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  • Escape Clause

  • A Virgil Flowers Novel, Book 9
  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,929
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,928

The first storm comes from, of all places, the Minnesota zoo. Two large and very rare Amur tigers have vanished from their cage, and authorities are worried sick that they've been stolen for their body parts. Traditional Chinese medicine prizes those parts for home remedies, and people will do extreme things to get what they need. Some of them are a great deal more extreme than others - as Virgil is about to find out.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Super Sandford

  • By Ted on 03-05-17

WARNING - ANIMAL CRUELTY!

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

Reviewed: 10-30-16

If you love animals, as I do, this book will ruin your day. It's obvious it wasn't actually written by Sandford, but it's his franchise. I'll never again buy or read ANYTHING with his name on it. Of the hundreds of Audible and other books I've read and to which I've listened, I've only said that about one other. It, too, began with animal cruelty. I wish I had been warned by other reviewers who came before me about this repulsive content.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Criminal Enterprise

  • By: Owen Laukkanen
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 119

From the outside, Carter Tomlin's life looked perfect: a big house, pretty wife, two kids - a St. Paul success story. But Tomlin has a secret. He's lost his job, the bills are mounting, and that perfect life is hanging by a thread. Desperate, he robs a bank. Then he robs another. As the red flags start to go up, FBI Special Agent Carla Windermere homes in on Tomlin from one direction, while Minnesota state investigator Kirk Stevens picks up the trail from another.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very entertaining

  • By cristina on 04-02-13

A Bit of a Disappointment

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

Reviewed: 07-03-16

The detectives may not believe in "unlikely coincidences," but this story line requires the listener to do so. Chance meetings and fortuitous encounters beggar the imagination. Nevertheless, I intend to continue listening to Laukkanen's works because they are, to me, preferable to those of many other of this ilk.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Extreme Prey

  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,385
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,048
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,039

After the events in Gathering Prey, Lucas Davenport finds himself in a very unusual situation - no longer employed by the Minnesota BCA. His friend, the governor, is just cranking up a presidential campaign, though, and he invites Lucas to come along as part of his campaign staff. "Should be fun!" he says, and it kind of is - until they find they have a shadow: an armed man intent on killing the governor...and anyone who gets in the way.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Boring

  • By Joy on 05-12-16

Good as ever -- maybe even better!

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

Reviewed: 05-04-16

With a series as long as Sandford's Prey series, one might suppose some of the energy and creativity that drove the earlier titles might diminish. Not so, here. I found everything about this latest release as fresh and bright as any of its predecessors. I must also credit the narrator. Sandford and Ferrone are as closely associated in my mind's ear as Burke and Patton. I was delighted with this book. Rather than wait for the next in the series, I've decided to fill the void by going back in my audio library to the beginning of the prey series and listening to each, in sequence.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Faithful Spy

  • By: Alex Berenson
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,529
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,508

John Wells is the only American CIA agent ever to penetrate al Qaeda. Since before the attacks in 2001, Wells has been hiding in the mountains of Pakistan, biding his time, building his cover.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Faithful Spy

  • By Margaret on 12-14-09

Not for cat lovers!

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

Reviewed: 10-03-15

I love cats! I cringe when a dog is killed in a novel, but I was absolutely revolted by the lurid description of the slow poisoning of a little cat, procured specifically for that purpose. The detailed description of the animal's suffering was way, way too much for me. I stopped at that point and won't read another word written by Alex Berenson.

6 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Never Coming Back

  • By: Tim Weaver
  • Narrated by: David Bauckham
  • Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 46

Emily Kane arrives at her sister Carrie's house to find the front door unlocked, dinner on the table, and the family nowhere to be found - Carrie, her husband, and two daughters have disappeared. When the police turn up no leads, Emily turns to her former boyfriend David Raker, a missing persons investigator, to track the family down. As Raker pursues the case, he discovers evidence of a sinister cover-up, decades in the making and with a long trail of bodies behind it.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Where’s the Pho’ograph?

  • By Cidney on 07-30-14

Tiresome. Could engage in this one.

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

Reviewed: 10-21-14

Hard for me to be specific, but I couldn't get into this one. Really nothing to dislike, but nothing to excite interest, either. It just seemed to plod on and on, until I lost interest and gave up on it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Burn

  • By: James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
  • Narrated by: Danny Mastrogiorgio
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,340
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,154
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,146

At last, Detective Michael Bennett and his family are coming home to New York City. Thanks to Bennett, the ruthless crime lord whose vengeful mission forced the Bennett family into hiding has been brought down for good. Back in the city that never sleeps, Bennett takes over a chaotic Outreach Squad in Harlem, where he receives an unusual call: a man claims to have seen a group of well-dressed men holding a bizarre party in a condemend building...

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A Disappointment

  • By Susan on 10-14-14

Really bad, all around.

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

Reviewed: 10-21-14

Sometimes a really good narrator can make a weak story more listenable, and sometimes a terrible narrator can make an awful book even worse. Unfortunately, the latter is the case with this book. I have enjoyed Patterson's book for years in the past. It is indeed sad to see his work come to this.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Robert B. Parker's Blind Spot

  • Jesse Stone, Book 13
  • By: Reed Farrel Coleman, Robert B. Parker (Created by)
  • Narrated by: James Naughton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257

It’s been a long time since Jesse Stone left L.A., and still longer since the tragic injury that ruined his chances for a major league baseball career. When Jesse is invited to a reunion of his old Triple-A team at a hip New York City hotel, he is forced to grapple with his memories and regrets over what might have been. He left more behind him than unresolved feelings about the play that ended his baseball career. The darkly sensuous Kayla, his former girlfriend and current wife of an old teammate is there in New York...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jesse Stone is Back--Properly

  • By David Lea on 10-10-14

Narrater really saved this one!

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

Reviewed: 10-21-14

The author caught the tone of Parker, but the "love story" element was overdone. Earlier Parker books confined Stone's attachments to more brief coverage. The narration by James Naughton was great, as ever, and made it easier to "hear" Patterson through Patterson's voice, even though Coleman was at the keyboard.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Silkworm

  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,221
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,950
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,926

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

Galbraith gets better and better!

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

Reviewed: 08-18-14

Usually I enjoy the first book in a series more than the subsequent releases. I'm not sure why, nor do I know if others find it so. This is not the case with The Silkworm, the second book in this Strike series. In fact, I find this book a little more polished, the characters more sharply defined, and the conclusion superb. When there is a broad family of players in the story, it can be a bit confusing to recall who did what to whom in earlier chapters -- what parts each character plays in the plot. I appreciate conclusions that summarize and bring everything to the forefront. Like the first in the series, I found this remarkably entertaining and enjoyable.

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 22,763
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,742
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,748

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

Liked everything about this book!

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

Reviewed: 08-18-14

I usually don't care for "damaged" protagonists. They often present themselves as weak, burdened, struggling, and inept. I find it hard to identify with those traits. Fortunately, that's not the case with Galbraith's hero, Cormoran Strike. His handicap contributes more than it detracts from his attractiveness. Plot is great. Characters are sufficiently unique to be identifiable without being bizarre. All in all, a really entertaining and enjoyable book.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Casual Vacancy

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Tom Hollander
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,479
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,872
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4,914

When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was surprised by how much I liked it

  • By cristina on 01-14-14

One very weird book!

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

Reviewed: 08-03-14

I can't identify a single, admirable character in the entire cast. Everyone was flawed, and most, fatally. Yet the author takes the reader into their lives so deftly, I was enthralled. Felt a bit like the proverbially bird watching a snake. Narrator Tom Hollander did a superb job, especially with the voicing of different characters. So much so, that I will search his name for other books he has narrated. Following a narrator, rather than only the author, is something I rarely do. All in all, a very, very good book, but if you're looking for something cheery and uplifting, do pass on this one.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful