You no longer follow Charles Atkinson

You will no longer see updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can re-follow a user if you change your mind.

OK

You now follow Charles Atkinson

You will receive updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can unfollow a user if you change your mind.

OK

Charles Atkinson

A few must reads: Mr. Mercedes, Narrows Gate, Cop Town, Bomb Proof, Wayfaring Stranger, The Son (Nesbo), Dept Q series...

Greensboro, NC, United States | Member Since 2014

1838
HELPFUL VOTES
  • 330 reviews
  • 608 ratings
  • 0 titles in library
  • 14 purchased in 2015
FOLLOWING
18
FOLLOWERS
491

  • Call to Arms: The Corps Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (606)
    Performance
    (542)
    Story
    (544)

    The attack on Pearl Harbor swept America into the raging heart of the war. The stormy South Pacific presented a daring new challenge, and the men of the Corps were ready to fight. An elite fraternity united by a glorious tradition of courage and honor, the Marine Raiders were bound to a triumphant destiny.

    Aser Tolentino says: "The USMC Goes to War against Japan, and Itself"
    "An epic story worthy of your time."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Like Semper Fi, this one leaves you longing for more. The characters are well developed and charismatic. The historical backdrop is accurate and Griffin does a masterful job using the reality of war to make the reader feel the impending doom of the lost of loved ones.

    Once again Dick Hill is wonderful. Somehow, he is exceptional in the feminine voice.

    Did I mention it left me wanting more? I've already purchased books 3 & 4 at the used book store!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    Overall
    (1702)
    Performance
    (1431)
    Story
    (1434)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    Paula says: "Mind Boggling Thrilling Mystery! Don't Miss It!"
    "Beautifully Written, Masterfully Read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a work of literary genius. Thankfully it falls into my favorite genre. There's only one other novel that kept me guessing till the very end, Presumed Innocent by Scott Turrow.

    From the beginning I understood I was listening to the work of an exceptional author. It reminded me of my experience reading Secret History by Donna Tart. Yet I came close to giving up early on the novel based on the miserable, alcoholic life and existence of the main character, Rachel. She said it best when she knew she wasn't as bad off as a girl she read about who'd gotten so ripped she performed oral sex on her uncle. "That", says Rachel, "is where my bar is set." So she's a pitiful character that tried my patience as she did with every fictional relationship in the novel.

    Thankfully I persisted, because suddenly I became engrossed in every aspect of the mystery. I usually have to like or admire one or more of the characters to enjoy the experience. In most of my favorite mysteries the characters make the mystery secondary. Here the opposite is true. I really didn't like or admire anyone in the novel. The mystery dwarfs the characters.

    The three narrators are simply masterful readers. I'd put their performance on the same level as The Help.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Neon Lawyer

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Victor Methos
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    With money and hope in short supply, newly minted attorney Brigham Theodore decides it’s time to lower his standards. He joins a seedy fly-by-night firm in Salt Lake City out of desperation. After he loses his first case - a speeding ticket - he’s convinced his career is over. But to his shock, his boss hands him a slightly more complex case: capital murder.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Rookie Atty Fantasy Overly Simplistic"
    "Rookie Atty Fantasy Overly Simplistic"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    That's really enough said. It captures your attention and holds it. But the truth is it wil never happen, or it shouldn't. A first year attorney with 1 speeding violation case under his belt tries a capital murder case. No press to speak of, an experienced DA bumbles, a judge is put in his place... Too much.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Size

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By A. W. Gray
    • Narrated By Barry Press
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    This hard-boiled tale from A. W. Gray takes its title from its hero, con artist and poker player Sizemore Brandon, a gentle if criminal giant and sidekick to Pecos Jimmy, a Dallas racketeer majoring in gambling. When Size is called to testify against his boss, Jimmy decides the time has come to dispense with his services permanently. The stakes are high, and Size will have to play his cards right if he is to come out on top in the seamy underbelly of Texas.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Good Bad Guy, Fast Read"
    "Good Bad Guy, Fast Read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I purchased this on the strength of the Bino series, in which all four books rated 5 stars. I'm not dissapointed, though I do give it 3 stars because it's not near as good as the Bino series. This was written in 1989, but that takes nothing from the story at all.

    Size is a giant of a guy whose run operations for his lifelong friend, now a gangster. He's gone to jail twice for his boss and in the opening scenes he's under indictment again. Each time he's taken the fall for things his boss has actually done. But this time his boss is manipulated into believing Size will snitch, despite all experience and evidence to the contrary. So he puts a hit on Size.

    This sets off a chain of events that begins to undermine a solid crime organization as well as a Columbian Cartel they deal with. Suddenly this wakes up Size to the reality he's been blindly true and loyal to everyone but himself. He's been a fool, but now he is forced to use his strength, wit, smarts and savvy to go against them all.

    The narrator gets 3 stars for his great voice, but too careful diction. I've a sneaking suspicion he missed some of the humor AW Gray is famous for.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bino's Blues: Bino Phillips, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By A. W. Gray
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Defending a flashy, big-time Houston lawyer who is accused of killing his wife, Dallas attorney Bino Phillips becomes involved with a sultry blues singer, a vindictive judge, and a hired killer with a cleanliness fetish. Before long Bino will uncover corruption and conspiracies perpetrated by those on both sides of the law. And with all the deals being made, Bino is left to sort it out on his own.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Blue There's No More Bino"
    "Blue There's No More Bino"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    He's not dead, Bino's alive and well. Unfortunately Bino Blues is the last of the series on Audible. It just may be the best. The synergy between the narrative and the narrator creates one of the best listening experiences I've encountered on Audible. The hilarious banter, timing, relationships between characters an the legal intrigue make this book (and series) one of my favorites.

    My list of the top series off the top of my head: Harry Hole, by Nesbo. Department Q, by Alder-Olsen, Bino Phillips, by AW Gray, Inspector Gamache by Penny. To make my list in Police Procedurals category every book has to be excellent, the characters must demand my attention and capture my imagination, the stories must be believable (no super cops), and the narration should be excellent.

    Nesbo's work doesn't have much humor, but Harry Hole is the best detective character in literature in my opinion. Department Q, Bino and Gamache have a great deal of humor and the relationships between characters are so dynamic they make the mystery secondary. All four feature excellent police work and intrigue.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Killings: Bino Phillips, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By A. W. Gray
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Bino Phillips has seen his share of crime-fighting, but nothing has prepared him for the desperate search for a serial killer stalking the streets of Dallas - a serial killer that has more than the usual thirst for blood. One woman has been found, the blood sucked from her body. She and a friend, who remains missing, were to be key witnesses in Bino's defense of a young coed dealer. Now Bino finds himself in a sudden race against death, especially when the killer gets personal and targets Bino's secretary as his next victim.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Great Police Work, Clever Banter and Funny as Hell"
    "Great Police Work, Clever Banter and Funny as Hell"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    In the first two books, Bino's exploits revolved around the courtroom. This time, a very sick serial killer is terrorizing Dallas and it somehow revolves around the courthouse. Two students are gruesomely murdered and a third is missing. One link is that two of the victims were defense witnesses Bino needs for his current case. This pits Bino's razor sharp cynicism and wit against the egotistical and narcissistic federal agents.

    The synergy of a top rate narrator, great dialogue, Great characters, truly gutsy police work and plenty of laughter make this an easy 5 star experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The President's Pilot

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Robert Gandt
    • Narrated By Thomas Block
    Overall
    (334)
    Performance
    (301)
    Story
    (300)

    A year and a half into her first term as President of the United States, Libby Paulsen is in a world of trouble. Her controversial agenda has placed her in a doomsday clash with a right wing cabal led by an enigmatic Air Force general. The conspirators will stop at nothing - including assassination - to remove Libby Paulsen from office. When the cabal targets Air Force One, Libby's Presidency - and her life - rest in the hands of a maverick pilot named Pete Brand, a man with whom the President shares a long-smoldering secret.

    Matthew says: "Gives a whole new meaning to Snakes on a Plane!"
    "Possibly the Worst Narrator I've Ecperienced"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I just don't buy military conspiracy theories as plausible here in the USA. I hope I'm right. Nevertheless there seems to be no shortage of government conspiracy thrillers by some of the country's best authors in the thriller category.

    Still, the idea of a rogue Air Force One pilot saving the President appeals to me. Here is where the remarkably horrible, unprofessional narration comes into play. Any chance of the book being saved by great characters is destroyed by Mr. Block. But I can't blame him. He's so bad that I have to point to the producer for allowing this performance to happen.

    Before you buy, just listen to the 5 minute preview.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • In Defense of Judges: Bino Phillips, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By A. W. Gray
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Bino Phillips is one of the best defenders in all Dallas. He is known for defending disreputable characters and fighting for justice - even against high political interests if necessary. For the honest but politically unpopular federal judge Emmett Burns, Bino Phillips is the last hope. Burns is about to be indicted on trumped-up charges, and his gorgeous but reckless daughter, Ann, has gotten into some trouble of her own.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Do not pass this one up. It's way smart and too funny."
    "Do not pass this one up. It's way smart and too funny."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Bino's second adventure was even better than the first. It features quick witted dialogue, a remarkable cast of characters and a great legal mystery. This story revolves around a federal judge who finds himself under indictment. His beautiful adult daughter has a gambling addiction that only complicates the judge's position. He hires Bino to represent him, but neither he or Bino fully understands how much trouble is at hand.

    There's a band of misfits Bino surrounds himself with, none bigger than himself. His ex wife is married to the mob, his Investigator is a bookie, his secretary a reformed junkie. He has real enemies as a defense attorney, primarily the US Attorney and FBI. The upper crust attorneys snub him socially. But underestimateing Bino Phillips is a big mistake.

    Once again Joe Bennett is superb. This is an easy 5 star listen!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bino: The Bino Phillips Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By A. W. Gray
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Bino Phillips, a tough Texan crime lawyer, links the murder of his seedy underworld client to the assassination of one of the most prominent politicians in Texas. As a result, Bino finds himself the most unpopular man in the state, but this does not stop him digging deeper into therotten heart of Texas. His search takes him from the halls of Congress to the arms of a sexy FBI agent to the sleaziest bars in Dallas.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Bino is Sharp and Funny, Buy This Now"
    "Bino is Sharp and Funny, Buy This Now"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is an older series that is brand new new to Audible. What a coup! Bino, short for Albino, is a country lawyer in a big city. He's called Bino because he's a former white forward/center for SMU. He grew up poor, but parlayed his height and hook shot into a law career.

    He's a Democrat, (I'm not so don't let that sway you), in a Republican world, with a bookie for a P.I. and an ex stripper for an assistant. His law practice delivers non stop laughter while remaining legitimate.

    This is a great story with great characters and a really good mystery as well. Joe Barrett is wonderful as the narrator. I'm going for the next in line, this one was so good. It appears they released them all at once!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Lethal City

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By A. W. Gray
    • Narrated By Bon Shaw
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    In this suspenseful thriller set in Dallas, A. W. Gray takes us behind the police lines of a homicide investigation and into the private passions that fuel an urban nightmare. A stolen BMW is recovered with a stash of cocaine, lurid photos, and a charred, dismembered body. Dallas Metro detective Ham Bennosoon connects the victim to a secret circle of family depravity and sexual indiscretion - a mother and daughter who blur the lines between predator and prey.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Great police work. Great Narration"
    "Great police work. Great Narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I am so thankful to have found this gem! It's a stellar police procedural with great cop characters. The narration was pitch perfect.

    I hope this becomes a series because the hero is fascinating.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Beautiful Mystery: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1370)
    Performance
    (1202)
    Story
    (1191)

    No outsiders are ever admitted to the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, hidden deep in the wilderness of Quebec, where two dozen cloistered monks live in peace and prayer. They grow vegetables, they tend chickens, they make chocolate. And they sing. Ironically, for a community that has taken a vow of silence, the monks have become world-famous for their glorious voices, raised in ancient chants whose effect on both singer and listener is so profound it is known as “the beautiful mystery.”

    Sparkly says: "Engaging, entertaining, and heartbreaking."
    "Fascinating Music Lesson, ho hum setting"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It's got to be me. I loved learning about the origin of written music and Gregorion chants. It's fascinating and well written into a good mystery. But I found myself bored with the rest of the story.

    I wonder if Penny did too. Because she brings in Gamache's nemesis and that of his protege. So I give a low 3 stars.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.