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Melinda

Melinda UT Member Since 2009

So hooked by audio that I have to read books aloud. *If my reviews help, please let me know.

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  • "Burke & Patton -- Synergistic Pheno..."

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    Two tops in their fields bring their A-game to this production and the result of this perfect union is Creole Belle. Burke is so highly regarded in the literary world that any praise seems redundant and almost cliche; if you've read his works, you know this already. One critic said that "nobody can touch Burke in lyrical expression..." Will Patton, with his smart interpretation skills, is one of the best narrators in the business. With a voice rich in texture and hypnotic appeal, he enhances everything I've heard him read. The two of them together are a match made in audible heaven. I could listen to this collaboration and be lost in words and voice - almost forget to hear the story if it wasn't so explosive.

    I'm assuming that readers of this 19th in the Robicheaux series know the basics. This book picks up at The Glass Rainbow's conclusion, and begins a new adventure for the well-seasoned team of Dave Robicheaux and Clete Purcel. A darker and more complex plot than previous books, involving drug runners, human trafficking, art forgery, Nazi war criminals, the Gulf oil *spill,* and as always...a cast of characters as wonderful as their names, and the ruination of Robicheaux's beloved Louisiana wetlands. (With some fascinating, and alarming, insights in to oil rigs - Burke himself having worked on oil rigs in the gulf). Burke has stated that Dave and Clete are "actually one character; they are opposite sides of the same coin," and this time he focuses more sharply on Clete, revealing the differences, and the similarities, in this duo. He also writes more about the forces that shaped the characters in this novel. Creole Belle is comfortably familiar, but not a re-telling of the same story, and Burke somehow manages to add new dimensionality to this already dynamic team with each book.

    [* an aside for anyone that might be thinking 19th?! Why jump in now?: Like many book-series, these books can be picked up at any point and enjoyed. Burke often includes backstories; some avid followers might accuse him of repeating portions of previous books, but this practice makes it possible for each novel to be read as its own story. It's more a *pleasurable advantage* to grow-up with the characters, than a *necessity*. I have read several, but not all of the previous 19 novels.]

    Some readers say that Burke tends to be too poetic or reflective, that he ruminates and reminisces...my opinion (call me antiquarian)...I love listening to anything he has to say! Burke's poetic style and beautiful atmospheric writing is magical and mesmerizing to me. Just listening to Will Patton read James Lee Burke - I am captivated each time. Highly recommend.




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    Creole Belle: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 19

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    Creole Belle begins where the last book in the Dave Robicheaux series, The Glass Rainbow, ended. Dave is in a recovery unit in New Orleans, where a Creole girl named Tee Jolie Melton visits him and leaves him an iPod with the country blues song “Creole Belle” on it. Then she disappears. Dave becomes obsessed with the song and the memory of Tee Jolie and goes in search of her sister, who later turns up inside a block of ice floating in the Gulf.

    Melinda says: "Burke & Patton -- Synergistic Phenomenon"
  • "Heart Pounding, Gripping Thriller"

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    My heart is still thumping as I pull my mind back from the dark recesses where it has been dwelling the past 15 hours...this is the stuff from which nightmares are borne. Karin Slaughter is one of our best. With her crackling originality and vivid details, she once again creates characters and events that you think could be out your own newspaper - and pray they aren't.

    Followers of Slaughter will recognize this as part of the Will Trent series, something I did not know; there was no mention of "series" in the publisher's summary. But this story easily stands on its own and should not be passed by if you are worried about sequence. I speak from experience: I noticed that I'd read 2 of the books years ago and had no idea they were a series. With that said, I'm sure there is information that would have been good to have, and I am tinged green with envy of the devout followers of the Will Trent books; I can only imagine the great satisfaction this long awaited tell-all will bring to them. (I'm even considering picking up the between rerads, here's the order: Triptych, Fractured, Undone, Broken, Fallen, & Criminal).

    Detective Will is baffled when his hard-nosed boss Amanda restricts him from the case of a missing girl. To Amanda, there is something eerily familiar and threatening with this case, and when the brutalized bodies start to show up, she knows she is on a collision course with Will -- a collision full of dark secrets that has been 40 years in the making --and she isn't sure she wants to reveal the answers. "Sometimes it's criminal what a woman has to do..."

    One of the great mechanisms Slaughter uses is starting this book with a quiet prelude of sorts, a reverent requiem. She introduces us to Lucy,we witness her -- the young daughter full of promise, the little sister, the insecurities and drug use to control her adolescent weight -- we watch her downward slide -- the predictable addiction, string of abusive boyfriends, and eventual plunge into prostitution. Slaughter creates a human being; Lucy is a person rather than just another wretched addicted prostitute. This approach creates an emotional bond to the victims, and explains deputy director Amanda's bulldog determination, and humanity.

    The story is told in a series of flashbacks, back to the 70's when Amanda was a novice detective, fighting her first case, pitted against a squad of resentful sexist males that don't want the girls around. (Remember "male chauvanist pig"?) The resistance is abussive and hard edged.The men crassly refer to she and her partner as the "slits", and at one point, when the ladies call in for back-up on Cherry Street, the male dispatcher remarks, "What's that? You want to give me your cherry." This treatment, plus the horror she witnesses in her first case bely how tough Amanda will have to become.

    One noticeable change in style is Slaughter's handling of the nauseous gore.(Something that kept me from picking up another Slaughter book after I'd read 2.) Instead of her ususal in your face detail, she presents the grossities more like a quick visual spanning of crime scene photos, allowing the listener to fill in the blanks. The change doesn't affect the jolt...the story is still tight and tense with layer upon layer of pulse-pounding apprehension. The edge-of-your-seat anxiety reminded me of The Silence of the Lambs, and the creepiest deviant ever created, Buffalo Bill. The monster in Criminal is reminiscent of Bill (and they share an affinity with needles and thread...). I would have liked to see Slaughter pry into this psycho's sick mind, and think she may have missed a chance for the psychological underpinning that could have made this ghoul memorable and kept this story forever in our minds. (But do we really want that haunting us?)

    I couldn't put my earbuds down--the pace was exhilarating, the execution of the narration very very good. Though harsh, I don't recall a lot of foul language, but the intense scenes may have kept my mind from noticing particular words. The flashbacks help build some backstory and character development for those just jumping into this story, but you have to pay close attention or you can lose track of which era you're in. If like me, you've been craving a smart thriller, and you don't mind a few nightmares, this may be your book. Highly recommend to fans of hard- hitting criminal thrillers.

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    Criminal

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    Will Trent is a brilliant agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Newly in love, he is beginning to put a difficult past behind him. Then a local college student goes missing, and he is inexplicably kept off the case by his supervisor and mentor, deputy director Amanda Wagner. Will cannot fathom Amanda's motivation, until the two of them literally collide in an abandoned orphanage they have both been drawn to for different reasons. Decades before - when Will's father was imprisoned for murder - this was his home....

    Melinda says: "Heart Pounding, Gripping Thriller"
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    "Gripping, Scary"

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    This book addresses several heavy subjects that at times are explained very explicitly, and for some may be disturbing.   The first is about mental illness and all the horrid things that happen to the children of the afflicted that go unchecked.  The second, is concerning the vile subject of pedophilia and last but not least is how a serial killer may relate back to both.

    This is my first Lisa Gardner book. She does a masterful job of producing an exciting psychological thriller.   This who done it had me going back and forth until the last few chapters and at times creeped me out.  Good writer, will read more of her work. 

    The narrator did a good job allowing the heft of the story come through without inflicting to much drama.  

  • Any Other Name: Walt Longmire, Book 11

    "Loyal Longmire"

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    Another great book in an excellent series. In this eleventh addition Walt Longmire, a Wyoming Sheriff, gets a request from his mentor and predecessor, Lucian, to help him conduct an investigation into the unexpected death of an old friend who was the Sheriff in the next county over. During his preliminary questioning of suspects Walt discovers that too many young, pretty girls have gone missing in this small town to be a coincidence. As his investigation progresses Walt starts to realize that this is not just about the Sheriffs death but is developing into a much larger conspiracy that is implicating a whole chain of bottom feeders. The clock is ticking on this one as Katie's baby is due any minute and boy if Grandpa Walt misses it there will be a whole new investigation into his own death.

    All of the regulars are back Vic, Bear, Katie, Lucian, and Dog to help Walt tie up this mystery that is full of twists and turns, fast action and witty, humorous sarcasm. Craig Johnson does such a great job of keeping the series fresh and original so the books don't all blend together, each one is captivating and distinct. George Guidall is a master at bringing Walt and the rest of the characters right off the page, he never fails to elevate the listening experience to another level. I recommend any of these books but they are best read in order to fully enjoy all the nuances and innuendo's carried throughout the series. Can't wait to see where Walt's next can of worms will take us.

  • A Serpent's Tooth: A Walt Longmire Mystery, Book 9

    "Wonderful Walt and the Gang!"

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    Love these books!  The dry humor is laugh out loud funny and the stories are always captivating and original. 

    In this ninth addition to the series, two separate stories run parallel, the first of which has to do with a Mormon Ranch that is being run more like an occult.  The second surrounds a smooth talking stranger that is supposedly drilling a well on the ranch.   Walt knows that there is something sneaky going on, so when he gets two seperate reports of missing persons, and one very "odd" report of a home repairing Angel, he and the gang are off to the races in an exciting, fast paced investigation.

    Many great developed sideline characters and of course the unequalled main cast.  Never a disappointment with any of Craig Johnson's, Longmire series. As always Guidalls narration is perfect and it just would not be as good without him.  Highly recommend.

  • Hell Is Empty: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    "Transcendental"

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    In this seventh book in Walt Longmire series he is assigned to transport four dangerous prisoners into the hands of the FBI in the next county. After the exchange and while on his way home he discovers a bobby-pin in his sandwich. Earlier that day they had stopped for a predetermined, scheduled lunch where they all received sandwiches. Evidently there was a leak of their commute schedule and one of the prisoners girlfriend, in order to aid in their planned escape, had positioned herself as an employee at the diner. Before he can get back to where the exchange transpired, all of the agents have been shot except for the two that the convicts took with them into the snow.

    Walt is not one to wait for backup so he takes off after the fugitives. The escaped prisoners, two hostages and the woman that planted the bobby pins are all headed up the face of one of the tallest mountains in Wyoming, during of course, a full blown blizzard. Walt takes one of the satellite phones with him from the scene and contacts Vic, Henry and the local police for assistance. Because of the blizzard they are all going to have a hard time getting there, so Walt is basically on his own.

    In this addition to the series there is not as much interaction between the reoccurring characters, but a new, mysterious ex-convict, who is also after the group for his own reasons, joins Walt for this treacherous trek. They encounter many obstructions; wild animals, impassible terrain, uncrossable rivers, the occasional bullet, all in white out conditions. Needless to say Walt is in for quite an adventure. Another Great story from Craig Johnson and an unequaled narration from George Guidall, I never get tired of this fantastic series.

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I am a voracious reader (average about 4-5 Audible books a week, in addition to those I "eyeball".) I have been hooked on recorded books since the time of cassettes/CDs and was thrilled when I became an Audible member in 2007. I find reader reviews good guides to spending my credits, so have finally decided to write a few (although, I would rather be reading!)

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    The protagonist, Cormoran Strike, is an ex-military policeman who lost a leg during service and is now trying to make ends meet as a PI in London. His "girl Friday", a temporary secretary named Robin whom he can't afford (but can't seem to turn away) arrives on a day his life's ebb hits a low point. I loved the rapport between these 2 characters.

    I can't overstate how much I enjoyed this novel. One would never know by the lyrical writing, the twisty plot line and well-developed characters that this is a debut for Robert Galbraith.

    My only disappoint is that the book ended and I didn't have anything else by Galbraith to read! I anxiously await his next book, which I hope continues Strikes' story.

    Robert Glenister's narration is perfect!

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    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.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"

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    In the late summer of a long-ago year, a killer arrived in a small city. His name was Alton Turner Blackwood, and in the space of a few months he brutally murdered four families. His savage spree ended only when he himself was killed by the last survivor of the last family, a 14-year-old boy. Half a continent away and two decades later, someone is murdering families again, re-creating in detail Blackwood’s crimes.

    sadee poulsen says: "Koontz is back!"
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  • Thereby Hangs a Tail: A Chet and Bernie Mystery (






UNABRIDGED) by Spencer Quinn Narrated by Jim Frangione

    Thereby Hangs a Tail: A Chet and Bernie Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Spencer Quinn
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
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    (363)
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    (364)

    While Bernie continues his struggle to pay the bills, Chet - with his sharp nose and even sharper teeth - keeps bringing down the perps. Told from Chet's perspective and featuring the humorous ramblings of a dog, Thereby Hangs a Tail is another winner.

    Deborah says: "I laughed out loud throughout this book"
  • Grave Peril: The Dresden Files, Book 3 (






UNABRIDGED) by Jim Butcher Narrated by James Marsters

    Grave Peril: The Dresden Files, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6453)
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    (4686)
    Story
    (4682)

    Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden has had a rough couple of weeks. As the only openly practicing professional wizard in the Chicago area, he has squared off against a multitude of supernatural bad guys. Harry has won the day against demons, poltergeists, sorcerers, trolls, vampires, werewolves, and even an evil faerie godmother. You might think nothing could spook him. You would be wrong.

    Lakejewel says: "Spike makes good"
  • Fractured (






UNABRIDGED) by Karin Slaughter Narrated by Phil Gigante

    Fractured

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (691)
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    (490)
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    (494)

    After years in a brutal marriage, Gailyn Campano knows how to accept violence and betrayal. But when she returns home to find an intruder holding her daughter hostage, a ferocious strength emerges within her battered soul - and before she knows it, a man lies dead on her floor.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Fascinating Mystery, Great Police Work"
  • Field of Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 24 (






UNABRIDGED) by John Sandford Narrated by Richard Ferrone

    Field of Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 24

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (1161)
    Performance
    (1021)
    Story
    (1019)

    The night after the fourth of July, Layton Carlson, Jr., of Red Wing, Minnesota, finally got lucky. And unlucky.

    He’d picked the perfect spot to lose his virginity to his girlfriend, an abandoned farmyard in the middle of cornfields: nice, private, and quiet. The only problem was...something smelled bad - like, really bad. He mentioned it to a county deputy he knew, and when the cop took a look, he found a body stuffed down a cistern. And then another, and another. By the time Lucas Davenport was called in, the police were up to 15 bodies and counting.

    J. Eastham says: "It is sad (Spoilers)"
  • Abattoir Blues: The 22nd DCI Banks Mystery (






UNABRIDGED) by Peter Robinson Narrated by Simon Slater

    Abattoir Blues: The 22nd DCI Banks Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Peter Robinson
    • Narrated By Simon Slater
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    The 22nd novel in number-one best-selling author Peter Robinson's critically acclaimed DCI Banks series. When two boys vanish under mysterious circumstances, the local community is filled with unease. And when a caravan belonging to one of the youths is burned to the ground, and a bloodstain is discovered in a disused World War Two hangar nearby, things quickly become much more sinister.

  • Dead Men's Bones (






UNABRIDGED) by James Oswald Narrated by Ian Hanmore

    Dead Men's Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By James Oswald
    • Narrated By Ian Hanmore
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    Penguin presents the new unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Dead Men's Bones, the new gripping thriller from James Oswald. Morag Weatherly and her two young daughters have been shot by husband Andrew, an influential politician, before he turned the gun on himself. But what would cause a rich, successful man to snap so suddenly? For Inspector Tony McLean, this apparently simple but high-profile case leads him into a world of power and privilege.

  • Shadows: A Jake Somers Novel (






UNABRIDGED) by Don Castle Narrated by Joseph B. Kearns

    Shadows: A Jake Somers Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Don Castle
    • Narrated By Joseph B. Kearns
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    Shadows follows the dangerous path that a woman's life takes in response to the evil forced upon her as a child. The effect of her tortured experience is illuminated when a beautiful young girl's body is discovered behind the office building that houses the Jake Somers Detective Agency. And then, when multiple murders occur across the city, and under similar circumstances, P.I. Jake Somers crime solving expertise is called upon by the police to help catch a serial killer.

  • Murder at the Maples: Flora Lively Investigates, Book 1 (






UNABRIDGED) by Joanne Phillips Narrated by Annette Rizzo, VOplanet Studios

    Murder at the Maples: Flora Lively Investigates, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Joanne Phillips
    • Narrated By Annette Rizzo, VOplanet Studios
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    Could harmless old Mr. Felix really be the boy from Joy's past, determined to exact his revenge, or is it Joy's guilty mind playing tricks on her? And what about the Captain's death? Accidents happen, even to the most careful people, but Flora's not convinced the old man simply fell down the stairs. Playing detective seemed like a good idea at first, but before long, Flora realizes the stakes are far higher than either she or Joy imagined.

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  • Cobra (






UNABRIDGED) by Deon Meyer Narrated by Saul Reichlin

    Cobra

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Deon Meyer
    • Narrated By Saul Reichlin
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    The brilliant new novel from Deon Meyer, hailed by the Daily Mail as "one of the best crime writers on the planet".

  • Bone Yard: Raine Stockton Dog Mystery, Book 4 (






UNABRIDGED) by Donna Ball Narrated by Donna Postel

    Bone Yard: Raine Stockton Dog Mystery, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Donna Ball
    • Narrated By Donna Postel
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    Dog trainer Raine Stockton has lived all her life in the quiet community of Hansonville, North Carolina. She is the daughter of a judge, the niece of a sheriff, and the ex-wife of a deputy. She does not lead the kind of life, generally speaking, in which people get buried in her backyard. But when Cisco, Raine's mischievous golden retriever, digs up human bones beneath the site of what will soon be her new training kennel, mayhem ensues.

  • Deserves to Die: Selena Alvarez/Regan Pescoli, Book 6 (






UNABRIDGED) by Lisa Jackson Narrated by Natalie Ross

    Deserves to Die: Selena Alvarez/Regan Pescoli, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Lisa Jackson
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
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    In Grizzly Falls, Montana, Detectives Selena Alvarez and Regan Pescoli are struggling with a new commander and a department in the midst of upheaval. It's the worst possible time for a homicide. A body has been found, missing a finger. Alvarez hopes this means a murderer with a personal grudge, not a madman. But then a second body turns up…

    Evelyn says: "Okay book. "Terrible narrator""
  • Murder in Retribution: Scotland Yard, Book 2 (






UNABRIDGED) by Anne Cleeland Narrated by Marcella Riordan

    Murder in Retribution: Scotland Yard, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Anne Cleeland
    • Narrated By Marcella Riordan
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    Despite their investigative prowess, Scotland Yard's Chief Inspector Michael Sinclair, Lord Acton, and rookie detective Kathleen Doyle stir more than a few feathers at CID Headquarters when their relationship comes to light. But office politics quickly become trivial when a rash of underworld murders shatters London's normally austere façade. With a growing list of successfully solved cases to her name, the ever-dauntless Doyle shakes off the gossip and sets out to investigate the escalating turf war.