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  • 7 reviews
  • 15 ratings
  • 118 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2015

  • Police: A Harry Hole Novel, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The police urgently need Harry Hole…. A killer is stalking Oslo's streets. Police officers are being slain at the scenes of crimes they once investigated but failed to solve. The murders are brutal, the media reaction hysterical. But this time, Harry can't help.... For years, detective Harry Hole has been at the center of every major criminal investigation in Oslo. His dedication to his job and his brilliant insights have saved the lives of countless people. But now, with those he loves most facing terrible danger, Harry is not in a position to protect anyone. Least of all himself...

    Charles Atkinson says: "Simply the Best Detective Series In any Language"
    "The best one yet! But why not Robin Sachs?"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Police to be better than the print version?

    No. But only because I'm not used to this narrator. I had to check out the book too, just to review that the names he was reading were the ones I was used to hearing.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of course, Harry had always been my favorite in the series, but I guess now it will have to be Baete Lonn. Or will it? Ha ha.

    Would you listen to another book narrated by John Lee?

    He is a good narrator, but I've listened to the whole series read by Robin Sachs for the most part. John Lee had more of a WW II "... AND WHAT ABOUT OUR BOYS IN THE PACIFIC...." type of news reporter tone.

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

    The one thats already been used somewhere. 'He's back. Or is he?"

    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Raven Black: Book One of the Shetland Island Quartet

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin

    It is a cold January morning, and Shetland lies beneath a deep layer of snow. Trudging home, Fran Hunter's eye is drawn to a splash of color on the frozen ground, ravens circling above. It is the strangled body of her teenage neighbor, Catherine Ross. The locals on the quiet island stubbornly focus their gaze on one man - loner and simpleton Magnus Tait.

    MxH says: "Couldn't find a weak point."
    "Was OK but not up to the hype of the reviews"

    I downloaded this one because the reviews were so favorable. I suppose I was disappointed because my expectations were so high. This was a pretty good book as far as the concept goes.. It was slow going though and the pace only picked up a little when it was nearly over and the author pretty much said "Oh, and Catherine's killer turned out to be **** ! Can you believe it?!"
    Well, I actually thought it was a bit implausible. I thought, no way could that person have strangled Catherine.
    But I did like Perez and I'll probably read the other books in this series. But I don't think I'll use up a credit on them.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Burning Room

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Titus Welliver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the LAPD's Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die almost a decade after the crime. So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet nine years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh, but all other evidence is virtually nonexistent. Now Bosch and rookie Detective Lucia Soto, are tasked with solving what turns out to be a highly charged, politically sensitive case.

    Barbara N. says: "Great story, narration a disappointment"
    "I thought the narrator was just fine."

    This was another story about Harry Bosch's cases. He gets more sanctimonious in each story. Oh not really... well kind of. Anyway, he has a new partner, which is good because I thought his last one was kind of a whiner. I can't say much about it without spoiling it. Of course there's corruption and Harry's in the way.

    But really, the narration is just fine. He reads the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angelmaker

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Nick Harkaway
    • Narrated By Daniel Weyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Joe Spork repairs clocks, a far cry from his late father, a flashy London gangster. But when Joe fixes one particularly unusual device, his life is suddenly upended. Joe's client, Edie Banister, is more than just a kindly old lady - she's a former superspy. And the device? It's a 1950s doomsday machine. And having triggered it, Joe now faces the wrath of both the government and a diabolical South Asian dictator, Edie's old arch-nemesis.

    Maine Colonial says: "A cure for the modern cynic"
    "Something different. Steampunkish/Spy/Good vs.Evil"

    I love, love, loved the narration. Daniel Weyman is fantastic. I might just see what else he's done.
    I did like our hero and am glad he finally grew a pair, (can I say that?) because I wanted to slap him for asking so many stupid questions and being such a whiner. And I really liked the brother and sister.
    But, my favorite was the character of Edie. I would like to see a series of just her in her "dotage". (extreme air quotes)
    Villain was a truly terrible nemesis.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Macgyver on Mars"
    "Could not put this down!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have already recommended to 3 people and only finished this morning.

    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the fact that the story was true to the laws of physics; we arent expecting the aliens to show up with ray guns or magic rings or anything. It was suspenseful without being gutt wrenching; the character was upbeat and amusingly sarcastic without being the comic relief.

    What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?

    He did a great job being Mark and was also able to relate the parts of the story that werent written in the first person. His accents were really good, even if he didn't really need them all.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Arctic Chill

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Arnaldur Indridason
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The only author to win the Glass Key Award for Best Nordic Crime Novel two years in a row, Arnaldur Indridason has sold more than five million copies of his novels in more than 25 countries. A detective whose inner turmoil threatens to consume him, Erlendur Sveinsson is charged with investigating the death of an Asian boy—and confronting forces colder than Iceland’s frigid clime.

    Carol says: "Don't waste your credit"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It was the story. And I was shocked. I love this series. I'm dying to find out if anything wierd happened to the little brother! I am not sure that Guidall could have done a thing to help.It seemed like the same witness / suspect interview repeated 150 times! It just went on and on. "Can you think of anyone who would want to hurt him?" "No. Who would have done such a terrible thing?! " I'm sure thats how detective work really is, but I'm hoping for a little bit more entertainment in my escapism. It was all I could do to get to the end.

    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I will try another one because this had to be a fluke.

    Did George Guidall do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    George Guidall does wonderfully in EVERYTHING.

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Arctic Chill?

    About half the interview scenes. Or changed up the dialog at least a little!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Drowned Hopes: A Dortmunder Novel

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated By Arte Johnson

    Arriving home at dawn after another failed burglary, John Dortmunder - the anti-hero of Donald Westlake's popular comic crime series - is shocked to find his apartment occupied by a notorious cellmate everyone had supposed (and hoped) had been jailed for life.

    Kelly Howard says: "Good book. Bad, BAD, BAAAD performance"
    "Arte Johnson makes this hilarious!"
    Where does Drowned Hopes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In all my years of listening to books on recorded media, this will always be among my very favorites. I bought it on CASETTE tape and I have revisited it many times since.

    The plot is great -
    An old ( and elderly ) cell mate of Dortmunders has finally been released on parole and wants help recovering money which he buried behind a library in a small town 'upstate'. The trouble is that now, there is a manmade resevoir where the town used to be. "Now my money is buried under 6 ft of dirt, and 40 ft of water." All of the different wacky plans that the gang comes up with for salvaging the money and the fact that the old convict continues to be a homicidal maniac who constantly needs to be stopped from just blowing up the damn to let the water drain out, make this just a hilarious story that still makes me laugh everytime I listen to it. And it is Arte Johnson that makes it come to life.

    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Very entertaining storyline.

    What about Arte Johnson’s performance did you like?

    Arte Johnson is spot-on with the characters voices. Dortmunder, the downtrodden thief. Kelp, the optimistic sidekick and all manner of other colorful and quirky characters which he verbally illustrates beautifully.

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

    A wonderful piece of fun escapism. I still listen to it once every few years. In fact I drove my kids crazy for a bit because I was always quoting lines from it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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