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  • Palace of Treason

  • A Novel
  • By: Jason Matthews
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 20 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,339
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,933
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,901

Captain Dominika Egorova of the Russian Intelligence Service (SVR) has returned from the West to Moscow and the Center, the headquarters of her service. She finds things worse than when she left. She despises the men she must serve, the oligarchs and crooks and thugs of Putin's Russia. What no one knows is that Dominika is working for the CIA as Washington's most sensitive penetration of SVR and the Kremlin.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator's inconsistency

  • By Bruce P. Woodward on 10-23-16

Espionage Noir done to perfection

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

Reviewed: 03-23-18

Shades of Blue Velvet permeate this well-constructed story, as the forces of good and evil battle, with sensuous settings and imagery framing the drama. The characters are masterfully developed, the plot brought to a simmer and then a boil without ever spilling over and ruining the effect. (I’d love to get ahold of the recipe book for the meals incorporated into the narrative.) Palace of Treason is a gripping story that leaves me wanting more. Thankfully I’ve already got part 3 of the series cued up and ready to go.

  • The Woodcutter

  • By: Reginald Hill
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 16 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,731
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,317
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,304

Wolf Hadda's life was a fairytale - successful businessman and adored husband. But a knock on the door one morning ends it all. Universally reviled, thrown into prison, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later Wolf begins to talk to the prison psychiatrist and receives parole to return home. But there's a mysterious period in Wolf's past when he was known as the Woodcutter. Now the Woodcutter is back, looking for truth and revenge...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favorite Reginald Hill books!

  • By Diana on 01-20-11

Spectacular story

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

Reviewed: 09-19-16

Any additional comments?

Reginald Hill is a fine writer with many good books to his credit—but this is his finest in my opinion

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On the Road
    The Original Scroll
    
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        John Ventimiglia
    
    


    
    Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
    536 ratings
    Overall 4.1
  • On the Road

  • The Original Scroll
  • By: Jack Kerouac
  • Narrated by: John Ventimiglia
  • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 536
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 375

Though Jack Kerouac began thinking about the novel that was to become On the Road as early as 1947, it was not until three weeks in April 1951 that he wrote the first full draft that was satisfactory to him. Typed out as one long, single-spaced paragraph on eight long sheets of tracing paper that he later taped together to form a 120-foot scroll, this document is among the most significant, celebrated, and provocative artifacts in contemporary American literary history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stellar, if you know what you're getting into

  • By csk on 09-17-08

A Classic

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

Reviewed: 08-03-16

This is a book everyone should read, or listen to at least twice in your life. Once when you're 20, again when you're much older (and maybe a few times in between) .

It's the literary equivalent of the great jazz from the 50s, and the great abstract expressionist paintings from that era.

  • Hard Evidence: A Dismas Hardy Novel

  • By: John Lescroart
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 16 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 449
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279

When the bullet-ridden body of a Silicon Valley billionaire washes up on shore, assistant D.A. Dismas Hardy finds himself the prosecutor in San Francisco's murder trial of the century. The suspect: a Japanese call girl with a long list of prominent clients. But when a bizarre series of events blows the case wide open, Hardy finds himself on the other side of the law - as a lawyer for the defense.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Got My Money's Worth But...

  • By Ted on 02-25-17

Phoned in the ending

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

Reviewed: 07-28-15

What did you love best about Hard Evidence: A Dismas Hardy Novel?

Great story with lots of plot twists

Would you be willing to try another book from John Lescroart? Why or why not?

Yes, I've enjoyed many of the books in this series

What about David Colacci’s performance did you like?

He really is the voice of these characters. And it has a lot of range and expression. Great storyteller.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The DA underestimates Dismas Hardy, and it comes back to hurt him.

Any additional comments?

Great story with many good turns. We get to see the vulnerable side of the protagonist in this one, which is refreshing. There's a buildup to the ending with a lot of tension, but after having done all that work we learn of the final verdict after the fact by way of a narrated account of the newspaper columnist. I found this device to be disappointing and anti-climactic. The author went through great pains throughout the book to build the tension with incredible detail, but at the end it felt like he got bored, and cut strait to the punchline. I have read one other in this series where a similar device was employed, and felt the same disappointment.

  • 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 5,798
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,047
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,019

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

Among the best audiobooks I've listened to

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

Reviewed: 07-09-12

What made the experience of listening to Kindness Goes Unpunished the most enjoyable?

A mesmerizing story, told very well

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The twists and turns in the plot kept the story moving—even the personal stories

Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

Walt Longmire has a great inner voice and presence—he's an epic character. But the other characters are compelling as well: Henry Standing Bear; Victoria Moretti, Lena Moretti

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

When Walt Longmire gets away to Philadelphia for a vacation, he finds he still can't escape the evil in the world—only this time it hits closer to home than ever.

Any additional comments?

Each of the books in this series are well-written and highly entertaining. The characters grow on you with each new story. So start at the beginning, and you won't want to stop until you've read them all. Taken alone, each story is a great adventure in it's own right. In his other books, Craig Johnson's prose captures the expansiveness and the mystery of that unique part of the country (Wyoming). But he also does a pretty nice job in this story of conveying the feeling of being in Philadelphia as a first-time visitor.