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  • The King Tides

  • Lancaster & Daniels
  • By: James Swain
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 164

Nicki Pearl is the perfect daughter - every parent’s dream. And that of strangers, too. Wherever she goes, she’s being watched. Each stalker is different from the last, except for one thing - their alarming obsession with Nicki. Nicki’s father is turning to someone who can protect her: retired private detective and ex-Navy SEAL Jon Lancaster. Unlicensed, and unrestricted, he plays dirty. But this case is unusual. Why so many men? Why this one girl? Does Nicki have something to hide? Or do her parents? Trawling the darkest depths of southern Florida, Lancaster faces a growing tide of secrets and deception.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Could turn into a very good series...

  • By shelley on 08-02-18

Good story, poor narration

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

Swain does interesting plots with writing that flows well. He does an especially good job with stories about finding missing children. This narrator is very amateurish, though. The story was good enough to keep going.

  • Books That Have Made History: Books That Can Change Your Life

  • By: Rufus J. Fears, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Rufus J. Fears
  • Length: 18 hrs and 27 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 833
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 757
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 748

Why do "Great Books" continue to speak to us hundreds and even thousands of years after they were written? Can they deepen our self-knowledge and wisdom? Are our lives changed in any meaningful way by the experience of reading them?Tackle these questions and more in these 36 engaging lectures. Beginning with his definition of a Great Book as one that possesses a great theme of enduring importance, noble language that "elevates the soul and ennobles the mind," and a universality that enables it to "speak across the ages," Professor Fears examines a body of work that offers extraordinary wisdom to those willing to receive it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A course that will open you to new ideas.

  • By Kristi R. on 07-06-14

Christian bias

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

Fears gives entertaining summaries of great books, but his analysis has a strong bias toward Christianity. For some books covered in the course that is appropriate. For others it is intrusive.

  • The Late Show

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Katherine Moennig
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,454
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7,783
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,748

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.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Noooooooooooooooooo!

  • By H. Jamieson on 08-12-17

Narration spoils the whole book

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

Reviewed: 12-23-17

I made it through 4 chapters before I just could take no more of the very pedestrian reading. All the characters had the same voice and there were inappropriate pauses. The voice was a monotone. The story was just an ordinary procedural which might have been saved by a good reader. Don't waste your time.

  • End Game

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,338
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,231
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,224

Will Robie and Jessica Reel are two of the most lethal people alive. They're the ones the government calls in when the utmost secrecy is required to take out those who plot violence and mass destruction against the United States. And through every mission, one man has always had their backs: their handler, code-named Blue Man. But now, Blue Man is missing. Last seen in rural Colorado, Blue Man had taken a rare vacation to go fly fishing in his hometown when he disappeared off the grid.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I am so tired of respected authors phoning it in.

  • By Jeff P. on 11-19-17

One good narrator, one not so much

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

Reviewed: 12-01-17

Orlagh Cassidy is great as always, but Kyf Brewer is somewhat amateurish and overdramatic. Ron McClarty does Baldacci's books much better. Still, the story is a good one, and worth a listen.

  • A Column of Fire

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 30 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,318
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,594
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,566

In 1558 the ancient stones of Kingsbridge Cathedral look down on a city torn apart by religious conflict. As power in England shifts precariously between Catholics and Protestants, high principles clash bloodily with friendship, loyalty, and love. Ned Willard wants nothing more than to marry Margery Fitzgerald. But when the lovers find themselves on opposing sides of the religious divide sweeping across the country, Ned goes to work for Princess Elizabeth. When she becomes queen, all Europe turns against England.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Follett is a Master Storyteller

  • By Charles Atkinson on 10-11-17

Spoiled by the narration

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

Reviewed: 09-24-17

The narration is clipped and monotone. I really tried but I just could not become interested in the story with that reader. He also narrated "One Hundred Years of Solitude" and I fell asleep every time I tried to listen to it. I did not realize they were the same when I bought this title. I will try to read the story rather than listen to it.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Knife Creek

  • By: Paul Doiron
  • Narrated by: Henry Leyva
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 220
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222

When Maine game warden Mike Bowditch is tasked with shooting invasive feral hogs that are tearing up the forest in his district, he makes a horrific discovery - a dead baby buried in a shallow grave. Even more disturbing: Evidence suggests the infant was the child of a young woman who was presumed to have died four years earlier - after she disappeared from a group rafting trip.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Mystery Maven on 07-23-17

Addictive Series

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

Reviewed: 07-14-17

This is the best of the Mike Bowditch stories so far. I love the world Paul Doiron has created. I am not from Maine and reading these stories makes me want to visit and see where the novels are set.

Mike is loveable, like a puppy. Most of the female characters are strong and tough -- like cacti. They are prickly and contentious. Interesting, but I would not like to get close to them.

The narrator is almost perfect. I can't imagine Mike having any other voice. If only he would look ahead a bit and not put pauses in the wrong places. I think he often pauses at the end of a written line, so it results in readings like,"He got out [pause] of the car. It's a bit disconcerting.

I do highly recommend this series. Start at the beginning.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Weight of Night

  • A Novel of Suspense
  • By: Christine Carbo
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray, Sarah Mollo-Christensen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202

In a land sculpted by glaciers, the forest is on fire. Thick smoke chokes the mountain air and casts a twilight glow over the imposing mountains and vistas of Montana's Glacier National Park. When firefighters are called in to dig fuel line breaks near the small town bordering the park, a crew member is shocked to unearth a shallow grave containing human remains.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another Good Installment To The Series

  • By Lia on 08-21-17

Superb narration

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

Reviewed: 06-15-17

All of the books in this series have been wonderful -- well written and engrossing. This third one is especially fine. It has many layers of meaning which is unusual for a mystery, but the literary quality never gets in the way of a great story.

The two narrators are among the best I have heard. They are amazing at producing different identities for their characters, and their mastery of accents is impressive.

I highly recommend this one.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl on the Bridge

  • A McCabe and Savage Thriller
  • By: James Hayman
  • Narrated by: Stephen Mendel
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

On a freezing December night, Hannah Reindel leaps to her death from an old railway bridge into the rushing waters of the river below. Yet the real cause of death was trauma suffered 12 years earlier, when Hannah was plucked from a crowd of freshman girls at a college fraternity party, drugged, and then viciously assaulted by six members of the college football team.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not For The Melancholy

  • By Ted on 09-27-17

Good story, poor narrator.

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

Reviewed: 05-17-17

The story flows well and is easy to read, but this narrator is stiff and amateurish. I recommend reading rather than listening to this title.

  • The Fix

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,212
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,186

Amos Decker witnesses a murder just outside FBI headquarters. A man shoots a woman execution style on a crowded sidewalk, then turns the gun on himself. Even with Decker's extraordinary powers of observation and deduction, the killing is baffling. Decker and his team can find absolutely no connection between the shooter - a family man with a successful consulting business - and his victim, a schoolteacher.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not the best Baldacci

  • By ZiggyZ on 04-23-17

Narration Problems

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

Reviewed: 04-27-17

The women's'voices by Orlagh Cassidy are fine, although hard to distinguish. However, the male narrator is not smooth or professional. The story is good as are most of Baldacci's, but not as good as some of his other titles.

  • The Nowhere Man

  • Evan Smoak, Book 2
  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,807
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,416
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,384

Spoken about only in whispers, it is said that when the Nowhere Man is reached by the truly desperate, he can and will do anything to save them. Evan Smoak is the Nowhere Man.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Liked the original, moaned over the second!

  • By John on 01-24-17

Repetitive

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

Reviewed: 01-29-17

I became absolutely bored with the main character's failed escape attempts (over and over and over)and with the violence. This one was not just the nowhere man, it was nowhere as good as Orphan X. The editor fell down on the job here.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful