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  • The Ruin

  • By: Dervla McTiernan
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,499
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,362
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,361

When Aisling Conroy's boyfriend Jack is found in the freezing black waters of the river Corrib, the police tell her it was suicide. A surgical resident, she throws herself into study and work, trying to forget - until Jack's sister Maude shows up. Maude suspects foul play, and she is determined to prove it. Cormac Reilly is the detective assigned with the re-investigation of a seemingly accidental overdose 20 years ago - the overdose of Jack and Maude's drug-and-alcohol-addled mother. Reilly is under increasing pressure to charge Maude for murder when his colleague Danny uncovers new evidence....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book of the Year

  • By Sharon on 07-11-18

Entertaining listen

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

Reviewed: 12-01-18

Very enjoyable police procedural, with good narration. Seasoned homicide detective Cormac Reilly transfers to a new city to follow his girlfriend's career. All's not inviting in his new unit, as some in the squad seem resentful he's there, so he ends up with cold cases. Soon his cold case ties in to a new homicide, again with the upper brass and colleagues sabotaging his findings. The reader has a good idea of who not to trust, but the motives are unclear til the ending, making it an interesting and entertaining listen.

  • Walking Shadows

  • A Decker/Lazarus Novel
  • By: Faye Kellerman
  • Narrated by: Mitchell Greenberg
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186

On a quiet street in upstate New York, the body of a young man is discovered in the woods. Twenty-six-year-old Brady Neil a resident of the neighboring town of Hamilton, had no criminal record, few friends, worked full-time, and attended community college. But as detective Peter Decker learns, the kid is linked to the criminal world. When Brady was a baby, his father, Brandon Gratz, was convicted of robbing and killing the owners of a local jewelry store. While Gratz and his partner, Kyle Masterson, admitted to the robbery, they swore they left the owners, Glen and Lydia Levine, alive.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Tough one

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-09-18

Mystery solved

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

Reviewed: 11-25-18

Another enjoyable,Who Done It, from Faye Kellerman. A young man is found murdered in Decker's county, but the case leads to the neighboring jurisdiction. The other sheriff seems to have his own agenda when he requests his daughter to be part of Decker's team. Meanwhile, a co-worker is missing, and the victim's father could play a large part in his murder. Not much action, just putting together clues through interviews , evidence, and gut instinct, making it an interesting read.

  • The Girl with All the Gifts

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,216
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,685
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,689

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hours in, restarted so husband could listen too!

  • By Pikay on 12-13-14

How would you look at Melanie?

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

Reviewed: 11-25-18

It starts out with young children, being kept in prison cells on a military base, taken to a school classroom daily, strapped in chairs, heads immobile. Melanie is the main POV in this scenario, with her genius IQ, and empathetic heart. She accepts her life, but all the while is figuring out her life and why things are the way they are. Miss Justineau is her favorite teacher, as she seems to be the only one on base that has an affection for the children's well being, especially Melanie.
Things quickly change though, once we get accustomed to the daily life of the base, taking our main characters on an adventure of survival and recognizing one's self. We gradually learn the truth of this new world, the purpose of the facility, and struggle with how we would fit in.
For me, it was in keeping one's personal humanity, while clashing against the research to help mankind.
Excellent narration adds to the journey, I highly recommend listening to this dystopian story.

  • Lethal White

  • A Cormoran Strike Novel
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 22 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,824
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,530
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,505

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed, and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. Trying to get to the bottom of Billy's story, Strike and Robin Ellacott - once his assistant, now a partner in the agency - set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Entertain me, but DO NOT bore me!

  • By Wayne on 12-10-18

Lethal love

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

Work is going well for Cormoran and Robin, their love lives are another story. This book is a good mingling of both, as Robin's marriage is falling apart and Cormoran's girlfriend decides to climb the next step up in their relationship. Problem being personal relationships have to take a back seat to work, when a prominent client decides to commit suicide. As expected, the suicide just doesn't add up, leaving the detective team with too many unanswered questions. Excellent narration of character personalities adds to the story. Fans of the series will again be pleased.

  • Sharp Ends

  • Stories from the World of the First Law
  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,427
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,340
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,333

The Union army may be full of bastards, but there's only one who thinks he can save the day single-handed when the Gurkish come calling: the incomparable Colonel Sand dan Glokta. Curnden Craw and his dozen are out to recover a mysterious item from beyond the Crinna. Only one small problem: No one seems to know what the item is.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun stories but not enough content to be great

  • By Lore on 07-20-16

First Law fans will enjoy

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

Reviewed: 09-25-18

14 stories, from my beloved First Law World. I'm not a fan of short stories and usually skip them altogether, but was a sucker to hear a little more from the early years of Sand dan Glokta and Logan Nine Fingers. Their two stories were a plus, and was a treat when Whirrun made a reappearance for a funny story with Javre and Shev. A couple of stories I more or less skipped with Nicomo Cosca and Shy South, as I didn't care for them in the main books. At any rate, First Law fans will most likely enjoy it.

  • Magic Triumphs

  • Kate Daniels, Book 10
  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,685
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,576
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,568

Kate has come a long way from her origins as a loner taking care of paranormal problems in post-Shift Atlanta. She's made friends and enemies. She's found love and started a family with Curran Lennart, the former Beast Lord. But her magic is too strong for the power players of the world to let her be. Kate and her father, Roland, currently have an uneasy truce, but when he starts testing her defenses again, she knows that sooner or later, a confrontation is inevitable. The Witch Oracle has begun seeing visions of blood, fire, and human bones.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everything we hoped for...

  • By IreneMBBT on 08-28-18

It's been a fun ride

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

An enjoyable ending to the series, but previous books were so much better. Good time to call it quits.

  • Hollywood Dead: A Sandman Slim Novel

  • Sandman Slim Series, Book 10
  • By: Richard Kadrey
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 654
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 628
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 622

James Stark is back from Hell, trailing more trouble in his wake. To return to LA, he had to make a deal with the evil power brokers, Wormwood - an arrangement that came with a catch. While he may be home, Stark isn’t quite himself...because he’s only partially alive. There’s a time limit on his reanimated body, and unless Stark can find the people targeting Wormwood, he will die again - and this time there will be no coming back. Stark knows he can’t find Wormwood’s enemies alone. To succeed, he’s got to enlist the help of new friends.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great brook and continuation of Sandman Slim

  • By Jason Hawkins on 08-31-18

Anybody know a good necromancer?

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

Stark finds himself half-dead, having to make a deal with Wormwood in order to have their necromancer fully restore his old self. Well, after a year of being dead, things have changed at home and maybe for the better. This leaves Sandman wondering if coming back is good for his friends and himself. Meanwhile, he runs into his usual problems of being double crossed by most everyone he's dealt with. Kind of a homecoming story, with an interesting set up for the next installment. It's a must for Sandman Slim followers, with MacLeod Andrews doing his usual bang up job with perfectly presenting Sandman and company.

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  • Gardens of the Moon

  • The Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 1
  • By: Steven Erikson
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 26 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,621
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,058
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,060

The Malazan Empire simmers with discontent, bled dry by interminable warfare, bitter infighting, and bloody confrontations with ancient and implacable sorcerers. Even the imperial legions, long inured to the bloodshed, yearn for some respite. Yet Empress Laseen’s rule remains absolute, enforced by her dreaded Claw assassins. For Sergeant Whiskeyjack and his squad of Bridgeburners, and for Tattersail, their lone surviving mage, the aftermath of the siege of Pale should have been a time to mourn the many dead. But Darujhistan, last of the Free Cities, yet holds out.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't get it

  • By Lynette Hyer on 01-26-16

Complex listening

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

Reviewed: 09-01-18

WOW! Be prepared to rewind frequently, or like me, buy the book to follow along at times. Luckily the book edition has a glossary of the the seemingly thousands of characters and places to keep track of. Overwhelmingly confusing at times, the story becomes clearer as it progresses; along with the development of some very cool characters, Anomander Rake in particular. Hard to describe, so I won't even try, but if you're in to epic fantasy with mages, dragons, witches, and political power playing to rule them all, then this is a story for you.

  • Shadow Games

  • Chronicles of the Black Company, Book 4
  • By: Glen Cook
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 915
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 791
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 797

After the devastating battle at the Tower of Charm, Croaker leads the greatly diminished Black Company south, in search of the lost Annals. Every step of the way, the Company is hounded by shadowy figured and carrion-eating crows. As they march every southward, through bug infested jungle; rivers dense with bloodthirsty pirates; and cities, dead and living, haunted by the passage of the Company north, their numbers grow. But always they are watched by the Shadowmasters, a deadly new enemy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lots of Fun

  • By MrBoobo on 12-30-11

Shadow Games for sure

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

Reviewed: 09-01-18

Croaker's in charge of the Black Company on a path south to Khatovar. Down to a company of seven, it recruits along the way introducing us to a few new characters. One-Eye and Goblin have to be at the top of their game with their wizardry skills, while adding comedic relief to the story. The Lady is still adjusting to the loss of her powers, but seems to have a hidden agenda with new allies. Lots of mystery surrounding the Shadowmasters, crows and a shadowy figure following Croaker. It all leads up to a bloody battle and a heck of a cliffhanger.

  • The Waking Fire

  • The Draconis Memoria, Book 1
  • By: Anthony Ryan
  • Narrated by: Steven Brand
  • Length: 22 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,755
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,644
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,640

Throughout the vast lands controlled by the Ironship Trading Syndicate, nothing is more prized than the blood of drakes. Harvested from captive or hunted Reds, Greens, Blues, and Blacks, it can be distilled into elixirs that bestow fearsome powers on the rare men and women known as the Blood-blessed. But not many know the truth: that the lines of drakes are weakening. If they fail, war with the neighboring Corvantine Empire will follow swiftly.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Decent Start to a New Series

  • By Joshua on 09-21-16

Great start!

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

Reviewed: 09-01-18

What a great read! You say why 4 stars then? That would be due to the amount of time it took me to figure out what was going on in this world. The character introduction, figuring out the politics of the world, what significance the drakes played, and the magical concept of the blood blessed, made the book a bit of a challenge. Along the way though, I loved the naval battles, the jungles, and the pirates. We are introduced to Lizanne the spy-assassin, Clay the blood blessed thief, and Hilemore the naval officer, all on separate adventures that eventually lead to one point at the conclusion of this installment. That point is saving the world from drake destruction. Looking forward to next installment.