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  • Felony Murder Rule

  • Mike Daley/Rosie Fernandez Legal Thriller, Book 8
  • By: Sheldon Siegel
  • Narrated by: Tim Campbell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241

Mike Daley and ex-wife Rosie Fernandez face new challenges and stare down old demons as they return to work at the San Francisco Public Defender's Office where they had started their careers and their relationship 20 years earlier. Mike and Rosie are now the co-heads of the Felony Division, where they spend more time running the office and supervising younger attorneys than trying cases. That changes quickly when Mike is visited by Melinda Nguyen, whose son, Thomas, is about to go on trial for murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You Don't Have To Pull The Trigger!!

  • By R. Pontiflet on 06-17-17

Eighth book in series, eighth best

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

Reviewed: 03-18-18

I’ve listened to and mostly enjoyed all of the books in this series. I liked this one the least. The basic premise of it was flawed, and I’ll get back to that. The first 2/3 of the book has a lot of repetition and it’s just boring to go over the same ideas ten times. It isn’t just that they interview multiple people it’s that the author keeps explaining the same information as if you are too stupid or the author is ignoring his outline.

In the courtroom there are a number of objections and rulings that are not only not correct, but the opposite of the way things have gone in previous novels. For example, asking a detective if he had considered other scenarios/suspects. This is ruled speculation. He was not in any way asked to speculate, not asked what else he considered but simply if he had considered any other options or suspects. Maybe there was another objection that would have been on point, but this is not speculation.

There is a minor side story that is engaging and redeems this book somewhat, but not enough.

If you think hearing about something that happens in the beginning of a book can be a spoiler stop reading here.


If you ride to an event with a friend and the friend decides to stop at the store while you sit in the car waiting with your earbuds in, listening to music, and your friend decides to commit a crime where someone ends up dying are you guilty of murder? If you and your friend conspired to commit any felony crime then yes, by definition. But, in this case when the cops come to the scene the teenager is sitting in the car, not on drugs, listening to music and waiting for his friend. He is not driving a getaway car, he is not paying any attention as a lookout, he is completely oblivious to the fact that anything untoward has occurred, and this is obvious to the officers that are first on the scene. The cops at no point assume that the kid had any foreknowledge that a crime would be attempted. And yet somehow we jump to felony murder. This never passes the test of intent (mens rea), this is especially ironic as intent is one of the topics the author harps on early in the book. And, then, the attorneys never even consider trying to prove that he had no intent. Perhaps, if they considered it and then decided it would be too hard to prove that would be one thing but there is never any discussion about the defendant’s state of mind. Which is a necessary component to determining if a crime has been committed. I just found too many things that weren’t believable in this book.

  • Rain Dogs

  • Detective Sean Duffy, Book 5
  • By: Adrian McKinty
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,140
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,992
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,979

When journalist Lily Bigelow is found dead in the courtyard of Carrickfergus castle, it looks like a suicide. Yet there are a few things that bother Duffy just enough to keep the case file open, which is how he finds out that Bigelow was working on a devastating investigation of corruption and abuse at the highest levels of power in the UK and beyond. And so Duffy has two impossible problems on his desk: Who killed Lily Bigelow? And what were they trying to hide?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Narrator IS the Story

  • By Craig on 03-15-16

Believable characters, engrossing

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

Reviewed: 10-28-17

I’ve listened to five of the six Sean Duffy books so far and have enjoyed all of them immensely. This series takes place in Ireland in the 1980s during “The Troubles”. It doesn’t really explain what led to this situation, but it does a good job of giving the flavor of what it must have been like to live through them. The reader does a marvelous job, the Irish accent is always present but never so heavy that I can’t make out what is being said. Having listened to or watched several other series that take place in various places throughout the UK I’ve picked up a lot of the vernacular but there are still a few words that don’t immediately make sense to me. I had trouble picturing guys wearing jumpers, which turns out to be a pullover sweater (who knew?)

Sean Duffy is a very believable character. He’s a decent copper and a decent human being. We see his vices and are exposed to the things he is passionate about. As with other series set in the UK there is a lot less gore and gun play than in a typical American mystery. The detectives in this series conduct a lot of interviews and reason things out. Clearly there is some violence, this is a murder mystery after all, but the focus is on the detectives and the situations they deal with while working on solving the crimes.

I would recommend starting with the first book in the series but they could also be listened to stand alone.

  • Alas, Babylon

  • By: Pat Frank
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,296
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,782
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,776

This true modern masterpiece is built around the two fateful words that make up the title and herald the end - “Alas, Babylon.” When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Timeless

  • By Celeste Albers on 05-24-17

Still Relevant Today 2017

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

Reviewed: 05-25-17

I was really surprised at how well written and how engaging this book was. Written in 1959 and taking place in 1959 it is surprising how well I connected with the characters and their situation. This is one of the earliest post-nuclear war novels and it strangely compelling. There are no zombies or mutants or other sci-fi fantastical constructions. Just real people experiencing something that they can’t fully comprehend and trying to survive in what becomes an information vacuum.

There haven’t been that many books that have engaged me to the extent that this one did, and I’m still thinking about it. That, and thinking more about my home emergency kit and how much better able to cope with a major disaster I would be if I wasn’t dependent on electricity and supermarkets. It was truly a different time, yet the people seem as if they could be my family or neighbors. I can’t recommend this book enough.

And as always Will Patton was marvelous.

#Gritty #PostApocalyptic #Survival #TagsGiving #Sweepstakes

  • Protocol Zero

  • A Joe Rush Novel
  • By: James Abel
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 587
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 553
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 552

When authorities in Alaska receive a disturbing call from a teenage girl, their investigation leads them to discover an entire family of researchers dead. Joe Rush is called to help examine the bodies. On the surface it looks like a brutal murder/suicide. But the situation is nowhere near that simple - nor is it over.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Rush/Abel/Porter a kick butt combination!

  • By Matthew on 10-26-15

Good action with real characters

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

Reviewed: 02-23-17

I really enjoyed this book. I listened to the first Joe Rush book and then jumped straight into this one. Ray Porter’s narration was spot on and the storyline moved along at a good pace. There was a lot going on in this book, it had aspects of military, medicine, and science, all interesting topics. Additionally, the glimpse into the culture of Alaskan villages was fascinating. The mix of cultures and ideologies all co-existing in a survival situation made it feel like you were dealing with real people. It was not all black and white, right and wrong situations. There were definitely some major wrong doers but the skirmishes between the rest of the participants showed people doing what they thought was right based on their culture and the information that they had. It was an action story but with a rich tapestry of characters.

  • Transient Echoes

  • The Variant Saga, Book 2
  • By: JN Chaney
  • Narrated by: Steve Barnes
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112

After closing the rift - the source of all Variant - the hybrid child known as Terry has been transported to a distant world, far away from the only home he's ever known. Completely isolated, and haunted by voices from his past, he wanders through the ruins of an ancient civilization long forgotten. Back on Earth, a young woman named Mei works tirelessly to uncover the secrets of the rift. Against orders, she searches for the truth, making an unprecedented gamble. Will her obsession bring the answers she so seeks?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Exciting sequel

  • By Rabid Reader on 06-01-16

Narration was grating

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

Reviewed: 02-23-17

Let me start with saying I did not finish this book, this review is really about the narration. I listened to the first book and loved it. I bought this book immediately after listening to the first one and never checked to see if it was the same narrator. Unfortunately I just couldn’t listen to this one. I started and retried four times and then gave up. The voice is breathy, whispery, and on edge at almost all times. I listen on a decent speaker which improves almost all voices. I’ve listened to hundreds of books and certainly have voice types I prefer but this is the first one that grated on my nerves so badly I couldn’t listen.

I’m sure lots of other people will not be troubled by this but if it bothers you when you first listen I’m just letting you know it doesn’t get better.

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  • The One Man

  • A Novel
  • By: Andrew Gross
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,833
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,576
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,565

It's 1944. Physics professor Alfred Mendel and his family are trying to flee Paris when they are caught and forced onto a train along with thousands of other Jewish families. At the other end of the long, torturous train ride, Alfred is separated from his family and sent to the men's camp, where all of his belongings are tossed on a roaring fire. His books, his papers, his life's work. The Nazis have no idea what they have just destroyed. And without that physical record, Alfred is one of only two people in the world with his particular knowledge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You gotta have a STRONG stomach.

  • By Richard Delman on 09-22-16

Deeply Moving

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

Reviewed: 01-02-17

This book was in my recommendations because I read a lot in the mystery and thriller category so it wasn’t quite what I expected. At first I thought I may have made a mistake purchasing it when I realized the topic but it is a cross between Mystery/Thriller and Historical Fiction. While it does take place in a concentration camp and you aren’t spared the brutality, the abysmal living conditions, and the senseless death, it isn’t about beating you over the head with it. This is a story of espionage and almost unimaginable bravery. It is also a story of the day to day bravery and dignity of the people who managed to survive in such conditions. I would not go so far as to say that it is an uplifting story but it is truly moving. Both the writing and the narration were exceptional.

It is not uncommon for me to shed a tear at an emotional moment in a book but I think I cried for a solid five minutes while continuing to listen as the story resolved at the end.

  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72,131
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 67,700
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67,564

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the Publisher's Summary! This is Amazing!

  • By PW on 04-12-17

Very entertaining

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

Reviewed: 12-31-16

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Is it destined to become a classic, maybe not. Was it worth a credit, absolutely. The themes of space exploration, artificial intelligence, cloning, machine replication, cryogenics, and scorched earth wars, are all a part of, but not the basis of the book.

There was science and engineering but it didn’t totally geek out. So, if the science part isn’t your thing your eyes won’t glaze over. But he doesn’t just gloss over it all either like some authors do. No hand waving and things magically happen. He manages to give information about how things are being achieved, without going off into post-grad physics. There is also a weighing of potential consequences, so there are serious themes but overall the book has a light hearted feel.

The narration is perfectly matched to the book. I don’t know what to say without using spoilers other than if you like sci-fi and space this is a very entertaining book and you won’t regret using a credit.

  • A Face in the Crowd

  • Prime Suspect #2
  • By: Lynda La Plante
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200

The victim was young. Female. And black. Her skull had been smashed in, her face decomposed beyond all recognition. But for Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison, the corpse that had just been found in one of London's poorest communities was only the beginning of a case that would tear apart an already divided city…and embroil the gritty cop and her force in a hotbed of racial strife, shocking accusations, and sudden, wrenching violence. But Jane Tennison was not a woman who let anything get in the way of her passion for justice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • thanks for the service

  • By Angelbaby on 11-14-16

Solid performance. Good storyline.

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

Reviewed: 12-16-16

As usual Davina Porter does a marvelous job with narration. I liked this book better than the first one in the series. There is still racism and sexism but Jane has proven herself, at least to most of her squad, and so while she is still discriminated against it doesn’t overshadow the entire book as it did the first one. The case the squad is working is the primary focus of the book, and prejudice colors the investigation. In the first book, I felt like the prejudice against Jane was the primary focus. The case they are working on is interesting and has some twists so you’re not sure how it will turn out. I did suspect the villain at one point early in the story but I wasn’t sure and there were several others I suspected as well.

I read that a few other reviewers were unsatisfied with the ending but I thought that the way things left off that that opened things up to a possible better future. I guess I’ll see when I listen to the third book.

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  • Killing Trail

  • A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Margaret Mizushima
  • Narrated by: Nancy Wu
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,906
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,908

When a young girl is found dead in the mountains outside Timber Creek, lifelong resident Officer Mattie Cobb and her partner, K-9 police dog Robo, are assigned to the case that has rocked the small Colorado town. With the help of Cole Walker, a local veterinarian and single father, Mattie and Robo must track down the truth before it claims another victim. But the more Mattie investigates, the more she realizes how many secrets her town holds. And the key may be Cole's daughter, who knows more than she's saying.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • For GSD or any dog-lover as well as crime fans

  • By GSDNH on 10-14-16

A good first novel

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

Reviewed: 12-08-16

Overall I enjoyed this book. It was a little bit simply written and the protagonist was a little weaker than it seemed she should be for her level of experience. But, it has the feel of a series that will grow stronger and develop more depth. And I like the premise of the female K-9 officer in a small county, it has a lot of potential. I look forward to listening to more books by this author.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Bone Tree

  • A Novel
  • By: Greg Iles
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 32 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,918
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,903

Former prosecutor Penn Cage and his fiancee, reporter and publisher Caitlin Masters, have barely escaped with their lives after being attacked by wealthy businessman Brody Royal and his Double Eagles, a KKK sect with ties to some of Mississippi's most powerful men. But the real danger has only begun as FBI Special Agent John Kaiser warns Penn that Brody isn't the true leader of the Double Eagles.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ok but definitely could put it down.

  • By R. Ford on 06-24-15

Better as a book than audiobook

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

Reviewed: 12-08-16

This was not my favorite of the Penn Cage novels. I’ve read one and listened to three. This one is darker than the others. But it’s major flaw is that parts of it are just downright boring. There is a lot of conspiracy theory discussion that just had my eyes glazing over. Sometimes these discussions went on for what seemed like an interminable length of time. In a written book I would have scanned past it but with an audio book that isn’t really possible. There is quite a lot of character development and a legitimate storyline. Overall, you probably need to read or listen to it if there are going to be more Penn Cage novels or you will miss some critical developments, but if you’re a reader and a listener as I am, put this one down in the to read column.

The narration was fine but was the third narrator of the three Penn Cage novels I’ve listened to. It would be nice if they would settle on one.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful