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  • Anansi Boys

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Lenny Henry
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,259
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,489
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,486

Returning to the territory he so brilliantly explored in his masterful New York Times best seller American Gods, the incomparable Neil Gaiman offers up a work of dazzling ingenuity, a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth that is at once startling, terrifying, exhilarating, and fiercely funny, a true wonder of a novel that confirms Stephen King's glowing assessment of the author as "a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully narrated

  • By A. Hawley on 11-23-07

Light & funny for Gaiman

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

Reviewed: 12-12-17

This is a refreshing listen. Both Gaiman and Lenny Henry did outstanding work. I was disappointed when it ended.

  • Cold Cold Heart

  • By: Tami Hoag
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,598
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,190

Dana Nolan was a promising young TV reporter until she was kidnapped by a notorious serial killer. A year has passed since she defeated her attacker, but Dana is still physically, emotionally, and psychologically scarred by her ordeal, with aftereffects including PTSD and memory loss. In an attempt to put herself back together after surviving the unthinkable, Dana returns to her hometown. But it doesn't provide the comfort she expects.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First Tami Hoag book I've had

  • By April on 01-27-15

Living with traumatic brain injury!

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

Reviewed: 09-26-17

I have gotten comfortable with Kovac and Liska. However, they were just names mentioned in this mystery.

Dana Nolan's best friend had disappeared several years earlier. Dana had a promising career cut short by an abduction which she survived, but after being tortured and then severely brain injured. Solving the cold mysterious disappearance is the thread that keeps her fighting her way through recovery. She keeps at it alone; not knowing who to trust, being discouraged by nearly everyone, and navigating around several likely perpetrators.

A good listen, overall. The story is unusual and the narration great.

  • Fields of Wrath

  • Luis Chavez 1
  • By: Mark Wheaton
  • Narrated by: Timothy Andrés Pabon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

Following his ordination as a priest, Father Luis Chavez returns to the mean streets of his youth, hoping to put his past behind him. But the brutal murder of a worker in Ventura County's vast farm fields compels Luis to return to his criminal roots in order to unravel a massive conspiracy. Teaming up with Michael Story, an ambitious Los Angeles deputy DA, Chavez goes undercover as a farm laborer to bring down an immense human-trafficking ring tied to one of California's most prominent and powerful families.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Realigning heaven to hell

  • By Bikeopeli on 06-15-17

Memorable listen

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

Reviewed: 09-07-16

Storywise, the publisher's summary is a good overview. I don't want to write spoilers.

This book didn't really grab me as out-of-the-ordinary when I was listening. However it is a good story and I did listen to the end.

That being said, I have found myself remembering things about it months after it was finished. I listen to many books. Sometimes I have to look back at the publisher's summary to remember what a book was about. Sometimes I have to search my library to find out if I have read a certain title. The books that I am still thinking about over time are the ones that seem to have something special; this is one of them.

I am happy to see that the second book in the series is available and am looking forward to listening to it.

  • Small Wars

  • A Jack Reacher Story, Book 19.5
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 1 hr and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,742
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,575
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,572

Lee Child goes back to 1989, when Jack Reacher is an MP assigned to solve the cold-blooded murder of a young officer - whose killer may be closer to Reacher than he suspects.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Back to his best

  • By AK on 08-24-15

Reacher brothers history.

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

Reviewed: 01-21-16

Lee Child occasionally writes about incidents and memories from Jack Reacher's past.These fill in some of the earlier life of our anonymous wanderer.

This is a (too) short story that involves both Reacher brothers. I mention short because it's almost impossible to say much without spoiling the ending. However, Jack is still a respected Army investigator and does whatever it takes to solve a murder.

Dick Hill's narration is always spot on.

  • Who Let the Dog Out?

  • By: David Rosenfelt
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,232
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,109

Lawyer Andy Carpenter is surprised when Willie Millier, Andy's partner at their dog rescue operation, the Tara Foundation, calls to say the alarm has gone off at the foundation building. There has clearly been a break-in, and a dog has been stolen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining and Funny

  • By John on 08-01-15

More like "Who stole the dog from the shelter?"

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

Reviewed: 01-21-16

Why would anyone break into the Tara Foundation and steal a dog when they could adopt during regular daytime hours?

How is this tied into several murders? Why is an innocent man being framed?

All of this has to be sorted out by Andy Carpenter and his investigators. Andy reluctantly goes to court to defend the man.

When everything is sorted, the innocent walks free and the stolen dog is retuned to a loving home.

Grover Gardner has the sarcastic, wise-cracking Andy Carpenter perfected. As always, he gives a wonderful narration.

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  • The Buried

  • Jonathan Quinn, Book 9
  • By: Brett Battles
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 734
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 671
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 667

Everything on the job is going as expected. The target has been dealt with, and all that's left to do is remove the body. But a surprise is waiting for Quinn and Nate, one that completely changes their mission. Then when the client who gave them their new orders disappears, they find themselves on their own, with a human asset holding a dark secret that several parties are interested in obtaining, by force if necessary.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Quinn series continues at breakneck pace!

  • By shelley on 06-25-15

A clean up that has many loose ends

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

Reviewed: 01-21-16

I am always delighted with this series. Brett Battles has new plots when I think there can't be any more. I hope that the books keep coming!

This book starts with cleaners Quinn and Nate arriving at a crime scene. However, the assassin is still present and she has uncovered a situation that none of them feel they can morally ignore. This is the perfect set up for many entanglements while they are all being chased and their contractor/boss has been kidnapped.

Also new, Orlando and entourage are traveling around in a motor home, she is pregnant, and the baby, of course, comes at an awkward time and place.

Scott Brick does his usual professional narration.

  • Santa 365

  • By: Spencer Quinn
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109

He sees you when you're sleeping. He knows when you're awake. This year, jolly old St. Nick knows Bernie has been sleeping on preparations for a special Christmas celebration with his son, Charlie. Enter Plumpy Napoleon, fresh from a short stint in prison, to save Bernie from the naughty list. Plumpy calls his latest business plan "Santa 365".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another tip-top episode!

  • By Trudy Owens on 12-17-15

Chet and Bernie plus perps

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

Reviewed: 01-21-16

This is a cute, seasonal, short story about our friends and their adventures. As always, a fun listen.
Jim Frangione continues to be the ideal narrator for this series.

  • The Alphabet House

  • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
  • Length: 15 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,266
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,270

British pilots James Teasdale and Bryan Young have been chosen to conduct a special photo-reconnaissance mission near Dresden, Germany. Intelligence believes the Nazis are building new factories that could turn the tide of the war. When their plane is shot down, James and Bryan know they will be executed if captured. With an enemy patrol in pursuit, they manage to jump aboard a train reserved for senior SS soldiers wounded on the eastern front.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Don't start Adler-Olsen here

  • By Tango on 04-08-15

A friendship strained by need to survive

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

Reviewed: 12-11-15

This definitely isn't Department Q, or an action packed story. If anything, it is more psychological. It's really difficult not to write any spoilers for this one. I hope that I have shown the correct amount of restraint and still given some insight into this powerful novel.

The publisher's summary is sufficient to get you into the story; what it doesn't do is tell how the story begins like many WWII tales. Then the need to survive and the struggles of two friends, who start out very united, twists so that they end up in very different circumstances.

Jussi Adler-Olsen slowly unfolds their personal strategies to survive and how each chose a different path. Years later they are in very different places . This is physically, psychologically, and in their personal lives. Their eventual meeting still tugs at my heart and mind.

As always, Graeme Malcolm does an excellent narration.

  • The Hanging Girl

  • A Department Q Novel
  • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
  • Length: 15 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,089
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,919
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,909

In the middle of his usual hard-won morning nap in the basement of police headquarters, Carl Mørck, head of Department Q, receives a call from a colleague working on the Danish island of Bornholm. Carl is dismissive when he realizes that a new case is being foisted on him, but a few hours later he receives some shocking news that leaves his headstrong assistant, Rose, more furious than usual.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gasp! This is marvelous!

  • By Ted on 11-21-16

Murders, suicides, innocents, twists and turns

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

Reviewed: 12-11-15

I am getting very comfortable with Morck and his entourage.

In this episode, as usual, Morck doesn't want any work, but Rose has picked up a thread, Assad shows interest, and the team gets involved in spite of their leader. What initially seems like a superficial investigation of a closed-case accident sends them interviewing and searching far from home. As usual the clues all add up to something, but the twists keep coming up until the end.

I find that these episodes seem to unfold slowly, then the pieces fall into place, and pow the cold case is solved. Definitely not for the adrenaline junkies, but worth the time for those that like to follow the clues.

Graeme Malcolm is becoming one of my favorite narrators. He just "fits" the Department Q novels.

  • The Cuckoo's Calling

  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,735
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,716
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,722

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unbelievable debut mystery set in London

  • By Tracey on 05-26-13

Wow! Marathon listening to all three!

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

Reviewed: 11-25-15

I know that I repeat this often: I try not to write spoilers. The publisher's summary will give yiou what you need to know to dive into this one.

The writing is wonderful, the narrator highly skilled and appropriate, and the story grabbed me and held to the end. I was so absorbed that I listened to the next two (all three in sequence) immediately.

Cormoran strike and his entourage are introduced and continue to develop throughout the series. The cases have depth and always seem make the police look incompetent which puts Cormoran on their bad side.

Finally, if you don't recognize this author, do some sleuthing of your own and you will realize that this series will probably continue its brilliance!