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  • The Force

  • A Novel
  • By: Don Winslow
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,666
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,347
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,332

All Denny Malone wants is to be a good cop. He is the "King of Manhattan North", a highly decorated NYPD detective sergeant and the real leader of "Da Force". Malone and his crew are the smartest, the toughest, the quickest, the bravest, and the baddest - an elite special unit given carte blanche to fight gangs, drugs, and guns. Every day and every night for the 18 years he's spent on the job, Malone has served on the front lines, witnessing the hurt, the dead, the victims, the perps.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Winslow continus to amaze

  • By Steve L on 07-13-17

Missed the mark in quite a few ways.

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

Reviewed: 07-02-17

First of all let me say the narrator ruined it for me. His machine gun delivery was like an assault on the ears. I'm from the South and my ears just couldn't listen fast enough. I generally don't like to listen to slowed down audio but I had no choice in this instance.

The story reminded me of Wambaugh's The Choir Boys only nastier and dirtier and with no likable characters. I think for someone who lived in NYC, the constant naming of streets, restaurants, etc would give them a sense of place, but it was tedious to me.

I LOVE the drug war books, Frankie Machine, and Gentlemen's Hour. I was dying for this book to come out and was just totally let down. I'll try this book again in a few months because I can't fathom not liking a Winslow book.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Rain Dogs

  • Detective Sean Duffy, Book 5
  • By: Adrian McKinty
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,688
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,574
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,562

When journalist Lily Bigelow is found dead in the courtyard of Carrickfergus castle, it looks like a suicide. Yet there are a few things that bother Duffy just enough to keep the case file open, which is how he finds out that Bigelow was working on a devastating investigation of corruption and abuse at the highest levels of power in the UK and beyond. And so Duffy has two impossible problems on his desk: Who killed Lily Bigelow? And what were they trying to hide?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Narrator IS the Story

  • By Craig on 03-15-16

Michael Forsythe vs Sean Duffy

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

Reviewed: 03-13-16

I have been a fan of McKinty's from the very start and I've read everything he's written multiple times (except for his young adult series). Michael Forsythe (the Forsythe Trilogy) is my favorite character of all time, but Sean Duffy is creeping up behind him with every book. With this last book, however, there was less of the cutting humor and I felt less stressed while listening to it. With the other books I've literally had to get up and walk around to catch my breath. I missed that pounding heart and fingernail chewing tension. The locked room mystery was better than the last one but the resolution was a bit unsatisfying. I liked the tricky ending and it seems Sean is going to be happy at last....maybe. It was still a better listen than 95% of most books, but it wasn't nearly as good as the first two Duffy books.

I've kept this vague because one can't really talk about it without putting out spoilers left and right...and there are multiple puzzle pieces that float around for awhile. Pay attention!

Finally, read all his other books to find out what a truly great writer he is. You get glimpses of it in this one.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Centennial

  • A Novel
  • By: James A. Michener
  • Narrated by: Larry McKeever
  • Length: 50 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 600
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 540
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 538

Written to commemorate the Bicentennial in 1976, James A. Michener's magnificent saga of the West is an enthralling celebration of the frontier. Brimming with the glory of America's past, the story of Colorado - the Centennial State - is manifested through its people: Lame Beaver, the Arapaho chieftain and warrior, and his Comanche and Pawnee enemies; Levi Zendt, fleeing with his child bride from the Amish country; and the cowboy, Jim Lloyd, who falls in love with a wealthy and cultured Englishwoman, Charlotte Seccombe.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Typical Michener, horrendous reader

  • By garyyac on 08-21-15

One of my favorite books.

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

Reviewed: 08-18-15

I loved this book when I read it. We actually took a driving vacation touring the sites in the book. It was a wonderful experience.

However, this narrator destroys, annihilates. ruins the experience of this book. Why didn't they use Will Patton, Holter Graham or a dozen others? He reads in an overly enunciated, monotone voice. He reads like he is bored to death. He would-duh add-uh syllables as he was narrating-guh.

I suggest reading it if this is your first look at it.

Unfortunately, I bought The Source at the same time. The narration is worse...gahhh. I've slogged through the first half but I'm thinking of returning it.

Reading Centennial is a WONDERFUL experience. Don't let this guy ruin it.

22 of 24 people found this review helpful

  • The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man

  • Book 1 of the Repo Man Series
  • By: W. Bruce Cameron
  • Narrated by: George K. Wilson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 504
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 466
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 470

Ruddy McCann, former college football star, has experienced a seismic drop in popularity; he is now Kalkaska, Michigan’s full-time repo man and part-time bar bouncer. His best friend is his low-energy Basset hound Jake, with whom he shares a simple life of stealing cars. Simple, that is, until Ruddy starts hearing a voice in his head. The voice introduces himself as Alan Lottner, a dead realtor. Ruddy isn’t sure if Alan is real, or if he’s losing his mind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As Good As It Gets

  • By Charles Atkinson on 11-09-14

Total Enjoyment!!

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

Reviewed: 10-31-14

A ghost who does yoga. A dog with chronic fatigue syndrome. A bear with a removable head. And a glorious array of oddball characters. What's not to love?!

Dry, witty and filled with quirky plots. Good clean writing and great fun to read!

Can't wait for the next one...

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Did You Miss Me?

  • By: Karen Rose
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 20 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 920
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 827
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 830

Baltimore prosecutor Daphne Montgomery pulled herself out of a damaged past to build a solid life for herself and her son. But after she helps convict a killer, her confidence is shattered once again by the news that her son has been kidnapped. Daphne believes it’s connected to the recent high-profile trial, and at first FBI special agent Joseph Carter agrees. But together they find the reality even more troubling....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • She's Baaack

  • By Richard on 03-09-13

Good but faulty...

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

Reviewed: 02-28-13

I thought this was a mystery/thriller not a romance novel. The main story is very good and could have been great with a male narrator and some editing. I'm not used to reading graphic and sappy sex scenes in the books of my favorite mystery authors. And I truly doubt that a real person, on the day of their son's kidnapping/possible murder and other assorted deaths, would be obsessed about boinking anybody much less doing it.

If Michael Connolly re-wrote this story, it would sell a gazillion copies because the story is stellar.

Listen authors, 90% of the time if there are two or more male main characters, use a male narrator. Men can do women better than women can narrate as a man. This narrator was awful in the male characters. I almost returned this book for that reason but the story hooked me into finishing it.

Almost a very good book.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Black Irish

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephan Talty
  • Narrated by: David H. Lawrence XVII
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 61

Absalom “Abbie” Kearney grew up an outsider in her own hometown. Even being the adopted daughter of a revered cop couldn’t keep Abbie’s troubled past from making her a misfit in the working-class Irish American enclave of South Buffalo. And now, despite a Harvard degree and a police detective’s badge, she still struggles to earn the respect and trust of those she’s sworn to protect. But all that may change, once the killing starts. When Jimmy Ryan’s mangled corpse is found in a local church basement, this sadistic sacrilege sends a bone-deep chill through the winter-whipped city.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mystery + history lesson = Great read!

  • By Elizabeth on 03-26-13

VERY GOOD first effort!

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

Reviewed: 02-28-13

This was a can't put it down read. Great writing, great performance, and a real whodunnit. The author kept it clean and tight throughout, but the ending is a bit convoluted. I usually don't like an author having to summarize the action at the end but it was helpful in this instance. So much story! There was a lot of beautiful writing and original and creative metaphors as well.

I won't summarize the story since the Publisher Summary does that, but I will say Talty has written a humdinger.

I want to say something about narrators. Though the main character is female, David Lawrence XVII was perfect. I find that men can do women characters much better than women can do male characters. I just finished Did You Miss Me by Karen Rose. The female narrator was awful with male characters of which there were many. I almost decided to return it and buy it on Kindle. Authors...the right narrator can make or break a book.

Anyway, I can't wait to read Talty's next, and I hope Absalom has her own series.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Ratlines

  • By: Stuart Neville
  • Narrated by: Alan Smyth
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 142

Ireland 1963. As the Irish people prepare to welcome President John F. Kennedy to the land of his ancestors, a German national is murdered in a seaside guesthouse. Lieutenant Albert Ryan, Directorate of Intelligence, is ordered to investigate. The German is the third foreigner to die within a few days, and Minister for Justice Charles Haughey wants the killing to end lest, a shameful secret be exposed: the dead men were all Nazis granted asylum by the Irish government in the years following World War II.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Complex Crime Tale in Compelling Time and Place

  • By Susianna on 01-08-13

Where's Gerard?

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

Reviewed: 01-05-13

I love Neville's trilogy and they are a few of the not many books I've listened to over and over. Gerard Doyle is terrific as their narrator. I'm still on part one of this novel and have had to backtrack several times because the narration is so boring and strange. Weird accents come and go with the main character sounding American and bad Irish depending on a whim. It's just too distracting. I'm debating buying the kindle version. The story seems interesting but I just can't stay interested due to Mr. Smyth's reading of it.

I'd recommend reading this one.

21 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • The Prophet

  • By: Michael Koryta
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 238

Adam Austin hasn't spoken to his brother in years. When they were teenagers, their sister was abducted and murdered, and their devastated family never recovered. Now Adam keeps to himself, scraping by as a bail bondsman. Kent Austin is the beloved coach of the local high school football team, a religious man and hero in the community. After years of near misses, Just before playoffs begin, the town and the team are thrown into shock when horrifically, impossibly, another teenage girl is found murdered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't worry Mel - Everyone did click no

  • By John on 06-13-15

Excellent Surprise

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

Reviewed: 08-29-12

This author and narrator matchup is nearly as good as the Burke/Patton duo. I was pleasantly surprised at the clean writing, the genuine capturing of two brothers' relationship, and a real depiction of small town life. I sorta forgot about the crime because I wanted to read about the characters' lives. I really cared about them.

Baseball is my game, but the thrill of high school football is truly depicted here and reading about Adam's last drive had me cheering. Just great writing.

There have been a few books over the last month that I didn't finish because I just got tired of prolonged and gross violence, the degradation and destruction of a human being. I wonder about the people who think this stuff up.

Koryta, on the other hand, writes a compelling story without a madman eating a child's heart still beating or people's heads on spikes. I cut my teeth on McKinty's trilogy so I'm no faint of heart pantywaist, but enough is enough. The lack of gore in The Prophet was because the story and writing was so stellar, the story so real, it didn't need to shock us.

I just ordered another title by Koryta and look forward to reading the rest. It's just unfortunate Brick reads a lot of them.

Robert Petkoff is outstanding!!

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Creole Belle

  • A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 19
  • By: James Lee Burke
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,396
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,065

Creole Belle begins where the last book in the Dave Robicheaux series, The Glass Rainbow, ended. Dave is in a recovery unit in New Orleans, where a Creole girl named Tee Jolie Melton visits him and leaves him an iPod with the country blues song “Creole Belle” on it. Then she disappears. Dave becomes obsessed with the song and the memory of Tee Jolie and goes in search of her sister, who later turns up inside a block of ice floating in the Gulf.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Burke & Patton -- Synergistic Phenomenon

  • By Mel on 07-25-12

Clete breaks my heart.

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

Reviewed: 07-28-12

Pegasus Descending used to be my favorite Burke book but I'm pretty sure this moves to #1. Clete has always been the character that's moved me the most and I have to admit I cried at the epilogue --such a wanting soul.

Lots of villains to hate and I loved the appearance of Gretchen Horowitz. It's a hoot to listen to Clete deal with a similar personality. Helen's involvement at the end seemed just thrown in there, but that's my sole complaint. I'm glad it was a much longer book than usual...I wish they all would be six-parters rather than two or three.

The reader will understand Clete a lot better after this book. He's matured with each book and this one seems to land him in a state of self-acceptance. Dave pretty much remains the same. Molly rarely was mentioned (good - I like Dave on his own) and Alafair needs to move to New Orleans for a bit. It's Dave and Clete against the baddies for me. The writing is as beautiful as ever and no one can set a scene in one perfectly crafted sentence like JLB does. I was raised in the South, moved west to Utah for 20 years, then back here for the past 20 years. Believe me, he gets it right in his Lousiana books as well as his Montana books.

Goes w/o saying that Will Patton does a 10-star job; he IS Dave and Clete. Does anyone watch the TV series Falling Skies? Dave against aliens... it's just that voice.

I've read or listened to each of Burke's books and I hope the Bobbsey Twins of Homicide go on forever. This is my favorite series ever. I wish I'd get amnesia so I could read them for the first time again.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Gone Girl

  • A Novel
  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48,018
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,712
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,797

It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!

  • By Theodore on 01-20-13

Lifetime Movie Starring Heather Locklear

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

Reviewed: 06-10-12

This book is ridiculous. Not one sympathetic character and a story so full of holes a basketball could pass through without touching the net. I don't know one person that even resembles these people. The constant multiple choice quizzes were obnoxious and Amy acted like a high school girl instead of a woman in her late 30s. Psycho wife has a cheating husband yada yada yada.

She collects the neighbor's pee??? Really?

Unless you are a fan of Knots Landing and the like, don't waste a credit.

9 of 19 people found this review helpful