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  • The Burning Room

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Titus Welliver
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,961
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,305
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,281

In the LAPD's Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die almost a decade after the crime. So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet nine years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh, but all other evidence is virtually nonexistent. Now Bosch and rookie Detective Lucia Soto, are tasked with solving what turns out to be a highly charged, politically sensitive case.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not up to par

  • By Patroo on 11-07-14

A mistake to dump Hill

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

Reviewed: 11-08-14

Did Titus Welliver do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

A fully credible job. However after many years a listener comes to associate the narrators voice with a character. Dick Hill is Harry Bosch. No disrespect intended (a good job) but, speaking for myself, a significant and disappointing change. Producers of Jack Reacher please take note!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Blindsight

  • By: Peter Watts
  • Narrated by: T. Ryder Smith
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,079
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 920
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 910

Set in 2082, Peter Watts' Blindsight is fast-moving, hard SF that pulls readers into a futuristic world where a mind-bending alien encounter is about to unfold. After the Firefall, all eyes are locked heavenward as a team of specialists aboard the self-piloted spaceship Theseus hurtles outbound to intercept an unknown intelligence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling modern hard sci-fi

  • By James on 04-04-09

Great story; a 'must read'

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

Reviewed: 08-14-14

Any additional comments?

A complex work that needs to be read in print. Complex descriptions based on analytic geometric constructs requires long pauses to work out the 'vision'.. A great book but just not suited to audio.

  • The Law of Nines

  • By: Terry Goodkind
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 964
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 647
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 640

Turning 27 may be terrifying for some, but for Alex, a struggling artist living in the midwestern United States, it is cataclysmic. Inheriting a huge expanse of land should have made him a rich and happy man; but something about this birthday, his name, and the beautiful woman whose life he just saved, has suddenly made him - and everyone he loves - into a target.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Can't stand alone

  • By Don Gilbert on 09-19-09

Equivocal

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-28-09

Typically Goodkind; the annoying lack of contractions makes the text sound unnatural when read aloud, even more so in the context of a modern thriller. The choice of narrator who reads monotonically would better be for non-fiction. I find falling to sleep during an exciting scene to be disconcerting.
That said; a must 'read' for Goodkind fans. Once past the right-wing rants we have come to expect we find an engaging and enjoyable tale. While not a tale of Richard and Kyla, their fans will not be disappointed.
In short, find a narrator more suitable to the tale, seek permission from the author to alter the text to include contractions in order to do justice to this epic, I hope, series beginning tale.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful