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  • The Bone Tree

  • A Novel
  • By: Greg Iles
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 32 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,876
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,861

Former prosecutor Penn Cage and his fiancee, reporter and publisher Caitlin Masters, have barely escaped with their lives after being attacked by wealthy businessman Brody Royal and his Double Eagles, a KKK sect with ties to some of Mississippi's most powerful men. But the real danger has only begun as FBI Special Agent John Kaiser warns Penn that Brody isn't the true leader of the Double Eagles.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ok but definitely could put it down.

  • By R. Ford on 06-24-15

Long, Lame, Ludicrous (Not The Rapper)

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

Reviewed: 03-21-17

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

I don't often submit reviews for books I've read simply because I very much respect those of us that have the ability to actually imagine and then put into words an enjoyable story. However, in this instance, to approach a 4 star rating, the author would have had to re-write the entire book - the story had some interesting historical call backs but the characters and their actions were just ridiculous and ruined the entire experience for me.

Has The Bone Tree turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

A good narrator is a real treat and can add so very much to a good story. The narration in this case was OK but no where close to some of the really outstanding performances.

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

Irritation! The characters and their actions continually irritated me.

Any additional comments?

I have always enjoyed Mr. Iles work but not this time around.

  • Currency

  • By: L Todd Wood
  • Narrated by: Michael Sears
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 71

In Currency, Wood has pulled off a first novel that captures the listener with a pause-registering adventure, while it addresses head-on the most pressing and intense global economic, military and political issues of our very challenging current times. Wood's real world experience on both Wall Street and at the center of the US Military Special Operations world, combine with his love of history and command of current global issues, to create a story that is as intense and gripping as it is timely.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Currency - Outstanding - A Must Read!

  • By Nancy Gleason Bruce on 10-05-14

Could have been so much better

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

Reviewed: 08-19-16

What would have made Currency better?

The initial premise is interesting. However, the incredibly heavy handed political slant made the entire experience distasteful. I enjoy the references to history which are based in fact but virtually everything that flowed from that foundation was just ridiculous.

What was most disappointing about L Todd Wood’s story?

Clearly, every author brings to his or her story, various biases that inevitably color their work but this book had such an obvious agenda it should have been listed as political opinion. In addition the dialog seemed stilted, or perhaps a better description for Star Trek fans, the dialog was presented somewhat like Data would speak - no contractions and "clipped".

How did the narrator detract from the book?

With all due respect, this narration was one of the worst I have ever heard over the many years I have enjoyed audible books. There was virtually no emotion, the character "accents" would start out ghastly and devolve into something like the same voice of the main character.

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

Huge disappointment. I honestly cannot fathom the high marks given by some readers.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • As the Crow Flies

  • A Walt Longmire Mystery, Book 8
  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,678
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,254
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,229

Craig Johnson has won multiple awards and earned starred reviews from Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and Kirkus Reviews for his New York Times best-selling Walt Longmire mysteries. Embarking on his eighth adventure in As the Crow Flies, Sheriff Longmire is searching the Cheyenne Reservation for a site to host his daughter’s wedding, when he sees a woman fall to her death. Teaming up with beautiful tribal chief Lolo Long, Walt sets out to investigate the suspicious death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply one of my favorite series.

  • By B.J. on 07-22-12

Busted! I Love The Walt Longmire Series

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

Reviewed: 06-28-12

What did you love best about As the Crow Flies?

Mr. Johnson has returned to the style that first hooked me back in book one. Wry and witty comments mixed with beautiful descriptive prose.

What was one of the most memorable moments of As the Crow Flies?

I am an old grizzled Viet Nam vet who found himself tearing up at the wedding scene in the epilogue. But then again, I have been known to get misty when watching commercials for baby diapers... Go figure...

What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

In my mind, Mr. Guidall has become the voice for Walt Longmire and Henry Standing Bear. His slight changes in vocal timbre and inflection are right on the mark. I get the feeling that Mr. Guidall loves reading these books as much as I love listening.

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

The fact that I find myself laughing outloud throughout the book is such a joy. I so look forward to Mr. Johnson's work!

Any additional comments?

My dear friend passed away a few short months ago. Over the years, we would download our Walt Longmire books and, after completely devouring our respective copies, we would pour a couple of Rainier Ales and rehash our favorite parts. I miss him dearly and I'm afraid he missed one of the best books in the series...

18 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Dust and Shadow

  • An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson
  • By: Lyndsay Faye
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,682
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,668

Breathless and painstakingly researched, this is a stunning debut mystery in which Sherlock Holmes unmasks Jack the Ripper. Lyndsay Faye perfectly captures all the color and syntax of Conan Doyle’s distinctive nineteenth-century London.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Wadie on 01-07-11

Really Enjoyed

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-08-11

I have been a Sherlock Holmes fan for longer than I care to remember. While not a classic Holmes yarn, the overall "feel" of this story was close enough for me. I thought the writing captured the flavor of Holmes and the England of his time. In addition to a very good story, the narration was outstanding. What a difference an excellent narrator can make.

18 of 20 people found this review helpful

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  • Sacred Stone

  • A Novel of the Oregon Files
  • By: Clive Cussler, Craig Dirgo
  • Narrated by: J. Charles
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 470
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 187
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 187

In the remote wastelands of Greenland, an ancient artifact possessing catastrophic radioactive power is unearthed. But the astounding find puts the world at risk. Caught between two militant factions bent on wholesale slaughter, Juan Cabrillo and his network of spies, known as The Corporation, must fight to protect the stone - and prevent the outbreak of World War III.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not classic Cussler

  • By Diver Mike on 08-20-08

Laughable

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-23-11

Laughable story, ridiculous dialog (reminds me of my attempt to write a play in 10th grade english class), and horrible narration. Enjoyed some of Cussler's other works but not this one. A real struggle to finish.