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  • Dark Horse

  • By: B. J. Daniels
  • Narrated by: Carly Robins
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

For twenty-five years, the case of the McGraw twins kidnapping has remained unsolved. As the eldest son, Cull oversees the McGraw horse ranch, wary of prying eyes. So when true-crime writer Nikki St. James comes forward with new information, Cull can't believe his father invites her onto the compound. His family has suffered enough - he's not about to let St. James snoop and ruin them completely. But Nikki finds the eldest McGraw's protectiveness as endearing as it is aggravating.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pleasant surprise

  • By Geneva A Hanssen on 07-23-17

Should have stuck to mystery

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

Reviewed: 12-19-18

It had an interesting plot but the "romance" part was very tedious and oh so formulaic. The narrator did well with women but made all of the male characters sound like they were In advanced senility. Some aspects were overdone, others were skipped over. So-so.

  • Back of Beyond

  • By: C. J. Box
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,500
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,323
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,328

Cody Hoyt, while a brilliant cop, is an alcoholic struggling with two months of sobriety when his mentor and AA sponsor Hank Winters is found burned to death in a remote mountain cabin. At first it looks like the suicide of a man who’s fallen off the wagon, but Cody knows Hank better than that....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cody Hoyt is GREAT!

  • By Terry on 08-09-12

Grabbed Me and Kept Me Despite the Blood

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

Reviewed: 04-08-18

Grabbed Me and Kept Me Despite the Blood This is a lot hairier than I can usually handle, but was so well written that I never considered abandoning it. There are buckets and buckets of blood, and an astonishing number of murders, but it's a good enough story that I was committed to making it through. I'd actually have given the story a 5, but brought it down to 4.4 due to the sheer volume of blood, pain, and fear -- but bear in mind, I'm a sissy. The narrator is spectacularly skilled, especially considering the book's audio challenges. There's a huge cast, and it's of varying genders, ages, personalities, and locales; and it beggars belief that he can handle it so well. He's also a very good actor and is excellent at realistically portraying attitudes and emotions. The Box interview at the end is a delightful bonus. He's wonderfully candid, and makes some interesting points, and reveals why Box's stories feel so authentic.

  • The Rock Hole

  • A Red River Mystery
  • By: Reavis Z. Wortham
  • Narrated by: Traber Burns
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,811
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,638
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,639

In 1964, when Ned Parker, farmer and part-time constable, is summoned to a cornfield one hot morning to examine the remains of a tortured bird dog, he discovers that there is a dark presence in their quiet community of Center Springs, Texas. Ned is usually confident handling moonshiners, drunks, and instances of domestic dispute. But when it comes to animal atrocities—which then turn to murder—the investigation spins beyond his abilities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Must Read

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-19-16

Unbearably ugly story

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

Reviewed: 02-05-18

I was very torn about this book, and spent a long time going back and forth between abandoning it and trying it again. The dilemma: The writing is excellent but the story is horrible beyond belief. The characters are engaging and interesting, and I cared what happens to them. But it starts right out with excruciatingly awful torture and murder of pet animals, graphically and lengthily described. These mutilations continue. It advances to threats against children, extremely violent racial attacks that include torture and murders, the burning alive of an entire family, including the children, graphic right down to their screams while they die. I can't tell you what other awful things ensue because I had to accept that I just could go any further with this book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Black Widow

  • By: Daniel Silva
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,020
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,455
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,403

Gabriel Allon, the art restorer, spy, and assassin described as the most compelling fictional creation "since Ian Fleming put down his martini and invented James Bond" ( Rocky Mountain News), is poised to become the chief of Israel's secret intelligence service. But on the eve of his promotion, events conspire to lure him into the field for one final operation. ISIS has detonated a massive bomb in the Marais district of Paris, and a desperate French government wants Gabriel to eliminate the man responsible before he can strike again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WGV

  • By Walter Glenn Viers on 07-18-16

Too painful for me

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

Reviewed: 12-19-17

I normally like Silva's Gabriel Allon character, but that wasn't enough to make me hang with the miseries of this story. I'm an escapist, and the topics addressed here are too real and current to make this an enjoyable outing.

I didn't think Guidall was a good choice as the reader, either. There are characters where he's a good fit, but this isn't one of them.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Deep Freeze

  • Virgil Flowers, Book 10
  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,299
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,000
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,982

Virgil knows the town of Trippton, Minnesota, a little too well. A few years back, he investigated the corrupt - and, as it turned out, homicidal - local school board, and now the town's back in view with more alarming news: A woman's been found dead, frozen in a block of ice. There's a possibility that it might be connected to a high school class of 20 years ago that has a midwinter reunion coming up, and so, wrapping his coat a little tighter, Virgil begins to dig into 20 years' worth of traumas, feuds, and bad blood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Virgil gets the s*** beat out of him...

  • By shelley on 10-21-17

Wish they could all be Virgil Flowers

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

Reviewed: 12-19-17

I almost shimmied with delight as I settled down to read this one. As always, it did not disappoint. F'ing Flowers is so f'ing funny! And so lovable. Although he's smart and competent, he's never full of himself and easily admits his disasters. A fine run of both action and laughter made me, as usual, so forlorn that it had to end. Some aspects of the plot were a bit dubious but I can always forgive that while on a Virgil adventure.

Narrator Eric Conger continues to be the perfect voice for Virgil -- offhand, comfortable in his own skin, determined.

I loved the goings-on with Virgil's truck -- I might contact Sanford and recommend he buy the new Elon Musk truck for Virgil, it would be perfectly suited. This book was the best present I bought for me for the whole year.

1 of 1 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 3,034
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,784
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,773

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

What should "community" really mean?

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

Reviewed: 12-03-17

While listening to this episode my expected rating bounced all over the place, which is unusual for me. The low points were primarily because of the disjointed timeline. She often does this, to an extent, but in this one it was so excessive that it destroyed a lot of my enjoyment. And of course there were the usual credibility problems with much of the plot. That having been said, I continue to love the characters and, despite the somber topics, continue to literally laugh out loud at the interactions. Even the repeating jokes, like the duck, keep me laughing. I also love the insights and also the emotional and moral dilemmas, both internal and societal. That the characters evolve is another big plus. The clincher for me was the forward, which was wisely placed at the back in the audio version. It was packed with the same genuine wisdom that makes Gamache so beloved. Serious truths there, and a lot to think about. I'm still trying to get used to Robert Bathurst but I like him better and better as time goes on. He shows a wonderful understanding of who these people are, and that's paramount. I do hate how he renders Ruth, vocally, but for the most part I'm pretty content with the voices. And the producers added another bonus by adding a conversation between Ms. Penny and Mr. Bathurst on the building and rendering of such a novel.

  • Blue Lightning: A Thriller

  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 819
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 742
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 741

Inspector Jimmy Perez takes his fiance home to Fair Isle, the tiny island he comes from, to meet his parents. The island is a magnet for bird watchers, who congregate at the local inn and lighthouse. When a local married celebrity who had an eye for the lads is murdered, Perez discovers that the suspects are very close to him indeed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Totally unput-down-able! More please!

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-07-15

So Satisfying

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

Reviewed: 06-25-17

As always with Ms. Cleeves, her characters are wide-ranging, interesting, and believable; and her sense of place is exquisite. Things didn't always go as I'd wanted, but it worked somehow. Narration is good. Happy to have had this one.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Professor

  • McMurtrie and Drake Legal, Book 1
  • By: Robert Bailey
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,769
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,496
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,481

Law professor Thomas Jackson McMurtrie literally wrote the book on evidence in the state of Alabama. But when a power-hungry colleague uses a recent run-in between McMurtrie and headstrong student Rick Drake to end his career, he is left unsure what to do next.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Awful? No, but close.... close.

  • By Ted on 08-15-16

Too Much Misery

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

Reviewed: 12-31-16

I had to give up on this one. From the onset it was horrific, full of tragedy, pain, death, conspiracies, and betrayal. A bad-things-happen-to-good-people bonanza. Yes, bad things happen to good people in real life, but I prefer authors who can using pacing to balance the good guys' wins and losses in a tolerable way. This one was loss after loss to where I couldn't enjoy the read. And there were passages so vulgar and ugly that I wished I'd had real-paper pages that I could skim past.
The reader was quite good, very believable in the roles, and that just made it worse, increasing the pain at each bad event. I look forward to trying him again in a more palatable story.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Still Life

  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,249
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,587
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,599

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it's nothing more than a tragic hunting accident, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a gentle mystery

  • By Sydney on 08-26-07

The Author I'd Been Waiting for

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

Reviewed: 12-05-16

I write this belatedly, after having just finished her latest (A Great Reckoning). Once I started with her, I was hooked for life. Her characters are so rich, so real, and some of them hysterically funny. My favorite, of course, is Inspector Gamache. A very wise man, he drops little glow lights onto the dark forest path as he goes along. I love that there's a balance of very sane characters with quirky characters and some downright loonies. I love that there's a good balance of suspense, puzzle, and characters' interaction. I dislike violence, preferring the puzzle; and Ms. Penny works it just right. As she has continued with these folks, I've liked some of her books more than others, but every single one has been more than worth the read. If you haven't tried her yet, this is the place to start.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Neanderthal Man

  • In Search of Lost Genomes
  • By: Svante Pääbo
  • Narrated by: Dennis Holland
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 619
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 564
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 568

A preeminent geneticist hunts the Neanderthal genome to answer the biggest question of them all: what does it mean to be human? What can we learn from the genes of our closest evolutionary relatives? Neanderthal Man tells the story of geneticist Svante Pbo’s mission to answer that question, beginning with the study of DNA in Egyptian mummies in the early 1980s and culminating in his sequencing of the Neanderthal genome in 2009.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not really about Neanderthal man

  • By Mark on 08-29-15

Much More Than I Expected

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

Reviewed: 08-05-16

The title is slightly misleading. If you're someone deeply interested in Neanderthals and want to know everything about them and their history, that isn't the focus of this book. The book is much broader than that; it's about early humans of many species, and their travels, and that's exactly what interests me.

I was extremely happy with the main theme, which is how we determine such knowledge, and the challenges of proving and disproving our findings. I was well educated about DNA itself, but weak on the challenges of isolating and verifying results. In a few spots I got a little lost -- sequencing, long vs. short, etc. -- so I had to settle for the big picture. On the whole, however, Pääbo made an incredibly complex subject very understandable.

It reads like a novel much of the time, full of tension, suspense, failure, and triumph; and, throughout, the amazing ghosts of our ancestors. Pääbo writes in a relaxed and intimate way that made me feel we were walking hand in hand through the sites of his challenges.

The reader does an excellent job. In addition to clarity, pacing, and correct emphases, I kept feeling it was the author himself talking to me.

I debated whether to give a 4 or a 5, and finally opted for 5 because of the extreme talent used to make such a difficult subject so readable.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful