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Dan

btrangels

Iowa City, IA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Creole Belle: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1677)
    Performance
    (1452)
    Story
    (1413)

    Creole Belle begins where the last book in the Dave Robicheaux series, The Glass Rainbow, ended. Dave is in a recovery unit in New Orleans, where a Creole girl named Tee Jolie Melton visits him and leaves him an iPod with the country blues song “Creole Belle” on it. Then she disappears. Dave becomes obsessed with the song and the memory of Tee Jolie and goes in search of her sister, who later turns up inside a block of ice floating in the Gulf.

    Melinda says: "Burke & Patton -- Synergistic Phenomenon"
    "Overwritten"
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    Would you try another book from James Lee Burke and/or Will Patton?

    I love James Lee Burke and have never been disappointed. But this one just seemed overwritten. About 50 pages of Dave's politicizing could have been excised and tightened everything up.


    Have you listened to any of Will Patton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Will Patton is one of the best narrators around. His Clete Purcell is absolutely perfect in my estimation.


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

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Laura McHugh
    • Narrated By Dorothy Dillingham Blue, Shannon McManus, Sofia Willingham
    Overall
    (561)
    Performance
    (504)
    Story
    (501)

    The town of Henbane sits deep in the Ozark Mountains. Folks there still whisper about Lucy Dane's mother, a bewitching stranger who appeared long enough to marry Carl Dane and then vanished when Lucy was just a child. Now on the brink of adulthood, Lucy experiences another loss when her friend Cheri disappears and is then found murdered, her body placed on display for all to see.

    John S says: "Not too bad but you have to pay attention."
    "No Gillian Flynn"
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    I've seen comparisons between this book and those written by Gillian Flynn. In my estimation there is simply no comparison. Except the references to Missouri. It was OK, but the story was not tight,and some characters seemed to dissolve from the narrative with no resolution. If someone really wants to get a sense of sourthern Missouri and the culture of the Ozarks they should read Daniel Woodrell. There is no one who captures it better.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Police: A Harry Hole Novel, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (637)
    Performance
    (539)
    Story
    (541)

    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"
    "Not my favorite in the series. I miss Robin Sachs."
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    I love the Harry Hole series and have listened to them all. This was certainly not them best of them and I'm disappointed that Nesbo would end the series with a less-than-stellar effort. Plus, Robin Sachs IS Harry Hole and his untimely death left shoes that even John Lee cannot fill. Still worth reading for any Hole fan though.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Bayou Trilogy: Under the Bright Lights, Muscle for the Wing, and The Ones You Do

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Daniel Woodrell
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (62)

    In the parish of St. Bruno, sex is easy, corruption festers, and double-dealing is a way of life. Rene Shade is an uncompromising detective swimming in a sea of filth. As Shade takes on hit men, porn kings, a gang of ex-cons, and the ghosts of his own checkered past, Woodrell’s three seminal novels pit long-entrenched criminals against the hard line of the law, brother against brother, and two vastly different sons against a long-absent father.

    Gretel says: "Better than I expected..."
    "My favorite book this year"
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    Though these novels were written in the 80s and early 90s I just discovered them recently. I know Woodrell's work from "Winter's Bone" as a film, but had never read one of his books. The writing is simply fantastic. Very true to the region, finely crafted dialogue and simple but engaging storylines. Bronson Pinchot has become one of my very favorite narrators. His ability to vocalize different characters and make each sound unique is fantastic. Two thumbs up from this reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • FREE The Gray Man

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    Overall
    (1355)
    Performance
    (1197)
    Story
    (1220)

    Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

    Rollin says: "Gripping, unremitting action"
    "Worth taking a chance on the second book"
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    There was plenty to like about the book, but it read more like a comic book than a novel. Gentry is really a superhero and the plot is over the top. That said - he has all the makings of a Jason Bourne. I'll read the next book in the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of the Dog

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Don Winslow
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (647)
    Performance
    (429)
    Story
    (432)

    This explosive novel of the drug trade takes you deep inside a world riddled with corruption, betrayal, and bloody revenge. From the streets of New York City to Mexico City and Tijuana to the jungles of Central America, this is the war on drugs like you've never seen it.

    Leslie says: "Amazing Novel, Excellent Narration"
    "Fantastic"
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    This was gritty, gripping and complex. Strong characters that grew over the course of the book. If this is not reflective of historical truth it sure as heck could be.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Naked in Death: In Death, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4411)
    Performance
    (2652)
    Story
    (2668)

    Eve Dallas is a New York police lieutenant hunting for a ruthless killer. In over 10 years on the force, she's seen it all - and knows that her survival depends on her instincts. And she's going against every warning telling her not to get involved with Roarke, an Irish billionaire - and suspect in Eve's murder investigation. But passion and seduction have rules of their own, and it's up to Eve to take a chance in the arms of a man she knows nothing about - except the addictive hunger of needing his touch.

    Felicity Fairchild says: "Don't Judge the Series by the First Book!"
    "Can't suspend disbelief"
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    I couldn't even get thought this. I wanted to return it but felt since I'd read half of it I really shouldn't. I know Robb is beloved, but this isn't really one thing or the other. Not science fiction and not really set in the present enough to make Dallas a character like Warshawski.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Redeemer: Harry Hole, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø, Don Bartlett (translator)
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (407)
    Performance
    (355)
    Story
    (350)

    Christmas shoppers stop to hear a Salvation Army concert on a crowded Oslo street. An explosion cuts through the music and the bitter cold: One of the singers falls dead, shot in the head at point-blank range. Harry Hole - the Oslo Police Department’s best investigator and worst civil servant - has little to work with: no suspect, no weapon, and no motive. But Harry’s troubles will multiply. As the search closes in, the killer becomes increasingly desperate, and Harry’s chase takes him to the most forbidden corners of the former Yugoslavia. Yet it’s when he returns to Oslo that he encounters true darkness....

    Charles Atkinson says: "Best Modern Detective Series on Audible!"
    "I miss Robin Sachs"
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    The plot is fantastic as always. The writing is classic Nesbo...tough, brutal and real. But I can't hear anyone but Robin Sachs as Harry. Just as Eric Conger IS Virgil Flowers to me, so has Robin been Harry. His passing will be mourned. I love John Lee as a narrator of Follett books, but not Nesbo.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Guards

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Ken Bruen
    • Narrated By Gerry O'Brien
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (81)

    Still stinging from his unceremonious ouster from the Garda Siochana, and staring at the world through the smoky bottom of his beer mug, Jack Taylor is stuck in Galway with nothing to look forward to. He is teetering on the brink of his life's sharpest edges, his memories of the past cutting deep into his soul and his prospects for the future non-existent.

    John says: "This is literature, not just crime fiction"
    "Ireland's answer to Harry Hole"
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    I really love Taylor's flawed character. The dialogue held the classic sort of Irish humor I'd hoped for. My only complaint is that I wished it had gone on longer.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stay Close

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2014)
    Performance
    (1671)
    Story
    (1678)

    Three people living lives they never wanted, hiding secrets that even those closest to them would never suspect, will find that the past never truly fades away. Even as the terrible consequences of long-ago events crash together in the present and threaten to ruin lives, they will come to the startling realization that they may not want to forget the past at all.

    Robin says: "Why did I think I liked Harlan Coben novels?"
    "OK but not a gripper."
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    The plot was OK, but seemed loose. Scott Brick's narration does nothing for this book. There is a smirky, condescending tone to his rendering.

    0 of 0 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..."
    "Not up to par"
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    I love Sanford AND Virgil, but this book simply seemed to far-fetched a plot premise and I felt much less in touch with the characters involved. I think Virgil dealing with crimes and characters that are somewhat indigenous to the Midwest make for a much better book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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