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  • Breathing Water

  • A Poke Rafferty Thriller
  • By: Timothy Hallinan
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111

A late-night poker game in Bangkok nets American ex-pat writer Poke Rafferty the "opportunity" to write the biography of Khun Pan, a flamboyant, vulgar, self-made billionaire with a criminal past and far-reaching political ambitions. Within hours, Rafferty, his wife, Rose, their adopted daughter, Miaow, and Poke's best friend, honest Bangkok cop Arthit, have become disposable pawns in a brutal power struggle among some of Thailand's richest, most ruthless citizens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thai mystery will take your breath away

  • By Bob on 10-24-11

Thai mystery will take your breath away

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

Reviewed: 10-24-11

I recently discovered the Poke Rafferty series and have now listened to them all. Excellent and enjoyable series.

These books have a lot going for them. tight story, interesting characters lots of local color and a point that the author is making. They are not just mindless excursions.

Also, there is great heart quality just below the surface. May be my favorite series followed by Harry Bosch.

If you get into them don't miss the Queen of Pat Pong either.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Place of Execution

  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Paddy Glynn
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 436
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 361
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359

A Greek tragedy in modern England, A Place of Execution is a taut psychological thriller that explores, exposes and explodes the border between reality and illusion in a multi-layered narrative that turns expectations on their head and reminds us that what we know is what we do not know.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truly amazing

  • By KismetKat11 on 11-17-09

Rewarding story takes a while to get there.

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

Reviewed: 10-22-11

Complex plot, was hard to stay with for the first half of the book. Narrator keeps you listening. Eventually a great yarn!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Falling Glass

  • By: Adrian McKinty
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,509
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,132
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,114

Richard Coulter is a man who has everything. His beautiful new wife is pregnant, his upstart airline is undercutting the competition and moving from strength to strength, his diversification into the casino business in Macau has been successful, and his fabulous Art Deco house on an Irish cliff top has just been featured in Architectural Digest. But then, for some reason, his ex-wife Rachel doesn’t keep her side of the custody agreement and vanishes off the face of the earth with Richard’s two daughters. Richard hires Killian, a formidable ex-enforcer for the IRA, to track her down before Rachel, a recovering drug addict, harms herself or the girls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Even an Angel of Death needs a halo...

  • By G. Love on 03-06-11

Fantastic yarn

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-31-11

I've listened to all McKinty's stuff. It just keeps getting better. Gerard Doyle is in the top three best readers.
It's prose meets the murder mystery. Too good!

14 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • The Bhagavad Gita

  • By: Phoenix Books, Barbara Stoler-Miller (translator)
  • Narrated by: Jacob Needleman
  • Length: 2 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 358
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 191
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195

The search for higher truth must be conducted in the midst of the forces of life, with all its demands and seductions. So teaches The Bhagavad Gita, an ancient text that has been called the quintessence of the spirituality of India. In it, the great warrior Arjuna contemplates the meaning of life, just moments before entering the battlefield. "Why do I exist? Why should I fight against my loved ones? And where shall I go after I die?" he asks himself in search for knowledge of the Absolute.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A book that changes your life

  • By Julia on 03-06-10

The one I go back to!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-26-10

I have enjoyed listening to this many times. I've got hundreds of Audible books that I've listened to once, but this one I like to go back to. I can just start listening at any spot and it takes me to another place right away. Perhaps, it's because I read this material many years ago and so it is already quite familiar to me, so I enjoy the uncomplicated translation which doesn't require hundreds of footnotes and asides to follow.
Although narration is more subjective, I like the calm droning quality, with powerful undertones of Jacob Needleman's voice, which seems to fit the material quite well.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful