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Mike

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  • The Strangler: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    It's 1963, and what terrifies Bostonians most is the mysterious killer who has already claimed a dozen victims: the Boston Strangler. For the three Daley brothers, sons of a Boston cop, crime is the family business. Joe is the eldest, a tough-talking cop. Michael is the middle son, a Harvard-educated lawyer. And Ricky floats above the fray as an expert burglar. Now each must look into a killer's murderous rage, into their family's own lethal secrets, and into the one death that has changed them forever.

    Cindy says: "Bored to tears"
    "Good for a credit, but not for a dollar."
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    It was really hard to get into the story on account of the narrators voice, he sounded almost like an announcer for a very boring game. But after a couple hours the story became quite interesting. I found that the main story wasn't even about the strangler case, but more about police corruption and its ties to the mafia. The characters left a good impression and the ending was surprising so all in all it was good, but I would certainly recommend "Defending Jacob" way before I would recommend this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cimarron Rose: A Billy Bob Holland Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (120)

    Texas attorney and former Texas Ranger Billy Bob Holland has many secrets. Among them is Vernon Smother's son, Lucas, a now-teenaged boy about whom few know the truth - Lucas is really Billy Bob's illegitimate son. When Lucas is arrested for murder, Billy Bob must confront the past and serve as the boy's criminal attorney. Billy Bob knows the propensity of the town, Deaf Smith, Texas, to make scapegoats out of the innocent and to exploit and sexually use the powerless.

    Think about this says: "Don't miss out on this story"
    "Buy the other version"
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    I would like to start this review by saying, I am only halfway through the book right now. The story line seems good just as I expected, but unfortunately, the narration could use a little work. I recently discovered that this same book is available on audible with narration by Will Patton, so buy that addition, I'm sure it is much better. In this edition, the narrator makes one of the main characters sound incredibly stupid, which may not sound that bad, until you hear it. It keeps throwing me off every time the guy says something, it's almost agonizing. As for the other edition, Will Patton may be one of the most skilled narrators alive, and he has a whimsical way of delivering The story. So that being said, it's too late for me, but not for you. Enjoy the book...just not this one.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Two for Texas

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (172)

    This James Lee Burke novel, featuring Son Holland - the great-grandfather of Burke's Billy Bob Holland - as he flees a Louisiana prison camp with a Native American woman and a fellow prisoner in tow, is now available in audio.

    Tim says: "So Good... and a bonus! Clete is here!"
    "This book should be a movie..."
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    ... And Will Patton should play Sun Holland.
    Not to sound like a member of the heard, but this story is Amazing ;)
    There is certainly a recognition of characters from prior series, but I think that is part of the magic. The flow of the story blends perfectly with the writers in-depth description of this flawless and surprising tale from the past. Though it is fiction, I found myself googling the main characters to try and see where their story ends.
    To anybody ready to pass on this novel because of its short length, Don't you dare! This is a must hear. A captivating, one- sitting, listen with a satisfying finish.
    Thank you JLB.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18200)
    Performance
    (16194)
    Story
    (16152)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "You just can't go wrong with this guy!!!"
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    Wow!! Not scary but still a little bit of spookiness. I don't know why but I always expect Stephen King to deliver a terrifying horror, this one had all the panic and intensity of a horror but ended up being just a really great story, with a few hints of creepy tossed in. I wanted this book to go on forever, i wanted to live there, and both my wife and I could not stop talking about it in between listens. The story could have gone in any number of directions at any given time and I found myself genuinely concerned as to which direction it would take. As usual, the author satisfied and I am truly heart- broken that I have to find something else to listen to. Bravo.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Overkill

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Joseph Teller
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    Harrison J. Walker - Jaywalker, to the world - is a frayed-at-the-edges defense attorney with a 90-percent acquittal rate, thanks to an obsessive streak a mile wide. But winning this case will take more than just dedication. Seventeen-year-old Jeremy Estrada killed another boy after a fight over a girl: shot him point-blank between the eyes. No one disputes those facts. This kid is jammed up big-time, but almost unable to help himself. He's got the face of an angel but can hardly string together three words to explain what happened that day...yet he's determined to go to trial.

    John says: "Was this book good - Yes but........"
    "Easy to follow, easy to love."
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    The best part about the jaywalker series, in my opinion, is that it is so easy to get into. As always I was immediately captivated and I just wanted to keep listening until it was over. Though the author seems to put the main character up on a pedestal, the story always delivers and Again, I found myself almost brought to tears by the compelling and theatrical ending of the case. The jaywalker series also never seems to be overly complex, and i still never find myself bored of the story. I have listened to "Overkill", "Guilty As Sin" and have read the print version of "Bronx Justice" and this review can be applied to all of them. Now, moving on to " The Tenth Case"...very excited.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (1648)
    Performance
    (1427)
    Story
    (1388)

    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.

    Richard Delman says: "Dave Robicheaux lives!"
    "It's good but...it wasn't that good."
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    I waited for this book for months and I am afraid I don't feel like this story did the rest of the series justice. The writing seemed less descriptive, and in turn left me a little bit bored through out. It started out strong but eventually I came to the realization that the best part of this book was the characters and the impressions they left on me from earlier novels. I sincerely hope that this isn't the last of series. I also sincerely hope that this review doesn't get back to the author. My apologies if it does...( big fan)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Floor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (6835)
    Performance
    (4780)
    Story
    (4763)

    All is not well in Margrave, Georgia. The sleepy, forgotten town hasn't seen a crime in decades, but within the span of three days it witnesses events that leave everyone stunned. An unidentified man is found beaten and shot to death on a lonely country road.

    Ed says: "Comic book tough guy"
    "A great start to an over written series"
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    Would you listen to Killing Floor again? Why?

    Yeah it was a great book unlike some others from the series.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I would'nt want to drop any spoilers, but i promise the first scene will draw you in to more great scenes


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

    No, it was pretty intense, i felt like i needed a break after certain chapters.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was very captivating, but it may be to violent for some... not me though. :P

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Duma Key: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By John Slattery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5101)
    Performance
    (1802)
    Story
    (1791)

    A terrible accident takes Edgar Freemantle's right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. When his marriage suddenly ends, Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived his injuries. He wants out. His psychologist suggests a new life distant from the Twin Cities, along with something else.

    Amazon Customer says: "Play the Book and Let the Book Play You"
    "I'm so sad its over."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, this book should not be missed by anybody.


    Any additional comments?

    This gripping tale has both, incredible triumph and amazing tragedy. Loved it, and i miss it already.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rain Gods: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1086)
    Performance
    (370)
    Story
    (368)

    When Hackberry Holland became sheriff of a tiny Texas town near the Mexican border, he'd hoped to leave certain things behind: his checkered reputation, his haunted dreams, and his obsessive memories of the good life with his late wife, Rie. But the discovery of the bodies of nine illegal aliens, machine-gunned to death and buried in a shallow grave behind a church, soon makes it clear that he won't escape so easily.

    Richard says: "Dynamic Duo"
    "Soooo..., thats preacher on the cover right?!"
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It was really hard to say after identifying with both, the deranged murderer, and the moral driven lawman.


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

    Another highly regarded performance by Mr. Will Patton.


    Any additional comments?

    To anyone who does'nt already know; absolutly anything written by James Lee Burke is nothing short of a great story, you will never be disapointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Savages: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Don Winslow
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (452)
    Performance
    (347)
    Story
    (342)

    Part-time environmentalist and philanthropist Ben and his ex-mercenary buddy Chon run an independent Laguna Beach–based marijuana operation, reaping significant profits from an established clientele. But they may have come up against something that they can't handle---the Mexican Baja Cartel wants in, and saying no is unacceptable. When they refuse to back down, the cartel kidnaps Ophelia, the boys' playmate and confidante.

    Theodore says: "I loved it"
    "WTF???"
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    What was most disappointing about Don Winslow’s story?

    It sounded like the writer was trying to sound


    Any additional comments?

    I dont really know wtf that was supposed to be...

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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