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  • Robicheaux

  • A Novel
  • By: James Lee Burke
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,824
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,697
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,683

During a murder investigation, Dave Robicheaux discovers he may have committed the homicide he's investigating, one that involved the death of the man who took the life of Dave's beloved wife. As he works to clear his name and make sense of the murder, Robicheaux encounters a cast of characters and a resurgence of dark social forces that threaten to destroy all of those whom he loves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Modern Day Master Work

  • By Margaret on 01-05-18

Fun as always

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

Reviewed: 05-31-18

This is another fun and exciting Robicheaux novel; however, I just don't understand why James Lee Burke doesn't straighten out Will Patton about Louisiana pronunciation. Patton is, in general, a good reader, but in this, his umpteenth Robicheaux novel, he STILL, without intending to, makes a mockery of Louisiana pronunciation. James Lee Burke, puleeze come to his aid! Your Louisiana audience will thank you!

  • Silent Lies

  • By: Kathryn Croft
  • Narrated by: Antonia Beamish, Rosie Jones
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,288
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,132
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,127

Mia Hamilton lived the perfect life with her husband, university teacher Zach, and their two-year-old daughter. But everything changed when Zach committed suicide on the same night one of his students vanished. Five years later, just when Mia is beginning to heal, stranger Alison walks into her life, saying her husband didn't kill himself. Fragile, slight Alison leads Mia on a path into Zach's past, and Mia begins to think she never really knew her own husband.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!!!!!!!!

  • By dijjer on 12-27-17

Good up UNTIL the last drop

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

Reviewed: 05-31-18

This mystery is well written and exciting; however, the ending--at least to this reader--is totally unconvincing.

  • Black Out

  • An Inspector Troy Novel
  • By: John Lawton
  • Narrated by: Lewis Hancock
  • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 24

London, 1944. While the Luftwaffe makes its final assault on the already battered British capital, Londoners rush through the streets, seeking underground shelter in the midst of the city's blackout. When the panic subsides, other things begin to surface along with London's war-worn citizens. A severed arm is discovered by a group of children playing at an East End bomb site, and when Scotland Yard's Detective Sergeant Frederick Troy arrives at the scene, it becomes apparent that the dismembered body is not the work of a V-1 rocket.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The reader is a disaster!

  • By Julie Jones on 04-25-18

The reader is a disaster!

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

Reviewed: 04-25-18

English readers in general are very, very good... except when it comes to rendering American accents, which they seem to have learned from old James Cagney movies. Everyone, no matter what their class or background, talks like a New Jersey mobster. Lewis Hancock descends to new lows. His version of one of the main characters in the novel is grotesque -- not to say downright insulting. While Black Out is by no means one of Lawton's best novels, it's still entertaining and generally well written, but when the American character enters the scene, which is only too often, it's just painful.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Man of Some Repute

  • A Very English Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Elizabeth Edmondson
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,434
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,109
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,100

Selchester Castle in 1953 sits quiet and near-empty, its corridors echoing with glories of the past. Or so it seems to intelligence officer Hugo Hawksworth, wounded on a secret mission and now reluctantly assuming an altogether less perilous role at Selchester.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty good "pseudo" golden age mystery

  • By Jerri C on 10-18-15

A charming, if light, English countryhouse mystery

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

Reviewed: 09-11-17

This is nicely written and well read. The characters--particularly the women--are very likeable. Altogether, a fun read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • American Kingpin

  • The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road
  • By: Nick Bilton
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9,920
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,146
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9,118

In 2011, a 26-year-old libertarian programmer named Ross Ulbricht launched the ultimate free market: the Silk Road, a clandestine website hosted on the Dark Web where anyone could trade anything - drugs, hacking software, forged passports, counterfeit cash, poisons - free of the government's watchful eye. It wasn't long before the media got wind of the new website where anyone - not just teenagers and weed dealers but terrorists and black hat hackers - could buy and sell contraband detection-free.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An honest portrait of DPR

  • By Victor on 05-18-17

Non-fiction that reads like a good thriller

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

Reviewed: 06-03-17

This is the carefully researched story behind U.S. law enforcements' search for and discovery of the man who ran The Silk Road, a site on the "dark web" that sold drugs, guns, explosives, body parts and poison. The book is cleverly structured and gripping. However, it's not without flaws. The main character, the "kingpin," is given to cliches in his writings and conversations. In spite of being a "criminal mastermind," as the title tells us, he's really not very interesting. Unfortunately, the writer himself is not immune to the cliche. And, then, the narrator has a grating voice, which can be irritating. That said, I must confess that I had a hard time turning the player off. So, yes, I would recommend this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Hope That Kills

  • A DI Fenchurch Novel, Book 1
  • By: Ed James
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 74

The body of a young woman is found on the streets of East London, in the shadow of the City's gleaming towers. No ID on her, just hard-earned cash. But there is no doubting the ferocity of the attack. DI Simon Fenchurch takes charge but, as his team tries to identify her and piece together her murder, they're faced with cruel indifference at every turn - nobody cares about yet another dead prostitute.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A waste of time

  • By Julie Jones on 04-13-17

A waste of time

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

Reviewed: 04-13-17

The lead detective is plagued by problems with acid reflux and, in tense moments, hearing drums in his head. These issues are referred to constantly. The story appears to be a fairly run-of-the-mill police procedural, but takes a turn toward the absurd (not intentionally) toward the end. My advice: don't bother.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • 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 1,616
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,510
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,510

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

McKinty at the top of his form

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

Reviewed: 03-17-17

Not much to say. This is good McKinty, read beautifully (as usual) by Gerard Doyle.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Rather Be the Devil

  • By: Ian Rankin
  • Narrated by: James Macpherson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 332
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298

As he settles into an uneasy retirement, Rebus has given up his favorite vices. There's just one habit he can't shake: He can't let go of an unsolved case. It's the only pastime he has left, and up until now it's the only one that wasn't threatening to kill him. But when Rebus starts reexamining the facts behind the long-ago murder of a glamorous woman at a luxurious hotel - on the same night a famous rock star and his entourage were also staying there - the past comes roaring back to life with a vengeance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • New Rebus release was a nice surprise!

  • By Midwesterner on 02-11-17

The usual solid Rebus stuff

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

Reviewed: 03-01-17

What's not to like about it? The characters are familiar; the reader is good, the writing and the story as well.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Worth Killing For

  • A DI Fenchurch Novel, Book 2
  • By: Ed James
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 46

On a busy London street, a young woman is attacked in broad daylight and left bleeding to death on the pavement. Among the eyewitnesses are DI Simon Fenchurch and his wife. Fenchurch pursues the attacker through a warren of backstreets and eventually arrests a young hoodie with a cache of stolen phones - an 'Apple picker' on the make. The case should be closed but something feels off...Was this really just about a smartphone?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Very mediocre police procedural

  • By Julie Jones on 02-17-17

Very mediocre police procedural

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

Reviewed: 02-17-17

The lead cop is not very bright and not very likeable. He is plagued--did we really need to know it?--with acid reflux and, endlessly, by a drumming in his ears. Then there are the caricature rastas. My recommendation is: Skip it.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Istanbul Passage

  • A Novel
  • By: Joseph Kanon
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 416
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 342
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 344

A neutral capital straddling Europe and Asia, Istanbul has spent the war as a magnet for refugees and spies. Even American businessman Leon Bauer has been drawn into this shadow world, doing undercover odd jobs and courier runs for the Allied war effort. Now, as the espionage community begins to pack up and an apprehensive city prepares for the grim realities of postwar life, he is given one more assignment, a routine job that goes fatally wrong, plunging him into a tangle of intrigue and moral confusion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific story!

  • By Edwin Williamson on 06-21-12

Outstanding book

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

Reviewed: 02-08-17

Kanon evokes the atmosphere of immediately post-war (II) Istanbul beautifully in this most interesting thriller. The narrator, Jefferson Mays, is excellent as well and pronounces the many Turkish names, things and places with great ease.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful