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Christina Crawford

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  • The Eighth Sister

  • A Thriller (Charles Jenkins, Book 1)
  • Written by: Robert Dugoni
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Former CIA case officer Charles Jenkins is a man at a crossroads: in his early sixties, he has a family, a new baby on the way, and a security consulting business on the brink of bankruptcy. Then his former bureau chief shows up at his house with a risky new assignment: travel undercover to Moscow and locate a Russian agent believed to be killing members of a clandestine US spy cell known as the seven sisters. Desperate for money, Jenkins agrees to the mission and heads to the Russian capital. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 3 in 1, Home Run!

  • By Christina Crawford on 2019-04-14

3 in 1, Home Run!

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

Reviewed: 2019-04-14

Wow! What a roller coaster ride of a fantastic story which has many, exciting, scary moments. A former American spy, now long retired, is reactivated to save lives of female spies in Russia, Later he finds himself being accused of trading national secrets to Russians for cash to save his ailing business. There is no record of his recruitment to this assignment, he is in big trouble. No one believes his story. The action just doesn’t let up until the final exciting, surprise in a courtroom where Charlie Jenkins makes history in the espionage business. Writing was so vivid, narration made it come alive too, that I could see this unf9lding in my mind’s eye. Mr, Dugoni you have hit this one right out of the Park. More please.

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  • The Mobster's Lament

  • Written by: Ray Celestin
  • Narrated by: Christopher Ragland
  • Length: 16 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Fall, 1947. New York City. Private Investigator Ida Davis has been called to New York by her old partner, Michael Talbot, to investigate a brutal killing spree in a Harlem flophouse that has left four people dead. But as they delve deeper into the case, Ida and Michael realize the murders are part of a larger conspiracy that stretches further than they ever could have imagined. Meanwhile, Ida’s childhood friend, Louis Armstrong, is at his lowest ebb. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Evil thrives amidst chaos

  • By Christina Crawford on 2019-03-31

Evil thrives amidst chaos

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

Reviewed: 2019-03-31

Could not stop listening to such a detailed story of New York and the Mob in the late 19400s. Drug addiction was around back then too, creating misery, among poor and rich. The history of that time is vividly told in the characters introduced to the listener. A sadistic killer appears in Italy, gorging on its poverty, and hunger during last years of WW11. This same murderer comes to New York to find more victims .. Just wonderful story with history added. The God of poverty and despair thrives forever, especial in wars and their aftermath.

  • A Murder of Crows

  • Written by: Ian Skewis
  • Narrated by: Ian Skewis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

The most violent thunderstorm in living memory occurs above a sleepy village on the West Coast of Scotland. A young couple take shelter in the woods, never to be seen again.... DCI Jack Russell is brought in to investigate. Nearing retirement, he agrees to undertake one last case, which he believes can be solved as a matter of routine. But what Jack discovers in the forest leads him to the conclusion that he is following in the footsteps of a psychopath who is just getting started.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent reading.

  • By Amazon Customer on 2018-10-31

Holy Crow.! Do Not Miss This One!

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

Reviewed: 2019-01-15

I almost dismissed this audiobook as a seaside S cottish seaside village cozy mystery with a thunderstorm for drama.
Hohum! However I stuck with it a little longer, and was really riveted to my chair, listening as a parade of eccentric, villagers appeared. Each one contributes to the tale, but in most unexpected, twists and turns. I have seldom met a more, cunning, yet so ordinary literary villain, so reasonable,but so deadly! The local police are not the village coppers you would expect. They have their motives, their ambition that fuels the tale as well. The village seems so l9vely nestled next to a large forest, but beware. Hurry, Mr. Skewis, gives more stories about DI Jack, about to retire. This is a stand out book!

  • The New Iberia Blues

  • Dave Robicheaux Series, Book 22
  • Written by: James Lee Burke
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Detective Dave Robicheaux’s world isn’t filled with too many happy stories, but Desmond Cormier’s rags-to-riches tale is certainly one of them. Robicheaux first met Cormier on the streets of New Orleans, when the young, undersized boy had foolish dreams of becoming a Hollywood director. Twenty-five years later, when Robicheaux knocks on Cormier’s door, it's to ask about a young woman he found who’s been crucified. She disappeared near Cormier’s Cyrpemort Point estate, and Robicheaux, along with young Deputy Sean McClain, are looking for answers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another thoughtful visit with Dave Robicheaux

  • By Christina Crawford on 2019-01-13

Another thoughtful visit with Dave Robicheaux

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

Reviewed: 2019-01-13

Although Mr. Burke uses some familiar plot lines, his daughter Alafair’s unfortunate choice of male companions, the greed of aspiring wealthy trying to undermine Louisiana lands and hard working people, I still look forward to spending time and adventure with Dave and Clete. IBurke’s eloquence, wisdom in writing about his family history in his beloved Louisiana always draws me in. These are worth listening to, those beautiful, sad memories of a bygone, happier time when life was hard. Have to say I loved this book!

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  • Dark Sacred Night

  • A Ballard and Bosch Novel
  • Written by: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Christine Lakin, Titus Welliver
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122

Renée Ballard is working the night beat again and returns to Hollywood Station in the early hours only to find a stranger rifling through old file cabinets. The intruder is retired detective Harry Bosch, working a cold case that has gotten under his skin. Ballard kicks him out but then checks into the case herself, and it brings a deep tug of empathy and anger. Bosch is investigating the death of 15-year-old Daisy Clayton, a runaway on the streets of Hollywood who was brutally murdered and her body left in a dumpster like so much trash. Now, Ballard joins forces with Bosch. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Bad Second Effort

  • By Ricky on 2019-04-25

Dynamic new partnership

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

Reviewed: 2018-11-02

Wow! Couldn’t stop listening to this story. There is the usual subtle character development, deft handling of emotional connections between characters, Always an interesting plot. The friendship between Harry and Renee grows s,ow,y, and certainly not without its doubts, and differences in approach to police work. Each recognizes a kindred spirit, wanting justice, going that extra bit to solve a case. Renee balances Harry’s more relaxed view of procedure with a more disciplined approach to the legal system. However she, like, Bosch bends the rules too, the secret of their ability to solve almost forgotten old cases. Great stuff, and avidly looking forward to future adventures of Bosch and Ballard. Thanks for wonderful entertainment t, Mr. Connelly!

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  • Sunrise Highway

  • Lourdes Robles, Book 1
  • Written by: Peter Blauner
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

In the summer of Star Wars and Son of Sam, a Long Island schoolgirl is found gruesomely murdered. A local prosecutor turns a troubled teenager known as JT from a suspect to a star witness in the case, putting away a high school football star who claimed to be innocent. Forty years later, JT has risen to chief of police, but there's a trail of a dozen dead women that reaches from Brooklyn across Long Island, along the Sunrise Highway, and it's possible that his actions actually enabled a killer. That's when Lourdes Robles, a relentless young Latina detective for the NYPD, steps in.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Long Island Murders

  • By Christina Crawford on 2018-09-27

Long Island Murders

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-27

A fascinating, gritty story that just might offer a plausible explanation for the murdered bodies buried on Long Island. The chief of Police had so many people in power under his thumb, keeping their nasty secrets while they kept quiet about his cold blooded, calculated killing spree. There was insight into Joey’s character as he considered himself far more “moral”, restrained, about his killing-“ I keep my dog on a leash, and under the porch.” Can’t wait for more in Lourdes Robles series, esp. in the ending. Will her beloved former partner and mentor betray her or himself before a Board of Enquiry?

  • Snap

  • Written by: Belinda Bauer
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

"Jack's in charge," said his mother, as she disappeared up the road to get help. "I won't be long." So 11-year-old Jack and his two sisters wait on the hard shoulder in their stifling, broken-down car, bickering and whining and playing I-Spy until she comes back. But their mother doesn't come back. She never comes back. And after that long hot summer day, nothing will ever be the same again. Three years later, Jack's 15 and still in charge.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Whatchoo talkin about Booker?

  • By Curtis Lowton on 2018-09-20

Responsible Jack

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

Reviewed: 2018-07-29

I loved this story! Unexpected hero, young Jack, is a clever resourceful young boy forced by Mom’s murder to take care of his younger sisters. He does take care of them, like Oliver Twist, by becoming a competent burglar! I see shades of Tolkien, Dickens, and more contemporary writers like Peter Lovesey. Jack is a burglar like Bilbo Baggins, an unwilling hero. The vpolicemen are well developed en, I see them trying to find this Goldilocks without success! I really loved little Mary and her pet tortoise Donald. She is funny, smart. The story makes you laugh, cry, wish that all works out for Jack and his siblings, An entertaining coming of age story, as well. One fact that didn’t go well for me is the discovery that town’s homeless man is Jack’s father. A little too glib, but a minor flaw. I liked the kids better than the adults in the story, fine entertainment, More, please!

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  • Calumet City

  • Written by: Charlie Newton
  • Narrated by: Eliza Foss
  • Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Among the most self-assured and sharply crafted debuts in recent years, Calumet City detonates a Molotov cocktail of character-driven suspense and ghetto-Chicago intrigue. A powerful fiction debut that captures the precise emotional landscape of one cop's hard-bitten life in the trenches. This first-time author joins that rare breed whose fiction is suffused with profound authenticity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Handyman is not a nice man....at all!

  • By Christina Crawford on 2017-12-26

The Handyman is not a nice man....at all!

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

Reviewed: 2017-12-26

I liked the credible , banal creepiness of it, quickly perceived by the young Martin boys . However their is quite gullible, and allows the amiable, unlicensed laborer to build a prefab holiday cottage for the family. At first I thought this would be a feel good story about a simple, kindly carpenter who teaches a young boy valuable life lessons through hard work, craftsmanship. Oh! Was I in for a shock! The handyman here was a nasty, creepy, sly, sweet talking slug of a human being. How he manipulates the adults into accepting his substandard work is amazing. The plot is so full of Frank’s outrageous thievery, evil that you have to keep reading to see how many more gullible folks he can trap. The terrible death of one person as a result of the handyman’s sloppiness, is the novel’s turning point. I thoroughly enjoyed the unraveling of Frank’s history, his use of aliases starting with letter w, as in Watkins, Wills, his obsession with an Oriental religion. This is well-written, Rey tale of horror, terror, occult that is so different in its plotting. I really rooted for our hero, Daniel Martin to find Frank and make him pay for his crimes.