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C. D Strother

Potomac, MD United States
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  • The Shark

  • Forgotten Files, Book 1
  • By: Mary Burton
  • Narrated by: Christina Traister
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,449
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,199
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,189

At the grisly murder scene of a teen prostitute, Virginia state trooper Riley Tatum's past roars back to haunt her. When she was a teenage runaway, she was kidnapped, drugged, and left unconscious on the streets. She has no memories of what happened, only strange recurring dreams of two men playing cards. Former FBI agent Clay Bowman, Riley's old flame, is Shield Security's newest member. He's plagued by the unsolved case of a serial killer nicknamed the Shark who murdered girls as part of a sadistic poker game.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Extremely disappointing

  • By Shane on 05-23-17

performance was fine, story was awful

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

Reviewed: 09-06-17

A police procedural and bodice ripper all in one. An absolutely unrealistic story with cardboard characters and cringeworthy dialogue. I do not think the narrator can be blamed at all. I like the idea of a female protagonist and of a female crime writer, but this just seemed every kind of lame and cliched.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Late Show

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Katherine Moennig
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,380
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8,635
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,598

Renée Ballard works the night shift in Hollywood, beginning many investigations but finishing none, as each morning she turns her cases over to day shift detectives. A once up-and-coming detective, she's been given this beat as punishment after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor. But one night she catches two cases she doesn't want to part with: the brutal beating of a prostitute left for dead in a parking lot and the killing of a young woman in a nightclub shooting. Ballard is determined not to give up at dawn.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, the narration!

  • By Destry on 07-20-17

Connelly excellence

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

Reviewed: 08-03-17

I thought it was good Michael Connelly. Maybe not quite up to the best of the Bosch or Lincoln Lawyers books, but certainly in the middle of the pack of the books of my favorite semiserious author. I will certainly buy any further books in this series immediately as some as they come out. I did not have any concerns with the narration and would not be mentioning it but for the negative reviews. I felt that in a few places the protagonist was not convincing as a female. But being male myself I may be wrong about that. Very satisfying book though. Really delivered on plot, character development, environment, credibility, quality of prose.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Burning Room

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Titus Welliver
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,354
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,667
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,643

In the LAPD's Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die almost a decade after the crime. So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet nine years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh, but all other evidence is virtually nonexistent. Now Bosch and rookie Detective Lucia Soto, are tasked with solving what turns out to be a highly charged, politically sensitive case.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not up to par

  • By Patroo on 11-07-14

Not quite as great as the best MC, but very good

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

Reviewed: 11-13-14

I thought the narrator was fine for this book. I did not even think about him not being one of the narrators of the many, many other MC books I have listened to on Audible. I suppose if I really thought about it, one of those narrators may have been better. But I thought this one was fine.

I thought the story itself was very good. Bosch's relationships with the young women in his life, his partner and his daughter, were sensitively and credibly drawn. I think a nice evolution in Bosch's character. However, I did not think it was as absolutely compelling as the very best of the earlier Bosch and Mickey Heller (sp?) books.

In my experience, Michael Connelly never fails to satisfy.

I suppose I should say that I was not impressed with the pilot for the Amazon video show. Simply not the Bosch that is in my head, I am afraid.

  • Tom Clancy Presents: Act of Valor

  • By: Dick Couch, George Galdorisi
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,949
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,619
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,623

Act of Valor takes audiences deep into the secretive world of the most elite, highly trained group of warriors in the modern world. When the rescue of a kidnapped CIA operative leads to the discovery of a deadly terrorist plot against the U.S., a team of SEALs is dispatched on a worldwide manhunt. As the valiant men of Bandito Platoon race to stop a coordinated attack that could kill and wound thousands of American civilians, they must balance their commitment to country, team and their families back home.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Good performance, boring story

  • By Ole on 06-14-12

too, too trite

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

Reviewed: 04-18-14

I have complex feelings about Tom Clancy. I thought his first five or so books were wonderful. The next few laughable. The last few great entertainment, particularly as to the action scenes. This one is just too trite. Too much like thousands of other jingoistic, US all good, SEALs all good and near superhuman, the wives all brilliant and beautiful with great careers until they become housewives after getting married, volumes. Like a pulp Western I suppose. Telegraphs the outcome, to the extent is any different than it would ever be in any similar story, way ahead of time.

That said, the action scenes are great. Very compelling, even if the characters are super human. And the actual prose is not bad at all. I thought the narrator was suitably manly and serious. Really quite good.

So it is not horrible escapist literature, just way more predictable than even most of the genre.

35 of 40 people found this review helpful

  • Snow White Must Die

  • By: Nele Neuhaus
  • Narrated by: Robert Fass
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,223
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,959
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,959

On a rainy November day, police detectives Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein are summoned to a mysterious traffic accident: a woman has fallen from a pedestrian bridge onto a car driving underneath. According to a witness, the woman may have been pushed. The investigation leads Pia and Oliver to a small village, and the home of the victim, Rita Cramer. On a September evening eleven years earlier, two seventeen-year-old girls vanished from the village without a trace.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great narrator, unbelievable, never-ending story

  • By C. Vincent on 01-27-13

not sure what to make of this one

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

Reviewed: 05-08-13

I admit that I am not all the way through this one, but I have some strong thoughts on it already. The narrator is fine, even excellent. Nothing really to comment on there. The writing is pretty good and almost sells the story, but I do not think it quite does, and the story seems absurd on many levels. Maybe not enough to discourage me from listening to another one in the series when translated.

As others have commented, the story seems endless with a fantastic number of subplots some of which go nowhere. Our detective protagonists do seem extremely ineffectual at actually solving anything. I would hope that earlier books in the series would add interest and depth to them. There are few, if any, attractive characters in the book, and the entire village seems evil, which is not credible. Too much coincidence, although some of it might be well-disguised. Too many things generally unbelieveable. Hope this is not a spoiler, but the official and public reaction to someone pitching a human being off an overpass onto a busy "super highway" to the expected results seems vastly understated. Lots of violence that seems to go relatively unreacted to.

Maybe all of rural Germany is like that. I doubt it. Actually, anything official German seems amazingly ineffectual at doing anything.

Characters evil and relatively good alike do not seem all that credible.

All of that said, it seems kind of hard to put down. One still wants to know what happens.

I love the Scandanavian detective books. Somehow the characters in them seem very credible and deep. I thought this would be more like those. Instead, I guess this one remind me more of the Tana French books. Not bad, but not really credible, and kind of unsatisfying.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Black Box

  • Harry Bosch, Book 16
  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Michael McConnohie
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,876
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,303
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,283

In a case that spans 20 years, Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photographer during the L.A. riots. Harry originally investigated the murder, but it was then handed off to the Riot Crimes Task Force and never solved. Now Bosch's ballistics match indicates that her death was not random violence, but something more personal, and connected to a deeper intrigue. Like an investigator combing through the wreckage after a plane crash, Bosch searches for the "black box", the one piece of evidence that will pull the case together.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Contrary to the tagline, Harry Bosch is not back!

  • By Joanna on 11-27-12

Not as good as the rest of the series

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

Reviewed: 03-19-13

The Harry Bosch series is one of my absolute favorites ever. This one seemed a little thrown together. Not as tightly edited as usual. Still pretty good. The narrator was excellent. I hope Connelly is not running out of steam with this character. Still nice father daughter interaction. A good read. Just not as good as others in the series.

  • Standing in Another Man's Grave

  • By: Ian Rankin
  • Narrated by: James Macpherson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 394
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 331

For the last decade, Nina Hazlitt has been ready to hear the worst about her daughter's disappearance. But with no sightings, no body, and no suspect, the police investigation ground to a halt long ago, and Nina's pleas to the cold case department have led her nowhere. Until she meets the newest member of the team: former Detective John Rebus. Rebus has never shied away from lost causes - one of the many ways he managed to antagonize his bosses when he was on the force. Now he's back as a retired civilian, reviewing abandoned files.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rebus is back!

  • By susan on 01-23-13

Maybe it is just me, not particularly compelling

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

Reviewed: 03-19-13

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Pretty good police procedural. But it did not seem compelling to me. I am having trouble remembering the other Rebus books, but my recollection is they were more compelling, and that the Rebus character resonated with me a lot more. He did not seem very complex this time. Just drank and smoked a lot. Narrator had an authentic Scottish accent to my ear. Which means in part, he was relatively hard to understand. The Scandanavian thrillers are blowing things like this book away, it seems to me.

Would you be willing to try another book from Ian Rankin? Why or why not?

I have read other of the Rebus books. I think I basically like them.

What aspect of James Macpherson’s performance would you have changed?

I would just as soon books be read in a regular American English accent. I had to concentrate to understand the narrator, just as I have to do in Scotland!

Did Standing in Another Man's Grave inspire you to do anything?

Not that I recall.

Any additional comments?

No additional comments. I will probably listen to other Rebus books.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Round House

  • A Novel
  • By: Louise Erdrich
  • Narrated by: Gary Farmer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,461
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,157
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,160

One Sunday in the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. The details of the crime are slow to surface as Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to relive or reveal what happened, either to the police or to her husband, Bazil, and 13-year-old son, Joe. In one day, Joe's life is irrevocably transformed. He tries to heal his mother, but she will not leave her bed and slips into an abyss of solitude. Increasingly alone, Joe finds himself thrust prematurely into an adult world for which he is ill prepared.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance takes a bit of getting used to

  • By Library on 04-22-13

certain flawed premises but a good "read"

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

Reviewed: 03-19-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. The story is well-written and compelling. I thought the narrator was great. To describe it is diffcult. It is a coming of age story, sure. It is a thriller, sure. But it is more than that, and the description of reservation life sounds authentic.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Round House?

Lots of memorable moments. The priest's chasing the kid all around was particularly good. And ths strip tease, although that was not at all convincing as realistic and I thought it hit a very off note. Golf course scene was amazing.

Have you listened to any of Gary Farmer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No. I like the narrator a lot, though.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Somewhat. The story was fairly compelling. I would say there were sections that were hard to put down. But then there were breaks in the action.

Any additional comments?

I thought the final section was superfluous and seemed like it was just dopped in for emotional impact. There were some arguably jarring not believeable aspects of the book. No way those kids were 13 years old. Maybe 16. There are jurisdiction issues with enforcing criminal law in and around Native American reservations, but clearly this would not have been one, unless one considers kidnapping and assault to be a mnor crime.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Absent One

  • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,647
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,376
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,368

In The Keeper of Lost Causes, Jussi Adler-Olsen introduced Detective Carl Mørck, a deeply flawed, brilliant detective newly assigned to run Department Q, the home of Copenhagen’s coldest cases. The result wasn’t what Mørck - or readers - expected, but by the opening of Adler-Olsen’s shocking, fast-paced follow-up, Mørck is satisfied with the notion of picking up long-cold leads. So he’s naturally intrigued when a closed case lands on his desk: A brother and sister were brutally murdered two decades earlier....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New favorite author

  • By JAB on 09-25-12

excellent Scandinavian detective book

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

Reviewed: 11-08-12

Any additional comments?

I have been listening to a lot of Scandinavian detective books lately and this one is excellent. In Denmark this time. Not as introspective and depressed as Wallander. Not as truly troubled, violent, and sometimes hard to read because so troubled as Harry Hole.

Mostly wanted to put in some praise for the reader though. I had bought the first Jussi Alder-Olsen book. "Keeper of Lost Causes." The story seemed great, and the reading great, except for the dialogue. I could not get used to the reader reading the English words of the dialogue in what I guess is reasonably accurate Danish accented English. I am confident that a native speaker of Danish would not read the original Danish and hear in his/her mind a heavy accent of any kind. Makes no sense to me. Not that heavy an accent anyway.

Steven Pacey for this one gets it all just right to me.

Good stuff. I look forward to further translations of her books.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • American Rust

  • By: Philipp Meyer
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 339
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 270
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 270

Set in a beautiful but economically devastated Pennsylvania steel town, American Rust is a novel of the lost American dream and the desperation-as well as the acts of friendship, loyalty, and love-that arise from its loss. From local bars to train yards to prison, it is the story of two young men, bound to the town by family, responsibility, inertia, and the beauty around them, who dream of a future beyond the factories and abandoned homes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Web of Despair and Desperation

  • By Darwin8u on 07-16-12

excellent

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

Reviewed: 12-15-11

I am only half way through, but so far this is excellent. Very believable characters and great character development. Each with their flaws. Each likeable and non-likeable at the same time. Seem very real with excelent insight to me. Nice to see blue collar characters set out as sensitive, intelligent folks, able to understand human nature.

Mostly folks doing their best in trying circumstances to do the right thing with conflicting loyalties and duties.

Nice use of descriptions of natural beauty even though there is blight. It uplifts each character appropriately at appropriate times.

Excellent sense of place and time. Accurate details, at least as to what I know. I like the idea of going from interior dialogue to interior dialogue among characters.

Re the story overall great, but I gave it four stars instead of five because in a few instances events seemed too pat, too timed, so artificial with specific transparent purposes.

Narrator is great. Excellent voice for this work. Completely professional and easy to listen to. His reading is never noticeable. Easy to become engrossed in story.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful