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  • The Room of White Fire

  • By: T. Jefferson Parker
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 64

Roland Ford - once a cop, then a marine, now a private investigator - is good at finding people. But when he's asked to locate air force veteran Clay Hickman, he realizes he's been drawn into something deep and dark. He knows the weight of war, having served as a marine in First Fallujah; he also knows the nightmare of indescribable personal pain, as only two years have passed since his young wife's sudden death. What he doesn't know is why a shroud of secrecy hangs over the disappearance of Clay Hickman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not for the squeamish...

  • By shelley on 03-30-18

This is not fiction

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

Reviewed: 12-05-17

The core of this story is absolutely accurate. I'm surprised to see my experiences in print.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Late Show

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Katherine Moennig
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,849
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9,063
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,023

Renée Ballard works the night shift in Hollywood, beginning many investigations but finishing none, as each morning she turns her cases over to day shift detectives. A once up-and-coming detective, she's been given this beat as punishment after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor. But one night she catches two cases she doesn't want to part with: the brutal beating of a prostitute left for dead in a parking lot and the killing of a young woman in a nightclub shooting. Ballard is determined not to give up at dawn.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, the narration!

  • By Destry on 07-20-17

Not Harry - but maybe a new beginning?

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

Reviewed: 07-24-17

A female protagonist with an interesting background. In Harry's tradition of being in conflict with the "bosses". Great plot twist.

Hope next time there is someone who is not just a "reader", and can put some life into the narration.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • 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 1,004
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 925
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 925

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

Thanks that there's more!

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

Reviewed: 05-30-17

This author is new to me. Finishing what was recently released, and labelled as the first of a series, I assumed I'd have to wait for more. Not so!

Good, complex story. You have to listen closely to pick up scene and character voice changes - probably facilitated by text spacing in the printed version. But well worth the effort.

On to the next one!

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Fool Me Once

  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,071
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,207
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,183

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

"Harlan" writes dopey woman

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

Reviewed: 04-14-16

In an interesting story line, the female protagonist who is described as a former high performance military officer, is repeatedly portrayed as unbelievably illogical. In the middle of a plot with an obviously conspiratorial underpinning, she supposedly says things like: "Why didn't you go to the police!" Too dumb. I suspect this is another author who's farming out work to apprentices.

  • The Other Side of Silence

  • By: Philip Kerr
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 521
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 492
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 486

The war is over. Bernie Gunther, our sardonic former Berlin homicide detective and unwilling SS officer, is now living on the French Riviera. It is 1956, and Bernie is the go-to guy at the Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, the man you turn to for touring tips or if you need a fourth for bridge. As it happens, a local writer needs just that - someone to fill the fourth seat in a regular game that is the usual evening diversion at the Villa Mauresque. Not just any writer. Perhaps the richest and most famous living writer in the world: W. Somerset Maugham.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nobody beats Bernie

  • By DobieChuck on 03-30-16

Too good - wish I could read it anew

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

Reviewed: 04-05-16

I've read the entire series and Bernie G is now a person in a world in my mind. As well as a seriously engaging story, the historical information is, to sound pedantic, educational. As new characters and events appear, I've looked them up and learned about the past that was unfolding when I was a child. PK is a remarkable scholar. I can't recommend this body of work more highly, whether for entertainment, or that plus. I wish Bernie could have a lasting love relationship, but then we'd likely not hear of him again (concierge, etc.) and I'd definitely not want that.

  • The Burning Room

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Titus Welliver
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,678
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,964
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,936

In the LAPD's Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die almost a decade after the crime. So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet nine years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh, but all other evidence is virtually nonexistent. Now Bosch and rookie Detective Lucia Soto, are tasked with solving what turns out to be a highly charged, politically sensitive case.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not up to par

  • By Patroo on 11-07-14

Another good solid Harry Bosch tale

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

Reviewed: 11-08-14

Two cold cases, a new partner, and Harry getting it done in spite of the rules. What more could yu want?

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Fifth Assassin

  • By: Brad Meltzer
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,876
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,876

From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, there have been more than two dozen assassination attempts on the President of the United States. Four have been successful. But now, Beecher White - the hero of the number one New York Times best seller The Inner Circle - discovers a killer in Washington, D.C. who's meticulously re-creating the crimes of these four men. Historians have branded them as four lone wolves. But what if they were wrong?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I had to stop listening a little bit into the book

  • By Janice on 01-17-13

The story is a bit 'silly', with the usual Brick

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

Reviewed: 09-24-14

Better than nothing if you're stuck in the cabin with old paperbacks. I still have trouble not picturing Seinfeld as Brick reads.

  • The Marco Effect

  • Department Q, Book 5
  • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
  • Length: 15 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,025
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,825
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,827

All fifteen-year-old Marco Jameson wants is to become a Danish citizen and go to school like a normal teenager. But his uncle Zola rules his former gypsy clan with an iron fist. Revered as a god and feared as a devil, Zola forces the children of the clan to beg and steal for his personal gain. When Marco discovers a dead body - proving the true extent of Zola's criminal activities - he goes on the run. But his family members aren't the only ones who'll go to any lengths to keep Marco silent - forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So Well Written, So Well Narrated

  • By Bob on 09-15-14

Awful 'performance', great story

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

Reviewed: 09-24-14

Had I not been eager to hear the story, I would have returned this one. Whoever chose the narrator is ultimately responsible. Likely effective for some material but read through emotional scenes, and much of the other material, like a travelogue. Reading the book would be a good alternative, as the story is up to the usual quality.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Weight of Silence

  • By: Heather Gudenkauf
  • Narrated by: Jim Colby, Eliza Foss, Cassandra Morris, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,232
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,965
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,967

It happens quietly one August morning. As dawn's shimmering light drenches the humid Iowa air, two families awaken to find their little girls have gone missing in the night. Now these families are tied by the question of what happened to their children. And the answer is trapped in the silence of unspoken family secrets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A jewel

  • By Sara W on 07-17-10

6+ First-person Narratives Hard to Follow

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

Reviewed: 05-15-14

The story is told as intertwined first-person narratives, often with the speaker talking "in their head" to another character. The prospect of spending many hours trying to put the story together didn't seem worth it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful