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  • The Late Show

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Katherine Moennig
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,398
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8,651
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,614

Renée Ballard works the night shift in Hollywood, beginning many investigations but finishing none, as each morning she turns her cases over to day shift detectives. A once up-and-coming detective, she's been given this beat as punishment after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor. But one night she catches two cases she doesn't want to part with: the brutal beating of a prostitute left for dead in a parking lot and the killing of a young woman in a nightclub shooting. Ballard is determined not to give up at dawn.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, the narration!

  • By Destry on 07-20-17

Great narration!

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

Reviewed: 12-30-18

I don't usually listen to books with female narrators because they all sound like an English teacher I once had--or they should be reading Pride and Prejudice. Katherine Moennig balances reading and character representation. She makes Renee Ballard sound real.
The story is pretty good--not an endless litany about glass ceilings, offensive men and the tiresome "War on Women" undertone. (Really, am I the only one tired of that??)

  • Double Wide

  • By: Leo W. Banks
  • Narrated by: Shawn Compton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

After fastball phenom Prospero Stark's baseball career craters in a Mexican jail, he retreats to a trailer park in the scorching Arizona desert. He lives in peaceful anonymity with a collection of colorful outcasts until someone leaves his former catcher's severed hand on his doorstep. Beautiful, hard-living reporter Roxanne Santa Cruz, who keeps a .380 Colt and a bottle of Chivas in her car, joins Stark to help him uncover his friend's fate, a dangerous pursuit that pits them against a ruthless gang of drug-dealing killers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story

  • By Kellee on 11-24-18

Perfect setting.

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

I enjoyed the characters in this desert trailer park. Having lived in New Mexico, I enjoyed the scenery involved in the story.

  • The Buried Book

  • By: D. M. Pulley
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,766
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,759

It's 1952, and Jasper isn't allowed to ask questions or make a fuss. He's lucky to even have a home and must keep his mouth shut and his ears open to stay in his uncle's good graces. No one knows where his mother went or whether she's coming back. Desperate to see her again, he must take matters into his own hands. From the farm, he embarks on a treacherous search that will take him to the squalid hideaways of Detroit and back again, through tawdry taverns, peep shows, and gambling houses.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Truth Hurts

  • By Charles Atkinson on 01-30-18

Good book!

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

Reviewed: 07-02-18

I enjoyed the reality of the characters and the times. The story was satisfying.

  • Night Moves

  • An Alex Delaware Novel
  • By: Jonathan Kellerman
  • Narrated by: John Rubenstein
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,050
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,054

A disturbing murder with shocking consequences sets in motion the new book in the number-one best-selling suspense series starring psychologist Alex Delaware and Detective Milo Sturgis. An affluent family returns home from Sunday dinner only to find the murdered and brutalized corpse of a total stranger in their house. This baffling, twisted tale tests Alex and Milo to their intellectual and emotional limits.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • maybe it's me

  • By Colette M. Cummings on 02-16-18

Good read.

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

Reviewed: 02-17-18

Twists and turns- -very good. It was pure Jonathan Kellerman. Narrator was very good, too.

  • Force of Nature

  • A Novel
  • By: Jane Harper
  • Narrated by: Stephen Shanahan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,392
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,297
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,292

When five colleagues are forced to go on a corporate retreat in the wilderness, they reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking down the muddy path. But one of the women doesn't come out of the woods. And each of her companions tells a slightly different story about what happened. Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk has a keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing hiker.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thankful this is a series!

  • By green ice cream garden on 02-12-18

Disappointed..

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

Reviewed: 02-14-18

I didn't care for the format--jumped around too much. I thought the plot was a little weak with grown women acting like 7th graders and. Faulk mostly sitting on the sidelines waiting for something to happen. Still, I am looking forward to book 3.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Blood Moon

  • By: Garry Disher
  • Narrated by: Colin McPhillamy
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Now that they are lovers, Detective Inspector Hal Challis and Sergeant Ellen Destry must guard their affections closely, for romantic relationships are strictly forbidden by department regulations. Trying to keep their professional and personal lives separate, they investigate the brutal assault of a private school chaplain as well as the murder of a public official. Applying further pressure is a prominent politician who has no love for police and wants the first case closed quickly.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed..

  • By KarenO on 10-07-17

Disappointed..

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

Reviewed: 10-07-17

If I wanted liberal politics I would have purchased 'What Happened'. The women's issues have become old and tiresome--as well as rest of the leftist narrative. Story and characters have just become vehicles for the author's opinions. I read for relaxation and enjoyment and found neither in this book.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dying Light

  • Logan McRae, Book 2
  • By: Stuart MacBride
  • Narrated by: Steve Worsley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211

The number one best-selling detective series from the award-winning Stuart MacBride continues in this second crime thriller. It's summertime in Scotland: the sun is shining, the sky is blue and people are dying.... It's summertime in the Granite City: the sun is shining, the sky is blue and people are dying.... It starts with Rosie Williams, a prostitute, stripped naked and beaten to death down by the docks - the heart of Aberdeen's red light district. For DS Logan McRae, it's a bad start to another bad day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!!

  • By KarenO on 07-28-17

Loved it!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-28-17

This was one of my favorite books of the year. The dialogue is great and the gallows humor priceless.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Dry

  • A Novel
  • By: Jane Harper
  • Narrated by: Stephen Shanahan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,742
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,302
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,299

After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke. Twenty years ago when Falk was accused of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk and his father fled under a cloud of suspicion, saved from prosecution only because of Luke’s steadfast claim that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now, more than one person knows they didn’t tell the truth back then, and Luke is dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing dry here!

  • By green ice cream garden on 01-18-17

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 07-10-17

Great characters and scenery. Unexpected turns. Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Looking forward to her next one.

  • Knife Creek

  • By: Paul Doiron
  • Narrated by: Henry Leyva
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238

When Maine game warden Mike Bowditch is tasked with shooting invasive feral hogs that are tearing up the forest in his district, he makes a horrific discovery - a dead baby buried in a shallow grave. Even more disturbing: Evidence suggests the infant was the child of a young woman who was presumed to have died four years earlier - after she disappeared from a group rafting trip.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Mystery Maven on 07-23-17

Struggled to finish it..

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

Reviewed: 07-05-17

Narration was the best part of this book. I found it juvenile and message ridden. The author seems more bent on portraying a feminist point of view than telling a story. The whole book seemed to be a fumbling attempt at "this is what women want to hear".

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Below Zero

  • By: C. J. Box
  • Narrated by: David Chandler
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,270
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,080
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,077

New York Times best-selling author C. J. Box's Below Zero is the 10th novel featuring Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett. The telephone calls from her stepdaughter April send chills down the spine of Joe's daughter Sherry. Wasn't April murdered six years ago in a bloody massacre? Wondering how this youthful caller knows details only April could know, Sherry becomes confused while Joe grows suspicious. Is the caller April - or are Joe and his family victims of a cruel hoax?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good plot, good writing, good narration

  • By Snoodely on 03-31-10

CJ Box fans won't be disappointed.

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

Reviewed: 06-30-17

What did you love best about Below Zero?

I love the geography/location and the gentle balance of politics and humanity.

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

I would rate all his books 4-5 for the enjoyment factor alone.

Any additional comments?

Sometimes the family drama/involvement is a little distracting. I enjoy the characters but sometimes they seem to become "fillers"--a little too much bulk. I love a good mystery but just don't need the whole family in on it.

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