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  • The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition

  • By: Margaret Atwood, Valerie Martin - essay
  • Narrated by: Claire Danes, full cast, Margaret Atwood
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,638
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,732
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,665

After a violent coup in the United States overthrows the Constitution and ushers in a new government regime, the Republic of Gilead imposes subservient roles on all women. Offred, now a Handmaid tasked with the singular role of procreation in the childless household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife, can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost everything, even her own name.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT

  • By ambER on 04-20-17

I remember being held

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

Reviewed: 06-01-17

An amazing work of story telling. A book that will stay with you long after reading.

  • The Girl with the Deep Blue Eyes

  • By: Lawrence Block
  • Narrated by: Mike Dennis
  • Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 15

Florida private eye Doak Miller agreed to help the local cops by posing as a hit man to catch a woman looking to get rid of her husband. But then he met the wife - and fell, hard. Now he's plotting with her to commit a murder that could net them millions of dollars and the chance to be together. But to pull it off under the watchful eyes of the police, it'll have to be the perfect crime....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not for everyone

  • By Carol N. on 01-16-17

I Did It

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

Reviewed: 10-03-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes I would as long as they can handle it

What other book might you compare The Girl with the Deep Blue Eyes to and why?

It reminds me of his early work in the great pulp sleaze period such as Thirty but with a crime twist

Which character – as performed by Mike Dennis – was your favorite?

Doak is the man

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

A Noir about Noir

Any additional comments?

This is one of my favorite books of the year Lawrence captures the feel of the old sleaze pulps in a modern setting and some great tributes to my favorite films of noir

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • I, the Jury

  • By: Mickey Spillane
  • Narrated by: Mike Dennis
  • Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 74

Here's Mickey Spillane and Mike Hammer in their roughest and readiest—a double-strength shot of sex, violence, and action that is vintage Spillane all the way. It's a tough-guy mystery to please even the most bloodthirsty of fans!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • read this one for what it is

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 07-08-16

The beginning of a legend

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

Reviewed: 09-28-15

Would you listen to I, the Jury again? Why?

Yes I WILL It is like one of the top five of Hard boiled crime books of all time this is where it all started

What was one of the most memorable moments of I, the Jury?

How he deals with a death of a good friend

Which character – as performed by Mike Dennis – was your favorite?

Mike Hammer Mike Dennis really captures it

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

Yes when he figures out the real crime and who did it.

Any additional comments?

So glad to find the full text finally narrated into an audio book

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Hilliker Curse

  • My Pursuit of Women
  • By: James Ellroy
  • Narrated by: James Ellroy
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

The legendary crime writer gives us a raw, brutally candid memoir—as high intensity and as riveting as any of his novels—about his obsessive search for “atonement in women.” The year was 1958. Jean Hilliker had divorced her fast-buck hustler husband and resurrected her maiden name. Her son, James, was ten years old. He hated and lusted after his mother and “summoned her dead.” She was murdered three months later.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Jim, Hire an Actor

  • By Charles LaBorde on 01-19-11

Words from the man himself

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

Reviewed: 09-28-15

Would you listen to The Hilliker Curse again? Why?

Yes he is a fascinating person and I love his fiction work

What other book might you compare The Hilliker Curse to and why?

His Crime Wave series and My Dark Place

Have you listened to any of James Ellroy’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No this is my first I enjoyed it, He has a very strange way of talking but that is him

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

Yes how his inspirations from life mold his story and his relationships

Any additional comments?

Some have given bad reviews of his reading it is strange but hey thats the Man

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Vanishing Games

  • A Novel
  • By: Roger Hobbs
  • Narrated by: Jake Weber
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 112

It's just before dawn on the South China Sea when three experienced pirates open fire on a small smuggling yacht. Their target: a bag of uncut sapphires worth millions. But when one of them stumbles across an enormous treasure that wasn't on the manifest, everything goes sideways. Within minutes two of them are dead, leaving the third, a coldblooded psychopath, to claim both the sapphires and the mysterious windfall for himself.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as the first

  • By Justin on 08-09-15

Now I'm No One

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

Reviewed: 07-31-15

What did you love best about Vanishing Games?

The inside tricks of being a Con

What other book might you compare Vanishing Games to and why?

It is like King Con on steroids

Have you listened to any of Jake Weber’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

He really completes the atmosphere of the characters and book

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

How to disappear

Any additional comments?

Just like Ghost Man as soon as you read the final sentence you want to see how long it will be for the next book to come out.

  • Murder at the Bijou

  • By: Jim Thompson
  • Narrated by: Mike Dennis
  • Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

In this novel, Thompson's first major success as a pulp fiction writer, Joe Wilmot, trying to go straight after a stretch in the pen, finds a movie house in a small crossroads that can use a helping hand and someone with half a brain for business. The theater's owner, Elizabeth, isn't the smartest operator around - or is she? Joe and the plain Jane Elizabeth decide maybe it would be better for business if they got married. Why not?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Murder At The Bijou

  • By Roy Bonario on 04-29-15

The start of a legend career

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

Reviewed: 04-13-15

Where does Murder at the Bijou rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Jim Thompson is a legend and this is a great beginning this is high on my list

What did you like best about this story?

The whole look into running a movie house in the early years when a theater was the biggest thing in a town

Which scene was your favorite?

The whole twist at the end

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

The dark fall the main character takes it's a slow decent but it's a fun ride

Any additional comments?

Listen to how it all started from one of the masters of dark voice and evil humans well worth to have in your library.

  • The Pickle My Little Friend

  • By: T. C. Archer
  • Narrated by: Mike Dennis, Jennifer Saucedo
  • Length: 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62

The ninth victim in the Bicycle Chain murders is found dead on his living room floor grasping a paper bag containing a pickle. Detective Jack Carter is working on the biggest murder case of his life. Which means, the last thing he needs is to find out that the one woman he has feelings for might be involved in the murders.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Spicy Pickle

  • By Pulplife on 04-13-15

A Spicy Pickle

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

Reviewed: 04-13-15

What did you love best about The Pickle My Little Friend?

A short fun listen that will have you remembering the old Spicy Pulps

What did you like best about this story?

Witty dialog fun story

What does Mike Dennis and Jennifer Saucedo bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Yes they both did a great job and Mike Dennis is the go to guy for Pulp Noir

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes will listen to again fun stuff

Any additional comments?

I have been a big fan of the old Pulps and when I listened to this one i was under the impression that it was one of the vintage stories of yesteryear and was surprised to find out it's the New Pulp and well worth checking out.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Blood on the Moon

  • By: James Ellroy
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

Detective Sergeant Lloyd Hopkins can't stand music, or any loud sounds. He's got a beautiful wife, but he can't get enough of other women. And instead of bedtime stories, he regales his daughters with bloody crime stories. He's a thinking man's cop with a dark past and an obsessive drive to hunt down monsters who prey on the innocent. Now, there's something haunting him. He sees a connection in a series of increasingly gruesome murders of women committed over a period of 20 years.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Looking for new answers

  • By Darwin8u on 08-18-18

A master of crime

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

Reviewed: 02-28-15

A master of crime at work introduction into the series of cop after a crazy killer as he puts the Clues together

  • Detour

  • By: Martin M. Goldsmith
  • Narrated by: Mike Dennis
  • Length: 4 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

1938. Alexander Roth is hitchhiking from New York to Los Angeles, hoping to reconnect with his self-absorbed, cutesy-poo girlfriend. A car stops to pick him up and he is soon plunged into a nightmare from which there may be no escape. This is a forgotten noir masterpiece that has languished for decades in the swamps of neglected crime fiction. Movie director Edgar G Ulmer cranked out the movie version in less than a month on a microscopic budget for one of the "poverty row" studios in Hollywood, and it is now widely recognized as one of the greatest in the film noir genre. The novel is its equal in every way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic

  • By bytorsnowg0d on 08-29-16

You like the movie? You will love the book

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

Reviewed: 11-02-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes I would my group of friends is usually fans of Film Noir or old Pulp Crime novels. And this book covers both grounds. If anyone is a fan of Noir Films knows the film Detour and this book covers that story and so much more.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Alex Roth he plays the everyman story down on his luck and finds women dangerous.

What does Mike Dennis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His voice presentation is spot on taking you back to the times when the story takes place well worth the listen even if you already read the book.

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

I liked how the book gave us the different view points of the character. Like how it gives us the story of what his girlfriend is doing while he is tracking a crossed the US to surprise her

Any additional comments?

The book fills in way more of the story that the film did not capture anyone a fan of the film needs to read the book

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Why We Love Serial Killers

  • The Curious Appeal of the World's Most Savage Murderers
  • By: Scott Bonn
  • Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 48

In Why We Love Serial Killers, criminology professor Dr. Scott Bonn explores our powerful appetite for the macabre, while also providing new and unique insights into the world of the serial killer, including those he has gained from his correspondence with two of the world’s most notorious examples, David Berkowitz ("Son of Sam") and Dennis Rader ("Bind, Torture, Kill").

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • not as exciting as name promised.

  • By Melinda on 01-22-15

What makes them Tick and why the fasination

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

Reviewed: 11-02-14

Would you listen to Why We Love Serial Killers again? Why?

Yes very informative giving you a look at the sick mind and the way media hypes it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Why We Love Serial Killers?

His in depth look at how a mass of people can be affected by a notion of a thought.

What about Keith Szarabajka’s performance did you like?

Spot on very professional

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

Moved not sure but frightened by much

Any additional comments?

The book gives you an informative look into the difference between Serial killers and spree killers and just normal homicide. It also takes a look at us the reader and fan of True Crime books, movies, and TV shows.

You will get plenty insight within this book and a look at how the media sometimes fans the fires to glorify some details and distort the truth.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful