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Santa Fe, NM, United States
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  • The Ruin

  • By: Dervla McTiernan
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 596
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 554
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 554

When Aisling Conroy's boyfriend Jack is found in the freezing black waters of the river Corrib, the police tell her it was suicide. A surgical resident, she throws herself into study and work, trying to forget - until Jack's sister Maude shows up. Maude suspects foul play, and she is determined to prove it. Cormac Reilly is the detective assigned with the re-investigation of a seemingly accidental overdose 20 years ago - the overdose of Jack and Maude's drug-and-alcohol-addled mother. Reilly is under increasing pressure to charge Maude for murder when his colleague Danny uncovers new evidence....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional Debut

  • By Louanne on 07-18-18

Exceptional Debut

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

Reviewed: 07-18-18

The only reason I didn't give this five stars was that I got confused with all the characters. couldn't keep them strait. I had to go back and listen to the first half again before I could keep going. I listen to a lot of books. I have been on audible for ten years. Most books are somewhat similar when listening to mysteries, police procedures etc. after the HUNDREDS that I have read this one kept my attention and wanted me to keep on listening. There is no exploitive violence, sex, drama, but the story is compelling nonetheless. I enjoyed it. Don't get put off by the language, that is the way they talk in Ireland. Accept their culture and enjoy.

28 of 28 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye

  • A Lisbeth Salander Novel, Continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series, Book 5
  • By: David Lagercrantz
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,587
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,164
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,150

Lisbeth Salander, the girl with the dragon tattoo, the brilliant hacker, the obstinate outsider, the volatile seeker of justice for herself and others - even she has never been able to uncover the most telling facts of her traumatic childhood, the secrets that might finally fully explain her to herself. Now, when she sees a chance to uncover them once and for all, she enlists the help of Mikael Blomkvist, the editor of the muckraking investigative journal Millennium. And she will let nothing stop her.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not up to par

  • By cristina on 10-03-17

SALANDER LIMITED TO CAMEOS -- she deserves better!

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

Reviewed: 10-02-17

The last MIllennium book ended unsatisfactorily, in its' abruptness, but it was a good attempt at continuing the series. It fell of short of the mark. I found this story to be lacking in the same way as the last- The Girl in the Spiders Web. the story line was good but in both books we/I suffer from Lisbeth Salander being the main character, but absent for a good bit of the book. Originally it was all about Lisbeth and Michael as main characters, yet the continuations have lost all the relationship tension. there is no growth or change, just a dangling remembrance. . The story is sophisticated and complex continuing to build around her childhood. But i continue to miss her direct involvement with the development. She seems to come in for cameos. Don't like that at all. Her appeal and complexity have been distilled to a much colder, withdrawn, and limited version of her earlier self. Perhaps she has become a role. She is one of the best female characters in ages. That is why we read these books over and over, and she is being diminished and simplified.

Simon Vance is the glue that holds the series together. Without his voice, I don't know if the transition would be satisfying.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Glass Houses

  • A Novel
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Robert Bathurst
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,738
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,510
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,502

When a mysterious figure appears in Three Pines one cold November day, Armand Gamache and the rest of the villagers are at first curious. Then wary. Through rain and sleet, the figure stands unmoving, staring ahead. From the moment its shadow falls over the village, Gamache, now Chief Superintendent of the Sûreté du Québec, suspects the creature has deep roots and a dark purpose. Yet he does nothing. What can he do? Only watch and wait. And hope his mounting fears are not realized.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By Anna on 09-05-17

DIFFICULT:

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

Reviewed: 09-09-17

Difficult to follow
Difficult to believe
Difficult to be entertaining

I found this to be the least enjoyable of all Penny's books, and I have listened to them all from the very beginning - some several times. I found myself getting confused and not able to follow the story line - there was not an easy transition from past to present. The story itself was quite implausible and disjointed from attempts to follow a drug bust and solving a murder. I don't like Gamache as the martyr/savoir self- sacrificing, super human, oh so wise and brave. He has pushed the envelope of credibility too far for me. He is becoming insufferable, Perhaps Louise Penny feels she has to amp up the personality and stories. It is not necessary to try and best all the previous books. The character of Gamache and stories are losing in this endeavor. She would do better to leave off all the political and psychological fill and let us enjoy the characters as she has developed them, while toning down Gamache. Get back to what worked so well.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Heavens May Fall

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray, David Colacci, Amy McFadden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,814
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,469
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,454

Detective Max Rupert's and attorney Boady Sanden's friendship is being pushed to the breaking point. Max is convinced that Jennavieve Pruitt was killed by her husband, Ben. Boady is equally convinced that Ben, his client, is innocent. As the case unfolds, the two are forced to confront their own personal demons.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 2017 Audie Nominee

  • By Bob on 02-20-17

GOOD STORY BAD WRITING

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

Reviewed: 05-27-17

I have never listened to an Allen Eskens book before, and I made it to the end with perseverance. the story was fine, nothing super special, and I needed something to listen to but the writing was poor. some trite and forced descriptives. Neither the plot nor the writing had a good flow. I stayed with it, because I had purchased it and needed the escape. I do like it when they use several narrators. that gives it a more plausible feel.

  • Police at the Station and They Don’t Look Friendly

  • Detective Sean Duffy, Book 6
  • By: Adrian McKinty
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,601
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,496
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,495

Belfast, 1988. A man is found dead, killed with a bolt from a crossbow in front of his house. This is no hunting accident. But uncovering who is responsible for the murder will take Detective Sean Duffy down his most dangerous road yet, a road that leads to a lonely clearing on a high bog where three masked gunmen will force Duffy to dig his own grave. Hunted by forces unknown, threatened by Internal Affairs, and with his relationship on the rocks, Duffy will need all his wits to get out of this investigation in one piece.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing better than a Duffy tale!

  • By 6catz on 03-10-17

A WINNER- the writing carries the accolades.

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

Reviewed: 03-21-17

I don't have anything specific or clever to say. Adrian Mckinty is one of my very favorite authors, mainly because of his writing skill and personality. I was so thrilled that this appeared in my new releases inbox. I tried hard to not eat it all in one bite. His story line is not new. The corruption within the departments. I enjoyed it all and felt that he was a little off at the ending. It was not plausible given how astute Sean McDuffy is portrayed. However that did not diminish my enjoyment. Good Job. Next March is a long way off, his books usually appear in March.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Hidden Child

  • Fjällbacka Mysteries, Book 5
  • By: Camilla Läckberg
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 14 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 475
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 425
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 422

Crime writer Erica Falck is shocked to discover a Nazi medal among her late mother’s possessions. Haunted by a childhood of neglect, she resolves to dig deep into her family’s past and finally uncover the reasons why. Her enquiries lead her to the home of a retired history teacher. He was among her mother’s circle of friends during the Second World War but her questions are met with bizarre and evasive answers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • the author's best work so far

  • By Stevon on 09-25-14

Difficult: endurance required

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

Reviewed: 03-09-17

The story was interesting and pretty original. i thought the narration was good and did not distract from the story. But the story was too complex to follow without effort. i don't understand why time shifts aren't alerted by a chapter heading or year description. It is a simple thing that can make it more fluid. Between the time shifts and the multiple characters I found it difficult to follow. I read for enjoyment and relaxation. I don't like to have to work at it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Death on a High Floor

  • By: Charles Rosenberg
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 15 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,696
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,505
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,510

On the 85th floor of a glittering high-rise in Los Angeles, Robert Tarza steps into the lobby of the Marbury Marfan law firm to discover his partner Simon Rafer lying in a pool of blood - an ornate dagger plunged into his back. Robert had worked with Simon for decades, and their relationship was fraught with conflict. But he never imagined he would wind up as the prime suspect for his colleague’s murder. As the evidence stacks up against him with frightening speed, he quickly falls from his respected position to that of a criminal dragged through the tabloids.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Mystery, Brilliant Narration

  • By Charles Atkinson on 02-23-14

NO THRILLS ALL FRILLS

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

Reviewed: 01-14-17

This listen had one great attribute. It was so tediously overloaded with courtroom tedium and legal contemplations that it was perfect for putting me to sleep. I don't know how this could be called a thriller. Actually the story was fine, the writing was burdened, boring, and seriously detracted from a good story. I guess lawyers might like to read it- they are habituated to drawing things out as long as possible. Perhaps his publisher said, "the more words, the more money" sounds like legal procedure to me.

  • The Traitor's Story

  • By: Kevin Wignall
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,795
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,555
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,552

When fifteen-year-old American Hailey Portman goes missing in Switzerland, her desperate parents seek the help of their neighbor, Finn Harrington, a seemingly quiet historian rumored to be a former spy. Sensing the story runs deeper than anyone yet knows, Finn reluctantly agrees to make some enquiries. He has little to go on other than his instincts, and his instincts have been wrong in the past - sometimes spectacularly wrong.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Complicated but pretty well done

  • By cristina on 09-12-16

MY FIRST FIVE STAR - I think.

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

Reviewed: 01-14-17

I gave this five stars for the following reasons.
Loved the story! Love love love Simon Vance.
The reason I loved it so much, was that the story could have been burdened ad nauseum
( I'm not sure I can spell that) with endless details of "spy" activity, meaningless descriptives - pad, pad, pad - and it wasn't. I just listened to a legal thriller with no thrill and endless frills.
This was all story and I think very well written. I look forward to reading more from Kevin Wignall. I seriously hope he continues to use Simon Vance who contributes so much.

  • Nine Dragons

  • Harry Bosch, Book 14
  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Len Cariou
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,433
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,875
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,885

The one good thing in Bosch's life, the person he holds most dear, is taken from him and Bosch travels to Hong Kong in an all-or-nothing bid to regain what he's lost. In a place known as Nine Dragons, as the city's Hungry Ghosts festival burns around him, Bosch puts aside everything he knows and risks everything he has in a desperate bid to outmatch the triad's ferocity.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Ordinary at best

  • By P.Keith Daigle on 06-23-10

UGHHHHHHHHH

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

Reviewed: 12-23-16

The litany of short terse descriptives delivered in an abrupt staccato pace was grueling. I think it was suppose to depict tension, or suspense. I thought it totally dehumanized the story. This is the worst Bosch novel I have listened to, probably about ten.I didn't mind Len Cariou before, but he did not work for me in this reading. Not a pleasant experience. The voice of Eleanor was pitiful. she could have not been an ex FBI agent, definitely not a professional gambler. Maybe a whiny stay at home mom, thanks to Cariou. Maybe he is trying to be a Dick Hill wanna be, I don't like Hill either. I don't know if I will finish it.
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  • The Wrong Side of Goodbye

  • Harry Bosch, Book 19
  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Titus Welliver
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,781
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,597
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,527

Harry Bosch is California's newest private investigator. He doesn't advertise, he doesn't have an office, and he's picky about who he works for, but it doesn't matter. His chops from 30 years with the LAPD speak for themselves. Soon one of Southern California's biggest moguls comes calling. The reclusive billionaire has less than six months to live and a lifetime of regrets. He hires Bosch to find out whether he has an heir.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Connelly Delivers Everytime

  • By Charles Atkinson on 07-19-17

ALMOST FIVE STAR Bosch becomes psychic???????/

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

Reviewed: 11-09-16

I agree with one other review I read.I liked the book alot but towards the end there were no threads leading to Bosch's final solutions, being vague on purpose. He was suddenly psychic in a most improbable way. I will continue to read this series and enjoy them, but it lacked some important clue leading detecting that could have both given more credibility and dramatic tension. I really enjoyed the story line, I found it creative and fun after twenty previous books. that takes some talent.