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William Michael Dunn

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  • The Legacy: A Thriller

  • Children's House, Book 1
  • By: Yrsa Sigurdardottir
  • Narrated by: Lucy Paterson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97

The only person who might have the answers to a baffling murder case is the victim's seven-year-old daughter, found hiding in the room where her mother died. And she's not talking. Newly-promoted, out of his depth, detective Huldar turns to Freyja for her expertise with traumatized young people. Freyja, who distrusts the police in general and Huldar in particular, isn't best pleased. But she's determined to keep little Margret safe. It may prove tricky. The killer is leaving them strange clues: warnings in text messages, sums scribbled on bits of paper, numbers on the radio.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yrsa has done it again!

  • By J. Ellis on 02-19-18

A complete book and great at that

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

Reviewed: 05-15-18

This book goes to the top. A complete circular story from beginning to end. Enjoyable to listen to as the clues very slowly emerge, eventually bringing into play the facts in the prologue. Get the book it’s five stars all the way.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • For Deader or Worse

  • John Pickett Mysteries, Book 6
  • By: Sheri Cobb South
  • Narrated by: Joel Froomkin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 165

After a modest wedding ceremony, Bow Street Runner John Pickett and his bride, Julia, the former Lady Fieldhurst, set out for a wedding trip to Somersetshire, where Pickett must face his greatest challenge yet: meeting his in-laws. Sir Thaddeus and Lady Runyon are shocked at their daughter’s hasty remarriage - and appalled by her choice of a second husband. Pickett, for his part, is surprised to learn that Julia once had an elder sister: Claudia, Lady Buckleigh, who disappeared 13 years earlier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A VERY ENJOYABLE PRESENTATION AND STORY

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-11-18

Can 25 people be wrong?

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

Reviewed: 03-07-18

Yes. 25 people said this book should have a rating of 4.7 or so. They were wrong. 2.5 would be more like it. What books have they been reading? Simple story, nice but uncompleted characters running about with little mystery, solving a confessed to crime. If you like exciting mysteries forget this series.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Glass Houses

  • A Novel
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Robert Bathurst
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,990
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,744
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,734

When a mysterious figure appears in Three Pines one cold November day, Armand Gamache and the rest of the villagers are at first curious. Then wary. Through rain and sleet, the figure stands unmoving, staring ahead. From the moment its shadow falls over the village, Gamache, now Chief Superintendent of the Sûreté du Québec, suspects the creature has deep roots and a dark purpose. Yet he does nothing. What can he do? Only watch and wait. And hope his mounting fears are not realized.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By Anna on 09-05-17

Avery interesting penny novel

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

Reviewed: 09-13-17

Well directed narrative from "front to back". Penny plays at a trial to tell the story though extended flash backs, which I found intriguing .the story is quite interesting but the characters steal the show as always. Entering the world of three pines is enjoyable and in this telling,exciting. Performance is excellent, book is suspenseful,characters are more than real, live a little and listen to the book. You won't be disappointed. Mike Dunn

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • In This Bright Future

  • DC Smith Investigation Series, Book 5
  • By: Peter Grainger
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 612
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 569
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 565

Two weeks of rest and recuperation - that's what the doctor ordered. Detective Sergeant DC Smith could listen to some music, make some of his own, and maybe even catch up on his reading; he is almost looking forward to it. And then there is a knock on the door. It's only his next-door neighbor, but it is the beginning of a sequence of events that will bring him face to face with some of the darkest episodes and the most dangerous people from his own past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best (so far) of a great series

  • By MARY K WALTER on 07-04-17

A very good book

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

Reviewed: 09-01-17

Best to have read the preceding book but not necessary to enjoy this personal side of D C Smith. Picture of 21st century Northern Ireland is probably accurate and the narrative is insightful and interesting. There is not much whodone it but the lives of the whodone it's are well told and the emotions and fears appear to be real. Those who love Smith ( and who couldn't ) will find this novel delightfully open regarding who he is based to a large extent on his past. A book not to be missed. Mike Dunn

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cold Hearted River

  • By: Keith McCafferty
  • Narrated by: Rick Holmes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204

Sheriff Martha Ettinger reunites with once-again lover and sometime private detective Sean Stranahan to investigate the death of a woman who was stranded in a spring snowstorm. When a fly wallet is found in a pannier on the saddle of the woman's horse, the leather engraved with the initials EH, Stranahan shows the wallet to Patrick Willoughby, the president of the Madison River Liars and Fly Tiers Club. Only a few days before, Willoughby was approached by a man selling fishing gear that had belonged to a famous outdoorsman and writer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very very good book

  • By William Michael Dunn on 07-27-17

Very very good book

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

Reviewed: 07-27-17

Great character development, interesting content, mystery is seen through thick opaque glass, and the overall feeling from the narratives one of lighthearted joy that all will be well. Conversational dialogue is excellent and real, perhaps the highlight of the book. The narration was simply excellent. Get the book and enjoy yourself. Mike Dunn

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • An Accidental Death

  • A DC Smith Investigation Series, Book 1
  • By: Peter Grainger
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,386
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,137
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,121

The story opens with the apparently accidental drowning of a sixth form student in the Norfolk countryside. As a matter of routine, or so it seems, the case passes across the desk of Detective Sergeant Smith, recently returned to work after an internal investigation into another case that has led to tensions between officers at Kings Lake police headquarters. As an ex-DCI, Smith could have retired by now, and it is clear that some of his superiors wish that he would do so.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent British Mystery

  • By Customer on 09-07-16

Det. Sgt. Smith has in three books reached 5 star status.

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

Reviewed: 03-27-17

Peter Grainger has reached the lofted position held by McKinty, Peter May, John Hart, Penny, Galbraith, Adler-Olsen and Nesbit. Det. Sgt. Smith is a perfect man for his job. He's over qualified , understated ,extremely humerous and dedicated to actually doing the right thing. The stories are unusual and he doesn't always win. Chances are you will love this series. Mike Dunn

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Police at the Station and They Don’t Look Friendly

  • Detective Sean Duffy, Book 6
  • By: Adrian McKinty
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,689
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,580
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,582

Belfast, 1988. A man is found dead, killed with a bolt from a crossbow in front of his house. This is no hunting accident. But uncovering who is responsible for the murder will take Detective Sean Duffy down his most dangerous road yet, a road that leads to a lonely clearing on a high bog where three masked gunmen will force Duffy to dig his own grave. Hunted by forces unknown, threatened by Internal Affairs, and with his relationship on the rocks, Duffy will need all his wits to get out of this investigation in one piece.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing better than a Duffy tale!

  • By 6catz on 03-10-17

Duffy is worthy of BBC , public tv production

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

Reviewed: 03-22-17

Five stars is small praise for Duffy. The writing as usual is beyond first rate. The characters are real to the point of feeling for them as if you were related to them and the narrative is excellent. The story is bold and exciting and keeps one wondering what could possibly be coming next. A great and fulfilling read/listen. Don't miss it. Mike Dunn

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • 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 1,020
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 948
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 948

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

Excellent , exquisite , delightful and wonderful.

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

Reviewed: 03-14-17

This is an excellent and enthralling book to listen to. Every minute is enjoyable and the characters are real and one can not get enough of them. The story is intriguing and engaging to follow. One of the best books I've ever listened to. Great narration, wit and charming. Do your self a favor and listen to it. Mike Dunn

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Crow Trap

  • A Vera Stanhope Mystery
  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Anne Dover
  • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,239
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,123
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,109

Three very different women come together to complete an environmental survey. Three women who, in some way or another, know the meaning of betrayal.... For team leader Rachael Lambert, the project is the perfect opportunity to rebuild her confidence after a double betrayal by her lover and boss, Peter Kemp. Botanist Anne Preece, on the other hand, sees it as a chance to indulge in a little deception of her own. And then there is Grace Fulwell, a strange, uncommunicative young woman with plenty of her own secrets to hide....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth the Wait

  • By Marina on 02-26-17

Not a proper mystery

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

Reviewed: 03-02-17

I dislike books where the writer holds back clues to the case and reveals them secretly to the detective only at the end. No reader could possibly figure out the killer because there are no clues in the story. All is revealed by a surprise witness to the detective 20 minutes from the end of the book and then revealed to the reader after the killer is caught 4 minutes prior to the end. Cleeves pulled the same trick in another recent novel that took place in a hotel on Harbour street. Vera' life is always interesting but as far as a mystery goes forget this one. Mike Dunn

21 of 25 people found this review helpful

  • The Dry

  • A Novel
  • By: Jane Harper
  • Narrated by: Stephen Shanahan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,651
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,219
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,216

After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke. Twenty years ago when Falk was accused of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk and his father fled under a cloud of suspicion, saved from prosecution only because of Luke’s steadfast claim that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now, more than one person knows they didn’t tell the truth back then, and Luke is dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing dry here!

  • By green ice cream garden on 01-18-17

Great book

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

Reviewed: 02-08-17

Marvelous from beginning to the end. Excited to listen each day. Characters were real and tension flowed in all scenes. Draws you in and never lets you go. Good mysteries as more than one story unfolds. Can't go wrong getting this book. It is also very well preformed. Get it and thank me later. Mike Dunn

3 of 4 people found this review helpful