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  • Lethal White

  • A Cormoran Strike Novel
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 22 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,575
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,453
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,436

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed, and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. Trying to get to the bottom of Billy's story, Strike and Robin Ellacott - once his assistant, now a partner in the agency - set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best 22 hours of the last week

  • By Jennifer on 09-27-18

Outstanding!

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

This is one of the best mystery/thriller/detective procedural books I've read or listened to (out of at least one a week for the last thirty years). The narration is also outstanding. Robert Glenister brings the characters to life very skillfully.

  • Force of Nature

  • A Novel
  • By: Jane Harper
  • Narrated by: Stephen Shanahan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,087
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,019
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,014

When five colleagues are forced to go on a corporate retreat in the wilderness, they reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking down the muddy path. But one of the women doesn't come out of the woods. And each of her companions tells a slightly different story about what happened. Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk has a keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing hiker.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thankful this is a series!

  • By green ice cream garden on 02-12-18

Nothing like The Dry

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

Reviewed: 02-12-18

Not anywhere as good as The Dry, the author's first novel. The bickering of the women hikers is quite long and tiresome, leaving little time for police investigation. The hiking narrative fleshes out the characters, but is not really suspenseful.

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  • The Case Has Altered

  • Richard Jury, Book 14
  • By: Martha Grimes
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 14 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146

The sun, smoking behind a haze of cloud, threw off a light of burnished pewter. Mysteriously lit, it was as if the watery, colorless land refused drabness, stood determinedly against dimishment. This is a landscape that can easily deceive, a landscape that volunteers nothing, as if to say, You’re on your own, mate - much like the habitués of the only pub for miles around called The Case Has Altered.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • classic martha grimes

  • By Kathy on 05-30-17

Wonderful Narrator!

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

Reviewed: 07-30-17

Light, interesting, entertaining. This series introduced me to Steve West, who is among my favorite narrators--up there with Robin Sachs, Robert Glenister, Gerard Doyle, Guildart Jackson, Julian Rhind-Tutt and George Guidell.

  • But for the Grace

  • A DC Smith Investigation Series, Book 2
  • By: Peter Grainger
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 951
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 895
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 895

When another resident of the Rosemary House care home is found dead in her chair one Saturday evening in December, no one is very surprised - not until the results of a routine post-mortem reveal something extraordinary. Sergeant DC Smith and his team have to tread carefully as they investigate what took place, and Smith himself has to confront some difficult memories. Others, meanwhile, seem intent on getting him to leave the force altogether.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I Like Sergeant DC Smith. He Doesn't Disappoint.

  • By Ted on 04-25-18

Outstanding Series!

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

Reviewed: 07-14-17

This author adds an extraordinarily lyrical, poetic voice, as well as just the right quantity of humor, to an excellent police procedural. Gildart Jackson surprised me as an extremely versatile narrator, giving each character an appropriate, recognizable voice, including the women! There is neither a misplaced modifier nor a mispronunciation, not a run-on sentence or a too-long pause. The facts unfold in a manner that grips the reader's attention, and the action concludes with a surprising yet satisfying ending. Bravo, Grainger and Jackson!

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • An Accidental Death

  • A DC Smith Investigation Series, Book 1
  • By: Peter Grainger
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,095
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,873
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,857

The story opens with the apparently accidental drowning of a sixth form student in the Norfolk countryside. As a matter of routine, or so it seems, the case passes across the desk of Detective Sergeant Smith, recently returned to work after an internal investigation into another case that has led to tensions between officers at Kings Lake police headquarters. As an ex-DCI, Smith could have retired by now, and it is clear that some of his superiors wish that he would do so.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Accidental Read

  • By Lulu on 08-29-16

Literary Police Procedural

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

Reviewed: 07-14-17

This author adds an extraordinarily lyrical, poetic voice, as well as just the right quantity of humor, to an excellent police procedural. Gildart Jackson surprised me as an extremely versatile narrator, giving each character an appropriate, recognizable voice, including the women! There is neither a misplaced modifier, nor a mispronunciation, not a run-on sentence or a too-long pause. The facts unfold in a manner that grips the reader's attention, and the action concludes with a surprising yet satisfying ending. Bravo, Grainger and Jackson!

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Death Benefits

  • By: Thomas Perry
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 400
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287

A careful, methodical young data analyst for a California insurance company, John Walker knows when people will marry, at what age they will most likely have children, and when they will die. All signs point to a long successful career---until Max Stillman, a gruff security consultant, appears without warning at the office. It seems a colleague with whom Walker once had an affair has disappeared after paying a very large death benefit to an impostor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite book from one of my favorite authors.

  • By Julie on 08-11-09

Exciting, Gripping, Well-Narrated

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

Reviewed: 01-14-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Death Benefits to be better than the print version?

Yes.

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

Yes. It is plotted and paced very well. Don't get into the last quarter of the book anywhere near bedtime!

Which character – as performed by Michael Kramer – was your favorite?

All were good, but he does women's voices better than most male narrators. Ivy stands out. Good with regional accents too.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Coast-to-coast intrigue and danger....

Any additional comments?

The first few chapters are a bit slow. Stick with it. The remainder more than make up for it.

  • Kindness Goes Unpunished

  • A Walt Longmire Mystery
  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,270
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,565
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,538

Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire mysteries are critically acclaimed. Longmire's third outing takes him from Wyoming to Philadelphia to investigate a brutal assault on his daughter, Cady. Walt believes her ex-boyfriend is behind the crime and searches him out. But when he turns up dead, Walt is back to square one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Okay, so I'm a little in love ...

  • By C. A. Gelsinger on 07-30-12

One of my favorites!

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

Reviewed: 10-31-16

Would you listen to Kindness Goes Unpunished again? Why?

I just finished listening to it a second time. It's just so good.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Kindness Goes Unpunished?

I don't want to write a spoiler here, but I can say it was between Vic and Walt.

Which scene was your favorite?

Guidall's voicing of Henry may be my favorite character in all of the audiobooks I've listened to.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes. Several. Particularly Walt's interactions with Cady in the latter part of the book.

Any additional comments?

My favorite genre is mystery/police procedural series. This series is one of the best.

  • The Trespasser

  • A Novel
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Hilda Fay
  • Length: 20 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,350
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,773
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,737

Being on the murder squad is nothing like Detective Antoinette Conway dreamed it would be. Her partner, Stephen Moran, is the only person who seems glad she's there. The rest of her working life is a stream of thankless cases, vicious pranks, and harassment. Antoinette is savagely tough, but she's getting close to the breaking point. Their new case looks like yet another by-the-numbers lovers' quarrel gone bad. Aislinn Murray is blond, pretty, groomed to a shine, and dead in her catalogue-perfect living room, next to a table set for a romantic dinner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A literary mystery

  • By lesley on 10-08-16

Unlikely twists, but still good.

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

Reviewed: 10-20-16

Very slow moving at first, but still good listening. French's way with words is beguiling. After a while the main character became annoyingly whiny and bitchy, but it's understandable and she's still smart. She says, "I don't do introspection," but continues to do overdo it! As in THE LIKENESS, there were some plot twists that were so unlikely that they nearly spoiled the book for me. And predictability!! How could any reviewer say the real culprit came out of nowhere?!?! However, French can turn a phrase like nobody else (and that aspect of her writing is improving!!), and that makes up for other shortcomings. A does the narration, which I enjoyed.

  • Lady Audley's Secret

  • By: Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 56

A fast-paced Victorian thriller that will delight audiences today as it did 100 years ago, Lady Audley's Secret has subterfuge, kidnapping, jealousy, and fraud, all thrown into the mix and shaken up for good measure.

A mystery which keeps a listener guessing until the last moments, this production is a must-listen for anyone who enjoys playing detective.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • very well done

  • By Martin on 05-23-10

Performance-10 STARS

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

Reviewed: 08-10-16

The story is predictable, but interesting. The narration is amazing. I generally don't like female narrators, as most can't do men's voices well. JS is superb!!

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  • Knife Edge

  • By: Paul Adam
  • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

In London, a newly-arrived Kurdish immigrant is brutally murdered by Turkish people-traffickers. The dead man’s wife, Irena, flees to East Anglia where she disappears into the murky world of illegal foreign workers. Reporter Joe Verdi goes undercover as a migrant worker to try to find Irena. But he’s not the only one looking for her – the Turks are also on her trail. Meanwhile, Joe’s colleague, Elli Mason, is following up the story of a typhoid outbreak. Three people have contracted the disease and the only link between them is a supermarket chain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping Stuff

  • By Anna on 12-19-11

EXCELLENT!

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

Reviewed: 07-04-16

Starts slow, but stick with it. The pace picks up after a few chapters, until you won't want to stop listening! Social issues are explored while the main character, a journalist, tracks down a witness/victim. I'll be looking for more works by Paul Adam. Sean Barrett has become one of my favorite narrators!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful