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  • The Drop

  • Harry Bosch, Book 15
  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Len Cariou
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,224
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,450
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,418

Harry Bosch has been given three years before he must retire from the LAPD, and he wants cases more fiercely than ever. In one morning, he gets two. DNA from a 1989 rape and murder matches a 29-year-old convicted rapist. Was he an eight-year-old killer, or has something gone terribly wrong in the new Regional Crime Lab? Then Bosch and his partner are called to a death scene fraught with internal politics....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One Of The Best Bosch Books!

  • By Laurie on 12-03-11

Great listen!

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

Reviewed: 01-02-12

What did you love best about The Drop?

I don't think Len Cariou makes Harry Bosch sound old as a listener here experienced: cops get worn down daily from the job of dealing with the cesspool of society and Harry Bosch seems more exasperated but still committed to his job at the point as he contemplates retiring.I got to experience more insight into Harry Bosch's personality: he is a flawed man, though good at heart which shows as he tried to cope with various personal issues like Maddy, his daughter as she grows up. There is a relationship with a woman that develops and it parallels Harry's work at the LAPD perfectly. Where else would Harry meet another woman but through some aspect of his daily job of putting away criminals. Harry iremains a complex man and a good cop who uses his instincts to correctly pursue killers as only HB can do.

What did you like best about this story?

Typical Harry Bosch vehicle.Good detective work. I like how Michael Connelly focuses in onthe daily mundane routines and lives of people around him. MC has a way of weaving the various stories within the main story to keep the momentum going and that's what a good book is all about: momentum to the point where I could not could not turn off this book.

Which character – as performed by Len Cariou – was your favorite?

Are you kidding me? I thought Len Cariou WAS Harry Bosch! :>) I liked Dr. Hanna Stome and more of her character could have developed to involve her more emotionally with Bosch but maybe in a future book.

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

No extreme reactions. Just another great Michael Connelly

Any additional comments?

Ideas:
I would have liked to have seen a few of the characters fleshed out a little more. Can't say more without giving away parts of the story.

Harry and his partner are older: don't they have to stop and hit the loo every once in a while? you know, more realistic actions like this.

I am extremely please that Michael Connelly has Bosch taking Maddy to the gun range to train and compete with firearms. There is nothing better than giving someone the ability to protect themselves and others from harm.

  • Life

  • By: Keith Richards, James Fox
  • Narrated by: Johnny Depp, Joe Hurley
  • Length: 23 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,953
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,684
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,674

Now at last Keith Richards pauses to tell his story in the most anticipated autobiography in decades. And what a story! Listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records in a coldwater flat with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones, building a sound and a band out of music they loved. Finding fame and success as a bad-boy band, only to find themselves challenged by authorities everywhere....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ins and outs

  • By Jesse on 11-07-10

Ins and outs

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-07-10

To be put off by Johnny Depp's great intro or disappointed by Joe Hurley's almost perfect rendition of Keith Richard's voice is quite simply a linear reaction to a sea-full of Keith's unfiltered and lively experiences through the backdrop of the Rolling Stone's birth and growth.These guys lived and breathed that music which shaped our lives everyday during that period of time we were growing up.

If you were born between 1945 and 1955, then you will want to listen to this book so that you can come to terms with the tapestry of your life where all this music still exits and comes back as you hear Keith Richards explain where, when, and more importantly, WHY he created all those great songs.

Here's what you do : As you listen to the book,and begin the journey, every time a new song is mentioned, stop the book, go over to Youtube and listen to it done live by the Stones, then come back to the book. It will parallel your life and peg where you were at the time. Lots of fun and if music has always played an important part of your life, Keith's and Mick's songs will be inextricable adhered to the inside of your skull. It's in the total sum of who we are, right?

This book is a candid view into what propelled the greatest rock and roll band through the 60's, the 70's and some of the 80's and how the Rolling Stones are in part, responsible for the voice of rebellion, the cause for change and defined the freedom that we all yearned for or experienced during those tumultuous times. Maybe it's just me, or maybe it's because I've been a blues guitarist since 1960, but I would not want to imagine a world without this music in it. I mean, who wants to live without rock and roll, man?
This is not a book, this is a rock and roll history lesson.

If every time you hear "Satisfaction" you get that tingle inside of you that puts you back to that night, that party, that girl or guy, that vacation, that point that was DEFINED by this song, you're gonna want to listen to this book.

101 of 102 people found this review helpful

  • The Reversal

  • Harry Bosch, Book 16 (Mickey Haller, Book 3)
  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Peter Giles
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,986
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,861
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,857

Longtime defense attorney Mickey Haller is recruited to change stripes and prosecute the high-profile retrial of a brutal child murder. After 24 years in prison, convicted killer Jason Jessup has been exonerated by new DNA evidence. Haller is convinced Jessup is guilty, and he takes the case on the condition that he gets to choose his investigator, LAPD Detective Harry Bosch.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Christian on 10-10-10

A big disappointment

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-27-10

This is not a Bosch novel, but a Mickey Haller novel slipped in as a replacement for book 16 and NOT having Len Cariou step in for Harry Bosch as narrator is a big mistake for the Bosch series. The attitude, cadence and Harry Bosch baggage that Mr. Cariou brings lovinglingly to every piece of dialog can't be substituted by Peter Giles, who, to his credit, does his best. The audiobook is left flat and linear, and we we are observers instead of participants as we go through each chapter trying to link everything together.

I would not recommend this book until they reprise the real Harry Bosch, Mr. Cariou for a re-read. There has been a lot of comments about the ending, but the only thing I'll add is that it not Michael Connelly caliber and was a phone-in, hence the 2 stars. I not sure how much control Mr Connelly has over who gets to narrate his books, but I would think as a celebrity with his stature, he would have had more influence. Who knows, maybe in the end, it is all about the money.

The thing I love about Harry Bosch is that his history as a detective, father, ex-husband, etc. is multi-textured, easy to relate to and his humanity, with his successes and failures comes across easily in previous novels where Cariou works the layers of the character, not the words.

I'm surprised Len Cariou has not been tapped for a Harry Bosch movie. I don't know where you are Harry, but I'm missing you, my friend!

  • Cross Country

  • By: James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Peter J. Fernandez, Dion Graham
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

When the home of Alex Cross's oldest friend, Ellie Cox, is turned into the worst murder scene Alex has ever seen, the destruction leads him to believe that he's chasing a horrible new breed of killer. As Alex and his girlfriend, Brianna Stone, become entangled in the deadly Nigerian underworld of Washington D.C., what they discover is shocking: a stunningly organized gang of lethal teenagers headed by a powerful, diabolical man--the African warlord known as the Tiger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The narrators are right on. The book is awsome.

  • By NANCY on 03-26-12

A DIFFERENT DR. CROSS

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-15-08

The same great author, the same great narrator, the splendid Cross family and friends but it is different. A chaotic ramble of brutal surprizes. Found the story weak and the telling strong. I was left with mixed emotions about the plot and the tale. It should have had more cohesivenss and less ramble. It is an OK book.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Divine Justice

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,806
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,167
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,174

Known by his alias, "Oliver Stone," John Carr is the most wanted man in America. With two pulls of the trigger, the men who destroyed Stone's life and kept him in the shadows were finally silenced. But his freedom comes at a steep price: The assassinations he carried out prompt the highest levels of the U.S. government to unleash a massive manhunt. Behind the scenes, master spy Macklin Hayes is playing a very personal game of cat and mouse. He, more than anyone, wants Stone dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Baldacci Does It Again

  • By poeticalbob on 11-20-08

You can run but you cannot hide, Oliver

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-11-08

Escaping into an entanglment rather than away from one. Oliver Stone and the Camel Club have done it, again. Double identity,Small remote, mining town and a high powered mystery and solution, nicely told.You'll like it, I did.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

  • By: David Wroblewski
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 21 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,100
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 980
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 985

Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his parents and an unusual breed of dogs on their farm in remote northern Wisconsin. But when tragedy strikes the Sawtelle family, Edgar flees to the surrounding wilderness. He comes of age in the wild, fighting for his survival and that of the three yearling dogs who follow him.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just OK

  • By Ella on 10-22-08

A good disapointment

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-30-08

It was a long, beautifully discriptive, never boring, discomforting listen. A well narrated, always interesting, story line which traveled to a miserable unessesarily morose ending. While it was well done, I'm sorry I listened to it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Extreme Measures

  • A Thriller
  • By: Vince Flynn
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,859
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,933
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,931

Mitch Rapp and his protege, Mike Nash, may have met their match. The CIA has detected and intercepted two terrorist cells, but a third is feared to be on the loose. Led by a dangerous mastermind obsessed with becoming the leader of al-Qaeda, this determined and terrifying group is about to descend on America.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Kickass Thriller - With Politics!

  • By F on 10-24-08

Wow, did it again

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-10-08

What a thriller it is.Engrossing from page one. I just love the way it was paced. Driven from one place to the next never losing touch. This author doesn't let you go. The cast of characters perpetuated. Don't miss it. Another nicely narrated Thriller.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

  • The Millennium Series, Book 1
  • By: Stieg Larsson, Reg Keeland - translator
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,457
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,296
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,371

Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic Mystery with Wonderful Characters

  • By Robert on 12-22-08

I WAS CAPTURE$D

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-31-08

The beginning seemed confusing and baffling because of the intricate plot with many people and venues. Suddenly with astute clarity I became very much involved in the writer's enviroment. The story contains mystery within mystery. The characters intriguing. I was locked in. The girl that has a Dragon Tattoo is amazing. A great listen with a supurb narration

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Thriller

  • Stories to Keep You Up All Night
  • By: James Patterson (editor), Lee Child, James Grippando, and others
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 18 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 353
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 137

Featuring North America's foremost thriller authors, Thriller is the first collection of pure thriller stories ever published. Offering up heart-pumping tales of suspense in all its guises are 32 of the most critically acclaimed and award-winning names in the business. From the signature characters that made such authors as David Morrell and John Lescroart famous, to four of the hottest new voices in the genre, this blockbuster will tantalize and terrify.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • So - So

  • By Tim on 01-15-09

Many good things

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-20-08

All of the "Thrillers" were good, some were captivating and some were almost breath stoping. A very nice collection allowing me to complete a "Listen" and get the kick before going on to another very different surprise.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Rough Justice

  • By: Jack Higgins
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 82

Dispatched by the President to report on the state of troubled Kosovo, his trusted agent , Blake Johnson, runs into a military man there named Harry Miller, who has the same task from the British Prime Minister. They band together just in time to stop a Russian officer from torching a mosque - or rather, Miller stops him, with a bullet to the forehead.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Suspended in mystery

  • By Jesse on 09-27-08

Suspended in mystery

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-27-08

Mystery, suspense,murder and intrigue. Nonstop action and plotting with never a drag. The secret organizations of the Brits, The Russians,The followers of Ossama. Wonderfully narrated. It will keep you thinking.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful