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Patrick McDonald

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  • The Magician Murders

  • The Art of Murder, Book III
  • By: Josh Lanyon
  • Narrated by: Kale Williams
  • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138

Jason West, hot-shot special agent with the FBI’s Art Crime Team, is at the Wyoming home of Behavioral Analysis Unit Chief Sam Kennedy, who is recuperating from a recent hit-and-run accident, when he’s asked to consult on the theft of a priceless collection of vintage magic posters. But before Jason can say “presto change-o”, the owner of the art collection turns up murdered in a national forest. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • things are heating up!

  • By B on 06-28-18

Loved the story but..,

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

Reviewed: 05-25-18

I love the story, but the narration needed some work. It got to a point where I couldn’t understand the difference between Jason and Sam. Otherwise excellent job on the narration. Looking forward to the next book, but that ending still sticks with me over and over and over and over and over and over and over…

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • So This Is Christmas

  • The Adrien English Mysteries, Book 7
  • By: Josh Lanyon
  • Narrated by: Kale Williams
  • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134

Arriving home early after spending Christmas in jolly old England, amateur sleuth Adrien English discovers alarming developments at Cloak and Dagger Books - and an old acquaintance seeking help in finding a missing boyfriend. Fortunately, Adrien just happens to know a really good private eye.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love Jake and Adrien!

  • By Viv on 12-16-17

Another hit for the holidays.

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

Reviewed: 12-17-17

Another masterful work by Josh. If I had a concern it is minor. The new narrator is very good with a couple caveats. Lisa’s English accent is a bit forced and the difference between Adrien and Jake needs to be more pronounced but overall excellent narration. Looking forward to the follow up events (no spoiler here). Thanks Josh and my cat Jake thanks you too.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Changing Tides

  • By: Michael Thomas Ford
  • Narrated by: Blake Somerset
  • Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

Marine biologist Ben Ransome understands the sea, especially the tiny, beautiful sea slugs he has studied and admired for most of his life. What Ben doesn't understand are people, and now, one of the most important people in his life - his 16-year-old daughter, Caddie - is coming to live with him for the summer. But the sweet, happy child he remembers has been replaced by a wounded, angry stranger who resents everything about her father. Caddie is determined to act out in every way, leaving Ben feeling more alone than ever.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Sounds like a college lecture

  • By Patrick McDonald on 12-15-16

Sounds like a college lecture

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

Reviewed: 12-15-16

Sounded like a college lecture. The narrator droned on with little inflection and difference between characters. Also trite linguistic comparisons seemed overdone. I could not get past Ch 10.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Forced Silence

  • By: Cate Ashwood
  • Narrated by: Scott R. Smith
  • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 115

For paramedic Adam Carson, his world is lights and sirens and saving lives. Pressures at work keep him firmly in the closet, and life is too busy to contend with the complications that come with dating and relationships. When a familiar face from his past turns up where he least expects it, Adam starts to question whether or not there is room in his life for those complications. The last person forensic pathologist Sam McKenna expects to see at pub night is Adam, the guy who made his life hell in high school.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Men in Uniforms,hot sex and twists

  • By Cat on 07-17-16

Decent story but not narration.

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

Reviewed: 07-08-16

I thought the story was good but skipped parts because the narration lacked any inflection. It was basically a guy with a tight jaw Thurston Howell accent with no variation between characters or gender. Got boring quick. Read the book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Starstruck

  • A Bluewater Bay Novel, Book 1
  • By: L. A. Witt
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 157

Hollywood is full of dirty secrets, but Carter refuses to be Levi's. Retired action star Levi Pritchard has made a quiet life for himself in the sleepy logging town of Bluewater Bay, Washington. But then Hollywood comes to film the wildly popular television series Wolf's Landing, and Bluewater Bay isn't so sleepy anymore. His retirement doesn't stick, either, because he's offered a part on the show - exactly the kind of complex role he'd always wanted, one that would prove him more than a glorified stuntman. The only catch? He has to stay in the closet.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love Nick's narration, so-so story

  • By Morgan A Skye on 05-16-16

Same old story but ...

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

Reviewed: 07-05-16

Ok story but same old butch big guy is closeted and falls for out smaller guy and they aren't sure, emotional BS ensues, they all make up and the end. Still, liked the fact they used my home area but PLEASE ask someone how to pronounce the names properly. "Juan de Fuqua" really-it's spelled Fuca and pronounced Fooca. Most of the place names were mangled.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Part & Parcel

  • Sidewinder, Book 3
  • By: Abigail Roux
  • Narrated by: Brock Thompson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186

Nick O'Flaherty and Kelly Abbott had their happy ending in sight when a friend's call for help almost ended with them losing it to the blade of a knife. Now, in the aftermath of near disaster, both men are trying to heal and move on. Moving on together, though, is harder than either of them realized it would be. Kelly struggles with simply being a lover instead of the doc while Nick is mired in his recovery. The distance between them inches along in stilted silence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sad to say goodbye, but what a fitting ending.

  • By Tams (TTC Books and more) on 05-04-16

Interesting and compelling story

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

Reviewed: 03-25-16

Very well written and read. Story wanders a bit but it keeps you riveted and interested. Well development of all the characters.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Salvation

  • By: Jeff Mann
  • Narrated by: Jeff Bratz
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

The much-anticipated sequel to Purgatory follows the flight of Confederate Private Ian Campbell and Union soldier Drew Conrad from the battlefields of the Civil War. Weary and wounded, the pair dare not drop their guard not only because enemies on both sides can be found along the way to a family homestead in West Virginia - Ian and Drew are lovers and society's view of sodomy hounds them both.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent.

  • By Patrick McDonald on 02-18-16

Excellent.

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

Reviewed: 02-18-16

Very well written and outstanding narration. Felt I was there. Clearly written and highly recommend.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Line in the Sand

  • Herc's Mercs
  • By: Ari McKay
  • Narrated by: Jacob Schaumburg
  • Length: 3 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11

In order to keep his skill in the field up to date, Alec "Red" Davis, Hercules Security's chief of operations, takes a job protecting Jon Baldwin, an actor thrown into the spotlight by sudden fame. Although he's attracted to Jon, who is modest about his success and genuinely appreciative of his fans, Alec knows he has to keep his distance. Even when Jon makes it obvious he returns Alec's interest, there is a professional line Alec knows he must never cross - no matter how great the temptation.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Wasn't edited. Didn't make it past CH 1

  • By Patrick McDonald on 02-09-16

Wasn't edited. Didn't make it past CH 1

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

Reviewed: 02-09-16

While I thought the book was an interesting subject, the fact that it was not even edited was a major turn off. In the first chapter alone, there were over 15 times where the narrator used his clicker or repeated paragraphs which were not edit it out. Also the storyline seemed week and contrived. don't recommend even if they finally get around to editing the narration.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Somebody Killed His Editor

  • Holmes & Moriarity, Book 1
  • By: Josh Lanyon
  • Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 622
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 582
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 579

Thanks to an elderly spinster sleuth and her ingenious cat, Christopher Holmes has enjoyed a celebrated career as a bestselling mystery writer. Until now. Sales are down and his new editor is allergic to geriatric gumshoes. On the advice of his agent, he reinvents his fortyish, frumpy, recently dumped self into the sleek, sexy image of a literary lion, and heads for a Northern California writers conference to try and resurrect his career.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Somebody Killed His Editor

  • By Murphy Irene on 02-04-13

Great narration and story.

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

Reviewed: 07-30-15

Very good narration. Highly recommend the book. Well written and flows easily. Feels like you are really there.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Hired Man: A Dick Hardesty Mystery

  • Dick Hardesty Series
  • By: Dorien Grey
  • Narrated by: Jeff Frez-Albrecht
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

In the continuing saga of Dick Hardesty, gay P.I., he is hired to protect the interests of a gay/bisexual escort service when a client is murdered. Lovers of murder mysteries will find the complex twists and turns fascinating. This audiobook breaks new ground by being the first mystery novel to make bisexuality an issue in solving a crime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Could Not Figure This One Out!

  • By HaloLove on 01-10-15

Great story but challenging narration.

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

Reviewed: 07-21-15

Narrator doesn't distinguish the different voices enough. Great story all the same. Flowed we'll and didn't get wrapped up in the many characters.