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  • Past Tense

  • A Jack Reacher Novel
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,707
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,289
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,261

Jack Reacher hits the pavement and sticks out his thumb. He plans to follow the sun on an epic trip across America, from Maine to California. He doesn't get far. On a country road deep in the New England woods, he sees a sign to a place he has never been: the town where his father was born. He thinks, What's one extra day? He takes the detour. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FIVE STAR BOOK And NARRATION!!!!

  • By shelley on 11-05-18

A Different Reacher Novel

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

Reviewed: 01-08-19

Let’s face it one of the reasons the Jack Reacher novels are so successful is they’re formulaic and entertaining. I feel as if the last few followed the paradigm but the stories and the guest characters weren’t at all interesting.

In Past Tense Lee Child gives us a handful of people that I think would be welcome recurring characters if that’s the way Reacher rolled and two parallel storylines that you know will cross paths with a bang. So yes the Child / Reacher formula is in play but the plots are a little more complex (as complicated as Reacher can get) and the characters less one dimensional.

Scott Brick’s performance was about what you’d expect. I didn’t find it as off-putting as some reviewers and at some point early on I didn’t even register it was Brick reading. Do I think he’s the voice of Reacher? Not any more than I think Tom Cruise is the face of Reacher but I don’t get to pick.

I recommend listening with an open mind and if you’re like me you might rekindle your fondness for Jack Reacher.

  • King Maybe

  • The Junior Bender Mysteries, Book 5
  • By: Timothy Hallinan
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

Los Angeles burglar Junior Bender is in the middle of burgling a house and has just gotten his hands on one of the world's rarest stamps when the job goes terrifically wrong. After barely escaping, Junior realizes the danger is far from over. He's gotten himself on the wrong side of a man whose name is synonymous with violence, and to save his own skin he's set off a chain reaction of blackmail, strong-arming, and escalating crime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • one of the better Junior'

  • By Stevon on 03-04-18

solid and reliable

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

I have always counted on the Junior Bender novels to be entertaining, well-written and well-performed; Book 5 was no exception.

With that in mind—they are not mind-blowing, educational or provide for introspection of any kind. They are just good entertainment and that’s sometimes all I need.

  • Two Kinds of Truth

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Titus Welliver
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,332
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,510
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,455

Harry Bosch is back as a volunteer working cold cases for the San Fernando Police Department and is called out to a local drugstore where a young pharmacist has been murdered. Bosch and the town's three-person detective squad sift through the clues, which lead into the dangerous, big business world of pill mills and prescription drug abuse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bosch Survives Two Career Ending Threats

  • By Russell on 11-20-17

Good, bad and ugly

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

Reviewed: 11-07-17

The story itself is good and I especially like that in Harry Bosch's retirement Connelly gives us multiple story lines. In Two Kinds of Truth we are also treated to visits with Maddie, J. Edgar and Mickey Haller.

Both stories are interesting and play out well especially with the characters from Harry's past. I think Titus Welliver has finally hit his stride and now does a good read of Detective Bosch both when he is on and off duty.

What is bad are the unnecessary music transitions denoting chapter changes. I just get into the book and then superfluous music creeps in. I wish Hachette Audio would do a listener poll to learn if listeners find this distracting or find it enhances the story line.

What is ugly are the audio edits. Clearly there are multiple points where Mr. Welliver had to reread a line or two and the producer did a bad job of getting the timbre and pacing of the actor to match the overall read and the audio engineer did a horrible job with the edit. Perhaps we are only meant to review the content but when we pay for a performance I think it's fair and responsible to critique the technical quality as well.

If it weren't for the intrusive music and poor editing I would give another star so if you don't find either of these bothersome I think you will very much enjoy Two Kinds of Truth.

44 of 45 people found this review helpful

  • The Cuban Affair

  • By: Nelson DeMille
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,022
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,675
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,650

Daniel Graham MacCormick - Mac for short - seems to have a pretty good life. At age 35 he's living in Key West, owner of a 42-foot charter fishing boat, The Maine. Mac served five years in the army as an infantry officer, with two tours in Afghanistan. He returned with the Silver Star, two Purple Hearts, scars that don't tan, and a boat with a big bank loan. Truth be told, Mac's finances are more than a little shaky. One day Mac is sitting in the famous Green Parrot Bar in Key West, contemplating his life....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun read with a continuous build, ok finish

  • By Lily on 09-22-17

I love you and mobile phones.

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

Reviewed: 10-09-17

I mostly enjoyed the story but Mac falling in love so quickly and saying so seemed contrived and dated.

Also, you lose your mobile, didn't exchange land lines so you can't reach each other? You still own that number.

These are just the type of little distractions that came up through the book. And yes, sometimes I did feel Mac was channeling John Corey.

Overall a good book if you adjust your expectations downward prior to listening.

One thing I'd like to mention is the production value was excellent. No audio level spikes, superfluous music or horrible mispronunciation or dialect.

  • Seeing Red

  • By: Sandra Brown
  • Narrated by: Victor Slezak
  • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,484
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,242
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,243

Kerra Bailey is a television journalist on the rise, and she's hot on the trail of a story guaranteed to skyrocket her career to even greater heights: an interview with the legendary Major Trapper. Twenty-five years ago, the major emerged a hero from the bombing of the Pegasus Hotel in downtown Dallas when he was photographed leading a handful of survivors out of the collapsing building. The iconic picture transformed him into a beloved national icon, in constant demand for speeches and interviews - until he suddenly dropped out of the public eye.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I'm no prude but...

  • By Pat on 09-08-17

I'm no prude but...

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

Reviewed: 09-08-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend the book with an asterisk. I enjoyed the story and the performance but the overly detailed sex scenes and the slang used for anatomy seemed superfluous, outdated and really unnecessary to moving the story forward. There was a lot of sex and little romance; so much so that I think it would be off-putting to many.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Seeing Red?

I won't give specifics because I don't want to tip off readers to the story but there were several aha moments that weren't entirely predictable.

Which character – as performed by Victor Slezak – was your favorite?

How about my least favorite? I thought the performance on all characters was good except Trapper. His accent wasn't consistent, the delivery sporadically laconic and sometimes he sounded too much like other characters.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Probably would be more suited for a Hallmark movie Saturday afternoon.

Any additional comments?

This was my first book by Ms. Brown and I did enjoy the story but the sex took away from it--as I said in the headline I am no prude but I think the graphic descriptions and the puerile slang just made the listen uncomfortable. It wasn't sexual tension, rather graphic depiction.

43 of 43 people found this review helpful

  • You

  • By: Caroline Kepnes
  • Narrated by: Santino Fontana
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,803
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,955
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,941

Beck is everything Joe has ever wanted: she's gorgeous, tough, razor-smart, and sexy beyond his wildest dreams. Joe needs to have her, and he'll stop at nothing to do so. As he begins to insinuate himself into her life - her friendships, her email, her phone - she can’t resist her feelings for a guy who seems custom-made for her. So when her boyfriend, Benji, mysteriously disappears, Beck and Joe fall into a tumultuous affair. But there's more to Beck than her oh-so-perfect façade.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow. This. Book.

  • By Em on 07-17-15

Full of despicable people, but...

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

Reviewed: 09-05-17

I normally don't enjoy a book, movie or TV show where there isn't as least one person I'd like to have dinner with, yet I enjoyed You despite there not being a character I'd have cocktails with let alone dinner.

I also believe the narrator brought nuances to the story that I wouldn't have done so in reading it myself. I think that is remarkable.

Odd review, to be sure, but there are plenty of book report reviews on the story to be found.

  • Crime Scene

  • A Novel
  • By: Jonathan Kellerman, Jesse Kellerman
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 723
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 644
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 639

Eccentric, reclusive Walter Rennert lies cold at the bottom of his stairs. At first glance the scene looks straightforward: a once-respected psychology professor done in by booze and a bad heart. But his daughter, Tatiana, insists that her father has been murdered, and she persuades Clay Edison to take a closer look at the grim facts of Rennert's life. What emerges is a history of scandal and violence and an experiment gone horribly wrong that ended in the brutal murder of a coed.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • This was a let down

  • By Mike on 08-08-17

Wait. What? It's finished?

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

Reviewed: 09-05-17

I enjoyed the performance, writing and storytelling yet often wondered "where is this going?"

Apparently so did the Kellermans because when the book ended I quickly checked to make sure I hadn't inadvertently skipped chapters. Overall it's a good listen but with an puzzling abrupt conclusion.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Late Show

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Katherine Moennig
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,055
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8,334
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,294

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

New copper!

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

Reviewed: 08-07-17

I mostly enjoyed The Late Show. Detective Renée Ballard is a good enough person with the requisite flawed personal and professional past that will give Michael Connelly ample room for interesting stories.

Katherine Moennig's reading and the somewhat abrupt ending are why I "mostly" liked The Late Show. There were times when I felt the narration was clipped and the ending felt as if Mr. Connelly just felt as if he had to end the book.

Overall, I did enjoy the story and learning new characters. There was a familiarity with the LAPD landscape learned through so many Bosch novels and I enjoyed going to some of the locations with a new character. I look forward to more in this series.

  • The Book of Fate

  • By: Brad Meltzer
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,079
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 545
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 546

In six minutes, one of us would be dead. None of us knew it was coming. So says Wes Holloway, a once-cocky and ambitious presidential aide, about the day that changed his life forever. On that Fourth of July, Wes put Ron Boyle, the chief executive's oldest friend, into the presidential limousine. By the time the trip came to an end, Wes was permanently disfigured, and Boyle was dead, the victim of a crazed assassin.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Too Much Psychobabble

  • By Nick on 06-06-07

Again with the music

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

Reviewed: 06-14-17

Granted this is an older book so maybe they've stopped with the silly, unnecessary music. It's just annoying. I'd get into the story and BAM! distracting and obvious music. If other options were available to me at the time I began listening I would have stopped at the 2nd chapter.

The story was interesting and it mostly held my attention. Probably about 60-90 minutes of text could have been edited because it did drag bit and it seemed a good amount of plot was needlessly reiterated.

It's just hard for me to be objective when lame production techniques are used. Again, it was the music; Scott Brick was Scott Brick.

  • The Wrong Side of Goodbye

  • Harry Bosch, Book 19
  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Titus Welliver
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,270
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,044
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,975

Harry Bosch is California's newest private investigator. He doesn't advertise, he doesn't have an office, and he's picky about who he works for, but it doesn't matter. His chops from 30 years with the LAPD speak for themselves. Soon one of Southern California's biggest moguls comes calling. The reclusive billionaire has less than six months to live and a lifetime of regrets. He hires Bosch to find out whether he has an heir.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Connelly Delivers Everytime

  • By Charles Atkinson on 07-19-17

Bosch is good...music is NOT...Welliver, meh

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

Reviewed: 11-10-16

What did you like best about The Wrong Side of Goodbye? What did you like least?

I did like the stories in The Wrong Side of Goodbye. Bosch has entered an interesting phase in his life. He's sort of created an encore career for himself, or at least fell into one.

We're seeing how his relationship with Maddie is morphing as she grows older. I'm hoping as Bosch matures Michael Connelly will write a new series with Maddie in her criminal justice career.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

I was not on the edge of my seat but the storylines held my attention. I rather liked the concept of two separate but equal plot lines.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I did not care for Mr. Welliver's performance in his first Bosch book but I found this one to be somewhat better. Welliver's delivery sometimes seems as if he's reading a list of sentences instead of a story. Very remininsicent of Jack Webb's "Just the facts ma'am."

I've watched the Bosch series on amazon and Welliver is much less stilted. I understand an audio book has both narration and dialogue and I know that this is now a franchise but please figure out a way to bridge the gap between video and audio perforamance if Welliver is the future of Bosch's voice.

I find it interesting that audible would ask how the narrator detracted rather than how he enhanced the book.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Probably not because I don't think a movie could do both stories justice in 120 minutes.

Any additional comments?

Seriously––please stop with the superfulous music; the chapter ending music is horrible. I wish that audio book publishers would give up on the extraneous music and sound effects, it's distracting and unnecessary.

Either do a full-on production (think old-time radio) or read the book as written. The hybrid of some SFX and music is distracting to the story and it seems, more often than not, it's not very professional. Fortunately The Wrong Side of Goodbye only had chapter ending music.