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  • First Degree

  • By: David Rosenfelt
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,945
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,316
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,303

When a cop's body is found burned and decapitated, the last thing Andy Carpenter expected is for a stranger to waltz into his office and admit to the crime. For the wise-cracking millionaire defense attorney suffering from "lawyer's block", the case looks like a no-brainer...until the cops pick up another suspect: Andy's lead P.I., Laurie Collins, who happens to be the love of his life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Read series in order

  • By A. Wright on 03-11-09

Excellent mystery - perfect reader - just great

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

I love this book. I love Andy Carpenter. I love Grover Gardner. I will listen to this book many times

  • Deep Sleep Every Night

  • By: Glenn Harrold
  • Narrated by: Glenn Harrold
  • Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 866
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 419
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 381

Join the thousands of people who have overcome their sleep disorders and insomnia by using this superb, high-quality hypnosis audiobook by Glenn Harrold--the UK's best-selling self-help audio author. Insomnia and other sleep problems are often caused by stress, anxiety, and a busy mind at bedtime. Glenn's highly acclaimed hypnotherapy techniques and audio production will help you overcome these problems in a completely safe and natural way.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Almost perfect

  • By Leslie Catt on 01-03-08

My husband hates this audio - it's grating

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

I bought this when I was at a workshop, and found it okay the first couple of times - I did go to sleep. But when I played it at home the first time, after about 2 minutes my husband was complaining. The voice is not exactly soothing, so I thought I could live with it - then I tried it with earbuds (my only option) - and got what my husband meant. It was impossible to go to sleep with that voice in my ear. I can't comment on the words so much - they're fine - but the voice is not everyone's cup of tea. I plan to return it - I thought I couldn't but just found out I can if I do it within a year. I will certainly not be listening again.

  • Rescued

  • Andy Carpenter Mystery Series, Book 17
  • By: David Rosenfelt
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 602
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 560
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 553

Defense lawyer Andy Carpenter is reluctant to take on more cases. He’d rather spend his time working for his dog rescue organization. However, when a truck carrying more than 70 dogs from the South to the Northeast turns up with a murdered driver, Andy can’t help but get involved. Andy is eager to help the dogs, but it’s the man accused of murder who he has a problem defending. The accused happens to be his wife Laurie’s ex-fiance. Even though he acknowledges having argued with the victim, he swears that he is not a killer, and Andy has to admit he believes he's telling the truth. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this series.

  • By Richard on 07-20-18

You just have to love Andy and his gang

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

This is a little below the usual standards for the Andy Carpenter series. I love all of the characters and most of the stories. I'm putting this one tiny star lower than usual, as it's not as filled out as usual. I would never miss a Carpenter novel, and wish he'd keep on writing them forever. I suppose he gets tired of his characters, but hey, he shouldn't have created such appealing people and introduced them to us. It's all his fault! I'm rarely interested in his off-series books - they rarely have the cadence and interest of this series. We'll humor David, but we just want more Andy and pals.

Grover Gardner is the perfect reader for this series. He sounds exactly right and is excellent - perfect pitch on all accounts.

  • Gatekeeper

  • The Joe Gunther Mysteries, Book 14
  • By: Archer Mayor
  • Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8

When, in the course of a week, a young heroin addict is gunned down while trying to rob a convenience store, a narcotics dealer is found hanging from a bridge, and the granddaughter of a political bigwig dies of an overdose, Vermont detective Joe Gunther vows to stop the flow of drugs into his beloved state.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Kind of boring - not the usual Mayor offering

  • By Terry on 11-13-18

Kind of boring - not the usual Mayor offering

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

I like Mayor's mysteries and enjoy them enough that I occasionally re-read them. That's not going to happen with t his one. Too bad, I like the characters and usually the situations, but I think he just phoned this one in. The reader is, as usual, just fine.

  • Deep Sleep Hypnosis: Fall Asleep Instantly and Sleep Well

  • By: Jasmine Harris
  • Narrated by: Allison Mason
  • Length: 2 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 411
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 330
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 322

A lack of quality sleep can hinder your alertness and quality of life while awake, as anyone with sleeping issues already knows. Suffering through sleepless nights does not have to be your reality. Instead you can fall asleep fast and get quality sleep tonight and every night. Hypnosis has been used for centuries to cure many ailments, including the inability to get better sleep. You can help yourself improve the quality of your life with hypnotherapy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • put me right to sleep

  • By Cassandra on 05-08-17

Woke me up after the voice stopped talking

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

I've heard this reader before, and her voice and reading are fine. Where it falls apart is after she stops talking. A very discordant, almost syncopated music finally disrupts sleep. My husband first was disturbed, so I tried it with earbuds and pretty soon I was wide awake. Others have been happy with it - but it doesn't work for us. I plan to return it - as we'll never listen again.

  • London Rules

  • Slough House Series, Book 5
  • By: Mick Herron
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151

At MI5 headquarters Regent's Park, First Desk Claude Whelan is learning the rule (cover your arse) the hard way. Tasked with protecting a beleaguered prime minister, he's facing attack from all directions himself. Over at Slough House, the MI5 satellite office for outcast and demoted spies, the agents are struggling with personal problems: repressed grief, various addictions, retail paralysis, and the nagging suspicion that their newest colleague is a psychopath. Plus someone is trying to kill Roddy Ho. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The latest and best of a great series

  • By Terry on 10-27-18

The latest and best of a great series

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

Reviewed: 10-27-18

I found the Slough House series a few months ago and have read them all. Some of them twice. This is the latest and the best. There is humor - the sly, English variety - in all of them, but this one has more than usual and it adds immeasurably to the book.

The characters are fun - they are interesting and, while they could be paper doll flat - the author is able to bring these disparate and quirky people to life. Moreover, he makes them likable. You want them to do well. You want them to triumph. You want to have them come back and save the day again and again. You want to read about them in a whole lot more books - I'm waiting for the next one already.

These are spy books, with some mysteries involved. They also are adventures, of a sort - and they are immensely entertaining. More, bring me more.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Presence

  • Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges
  • By: Amy Cuddy
  • Narrated by: Amy Cuddy
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,929
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,215
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,177

Brilliantly researched, impassioned, and accessible, Presence is filled with stories of individuals who learned how to flourish during the stressful moments that once terrified them. Every listener will learn how to approach their biggest challenges with confidence instead of dread, and to leave them with satisfaction instead of regret.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Watch the TED Talk

  • By A. Yoshida on 07-10-16

A valuable and eye opening book

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

Reviewed: 10-27-18

There are some concepts here that are new to me - and have caused me to rethink some of the ideas that I've had about how change comes about in our lives. Amy Cuddy has observations, lots of research, and personal experience to rely on, and it's awfully hard to ignore what she's saying here.

We saw her TED talk and were impressed enough to buy the book. I have it in hardback and on audio, and have the hardback underlined all throughout.

I want as many people as possible to read the book - it's life changing, and I'm not being "I'm OK, You're OK" about it. One concept - I'm from a generation that believes that you can meditate or affirm your way to new behaviors. Cuddy has plenty of evidence that your body can change what your brain believes about you. Weird, huh? Well worth playing around with. And that's just one new thing to ponder.

I can't recommend it enough - and once you listen to it - it's read by Cuddy herself - you'll want to buy the book so you can underline and reread parts of it. It's worth spending time with and considering.

  • Wrecked

  • An IQ Novel
  • By: Joe Ide
  • Narrated by: Sullivan Jones
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 593
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 550
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 546

Isaiah Quintabe - IQ for short - has never been more successful or felt more alone. A series of high-profile wins in his hometown of East Long Beach have made him notorious. Dodson, once his sidekick, is now his full-fledged partner, hell-bent on giving IQ's PI business some legitimacy. So when a young painter approaches IQ for help tracking down her missing mother, it's not just the case Isaiah's looking for but the human connection. And when his new confidant turns out to be connected to a dangerous paramilitary operation, IQ falls victim to a threat even a genius can't see coming.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointment for this once promising series

  • By Terry on 10-27-18

Disappointment for this once promising series

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

Reviewed: 10-27-18

The first book, IQ, was a great find. Excellent writing, mostly interesting characters, and a good plot. I was happily comparing it favorably to Raymond Chandler. I bought the print and audio versions and enjoyed both. The second was not so good - but still promising - I was willing to spend my last credit on Wrecked when it came out. I'm so very sorry. If I hadn't waited so long, I could have returned it and would have - certainly I didn't need to continue to fast forward - I must have fast forwarded through 2/3 of it to the limp, lame, unsatisfactory - and way too trite and expectable end.

The thing about IQ was the brains, and using brains and reason and logic to work things out. Then there was the personal set of values, a person who believed in a way of being and stuck to it. Wrecked started with graphic descriptions of violence, and continued this theme throughout the book. I wanted to read about a character who used his abilities to outwit the bad guys - not to be brutalized, along with all his friends - by the bad guys. I wasn't a whole lot more happy when the bad guys got brutalized. The David vs Goliath theme is always entertaining. However, it does take more than just writing ability - the writing is good, but it's as though Ide has run out of ideas for interesting plotting and how to use the strengths of his characters. Just one graphically described scene of violence after another.

The introduction of a love interest follows a path that is so old and well worn and over used that you can predict the outcome the moment the woman walks onto the scene. I suppose, if there are more books in the series - probably there will be - that this languishing loneliness and longing after a relationship that can never be, will be a part of each book. I also found myself even more weary of the Dotson character and IQ's relationship with him than I was by the end of book 1 - and throughout Wrecked. We're supposed to be dealing with a smart guy- and however a smart guy needs friends, this relationship is so co-dependent it's annoying.

I don't know if it's Ide himself who has just run out of steam - or a publisher who thinks that changing the theme will bring movie deals - whichever, it's not a good premise. Next book in the series I'll try and read - but from the library.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Hall of Mirrors

  • Bryant and May, Book 15
  • By: Christopher Fowler
  • Narrated by: Tim Goodman
  • Length: 14 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86

The year is 1969, and 10 guests are about to enjoy a weekend at Tavistock Hall. The guests also include detectives Arthur Bryant and John May - undercover, in disguise and tasked with protecting Monty Hatton-Jones, a whistle-blower turning Queen’s evidence in a massive bribery trial. The house’s owner - a penniless, dope-smoking aristocrat - is intent on selling the estate to a secretive millionaire, but the weekend has only just started when the millionaire goes missing, and murder is on the cards....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best B&M book since Water Room

  • By David on 04-23-18

Delightful book from one of my favorite series

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

Two of my favorite detectives and a crew of wonderful eccentrics provide a fun read. Even those who Aren’t mystery fans should be able to enjoy it

  • Bryant and May and the Invisible Code

  • By: Christopher Fowler
  • Narrated by: Tim Goodman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186

Two small children - playing a game called 'Witch-Hunter' - place a curse on a young woman eating lunch in a church courtyard. An hour later the woman is found dead. Then a society photographer is stabbed to death in a nearby park and suddenly a link emerges between the two cases. As the members of the Peculiar Crimes Unit investigate, they realise that the case might not just end in disaster - it might also get everyone killed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Someone's on a witch hunt

  • By Maine Colonial 🌲 on 09-05-12

Excellent book in a superb series

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

Reviewed: 09-27-18

I look forward to each Bryant and May book eagerly. I don’t know how I missed this one initially, but it was a wonderful surprise when I began to listen and realized it was new to me and not a repeat. I mainly love the characters- truly delightful- although not always the plots, as some can veer toward horror rather than mystery.

This one has a witchcraft theme, always interesting, and a good plot as well. Nice twists and turns to a satisfying conclusion.

The narrator does a great job, and adds to the enjoyment. I don’t have a single complaint and happily recommend this book