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  • The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
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    All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

    PA Law says: "Haunting and beautiful tale"
    "Haunting and beautiful tale"

    This debut novel is a skillfully written and artfully narrated piece of fiction--what I would rate as true literature--that is well worth a listen or a read. The plot is so well crafted that you are carefully drawn into the story as it slowly yet enjoyably unfolds. I was a little skeptical at first, seeing that the publisher is really pushing this novel, but I would recommend it to those who appreciate an original and satisfying book.

    43 of 43 people found this review helpful
  • The Drop: Harry Bosch, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou

    Harry Bosch has been given three years before he must retire from the LAPD, and he wants cases more fiercely than ever. In one morning, he gets two. DNA from a 1989 rape and murder matches a 29-year-old convicted rapist. Was he an eight-year-old killer, or has something gone terribly wrong in the new Regional Crime Lab? Then Bosch and his partner are called to a death scene fraught with internal politics....

    Joanne says: "A completely satisfying listen"
    "Connelly has "dropped""
    Would you try another book from Michael Connelly and/or Len Cariou?

    NO I would not try another

    What was most disappointing about Michael Connelly???s story?

    Boring. No action. Pales compares to previous Bosch stories.

    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Len Cariou?

    Noone; he does a decent job

    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No, none at all

    Any additional comments?

    Poor effort by Connelly.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fifth Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
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    Mickey Haller has fallen on tough times. He expands his business into foreclosure defense, only to see one of his clients accused of killing the banker she blames for trying to take away her home. Mickey puts his team into high gear to exonerate Lisa Trammel, even though the evidence and his own suspicions tell him his client is guilty. Soon after he learns that the victim had black market dealings of his own, Haller is assaulted, too - and he's certain he's on the right trail. Despite the danger and uncertainty, Haller mounts the best defense of his career in a trial where the last surprise comes after the verdict is in.

    Bob says: "Compelling and difficult to put down"
    "Connelly's best book so far!"

    Though most of his defense lawyer novels are good, this one is great. The characters, as usual, are well developed and believable. The plot is compelling and timely to the rash of home foreclosures and shady tactics by banks to recover their money. The conclusion is somewhat unexpected and very clever. Narration is very good. A must read for Connelly fans.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Rogue Island

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Bruce DeSilva
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Bruce DeSilva
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    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"
    "One of the best books I have read!!!"

    This first novel is clever, the characters are well developed and sometimes hilarious, and the descriptions of life in Providence, RI are not to be missed if you are from New England. The plot is well developed with a surprising and satisfying conclusion. The narration is excellent and fast paced. A must read, very unlike the bestseller formulaic mysteries you see prominently displayed at the bookstore-- and minus the gore. I laughed many times at the dialogue and you will too!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Lotus Eaters

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Tatjana Soli
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter

    It's 1975 and the North Vietnamese army is poised to roll into Saigon. As the city falls into chaos, two lovers make their way across the city to escape to a new life. Helen Adams, an American photojournalist, must take leave of a devastated country she has come to love. Nguyen Pran Linh, the man who loves her, must deal with his own conflicted loyalties. As they race through the streets, they play out a drama of love and betrayal that began twelve years before.

    A User says: "Best book I've read yet this year"
    "Excellent book; Poor Narrator"

    I haven't finished reading this book yet, but felt compelled to write a review because I am so annoyed with the narration. Unlike all of the wonderful narrators of so many audiobooks, she doesn't change her voice or tone to distinguish between the characters. Aside from one character with a Southern accent it is very difficult to distinguish among them, and she doesn't capture the feelings of the characters in her voice. The book is very good and I think I will finish it in print.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Assassins Gallery

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By David L. Robbins
    • Narrated By George Guidall
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    In 1945, a ruthless female assassin attempts to take down the ultimate target: Franklin Delano Roosevelt. And an unlikely hero, Professor Mikhal Lammeck, may be the only one who can stop her.

    Vinny says: "Engaging"
    "Hopelessly boring"

    In its attempt to be a "period piece," this novel fails miserably.

    0 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • God's Spy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Juan Gomez-Jurado
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
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    In the days following the Pope's death, a cardinal is found brutally murdered in a chapel in Rome, his eyes gouged and his hands cut off. Called in for the grisly case, police inspector Paola Dicanti learns that another cardinal was recently found dead; he had also been tortured.

    PA Law says: "Juvenile gore"
    "Juvenile gore"

    The story is pedestrian, predictable and somewhat boring. I gave up after an hour of ceaseless bantering between the pios CSIs that dominate the story. Anyway, they tell you who the bad guy is 30 min. into the story. Boring.

    16 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • The Afghan

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Frederick Forsyth
    • Narrated By Robert Powell
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    When British and American intelligence catch wind of a major Al Qaeda operation in the works, they instantly galvanize, but to do what? They know nothing about it: the what, where, or when. They have no sources in Al Qaeda, and it's impossible to plant someone. Or is it?

    BobInWA says: "Slow Part 1 - Great Part 2"
    "Boring and disappointing"

    I gave this book only one star because it is a very predictable, drawn out story with no dialogue to speak of. The plot centers on the mystery cargo of the terrorist vessel and the behind the scenes plotting of Al Quaeda, but after listening for a few hours you get tired of waiting for the climax--which is anything but exciting. No vintage Forsythe here, just a dreadfully dull story that could have been been developed in a fraction of the time required to finish the book. Buyer beware!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Collectors

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By LJ Ganser
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    The U.S. Speaker of the House is assassinated in a terrifyingly precise execution in the heart of Washington, D.C. In a quieter corner of the nation's capital, the rare book room of the Library of Congress, a reclusive, wealthy scholar drops dead under mysterious circumstances that leave no clues. Following on the heels of the natural death of the Speaker of the House, the city and the nation begin to tremble.

    Esra says: "The story's OK if you can survive the narration"
    "Not one to collect"

    This book, much ballyhooed as the return of a great author, is an annoying production--both from the supposedly clever plot line to the grating narration. The characters are such caricatures that they insult the intelligence of the reader. I tried twice to continue this novel, thinking it might get better, but it failed to do so.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Echo Park: Harry Bosch Series, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
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    In 1993, Marie Gesto disappeared after walking out of a supermarket. Harry Bosch worked the case but couldn't crack it, and the 22-year-old was never found. Now, more than a decade later, with the Gesto file still on his desk, Bosch gets a call from the district attorney. A man accused of two heinous murders is willing to come clean about several others, including the killing of Marie Gesto.

    Joel says: "Another excellent Connelly novel."
    "Very disappointing"

    Usually Connelly's novels are a cut above the crime thriller genre, but this one falls terribly short. Yes, the plot is interesting, but the bravado and unrealistic antics of the cop hero really get tiresome. Too much tough talk and weak characterization add up to a flimsy work. The romantic angle, especially the narrator's annoying personification of Bosch's lover, is absolutely dreadful. It's hard to believe that the same author wrote the Lincoln Lawyer. It seems that he is now into the mode of "churning out" titles, and poor ones at that.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Meaning of Night: A Confession

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Michael Cox
    • Narrated By David Timson
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    "After killing the red-haired man, I took myself off to Quinn's for an oyster supper." So begins the extraordinary story of Edward Glyver - booklover, scholar, and murderer. As a young boy, Glyver always believed he was destined for greatness, and a chance discovery convinces him that he was right. Greatness does await him, along with immense wealth and influence. Overwhelmed by his discovery, he will stop at nothing to win back a prize that he knows is rightfully his.

    Angie says: "Boring and predictable but great narrator"
    "Prosaic and compelling"

    This first novel is indeed a feat of fiction, skillfully written and plotted. Although you can anticipate the subterfuge to come towards the end, where the story does get a bit melodramatic, the book succeeds in providing a solid story. It is quite long, but the characterizations are well done and it does have its clever twists and turns. The narration is good, although the reader's improvisation of female characters, especially Emily, is rather grating. All in all, a good listen.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful

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