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Broken Harbor
    Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4
    
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        Tana French
    
    


    
    
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        Stephen Hogan
    
    


    
    Length: 19 hrs and 56 mins
    6,647 ratings
    Overall 4.3
  • Broken Harbor

  • Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hogan
  • Length: 19 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,647
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,924
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,894

In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best in the Series

  • By sara miller on 07-29-12

WARNING: Don't read if depressed (or have a life)

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

Reviewed: 07-10-16

Any additional comments?

I'm angry that I wasted time on this book. I loved Tana French's In the Woods. Faithful Place was so-so...But I gambled that this might be better, based on the reviews.

I agree with so many reviewers: French's editor was AWOL. This book should have been half the length. It started off pretty good. At least I was interested in the mystery. But the story went downhill, quickly.

I had no empathy for the characters. The protagonist was stiff and boring... Character motivations didn't ring true.

This is where my warning comes into play: The setting, the madness, the circumstances, the economic climate, the crime... disturbing and depressing (not to mention the frustration of slogging through a bad book). Do not read this book if you're not in a happy place in your life.

  • Gone Girl

  • A Novel
  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50,373
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,866
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,961

It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!

  • By Theodore on 01-20-13

Stop reading at the end of Part 2.

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

Reviewed: 07-30-12

What would have made Gone Girl better?

I don't think Nick's persona was adequately fleshed out. He didn't make sense.

The ending? Like a dull, reverberating thud.

Would you be willing to try another book from Gillian Flynn? Why or why not?

Possibly. Flynn is a talented writer and writes with an observant wit. However I'm not a big fan of dark disturbing stories - unless they resolve in a way that makes the journey worthwhile.

Have you listened to any of Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Julia Whelan's narration is outstanding, as it was in Nora Robert's Witness. In fact I searched for more books she had narrated. Heyborne did a great job, too.

You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The plot line kept me entertained and absorbed until the final quarter of the book, at which time I was longing for it to end.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Blackhouse

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Peter Forbes
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 120

A brutal killing takes place on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland: a land of harsh beauty and inhabitants of deep-rooted faith. Detective Inspector Fin Macleod is sent from Edinburgh to investigate. For Lewis-born Macleod, the case represents a journey both home and into his past. Something lurks within the close-knit island community. Something sinister. As Fin investigates, old skeletons begin to surface and soon, he, the hunter, becomes the hunted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unputdownable

  • By dumbclub on 01-31-12

Wow

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

Reviewed: 05-01-12

What made the experience of listening to The Blackhouse the most enjoyable?

The combination of the narrator, interesting fleshed-out characters, and the unique setting made this book a cut above the rest.

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

Interesting mystery, intriguing setting; and the motivations of the characters

What about Peter Forbes???s performance did you like?

Okay well I love Irish accents. But Forbes did a great job of telling the story without distracting from it. That makes a narrator stand out.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It was melancholy throughout, but not too much so. The ending was quite satisfying.

Any additional comments?

Wish I could have given it 5 stars. But I save 5 stars for the tip-top cream of the crop -- such as The Help.

  • Match Me If You Can

  • A Novel
  • By: Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • Narrated by: Anna Fields
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,204
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,806
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,814

Annabelle is tired of being the lone failure in a family of overachievers. She's endured dead-end jobs and a broken engagement. But that's going to change now that she's taken over her late grandmother's matchmaking business. All Annabelle has to do is land the Windy City's hottest bachelor as her client, and she'll be the most sought-after matchmaker in town.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Guilty Pleasure

  • By Daniela on 12-01-08

Narrate to me if you can

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-13-11

I managed to listen to the entire book. Barely. However after listening to this book, and to others narrated by Anna Fields, I've decided not to download any more books narrated by her.

Her male character voices are simply dreadful. Her male voices sound like a child imitating a man: chin down, muffled, swallowing the words. They are even hard to understand because of this. Additionally, her southern accents are the worse I've ever heard, after listening to many, many female narrators.

Ms Fields, you need to modify your timbre only slightly, or make other simple speech modifications for a male character. The reader is intelligent enough to make the distinction.

The story? Oh yes... Very cute. It's the sole reason I persevered.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Daemon

  • By: Daniel Suarez
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,525
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,148

When the obituary of legendary computer game architect Matthew Sobol appears online, a previously dormant daemon activates, initiating a chain of events that begins to unravel our interconnected world. This daemon reads news headlines, recruits human followers, and orders assassinations. With Sobol’s secrets buried with him, and as new layers of his daemon are unleashed, it’s up to Detective Peter Sebeck to stop a self-replicating virtual killer before it achieves its ultimate purpose - one that goes far beyond anything Sebeck could have imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Possibly The Best Techno-thriller Ever

  • By Erica on 01-22-09

Written by precocious geeky 13-year old videogamer

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-28-09

Wow, I'm sorry, but this was painful to endure to the end. Written with all the depth and maturity of a precocious, sun-starved, puffy-thighed 13-year-old techno-nurd.

The narrator was also abysmally gee-whizzy though I will say he fit perfectly with the tone of the book.

How could this book _possibly_ have rated 4 stars up to this point?!

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Scarpetta

  • Scarpetta, Book 16
  • By: Patricia Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,291
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 604
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 608

Leaving behind her private forensic pathology practice in Charleston, South Carolina, Kay Scarpetta accepts an assignment in New York City, where the NYPD has asked her to examine an injured man on Bellevue Hospital's psychiatric prison ward. The handcuffed and chained patient, Oscar Bane, has specifically asked for her, and when she literally has her gloved hands on him, he begins to talk - and the story he has to tell turns out to be one of the most bizarre she has ever heard.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Don't waste your money

  • By Becky on 01-20-09

Boring and remote

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-30-09

Ugh. I find forensic science fascinating, but preferably balanced with enough plot and character development to balance it with light and humanity.

Scarpetta is white bread served on a sterling silver platter. I mean, who cares? She is not an appealing or sympathetic character.

This story droned on and ON with psychoanalysis of, and conversations between, the flat characters of Scarpetta, Benton, Berger and the only slightly more interesting Lucy. Marino is the only appealing character in this story. Heck, in this series.

Finally, Kate Reading's narration has a brittle, patrician air to it, lending to the overall emotional inaccessibility of this book.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Death Without Company

  • A Walt Longmire Mystery
  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,318
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,346
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,327

When an elderly local woman is found poisoned, Sheriff Walt Longmire begins an investigation that soon has him ensnared in a deadly spider's web. From Craig Johnson, author of the acclaimed novel The Cold Dish, comes this enthralling Sheriff Longmire mystery. With a distinctive literary flair, Johnson leads us into the wide open space of Absaroka County, Wyoming.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a wonderful find!

  • By Laura Harley on 10-04-07

Simply the best

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-19-08

Craig Johnson is now my favorite author. This is the second of his books I've read and it even exceeds his first, Cold Dish. Johnson is an immensely talented writer. Aside from the good mysteries, he has created unforgettable characters and sense of place. He combines a fantastic wit with just enough warmth to make you care about the characters and the story. I'm not a writer, so I can't do it justice...

Finally, George Guidall does a _superb_ job of narrating this story. By God I think he was born for such a time as this. Don't think I've read a more perfect author and narrator combination (and i have read many, MANY audio books.)

50 of 54 people found this review helpful

  • Heart-Shaped Box

  • By: Joe Hill
  • Narrated by: Stephen Lang
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,771
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,240
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,245

Judas Coyne is a collector of the macabre. But nothing he possesses is as unlikely or as dreadful as his latest discovery, a thing so terrible-strange, Jude can't help but reach for his wallet. For a thousand dollars, Jude will become the proud owner of a dead man's suit, said to be haunted by a restless spirit. But what UPS delivers to his door in a black heart-shaped box is no imaginary or metaphorical ghost. It's the real thing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yikes! Five stars for fright

  • By Lesley on 02-23-07

Boring and tedious

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-01-07

I simply can't finish this book. It's dark and disturbing. But that's not the reason I can't finish it... It's because I'm about 1/3 of the way through and frankly I could care less about the protagonist. I'm sure as the story proceeds one might grow to care or at least become interested in Jude.

However I can't stick it out that long. The author/narrator reads like a reduced-speed automaton (which has been programmed to sound ominous) and the female characters all sound mentally challenged.

The narration, along with the boring protagonist, don't provide the motivation I need to muddle through this dark story.

The author is otherwise a talented writer. I wish his success with his next effort.

22 of 29 people found this review helpful

  • A Good and Happy Child

  • A Novel
  • By: Justin Evans
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 60

Thirty-year-old George Davies can't bring himself to hold his newborn son. After months of accepting his lame excuses and strange behavior, his wife demands that he see a therapist, and George, desperate to save his unraveling marriage and redeem himself as a father and husband, reluctantly agrees.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By BarbieA1 on 08-04-07

Fantastic

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-07

This might be the only book I've given 5 stars -- and i've been an Audible member for something like four years and have listened to many, many books. This one is un-put-down-able.

The story is riveting and the author is a great talent. Mr. Evans, please keep writing! Can't wait for your next work.

Mark Deakins: Hands-down the best narrator I've had the pleasure of hearing. We need more of you! In fact I'll go seek out anything else you have narrated when I finish this review.

The ending felt slightly rushed and wasn't as satisfying as I had hoped for but left me thinking long afterward. So I guess that's a good thing.

READ THIS BOOK.

27 of 28 people found this review helpful

Killing Rain
    
    
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        Barry Eisler
    
    


    
    
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        Michael McConnohie
    
    


    
    Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
    753 ratings
    Overall 4.1
  • Killing Rain

  • By: Barry Eisler
  • Narrated by: Michael McConnohie
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 753
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 343

In Killing Rain, Rain has a new employer, the Mossad, which needs an operator who can remove 'problems' in Asia, and a new partner: Dox, the ex-marine sniper and party animal first introduced in Rain Storm. He also has a new hope, that by using his fearsome talents in the service of something good, he might atone for all the lives he has already taken.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I give this book my highest rating.

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-29-05

Wooden and boring

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-28-07

Honestly I can't believe the good reviews of this book.

First, I strongly dislike this narrator. He sounds like he was chosen for having a deep radio voice -- not for talent as a narrator. I found his delivery to be wooden and stilted.

More importantly, the story was just boring and written at a fifth grade level. I had to force myself to finish it... Maybe I'm spoiled, because before this one I listened to In the Woods. Fantastic book, and supremely well-written.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful