Jeffery Deaver, best-selling author of The Empty Chair and The Bone Collector , now turns to the labyrinthine world of cyberspace - a world where the most powerful can lose their wealth, their minds, their lives with a hacker's touch of a button.
This book was written in 2001 but Audible lists a much later date. (I have never figured out how this happens, but Audible often cites a release/pub date years and years after the actual date, leading the buyer to believe a book is much more recent than it actually is.) Anyway, the language and narration style seem ancient, the characters are uninterestingly dorky, and the dialogue is either stilted or silly. If you are in the mood for a good, very old crime story, Macbeth is much more interesting.
A poor-boy college football hero turned successful partner at a prominent Dallas firm, who long ago checked his conscience at the door, catches a case that forces him to choose between his enviable lifestyle and doing the right thing in this masterful debut legal thriller.
13 year old release but not too dated. A bit preachey, flawed protagonists turns into enlightened goody-goody, storyline is often predictable but thoroughly enjoyable. Did not turn too sappy. Thanks to the narrator for this. Can't help but wonder about a person who glorifies in his a-holeness until the table are turned then - waa-haa - recognizes evil when it is done to him and mends his ways. But even selfish empathy is better than none, I guess.
Homicide detective Frost Easton doesn't like coincidences. When a series of bizarre deaths rock San Francisco - as seemingly random women suffer violent psychotic breaks - Frost looks for a connection that leads him to psychiatrist Francesca Stein. Frankie's controversial therapy helps people erase their most terrifying memories...and all the victims were her patients.
Brian Freeman is one of my favorites and this one continues a string of great stories. Just one huge misfire - the narrator uses loud screeches that cannot be anticipated and can burst your eardrum. The narrator is very good but he could have emphasized using an undertone instead of this ear splitting volume. There was no way to adjust my earphones so I could hear at a normal level yet protect myself against the frequent sound bursts.
You have never met an (ex) FBI agent like Brigid Quinn Brigid’s career - the disappearance and presumed murder of her young protégée, Jessica. Floyd knows things about that terrible night that were never made public, and offers to lead the cops to Jessica's body in return for a plea bargain. It should finally be the end of a dark chapter in Brigid’s life. Except…the new FBI agent on the case, Laura Coleman, thinks the confession is fake, and Brigid finds she cannot walk away from violence and retribution after all.
Judy Kaye’s voice and the character Kinsey Millhone in Sue Grafton’s marvelous alphabet series was one of the best matches in audio history. I was surprised to hear Kaye on this 2013 release. Again, she does a superb job with the quirky Brigid Quinn in this entertaining story. I am 99% bored with books centered on catching a serial killer so I am glad I took a chance on this one. Surprised to see that books 2 and 3 in this series were narrated by others. I hope Kaye continues her book recordings.
Lawyer Robert Tarza is surprised when his young, beautiful and wealthy French girlfriend, Tess, proposes marriage. It's not that he doesn't love her, but even after five years, there's a lot about her he doesn't know.
There is something very retro, and not in a good way, about this audiobook. Partly it is the narrator who takes shallow dialogue and makes it worse with a serious “Father Knows Best” enunciation. Just about everything the French woman says is preceded by “Eh?” which is something an upperclass Parisian woman would never do and drove me crazy. The story is so stuffed with dumb irrelevant asides it could have been edited down to a few hours instead of FIFTHTEEN hours to go no where. Couldn’t force myself beyond about an hour and half. Never again with this writer (whose first book was so good, second a dud, now this snorer) or narrator.
Max and Alissa have a fairy tale life - newlywed, madly in love and enviously rich. Then Max is brutally stabbed to death at their home and Alissa, miraculously, escapes with her life. But why was she spared? The hunt for the killer begins, uncovering a number of leads - was Max's incredible wealth the motive? Had his shady business practices finally caught up with him? Or was it a stalker with a dangerous obsession?
Good story, not unique, but a solid 4-star with no reservations. My applause goes to the 5-plus star performances. Simon Vance is one of the best narrators alive and Henrietta Meire is his equal. The very best is her off-hand manner with humor. She and Vance are a superb duo. I hate over-drama, whininess, readers who constantly sound angry, horrible faux Southern accents, squeals, whispery voices, adults who sound 15 years old, bored readers. I could go on and on with types of audio torture I have endured and bluntly reflected in many reviews. So good to be able to say Great Narration!
The Earl of Wrexford possesses a brilliant scientific mind, but boredom and pride lead him to reckless behavior. He does not suffer fools gladly. So when pompous, pious Reverend Josiah Holworthy publicly condemns him for debauchery, Wrexford unsheathes his rapier-sharp wit and strikes back. As their war of words escalates, London's most popular satirical cartoonist, A. J. Quill, skewers them both.
One of the worse narrations I have ever heard, and with the current standard of audiobook releases, that is saying a lot. Nice voice but this guy just can't read well and every sentence sounds the same, no matter what is being said.
Dr. Chris Shepard is 36 years old, newly married, and well on his way to a perfect life. Or so he believes. But that future is forever cast into doubt the day Special Agent Alexandra Morse walks into his office and drops a bombshell: Dr. Shepard's beautiful new wife is plotting his murder.
The way writers portray and describe women has changed in the last 10 years and this book is a good example of how that is a good thing. And its not just women, the stereotypes of how women talk to and about men has changed. Society has changed. I really don't need a trip backwards. Notice none of the good reviews are in the last few years.
The Vanity Fair Diaries is the story of an Englishwoman barely out of her 20s who arrives in New York City with a dream. Summoned from London in hopes that she can save Condé Nast's troubled new flagship Vanity Fair, Tina Brown is immediately plunged into the maelstrom of the competitive New York media world and the backstabbing rivalries at the court of the planet's slickest, most glamour-focused magazine company. She survives the politics, the intrigue, and the attempts to derail her by a simple stratagem: succeeding.
Can’t image any American-English speaker who could so casually drop these lines without pretense or malice: noting “the wrinkled back of his neck looked like foreskin,” says a tiresome person gives her “herpes of the brain,” describes someone as looking like “a pear with a permanent wave,” so accurately pegs Jackie Kennedy’s “strange stare,” describes her much loved new baby as “my dear pink worm.” And on and on and on. Thoroughly enjoyable to me. As others have mentioned, this book isn’t for everyone. If you have no idea who Henry Kissinger or Rupert Murdoch is, don’t know or care the difference between The New Yorker and New York Magazine, thinks AIDS has always been curable with meds or Fleet Street is about running, skip this one.
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In the summer of 2006, Emma Price watched helplessly as her six-year-old son's red coat was fished out of the River Ouse. It was the tragic story of the year - a little boy, Aiden, wandered away from school during a terrible flood, fell into the river, and drowned. His body was never recovered. Ten years later Emma has finally rediscovered the joy in life...until Aiden returns.
I could be banished from public sites for not bowing down to all things Downton Abbey, but I was not thrilled with Joanne Froggatt's voice on this audiobook. It wasn't awful but I found the little-girl-lost breathiness distracting and not consistent with was a subtly strong female character. The story was good, believable, and the twist was not too over the top. At little more Lady Mary would have been helpful in the telling.