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  • Eight Million Ways to Die

  • By: Lawrence Block
  • Narrated by: Lawrence Block
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114

Battling the bottle one day at a time, ex-cop, sometime PI Matthew Scudder finds that next to staying sober, staying alive seems easy. But in the mean streets of New York City it never is. Not for the prostitute who wanted out and got her beautiful self slashed to ribbons. Not for a pimp named Chance who is betting his life that the broken-down detective can find her murderer. And not for Matthew Scudder - just trying to stay alive in a city that knows nothing better than how to die.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Matt Scudder is the best !

  • By antonio on 05-26-12

Powerful

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

Reviewed: 02-21-16

What made the experience of listening to Eight Million Ways to Die the most enjoyable?

Two great story lines going on at the same time. Both story lines deal with human emotions and frailties . Block has created a captivating novel that tugs at your heart strings and emotions. His best work in the series to date.

What does Lawrence Block bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

It is his story. He knows how it is supposed to sound and does a great job.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

If I had the time ..Definitely

Any additional comments?

A must read !!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Big Goodbye

  • By: Michael Lister
  • Narrated by: Allen Walker
  • Length: 4 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13

Someone is following Lauren Lewis. She ducks into the office of PI Jimmy "Soldier" Riley, not to hire him, but to find out if he's the one following her. Back when they were lovers he told her if he ever decided to, she'd never know he was there. It's 1940s Panama City, Florida. The world is at war, and the growing panhandle paradise is doing its part. Tyndall Field is training pilots. Wainwright Shipyard is building battleships. The Naval Section Base is protecting vessels in the Gulf.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 1940'S NOIR

  • By J.C.D. on 05-04-16

Criss...Cross.....Double Cross Who can you Trust

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

Reviewed: 09-15-14

What did you like best about The Big Goodbye? What did you like least?

The least enjoyable aspect of the book was the resolution of the conflict. Given the information in the book, there was no foreshadowing of the person responsible, thus creating who antagonist who was not plausible. The denouement was extremely well done !

Would you be willing to try another book from Michael Lister? Why or why not?

After the resolution of this book, I would hesitate to buy another of his works

What three words best describe Allen Walker’s voice?

He spoke to quickly which detracted greatly from the story, although his words are very clear.

Do you think The Big Goodbye needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

yes . The denouement leads to a sequel very easily.

Any additional comments?

When I am in doubt whether a mystery is well written I refer to my 12 criteria of a good mystery novel.. This book fails on 2 key points. 1) It must baffle a seasonably intelligent reader, and 2) the solution must seem inevitable once revealed. There was no way these 2 criteria were met. The person responsible came out of left field. Very disappointing ending, but otherwise a decent read

  • Black Wings Has My Angel

  • By: Elliott Chaze
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

A legend among noir buffs, Chaze's long-lost pulp classic is the dreamlike tale of a man after a jailbreak who meets up with the woman of his dreams - and his nightmares.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Guilt..... a deadly emotion !!

  • By John on 08-24-14

Guilt..... a deadly emotion !!

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

Reviewed: 08-24-14

Would you listen to Black Wings Has My Angel again? Why?

Definitly. The author actually gives you 2 stories in the book. The story line is engaging.

What did you like best about this story?

the insight that Chaze has into the human psyche. He understands what makes human tick. His story is a study in human frailties.

What does Malcolm Hillgartner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His emotion. He does not overplay any part yet conveys every emotion, every nuance, every scene

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I could have, but took 2 sittings

Any additional comments?

a very solid noir book . A must have in your library !!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Borderline

  • A Hard Case Crime Novel
  • By: Lawrence Block
  • Narrated by: Mike Dennis
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

On the border between El Paso, Texas and Juarez, Mexico, five lives are about to collide - with fatal results. This is MWA Grand Master Lawrence Block at his rawest and most visceral, a bloody, bawdy, brutal story of passion and punishment - and of lines that were never meant to be crossed - available for the first time in 50 years!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • South of the border, down Mexico way.

  • By Wag The Fox on 09-08-14

Raw.......Gritty......Steamy... A Classic !!!!

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

Reviewed: 08-21-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Fast paced, extremely well written, managing to inter-twin 5 stories and have them all come together at the climax

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

a good plot has you anticipate what will happen and therefore keep you reading to see if you are correct. This book does it in spades !!

What about Mike Dennis’s performance did you like?

Mike does a great job of not overplaying the parts, especially the women's voices. His inflections are easily matched up with the various characters. His short staccato reading of the sentences gives the book the noir feeling perfectly.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes...I finished it in 3 sittings, a personal best .

Any additional comments?

hard hitting , brutal at times, but no over descriptive gore scenes. The reader is left to fill in the blanks.The climax and then a quick Hitchcock ending, no extended denouement.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Tricks

  • 87th Precinct, Book 40
  • By: Ed McBain
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Everyone in the 87th Precinct gets in on the act in Tricks. This audiobook from Ed McBain is a multicrime Halloween story full of murder, mayhem, and cops walking the line between decent society and the evil just beneath its surface.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • awful performance

  • By John on 08-18-14

awful performance

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

Reviewed: 08-18-14

Would you try another book from Ed McBain and/or Dick Hill?

not by Dick Hill.ever !!!!! McBain ....yes

What did you like best about this story?

typical 87th Precinct....strong characters

How could the performance have been better?

get a better narrator...he tries to do way too much

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

book was creative...narrator just awful