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  • The Trouble with Twelfth Grave

  • A Novel
  • By: Darynda Jones
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,443
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,290
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,280

Ever since Reyes Farrow escaped from a hell dimension in which Charley Davidson accidentally trapped him, the son of Satan has been brimstone-bent on destroying the world his heavenly Brother created. His volatile tendencies have put Charley in a bit of a pickle. But that's not the only briny vegetable on her plate. While trying to domesticate the feral being that used to be her husband, she also has to deal with her everyday life of annoying all manner of beings - some corporeal, some not so much - as she struggles to right the wrongs of society.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Charlie Mania

  • By IreneMBBT on 11-01-17

Mesmerizing

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

Reviewed: 04-12-19

I’m so addicted to these books. Never disappointed!! Love the characters, especially Cookie and Uncle Bob. And the hot sex scenes—whoa!

  • Eighth Grave After Dark

  • By: Darynda Jones
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,135
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,933
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,930

With 12 hellhounds after her, pregnant Charley Davidson takes refuge at the only place she thinks they can't get to her: the grounds of an abandoned convent. But after months of being cooped up there, Charley is ready to pop. Both metaphorically and literally, since she is now roughly the size of a beached whale. Fortunately a new case has captured her attention, one that involves a murder on the very grounds the team has taken shelter upon.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love This Series, except...

  • By Eugenia on 06-14-15

I’m hooked

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

Reviewed: 10-11-17

I’m so hooked on this series. It’s funny and has plenty of plot twists to keep me interested. Can’t wait to start the next one!

  • Sixth Grave on the Edge

  • Charley Davidson, Book 6
  • By: Darynda Jones
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,657
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,402
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,388

Most girls might think twice before getting engaged to someone like Reyes Farrow - but Charley Davidson is not most girls. She’s a paranormal private eye and grim-reaper-in-training who’s known to be a bit of a hell-raiser, especially after a few shots of caffeine. Her beloved Reyes may be the only begotten son of evil, but he’s dark and sultry and deeply sexy and everything Charley could hope for. Really. But when the FBI file on Reyes’ childhood happens to land into her lap, she can’t help herself: She opens it...and then the real fun begins.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This book could change EVERYTHING!

  • By RabidReads on 05-21-14

Steamy and must read before the next one

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

Reviewed: 08-15-17

Holy smokes! This was quite tantalizing. Several story lines. Kept my attention all the way. Love the characters. I'm so hooked on this series.

  • Bad Luck and Trouble

  • A Jack Reacher Novel
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,547
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,406
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,381

Jack Reacher reunites with the survivors of his old Army investigative team, scrambling to raise the living, bury the dead, and connect the dots in a mystery that is growing darker by the day. In a world of bad luck and trouble, when someone targets Jack Reacher and his team, they'd better be ready for what comes right back at them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kept My Interest

  • By Patricia on 10-21-09

Captivating, well performed as always

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

Reviewed: 07-05-17

I've read quite a few Jack Reacher books but most are the recent ones. I have enjoyed every one. Now I'm going to go back to the earlier ones to fill in some Reacher history. Recommend it.

  • Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet

  • Charley Davidson, Book 4
  • By: Darynda Jones
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,049
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,726
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,723

Sometimes being the grim reaper really is that. Grim. And since Charley’s last case went so awry, she has taken a couple months off to wallow in the wonders of self-pity. But when a woman shows up on her doorstep convinced someone is trying to kill her, Charley has to force herself to rise above. Or at least get dressed. She quickly realizes something is amiss when everyone the woman knows swears she’s insane.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AS SOON AS I HIT 'PLAY' I WAS TOTALLY ENTHRALLED!!

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 11-17-12

Thoroughly entertaining

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

Reviewed: 08-28-16

Fun supernatural mystery with great characters and plenty of layers. I had to chuckle when the narrator read the sexy love scene that included almost every cliche you can imagine. It's a del

  • Mean Streak

  • By: Sandra Brown
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,194
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,185

Dr. Emory Charbonneau, a pediatrician and marathon runner, disappears on a mountain road in North Carolina. By the time her husband Jeff, miffed over a recent argument, reports her missing, the trail has grown cold. Literally. Fog and ice encapsulate the mountainous wilderness and paralyze the search for her. While police suspect Jeff of "instant divorce," Emory, suffering from an unexplained head injury, regains consciousness and finds herself the captive of a man whose violent past is so dark that he won't even tell her his name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ms. Brown's book far exceeds usual quality.

  • By DogLover on 09-08-14

A complicated start but super satisfying ending

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

Reviewed: 03-30-16

What did you love best about Mean Streak?

Lots of twists and turns, certainly a bit confusing in the first half trying to figure out where all the pieces fit. But in the end, it comes together clearly. Didn't want it to end.

What does Jonathan Davis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

What a great performance. All voices were nuanced and true. Nicely paced. Definitely a joy to listen to.

Any additional comments?

Highly recommend this book.

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  • The Glass Rainbow

  • A Dave Robicheaux Novel
  • By: James Lee Burke
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,050
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,610
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,614

Why we think it’s a great listen: When it comes to author/narrator pairings, nobody tops James Lee Burke and Will Patton in the Robicheaux thrillers. Beloved Burke hero Detective Dave Robicheaux here returns to New Iberia to solve a series of grisly murders. Seven young women in neighboring Jefferson Davis Parish have been brutally murdered. While the crimes have all the telltale signs of a serial killer, the death of Bernadette Latiolais, a high-school honor student, doesn’t fit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • God help me if I outlive James Lee Burke

  • By John M. Smith on 07-23-10

One of the best

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

Reviewed: 09-03-15

This story was one of my favorite so far. Story was compelling with twists and turns that kept me hooked.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sunset Limited

  • A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 10
  • By: James Lee Burke
  • Narrated by: Mark Hammer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 372
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 339
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333

The 40-year-old crucifixion of a prominent labor leader named Jack Flynn remains an unsolved atrocity that has never been forgotten in New Iberia, Louisiana. When Flynn's daughter, Megan, returns to the site of her father's murder, it quickly becomes clear that her family's blood-stained past will not stay buried. Megan gives her old friend Dave Robicheaux a tip about a small-time criminal named Cool Breeze Broussard, scarcely suspecting that the seemingly innocuous case will lead Robicheaux and his partner into the midst of a deadly conspiracy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narrated by Mark Hammer AND Will Patton?

  • By Mer on 09-08-12

Confusing & tedious--recommend listening at 1.25x

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

Reviewed: 04-04-15

Would you try another book from James Lee Burke and/or Mark Hammer?

I generally love Burke's books, and the Dave Robicheaux character in particular. He's flawed, interesting, good cop, and completely likeable. I don't know if I can put my finger on it, but I thought this book was particularly confusing, hard to follow the various threads, and implausible in some areas. Difficult to keep the relationships between the characters straight. I was so disappointed in the narrator--there wasn't quite enough distinction (or any) in the voices of the characters. So I couldn't quite tell who was talking in various dialogues. It was just a struggle--I'm not sure I'll get another Robicheaux novel if it's narrated by Mark Hammer.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Reasonable. Eventually tied up all the loose strings.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mark Hammer?

Absolutely. Hated the narration. I had to put the speed up to 1.25x Couldn't bear it. Every other Robicheaux novel I've listened to was narrated by Will Patton, and I thought it was great. So before I hired a cast, I'd probably go back to Patton. But a cast would most definitely be better than Hammer.

Did Sunset Limited inspire you to do anything?

No.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Love You More

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Gardner
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter, Katie MacNichol
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,840
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,511
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,513

One question, a split-second decision, and Brian Darby lies dead on the kitchen floor. His wife, state police trooper Tessa Leoni, claims to have shot him in self-defense, and bears the bruises to back up her tale. For veteran detective D. D. Warren it should be an open-and-shut case. But where is their six-year-old daughter? As the homicide investigation ratchets into a frantic statewide search for a missing child, D. D. Warren must partner with former lover Bobby Dodge to break through the blue wall of police brotherhood, seeking to understand the inner workings of a trooper’s mind while also unearthing family secrets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Keeps you guessing all the way through!

  • By Molly on 03-17-11

You really don't know until the very end

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

Reviewed: 02-22-15

If you could sum up Love You More in three words, what would they be?

Suspenseful, complicated, Captivating

What about Kirsten Potter and Katie MacNichol ’s performance did you like?

The duel narrative voice was excellent. Outstanding.

Any additional comments?

I let this book keep me up past my bedtime way too many times. Just couldn't turn it off.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Creole Belle

  • A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 19
  • By: James Lee Burke
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,499
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,209
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,159

Creole Belle begins where the last book in the Dave Robicheaux series, The Glass Rainbow, ended. Dave is in a recovery unit in New Orleans, where a Creole girl named Tee Jolie Melton visits him and leaves him an iPod with the country blues song “Creole Belle” on it. Then she disappears. Dave becomes obsessed with the song and the memory of Tee Jolie and goes in search of her sister, who later turns up inside a block of ice floating in the Gulf.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Burke & Patton -- Synergistic Phenomenon

  • By Mel on 07-25-12

What a "page turner"!

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

Reviewed: 03-19-14

Where does Creole Belle rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Very high on the list.

What did you like best about this story?

Interesting characters, great narration, twists and turns in the story. Loved the back story about the Gulf oil spill and the impact on that area of the country.

Which character – as performed by Will Patton – was your favorite?

All of them, the narration is great, but probably my favorite is Clete Purcel.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No way. . It's 18+ hours, but I made time to listen to it.

Any additional comments?

Just loved this book. I've listened to a couple of other Burke/Robicheaux books, but now I'm going to get several more.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful