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  • The Retreat

  • By: Mark Edwards
  • Narrated by: Simon Mattacks
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,765
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,604
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,600

Two years ago, Julia lost her family in a tragic accident. Her husband drowned trying to save their daughter, Lily, in the river near their rural home. But the little girl’s body was never found - and Julia believes Lily is somehow still alive. Alone and broke, Julia opens her house as a writers’ retreat. One of the first guests is Lucas, a horror novelist, who becomes obsessed with finding out what happened to Lily. But within days of his arrival, the peace of the retreat is shattered by a series of eerie events.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • sum is greater than its parts.

  • By Kindle Customer on 10-06-18

Diverting....

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

....but not very compelling. The focus upon a complex plot eclipses any worthwhile character development. And the former stretches credulity. Lots of twists and turns, but resolution arrives at a point when this listener was no longer particularly interested. The narration is solid. Author Mark Edwards should keep plugging away. Nuanced, engaging characters - free of gimmicks - are the glue that holds any good story together.

  • November Road

  • A Novel
  • By: Lou Berney
  • Narrated by: Johnathan McClain
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152

Frank Guidry’s luck has finally run out. A loyal street lieutenant to New Orleans’ mob boss Carlos Marcello, Guidry has learned that everybody is expendable. But now it’s his turn - he knows too much about the crime of the century: the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Within hours of JFK’s murder, everyone with ties to Marcello is turning up dead, and Guidry suspects he’s next. With few good options, Guidry hits the road to Las Vegas, to see an old associate - a dangerous man who hates Marcello enough to help Guidry vanish.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A new look at life after the JFK Assassination

  • By stuartjash on 10-10-18

Surprisingly good...

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

Reviewed: 11-25-18

I thought the Kennedy assassination angle might be artifice. But not at all. Berney turns in a compelling page-turner, well worth
the time of all who like the genre. I agree with another reviewer that the ending does not afford much emotional satisfaction. But then art often imitates life.

The plot segues nicely with the events of November, 1963. There is a hard-bitten reality to the players. And the listener is fully engaged with what's might to happen next. I hope to see more efforts of similar ilk from Mr. Berney.

  • City of Thieves

  • By: David Benioff
  • Narrated by: Ron Perlman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,280
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,273

A writer visits his retired grandparents in Florida to document their experience during the infamous siege of Leningrad. His grandmother won't talk about it, but his grandfather reluctantly consents. The result is the captivating odyssey of two young men trying to survive against desperate odds. Lev Beniov considers himself "built for deprivation." He's small, smart, and insecure, a Jewish virgin too young for the army, who spends his nights working as a volunteer firefighter with friends from his building.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning Tale. Great Narration.

  • By Paul on 10-24-09

Gripping....

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

Reviewed: 11-23-18

Benioff has produced a fine novel. Evil, tragedy, and humor. It is all there, and well-narrated. An ideal read or listen - whatever one's preference.

  • The Far Empty

  • By: J. Todd Scott
  • Narrated by: T. Ryder Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

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 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 25

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 652
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 606
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 600

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 22,979
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,519
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20,521

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
  • EXCELLENT.

  • By Ilia on 03-07-18

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 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,459
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,038
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,031

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 10,002
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,213
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,163

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 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

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.