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  • Chasing the Dime

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,412
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,392
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,393

The messages waiting for Henry Pierce when he plugs in his new phone clearly aren't intended for him. They indicate something has gone terribly wrong for a woman named Lilly. Pierce probes, investigates, and then tumbles through a hole, leaving behind a life driven by work to track down and help a woman he's never met. Connelly's latest is "a grabber from the beginning...utterly compelling."

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nobody Could Be That Stupid That Many Times!

  • By David on 05-29-05

STOOPID GUY

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

Reviewed: 11-30-18

This is perhaps the stupidest character ever. The ending was a giveaway. No Lucas Davenport.

  • Nothing to Lose

  • A Jack Reacher Novel
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 14 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,820
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,059
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,048

Two lonely towns in Colorado: Hope and Despair. Between them, 12 miles of empty road. Jack Reacher never turns back. It's not in his nature. All he wants is a cup of coffee. What he gets is big trouble. So in Lee Child's electrifying new novel, Reacher - a man with no fear, no illusions, and nothing to lose - goes to war against a town that not only wants him gone, it wants him dead.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Least favorite of all the Reacher novels

  • By Ed on 08-12-09

This Book Is Stupid

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

Reviewed: 07-25-17

What would have made Nothing to Lose better?

In this phase of Jack Reacher's life Lee Childs has painted Jack to be an a-hole. He seems to do stupid things and if I got this right, aided and abetted the death of a deputy. But hey, whats wrong with being an a-hole?

Would you ever listen to anything by Lee Child again?

After the sermonizing of this book, I think not

Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

It wasn't Jack Reacher and the Hope deputy simply folded. So much for being a strong female character. She was not believable. The story was not believable

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Nothing to Lose?

The sermonizing. There was no mention that we have a volunteer army and that once in, you have a duty to perform. We saw what happened during hurricane Katrina: the police left their stations in droves and people died because of it.

Any additional comments?

What more can I say.

  • So You've Been Publicly Shamed

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,526
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,073
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,043

From the Sunday Times top ten bestselling author of The Psychopath Test, a captivating and brilliant exploration of one of our world's most underappreciated forces: shame. 'It's about the terror, isn't it?' 'The terror of what?' I said. 'The terror of being found out.' For the past three years, Jon Ronson has travelled the world meeting recipients of high-profile public shamings. The shamed are people like us - people who, say, made a joke on social media that came out badly, or made a mistake at work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank You To All Who Recommended This!

  • By Gretchen SLP on 08-26-16

ISuch Bulls..t

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

Reviewed: 06-16-17

What would have made So You've Been Publicly Shamed better?

I have never read such Bull Shit. Jon Ronson seems to a favorite of so many, but I think it can never join his minions. He rambles, repeats and drags nonsensical things out to the extreme such that you don't want to read anymore and just want to put the book down.

I joined a book club where "Publicly Shamed" was this months selection. I tried to fight my way through each chapter and struggled with every line. It was impossible! at the midpoint I had to close it down and sleep it off.

However, the author certainly knows how to use the "F" word. It seems to appear on every page and in one form or another: Noun, Adjective, Adverb, Verb and so on. The book reminded me of a task that I was given as 10 year old boy: Cleaning out the droppings of a vacation home's outhouse on long island. At that young age I found out then what it was like to shovel shit. The stink is overwhelming. I wonder if Jon Ronsen sensed the smell while he was composing this outhouse.

What do you think your next listen will be?

After this, perhaps Susannah Cahalan's "Brain on Fire"

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jon Ronson?

Better the author keeps the shovel nearby so the reader knows who's shoveling.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

  • A Crack in the Edge of the World

  • America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906
  • By: Simon Winchester
  • Narrated by: Simon Winchester
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 476
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237

The international best-selling author of The Professor and the Madman and Krakatoa vividly brings to life the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake that leveled a city symbolic of America's relentless western expansion. Simon Winchester has also fashioned an enthralling and informative look at the tumultuous subterranean world that produces earthquakes, the planet's most sudden and destructive force.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Book Delivers

  • By Drayton on 10-31-05

Boring

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

Reviewed: 11-18-16

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I am considered it to be a rambling concoction. It lacked the drama of Krakatoa.

  • Pacific

  • Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World's Superpowers
  • By: Simon Winchester
  • Narrated by: Simon Winchester
  • Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 545
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 505
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 500

Best-selling author Simon Winchester offers an enthralling biography of the Pacific Ocean and its role in the modern world, exploring our relationship with this imposing force of nature. Winchester's personal experience is vast and his storytelling second to none. And his historical understanding of the region is formidable, making Pacific a paean to this magnificent sea of beauty, myth, and imagination that is transforming our lives.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Ponderous hard to keep attention

  • By Mark on 01-01-16
  • Pacific
  • Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World's Superpowers
  • By: Simon Winchester
  • Narrated by: Simon Winchester

A Disappointment

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

Reviewed: 11-18-16

What did you like best about Pacific? What did you like least?

The more technical discussions-re: the deep depth exploration, navigation and such

Would you ever listen to anything by Simon Winchester again?

Yes: His Krakatoa and Atlantic were respectively a 10 and and 8. I look forward to more books with historical emphasis.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Its Simon and he speaks the kings English well.

Do you think Pacific needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

This book contained too much proselytizing. His views on immigration are appalling.he thinks Australia is populated with white drunks and lastly he proposes the USA abandon the West Pacific to the Chinese - forgetting our treaty obligations to Korea, Japan, Singapore and the Philippines. Typical far-left clap trap. But he is a left wing British Labor weenie and his tilt understandable.

Any additional comments?

What more can one say? Perhaps the book might have been better served without his far left opinions. I was hoping to get into the populating of the islands, the Cook discoveries, and the 1700-1800 commercialization. We would have been better served with more history and less opinion.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Rosary Girls

  • By: Richard Montanari
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 959
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 689
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 685

A devious serial killer lays siege to the city of Philadelphia, brutally sacrificing pretty young Catholic girls on the altar of insanity. As the body count rises, an exceptional investigating partnership struggles to stop him. Detective Jessica Balzano, Philly's Homicide Unit's newest rookie, is teamed up with veteran cop Kevin Byrne, respected for his solve rate and known for his unorthodox methods.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Read

  • By Paw Paw T on 03-06-05

Jessica Balzano is stupid

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

Reviewed: 10-04-16

Where does The Rosary Girls rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Its an excellent plot. Four to five stars

What did you like best about this story?

It keeps pulling at you

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

Scott Brick is the best!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Not sure

Any additional comments?

The ending of this story is poor. Jessica Balzano is portrayed as stupid cop who leaves her child undefended and then her Glock so that the killer can have at it and her. One more thing: Can one really believe that after the first or at least the second killing that all students would be warned to travel in pairs and indeed do so? But hey, this is a first book.

  • The Girl in the Ice

  • Detective Erika Foster Crime Thriller, Book 1
  • By: Robert Bryndza
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,395
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,676
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,657

When a young boy discovers the body of a woman beneath a thick sheet of ice in a South London park, Detective Erika Foster is called in to lead the murder investigation. The victim, a beautiful young socialite, appeared to have the perfect life. Yet when Erika begins to dig deeper, she starts to connect the dots between the murder and the killings of three prostitutes, all found strangled, hands bound, and dumped in water around London.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Okay

  • By Meg on 05-26-16

Arrogant and stupid

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

Reviewed: 09-17-16

What disappointed you about The Girl in the Ice?

It appears that the author, Roberta Bryndza, is an avid misandrist. For those who wonder, it is the female who hates men. That aside, her main character, Erika Foster appears to have contracted the disease. DCI Foster is presented as arrogant and stupid. Let me explain the "stupid." She is identified early as the major threat to the story's antagonist, a serial killer..She selects an apartment that is easily burgled and lo and behold it happens. The serial killer enters. She has neither baton, baseball bat or God forbid a gun. and so she is attacked and in a near-death situation saved by a most politically correct associate a lesbian capable of shouldering through her front door. If that doesn't shred credulity, then focus on the end of the story. Without backup, without baton, without etc, Erika Foster seeks out and takes on the killer. Once again the killer over powers her and once again Erika enters a near death situation in the trunk of an automobile that's edging towards an abyss. Heavens! This story should be renamed "The Perils of Erika."

What could Robert Bryndza have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Give her a gun.

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

She is an excellent narrator

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

Any additional comments?

One has to love Audible for offering this book at $3.95.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Silent Girls

  • By: Eric Rickstad
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,072
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,791
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,788

Frank Rath thought he was done with murder when he turned in his detective's badge to become a private investigator and raise a daughter alone. Then the police in his remote rural community of Canaan find an '89 Monte Carlo abandoned by the side of the road, and the beautiful teenage girl who owned the car seems to have disappeared without a trace. Soon Rath's investigation brings him face to face with the darkest abominations of the human soul.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Warning: This is ONLY Chapter One

  • By Ted on 01-14-17

such claptrap

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-29-15

God save us from the constant proselytizing centered around the author's night sweats. In this potentially haunting story, the author subjects us to anti- Christian diatribes, the joys of partial birth abortions and if that's not enough, associating the monsters of this book with the New England Patriots. Poor Eric Rickstad. He needs help getting a good nights sleep. Alas, perhaps he is just a mentally challenged Democrats liberal saddled with the memories of an angnst filled childhood and an incessantly overbearing mother. Where is Lucas Davenport when you need him? Come on John Sanford, where is your next book? Save us from this crap.

  • Make Me

  • A Jack Reacher Novel
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,428
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,676
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,674

"Why is this town called Mother's Rest?" That's all Reacher wants to know. But no one will tell him. It's a tiny place hidden in 1,000 square miles of wheat fields, with a railroad stop, sullen and watchful people, and a worried woman named Michelle Chang, who mistakes him for someone else: her missing partner in a private investigation she thinks must have started small and then turned lethal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very reminiscent of BAD LUCK & TROUBLE

  • By shelley on 09-10-15

Sigh! I am disappointed

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

Reviewed: 09-21-15

Would you try another book from Lee Child and/or Dick Hill?

I am a fan of Lee Child and have listened to many of his books. However,iIt appears to me Lee Child needs to take a refresher course. I recommend: "How to End a Story 101" The premise of the story is an excellent one. However, Reacher appeared to act stupidly in this story. For example: Not being cognizant of cell phone tracking and not keeping PI Chang's cell phone off the air. He should had stayed with the trow away. But mostly, I found the ending so contrived. The bad guys ambush was not to be believed and the bad guy boss could not hit Reacher at 60 feet? Come on! I also purchased the eBook edition and sought a refund. More and more I am finding authors who serve up a long series of books surrounding a character such as Reacher get sloppy with their endings.

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

Allowing the daring duo to be tracked by PI Chang's cell phone is not believable and the ending is not believable.

Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

I like Jack Reacher

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Only if the issues mentioned above were to be corrected

Any additional comments?

Lee, keep trucking

14 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • 3rd Degree

  • The Women's Murder Club
  • By: James Patterson, Andrew Gross
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,851
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,124

Detective Lindsay Boxer is jogging along a beautiful San Francisco street when a fiery explosion rips through the neighborhood. A town house owned by an Internet millionaire is immediately engulfed in flames, and when Lindsay plunges inside to search for survivors, she finds three people dead. An infant who lived in the house cannot be found; and a mysterious message at the scene leaves Lindsay and the San Francisco Police Department completely baffled.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Patterson can't be outdone

  • By Sherry on 03-06-04

What Trash

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

Reviewed: 04-29-14

Would you try another book from James Patterson and Andrew Gross and/or Carolyn McCormick?

I am a long time James Patterson reader and Audible listener. I am a fan of Alex Cross and his many challenges. I first listened to this book on tape and that was years ago. I should have taken notes. I remember the opening scene, the explosion and the mayhem and I thought that it might be a winner to listen to again. Once into it, I could not believe that I ever liked it. The characters are unreal and not worthy of Patterson, but worse than that is the preaching: The author/s are hell bent to proselytize in issues such as healthcare and such. Then there is the dialogue. Does anyone believe that women speak or think the way the author/s portray? I could not get bast the first few chapters. I should ask for my money back... Saxon

What could James Patterson and Andrew Gross have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Figure out how people really talk and think. The author/s seem to out of touch with reality. The heroine, a supposedly hard-nosed member of the law is pathetic. And think about it: she takes her cases to a bunch of other women that belong to the "Women's Murder Club coffee klatch. Is any of this believable?

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narrator did a good job. She related the text as written.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment!