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Michael

Weston, MA, United States

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  • Crime of Privilege: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Walter Walker
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (21)

    A murder on Cape Cod. A rape in Palm Beach. All they have in common is the presence of one of America’s most beloved and influential families. But nobody is asking questions. Not the police. Not the prosecutors. And certainly not George Becket, a young lawyer toiling away in the basement of the Cape & Islands district attorney’s office....

    cristina says: "The rich get away with murder"
    "Good but a bit over-written."
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    Nice background details on a politically connected Massachusetts and Palm Beach famous family but the plot's a bit too creaky and coincidental. Worth the listen though.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3008)
    Performance
    (2685)
    Story
    (2669)

    The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

    aaron says: "Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!"
    "Good but long."
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    Fascinating historical detail, good characters many of whom I'd like to see again, very talented narrator who can do many distinct voices well. My only complaint is that the author tends to go on too long, repeating or extending his prose when I wanted the plot to move along. Others might feel differently about that, I'll certainly try something else in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (4858)
    Performance
    (4177)
    Story
    (4153)

    Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

    Alice says: "Happy addition to a difficult genre"
    "Frivilous and fun."
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    I usually read/listen to heavier suspense and mystery stories but this is a really good light soufflé. The details of upper class London and Buckingham Palace in the 1930s ring believably and the lead character is wonderful. Some day when John LeCarre is too serious for you give one of these novels a try, the accent and performance of the narrator is a particular pleasure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Six Years

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3056)
    Performance
    (2635)
    Story
    (2654)

    Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of hiding a broken heart by throwing himself into his career as a college professor. Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd. But six years haven’t come close to extinguishing his feelings, and when Jake comes across Todd’s obituary, he can’t keep himself away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd’s wife he’s hoping for...but she is not Natalie....

    G. House Sr. says: "Obsession, mystery, and you're hooked!"
    "A serious novel enwrapping a mystery."
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    I am a long time fan of Coben, but I started with his Myron Bolitar series, which is light and a very amusing series with more with than terror. This however is a seriously well played novel with characters that are well developed. The narrator is excellent (maybe a little over dramatic sometimes but very good nonetheless.) Don't expect Myron and Win, but I am sure he'll write about them again. I don't know how to describe it without spoiling it but there are a number of unexpected but very believable plot twists. It deserves the 5 stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flying Too High: A Phryne Fisher Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated By Stephanie Daniel
    Overall
    (472)
    Performance
    (354)
    Story
    (351)

    Danger, excitement and love - this is how the glamorous Phryne Fisher is determined to live her life in her second enticing adventure. Walking the wings of a Tiger Moth plane in full flight ought to be enough excitement for most people, but not Phryne Fisher, amateur detective, woman of mystery, as delectable as the finest chocolate and as sharp as razor blades.

    Christy says: "Much better than the first one..."
    "Light, silly and a lot of fun."
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    A great lead character who s a sexy independent smart brave woman, lots of 1030s detail. A good beach book with an excellent narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Scarecrow

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2619)
    Performance
    (988)
    Story
    (986)

    Forced out of the Los Angeles Times amid the latest budget cuts, newspaperman Jack McEvoy decides to go out with a bang, using his final days at the paper to write the definitive murder story of his career. He focuses on Alonzo Winslow, a 16-year-old drug dealer in jail after confessing to a brutal murder. But as he delves into the story, Jack realizes that Winslow's so-called confession is bogus. The kid might actually be innocent.

    P. Giorgio says: "Depth & Breadth"
    "Great Backgrounds, Interesting Characters"
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    There have been a couple of good stories set in and around the newsrooms of dying newspapers. I find it a sad and very interesting topic, and it's a naturally convincing place to put investigators. In this case the basic locations are a Los Angeles newspapers and some good Silicon Valley tech stuff. The characters are believable and appealing, the villains sufficiently menacing and horrible. The narration is very good. Tension is high. FBI lore is well handled. I really liked the characters and am hoping for a sequel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rogue Island

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Bruce DeSilva
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Bruce DeSilva
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (856)
    Performance
    (666)
    Story
    (660)

    Liam Mulligan is as old school as a newspaper man gets. His beat is Providence, Rhode Island, and he knows every street and alley. He knows the priests and prostitutes, the cops and street thugs. He knows the mobsters and politicians--who are pretty much one and the same. Someone is systematically burning down the neighborhood Mulligan grew up in, people he knows and loves are perishing in the flames, and the public is on the verge of panic.

    Michael Jacobi says: "Classic Whodunnit"
    "Gutsy and funny new crime series."
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    What did you love best about Rogue Island?

    Great characters, real detail about newsrooms today and the background of Providence.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the feel of the town and of Rhode Island's weird and wonderful politics.


    Have you listened to any of Jeff Woodman and Bruce DeSilva (Introduction) ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    There are only two in the series so far and I liked them both. I'll buy the next one for sure. Haven't been this enthusiastic since I first discovered the Spenser novels. The narrator has the right accent for Providence.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Wrecker

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (977)
    Performance
    (523)
    Story
    (530)

    It is 1907, a year of financial panic and labor unrest. Train wrecks, fires, and explosions sabotage the Southern Pacific Railroad's Cascades express line and, desperate, the railroad hires the fabled Van Dorn Detective Agency. Van Dorn sends in his best man, and Bell quickly discovers that a mysterious saboteur haunts the hobo jungles of the West, a man known as the Wrecker, who recruits accomplices from the down-and-out to attack the railroad, and then kills them afterward.

    Henry says: "A Must Listen"
    "Serious fun."
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    This is a series where Cussler keeps writing amazingly well although just a bit cartoonish. The narrator is perfect for its style. precise elegant diction, might almost be pompous if it weren't so entertaining. No one has written as enthusiastically on the marvels of Victorian era technology since Sherlock quoted rail timetables to Dr. Watson.

    There's nothing wrong with cartoon characters, Superman and Batman were. Cusssler's cast of characters are fleshed out a lot more than those guys for amusing adults, and that works.

    Would make a great movie series. "Bet you can't eat just one."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fear Index

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (284)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (233)

    Dr. Alex Hoffmann’s name is carefully guarded from the general public, but within the secretive inner circles of the ultrarich he is a legend. He has developed a revolutionary form of artificial intelligence that predicts movements in the financial markets with uncanny accuracy. His hedge fund, based in Geneva, makes billions. But one morning before dawn, a sinister intruder breaches the elaborate security of his lakeside mansion, and so begins a waking nightmare of paranoia and violence.

    Mark C Walker says: "Familiar plot"
    "Exciting Financial Thriller"
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    Hard to tell you why I liked this so much without being a plot-spoiler. Very well written, perhaps a bit long, but also very well researched. I've done a little corporate finance work in Switzerland on a far lower level that the hedge funds this book describes but the backgrounds, the understanding of financial technology, and the details of expense account life in and around Geneva are dead perfect.

    The characters are well rounded for this type of rona-a-clef and the narrator is perfect for the really good writing. You will learn something about derivatives training as well as being intrigued. (At least I did.)

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Deep Blue Good-By: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1273)
    Performance
    (1068)
    Story
    (1078)

    He's a self-described beach bum who won his houseboat in a card game. He's also a knight errant who's wary of credit cards, retirement benefits, political parties, mortgages, and television. He only works when his cash runs out, and his rule is simple: he'll help you find whatever was taken from you, as long as he can keep half.

    Michael Cavacini says: "An Entertaining Start To A Classic Series"
    "A fine mystery, narrator not quite as good."
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    I read this terrific series pretty much as it was published. One of last century's best mystery writers created a memorable and unique character in Travis McGee. My sense of the right voice for McGee would be someone older, more restrained and with a voice implying more confidence. I bet he'd be good at other stuff but (for me) it was a distraction.

    I will probably buy more in the series though McDonald wrote amazingly well.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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