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  • Big Lake

  • By: Nick Russell
  • Narrated by: Bruce Miles
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 79

When an armored car hijacking leaves two men dead, Arizona Sheriff Jim Weber takes the crime personally, because one of the dead men is his brother-in-law. His hunt for the killers leads him into a world of sordid sex, deceit, and violence, with a suspect list that includes jilted women, a family of anti-government survivalists, and the beautiful wife of the richest man in town. With a plot that has more twists and turns than an Arizona mountain road, a cast of characters you won't soon forget.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I couldn't finish...

  • By Pamela on 08-15-14

So Very Bad

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

Reviewed: 12-26-18

once again I got fooled by "New York Times best-selling author" thing. this book is truly bad however it is a compendium of every overused trite cliche in existence. the first chapter was pretty decent describing the crime and after that everything went downhill. about every two chapters all I wanted to do is smack somebody in the head and say something about why aren't you following up on this or why aren't you doing that. The book is also Chuck full of absolutely useless characters who bring nothing at all, not even humor, to the book. the only reason it got two stars for one option was because the ending was unexpected. Saying that however, the author then committed the cardinal sin Of not finishing his book. He does not cover the various people who should have been dealt with or otherwise explained before ending the novel. Pretty awful book folks. Probably a good idea to give this one a pass.

  • Kingdom of the Blind

  • A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, Book 14
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Robert Bathurst
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,319
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,147

When a peculiar letter arrives inviting Armand Gamache to an abandoned farmhouse, the former head of the Sûreté du Québec discovers that a complete stranger has named him one of the executors of her will. Still on suspension, and frankly curious, Gamache accepts and soon learns that the other two executors are Myrna Landers, the bookseller from Three Pines, and a young builder. None of them had ever met the elderly woman. The will is so odd and includes bequests that are so wildly unlikely that Gamache and the others suspect the woman must have been delusional. But what if, Gamache begins to ask himself, she was perfectly sane?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I found the experience very satisfying.

  • By MV on 11-29-18

Superb Writer. Weak Plot. Dreadful narration.

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

This series is a franchise and like all franchises, books or movies, it is hard to keep it going.

This book is a follow up to Book 13, a weak novel at best. If it were not for this writer’s skill with a pen and for the hoards of loyal lemmings, you would not see such high ratings.

The plot is just crummy, tiring, predictable, and amazingly... boring.Those who have read and enjoyed all of her Gamache books from the beginning have enjoyed one of the finest writers in North America. Here is an example of why it is unwise to just glance at the ratings without reading the written reviews. Readers who make time to share their thoughts are the true source of honesty, unlike those who mindlessly hit 4 or 5 stars and believe they are describing what they have read.

It is still worth a credit, but if you’ve been along for the ride, expecially the first 10 to 11 books in the series, it’s getting harder to part with credits.

The reader, and trust me “reader” is a compliment, is just awful. This series is so rich with wonderful and unique characters begging for their own voices (as they had in the earlier novels) listening to this person is downright offensive.

It is possible that this was the last in the franchise, but if Ms Penny goes back to the well again, my thirst may have been quenched.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • A Private Investigation: A DC Smith Investigation

  • DC Smith Investigation Series, Book 8
  • By: Peter Grainger
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261

When 14-year-old Zoe Johnson doesn't come home on a Monday night in early December, the alarm bells in Kings Lake Central police station do not ring straight away - after all, she's from the Dockmills, one of the toughest estates in the town. But for Detective Sergeant DC Smith, due to retire in just three weeks' time, there are some strange echoes of the case that has haunted him for the past 13 years. Maybe it's simply his over-developed sense of irony, or maybe, in his final days as a police officer, Smith must look once more into the eyes of a serial killer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sad ending to a wonderful series?

  • By Wayne on 11-16-18

Geeeez People

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

You DO know. that DC is not dead... right?

Lotsa options for one our favorite writers!

He’ll be back!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Two Minute Rule

  • By: Robert Crais
  • Narrated by: Christopher Graybill
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 533
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 433
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 436

When ex-con Max Holman finally gets out of jail, freedom doesn't taste too sweet. The only thing on his mind is reconciliation with his estranged son, who is, ironically, a cop. But then he hears the devastating news: His son and three other Los Angeles police officers were gunned down in cold blood the night before Holman's release.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story, Great Characters, Great Writing

  • By Charles Atkinson on 11-20-17

Should Have Completed the Book

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

I had to give this overall and the story only three stars. Had the author actually finished the book and not left the story unfinished, I would have. However for one reason or another he simply dropped the ending of the book leaving the reader completely in the lurch with regards to what happened to many of the main characters and of course the bad guy. Too bad. I hate this .

  • Deck the Hounds

  • An Andy Carpenter Mystery, Book 18
  • By: David Rosenfelt
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 474
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 444
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 439

Seeing a dog next to a homeless man inspires lawyer Andy Carpenter to give the pair some money to help. Soon after Andy’s encounter with them, man and dog are attacked in the middle of the night on the street. The dog defends its new owner, and the erstwhile attacker is bitten but escapes. But the dog is quarantined, and the man, Don Carrigan, is heartbroken. Andy’s wife, Laurie, can’t resist helping the duo. In a matter of days, Don and his dog, Zoey, are living above Andy’s garage and become two new additions to the family. But things soon go awry....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More of the same.... Thankfully!

  • By Atlanta Russ on 12-01-18

15 Stars

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

Complex but one of his best. Andy becomes a bit of a detective. Great read. Recommended!

  • Hunting Shadows

  • An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery, Book 16
  • By: Charles Todd
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 464
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 417
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 416

A society wedding at Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire becomes a crime scene when a man is murdered. After another body is found, the baffled local constabulary turns to Scotland Yard. Though the second crime had a witness, her description of the killer is so strange it's unbelievable. Despite his experience, Inspector Ian Rutledge has few answers of his own. The victims are so different that there is no rhyme or reason to their deaths. Nothing logically seems to connect them - except the killer. As the investigation widens, a clear suspect emerges. But for Rutledge, the facts still don't add up, leaving him to question his own judgment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great Ian Rutledge book!

  • By Kathi on 02-15-14

Just Incredible

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

Reviewed: 09-21-18

Let’s be clear on a few things first of all this is not a modern detective novel. no protagonist in this case does his detecting is approximately in the year 1920. There are no fingerprints, no DNA, no cell phones, no computers, no Internet, no Google, just a car needs to be cracked by hand. What this means is that this detective needs to solve his cases by the use of his mind and his detecting skills which are substantial. Sound dreadful? After 2 chapters I thought so. BIG mistake. It is so good!

I am writing this even though there have been a zillion reviews. I have a few followers so if you get this give this a try if you like this genre. But remember it is detective or police procedural. Another benefit is that there is some great use of the English language here. There is also a wonderfulPicture here of life after World War I and the horrible damage it did to those affected including the women left behind. This book is so good and so many no levels not the least of which is the Simon Prebble, an extraordinary narrator to say the least. No immediately go use your credit if you haven’t already been reading this author. You can thank me later when we see each other again.

  • A Murder on Wall Street

  • A Joey Mancuso, Father O’Brian Crime Mystery
  • By: Owen Parr
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

Can a priest, his brother, and the brother's girlfriend solve a murder case and see justice done - or will they be the murderer's latest victim? A Murder on Wall Street takes us inside the world of Captain O'Brian's Irish Pub and Cigar Bar in Manhattan, a legendary hotspot in the Financial District. Investigating the death are pub owners Joey Mancuso, fired from the New York Police Department for his unorthodox methods, and his brother Father Dominic, who isn't your typical priest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceeded my expectations!

  • By shelley on 11-11-17

PRETTY AWFUL

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

Reviewed: 09-16-18

I'm writing this review not only to remind myself to never get another book that includes this performer. it is also true remind myself just how bad and implausible is the series by this author regardless of the reviews.

Let's start out by discussing the narrator. For some reason he feels that he must Channel Ted Baxter as The Voice. If you do not know who Ted Baxter is perhaps because you have never watched Mary Tyler Moore, then you can also think of the judge in the movie Caddyshack. he is just Dreadful, and he won't go away. some of this book calls for Spanish. this narrator just simply butchers the entire parts. this is not minor because the girlfriend of one of the protagonists happens to be human. if you do not speak Spanish at all, maybe you'll just miss it, but I assure you that it is bad and that it is terrible.

As for the story line, it matches very well the narrator. I sometimes feel like maybe it is only me able to spot terrible books. I read this and I think to myself how incredibly arrogant to make that statement. I read those reviews that indicate that this is this novel is a gem that cannot be missed. I can assure you it can be missed, and if you are pretty intelligent you will miss it and save yourself a credit. the plot line is just unrealistic and quite frankly stupid. the end of the book which supposedly ties everything together is completely disorganized because enormous quantities of information mysteriously appear out of nowhere and even the worst of fiction could not create this nonsensical finish. If I say anymore of course I'll be spoiling it for those of you who do not heed my warning.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Song for the Dying

  • By: Stuart MacBride
  • Narrated by: Ian Hanmore
  • Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 186
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 167

A heart-stopping crime thriller from the author of three consecutive No. 1 bestsellers, including Birthdays for the Dead and the DI Logan McRae series. He's back... Eight years ago, ‘The Inside Man' murdered four women and left three more in critical condition - all of them with their stomachs slit open and a plastic doll stitched inside. And then the killer just … disappeared. Ash Henderson was a Detective Inspector on the initial investigation, but a lot can change in eight years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • MacBride knocks it out of the park.

  • By 6catz on 01-22-14

Too Long by a Third

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

Reviewed: 08-30-18

Superb author but this Not his best by far. Convoluted. Choose one of his other works. Any Logan McCrae novel.

  • Rogue Mission

  • By: Jeffrey S. Stephens
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

CIA agent Jordan Sandor's mission is more complex and has more at stake than any he has faced before. From Bermuda to the United Kingdom, from France to the deserts of Iraq, Jordan must face down villains both known and unknown, recognized and hidden, as he struggles to prevent the deaths of tens of thousands of innocent people. Needing more help than ever, Sandor calls upon his usual group of talented associates.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fast Paced Action with Explosive Ending!!!!

  • By shelley on 04-14-18

maybe I'm just getting old

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

Reviewed: 05-17-18

I used to love the Mitch Rapp type novels with superhero types kicking terrorist butt. this book is nowhere near the level of a Mitch Rapp novel, but the concept is the same. our hero pretty much single-handedly saved the world. for those of you who still enjoy this type of genre, you'll probably enjoy this one as well. for me however, I don't think I'll continue with this series. just too unrealistic and at times illogical. in fact for me the book was simply not well thought-out.

  • Vengeance

  • By: Stuart M. Kaminsky
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

Three years ago Lew Fonseca quit his job as a process server with the State Attorney's Office in Cook County, Illinois, and drove his rattling Toyota south to escape the memories of his beloved late wife. Headed for Key West, the Toyota broke down in a Dairy Queen parking lot in Sarasota, Florida. Buoyed by the friendship of a few trustworthy souls, Lew settled there, making ends meet by doing some investigative work for local attorneys.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The melancholy server

  • By Donald on 04-09-06

Very Good

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

Reviewed: 04-14-18

this book was written in the 90s which I mentioned for no other reason that it's interesting to know. It does not affect the novel at all.

oddly this book or rather it's plot shouldn't work, but it really does. some very clever twists and turns make it an extremely enjoyable read.

Scott Brick does an excellent job, probably one of his best.

It's most assuredly worth a credit. has a wonderful ending.