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Bruce

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Fort Pierce, FL, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • Any Other Name: Walt Longmire, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1297)
    Performance
    (1182)
    Story
    (1176)

    Sheriff Walt Longmire had already rounded up a sizable posse of devoted readers when the A&E television series Longmire sent the Wyoming lawman’s popularity skyrocketing. Now, in Any Other Name, Walt is sinking into high-plains winter discontent when his former boss, Lucian Conally, asks him to take on a mercy case in an adjacent county. Detective Gerald Holman is dead and Lucian wants to know what drove his old friend to take his own life.

    C. Telfair says: "Lost in Fog with Buffalo"
    "I Am Totally Addicted to Longmire."
    Overall
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    Would you listen to Any Other Name again? Why?

    Yes - will probably listen at least one more time. I have enjoyed several earlier titles the second time through and would think this would be no different. The stories are so entertaining and George Guidall nail the narration. Entertaining and fun...


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Any Other Name?

    I love the interation between Walt and Vic - so the exchanges between them would rank right up there.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    Able to get me to visualize all of the characters.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When if became clear that things were not going to come out totally "fine" - that things had explanation - but that the explanation was not particularly pretty - and that there are bad people - and bad things out there that we sometimes cannot "fix" or "solve"


    Any additional comments?

    I did not give this book as high a rating as I have other Longmire's - I am struggling a bit with the whole plot line that continues from Serpent's Tooth. I also thought the overlay of Walt's grandchild arriving was a bit forced - as Henry noted - why not get on the plane - go to Philly and take care of that - then come back and deal with things in Wyoming.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • A Stab in the Dark

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By William Roberts
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (38)

    Nine long years have passed since the killer last struck - nine years since eight helpless young women were brutally slaughtered by an icepick-wielding maniac. The trail grew cold and the book was unofficially closed on a serial killer who stopped killing. But now "The Icepick Prowler" has confessed - but only to seven of the killings. Not only does he deny the eighth, he has an airtight alibi. Barbara Ettinger's family had almost come to accept that the young woman was the victim of a random killing.

    antonio says: "A good reading !"
    "Unfolding"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    One thing that I think Lawrence Block does very well is that his plot seems to "unfold". His stories don't very often surprise with things that you are shocked with - rather they evolve with a logic that makes sense when you reflect back on them. Scudder never seems lost or in over his head - rather he is analytical and dogged. Also prefer the length of these to the 15 hour plus convoluted epics

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3475)
    Performance
    (3047)
    Story
    (3054)

    John Puller's older brother, Robert, was convicted of treason and national security crimes. His inexplicable escape from prison makes him the most wanted criminal in the country. Some in the government believe that John Puller represents their best chance at capturing Robert alive, and so Puller takes on the burden of bringing his brother in to face justice. But Puller quickly discovers that there are others pursuing his brother, who only see Robert as a traitor and are unconcerned if he survives.

    Kathryn says: "Worth the listen"
    "Good story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    An entertaining read that will lead me to a few more DB books in the near future. Some of the plot elements seem pretty improbable - but I was able to get past them and enjoy the ride.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Abominable Man: A Martin Beck Police Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (31)

    The bloody murder of a police captain in his hospital room exposes the particularly unsavory history of a man who spent 40 years practicing a horrible blend of strong-arm police work and shear brutality. Nonetheless, Martin Beck and his colleagues scour Stockholm for the murderer, a demented and deadly rifleman. As the tension builds and a feeling of impending danger grips Beck, his investigation unearths evidence of police corruption.

    Bruce says: "Hmmmm"
    "Hmmmm"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I know this is part of what many see as transformational writing in police/crime fiction. And I enjoyed it - but in the end I found it pretty blah.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gilgamesh: A New English Version

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Stephen Mitchell
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (844)
    Performance
    (472)
    Story
    (467)

    This brilliant new treatment of the world's oldest epic is a literary event on par with Seamus Heaney's wildly popular Beowulf translation. Esteemed translator and best-selling author Stephen Mitchell energizes a heroic tale so old it predates Homer's Iliad by more than a millennium.

    George says: "A defense of this "translation""
    "Fascinating"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I love the discovery side of Audible😊
    I am in my late 60s and have never heard anything about Gilgamesh. Not a great book - but one that did make me think a lot about some basic aspects of the human condition

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Norwegian by Night

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Derek B. Miller
    • Narrated By Sean Mangan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (492)
    Performance
    (449)
    Story
    (449)

    Sheldon Horowitz - 82 years old, impatient, and unreasonable - is staying with his granddaughter's family in Norway when he disappears with a stranger's child. Sheldon is an ex-Marine, and he feels responsible for his son's death in Vietnam. Recently widowed and bereft, he talks to the ghosts of his past constantly. To Norway's cops, Sheldon is just an old man who is coming undone at the end of a long and hard life. But Sheldon is clear in his own mind.

    Sara says: "Don't Miss This Amazing Book"
    "Delightful surprise"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was a bit skeptical when I read the description of the book - to the point of being willing to return it if the first hour or so did not engage me. Instead I found myself listening straight thru and really enjoying both the story and Sheldon

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Darker Shade of Sweden

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By John-Henri Holmberg
    • Narrated By Carol Monda, Scott Brick, Adam Grupper, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (172)

    Ever since Stieg Larsson shone a light on the brilliance of Swedish crime writing with his acclaimed and best-selling Millennium trilogy, listeners around the world have sought out and devoured the crime fiction of his countrymen (and women), many of whom have proved to be some of the greatest masters of the genre. In this landmark and unique publication, Sweden's most distinguished and best-loved crime writers have contributed stories to an anthology that promises to thrill even the most jaded mystery listener.

    Cindy says: "Not enough stories"
    "Loved this"
    Overall
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    I have become obsessed with the nordic police procedurals. Iceland - Norway - Sweden - have all been awesome - this compilation was well worth the listen and I learned a lot

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gods of Guilt

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3907)
    Performance
    (3447)
    Story
    (3441)

    Mickey Haller gets the text, "Call me ASAP - 187," and the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention. Murder cases have the highest stakes and the biggest paydays, and they always mean Haller has to be at the top of his game. When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one. He soon finds out that she was back in LA and back in the life.

    Jane says: "Definitely entertaining. I had some smiles."
    "Good - but Harry is better"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Found this a nice change from the Harry Bosch series - but not quite as good. Writing is solid and there are a few surprises along the way - but also a few things that seem improbable

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The White Lioness: A Kurt Wallander Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (532)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (287)

    The execution-style murder of a Swedish housewife looks like a simple case, except that there is no obvious suspect. Wallander follows a lead on a determined stalker. But when his alibi turns out to be airtight, Wallander begins to realize that what seemed a simple crime of passion is actually far more complex and dangerous. Eventually, his search uncovers an assassination plot, and Wallander soon finds himself in a tangle with the secret police and with a ruthless foreign agent.

    Amelie says: "Great boo."
    "In many ways the best and worst of Mankell"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I am a huge fan of Kurt Wallander and the first 100 pages or so of this book are really great at allowing the reader to see the world as Wallander sees it.

    Unfortunately the author is determined to make a political point with the rest of the book and puts together a long - way too long - convoluted - way too convoluted - tale that is hard to believe and paints the bad guys as caricatures - not real villains - but evil symbols

    Disappointed

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Step Behind: A Kurt Wallander Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (543)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (211)

    On Midsummer's Eve, three role-playing teens dressed in 18th-century garb are shot in a secluded Swedish meadow. When one of Inspector Kurt Wallander's most trusted colleagues, someone whose help he hoped to rely on to solve the crime, also turns up dead, Wallander knows the murders are related. But with his only clue a picture of a woman no one in Sweden seems to know, he can't begin to imagine how.

    Joanna says: "Definitely Recommend"
    "Good but not great"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have enjoyed all of the Mankell mysteries - Pyramid is my favorite. This is a good listen and well worth your tim

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angels Flight: A Harry Bosch Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1008)
    Performance
    (893)
    Story
    (903)

    An activist attorney is killed in a cute little L.A. trolley called Angels Flight, far from Harry Bosch's Hollywood turf. But the case is so explosive - and the dead man's enemies inside the L.A.P.D. are so numerous - that it falls to Harry to solve it. Now the streets are superheating. Harry's year-old Vegas marriage is unraveling. And the hunt for a killer is leading Harry to another high-profile L.A. murder case, one where every cop had a motive. The question is, did any have the guts?

    Janels says: "Suffers from poor narration"
    "Harry at his best"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This and The Narrows are my favorites in the mid range of the Harry Bosch series. The plot holds together pretty well with the Conely twists

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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