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  • A Death in Vienna

  • By: Daniel Silva
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,873
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,313
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,319

Sent to Vienna to authenticate a painting, the art restorer and sometime spy Gabriel Allon is sidetracked by a photograph that throws his world upside-down. Could it really be the face of a man who during the last days of World War II had brutalized his mother on the Death March from Auschwitz?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Quite a Special Novel Indeed

  • By Adam on 04-12-04

Another Fine Silva Novel

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-03-04

Daniel Silva is a superb writer and storyteller. "A Death In Vienna" is one of his best. The narrotor is a fine match for this story and he added much to my enjoyment.

Leonard Stearns
Boise, Idaho

17 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • The Big Bad Wolf

  • By: James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Peter J. Fernandez, Denis O'Hare
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 573
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 585

Alex Cross' first case since joining the FBI has his new colleagues stymied. Across the country, men and women are being kidnapped in broad daylight and then disappearing completely. These people are not being taken for ransom, Alex realizes. They are being bought and sold. And it looks like a shadowy figure known as the Wolf, a master criminal who has brought a new reign of terror to organized crime, is behind this business in which ordinary men and women are sold as slaves.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Alex Cross returns

  • By Ed on 11-24-03

Big Bad Wolf

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-20-04

I did not like "Big Bad Wolf". However, Mr. Patterson is a fine author and I have enjoyed several of his earlier novels. He is a skilful storyteller who brings dignity and wit into the inter-ethnic relationships of his characters.

However, it strikes me that recently Mr. Patterson has begun to introduce more than one genre into a single novel. "The Big Bad Wolf" is a good example and "Cradle and All" is, in my view, an extreme example. I cannot help asking myself whether these stories are mystery or melodrama?

Personally, I find genre mixing in "Big Bad Wolf" both distracting and frustrating because the sharp disconnects fracture my "suspension of disbelief". Unfortunately, recent narrators see to stress the melodrama line.

It is clear that Mr. Patterson has strong moral and philosophical convictions and that his convictions add depth and dimension to his work. However, I believe an author needs to decide which genre he wants to pursue.

Leonard Stearns
Boise, Idaho

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Sunset Limited

  • By: James Lee Burke
  • Narrated by: Mark Hammer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

In the Dave Robicheaux mysteries, Edgar Award-winning and best-selling author James Lee Burke immerses his fans deep in the Louisiana underworld of cops, convicts, and con artists. With each intriguing case that lands on the police detective's desk, Dave continues his debate with the unpredictable forces that dwell within him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sunset Limited

  • By Leonard on 02-02-04

Sunset Limited

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-04

Another of Burke's superb novels. The Reader's command of Southern Louisiana dialect is breathtaking.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Defection of A.J. Lewinter

  • A Novel of Duplicity
  • By: Robert Littell
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 58

Before The Company, Robert Littell made a name for himself with The Defection of A.J. Lewinter. Hailed as "a perfect little gem" and a "concise, smart, and funny [novel that] turns Cold War spy cliches on their head," A.J. Lewinter tells the story of an insignificant American scientist whose defection to the Soviet Union becomes a terrifying political chess match of deceit and treachery. Not to be missed!

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The Defection of A.J. Lewinter

  • By Michael Koscielski on 01-17-03

Luke Warm At Best

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-05-03

Not even close to the quality of "The Company". However, it is readable and enjoyable -- just a disappointment after reading his show stopper.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Up Country

  • By: Nelson DeMille
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 28 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,749
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,508
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,502

In the latest from Nelson DeMille (author of The Lion's Game), Paul Brenner is called out of CID retirement to investigate the murder 30 years ago of an army lieutenant in Vietnam. Brenner's trip up country, with a beautiful American expatriate for company, will lead him to uncover an explosive, long-buried secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Graham S. Stafford on 08-26-08

Superb Fiction

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-05-03

Mr. DeMille has written one of the best, if not the best, fiction work I have read. I cannot recommend this book too highly.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful