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  • The Punch Escrow

  • By: Tal M. Klein
  • Narrated by: Matthew Mercer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,601
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,509
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,508

Joel Byram is an everyday 22nd century guy. He spends his days training artificial-intelligence engines to act more human, jamming out to 1980s new wave - an extremely obscure genre - and trying to salvage his deteriorating marriage. Joel is pretty much an everyday guy with everyday problems - until he's accidentally duplicated while teleporting. Now Joel must outsmart the shadowy organization that controls teleportation, outrun the religious sect out to destroy it, and find a way to get back to the woman he loves.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great Premise, terrible execution

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-25-17

Good Idea - Maybe a Little Overworked

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-10-18

"Beam Me Up Scotty!"

You will never, after listening to The Punch Escrow, hear those 4 words the same way. What a clever seed Tal Klein plants into this story - reason enough to listen to Mathew Mercer's fine reading of the book. But even though I'm left with an inability to forget Klein's argument, the ending didn't quite jump the shark and got, instead, eaten up by the beast.

Which leaves me with a dilemma - I recommend the cleverness of the plot's engine, but not so much it's ability to carry on with a low-ending gas tank.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Final Verdict

  • By: Sheldon Siegel
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215

When Leon Walker calls the husband-and-wife legal team of Mike Daley and Rosie Fernandez, this is not good news. Walker was the man who ruined their marriage years ago. When Mike defended Walker against murder charges arising out of a stickup-gone-bad, Rosie fought about it with Mike so much that it drove a wedge between them. Now, Walker has returned, and he's got a new murder pinned to his back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Characters andPlot

  • By Larry M. Sumerford on 10-21-04

Mike & Rosie Are Fun

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-10-18

No, in spite of this review's title, don't get the idea that this is a comic novel. This legal/detective team are, instead, a comfortable way to make doing the second-mental-level-things in your life more bearable. As a kid I remember how I hated the mindless chores that got dumped on my teenage years. If only Audible books in general and Sheldon Siegel novels in particular were available then to tickle my imagination with their legal puzzles.

Don't buy Final Verdict first. Instead treat yourself form the beginning of this series and hear this couple mature with each passing puzzle and challenge. And enjoy the way Stephen Home breaths life into this unusual duo's perplexing relationship. There's a lot to be liked here, I have and hope others will too.

I'm off to buy Book 5 in the saga of Mike and Rosie versus both crime and life.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Naturalist

  • The Naturalist, Book 1
  • By: Andrew Mayne
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,625
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,416
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,413

Professor Theo Cray is trained to see patterns where others see chaos. So when mutilated bodies found deep in the Montana woods leave the cops searching blindly for clues, Theo sees something they missed. Something unnatural. Something only he can stop. As a computational biologist, Theo is more familiar with digital code and microbes than the dark arts of forensic sleuthing. But a field trip to Montana suddenly lands him in the middle of an investigation into the bloody killing of one of his former students.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic! I loved this book!!

  • By shelley on 10-02-17

It's Okay: Here's a no-spoiler review

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-10-18

I hated how many reviewers felt driven to reveal the plot twists of this sort of twisty novel. Fact is that it's a kind of clever idea that's slowly revealed even against the skeptical headwinds of the cops. After listening to the entire book I realized that it's made mowing my lawn a couple of times and doing the dishes even more frequently - well - bearable.

If an interesting made for TV movie occasionally sedates you against the woes of a workday, well, The Naturalist did that for me. I didn't love it, it's not great... but it is, okay especially since Will Damron brings even its most improbably moments into credible territory.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fogbound

  • By: Joseph T. Klempner
  • Narrated by: David de Vries
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109

A Lincoln Navigator carries three well-dressed people through the barren New Jersey salt flats. The trip is uncomfortable but necessary. Their target has no phone, certainly no email, and never answers his mail. But August Jorgenson is no country bumpkin. Before retiring, he was one of the most famous judges in the country, and only opinions like his fierce opposition to the death penalty kept him from a seat on the Supreme Court.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great book. Great in many ways. I loved it.

  • By Richard Delman on 12-11-17

Justice Anyone?

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-10-18

"Ho-Hum..." I thought. "Another wronged person facing ticking-death-sentence-clock novel." But yet, right from the beginning pesky questions started to tweak at me. Klempner's set-up reeled me into this fog-swirled story filled with 2 dimensional characters who work so efficiently to grease this plot's entry into my imagination. And David de Vries gives them that 3rd dimension with a pitch-perfect reading.

Yeah, I liked this book. A lot.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Finder

  • A Novel
  • By: Colin Harrison
  • Narrated by: Jason Culp
  • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

Harrison spins the story of a young, beautiful, and secretive Chinese woman, Jin-Li, who gets involved in a brilliant scheme to steal valuable information from corporations in New York City. When the plan is discovered by powerful New Yorkers who stand to lose enormous sums of money, Jin-Li goes on the run.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrifying, original and wonderful

  • By Writer Within on 11-12-17

15 Stars! Awesomely Researched Action Adventure!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-10-18

So much going on yet plotted together with super glue! Really, I had difficulty turning this book off even, or especially for, sleep! Harrison has learned how to tease the reader to keep listening. You know how occasionally you say to yourself, "Okay, here's a good place to pause to get back to my life... but maybe just 15 minutes more?" 15 minutes that turn into another hour? That's how this team of Harrison and Culp grab you by the ears and make you wanna' keep listening.

There's adventure here, plot twists, and... and... money, greed, science, technology, action heroes, strong women, shifty villains, and... and... Look, if you like detective, financial, medical, tech, fire, GSR, hidden rooms, mobsters and... and...

YOU ARE GOING TO ENJOY the tight plotting, NON-CARTOON-character, energy of The Finder. I did enough to wish there were more stars to give it!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Dead Girl

  • By: Harry Dolan
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 116

On a rainy night in April, a chance encounter on a lonely road draws David into a romance with Jana Fletcher, a beautiful young law student. Jana is an enigma: living in a run-down apartment and sporting a bruise on her cheek that she refuses to explain. David would like to know her secrets, but he lets them lie-until it's too late. When Jana is brutally murdered, the police consider David a prime suspect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It just keeps getting more intriguing.

  • By Dave Wolff on 08-01-14

Gasp Making Twister - 15 Stars

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-10-18

Just everything works in this twisty, thoughtful plot. Who dunnit? Why dunnit? Where dunnit? When dunnit? Yeah, and How dunnit? A few times I mumbled "contrived" only to discover I was wrong... that Dolan, like a good magician, had me looking at his right hand while the left was busy pulling a crow from out of his sleeve. Nope, this is NOT a spoiler alert, just an amused comment on the writer's story-telling timing.

While dark, here's a novel I'll think about for a long time - among the best mystery stories in the Audible library - especially since Michael Kramer's done such a powerful job bringing the complex characters to life.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Dark So Deadly

  • By: Stuart MacBride
  • Narrated by: Steve Worsley
  • Length: 21 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310

Welcome to the Misfit Mob... It's where Police Scotland dumps the officers it can't get rid of but wants to: the outcasts, the troublemakers, the compromised. Officers like DC Callum MacGregor, lumbered with all the boring go-nowhere cases. So when an ancient mummy turns up at the Oldcastle tip, it's his job to find out which museum it's been stolen from. But then Callum uncovers links between his ancient corpse and three missing young men, and life starts to get a lot more interesting.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deranged and Murder-ey

  • By 6catz on 04-24-17

Interesting Idea

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-31-18

Teleportation is a great fantasy. Stuart MacBride's got a twist here that carries well through the entire book.This is almost in the style of Michael Chrichton: you know, a scientific mystery followed by an adventure. After A Dark So Deadly I'll never again imagine teleportation without a tiny shiver.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Watch

  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 964
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 632
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 643

In Washington, D.C., a cell phone rings. The White House chief of staff needs Jacob Winter now. His chief investigator and an Army Intelligence veteran, Winter knows how to move quickly and decisively, but he's never faced a problem like this. The disappearances are bad, but when the blackened body shows up barbed-wired to a tree, Winter knows there is much worse to come. And soon enough, there is. Large forces are at work, determined to do whatever it takes to achieve their ends.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Political Thriller

  • By Barb Schmidt on 07-16-06

Totally Fun

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-31-18

John Sanford is a story teller. Richard Ferrone brings them to life. Here they both do their job dressing Lucas Davenport in Washington drag. It's nice to get out of the Twin Cities for a while and given the furor in Washington today, well who'd have suspected that Sanford could have created a plot that was probably considered too unlikely in 2006 when he imagined this thing, but seems business as usual here in 2018. Yep, anything can happen and Jacob Winter seems so much more likely now. Here's a great escape into entertainment from a golden team of writer and reader.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Once a Crooked Man

  • By: David McCallum
  • Narrated by: David McCallum
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 422
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 382

Crime pays. And pays well. Sal, Max, and Enzo Bruschetti have proved this over a lifetime of nefarious activity that they have kept hidden from law enforcement. Nowhere in any file on any computer is there a record of anything illegal from which they have profited. But Max has a problem. His body is getting old, and his doctor has told him to take it easy. Max has decided that the time has come for the family to retire.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mostly a good romp

  • By Laurie Gore on 03-05-16

Ducky's Too Detailed.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-17-18

Okay, David McCallum's become lovable on NCIS as Dr. Ducky. A very well known actor, he reads his own work well. Unfortunately, the work doesn't read well. Oh, the plot's interesting... but... well, imagine a restaurant where the waitstaff's distractions eventually deliver up average lukewarm food .

At first I thought that his character's fixation on details like the way toilet water swirls down from a flushing... I thought that clues were deeply disguised in those details. Generally they weren't anything but time wasters. Did a publisher demand that he stretch his work to fill more pages? Dunno, don't care... either about the lukewarm plot or the reason it got that way. This is an average book that, without McCallum's name attached, would remainder fast. Which is probably the only way the word fast will wind up in my review of Once A Crooked Man.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Flat Lake in Winter

  • By: Joseph T. Klempner
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 63

Deep in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains sits a mansion, its image reflected perfectly on the still water of Flat Lake. Inside that estate are the savagely murdered bodies of a wealthy elderly couple. All evidence points to Jonathan - their mentally handicapped twenty-eight-year-old grandson - but Matt Fielder, his appointed defense lawyer, isn't convinced.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Way more people should read this book.

  • By Richard Delman on 10-11-17

As Good As It Gets

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-17-18

1. Lettuce get this out of the way first: James Klempner is a terrific technician. He's got the chops to wrap a murder story tighter than a DVD.
2. James Klempner fiddles with enigmas. He wraps this tale around a seemingly simple question that has a couple of correct answers: They're both disturbing.
3. In Flat Lake in Winter, Klempner hauls us along the line between passion and reason.

He's so authentic that, for a lot of chapters, I really thought this was a true crime story.But the niggling clues dribbled out of hiding to reveal a crafty legal/murder/mental - well - conundrum. Here's a good story, well crafted, with just enough complexity to make me want to unravel it...

4. Yep, liked this book a lot. And George Newbern's as competent and creative as Klempner. They make this as good as mystery-stuff gets.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful