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  • Boundary Waters

  • By: William Kent Krueger
  • Narrated by: David Chandler
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,327
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,173
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,175

Drawing strong comparisons to the work of James Lee Burke and Tony Hillerman, William Kent Krueger’s Cork O’Connor mysteries never fail to please fans. Here Cork joins the search for a country-western singer who has disappeared in the wilderness along the American/Canadian border.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Installment To The Series

  • By Lia on 06-01-18

Somewhat of a disappointment

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

Reviewed: 07-10-15

I listened to Iron Lake and really enjoyed it. I enjoyed this one too, but the "bad guy" was so obvious I found it annoying. The issue wasn't with the plot so much--there was no reason that the characters should have known who was behind the "troubles"; so less of a hole in the plot than just not as much fun to try to figure out who-done-it. Also, a small thing, but I found the vocal inflection the narrator used to introduce chapters annoying. It seemed not to suit a suspense novel.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • I Am Pilgrim

  • A Thriller
  • By: Terry Hayes
  • Narrated by: Christopher Ragland
  • Length: 22 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,519
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,924
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,926

An anonymous young woman murdered in a run-down hotel, all identifying characteristics dissolved by acid. A father publicly beheaded in the blistering heat of a Saudi Arabian public square. A notorious Syrian biotech expert found eyeless in a Damascus junkyard. Smoldering human remains on a remote mountainside in Afghanistan. A flawless plot to commit an appalling crime against humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Please let this all be fiction.

  • By B.J. on 08-08-14

Decent plot but the guy needs an editor

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

Reviewed: 05-28-15

Pros: involved and (ultimately) interesting plot

Cons: tortuous prose, overwritten, formulaic characters, too much forshadowing. The main character misses some pretty obvious things--a bit hard to swallow for someone who is supposed to be a genius investigator. Several times I wondered if it was just the narrator. But I don't think so. The last few hours (when the plot jelled) were better (but not the writing). This is CLEARLY going to have a sequel.

1 of 2 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 24,331
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,207
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,200

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

Except for a couple of voice flubs, great read

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

Reviewed: 07-21-13

I enjoyed this book so much I turned I turned it off a few times to make it last longer. Well constructed and well written with sympathetic characters and a complex plot line (I had to pause a few times to try to remember who someone was), this book left me hoping Rowling would write another "Galbraith" novel. My only complaint (and I this is not the first time it has happened in an audio book I'm listening to): a few times (only a few) the otherwise excellent narrator would forget to change his voice inflection to suit the character who was speaking. Otherwise, just great.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Beautiful Ruins

  • By: Jess Walter
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,843
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,563
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,557

The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • My mind wandered

  • By Ella on 11-25-12

Absolutely charming

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

Reviewed: 10-24-12

I gave this book four stars out of five because its ambitions--covering so many lives through so much time--sometimes gets in its own way. But don't let that stop you from listening--a truly charming love story that has an upbeat, everyone wins trajectory with enough introspection and perspective to keep eyes from cynically rolling. Very well done indeed...

  • Gone Girl

  • A Novel
  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48,048
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,740
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,825

It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!

  • By Theodore on 01-20-13

Not quite credible but an excellent read

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

Reviewed: 08-11-12

It didn't take all that long to figure out the most likely scenario behind the 'credibility/probability' conflicts between the two (excellent) narrators. But that does not detract from this gripping read. Several of the plot twists were predictable,but again, only because you've gotten to know the well-drawn characters. I couldn't imagine how the narrative could possibly be resolved, and I wonder if the author had the same dilemma. While I found the ending compelling and thought provoking and, on some levels, psychologically believable, in other respects it strained credulity. There are too many loose ends for "it" (lest I spoil the plot) to work out as it did. But still highly recommended.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

  • By: Garth Stein
  • Narrated by: Christopher Evan Welch
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,461
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,651
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,655

Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enzo (because he's so wize) for president.

  • By Lora on 06-17-08

I liked it...I hated it...it was ok

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

Reviewed: 05-20-12

With all the great reviews, I put aside my usual hesitation about books that seem to promise quaint wisdom. There were times I almost quit listening, but stuck with it. It's a bit overdone, a bit trite. There are some pretty entertaining bits, but 'life is like a car race' got old very very fast. And I would have liked a bit more flesh on Denny's character beyond his affection for organic groceries and complete guilelessness. The whole thing was predictable and contrived. it is, however, not without its charms.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Case Histories

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Susan Jameson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,242
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 999
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,001

Case One: A little girl goes missing in the night. Case Two: A beautiful young office worker falls victim to a maniac's apparently random attack. Case Three: A new mother finds herself trapped in a hell of her own making - with a very needy baby and a very demanding husband - until a fit of rage creates a grisly, bloody escape.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • captivating story

  • By tinaswfl on 02-01-09

Prepare to be anti-social for 10 hours

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

Reviewed: 05-20-12

This is one of those books that I usually find myself rationing, making myself turn it off to last longer. But this time--well, I got a lot "done" that needed hands and feet but not a lot of attention. Not too far into it I thought it sounded familiar and realized it was the book on which the PBS mini-series was based--somehow that added to, rather than distracted from, the pleasure of the whole thing. Atkinson is great at drawing characters. This is a terrific book, beautifully narrated.

  • Started Early, Took My Dog

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 939
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 655
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 656

Waterhouse leads a quiet, ordered life as a retired police detective - a life that takes a surprising turn when she encounters Kelly Cross, a habitual offender, dragging a young child through town. Both appear miserable and better off without each other-or so decides Tracy, in a snap decision that surprises herself as much as Kelly. Suddenly burdened with a small child, Tracy soon learns her parental inexperience is actually the least of her problems, as much larger ones loom for her and her young charge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOVED, LOVED, LOVED IT.

  • By Patricia on 08-28-11

Be Patient! It's worth it!

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

Reviewed: 04-22-12

Had I been reading a print version, there are several places I would have gone back to clarify characters, etc, but even with the "wait, who was that again?" thought, this is a superb listen. The internal dialogue of both main characters--Tracy and Jackson--is very funny, but even better, funny in different ways. That has to be hard to do--varying the wit to reflect their different personalities. It's a great story with a great plot. If you pick up the literary references, great, but it doesn't matter if you don't (my favorite was Cicero's O tempora O mores coming from the mouth of a retired criminal). The narration is excellent. I hated to have it end.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Reasonable Doubts

  • Guido Guerrieri Series, Book 3
  • By: Gianrico Carofiglio, Howard Curtis (translator)
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245

Guerrieri is asked to handle the appeal of Fabio Paolicelli, sentenced to 16 years for smuggling drugs. Paolicelli intially confessed to the crime, and everything seems stacked against the appeal. Guerrieri's reluctance to take on the case is intensified by the fact that he knows Paolicelli, and it is only the intervention of Paolicelli's beautiful wife, Natsu, that finally overcomes Guerrieri's reluctance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Convincing Voice in Criminal Procedural Fiction

  • By Cherie on 01-09-12

My first Carofiglio--won't be my last

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

Reviewed: 04-15-12

This was a great listen. The author has a marvelously dry sense of humor, and the reader's timing was impeccable. It was a bit odd having British idiom in an Italian story, but tha's just my American bias. The protagonist is both gloomily fatalistic and very funny at the same time.

  • Chasing the Dime

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,296
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,278
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,279

The messages waiting for Henry Pierce when he plugs in his new phone clearly aren't intended for him. They indicate something has gone terribly wrong for a woman named Lilly. Pierce probes, investigates, and then tumbles through a hole, leaving behind a life driven by work to track down and help a woman he's never met. Connelly's latest is "a grabber from the beginning...utterly compelling."

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nobody Could Be That Stupid That Many Times!

  • By David on 05-29-05

Not my favorite Michael Connelly

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

Reviewed: 04-14-12

Within the first fifteen minutes, I had figured out the vehicle for the plot. From there it was annoying and sometimes agonizing to watch the protagonist's risk-taking (even though his behavior was pretty well-motivated, one of Connelly's strengths). It was too easy to figure out the culprits. Narration also not to my taste--technically fine, but seemed a bit expressionless (maybe fitting for a plot about a workaholic chemist?)

0 of 2 people found this review helpful