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  • Providence Rag

  • A Liam Mulligan Novel
  • By: Bruce DeSilva
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 222

Edgar Award-winner Bruce DeSilva returns with Liam Mulligan, an old-school investigative reporter for a dying newspaper in Providence, Rhode Island. Mulligan knows every street and alley, every priest and prostitute, every cop and street thug. He knows the mobsters and politicians - who are pretty much one and the same. Inspired by a true story, Providence Rag finds Mulligan, his pal Mason, and the newspaper they both work for at an ethical crossroad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome book, a who done it until the end

  • By Mike on 04-13-14

A sick mind, with a PC/Liberal bent

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

Reviewed: 02-17-15

What disappointed you about Providence Rag?

The heinous crimes the author describes are terribly disturbing. Sounds like a very sick mind to me. After the first, I was hoping that the remainder of the book would be bringing the depraved butcher to justice and I wouldn't be subjected to more details about a teenage boy hacking females to death and then pleasuring himself over their bloody bodies. Nope. The author came up with more of his sick mind candy.

What was most disappointing about Bruce DeSilva’s story?

After reading his first book a few years ago, I was thrilled to see Audible had to more since I had last looked. Both were disturbing. Repeatedly, I asked myself what kind of person puts this stuff down on paper. The author also clearly has a lot of hatred for anyone right of center in the political spectrum, has a special dislike for black conservatives, and seems to be a trolling name-dropper as he throws red meat to the left-leaning crowd in his attempt to gain readers. I really enjoy the ongoing thread of the Red Sox stuff, but the rest became to overwhelming. It was as if the author took all the hot button issues from MSNBC and tried to find a way to weave them all in - sometimes stuffing them into a sentence or two - to make his book politically and PC relevant.

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

Enjoyed the narrator - especially in the first book. Even that became less enjoyable due to the content.

What character would you cut from Providence Rag?

No character, per se, just a lot of what I described above. Well, I guess I would get rid of the adolescent who tortures and kills animals, butchers females of all ages and then masturbates on their bodies. Yeah. I would get rid of that character.

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  • The Fallen Angel: Gabriel Allon, Book 12

  • By: Daniel Silva
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,413
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,089
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,083

After narrowly surviving his last operation, Gabriel Allon, the wayward son of Israeli intelligence, has taken refuge behind the walls of the Vatican, where he is restoring one of Caravaggio's greatest masterpieces. But early one morning he is summoned to St. Peter's Basilica by Monsignor Luigi Donati, the all-powerful private secretary to his Holiness Pope Paul VII. The body of a beautiful woman lies broken beneath Michelangelo's magnificent dome.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fact or Fiction

  • By Ella on 01-29-13

Love Silva, but formula getting too repetitive

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

Reviewed: 02-10-15

The familiarity getting to be more worn out instead of comfy. Time to freshen things up a bit. Love Guidall.

  • Voyager

  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 43 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,994
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,728
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,699

Set in the intriguing Scotland of 200 years ago, the third installment in the romantic adventures of Jamie and Claire is as compelling as the first. Now that Claire knows Jamie survived the slaughter at Culloden, she is faced with the most difficult decision of her life. She aches to travel back through time again to find the love of her life, but, in order to do that, she must leave their daughter behind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite Gabaldon book

  • By Karen on 12-09-09

Cheap Harlequin Disguised

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

Reviewed: 10-24-14

What would have made Voyager better?

Less gratuitous sex. An author less obsessed with nipples of both genders. Maybe not the same few story lines regurgitated with slight differences intended to fool only the dimmest of intellects.

What didn’t you like about Davina Porter’s performance?

Davina Porter's reading style and accent are pleasurable enough to veteran audiobook listeners. The substance of these books are enough; however, to make prolonged listening sound like nails on a chalkboard.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Voyager?

I would have cut each and every reference to hard nipples which would have shaved off an hour or two. Although, some of the corny, sophomoric descriptions during the "intimate" scenes had me howling with laughter because they were so inane. It was like a cheap novel written by a half-witted nymphomaniac wannabe. I might also have suggested that the author vary a bit from the oft-repeated plot lines that became weary and predictable.

Any additional comments?

Don't bother unless you're a fan of uninteresting repetition and bodice-busting sophomoric prose in abundance.

  • Liars & Thieves

  • By: Stephen Coonts
  • Narrated by: Guerin Barry
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 708
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 522
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 528

Tommy Carmellini is sent to post guard duty at a farmhouse in Virginia's remote Blue Ridge Mountains, where top government operatives are debriefing a star defector: the ultimate KGB insider, a man with records on every operation and every dirty trick the shadowy intelligence agency has ever run, from Lenin to Putin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fast Paced - Good Read!

  • By Andrew Stone on 01-11-09

Good Listen

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-04-09

I like the Tommy Carmelini character in these books. Some say that Jake Grafton should be front & center. Not ever having read one where Grafton was THE character, I really enjoyed this. I love Carmelini's sarcasm and sense of humor.

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