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  • Norwegian by Night

  • By: Derek B. Miller
  • Narrated by: Sean Mangan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,461
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,261
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,262

Sheldon Horowitz - 82 years old, impatient, and unreasonable - is staying with his granddaughter's family in Norway when he disappears with a stranger's child. Sheldon is an ex-Marine, and he feels responsible for his son's death in Vietnam. Recently widowed and bereft, he talks to the ghosts of his past constantly. To Norway's cops, Sheldon is just an old man who is coming undone at the end of a long and hard life. But Sheldon is clear in his own mind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't Miss This Amazing Book

  • By Sara on 07-17-14

Memorable, but hard to categorize, novel.

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

Miller's Norwegian by Night is very engaging--combining philosophical (even theological) recollections of an old man, within a thriller context. It kept me very engaged and eager to listen to the sequel. My only cavil is with the narrator who was otherwise fine: he used specific Canadian pronunciation of "been" rhyming with "bean" not "ben," and constantly changing the pronunciation of the mostly-off screen character, "Saul," as alternatively "Saul," "Sol" and "Sal."

  • The Word Is Murder

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,282
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,203

The New York Times best-selling author of Magpie Murders and Moriarty brilliantly reinvents the classic crime novel once again with this clever and inventive mystery starring a fictional version of the author himself as the Watson to a modern-day Holmes, investigating a case involving buried secrets, murder, and a trail of bloody clues.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Something New

  • By Alice on 06-26-18

Ingenious mystery

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

Reviewed: 06-11-18

This was a delicious mystery, with an very innovative and clever modern take on Holmes and Watson. Very enjoyable.

  • Time and Tide

  • DC Smith Investigation Series, Book 7
  • By: Peter Grainger
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 372
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 353
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 350

Change is afoot at Kings Lake Central police station. A most unexpected new detective inspector takes up his post this Monday morning, and the oldest detective in the place takes a momentous decision. Around them, other officers are considering their own situations, and even the building itself seems to be facing an uncertain future. But life and death go on, nevertheless, and by lunchtime someone will make a grim discovery on the Norfolk saltmarshes. A stranger seems to have suffered a slow and agonizing death out there.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful British modern detective series!

  • By Wayne on 01-26-18

Let's hope DC Smith returns!

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

Reviewed: 04-18-18

Peter Grainger and Gildart Jackson voicing DC Smith are an irresistible combination. In Smith, Grainger has created a wonderful character, ready to deploy brilliance and sarcasm in equal measure. With Smith's retirement, this appears to be the finale of an incredible series, but i hope Grainger brings Smith back from the brink, allowing him to continue to manage his colleagues of senior and junior rank.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Kremlin's Candidate

  • The Red Sparrow Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Jason Matthews
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 17 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,026
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,837
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,831

Russian counterintelligence chief Colonel Dominika Egorova has been a recruited asset of the CIA, stealing Kremlin secrets for her CIA handler, Nate Nash, for over seven years. In the dazzling finale to the Red Sparrow Trilogy, their forbidden and tumultuous love affair continues, mortally dangerous for them both but irresistible. In Washington, a newly installed US administration is selecting its cabinet members. Dominika hears a whisper of a closely held Kremlin operation to place a mole inside a high intelligence position.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best of the 3 but hated the end

  • By Priscilla on 03-21-18

Great ending to great series.

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

Reviewed: 04-06-18

This is an excellent finale to the Red Sparrow Trilogy. With the exception of somewhat unbelievable plotting and dubious tradecraft towards the end, which were absent from the two earlier entries in the series, the book was excellent. Fans of quality espionage (e.g., LeCarre) won't be disappointed.

  • A Treacherous Curse

  • By: Deanna Raybourn
  • Narrated by: Angele Masters
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 938
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 866
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 866

London, 1888. As colorful and unfettered as the butterflies she collects, Victorian adventuress Veronica Speedwell can't resist the allure of an exotic mystery - particularly one involving her enigmatic colleague, Stoker. His former expedition partner has vanished from an archaeological dig with a priceless diadem unearthed from the newly discovered tomb of an Egyptian princess. This disappearance is just the latest in a string of unfortunate events that have plagued the controversial expedition, and rumors abound that the curse of the vengeful princess has been unleashed as the shadowy figure of Anubis himself stalks the streets of London.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I rarely give a book a 5, but....

  • By bigdjunta on 04-27-18

Has this series reached its limit? For me it has.

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

Reviewed: 04-06-18

Maybe it's me, but this series seems to be getting a little tiresome. The elaborate Victorian dialogue wears on me, the characters seem even less realistic, and the plot seems strained. Even the narrator's arch tone has become grating. Time for me to move on, I guess.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • A Tapping at My Door

  • By: David Jackson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,004
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,988

From the best-selling author of Cry Baby, the beginning of a brilliant and gripping police procedural series set in Liverpool, perfect for fans of Peter James and Mark Billingham. A woman at home in Liverpool is disturbed by a persistent tapping at her back door. She's disturbed to discover the culprit is a raven and tries to shoo it away. Which is when the killer strikes. DS Nathan Cody, still bearing the scars of an undercover mission that went horrifyingly wrong, is put on the case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Star Start, Wowed.

  • By green ice cream garden on 06-28-16

Not credible police procedural

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

Reviewed: 06-06-17

As a police procedural, this book falls very far short of credibility. The protagonist suffers from such clear PTS, it's doubtful he'd be permitted to return to duty. His heroics defy belief, and the motivations of the deranged villain seem unconvincing. The author has an annoying habit of withholding information discovered by a character for chapters to build a false cliffhanger sense--a very cheap literary trick. Other characters, including the DI and the love interest are paper thin and not believable.

  • Police at the Station and They Don’t Look Friendly

  • Detective Sean Duffy, Book 6
  • By: Adrian McKinty
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,595
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,490
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,489

Belfast, 1988. A man is found dead, killed with a bolt from a crossbow in front of his house. This is no hunting accident. But uncovering who is responsible for the murder will take Detective Sean Duffy down his most dangerous road yet, a road that leads to a lonely clearing on a high bog where three masked gunmen will force Duffy to dig his own grave. Hunted by forces unknown, threatened by Internal Affairs, and with his relationship on the rocks, Duffy will need all his wits to get out of this investigation in one piece.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing better than a Duffy tale!

  • By 6catz on 03-10-17

McKinty and Doyle do it again!

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

Reviewed: 03-13-17

I can't think of a single author whose new books I eagerly await more than Adrian McKinty. In the Sean Duffy series, McKinty has created a truly memorable, complex character, living and working as a Catholic policeman in the protestant Ulster Police Force in the late 1980s. Gerard Doyle voices Duffy (and other memorable characters, particularly Sgt. "Crabby" McCrabben, brilliantly. I would recommend listening to this series in order.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Dread Line

  • By: Bruce DeSilva
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

Since he got fired in spectacular fashion from his newspaper job last year, former investigative reporter Liam Mulligan has been piecing together a new life - one that straddles both sides of the law. He's getting some part-time work with his friend McCracken's detective agency. He's picking up beer money by freelancing for a local news website. And he's looking after his semi-retired mobster friend's bookmaking business. But Mulligan still manages to find trouble.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Missing Jeff Woodman

  • By Susan on 04-07-17

Jumped shark

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

Reviewed: 01-28-17

I'm afraid this series has now run its course. The plot depends on too many unlikely devices such as the local police chief who can be bribed to disclose information In exchange for a Cuban cigar, accommodating Mafiosi, and the ridiculous premise that the protagonist newspaper man has become a bookie and crusading private investigator.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Conclave

  • A Novel
  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: Roy McMillan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 521
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 471
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 473

The pope is dead. Behind the locked doors of the Sistine Chapel, 118 cardinals from all over the globe will cast their votes in the world's most secretive election. They are holy men. But they have ambition. And they have rivals. Over the next 72 hours, one of them will become the most powerful spiritual figure on earth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An unusual mystery

  • By Steve on 04-23-17

Surprisingly riveting

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

Reviewed: 01-13-17

The examination of the machinations at a future papal conclave was fascinating. If one likes Harris' novels forays into the intrigues of the ancient Roman Senate, one will enjoy this novel too. The narrator was first rate.

  • You

  • By: Caroline Kepnes
  • Narrated by: Santino Fontana
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,727
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,951
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,936

Beck is everything Joe has ever wanted: she's gorgeous, tough, razor-smart, and sexy beyond his wildest dreams. Joe needs to have her, and he'll stop at nothing to do so. As he begins to insinuate himself into her life - her friendships, her email, her phone - she can’t resist her feelings for a guy who seems custom-made for her. So when her boyfriend, Benji, mysteriously disappears, Beck and Joe fall into a tumultuous affair. But there's more to Beck than her oh-so-perfect façade.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow. This. Book.

  • By Emily - Audible on 07-17-15

Inside the mind of milliannial sociopath

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

Reviewed: 09-06-16

Kepnes has given us a scary and highly astute view, not just inside the mind of a stalker, but a Tom Wolfe-like take on a distinctive segment of society--recent graduates of prestigious colleges going about their 20-something lives in pickle-juice back, Prada handbag New York. The narration was pitch perfect. All that being said, I am not going to download and listen to the sequel. Quite honestly, I have spent enough time with the protagonist, a brilliant but creepy serial killer, and would like to think he received his comeuppance after "You" closes rather than experience more of his nasty escapades.