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Pat

La Mesa, CA, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • The Fallen Angel: Gabriel Allon, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (1408)
    Performance
    (1174)
    Story
    (1171)

    After narrowly surviving his last operation, Gabriel Allon, the wayward son of Israeli intelligence, has taken refuge behind the walls of the Vatican, where he is restoring one of Caravaggio's greatest masterpieces. But early one morning he is summoned to St. Peter's Basilica by Monsignor Luigi Donati, the all-powerful private secretary to his Holiness Pope Paul VII. The body of a beautiful woman lies broken beneath Michelangelo's magnificent dome.

    Audiophile says: "When will Gabriel retire?"
    "Hidden Agenda"
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    I've read a couple of other books in the Gabriel Allon series and enjoyed them. This mystery started with a death at the Vatican, progressed to a hunt for the killer, and then, ultimately, a resolution to the mystery. But then there is a completely additional challenge for Allon regarding the Pope's visit to Israel. This last part seemed to be tacked on, and, from my perspective, slightly polemic. Just not my favorite book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Keeper of Lost Causes: Department Q, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1600)
    Performance
    (1383)
    Story
    (1383)

    Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award-also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo. Now, Dutton is thrilled to introduce him to America.

    Ted says: "Dark, Cold, and Danish"
    "Great New Police Series with Creepy Villains"
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    I love the new Department Q the Danish police created to look into very cold cases. The book goes back and forth in time and between the victim's life and the detective's work. The first time I listened to this, it was difficult to get through what was going on with the victim. Just unimaginable. But going on to the detective and his sidekick, as they developed a working relationship that proved to be successful, was enjoyable. And the fact that the sidekick happens to be Syrian, with his unique interpretations of the Danish (English) language is fun. Great, imaginative characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Watching You

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (404)
    Performance
    (365)
    Story
    (365)

    Marnie Logan often feels like she's being watched: A warm breath on the back of her neck, or a shadow in the corner of her eye that vanishes when she turns her head. She has reason to be frightened. Her husband Daniel has inexplicably vanished, and the police have no leads in the case. Without proof of death or evidence of foul play, she can't access his bank accounts or his life insurance. Depressed and increasingly desperate, she seeks the help of clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin.

    bernadette says: "Wow!"
    "A Stalker Over the Years"
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    A young woman with two children is broke and can't collect on her husband's life insurance policy because there is no body. It's been a year, and her life is spiraling down fast. Enter a trusty psychologist and retired cop, and things start to look up. I love the characters of Professor Joe O'Loughlin and DI Vincent Ruiz. They are kind but not pushovers. The story is engaging. The mystery unfolds slowly, but keeps your interest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Purity of Vengeance: A Department Q Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (654)
    Performance
    (559)
    Story
    (570)

    International superstar Jussi Adler-Olsen, with more than fourteen million copies of his books sold worldwide, returns with the fourth book in his New York Times best-selling Department Q series, about a perplexing cold case with sinister modern-day consequences. In 1987, Nete Hermansen plans revenge on those who abused her in her youth, including Curt Wad, a charismatic surgeon who was part of a movement to sterilize wayward girls in 1950s Denmark.

    Charles Atkinson says: "It's a 5 Star Story of Revenge"
    "Those Danes Are Tough"
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    A xenophobic group dating back decades has a history of eliminating those it deems not worthy of being Danes. The blond, Teutonic members decide it's best to just not let the unworthy be born, so poor women are secretly sterilized, or their fetuses aborted without their consent. A detective and his assistants run up against the group when trying to track down people who went missing over two decades ago. I love the main characters. They are caring, determined and often ironic. The saga of one of the women mistreated is almost too much to consider. I'm going back for the other books in this series. I'm hooked.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bombproof

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (101)

    Sami Macbeth is not a master criminal. He's not even a minor one. He's not a jewel thief. He's not a safe-cracker. He's not an expert in explosives. Sami plays guitar and wants to be a rock god but keeps getting side-tracked by unforeseen circumstances. Fifty-four hours ago Sami was released from prison. Thirty-six hours ago he slept with the woman of his dreams at the Savoy. An hour ago his train blew up. Now he's carrying a rucksack through London's West End and has turned himself into the most wanted terrorist in the country.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Abobsolutely Stunning! I Was Up All Night!"
    "Saving an Unlucky Guy"
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    I wasn't crazy about the start, with a guy who appears to be getting away from a bombing for which he is responsible. But then Michael Robotham makes the guy likeable, smart, and simply unlucky. And enter the beloved retired detective. Can he make things right? I love the characters, the plot, and, of course, the narrator. Great story that keeps you guessing up until the end.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8979)
    Performance
    (8095)
    Story
    (8102)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Michael Beck's performance is incredible"
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    I don't think I'll ever physically read another Grisham book as long as Michael Beck is around to read them. His performance, with all the amazingly diverse Southern voices, brings the book alive. Sycamore Row may be Grisham's best (I think I've read them all). But truly, listening to the story made it even better. The only part I put the listening speed on double was some of the courtroom stuff. I realize it probably gave a very accurate picture of a trial's progression. I just didn't need it. Otherwise, a wonderful, entertaining listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Police: A Harry Hole Novel, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (590)
    Performance
    (501)
    Story
    (504)

    The police urgently need Harry Hole…. A killer is stalking Oslo's streets. Police officers are being slain at the scenes of crimes they once investigated but failed to solve. The murders are brutal, the media reaction hysterical. But this time, Harry can't help.... For years, detective Harry Hole has been at the center of every major criminal investigation in Oslo. His dedication to his job and his brilliant insights have saved the lives of countless people. But now, with those he loves most facing terrible danger, Harry is not in a position to protect anyone. Least of all himself...

    Charles Atkinson says: "Simply the Best Detective Series In any Language"
    "Getting More Grisly?"
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    Mr. Nesbo is killing off police officers in a grisly fashion. But it's countered by Harry's relationship upswing. I'm not sure I'm ready for a recovered, happy Harry Hole.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Redeemer: Harry Hole, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø, Don Bartlett (translator)
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (386)
    Performance
    (338)
    Story
    (334)

    Christmas shoppers stop to hear a Salvation Army concert on a crowded Oslo street. An explosion cuts through the music and the bitter cold: One of the singers falls dead, shot in the head at point-blank range. Harry Hole - the Oslo Police Department’s best investigator and worst civil servant - has little to work with: no suspect, no weapon, and no motive. But Harry’s troubles will multiply. As the search closes in, the killer becomes increasingly desperate, and Harry’s chase takes him to the most forbidden corners of the former Yugoslavia. Yet it’s when he returns to Oslo that he encounters true darkness....

    Charles Atkinson says: "Best Modern Detective Series on Audible!"
    "New Narrator"
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    John Lee is now narrating Harry Hole mysteries after the death of Robin Sachs. It takes a while to get used to the change. Mr. Lee provides a little more emotion for Harry than Mr. Sachs. I liked the lower key of the previous narrations. But Mr. Lee, as always, does a wonderful job, and it's a terrific performance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Civilization: The West and the Rest

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Niall Ferguson
    • Narrated By Niall Ferguson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (827)
    Performance
    (696)
    Story
    (690)

    The rise to global predominance of Western civilization is the single most important historical phenomenon of the past five hundred years. All over the world, an astonishing proportion of people now work for Western-style companies, study at Western-style universities, vote for Western-style governments, take Western medicines, wear Western clothes, and even work Western hours. Yet six hundred years ago the petty kingdoms of Western Europe seemed unlikely to achieve much more than perpetual internecine warfare. It was Ming China or Ottoman Turkey that had the look of world civilizations.

    F. Ribeiro says: "Niall Ferguson's Most Enjoyable Book"
    "A different take"
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    Ferguson steps out of the realm of politics, and writes the history of civilization focusing on what works for humans--good medicine, property rights protection, the rule of law, and buying stuff, to name a few. I loved how he asked what North America and South America would look like if the opposites settled the land--the Spaniards in the North, the English in the South. His take on it was very interesting, and not what might be expected.

    This is just great read. Ferguson's narration is amazing. I'm not sure if he's doing all the accented voices, but if he is, he's a born actor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Light of the World: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 20

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1123)
    Performance
    (996)
    Story
    (981)

    In Light of the World, sadist and serial killer Asa Surrette narrowly escaped the death penalty for the string of heinous murders. But following a series of damning articles written by Dave Robicheaux’s daughter Alafair about possible other crimes committed by Surette, the killer escapes from a prison transport van and heads to Montana - where an unsuspecting Dave happens to have gone to take in the sweet summer air, accompanied by Alafair, his wife Molly, faithful partner Clete, and Clete’s newfound daughter, Gretchen Horowitz.

    Dave says: "Burke is still the best"
    "Making Things Right--Family Style"
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    Dave, his wife, Mollie, daughter Alafair, Clete and his daughter Gretchen head to Montana for a vacation, which soon turns into a battle with a bad rich man, his son, and a very crazy escaped felon. Alafair and Gretchen are their fathers' daughters, not backing down, and facing off evil without blinking an eye. A great story, with, as usual, Burke's fluent language describing people, places and events.

    But I have to say none of it would be as wonderful if not for Will Patton. He is Dave, and Clete, and Alafair and Gretchen. With a slight change in his voice, you can "see" who is speaking. His pauses and emphasis make the story that much greater. May he always be the voice of Dave and his kin.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tower: A Novel: The Ruin Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Simon Toyne
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    When a cyber-attack disables the Hubble telescope and the Nobel Prize-winning scientist in charge disappears, the only clues left behind are a cryptic countdown clock and a chilling message displayed on the missing man's computer: Mankind Must Look No Further. Newly appointed FBI agent Joe Shepherd, with degrees in astrophysics and computer science, is uniquely qualified to handle the investigation. He discovers a note in the missing scientist's handwriting that reads "end of days." But what does it really mean for humankind?

    Pat says: "Mankind Gets It?"
    "Mankind Gets It?"
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    If you've read the first two books, you'll be prepared for this one. The library with all the ancient knowledge in the world, the determined individuals who do the right thing to thwart the evil religious zealots, the world-wide effect of a mysterious force bringing people home. It's all intriguing, and a great story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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