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  • Police at the Station and They Don’t Look Friendly

  • Detective Sean Duffy, Book 6
  • By: Adrian McKinty
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,805
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,691
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,692

Belfast, 1988. A man is found dead, killed with a bolt from a crossbow in front of his house. This is no hunting accident. But uncovering who is responsible for the murder will take Detective Sean Duffy down his most dangerous road yet, a road that leads to a lonely clearing on a high bog where three masked gunmen will force Duffy to dig his own grave. Hunted by forces unknown, threatened by Internal Affairs, and with his relationship on the rocks, Duffy will need all his wits to get out of this investigation in one piece.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing better than a Duffy tale!

  • By 6catz on 03-10-17

Another terrific book in the Sean Duffy collection

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

Reviewed: 03-08-19

A page turner from the very start. This is not my normal type of book but I've become a real fan of the author and this character.

  • The Flight Attendant

  • A Novel
  • By: Chris Bohjalian
  • Narrated by: Erin Spencer, Grace Experience, Mark Deakins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,284
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,080
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,084

Cassandra Bowden is no stranger to hungover mornings. She's a binge drinker, her job with the airline making it easy to find adventure, and the occasional blackouts seem to be inevitable. She lives with them and the accompanying self-loathing. When she awakes in a Dubai hotel room, she tries to piece the previous night back together, counting the minutes until she has to catch her crew shuttle to the airport. She quietly slides out of bed, careful not to aggravate her already pounding head, and looks at the man she spent the night with.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • AWFUL 2nd female reader!

  • By Jane K. Kraus on 05-22-18

The story is good but the narrator not so much.

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

Reviewed: 01-10-19

I didn't like the voice actors in this book. And I think in all the years I've used Audible, this is the first time. I didn't return the book because the story was interesting and I wanted to see how it ended. If you can somehow ignore the readers you'll find an interesting read here.

  • The Secret Pilgrim

  • A George Smiley Novel
  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 301
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296

Nothing is as it was. Old enemies embrace. The dark staging grounds of the Cold War, whose shadows barely obscured the endless games of espionage, are flooded with light; the rules are rewritten, the stakes changed, the future unfathomable. John le Carre seized this momentous turning point in history to give us the most disturbing experience we have yet had of the frail and brutal world of spydom. The man called Ned speaks to us. All his adult life he has been in British Intelligence - the Circus - a loyal, shrewd, wily officer of the Cold War....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic That Only Gets Better

  • By Leonard on 01-05-13

A Fun Read

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

Reviewed: 10-14-18

I enjoyed this book. The way le Carre can so easily get into the mind of his characters.

  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky

  • A Novel
  • By: Mark Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,257
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,649
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,543

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He's a normal Italian teenager - obsessed with music, food, and girls - but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior. In an attempt to protect him, Pino's parents force him to enlist as a German soldier - a move they think will keep him out of combat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Thing? It Really Happened!

  • By Charles Atkinson on 08-07-17

Enjoyable book!

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

Reviewed: 04-29-18

The story is a fascinating tale of a young Italian during the last two years of the war. He experiences five lifetimes in two short but traumatic years. Amazing to think that all of this happened to one person, and I'm sure he's one of many.

  • Spook Street

  • By: Mick Herron
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313

A thrilling fourth installment in the CWA Gold Dagger-winning Slough House series. What happens when an old spook loses his mind? Does the Service have a retirement home for those who know too many secrets but don't remember they're secret? Or does someone take care of the senile spy for good? These are the questions River Cartwright must ask when his grandfather, a Cold War-era operative, starts to forget to wear pants and begins to suspect everyone in his life has been sent by the Service to watch him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best so far

  • By Meg on 03-11-17

Another twisty story on Spook Street!

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

Reviewed: 01-10-18

I enjoyed this romp and sped through it quickly. The characters are just as flawed yet somehow manage to do the work necessary. You must love those Slow Horses.

  • Muralist

  • By: B. A. Shapiro
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 451
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 407
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 406

Alizée Benoit, an American painter working for the Works Progress Administration (WPA), vanishes in New York City in 1940 amid personal and political turmoil. No one knows what happened to her. Not her Jewish family living in German-occupied France. Not her artistic patron and political compatriot, Eleanor Roosevelt. Not her close-knit group of friends, including Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, and Lee Krasner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a gripping tale of emotion

  • By acarter1123 on 08-07-16

Not so good

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

Reviewed: 04-18-17

I rarely simply stop reading a book but this one I did. I can't figure out if it's the narrator our three story itself. The narrator's voice pitches up and down making out hard to follow. The story became more improbable and I lost interest.

1 of 2 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 14,220
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,272
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,214

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

A real humdinger!

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

Reviewed: 03-28-17

Seriously a page turner in the best sense. Although the subject matter could be intense at times I still couldn't out it down. I kept having to read people out of trouble. Give this book a chance and you'll be well rewarded.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Silkworm

  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,679
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,651

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Elizabethan Revenge Tragedy In Contemporary London

  • By Gretchen SLP on 08-24-16

Better than the first in the series!

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

Reviewed: 03-14-17

A good book that has all sorts of twists and turns. A page turner to be sure. I'm normally not a mystery reader but these books have changed my mind.

0 of 1 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 28,642
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,196

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

A real page turner

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

Reviewed: 02-24-17

Enjoyed this book very much. Read it on a recommendation and I'm glad I did. Not the usual type book I read but this was well written and fast paced. The main character is an acquired taste but by the end I knew I would be reading the other two books in the series. It's that good. Enjoyed the narrator too. Give this one a chance. It'll be worth your time.

  • Diver's Clothes Lie Empty

  • By: Vendela Vida
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 146

A chance encounter with a movie producer leads to a job posing as a stand-in for a well-known film star. The star reels her in deeper, though, and soon she's inhabiting the actress' skin off-set, too - going deeper into the Casablancan night and further from herself. And so continues a strange and breathtaking journey full of unexpected turns, an adventure in which the woman finds herself moving further and further away from the person she once was.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting Experiment, Questionable Results

  • By Joe Kraus on 01-22-16

The reader of this book is wonderful.

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

Reviewed: 01-01-17

The story becomes a bit improbable after a certain point but it's still interesting. I had the feeling the writer couldn't figure our how to end the book so it sort of drifted to a conclusion. A page turner.