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Robert

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  • Dark of the Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1946)
    Performance
    (960)
    Story
    (968)

    Virgil Flowers kicked around for a while before joining the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. First it was the army and the military police, then the police in St. Paul, and finally Lucas Davenport brought him into the BCA, promising him, "We'll only give you the hard stuff." He's been doing the hard stuff for three years now, but never anything like this.

    Crystal says: "Great winding road of a story"
    "Good listen"
    Overall

    This is classic John Sandford read (or listen in this case). He uses Det. Virgil Flowers as the protagonist instead of Lucas Davenport, but he has the usual interesting story with lots of bodies and a mystery to boot. Flowers makes an interesting kind of hero and the rural Minnesota ambience is well done. I enjoyed this immensely. Just the kind of thing for a long road trip.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Kingdom of Silence: An Inspector Keen Dunliffe Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Lee Wood
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    A U.S. marshal and her prisoner are gunned down outside London's Heathrow Airport just as the prisoner is to testify against the head of a violent animal-rights group. Leeds Detective Sergeant Keen Dunliffe doesn't seem like the right man for the case, except that he has the undercover experience and knowledge of Yorkshire, the terrorists' backyard. He's ordered to head up a sting operation with Rachel Colver, an inexperienced police constable.

    Robert says: "Very good"
    "Very good"
    Overall

    I bought this audiobook because I enjoyed her first novel so much. This has many of the virtues of her first book, but is not quite as good. Still, the characters are once again well-drawn, the relationships are complex and interesting, and the mystery is intriguing. Loses a little at the end, but I still enjoyed it immensely. I look forward to her next book. I will say that I disagree with those who did not find some of the animal rights activists acting as thugs believable. I have seen it my own experience, though I agree with much of what they say.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kingdom of Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By N. Lee Wood
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    When a woman turns up drowned on the grounds of a royal estate, Sergeant Keen Dunliffe of Leeds, West Yorkshire, is hoping it's just a case of a drunken skinny-dipping accident. But when the woman turns out to be a historian, whose specialty is eighteenth-century English royalty and politics, and who was attending a conference at a local university, it's too much of a public relations nightmare to take lightly.

    Susan says: "Wonderful narrator."
    "Great characters and dialogue"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this audiobook immensely. The characters are well-drawn and fascinating. The dialogue is outstanding. You almost forget about the mystery, the characters' are so interesting. The plot, however, is also arresting and I was enthralled until the end of this tape.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Justice: A Novel of the NYPD: A Detective Brian McKenna Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Dan Mahoney
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Detective First Grade Brian McKenna and his partner Cisco Sanchez are chasing a killer that all of New York City is rooting for, a vigilante of supreme technical skill, physical power, and intelligence who signs himself "Justice". Justice is executing drug dealers, helping the police close unsolved cases, and providing those in need with stolen drug money - creating a nightmare for the police commissioner, the mayor, and the two detectives

    Robert says: "Enjoyable"
    "Enjoyable"
    Overall

    Not the best read I have had lately, but above average. The pace was brisk and the characters were likable and interesting. The plot kind of lags at the end, but it still kept my interest.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Spade & Archer: The Prequel to The Maltese Falcon

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Joseph Gores
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (39)

    When Sam Spade gets drawn into the Maltese Falcon case, we know what to expect: straight talk, hard questions, no favors, and no way for anyone to get underneath the protective shell he wears like a second skin. We know that his late partner, Miles Archer, was a son of a bitch; that Spade is sleeping with Archer's wife, Iva; that his tomboyish secretary, Effie Perine, is the only innocent in his life. What we don't know is how Spade became who he is. Spade & Archer completes the picture.

    Mark says: ""A Real Joy""
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    This is a great audiobook listen. Kept me entertained for miles and miles. Gores captures the essence of Hammet's style while adding his own touch. The descriptions of the San Francisco Bay Area in the 20s are great and it is well plotted. Highly recommend.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Naming of the Dead: An Inspector Rebus Novel

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Ian Rankin
    • Narrated By James Gale
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (9)

    When world leaders descend on Scotland for a conference, every cop is needed to control the protestors in Edinburgh's streets - except one. Inspector John Rebus' reputation precedes him, so while presidents confer in isolated splendor, Rebus mans an empty police station, where he can't offend any visiting dignitaries. When a delegate falls to his death, Rebus is given what looks like a simple suicide report to write. But even as he keeps it out of the headlines, he probes where no probing is wanted.

    Greg says: "Good book, Sound problems"
    "Rebus to the max"
    Overall

    A great addition to the Rebus canon, "The Naming of the Dead," is full of the usual nihilistic musings on the futility of our modern existence and refusal to give in to the expectations of others. This is at the same time a meditation on the meaning of our responsibilities to family, full of startling twists and turns. Great read by the narrator. First rate entertainment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In for the Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By John Lutz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (344)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (85)

    A madman is stalking women in the city. By the time his victims are found, they've been dismembered with careful precision, their limbs stacked into a gruesome pyramid and completely cleansed of every last drop of blood. Accustomed to working on the most grisly homicides, detective Frank Quinn's nerves don't rattle easily. But when the last names of the killer's victims spell out "Q-u-i-n-n", the veteran cop feels a chill run down his spine.

    Larry says: "A great read"
    "Irritating"
    Overall

    This is supposed to be a police procedural. However, the author seems to know nothing about police procedure--either that or he decided to leave it out of this book. You are led to believe that the protagonist is a super sleuth, but he spends most of the book just sitting around waiting to get lucky. I listened to the whole thing, but I was mostly hoping that it would simply end.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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