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  • The Frozen Dead

  • By: Bernard Minier
  • Narrated by: Elijah Alexander
  • Length: 18 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13

The first victim is a horse: its headless, flayed body hangs suspended from the edge of a frozen cliff. On the same day as the gruesome discovery takes place, Diane Berg, a young psychiatrist starts her first job at a high security asylum for the criminally insane, just a few miles away. She is baffled by the slightly unorthodox methods the asylums' director uses, and then greatly alarmed when she realizes that drugs are disappearing.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible narration. Just awful

  • By Lisa on 12-02-14

Read only if you love cliches

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

Reviewed: 12-09-17

Narrator affects an annoying French accent that sounds like Inspector Clouseau. He frequently slips into a German accent without realizing it. I liked Minier's first novel, but this one is a bomb. The story is cliché-ridden and internally inconsistent. Just one example: Whenever a character confronts a crisis or something unexpected, some part of that person's body either convulses, burns, freezes, or turns to ice. This happens so frequently and involves so many body parts that I started laughing every time Minier popped up with a new one. This novel is a terrific example of how not to write.

  • Dead Irish

  • A Dismas Hardy Novel
  • By: John Lescroart
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 990
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 789
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 787

In his new life as a bartender at the Little Shamrock, Dismas Hardy is just hoping for a little peace. He's left both the police force and his law career behind. Unfortunately it's not as easy to leave behind the memory of a shattering personal loss - but for the time being, he can always take the edge off with a stiff drink and a round of darts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Soap-opera thrillers?

  • By Snoodely on 01-27-10

Tedious

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

Reviewed: 11-30-17

A thin plot that the writer pads by adding a lot of unnecessary narrative and dialogue. This book was so boring and tedious that I almost quit listening to it.

  • Child 44

  • By: Tom Rob Smith
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,642
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,352
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,353

It is a society that is, officially, a paradise. Superior to the decadent West, Stalin's Soviet Union is a haven for its citizens, providing for all of their needs: education, health care, security. In exchange, all that is required is their hard work, and their loyalty and faith to the Soviet State. But now a murderer is on the loose.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Be Prepared Be Forewarned

  • By Steven on 02-22-10

Unrealstic Ending

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

Reviewed: 09-27-17

The first eight chapters of this book were fascinating, but starting at Chapter nine, the story line began to be fantastical and unrealistic, turning an interesting mystery into something like Mission Impossible. Listening to this ending caused me to return the purchase of a sequel.

  • The Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction

  • By: David Schmid, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: David Schmid
  • Length: 18 hrs and 56 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 156

Great mystery and suspense writers have created some of the most unforgettable stories in all of literature. Even those who don't consider themselves fans of this intriguing genre are familiar with names such as Hercule Poirot, Sam Spade, Hannibal Lecter, and Robert Langdon, and understand the deep and lasting impact this writing has had on literature as a whole.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eye Opening and Enjoyable

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-21-17

Boring as well as annoying

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

Reviewed: 05-01-17

What disappointed you about The Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction?

I love mysteries, but this lecture series was boring. 1. The presentation was annoying. He used the word "why' so much that I started to wonder 'why' I continued to listened. 2. He spends a lot of time on obscure authors. Just one example, when he began the lecture on true crime, he first talked about sermons given after the execution of a criminal. Who would ever think a sermon was something to be read as an example of true crime. 3. He sometimes says things that reveals his biases and which is off topic. Example, he talks about the genocide of Native Americans as if it was an actual fact. If you look around, they are all over this nation. 4. He focused too much time on obscure writers and subgenres and then talks about their influence Another specific example. In one case, he talks about a writer who he say is little read but then talks about the author's influence on a genre.

Would you ever listen to anything by The Great Courses again?

Yes. I am a fan of the Great Courses. I have bought four of them and I have checked several of them out of my local library

Would you be willing to try another one of Professor David Schmid’s performances?

No!!!!!

3 of 25 people found this review helpful

  • Bad Wolf

  • Bodenstein & Kirchhoff, Book 2
  • By: Nele Neuhaus
  • Narrated by: Robert Fass
  • Length: 17 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 343
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 301
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 302

On a hot June day the body of a 16-year-old girl washes up on a river bank outside of Frankfurt. She has been brutally murdered, but no one comes forward with any information as to her identity. Even weeks later, the local police have not been able to identify her. Then a new case comes in: a popular television reporter is attacked, raped, and locked in the trunk of her own car. She survives - barely - and is able to supply certain hints to the police having to do with her recent investigations into a child welfare organization and the potential uncovering of a child pornography ring with members from the highest echelon of society.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A Grim Tale

  • By Mel on 01-26-14

Disppointing

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

Reviewed: 03-23-16

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

Better editing, tightened plot

Any additional comments?

Not anywhere as good as Snow White Must Die. Just terrible plotting, banal dialogue, and narrative that didn't advance the story

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Lay Down My Sword and Shield

  • By: James Lee Burke
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,175
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 947
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 935

Against the backdrop of growing civil rights turmoil in a sultry border town, the hard-drinking ex-POW attorney Hackberry Holland yields to the myriad urgings of his wife, his brother, and his so-called friends to make a bid for a congressional seat - and finds himself embroiled in the seamy world of Texas powerbrokers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • sets the stage for all of JLB's books

  • By Stevon on 08-12-13

Worst Burke novel ever

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

Reviewed: 10-06-14

What would have made Lay Down My Sword and Shield better?

A believable character and a plot.

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

Anger at the fraudulent title, which was misleading as to content.

Any additional comments?

This is one of the worst books I ever read. A character who is an alcoholic, who cheats on his elegant wife, and who is unreliable when it comes to working his law practice with his brother, and yet he is a knight in shining armor when it comes to social injustice. Get real. I will never purchase another one of this author's books again.