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  • L.A. Requiem

  • By: Robert Crais
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,074
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 943
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 942

Edgar Award nominee Robert Crais’ L.A. Requiem is a gritty, harrowing look into the minds of a serial killer and the men determined to stop him. Elvis Cole and former cop Joe Pike have been partners in a detective agency for 12 years. After an ex-girlfriend of Pike’s disappears, the girl’s father asks them to help the police with the search. When the missing persons case turns into a hunt for a killer who has been stalking victims in Los Angeles, Cole and Pike find themselves battling both a hostile police department and a madman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Equal to Bosch and Davenport

  • By David on 11-19-12

Not for one moment do I believe.......

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

Reviewed: 05-25-16

Would you try another book from Robert Crais and/or Ron McLarty?

Yes...I have enjoyed other Crais books..and the narrator was terrific. The problem is the lack of good pacing and editing.

Would you be willing to try another book from Robert Crais? Why or why not?

Yes...But I do not believe, for one moment, thatt the wretched LA police officers would speak so rudely to someone as well connected as Crais wants us to believe Pike and Cole were. The direct orders to include "our heroes" in the investigation are disobeyed for almost 8 chapters....boring...boring...boring.

Which character – as performed by Ron McLarty – was your favorite?

Joe PIke

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

Possibly...I happen to know that screenplays don't resemble the books...which means that someone intelligent would edit the nonsense at the beginning of the story.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • But Enough About Me

  • A Memoir
  • By: Burt Reynolds, Jon Winokur
  • Narrated by: Burt Reynolds
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 795
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 740
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 736

Burt Reynolds has been a Hollywood leading man for six decades, known for his legendary performances, sex-symbol status, and storied Hollywood romances. In his long career of stardom, during which he was number one at the box office for five years in a row, Reynolds has seen it all. But Enough About Me will tell his story through the people he's encountered on his amazing journey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible life!

  • By Zeppy on 11-24-15

Impossible to review

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

Reviewed: 03-29-16

What would have made But Enough About Me better?

One has to be able to understand the narrator before recommendations for improvement....Burt Reynolds was one of my favorite actors, but I will avoid any book that lists him as the narrator.. Audible should be ashamed. Reynolds' diction is garbled enough that I wondered at possible substance abuse....I listen to audiobooks with ear buds, but even with increased volume, I could only understand parts of it....unfortunately the long list of high school and college fellow football players. Give me SUCH a break. Awful. I don't know where all the positive reviews came from...two of my friends found Reynolds' book to be mush-mouthed and impossible to understand. Shame on Audible.

Would you be willing to try another one of Burt Reynolds’s performances?

Never.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Missing You

  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,711
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,058
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,048

Number-one New York Times best-selling author Harlan Coben set huge sales records with last year’s Six Years - and he’s poised to do it again in his next breathtaking stand-alone thriller. Harlan Coben, author of six consecutive instant number-one New York Times best sellers and a total of 24 award-winning, best-selling, and internationally acclaimed novels, returns with another ripped-from-real-life thriller full of impossibly high emotional stakes and the real-to-life characters for which he has become famous.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A different and wonderful crime thriller!

  • By Wayne on 11-23-15

Love other Coben's books...Hate this one.

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

Reviewed: 03-09-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The basic premise of this novel is ridiculous. The author asks us to believe that one of the victims, a gorgeous, active socialite has no one else, besides her son, to notice that she has disappeared for five days. It makes no sense...no servants, no doormen, no friends, no other relatives. Dumb. And to add that the mother is going to get married, has bought a home in Costa Rica..without telling her son..just transferring huge sums of money. What a silly plot device.
The main character, Cat, is still agonizing over the death of her father, ten years later....She is so obsessed that she is rude to her superiors, overriding direct orders, and violating regulations. Also, dumb. This is a second generation cop...I don't believe it.
Also, Cat and her friends are obnoxious, arrogant, and snobbish. They make fun of everyone except themselves. Cat is even rude and judgmental about her mother and the other "aunts" who have loved her all her life....I even disliked the author who made these older women a subject for derision and placed these young women in their arrogant mode.
I don't like Cat...or her friends...from the very beginning....even if she is smart....This is called "tone" in the lexicon...and to ignore it is poor writing.

Would you ever listen to anything by Harlan Coben again?

Sure...but not with this main character.

Which scene was your favorite?

none

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

Anger and disappointment .....I generally like this author, so this isn't what I expected.

  • Death in Paradise

  • A Jesse Stone Novel
  • By: Robert B. Parker
  • Narrated by: Robert Forster
  • Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 278
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175

The local cops haven't seen anything like this, but Jesse's L.A. past has made him all too familiar with floaters. This girl hadn't committed suicide; she hadn't been drowned; she'd been shot and dumped, discarded like trash. Before long it becomes clear that she had a taste for the wild life; and her own parents can't be bothered to report her missing, or even admit that she once was a child of theirs. All Jesse has to go on is a young man's school ring on a gold chain, and a hunch or two.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Writing not good for audio.

  • By Catherine on 09-22-17

The poorest of Robert B Parker;s novels

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

Reviewed: 03-03-16

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I don't know

Has Death in Paradise turned you off from other books in this genre?

No..I love every one of the other Robert B Parker's books.....and I own them all. This one is full of angst about Jesse's ex--wife, a ditz who anyone can see is "using"Jjesse, his drinking, and sexual tension, which Parker generally handles with flair, but, in this book, seems crass and overplayed. The plot is cast in third place so Jesse can maunder about his past, etc...Awful!,,

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

No

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Death in Paradise?

How do I count the ways.......his editor took a nap on this one. Dreadful book.

  • I Blame Dennis Hopper

  • And Other Stories from a Life Lived in and out of the Movies
  • By: Illeana Douglas
  • Narrated by: Illeana Douglas
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129

In 1969, Illeana Douglas' parents saw the film Easy Rider and were transformed. Taking Dennis Hopper's words - "That's what it's all about, man" - to heart, they abandoned their comfortable upper-middle-class life and gave Illeana a childhood filled with hippies, goats, free spirits, and free love. Illeana writes, "Since it was all out of my control, I began to think of my life as a movie, with a Dennis Hopper-like father at the center of it." I Blame Dennis Hopper is a rollicking, funny, at times tender exploration of the way movies can change our lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved Every Moment of this Book!

  • By Susan Van Allen on 01-20-16

Biggest, Greatest, Largest, Most Important.....

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

Reviewed: 01-24-16

What disappointed you about I Blame Dennis Hopper?

Having just listened to Debbie Reynolds latest book, I was taken aback by the total self-absorption of the author. I was not familiar with the author...but I do remember that in the movie "Alive", she was not the central character, but, in this book, she is the most important member of the entire cast. And so it continued......For someone who isn't on the "A" list, her view is exceedingly limited.

Would you ever listen to anything by Illeana Douglas again?

No

Would you be willing to try another one of Illeana Douglas’s performances?

No...It seems like someone told Douglas to make her performance lively and full of personality. Half the time, her voice was shrill or cutesy; the rest of the time she was almost shouting. It was very annoying.

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

The way the episodes were ordered was impossible to understand. For example, after describing the abject poverty that she endured as a child, she then glowingly describes her grandfather, Melvyn Douglas, living in luxury, surrounded by opulance and servants. Her visits with him are described as blissful, exciting, and informative. Did she never wonder why she then went home to poverty. I don't believe much of what is written. Everyone she meets from the movie world is the most...the greatest...the best....the .......and I don't for one moment believe that they all immediately took her in, gave her advice, etc......Most of the stories include people who are deceased, so who can know?

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Almost Interesting

  • The Memoir
  • By: David Spade
  • Narrated by: David Spade
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,432
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,175
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,154

David Spade is best known for his harsh "Hollywood Minute" sketches on SNL, his starring roles in movies like Tommy Boy and Joe Dirt, and his seven-year stint as Dennis Finch on the series Just Shoot Me. Now, with a wit as dry as the weather in his home state of Arizona, the "comic brat extraordinaire" delivers a memoir.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than expected

  • By Infullbloom on 10-29-15

Crudely adolescent and misogynistic

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

Reviewed: 01-12-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Spade could have used adult language, lessened the incidents of 'toilet talk," I thought I might be a prude, but three adult males listened to part of the first section and just said, "Ick!"Also Spade could have included at least one positive experience with a woman. I feel sorry for his mother to have read this. Finally, I would have liked to hear more about the professional activities in his life. I enjoyed the detail about SNL...but, even during this obviously positive experience, he complains about people, whines about his treatment, and even slams Chris Farley, who led to his breakthrough,

What was most disappointing about David Spade’s story?

The crudity.....This book was a junior high version of Fast Times At...........Negativity, including his relationship with his mother, all "girls"...(He apparently doesn't meet any "women"...), all of his friends. What a huge drag.

How could the performance have been better?

Any of the above...

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The detail about his tenure at SNL was moderately interesting.

Any additional comments?

I wrote this review because all the reviews that I read downplayed the profanity, crudity, extended information about his bodily "equipment" and its specific functions. Awful.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Promise

  • By: Robert Crais
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels, MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,995
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,756
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,751

Loyalty, commitment, the fight against injustice - these are the things that have always driven Elvis Cole and Joe Pike. If they make a promise, they keep it. Even if it could get them killed. When Elvis Cole is hired to locate a woman who may have disappeared with a stranger she met online, it seems like an ordinary case - until Elvis learns the missing woman worked for a defense contractor and was being blackmailed to supply explosives components for a person or persons unknown.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • "They Call K-9 When They Need Superpowers, Woof!"

  • By Empress Karen on 11-10-15

Great characters, good plot, but unbelievable

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

Reviewed: 11-19-15

What did you like best about The Promise? What did you like least?

The characters are engaging...who can not enjoy the Elvis-Joe Pike relationship. But not in a million years did I believe the plot device of not informing the authorities of the collection of bomb making equipment...not on Elvis' part and certainly not on the part of the canine officer who, for the sake of some bargain made, gives up his dog...no way. Very dumb. I had a hard time listening to the end because I thought the whole plot became very contrived and not in the least believable.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The relationship between the various law enforcement authorities was interesting and the information about the way that the dogs function.

Any additional comments?

Unbelievable.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Robert B. Parker's Wonderland

  • By: Ace Atkins, Robert B. Parker (creator)
  • Narrated by: Joe Mantegna
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 252

Henry Cimoli and Spenser have been friends for years, yet the old boxing trainer has never asked the private eye for a favor. Until now. A heavy-handed developer is trying to buy up Henry's condo on Revere Beach and sends thugs to move the process along. Soon Spenser and his apprentice, Zebulon Sixkill, find a trail leading to a mysterious and beautiful woman, a megalomaniacal Las Vegas kingpin, and plans to turn a chunk of land north of Boston into a sprawling casino. Bitter rivals emerge, alliances turn, and the uglier pieces of the Boston political machine look to put an end to Spenser's investigation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • In the Spirit of the Original

  • By Me & My Girls on 07-22-15

As good as Parker

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

Reviewed: 08-10-15

If you could sum up Robert B. Parker's Wonderland in three words, what would they be?

Funny, complicated, reassuring. I love Ace Atkins' creation of Mattie, the interaction between Mattie and Spener, and the complicated plot in this book. I have read all 43 books by Robert Parker, mourned his loss, but Atkins imitated Parker's voice in an uncanny fashion. This is one of my very favorites of the Parker books.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Robert B. Parker's Wonderland?

Any of the interactions between Mattie and Spenser are delightful. The trip to the grocery store tickled me...because it skillfully moved Mattie's characterization ahead in a delightful fashion. And the ending scene at the ball game was the capstone of a terrific novel.

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

Only Joe Mantegna should ever read the Spenser books...Whenever another narrator attempts to take over that job, I just cringe. Mantegna is so superior that he makes anyone else sound like a bumpkin.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed out loud at the way Mattie spoke to Spenser...and I shared Susan and Spenser's anxiety about her needing to grow up so fast.

  • The Last Detective

  • An Inspector Peter Diamond Investigation
  • By: Peter Lovesey
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 578
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 515
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 509

Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond is the last detective: a genuine gumshoe, committed to door-stopping and deduction rather than fancy computer gadgetry. So when the naked body of a woman is found floating in the weeds in a lake near Bath with no one willing to identify her, no marks, and no murder weapon, his sleuthing abilities are tested to the limit.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pleasantly surprised -- loved Inspector Diamond!

  • By Tracey on 01-06-13

Where is the editor?

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

Reviewed: 08-10-15

Would you try another book from Peter Lovesey and/or Simon Prebble?

Simon Prebble is a superb narrator...and, whenever I see that he is reading a book, I am immensely cheered. I enjoy Lovesey's writing, but this book, with its changing narrators and points of view, is not his best. I was dumbfounded to read about Diamond's hospitalization with not a single mention of his wife being present....An average editor should have caught that error, given the relationship that Diamond and Stephanie apparently have;;;with her complete understanding of her husband. This was my second Lovesey book....I might try another..but not soon.

Would you recommend The Last Detective to your friends? Why or why not?

Perhaps...but I would have to add the facts that the narration skips from person to person...the absence of his wife while he is barely alive in the hospital..and the fact that, when he interrogates the suspects, I simply didn't like Diamond at all...which didn't fit with the relationship he had at the end with the suspect's son.

  • Treasure Key

  • Too Close to Key West, Too Far From Reality
  • By: Mr. Wayne Gales
  • Narrated by: Lee Alan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 48

Russell Bricklin "Bric" Whal is the guy that every Key West local knows and every tourist wants to be. Relaxed, tanned by island sun and comfortable in his skin, he slides onto a barstool next to you at Schooner Wharf and lets you buy him a beer. Ex-Navy Seal, Key West native and full time treasure diver, Bric has been searching for a fortune in gold and silver in the Florida Keys his whole life. Today he may have found it, but not the treasure he expected.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A fun Beach read

  • By Drew (@drewsant) on 08-19-15

Interesting history, hideous music, sound effects

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

Reviewed: 07-31-15

Would you try another book from Mr. Wayne Gales and/or Lee Alan?

Yes, if I could be certain that the idiotic and distracting music was left out of the audiobook.

If you’ve listened to books by Mr. Wayne Gales before, how does this one compare?

n/a

How did the narrator detract from the book?

He didn't distract....the music and idiotic sound effects distracted from the narration. I almost gave up several times, but persevered.