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  • Metropolis

  • A Bernie Gunther Novel, Book 14
  • By: Philip Kerr
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

It's 1928, and Berlin is a city on the edge of chaos, where nothing is truly verboten. At central police HQ, the Murder Commission has its hands full. A killer is on the loose, and though he scatters many clues, each is a dead end. It's almost as if he is taunting the cops. This is what Bernie Gunther finds on his first day with the Murder Commisson. He's been taken on because the people at the top have noticed him - they think he has the makings of a first-rate detective. But not just yet. Right now, he has to listen and learn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A highly talented author who will be missed

  • By C. Johnson on 04-13-19

A highly talented author who will be missed

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

Reviewed: 04-13-19

This book wraps up (or, begins) the Bernie Gunther series.

I have listened to the series and have enjoyed it immensely. The noir detective style is entertaining and his colorful metaphors are often hilarious.

John Lee brings the characters to life, and breathes personality into each.

I have missed feelings about whether I think someone should continue this series. Selfishly, I want to be able to listen to more about Bernie and his time in history, but I am skeptical as to the ability of another author to carry this series forward with the same high measure of quality that Philip Kerr brought to the page...

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Close Your Eyes

  • By: Iris Johansen, Roy Johansen
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,049
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 919
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 921

A music therapist who thrives on helping others, Kendra Michaels cherishes the ordinary life she has achieved after stem cell surgery restored her sight. The skills she perfected during those sightless years - the ability to pick up the most subtle audio, olfactory, and tactile cues in the world around her - coupled with her laser-sharp mind - have made her a uniquely potent observer and problem solver. Kendra’s uncanny way of connecting the dots is as baffling to law enforcement as it is legendary.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is a good one!

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-26-13

Constant character bickering destroys this one...

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

Reviewed: 02-25-19

Every author has a method for telling their story, but also seems to have a method for "filling the pages" to satisfy their publisher's expectation for story length.

These two authors spend so much time "filling the pages" with constant bickering about who is using whom, as well as the very much overused departmental / bureaucratic wranglings about why this or that character was assigned to assist with the case, that I found myself cringing each time the authors hit "rinse and repeat", and subjected me to another retread of the same vitriolic squabbling. So tiresome and disappointing.

  • Island of the Mad

  • By: Laurie R. King
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 604
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 551
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 552

With Mrs. Hudson gone from their lives and domestic chaos building, the last thing Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, need is to help an old friend with her mad and missing aunt. Lady Vivian Beaconsfield has spent most of her adult life in one asylum after another, since the loss of her brother and father in the Great War. And although her mental state seemed to be improving, she’s now disappeared after an outing from Bethlem Royal Hospital...better known as Bedlam.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • a little let down but still worth the listen.

  • By Victoria L Snyder on 07-03-18

Sherlock Holmes? This series continues to devolve.

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

Reviewed: 02-19-19

I honestly stopped enjoying this series about 4 books in. I'm an avid fan of Sherlock Holmes, but this series has devolved into utter drivel and nonsense, having little to do with Sherlock Holmes. Jenny Stirlin gets full credit for doing a typically stellar rendition of the written material, but this is my last foray into the rambling verses that do little to perpetuate the historical significance of the character that so many ACD fans love.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Saint of Wolves and Butchers

  • By: Alex Grecian
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 61

Travis Roan and his dog, Bear, are hunters: They travel the world pursuing evildoers in order to bring them to justice. They have now come to Kansas on the trail of Rudolph Bormann, a Nazi doctor and concentration camp administrator who snuck into the United States under the name Rudy Goodman in the 1950s. Travis quickly learns that Goodman has powerful friends who will go to any length to protect the Nazi; what he doesn't know that is that Goodman has furtively continued his diabolical work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A 5<br />

  • By Donna on 04-21-18

Generally a good plot, but some of the dialog exchanges bordered on silly

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

Reviewed: 05-22-18

For the first several hours of the story, the character dialog seemed well-crafted and realistic; however, at about the point when 2.5 hours remained in the story, the dialog seemed unrealistic, to the point of being silly. Example: “he’s following me”... “in a car”? No, he’s on foot, and I’m concerned that he’ll catch up to me in a couple of days (sorry for the sarcasm).

Also, the mother’s (state trooper) reaction to the use of a stun gun to extract information from the guys who kidnapped her daughter - ludicrous.

  • Agent in Place

  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 16 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,943
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,487
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,456

Fresh off his first mission back with the CIA, Court Gentry secures what seems like a cut-and-dried contract job: A group of expats in Paris hires him to kidnap the mistress of Syrian dictator Ahmed Azzam to get intel that could destabilize Azzam's regime. Court delivers Bianca Medina to the rebels, but his job doesn't end there. She soon reveals that she has given birth to a son, the only heir to Azzam's rule - and a potent threat to the Syrian president's powerful wife. Now, to get Bianca's cooperation, Court must bring her son out of Syria alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Court Gentry, baby & diaper bag hmmmm...

  • By shelley on 02-21-18

Mark continues to astound with his literary talent!

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

Reviewed: 02-28-18

This installment in the Gray Man series continues the evolution of Court Gentry as a premier bad a** and a truly heroic Agent who always manages to get the job done in ever more creative and entertaining ways!

Mark’s ability to weave the various threads of a complex storyline together to conclude with the right mix of closure, and “things left undone”, creates a sense of intense satisfaction, while leaving the reader waiting earnestly for the next exceptionally well-researched and well-executed installment to hit the shelves of their favorite bookstore (or Audible library).

Please keep ‘em coming, Mark!

  • Kindred

  • By: Steve Robinson
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 514
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 440
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 440

Jefferson Tayte is good at finding people who don't want to be found. For years he has followed faint genealogical trails to reunite families - and uncover long-hidden secrets. But Tayte is a loner, a man with no ties of his own; his true identity is the most elusive case of his career. But that could all be about to change. Now Tayte has in his possession the beginnings of a new trail - clues his late mentor had started to gather - that might at last lead to his own family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Timley

  • By Margaret on 04-13-16

The best book in this series!

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

Reviewed: 12-21-17

This story builds extensively on Taytes family history, and lots of character development is included. The level of creativity in the overall storyline is off the charts!

  • The Whole Art of Detection

  • Lost Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes
  • By: Lyndsay Faye
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,477
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,339
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,338

Internationally best-selling author Lyndsay Faye became enamored with tales of Sherlock Holmes and his esteemed biographer, Dr. John Watson, as a child and later began spinning these quintessential characters into her own works of fiction - from her acclaimed debut novel, Dust and Shadow, which pitted the famous detective against Jack the Ripper, to a series of short stories for the Strand Magazine, whose predecessor published the very first Sherlock Holmes short story in 1891.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yay! More Sherlock!

  • By KadySiga on 03-13-17

Stellar stories and unsurpassed narration

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

Reviewed: 10-31-17

Lyndsay Faye is a fantastic author, and takes the Holmes catalog of stories to a new higher level. Simon Vance is one of the most talented narrators of this era. His range of scope lends credence to each character, and he does equally well portraying female and male characters, and from a variety of dialects. Truly enjoyable to listen to his portrayals.

  • Tell Tale

  • Stories
  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Robert Bathurst
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89

Nearly a decade after his last volume of short stories was published, Jeffrey Archer returns with his eagerly awaited, brand-new audiobook collection. Tell Tale gives listeners a fascinating, exciting, and sometimes poignant insight into the people he has met, the stories he has come across, and the countries he has visited during the past 10 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jeffrey a Archer never disappoints!

  • By C. Johnson on 10-27-17

Jeffrey a Archer never disappoints!

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

Reviewed: 10-27-17

I have been a fan of Jeffrey Archer for many years. He is one of the most talented writers of this era. Tell Tale is a truly entertaining reading experience which demonstrates his exceptional creativity and commitment to his craft and readers.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • G-Man

  • Bob Lee Swagger, Book 10
  • By: Stephen Hunter
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 409
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 369
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 366

1934 was a pivotal year in the ongoing battle between the FBI and America's most famous outlaws - it was a year of giant personalities and huge shoot-outs, and it marked the deaths of John Dillinger, Bonnie and Clyde, and Pretty Boy Floyd, among others. But that year, FBI agent Sam Cowley's priority was to nab the most dangerous gangster this country has ever produced, a man so violent he scared Al Capone and was booted from the Chicago mob - Baby Face Nelson.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By Don P on 05-25-17

The BEST Bob Lee Swagger book in the series!

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

Reviewed: 05-20-17

I absolutely loved this story as it "rewrites" history in the gangster '30's to include Bob's grandfather. Very Max Allan Collins-like.

Please do more like this one!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Tom Clancy True Faith and Allegiance

  • A Jack Ryan Novel, Book 17
  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 19 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,475
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,943
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,918

It begins with a family dinner in Princeton, New Jersey. After months at sea, US Navy Commander Scott Hagan, captain of the USS James Greer, is on leave when he is attacked by an armed man in a crowded restaurant. Hagan is shot, but he manages to fight off the attacker. Though severely wounded, the gunman reveals he is a Russian whose brother was killed when his submarine was destroyed by Commander Hagan's ship. Hagan demands to know how the would-be assassin knew his exact location, but the man dies before he says more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New Faith In The Series - Cyber Terrorism & Islamic State

  • By Derek on 12-07-16

The most enjoyable Greaney Clancy novel yet!

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

Reviewed: 01-04-17

I have been following the Jack Ryan series for several years and find TFAA to be the best Clancy novel that I've heard. The plot line is believable, the story is well-researched, as are all of Mark's novels, and the character depth and development demonstrates Mark's stellar level of skill as a best selling author. Add in Scott Brick's consistently pitch perfect character portrayals and you just won't be able to put this one down!