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Joseph

Overland Park, KS, USA | Member Since 2002

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  • Crusader's Cross: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    Critically acclaimed and best-selling crime writer James Lee Burke returns to Louisiana where his ever-popular hero, Dave Robicheaux, sleuths his way through a hotbed of sin and uncertainty.

    Vivian says: "Do not go by the rating"
    "Couldn't listen to this narrator"
    Overall

    I just couldn't listen to this narrator. He is a fine reader, but once you have heard Mark Hammer, no one else can ever be Dave. Sorry. I tried, but I just couldn't.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Memory of Running

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ron McLarty
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2833)
    Performance
    (1029)
    Story
    (1020)

    In late 2003, in his column in Entertainment Weekly, Stephen King called The Memory of Running "the best novel you won't read this year." This glowing endorsement of the audiobook resulted in Ron McLarty receiving a $2 million two-book deal from Viking Penguin. Also, Warner Brothers has shelled out big bucks for the movie rights to The Memory of Running, for which McLarty will write the script.

    Neal says: "Funny and Fascinating, A Wonderful Book"
    "Don't miss this gem."
    Overall

    A wonderful, enjoyable experience that deserves a second and third listening. Highly recommended.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Skin Tight

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1037)
    Performance
    (365)
    Story
    (367)

    This novel by Carl Hiaasen, author of Tourist Season and Native Tongue, begins as most thrillers do, with a killing. But this is no everyday, hum-drum, garden variety killing. Our hero, Nick Stranahan, a 42-year-old private investigator who has killed five men and been married five times, skewers his attacker's aorta with the razor-sharp bill of a stuffed marlin.

    Chris says: "Skintight"
    "Not for everybody"
    Overall

    This book is not for everyone, only those that appreciate a dark sense of humor, a good story with more twists and turns than a sports car road race, vivid and right on point criticism of what has happened to South Florida and a book that is hard to put down. Warning: if you listen to it in public, you may find yourself laughing out loud before you know it.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Heaven's Prisoners

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    In Heaven's Prisoners, best-selling author James Lee Burke introduces the gritty, tough, and compassionate former police officer Dave Robicheaux in our first novel of this blockbuster series. Burke's muscular and relentless prose brings characters and events to life with the battering energy of a Bayou thunderstorm.

    Joseph says: "Pure pleasure"
    "Pure pleasure"
    Overall


    Burke and especially Hammer have never been better. Clearly these books rise far above the mystery category into great literature. Hammer reads so well you assume the books were written just for his great voice. Can't wait for some more to be made available on audible.com.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Last Car to Elysian Fields

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (412)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (140)

    When Dave Robicheaux, learns that an old friend, Father Jimmie Dolan has been the victim of a particularly brutal assault, he returns to New Orleans to investigate, if only unofficially.

    Joseph says: "Another winner."
    "Another winner."
    Overall

    Great, intelligent writing, good story, wonderful narration, a pure pleasure. The "hero" is an imperfect human being but someone you are a better person for spending time with. Please, please re-record the other Burke novels in an unabridged format with Mark Hammer doing the reading. I will be listening to this often over the years. Thank you, James Lee Burke, and especially thank you, Mark Hammer. What a team!

    34 of 36 people found this review helpful
  • The Judgment

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs)
    • By D.W. Buffa
    • Narrated By Dennis Predovic
    Overall
    (395)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (85)

    When Judge Calvin Jeffries is found murdered in a courthouse parking lot, the crime shocks the community, but justice is swift. Soon a second judge is stabbed to death. Attorney Joseph Antonelli agrees to defend the accused. What he discovers challenges everything he knows about crime and punishment...and himself. Also available abridged.

    Michael says: "Buffa's Best"
    "Can't put it down!"
    Overall

    Great writing, wonderful reading, intelligent dialogue, very accurate and knowledgable of the court system. It doesn't get much better than this.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Jolie Blon's Bounce

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (576)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (168)

    Return to James Lee Burke's "timeless, parallel universe" with detective Dave Robicheaux, as he investigates the murders of two women, tries to prove one man's innocence, and faces an enemy unlike any he has ever known. Gothic, dense, brutal, touching, and always compelling, Jolie Blon's Bounce is classic storytelling from a writer who has been dubbed "the Faulkner of crime fiction."

    JD. says: "Sorry I was wrong"
    "Compelling"
    Overall

    Hard to put down. I find myself hoping for a traffic jam or delay so I can hear more. Worth listening to more than once. Great writing, and the reading puts you right in the book. Just don't get lost and miss a turn like I did while listening to an especially good part!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Human Stain

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Philip Roth
    • Narrated By Arliss Howard, Debra Winger
    Overall
    (451)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (42)

    It is 1998, the year in which America is whipped into a frenzy of prurience by the impeachment of a president, and in a small New England town, an aging classics professor, Coleman Silk, is forced to retire when his colleagues decree that he is a racist. The charge is a lie, but the real truth about Silk would have astonished his most virulent accuser. Browse other Philip Roth on audible.com.

    David says: "Delve into the characters"
    "First rate."
    Overall

    I loved listening to this book, and intend to listen to it again soon. Driving across the country, I found myself unhappy to have to stop for gas because I would have to stop the book for a few minutes. Great story, character development, literary content and human insights. Great book, would recommend it to anyone who would not be seriously offended by a few sexual references that are very relevant to the story line but somewhat graphic.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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