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  • Fatherland

  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212

Berlin, 1964. The Greater German Reich stretches from the Rhine to the Urals and keeps an uneasy peace with its nuclear rival, the United States. As the Fatherland prepares for a grand celebration honoring Adolf Hitler's 75th birthday and anticipates a conciliatory visit from US president Joseph Kennedy and ambassador Charles Lindbergh, a detective of the Kriminalpolizei is called out to investigate the discovery of a dead body in a lake near Berlin's most prestigious suburb.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 1960's Nazi Germany comes alive

  • By Daniel Black on 10-19-17

An excellent what-if narrative

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

Reviewed: 07-08-18

This book is wonderfully written and performed. Like Le Carre, Harris writes superb fiction disguised as a mystery-thriller. Fatherland is an alternative history with strong echoes of today’s jackbooted politics.

  • The Wife Between Us

  • By: Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,553
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,172
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,123

When you listen to this audiobook, you will make many assumptions. You will assume you are listening to a story about a jealous ex-wife. You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement - a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love. You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle. Assume nothing. Twisted and deliciously chilling, The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage - and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • NOT that confusing! Gone Girl + Last Mrs. Parrish

  • By JK907 on 01-11-18

Unreliable narrative 101

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

Reviewed: 03-02-18

If there were some attempt at drawing either a believable or a sympathetic protagonist, perhaps the annoying “twists” would have been forgiven. But the listener has few choices. Choose the unsympathetic and unbelievable or give up. I made the wrong choice. I would like to get my wasted time back. I like “unreliable narrators,” but these two writers created an thoroughly unreliable narrative.

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  • The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 587
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 282

The story of Alec Leamas - a 50-year-old professional secret agent who has grown stale in espionage, who longs to "come in from the cold" - and how he undertakes one last assignment before that hoped-for retirement.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • For us non-Britophiles, it's all rather ho-hum.

  • By Richard Delman on 05-09-16

Perfect

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

Reviewed: 10-07-17

“The spy who came in from the cold” is great literature in the guise of a spy novel. The book is read by Frank Muller whose ability is beyond comparison. “The Spy” is perfect story telling. I went back to it because I had just finished and throughly enjoyed “a legacy of spies.” le Carre Is the master of heart wrenching detail. His characters are so well drawn that they stay with you, reader or listener for decades. I read this book when it came out and the recorded books version brings the story of Alec Leamas into a stark new light. This is the kind of story that you don’t want to end ... but it does brilliantly.

  • Broken Harbor

  • Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hogan
  • Length: 19 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,025
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,351
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,327

In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best in the Series

  • By sara miller on 07-29-12

Excellent coupling of reader and writer

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

Reviewed: 08-12-12

Where does Broken Harbor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Stephen Hogan's underscores the nuance and the powerful insights that Tana French brings to every chapter. Scorcher Kennedy is the noir detective reimagined for the world-wide bleakness that has overwhelmed the last five years.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Broken Harbor?

The interview between the murderer and Scorcher takes your breath away. When you realize what is coming, your heart stops beating.

Which scene was your favorite?

Scorcher and Dinah's first encounter is manic and part of a continuing leitmotif of madness enfolded into daily life.

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

No. I am travelling in China and it makes hours of delay a pleasure. I am listening to it for the second time.

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  • The Only Game

  • By: Reginald Hill
  • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 273
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 155

When a four-year-old child is abducted from an Essex kindergarten, Detective Inspector Dog Cicero soon realizes that this is to be no routine investigation. Something about the child's mother troubles him. Maybe it's just the fact that she comes from Derry, and Cicero's Northern Ireland scars go deeper than his ruined face.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Right on his game

  • By Sherri on 11-23-10

As Good As Hill Gets

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-25-11

The prize for listening is an excellent reader and an excellent thriller. Dog Cicero is a character who could only have come from the wonderful mind of Reginald Hill. Smatterings of philosophy, wit and sharp turns of plot --- all add to the fun. Whoever starts this book should not make any plans until he reaches the satisfying conclusion. It is not perfect; but it is a five star thrill, Reginald Hill always surprises. This is a gem that for the most part has gone unnoticed.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Nemesis

  • By: Jo Nesbø
  • Narrated by: Thor Knai
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,110
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 902
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 886

Captured on closed-circuit television: A man walks into an Oslo bank, puts a gun to a cashier’s head, and tells her to count to 25. When he doesn’t get his money fast enough, he pulls the trigger. The young woman dies—and two million Norwegian kroner disappear without a trace.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Read the (fantastic) book instead

  • By Kindle Customer on 12-19-11

a paragon of a thriller/mystery

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-24-11

This is not a police procedural. It a model for the nuanced plot, refined with subtle observation and an exceptionally flawed protagonist. Harry Hole is evocative of Philip Kerr's Bernie Gunther, Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallander, Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch (in the early books). Mysteries are more than satisfactorily solved; and the solutions then unravel. Clues are many faceted and never clear cut.
There is only one problem for audible members. If you listen to Nemesis, you will become hooked. Audible, however, has only one book in the series. The unsolved mystery is: why one Nesbo novel when the one is a masterpiece?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Information Officer

  • By: Mark Mills
  • Narrated by: Robin Sachs
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

The Mediterranean island of Malta, still a British colony, is a strategic lynchpin under siege--literally the most bombed patch of earth on the planet. Max Chadwick is an officer with the British Ministry of Information and is thus charged with keeping morale high against all odds. If the Maltese bow under the weight of the daily assaults, the tide of the war could turn. Max spends his time with the military's top brass and the beautiful deputy editor of Il Berqa, the Maltese paper.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not to be missed

  • By Diegovela on 04-11-10

Not to be missed

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-11-10

Mills explores evil within the mind of a serial killer and within the forces that resisted Germany at the WWII gateway to Europe, the island of Malta.
Max, the unlikely hero detective, is the master spinner of unpleasant information. The killer is also a spinner of information, the type that cripples defenses and allegiances.
This is a masterpiece on every level: superior fiction, interesting history, well-drawn characters, an involving plot, an everyman hero and the most chilling of villains.
The reader is also excellent.

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  • Long Lost

  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,329
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 628
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 630

Myron hasn't heard from Terese Collins in years. Not since their affair ended with no explanation. There had been no contact since, so her call catches him off guard. She's in Paris, she says, in trouble, and only Myron can help. She tells him a sad story she's never before revealed: a good marriage, her struggles to get pregnant, the happiest moment of her life when her only child was born, the day everything she'd ever loved was taken from her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommend/but prefer Marosz over Weber

  • By Karen on 04-02-09

Thrift shop of ideas and plot

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-14-09

"The Boys and Especially The Girls from Conn."
An improbable plot is swaddled in the impossible.
H.C. conceives a homage to Ira Levin via Henny Youngman. Neither money nor likelihood impede the homophobic-homophile Bolitar. The narrative, at its best, is plodding. Imagine Thanksgiving with butter, gravy and whipping cream and nothing else.
This is an immature, insubstantial effort meant to capitalize on some very important themes. The listener [no fault of the reader] simply doesn't care.
Dragging in the Jean Reno-French cop for his "charisma" is an obvious, strained attempt to create false sentiment so that it will ache when le cop is knocked off... with undue gallantry.
Coben would be better off offing Bolitar's friends. Good editing would get rid of the comic strip characters; and the Ira Levin updating may have worked. Without the editing, "Long Lost" is a novel chuck full of kitchen sinks.
Coben has been much better.
"Ladies and Gentlemen," as Bolitar would announce, "I give you "Long Lost"... Please keep it."

  • The Tourist

  • A Novel
  • By: Olen Steinhauer
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,072
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 563
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 561

In the vein of John le Carré and Graham Greene, this contemporary international thriller follows Milo Weaver as he is drawn into a conspiracy that links riots in the Sudan, an assassin committing suicide, and an old friend who's been accused of selling secrets to the Chinese. Once the CIA and Homeland Security are after him, the only way for him to survive is to return, headfirst, into Tourism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved this book

  • By Derek on 04-13-09

homage

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-21-09

A homage to "The Spy Who Came In From The Cold."
Complicated but excellent view of the Western spy machinery today... thrilling.
very well matched to the reader

  • Christine Falls

  • A Novel
  • By: Benjamin Black
  • Narrated by: Timothy Dalton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,222
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 733
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 723

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 Leo X Cox on 04-11-08

Dalton and Black: perfection for the ear and mind

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-04-09

Dalton is an excellent reader who imbues this book with a texture of nuance, atmosphere and moral imperatives. Worth a thoughtful listener's time and involvement.

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