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  • Dark Sacred Night

  • A Ballard and Bosch Novel
  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Christine Lakin, Titus Welliver
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,757
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,305
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,272

Renée Ballard is working the night beat again and returns to Hollywood Station in the early hours only to find a stranger rifling through old file cabinets. The intruder is retired detective Harry Bosch, working a cold case that has gotten under his skin. Ballard kicks him out but then checks into the case herself, and it brings a deep tug of empathy and anger. Bosch is investigating the death of 15-year-old Daisy Clayton, a runaway on the streets of Hollywood who was brutally murdered and her body left in a dumpster like so much trash. Now, Ballard joins forces with Bosch. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • So So

  • By Paul Beer on 11-16-18

Connelly is dialing it in

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

Reviewed: 12-21-18

Have been a fan of Connelly for years and have enjoyed all his novels but this one is a disappointment. He fills up pages with descriptions and facts that really don't move the story along. They just take up pages.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Man Who Came Uptown

  • By: George Pelecanos
  • Narrated by: James Shippy
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 68

Michael Hudson spends the long days in prison devouring books given to him by the prison's librarian, a young woman named Anna who develops a soft spot for her best student. Anna keeps passing Michael books until one day he disappears, suddenly released after a private detective manipulated a witness in Michael's trial. Outside, Michael encounters a Washington, DC, that has changed a lot during his time locked up. But what hasn't changed is the hard choice between the temptation of crime and doing what's right. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Horrible pronunciation, great book

  • By L. Alexander on 09-13-18

This was a waste of time

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

Reviewed: 09-29-18

This should have been a short story, not a novel. Pelecanos padded the plot with synopses of books and social justice commentary. Generally, i like his books, but this one was a not up to his standard.

  • The Verdun Affair

  • By: Nick Dybek
  • Narrated by: Jacques Roy
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22

A sweeping, romantic, and profoundly moving novel, set in Europe in the aftermath of World War I and Los Angeles in the 1950s, about a lonely young man, a beautiful widow, and the amnesiac soldier whose puzzling case binds them together even as it tears them apart.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By RueRue on 06-24-18

This was a waste of time

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

Reviewed: 08-18-18

the story moved so quickly between time frames that it never had a chance to develop a coherent story.

  • The Burning Girl

  • By: Claire Messud
  • Narrated by: Morgan Hallett
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 146

A bracing, hypnotic, coming-of-age story about the bond of best friends, from the New York Times best-selling author of The Emperor's Children. Julia and Cassie have been friends since nursery school. They have shared everything, including their desire to escape the stifling limitations of their birthplace, the quiet town of Royston, Massachusetts. But as the two girls enter adolescence, their paths diverge and Cassie sets out on a journey that will put her life in danger and shatter her oldest friendship.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Notable more for the ideas an insights than story.

  • By Edward J Bridge on 11-05-17

This was a waste of time

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

Reviewed: 10-09-17

NYT had high praise for this book so i ordered it. The plot was extremely thin.
The Times review said that anything with the word "girl" in the title seemed to do extremely well. That seems to be this book's only hook

1 of 3 people found this review helpful