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K. Cole

Cincinnati, Ohio, US.
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  • Lethal White

  • A Cormoran Strike Novel
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 22 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,659
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,377
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,350

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed, and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. Trying to get to the bottom of Billy's story, Strike and Robin Ellacott - once his assistant, now a partner in the agency - set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best 22 hours of the last week

  • By Jennifer on 09-27-18

good!

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

The reader is very good at the vast array of accents you encounter in the UK. The story is well written, a closely observed and well-woven fabric of the felt lives of her characters. Enjoy!

  • The Fifth Risk

  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,750
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,554
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,547

"The election happened," remembers Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, then deputy secretary of the Department of Energy. "And then there was radio silence." Across all departments, similar stories were playing out: Trump appointees were few and far between; those that did show up were shockingly uninformed about the functions of their new workplace. Some even threw away the briefing books that had been prepared for them. Michael Lewis’ brilliant narrative takes us into the engine rooms of a government under attack by its own leaders.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Awkward and Disappointing

  • By Amit M on 10-04-18

important

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

Reviewed: 10-28-18

this book provided an unblinking look at Joe the sausage is made inside the trump white house

  • The Big Sleep

  • By: Raymond Chandler
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,796
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,587
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,579

Los Angeles PI Philip Marlowe is working for the Sternwood family. Old man Sternwood, crippled and wheelchair-bound, is being given the squeeze by a blackmailer and he wants Marlowe to make the problem go away. But with Sternwood's two wild, devil-may-care daughters prowling LA's seedy backstreets, Marlowe's got his work cut out - and that's before he stumbles over the first corpse.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Detective Noir at its finest

  • By Aaron on 01-15-15

great book

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

Reviewed: 09-23-18

This is a wonderful book. The audible performance is spectacular. I heartily recommend this recording.

  • Fear

  • Trump in the White House
  • By: Bob Woodward
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,668
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,945
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,839

With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files, and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One, and the White House residence.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Repetitive

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-29-18

outstanding reader

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

it's hard to say you like this book but the audible reader made it worth the trip.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Night at the Crossroads

  • Inspector Maigret; Book 7
  • By: Georges Simenon, Linda Coverdale (translator)
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 3 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

A new translation of Georges Simenon's sensational tale of deceit and back-stabbing in an isolated community, part of the new Maigret series. Maigret has been interrogating Carl Andersen for 17 hours without a confession. He's either innocent or a very good liar. So why was the body of a diamond merchant found at his isolated mansion? Why is his sister always shut away in her room? And why does everyone at Three Widows Crossroads have something to hide?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great narrative performance

  • By Angus Davis on 11-03-18

good Maigret outing

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

Reviewed: 07-30-18

I listened to it again tonight after seeing the superb Rowan Atkinson adaptation on PBS. Though the writers of the tv film took liberties with the plot, they were forgivable. This audio version with the wonderful Gareth Armstrong is its own pleasure.

  • Liberty Bar

  • Inspector Maigret, Book 17
  • By: Georges Simenon, David Bellos - translator
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 3 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

A new translation of Georges Simenon's devastating novel set on the French Riviera. It had a smell of holidays. The previous evening, in Cannes harbour, with the setting sun, had also had the smell of holidays, especially the Ardena, whose owner swaggered in front of two girls with gorgeous figures. Dazzled at first by the glamour of sunny Antibes, Maigret soon finds himself immersed in the less salubrious side of the Riviera, as he retraces the final steps of a local eccentric.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • a decent maigret story

  • By K. Cole on 06-04-18

a decent maigret story

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

Reviewed: 06-04-18

but a decent maigret story is far better than an excellent agatha Christie for example.

  • Mrs. Osmond

  • A Novel
  • By: John Banville
  • Narrated by: Amy Finegan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 87

Isabel Archer is a young American woman swept off to Europe in the late 19th century by an aunt who hopes to round out the impetuous but naïve girl's experience of the world. When Isabel comes into a large, unexpected inheritance, she is finagled into a marriage with the charming, penniless, and - as Isabel finds out too late - cruel and deceitful Gilbert Osmond, whose connection to a certain Madame Merle is suspiciously intimate.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • John Banville honors Henry James in devising an elegant continuation of “The Portrait of a Lady”

  • By CHRISTINE on 11-15-17

a Jamesian delight

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

Reviewed: 03-03-18

Mrs Osmond, a sequel to Henry James' Portrait of a Lady, is a delightful work, especially for anyone who has loved the Master's work.

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Book 7

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 21 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 64,937
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 58,783
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 58,540

As he climbs into the sidecar of Hagrid's motorbike and takes to the skies, leaving Privet Drive for the last time, Harry Potter knows that Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters are not far behind. The protective charm that has kept Harry safe until now is broken, but he cannot keep hiding. The Dark Lord is breathing fear into everything Harry loves and to stop him Harry will have to find and destroy the remaining Horcruxes. The final battle must begin - Harry must stand and face his enemy....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm so sad it's over!!

  • By Erin on 05-19-16

wonderful

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

Reviewed: 01-21-18

Jim Dale's performance of this story is a crowning achievement of the series. Not to be missed.

  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Book 6

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 18 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 35,808
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32,941
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 32,873

When Dumbledore arrives at Privet Drive one summer night to collect Harry Potter, his wand hand is blackened and shrivelled, but he does not reveal why. Secrets and suspicion are spreading through the wizarding world, and Hogwarts itself is not safe. Harry is convinced that Malfoy bears the Dark Mark: there is a Death Eater amongst them. Harry will need powerful magic and true friends as he explores Voldemort's darkest secrets, and Dumbledore prepares him to face his destiny....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful Narration Continues

  • By Gina on 05-13-16

wonderful

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

Reviewed: 01-19-18

another wonderful jim dale performance in this audio book. he had kept the intoning of the various characters consistent, and consistently good, through all the first 6 books.

  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Book 5

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 27 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 38,547
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 35,427
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 35,358

Dark times have come to Hogwarts. After the Dementors' attack on his cousin Dudley, Harry Potter knows that Voldemort will stop at nothing to find him. There are many who deny the Dark Lord's return, but Harry is not alone: a secret order gathers at Grimmauld Place to fight against the dark forces. Harry must allow Professor Snape to teach him how to protect himself from Voldemort's savage assaults on his mind. But they are growing stronger by the day and Harry is running out of time....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Book You'll Read This Year

  • By Gretchen SLP on 11-22-15

jim dale is the best

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

Reviewed: 01-18-18

He's the best audio book reader I've ever heard and that by itself makes the audio books an experience parallel to the print books and the movies.