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  • The Short Drop

  • By: Matthew FitzSimmons
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,640
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,874
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,857

A decade ago, fourteen-year-old Suzanne Lombard, the daughter of Benjamin Lombard - then a senator, now a powerful vice president running for the presidency - disappeared in the most sensational missing-person case in the nation's history. Still unsolved, the mystery remains a national obsession. For legendary hacker and marine Gibson Vaughn, the case is personal - Suzanne Lombard had been like a sister to him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hidden gem hiding among all the generic crap

  • By Justin Messer on 12-27-15

Great book!

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

Reviewed: 12-14-15

Stayed up almost all night listening! Compelling story and wonderful performance. Hope there are more books by this author.

27 of 32 people found this review helpful

  • The Potter’s Field

  • The Inspector Montalbano Mysteries, Book 13
  • By: Andrea Camilleri
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

Witty and entertaining, the Montalbano novels by Andrea Camilleri—a master of the Italian detective story—have become favorites of mystery fans everywhere. In this latest installment, an unidentified corpse is found near Vigàta, a town known for its soil rich with potter’s clay. Meanwhile, a woman reports the disappearance of her husband, a Colombian man with Sicilian origins who turns out to be related to a local mobster.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Do you love or hate Inspector Montalbano?

  • By MidwestGeek on 05-09-15

Andrea Camilleri and Grover a winning combination

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

Reviewed: 04-30-15

I love listening to these books so much I listen to each one several times. the story is about Inspector Montalbano are so interesting, funny and charming. Grover gardener is the perfect Voice for Inspector Montalbano.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • As the Crow Flies

  • A Walt Longmire Mystery, Book 8
  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,698
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,274
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,249

Craig Johnson has won multiple awards and earned starred reviews from Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and Kirkus Reviews for his New York Times best-selling Walt Longmire mysteries. Embarking on his eighth adventure in As the Crow Flies, Sheriff Longmire is searching the Cheyenne Reservation for a site to host his daughter’s wedding, when he sees a woman fall to her death. Teaming up with beautiful tribal chief Lolo Long, Walt sets out to investigate the suspicious death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply one of my favorite series.

  • By B.J. on 07-22-12

Walt and the Bear

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

Reviewed: 05-15-12

This is a rustically charming series with a delightful cast of characters. George Guidall is picture-perfect in the many voices, especially the Bear, Walt's Best friend, a Cheyanne. As always there's mystery, mysticism and plenty of action. Just an enjoyable listen!

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Dry Bones

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,954
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,777
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,773

What happened to Jacques Gaillard? The brilliant teacher at the École Nationale d’Administration, who trained some of France’s best and brightest as future prime ministers and presidents, vanished ten years ago, presumably from Paris. This ten-year-old mystery inspires a bet—one that Enzo Macleod, a biologist teaching in Toulouse, France, instead of pursuing a brilliant career in forensics back home in Scotland, can ill afford to lose.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging hero, stellar narration

  • By Janice on 11-01-13

Enzo solves another cold case in France

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

Reviewed: 05-05-12

Enzo McLeod, a big Scott who now lives and teaches forensic science in France, has a bet with a friend that he can solve a number of cold cases using modern forensic science. He tackles one case per book. Naturally, lots of people do not want them solved and so mayhem ensures.

Enzo has a cast of interesting recurring characters and is written with good humor. Entertaining and interesting books.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Snack Thief

  • By: Andrea Camilleri
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99

When an elderly man is stabbed to death in an elevator and a crewman on an Italian fishing trawler is machine-gunned by a Tunisian patrol boat off Sicily's coast, only Inspector Montalbano, with his keen insight into human nature, suspects the link between the two incidents. His investigation leads to the beautiful Karima, an impoverished housecleaner and occasional prostitute, whose young son steals other schoolchildren's midmorning snacks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Snack Thief??

  • By Sherri on 05-05-12

A Snack Thief??

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

Reviewed: 05-05-12

I really love these quirky little books by Andrea Camilleri. His protagonist, Salvo Montobano (forgive spelling, I have onlly listened to his books) is the kind of funny, flawed character I love. Then he surrounds Salvo with a cast of hilarious characters, some of whom he loves and some of whom he hates.

The exceptional narrator, Grover Gardner, really makes these books with his reading. He actually acts them out, including the normal little pauses, sighs, gasps, etc. of a real conversation. Don't expect italian accets, however, the only character who gets that treatment is Salvo's long-suffering housekeeper.

I started with this book, because the title intrigued me, but I quickly listened to all in the series and now wait with baited breath for the next.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Devices and Desires

  • An Adam Dalgliesh Mystery, Book 8
  • By: P. D. James
  • Narrated by: Penelope Dellaporta
  • Length: 18 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159

Commander Dalgliesh of Scotland Yard has just published a new book of poems and has taken a brief respite from publicity on the remote Larksoken headland on the Norfolk coast. A psychotic strangler of young women is at large in Norfolk, and getting nearer to Larksoken with every killing. And when Dalgliesh discovers the murdered body of the Acting Administrative Officer on the beach, he finds himself caught up in one of the most baffling murder cases of his career.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A well wrought mystery

  • By Gretchen SLP on 08-26-15

Another book ruined

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

Reviewed: 05-05-12

Yet another book ruined by an ill-chosen narrator. I usually, always, listen to the preview of the book because the narrator can make or break the book for me. This time I realized instantly that I did not. While Ms. Dallaporta's normal voice can be characterized as 'fingernails on a chalkboard,' when the characters become emotional, she squawks like an hysterical myna bird. Ugh. I made it two-thirds of the way through before I concluded that the victim probably committed suicide to avoid listening to Ms. Dellaporta any longer. Listen only if you have an extremely insensitive ear to unattractive female voices.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Curse of the Spellmans

  • By: Lisa Lutz
  • Narrated by: Ari Graynor
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 281
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 194
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 196

When Izzy Spellman, PI, is arrested for the fourth time in three months, she writes it off as a job hazard. She's been (obsessively) keeping surveillance on a suspicious next door neighbor (suspect's name: John Brown), convinced he's up to no good - even if her parents (the management at Spellman Investigations) are not.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • What a difference the narrator makes

  • By Sherri on 03-09-12

What a difference the narrator makes

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

Reviewed: 03-09-12

I listened to these books out of sequence, I first listened to the later books ready by Christina Moore. The story and maybe more importantly the performance of these books was hilarious. Ms. Moore;s dead pan deliver is spot on for this character. Now, we come to Ari Graynor, who sounds like a high school English Lit student reading her paper aloud to the class. No inflection, no dramatic performance, just....blah. i made the mistake of purchasing these two books without listening to her. Lesson learned. I don't know if I'll be able to finish them.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Chalk Girl

  • A Mallory Novel, Book 10
  • By: Carol O'Connell
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 15 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 450
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 366
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 369

New York Times best-selling author Carol O’Connell has won a wide fan base with her popular novels starring NYPD detective Kathy Mallory. In The Chalk Girl, a little girl is abandoned in Central Park—with her uncle’s body in a tree not far away. Recognizing a kindred spirit in the girl, Mallory takes the case. But her investigation soon leads to a trail of murder and blackmail spanning 15 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More, More, More!

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-24-12

Depressing and Violent

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

Reviewed: 02-20-12

Yikes, this book is unrelenting in it's violence. I usually like Barbara Rosenblat, but her monotone delivery of the young boy's dialogue at the beginning of each chapter was so depressing I had to start fast forwarding through them. I find nothing redeeming in the character of Mallory. I was just a real chore to get through this book and it left me feeling empty and sad. I don't think I'll try this author again.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Ghost Lights

  • By: Lydia Millet
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 16

Hal is a mild-mannered IRS bureaucrat who suspects that his wife is cheating with her younger, more virile coworker. At a drunken dinner party, Hal volunteers to fly to Belize in search of Susan's employer, the protagonist of Lydia Millet's much-lauded novel How the Dead Dream, who has vanished in a tropical jungle, initiating a darkly humorous descent into strange and unpredictable terrain.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • funny?

  • By Sherri on 12-04-11

funny?

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

Reviewed: 12-04-11

What would have made Ghost Lights better?

Better story, pacing and less angst.

Would you ever listen to anything by Lydia Millet again?

PROBABLY NOT.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Not. Top notch narrator but miles ahead of Scott Brick.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No

Any additional comments?

It is not funny in the least, filled with squalid descriptions of adultery, he's not a likable protagonist. Awfully dull.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Instruments of Night

  • By: Thomas Cook
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

Thomas H. Cook’s mesmerizing novels have attracted many Edgar Award nominations, and his "Chatham School Affair" won the Edgar Award for Best Novel. Filled with the haunting characters that have become Cook’s trademark, Instruments of Night creates a fusion between past and present that is unique and chilling.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good read

  • By L. B. on 08-20-12

Dark and Brutal

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-21-11

I have only made it through a few chapters and may not be able to listen to this book. It's unrelentingly dark and brutal. The protaganist is haunted by a horrific event in his past that fills his every thought. There are lots of sickening descriptions of torture and death. Beware if you don't have a cast iron stomache and psyche.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful