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  • The King of Lies

  • By: John Hart
  • Narrated by: David Chandler
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,612
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,990
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,988

John Hart creates a literary thriller that is as suspenseful as it is poignant, a riveting murder mystery layered beneath the southern drawl of a humble North Carolina lawyer. When Work Pickens finds his father murdered, the investigation pushes a repressed family history to the surface and he sees his own carefully constructed facade begin to crack.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • For the Eyes Only

  • By Deborah on 06-21-06

The King of Verbosity

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

Reviewed: 07-05-15

What disappointed you about The King of Lies?

The whiney narration, the trite descriptions and the overall lack of originality.

What could John Hart have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

This could have been a great story however it was bogged down with wordiness and seemed like he was stretching the story to hit a length target.

Would you be willing to try another one of David Chandler’s performances?

Maybe. The whiny tone made this book a difficult listen.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

  • The Devil's Star

  • By: Jo Nesbø
  • Narrated by: Robin Sachs
  • Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,666
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,406
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,406

A young woman is murdered in her Oslo flat. One finger has been severed from her left hand, and behind her eyelid is secreted a tiny red diamond in the shape of a five-pointed star - a pentagram, the devil’s star. Detective Harry Hole is assigned to the case with his long-time adversary Tom Waaler and initially wants no part in it. But Harry is already on notice to quit the force and is left with little alternative but to drag himself out of his alcoholic stupor and get to work. A wave of similar murders is on the horizon....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New Steig Larsson? Hah! The new Raymond Chandler!

  • By JayAre on 12-12-11

Depressing

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

Reviewed: 05-17-15

Okay I thought I learned my lesson with the Harry Hole series and I was not going to listen to another book. I am not sure why I wavered. Harry is an alcoholic tormented Norwegian investigator who has recently been dumped by his girlfriend. Harry then slips into a weeks long alcoholic binge. Again.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Tinseltown

  • Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood
  • By: William J. Mann
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,603
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,459
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,465

By 1920, the movies had suddenly become America's new favorite pastime and one of the nation's largest industries. Never before had a medium possessed such power to influence; yet Hollywood's glittering ascendancy was threatened by a string of headline-grabbing tragedies - including the murder of William Desmond Taylor, the popular president of the Motion Picture Directors Association, a legendary crime that has remained unsolved until now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everybody's a dreamer...

  • By Steven on 01-08-15

Dreams and Desperation in Early Hollywood

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

Reviewed: 02-08-15

Would you listen to Tinseltown again? Why?

Absolutely! What did I miss? Before Tinseltown I had no real knowledge of the Silent Film Era or it's stars. What a fascinating time. The book is detail filled with a glimpse inside the lives of of the earliest movie stars.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The sadness and desperation of a career that didn't quite reach the expected heights and the elderly years of a forgotten star. It's sobering to learn of the later lives of the early screen stars that could not or did not transition to talkies. If we aren't able to adept, progress passes us by and we are forgotten.

Any additional comments?

The book was not only about a real life murder mystery but to me also a cautionary tale about change and adaptability.

33 of 35 people found this review helpful

  • The Silkworm

  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,301
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,822
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,793

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Elizabethan Revenge Tragedy In Contemporary London

  • By Gretchen SLP on 08-24-16

LOVED IT!

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

Reviewed: 09-23-14

Where does The Silkworm rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Ranks close to the top. Cormeran Strike is a wonderful new character. His father, who he has no relationship with, is a famous aging rock star and his mother was a groupy. How cool is that? Cormeran goes his own way and joins the military, looses a leg and becomes a PI. With Cormeran as the hero, what's not to love?

What other book might you compare The Silkworm to and why?

Well, I can't wait until another installment. Now I know why readers waited in line for the new Harry Potter books!

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Strip Tease

  • By: Carl Hiaasen
  • Narrated by: George Wilson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,459
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,243
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,259

No matter what you heard or thought about the movie version of Strip Tease, forget it. Film simply can’t catch the layers of humor, satire, and imagination that Pulitzer Prize-winning author Carl Hiaasen creates in each of his novels.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious drama

  • By Think about this on 11-14-13

An entertaining break

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

Reviewed: 09-13-14

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Not necessarily time well spent but a listen for pure entertainment, analogous to a TV sitcom.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Not sure I had a reaction. It ended as expected.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of George Wilson?

No. To me, a good narrator doesn't take a way from the story; is transparent. George Wilson's style did not distract from the story.

Do you think Strip Tease needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Sure, why not? This is not an award winning book but entertaining. The characters are fun and I would be interested to hear more from them.

  • The Secret Keeper

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,323
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,180
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,181

England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!

  • By Maria on 10-20-12

A story about family secrets and second chances

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

Reviewed: 09-13-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes! The story carefully unfolds, pulling the listener in. The historic backdrop of WWII London adds drama to the mystery.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Dolly. She wanted terribly to be admired and to join a higher class. A dreamer who created her own reality, she wasn't malicious however her self absorption changed the lives of those around her.

What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

It was believable. I've listed to books where the narrator seems to be trying too hard to create distinctive voices for characters. Listening to Caroline Lee I believed I was hearing the character not the narrator. I was lost in the story.

If you could rename The Secret Keeper, what would you call it?

The Second Chance

  • Mean Streak

  • By: Sandra Brown
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,368
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,412
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,401

Dr. Emory Charbonneau, a pediatrician and marathon runner, disappears on a mountain road in North Carolina. By the time her husband Jeff, miffed over a recent argument, reports her missing, the trail has grown cold. Literally. Fog and ice encapsulate the mountainous wilderness and paralyze the search for her. While police suspect Jeff of "instant divorce," Emory, suffering from an unexplained head injury, regains consciousness and finds herself the captive of a man whose violent past is so dark that he won't even tell her his name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ms. Brown's book far exceeds usual quality.

  • By DogLover on 09-08-14

Really?

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

Reviewed: 09-02-14

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

If the plot and characters remotely made sense. I am embarrassed that I listened to the entire 8 hours. I just kept hoping.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Currently listening to a Jack Reacher book.

Would you be willing to try another one of Jonathan Davis’s performances?

I don't fault the narrator.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment and frustration.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The River of Souls

  • Matthew Corbett, Book 5
  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,437
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,321
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,320

The year is 1703. The place: The Carolina settlement of Charles Town. Matthew Corbett, professional 'problem solver,' has accepted a lucrative, if unusual, commission: Escorting a beautiful woman to a fancy dress ball. What should be a pleasant assignment takes a darker turn when Matthew becomes involved in a murder investigation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • SPOILERS! Still love Matthew Corbeett

  • By Frances on 06-14-14

Disappointment

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

Reviewed: 06-17-14

What was most disappointing about Robert McCammon’s story?

I loved the first book in this series. The River of Souls had none of the elements that created the captivating story of the first novel. Much time devoted to references to past nemeses and little devoted to developing characters in this installment. In the first few books in the series, I was transported by the vivid descriptions of 17th and early 18th century America; not so with this story.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Yes! The narrator the same voices for new characters in this book that were used by different characters in previous books.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue

  • The Untold History of English
  • By: John McWhorter
  • Narrated by: John McWhorter
  • Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,030
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,573
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,551

A survey of the quirks and quandaries of the English language, focusing on our strange and wonderful grammar. Why do we say "I am reading a catalog" instead of "I read a catalog"? Why do we say "do" at all? Is the way we speak a reflection of our cultural values? Delving into these provocative topics and more, Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue distills hundreds of years of fascinating lore into one lively history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great for casual linguists

  • By Anderson on 01-11-10

Yawn!

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

Reviewed: 05-10-14

What disappointed you about Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue?

Okay, I get it. English is a complicated language. This was a listen which seemed like a graduate level linguistics text book. Dry, dry, dry.

Would you ever listen to anything by John McWhorter again?

No.

Would you be willing to try another one of John McWhorter’s performances?

No.

  • Blood Sport

  • By: Dick Francis
  • Narrated by: Geoffrey Howard
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 935
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 722
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 722

When English agent Gene Hawkins told his boss he'd forego his vacation to search for millionaire Dave Teller's prized missing stallion, he didn't know his retainer would include the attention of his boss's beautiful teenage daughter - or Teller's seldom sober wife. He also didn't know that a trail from London to New York to Las Vegas to California would lead eventually to murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great listen from Dick Francis!

  • By Mary A. on 03-18-04

Intriguing

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

Reviewed: 03-11-14

Would you listen to Blood Sport again? Why?

Yes! In fact, I went back and listened to chapters along the way. I thought maybe I missed something ... the story flow is different; the back story develops throughout the book.

What did you like best about this story?

The organization of the story line. During the first chapter I thought perhaps this was a story in the middle of a series, but slowly the back story developed. This organization kept me listening and was as intriguing as the story itself.