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  • Career of Evil

  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,712
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,788
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,733

Audie Award, Mystery, 2016. When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible - and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Characters Mean Everything

  • By Charles Atkinson on 11-09-15

A tedious, clinical view of pathology

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

Reviewed: 11-21-15

I tried, but couldn't finish this. I do like the characters. But the focus on the minute details of eviscerated bodies and on the mindset of the serial slasher was too much. I fast-forwarded through much of that. But finally I just felt the whole thing was too painfully tedious and gross. Another writer could get the point across, perhaps more effectively, without focusing so much on grisly details.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Turning Angel

  • By: Greg Iles
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 17 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,324
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,943
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,939

As two of the most prominent citizens of Natchez, Drew Elliott and Penn Cage sit on the school board of their alma mater, St. Stephen's Prep. When the nude body of a young female student is found near the Mississippi River, the entire community is shocked - but no one more than Penn, who discovers that his best friend was entangled in a passionate relationship with the girl and may be accused of her murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Southern accents are best left to Southerners...

  • By Pat M. on 04-21-14

Ew

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

Reviewed: 07-18-15

I bought this because I loved his previous book in this series. But this book has a creepy focus on middle-aged men having sex with teen girls. The descriptions go on and on, totally unnecessary to the plot and, in fact, halting the plot for seemingly endless periods of time while the author focuses on intricate sexual details. Really pervy, to use the words of one of the teens. I had to stop listening. No thanks. Give me a good story, not this junk.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Providence Rag

  • A Liam Mulligan Novel
  • By: Bruce DeSilva
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 248
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 225

Edgar Award-winner Bruce DeSilva returns with Liam Mulligan, an old-school investigative reporter for a dying newspaper in Providence, Rhode Island. Mulligan knows every street and alley, every priest and prostitute, every cop and street thug. He knows the mobsters and politicians - who are pretty much one and the same. Inspired by a true story, Providence Rag finds Mulligan, his pal Mason, and the newspaper they both work for at an ethical crossroad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome book, a who done it until the end

  • By Mike on 04-13-14

Yuck

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

Reviewed: 06-06-15

I had looked forward to getting to know the characters in this story, because they were mentioned by other reviewers as being interesting. And, as a former reporter, I looked forward to reading about the old newspaper world I knew back in the day. But, this story's detailed descriptions of torturing animals and slashing women and children were more than I could take. I can't read this junk. I don't want it in my head. And it's so unnecessary for the story.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Burning Room

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Titus Welliver
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,354
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,667
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,643

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

What a disappointment!

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

Reviewed: 11-12-14

I've been a Michael Connelly fan forever and have read or listened to all his previous books. That's why I looked forward to this newest Bosch story. And that's why I was so disappointed in it. At the start of the book, I assumed the problem was the droning, baritone monotone of the reader that was making this listening experience so excruciating. But then I realized that the main problem was the seemingly endless expository writing on police rules and practices and regulations and the plodding, plodding (and finally, unrealistically resolved) plot that was the main problem. The combination of the two was really deadly (and not in a good way, considering this is, of course, a murder case). I couldn't believe how bad this was. I kept listening, thinking surely it would improve. Nope.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • All the Light We Cannot See

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Doerr
  • Narrated by: Zach Appelman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,641
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,811
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,815

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, good narrator, not so great production

  • By j phillips on 08-08-17

Beautiful, touching, intricately plotted

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

Reviewed: 08-20-14

This is one of those books that will stay with me, like a charm or maybe a dream. It is one of the most poignant stories I've ever heard/read about how lives are affected by war. In this case, WWII. I will never think of that war--or of France and Germany--the same way again. And I'll remember these characters as if they had been real.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • In the Morning I'll Be Gone

  • Detective Sean Duffy, Book 3
  • By: Adrian McKinty
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,097
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,921
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,915

It's the early 1980s in Belfast. Sean Duffy, a conflicted Catholic cop in the Protestant RUC (Royal Ulster Constabulary), is recruited by MI5 to hunt down Dermot McCann, an IRA master bomber who has made a daring escape from the notorious Maze prison. In the course of his investigations Sean discovers a woman who may hold the key to Dermot's whereabouts; she herself wants justice for her daughter who died in mysterious circumstances in a pub locked from the inside.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Dangerous Gamble

  • By John on 03-21-14

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 08-07-14

I enjoyed this on so many levels. McKinty has created a great character here and succeeded in realistically depicting the culture and the politics of Ireland during The Troubles. He brings it alive. I can't wait for the next in this series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fool Moon

  • The Dresden Files, Book 2
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,947
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,897
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,844

Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is Chicago's only openly practicing wizard. He is also dead broke. His vast knowledge and magical skills are unfortunately matched by his talent for making powerful enemies and alienating friends. With little more than his integrity left, he accepts an offer of work from Lt. Karin Murphy of Chicago's Special Investigations Unit. He wants to redeem himself in Murphy's eyes and make enough money to quiet his rumbling stomach.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best books I've read in a long time!

  • By David Ziegler on 05-06-10

I had to stop listening to this

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

Reviewed: 08-06-14

I enjoyed the first in the series, mainly because the focus was more on the very-likable main character and his life as an actual wizard working in Chicago alongside the police. I'm not a fan of the blood-and-gore schtick and tiptoed my way through that part of book one. No way to avoid it in the blood bath that is the second book in this series. Yuck! No thanks.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Envy

  • By: Sandra Brown
  • Narrated by: Victor Slezak
  • Length: 14 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,877
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,845
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,840

New York book editor Maris Matherly-Reed knows a best seller when she sees one - even if it is just a tantalizing partial manuscript submitted by a writer identified only as P.M.E., with the return address of an obscure island off the Georgia coast. Maris is intrigued enough to search for him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Envy

  • By DMHVetSurveyor on 05-26-07

No thanks: A waste of time.

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

Reviewed: 06-16-14

Sorry to be one of the only naysayers, but this book is so shallow that I can't continue listening to it. Its cardboard characters include over-the-top, really-evil villains sneaking around and manipulating and blackmailing upstanding people who may not be perfect but have integrity and are, for the most part, sympathetic characters. Everybody seems to be sexually charged, and some of them are hopping in the sack on a regular basis. The plot, with its flashbacks, etc, doesn't engage me at all. Think goofy soap opera. Call me cynical, but I'm guessing this plot-driven story was written specifically to be a bestseller. Obviously this is what happened, because a lot of people have given it rave reviews. Whatever...

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Invention of Wings

  • A Novel
  • By: Sue Monk Kidd
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,282
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,762
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,767

From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!

  • By Jan on 01-09-14

A great, haunting story

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

Reviewed: 06-16-14

This book reveals the lives and mindsets of house slaves in early 1800s Charleston. Also: Its enduring (and endearing) characters were pioneers in the antislavery and women's rights movements. The main characters, the Grimke sisters, are based on real people. But this isn't just history; it is elegant, memorable literature.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • How the Light Gets In

  • A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, Book 9
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 15 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,642
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,336
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,332

Shadows are falling on the usually festive Christmas season for Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. When Gamache receives a message from Myrna Landers that a longtime friend has failed to arrive for Christmas in the village of Three Pines, he welcomes the chance to get away from the city. Gamache soon discovers the missing woman was once one of the most famous people not just in North America, but in the world, and now goes unrecognized by virtually everyone. As events come to a head, Gamache is drawn ever deeper into the world of Three Pines.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Welcome Home!

  • By Nancy J on 09-06-13

Delighted to discover this writer

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

Reviewed: 03-02-14

Why haven't I heard about Louise Penny before? I absolutely love her storytelling. Distinctive characters portrayed with wit and insight into the human condition, a sense of community and place that made me feel I was there (and wanted to be there), a story line that kept me happily tuned in and guessing. My only negative was the narrator. I know, I know--everyone else gives him five stars. But initially I had a dickens of a time "hearing" him and figuring out which of the characters was speaking. I even tried listening to the audio book at half speed. I think it's the steady cadence of his speech and the fact that he seems to drop the last words of sentences. He seems to "read" rather than to act or portray the characters with different voices. I persevered (glad I did), and towards the last part of the book I began getting used to his style of speaking and could follow him better. I realized this required intense listening, rather than the more casual listening I can do when the narrator is using different, or at least more distinct, voices for each character. Now that I have this down, I may re-listen to the book because I know I missed things in the beginning.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful