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  • Megge of Bury Down

  • The Bury Down Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Rebecca Kightlinger
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

In 13th-century Cornwall, on a sheep farm in the shadow of Bury Down - known for a thousand years as the land of the second sight - a healer has vowed to face flames rather than fail in her one task in this life: to bring her young daughter to vow to protect The Book of Seasons, an ancient grimoire whose power sustains the spirits of all their ancestors.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Must Read!

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-21-18

The Power of Women

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

Reviewed: 11-20-18

In the 13th century, powerful women who refused to submit to power did so under constant threat of torture and death. In this story of a child destined to guard great power, Ms. Kightlinger has used real history to create a world in which what some call fantasy is only one more aspect of daily life. This is fantasy for people who don't read fantasy, and a must-read for anyone seeking characters who rise into reality strong and full of life. Best of all, it's suitable for young readers, and highly recommended. Just be ready for their questions.

  • Nowhere to Run

  • A Joe Pickett Novel
  • By: C. J. Box
  • Narrated by: David Chandler
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,253
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,096

Joe Pickett's in his last week as the temporary game warden in the town of Baggs, Wyoming, but there have been strange things going on in the mountains, and his conscience won't let him leave without checking them out: reports of camps looted, tents slashed, elk butchered. And then there's the runner who simply vanished one day. Joe doesn't mind admitting that the farther he rides, the more he wishes he could just turn around and go home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • JP needs to go to Absaroka County with Longmire!

  • By Diana on 03-12-15

A message for today

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

Reviewed: 05-28-18

I’m listening to all the Joe Pickett books in preparation for the new one, which waits in my
queue. This one struck home on several levels.

Joe Pickett might strike some as not very smart. That often happens with adult children of alcoholics who grew up in abusive families. They tend to have an overdeveloped adherence to rules, because their childhood was so full of chaos. And they also harbor an excessive need to take care of things, usually without asking for help.

This story places Joe in a situation that challenges him on both those levels. His friend Nate Romanosky, who has experienced the corruption and hypocrisy of government first-hand, understands that. Part of what makes this one of the best of the series is that confrontation of beliefs.

Near the end, one of those Joe is pursuing says “The people used to run the government; now it seems like it’s the other way around.” Superficially, it sounds like the sort of rhetoric used by the Cliven Bundys and other far-right extremists. In the context of this novel, however, and in Mr. Box’s skillful, light hand, it becomes a statement all of us, not just Joe Pickett, should pause and consider.

  • Into the Black

  • Odyssey One
  • By: Evan Currie
  • Narrated by: Benjamin L. Darcie
  • Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,837
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,527
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,530

Captain Eric Weston and his crew encounter horrors, wonders, monsters, and people; all of which will test their resolve, challenge their abilities, and put in sharp relief what is necessary to be a hero. A first-rate military-science-fiction epic that combines old-school space opera and modern storytelling, Into the Black: Odyssey One is a riveting, exhilarating adventure with vivid details, rich mythology, and relentless pacing.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Just too unrealistic for me...

  • By Joshua on 08-26-14

Predictable

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

Reviewed: 01-05-17

Hardcore fans of military SF action movies will find this entry perfect for listening to in the background while doing something else. I confess I was irritated that the author apparently felt it necessary to emphasize the meaning of basic military acronyms by inserting them parenthetically when those most likely to enjoy the book are either already aware of their meaning or capable of deriving same from context. However, that's a personal peeve and may not bother anyone else.

So, decent brain candy wherein one so inclined can unearth the author's cultural references and inspirations and, therefore, worth reading--or hearing, as the case may be.

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  • The Wrong Side of Goodbye

  • Harry Bosch, Book 19
  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Titus Welliver
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,119
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,904
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,834

Harry Bosch is California's newest private investigator. He doesn't advertise, he doesn't have an office, and he's picky about who he works for, but it doesn't matter. His chops from 30 years with the LAPD speak for themselves. Soon one of Southern California's biggest moguls comes calling. The reclusive billionaire has less than six months to live and a lifetime of regrets. He hires Bosch to find out whether he has an heir.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Connelly Delivers Everytime

  • By Charles Atkinson on 07-19-17

Bosch doing what he does best

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

Reviewed: 12-30-16

First, a word about the performance rating. I love that Titus Welliver is narrating. However, there are times when he misread the tone of a passage sufficiently for it to be grating. I know that's nitpicking, but he has so beautifully captured the character both in the books and on screen, I think it matters. So, my rating is aimed more at the director than the performer.

The book is one of the best, both for character development and story. Two stories, actually, and both show Bosch at the top of his form. I particularly enjoyed seeing him interact with superiors who resisted his style without being bureaucratic tyrants.

For longtime fans, a terrific visit with an old friend. For newcomers, an excellent introduction to someone whose history will have you stocking your to-be-read pile for a long time to come.

  • The Medusa Amulet

  • By: Robert Masello
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 932
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 851
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 847

Benvenuto Cellini, master artisan of Renaissance Italy, once crafted a beautiful amulet prized for its unimaginable power - and untold menace. Now the quest to recover this legendary artifact depends upon one man: David Franco, a brilliant but skeptical young scholar at Chicago's world-renowned Newberry Library.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Gorgon Alert!

  • By Carole T. on 09-18-16

Fascinating take on Cellini as Mage

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

Reviewed: 12-22-16

Unfortunately, the author was so eager to demonstrate his body of research he chose to wrap it around a wisp of a plot and characters who are either stereotypes or present mainly to have something to wrap the research around.

  • The Highwayman

  • A Longmire Story
  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,019
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,694
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,675

When Wyoming highway patrolman Rosey Wayman is transferred to the beautiful and imposing landscape of the Wind River Canyon, an area the troopers refer to as no-man's-land because of the lack of radio communication, she starts receiving "officer needs assistance" calls. The problem? They're coming from Bobby Womack, a legendary Arapaho patrolman who met a fiery death in the canyon almost a half century ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best Walt and Henry Standing Bear tale yet

  • By Laurie A. Bobskill on 08-16-16

Longtime and the Spirits

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

Reviewed: 11-24-16

Poor Walt. He is so determined to find a rational explanation for everything, and sometimes life refuses to cooperate. I don't think it's a spoiler to reveal this is another story of the spiritual, and an excellent one as always.

  • The Tombs

  • A Fargo Adventure, Book 4
  • By: Clive Cussler, Thomas Perry
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,481
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,221
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,231

Husband-and-wife team Sam and Remi Fargo are intrigued when an archaeologist friend requests their help excavating a top secret historical site. What they find will set them on a hunt for a prize greater than they could ever imagine. The clues point to the hidden tomb of Attila the Hun, the High King who was reportedly buried with a vast fortune of gold and jewels and plunder....a bounty that has never been found. As they follow the trail, the Fargos will find themselves pitted against a thieving group of treasure hunters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Entertaining Read

  • By Compute on 10-01-12

Another one for the weekend..........................

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

Reviewed: 10-15-16

More to come on this one soon and I hate to be dictated to. Not to mention Audible apps right hand doesn't know what the left is doing

  • The Silent Girls

  • By: Eric Rickstad
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,024
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,748
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,744

Frank Rath thought he was done with murder when he turned in his detective's badge to become a private investigator and raise a daughter alone. Then the police in his remote rural community of Canaan find an '89 Monte Carlo abandoned by the side of the road, and the beautiful teenage girl who owned the car seems to have disappeared without a trace. Soon Rath's investigation brings him face to face with the darkest abominations of the human soul.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Warning: This is ONLY Chapter One

  • By Ted on 01-14-17

A potentially good story, mediocre editing

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

Reviewed: 12-13-15

The underlying plot of Mr. Rickstad's novel is sound; the problem lies in the execution. Given it's all but impossible to offer specific details without giving away spoilers, which I won't do, I'll have to deal in generalities.

The initiating problem that draws former police officer Frank Rath into the mystery is the disappearance of an emancipated 16-year-old girl. Rath has apparently been doing PI work since adopting his orphaned niece 17 years earlier; her parents were murdered by a man who is eligible for parole. Mr. Rath suffers from a physical problem that disappears just when it might get in the way of the plot.

That, in a nutshell, is what made this book disappoint. There are simply too many contrivances intended to complicate matter; and far too many of them are forgotten when they become inconvenient or turn out to be not as complicated as they were made to appear. I could overlook the author's apparent obsession with his characters' teeth if it weren't that his editor apparently didn't point out to him that while detail is a good thing, it's also supposed to have some purpose other than being detail.

I hate cliffhanger endings, and I wouldn't mention that except other reviewers have given it away. That, however, is a subjective matter and nothing to do with the quality of the book as a whole. Which could have been better.

Mr. Bray's narration is, overall, excellent. I felt he overdramatized sometimes when it wasn't necessary, but he is a skilled storyteller; and, to be fair, much of what he had to read was overdramatized. I will certainly add him to my list of preferred narrators.

  • The English Spy

  • By: Daniel Silva
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,330
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,016
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,004

Audie Award, Best Male Narrator, 2016. Master novelist Daniel Silva has thrilled readers with 17 thoughtful and gripping spy novels featuring a diverse cast of compelling characters and ingenious plots that have taken them around the globe and back - from the United States to Europe, Russia to the Middle East.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By RBH on 07-31-15

Gabriel's Curtain Call

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

Reviewed: 07-09-15

Those of us who’ve been watching Gabriel Allon age gracefully have been wondering what would happen when he was finally corralled behind a desk. That he would likely do so with less reluctance now that his second family is about to be delivered seemed a foregone conclusion. Where, the question arose, would Mr. Silva take us once his iconic character is no longer staring danger in the eye?

The title of this latest (and, one assumes, last) episode in the life of Mr. Allon is, one hopes, a hint of what’s to come. That seems to be hinted at quite strongly by the epilogue, but an author is always an independent creature; and Mr. Silva may have a surprise in store.

As with all the previous books, this one is wall-to-wall action, with nefarious villains and breath-holding moments and, of course, those brief moments of politics without which no book about espionage comes close to reality. There’s nothing adventurous about Mr. Silva’s spies—they are consummate pragmatists who accept that the line between good and evil is never as clearly drawn as we might wish.

  • I Am Pilgrim

  • A Thriller
  • By: Terry Hayes
  • Narrated by: Christopher Ragland
  • Length: 22 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,845
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,227
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,232

An anonymous young woman murdered in a run-down hotel, all identifying characteristics dissolved by acid. A father publicly beheaded in the blistering heat of a Saudi Arabian public square. A notorious Syrian biotech expert found eyeless in a Damascus junkyard. Smoldering human remains on a remote mountainside in Afghanistan. A flawless plot to commit an appalling crime against humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Please let this all be fiction.

  • By B.J. on 08-08-14

Could have benefited from a sharp editor's pencil

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

Reviewed: 07-09-15

So, I’ve been listening to this alleged thriller for the last seven hours, bored out of my mind as the protagonist provides a memoir, which is ironic given he’s retired from a super-secret government organization and not supposed to have a history. The narrator is mediocre at best, trying so hard to sound exciting that he’s misinterpreting the way the prose should be read and misplacing the emphasis. This might not be so bad, except we started out with an interesting murder that we still haven’t gotten back to except in passing. From what I can tell, all of this side material is intended to explain why the murder happened

That could have been done in one chapter.

I went to Audible, planning to post a review reflecting this narrative mismanagement, and in the process read someone else’s, who was referring to yet an earlier review that apparently warned one has to get past the first nine hours to really get into the book. In other words, almost half of the book.

I have a word I’d like to offer: “pacing.” If I have to read half a book before the action of the main plot starts, I’m gone. And whoever was the editor on this and allowed that to happen should maybe consider another line of work. There is nothing in this so far that couldn’t have been rendered into a sentence or two and woven into the main narrative.

When he stays on-topic, Mr. Hayes is a talented writer. And, as I said, this isn’t entirely his fault, which is why my overall rating is higher than the sum of the two others. He was badly mishandled by his line editor. Nevertheless, unless you’re prepared to wait half a day to get to the meat of his novel, I’d recommend a pass. Or some James Lee Burke.

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