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  • Slow Horses

  • Slough House, Book 1
  • By: Mick Herron
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 896
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 827
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 828

Slough House is a dumping ground for British intelligence agents who've screwed up cases in any number of ways - by leaving a secret file on a train or blowing a surveillance. River Cartwright, one such "slow horse", is bitter about his failure and about his tedious assignment transcribing cell phone conversations. When a young man is abducted and his kidnappers threaten to broadcast his beheading live on the Internet, River sees an opportunity to redeem himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fantastic

  • By Josh Alford on 07-05-17

confusing

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

Reviewed: 11-09-17

I didn't care for this book--it jumped all around and confused me constantly. A lot of the expressions are only understood by Brits and the references to places and events are not commonly known by me, an American. Frankly, I struggled to finish it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Career of Evil

  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,459
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,623
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,569

Audie Award, Mystery, 2016. When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible - and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Characters Mean Everything

  • By Charles Atkinson on 11-09-15

love this series

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

Reviewed: 12-09-15

What did you love best about Career of Evil?

The tension between the main characters is getting really good, the writing is fantastic and the ending leaves you begging for the next book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Cormoran, not like any other!

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Cutting for Stone

  • A Novel
  • By: Abraham Verghese
  • Narrated by: Sunil Malhotra
  • Length: 23 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,068
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,239
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,244

Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning

  • By A4153 on 05-10-09

Very unusual and fascinating

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-10-10

I've never listened to a book quite like this. It kept me interested the whole time and I'd recommend it to anybody who likes something out of the mainstream.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Tandia

  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 26 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,142
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,531
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,536

Tandia is a child of all Africa: half Indian, half African, beautiful and intelligent, she is only 16 when she is first brutalized by the police. Her fear of the white man leads her to join the black resistance movement. With her in the fight for justice is the one white man Tandia can trust, the welterweight champion of the world, Peekay. Now he must fight their common enemy in order to save both their lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thanks for this wonderful collaboration

  • By Thomas Andrews on 05-17-06

kept my interest

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-19-10

This was not as good as the original, "The Power of One", but I still enjoyed listening to it. Sad, though.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Days of the Incas

  • By: Kim MacQuarrie
  • Narrated by: Norman Dietz
  • Length: 21 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 634
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 375
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 381

In 1532, the 54-year-old Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro led a force of 167 men, including his four brothers, to the shores of Peru. Unbeknownst to the Spaniards, the Inca rulers of Peru had just fought a bloody civil war in which the emperor Atahualpa had defeated his brother, Huascar. Pizarro and his men soon clashed with Atahualpa and a huge force of Inca warriors at the Battle of Cajamarca.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fact is more fascinating than fiction

  • By Paul Norwood on 05-02-08

too textbook-ish

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-19-10

The subject seemed interesting, but this was hard to enjoy. It was almost like reading a textbook.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Innocent Traitor

  • A Novel of Lady Jane Grey
  • By: Alison Weir
  • Narrated by: Stina Nielsen, Davina Porter, Bianca Amato
  • Length: 18 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,011
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,205
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,209

The child of a scheming father and ruthless mother, Lady Jane Grey is born during a time when ambition dictates action. Cousin to Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I, she is merely a pawn in a political and religious game in which one false step means a certain demise. But Lady Jane has remarkable qualities that help her to withstand the constant pressures of the royal machinery far better than most expect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superior listen!

  • By Jt on 03-05-07

interesting read

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-03-08

Even though I've read a lot about this period in British history, this book added to my knowledge and held my interest. I would recommend it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Blindfold Game

  • A Thriller
  • By: Dana Stabenow
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

In Washington, D.C., a CIA analyst traces the sale of black market plutonium. As the pieces fit together, he realizes that a terrorist attack is under way on a valuable, and vulnerable, American target. He also sees that the Sojourner Truth is sailing right into the attack, putting his estranged wife, the second in command on the Sojourner, at the heart of an international crisis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Book

  • By Scott on 01-13-06

Pretty good story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-03-08

Although not my favorite book by this author, I still enjoyed the story. It starts out a little slow, but builds up to hold your interest. Seems to have been well researched.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Power of One

  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 21 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,273
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,886
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,899

Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, this one small boy will come to lead all the tribes of Africa. Through enduring friendships with Hymie and Gideon, Peekay gains the strength he needs to win out. And in a final conflict with his childhood enemy, the Judge, Peekay will fight to the death for justice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling story lifted higher by the narration

  • By Bob on 05-14-09

One of the top books of all time

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-03-08

This book grabbed me. It is fascinating from beginning to end and I only wish we could have a second book to continue the story. Don't be put off by the material--boxing is not my favorite sport, but it does not detract from the story. I loved every minute of it and hated to have it end. Listen to or read this book!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Up in Honey's Room

  • By: Elmore Leonard
  • Narrated by: Arliss Howard
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 115
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 51

The odd thing about Walter Schoen, German born but now running a butcher shop in Detroit, he's a dead ringer for Heinrich Himmler, head of the SS and the Gestapo. Honey Deal, Walter's American wife, doesn't know that Walter is a member of a spy ring and gives shelter to escaped German POWs. But she's tired of telling him jokes he doesn't understand; it's time for a divorce.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny

  • By Pattio on 06-20-07

Up In Honey's Room

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-17-07

I've read all of Elmore Leonard's books, but this was a yawn. I had no feelings for any of the characters. Skip this one.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful