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  • Two Kinds of Truth

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Titus Welliver
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,691
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,836
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,781

Harry Bosch is back as a volunteer working cold cases for the San Fernando Police Department and is called out to a local drugstore where a young pharmacist has been murdered. Bosch and the town's three-person detective squad sift through the clues, which lead into the dangerous, big business world of pill mills and prescription drug abuse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bosch Survives Two Career Ending Threats

  • By Russell on 11-20-17

Bosch getting old, but his voice isn't!

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

Reviewed: 11-09-17

I really did not find that this was "The Best Bosch Yet!" as some reviews have proclaimed. Pretty anti climatic and pedestrian slog for the most part. Reading this novel has to be better than listening. I found that at 1.25 speed the listen was better since Mr. Welliver is very ponderous in his narration approach. The really only positive I can say about Mr. Welliver is he does a half decent Russian voice. Other than that he sounds in no way like the aging Bosch should, but I had to go through the process because I have been faithful to the series...

  • The Rooster Bar

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,166
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,755
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,739

Mark, Todd, and Zola came to law school to change the world, to make it a better place. But now, as third-year students, these close friends realize they have been duped. They all borrowed heavily to attend a third-tier, for-profit law school so mediocre that its graduates rarely pass the bar exam, let alone get good jobs. And when they learn that their school is one of a chain owned by a shady New York hedge-fund operator who also happens to own a bank specializing in student loans, the three know they have been caught up in The Great Law School Scam.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Story=Terrible

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-04-17

I gave up...at chapter 9.

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

Reviewed: 11-01-17

And I never give up. I tried 2x speed to move along to some more interesting content...but then ran into a section of facts and figures about immigration (chapter 9) and I thought hmmm is there going to be a quiz on this tomorrow? If this is really how Mr. Grisham wants to roll and I think it is, then count me out. Waist of a credit.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye

  • A Lisbeth Salander Novel, Continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series
  • By: David Lagercrantz
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,738
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,237
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,221

Lisbeth Salander, the girl with the dragon tattoo, the brilliant hacker, the obstinate outsider, the volatile seeker of justice for herself and others - even she has never been able to uncover the most telling facts of her traumatic childhood, the secrets that might finally fully explain her to herself. Now, when she sees a chance to uncover them once and for all, she enlists the help of Mikael Blomkvist, the editor of the muckraking investigative journal Millennium. And she will let nothing stop her.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not up to par

  • By cristina on 10-03-17

A tortuous listen...

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

Reviewed: 09-28-17

Mr. Lagercrantz really strayed from Mr. Larsson's winning formula...clearly imbuing the 5th book in the series with what he consider his style and I consider just very amateurish overall. His scene settings for most everything boiled down to birds, wind and heat...ugh. Like some...clearly not the majority...I found my self hurrying just to get through the book. I jumped on this when I saw it available...not the next one. Kind of sad...because it had been great.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Amnesia

  • By: Michael Ridpath
  • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

Alastair Cunningham wakes up in hospital with almost total amnesia. But he knows that something terrible happened in his past, something that haunts him still. A young family friend, Clemence, is called in to help rekindle his memory. Retreating with Alastair to his remote cottage, Clemence finds a peculiar manuscript hidden away from prying eyes. Reading the prologue, she discovers a murder by someone very much like a young Alastair. The victim? Clemence's grandmother, Sophie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A thoroughly delightful page turner!

  • By Faja4x on 08-18-17

A thoroughly delightful page turner!

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

Reviewed: 08-18-17

I have to confess I came upon this title while perusing works by my favorite voice talent Sean Barrett. Close to no reviews but the few there were indicated some potential and I was not disappointed. I had to force myself to put down this novel rather than the reverse and as always, Mr. Barrett was excellent in his interpretation of the narrative. Kudos.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Great Reckoning

  • A Novel
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Robert Bathurst
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,134
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,729
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,707

When an intricate old map is found stuffed into the walls of the bistro in Three Pines, it at first seems no more than a curiosity. But the closer the villagers look, the stranger it becomes. Given to Armand Gamache as a gift the first day of his new job, the map eventually leads him to shattering secrets. To an old friend and older adversary. It leads the former Chief of Homicide for the Sûreté du Québec to places even he is afraid to go. But must. And there he finds four young cadets in the Sûreté academy, and a dead professor. And, with the body, a copy of the old, odd map.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Return to Three Pines

  • By Lisa K. Dillon on 09-05-16

Off Putting Dialogue/Narration.

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

Reviewed: 12-14-16

Loved Louise Penny...got my mom and wife hooked until the downward turn of her last book. This series was great, most likely helped by the former narrator to some degree. But this book has dialogue so contrived and unbelievable that it was a frustrating experience slogging my way to the end. I was calling it quits on the last book, but my wife insisted this one was better. Well, she reads...I listen and the narration probably does not help with how the dialogue comes across. My wife did fess up eventually that she did skim in large part. As one reviewer said and I agree...time for Louise Penny to find a new series. And to those that loved it...good for you...I am jealous.

  • Killfile

  • A Novel
  • By: Christopher Farnsworth
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 462
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 444
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 444

John Smith has a special gift that seems more like a curse: He can access other people's thoughts. He hears the songs stuck in their heads, their most private traumas and fears, the painful memories they can't let go. The CIA honed his skills until he was one of their most powerful operatives, but Smith fled the agency and now works as a private consultant, trying to keep the dark potential of his gift in check - and himself out of trouble.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Familiar story but still worth it

  • By green ice cream garden on 08-24-16

Great Listen!

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

Reviewed: 08-23-16

The premise for this book is pretty neat...being able to read minds. And the author fully explores the consequences of this ability and crafts a wonderful narrative around it. I thought the criticisms of the talent Bronson Pinchot were unfair...but different strokes..blah, blah, blah. I did note some audio inconsistencies where some editing took place that was poorly done, but that is not the talent's fault. I found that in the case where the talent can either enhance or degrade the listening experience Mr. Pinchot met my definition of the former. I actually find his style reminiscent of James Marsters doing the Harry Dresden series. I highly recommend this as a listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Dummy Line

  • By: Bobby Cole
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Arthur
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 586
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 517
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 524

Jake Crosby’s nine-year-old daughter Katy is pure tomboy, and her dad couldn’t be happier. Since she was old enough to walk, Katy has shared Jake’s love of the outdoors, taking to hunting and fishing as quickly as other kids take to baseball or bike riding. As he packs the truck for a spring turkey hunt, he vows to savor the time with his little girl. But Jake’s hopes for an idyllic weekend are shattered when a band of drug dealers attempts to break into the Crosbys’ remote hunting camp. Desperate to protect his daughter, Jake makes a violent and gut-wrenching decision.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good and Fast Paced

  • By Susan on 07-21-13

An Enjoyable and Attractive Read...

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

Reviewed: 03-09-16

I went through this quick...two days...that is always a good sign as it indicates my eagerness to get through the story.

Bobby Cole has some talent for sure in the telling of this story. Yes, there are some rough edges, but I was very drawn to the detail to which he was able to use his passion for hunting as elements in an overall very good story.

I did see a very negative review when do a quick skim through the reviews and I imagine that on the mars venus spectrum, if you are extremely venus this book would not hold much appeal. I really dislike breaking down on that basis but have found books that I thought were pathetically pieced together by some editor to get awesome reviews from others and can only attribute it to the aforementioned spectrum...very cryptic I know, but it is not my intent to offend.

Took me just a bit to get used to the voice talent, but eventually I did and in the end I have decided that the reader has tremendous range and really added to the story. Going from a fairly neutral narrator voice to the southern inflection of Crosby...and he sounds just like my South Carolinian brother in law...is pretty impressive.

And considering the cost of this book, I heartily recommend...

  • Dead Lions

  • By: Mick Herron
  • Narrated by: Michael Healy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 335
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336

London’s Slough House is where the washed-up MI5 spies go to while away what’s left of their failed careers. The “"low horses", as they’re called, have all disgraced themselves in some way to get relegated here. But now the slow horses have a chance at redemption. An old Cold War-era spy is found dead on a bus outside Oxford, far from his usual haunts. The despicable, irascible Jackson Lamb is convinced Dickie Bow was murdered. As the agents dig into their fallen comrade’s circumstances, they uncover a shadowy tangle of ancient Cold War secrets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Top Ten

  • By Aaron on 01-15-15

Mick Herron is a good author...but...

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

Reviewed: 02-09-16

But the narrator is really really really bad. It is like he is reading aloud to children. And his interpretation of the book really is off. This audio book is also narrated by Sean Barrett and he is fantastic, but try as I might I was not able to get a copy and was stuck with this copy which I chose to pay for instead of using a credit because it was so cheap. I really liked the first book...Slow Horses...and am muddling my way through this version...I don't know what they were thinking using Mr. Barrett for the first book and then going with Mr. Healy for Dead Lions...but they must have had second thoughts to then have Mr. Barrett do Dead Lions as well. It is available in that version in the UK and Australia, etc...ugh.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • I Am Pilgrim

  • A Thriller
  • By: Terry Hayes
  • Narrated by: Christopher Ragland
  • Length: 22 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,043
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,409
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,413

An anonymous young woman murdered in a run-down hotel, all identifying characteristics dissolved by acid. A father publicly beheaded in the blistering heat of a Saudi Arabian public square. A notorious Syrian biotech expert found eyeless in a Damascus junkyard. Smoldering human remains on a remote mountainside in Afghanistan. A flawless plot to commit an appalling crime against humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Please let this all be fiction.

  • By B.J. on 08-08-14

Ugh...plodding...like watching reality TV...

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

Reviewed: 01-02-15

And we all know reality TV is not real. Here is a review from Matt G. in Korea:

"The plot of I am pilgrim was good, but the dialogue was sup-par. Too many cliches and a main character that is not particularly likable. Groan-inducing phrases like, "you are the best agent in a generation' were too common. Also disliked the boyish narration of Ragland."

I could not have said it better...oh my lord the cliches were plentiful and the wit witless. And Ragland just sounds very young. And why is it that you have to plow through pages of reviews before you get to the likes of mine and Matt's?

Clearly I will have to dig deeper with my next credit...why should I expect Audible reviews to be different than those on Amazon, where clearly some are bogus.

But I do believe that many people like this book, why else would reality TV be so popular and prevalent? Go figure.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Long Way Home

  • Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 10
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,407
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,095

Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sûreté du Québec, has found a peace he'd only imagined possible. On warm summer mornings he sits on a bench holding a small book, The Balm in Gilead, in his large hands. "There is a balm in Gilead," his neighbor Clara Morrow reads from the dust jacket, "to make the wounded whole." While Gamache doesn't talk about his wounds and his balm, Clara tells him about hers. Peter, her artist husband, has failed to come home. Failed to show up as promised on the first anniversary of their separation. She wants Gamache's help to find him. Having finally found sanctuary, Gamache feels a near revulsion at the thought of leaving Three Pines. "There’s power enough in Heaven," he finishes the quote as he contemplates the quiet village, "to cure a sin-sick soul." And then he gets up. And joins her.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Louise, what were you thinking?

  • By Sharon on 09-08-14

A departure...

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

Reviewed: 09-09-14

I have to agree with another reviewer that this story is rather disappointing in comparison to earlier works. Without the dynamic of Gamache battling an evil superior, the author is left trying to infuse tension and for me it failed. The story focus itself will probably appeal more to women than men. Sorry to sound a certain male bias, but the terms Venus and Mars come to mind. I love the author's earlier works and the voice talent is splendid, but I was cringing at the obvious ending and the overall focus on feelings rather than any type of real suspense.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful