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  • The Black Book

  • By: James Patterson, David Ellis
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,608
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,888
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,864

Billy Harney was born to be a cop. The son of Chicago's chief of detectives, whose twin sister is also on the force, Billy plays it by the book. Alongside Detective Kate Fenton, Billy's tempestuous, adrenaline-junkie partner, there's nothing he wouldn't sacrifice for his job. Enter Amy Lentini, a hard-charging assistant state's attorney hell-bent on making a name for herself - who suspects Billy isn't the cop he claims to be. They're about to be linked by more than their careers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • GREAT STORY!

  • By Artkeep on 07-03-17

Brilliantly Crafted

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

This book surprise me. right from the start it was engaging. The character development was not only excellent but was perfectly crafted to lead the reader to the same conclusions everyone else had about what was going on, none of which turned out to be correct. this is a very complicated story and yet every event was crafted to make the conclusions and perspectives of each of the different characters seem plausible, even though they all turned out to be wrong in the end. highly recommended if you are into mystery thrillers.

  • The Three-Body Problem

  • By: Cixin Liu
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,981
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,202

Set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hard science fiction

  • By DarthVal on 03-11-16

Pure fantasy

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

Reviewed: 09-16-18

this book is interesting from the point of view that it gives you some insight into Chinese culture and way of thinking. unfortunately the science is mostly imaginary. from what I've read the same fantasy scientific breakthroughs that were started in this book carry through the rest of the series. I found it somewhat boring and a bit too intellectually complicated but not satisfying as far as the actual scientific explanation of things is concerned. the narrator is good, but not so much for this particular story. it would have helped if the majority of the Oriental characters had some amount of Oriental accent. He's good with French Russian and even German accents but all the rest was just American accents.

  • Good Intentions

  • By: Elliott Kay
  • Narrated by: Tess Irondale
  • Length: 22 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,625
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,498
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,497

He knew it was a dumb stunt from the start. A midnight run through a cemetery to impress a couple of girls is hardly the stuff of legend, but Alex Carlisle longs to escape the crushing mediocrity of life after high school. Then he stumbles upon the ritual, and the cultists, and two bound and bloodied women. Alex intervenes and the ritual blows up in his face, leaving him bound to them both: Rachel and Lorelei, an angel and a succubus.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well done with a side of porn?

  • By Sean O'Meara on 09-15-15

A fun romp.

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

Hopefully you will be able to listen to this at least halfway through before you give up on it. Some people are offended by the explicit sexuality but that's not really what the book is about. Those scenes are an elaborate and very effective way of character development with the result that I as a reader end up caring very much about each of the main characters what they're going through and what's going to happen to them. the real core of the story is about love overcoming self-centeredness and good overcoming evil and it is one of the most complex story structures I've run into. In addition it's downright fun, with lots of humor and an exceptional narrator. I'll be buying the next one in this series and I recommend you give it a try.

  • Grass 

  • By: Sheri S. Tepper
  • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
  • Length: 18 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 154

What could be more commonplace than grass or a world covered over all its surface with a wind-whipped ocean of grass? But the planet Grass conceals horrifying secrets within its endless pastures. And as an incurable plague attacks all inhabited planets but this one, the prairie-like Grass begins to reveal these secrets - and nothing will ever be the same again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By aPriL does feral sometimes on 04-24-16

Extremely difficult to follow.

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

All through this book I found myself being annoyed by the author's inability to describe circumstances and events in such a way that they made any kind of sense. After going through the whole book I understand the author was trying to create a sense of Mystery which would be eventually resolved by the end of the book but she did an extremely poor job a fulfilling that task. She attempted to make some religious and spiritual statements but it was all extremely shallow and showed no true understanding of the nature of reality. If you decide to try this book out just understand that you will have to listen for eight or nine hours before you'll be able to find any reason to continue. very few of the characters were memorable. a world is described in which none of the inhabitant seem to care about each other. the parents don't care about their children or about each other and I as a reader don't care about any of the characters at all. I really could care less what happens to any of them and that's a failure on the part of the author. I don't recommend this one. For the most part I think it was a waste of time and it'll be one book that I completely forget within a few weeks.

  • The Last Coyote: Harry Bosch Series, Book 4

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,862
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,834

Harry attacked his commanding officer and is suspended indefinitely, pending a psychiatric evaluation. At first he resists the LAPD shrink, but finally recognizes that something is troubling him and has for a long time. In 1961, when Harry was 12, his mother, a prostitute, was brutally murdered with no one ever accused of the crime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bosch's past revealed

  • By Dan on 09-18-08

Always the best.

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

Reviewed: 08-26-18

Conley's books have impressed me from the first time I started listening to audible as being some of the best you'll ever find. This particular one about Harry Bosch and his case of how his mother died is probably one of the best in the series. Highly recommended

  • Sweet Thunder: A Novel

  • By: Ivan Doig
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Hogan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117

In the winter of 1920, a quirky bequest draws Morrie Morgan back to Butte, Montana, from a year-long honeymoon with his bride, Grace. But the mansion bestowed by a former boss upon the itinerant charmer, debuted in Doig’s best-selling book The Whistling Season, promises to be less a windfall than a money pit. And the town itself, with its polyglot army of miners struggling to extricate themselves from the stranglehold of the ruthless Anaconda Copper Mining Company, seems - like the couple’s fast-diminishing finances—on the verge of implosion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another great story from Doig

  • By Lorna on 05-08-14

OK story, way too much flower language

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

Reviewed: 08-21-18

I still think this authors Masterpiece was the last bus to wisdom. I liked it enough that I bought the next to in series and they just went downhill period in this third book the story is just okay, nothing terribly special but the entire thing is filled with so much flowery language that it seems like the author's only intent is to prove what an exceptional writer he is. who knows, you might like it but it's not my cup of tea.

  • Forever Odd

  • A Novel
  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: David Aaron Baker
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,027
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,487
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,504

He's the most unlikely hero you'll ever meet, an ordinary guy with a modest job you might never look at twice. But there's so much more to any of us than meets the eye, and that goes triple for Odd Thomas. For Odd lives always between two worlds in the small desert town of Pico Mundo, where the heroic and the harrowing are everyday events. Odd never asked to communicate with the dead, it's something that just happened.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Detailed Koontz

  • By Sittingduck on 12-27-05

Excellent follow up to the first book.

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

Dean Koontz continues to be one of my favorite authors. He is one of the few in this thriller genre who is able to inject a profound spiritual depth into his stories. this is the second book in The Odd Thomas series and well worth the price and the time to listen.

  • The Whistling Season

  • By: Ivan Doig
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Hogan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 958
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 661
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 670

When a widowed rancher hires a housekeeper to help with his three young sons, he finds her to be cheerful and competent. Yet she is concealing a colorful and infamous past. Filled with humor and hardship, this novel sings with what the author calls "a poetry of the vernacular". A finalist for the National Book award, Ivan Doig, who has published 11 books, has been hailed as the "West's preeminent literary novelist" by the Denver Post.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wordplay

  • By Rick Just on 12-21-06

Well-written "year in the life" type story

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

Reviewed: 08-16-18

I really loved last bus to wisdom. now I suspect that was his masterpiece because this one is disappointing in comparison. It's well-written, the language the author uses is Pleasant, and the storyline moves you along at a reasonable pace. Still, it's not the kind of story I am usually drawn to and I doubt that I'll continue with this authors additional stories.

  • The Good, the Bad, and the Undead

  • By: Kim Harrison
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,063
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,015
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,016

Former bounty hunter Rachel Morgan has it pretty good. She has left the corrupt Inderland Runner Service and started her own independent service. She's survived werewolves, shape-changing demons, bad-hair days, and sharing a church with her vampire roommate, Ivy. She even has a cute (if human) boyfriend - what more could a witch want? But living with a reformed vampire isn't all it's cracked up to be.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Rachel too whiny

  • By Ashley on 02-25-13

Just Keeps Getting Better

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

OK, I'm not a fantasy fan except when it is really great. I love SciFi and Mystery Thrillers. Interestingly, this series has much of both. I started listening to it because my wife liked it and I was captured right away by the amazing array of fascinating, complex and colorful characters. The author spends just enough time explaining how everything works in this world she's built and it all makes great sense so we understand the dangers, challenges and choices the characters make. In short, the series so far is brilliant and this second title is even better than the first. We are looking forward to the next one in the series and will probably end up buying the entire series. I highly recommend you give this a try.

  • The Serpent of Venice

  • A Novel
  • By: Christopher Moore
  • Narrated by: Euan Morton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,357
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,138

Venice, a really long time ago: Three prominent Venetians await their most loathsome and foul dinner guest, the erstwhile envoy from Britain who also happens to be a favorite of the Doge: The rascal-Fool Pocket. This trio of cunning plotters have lured Pocket to a dark dungeon, promising a spirited evening. Their invitation is, of course, bogus. These scoundrels have something far less amusing planned for the man who has consistently foiled their quest for power and wealth. But this Fool is no fool.…

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Shakespear, E.A. Poe, and Pocket the Fool

  • By Sires on 05-11-14

Brilliant. Hilarious!

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

Reviewed: 08-02-18

I am not much of a follower of Shakespeare but I know enough to catch most of the jokes in this absolutely phenomenal piece of humor. It takes a little time to get going but after the first hour or so of listening it just gets better and better and better until the trial scene towards the end which had me laughing all the way through. I highly recommend it especially if you are familiar with Shakespeare's work, but even if you're not, this is a winner.