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Richard Van Voris

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  • St Kilda Blues

  • Charlie Berlin, Book 3
  • By: Geoff McGeachin
  • Narrated by: David Tredinnick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 113

It's 1967, the summer of love, and in swinging Melbourne Detective Sergeant Charlie Berlin has been hauled out of exile in the Fraud Squad to investigate the disappearance of a teenage girl, the daughter of a powerful and politically connected property developer. As Berlin's inquiries uncover more missing girls he gets an uneasy feeling he may be dealing with the city's first serial killer. Berlin's investigation leads him through inner-city discothèques, hip photographic studios, the emerging drug culture, and into the seedy back streets of St Kilda.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great Charlie Berlin story

  • By Phillip on 08-10-14

This series keeps getting better

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

Reviewed: 11-24-18

This is the third Charlie Berlin book I have listened to and they have gotten better and better.
In my experience this is contrary to many writers whose series characters get stale and repetitive.
Charlie's character gets deeper, more interesting and more compelling. The plot, particularly the more interesting sub plots, is not predictable and unlike many books of it's ilk I had no idea it would go where it would go. I will admit that the core mystery was fairly straightforward and did not hold a lot of surprises, which is why I gave the story a 4 and not a 5.
Narrator was excellent. One thing that he did well, for a man, was to read the women's parts. I will often cringe when I hear a narrator do the other sex but not here. Tredinick had good rhythm and pace and so far as I can tell, authentic accents. And Geoff McGeachin gets better, I am looking forward to the next instalment.

  • Smoke Jensen, the Beginning

  • By: William W. Johnstone, J. A. Johnstone
  • Narrated by: Jack Garrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 237

For the first time, an epic account of a boy born into a struggle for survival on the harsh and unforgiving American frontier, the story behind the legend of Smoke Jensen.... On the eve of the Civil War, Kirby Jensen is the youngest of three children living on a hardscrabble ranch in Southwestern Missouri. But in 1861, shots were fired in Charleston harbor, and Kirby's father and brother went to war.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story!

  • By Lady M on 08-11-16

All the Western cliches you will need

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

Reviewed: 07-06-18

Perhaps the author could have stuffed another cliche in this book but I am not sure how
Despite that it’s a fun read with the narrator doing a pretty good John Wayne imitation

  • Shatter

  • Joseph O'Loughlin, Book 3
  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 815
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 763
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 757

Joe O'Loughlin is in familiar territory--standing on a bridge high above a flooded gorge, trying to stop a distraught woman from jumping. "You don't understand," she whispers and lets go. Joe is haunted by his failure to save the woman until her teenage daughter finds him and reveals that her mother never would have committed suicide--not like that. She was terrified of heights.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How Far Would You Go?

  • By Linda on 04-28-15

Great story telling but...

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

Reviewed: 12-02-17

I enjoyed this book The premise is unique remote control murder
but it is very dark
It is also somewhat predictable
Once I understood how the villain was operating I knew it was a matter of time before Joes kids were grabbed and used against him
Also his wife irritates me
She is so judgmental and what’s that thing about glass houses?

  • The Green Ripper

  • A Travis McGee Novel, Book 18
  • By: John D. MacDonald
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187

Beautiful girls always grace the Florida beaches; strolling, sailing, relaxing at the many parties on Travis McGee's houseboat, The Busted Flush. McGee was too smart - and had been around too long - for many of them to touch his heart. Now, however, there was Gretel. She had discovered the key to McGee - to all of him - and now he had something to hope for. Then, terribly, unexpectedly, she was dead. From a mysterious illness, or so they said. But McGee knew the truth; that Gretel had been murdered.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Vengeance Road

  • By Me & My Girls on 01-25-15

John D at the full tide of his skill

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

Reviewed: 07-09-17

I am a huge fan of the Man. I have read and listened to all of the T. McGee many times since the 1970's. I n my opinion this "Green Ripper" is the best of the series.
This is minimalist Mc Gee. Stripped down and and fully aware of the darkness that is out there and inside himself.
I could argue that away from Florida he is a weaker character oK but to truly know this guy read this one

  • The Dawn Patrol

  • By: Don Winslow
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,386
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,158
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,151

Every morning Boone Daniels is out with the Dawn Patrol: four men and one woman as single-minded about surfing as he is, or nearly. They have real jobs; Boone works as a P.I. just enough to keep himself in fish tacos and in the water. But Boone is also obsessed with the unsolved case of a young girl named Rain who was abducted while he was with the San Diego police.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don Winslow always surprises me

  • By Hannah on 09-08-15

Outstanding narration

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

Reviewed: 06-05-17

I liked this book but particularly I loved the narrator. The more I listen to audiobooks the more I realize how much the narration impacts my enjoyment of the experience. In this case Ray Parter has taken a decent, if somewhat predictable, PI California noir book, and made it great. I just listened to it for the second time and it struck me again how good was the narration.

Tone of voice has a lot to do with it,lots of good narrators do that, Cassandra Cambell, Will Patton, but it was the timing and the rhythm of his reading that set this book apart.
I have listened to other books read by Mr. Porter and I have liked them but something about this book that was exceptional . The marriage of the characters, the plot and the reading that brings it above the sum of all three. On a par with my favorite narration; Patrick Tull , reading Aubrey/ Maturin which in my opinion is the best narration of all time.
Worth the credit.


  • American War

  • A Novel
  • By: Omar El Akkad
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,526
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,418
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,413

Sarat Chestnut, born in Louisiana, is only six when the Second American Civil War breaks out in 2074. But even she knows that oil is outlawed, that Louisiana is half underwater, that unmanned drones fill the sky. And when her father is killed and her family is forced into Camp Patience for displaced persons, she quickly begins to be shaped by her particular time and place until, finally, through the influence of a mysterious functionary, she is turned into a deadly instrument of war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best listen in years

  • By odin on 04-08-17

If this is the future,I should get out now

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

Reviewed: 05-02-17

I started off liking this book. The characters well sketched and the world they lived in given enough definition to be recognisable. But by the mid point I felt that there were too many events and they did not tie into each other well. There was no real story line. Just a series of grim events in a horrible and cruel world.
I found myself disliking the murderous, mean spirited protagonist. And the "cause" she was fighting for was what? Perhaps the god given right for every southern red neck to race around in "Fossil " vehicles? ( the next sentence is unprintable).

Why does every book set in the future have such grim landscape?
Not at all worth the credit

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  • In Farleigh Field

  • A Novel
  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Gemma Dawson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,872
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,857

World War II comes to Farleigh Place, the ancestral home of Lord Westerham and his five daughters, when a soldier with a failed parachute falls to his death on the estate. After his uniform and possessions raise suspicions, MI5 operative and family friend Ben Cresswell is covertly tasked with determining if the man is a German spy. The assignment also offers Ben the chance to be near Lord Westerham's middle daughter, Pamela, whom he furtively loves. But Pamela has her own secret.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun New Characters

  • By SW Clemens on 03-17-17

no cliche left unsaid or unwritten

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

Reviewed: 04-24-17

at a quarter way through I thought that this book might be all a tongue in cheek parody.
The cardboard characters said things like "crikey" and "golly"
I thought they might not get every cliche, but when the Oxford man at the Air Ministry said "wizard" and I knew this book had hit all the bells.
for me Kate Atkinson covered the same territory in "A God in Ruins". A much better written and better performed audio book
If you want a girls own book with "plucky Lady Margaret" and happy but stupid servant types you might enjoy this turkey, but don't expect any depth. Or any sense of what England was like during the war.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Kind Worth Killing

  • By: Peter Swanson
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller, Karen White, Kathleen Early, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,540
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,425
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,410

On a night flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets the stunning and mysterious Lily Kintner. Sharing one too many martinis, the strangers begin to play a game of truth, revealing very intimate details about themselves. Ted talks about his marriage that's going stale and his wife, Miranda, who he's sure is cheating on him. Ted and his wife were a mismatch from the start - he the rich businessman, she the artistic free spirit - a contrast that once inflamed their passion but has now become a cliché.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfection!

  • By DCinMI on 08-29-15

not bad but...

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

Reviewed: 04-13-17

Although the book has some interesting twists, no spoilers, but I did see the end coming at least 3 chapters back.
I almost did not finish this book because I was so put off by the four major protagonists.
:It was like looking at a squirming bundle of rattlesnakes, Lilly is such a nasty piece of work. But the narrators got me through and I finished it. Really however the down east accent was a minus,sounded like a bit player on "Murder She Wrote"
Still the author wrote with a good sense of place which is something I like.
so the verdict is "not bad, but...

  • Police at the Station and They Don’t Look Friendly

  • Detective Sean Duffy, Book 6
  • By: Adrian McKinty
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,685
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,576
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,578

Belfast, 1988. A man is found dead, killed with a bolt from a crossbow in front of his house. This is no hunting accident. But uncovering who is responsible for the murder will take Detective Sean Duffy down his most dangerous road yet, a road that leads to a lonely clearing on a high bog where three masked gunmen will force Duffy to dig his own grave. Hunted by forces unknown, threatened by Internal Affairs, and with his relationship on the rocks, Duffy will need all his wits to get out of this investigation in one piece.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing better than a Duffy tale!

  • By 6catz on 03-10-17

Sean Duffy in full stride

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

Reviewed: 03-10-17

This is my favorite of all the Sean Duffy novels. It is with this book that McKiinty fully hits his stride with this series.
It seems to me that character based series might have an arc to them. The first one is great and makes you want to keep going, the next few are uneven as the author seeks to find out where this is going then somewhere in the middle of the series he truly knows the character and the world he/she is writing about and creates some memorable books. For Aubrey/Maturin it is "the Far Side of the World" and "Thirteen Gun Salute" with Patrick O'Brien. Think of "Pale Grey for Guilt" and "The Long lavender Look" with John D MacDonald and Travis McGee.
I think this is the league that Adrian Mc Kinty is playing in now.
The main characters are fully formed and three dimensional. The minors are identifiable but not stock cut outs. The scene with the grave in the woods is perfect. The reason it ends like it does is because of the characters of the IRA involved.
This book assumes that the reader has some knowledge of the situation in Northern Ireland in the late eighties and some awareness of the history of the "Troubles". That's ok with me,
good books can make assumptions about their readers.

The other five star I gave this book was for the reading by Gerard Doyle who is at the top of his game as well.
The accents are pitch perfect, from the ravaged tones of a 2 pack a day smoker from the Bogside to the Queens educated woman from Bangor. My favorite is Craggy the RUC detective/farmer. And of course the voice of Sean himself is nuanced and perfect. One could get the mood by the tonal qualities alone even without the words.

Music is referenced a lot in this book and I wonder if some samples of the music should be mixed into the production. A lot of the music I hear in my head when they are referenced but some not . I am hearing Jackson C. Frank going on about the blues now. Could there be an appendix that would link to the musical references?

Anyway as far as this type of book goes this one might be the best I have ever listened to.
Easily in my top five audio books of all time.





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  • Revival

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: David Morse
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,466
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,796
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,801

In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs - including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • One Listener's *Meh* is Another's Listener's *Wow*

  • By Mel on 01-01-15

The hits just keep on coming

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

Reviewed: 11-17-14

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

well told storytelling

What did you like best about this story?

It has good pace and characters that I care about

What about David Morse’s performance did you like?

He has Jamie Morton's voice spot on. I was initially disappointed my favorite narrator Will Patton was not reading this but David Morse did an excellent job so I forgot about being disappointed.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

" There are three ages of men in America. Youth. middle age, and You look f..ing fantastic"

Any additional comments?

I think stephen King is the great storyteller of our time

0 of 1 people found this review helpful