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  • No Sunscreen for the Dead

  • A Novel
  • By: Tim Dorsey
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

Serge and Coleman are back on the road, ready to hit the next stop on their list of obscure and wacky points of interest in the Sunshine State. This time, Serge’s interest is drawn to one of the largest retirement villages in the world - also known as the site of an infamous sex scandal between a retiree and her younger beau. What starts out as an innocent quest to observe elders in their natural habitats, sample the local cuisine, and scope out a condo to live out the rest of their golden years soon becomes a Robin Hood-like crusade to recover the funds of swindled residents.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Serge, Coleman, Russian Interference

  • By D on 01-18-19

An untamed Surge Adventure, but narration issue?

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

Reviewed: 01-22-19

More of what we know & love from both the author and the narrator. However, and this may just be me. The narration seemed slooooow.... Has Oliver Wyman dialed back his pace, was it a playback issue? Has he been reading at turtle speed the whole time and I’m just now noticing? Not worth passing as the story was one of the better Surge tales, just a heads up if you seem to feel a little pokie while listening. It may not be you.

Spoiler: I personaly liked that a minor character who could have easily been just another jerk/victim had some growth and became an ally.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Kremlin's Candidate

  • The Red Sparrow Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Jason Matthews
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 17 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,614
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,379
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,371

Russian counterintelligence chief Colonel Dominika Egorova has been a recruited asset of the CIA, stealing Kremlin secrets for her CIA handler, Nate Nash, for over seven years. In the dazzling finale to the Red Sparrow Trilogy, their forbidden and tumultuous love affair continues, mortally dangerous for them both but irresistible. In Washington, a newly installed US administration is selecting its cabinet members. Dominika hears a whisper of a closely held Kremlin operation to place a mole inside a high intelligence position.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Torn from today’s news

  • By Gary on 02-15-18

Rad

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

Suspenseful, perfect for listening to on a long road trip. Don’t pass this one up.

  • Trouble on Paradise

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 3.5
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,786
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,134

While the crew of the UN Expeditionary Force's pirate starship Flying Dutchman are enjoying a luxury vacation cruise (not!), UNEF troops are still stranded on an alien-controlled planet. Major Emily Perkins and her team are busy picking up the pieces, and it's not easy, because there is trouble on Paradise....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Should have been part of Book 3

  • By W. Brooks on 07-11-17

Great Audible sci-fi.

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

Reviewed: 01-01-18

I am thoroughly enjoying this series. I hope that it continues at least a few more years.

  • City of Bones: Harry Bosch Series, Book 8

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Peter Jay Fernandez
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,795
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,186

On New Year's Day, Detective Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch fields a call that a dog has found a bone - a bone that the dog's owner, a doctor, feels certain is human.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good read

  • By Pamela on 11-09-03

Mehh...

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

Reviewed: 07-12-12

Would you try another book from Michael Connelly and/or Peter Jay Fernandez?

Of course, I've read several. Some are better than others, this one is sort of in the middle.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

A little more character development & I didn't really by the ending. Sort of a rush job to set up following books?

Have you listened to any of Peter Jay Fernandez’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

Was City of Bones: Harry Bosch Series, Book 8 worth the listening time?

Yes, &'certainly for someone trying to knock out the whole series, it's just not the best of the lot.

  • Reamde

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 38 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,277
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,320

Richard Forthrast created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game. But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target. Hackers have struck gold by unleashing REAMDE, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. They have also unwittingly triggered a deadly war beyond the boundaries of the game’s virtual universe - and Richard is at ground zero.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not perfect, but worth a listen.

  • By ShySusan on 10-01-11

Wow!

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

Reviewed: 07-12-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I cannot recommend this enough. I started it over the second I was done w/ the 1st run-through. An epic story, amazing characters, just a solid piece of entertainment. Some reviews say this is "lighter" than some of his other works, but that is only sort of true. I would say it is very accesable to a wider audience, but a smarter than average audience, to be sure.

I have fireds who are listening to Reamde as well & we talk about how they are dreading that it will be ending... I suggested the entire re-do or re-pllay. They had never even considered that w/ prior books, but are fully expecting to w/ this one.

What did you like best about this story?

Story, all over the map doesn't do the book justice. But if you've read N.S. before, you know what to expect.

Have you listened to any of Malcolm Hillgartner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but I was very happy w/ the narrator.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laughed out loud, looked up locations on Google Earth & some other outside searches. Typical w/ N.S. reads.

Any additional comments?

Get this book, go on a road trip.

  • City of Thieves

  • A Novel
  • By: David Benioff
  • Narrated by: Ron Perlman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,370
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,398
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,391

A writer visits his retired grandparents in Florida to document their experience during the infamous siege of Leningrad. His grandmother won't talk about it, but his grandfather reluctantly consents. The result is the captivating odyssey of two young men trying to survive against desperate odds. Lev Beniov considers himself "built for deprivation." He's small, smart, and insecure, a Jewish virgin too young for the army, who spends his nights working as a volunteer firefighter with friends from his building.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning Tale. Great Narration.

  • By Paul on 10-24-09

Stunning Tale. Great Narration.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-24-09

1st, Ron Perlman (Hellboy)is a real suprise. Excelent reader, great tone and pacing. Is he Russian? Story is very engrossing, the details make the book. Grim tale and plenty of misery, don't listen if you've just gone off your meds, but worth the effort for the real emotional attatchment you build w/ the players.

44 of 46 people found this review helpful

  • The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,487
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,691
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,673

For LAPD homicide cop Harry Bosch - hero, maverick, nighthawk - the body in the drainpipe at Mulholland Dam is more than another anonymous statistic. This one is personal. The dead man, Billy Meadows, was a fellow Vietnam "tunnel rat" who fought side by side with him in a nightmare underground war that brought them to the depths of hell.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • My 2nd Time Through the Series

  • By L. O. Pardue on 07-30-15

Good Start to the Series

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-24-09

If you've decided to start the whole series after hearing a few of the latter books, then here you are. A little too 80's cop movie for me (drug dealers, Vietnam, dirty cops...) but worth the time.

17 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • The Brass Verdict

  • A Novel
  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Peter Giles
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,417
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,705
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,685

Things are finally looking up for defense attorney Mickey Haller. After two years of wrong turns, Haller is back in the courtroom. When Hollywood lawyer Jerry Vincent is murdered, Haller inherits his biggest case yet: the defense of Walter Elliott, a prominent studio executive accused of murdering his wife and her lover. But as Haller prepares for the case that could launch him into the big time, he learns that Vincent's killer may be coming for him next.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mickey Haller Is My Favorite Mystery Character

  • By Cathy on 10-22-08

Wow, Great Story, GRRR... Narrator Switch

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-18-09

Story was best one yet by M Connelly! Really excited to get back into M Haller from Lincoln Lawyer. They switched the dang narrator. This is a bad habbit w/ this series. New guy was just to laid back, horrible on Bosch, would have been perfect if book was about the new surfer dude. Great new charachter BTW. Really liked him and rooted for him to do well. But was about Haller and at least the narrator could have listened to prior to see how to pronounce name!

  • The Narrows: Harry Bosch Series, Book 10

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Len Cariou
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,648
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,236
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,239

FBI agent Rachel Walling finally gets the call she's dreaded for years: the one that tells her the Poet has returned. Years ago she worked on the famous case, tracking down the serial killer who wove lines of poetry into his hideous crimes. Rachel has never forgotten Robert Backus, the killer who called himself the Poet, and apparently he has not forgotten her either.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New to Harry Bosch

  • By Eileen on 08-31-04

Super Book, could not get out of my car!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-13-09

Especially after the disapointing "lost Light" had me thinking of quiting the series. Very interesting, lots of different locations, well paced story. Only, very minor, issue was w/ the exelent narration except for the maid and little girl. Maid sounded like speedy gonzolas and little gire was too ??? Both were small parts and overall narration was great.

  • Lost Light: Harry Bosch Series, Book 9

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Len Cariou
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,115
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,284
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,285

Four years ago, LAPD detective Harry Bosch was on a movie set, asking questions about the murder of a young production assistant, when an armored car arrived with $2 million cash for use in a heist scene. In a life-imitates-art firestorm, a gang of masked men converged on the delivery and robbed the armored car with guns blazing. The crime was never resolved, and the young woman's murder was in the stack of unsolved-case files Bosch carried home the night he left the LAPD.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dashel Hammet Redux

  • By Harris on 04-09-03

Slow Build Up, Good Wrap Up.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-07-09

Am going 50/50 on the MC novels. Really like Lincoln Lawyer and some of the later "non-Harry B" books. Tried to get into series by starting at begining, but the 1st two seemed dated... All about Vietnam and too predicable by 1/2. But I liked them enough to give the series another shot. Jumped up to Lost Light as it had decent reviews. Story was good if a long time coming. Was really hating Harry not being a cop as was he. Narrator was great. Am already bored by HB's not being able to work a computer. Old, tired play and it's turning up in next book too. Drop it, my Grandmother can go online and check the weather now-a-days. If you like the series, you don't need my input, it you're on the edge, it's OK and if you're new to MC, start w/ the Lincoln Lawyer and Chasing the Dime.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful