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boisebob

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  • Flawless: Inside the Largest Diamond Heist in History

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Scott Selby, Greg Campbell
    • Narrated By Don Hagen
    Overall
    (369)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (209)

    On February 15, 2003, a group of thieves broke into an allegedly airtight vault in the international diamond capital of Antwerp, Belgium and made off with over $108 million dollars worth of diamonds and other valuables. They did so without tripping an alarm or injuring a single guard in the process.

    morton says: "An Exciting, Terrific, Nail Biting Ride!"
    "Flawless non-fiction"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Flawless?

    Excellent reporting. Obviously a lot of hard work by the author to choose the puzzle pieces that fit and put forth a credible narrative.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Leonardo, what a smooth fella; other people have compared this heist to Ocean's Eleven, if so, Clooney would play him.


    Which character – as performed by Don Hagen – was your favorite?

    No characters were dramatized.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The close to perfect crime.


    Any additional comments?

    I am a fan of true crime and this is one of the best that I've read or listened to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Drop: Harry Bosch, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    Overall
    (3329)
    Performance
    (2720)
    Story
    (2689)

    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"
    "Denouement?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, overall, enjoyed the story but was disappointed that the loose ends were never tied up and, in fact, led into another title.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narration.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Don't have a favorite.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Might not if they told me upfront that it was part of a serial


    Any additional comments?

    Might shy away from Patterson after this, very disappointed that even though they major plots were satisfied there were still unresolved narratives.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25803)
    Performance
    (22895)
    Story
    (22963)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    FanB14 says: "Amazing Amy"
    "Twisting plot"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Depended on the friend, I might have reservations.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Shorten it, too many unnecessary elements. Ending could be made more believable


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Can't think of one


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    This book sunk the hook pretty quickly and I like that but it could have moved along at a brisker pace. The ending was difficult to swallow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bangkok Tattoo

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By John Burdett
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (259)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (94)

    From the author of the best seller Bangkok 8, a head-spinning new novel that puts us back in the company of the inimitable Royal Thai Police detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep.

    Sandra says: "Unforgettable"
    "One of the Better Ones"
    Overall

    I listened to this on the strength of someone recommending Bankok 8 which I listened to later. I found this to be superior and thoroghly enjoyed both. If you ever thought of going to Thailand this is a must. Themes helped put our western morality judgments in perspective. The narration is great.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Screen

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Kate Burton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    Buddy Bollen is a C-list movie mogul who made his fortune producing films of questionable artistic merit. When Buddy hires Sunny Randall to protect his rising star and girlfriend, Erin Flint, Sunny knows from the start that the prickly, spoiled beauty won't make her job easy. And when Erin's sister, Misty, is found dead in the lavish home they share with sugar daddy Bollen, there doesn't seem to be a single lead worth pursuing.

    A User says: "Wonderful Listen"
    "Not Spencer"
    Overall

    I was disappointed in this Parker novel. After enjoying the Spencer series I expected more. I felt that the characters were poorly developed (did the recovering alcoholic have any problem with the tall scotch and soda he was sipping?) and the ending contrived.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Confessor

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (917)
    Performance
    (469)
    Story
    (475)

    Detective Gabriel Allon returns in Daniel Silva's stunning thriller of ancient and modern betrayal, long-buried secrets and unthinkable deeds that takes the listener from Munich to Venice to the Vatican.

    D Alexandra says: "good story but over rated"
    "Silva's Consistant"
    Overall

    Daniel Silva wraps action advenure, mystery and recent history into an entertaining listen. His Israeli Mossad characters expose the horror of the Holocaust using fictional modern day events. The narration is reserved and sets an excellent tone for the theme.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Lincoln Lawyer

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7070)
    Performance
    (3318)
    Story
    (3337)

    Haller is a Lincoln Lawyer, a criminal defense pro who operates out of the backseat of his Lincoln Town Car, to defend clients at the bottom of the legal food chain. It's no wonder that he is despised by cops, prosecutors, and even some of his own clients. But an investigator is murdered for getting too close to the truth and Haller quickly discovers that his search for innocence has taken him face to face with a kind of evil as pure as a flame.

    Steven says: "Great Legal Thriller, Great Reader"
    "Where are you Harry?"
    Overall

    I'm a big fan of Michael Connely but I didn't think that this held up as well as his Harry Bosch series. I may have missed something but I never understood why the bad guy hated the hero so much. Also, the ending was too convenient.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded, August 27, 1883

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Simon Winchester
    • Narrated By Simon Winchester
    Overall
    (551)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (214)

    The legendary annihilation in 1883 of the volcano-island of Krakatoa (the name has since become a by-word for a cataclysmic disaster) was followed by an immense tsunami that killed nearly 40,000 people. Beyond the purely physical horrors of an event which has only very recently become properly understood, the eruption changed the world in more ways than could possibly be imagined. Dust swirled round the world for years, causing temperatures to plummet and sunsets to turn vivid.

    rwise says: "Great subject, great writing, great voice"
    "Difficult"
    Overall

    This was difficult to listen to. I was certainly interested in the topic and the author had done the homework but the timeline was scattered and tough to follow. The reader made the subject more dry than it should be.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Night Fall

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2643)
    Performance
    (1108)
    Story
    (1105)

    Five years after the crashof TWA Flight 800, the government has declared it a result of mechanical failure. But John Corey, an ex-NYPD detective who is now a contract agent with the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force, is persuaded by Kate Mayfield, his wife and task force partner, that the case deserves a second look.

    Ms Discus says: "Addictive mix of fact & intriguing storyline"
    "Convenient ending"
    Overall

    Convenient and disappointing ending but I don't know how he would have ended the book otherwise. Hoping for something more.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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