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  • Secondhand Smoke

  • Jake Brand PI, Book 2
  • By: M. Louis
  • Narrated by: Colin Iago McCarthy
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Deception, fueled by money, begins when a beautiful woman throws down serious cash for Jake to find her missing boyfriend. Violence follows when Jake and Sarah discover the couple is connected to a hacker who colors outside the lines, a beautiful pharmaceutical sales rep, a slimy cop who can't take a punch, and a federal agent bent on hiding the truth. They all know too much - and soon enough, so do Jake and Sarah.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • lots of action and danger

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 12-20-16

Would sit in car to finish chapters!

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

Reviewed: 11-12-16

If you could sum up Secondhand Smoke in three words, what would they be?

Exciting, unpredictable, nail biting

What did you like best about this story?

When a book leaves me wanting more, I know I've hit a winner!

Which scene was your favorite?

Spoilers!

Any additional comments?

I really loved the reader - his voice was perfect for this character! Also, I picked this up not realizing it was a second book in a series. I'm definitely going to download book 1 now!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • An Irish Country Doctor

  • A Novel
  • By: Patrick Taylor
  • Narrated by: John Keating
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,681
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,284
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,288

Barry Laverty, M.B., can barely find the village of Ballybucklebo on a map when he first sets out to seek gainful employment there, but already he knows that there is nowhere he would rather live than in the emerald hills and dales of Northern Ireland. The proud owner of a spanking-new medical degree and little else in the way of worldly possessions, Barry jumps at the chance to secure a position as an assistant in a small rural practice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun Book

  • By Sara on 10-24-14

Sweet and entertaining!

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

Reviewed: 03-21-16

Any additional comments?

This was a great drive-to-work distraction. The characters are very likable and there are many teachable moments - It was also nice to learn a little about medicine and Ireland as well.

  • Neverwhere

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,088
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,199
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,188

Richard Mayhew is a young man with a good heart and an ordinary life, which is changed forever when he stops to help a girl he finds bleeding on a London sidewalk. His small act of kindness propels him into a world he never dreamed existed. There are people who fall through the cracks, and Richard has become one of them. And he must learn to survive in this city of shadows and darkness, monsters and saints, murderers and angels, if he is ever to return to the London that he knew.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Vivid, imaginative.

  • By Joseph on 10-29-09

RULE: never listen to a book read by its author!

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

Reviewed: 03-12-16

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

This book was very hard to listen to. This was my first experience with Neil Gaiman in general so I thought it'd be nice to have him reading the book. It was rip-your-own-skin-off-annoying. He read the book so slowly as if every one of his words was magic and it made for a very self important, self congratulating tone. I almost stopped listening after a few hours. I imagine I'd have loved this book had I just read a physical copy of it.

Would you be willing to try another one of Neil Gaiman’s performances?

Never ever ever, unless he was reading someone ELSES work.

Any additional comments?

After listening to this book, I've made a new rule for myself to never listen to a book narrated by it's author.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Pirate King

  • A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes
  • By: Laurie R. King
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 956
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 841
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 843

As Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes embark on their 11th adventure together, they find themselves immersed in the world of silent filmmaking. Here, the pirates are real—and unlike the shooting done with a camera, this sort can be deadly.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not my favorite Mary Russell

  • By chris on 10-01-11

It's the dirty drunk uncle of the series.

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

Reviewed: 03-12-16

Would you try another book from Laurie R. King and/or Jenny Sterlin?

Every family has he bad egg, every book series has a bad book. This is my least favorite book in the series and actually feels like a ghost author filled in for Ms. King on this one.

  • O Jerusalem

  • A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes
  • By: Laurie R. King
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,412
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,101

It is 1918. Coming out of retirement, an aging Sherlock Holmes travels to Palestine with his 19-year-old partner, Mary Russell. There, disguised as ragged Bedouins, they embark on a dangerous mission. If they fail, the holy city goes up in flames.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • O Jerusalem! What fun!

  • By pdxAlexa on 05-06-09

Best Mary Russell book thus far!

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

Reviewed: 08-31-15

This book has been my favorite in the series. So rich in culture and history! I couldn't get enough. Just wish it was longer!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Feast for Crows

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 33 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,988
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,148

Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Jarring change in Dotrice's performance

  • By Pi on 06-21-12

Enthralling story thrown off by poor reader!

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

Reviewed: 10-07-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, because it's Game of Thrones.

How could the performance have been better?

YES. This is the same reader from the first three books and lets just say it's series wide: He is NOT GOOD doing women. He only has three voices for women: young naive child, strange accent confused woman and old hag. EVERY single woman is one of these three voices. Egrit sounds like Breanne and Breanne sounds like all of the prostitutes and Sansa and Aria sound exactly like Margorie and any woman over 40 gets the hag voice. It's terrible. He has at least 30 different voices for men and only three for women. Seriously.

When Breanne talks I'm waiting for her to tell John Snow he knows nothing.