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R. Dubrow

Great Falls, VA
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  • A Dark So Deadly

  • By: Stuart MacBride
  • Narrated by: Steve Worsley
  • Length: 21 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 367
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336

Welcome to the Misfit Mob... It's where Police Scotland dumps the officers it can't get rid of but wants to: the outcasts, the troublemakers, the compromised. Officers like DC Callum MacGregor, lumbered with all the boring go-nowhere cases. So when an ancient mummy turns up at the Oldcastle tip, it's his job to find out which museum it's been stolen from. But then Callum uncovers links between his ancient corpse and three missing young men, and life starts to get a lot more interesting.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deranged and Murder-ey

  • By 6catz on 04-24-17

Too Long, Too Depressing, Too Dark, and Uneven Vol

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

Reviewed: 02-26-18

OMG, 21 hours; I skipped five hours (15 to 10) and missed very little
Nothing good happens and the story drags.
Dark and horrible wherever you turn
Found that due to yelling by the narrator, I was frequently changing volume.
Please don't bother with this one

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cold Comfort

  • Gunnhildur Mystery, Book 2
  • By: Quentin Bates
  • Narrated by: Mel Hudson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

Detective Gunnhildur sets to investigate two seemingly separate cases, but uncovers some disturbing links. Top class crime writing set in Icleand. Following her promotion and working now from Reykjavik, Gunnhildur is given responsibility for two cases - the first in tracking down an escaped convict who's keen to settle old scores, and the other, the murder of a TV fitness presenter in her city centre apartment.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story, but those Islandic Names!

  • By R. Dubrow on 07-05-17

Good Story, but those Islandic Names!

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

Reviewed: 07-05-17

Good story and character development, but those names! They could have helped us lame English speaking folk by replacing the names in the audible version with Greta, Lars and Gunthur. I basically could only keep track of one or two characters by name.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Blind Goddess

  • A Hanne Wilhelmsen Novel, Book 1
  • By: Anne Holt, Tom Geddes (translator)
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 91

A small-time drug dealer is found battered to death on the outskirts of the Norwegian capital, Oslo. A young Dutchman, walking aimlessly in central Oslo covered in blood, is taken into custody but refuses to talk. When he is informed that the woman who discovered the body, Karen Borg, is a lawyer, he demands her as his defender, although her specialty is civil, not criminal, law. The young man is adamant: he will speak to Karen Borg, and to her alone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Start

  • By Greg on 01-17-13

What was Jo Nesbo thinking?

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

Reviewed: 09-29-16

I have read all of the Harry Holt detective books and noting a review in Entertainment Weekly where author, Jo Nesbo called Holt, "the godmother of Norwegian crime fiction", I figured what a great recommendation. So I started with this book, rather than the newest.
The story had no intrigue and I couldn't tell the characters voices apart.
I kept thinking I should just stop reading it. In the end, in the end, who cares what happens.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Horse You Came in On

  • Richard Jury, Book 12
  • By: Martha Grimes
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 121

The murder is in America, but the call goes out to Scotland Yard superintendent Richard Jury. Accompanied by his aristocratic friend Melrose Plant and by Sergeant Wiggins, Jury arrives in Baltimore, Maryland, home of zealous Orioles fans, mouth-watering crabs, and Edgar Allen Poe. In his efforts to solve the case, Jury rubs elbows with a delicious and suspicious cast of characters, embarking on a trail that leads to a unique tavern called The Horse You Came in On.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • One Review Fits All

  • By R. Dubrow on 11-01-15

One Review Fits All

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

Reviewed: 11-01-15

I have mowed through the first eleven and well into the 12th now, First, the driving force is Steve West's narration. I give five stars for every performance. The scene descriptions and the subtlety of observation is first rate. I also greatly enjoy when the reader can listen into Jury or Plant's internal voice.
I'm not sure if I'm missing something by listening and not reading, but I never have much of an idea what's going on with the mystery itself. Am I following Jury now or Plant? Why is he there? How do Plant and Jury communicate with each other? A plan is afoot, but I don't feel that the reader is let in on it. Each story, I'm convinced that I'll keep track of the mystery, but within 45 minutes I just rely on Mr. West to simply entertain me,.
One feature I like is that the mystery winds up and then there's a lengthy epilogue that leads you toward the next book in the series.
It's nice to read stories not loaded with angst. I never can get enough of the scenes when Cyril agitates Racer.
I hope I have motivated you to start the series.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Rocks

  • A Novel
  • By: Peter Nichols
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 187
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 184

Set against dramatic Mediterranean Sea views and lush olive groves, The Rocks opens with a confrontation and a secret: What was the mysterious, catastrophic event that drove two honeymooners apart so suddenly and absolutely in 1948 that they never spoke again despite living on the same island for 60 more years? And how did their history shape the Romeo and Juliet-like romance of their (unrelated) children decades later?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful Dreams of Ithaca For Those in the Know

  • By SydSavvy on 09-17-15

A hit

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

Reviewed: 07-29-15

Love, history, rich characters, excellent narrative--A clear winner
Sometimes I find stories that don't always refer to the year they are switching to, that I can lose my place in the story and consequently need to rewind.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Swede

  • By: Robert Karjel
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23

Ernst Grip, of the Swedish security police, has no idea why he's been dispatched to a remote American military base in the Indian Ocean. Met by FBI agent Shauna Friedman, he learns that the US wants him to determine whether a prisoner they're holding is a Swedish citizen. The detainee is a suspect in an Islamist-inspired terror attack in the US.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lost in Translation

  • By R. Dubrow on 07-29-15

Lost in Translation

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

Reviewed: 07-29-15

Lifeless and confusing. I did get through it but did not understand what was going on from the beginning. Maybe the translation was off. Also it was hard to listen during two long interview sections where the narrator identified each person's name before reading their part.
Getting this book is a mistake

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Making of Zombie Wars

  • A Novel
  • By: Aleksandar Hemon
  • Narrated by: Chris Patton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 10

Script idea #142: Aliens undercover as cabbies abduct the fiancée of the main character, who has to find a way to a remote planet to save her. Title: Love Trek. Script idea #185: Teenager discovers his girlfriend's beloved grandfather was a guard in a Nazi death camp. The boy's grandparents are survivors, but he's tantalizingly close to achieving deflowerment, so when a Nazi hunter arrives in town in pursuit of Grandpa, he has to distract him long enough to get laid. A riotous Holocaust comedy.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not Recommended

  • By R. Dubrow on 07-05-15

Not Recommended

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

Reviewed: 07-05-15

Entertainment Weekly recommended this book and the description sounded entertaining. Very unlikable lead character. Story goes nowhere. Truthfully, I'm not sure why I continued to listen.

  • The Swimmer

  • A Novel
  • By: Joakim Zander
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim, Elisabeth Rodgers
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 226
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 193
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 194

Klara Walldéen was raised by her grandparents on a remote archipelago in the Baltic Sea, learning to fish and hunt and sail a boat through a storm. Now, as an EU Parliament aide in Brussels, she is learning how to navigate the treacherous currents of international politics: the lines between friend and enemy, truth and lies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Addictive

  • By H. Boos on 03-07-15

Very Good with Limitations

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

Reviewed: 03-31-15

The primary storyline and the narration of Ms. Rodgers was very engaging. The backdrop of Sweden, Belgium and London was interesting. I couldn't figure out why Mr.Ganim chose such a tortured monotone delivery. I hated whenever the storyline went to his narration. I would be very careful selecting a book that he narrated. That being said, the story is entertaining and worth reading.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Glow

  • By: Ned Beauman
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

South London, May 2010: twenty-two-year-old Raf spends his days looking after Rose, a bull terrier who guards the transmitters for a pirate radio station, and his nights at raves in dingy warehouses and launderettes, where he first hears about the mysterious glow. When a good friend disappears without a trace, Raf's efforts to find him will lead gradually and then suddenly right into the thick of a massive corporate conspiracy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Confusing

  • By R. Dubrow on 02-21-15

Confusing

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

Reviewed: 02-21-15

In general, this was a good book; well-narrated, good characters and elements of a good story. I particularly enjoyed the technical aspects of how drugs effect your brain. The way the story/sub-plots came together and all the convoluted turns were very confusing. I believe the author was trying to present a larger message on the economic effect of the drug trade to supposed honest companies and governments, but it was lost on me.
I did like it though.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Spider Mountain

  • By: P. T. Deutermann
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 441
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 299
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297

Summoned by a friend, ex-cop Cam Richter agrees to do a favor: investigate the assault of a young woman in a remote area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Cam knows the misty hills and shadowed hollers of the park, and his outdoor skills might break a case that local cops can't - or maybe don't want to - solve.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love Them All

  • By Char on 06-02-09

Many hours of Unpleasantness

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

Reviewed: 02-01-15

I've decided it's hard to enjoy a narrated book, no matter how good the story is if the narration is poor. In this case both, were poor.
Land the plane! This book went on forever. The writing style lacked the depth I like to see from my characters. Lots of dialog that circled back to the same conflict over and over again..
The narration and overall production quality were really mediocre. Poor accents, poor replication of women's voices, and the annoying phone calls narrated through what sounded like a paper towel tube.
Finished it and now, I'm getting as far away as I can from both author and narrator.
Sorry guys,

2 of 4 people found this review helpful