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  • The Wrong Kind of Blood

  • By: Declan Hughes
  • Narrated by: Stanley Townsend
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 29

Ed Loy hasn't been back to Dublin for 20 years. Now his mother is dead and he has returned home to bury her. He soon realises that the world waiting for him is very different from the one he left behind all those years ago. An old classmate, Linda Dawson, pleads with him to find her missing husband, Peter. She doesn't want the police involved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rough, Pacy, Sharp and Entertainingly Irish

  • By Lesley on 03-20-10

Loved the Irishness but had problems after that

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

Reviewed: 03-21-12

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I wanted to like this book (I loved the Irishness of the story) but keep tripping over a few things. For one thing I couldn’t get interested in the plot. For another, I couldn't muster much sympathy for the protagonistLastly, I just kept laughing at the sexy parts (and this may rate a spoiler alert so stop reading if you don’t want to know) . . .Well, in one scene (and I listened a couple of times just to make sure I heard it right) The protag gets the stuffing beats out of him --- broken teeth, completely smashed up and bloody face, other body injuries. Then his love interest shows up. After they escape, they have wild monkey sex (with broken teeth and a nose he can’t breath thorough?) Plus he is sure he loves her like no other,,, forget the part about her being drunk or high or both all the time AND the fact that she is promiscuous s and seems to think that is shouldn’t be a problem.Well, I just couldn’t stretch my gullibility that far so I laughed myself silly

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Wrong Kind of Blood?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Standoff

  • By: Sandra Brown
  • Narrated by: Enid Graham
  • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 168
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 93

TV reporter Tiel McCoy gets up close and personal with the barrel of a gun, two desperate young lovers, and the scoop of a lifetime. And she was supposed to be on vacation! Poignant and riveting, Standoff is suspense at its best, as only Sandra Brown can create it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • "Hey Doc"

  • By Empress Karen on 03-20-14

Minus Stars if Possible

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

Reviewed: 08-25-11

This may be the worst audio-book of all time.
The story line is dumb, the characters are stupid and listening to it probably kills brains cells. The narrator is okay but should have checked pronunciations

I've read/listened to books that I disliked so much, I wanted to slam them into a wall. This one makes me feel that way but I also want to burn down the wall, campaign to make sure some folks never get published and, while I'm at it, never get near a computer or typewriter.

Did I tell you I hated this book!?

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Gone

  • By: Lisa Gardner
  • Narrated by: Anna Fields
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 862
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 624
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 629

For ex-FBI profiler Pierce Quincy, it's the beginning of his worst nightmare: a car abandoned on a desolate stretch of Oregon highway, engine running, purse on the driver's seat. And his estranged wife, Rainie Conner, gone, leaving no clue to her fate.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • In defense of Anna Fields!

  • By Louise Thwaite on 01-27-17

Good listen

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

Reviewed: 04-21-11

Pretty darn good little mystery-thriller -- Gardner is usually a good bet for a good "read" . Also Anna Fields does a wonderful job of narration but it's a little creepy listening to her read the part about a basement flooding (just too sad)

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Dark Fire

  • A Matthew Shardlake Mystery
  • By: C. J. Sansom
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 18 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 934
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 933

Winner of the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Dagger Award, Dark Fire revisits acclaimed master of historical fiction C. J. Sansom's colorful and rapier-witted lawyer, Matthew Shardlake. Set in 1540, this beguiling tale of murder and mayhem is set against a rich backdrop of medieval London. Here, hunchbacked Matthew Shardlake is called upon to investigate the peculiar case of a young woman accused of murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Murder & Intrigue ~ Lawyers & Psychopaths

  • By Bill on 08-03-12

Great listen!

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

Reviewed: 02-23-11

Well written, great historical details, well developed plot -- a delightful listen!
First rate narration by Steven Crossley too
I have a new Favorite Author / Narrator combo

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter

  • A Novel
  • By: Tom Franklin
  • Narrated by: Kevin Kenerly
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,536
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,813
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,823

Larry Ott and Silas “32” Jones were unlikely boyhood friends. Larry was the child of lower middle-class white parents, Silas the son of a poor, single, black mother - their worlds as different as night and day. Yet a special bond developed between them in Chabot, Mississippi. But within a few years, tragedy struck. In high school, a girl who lived up the road from Larry had gone to the drive-in movie with him and nobody had seen her again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic story in the south I know

  • By Jami E. Nettles on 01-10-11

This guy can WRITE!

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

Reviewed: 01-23-11

Dang! Now this man can WRITE!
For me, the main problem in writing about an author of this caliber is that I just don't have the words to adequately describe the pleasure of reading/listening his book. WOW! Amazing! OMG! Awesome! Geez Louise! See what I mean?
On top of that, the narrator, Kevin Kenerly, is perfect! So talented!
The whole package was a delightful find and I won't soon forget it.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Book Thief

  • By: Markus Zusak
  • Narrated by: Allan Corduner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,312
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,356

It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I took a chance.

  • By Robert on 08-20-11

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 05-12-10

What a gem! Beautifully written! The imagery, pacing, the dialogue! The character building! All of it is so delightful.

The icing on the cake is Allan Corduner's narration. A perfect match of talent and substance I found mesmerizing

With this book alone, Zusak had earned the right to stand with master story tellers Frank Delaney, John Irving, and Colm T?ib?n! And more!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Given Day

  • By: Dennis Lehane
  • Narrated by: Michael Boatman
  • Length: 23 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 839
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 563
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 556

The Given Day explores the crippling violence and irrepressible exuberance of a country at war with, and in the thrall of, itself. As Danny, Luther, and those around them struggle to define themselves in increasingly turbulent times, they gradually find family in one another and, together, ride a rising storm of hardship, deprivation, and hope that will change all their lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb!

  • By Louise on 01-11-10

Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 08-29-09

This book reminds me of Ragtime, Glory and the Dream, the Jungle and maybe some of Studs Terkel's stuff. Dehane adroitly captures what it must have been like to live in 1919 - the end of WW I, the Great Flu, the beginnings of Unions, immigration, racism, generalized corruption, floods, fires AND molasses!
He captures all that, straightens it out and weaves it back into an unforgettable story.
On top of that, Michael Boatman gives a first rate performance as narrator.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • All Fall Down

  • By: Erica Spindler
  • Narrated by: Brooke Butterworth
  • Length: 3 hrs and 17 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 31

Men are dying unexpectedly in Charlotte, North Carolina, all victims of bizarre accidents. No one will call these deaths murder. No one except small-town cop Melanie May. She sees the pattern: a serial killer targeting men who have slipped through the fingers of justice. Alone with her awful certainty, Melanie risks her career to convince Connor Parks, a troubled FBI profiler, that she's right. Suddenly Melanie is in the limelight, lauded for uncovering the Dark Angel.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • All Fall Down delivers

  • By Wanda Fronheiser on 10-28-05

Too long

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

Reviewed: 12-28-08

This story is 3 hours & 17 minutes too long. It is also a strong message that you would be better off buring your money than selecting "complete your purchase". Bleaaaccckkk

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Eloquent Silence

  • By: Sandra Brown
  • Narrated by: Joyce Bean
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 68

Lauri is a dedicated young teacher for the deaf. Her past conceals a wound still unhealed, her present is a facade, and she uses her career to hide her loneliness. Drake, daytime TV's most popular star, has two heartaches - the daughter he believes will never have a normal life and the dead wife he can't forget.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Eloquent Silence

  • By Minnie on 10-13-10

Writers take heart

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

Reviewed: 09-14-08

This book should give all writer-wannabes hope - You Too Can Be Published.

The Hero is a jerk if not a sociopath. There were so many times I thought that he would have to bite the dust for the story to find a happy ending. Unfortunately, that didn't happen.

The Heroine is so dense she would welcome home Jason, hockey mask and all. She would, no doubt, be thinking "Why is it he makes every cell in my body tingle?" Bleeeeeeack

However, I learned a lot about educating the deaf which may have been the main point of the book

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Drop Dead Gorgeous

  • By: Linda Howard
  • Narrated by: Joyce Bean
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217

Blair Mallory, last seen in To Die For, has already survived one murder attempt. Now, while planning her wedding and dealing with holiday-season madness, Blair once again dodges a bullet. Or, more precisely, a Buick. And though the driver's identity remains a mystery, his or her murderous intentions are all too clear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This narrator is great!

  • By SassiKassi on 05-07-10

Boring

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

Reviewed: 09-14-08

It is hard to believe Linda Howard wrote this substitute-for-anesthesia. If I listen to the whole thing, I'll be in a permanent vegetative state.

2 of 10 people found this review helpful