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  • Depth of Winter

  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,253
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,183

In Craig Johnson's latest mystery, Depth of Winter, an international hit man and the head of one of the most vicious drug cartels in Mexico has kidnapped Walt's beloved daughter, Cady, to auction her off to his worst enemies, of which there are many. The American government is of limited help and the Mexican one even less. Walt heads into the 110-degree heat of the Northern Mexican desert alone, one man against an army.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I miss Vic and Henry!

  • By Nancy R on 09-06-18

Walt is the best!

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

I must say that with the cliffhanger of The Western Star I was worried. I didn't want more devastation to come into the life of Walt and his loved ones. Thank you, Craig Johnson for preventing that. I re listened to The Western Star prior to Depth of Winter and had forgotten how great it was.
Like most listener reviews I too missed Henry, Vic and Lucian but then Walt is the star of the series. "Boy Howdy"

  • Day of the Dead

  • Freida Klein Series, Book 8
  • By: Nicci French
  • Narrated by: Beth Chalmers
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164

A decade ago, psychologist Frieda Klein was sucked into the orbit of Dean Reeve - a killer able to impersonate almost anyone, a man who can disappear without a trace, a psychopath obsessed with Frieda herself. In the years since, Frieda has worked with - and sometimes against - the London police in solving their most baffling cases. But now she's in hiding, driven to isolation by Reeve. When a series of murders announces his return, Frieda must emerge from the shadows to confront her nemesis. And it's a showdown she might not survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Haven’t been disappointed yet!

  • By Kate on 07-29-18

Is the series over?

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

All the reviews say the series is finished. I hope that isn’t so yet the whole series has been building up to the final confrontation between Freida and Dean.
I think Freida has more stories to tell but I guess that is up to the authors. If so thank you for a great series!

  • Robert B. Parker's Debt to Pay

  • Jesse Stone, Book 15
  • By: Reed Farrel Coleman
  • Narrated by: James Naughton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254

All is quiet in Paradise, except for a spate of innocuous vandalism. Good thing, too, because Jesse Stone is preoccupied with the women in his life, both past and present. As his ex-wife, Jenn, is about to marry a Dallas real-estate tycoon, Jesse isn't too sure his relationship with former FBI agent Diana Evans is built to last. But those concerns get put on the back burner when a major Boston crime boss is brutally murdered. Despite all evidence to the contrary, Jesse suspects it's the work of Mr. Peepers.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • RB Parker would have not written this.

  • By John S. Johnston on 09-25-16

No long term happiness ever for Jesse!

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

Reviewed: 11-19-17

Finally, Jesse is able to move on and leave Jen in the past and maybe have some much needed happiness of his own. Of course not!! Now Jesse will drink his way through 5-6 books!!!! Bring Sunny Randall back into his life!!!

  • The Western Star

  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,720
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,533
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,514

Sheriff Walt Longmire is enjoying a celebratory beer after a weapons certification at the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy when a younger sheriff confronts him with a photograph of 25 armed men standing in front of a Challenger steam locomotive. It takes him back to when, fresh from the battlefields of Vietnam, then-deputy Walt accompanied his mentor Lucian to the annual Wyoming Sheriff's Association junket held on the excursion train known as the Western Star, which ran the length of Wyoming from Cheyenne to Evanston and back.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I am a huge Longmire fan...

  • By BDHumbert on 10-05-17

Don't do it Craig Johnson!!!

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

Reviewed: 09-07-17

Any additional comments?

I don't want to give away the cliffhanger, all I can say is don't do it Craig Johnson! It is an exciting story and I enjoyed the look into the early career of Walt Longmire. I found it a bit of a stretch to tie the past and the current conflicts together. Nonetheless, fans of the series, as I am also, will enjoy this installment of Sheriff Walt Longmire. Just no more personal tragedy for our hero.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Telling Tales

  • A Vera Stanhope Mystery
  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Julia Franklin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 586
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 540
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 535

It has been 10 years since Jeanie Long was charged with the murder of 15-year-old Abigail Mantel. Now residents of the East Yorkshire village of Elvet are disturbed to hear of new evidence proving Jeanie's innocence. Abigail's killer is still at large. As Inspector Vera Stanhope makes fresh enquiries on the peninsula and villagers are hauled back to a time they hoped to forget, tensions begin to mount. But are people afraid of the killer or of their own guilty pasts?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a fabulous book to listen to

  • By Gigi on 09-01-17

Vera is something!!

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

Reviewed: 08-26-17

Any additional comments?

I really like the Vera Stanhope series. Vera maybe an acquired taste type character but she is pretty amazing. The story lines are excellent. This is another excellent series that I will keep listening to and watching for.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Burial Hour

  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 793
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 723
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 726

A businessman snatched from an Upper East Side street in broad daylight. A miniature hangman's noose left at the scene. A nine-year-old girl the only witness to the crime. With a crime scene this puzzling, forensic expertise of the highest order is absolutely essential. Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are called in to investigate. Soon the case takes a stranger turn: a recording surfaces of the victim being slowly hanged, his desperate gasps the backdrop to an eerie piece of music. The video is marked as the work of The Composer....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Struggled to get through it!!!!

  • By Julie on 04-18-17

Struggled to get through it!!!!

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

Reviewed: 04-18-17

I never thought I would say that a Lincoln Rhyme book didn't hold my interest but I had to keep going back and listening again to numerous chapters and parts of Th

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Mississippi Blood

  • A Novel
  • By: Greg Iles
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 28 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,869
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,852

The endgame is at hand for Penn Cage, his family, and the enemies bent on destroying them in this revelatory volume in the epic trilogy set in modern-day Natchez, Mississippi - Greg Iles' epic tale of love and honor, hatred and revenge that explores how the sins of the past continue to haunt the present.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good ending to the trilogy

  • By Taryn on 06-17-17

A lot of people die!!

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

Reviewed: 03-30-17

I re listened to the first 2 books in the trilogy right before purchasing and listening to Mississippi Blood. I can't really say why without giving away pivotal aspects of the storyline but I am disappointed in this book. There were many threads of the story left not so much hanging as it seemed forgotten. Granted each book in the trilogy is very long but I felt at times that the author had no real purpose to some of the events happening in the story. Being "wordy" just because. Drawing out the plot with no real purpose. I didn't like Penn Cage a lot of the time in this book, still can't believe Penn killed Forest with no consequence, Walt - can't say more about Walt without being angry and lastly what an anticlimactic end for the dreaded, feared, ruthless Snake!
Again a lot of people die to make us feel like we shouldn't like Tom Cage, who was only a product of his time, culture, geography and race.

  • Postmortem

  • A Scarpetta Novel
  • By: Patricia Cornwell
  • Narrated by: C. J. Critt
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,474
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,145
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,145

Four young women have been found murdered—tortured and strangled in their own beds—all victims of the same brilliant monster. Using a skilled hand and the latest technology in forensic medicine, Kay Scarpetta begins the process of gathering the microscopic clues the latest battered body has to give.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Forgot how much I loved the old Scarpetta novels

  • By Janie on 03-29-12

How great the early Scarpetta books were.

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

Reviewed: 03-17-17

What made the experience of listening to Postmortem the most enjoyable?

I have had a love/hate relationship with the Scarpetta series over time. Patricia Cornwell is a gifted writer and very knowledgeable, yet there are some titles in the series that were next to impossible to get through. It was enjoyable to remember how great the early titles and plots were.

Any additional comments?

Kate Reading should always be the narrator.

  • Burials

  • A Faye Longchamp Mystery
  • By: Mary Anna Evans
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Faye Longchamp-Mantooth, who runs a small archaeological consulting firm, is in Oklahoma so she and Joe can join his father, Sly Mantooth, in dispersing his mother's ashes. While there, Faye is serving as archaeology consultant on the reopening of a site closed down decades before when an archaeologist disappeared. The Muscogee Creek Nation intends to create a park, if nothing sacred lies in the soil. But the bones that emerge as the backhoe completes its work prove to be those of Dr. Sophia Townsend, killed by a blow to the head.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marry Anna Evans is my favorite Author!

  • By Annette M Long on 02-28-18

So glad Faye is back.

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

Reviewed: 03-17-17

What did you love best about Burials?

I have really liked this series since I first happened upon it. I have always found Faye Longchamp an interesting character. The book prior to Burials, Isolation was difficult to get through. It is difficult to see a strong character floundering and flounder was all that Faye did in Isolation. So I hesitated to purchase Burials but I am glad I did. I remembered how much I enjoy the series all over again.

What does Cassandra Campbell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Cassandra Campbell HAS to be the narrator, she is Faye, Joe, the whole world of Dr. Faye Longchamp-Mantooth.

  • The Snatch

  • Nameless Detective
  • By: Bill Pronzini
  • Narrated by: Doug Hamilton
  • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

In his first chronicled adventure, the Nameless Detective hires on to handle the ransom payoff in a kidnapping case. Financier Louis Martinetti doesn't trust the police to deal with the man who snatched his 9-year-old son from his military prep school, nor is it clear that he trusts the members of his own household. On the appointed evening, Nameless takes a briefcase that contains $300,000 in cash to a secluded location chosen by the kidnapper. Then all hell breaks loose.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not the Nameless I have come to expect.

  • By Julie on 03-17-17

Not the Nameless I have come to expect.

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

Reviewed: 03-17-17

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I am glad I have listened to later titles in the Nameless Detective Series. This first is in series is so different a character that I wouldn't have listened to any more titles in the series if I started with The Snatch. I wanted the whole history to the series but I don't think I can wade through these early titles if they are similar.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Doug Hamilton?

I prefer Nick Sullivan, he has become the voice of Bill, Kerry, Jake, Emily and Tamara.