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  • Two Kinds of Truth

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Titus Welliver
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,976
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,098
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,043

Harry Bosch is back as a volunteer working cold cases for the San Fernando Police Department and is called out to a local drugstore where a young pharmacist has been murdered. Bosch and the town's three-person detective squad sift through the clues, which lead into the dangerous, big business world of pill mills and prescription drug abuse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bosch Survives Two Career Ending Threats

  • By Russell on 11-20-17

Michael Connelly just gets better and better

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

Reviewed: 01-24-18

Harry B is a character that has grown and matured over time. The plot is clever, the dialogue as written and narrated is pitch perfect. Michael Connelly does it again.

  • Dead Water

  • A Shetland Mystery, Book 5
  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Kenny Blyth
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 829
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 750
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 746

When the body of a journalist is found, Detective Inspector Willow Reeves is drafted from outside to head up the investigation. Inspector Jimmy Perez has been out of the loop, but his local knowledge is needed in this case, and he decides to help Willow. The dead journalist had left the islands years before to pursue his writing career. In his wake, he left a scandal involving a young girl. When Willow and Jimmy dig deeper, they realize that the journalist was chasing a story that many Shetlanders didn't want to come to the surface.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Atmospheric mystery

  • By Julie Jones on 03-13-14

Ready to move to Shetland, for the summer anyway

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

Reviewed: 02-29-16

I won't be spoiler but I will say I was dismayed about the ending of the prior book in this series, which seemed gratuitous and harsh. Having said that, this story picks up smoothly and continues to develop the main characters while adding an interesting new face to the mix. The story is well developed and the descriptions of the islands make you feel you could be there. I loved loved loved the narration. The range and nuance of the accents was lovely and engaging and pitch perfect. This is a great addition to the series, no disappointments.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Take Me With You

  • By: Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,586
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,090

August Shroeder, a burned-out teacher, has been sober since his 19-year-old son died. Every year he’s spent the summer on the road, but making it to Yellowstone this year means everything. The plan had been to travel there with his son, but now August is making the trip with Philip’s ashes instead. An unexpected twist of fate lands August with two extra passengers for his journey, two half-orphans with nowhere else to go. What none of them could have known was how transformative both the trip - and the bonds that develop between them- would prove....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping, brilliantly heartwarming,thoughtful!

  • By Jeffrey on 07-25-14

Loved the story, wanted to strangle the narrator

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

Reviewed: 02-29-16

This is a serious story about a man wrestling with the loss of his teenage son, the end of his marriage, and his choices about giving up drinking. The narrator delivered most of the book with a relentlessly and often inappropriately cheerful tone of voice, the kind of upbeat phony tone that people who don't have children use when talking to children. His voices for the children in the story were particularly awful and squeaky.

32 of 36 people found this review helpful

  • The Long Way Home

  • Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 10
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,452
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,158
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,134

Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sûreté du Québec, has found a peace he'd only imagined possible. On warm summer mornings he sits on a bench holding a small book, The Balm in Gilead, in his large hands. "There is a balm in Gilead," his neighbor Clara Morrow reads from the dust jacket, "to make the wounded whole." While Gamache doesn't talk about his wounds and his balm, Clara tells him about hers. Peter, her artist husband, has failed to come home. Failed to show up as promised on the first anniversary of their separation. She wants Gamache's help to find him. Having finally found sanctuary, Gamache feels a near revulsion at the thought of leaving Three Pines. "There’s power enough in Heaven," he finishes the quote as he contemplates the quiet village, "to cure a sin-sick soul." And then he gets up. And joins her.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Louise, what were you thinking?

  • By Sharon on 09-08-14

Disappointment in the series

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

Reviewed: 09-29-14

Just how much can a person say with his eyes and his demeanor? The constant references to how much each character can intuit from the look of another character approach clairvoyance. The story line is not credible and if I had to hear one more reference to how a certain series of paintings made the characters feel sick, I would start to feel sick myself. The fear with which Armand approaches the problem he is asked to solve does not make sense. Now that he has retired, maybe it is time for the story line to be retired, much as I love Three Pines. The narrator is good, as always.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Blood Work

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,058
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,986
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,987

Thanks to a heart transplant, former FBI agent Terrell McCaleb is enjoying a quiet retirement, renovating the fishing boat he lives on in Los Angeles Harbor. But McCaleb's calm seas turn choppy when a story in the "What Happened To?" column of the LA Times brings him face-to-face with the sister of the woman whose heart now beats in his chest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Blood work kept my blood rushing

  • By Book and Movie Lover on 01-04-10

Dated

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

Reviewed: 03-29-14

The facts of the story are a bit dated (still using pay phones and the computer screen savers are flying toasters) but Michael Connelly does not disappoint with plot development and characters. The narrator is a disappointment, excessive and overacting.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Gods of Guilt

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Peter Giles
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,590
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,686
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,666

Mickey Haller gets the text, "Call me ASAP - 187," and the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention. Murder cases have the highest stakes and the biggest paydays, and they always mean Haller has to be at the top of his game. When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one. He soon finds out that she was back in LA and back in the life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • God of Scribe

  • By Big jim Picotto on 03-12-15

Michael Connelly is at the top of his game

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

Reviewed: 12-28-13

The story and narration are excellent. The author's detailed and realistic portrayal of the work of a criminal defense lawyer are flawless, reminding me of another great portrayal on the other side of the court room, the books by Scott Turow. The narration is pitch perfect. This was so good I looked for trips to take in my car so I could keep listening.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Wings of Fire

  • Ian Rutledge, Book 2
  • By: Charles Todd
  • Narrated by: Samuel Gillies
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 509
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 460
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 455

When reclusive war poet Olivia Marlowe and her half-brother, Nicholas Cheney, die together in their ancestral home on the Cornish coast, it looks like suicide. The grieving relatives gather together to discuss the fate of Barcombe Hall, when another shocking death occurs. Inspector Rutledge, who is still shell-shocked from his experiences in the Great War, is sent from Scotland Yard to investigate. Rutledge is soon convinced that the answers to this baffling case lie within the family’s secret history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AN ADDICTIVE SERIES!

  • By The Louligan on 06-21-13

Horrible narrator

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

Reviewed: 11-17-13

The story is good and I know that Audible changed narrators for this series for the later books. I wish the middle-of-the-series books were available and I refuse to listen to anything else that Mr. Gillies recorded so I will have to read the next few in this series until I can catch up to where the Audible recordings begin again.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • How the Light Gets In

  • A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, Book 9
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 15 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,651
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,345
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,341

Shadows are falling on the usually festive Christmas season for Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. When Gamache receives a message from Myrna Landers that a longtime friend has failed to arrive for Christmas in the village of Three Pines, he welcomes the chance to get away from the city. Gamache soon discovers the missing woman was once one of the most famous people not just in North America, but in the world, and now goes unrecognized by virtually everyone. As events come to a head, Gamache is drawn ever deeper into the world of Three Pines.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Welcome Home!

  • By Nancy J on 09-06-13

The best of the recent in this series

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

Reviewed: 11-17-13

This is for the fans who have kept up with the lives and travails of the characters in the entire series. I think it wouldn't make a lot of sense if you didn't know the back stories. The plot development and story line is one of the best of the last few in this series, with a good dramatically satisfying ending. The narrator has become Inspector Gamache, and he does a good job with the other characters as well.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Golden Egg

  • A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery, Book 22
  • By: Donna Leon
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 209
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 189
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 190

In The Golden Egg, as the first leaves of autumn begin to fall, Vice Questore Patta asks Brunetti to look into a minor violation committed by the mayor’s future daughter-in-law. Brunetti has no interest in helping his boss amass political favors, but he has little choice but to comply. Then Brunetti’s wife, Paola, comes to him with a request of her own. The mentally handicapped man who worked at their dry cleaners has just died of a sleeping pill overdose, and Paola loathes the idea that he lived and died without anyone noticing him, or helping him.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narration not up to the job

  • By Vermonter on 09-22-13

Narration not up to the job

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

Reviewed: 09-22-13

The story was as good as any Donna Leon has written about our favorite Venetian detective. But why, why, why did Audible select someone with a pretentious British accent for this book when it cried out for an Italian one. Only the names are said in an Italian style but are so exaggerated that the names sound like a sarcastic joke.

I have read every book in this series but never listened to one before. I am going back to the written version for so long as this narrator -- who no doubt would be fine for other novels, say Jane Austen -- is reading them. It really detracted from my enjoyment of the story.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Cuckoo's Calling

  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,412
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,063
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,048

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unbelievable debut mystery set in London

  • By Tracey on 05-26-13

One of the best new detective characters ever

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

Reviewed: 08-25-13

If you didn't know that JK Rowling had written this book, you would never guess insofar as it is gritty realism, not fantasy. But what the book has in common with its famous half-siblings is the detailed recreation of an entire world of places and relationships, with realistically flawed but compelling characters, the most enjoyable of whom is Strike, the main protagonist. The author also reveals the back story of the characters slowly and with complexity. The resolution of the murder itself is not particularly stunning (in fact, I thought it was the weakest aspect of the book but can't say why or it would ruin the ending) -- but I really loved the characters and I was sorry when the book ended. The narration is excellent. I look forward to more in what I hope will be a long series.