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Silver Spring, MD
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  • Metzger's Dog

  • A Novel
  • By: Thomas Perry
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 358
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 240

When Leroy "Chinese" Gordon breaks into a professor's lab at the University of Los Angeles, he's after some pharmaceutical cocaine, worth plenty of money. Instead, he finds the papers the professor has compiled for the CIA, which include a blueprint for throwing a large city into chaos. But how is the CIA to be persuaded to pay a suitable ransom, unless of course someone actually uses the plan to throw a large city into chaos - Los Angeles, for instance?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Messrs. Perry and Kramer should get six stars.

  • By Richard Delman on 03-22-12

A hoot just as Carl Hiassen promises

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

Reviewed: 04-18-18

I love Thomas Perry but this book is especially engaging with eccentric and extraordinary characters and a devious plot line. Treat yourself to a well written and innovative mystery/thriller.

  • Greeks Bearing Gifts

  • A Bernie Gunther Novel, Book 13
  • By: Philip Kerr
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191

It is 1956, and Bernie Gunther has a new name (Christoph Ganz), a clean passport, a chip on his shoulder, and a menial low-paying job in Munich. And then an old friend arrives to repay a debt. He encourages Bernie to take a job as a claims adjuster in a major German insurance company. Which is why Bernie, as Christoph, finds himself in Athens investigating a claim by Siegfried Witzel, a brutish former Wehrmacht soldier who served in Greece during the war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Series gets better and better

  • By Rena on 04-10-18

Series gets better and better

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

Reviewed: 04-10-18

Philip Kerr’s Bernie Gunther novels are a treasure of historical fiction. Bernie may be aging (tell me about it) but he is no less wry, charming, and as ethical as his times permit. Narrator John Lee rises to the challenge of bringing him to life beautifully. More, more, more please.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Exit West

  • A Novel
  • By: Mohsin Hamid
  • Narrated by: Mohsin Hamid
  • Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,574
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,445
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,435

In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet - sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors - doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Where to Live?

  • By David on 04-04-17

Luminous and heart wrenching

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

Reviewed: 12-23-17

Nothing I have seen or heard or experienced brought home the misery of the Middle East and the profound changes of immigration as well as this terrific book. A present for any reader
Of enduring value

  • Sing, Unburied, Sing

  • A Novel
  • By: Jesmyn Ward
  • Narrated by: Kelvin Harrison Jr., Chris Chalk, Rutina Wesley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,279
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,109

In Jesmyn Ward's first novel since her National Book Award-winning Salvage the Bones, this singular American writer brings the archetypal road novel into rural 21st-century America. An intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle, Sing, Unburied, Sing journeys through Mississippi's past and present, examining the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power - and limitations - of family bonds.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 3.5 Stars

  • By kurdis teed on 01-09-18

Lives up to all the rave reviews

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

Reviewed: 12-17-17

This book, winner of the National Book Award, is in every best books of 2017 list I have seen. It deserves these honors. Subtle language, fully realized characters, sad stories not bathed in pathos. It’s just excellent.

  • The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye

  • A Lisbeth Salander Novel, Continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series, Book 5
  • By: David Lagercrantz
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,963
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,591
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,576

Lisbeth Salander, the girl with the dragon tattoo, the brilliant hacker, the obstinate outsider, the volatile seeker of justice for herself and others - even she has never been able to uncover the most telling facts of her traumatic childhood, the secrets that might finally fully explain her to herself. Now, when she sees a chance to uncover them once and for all, she enlists the help of Mikael Blomkvist, the editor of the muckraking investigative journal Millennium. And she will let nothing stop her.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not up to par

  • By cristina on 10-03-17

Repetitive formulaic dull

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

Reviewed: 11-25-17

Poor Lisbeth. Her character is like a line drawing rubbed out by an eraser. Pitiful.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Manhattan Beach

  • A Novel
  • By: Jennifer Egan
  • Narrated by: Norbert Leo Butz, Heather Lind, Vincent Piazza
  • Length: 15 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,052
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,801
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,790

Anna Kerrigan, nearly 12 years old, accompanies her father to the house of a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. Anna observes the uniformed servants, the lavishing of toys on the children, and some secret pact between her father and Dexter Styles. Years later her father has disappeared, and the country is at war. Anna works at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where women are allowed to hold jobs that had always belonged to men.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I usually love Jennifer Egan, however...

  • By D. Thomas on 11-10-17

Wonderful work from rising American novelist

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

Reviewed: 11-12-17

Writing is sumptuous yet delicate. Characters are fully realized and intriguing. Story sprawls over history. The best listen I have had in awhile.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Scarred Woman

  • Department Q, Book 7
  • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
  • Length: 14 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,148
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,056
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,055

Detective Carl Mørck of Department Q, Copenhagen's cold cases division, meets his toughest challenge yet when the dark, troubled past of one of his own team members collides with a sinister unsolved murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Oh Rose....<br />

  • By Midwesterner on 10-05-17

Wonderful as always

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

Reviewed: 10-07-17

Piquant interesting characters, fascinating subplots, and lines that motivate a burst of laughter. The author is at the peak of his talent. Don’t miss out on him.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Late Show

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Katherine Moennig
  • Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 66

Renée Ballard works the night shift in Hollywood, beginning many investigations but finishing none as each morning she turns her cases over to day shift detectives. A once up-and-coming detective, she's been given this beat as punishment after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor. But one night she catches two cases she doesn't want to part with: the brutal beating of a prostitute left for dead in a parking lot and the killing of a young woman in a nightclub shooting.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Dragnet

  • By sonia on 07-19-17

Great new character and Connelly at his time tested best

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

Reviewed: 09-12-17

Renee Ballard is tough as nails and as vulnerable but impregnable as Harry Bosch. A welcome new opening for Connelly fans. Narrator is also great and gets far too little exposure on Ray Donovan.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Stillhouse Lake

  • By: Rachel Caine
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,925
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,906
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,879

With her ex now in prison, Gwen has finally found refuge in a new home on remote Stillhouse Lake. Though still the target of stalkers and Internet trolls who think she had something to do with her husband's crimes, Gwen dares to think her kids can finally grow up in peace. But just when she's starting to feel at ease in her new identity, a body turns up in the lake - and threatening letters start arriving from an all-too-familiar address.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • imagine Capt. Kirk as a cheerleader

  • By friendlykitty on 09-20-17

Banging on a pot with a hammer

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

Reviewed: 09-10-17

Unbelievable characters, linear plot, and sledgehammer writing. This novel has them all. I finished it but probably shouldn't have bothered.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Trinity Six

  • By: Charles Cumming
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 275
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 142
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 149

The most closely-guarded secret of the Cold War is about to be exposed – the identity of a SIXTH member of the infamous Cambridge spy ring. And people are killing for it.... London, 1992. Late one night, Edward Crane, 76, is declared dead at a London hospital. An obituary describes him only as a 'resourceful career diplomat'. But Crane was much more than that – and the circumstances surrounding his death are far from what they seem. Fifteen years later, academic Sam Gaddis needs money.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun exciting intrigues perfectly narrated.

  • By Ramon on 03-17-11

Great writing and intriguing story

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

Reviewed: 09-05-17

If you like thrillers especially with historical context check this one out. Journalists do great jobs at these things and Cumming is in the league of Alex Berenson and David Ignatius.