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  • Kings of America

  • By: R. J. Ellory
  • Narrated by: Adam Sims
  • Length: 15 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Having fled to New York following his involvement in a terrible crime, Irish-born Danny McCabe throws in his lot with Nicolas and Lucia Mariani, Corsican siblings who have come to America to make their fortune. In New York the trio get by, earning money from fighting and - on Nicolas Mariani's part - increasingly illicit activity. Lucia has ambitions of becoming an actress, and, following a fight that goes horribly wrong, the three of them head to Los Angeles, the city of dreams.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent first chapter of a trilogy

  • By antonio on 09-15-18

Excellent first chapter of a trilogy

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

Reviewed: 09-15-18

RJ Ellory is a rather inconsistent writer, but, when at his best, he stands out in the golden circle of literary crime writers (Michael Connelly, James Lee Burke, Lawrence Block..). After quite a few so-so books, with Kings of America he finally delivers an engaging story that brings to the reader much more than simply a solid plot and suspense. The book is about is all about hopes, dreams and survival at all costs of three young individuals coming to the US from Ireland and Corsica in the mid-30s. Some may say that Kings of America may be a variation on the mob/Hollywood theme, but it's an enthralling one. The reader, Adams Sims, is as good as it gets....

  • The Fourth Monkey

  • By: J. D. Barker
  • Narrated by: Eduardo Ballerini, Graham Winton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

Brilliant. Complicated. Psychopath. That's the Four Monkey Killer, or 4MK. A murderer with a twisted vision and absolutely no mercy. Detective Sam Porter has hunted him for five long years, the recipient of box after box of grisly trinkets carved from the bodies of 4MK's victims. But now Porter has learnt the killer's twisted history and is racing to do the seemingly impossible - find 4MK's latest victim before it's too late....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The birth of a potentially great new villain

  • By Vinodhan on 06-10-18

A scary tale....

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

Reviewed: 08-26-18

Fasten your seat belt as this book is a very bumpy ride. Goes back and forth between eras and characters as the plot develops on two parallel paths : on one (the present) the focus is on the police collecting clues and hunting a serial killer and on the other (the past) you've the killer's diary that gives the insight on how he turned into a monster.
If you're a fan of the serial killer genre you're going to love this book.. Barker's writing style is a bit particular and dark, but suits the general atmosphere of the story.

  • Forever and a Day

  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Matthew Goode
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

M laid down his pipe and stared at it tetchily. 'We have no choice. We're just going to bring forward this other chap you've been preparing. But you didn't tell me his name.' 'It's Bond, sir,' the Chief of Staff replied. 'James Bond.' One body. Three bullets. 007 floats in the waters of Marseille, killed by an unknown hand. It's time for a new agent to step up. Time for a new weapon in the war against organised crime. It's time for James Bond to earn his licence to kill.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • James Bond is back

  • By antonio on 07-18-18

James Bond is back

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

Reviewed: 07-18-18

Nowadays one does not read James Bond's stories for the thrill of the plot. It is rather an exercise of immersion in what used to be adventure and mystery in the 60s . Horowitz does an excellent job to keep up with Ian Fleming's standards : sharp writing style, interesting and engaging (no matter if not always realistic) characters and a pleasant old fashion atmosfere full of charm and wit.
The plot moves fast and Matthew Goode is as good as it gets.
Very, very pleasant reading !!!

  • Sunburn

  • A Novel
  • By: Laura Lippman
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 629
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 578
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 577

They meet at a local tavern in the small town of Belleville, Delaware. Polly is set on heading west. Adam says he's also passing through. Yet she stays, and he stays - drawn to this mysterious redhead whose quiet stillness both unnerves and excites him. Over the course of a punishing summer, Polly and Adam abandon themselves to a steamy, inexorable affair. Still, each holds something back from the other - dangerous, even lethal secrets. Then someone dies. Was it an accident or part of a plan? By now Adam and Polly are so ensnared in each other's lives and lies that neither one knows how to get away.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding Mystery

  • By Jim N on 02-25-18

A beautifully written noir in small town America

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

Reviewed: 04-06-18

Sunburn is a subtle and enigmatic piece of storytelling and an absorbing psychological drama revolving around a woman ,Polly, full of ambiguities, mystery and unusual charm.
A beautifully written book and a joy to listen to.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Tonight I Said Goodbye

  • By: Michael Koryta
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,274
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,079
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,071

Investigator Wayne Weston is found dead of an apparent suicide in his home in an upscale Cleveland suburb, and his wife and six-year-old daughter are missing. Weston’s father insists that private investigators Lincoln Perry and Joe Pritchard take the case to exonerate his son and find his granddaughter and daughter-in-law. As they begin to work, they discover there is much more to the situation than has been described in the prevalent media reports.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worthwhile effort

  • By Janice on 07-14-11

Good , but not great

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

Reviewed: 02-17-18

This book is okay , but you can find all the clichés (plot and characters) of the usual detectives' thrillers. A bit of deja vu ; I was expecting better from a young author like Koryta.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Exit Strategy

  • A Nick Mason Novel
  • By: Steve Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333

Nick Mason has been given a true mission impossible: infiltrate WITSEC, the top-secret federal witness-protection program that has never been compromised, locate the three men who put his boss, Darius Cole, behind bars for life, and kill them. But first he has to find them - they're ghost prisoners locked down around the clock in classified "deep black" locations by an battalion of heavily armed US marshals charged with protecting them - and the clock is ticking.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Too much is too much....

  • By antonio on 02-17-18

Too much is too much....

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

Reviewed: 02-17-18

I loved the first book of the Nick Mason series , although i found it a bit stretched in terms of credibility. The sequel is seriously disappointing. It is hurried, cliched, with barely sketched characters, a laughably high body count and zero credibility..

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Wife Between Us

  • By: Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,466
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,094
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,044

When you listen to this audiobook, you will make many assumptions. You will assume you are listening to a story about a jealous ex-wife. You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement - a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love. You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle. Assume nothing. Twisted and deliciously chilling, The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage - and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • NOT that confusing! Gone Girl + Last Mrs. Parrish

  • By JK907 on 01-11-18

Much ado about nothing

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

Reviewed: 02-17-18

This is a psychological thriller dealing with a young dysfunctional couple that cannot keep up with their own expectations for the mariage .
Unlike what some comments suggest , this is not Gone Girl. It just doesn't have the sharpness nor the solid plot with "real" dramatic twists.. After a very promising start the story becomes confused and, frankly, a bit irrelevant.
Julia Whelan does a superb job to keep the reader hocked to the story.

16 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Fire and Fury

  • Inside the Trump White House
  • By: Michael Wolff
  • Narrated by: Michael Wolff, Holter Graham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,398
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,272
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,173

With extraordinary access to the West Wing, Michael Wolff reveals what happened behind-the-scenes in the first nine months of the most controversial presidency of our time in Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. Since Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, the country—and the world—has witnessed a stormy, outrageous, and absolutely mesmerizing presidential term that reflects the volatility and fierceness of the man elected Commander-in-Chief.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as credible as one would like.

  • By Jerry R. Nokes Jr. on 01-29-18

Do not let the truth go in the way of a good story

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

For those who do not like Trump this is indeed an entertaining book. More than attempting to write a piece of history or a thoughtful chronicle of the Trump's first year in power, Michael Wolff gives the reader a sequence anecdotes (and gossips) written with a light touch and sense of humour. I found that the true main character in the book is Steve Bannon : his vision comes trough well articulated and powerfully structured. Trump -this is fundamentally the thesis of the book- is only an "empty vessel" that had Bannon as the skipper for the last part of the election campaign and the first seven months of the administration.
True ? Time and (real) history will tell us...

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • An Accidental Death

  • A DC Smith Investigation Series, Book 1
  • By: Peter Grainger
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,075
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,852
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,836

The story opens with the apparently accidental drowning of a sixth form student in the Norfolk countryside. As a matter of routine, or so it seems, the case passes across the desk of Detective Sergeant Smith, recently returned to work after an internal investigation into another case that has led to tensions between officers at Kings Lake police headquarters. As an ex-DCI, Smith could have retired by now, and it is clear that some of his superiors wish that he would do so.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Accidental Read

  • By Lulu on 08-29-16

English mystery:nice and proper,but boring..

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

Reviewed: 01-27-18

A murder in small town England, linear writing with well described characters, a neat (but slow) plot .. This is the essence of my first (and probably last) DC Smith's books. It is like watching an old black and white movie of an Agatha Christie's story ..well done, but lacks passion and true drama

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Second Life of Nick Mason

  • By: Steve Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 909
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 828
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 823

Nick Mason has already spent five years inside a maximum security prison when an offer comes that will grant his release 20 years early. He accepts - but the deal comes with a terrible price. Now, back on the streets, Nick Mason has a new house, a new car, money to burn, and a beautiful roommate. He's returned to society, but he's still a prisoner. Whenever his cell phone rings, day or night, Nick must answer it and follow whatever order he is given.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rock and hard place plot

  • By Lesia on 06-01-16

A great Chicago noir thriller......

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

Reviewed: 12-31-17

Nick Mason is serving twenty years in a security jail for a crime that did not commit when he gets freedom and a new start in life. However, he is in debt to a mafia boss and needs to fulfil all his wishes.
The book is well written, dramatic and fast-paced, with sound character development and a good flavour of Chicago. All this is largely enough to make the reader forget that Nick Mason is not truly a likeable character and that the plot is not always credible.
I loved it and recommend to all those who love the "noir" thrillers...

3 of 3 people found this review helpful