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  • Slow Horses

  • Slough House, Book 1
  • By: Mick Herron
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,004
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 925
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 925

Slough House is a dumping ground for British intelligence agents who've screwed up cases in any number of ways - by leaving a secret file on a train or blowing a surveillance. River Cartwright, one such "slow horse", is bitter about his failure and about his tedious assignment transcribing cell phone conversations. When a young man is abducted and his kidnappers threaten to broadcast his beheading live on the Internet, River sees an opportunity to redeem himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fantastic

  • By Josh Alford on 07-05-17

A bit of a slow start but worth sticking with

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

Reviewed: 06-04-17

A lot of exposition in the first half to establish cast of characters but the plot really kicks in the second half. Well written and witty and Gerard Doyle, who is perfectly paired with Adrian McKinty's Irish crime fiction, is excellent here as well.

25 of 26 people found this review helpful

  • The Trespasser

  • A Novel
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Hilda Fay
  • Length: 20 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,020
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,398
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,359

Being on the murder squad is nothing like Detective Antoinette Conway dreamed it would be. Her partner, Stephen Moran, is the only person who seems glad she's there. The rest of her working life is a stream of thankless cases, vicious pranks, and harassment. Antoinette is savagely tough, but she's getting close to the breaking point. Their new case looks like yet another by-the-numbers lovers' quarrel gone bad. Aislinn Murray is blond, pretty, groomed to a shine, and dead in her catalogue-perfect living room, next to a table set for a romantic dinner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A literary mystery

  • By oc_artist on 10-08-16

Not her best but still entertaining

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

Reviewed: 11-02-16

Tana French is an excellent writer and I always look forward to the her audio books so I hold her to a higher standard. This time out, the characters and narration were compelling but the plot was rather predictable, pace was too slow and performance was tiresome. I guess the dialects were accurate but they felt over done.

  • Before the Fall

  • By: Noah Hawley
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,026
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,118
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,088

On a foggy summer night, 11 people - 10 privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter - depart Martha's Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later the unthinkable happens: The plane plunges into the ocean. The only survivors are Scott Burroughs - the painter - and a four-year-old boy who is now the last remaining member of an immensely wealthy and powerful media mogul's family.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The end sure does fall...

  • By shelley on 09-17-17

Didn't finish it.

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

Reviewed: 09-07-16

I don't often slam books but this is obviously doing so well that my review probably won't make much difference. I got really frustrated with it because the characters are so stereotypical they came across as paper thin. Their descriptions were so cliched that I occasionally wondered if the book was intended as satire and I was missing point. The dialog wasn't much better. The middle-brow philosophical musings really drove me crazy. Especially if they had to do with art.* The book wasn't interesting enough to be literature or exciting enough to be a thriller.

*Note to Author: DUCHAMP made the URINAL not Dali!

20 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • Christine Falls

  • A Novel
  • By: Benjamin Black
  • Narrated by: Timothy Dalton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,242
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 754
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 743

It's not the dead that seem strange to Quirke. It's the living. One night, after a few drinks at an office party, Quirke shuffles down into the morgue where he works and finds his brother-in-law, Malachy, altering a file he has no business even reading. Odd enough in itself to find Malachy there, but the next morning, when the haze has lifted, it looks an awful lot like his brother-in-law, the esteemed doctor, was in fact tampering with a corpse, and concealing the cause of death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Listen

  • By Stephen McLeod on 04-11-08

So bleak almost it becomes parody.

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

Reviewed: 12-30-15

Everyone is so steeped in misery I lost interest in the story. The writing is good and it's well performed but it's a joyless slog and the plot just isn't that interesting.

  • The Cuckoo's Calling

  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,806
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,376
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,349

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unbelievable debut mystery set in London

  • By Tracey on 05-26-13

Good performance, okay story

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

Reviewed: 08-19-14

Though the characters are well drawn, the story is somewhat lacking in suspense and one is inclined to loose interest in all the plot machinations. Still, will probably listen to the next of the series.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Son

  • A Novel
  • By: Jo Nesbø
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 17 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,753
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,585
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,574

Sonny Lofthus is a strangely charismatic and complacent young man. Sonny’s been in prison for a dozen years, nearly half his life. The inmates who seek out his uncanny abilities to soothe leave his cell feeling absolved. They don’t know or care that Sonny has a serious heroin habit - or where or how he gets his uninterrupted supply of the drug. Or that he’s serving time for other peoples’ crimes. Sonny took the first steps toward addiction when his father took his own life rather than face exposure as a corrupt cop. Now Sonny is the seemingly malleable center of a whole infrastructure of corruption....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Break From The Harry Hole Series Is a Hit

  • By Russell on 09-04-14

Hmm. Don't believe the hype.

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

Reviewed: 07-26-14

Though parts were satisfying revenge fantasy, it was so implausible, and the villain so cartoonish (with his massive bone crushing hands etc.) that the story lost me by the end. Religious references were heavy handed.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Absent One

  • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,686
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,412
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,405

In The Keeper of Lost Causes, Jussi Adler-Olsen introduced Detective Carl Mørck, a deeply flawed, brilliant detective newly assigned to run Department Q, the home of Copenhagen’s coldest cases. The result wasn’t what Mørck - or readers - expected, but by the opening of Adler-Olsen’s shocking, fast-paced follow-up, Mørck is satisfied with the notion of picking up long-cold leads. So he’s naturally intrigued when a closed case lands on his desk: A brother and sister were brutally murdered two decades earlier....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New favorite author

  • By JAB on 09-25-12

What a difference a reader makes!

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

Reviewed: 07-26-14

I listened to the first of the series and found it tedious because the of the ponderous reader. Was glad I gave the second book a try because Adler-Olsen is good writer and it only needed a good reader to bring it to life.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Tatiana

  • An Arkady Renko Novel, Book 8
  • By: Martin Cruz Smith
  • Narrated by: Henry Strozier
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 289
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 263
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 264

One of the iconic investigators of contemporary fiction, Arkady Renko - cynical, analytical, and quietly subversive - has survived the cultural journey from the Soviet Union to the New Russia, only to find the nation as obsessed with secrecy and brutality as was the old Communist dictatorship. In Tatiana, Martin Cruz Smith’s most ambitious novel since Gorky Park, the melancholy hero finds himself on the trail of a mystery as complex and dangerous as modern Russia herself.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting story but terrible narration

  • By Rollin on 12-13-13

Decent story relevant to our times

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

Reviewed: 04-21-14

I have long been a fan of the Arkady Renko series though this is the first I have experienced as an audio book. Martin Cruz Smith brings well drawn characters and exquisite turns of phrase to the genre. The world weary Renko seems endlessly adaptable to the ever evolving Russian landscape. Some of the coincidences and plot twists require a fair amount of suspension of disbelief but it's such a pleasure to inhabit Smith's world that I'm easily won over. The only complaint I have is, though the reader had an appealing delivery, he read at a somnambulent pace which got pretty frustrating after a while. He also didn't bother much with differentiating the voices. Still and all a worthy addition to the series.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Storm Front

  • Virgil Flowers, Book 7
  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,380
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,110

In Israel, a man clutching a backpack searches desperately for a boat. In Minnesota, Virgil Flowers gets a message from Lucas Davenport: You're about to get a visitor. It's an Israeli cop, and she's tailing a man who's smuggled out an extraordinary relic - a copper scroll revealing startling details about the man known as King Solomon. Wait a minute, laughs Virgil. Is this one of those Da Vinci Code deals? The secret scroll, the blockbuster revelation, the teams of murderous bad guys? Should I be boning up on my Bible verses? He looks at the cop. She's not laughing.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Flowers for Sanford

  • By FRITZ STOOP on 12-08-13

Laugh-out-loud funny

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

Reviewed: 11-13-13

One of the more Byzantine plots from the Flowers series. Immensely entertaining: Dan Brown meets the Maltese Falcon at the cross roads of Lake Woebegon. As usual, Eric Conger brings life to John Sanford's richly drawn characters.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Shock Wave

  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,750
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,361
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,354

The thrilling new Virgil Flowers novel from the #1 New York Times best-selling author. The superstore chain PyeMart has its sights set on a Minnesota river town, but two very angry groups want to stop it: local merchants, fearing for their businesses, and environmentalists, predicting ecological disaster. The protests don't seem to be slowing the project, though, until someone decides to take matters into his own hands.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I think I'm in love with Virgil Flowers!

  • By Barbara on 10-12-11

Another pleasure

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

Reviewed: 03-16-13

The Flowers series always delivers. Conger and Sanford are the perfect team. Dialog is nicely heard and characters are fully drawn. I'll be sorry when I've heard them all!