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  • The Dawn Patrol

  • By: Don Winslow
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,527
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,285
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,278

Every morning Boone Daniels is out with the Dawn Patrol: four men and one woman as single-minded about surfing as he is, or nearly. They have real jobs; Boone works as a P.I. just enough to keep himself in fish tacos and in the water. But Boone is also obsessed with the unsolved case of a young girl named Rain who was abducted while he was with the San Diego police.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don Winslow always surprises me

  • By Hannah on 09-08-15

Don Winslow rocks

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

Reviewed: 06-08-17

This is my fourth Don Winslow book, and all have been absolutely great. They are gritty and sometimes hard to listen to (in terms of the things that happen) but fabulous nonetheless. I would read anything he wrote. Ray Porter has been the narrator for all four books, and his voice and cadence are perfect for the stories Winslow tells.

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  • A Monster Calls

  • Inspired by an Idea from Siobhan Dowd
  • By: Patrick Ness
  • Narrated by: Jason Isaacs
  • Length: 3 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,752
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,575
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,571

As they do. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming.... This monster, though, is something different. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good "one-timer" for all ages

  • By TVNerd95 on 09-10-16

One of the best...

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

Reviewed: 03-21-17

I've been a member of Audible since 2003, and I've listened to hundreds and hundreds of books. "A Monster Calls" is the shortest thing I've ever listened to and it is, seriously, one of the best, if not THE best.

The book is appallingly sad and heartbreaking, so have your tissues handy. At the same time, though, the book is about hope and healing. It reminded me of Cormac McCarthy's "The Road" in that the setting is horrific and apparently hopeless, but there are clues to tell you that things are going to be (relatively) okay for the child protagonist.

As a human being, I loved this book; as a child psychologist, loved it even more. The Yew tree's message to Conner about the value of truth -- no matter how apparently terrible -- is one of the pillars of mental health.

I can't recommend this book highly enough.

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  • Fool Me Once

  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,248
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,224

Former special ops pilot Maya, home from the war, sees an unthinkable image captured by her nanny cam while she is at work: her two-year-old daughter playing with Maya's husband, Joe - who had been brutally murdered two weeks earlier. The provocative question at the heart of the mystery: Can you believe everything you see with your own eyes, even when you desperately want to?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Darn it

  • By Glenda Jeffers on 03-25-16

Don't. Not worth a credit.

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

Reviewed: 10-04-16

I put this book in the "I listened to it so you don't have to" category. The writing is fine, but the protagonist is an airheaded, annoying, reactive dope. She's supposed to be reasonably bright, but nothing she does makes any sense. The plot is thin and totally irrational -- there's no apparent reason for anyone to pursue the leads they pursue. I try to finish books I start if there are any redeeming qualities, but I dumped this with three hours to go. I just didn't care whether or how the author resolved the central mystery of the book. Nothing up to that point suggested that it was gong to be clever or satisfying.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • The Son

  • By: Philipp Meyer
  • Narrated by: Will Patton, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Shepherd, and others
  • Length: 17 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,571
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,152
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,157

Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching examination of the bloody price of power, The Son is a gripping and utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American west with rare emotional acuity, even as it presents an intimate portrait of one family across two centuries. Eli McCullough is just twelve-years-old when a marauding band of Comanche storm his Texas homestead and brutally murder his mother and sister, taking him as a captive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Five Stars for the Lone Star, The Son, & Meyer

  • By Mel on 06-04-13

An excellent listen, but not what you'd call uplifting…

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

Reviewed: 08-06-16

The story traces the lives of three members of the McCulloch family from the mid-1800s through the latter half of the 20th century. The chapters switch from one family member to the next and then to the next, over and over throughout the book. It's an excellent read, and all of the readers are engaging (who doesn't like Will Patton?). A warning, though: none of the threads is particularly uplifting. In fact, the whole thing is a bit of a downer. An interesting and entertaining downer, but a downer nonetheless.

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  • Little Big Man

  • By: Thomas Berger, Larry McMurtry - introduction
  • Narrated by: David Aaron Baker, Scott Sowers, Henry Strozier
  • Length: 20 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 984
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 915
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 908

Audie Award, Literary Fiction, 2016. The story of Jack Crabbe, raised by both a white man and a Cheyenne chief. As a Cheyenne, Jack ate dog, had four wives, and saw his people butchered by General Custer's soldiers. As a white man, he participated in the slaughter of the buffalo and tangled with Wyatt Earp.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's a Good Day to Listen

  • By Dubi on 05-21-15

An older book that stands the test of time

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

Reviewed: 05-18-16

This is an engaging and funny book about the long life of Jack Crabb, Who participated in most of the significant events on the American frontier in the 1800s. Highly recommended.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • The Day of the Jackal

  • By: Frederick Forsyth
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,016
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,510
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,491

One of the most celebrated thrillers ever written, The Day of the Jackal is the electrifying story of an anonymous Englishman who in, the spring of 1963, was hired by Colonel Marc Rodin, operations chief of the O.A.S., to assassinate General de Gaulle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Holds Up Nicely

  • By Dean on 09-14-11

As gripping as I remembered

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

Reviewed: 04-07-16

I remember reading and enjoying all of Frederick Forsyth's books when I was a teenager. Unfortunately, that's not always the best recommendation. However, listening to "The Day of the Jackal" didn't disappoint – – it's as good as I thought it was going to be. It ages well. It's actually kind of interesting to see how difficult it was to put a little assassination together in the days before the Internet and cell phones. Anyway, this was an excellent listen, and now I'm moving on to another Forsyth book, "The Odessa File."

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Bull Mountain

  • By: Brian Panowich
  • Narrated by: Brian Troxell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,944
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,946

Clayton Burroughs comes from a long line of outlaws. For generations the Burroughs clan has made their home on Bull Mountain in North Georgia, running shine, pot, and meth over six state lines, virtually untouched by the rule of law. To distance himself from his family's criminal empire, Clayton takes the job of sheriff in a neighboring community to keep what peace he can.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intense, Violent, and Not for the Faint of Heart

  • By Debbie on 09-03-16

Decent story, well written

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

Reviewed: 03-24-16

This is one of those books that you enjoy listening to you while you're in it, but which doesn't really stay with you for very long. It's fine with me, really, because this book kept me engaged and I was fairly eager to return to it day after day.

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  • The Lost Starship

  • By: Vaughn Heppner
  • Narrated by: David Stifel
  • Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,756
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,467
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,469

Ten thousand years ago, a single alien super-ship survived a desperate battle. The vessel's dying crew set the AI on automatic to defend the smashed rubble of their planet. Legend has it the faithful ship continues to patrol the empty battlefield, obeying its last order throughout the lonely centuries.In the here and now, Earth needs a miracle. Out of the Beyond invade the New Men, stronger, faster and smarter than the old. Their superior warships and advanced technology destroy every fleet sent to stop them.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I'm spoiled. Even imaginary universes have physical laws.

  • By Uncle Olaf on 03-23-16

Somehow made it through the first chapter.

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

Reviewed: 03-24-16

Should you have to finish a book in order to review it? It seems that that would skew the results a bit. I finished the first chapter and it became clear to me that this was a poorly written book which usually portends a poor story. I don't have the time for that. There are too many excellent books out there waiting for me.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • The Cartel

  • By: Don Winslow
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 23 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,019
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,388
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,363

From the internationally best-selling author of the acclaimed novel The Power of the Dog comes The Cartel, a gripping, ripped-from-the-headlines story of power, corruption, revenge, and justice spanning the past decade of the Mexican-American drug wars.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best ever…

  • By Kindle Customer on 03-24-16

One of the best ever…

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

Reviewed: 03-24-16

I've been with audible for 13 years now and I've listened to hundreds of books. I can say without reservation that "The Cartel" is in the top three. It is the sequel to "The Power of the Dog," (which I also loved) and it's one of those sequels that surpasses the original. I don't mean in any way to say that this is a happy or uplifting book. It's the opposite: gritty, brutal, depressing. But SO good. I found myself overjoyed when there were clothes to fold or dishes to be done, and I probably walked farther during this book that I would have otherwise. I was taking any opportunity to put my earbuds in and get back to the story. I cannot recommend this highly enough.

27 of 27 people found this review helpful

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  • Those Who Wish Me Dead

  • By: Michael Koryta
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,335
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,215
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,217

When 13-year-old Jace Wilson witnesses a brutal murder, he's plunged into a new life, issued a false identity and hidden in a wilderness skills program for troubled teens. The plan is to get Jace off the grid while police find the two killers. The result is the start of a nightmare. The killers, known as the Blackwell Brothers, are slaughtering anyone who gets in their way in a methodical quest to reach him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 2 Creepy, Killer Brothers Make for Great Suspense

  • By Chip Atkinson on 06-13-14

Perfectly serviceable...

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

Reviewed: 03-09-16

This is perfectly fine little murder mystery kind of thing. Not much more to say, really. If you exercise while you're listening, it'll keep you moving.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful