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John

Boston, United Kingdom | Member Since 2009

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  • The Fifth Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (479)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (80)

    In tough times, crime is one of the few things that still pay, but if defence attorney Mickey Haller was expecting an uptick in business during the economic downturn, the reality is a different story. Even people needing legal representation to keep them out of jail have to make cut-backs, it seems.

    Rosanella says: "What a story and what an ending!"
    "Mmmm ... a little disappointed"
    Overall

    OK ... I'll admit it right at the outset .... I'm much more of a Harry Bosch fan than a Mickey Haller fan ... Harry is a much more complicated individual and Haller can often come across as not the most pleasant man ever written about.

    But Michael Connelly is one of my favourite all-time authors and definitely the master of the procedural crime novel. This, as always, is excellently written but the story is just a little ... strained. the problem starts right at the outset, because I do not believe that, even in America, there was enough evidence for the police to charge Haller's client with the murder at the centre of the book. A real lawyer would have made a motion to dismiss (and almost certainly had it granted) right at the outset. However, without the charge, there is no novel.

    Having said that, I do like the way the novel expands on and promises more of the Haller story.

    Not his best, then, but even a below-par Connelly is a better bet than the vast majority of crime authors

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume I, Fort Sumter to Perryville

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Shelby Foote, Ken Burns (introduction)
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (23)

    Here begins one of the most remarkable works of history ever fashioned. All the great battles are here, of course, from Bull Run through Shiloh, the Seven Days, Second Manassas to Antietam, and Perryville in the fall of 1862, but so are the smaller and often equally important engagements on both land and sea: Ball's Bluff, Fort Donelson, Pea Ridge, Island Ten, New Orleans, Monitor versus Merimac, and Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign, to mention only a few.

    V. Wilson says: "Brilliant But Not For The Faint Hearted"
    "Oh dear ...."
    Overall

    The American Civil War is one of my favourite chapters in world history. I devour books, documentaries and films on the subject. Accordingly, was really excited when I saw this series was available to download.

    Unfortunately, totally let down by the narrator who reads the book so flatly that he makes the whole thing sound very boring indeed. It's even worse during the battle scenes .... the book sets the scene by explaining the terrain and the positioning of the rival forces. However, the way the narrator reads it, you really have no idea who is where, or why?

    A book for reading, not listening to

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Long Lost: Myron Bolitar, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (7)

    Harlan Coben was voted winner of the Bestseller Dagger, at the 2009 Crime Writers' Association's Crime Thriller awards .

    Myron hasn't heard from Terese in years, so her call surprises him. She's in Paris: her estranged husband has been murdered and she is the prime suspect. Then comes a piece of evidence that turns the entire case upside down. Caught in a foreign landscape where nothing is as it seems, Myron must search the city for answers.

    Paul S says: "Myron Goes Global"
    "The darkest Myron Bolitar book yet?"
    Overall

    Myron usually makes me laugh, but this chapter in his story takes him down dark and sinister roads. I missed the wisecracks, but loved the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Day

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David Nicholls
    • Narrated By Anna Bentinck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1007)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (154)

    He is Dexter Mayhew, tall, dark, and (she can't deny it) handsome. She is Emma Morley, bottled red hair, wilfully badly dressed, all principles and no action. Could this be the dawn of the rest of their lives? Or are Dex and Em living proof that - despite an unlikely beginning - men and women really can be just good friends?

    Charles says: "You'll laugh, you'll cry."
    "A wonderful surprise"
    Overall

    I don't read chick-lit and, on the face of it, everything about this book screams "CHICK-LIT". In fact, I have no idea why I downloaded it.

    So glad I did. Warm, witty, and very true-to-life. Laughed out loud in places, and nearly crashed the car at one "OMG" moment (those that have read it know what I'm talking about).

    I grew to like Dex over the 20 year period, and fell hopelessly in love with Emma

    Anyone downloading this book will be doing themselves a big favour,

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    Overall
    (1002)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (266)

    Amy Harper Bellafonte is six years old, and her mother thinks she's the most important person in the whole world. She is.... Anthony Carter doesn't think he could ever be in a worse place than Death Row.... He's wrong. FBI agent Brad Wolgast thinks something beyond imagination is coming.... It is.

    Tom says: "long and absorbing"
    "Just brilliant!"
    Overall

    Without doubt, the best audiobook I've ever listened to and already one of my favourite books of all time.

    It is actually very cleverly written, because it is not one book but three books that tell a compelling (and scarily believable) story. Mr Cronin is one great author, and I suspect a fan of Stephen King's "Dark Tower" series - has a similar post-apocalyptic feel for much of the book.

    However, it is the characterisation that really hooked me in. Totally believable people in scenarios that should be too fantastic for words, but are not.

    There are to be two sequels, apparently. This could well be the "Lord of the Rings" for the 21st century. my only complaint is that the next part of the trilogy is still another year away.

    You will not listen to a better book this year

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Miracle Cure

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Eric Meyers
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    Harlan Coben's thrilling second novel, now available as an unabridged audiobook. Sara Lowell and Michael Silverman are the ideal celebrity couple: she's TV's most popular journalist and he's New York's hottest basketball star. Their lives would soon be shattered by Dr. Harvey Riker's clinic and the miracle cure that millions seek. One-by-one, his patients are getting well. And one-by-one, they are targeted by a serial killer more fatal than their disease....

    John says: "Coben fans - avoid like the plague!"
    "Coben fans - avoid like the plague!"
    Overall

    I downloaded this thinking it was a new Coben who, on his day, is one of the sharpest writers around.

    It wasn't - this is a real con; his second attempt at novel writing.

    Set during the advent of the AIDS panic, it is weakly plotted with unbelievable characters. It is also hindered by the fact that time has moved on and thus is incredibly dated

    Don't let this put you off Harlen Coben - his books after this one range from very good to great.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Leopard: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (628)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (157)

    In the depths of winter, a killer stalks the city streets. His victims are two young women, both found with twenty-four inexplicable puncture wounds, both drowned in their own blood. The crime scenes offer no clues, the media is reaching fever pitch, and the police are running out of options. There is only one man who can help them, and he doesn't want to be found.

    Chanel says: "The Leopard"
    "Another excellent Nesbo book"
    Overall

    I like Harry Hole ... he reminds me in many ways of Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch (never a bad thing)

    I bought The Snowman because the cover said he was the new Stieg Larrson. He isn't, but that little marketing ploy introduced me to an author I am thoroughly enjoying

    Densely plotted, and filled with well-drawn characters, the book is narrated in a way that brings it all to life. You feel like you know Norway really well and the characters are people you might actually know.

    highly recommended to all crime fiction fans

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Adrenaline

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeff Abbott
    • Narrated By Kyle Riley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Sam Capra is living the dream. He has a perfect job with the CIA, and a perfect wife, Lucy, who is pregnant with their first child. But one sunny day, Sam's life changes forever. After narrowly avoiding an explosion, Sam wakes up in a prison cell. Adrenaline coursing through his veins, Sam enters a frantic race to survive, and discover the truth about those he thought he knew...

    John says: "Ludicrous, but ..."
    "Ludicrous, but ..."
    Overall

    What is it about Jeff Abbott? He's an even worse author than John Grisham, his plots are ludicrous and usually identical to the plot of all his other books; they never stand up to any sensible examination. He piles coincidence upon coincidence to the point that they become laughable, and his "heroes" are more often than not complete wimps who achieve astonishing physical feats with amazing powers of recovery from the serious injuries they sustain.

    Yet ... I listened to the end and will probably listen to his next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rosary Girls

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Richard Montanari
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    A devious serial killer lays siege to the city of Philadelphia, brutally sacrificing pretty young Catholic girls on the altar of insanity. As the body count rises, an exceptional investigating partnership struggles to stop him. Detective Jessica Balzano, Philly's Homicide Unit's newest rookie, is teamed up with veteran cop Kevin Byrne, respected for his solve rate and known for his unorthodox methods.

    John says: "Thoroughly enjoyable"
    "Thoroughly enjoyable"
    Overall

    I have my favourite crime authors (Lehane, Coben, Crais, Connelly) but had exhausted all their books and was desperate to find a new author to enjoy. Step forward, Richard Montanari!

    I actually listened to the third book in the series before listening to this, the first in the series. Like his other books, this moves along at a cracking pace with a couple of nice sub-plots and chock-ful of likely suspects. Never yet guessed the perp before the denouement, though. Always the sign of a good author!

    And the two main characters are very well-rounded and their personalities develop with each book

    If I have any criticism, it is that all his villains are always devilishly clever which gets a little formulaic after you've read several books.

    However, that apart, I strongly recommend this book to all fans of Amercian crime fiction. His latest is already on my wishlist

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Boulevard

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Stephen Jay Schwartz
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    LAPD detective and former vice cop Hayden Glass is a sex addict. The addiction has ruined his marriage and continues to complicate every aspect of his life. But regular attendance in Sex Addicts Anonymous meetings has helped keep his behavior from affecting his career. That is, until he suspects that three macabre and seemingly unrelated murders are linked to his meetings and targeted directly at him.

    steve says: "Another excellent narration"
    "Disappointed"
    Overall

    Was looking forward to listening to this book but actually found it a bit of a chore. Don't get me wrong - I like a book with a flawed hero, and I like books that explores the character of the protagonist, but the author spends far too much of the book concentrating on character and nowhere near enough on plot. I also found that a couple of the plot developments did not ring true. I will say that it is extremely well read, however.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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