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  • Providence Rag

  • A Liam Mulligan Novel
  • By: Bruce DeSilva
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 223

Edgar Award-winner Bruce DeSilva returns with Liam Mulligan, an old-school investigative reporter for a dying newspaper in Providence, Rhode Island. Mulligan knows every street and alley, every priest and prostitute, every cop and street thug. He knows the mobsters and politicians - who are pretty much one and the same. Inspired by a true story, Providence Rag finds Mulligan, his pal Mason, and the newspaper they both work for at an ethical crossroad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome book, a who done it until the end

  • By Mike on 04-13-14

Disgustingly Graphic

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

Reviewed: 11-17-16

I enjoyed the first two books in this series and wanted to enjoy this one. I could not, however. The descriptions of the mutilations in the first few pages of the book are more than I want to deal with, and I am not normally squeamish. I listened for about half and hour before I just quit and deleted it from my device. Unfortunately, some things just cannot be unheard.

Is this a good book? I don't know and I don't care. The graphics are so intense that Audible really should put a bold-font warning in the books description.

  • The Whiskey Rebels

  • By: David Liss
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 18 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,166
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 826
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 820

At his most desperate moment, Ethan Saunders is recruited to find his ex-fiancée's missing husband. Meanwhile, Joan Maycott and her Revolutionary War veteran husband distill whiskey on the western Pennsylvania frontier. As their causes intertwine, Joan and Saunders - both patriots in their own way - find themselves on opposing sides of a daring scheme that will forever change their lives and their new country.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In My Top 10 - Maybe Top 5 At Audible

  • By Lulu on 10-31-12

Another Ordinary Book

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

Reviewed: 09-03-14

Would you try another book from David Liss and/or Christopher Lane?

Probably not.

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

Not bad. Not good. Again, this book is just ordinary

What does Christopher Lane bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He does a pretty good job of developing the characters. Sadly, the characters are the weakest part of the book.

Was The Whiskey Rebels worth the listening time?

Lacking anything else, it beats dead silence during the commute.

Any additional comments?

The problem with this book is that the characters are just unbelievable. They are silly. Colonel Saunders is a smart-mouthed jerk who fancies himself wise, funny, and a patriot. Such a character might work in a short story, but not in a full-length novel. It wears thin and becomes irritating. The other characters, in particular Joan Alcott and Leonidas, are marginally better, but do not save the story. The portrayal of the historical characters is too flimsy as well.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 44 Scotland Street

  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Robert Ian Mackenzie
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,318
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,000
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 999

The brilliant Alexander McCall Smith became an international sensation with his New York Times best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency novels. His award-winning wit, made famous through that series, is fully on display in 44 Scotland Street.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Smith's answer to Maupin

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-23-05

An Absolute Waste Of a Credit

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

Reviewed: 03-05-14

This has to be one of the worst books ever recorded. I have to admit I purchased it because I really like the narrator, but even good narration cannot redeem a really bad book.

The book was originally written and published as a daily serial in a newspaper. At first I was intrigued by that idea. Some great literature was originally published that way; Dickens, for example. However, this story is way too slow. The worst part, however, is the character development. All the characters share a common characteristic. They are incredibly silly. They are simply too stupid to have a place in the world in general.

This was my first experience with an Alexander McCall Smith book. It will also be my last.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Letters from a Murderer

  • By: John Matthews
  • Narrated by: Piers Wehner
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 81

New York, 1891: a rapidly changing city, torn between lamplight and electric light, where the burgeoning steel and railway industries attract a flood of humanity from every corner of the globe, fuelling cutthroat gangs, corruption and vice. A prostitute is found brutally murdered. Immediately fear starts to spread. The victim bears the same hallmarks as Jack the Ripper's recent killing spree in England. Could it be that the Ripper has crossed the Atlantic to fresh killing grounds? Or is this simply a copycat murder?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's a ripper!

  • By IceDancingKaren on 10-20-13

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 12-17-13

Overall the book is good but not great. It is, however, very poorly written. If you appreciate proper grammar and usage, this book will make you crazy.

The narrator is better than average.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Deep Blue Good-By

  • A Travis McGee Novel, Book 1
  • By: John D. MacDonald
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,624
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,226
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,232

He's a self-described beach bum who won his houseboat in a card game. He's also a knight errant who's wary of credit cards, retirement benefits, political parties, mortgages, and television. He only works when his cash runs out, and his rule is simple: he'll help you find whatever was taken from you, as long as he can keep half.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Entertaining Start To A Classic Series

  • By Michael Cavacini on 06-15-12

Time Filler

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

Reviewed: 09-24-12

The skill of the narrator makes this audio book worth the time. The story is weak. I have read this same basic story a hundred times. Character development is rudimentary, to say the least. But, if you need something to listen too while traveling, it will do.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fear Itself

  • A Fearless Jones Novel
  • By: Walter Mosley
  • Narrated by: Don Cheadle
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134

Paris Minton is a man who would just as soon walk away from trouble as stand up to it. But in 1950s Los Angeles, sometimes trouble just comes and gets you. When one of L.A.'s wealthiest women hires Paris and his friend Fearless Jones to find a missing nephew, Paris steps into the a complex and terrifying corner of the black bourgeoisie, and wonders whom he should fear more - the people he's looking for or the people he's working for.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best

  • By Jody R. Nathan on 03-10-05

Visit LA -- Forty Years Ago

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

Reviewed: 08-13-12

The best part of this story is that the combination of the story and excellent narration takes the listener back to the Los Angeles of forty years ago.

If you are looking for a good story to pass the time while on a trip, Fear Itself fits the bill.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Rogue Island

  • By: Bruce DeSilva
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman, Bruce DeSilva - introduction
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,070
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 857
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 850

Liam Mulligan is as old school as a newspaper man gets. His beat is Providence, Rhode Island, and he knows every street and alley. He knows the priests and prostitutes, the cops and street thugs. He knows the mobsters and politicians--who are pretty much one and the same. Someone is systematically burning down the neighborhood Mulligan grew up in, people he knows and loves are perishing in the flames, and the public is on the verge of panic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Whodunnit

  • By Michael Jacobi on 06-03-11

Good Yarn

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

Reviewed: 08-07-12

This was a great book to listen to while on the road. The story line is well developed and most of the characters are believable. It was neither life-changing nor though-provoking, but a great way to pass the time. Part of that character development is due to the skill of the narrator. He did a great job with the various voices and accents. The accents were present, but not overwhelming or stereotypical.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • An Advancement of Learning

  • Dalziel and Pascoe Series, Book 2
  • By: Reginald Hill
  • Narrated by: Brian Glover
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

Superintendent Dalziel had a somewhat cynical view of what college administrations spent his taxes on. But when he and that over-educated Sergeant of his, Pascoe, were sent to investigate a disinterred corpse at Holm Coultram College, he hadn't reckoned on a rash of fresh killings. While Pascoe rekindled an old flame on the staff, protesting students identified Dalziel as a 'fascist pig'. The Superintendent smiled with satisfaction...if that's how they wanted to play it.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Advancement of Learning

  • By Maggie on 07-02-07

The Importance of the Reader

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-29-10

I wish I had read the earlier reviews of this book. I would have saved some money. The reader is awful. I can only understand him if I am concentrating carefully. Since I usually listen to audio books while driving, that is just not possible. The same reader read for another Reginald Hill book I have and did fine, but not in this case.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful