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Steven

Hutchinson, KS, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • The Bat: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (968)
    Performance
    (835)
    Story
    (824)

    Harry is out of his depth. Detective Harry Hole is meant to keep out of trouble. A young Norwegian girl taking a gap year in Sydney has been murdered, and Harry has been sent to Australia to assist in any way he can. He's not supposed to get too involved. When the team unearths a string of unsolved murders and disappearances, nothing will stop Harry from finding out the truth. The hunt for a serial killer is on, but the murderer will talk only to Harry. He might just be the next victim.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Probably the best of this remarkable series."
    "A very entertaining detective novel"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Bat the most enjoyable?

    A good old fashioned type detective novel. A seriously flawed protagonist and entertaining supporting characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silkworm

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3927)
    Performance
    (3620)
    Story
    (3618)

    When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

    H James Lucas says: "A well-worn genre enlivened with fresh characters"
    "Get Cuckoo first, then get this."
    Overall
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    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I finished it over a weekend. It is not a short book.


    Any additional comments?

    Great protagonist with a "plucky" blossoming sidekick. Very good narrator.

    More, please.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cruelest Month: A Three Pines Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    Overall
    (1353)
    Performance
    (984)
    Story
    (969)

    It's spring in the tiny, forgotten village; buds are on the trees, and the first flowers are struggling through the newly thawed earth. But not everything is meant to return to life. When some villagers decide to celebrate Easter with a séance at the Old Hadley House, they are hoping to rid the town of its evil - until one of their party dies of fright.

    Sara says: "Spring in Three Pines"
    "Three Pines has quite the homicide rate."
    Overall
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    Where does The Cruelest Month rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    These books are very pleasant to listen to. Narrator and writing is nice. It is funny how dangerous it is to live in 3 pines though.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4271)
    Performance
    (3802)
    Story
    (3800)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "Entertaining + learned about service dogs."
    Overall
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    What did you like best about this story?

    The author seemed to have researched service/working dogs thoroughly. I appreciate learning about topics while listening to entertaining novels.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Option to Kill: A Nathan McBride Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1368)
    Performance
    (1190)
    Story
    (1203)

    When Nathan McBride receives a text message from someone who claims she’s been kidnapped, it triggers a deadly chain of events that has the potential to haunt him for the rest of his life. Nathan will soon learn that nothing from his past could ever prepare him for the crisis he’ll soon be facing. The girl’s name is Lauren and she’s just 12 years old.

    Carla says: "An Outstanding Story with Engaging Characters"
    "Good. Tough guy with skills + baggage formula"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What did you like best about Option to Kill? What did you like least?

    A fun title for entertainment


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

    Dick Hill is good at the tough guy hero formula books.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Work

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2273)
    Performance
    (1472)
    Story
    (1483)

    Thanks to a heart transplant, former FBI agent Terrell McCaleb is enjoying a quiet retirement, renovating the fishing boat he lives on in Los Angeles Harbor. But McCaleb's calm seas turn choppy when a story in the "What Happened To?" column of the LA Times brings him face-to-face with the sister of the woman whose heart now beats in his chest.

    Andrew Stone says: "A Darn Good Book"
    "Michael Connelly consistently delivers quality."
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    Where does Blood Work rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 20%. It's a good little detective mystery novel.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoy Dick Hill narrations.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Private

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
    • Narrated By Peter Hermann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1838)
    Performance
    (1152)
    Story
    (1151)

    Former Marine helicopter pilot Jack Morgan runs Private, a renowned investigation company with branches around the globe. It is where you go when you need maximum force and maximum discretion. The secrets of the most influential men and women on the planet come to Jack daily - and his staff of investigators uses the world's most advanced forensic tools to make and break their cases.

    Meaghan says: "private"
    "ugggggghhhhh"
    Overall
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    Would you ever listen to anything by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro again?

    No.


    Did Private inspire you to do anything?

    Avoid James Patterson rubber stamped "collaboration" books. I suspect Patterson does not even reviews these titles nor stories.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nemesis

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Thor Knai
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (580)
    Performance
    (424)
    Story
    (411)

    Captured on closed-circuit television: A man walks into an Oslo bank, puts a gun to a cashier’s head, and tells her to count to 25. When he doesn’t get his money fast enough, he pulls the trigger. The young woman dies—and two million Norwegian kroner disappear without a trace.

    Richard says: "What a difference a narrator makes"
    "3rd book, least desirable performance."
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    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    His character voices seem inconsistent applied to various characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Is the name pronounced Hole, Holey, and Hula? 3rd book, 3rd different pronunciation.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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