jean Casson, a Paris sophisticate, struggles to come to terms with the uncomfortable realities of life under German occupation, as he becomes caught up in the initial actions of what was to become the French Resistance.

    Darwin8u says: "A solid Furst novel, just not a great one"
    "Solid but a little slow"
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    World War II, occupied Paris.

    A film director navigates through twisting allegiances and desirable damsels to locate a path to survival.

    Not great. Not bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13673)
    Performance
    (5950)
    Story
    (5993)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "Epic"
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    A cathedral in Mediaeval England was highly honored, and would bring great importance to any city that had one.

    Ken Follett did an admirable job of creating a world that revolves around a group of monks who ambitiously embark on building a new cathedral. The story also focuses on a few skilled builders, several Bishops (both good and bad), and the inevitable Royal Families that control the lands, and of course...the peasants.

    Follett was fair-handed in his depiction of both the "devout" and the completely "corrupt" and both character-types were believable. It was a novel as sprawling as the cathedral itself, but was also very well-done.

    Narration by John Lee was superb.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silkworm

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5223)
    Performance
    (4768)
    Story
    (4767)

    When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

    H James Lucas says: "A well-worn genre enlivened with fresh characters"
    "Anti-climactic, yet still enjoyable"
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    This is the second book in a new detective series by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling.

    The first book "Cuckoo's Calling" was an enjoyable departure from Rowling's typical writing. It focused on a hard-luck detective who begrudgingly takes a case, only to break it open and find an interesting twist at the end.

    The second book "Silkworm" follows the same main characters as they track down clues from a gruesome murder.

    Rowling does a great job at continuing the character development of the main characters, but many other characters felt like cut-outs with a name. I found many of them similar and unmemorable, especially as they all ran in the same circles and held similar careers.
    This shortage of viable characters in the suspect pool, certainly made it difficult for Rowling to create believable Red Herrings, and left me slightly let-down at the reveal.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Sleep

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Raymond Chandler
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    Los Angeles PI Philip Marlowe is working for the Sternwood family. Old man Sternwood, crippled and wheelchair-bound, is being given the squeeze by a blackmailer and he wants Marlowe to make the problem go away. But with Sternwood's two wild, devil-may-care daughters prowling LA's seedy backstreets, Marlowe's got his work cut out - and that's before he stumbles over the first corpse.

    Aaron says: "Detective Noir at its finest"
    "Detective Noir at its finest"
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    It's hard not to picture Bogart, but there is so much that is lost on the silver screen. The movie 'stage punches' and dated cinema left me feeling disconnected, whereas in the book, the grit and brawn came to life in color.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Lions

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Mick Herron
    • Narrated By Michael Healy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    London’s Slough House is where the washed-up MI5 spies go to while away what’s left of their failed careers. The “"low horses", as they’re called, have all disgraced themselves in some way to get relegated here. But now the slow horses have a chance at redemption. An old Cold War-era spy is found dead on a bus outside Oxford, far from his usual haunts. The despicable, irascible Jackson Lamb is convinced Dickie Bow was murdered. As the agents dig into their fallen comrade’s circumstances, they uncover a shadowy tangle of ancient Cold War secrets.

    Aaron says: "Top Ten"
    "Top Ten"
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    A mystery in a day in the life of Slough House.

    MI5 has a cast-off department where screw-ups and castaways go to pasture. Whether it is because of gambling addictions, or leaving a file on a subway car, everyone at Slough House is a "slow horse" or, as they are sometimes referred, "Special Needs".

    The character development is filled out enough that you have a feeling of who the main players really are, and you know what makes them tick. They are the underdogs, and deep down want to prove themselves.

    When they catch wind of a sleeper cell from Cold War times being awakened, they might have a chance to redeem themselves.

    Slow Horses is the prequal to Dead Lions.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (926)
    Performance
    (729)
    Story
    (729)

    A 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....

    J.R. says: "New Steig Larsson? Hah! The new Raymond Chandler!"
    "Police/Crime Thriller"
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    A serious 'Crime Thriller' written by Norway's Jo Nesbo.

    I have read three books in the Harry Hole series and this was my favorite. It had a well-considered plot, good dialogue, positive character development, and the writing was expertly handled.I enjoyed the character study of Harry Hole (the hero/anti-hero). He is funny in a pathetic, yet lovable way.

    There were multiple minor plot lines that intersected during the chase for an elusive serial killer; I felt this added interest to the story, and thickened the plot. I do not always enjoy multi-tiered stories, but in this case it was a welcome addition.

    The descriptions of the crimes were mild given that the subject matter involves a serial killer and multiple victims, but would nevertheless give it a strong R-rating for violence and graphic sexual content.

    *Recommended for fans of the genre only.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cop Hater: 87th Precinct Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Ed McBain
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (141)

    When a sniper begins gunning down cops from the 87th Precinct in cold blood, it’s up to Detective Steve Carella to solve the case. With three cops already dead, Carella delves into the city’s underworld to search for the killer.

    PAR-TEE says: "1950's Noir..."
    "50's Cop Novel"
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    The first book "Cop Killer" was set against a heatwave in the middle of Summer.

    The second book "The Mugger" takes place in Fall (Autumn).

    I happened to read both books during the seasons they were written about. I was impressed with McBain's atmospheric writing, perhaps because I experienced the seasons as he was describing them.

    McBain describes the city as if it were a woman (his words) and the reader can thus feel the dress sticking to her skin; Whether it is the sweltering summer sweat, or leaves falling around her ankles onto wet pavement.

    Once the mood is set, the actors are introduced: the criminals and the crimes they perpetrate, the enforcers of peace, and the families at home.


    “The body lay outside an abandoned, boarded-up theater. The theater had started as a first-run movie house, many years back when the neighborhood had still been fashionable. As the neighborhood began rotting, the theater began showing second-run films, and then old movies, and finally foreign-language films.”
    - Ed Mccain from "Cop Hater"




    By todays standards Mccain's writing may seem quaint, but it captures the essence of 1950's cop novels.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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