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  • Lightning

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,306
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,400
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,416

A storm struck on the night Laura Shane was born, and there was a strangeness about the weather that people would remember for years. But even more mysterious was the blond-haired stranger who appeared out of nowhere - the man who saved Laura from a fatal delivery. Years later - after another bolt of lightning - the stranger returned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of Koontz' best, entirely enjoyable.

  • By Barry S. Sharpnack on 01-01-09

Mostly a good listen

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

Reviewed: 03-02-16

It took me a little while to get into the book, but it certainly got interesting further along.

The plot had me guessing as I tried to work out exactly what was going on. I was bamboozled by some of the technical explanations. I think that's also partly due to that as I was listening in the car I couldn't give it all my attention and flicking back a few 'pages' wasn't practical.

The narrator does a good job, though some of his accents are a bit ropey.

Worth a credit.

  • Bleed for Me

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107

When Sienna Hegarty turns up at his family home one night, covered in blood and frozen in shock, psychologist Joe O'Loughlin finds himself drawn deep into her world, trying to unearth the dark secrets her mind has buried. The police find a major piece of the puzzle at Sienna’s house: her father, a retired cop, is face-down in a pool of his own blood, his throat slashed and his skull caved in. The blood covering Sienna was his.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another Great Installment To The Series

  • By Lia on 08-21-18

Main plot good, subplot depressing

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

Reviewed: 01-12-16

I enjoyed the plot. I enjoyed the writing. I enjoyed the performance.

I didn't enjoy the depressing life that the main character lives. Fast forwarding became a very viable option when yet another awful/sad thing happens to him.

And yet another divorcing/divorced character in a book. Please authors, can't you use something a bit more original to inject angst in your stories? Not EVERYONE divorces.

That's only my opinion of course.

Not his best book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Land of Careful Shadows

  • By: Suzanne Chazin
  • Narrated by: Armando Durán
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

When the dead body of a Latino woman is found in a reservoir about 50 miles north of Manhattan, with a photo of a baby in her purse nearby, the police try to determine who the child is and if it is still alive. Along with the photo, they also find a disturbing note in the purse: "Go back to your country. You don't belong here."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An enjoyable listen.

  • By Wanda on 08-17-15

An enjoyable listen.

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

Reviewed: 08-17-15

I enjoyed the book and really liked the timbre of the narrator's voice. The story was enjoyable even if, in places, it was a bit predictable. I'd really like to read/listen to at least ONE modern detective novel where the investigator ISN'T divorced!
A good listen overall.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Seveneves

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Peter Brooke
  • Length: 32 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 272
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 252
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 254

The astounding new novel from the master of science fiction. What would happen if the world were ending? When a catastrophic event renders the Earth a ticking time bomb, it triggers a feverish race against the inevitable. An ambitious plan is devised to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere. But unforeseen dangers threaten the intrepid pioneers, until only a handful of survivors remain....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator is really poor

  • By Laurie J. on 04-04-16

Not his best...

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

Reviewed: 08-17-15

I normally love the detail that the author puts into his stories, but this time it's just too much.
My ears did the aural equivalent of my eyes glazing over. It's technical - very, very technical.
I mostly listen to my books in the car and with this one I found myself blanking out large portions.
There are interesting bits, however, so it isn't a complete washout.
Oh, and some of the accents are way off! It would have been better that the narrator didn't attempt some of them.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Tower Lord

  • Raven's Shadow, Book 2
  • By: Anthony Ryan
  • Narrated by: Steven Brand
  • Length: 24 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,807
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,150

Vaelin Al Sorna, warrior of the Sixth Order, called Darkblade, called Hope Killer. The greatest warrior of his day, and witness to the greatest defeat of his nation: King Janus' vision of a Greater Unified Realm drowned in the blood of brave men fighting for a cause Vaelin alone knows was forged from a lie. Sick at heart, he comes home, determined to kill no more. Named Tower Lord of the Northern Reaches by King Janus's grateful heir, he can perhaps find peace in a colder, more remote land far from the intrigues of a troubled Realm.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Masterpiece from Anthony Ryan. One

  • By Howard on 09-21-14

Where did the 24 hours go?

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

Reviewed: 12-25-14

I was amazed at how quickly the story sped by. There were a few moments when the descriptions lagged a bit, but they were minor irritations.
The characters were good and it's true I'd have preferred a bit more of the book title, but it was an enjoyable listen.
Quite violent, as a lot of his books.

  • Under the Lake

  • By: Stuart Woods
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 370
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 317

Stuart Woods, the best-selling author of L.A. Times and Heat, has created a haunting thriller full of ghostly images, murder and old family secrets. Part detective story, part ghost story, part Southern gothic - this absorbing novel will fascinate listeners as a small town’s present, past and future converge.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great entertainment!

  • By Charles Atkinson on 01-23-14

First 'lad lit' I've ever experienced.

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

Reviewed: 11-23-14

I had to search on the Internet for the male equivalent of 'chick lit'. The definition should have had this book as an example.
I've not even finished the book, but I felt that I really had to write this review. (I will finish it if only because other reviewers have said there's something interesting at the end).
The main character falls in and out of relationships and beds like changing books at a library. The spooky bit's confusing and slotted into descriptions of marathon sex sessions. The cliffhangers are... there. Often.
Under the Lake? I'm merely underwhelmed.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Stonecutter

  • Patrik Hedström and Erica Falck, Book 3
  • By: Camilla Läckberg
  • Narrated by: Eamonn Riley
  • Length: 16 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

The remote resort of Fjällbacka has seen its share of tragedy, though perhaps none worse than that of the little girl found in a fisherman's net. But the post-mortem reveals that this is no case of accidental drowning…. Local detective Patrik Hedström has just become a father. It is his grim task to discover who could be behind the methodical murder of a child both he and his partner, Erica, knew well. He knows the real question - and answer - lies with why.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Bad writing and bad narration

  • By jacqueline on 08-04-11

Almost every clichéd character under the sun!

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

Reviewed: 11-22-14

Note - there may be some spoilers in this review.
I listened to the end and I quite enjoyed the story - it was an agreeable way to pass the time.
Was it a great listen? No.
Was I waiting with bated breath for the denouement? No.
Will I get another book by this author? Probably not.
Why?
There were an awful lot of clichés with the characters: the mother with postnatal depression, the religious fanatic, the controlling mother, the abused child, the bumbling policeman, the mentally challenged young man, the child abuser (nothing to do with the abused child), the battered wife...
Need I go on?
There were also bits of the story that seemed totally disconnected. Maybe they related to an earlier book so then they would make sense? I got the feeling they were there to pad out the book or make way for a sequel.
Finally, the narration was good except for some pauses that to me, seemed to be in the wrong places.

  • The Blood of Crows

  • Anderson and Costello, Book 4
  • By: Caro Ramsay
  • Narrated by: James MacPherson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

DI Colin Anderson is having a bad week. His conviction of paedophile Skelpie Fairbairn is declared unsafe, putting Fairbairn back on Glasgow's streets. Then a succession of strange crimes - a gangster torched alive; a teenage boy tortured then dropped off a bridge; a police suicide; a young girl tied to the river bank and left for the tide – leave Anderson with his hands full and questioning whether this array of evils are all, somehow, linked.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gruesome - unfortunately.

  • By Wanda on 05-11-14

Gruesome - unfortunately.

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

Reviewed: 05-11-14

This book is gruesome, not only because of what happens in the story, but also because it's a comment on the world we now live in.
I can't say it was enjoyable - it was gripping though.
I wouldn't recommend it to the fainthearted, but it isn't a horror book in the classic sense.

  • The Moon Pool

  • By: Max McCoy
  • Narrated by: Reed McColm
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Time is running out for Jolene. She's trapped by a madman, held captive, naked, waiting only for her worst nightmares to become reality. Her captor will keep her alive for 28 days, hidden in an underwater city 400 feet below the surface. Then she will die horribly, just like the others. Jolene's only hope is Richard Dahlgren, a private underwater crime scene investigator. He has until the next full moon before Jolene becomes just another hideous trophy in the killer's surreal underwater lair.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding

  • By Fran B on 09-17-09

A good way to pass the time

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

Reviewed: 05-11-14

I wouldn't say that this book's outstanding. However, it was a very enjoyable listen, especially when driving.
The subject matter was new to me, but not once did I get lost in the technical details.
I'll read more by this author.

  • Canticle

  • The Psalms of Isaak, Book 2
  • By: Ken Scholes
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, William Dufris, Eliza Foss, and others
  • Length: 16 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88

It is nine months after the end of Lamentation. Many noble allies have come to the Ninefold Forest for a Feast in honor of General Rudolfo's first-born child. Jin Li Tam, his wife and mother of his heir, lies in childbed. As the feast begins, the doors of the hall fly open and invisible assassins begin attacking. All of Rudolfo's noble guests are slain, including Hanric, the Marsh Queen's Shadow. And on the Keeper's Gate, which guards the Named Lands from the Churning Waste, a strange figure appears.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Encore, Encore

  • By James on 09-13-10

Too much thinking going on!

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

Reviewed: 05-11-14

I enjoyed the first book immensely, so looked forward to listening to the second.
The same characters are there with a few new ones. The narrations are interesting and relevant. The plots thickens. And yet... I found myself fast forwarding through passages as characters - well - just thought too much.
There was too much introspection to my taste and especially when some of the characters started thinking the same things!
I may go for the abridged version for the next one, which is normally not something I do.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful