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Rio

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  • L.A. Requiem: An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 8

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (43)

    With a rich cast of characters reminiscent of Raymond Chandler's classic The Long Lost Goodbye, L.A. Requiem is the apotheosis of Crais' writing career ? a gripping novel that envelops its heroes ? two private investigators who have been partners for 12 years - in an ever-tightening web of conspiracies, secrets

    Rio says: "Exceptional reading"
    "Exceptional reading"
    Overall

    Robert Crais can always be counted on to give bang for the buck. His signature character, Elvis Cole, is so vivid, he has more flesh of reality than any other fictional detective in literature with the exception of perhaps Sherlock Holmes. Normally the key, he gives way to Joe Pike, his anything but chatty companion, in this outing. Joe is the main guy this time and he carries the story along to its interesting conclusion. I loved this book, as I do all of Mr. Crais' novels, and highly recommend it to anyone in search of good read and a compelling story.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Ridge

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Michael Koryta
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (152)

    In an isolated stretch of eastern Kentucky, on a hilltop known as Blade Ridge, stands a lighthouse that illuminates nothing but the surrounding woods. For years the lighthouse has been considered no more than an eccentric local landmark - until its builder is found dead at the top of the light, and his belongings reveal a troubling local history.

    Lora says: "The Ridge--I Loved It!"
    "The Ridge is excellent!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Ridge the most enjoyable?

    This one is a real page turner. The Ridge starts slowly, almost lazily, giving each character flesh and personality, then allows the reader to see into the minds of each. The other impact that I felt when reading, was that it is so visual. One can see the deep woods surrounding the town; the beauty of the cats at the preserve; and the omnipresent lighthouse.

    Kevin Kimball is revealed to be a man of intelligence, great honor, and fortitude, and he does not waver. His is a lonely life, but he attends to duty in the face of all odds. He is truly the strong, silent savior of his town from the beginning to the very last, nail biting end.

    This is a ghost story, but not one that can be totally labeled as such. It is not quite like any that I have read, mainly because of the way that it is told. Upon completion, I was filled with a tinge of sadness, but the end is a matter of just the way it had to end. I cannot give any hints about this story, because to do so would be unjust to the reader who has not read this book, but I must say, you will not be disappointed. The Ridge is one of the best books I have read in some time, and now, I am hoping that a movie is made. This one really needs to be on film.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Glass Rainbow: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (2244)
    Performance
    (856)
    Story
    (861)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: When it comes to author/narrator pairings, nobody tops James Lee Burke and Will Patton in the Robicheaux thrillers. Beloved Burke hero Detective Dave Robicheaux here returns to New Iberia to solve a series of grisly murders. Seven young women in neighboring Jefferson Davis Parish have been brutally murdered. While the crimes have all the telltale signs of a serial killer, the death of Bernadette Latiolais, a high-school honor student, doesn’t fit.

    Gardner says: "Best Yet... Almost"
    "Excellent!"
    Overall

    This book is killer excellent! I have read and loved all of the James Lee Burke novels featuring Dave Robicheaux, and really didn't think it could get any better. But...this book is fabulous! Burke's poetic, flowing, writing style pulls the reader into the world of southern Louisiana, in a story that is absolutely riveting. No one can turn a phrase like James Lee Burke because he makes all the characters - bad guys and good - three dimensional and alive. The rain becomes a character in a James Lee Burke novel! Each character can be visualized; their flaws and foibles apparent and real. Dave has been the tarnished hero in all Burke novels, but here, he shines, and his humanity is unquestionable. Loved this book, and yes, it may very well be the best Dave Robicheaux to date, but I hope that it is not the last!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13515)
    Performance
    (5918)
    Story
    (5994)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Hauntingly beautiful"
    Overall

    Water for Elephants is a haunting novel, filled with so much life. Though the characters are old, the story is fresh and new. I loved this book and when it ended, I was genuinely sad. I wanted the story to go and on.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Horns: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1307)
    Performance
    (888)
    Story
    (894)

    Ignatius Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke up the next morning with a thunderous hangover, a raging headache, and a pair of horns growing from his temples. At first Ig thought the horns were a hallucination, the product of a mind damaged by rage and grief. He had spent the last year in a lonely, private purgatory, following the death of his beloved, Merrin Williams, who was raped and murdered under inexplicable circumstances.

    bet says: "people are funny"
    "Bad"
    Overall

    I want five hours of my life back, and I think Joe Hill owes them to me! The lost hours were spent slogging through his pretentious book, Horns. What a monumental waste of good reading time!
    This book is apologetically pompous. I cannot understand any of the rave reviews, except that no one wants to admit that he/she didn't enjoy reading it. It's like the Emperor's New Clothes. Those who wanted to appear smart - lied, and stated that they saw clothes. Those who were honest said, 'what clothes?'
    I didn't get this book, and I'm not ashamed to say so. Wait...I must rephrase that. I got it, but it stunk so badly, it was ridiculous! Horns wants one to examine personal faith, reasoning, and the reality of one's life, but it does it in such a clumsy manner, that it really doesn't merit deep examination. The book is shallow; a transparent desire for the dollar. It reminds me of another money-grab: Congo, by Michael Creighton. Heart-Shaped Box did so well, Mr. Hill decided to hit the suckers upside the head one more time. Did it too early, though. Creighton wrote Congo well into his career. Maybe he needed a new Mercedes or something, and decided to tap the ATMs known as his readers. Hill is pretty new in his career, and a book this pitiful is a real gamble.
    Joe should read more of his father's books. Stephen King is best known for writing horror, but to me, he is the best at simply writing. I read very little horror, not my favorite genre, but the beauty of King is that his writing is complete, and he never leaves untied strings. His denouement always leaves you satisfied. Understand - a few unanswered questions in a novel provoke thought for a reader, but the unanswered, heavily veiled unanswered questions found in the trite pap Horns, invokes a gag reflex.
    I am infinitely sorry that I bought Horns, but from now on, all Joe Hill books must come from the library. Then...I may lose a few hours, but at least my money will still be in my wallet!

    9 of 33 people found this review helpful
  • The Appeal

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2054)
    Performance
    (455)
    Story
    (465)

    In a crowded courtroom in Mississippi, a jury returns a shocking verdict against a chemical company accused of dumping toxic waste into a small town's water supply, causing the worst "cancer cluster" in history. The company appeals to the Mississippi Supreme Court, whose nine justices will one day either approve the verdict or reverse it.

    teresa says: "no wonder it was on sale"
    "One of the worst books EVER!"
    Overall

    One of the worst books I have read for the past ten or twenty years. He really let me down and I could care less if he decides to write what the remainder of the world calls the greatest novel in history. I for one, will not buy it. I don't think I would stoop to renting it from the library. What a lousy ending and the entire "novel" was one step from driving me into a comatose state. I continued to listen because I was certain it had to get better. It never did. Think of this book as an ax murderer. It murdered any desire that I will ever again have to subject myself to long-winded, boring, John Grisham drivel!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23477)
    Performance
    (10081)
    Story
    (10157)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Mesmerizing"
    Overall

    This book offers more intrigue and mystery than any other. It is spellbinding, and I truly wish there were more superlatives to describe it, but there are none. But I must say that it ranks in the top five of books that I have read during my lifetime, and for me, that is high praise. Mr. Larsson's death was a blow to the literary world, and I will be on pins and needles until his next book is published here in the US.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Prisoner of Birth

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Roger Allam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2474)
    Performance
    (501)
    Story
    (510)

    One evening, Danny, an East End cockney who works as a garage mechanic, takes his girlfriend up to the West End to celebrate their engagement. He crosses the path of Spencer Craig, a West End barrister tipped to be the youngest Queen's Counsel of his generation. A few hours later Danny is arrested for murder and later is sentenced to 22 years in prison.

    Debbie McKelvey says: "Very Entertaining"
    "Excellent!"
    Overall

    This novel demanded willful suspension of disbelief, but it was one of the best I have read in quite some time. Dumas would tip his hat to such a excellent homage to his book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • No Second Chance

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (735)
    Performance
    (344)
    Story
    (352)

    Marc Seidman awakens to find himself in an ICU, hooked up to an IV, his head swathed in bandages. Twelve days earlier, he had had an enviable life as a successful surgeon, living in a peaceful suburban neighborhood with his beautiful wife and a baby he adored. Now he lies in a hospital bed, shot by an unseen assailant. His wife has been killed, and his 6-month-old daughter, Tara, has vanished. But just when his world seems forever shattered, something arrives to give Marc a new hope: a ransom note.

    Ed says: "Really"
    "Not his best"
    Overall

    I've read a number of Harlan Coben's books and enjoyed them, but this one was absolutely too ludicrous and convoluted to be believed. The choppy reading and the most inane "hero" ever, made it almost laughable. Who cares about the dumbest doctor in the world? He was too one dimensional to generate compassion. I couldn't begin to feel sorry for the good doctor because he was such a dunce. Yep, this one was a disappointment. Sorry if you bought it

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Tin Roof Blowdown: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2465)
    Performance
    (640)
    Story
    (628)

    Dave Robicheaux returns in another Bayou adventure, this one more gruesome and gut-wrenching than any that have come before. Hurricane Katrina has ravaged New Orleans, leaving the streets and buildings flooded and the city awash with opportunists, looters, and vicious criminals. There is no order, no law. Police are shooting randomly at innocent people, prison guards have abandoned their posts, and bodies float through the streets and hang from trees.

    Deborah says: "How Does One Manage?"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    James Lee Burke has yet to disappoint. He has multiple characters interacting directly and indirectly, but ultimately, he ties them together. I would read any book he wrote if Dave Robicheaux was involved. This one is, however, one of his best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Atossa Leoni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5180)
    Performance
    (1409)
    Story
    (1412)

    Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

    David says: "Somber but gripping"
    "A beautiful book"
    Overall

    A Thousand Splendid Suns is a simply told story of endurance strengthened by love. What would be unimaginable to the sensibilities of most Americans, is the everyday life of the women in this story, caught in the crossfire of warring factions in Afghanistan. Their lives are tragic, but love and their faith endures. It has been some time since I have read a story that touched me in such a way that this one did. It is a beautiful book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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