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  • Tatiana: An Arkady Renko Novel, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Martin Cruz Smith
    • Narrated By Henry Strozier
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (147)

    One of the iconic investigators of contemporary fiction, Arkady Renko - cynical, analytical, and quietly subversive - has survived the cultural journey from the Soviet Union to the New Russia, only to find the nation as obsessed with secrecy and brutality as was the old Communist dictatorship. In Tatiana, Martin Cruz Smith’s most ambitious novel since Gorky Park, the melancholy hero finds himself on the trail of a mystery as complex and dangerous as modern Russia herself.

    Richard Delman says: "Extremely disappointing. Renko fades away."
    "Decent story relevant to our times"
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    I have long been a fan of the Arkady Renko series though this is the first I have experienced as an audio book. Martin Cruz Smith brings well drawn characters and exquisite turns of phrase to the genre. The world weary Renko seems endlessly adaptable to the ever evolving Russian landscape. Some of the coincidences and plot twists require a fair amount of suspension of disbelief but it's such a pleasure to inhabit Smith's world that I'm easily won over. The only complaint I have is, though the reader had an appealing delivery, he read at a somnambulent pace which got pretty frustrating after a while. He also didn't bother much with differentiating the voices. Still and all a worthy addition to the series.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (7405)
    Performance
    (6731)
    Story
    (6744)

    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"
    "Good performance, okay story"
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    Though the characters are well drawn, the story is somewhat lacking in suspense and one is inclined to loose interest in all the plot machinations. Still, will probably listen to the next of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Son: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (707)
    Performance
    (637)
    Story
    (634)

    Sonny Lofthus is a strangely charismatic and complacent young man. Sonny’s been in prison for a dozen years, nearly half his life. The inmates who seek out his uncanny abilities to soothe leave his cell feeling absolved. They don’t know or care that Sonny has a serious heroin habit - or where or how he gets his uninterrupted supply of the drug. Or that he’s serving time for other peoples’ crimes. Sonny took the first steps toward addiction when his father took his own life rather than face exposure as a corrupt cop. Now Sonny is the seemingly malleable center of a whole infrastructure of corruption....

    Charles Atkinson says: "Maybe The Best Mystery Novelist Anywhere"
    "Hmm. Don't believe the hype."
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    Though parts were satisfying revenge fantasy, it was so implausible, and the villain so cartoonish (with his massive bone crushing hands etc.) that the story lost me by the end. Religious references were heavy handed.

    3 of 3 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
    (949)
    Performance
    (826)
    Story
    (827)

    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....

    Librarian says: "Who knew?"
    "What a difference a reader makes!"
    Overall
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    I listened to the first of the series and found it tedious because the of the ponderous reader. Was glad I gave the second book a try because Adler-Olsen is good writer and it only needed a good reader to bring it to life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: Virgil Flowers, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1077)
    Performance
    (954)
    Story
    (936)

    In Israel, a man clutching a backpack searches desperately for a boat. In Minnesota, Virgil Flowers gets a message from Lucas Davenport: You're about to get a visitor. It's an Israeli cop, and she's tailing a man who's smuggled out an extraordinary relic - a copper scroll revealing startling details about the man known as King Solomon. Wait a minute, laughs Virgil. Is this one of those Da Vinci Code deals? The secret scroll, the blockbuster revelation, the teams of murderous bad guys? Should I be boning up on my Bible verses? He looks at the cop. She's not laughing.

    Debbi says: "Still a fan, but..."
    "Laugh-out-loud funny"
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    One of the more Byzantine plots from the Flowers series. Immensely entertaining: Dan Brown meets the Maltese Falcon at the cross roads of Lake Woebegon. As usual, Eric Conger brings life to John Sanford's richly drawn characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shock Wave

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1571)
    Performance
    (1303)
    Story
    (1300)

    The thrilling new Virgil Flowers novel from the #1 New York Times best-selling author. The superstore chain PyeMart has its sights set on a Minnesota river town, but two very angry groups want to stop it: local merchants, fearing for their businesses, and environmentalists, predicting ecological disaster. The protests don't seem to be slowing the project, though, until someone decides to take matters into his own hands.

    aaron says: "Not the best Virgil ~ but it is still Virgil!"
    "Another pleasure"
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    The Flowers series always delivers. Conger and Sanford are the perfect team. Dialog is nicely heard and characters are fully drawn. I'll be sorry when I've heard them all!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1606)
    Performance
    (818)
    Story
    (819)

    Twenty years ago, four teenagers at summer camp walked into the woods at night. Two were found murdered, and the others were never seen again. Four families had their lives changed forever. Now, two decades later, they are about to change again.

    Ted says: "WHOA! This was totally good!"
    "Ponderous"
    Overall
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    Read way too slow, this book was veered from predictable to implausible. Russian accents straight out of Bullwinkle.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Expats: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Chris Pavone
    • Narrated By Mozhan Marno
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (431)
    Performance
    (357)
    Story
    (358)

    Kate Moore is a working mother, struggling to make ends meet, to raise children, to keep a spark in her marriage... and to maintain an increasingly unbearable life-defining secret. So when her husband is offered a lucrative job in Luxembourg, she jumps at the chance to leave behind her double-life, to start anew. She begins to reinvent herself as an expat, finding her way in a language she doesn’t speak, doing the housewifely things she’s never before done - playdates and coffee mornings, daily cooking and never-ending laundry....

    Ariel says: "You Will Need to Pay Attention"
    "Boring, unconvincing, drab writing."
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    Was disappointed by this book. Written at an 8th grade level. Tedium of domestic life in foreign cities whose descriptions could have been pulled from travel brochures. Unconvincing premise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cold, Cold Ground

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1408)
    Performance
    (1221)
    Story
    (1217)

    Adrian McKinty was born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. He studied politics and philosophy at Oxford before moving to America in the early 1990s. Living first in Harlem, he found employment as a construction worker, barman, and bookstore clerk. In 2000 he moved to Denver to become a high school English teacher and it was there that he began writing fiction.

    Alan says: "What a stunning book"
    "An excellent outing for team McKinty/Doyle"
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    This may be my favorite of Adrian McKinty's books. It's certainly up there. As far as I know, a police procedural is a departure for McKinty and the form suits him well. The characters are vividly brought to life and the dialog is, as usual, whip-smart and often hilarious. Northern Ireland of the eighties is beautifully brought to life. It's interesting to follow the investigation in the time right before cell phones and the internet changed everything. Sometimes the alphabet soup of paramilitary groups gets a bit confusing but doesn't detract from the experience. I was sorry to reach the end of the book but I am heartened that it will be the first of a trilogy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Grand: A Novel of Suspense

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Paula Christensen
    Overall
    (509)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (156)

    An illegal immigrant is killed in a hit-and-run on a frozen mountain road in the town of Fairview, Colorado. No one is prosecuted for his death and his case is quietly forgotten. Six months later another illegal makes a treacherous run across the border, barely escaping with her life. She finds work as a maid and, secretly, begins to investigate the death of her father. But she isn't a maid, and she's not Mexican.

    David says: "Anxiously Awaited"
    "Another winner!"
    Overall

    This audio book had the usual McKinty magic. Starts off with a bang and keeps you hooked. Locations and characters vividly drawn. A strong central character with an original voice. Allusions to poetry and philosophy that push the novel beyond genre fiction.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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