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  • Nemesis

  • By: Jo Nesbø
  • Narrated by: Thor Knai
  • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,187
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 972
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 957

Captured on closed-circuit television: A man walks into an Oslo bank, puts a gun to a cashier’s head, and tells her to count to 25. When he doesn’t get his money fast enough, he pulls the trigger. The young woman dies—and two million Norwegian kroner disappear without a trace.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Read the (fantastic) book instead

  • By Kindle Customer on 12-19-11

A decent follow up to the Redbreast

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

Reviewed: 06-04-19

The real problem I had with this audible title was I have become spoiled by the narration of Robin Sachs and John Lee. This narrator does not compare. The story is saved by the unique twist of the gypsy enclave in Norway and throughout Europe being entangled into the drama. As usual, Harry Hole is drowning in his own self-destructive alcohol infused behavior, but we find ourselves drawn to the protagonist and rooting for his redemption. Since there is no such thing as a bad Nesbo novel, I am sure the listener will enjoy the experience despite the narration.

  • The Redbreast

  • By: Jo Nesbø
  • Narrated by: Robin Sachs
  • Length: 16 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,972
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,656
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,654

It is 1944: Daniel, a soldier, legendary among the Norwegians fighting the advance of Bolshevism on the Russian front, is killed. Two years later, a wounded soldier wakes up in a Vienna hospital. He becomes involved with a young nurse, the consequences of which will ripple forward to the turn of the next century. In 1999, Harry Hole, alone again after having caused an embarrassment in the line of duty, has been promoted to inspector and is lumbered with surveillance duties. He is assigned the task of monitoring neo-Nazi activities....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Different For Nesbo, But Still Great

  • By Joe on 06-03-12

Just a non-stop listen!

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

Reviewed: 05-22-19

Like most folks, I started my Jo Nesbo journey with the Bat, read the Snowman book before the movie release, and was immediately drawn into the storytelling that was on display. I continued the books from there and decided to pick up the Redbreast. It does not disappoint. Being a history buff, the ties to WW2 Norway and the split loyalties was something I was unaware of. Nesbo does not shy away from the truths, and he does not judge. Instead, he educates and spins a marvelous yarn that is full of twists and surprises. Robin Sach's narration is flawless. I now have to play catch up to get to the Snowman, but I'm sure I will enjoy the ride. So will many other listeners.

  • The Savage Shore

  • By: David Hewson
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Detective Nic Costa finds himself a stranger in a strange land when he's sent to infiltrate the mob in a remote part of southern Italy. Roman police detective Nic Costa has been sent undercover to Italy's beautiful, remote Calabrian coast to bring in the head of the feared mob, the 'Ndrangheta, who has offered to turn state witness for reasons of his own. Hoping to reel in the biggest prize the state police have seen in years, the infamous Butcher of Palermo, Costa and his team are aware the stakes are high. But the constant deception is taking its toll....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing.

  • By Brad Janzen on 02-22-19

Nic Costa returns!

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

Reviewed: 09-22-18

After waiting for a long time, David Hewson delivers another great Nic Costa book. Moving the scene to a little-known area of Italy was interesting and revealing. The usual cast gives continuity to the character development, and Saul Reichlin is excellent in his narration. Great job, hope there is more to come.

  • Greeks Bearing Gifts

  • A Bernie Gunther Novel, Book 13
  • By: Philip Kerr
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 352
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324

It is 1956, and Bernie Gunther has a new name (Christoph Ganz), a clean passport, a chip on his shoulder, and a menial low-paying job in Munich. And then an old friend arrives to repay a debt. He encourages Bernie to take a job as a claims adjuster in a major German insurance company. Which is why Bernie, as Christoph, finds himself in Athens investigating a claim by Siegfried Witzel, a brutish former Wehrmacht soldier who served in Greece during the war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Series gets better and better

  • By Rena on 04-10-18

The real gift is Phillip Kerr's Legacy

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

Reviewed: 05-14-18

There was a crushing sense of regret when I heard about Phillip Kerr's passing. The latest Bernie Gunther novel was another delight to listen to, and digest the cynical protagonist as part of the human condition. This was the greatest gift of the author's talent. John Lee's narration was outstanding as usual. The choice of location and the political turmoil of post-war Greece was a refreshing history lesson. I understand that there is one more novel on the way that Phillip penned before he passed. I'm sure it will be excellent. If you haven't read the Bernie Gunther series, start from the very first novel. It has been an enjoyable literary ride.

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  • The Gate Keeper

  • An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery
  • By: Charles Todd
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 560
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 512
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 508

On a deserted road, late at night, Scotland Yard's Ian Rutledge encounters a frightened woman standing over a body, launching an inquiry that leads him into the lair of a stealthy killer and the dangerous recesses of his own memories in this 20th installment of the acclaimed New York Times best-selling series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Charles Todd does it again!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-11-18

Another excellent book from the Charles Todd duo !

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

Reviewed: 03-01-18

I keep waiting for a Charles Todd book that I would tire of listening to... It doesn't exit. The combined talents of the author and the outstanding narration of Simon Prebble made this one of the most memorable in the series. If you enjoy historical mysteries, start with the 1st book in the series. You will be hooked !

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  • The Devouring

  • A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery
  • By: James R. Benn
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

A murder in wartime Switzerland reveals Swiss complicity with the Nazis and profiteering during World War II. Billy and Kaz are sent to neutral Switzerland to investigate the murder of a Swiss banking official with ties to the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). Swiss banks are openly laundering gold "harvested" from concentration camps, and those that are profiting will do everything they can to protect their wealth and hide their dark secrets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Historic Fiction at its finest

  • By ScottG on 10-29-17

Great job by James Benn once again !

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

Reviewed: 09-26-17

The Devouring explores and exposes the complicity of the Swiss government in aiding and abetting the Nazi's during WW2. It is generally an unknown aspect of the conflict and one that has not been talked about enough. Benn does a great job of weaving in the complex government relationships in dealing with corporate interests and the lack of morals that play into profiteering. Peter Berkrot does a great job as usual with narration and drives the pace of the book nicely.In all a highly recommended listen.

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  • Racing the Devil

  • An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery
  • By: Charles Todd
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 516
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 476
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 475

On the eve of the bloody Battle of the Somme, a group of English officers having a last drink before returning to the front make a promise to each other: if they survive the battle ahead - and make it through the war - they will meet in Paris a year after the fighting ends. They will celebrate their good fortune by racing motorcars they beg, borrow, or own from Paris to Nice. In November 1919 the officers all meet as planned, and though their motorcars are not designed for racing, they set out for Nice. But a serious mishap mars the reunion.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Deception and Murder

  • By R. Pontiflet on 04-23-17

Charles Todd's Ian Rutledge gets better with age!

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

Reviewed: 02-24-17

Once again, Charles Todd has written a great mystery yarn of post WW1. The characters are further enriched in this audible book by the superb narration of Simon Prebble. It is hard to imagine anyone else performing as Ian Rutledge. This novel moves at a good clip and keeps the listener intrigued with the various possibilities that may unfold. Having read all of the Ian Rutledge mysteries, I found it to be one of the best.

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  • The Unlikely Spy

  • By: Daniel Silva
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 18 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,069
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,594
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,596

"In wartime," Winston Churchill wrote, "truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies." For Britain's counterintelligence operations, this meant finding the unlikeliest agents imaginable - including a history professor named Alfred Vicary.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Unlikely Spy

  • By Margaret on 12-14-09

A great story of WW2 intrigue!

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

Reviewed: 01-12-17

This was my first read of a Daniel Silva novel. The story was riveting and the book flowed from chapter to chapter. Of course, Michael Page makes all the difference as a narrator. His performance was spot on. A great spy novel which will lead me to read more of Mr. Silva's books.

  • The Flame Bearer

  • Saxon Tales, Book 10
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Matt Bates
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,411
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,213
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,207

From the day it was stolen from me, I dreamed of recapturing Bebbanburg. The great fort had been built on a rock that was almost an island. It was massive; it could be approached only on land by a single narrow track; and it was mine. Britain is in a state of uneasy peace. Northumbria's Viking ruler, Sigtryggr, and Mercia's Saxon queen, Aethelflaed, have agreed to a truce. And so England's greatest warrior, Uhtred of Bebbanburg, at last has the chance to take back the home his traitorous uncle stole from him so many years ago.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • So so

  • By Brent on 12-08-16

Anything from Bernard Cornwell is great!

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

Reviewed: 01-12-17

Having read all of the Saxon Tales, The Flame Bearer did not disappoint. The writing was excellent as usual and the narration was entertaining and robust.

  • A Land Divided

  • The Blood of Kings, Book 1
  • By: K. M. Ashman
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 79

1081. William's bloody conquest is over and Britain is under Norman rule. But one bastion of resistance remains: Wales. A divided land where brother fights brother and kings battle for power. The English use this to further their own ends, and while one king is tempted by an offer he cannot resist, the others wage war over long-forgotten feuds.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A very entertaining story of Welsh history.

  • By Ronald on 01-12-17

A very entertaining story of Welsh history.

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

Reviewed: 01-12-17

Knowing very little of medieval Welsh history and it's brief nationhood, I found Ashman's tale to be riveting for fans of historical fiction. Mr. Ryan's performance was outstanding and made the audible version come to life. Highly recommended for history buffs looking for a new era to read about.

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