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  • The Gods of Guilt

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Peter Giles
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,046
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,187
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,167

Mickey Haller gets the text, "Call me ASAP - 187," and the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention. Murder cases have the highest stakes and the biggest paydays, and they always mean Haller has to be at the top of his game. When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one. He soon finds out that she was back in LA and back in the life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • God of Scribe

  • By Big jim Picotto on 03-12-15

Need more

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

Reviewed: 01-13-19

Mickey Haller stories. I am certain you have more up your sleeve.

Okay Mr. Connelly? Thank you!

  • The Crooked Staircase

  • A Jane Hawk Novel (Jane Hawk, Book 3)
  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
  • Length: 15 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,993
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,982

Jane Hawk knows she may be living on borrowed time. But as long as she’s breathing, she’ll never cease her one-woman war against the terrifying conspiracy that threatens the freedom - and free will - of millions. Battling the strange epidemic of murder-suicides that claimed Jane’s husband, and is escalating across the country, has made the rogue FBI agent a wanted fugitive, relentlessly hunted not only by the government but by the secret cabal behind the plot. Deploying every resource their malign nexus of power and technology commands, Jane’s enemies are determined to see her dead...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well done.

  • By James C. Lamb on 05-11-18

Uncle Ira is not Uncle Ira

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

Reviewed: 01-08-19

Another test for your companion to see if he or she has been changed.

This is a grand series. My only issue is with the main character leaving her little son in order to clear her husband's name. Given her connections one would think she could have found another way to accomplish this and expose the evil plot. Beyond this it is a worthy listen.

  • Shutter Man

  • By: Richard Montanari
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 216

Plagued with a rare disease that prevents him from recognizing faces, Billy carries a photograph in his pocket that is his only way of identifying his next target. Killing is in Billy's bloodline as a member of Philadelphia's dangerous Farren crime family. While Billy stalks Philadelphia, Detective Kevin Byrne is assigned to a series of bizarre home-invasion cases and is joined by his former partner turned assistant district attorney, Jessica Balzano.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Series

  • By J.C. on 02-12-16

It took awhile for this one to catch on.

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

Reviewed: 12-30-18

One of the most engaging part of this series is the interaction of Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano. In this one they are not longer partners. But they were teamed up later. So the first bit of this book plods along and one almost lost interest.

This story covered a lot of history in an Irish clan filled with criminals. Not organized but with a strong patriarch and matriarch at its head. It is really sad that a family will go bad and stay bad bringing succeeding generations down into the mire. The succeeding generations are not victims for everyone has free will.

Scott Brick did a marvelous job. He makes it easy for one to get through the plodding bits in order to enjoy the better bits. One more book in this series, The Stolen Ones, which is yet to be listened. One is hoping Scott Brick will be tasked with recording this one.

Richard Montanari. Do you have anymore of these stories in the works?

  • Dead Shift

  • The Rho Agenda Inception, Book 3
  • By: Richard Phillips
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 802
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 746
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 742

With the final chapter of the Rho Agenda Inception, all secrets will be revealed. Who is the alien mind haunting Jack "The Ripper" Gregory? What is the purpose of the immensely powerful Sun Staff? And how will the culmination of these events set the stage for the Rho Agenda?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A solid ending to this trilogy

  • By Cliff on 05-29-15

A ripping good end.

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

Reviewed: 12-24-18

Yet we need more. One is left wondering how it all ends up. It has been close to 4 years since this book was written. Richard Phillips. Please.

The narrator is wonderful. I have enjoyed several yarns performed by MacLeod Andrews. He has a voice which is well adapted to many different accents and moods. He either enjoys his craft or is good at making believe he is enjoying it.

  • The Whispering Room

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
  • Length: 16 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,933
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,928

"No time to delay. Do what you were born to do. Fame will be yours when you do this." These are the words that ring in the mind of mild-mannered, beloved schoolteacher Cora Gundersun - just before she takes her own life, and many others', in a shocking act of carnage. When the disturbing contents of her secret journal are discovered, it seems certain that she must have been insane. But Jane Hawk knows better.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Much better than The Silent Corner

  • By Michael on 11-28-17

Play Manchurean with me.

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

Reviewed: 12-20-18

This is one way to tell if the person with whom you are dealing is free or not. If the answer is "All right." You have a problem. If they look at you like you have gone over the edge then they are free and you have a different problem. The person may think you have gone over the edge.

A great followup to the first one. On to the next!

  • The Burning Room

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Titus Welliver
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,491
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,468

In the LAPD's Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die almost a decade after the crime. So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet nine years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh, but all other evidence is virtually nonexistent. Now Bosch and rookie Detective Lucia Soto, are tasked with solving what turns out to be a highly charged, politically sensitive case.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not up to par

  • By Patroo on 11-07-14

Another good one

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

We have some low marks for Titus Welliver as narrator in the comment history. I suspect they have never seen the series on Amazon Prime to see his portrayal of Harry Bosch. He is awesome playing the detective who has seen it all too many times. Certainly rather deadpan compared to some narrators but having known a few seasoned detectives it fits.

The story has an interesting background history with his partner in this adventure. This really adds depth to the story. One case is 20 years old and the other 10. If one is a fan of cold case stories this is the book to hear.

Great job Mr Connelly!

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  • The Street Lawyer

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,841
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,352
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,350

Michael was in a hurry. He was scrambling up the ladder at Drake & Sweeney, a giant D.C. firm with 800 lawyers. The money was good and getting better; a partnership was 3 years away. He was a rising star with no time to waste, no time to stop, no time to toss a few coins into the cups of panhandlers. No time for a conscience. But a violent encounter with a homeless man stopped him cold. Also available abridged.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Life Changing Moment

  • By R. Pontiflet on 03-14-14

Way too preachy

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

Reviewed: 12-08-18

It was heavy on social responsibility to care for those less fortunate through government intervention in people's finances. This is a problem best left to volunteer efforts. Government workers, as revealed in the story, are horribly inefficient and are a huge drain on the money takento care for the poor.

At the same time we should care for our neighbors the best we can. This was done for thousands of years prior to big government programs which do nothing but increase the number of the poor.

Still it was well written and adequately performed.

  • The Silent Corner

  • A Novel of Suspense
  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
  • Length: 14 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,490
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,198
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,197

"I very much need to be dead." These are the chilling words left behind by a man who had everything to live for - but took his own life. In the void that remains stands his widow, Jane, surrounded by questions destined to go unanswered...unless she does what all the grief, fear, confusion, and fury inside of her demand: find the truth, no matter what. There is no one else to speak for Jane's husband - or the others who have followed him into death at their own hands.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Suspense, well-written

  • By Townsend on 10-19-17

I am intrigued

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

I plan on continuing with the series. I love the main character. Strong intelligent women I find always attractive. My bride is such a woman. I see her in this character quite a bit. Devoted mom who loved her late husband. Cares deeply for close friends. This really makes an interesting way to read such a story.

It took a while to get adjusted to the narrator. She has a pleasing voice although her performance of male characters leaves a lot to be desired. Perhaps if she would just maintain her normal voice for these characters it would be less destracting. I get this distraction from most narrators trying to imitate the other gender. Perhaps it is necessary to the art form but very few can really pull it off well.

I am a serious Dean Koontz fan. Well done sir.

  • Savage Run

  • A Joe Pickett Novel
  • By: C. J. Box
  • Narrated by: David Chandler
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,185
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,950
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,945

An Edgar, Anthony, Macavity, Gumshoe, and Barry Award winner, C. J. Box delivers the second pulse-pounding installment in his critically acclaimed series. While investigating a string of bizarre murders, Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett is forced to flee across treacherous terrain with a deadly tracker on his trail.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Box brings the West alive!

  • By Kelly on 01-30-14

Another wild ride.

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

Reviewed: 11-30-18

A little dab of mystery. Tons of adventure.

Joe Pickett is an honest to goodness hero. He is happily married to a woman with whom he is madly in love. It is great to not have to read of another married man still looking for his soul mate. He deerly loves his children and is very dedicated to them.

As a law enforcer he is untouchable. Nothing stops him in seeking justice for the poachers and other ne'er do wells. Yet he does not get all gushy over the animals. It is refreshing to not have to endure sermons on how man is a plague on this planet.

The narration is superb in showing us the other interesting characters with whom Pickett must interact. The description of the countryside with some stories thrown in is fascinating. All this was packed in a little over 8 hrs of audio. Wonderful writing indeed.

  • The Last Mile

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,096
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,774
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,735

Following Memory Man, number-one NYT best-selling author David Baldacci returns with his next thriller featuring detective Amos Decker.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Baldacci winner

  • By Dawn on 04-21-16

A great followup to the Memory Man

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

Reviewed: 11-27-18

Some of the dialog was incredibly corny but it worked well. A very entertaining romp with some interesting threads to history.

The two narrators are always good at what they do.