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Hugh Imhof

Spokane, WA | Member Since 2004

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  • Switchblade: An Original Story

    • UNABRIDGED (50 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    Overall
    (332)
    Performance
    (295)
    Story
    (300)

    An anonymous tip puts Bosch on a case that has remained unsolved for decades, the vicious stabbing of a teenage boy whose body was found in an abandoned Old Hollywood restaurant. Cold cases are often the toughest: With no body, no murder scene, and no fingerprints, Bosch nevertheless gets lucky when DNA evidence from the murder weapon points to a known killer. But the DA insists that science alone is not enough - he needs the case to be bulletproof before he'll take it to court.

    L. O. Pardue says: "Good for a short Short Story by a Favorite Author"
    "Bare Bones"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Switchblade?

    When I purchased this I did not realize it was just a short story. My bad, need to pay attention. But it is really a bare bones story and does not satisfy. It certainly does not compare to other Connelly tales involving Harry Bosch.


    Has Switchblade turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, but I'll be more careful when buying audiobooks in the future, making sure they are full length novels.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Pacific Glory

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By P. T. Deutermann
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (94)

    Marsh Vincent, Mick McCarty, and Tommy Lewis were inseparable friends during their naval academy years, each man in love with the beautiful, unattainable Glory Hawthorne. Only Tommy wins her heart and marries Glory after graduation. Different skills set the three men on separate paths in the Navy, but they are all forever changed by the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941.

    Glory, now Tommy’s widow, is a tough Navy nurse still grieving her loss while trying to save lives at the Pearl Harbor naval hospital.

    Hill says: "A real hit"
    "A very real and emotional story of war"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you listen to Pacific Glory again? Why?

    I rarely listen to books a second time but this is one that might be worth hearing again. The story is so realistic and of course the performance by Dick Hill is very engaging.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author did not glorify war despite the title. It was a look into the hearts and minds of people facing a powerful enemy, the prospect of certain pain and death and finding the courage to carry on.


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    Marsh, the protagonist.


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

    I had a hard time turning it off and found myself looking for reasons to take a drive so I could listen to more.


    Any additional comments?

    The author's notes at the end very much helped put this story in perspective. Mr. Deutermann had a distinguished naval career as did his father who actually lived through the battles highlighted in the book.

    As a combat veteran myself, there were times that this story made very emotional and I actually shed some tears for those men who never made it back.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Final Cut: A Brit in the FBI, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Catherine Coulter, J. T. Ellison
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman, MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (357)
    Performance
    (314)
    Story
    (310)

    Scotland Yard’s new chief inspector Nicholas Drummond is on the first flight to New York when he learns his colleague, Elaine York, the "minder" of the Crown Jewels for the "Jewel of the Lion" exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, was found murdered. Then the centerpiece of the exhibit, the infamous Koh-i-Noor Diamond, is stolen from the Queen Mother’s crown. Drummond, American-born but raised in the UK, is a dark, dangerous, fast-rising star in the Yard who never backs down. And this case is no exception.

    Jean says: "Interesting information about a famous diamond"
    "Entertaining to the end"
    Overall
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    What about Renee Raudman and MacLeod Andrews ’s performance did you like?

    The performance is outstanding. Many voices and accents are flawlessly executed by these very talented artists.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed every minute of this book. An imaginative novel based on facts. Lots energy and action.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Good Dog

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Susan Wilson
    • Narrated By Fred Berman, Christina Delaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (729)
    Performance
    (356)
    Story
    (357)

    Adam March is a self-made “Master of the Universe.” He has it all: the beautiful wife, the high-powered job, the glittering circle of friends. But there is a price to be paid for all these trappings, and the pressure is mounting—until the day Adam makes a fatal mistake. His assistant leaves him a message with three words: your sister called.

    Shelby says: "A cynic and a cynical dog - PERFECT!!"
    "Uplifting"
    Overall

    What a terrific story. I loved this book. There were so many themes that parallel my own life and issues I have dealt with. I'm sure many a listener will feel the same way. Here you experience the demise of both a human and a canine who find each other and reluctantly team up to climb out of their misfortune and find redemption through profound personal change. I loved the reading device of using two distinct voices for the dog and human sides of the story. I highly recommend this audio-book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scarpetta

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (876)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (240)

    Leaving behind her private forensic pathology practice in Charleston, South Carolina, Kay Scarpetta accepts an assignment in New York City, where the NYPD has asked her to examine an injured man on Bellevue Hospital's psychiatric prison ward. The handcuffed and chained patient, Oscar Bane, has specifically asked for her, and when she literally has her gloved hands on him, he begins to talk - and the story he has to tell turns out to be one of the most bizarre she has ever heard.

    Becky says: "Don't waste your money"
    "Couldn't stay with it"
    Overall

    This one is perfectly boring. Way too much petty bickering between characters, many gory details and a very slow moving story. I had to finally give up listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Capitol Threat

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By William Bernhardt
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    When attorney Ben Kincaid came to Washington, D.C., to defend a senator caught in a murder case, he never dreamed he'd end up a senator himself. After his client stepped down, Ben was appointed to complete his term. Now he must advise a Supreme Court nominee during his confirmation. The judge looks like a shoo-in, until he outs himself on national TV. Ben calls a press conference for the now controversial candidate. And then, on live TV, a brutally murdered woman is discovered in the judge's backyard.

    Sandie says: "Capitol Threat (Unabridged"
    "Very entertaining"
    Overall

    This was my first encounter with a Ben Kincaid story and I enjoyed it very much. Lots of action, intrigue, laugh-out-loud humor, and just darn good writing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cell: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    Overall
    (3352)
    Performance
    (1083)
    Story
    (1094)

    The cause of the devastation is a phenomenon that will come to be known as The Pulse, and the delivery method is a cell phone. Everyone's cell phone. Clay and the few desperate survivors who join him suddenly find themselves in the pitch-black night of civilization's darkest age, surrounded by chaos, carnage, and a human horde that has been reduced to its basest nature...and then begins to evolve.

    chris says: "Entertained"
    "Makes time fly"
    Overall

    Say what you want about King... He may be somewhat formulaic and you do have to be willing to suspend disbelief, but this is a very enjoyable book and nicely read as well. I drive about 3 hours a day and listening to audiobooks gets me through the time behind the wheel. This one was especially engaging and I found myself at my destination in no time at all. I would recommend Cell to anyone who wants to make time fly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hot Kid

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Elmore Leonard
    • Narrated By Arliss Howard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (315)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (55)

    Carl Webster, the hot kid of the marshals service, is polite, respects his elders, and can shoot a man driving away in an Essex at 400 yards. Carl works out of the Tulsa, Oklahoma, federal courthouse during the 1930s, the period of America's most notorious bank robbers: Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson...those guys.

    S. Casazza says: "A great book, an even better listen"
    "Not much humor"
    Overall

    A good story with engaging characters but there wasn't much to laugh about in this tale. The reading was occasionally on the dry side and the music bridges placed for no obvious reason struck me as amateurish. Overall the writing is strong and that's what kept my interest.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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