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  • Dead I Well May Be

  • By: Adrian McKinty
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,034
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,407
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,400

Young Michael, an illegal immigrant escaping the troubles in Northern Ireland is strong and fearless and clever, just the fellow to be tapped by Darkey, a crime boss, to join a gang of Irish thugs struggling against the rising Dominican powers in Harlem and the Bronx. The time is pre-Giuliani New York, when crack rules the city, squatters live furtively in ruined buildings, and hundreds are murdered each month.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What an amazing book

  • By Starbuck on 03-11-06

What an amazing book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-11-06

My God what a good book. Five stars isn't enough. McKinty is truly gifted as a writer - great dialog, the characters are fully developed and the plot twists seem fully believable once enough is revealed so that you see what's going on. There're a couple of scenes involving an imaginary world on a ceiling (I know this sounds weird but it isn't) that are handled so skillfully that I had to back up and listen to them again.

Two forewarnings: this isn't really a mystery story. Crime story doesn't actually seem descriptive either. I don't know how to categorize it but it is amazing. Secondly - once past the first three hours or so of the book, you won't want to go to work or do anything that will interfere with finishing the book. Up until then you're still picking up background information, trust me, it zooms along soon enough.

The guy doing the reading is really good as well, you can easily imagine that it's a story being told to you directly over a few pints over a long night in the pub.

40 of 40 people found this review helpful

  • The Color of Law

  • A Novel
  • By: Mark Gimenez
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139

A poor-boy college football hero turned successful partner at a prominent Dallas firm, who long ago checked his conscience at the door, catches a case that forces him to choose between his enviable lifestyle and doing the right thing in this masterful debut legal thriller.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Delight

  • By PETER WADE on 01-03-09

Really good!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-28-06

I liked this legal thriller a lot. I thought it was a great plot and the characters were well developed and their motivations were fully explained. As far as the ending being predictable - isn't that the case with all legal thrillers: you know the good guys will win out in the end. The reason to read the book or listen to the story is to hear the story of how the characters get from here to there, you *know* where they'll end up.

The author throws in some nice details that only become clear/get explained later on the story, which shows me he cares enough about the reader to make the story enjoyable and to reward the reader (contrast this with the steaming pile that is Patricia Cornwell's latest: Predator).

Is the book perfect? No, the writing could be a little more complex, some of the bad guys' dialog isn't subtle enough to come across as totally realistic and some of the financial details aren't accurate (for those of us with OCD), but ..... all in all, a really good book.

In any case, I liked this book a lot & would definitely read/listen to other things he's written.

  • Hemingway's France

  • Images of the Lost Generation
  • By: Winston Conrad
  • Narrated by: Tom Parker
  • Length: 2 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 20

Ernest Hemingway's literary ambitions took root in France in the 1920s among some of the most extravagantly creative artists of the twentieth century. Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, James Joyce, T. S. Eliot, Gertrude Stein, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ezra Pound, and others were drawn to the left bank of the Seine in Paris after World War I. Hemingway joined them and, with the publication of his book The Sun Also Rises became one of the most powerful forces in the vortex of talent and experimentation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I liked this a lot

  • By Starbuck on 02-14-06

I liked this a lot

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-14-06

This was really nice - it gives plenty of details and context regarding Hemingway's post - WWI time in France. If you're familiar with Paris there are plenty of details about the neighborhoods that the Lost Generation frequented and you'll get a real sense of what Paris (and other parts of France) were like at the time.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Detour

  • By: James Siegel
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

They want what every young couple wants: a child of their own. But Paul and Joanna Breidbart have been trying to conceive for five long years, a torturous process of failed medical procedures that nearly tore their marriage apart. When they finally decide to adopt, American agencies tell them they will have to wait years for their dream to come true. The couple agrees to fly to war-torn Colombia to adopt a baby girl.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Detour

  • By Kim on 04-12-05

You'll have to give this one a chance..

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-14-06

Started out slowly but it picked up a lot after the first third of the book or so. The second half is definitely much more engaging than the first half since by then it's rolling along pretty well.

  • Predator

  • By: Patricia Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 669
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 239
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 237

Dr. Kay Scarpetta, now freelancing with the National Forensic Academy in Florida, takes charge of a case that stretches from steamy Florida to snowbound Boston, one as unnerving as any she has ever faced. The teasing psychological clues lead Scarpetta and her team, Pete Marino, Benton Wesley, and Lucy Farinelli, to suspect that they are hunting someone with a cunning and malevolent mind whose secrets have kept them in the shadows, until now.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • What's next? Scarpetta kidnapped by aliens?

  • By Babs on 12-02-05

A complete disappointment

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-06-06

At the beginning of the book, I thought the plot seemed to have some real possibilities. However, Cornwell's writing has really sagged in these last few books. What in her first books was some really decent character development has descended mostly into caricatures. The whole thing with the forensic academy seems more and more like a quickie solution to having written Scarpetta and Lucy into a corner - and the academy's not remotely believable. It belongs in a comic book.

The worst part was that Cornwell herself seemed to tire of the story - the resolution (if it can be called that) is rushed and incomplete. It seemed like she'd arrived at nearly the number of pages agreed to in her contract and then just wrapped it up as quickly as possible once that number was reached.

In the event of another Scarpetta novel, I definitely won't be reading it. Maybe Cornwell should retire & fly her helicopter.