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  • The Far Empty

  • By: J. Todd Scott
  • Narrated by: T. Ryder Smith
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

Seventeen-year-old Caleb Ross is adrift in the wake of the sudden disappearance of his mother more than a year ago, and is struggling to find his way out of the small Texas border town of Murfee. Chris Cherry is a newly minted sheriff's deputy, a high school football hero who has reluctantly returned to his hometown.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Texas Noir

  • By Mihal Ceittin on 03-16-18

For the genre, as good as it gets...

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

Reviewed: 04-28-18

Dunno why Audible is not promoting this author on its website recommendations. Just finished the "Far Empty" after reading Mr. Scott's second effort, "High White Sun". It did not matter that I listened to them out of order.

I wanted neither to end...fascinating characters buffered by superior dialogue, and all done with an economy of language that is the mark of great writing. Beyond the mechanics, Scott offers a great story.

And T. Ryder Smith is the perfect narrator. His tone and inflection matches perfectly that which Scott clearly wanted to convey on a linear level.

Best new author I have read since - years ago - I picked up Michael Connelly's first "Bosch" police procedural.

  • High White Sun

  • By: J. Todd Scott
  • Narrated by: T. Ryder Smith
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 24

In the wake of Sheriff Stanford Ross' death, former deputy Chris Cherry - now Sheriff Cherry - is the new "law" in Big Bend County, yet still struggling to escape the long, dark shadow of that infamous lawman. As Chris tries to remake and modernize his corrupt department, bringing in new deputies like young America Reynosa and Ben Harper - a hard-edged, veteran homicide detective now lured out of retirement - Chris finds himself constantly staring down a town unwilling to change.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great, loved it as much as the "The Far Empty!

  • By Brenda K Turner on 08-17-18

The next Cormac McCarthy...?

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

Reviewed: 04-16-18

Comparisons are odious - particularly in the Arts. But J. Todd Scott is the best new author that I have read in a decade. His tone is stark, economical, with pitch-perfect dialogue. Cormac McCarthy does come to mind. Or Larry McMurtry. The characters breathe authenticity; the plot engages. What a pleasure to encounter great writing in this genre...doesn't happen often.
And T. Ryder Smith, as narrator, makes West Texas come alive - the right man with the right author.
Wish I had picked up, initially, Scott's first, "The Far Empty". But no matter. "High White Noon" stands quite nicely on its own.
It would appear that audio book fans have a new author with which they can't go wrong....

  • The Third Victim

  • A Novel
  • By: Phillip Margolin
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 493
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 457
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 454

A woman stumbles onto a dark road in rural Oregon - tortured, battered, and bound. She tells a horrific story about being kidnapped, then tortured, until she finally managed to escape. She was the lucky one - two other women, with similar burns and bruises, were found dead. The surviving victim identifies the house where she was held captive, and the owner, Alex Mason - a prominent local attorney - is arrested.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent legal thriller!

  • By Wayne on 03-07-18

Somewhat intriguing plot, but...

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

Reviewed: 04-07-18

....Mr. Margolin's writing is plagued by cardboard characters - all based upon tedious cultural norms for what constitutes success or failure these days... or good and evil. The tone is antiseptic.
He will need to up his game if he wishes to stand out in the legal thriller genre.

  • West Cork

  • By: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Narrated by: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22,166
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,796
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19,793

This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery. Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ENTERTAINING AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING

  • By Ann on 02-13-18

Quite Gripping...

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

Reviewed: 03-06-18

A series of podcasts. Well executed rendition of a true murder mystery. And a rather fascinating character study of the primary suspect. Ian Bailey's rampant narcissism gives form and structure to much speculation.

This is a good example of the podcast genre at its best. Bungey and Forde keep the listener's attention with superb editing.

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  • The Dry

  • A Novel
  • By: Jane Harper
  • Narrated by: Stephen Shanahan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,298
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,890
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,884

After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke. Twenty years ago when Falk was accused of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk and his father fled under a cloud of suspicion, saved from prosecution only because of Luke’s steadfast claim that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now more than one person knows they didn’t tell the truth back then, and Luke is dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing dry here!

  • By green ice cream garden on 01-18-17

A Page Turner...

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

Reviewed: 02-22-18

This is a remarkable first effort. Great writing underpinning a well-crafted plot. Careful thought went into both. May this release presage a fine career. And Stephen Shanahan holds the listener's attention with solid pacing, inflection, etc. Good choice for narrator.

A highly recommended "next book" and new author for readers of the genre....

  • 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 8,795
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,098
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,054

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

Always the best....

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

Reviewed: 12-02-17

Best police procedural. Best detective genre. Best writer. Mike Connelly never disappoints
in any of these categories.

  • Nixon's White House Wars

  • The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever
  • By: Patrick J. Buchanan
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 17 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

From Vietnam to the Southern Strategy, from the opening of China to the scandal of Watergate, Pat Buchanan - speechwriter and senior adviser to President Nixon - tells the untold story of Nixon's embattled White House, from its historic wins to it devastating defeats. In his inaugural address, Nixon held out a hand in friendship to Republicans and Democrats alike. But by the fall of 1969, massive demonstrations in Washington and around the country had been mounted to break his presidency.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting

  • By Jean on 06-15-17

A Great Look Back....

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

Reviewed: 09-09-17

Thoroughly enjoyed this look back from Buchanan's perspective. Yes, it is very Pat-centric. But that's ok. Though I take issue with some of his positions over the decades, he is always engaging, smart, and perceptive. A political junkie's junkie.
One could do worse than this effort as a solid refresher course on the Nixon years. I highly
recommend it. A very competent narration, as well.

  • The Late Show

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Katherine Moennig
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,449
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7,779
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,743

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.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Noooooooooooooooooo!

  • By H. Jamieson on 08-12-17

Always the best....

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

Reviewed: 08-09-17

Mike Connelly could make the task of sharpening a pencil sound compelling. He never disappoints. All the hallmarks of his stye are here: precision, economy of language,
a devotion to accuracy in police work, all folded into a solid narrative.
Now, we are introduced to Renee Ballard, a detective working the night shift. Can't wait to see if he will develop this character on the same trajectory as that of Harry Bosch.
The only important thing, however, is that he keeps writing.

  • The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors

  • By: James D. Hornfischer
  • Narrated by: Barrett Whitener
  • Length: 16 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 812
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 602
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 598

Told from the point of view of the men who waged this steel-shattering battle, The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors captures Navy pilots attacking enemy battleships with makeshift weapons and sacrificial valor, a veteran commander improvising tactics never taught in Annapolis, and young crews from across America rising to an impossible challenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding

  • By John on 04-17-04

A Remarkable Story

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

Reviewed: 04-20-17

Beautifully written and narrated, Hornfischer offers a riveting account of destroyer battle against overwhelming odds. As with all audible military editions, get your maps out - in this case, the Leyte Gulf environs.

The author's research on the action and personalities involved is apparent. As important is the compelling manner in which he stitches them all together. This effort, with it emphasis upon the very human side of naval warfare and decision making under great duress, serves to augment broader narratives on the Pacific War. (The fine works of Ian W. Toll come to mind.)

The book does not disappoint.

  • Three Days in January

  • Dwight Eisenhower's Final Mission
  • By: Bret Baier, Catherine Whitney
  • Narrated by: Bret Baier, Danny Campbell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 588
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 524
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 521

In this debut history from one of America's most influential political journalists, Bret Baier casts the three days between Dwight Eisenhower's prophetic "farewell address" on the evening of January 17, 1961, and his successor John F. Kennedy's inauguration on the afternoon of January 20 as the final mission of one of modern America's greatest leaders.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gently In Manner, Strongly In Deed...

  • By Gillian on 01-20-17

Serviceable, but...

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

Reviewed: 03-01-17

For those interested in an overview of Ike's biography, Bret Baier provides such. I had inferred a more in-depth look at his relationship with JFK during the transition. In this respect it was disappointing. But Baier touches upon all the highlights of the era in serviceable fashion. On this basis, it offers a solid foundation as prelude to further reading, and there is a lot out there. Baier's emphasis here is on Eisenhower. If anyone is seeking a biography of JFK's earlier years, one cannot do better than British author, Nigel Hamilton's "Reckless Youth".