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  • Deeper Than the Dead

  • By: Tami Hoag
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,844
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,099
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,080

Three children, running in the woods behind their school, stumble upon a partially buried female body, eyes and mouth glued shut. Close behind the children is their teacher, Anne Navarre, shocked by this discovery and heartbroken as she witnesses the end of their innocence. What she doesn't yet realize is that this will mark the end of innocence for an entire community, as the ties that bind families and friends are tested by secrets uncovered in the wake of a serial killer's escalating activity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A pleasant surprise

  • By John Wayne Tucker on 02-09-10

So-so Murder Mystery

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-11-10

I wanted to like this book, but something about it--perhaps the somewhat meandering pacing--never quite caught my attention. There really is not much of a mystery about who the bad guy is, though the author tries several feints that don't quite work. The characters also didn't seem to work, with too many stereotypes used as a replacement for character development. Finally, the narration was fair-to-middling as well, especially with the Vincent Leone voice. The narrator has no knack for regional accents at all and the Leone character, who is from Chicago, sounded more like he grew up somewhere between Boston and Nantucket. If the book were shorter, I'd recommend it, but at 12 hours, it's far too long by far.

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  • Even

  • By: Andrew Grant
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

David Trevellyan, a Royal Navy intelligence operative, takes a late-night walk to his New York City hotel. A huddled shape in an alley catches his eye - a homeless man has been shot to death. Trevellyan steps forward and a cop car arrives. A split second too late, Trevellyan realizes he's been set up. Obliged to clear his name, and with no idea who's a friend and who's a foe, he penetrates deep into a huge international conspiracy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • hardboiled throw back to Dashiel Hammet

  • By Dennis on 06-27-10

Disappointingly boring

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-04-10

I really wanted to like this book--it looked to have all the elements that I like: action, espionnage, mystery. It did have these elements, but the author's execution was so poor that the book ended up a tedious, rambling mess. The main character is pedantic, uninteresting, and unlikeable. The plot is a mess with several boring threads throughout. The other characters are equally uninteresting and flat. The narrator (British--possibly Scottish?) is also a disappointment, with some of the worse drawn-out and lugubrious American accents that I have ever heard. I agree with the reviewer who said that this book is a waste of 10 hours. (If only I had heeded that warning!) If you want taut espionnage and an interesting character, don't choose this one.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful