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  • Two Kinds of Truth

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Titus Welliver
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,983
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,050

Harry Bosch is back as a volunteer working cold cases for the San Fernando Police Department and is called out to a local drugstore where a young pharmacist has been murdered. Bosch and the town's three-person detective squad sift through the clues, which lead into the dangerous, big business world of pill mills and prescription drug abuse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bosch Survives Two Career Ending Threats

  • By Russell on 11-20-17

Best of Bosch

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

Reviewed: 01-27-18

Harry is aging well....this is one of my favorite Connellys. Full of plot and heart.

  • The Devotion of Suspect X

  • By: Keigo Higashino, Alexander O. Smith Translated by
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 947
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 632
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 634

Yasuko Hanaoka is a divorced, single mother who thought she had finally escaped her abusive ex-husband Togashi. When he shows up one day to extort money from her, threatening both her and her teenaged daughter Misato, the situation quickly escalates into violence and Togashi ends up dead on her apartment floor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Devoted tale of kindness and unknown friendship.

  • By Howard on 02-13-11

You'll walk a marathon to keep reading this book

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

Reviewed: 03-04-15

What a wonderful first experience of Keigo Higashino! This is a terrific mystery that starts with great excitement and never lets up. I found the characters endlessly interesting and three-dimensional, especially our math teacher.

The best kinds of mysteries are ones where the truths are in plain site...we're just too myopic to see them.

If you're not familiar with Japanese names, and I'm not, you may have to stop everyone in a while to remind yourself who is who, but don't let that get in the way of your enjoyment. I now feel bereft....I finished the book!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • I Am Pilgrim

  • A Thriller
  • By: Terry Hayes
  • Narrated by: Christopher Ragland
  • Length: 22 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,484
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,490

An anonymous young woman murdered in a run-down hotel, all identifying characteristics dissolved by acid. A father publicly beheaded in the blistering heat of a Saudi Arabian public square. A notorious Syrian biotech expert found eyeless in a Damascus junkyard. Smoldering human remains on a remote mountainside in Afghanistan. A flawless plot to commit an appalling crime against humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Please let this all be fiction.

  • By B.J. on 08-08-14

Perfect summer thriller, don't miss

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

Reviewed: 08-29-14

don't be deterred by the length -- I never wished this book to be shorter. Lots of chills and thrills and great scenery along the way. Have recommended it to lots of different readers and all have enjoyed it.
Narrator needs pronunciation lessons. Anything European throws him, esp French. Makes him sound amateurish. Does anyone listen into these recordings??
Was annoying but in the end, I forgave.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Butcher’s Crossing

  • By: John Williams
  • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 240
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 218

In the 1870s, Will Andrews, fired up by Emerson to seek "an original relation to nature," drops out of Harvard and heads west. He washes up in Butcher's Crossing, a small Kansas town full of restless men looking for ways to make money and ways to waste it. One of these men regales Will with tales of the immense buffalo herds hidden away in the Colorado Rockies and convinces him to join an expedition to track them down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another prose painting by a master.

  • By Ron on 02-12-17

The incomparable John Williams goes west

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

Reviewed: 08-29-14

Three such different books -- Augustus, Stoner, and Butcher's Crossing -- all memorable. This one takes the tired western genre and kicks it back up to literary masterpiece, a coming of age tale told with cinematic sweep and exquisite writing. Some sections were so thrilling that I listened 2X. I mean twice, not doublespeed!

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Stoner

  • By: John Williams
  • Narrated by: Robin Field
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,053
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,833
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,838

William Stoner is born at the end of the 19th century into a dirt-poor Missouri farming family. Sent to the state university to study agronomy, he instead falls in love with English literature and embraces a scholar's life, far different from the hardscrabble existence he has known. And yet as the years pass, Stoner encounters a succession of disappointments.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fascinating book

  • By Mark J. Lura on 07-12-11

a great American novel, a great American audiobook

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

Reviewed: 08-29-14

There's a reason so many people admire, revere John Williams -- I then went and listened to Butcher's Crossing, so very different and also wonderful.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Gone

  • Kick Lannigan, Book 1
  • By: Chelsea Cain
  • Narrated by: Heather Lind
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 442
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 392
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 396

Twenty-one-year-old Kick Lannigan is a survivor. She can pick any lock, fire any weapon, throw any knife, and aim a punch at her opponent’s trachea. And when the enigmatic John Bishop shows up asking her to help him rescue missing kids, Kick has every reason to be wary. He appears to have access to limitless money, high-level contacts, and details of Kick’s background long kept sealed by the court. Yet everything he tells her about himself seems to be a lie.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book. I hope the series gets better.

  • By David Shear on 08-22-14

I'm chintzy with stars but an enjoyable story

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

Reviewed: 08-29-14

despite the horrifying context of pedophilia, our heroine will win your heart and i guess I would even read another one. I did keep waiting for Kick's hair to figure more prominentl in the action, didn't you??

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • You Should Have Known

  • By: Jean Hanff Korelitz
  • Narrated by: Christina Delaine
  • Length: 16 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 602
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 534
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 533

Grace Reinhart Sachs is living the only life she ever wanted for herself. Devoted to her husband, a pediatric oncologist at a major cancer hospital, their young son Henry, and the patients she sees in her therapy practice, her days are full of familiar things: She lives in the very New York apartment in which she was raised, and sends Henry to the school she herself once attended. Dismayed by the ways in which women delude themselves, Grace is also the author of a book You Should Have Known, in which she cautions women to really hear what men are trying to tell them.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic reading;literary soap opera

  • By colprubin on 06-04-14

watch out -- you will have trouble unplugging

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

Reviewed: 05-16-14

i listened at 2x for 2 reasons: i wanted the next plot twist (that's good) and the narrative was bloated (that's bad). But you'll overlook the latter for the former. I thoroughly enjoyed this, for all the yucky Upper East Side self-satisfied parts of it, found it insightful and always absorbing.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 162,063
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 149,572
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 149,406

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

hang in there, it gets better

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

Reviewed: 04-09-14

If you're gasping for air at the tedious engineering of it all, hang on for a while...once the real story of rescue kicks in, you'll enjoy this Robinson Crusoe - Apollo 13 sort of roller coaster romp. An exercise in critical thinking and imagination and solitude. Don't expect three dimensional characters (and the stereotype narration of German accents made me cringe) but I stuck with it till the end.

  • The Secret Keeper

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,873
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,768
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,768

England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!

  • By Maria on 10-20-12

Poignant, absorbing, lovely listen

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

Reviewed: 03-19-14

A roller coaster of a plot and several memorable characters. I suspect that this was far better as an audiobook than it would have been in print....a teensy shmaltzy, but forgivably so. And while the writing rarely soars, the story of family lost and found, the trauma of the war, and young women forging their lives and identities during the London blitz never lagged. Heroes to cheer, villains to hate, and a satisfying range of grey to provoke deep questions of ethical choices and as the title suggests, when to keep secrets -- and when to release them. I probably logged several thousand miles of flights with this book, and it was a welcome companion. Was sorry to see it end.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Gods of Guilt

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Peter Giles
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,598
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,695
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,675

Mickey Haller gets the text, "Call me ASAP - 187," and the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention. Murder cases have the highest stakes and the biggest paydays, and they always mean Haller has to be at the top of his game. When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one. He soon finds out that she was back in LA and back in the life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • God of Scribe

  • By Big jim Picotto on 03-12-15

Connelly has run out of steam, so has this reader

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

Reviewed: 12-14-13

Nothing good but the title.

After several hours in which I had nary a moment of reader-delight, I abandoned ship -- something I rarely do. Thin characters, thinner plot. Narration OK but can't dress up a lackluster book. Leaving in search of richer reader waters.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful