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  • Greyhound

  • By: Steffan Piper
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,428
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,257
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,259

Sebastien Ranes’s single mom and her feckless boyfriend can’t be bothered to take care of a stuttering 12-year-old. Banished to live with his grandmother on the far side of the country, the boy can barely understand a bus schedule when he gets dumped at the Greyhound station in Stockton, California. Given $35 and a one-way ticket to Altoona, Pennsylvania, Sebastien must cross the country - alone, without a clue how to fend for himself. Filled with youthful anger and naïveté, Sebastien heads out into the "Morning in America" of Ronald Reagan’s 1980s.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Warm Story of Fragility and Friendship

  • By Gillian on 06-29-16

Young Adult recommendation

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

Reviewed: 06-04-17

This would be a good bridge adult listen with Young Adults in the car - probably not for the under-10 kidlets. Grain of salt, I don't have any. Solid narration, good straightforward story.

For me, I liked it but didn't love it as hoped.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Jealous Kind

  • By: James Lee Burke
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,262
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,171
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,165

On its surface, life in Houston in the 1950s is as you'd expect: stoic fathers, restless teens, drive-in movies, and souped-up Cadillacs. But underneath lies a world shifting under high school junior Aaron Broussard's feet. There's a class war between the "haves" and the "have-nots" as well as a real war, Korea, happening on the other side of the world. It is against this backdrop that Aaron comes of age, trying to understand how first loves, friendship, violence, and power can alter what "traditional America" means for the people trying to find their way in a changing world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An engaging , well written book , but.....

  • By antonio on 09-12-16

Welcome back, sir!

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

Reviewed: 09-03-16

What a distinct and abiding pleasure to be back in the words of James Lee Burke and the poetry of William Patton's storytelling. Glorious both.

5 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Dry Bones

  • A Walt Longmire Mystery
  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,397
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,072
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,044

When Jen, the largest, most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton ever found, surfaces in Sherriff Walt Longmire's jurisdiction, it appears to be a windfall for the High Plains Dinosaur Museum - until Danny Lone Elk, the Cheyenne rancher on whose property the remains were discovered, turns up dead, floating face down in a turtle pond. With millions of dollars at stake, a number of groups step forward to claim her, including Danny's family, the tribe, and the federal government.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 'Dem Bones!

  • By Carole T. on 05-13-15

Walt + George = One Great Big Smile

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

Reviewed: 08-18-15

I was so delighted to find out another book came out after I finished the Walt Longmire series and when I wasn't looking... love these stories, and George's reading. Intelligent, thoughtful, and amusing writing.

However, if you're unfamiliar, go back to the start and enjoy the ride!

  • Nine Dragons

  • Harry Bosch, Book 14
  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Len Cariou
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,720
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,142
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,152

The one good thing in Bosch's life, the person he holds most dear, is taken from him and Bosch travels to Hong Kong in an all-or-nothing bid to regain what he's lost. In a place known as Nine Dragons, as the city's Hungry Ghosts festival burns around him, Bosch puts aside everything he knows and risks everything he has in a desperate bid to outmatch the triad's ferocity.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Ordinary at best

  • By P.Keith Daigle on 06-23-10

Classic Bosch and whew!

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

Reviewed: 08-10-15

After a mis-listen of Book 14s detour into the courtroom and a different primary voice, it was a relief to get back to classic Bosch read perfectly by Cariou.

This story seemed very familiar through the first half - perhaps the storyline got lifted by Law & Order : ), or I somehow heard it before somewhere back in the mists, but once past the drama in Hong Kong, I seemed to be back in unread / unheard territory.

Strong writing, interesting story, and great narration. Probably rated a click higher than would have been had it not been such a relief after overexposure to the courtroom in the prior book.

  • The Brass Verdict

  • A Novel
  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Peter Giles
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,661
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,931
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,911

Things are finally looking up for defense attorney Mickey Haller. After two years of wrong turns, Haller is back in the courtroom. When Hollywood lawyer Jerry Vincent is murdered, Haller inherits his biggest case yet: the defense of Walter Elliott, a prominent studio executive accused of murdering his wife and her lover. But as Haller prepares for the case that could launch him into the big time, he learns that Vincent's killer may be coming for him next.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mickey Haller Is My Favorite Mystery Character

  • By Mimi on 10-22-08

Needed more Bosch

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

Reviewed: 08-10-15

This book was disappointing for me - it was listed as 14 in the Harry Bosch series, and having listened to 12 of the prior 13, I was looking forward to the next, and willing to share the wordspace with a lawyer. However, I found little of Bosch's strong presence in this book - he was definitely peripheral to Waller (the lawyer, if I've butchered the name), and the Bosch character was flat in comparison to the prior twelve I've listened to. It may have simply been that I was already annoyed by the attorney's voice and legal details by the time Bosch showed up, and I missed the gravely tone of the prior book readings. This narrator (or writing, I would have to read the print version to determine, which I won't) didn't give Bosch any of the commanding presence and strength - even in his arguably poor decisions - that the other books did. He just seemed largely foolish.

Suggest those on a Bosch roll set this one back to the end of the list

  • Before He Finds Her

  • By: Michael Kardos
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,579
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,190
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,194

Everyone in the quiet Jersey Shore town of Silver Bay knows the story: on a Sunday evening in September 1991, Ramsey Miller threw a blowout block party, then murdered his beautiful wife and three-year-old daughter. But everyone is wrong. The daughter got away. Now she is nearly eighteen and tired of living in secrecy. Under the name Melanie Denison, she has spent the last fifteen years in small-town West Virginia as part of the Witness Protection Program. She has never been allowed to travel, go to a school dance, or even have internet at home. Precautions must be taken at every turn, because Ramsey Miller was never caught and might still be looking for his daughter.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Stellar Mystery, Top Of The Mark

  • By Marjorie on 06-20-15

Excellent on all fronts

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

Reviewed: 08-10-15

Thank you to the prior reviewers who convinced me to purchase this book on the Daily Deal. Very well written and impeccably narrated, with resolutions coming from completely different directions than anticipated. I lollygagged in bed listening through to the end, three hours past the point where I should have been out in the world being theoretically constructive. Finished nicely with all threads wrapped up (although not all in the hoped-for direction, which should probably earn an extra star) and did not drop me off into the abyss abruptly, so that I was able to put down a loved book with a warm afterglow, instead of the faint disappointment of a great book ended too quickly.

Well done, Michael and Julia, and I recommend without reservation.
- Loree

p.s. I had failed to note the author until I was writing this, and expected the author to be a woman - an extra half-star to Michael for doing a fine job of speaking for Melanie.

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  • Falling Glass

  • By: Adrian McKinty
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,628
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,239
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,219

Richard Coulter is a man who has everything. His beautiful new wife is pregnant, his upstart airline is undercutting the competition and moving from strength to strength, his diversification into the casino business in Macau has been successful, and his fabulous Art Deco house on an Irish cliff top has just been featured in Architectural Digest. But then, for some reason, his ex-wife Rachel doesn’t keep her side of the custody agreement and vanishes off the face of the earth with Richard’s two daughters. Richard hires Killian, a formidable ex-enforcer for the IRA, to track her down before Rachel, a recovering drug addict, harms herself or the girls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hold on to your seat!!!

  • By Cheryl on 03-09-11

Write faster!

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

Reviewed: 11-06-14

Having slogged through two mediocre (I'm being kind) and one okay book recently, it was a breath of pristine autumn air to be in McKinty's lush and highly competent storytelling again. I had listened to the three Sean McDuffy books in a row, and was so thoroughly delighted that I was attempting to ration his other books. I'm over that - I'll be enjoying a McKinty marathon for the next couple weeks, and then I'll be coming back for reruns.

Excellent story, excellent writing, and Gerard Doyle is a superb narrator. My only puzzle is how Dermott McCann had dinner with President Obama in this book after being pretty thoroughly deaded at the hand of Sean McDuffy in the 80s. However, my suspicion is that's a McKinty wink and nod to see if we're paying attention, or just to mess with us. He is good enough for me to be absolutely certain it's fully intentional.

Can't recommend the four McKinty's I've read highly enough. Off to "Dead I Well May Be"...

  • The Lost Wife

  • A Novel
  • By: Alyson Richman
  • Narrated by: George Guidall, Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,078
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,641
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,636

In pre-war Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, there's an inescapable glance of recognition between two strangers. Providence is giving Lenka and Josef one more chance. From the glamorous ease of life in Prague before the Occupation, to the horrors of Nazi Europe, The Lost Wife explores the power of first love, the resilience of the human spirit, and the strength of memory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BEST book I have read in a long time

  • By Kfcarter on 11-04-13

Absolutely Impeccable

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

Reviewed: 06-23-14

I did not expect to love this book, but it trampled all over that expectation. Excellent story beautifully written, and while George is already my favorite male narrator, Suzanne is now my favorite female narrator.

Beautiful job of illustrating the horrors of that time on a personal and individual scale, and showing the strength we have as humans to continue living through that which is utterly impossible.

Recommend with my whole heart.

  • The Day the Falls Stood Still

  • A Novel
  • By: Cathy Marie Buchanan
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 58

1915. The dawn of the hydroelectric power era in Niagara Falls. Seventeen-year-old Bess Heath has led a sheltered existence as the youngest daughter of the director of the Niagara Power Company. After graduation day at her boarding school, she is impatient to return to her picturesque family home near Niagara Falls. But when she arrives, nothing is as she had left it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this book (and even learned something new!)

  • By Loree Harrell on 02-19-13

Loved this book (and even learned something new!)

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

Reviewed: 02-19-13

Thoroughly enjoyed this book - the writing was graceful and narration excellent. I'm not generally a fan of historical fiction, but delighted to make this exception - the ordinary view of an extraordinary life and time was much appreciated, and even spurred a bit of historical and geographical research.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful