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  • The Late Show

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Katherine Moennig
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 738
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 681
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 672

A compelling thriller introducing a driven young detective trying to prove herself in the LAPD. Renée Ballard works the night shift in Hollywood, beginning many investigations but finishing none as each morning she turns her cases over to day shift detectives. A once up-and-coming detective, she's been given this beat as punishment after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Usual quality from Michael Connolly but terrible narration....

  • By Gary Collins on 18-08-17

In (Partial) Defence of the Narrator

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

This Narrator is never going to be a favourite, but the reading was clear and lucid,
not one of those with constant miss-stresses and miss-pronunciations that sound like
someone reading a foreign language or from a telephone directory, that really do kill
the experience of listening to an audiobook.
It seems that the thing that put some people off was the tone. The reader appears to have
taken a 'sharp view' in her style of delivery, which has a somewhat detached/disconnected air,
but as I got into the story I increasingly felt this to be a good fit for a somewhat
detached/disconnected protagonist. Notwithstanding Ballard's deep feelings and sensitivities
she is another outsider/outlier character, not an unfamiliar trait in this genre.
Just saying.............

  • The Suspect

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Crispin Redman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,411
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,151

Joseph O'Loughlin appears to have the perfect life: a beautiful wife, a loving daughter, and a successful career as a clinical psychologist. But nothing can be taken for granted. Even the most flawless existence is only one loose thread away from unravelling. All it takes is a murdered girl, a troubled young patient - and the biggest lie of his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A gripping yarn

  • By Shoshi on 29-03-08

Suspension of Disbelief Not Possible

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

Reviewed: 01-04-17

Any additional comments?

In fiction in general and perhaps in this genre in particular, an investment by the reader is invariably required, including a degree of willing suspension of disbelief. However, the story line in this book is unfeasible, not to say ridiculous, from an early stage and only gets worse. There are more credibility straining coincidences in this book than any normal 10 books, which just becomes ludicrous. Obviously I think this is completely unsustainable through one book, so I cannot imagine how this book led on to an apparently successful seriesI realize I am in a small minority here as this gets an average review rating of 4.6, but that this writer is compared to Harlen Coben or Michael Connelly I find utterly baffling.

  • Lost Light: Harry Bosch Series, Book 9

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Len Cariou
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

Four years ago, LAPD detective Harry Bosch was on a movie set, asking questions about the murder of a young production assistant, when an armored car arrived with $2 million cash for use in a heist scene. In a life-imitates-art firestorm, a gang of masked men converged on the delivery and robbed the armored car with guns blazing. The crime was never resolved, and the young woman's murder was in the stack of unsolved-case files Bosch carried home the night he left the LAPD.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very satisfying plot and narrative

  • By chris on 20-12-07

Very Good - Very Dark

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

Reviewed: 17-12-14

Would you listen to Lost Light: Harry Bosch Series, Book 9 again? Why?

Probably not; don't usually with this genre.......

Which character – as performed by Len Cariou – was your favourite?

He was top class throughout - very pleased to see he is there for the next few in the series

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No chance! - that will have to wait for that Caribbean holiday........

Any additional comments?

Some very dark and genuinely horrifying moments in this, so much so that I wondered if the author added the redemptive feel-good ending by way of mitigation.

  • Revelation

  • A Matthew Shardlake Novel
  • By: C. J. Sansom
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

Spring, 1543. King Henry VIII is wooing Lady Catherine Parr, whom he wants for his sixth wife. But this time the object of his affections is resisting. Archbishop Cranmer and the embattled Protestant faction at court are watching keenly, for Lady Catherine is known to have reformist sympathies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good story, excellently read

  • By Kirstine on 11-06-08

Bible Black and Series Best

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-13

For me this is the most enjoyable of the Shardlake series so far (haven't reached Heartsone yet - I am rationing myself in the hope of further sequels before I run out), possibly because the gothic Old Testement element completes the compelling atmosphere.

I don't normally do Abridged but Anton Lesser's superb narration is unsurpassable.

  • The Secret Pilgrim

  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174

The Berlin Wall is down, the Cold War is over, but the world's second-oldest profession is very much alive. Smiley accepts an invitation to dine with the eager young men and women of the Circus' latest intake; and over coffee and brandy, by flickering firelight, he beguilingly offers them his personal thoughts on espionage past, present, and future. In doing so, he prompts one of his former Circus colleagues into a searching examination of his own eventful secret life.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A real mishmash!

  • By J. Wakeman on 28-03-15

The Last of the Summer Wine

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-13

Not a contination of the Smiley series, nor really a novel as such; more a series of vignettes neatly inserted into Smiley's back story. Most welcome in a 'hello old friend' kind of way. Michael Jayston is a brilliant narrator and seems to hit exactly the right note for Le Carre's books.

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  • The Long-Legged Fly

  • A Lew Griffin Mystery
  • By: James Sallis
  • Narrated by: G. Valmont Thomas
  • Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

In steamy New Orleans, black private detective Lew Griffin has taken on a seemingly hopeless missing-person case. The trail takes him through the underbelly of the French Quarter with its bar girls, pimps, and tourist attractions. As his search leads to one violent dead end and then another, Griffin is confronted by the realization that his own life has come to resemble those of the people he is attempting to find.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Whole is Greater than the Sum of Its Parts

  • By Jon on 25-01-11

The Whole is Greater than the Sum of Its Parts

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-01-11

Although ostensibly a detective novel, the Lew Griffin series, of which this is the first, ranges freely across genre boundaries. The books are quirky; sometimes plot driven narrative, sometimes existential meditation, and the result is strangely satisfying. The narrator seems perfectly attuned to his character, which contributes to an unusual, and an unusually enjoyable, listen.

  • A Body in the Bath House

  • Marcus Didius Falco, Book 13
  • By: Lindsey Davis
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120

Marcus Didius Falco discovers that rank brings problems, the most gruesome of which is a corpse buried under the tiles of his new bath house. The contractors have fled to Britain where, as the Fates have it, Falco is ordered. A local chief and ally of the Romans is having a Palace built by the Emperor Vespasian. However, the project is running late, and fatal accidents keep happening. Falco, troubleshooting for the Emperor, is without an ally and now next on the list for assassination.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Typically Brilliant

  • By John L. on 28-06-06

Nothing's Forever.....not even the Roman Empire !

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-01-11

Perhaps not unreasonably this being the 13th in the Series, the author seems to be running out of decent plot lines, although the period detail remains a strength.
For me, the tone of the narration missed the right pitch - rather than cynical and world weary, Falco comes accross here as merely gruff and hostile; Anton Lesser in the abridged editions is different class.

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