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  • Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

  • By: Matthew Quick
  • Narrated by: Noah Galvin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,016
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 931
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 934

Today is Leonard Peacock's birthday. It is also the day he hides a gun in his backpack. Because today is the day he will kill his former best friend, and then himself, with his grandfather's P-38 pistol. But first he must say good-bye to the four people who matter most to him: his Humphrey Bogart - obsessed next-door neighbor, Walt; his classmate Baback, a violin virtuoso; Lauren, the Christian homeschooler he has a crush on; and Herr Silverman, who teaches the high school's class on the Holocaust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Required reading for humans

  • By L. Gutman on 08-14-13

Beautiful

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

Reviewed: 09-17-17

Beautiful, insightful, funny, moving. Could not stop listening. Good narration. Looking forward to more books by this author.

  • What You Break

  • By: Reed Farrel Coleman
  • Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

Gus Murphy and his girlfriend, Magdalena, are put in harm's way when Gus is caught up in the distant aftershocks of heinous crimes committed decades ago in Vietnam and Russia. Gus' ex-priest pal, Bill Kilkenny, introduces him to a wealthy businessman anxious to have someone look more deeply into the brutal murder of his granddaughter. Though the police already have the girl's murderer in custody, they have been unable to provide a reason for the killing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great story. Great narration.

  • By William Senkowsky on 03-18-17

Great if you like male fantasy crime novels

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

Reviewed: 02-18-17

A better-than-average male fantasy crime novel. If you’re a certain kind of guy, it’s got all the ingredients you’ll like: an ex-cop protagonist, Gus, whom everyone loves and respects, with a well-deserved excuse for self-pity and plausibly valid reasons to receive and inflict violence (on purpose or inadvertently), and the graphic descriptions of the torture and murder of women and children that are evidently a requirement for all crime novels these days. Gus also has a smart and beautiful ex-wife and an actress girlfriend who “looks like Marilyn Monroe” and loves Gus truly madly deeply. The reader, Keith Szarabajka, is excellent. However, If you are a woman (ahem), or a guy who enjoys more nuanced, challenging crime novels, you might want to look for something else -- you are not the "intended audience" for this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Night Life

  • By: David C. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,049
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,045

New York City, 1954. The Cold War is heating up, Senator Joe McCarthy is running a witch hunt for communists in America, the newly formed CIA is fighting a turf battle with the FBI to see who will be the primary United States intelligence agency, and the bodies of murdered young men are turning up all over the city.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific noir mystery

  • By Jeremy D. Cohen on 05-07-16

terrific in every way

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

Reviewed: 04-12-16

This would get my vote for one of the best audio books of the year (and I listen to a LOT of audio books). Can't-put-it-down story, just enough blood (but not too much), just a tiny bit of torture (seemingly a requirement for all crime fiction these days), humanely-drawn characters . A dash of humor and wit throughout. And the reader is absolutely perfect.

50 of 53 people found this review helpful

  • The Slaughter Man

  • By: Tony Parsons
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 222
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 208

On New Year’s Day, a wealthy family is found slaughtered inside their exclusive gated community in north London, their youngest child stolen away. The murder weapon is a gun for stunning cattle, leading Detective Max Wolfe to a dusty corner of Scotland Yard’s Black Museum devoted to a killer who thirty years ago was known as the Slaughter Man. But the Slaughter Man is now old and dying. Can he really be back in the game?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Extreme gore, torture, and abuse

  • By Martha on 08-15-15

Extreme gore, torture, and abuse

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

Reviewed: 08-15-15

Extreme violence and sexual abuse of women and children, plus detailed descriptions of torture -- and a likable little girl and adorable dog thrown in as palate cleansers between the scenes of gore. To me, this is just lazy, uninteresting writing driven by the easy shock "value" of ultraviolence. I like a bit of gore as much as anyone, but in small doses it can be more interesting and more shocking than lots and lots of goriness. The unknown and the unspoken can be way more terrifying. For example, see the movie "The Conversation" and the witty, character- and plot-driven crime novels of Adrian McKinty and Patricia Highsmith.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • I Hear the Sirens in the Street

  • Detective Sean Duffy, Book 2
  • By: Adrian McKinty
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,407
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,208
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,197

A torso in a suitcase looks like an impossible case, but Sean Duffy isn’t easily deterred, especially when his floundering love life leaves him in need of a distraction. So with detective constables McCrabban and McBride, he goes to work identifying the victim. The torso turns out to be all that’s left of an American tourist who once served in the U.S. military. What was he doing in Northern Ireland in the midst of the 1982 Troubles?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hear "Cold Ground" First, Then Audlble This!

  • By Ted on 08-31-13

Great story, great writing, great narration

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

Reviewed: 06-04-13

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

Yes, because it's intelligent, witty, engaging, and the narration is perfect.

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

The characters were sympathetic, so I cared what happened to them. Also the writing was so witty and fun that I wanted to keep going -- was sorry when the book ended.

Have you listened to any of Gerard Doyle’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I've listened to Doyle's performances of all Adrian McKinty's books. He has a beautiful voice and accent that make the performance a pleasure to listen to -- he makes each book come alive.

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

No, because I wanted it to last a long time.

Any additional comments?

I wish all writers had McKinty's knack for knowing just how much blood-and-gore to include and how to draw characters that the reader cares about. He brings intelligence, wit, humor, and humanity to every book.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Case of Redemption

  • By: Adam Mitzner
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,848
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,500
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,525

A high-profile attorney in the middle of a leave of absence following a personal tragedy is drawn back into the legal arena amidst a media firestorm when he agrees to represent a popular rap artist accused of brutally murdering his pop star girlfriend. With its powerful voice, pause-resisting tension, and strong cast of characters, Adam Mitzner’s novels are reminiscent of such best-selling authors as Scott Turow and John Grisham.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By cristina on 05-20-13

Story might be good, but didn't like narration

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

Reviewed: 06-04-13

What did you like best about A Case of Redemption? What did you like least?

The story seemed good, but I had to quit listening early into it because of the narration.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Didn't make it to the end.

What didn’t you like about Kevin T. Collins’s performance?

The performance was "over acted" and rushed. Not natural. Too many frequent short breaths. (I thought breaths were typically edited out of today's audio books? I can't listen to ones where they're not. I become conscious of the breaths and they distract me from the story.)

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Maybe

Any additional comments?

I think the narrator has potential -- I just wish he would *relax*.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Falling Glass

  • By: Adrian McKinty
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,583
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,198
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,180

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
  • Hold on to your seat!!!

  • By Cheryl on 03-09-11

Another terrific thriller from McKinty

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-27-11

I've listened to McKinty???s ???Dead??? trillogy (???Dead I Well May Be??? is my favorite), and ???Fifty Grand.??? ???Falling Glass??? is another winner. All McKinty???s books have multidimensional characters and intelligent plots. ???Falling Glass,??? like the others, pulls you along with a fast-paced story, all-too-human characters, and???a key ingredient missing from many thrillers???wit. This book is the first of a series with a new protagonist, Killian, a former enforcer for the IRA, and I can???t wait to listen to the next book in the series. I hope it will be read by Gerard Doyle, who is the reader for all the other McKinty books I???ve listened to. Doyle is a terrific reader, perfect in every way.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Meaning of Night

  • A Confession
  • By: Michael Cox
  • Narrated by: David Timson
  • Length: 22 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 303
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 113

"After killing the red-haired man, I took myself off to Quinn's for an oyster supper." So begins the extraordinary story of Edward Glyver - booklover, scholar, and murderer. As a young boy, Glyver always believed he was destined for greatness, and a chance discovery convinces him that he was right. Greatness does await him, along with immense wealth and influence. Overwhelmed by his discovery, he will stop at nothing to win back a prize that he knows is rightfully his.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Almost but not quite....

  • By Booksmith on 10-13-06

Terrific

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-17-08

Fascinating, witty, it-was-a-dark-and-stormy-night story; well-drawn world of London in the mid-1800s; interesting characters. And the reader is wonderful--made the characters come alive. One of those rare books that I think I probably enjoyed listening to more than I would have enjoyed reading.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful