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  • The Hidden Oasis

  • By: Paul Sussman
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 20 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 91

Egypt 2153 BC: 80 priests set out under cover of darkness with a mysterious object.... Albania, 1986: A plane takes off bound for the Sudan. Somewhere over the Sahara it disappears.... The present: a mummified corpse is discovered in the dunes with a roll of camera film and a clay obelisk inscribed with a hieroglyphic sign.... Three unconnected events - or so it seems.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hot and Heavy in Egypt

  • By Matthew on 05-10-10

Paul Sussman writes great books and narrator

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

Reviewed: 06-18-19

Another enthralling book from Paul Sussman, excellently narrated by Gordon Griffin, it is a top tier effort. Featuring an American rock climber mourning the death of here sister, an Egyptollogist who used to work for British Intelligence as well as a host of suspicious and shady characters, this one combines adventure, mystery, suspense and betrayal and represents good value. I now have only one more book left to read from Paul Sussman and I'm sure it won't disappoint.

  • Kindness Goes Unpunished

  • A Walt Longmire Mystery
  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,924
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,137

Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire mysteries are critically acclaimed. Longmire's third outing takes him from Wyoming to Philadelphia to investigate a brutal assault on his daughter, Cady. Walt believes her ex-boyfriend is behind the crime and searches him out. But when he turns up dead, Walt is back to square one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Okay, so I'm a little in love ...

  • By C. A. Gelsinger on 07-30-12

Enjoying this series very much

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

Reviewed: 06-16-19

Craig Johnson's writing style, combined with laconic and affable characters, interesting plots and complimented by George Guidall's excellent narration make this a great series.

  • Oblivion

  • By: Arnaldur Indridason
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

'The Quick'. A woman swims in a remote, milky-blue lagoon. Steam rises from the water, and as it clears, a body is revealed in the ghostly light. 'The Dead'. Miles away, a vast aircraft hangar rises behind the perimeter fence of the US military base. A sickening thud is heard as a man’s body falls from a high platform. 'The Forgotten'. Many years before, a schoolgirl went missing. The world has forgotten her. But Erlendur has not.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I like the Detective Erlendur series

  • By Mark on 06-10-19

I like the Detective Erlendur series

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

Reviewed: 06-10-19

I like the Detective Erlendur series by Arnaldur Indridason, this one read by Sean Barrett. Another top tier effort here as Erlendur works his way through a murder and also uncovers the truth about an old cold case.

  • The Eighth Sister

  • A Thriller (Charles Jenkins, Book 1)
  • By: Robert Dugoni
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,849
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,652
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,640

Former CIA case officer Charles Jenkins is a man at a crossroads: in his early sixties, he has a family, a new baby on the way, and a security consulting business on the brink of bankruptcy. Then his former bureau chief shows up at his house with a risky new assignment: travel undercover to Moscow and locate a Russian agent believed to be killing members of a clandestine US spy cell known as the seven sisters. Desperate for money, Jenkins agrees to the mission and heads to the Russian capital. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Genre cross of espionage&legal thriller!

  • By shelley on 04-10-19

A reasonably interesting book from Robert Dugoni

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

Reviewed: 06-10-19

A reasonably interesting book from Robert Dugoni, narrated by Edoardo Ballerini. A retired spy gets back in the saddle one more time then gets caught up in a court room battle with the CIA and against the odds he wins. I would not call it a gripping page turner but entertaining at a relaxed pace. A second tier book in my library.

  • Hunted

  • Sam Berger, Book 2
  • By: Arne Dahl
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

It starts when Desiré Rosenkvist of Stockholm Police receives a letter. Two things are immediately clear: the letter she holds in her hands was written in a state of utter desperation and paranoia. And it contains details of one of her old murder cases which only the murderer could know. Desiré contacts private investigator Sam Berger, who sets off to the remote north of Sweden with his colleague Molly Blom to find the author of the letter and to stop them in their tracks. But someone wants to keep them from getting to the bottom of the mystery at any cost and is watching their every move. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fast paced Swedish roller coaster ride with Sam

  • By Mark on 06-10-19

A fast paced Swedish roller coaster ride with Sam

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

Reviewed: 06-10-19

A fast paced roller coaster ride with out of favour Swedish ex-Detective Sam Berger and well narrated by Mark Meadows. Berger begine trying to solve a brutal murder but finds himself manipulated by a fiendish psychotic serial killer and the Swedish Secret Service. A top tier effort that could not be put down.

  • The Singapore Wink

  • By: Ross Thomas
  • Narrated by: James Lewis
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Two pirates do battle on an old junk ship in Singapore Harbor. They leap nimbly from deck to rigging, crossing swords like fencing masters. And then one surprises the other, slicing a rope and sending the unfortunate pirate tumbling into the bay. This is how stuntman Angelo Sacchetti dies. Edward Cauthorne was his opponent, a fellow stuntman whose career died along with Sacchetti. He’s selling used cars when two thugs approach him. They’re emissaries from Sacchetti’s godfather, a Mafia don. Sacchetti is alive after all....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent Noir style book from Ross Thomas

  • By Mark on 06-10-19

An excellent Noir style book from Ross Thomas

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

Reviewed: 06-10-19

This was an excellent Noir style book from Ross Thomas and well narrated by James Lewis. With interesting characters and lively plot this one goes straight into the top tier in my library. This would make the foundation for a great new series.

  • Worse Than Dead

  • Inspector Drake, Book 2
  • By: Stephen Puleston
  • Narrated by: Richard Elfyn
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 54

Inspector Drake is called from a seminar on cybercrime to meet the ferry docking at the port of Holyhead. Frank Rosen, the chief engineer, lies on the car deck, a knife through his heart. For the first time, Drake knows where the killer is, but he doesn’t know who. When Rosen’s house is ransacked the night after he’s killed, Drake knows the killer was looking for something. The data stick Rosen’s wife finds may hold the clues. But the codes and numbers on it only complicate the investigation.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great thriller

  • By Clau on 02-16-19

Another good book from Stephen Puleston.

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

Reviewed: 05-31-19

Another good book from Stephen Puleston and well narrated by Richard Elfyn. Inspector Drake unravels a murder/mystery involving his cousin while battling with OCD and the declining health of his father and home life. A well developed plot with some interesting characters. This one sneaked into the bottom of the top tier in my library.

  • The Cold Summer

  • By: Gianrico Carofiglio
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

On May 23, 1992, a roadside explosion killed the Palermo judge Giovanni Falcone, his wife and three police officers. A few weeks later judge Paolo Borsellino and five police officers were killed in the center of Palermo. These anti-mafia judges became heroes but the violence spread to the region of Bari in Puglia, where we meet a new, memorable character, Maresciallo Pietro Fenoglio, an officer of the Italian Carabinieri. Fenoglio, recently abandoned by his wife, must simultaneously deal with his personal crisis and the new gang wars raging around Bari. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gianrico Carofiglio has long been a favorite of

  • By Mark on 05-31-19

Gianrico Carofiglio has long been a favorite of

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

Reviewed: 05-31-19

Gianrico Carofiglio has long been a favorite of mine and accomplished narrator Sean Barrett delivers another polished effort with this book. This book features a senior Caribiniery officer tasked with a murder investigation and eventually uncovering some corrupt cops along the way. With insights into Italian policing, gangs and life in general this is another top tier effort.

  • The Burial Hour

  • Lincoln Rhyme, Book 13
  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 15 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

The only leads in a broad-daylight kidnapping are the account of an eight-year-old girl, some nearly invisible trace evidence and the calling card: a miniature noose left lying on the street. A crime scene this puzzling demands forensic expertise of the highest order. Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are called in to investigate. Then the case takes a stranger turn: a recording surfaces of the victim being slowly hanged, his desperate gasps the backdrop to an eerie piece of music.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great thriller from a true master

  • By Mark on 05-26-19

Another great thriller from a true master

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

Reviewed: 05-26-19

Another great thriller from a true master and well narrated by Jeff Harding. Jeffery Deaver's series featuring quadriplegic forensic investigator Lincoln Rhyme are all top tier reading, this one is set in Italy with the usual array of well developed characters and an intricately woven plot. Located in Italy and involving the refuge crisis currently engulfing parts of Europe, the plot features murder, mystery and suspense and the characters are credible and becoming. Jeffery Deaver is a master of suspense and thoroughly entertaining for fans of this genre. Top tier in my library.

  • Forever England

  • By: David Luddington
  • Narrated by: Joel Froomkin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Following an unfortunate encounter with Spanish gin measures and an enthusiastic estate agent, retired special effects engineer Terry England is the proud owner of a nearly completed villa in a new urbanization in Southern Spain. Not quite how he intended to spend his enforced early retirement, Terry nevertheless tries to make the best of his new life. If only the local council can work out which house he actually bought and the leaf blowers would please stop.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved this book soooooo much!!!

  • By Dee on 07-17-16

I found this book by David Luddington mildly

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

Reviewed: 05-23-19

I found this book by David Luddington mildly humorous and not very entertaining. It was well narrated by Joel Froomkin but I struggled to remain interested. Bottom of the second tier in my library with other background noise.