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  • Some Danger Involved

  • Barker & Llewelyn Series, Book 1
  • By: Will Thomas
  • Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,569
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,389
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,380

An atmospheric debut novel set on the gritty streets of Victorian London, Some Danger Involved introduces detective Cyrus Barker and his assistant, Thomas Llewelyn, as they work to solve the gruesome murder of a young scholar in London's Jewish ghetto. When the eccentric and enigmatic Barker takes the case, he must hire an assistant, and out of all who answer an ad for a position with "some danger involved", he chooses downtrodden Llewelyn, a gutsy young man with a murky past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clever writing!

  • By Kathi on 01-13-17

If you like Sherlock Holmes

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

Reviewed: 05-31-17

If you could sum up Some Danger Involved in three words, what would they be?

Sherlock meets Watson

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

No, a slowly developed story. Ending a little strange, and questionable

What about Antony Ferguson’s performance did you like?

He did a good job,the right intonation and deferences between the characters

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Just likeSherlock Holmes

  • Where the Hell is Tesla?

  • A Novel
  • By: Rob Dircks
  • Narrated by: Rob Dircks
  • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,673
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,499
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,490

I found the journal at work. Well, I don't know if you'd call it work, but that's where I found it. It's the lost journal of Nikola Tesla, one of the greatest inventors and visionaries ever. Before he died in 1943, he kept a notebook filled with spectacular claims and outrageous plans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Had A Blast Listening To This One!

  • By Cheri on 08-11-16

Better than I was expecting

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

Reviewed: 04-20-17

Alternate universe book. With some interesting twists. The book kept me involved and the narration by the author was excellent.
My only problem was I thought Tesla would come up with cooler stuff
I think I will try another of the authors books to see if they are as good as this one.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Eye

  • A Gray Man Novel
  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,351
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,587
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,611

Ex-CIA master assassin Court Gentry has always prided himself on his ability to disappear at will, to fly below the radar and exist in the shadows - to survive as the near-mythical Gray Man. But when he takes revenge upon a former employer who betrayed him, he exposes himself to something he’s never had to face before. A killer who is just like him. Code-named Dead Eye, Russell Whitlock is a graduate of the same ultra-secret Autonomous Asset Program that trained and once controlled Gentry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fits well into the series

  • By Julius Butcher on 12-16-13

Story had too many holes

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

Reviewed: 07-17-16

Very disappointed. Story line was weak. Top security people were really stupid, this way it made it easier for the author- it just seemed like he was too lazy to come up with more credible scenarios.

  • 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 913
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 832
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 827

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

Great- different than the McKnight Books

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

Reviewed: 05-22-16

Set in Urban Chicago and not the desolate Michigan U.P. like most of his other books.
Many are probably not familiar with Steve Hamilton, since in the past he was considered to be a "Michigan" writer (according to the NYTiimes), Steve writes fast paced action books. Is this book the main character makes a bargain with an evil character, who can get him released from jail, but in return he has to do whatever he request for the next twenty years.
Great narration, good character development. You can tell this is being developed to be another series like McKnight. In the McKnight series the main character was a reluctant private detective, in this series the main character is a reluctant hit man.
Hopefully Hamilton will continue to write McKnight books and I look forward to seeing how this Nick Mason character deals with his situation in the next book.

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  • SPQR XI: Under Vesuvius

  • By: John Maddox Roberts
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132

Things are going well for Decius Caecilius Metellus. He is Praetor Peregrinus, which means he has to judge a case or two, but those cases are outside of the city. His cases will be those dealing with foreigners, and all of Italy is his province. His first stop is Campania, "Italy’s most popular resort district". Decius and his wife, Julia, are happy for a change of scenery. But the good times end when, in a town near Vesuvius, a priest’s daughter is murdered. Decius must find her killer and keep the mob off a young boy who everyone blames but he believes to be innocent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • always amazing

  • By Robb Miller on 07-25-17

Rome unlike you would imagine

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

Reviewed: 05-09-16

What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

He is a great narrator, I will be looking to see if he is narrating any other books!

Any additional comments?

Explains life in Rome, as you would imagine it might be. Slavery is common, everybody seems to own a few. Historical characters are involved and you get a feeling Rome was not such a good place even for the nobles.

  • The Three-Body Problem

  • By: Cixin Liu
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,193
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,387
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,392

Set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hard science fiction

  • By DarthVal on 03-11-16

Makes you Think

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

Reviewed: 05-09-16

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

Book makes you think, unlike most books in this genre it doesn't make alien worlds based on earthly values.
Easy to see how a few on earth would orchestrate our own destruction

  • Master of Formalities

  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 14 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,893
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,638
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,629

Even when finding oneself engaged in interstellar war, good form must be observed. Our story is set thousands of years after the Terran Exodus, where two powerful, planet-dominating families - the elegant House Jakabitus and the less refined Hahn Empire - have reached a critical point in their generations-long war. Master Hennik, the Hahn ruler's only son, has been captured, and the disposition of his internment may represent a last and welcome chance for peace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Looking forward to the sequel

  • By Nothing really matters on 07-21-16

Starts Slow and builds up to a very interesting story!

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

Reviewed: 04-28-16

Another very good Scott Myers book. Luke Daniels is as always great as a narrator.
Politics and humor in this alternate world. We can all identify with many of the characters, either in business , politics, family, or neighbor.
Story has many twists and turns, and surprisingly reaches a logical ending.

  • Aloha from Hell

  • By: Richard Kadrey
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,098
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,925
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,916

In Sandman Slim Stark came back from hell for revenge. Once again all is not right in L.A. Lucifer is back in Heaven, God is on vacation, and an insane killer mounts a war against both Heaven and Hell. Stark’s got to head back down to his old stomping grounds in Hell to rescue his long lost love, stop an insane serial killer, prevent both Good and Evil from completely destroying each other, and stop the demonic Kissi from ruining the party for everyone. Even for Sandman Slim, that’s a tall order. And it’s only the beginning.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What a great character --

  • By Ione on 10-21-11

Another great story of Sandman Slim

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

Reviewed: 01-15-16

Earth, Heaven, Hell, Los Angeles, Lucifer, Angels, demons and gods this has it all. Great narration.

  • SPQR VIII: The River God's Vengeance

  • By: John Maddox Roberts
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159

Ancient Rome, in this accurate and evocative series, is just as politics driven as any major American city - possibly even more. Decius Caecilius Metellus has, through a series of rather wild adventure, and in the act of tracking down killers and other reprobates, barely escaped annhilation several times. Now, newly elected to the office of aedile, the lowest rung on the ladder of Roman authority, he must smoke out corruption and conspiracy that threaten to destroy all of Rome.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love Robert's SPQR series.

  • By gwendolen on 02-04-17

History of Rome in an entertaining story

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

Reviewed: 12-16-15

The author tell the story of Rome and its politics while telling a murder mystery. Historical figures are scattered throughout and in a very believable way.
The narrator does a great job!

  • SPQR V: Saturnalia

  • By: John Maddox Roberts
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167

This eagerly awaited fifth book in John Maddox Roberts's Edgar-nominated historical mystery series once again takes the reader back to the Rome of Julius Caesar and the Roman Senator Decius Caecilius Metellus the Younger. Decius has won himself a reputation as both an investigator and, most unfortunately, a bit of a playboy. Having been banished by his family for sometimes embarrassing activities to a rather leisurely lifestyle on Rhodes, he is puzzled to be suddenly and unexpectedly summoned home to assist in an investigation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It just keeps getting better

  • By Mary on 07-01-14

Great historical Fiction

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

Reviewed: 09-13-15

It's really great to have a historical fiction murder mystery book, where the characters do not have to be politically correct by today's standards. It is a must read!
The book includes all the great Roman historical figures, and as far as I can tell its historically accurate
Although I need to do more research on the history of the Vatican grounds which the book describes in some interesting ways

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