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  • Luck and Judgement

  • A DC Smith Investigation Series, Book 3
  • By: Peter Grainger
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,019
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 947
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 947

When a worker goes missing from a North Sea gas platform, there seem to be just two possible explanations - it was a tragic accident or a suicide. It does not take Smith and his detectives long, however, to discover that James Bell led a double life back onshore in Kings Lake, a life complicated enough to make him at least one dangerous enemy. Before the case can be unraveled, Smith must get a new team working together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best of series so far...hope we can get the remaining books soon

  • By Mark Hancock on 03-22-17

They Always Underestimate DC Smith

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

Reviewed: 07-10-18

This series and its protagonist DC David Smith have steadily and surely grown on me through the first three books. Intelligent, witty, unique and quietly compelling. The basic stories are fine but what is winning about the series are the finely drawn characters, the writing craft and the superb narration by Gildart Jackson. DC Smith is becoming a richer character with each book, his humor more prominent, his flashes of temper and his world weariness giving him greater texture. Great interplay between characters. It is a delight to see the arrogant and presumptious cut down by this older man, the 'vacuum salesman' who they always underestimate. The understated send-up of the bumptious Chief Inspector Allen is a delight.

  • Beau Death

  • By: Peter Lovesey
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 87

In the 17th installment in Peter Lovesey's timeless British detective series, Peter Diamond digs deep into Bath history to ferret out the secrets of one of its most famous (and scandalous) icons: Richard "Beau" Nash, who might have been the victim of a centuries-old murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed the story...disliked the narration

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-15-17

A Poky Tale and Cranky Characters

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

Reviewed: 02-25-18

I have been a faithful reader/listener of the Peter Diamond series and this is one that only an dedicated fan might stick with. The story unfolds at a glacially s-l-o-w pace, and, perhaps as a result, the brutishly dull rendering of the venerable chief inspector by narrator Crossley got on my nerves (his voicing of most other characters was more effective). After several hours, Lovesey began to stitch together a reasonably interesting story. But I fear that many listeners won't stick with it long enough to get there.

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  • A Tapping at My Door

  • By: David Jackson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,037
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,021

From the best-selling author of Cry Baby, the beginning of a brilliant and gripping police procedural series set in Liverpool, perfect for fans of Peter James and Mark Billingham. A woman at home in Liverpool is disturbed by a persistent tapping at her back door. She's disturbed to discover the culprit is a raven and tries to shoo it away. Which is when the killer strikes. DS Nathan Cody, still bearing the scars of an undercover mission that went horrifyingly wrong, is put on the case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Star Start, Wowed.

  • By green ice cream garden on 06-28-16

A Dull Pass Through Well-Plowed Ground

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

Reviewed: 11-26-17

I stuck with this audiobook for more than seven hours before giving up, frustrated and bored with the lack of any interesting development in either plot or character. Lots of foreboding language (and overly dramatic phrasing and tone from the narrator) but nothing comes of it. We have our surly and inept main character 'haunted by unspeakable things from his past' (oh that again?), that the author is waiting far too long to begin to reveal. Lots of gnashing of teeth, and anguish and testiness in a formulaic plod through a 'killer on the loose' saga that fails to enage.

  • News of the World

  • A Novel
  • By: Paulette Jiles
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,921
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,490
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,476

In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction from the author of Enemy Women that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cookie cutter cowboys need not apply

  • By david1j on 01-13-17

Oh my Kep-e-ten, my Captain

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

Reviewed: 09-07-17

At first I was taken in by the beauty of the writing but unsure of the story and characters. Will this make a good listen, as opposed to a good read? After a slow start the arc of the story builds nicely, pulling the listener along, and you simply fall in love with the Captain and especially the 10 year old white girl wrested from the Kiowa. This is a marvelous creation and Grover Gardner's narration a pure delight. His rendering of the girl Johannah and her bond with Captain Kidd is priceless.

  • The Late Show

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Katherine Moennig
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,198
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8,467
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,428

Renée Ballard works the night shift in Hollywood, beginning many investigations but finishing none, as each morning she turns her cases over to day shift detectives. A once up-and-coming detective, she's been given this beat as punishment after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor. But one night she catches two cases she doesn't want to part with: the brutal beating of a prostitute left for dead in a parking lot and the killing of a young woman in a nightclub shooting. Ballard is determined not to give up at dawn.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, the narration!

  • By Destry on 07-20-17

Connelly's Best Character Yet

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

Reviewed: 09-07-17

The character of Renee Ballard has breathed new life into Michael Connelly's fictional exploration of crime and justice in L.A. I found the Bosch novels uneven. Micky Haller was a fresh and fun creation, if a bit light. But Ballard is complex and compelling and the author seems inspired as he draws us into her world. Great twists and turns. Like Bosch she runs against the grain but she faces greater obstacles in the male-dominated, rule-bound world of L.A. policing. Her many flaws and issues - she is rough-edged, unyielding, driven and a pain in the ass - are as part of the story as are Bosch's in his. But oh so compelling. I thought that Moennig's straight forward, unadorned narration suited the character and story very well. I can't wait for the next one - a feeling I rarely held after a Bosch story.

  • Exit Strategy

  • A Nick Mason Novel
  • By: Steve Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 375
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 351

Nick Mason has been given a true mission impossible: infiltrate WITSEC, the top-secret federal witness-protection program that has never been compromised, locate the three men who put his boss, Darius Cole, behind bars for life, and kill them. But first he has to find them - they're ghost prisoners locked down around the clock in classified "deep black" locations by an battalion of heavily armed US marshals charged with protecting them - and the clock is ticking.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Too much is too much....

  • By antonio on 02-17-18

Great listen that stretches credulity

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

Reviewed: 07-19-17

The first Nick Mason book was a blast, a wonderful premise, powerful, action-packed story, well-written and well-narrated. What a bold departure from Hamilton's first series character.
But I did wonder how you could push this great idea past one book and keep the reader/listener buying in to the premise and maintaining our connection to the main character. Right from the outset of the first book, Nick is teetering on the edge of an impossible dilemma. We root for him to succeed and break out of the bind he is in. I enjoyed Exit Strategy, it kept me riveted even while the odds mounted. But with each plot twist and bigger obstacle thrown in his path, it grew harder to suspend my disbelief. On one hand, it is the way, as in too many action stories and films, the protagonist bounces back from vicious beatings, shootings and explosions to continue vanquishing foes like an immortal ninja. On the other, it is how the web of evil stretches further and farther from the 'simple' drug gang mastermind to something more pervasive and more mysterious. And harder to buy. The thought rose that Hamilton, a good writer, was taking the 'easy' way out by turning to the fantastic instead of more subtle, artful plot developments. I still like the series and will surely listen to book three - I hope Quintero returns simply so I can enjoy Ray Porter voicing his character - but the fresh edge is gone.

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  • The Long and Faraway Gone

  • By: Lou Berney
  • Narrated by: Brian Hutchison, Amy McFadden
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,136
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,132

Lou Berney's The Long and Faraway Gone is a smart, fiercely compassionate crime story that explores the mysteries of memory and the impact of violence on survivors - and the lengths they will go to find the painful truth of the events that scarred their lives. In the summer of 1986, two tragedies rocked Oklahoma City. Six movie theater employees were killed in an armed robbery while one inexplicably survived. Then a teenage girl vanished from the annual state fair. Neither crime was ever solved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's all together here

  • By Ted on 08-25-16

A Compelling Story I Could Not "Put Down

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

Reviewed: 01-10-17

Berney has crafted a superb page turner that I never wanted to pause and was sorry to finally see end. It was not perfect: some of the plot threads were stretched pretty long and thin, and, in contrast, some 'reveals' came quick and easy. But these are quibbles. Though every loose end was not tied up, that let my imagination fill in what was/what could have been, adding to the power of the story.
The narrators Hutchison and McFadden were superb. All in all, this is as close to as perfect an audiobook as one is likely to experience - richly drawn characters that one cares about, humor and wit, suspense, a 'peeling of the onion' story-telling, wonderful sense of place and time, emotions that ring true.
I look forward to more from Lou Berney as good as this one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Everybody's Fool

  • A Novel
  • By: Richard Russo
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 18 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,026
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 947
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 944

Sully is staring down a VA cardiologist's estimate that he has only a year or two left, and it's hard work trying to keep this news from the most important people in his life: Ruth, the married woman he carried on with for years...the ultra-hapless Rub Squeers, who worries that he and Sully aren't still best friends...Sully's son and grandson, for whom he was mostly an absentee figure (and now a regretful one).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, hilarious, long-awaited sequel!

  • By KDW on 05-14-16

A Dreary Disappointment

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

Reviewed: 12-14-16

A couple of times my wife came into the room while I was listening to Everybody's Fool and objected to the seamy or otherwise unpleasant subject matter voiced by the grating narrator. At first I objected - 'no, this is Richard Russo, he's Pulitzer Prize winner , he wrote Nobody's Fool and other good books'. Then I realized, a third of the way through - I was not enjoying this story. In fact, I could find nothing redeeming about it. Not the characters, the story line, the writing, the narration. Nothing to hold on to, no stories I'd want to see unfold. It was all depressing dreck. Where was the charm of Sully of the earlier book? Where had the humor gone? All sunk in the gaseous stew of the collapsed mill being 'renovated' by ner-do well Carl.
There are too many good books and good stories out there to waste time on this one, I am so sorry to say. If Russo saved the best for the end, he waited far too long to reveal it.

  • The Second Life of Nick Mason

  • By: Steve Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 938
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 854
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 849

Nick Mason has already spent five years inside a maximum security prison when an offer comes that will grant his release 20 years early. He accepts - but the deal comes with a terrible price. Now, back on the streets, Nick Mason has a new house, a new car, money to burn, and a beautiful roommate. He's returned to society, but he's still a prisoner. Whenever his cell phone rings, day or night, Nick must answer it and follow whatever order he is given.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rock and hard place plot

  • By Lesia on 06-01-16

Wow this is a riveting story!

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

Reviewed: 06-23-16

Years ago I read the first book of Steve Hamilton's McKnight series. I thought it was pretty good but I was not moved to continue on with subsequent books. I am blown away by the power of this new book. The premise is unique and Nick Mason's quest is compelling to the end. Lean, crisp writing, great sense of place. Mason is in an almost impossible situation and the tension is delicious. Great setting and characters. The narrator Ray Porter provides depth and texture to most characters (his females share the same voice). Keep in mind that this is an entertainment and every point is not to be probed too deeply for plausibility. (where did he get this skill with firearms?) While I am not sure how this lends itself to a series (how long can you extend this dilemma), I am eager for the follow up that apparently is planned.

  • The Drifter

  • A Peter Ash Novel
  • By: Nick Petrie
  • Narrated by: Stephen Mendel
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,012
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,017

Peter Ash came home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with only one souvenir: what he calls his "white static", the buzzing claustrophobia due to post-traumatic stress that has driven him to spend a year roaming in nature, sleeping under the stars. But when a friend from the marines commits suicide, Ash returns to civilization to help the man's widow with some home repairs. Under her dilapidated porch, he finds more than he bargained for.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful

  • By Toriangirl on 01-20-16

A solid mystery with a good heart

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

Reviewed: 02-26-16

There are no spectacular elements to this story - in fact it is a little bit rough around the edges. But the protagonist is engaging, his lot in life sympathetic and topical, and the listener wholeheartedly roots for the good guy. The story has nice movement, a good measure of intrigue (and at least one big surprise) and is overall a satisfying story.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful