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  • The Late Show

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Katherine Moennig
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,536
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8,780
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,742

Renée Ballard works the night shift in Hollywood, beginning many investigations but finishing none, as each morning she turns her cases over to day shift detectives. A once up-and-coming detective, she's been given this beat as punishment after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor. But one night she catches two cases she doesn't want to part with: the brutal beating of a prostitute left for dead in a parking lot and the killing of a young woman in a nightclub shooting. Ballard is determined not to give up at dawn.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, the narration!

  • By Destry on 07-20-17

Maybe it was on purpose

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

Reviewed: 08-13-17

I'm an admirer of Michael Connelly's work. Love all the Bosch books and the Lincoln Lawyer, too. I approached The Late Show predisposed to be entertained and intrigued. Immediately, I was taken aback by the reader's flat tone and inability to differentiate between a character's comment and the subsequent "he said, enraged." BTW, that's not in the book; I made it up. The plot engaged me eventually and the protagonist, Ballard, though cold and offputting, sparked interest in how the story progressed. Maybe the cold, uninflected narration was an indication of Ballard's inability to relate on an emotional level to anything but her work. I'll think about it. in the meanwhile, you think about getting this book in print.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Wrong Side of Goodbye

  • Harry Bosch, Book 19
  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Titus Welliver
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,570
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,312
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,243

Harry Bosch is California's newest private investigator. He doesn't advertise, he doesn't have an office, and he's picky about who he works for, but it doesn't matter. His chops from 30 years with the LAPD speak for themselves. Soon one of Southern California's biggest moguls comes calling. The reclusive billionaire has less than six months to live and a lifetime of regrets. He hires Bosch to find out whether he has an heir.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Connelly Delivers Everytime

  • By Charles Atkinson on 07-19-17

It's Michael Connolly, 'Nough Said

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

Reviewed: 11-07-16

Human frailty, the wages of a futile war, and the enduring nature of art are woven together in this latest episode of Connolly's Bosch series. Ably read by Titus Welliver, who even manages to sound something like Matthew McConaughey when reading for Mickey Haller, this book is just a return to the comfort of old friends. I'm not demanding in my reads; a good reader, a decent plot and characters that are, well, character driven are all I ask and Connolly is a favorite because he always delivers.

  • The Absent One

  • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,656
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,384
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,377

In The Keeper of Lost Causes, Jussi Adler-Olsen introduced Detective Carl Mørck, a deeply flawed, brilliant detective newly assigned to run Department Q, the home of Copenhagen’s coldest cases. The result wasn’t what Mørck - or readers - expected, but by the opening of Adler-Olsen’s shocking, fast-paced follow-up, Mørck is satisfied with the notion of picking up long-cold leads. So he’s naturally intrigued when a closed case lands on his desk: A brother and sister were brutally murdered two decades earlier....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New favorite author

  • By JAB on 09-25-12

I'm hooked

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

Reviewed: 10-27-16

It's never encountered Jussi Adler Olsen before an ad on Audible suggested that I give the first book in this series a try. I'm glad I did. this second book was as rewarding as the first. I like good characters, a capable reader whose voice enhances the story, and a decent plot. I've found all in this Karl Mork (forgive the spelling) series.

  • Mad Mouse

  • John Ceepak, Book 2
  • By: Chris Grabenstein
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,594
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,135

Young Danny Boyle, the part-time summer cop "down the shore" in Sea Haven, New Jersey, gets taken on a wild ride when he and his longtime beach buddies become the unwitting targets of a madman's twisted scheme for revenge. Fortunately, John Ceepak, the cop with a soldier's unshakable code of honor, stays at Danny's side to help him negotiate the quick twists and turns that threaten to destroy his life, his friends, and everything about the world he loves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Whack a Mole

  • By John on 09-24-07

Fun at the Beach

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

Reviewed: 09-20-16

First, the story is entertaining. I just finished Tilt a Whirl; I got the 3 books for 2 credits during the recent promotion. I like the protagonists, Danny and Sepack, the character development is satisfactory and it moves right along. Good narration, which is always a big factor, so all in all, this is a solid series with some likeable guys--and a couple real bad eggs.

  • A Great Reckoning

  • A Novel
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Robert Bathurst
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,238
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,822
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,797

When an intricate old map is found stuffed into the walls of the bistro in Three Pines, it at first seems no more than a curiosity. But the closer the villagers look, the stranger it becomes. Given to Armand Gamache as a gift the first day of his new job, the map eventually leads him to shattering secrets. To an old friend and older adversary. It leads the former Chief of Homicide for the Sûreté du Québec to places even he is afraid to go. But must. And there he finds four young cadets in the Sûreté academy, and a dead professor. And, with the body, a copy of the old, odd map.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Return to Three Pines

  • By Lisa K. Dillon on 09-05-16

I love Louise Penny

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

Reviewed: 09-09-16

I saw the author's name in all my suggested reading threads, but expected something dull and plodding, the vicar's daughter delivering calf's foot jelly to the elderly. I couldn't have been more wrong! Well drawn characters, funny and peculiar, well constructed plots--all a mystery reader could expect. Start at the beginning--and you're in luck, there's a nice, satisfying backlist.

  • Speaking in Bones

  • A Novel
  • By: Kathy Reichs
  • Narrated by: Katherine Borowitz
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,000
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 903
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 891

No one speaks the language of suspense more brilliantly than Kathy Reichs, number-one New York Times best-selling author of the acclaimed Temperance Brennan series. In Speaking in Bones, the forensic anthropologist finds herself drawn into a world of dark secrets and dangerous beliefs, where good and evil blur. Professionally, Temperance Brennan knows exactly what to do - test, analyze, identify. Her personal life is another story.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Tempe is brilliant yet brainless at times.

  • By Julie on 07-25-15

Satisfying

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

Reviewed: 10-23-15

If you've been following Tempe, you'll be perfectly satisfied with this installment in the series.

  • Homicide in Hardcover

  • A Bibliophile Mystery
  • By: Kate Carlisle
  • Narrated by: Eileen Stevens
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 410
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 350
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 348

The streets of San Francisco would be lined with hardcovers if rare book expert Brooklyn Wainwright had her way. And her mentor wouldn't be lying in a pool of his own blood on the eve of a celebration for his latest book restoration. With his final breath he leaves Brooklyn a cryptic message, and gives her a priceless - and supposedly cursed - copy of Goethe's Faust for safekeeping.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • NICE TYPICAL COZY mystery

  • By Carmela on 02-06-17

I enjoyed it

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

Reviewed: 10-15-15

It's true that the narrator does a really terrible British accent, but not as bad as the gal who attempted to read "Bloody Jack," which I had to return it was so painful. I just finished a Steve Berry, so I was looking for something new and light when I stumbled on the 4th book in this series on Hoopla. I'd rather not start in the middle, so I bought the first book on Audible and now I've downloaded the second.

Here's the thing, nothing is perfect. I like the characters, the narration doesn't drive me crazy, and I love books. I wanted light--this is not Jack Reacher, for sure; it's more like a cozy. I don't agree that this is a Janet Evanovich knock-off. I think it's a Sue Grafton read-alike, and that's not so bad.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Terminal City

  • By: Linda Fairstein
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 300
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 265

With her newest Alexandra Cooper novel, Terminal City, New York Times best-selling author Linda Fairstein delivers another breakneck thriller that captures the essence of New York City - its glamour, its possibilities, and its endless capacity for darkness. Linda Fairstein is well-known for illuminating the dark histories in many of New York's forgotten corners - and sometimes in the city's most popular landmarks. In Terminal City, Fairstein turns her attention to one of New York's most iconic structures - Grand Central Terminal.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Truly disappointing

  • By Joanne on 06-29-14

Another fine Alex Cooper novel

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

Reviewed: 09-03-14

I'm always interested to learn all that Linda Fairstein presents as background in her books. This installment takes place in Grand Central Terminal in NYC and doesn't fail to please, though if you're hoping for a big reveal in Alex's evolving relationship with Mike Chapman, maybe next time. We're coaxed along, but no big event (I can't help it, I was rooting for Mike all through the interlude with the French chef). The story line is involving, and the bad guy is truly bad, so a satisfying read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Outcast Dead

  • Ruth Galloway, Book 6
  • By: Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 523
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 474
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 473

Forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway has excavated a body from the grounds of Norwich Castle, a forbidding edifice that was once a prison. She believes the body may be that of infamous Victorian murderess Jemima Green. Called Mother Hook for her claw-like hand, Jemima was hanged in 1867 for the murder of five children in her care. DCI Harry Nelson has no time for long-dead killers. Immersed in the case of three infants found dead, one after the other, in their King’s Lynn home, he’s convinced that a family member is responsible, though others on his team think differently.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You gotta understand, I love this series

  • By C. A. Gelsinger on 09-03-14

You gotta understand, I love this series

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

Reviewed: 09-03-14

Ruth Galloway is such a sympathetic character, not perfect, not beautiful, but intelligent and resourceful, determined and straightforward. She struggles to balance her life as a single mom with her job as a forensic anthropologist. This story continues her inquiries into the history of her North Norfolk home,along with a contemporary mystery that parallels the historical investigation. As with any book that is driven by character more than action, I am very pleased to have visited with Ruth for a spell. If you like Deborah Crombie, or Louise Penny, you'll be happy with this series by Elly Griffiths.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Kindness Goes Unpunished

  • A Walt Longmire Mystery
  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,796
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,045
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,017

Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire mysteries are critically acclaimed. Longmire's third outing takes him from Wyoming to Philadelphia to investigate a brutal assault on his daughter, Cady. Walt believes her ex-boyfriend is behind the crime and searches him out. But when he turns up dead, Walt is back to square one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Okay, so I'm a little in love ...

  • By C. A. Gelsinger on 07-30-12

Okay, so I'm a little in love ...

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

Reviewed: 07-30-12

I'm an undemanding listener, but I like the narrator to be more than adequate, the story line to hold my interest and not be too transparent, and I like character-driven stories rather than action-driven.

The Walt Longmire series fills these specs on every score. George Guidall is like an old shoe, comfortable, familiar and reliable. He brings Walt to life; he also does a good job with the other characters that populate the series. Mr. Guidall's voice is low and soothing, but he plays his instrument with intelligence and wit.

Forgive me for not commenting on the story line, other than to say it's worthwhile and engaging. I've read books in the series since Kindness Goes Unpunished; Another Man's Moccasins and Dark Horse. I'm pacing myself so that I don't rip through the series too fast. Compare Walt to a box of fine chocolates or a visit with a friend ... my walk with him is worth savoring.

At the end of Dark Horse is an interview between George Guidall and Craig Johnson. I hesitated, fearful of being disenchanted, but it's a great listen--Mr. Guidall and Mr. Johnson are funny and self-deprecating and the story behind the start of the Walt Longmire series is an entertaining one.

As a clue to my preferences in writers, I like J.A. Jance, William Kent Krueger, Karin Slaughter, Elly Griffiths, Clive Cussler, Steve Berry, Michael Connelly(!), John Sandford, John Lutz--all folks who write good characters in bad situations.

I hope this review helps you decide to give Walt Longmire, George Guidall and Craig Johnson a try.

62 of 63 people found this review helpful