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L. O. Pardue

Atlanta, GA United States
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  • Killers of the Flower Moon

  • The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
  • By: David Grann
  • Narrated by: Will Patton, Ann Marie Lee, Danny Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,206
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,612
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,591

In the 1920s the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe. Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. Her relatives were shot and poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more members of the tribe began to die under mysterious circumstances.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An outstanding story, highly recommended

  • By S. Blakely on 06-22-17

All Should Know this Little Recorded History

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

Reviewed: 08-26-18

How could I have never heard this story about the Osage Indian Tribe before? I am well-read and curious, but it is a history that while not covered up, is little known. I am so glad I read this book. I am telling all my friends to read this book for the history -- none of them knew this story either.

I picked it up as I wanted to know more about how the FBI was created. What I got was a riveting murder mystery (my favorite genre), excellent history that includes oil, homesteading, tribal history and how the FBI was created.

Some are complaining about the narration. I am fine with the narration. My complaint is that the story feels like it came to a halt when it changed to the first person in the final act. That portion of the book should have been inter-woven throughout the book as it slowed down the momentum of a great middle section of the book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Word Is Murder

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,390
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,311
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,303

The New York Times best-selling author of Magpie Murders and Moriarty brilliantly reinvents the classic crime novel once again with this clever and inventive mystery starring a fictional version of the author himself as the Watson to a modern-day Holmes, investigating a case involving buried secrets, murder, and a trail of bloody clues.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Something New

  • By Alice on 06-26-18

Great Follow-up After Excellent "Magpie Murders"

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

Reviewed: 08-05-18

I was a huge fan of Mr. Horowitz after reading "The Magpie Murders". The concept was so unique and the story and mystery had me mesmerized. I didn't let myself get excited about his new book because I didn't see how he could top it. Both books are so different, but excellent in their own way. I may have to listen to them again.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Wednesday's Child

  • An Inspector Banks Novel #6
  • By: Peter Robinson
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 104

Wednesday's child is full of woe.... It was a crime of staggering inhumanity: a seven-year-old girl taken from her home right in front of her desperate working-class mother. With each passing moment, Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks realizes that the child's death becomes more and more likely. But there are worse fates than death in a nightmare world of human monsters and their twisted games.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Chief Inspector Banks cracks another case.

  • By Snoodely on 06-15-13

So So

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

Reviewed: 06-01-18

The previous books in the series were much better than this one. I prefer "whodunnits" rather than the search for a serial killer.

  • Righteous

  • By: Joe Ide
  • Narrated by: Sullivan Jones
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,751
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,632
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,625

For 10 years something has gnawed at Isaiah Quintabe's gut and kept him up nights, boiling with anger and thoughts of revenge. Ten years ago, when Isaiah was just a boy, his brother was killed by an unknown assailant. The search for the killer sent Isaiah plunging into despair and nearly destroyed his life. Even with a flourishing career, a new dog, and near-iconic status as a PI in his hometown, East Long Beach, he has to begin the hunt again - or lose his mind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Joe Ide can write!

  • By 6catz on 10-20-17

Read this Series Now

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

Reviewed: 05-28-18

Here is a question -- "Does the IQ series just get better and better?" YES! Can't wait until the next book is released.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Luck and Judgement

  • A DC Smith Investigation Series, Book 3
  • By: Peter Grainger
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 934
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 867
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 867

When a worker goes missing from a North Sea gas platform, there seem to be just two possible explanations - it was a tragic accident or a suicide. It does not take Smith and his detectives long, however, to discover that James Bell led a double life back onshore in Kings Lake, a life complicated enough to make him at least one dangerous enemy. Before the case can be unraveled, Smith must get a new team working together.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An unexpected, very good series

  • By Katie on 02-10-17

Book 3 in Series and Not Let Down Yet

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

I love this series and the characters, especially DC Smith. I feel like I am visiting good friends now that I am into the third book. The wit of the characters and cleverness of the mysteries keep me going. Usually when you get further into a police procedural series, you start to spot the weaknesses of the author. I have not been able to identify a single one as I am never bored and am constantly thinking about getting back to it. This series of books has been great for my exercise routine as I have gone much longer so that I can continue with the story.

Gildart Jackson is the perfect narrator for this series. He makes me feel like I am in the room where the story is happening.

When I say I feel like the characters are friends, it is the same feeling I get when I listen to stories by Michael Connelly, Adrian McKinty, Louise Penny and Craig Johnson. I want to find out what is going in with the lives of the characters as much as I want to figure out the mystery.

I wish Peter Grainger would publish actual books of this series as my father (who won't use a Kindle or Audible) would love them. Thanks for a great experience. Keep writing!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • West Cork

  • By: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Narrated by: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22,171
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,801
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19,798

This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery. Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ENTERTAINING AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING

  • By Ann on 02-13-18

Podcast - Not an Audiobook

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

Reviewed: 04-05-18

It's not bad, but it felt like I was listening to a "Dateline" episode. You would think that is great since I love to watch "Dateline", but I found that the visual story is as necessary as the audio. I finished at the middle of the listen and haven't wanted to go back.

To those that don't mind a Podcast, several reviews suggest it will be enjoyable. I can't get past my preference for listening to a well-developed book.

  • The Sea Detective

  • By: Mark Douglas-Home
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 350
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 327

Cal McGill is an Edinburgh-based oceanographer, environmentalist and one-of-a-kind investigator. Using his knowledge of the waves - ocean currents, prevailing winds, shipping records - McGill can track where objects came from or where they've gone. It's a skill that can help solve mysteries ranging from disappearances to murder. Two severed feet wash up on two different islands off the coast of Scotland. Forensics shows that the feet belong to the same body.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply a great book

  • By William Michael Dunn on 04-10-16

Different View of Solving Crimes

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

Reviewed: 03-28-18

I can't say I have ever given a thought to Oceanography being a useful tool in solving crimes, but I am convinced now. The pacing of the story is excellent as I was never bored. That surprised me as this is more of a character driven mystery story with few thrills. It was smart and I learned some interesting facts about how tides, streams are useful in pinpointing where a body on a beach is matched to a location in the ocean. Fascinating.

I don't want you to think this story is boring -- it is just a slow build-up -- but each step is interesting. The main character, Cal McGill, follows a story about his grandfather that ended up being my favorite thread through multiple storylines.

The narration was fine. I am happily ordering the second book in the series today.

  • IQ

  • By: Joe Ide
  • Narrated by: Sullivan Jones
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,901
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,579
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,562

A resident of one of LA's toughest neighborhoods uses his blistering intellect to solve the crimes the LAPD ignores. East Long Beach. The LAPD is barely keeping up with the neighborhood's high crime rate. Murders go unsolved, lost children unrecovered. But someone from the neighborhood has taken it upon himself to help solve the cases the police can't or won't touch. They call him IQ. He's a loner and a high school dropout, his unassuming nature disguising a relentless determination and a fierce intelligence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • IQ way better than OK

  • By green ice cream garden on 12-21-16

IQ - Sherlock Holmes living in the Hood

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

Reviewed: 02-16-18

I loved it - loved it!!! When I am listening to a good mystery or police procedural, I have to admit that I am not usually finding something original. I love the mystery genre, but most stories are familiar in some way. This story and character, IQ, are so original and captivating. I literally could not stop listening. I found every excuse to find more time to listen. IQ has been living in my brain for several days after completion of the story. He is a character I want to know much better. I am ordering the 2nd book in the series today.

The narrator, Sullivan Jones, is very talented. He is the type of narrator where I would easily buy an audiobook just to hear how he interprets it.

If you live near Long Beach or Los Angeles, you will enjoy the location references. If you don't like frequent bad language, you need to find another choice for your next listen. I don't usually seek out stories that are set in "the hood", but I have been wrong and will remedy that immediately.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Magpie Murders

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Samantha Bond, Allan Corduner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,501
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,986
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,962

When editor Susan Ryeland is given the manuscript of Alan Conway's latest novel, she has no reason to think it will be much different from any of his others. After working with the best-selling crime writer for years, she's intimately familiar with his detective, Atticus Pünd, who solves mysteries disturbing sleepy English villages. An homage to queens of classic British crime such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers, Alan's traditional formula has proved hugely successful.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A British Whodunit

  • By Sara on 07-24-17

The Best - Beyond Description it is so good

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

Reviewed: 02-01-18

I won't give anything away because it is so clever and different with twist after twist. If you enjoy an Agatha Christie / Poirot type story, this is even better. I loved it and dreaded getting to the end of the story. I haven't felt that way about a book in a long time.

Did I guess the outcome? No way, but the solution made sense and I was very satisfied with the outcome.

If you love a good whodunit, police procedural, you have to get this audiobook. Beautifully narrated.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • A Rising Man

  • By: Abir Mukherjee
  • Narrated by: Malk Williams
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 220

Captain Sam Wyndham, former Scotland Yard detective, is a new arrival to Calcutta. Desperately seeking a fresh start after his experiences during the Great War, Wyndham has been recruited to head up a new post in the police force. He is immediately overwhelmed by the heady vibrancy of the tropical city, but with barely a moment to acclimatize or to deal with the ghosts that still haunt him, Wyndham is caught up in a murder investigation that threatens to destabilize a city already teetering on the brink of political insurgency.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Warning - Same book was issued May 5, 2016

  • By Katharine on 07-04-17

Debut of a 1919 Colonial Calcutta Detective Series

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

Reviewed: 01-12-18

I will start off by saying I will definitely get the second book in this series and look forward to using a credit for it. This is despite this debut story in a new crime series not meeting my expectations. I think the pacing was too slow and my mind wondered too much. I am optimistic that the next story will be better.

I did enjoy parts of this audiobook though. The characters were written so that I cared about them. That would include Captain Wyndham, a former Scotland Yard detective that has just moved to colonial India. Sergeant Banerjee is a newly promoted Calcutta detective with excellent instincts. I wish the book had been from Banerjee's point of view instead of Wyndham's since it was interesting to see how the English treated the native citizens of India. The history in the story carried me to the end of the story.

Without question, the narration by Mark Williams was excellent.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful