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  • Cutting Edge

  • By: Ward Larsen
  • Narrated by: P. J. Ochlan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 556
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 508
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 502

Trey DeBolt is a young man at the crest of life. His role as a Coast Guard rescue swimmer in Alaska offers him a rewarding job and limitless adventure. Then a tragic accident alters his life: during a harrowing rescue, his helicopter goes down. Severely injured, DeBolt awakens in a seaside cabin in Maine, thousands of miles from where the accident occurred. His lone nurse lets slip that he has been officially declared dead, lost in the crash. Back in Alaska, however, Coast Guard investigator Shannon Lund uncovers evidence that DeBolt might still be alive. Her search quickly becomes personal, but before she can intervene, chaos erupts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not the typical military twist

  • By L. McCullion on 04-14-18

Interesting premise, poor narration

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

Reviewed: 04-23-18

The grave issues involved here were greatly diminished by the high-pitched, nasal voice of the narrator.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Killing Kind

  • A Charlie Parker Thriller
  • By: John Connolly
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113

John Connolly takes battered ex-cop Charlie Parker on his third outing after Every Dead Thing and Dark Hollow. Still struggling with the horrific ghosts of his past, Parker is now a disillusioned private eye hired to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of Grace Peltier - which neither her father nor a former US senator believes was suicide. The trail leads to a mass grave in Northern Maine where a Baptist community disappeared 40 years earlier.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The scariest book of the series, for me.

  • By Cathy E. Howe on 12-21-17

Book Obliterated By Narrator (sic)

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

Reviewed: 01-13-18

I like Connolly's work, complex and silly as it is.
But he made a HUGE mistake using Holter (?) Graham to read it. If one has prefaced this book by absorbing the preceding issues read by Jeff Harding and others with real talent at this job, one of immediately put off by the high-pitched, nasal screech of this imposter. I came to think of him as 'helium boy' and see him with a clothes pin clamped down on his proboscis. No differentiation between otherwise distinctly individual characters, misplaced emphasis, etc. etc. It was so distracting, I barely remember the plot. I think there may have been references to spiders in there somewhere.
Connolly owes me $10 or so to reimburse me for this travesty.

  • Now We Are Dead

  • By: Stuart MacBride
  • Narrated by: Steve Worsley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

Detective Chief Inspector Roberta Steel got caught fitting up Jack Wallace - that's why they demoted her and quashed his sentence. Now he's back on the streets, and women are being attacked again. Wallace has to be responsible, but if Detective Sergeant Steel goes anywhere near him, his lawyers will get her thrown off the force for good. The Powers That Be won't listen to her, not after what happened last time. According to them, she's got more than enough ongoing cases to keep her busy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another MacBride gem!!!

  • By 6catz on 11-25-17

THE GUY CAN WRITE!

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

Reviewed: 01-02-18

I have been a 'Crime Reader' for decades. My wife is a Superior Court Judge in the criminal division after slaving for 26 years as a Public Defender. She came out of a top five law school but, as a "principled" human, she shunned corporate (read $) insouciance in order to see that folks were getting a 'fair deal' (as far as that is possible in this Zoo we call the American Culture (sic). My dinner conversations over the decades have painted a broad, clear vision of American Justice (sic) as distributed by the USA.
MacBride, through his, at times, brutal depictions and loamy language, spins it like no other. "Dirty Wash Cloths" like Baldacci and his ilk are essentially Cartoonists, not crime writers, and their formulaic tripe disgusts me.
This guy, Craig Johnson, was off to a reasonable start, but he, too, sank into the bowels of repetitive nonsense. Euro writers of note are vastly superior; Philip Kerr being a good example of a group too large to fit in here.
What is so terrifyingly obvious is that Americans are DEVOID of ANY CULTURAL IDENTITY as expressed through their popular writers.
Truck them somewhere, lured by the promise of some of their vapid awards, and shoot them all! Alas, they likely only have one 'honest' book in them (their ensembles penned by others), so eliminating them will only ratchet up their myriad pretenders to squeeze out more crap in their "honor" (sic).

We are in SERIOUS TROUBLE!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Fools' River

  • A Poke Rafferty Thriller
  • By: Timothy Hallinan
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

The two most difficult days in Bangkok writer Poke Rafferty's life begin with an emergency visit from Edward Dell, the almost-boyfriend of Poke's teenage daughter, Miaow. The boy's father, Buddy, a late-middle-aged womanizer who has moved to Bangkok for happy hunting, has disappeared, and money is being siphoned out of his bank and credit card accounts. It soon becomes apparent that Buddy is in the hands of a pair of killers who prey on Bangkok's "sexpats"; when his accounts are empty, he'll be found floating facedown in a Bangkok canal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite author does it again!

  • By Richard Delman on 12-24-17

We are at our best when we write what we know

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

Reviewed: 12-26-17

Tim can write. But Tim writes about the same things time after time. I support the protection of women and do not give a damn that 'Culture A' has been doing it wrong for centuries. Thais are dopes in this regard and need to cut it out. Now!
If he must include this barbaric notion, Tim needs start writing it into the deep shadows of these plots. As my Grandmother was fond of saying, "Enough is too much!"

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 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 8,960
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,251
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,208

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

Opioid Epidemic....

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

Reviewed: 11-25-17

Connelly attempts to cash in on America’s Opioid Epidemic by hanging a bunch of weak plots on this theme.
This narrator’s wooden style and monotone delivery make finding a human, emotional connection to any of these interchangeable characters impossible.
Connelly should be shamed out of every dollar he leeches out of this thinly veiled attempt to cash in on the misery of the addicted.
I will not buy his work (sic) again.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Scarred Woman

  • Department Q, Book 7
  • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
  • Length: 14 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,282
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,181
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,178

Detective Carl Mørck of Department Q, Copenhagen's cold cases division, meets his toughest challenge yet when the dark, troubled past of one of his own team members collides with a sinister unsolved murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Torn, but great

  • By green ice cream garden on 09-27-17

Screwy Good!

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

Reviewed: 11-19-17

Plot, plus nonsense, plus character, plus humor = great ride! Why do these snow bound nuts write so well? Wish there were more!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Justice Burning

  • By: Scott Pratt
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 690
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 582
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 583

Former defense attorney Darren Street is desperately trying to put his life back together after spending two years in a maximum-security prison for a murder he didn't commit. He's rebuilding his law practice, reconnecting with his son, and falling more deeply in love with his girlfriend, fellow attorney Grace Alexander. But the past casts a long shadow, and for Street, there's no outrunning it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Justice Has A New Name - Don't Mess With My Mama!!

  • By R. Pontiflet on 08-01-17

Could be worse....

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

Reviewed: 10-28-17

But it is very hard to imagine. Perhaps if listened to with a head full of THC or even more powerful drugs, this idiocy might entertain.
The scary part is that there are folks that enjoy this tripe and they are out there among us.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Thirst

  • A Harry Hole Novel
  • By: Jo Nesbo, Neil Smith - translator
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 17 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,117

In Police - the last novel featuring Jo Nesbø's hard-bitten, maverick Oslo detective - a killer wreaking revenge on the police had Harry Hole fighting for the safety of the people closest to him. Now, in The Thirst, the story continues as Harry is inextricably drawn back into the Oslo police force. A serial murderer has begun targeting Tinder daters - a murderer whose MO reignites Harry's hunt for a nemesis of his past.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Normally, I love Jo Nesbo.

  • By B.J. on 10-22-17

Nesbo in a world of his own

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

Reviewed: 09-09-17

What made the experience of listening to The Thirst the most enjoyable?

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Any additional comments?

The thirst is maybe too complex and solvable early, but Nesbo puts ALL other so-called writers in this genre to shame.Finally, something to read!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Black Book

  • By: James Patterson, David Ellis
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,804
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,068
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,044

Billy Harney was born to be a cop. The son of Chicago's chief of detectives, whose twin sister is also on the force, Billy plays it by the book. Alongside Detective Kate Fenton, Billy's tempestuous, adrenaline-junkie partner, there's nothing he wouldn't sacrifice for his job. Enter Amy Lentini, a hard-charging assistant state's attorney hell-bent on making a name for herself - who suspects Billy isn't the cop he claims to be. They're about to be linked by more than their careers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • GREAT STORY!

  • By Artkeep on 07-03-17

Possibly the worst piece of hackneyed nonsense ever published in this genre

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

Reviewed: 07-25-17

If your IQ hovers somewhere below room temperature, then this is the book for you. The shortcomings of this ridiculous tripe are so numerous, you would be better served by a list of its merits:.....that's it, NONE!

11 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • False Dawn

  • By: Paul Levine
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 97

Linebacker-turned-lawyer Jake Lassiter heads to Havana and untangles a deadly plot involving the CIA, Fidel Castro, and the Russian government.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • By Jack on 11-25-17

Completely absurd premise

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

Reviewed: 06-03-17

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2 of 15 people found this review helpful