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Monarch Beach, CA, United States
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  • March Violets

  • By: Philip Kerr
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 866
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 871

Hailed by Salman Rushdie as a "brilliantly innovative thriller-writer", Philip Kerr is the creator of taut, gripping, noir-tinged mysteries set in Nazi-era Berlin that are nothing short of spellbinding. The first book of the Berlin Noir trilogy, March Violets introduces listeners to Bernie Gunther, an ex-policeman who thought he'd seen everything on the streets of 1930s Berlin - until he turned freelance and each case he tackled sucked him further into the grisly excesses of Nazi subculture.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the BEST

  • By Armen on 05-27-08

Disappointing

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-29-10

I found myself wandering off while trying to follow the story. The ending was really disappointing.. somewhat like a stereo typical foreign film that does not know how to end.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Bottom of the Sky

  • A Novel
  • By: William C. Pack
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 21 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

The Bottom of the Sky is an aching rags to riches family saga that surges from rural squalor into the opulent power chambers of Wall Street and Silicon Valley. The story contrasts the 30-year struggles of an abused sister and brother who seek to reclaim themselves from their abhorrent past. One is abandoned to a life of sexual desecration and addiction. The other escapes with his demons to wield fragile, uncanny genius and unrelenting ambition to amass staggering wealth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A MUST READ!

  • By Nathaniel Pack on 02-15-10

Depressing and Disappointing Narration

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-11-10

I am a huge Scott Brick fan, but this is one book where I found his narration to be annoying and at times hard to follow. Scott Brick has never been great in voice differentiation, and this book is definitely no exception. I forced myself to get all the way to the end and was relieved when it was over. This is one to stay away from.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl Who Played with Fire

  • The Millennium Series, Book 2
  • By: Stieg Larsson, Reg Keeland - translator
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 18 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,787
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,049
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,065

Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • addicted

  • By Cynthia on 05-12-10

Great Characters - Riveting Story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-07-09

Although some reviewers found the first 6 hours to be slow, I enjoyed this portion as I was totally enamored with the main characters after having read "Girl with the Dragon tattoo". This story is absolutely riveting. I am totally into the heroine and could easily picture her in a movie for any of the books in this series.

  • The Poet

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Buck Schirner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,398
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,542
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,531

Our hero is Jack McEvoy, a Rocky Mountain News crime-beat reporter. As the story opens, Jack's twin brother, a Denver homicide detective, has just killed himself. Or so it seems. But when Jack begins to investigate the phenomenon of police suicides, a disturbing pattern emerges, and soon suspects that a serial murderer is at work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Villain Mystery

  • By Charles Atkinson on 08-10-14

Good story with annoying narration

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-07-09

I found myself very much immersed in the story line which was fast paced with breadth. However, I found the Narrator to sound robot like and came close to quitting early. However, I soon became use to his annoying staccato like narration and continued to finish the story.

I actually would recommend the book... but with some hesitancy because of the narration.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Conspiracy in Death

  • In Death, Book 8
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,767
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,208

With the precision of a surgeon, a serial killer preys on the most vulnerable souls of the world's city streets. The first victim: a sidewalk sleeper, found dead in New York City. No bruises, no signs of struggle. Just a laser-perfect, fist-sized hole where his heart had once been.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unbelievable Audio

  • By Lily on 08-04-08

About as expected

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-05-09

Having read several of the books in this series, I was not disappointed. However, I still feel the author spends a little too much time on her romantic happenings with her hubby. Otherwise, a fun read.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Up Till Now

  • The Autobiography
  • By: William Shatner, David Fisher
  • Narrated by: William Shatner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 469
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 145

After almost 60 years as an actor, William Shatner has become one of the most beloved entertainers in the world. It seems that Shatner is everywhere, and he was recently elected to the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame. In this touching and funny autobiography, he reveals the man behind his career, and explains how he's become the worldwide star and experienced actor he is today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable

  • By William on 05-18-08

Too much Ego and Mumbling

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-04-09

I am a big fan of Shatner. But even I could not get through this book. Shatner mumbles so much, I found myself continually turning up the volume. At first I laughed at his story telling. However, after a while his large ego made him sound boring. This is one to skip.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Extreme Measures

  • A Thriller
  • By: Vince Flynn
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,139
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,185
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,179

Mitch Rapp and his protege, Mike Nash, may have met their match. The CIA has detected and intercepted two terrorist cells, but a third is feared to be on the loose. Led by a dangerous mastermind obsessed with becoming the leader of al-Qaeda, this determined and terrifying group is about to descend on America.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Kickass Thriller - With Politics!

  • By F on 10-24-08

Disappointing

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-02-08

I am a big Vince Flynn fan. However, the narrator's voice made me feel as though I was listening to a 'lifeless' story with my hero and all around him sounding as tired old men. Bummer!

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Golden Compass

  • His Dark Materials, Book 1
  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Philip Pullman, full cast
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,363
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,391
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,411

When Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon decide to spy on a presentation her uncle, the commanding Lord Asriel, is making to the elders of Jordan College they have no idea that they will become witnesses to an attempted murder, and even less that they are taking the first steps in a journey that will lead them into danger and adventure unlike anything Lyra's unfettered imagination has conjured up.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Terrific Book

  • By Arnold C. Macdonald on 01-28-04

Hang in there!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-22-07

I almost put this down several times in the first half of the story. Partly, as having difficulty understanding the thick English accents. The second half of the story was much more riveting and I found myself thinking about reading on to the next in this trilogy.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Wild Fire

  • By: Nelson DeMille
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 18 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,643
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,022
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,037

The Executive Board of an exclusive men's club meets to talk about 9/11 and finalize a retaliation plan, known by a code name: Wild Fire. That weekend, a member of the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force is found dead. It's up to Detective John Corey and his wife, FBI Agent Kate Mayfield, to unravel a terrifying plot that starts with the Custer Hill Club and ends with American cities locked in the crosshairs of a nuclear device.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but the series is getting forced.

  • By Joseph on 08-26-09

Acttion and Fun

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-22-07

I found the New York wit to be extremely funny in places. So much so, that twice I had laughed out loud. The story has one or 2 slow spots, but overall is fast paced. I highly recommend this.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Sanctuary

  • By: Raymond Khoury
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 15 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 444
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 142
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 145

In the powerful new thriller from the author of the international bestseller The Last Templar, a geneticist and a CIA agent on a deadly quest to find the most dangerous book in the world discover a secret that has destroyed everyone in its path for centuries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kept my interest!

  • By BillNapoli on 09-01-07

Just Okay

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-05-07

The story starts off promising, but soon you realize this is no more than the equivalent of an action movie that has lots of action and not much depth as a story. Very disappointed.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful