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  • A Filthy Business

  • By: William Lashner
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159

A lifetime ago, brutally efficient fixer Phil Kubiak coldly cleaned up the messes of shady clients from Miami to Las Vegas by any means necessary - short of murder. Now he's one eye and one working leg short of the man he used to be, scarred beyond recognition, and with the feds and criminal organizations in hot pursuit. Throwing back sour beer in a dingy bar, Phil recounts the long story of his bitter life to the only person left to listen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • twisted

  • By Dtmurphy1 on 05-14-17

Unforgettable (for good or ill)

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

Reviewed: 05-31-17

Wow, I don't even know where to start. First off, this is not for the faint of heart; I read a lot of crime/noir/hardboiled books and this book made me gag in a few places. Second off this is an unforgettable book. The main character is a psychopath and recognizes that he is one. He has no empathy and thinks only of himself and how he can manipulate others to further his ambitions. Is he redeemed at the end of the book? That's for you to decide. The narrator is superb (maybe that's why I gagged 😏).

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Fields Where They Lay

  • The Junior Bender Mysteries, Book 6
  • By: Timothy Hallinan
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

The halls are decked, the deck is stacked, and here comes that jolly old elf. Junior Bender, divorced father of one and burglar extraordinaire, finds himself stuck inside the Edgerton Mall, and not just as a last-minute shopper (though he is that too). Edgerton isn't exactly the epicenter of holiday cheer, despite its two Santas, canned Christmas music, chintzy bows, and festive lights. The mall is a fossil of an industry in decline; many of its stores are closed, and to make matters worse, there is a rampant shoplifting problem.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to find the Christmas spirit here.

  • By Richard Delman on 04-10-17

Extremely slow start; searching for the story

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

Reviewed: 05-21-17

This book is EXTREMELY slow to start as though the author was searching for the story. I almost quit several times, but finally the last third of the book brought it all together. I can't say it was worth the credit and I'm not likely to buy another Junior Bender unless it is seriously discounted.

  • Come Twilight

  • Long Beach Homicide, Book 4
  • By: Tyler Dilts
  • Narrated by: Tyler Dilts
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 79

For the first time in years, things are going well for Long Beach homicide detective Danny Beckett. He's closing cases with his partner, Jennifer Tanaka, and keeping a spare suit at the condo of his girlfriend, Julia Rice. But Danny's peace is shattered when he's called to investigate an apparent suicide - one that quickly reveals itself to be murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An awesome book, and a great addition to a great series.

  • By Vincent F. on 08-28-16

Very good police procedural / mystery

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

Reviewed: 01-24-17

Somewhat convoluted, but well constructed story. Major characters are well-drawn as are some of the secondary characters. I'll be going back to read or listen to the first three in the series. The author does a nice job reading his own book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Collecting the Dead

  • A Novel
  • By: Spencer Kope
  • Narrated by: P. J. Ochlan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

Magnus "Steps" Craig is part of the elite three-man Special Tracking Unit of the FBI. Called in on special cases where his skills are particularly needed, he works as a tracker. The media dubs him "The Human Bloodhound", since Steps is renowned for his incredible ability to find and follow trails over any surface better than anyone else. But there's a secret to his success. Steps has a special ability - a kind of synesthesia - where he can see the "essence" of a person, something he calls "shine", on everything they've touched.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!!

  • By Amy on 09-07-16

Amaranth and Rust

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

Reviewed: 11-26-16

3.5 rounded to 4

A sometimes amusing, sometimes gory thriller/mystery. The lead character (attached to the FBI and nicknamed "Steps") has an unusual attribute that helps him solve crimes along with his FBI buddy, Jimmy. The concept is different, the characters nicely drawn and I look forward to seeing (or hearing) more of this author's work. The narrator was fine though not exceptional.

  • The Johnstown Flood

  • By: David McCullough
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,918
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,237
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,228

At the end of the last century, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, was a booming coal-and-steel town filled with hardworking families striving for a piece of the nation's burgeoning industrial prosperity. In the mountains above Johnstown, an old earth dam had been hastily rebuilt to create a lake for an exclusive summer resort patronized by the tycoons of that same industrial prosperity, among them Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, and Andrew Mellon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A page-turner! HIstory that reads like a novel

  • By Susan K Donley on 06-17-05

Plus ça change. . .

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

Reviewed: 08-28-16

Excellent and well worth your attention. In 1889 a private dam broke because of poor construction and heavy spring rains. Around 2,200 people were killed and several towns were wiped completely off the map. Plus ça change. . . Journalists wrote of riots (which did not occur) and "hunkies" (Hungarian workers brought in by the rich mill owners so they could pay lower wages) were accused of not helping in the aftermath of the destruction (entirely untrue according to the townspeople). The flood occupied newspapers for weeks and help poured in to the tune of two million dollars (remember that this is in 1889 - a vast sum of money). The book is detailed but is not bogged down by detail. The narrator was excellent.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Great Zoo of China

  • By: Matthew Reilly
  • Narrated by: Rich Orlow
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,036
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 946
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 951

It is a secret the Chinese government has been keeping for 40 years. They have proven the existence of dragons - a landmark discovery no one could ever believe is real and a scientific revelation that will amaze the world. Now the Chinese are ready to unveil their astonishing findings within the greatest zoo ever constructed. A small group of VIPs and journalists has been brought to the zoo deep within China to see these fabulous creatures for the first time.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Dumb dumb dumb

  • By CKDexter on 06-30-16

Action-packed (totally implausible) Adventure

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

Reviewed: 08-21-16

A totally implausible premise but a rollicking rollercoaster ride of a book with a woman saving the day time after time. No character building or literary motifs but a fun listen with action scenes scrolling inside your eyes. Could make an exciting movie. Narrator did a nice job.

  • Redemption Road

  • A Novel
  • By: John Hart
  • Narrated by: Scott Shepherd
  • Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,042
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,031

Imagine: A boy with a gun waits for the man who killed his mother. A troubled detective confronts her past in the aftermath of a brutal shooting. After 13 years in prison, a good cop walks free as deep in the forest, on the altar of an abandoned church, a body cools in pale linen.... This is a town on the brink. This is Redemption Road.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thrilled John Hart is Back

  • By L. O. Pardue on 05-09-16

Spellbinding characters / superb narrator

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

Reviewed: 07-03-16

A wonderful book I won't forget quickly. Very dense and dark story with extremely memorable characters. The backstory of the characters is revealed bit-by-bit so the tension is kept very high. The narrator had distinct voices for each of the characters and when the killer was revealed (strictly by the particular voice the narrator used) I reared back in my chair with astonishment and dismay. Highly recommended.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Match

  • The Day the Game of Golf Changed Forever
  • By: Mark Frost
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 612
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 546
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 543

Renowned novelist and screenwriter Mark Frost turns his eye for golf to an event so famous that it’s grown to the stuff of legend. In 1956, a casual bet between two millionaires eventually pitted two of the greatest golfers of the era—Byron Nelson and Ben Hogan—against top amateurs Harvie Ward and Ken Venturi. Frost recounts this dramatic tale from start to finish, detailing the match that vaulted golf out of the shadows and into the national spotlight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Transported to another world

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-19-15

Heartwarming story masterfully narrated

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

Reviewed: 06-25-16

What I know about golf would fit comfortably in a demitasse spoon but I loved this book. With a few online searches I was able to get definitions of some of the terms and an overview of the Cypress Point golf course (which is gorgeous!). Thank you Audible for the sale, otherwise I would have never considered this book.

The course, the match-up between the characters and the description of the holes and the architects who built it were wonderfully described and masterly narrated. A truly heartwarming story of legendary men.

  • Night Life

  • By: David C. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,048
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,044

New York City, 1954. The Cold War is heating up, Senator Joe McCarthy is running a witch hunt for communists in America, the newly formed CIA is fighting a turf battle with the FBI to see who will be the primary United States intelligence agency, and the bodies of murdered young men are turning up all over the city.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific noir mystery

  • By Jeremy D. Cohen on 05-07-16

Return to the 1950s & Communists behind every bush

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

Reviewed: 06-17-16

Very good, gritty noir-ish story set in the 1950s. Joe McCarthy, Clyde Tolsen and J Edgar play roles in the novel. The narrator was perfect casting and did a superior job. A fine listen!

  • Playing with Fire

  • A Novel
  • By: Tess Gerritsen
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Will Damron
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,600
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,385
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,379

The first time violinist Julia Ansdell picked up the "Incendio Waltz" in a darkened antique shop in Rome, she knew it was a strikingly unusual composition. The minor key and complex feverish arpeggios have a life of their own. But when she plays the piece, Julia blacks out and awakens to find her small daughter implicated in acts of surprising violence. When she travels to Venice to find the previous owner of the music, she uncovers a heart-stoppingly dark secret....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Somewhat off-key

  • By Janice on 11-16-15

Good premise, ending was "gahhhhh"

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

Reviewed: 05-03-16

This book had a very good premise and was nicely written. The interweaving of the two stories was excellent. However the ending was, at best, run of the mill and at worst a total cop-out. The narrator was excellent and the violin music made an excellent demarcation between the two stories. I teetered between a 2.5 and 3 stars and rounded up based on the production values.