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  • The Crooked Street

  • Frost Easton, Book 3
  • By: Brian Freeman
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

San Francisco homicide detective Frost Easton hadn’t seen his estranged friend Denny in years. Not until he dies in Frost’s arms uttering a final inexplicable word: Lombard. Denny appears to be the latest victim in a string of murders linked by a distinctive clue: the painting of a spiraled snake near the crime scenes. Is it the work of a serial killer? Or is Denny’s death more twisted and personal? To find the answer, Frost reaches into a nest of vipers - San Francisco’s shady elite - where the whispered name of Lombard is just one secret. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Still finding his way

  • By Sean on 02-19-19

Still finding his way

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

Reviewed: 02-19-19

I like this series but it requires a healthy amount of suspension of disbelief. This book goes deep into conspiracy territory and doesn't really resolve it satisfactorily by the end of the book. He is setting up a Moriarty figure (a direct quote) for Frost so the mystery falls a little flat at the end.

The whole romance angle feels forced and formulaic but at least it doesn't get in the way of the main plot.

  • Greater Than a Tourist - Bangkok Thailand

  • 50 Travel Tips from a Local
  • By: Dana Konotop, Greater Than a Tourist
  • Narrated by: Dana O'Neal
  • Length: 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 2

Greater Than a Tourist - Bangkok Thailand, by Dana Konotop, offers the inside scope on Bangkok. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Barely worth $3

  • By Sean on 02-19-19

Barely worth $3

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

Reviewed: 02-19-19

This is supposed to be tips from a local that you won't find in a typical tourist guide, but it's the same info you will find anywhere on the web. Tips like "check out Madam Tussaud's wax museum" or "go to a McDonald's for fish sticks" are hardly local secrets.

Save your money and spend 5 minutes on the web.

  • The Night Bird

  • By: Brian Freeman
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,433
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,271
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,272

Homicide detective Frost Easton doesn't like coincidences. When a series of bizarre deaths rock San Francisco - as seemingly random women suffer violent psychotic breaks - Frost looks for a connection that leads him to psychiatrist Francesca Stein. Frankie's controversial therapy helps people erase their most terrifying memories...and all the victims were her patients.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Brian Freeman's "faux pas"....

  • By antonio on 07-02-17

Implausible

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

Reviewed: 07-17-18

The premise of implanting and erasing memories stretches credulity, but I am willing to give every author one unique thing about their fictional world. Unfortunately, the author overuses the trick and by the end you don't really care what's true or not.

Further, the main character does the classic--"I think I know who the killer is, I'll just go confront him with no plan and not tell anyone that I'm going." Why do authors keep doing this? It completely breaks immersion and makes me root for the killer.

The performance is solid but the "creepy voice" for the killer becomes goofy and annoying very quickly.

I'm happy to see an SF based character and I hope the series improves.

  • The Drowned Girls

  • An Angie Pallorino Novel, Book 1
  • By: Loreth Anne White
  • Narrated by: Julie McKay
  • Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,749
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,468
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,465

Detective Angie Pallorino hasn't forgotten the violent rapist who left a distinctive calling card - crosses etched into the flesh of his victim's foreheads. When a comatose Jane Doe is found in a local cemetery, sexually assaulted, mutilated, and nearly drowned, Angie is struck by the eerie similarities to her earlier unsolved rapes. Could he be back?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent New Series

  • By Lia on 10-05-17

Too much sex, not enough detective work

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

Reviewed: 04-04-18

This was tough to finish. There are multiple sex scenes which are cringey and go on way too long. The dialogue is unconvincing and the reader makes everyone sound the same.

The book needed a better editor. There are multiple plot lines that go nowhere and end up with two characters at the end of the novel literally asking each other questions like, "Hey, what happened to so-and-so?"

The performance is terrible. The female reader makes every male character sound the same and the women don't get much better treatment.

  • Deep Black

  • A Tom Locke Novel
  • By: Sean McFate, Bret Witter
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot, Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

Disillusioned after a mission in Ukraine goes tragically wrong, military contractor Tom Locke is on the run from Apollo Outcomes, a private military corporation run by the treacherous Brad Winters. While working undercover with his surviving team members on the frontlines of ISIS-infected Iraq, they are approached by a Saudi middleman who offers good money to find the missing son of a high-ranking government official.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid thriller

  • By Sean on 08-14-17

Solid thriller

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

Reviewed: 08-14-17

A great book that fits well in the modern mercenary genre.

The characters are pretty well developed, the action is convincing and the story interesting.

The plot kind of fizzles at the end, but it's worth finishing and the plot moves along nicely.

The use of 2 narrators is an odd choice and the reader who voices the main merc is clearly from the Christian Bale Batman school of voice acting--very gravelly and it gets a little old.

Recommended if you like Vince Flynn, Tom Clancy, Mark Greany style books.

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  • The Late Show

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Katherine Moennig
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,222
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8,488
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,450

Renée Ballard works the night shift in Hollywood, beginning many investigations but finishing none, as each morning she turns her cases over to day shift detectives. A once up-and-coming detective, she's been given this beat as punishment after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor. But one night she catches two cases she doesn't want to part with: the brutal beating of a prostitute left for dead in a parking lot and the killing of a young woman in a nightclub shooting. Ballard is determined not to give up at dawn.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, the narration!

  • By Destry on 07-20-17

Nothing new

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

Reviewed: 07-26-17

This is a new novel by MC about a tough LAPD detective whose maverick ways clash with the brass, but who's smart and tough enough to always get the job done. There's a shocking crime to start the novel, the detective is warned to stay away from the case, they make some extremely questionable procedural moves and ultimately figure it all out.

No, it's not a new Harry Bosch novel, but it may as well be one. Det. Ballard is not a fresh take on what has become a standard (and still popular) formula. Further, MC has always had difficulty writing deep and interesting female characters. Making his new lead a female may be setting the series up for failure.

The narrator drones through the text like Charlie Brown's teacher. There are several places where the book describes a character's speech as "he shrieked" or "he got choked up by the end of the sentence" but her reading never inflects these tones. Please get a new reader. January LaVoy or Jan Cramer would be so much better.

I will keep following the series, but I'm lowering my expectations.

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  • Last Breath

  • Detective Erika Foster, Book 4
  • By: Robert Bryndza
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,559
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,443
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,439

He's your perfect date. You're his next victim. When the tortured body of a young woman is found in a dumpster, her eyes swollen shut and her clothes soaked with blood, detective Erika Foster is one of the first at the crime scene. The trouble is, this time it's not her case.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Erika Foster series is a must for procedural fans

  • By Charles Atkinson on 05-18-17

Not the best in the series

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

Reviewed: 05-20-17

As usual, this narrator delivers a solid performance. The writing is first class as well, but the plot seemed to take some unnecessary detours.

I like the armchair travel to London, but this time around the characters seemed a bit one dimensional.

Still worth a credit.

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  • Assassin

  • An Alex Hawke Thriller
  • By: Ted Bell
  • Narrated by: John Shea
  • Length: 14 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,460
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 948
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 937

A shadowy figure known as the Dog is believed to be the ruthless terrorist who is systematically and savagely assassinating American diplomats and their families around the globe. As the deadly toll mounts inexorably, Hawke, along with former NYPD cop and Navy SEAL Stokely Jones, is called upon by the U.S. government to launch a search for the assassin behind the murders.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • made for the movies

  • By Matthew on 08-04-08

Every cliche in the genre

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

Reviewed: 03-21-17

I suppose if this book were written in 1980 it would have been seen as very cutting edge. But it is so full of cliches I had to increase the listening speed to hurry through it.

You have the roguish English Lord/Super spy/international businessman, the avuncular Scotland Yard detective, the jive talking (no, really--jive) black ex-Navy SEAL, the thoroughly despicable Middle Eastern villain with his sadistic ebony African number two, etc.

The plot is no better. Actually, there are 2 completely unrelated plots which was very frustrating when the one just fizzled out and ended.

Even the climax is a let down after all the build up.

There's nothing offensive or terrible about it, it simply isn't very interesting or engaging.

The narration is actually quite good. I found the accents "quite distracting, old boy" but that is how the characters are written.

The spy thriller genre is so well populated you should put this book far down on your reading list.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Gunmetal Gray

  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 16 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,709
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,112
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,073

After five years on the run, Court Gentry is back on the inside at the CIA. But his first mission makes him wish he had stayed on the outs when a pair of Chinese agents try to take him down in Hong Kong. Normally the Chinese prefer to stay eyes-only on foreign agents. So why are they on such high alert? Court's high stakes hunt for answers takes him across Southeast Asia and leads to his old friend, Donald Fitzroy, who is being held hostage by the Chinese.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book, Overshadowed by its Perfect Predecessor

  • By Derek on 02-16-17

Little trouble in big China

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

Reviewed: 02-28-17

We get ulterior motives, collateral damage and superhuman abilities in keeping with the previous entries in the series.

Greaney has found a good balance between constant action-gunfight! exploision! car chase! and interesting character development and plotting.

The narrator has great range and does a very good job with accents and voices. I like knowing who is talking by the sound of their voice.

The story takes place across Hong Kong and southeast Asia and the locations feel authentic and inviting.

I'd recommend this both as a first Gray Man novel(minimal spoilers to previous stories) and for those who enjoyed any of the previous ones.

  • The Fairest of Them

  • Rae Hatting Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Heather Osborne
  • Narrated by: Flora Plumb
  • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

Detective Luke Thompson is a hero cop with a string of solved serial killer cases under his belt. He comes to California, thinking he can disappear quietly into the forests, isolated from the rest of the world. His expertise is called upon to help with a mysterious serial killer dumping bodies dressed like fairy tale characters in the woods outside of Mendocino County.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOVED THIS STORY

  • By Mary Lou PagePrincess Hoffman on 03-04-18

Adolescent romance poorly written--stay away

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

Reviewed: 01-18-17

This is a terrible book. The writing is so cliched and the characters so unbelievable that it is not worth even the 6 hours to listen to.

There is almost as much romance in the book as detective work and it sounds like it was written by a 13 year old boy. Phrases like "he couldn't stop looking at her butt" and "he was distracted by her rear-end" keep cropping up.

The detective sections are unconvincing. For example, the main character keeps flipping the safety on his Glock on and off--Glocks don't have external safeties. The plot involves an out of the game detective who is dragged back into a case because an FBI profiler believes that only he can solve it, etc. It's all very cliched.

The performance is very difficult to listen to. The narrator sounds like that aunt you have who smokes too much and drinks too much. It's hard to tell if she's a poor narrator or just hopelessly lost with the bad writing.

No way to recommend this book to anyone. Not a good mystery, not a good procedural, not a funny or lighthearted take, not a pleasant performance.

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