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A. Truscott

whtrabbit

Berkeley, CA United States

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  • Left for Dead: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By J.A. Jance
    • Narrated By Karen Ziemba
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (123)

    When Santa Cruz County deputy sheriff Jose Reyes, Ali’s classmate from the Arizona Police Academy, is gunned down and left to die, he is at first assumed to be an innocent victim of the drug wars escalating across the border. But the crime scene investigation shows there’s much more to it than that, and soon he and his pregnant wife, Teresa, both fall under suspicion of wrongdoing. Ali owes Reyes a debt of gratitude for the help he gave her years earlier when she was dealing with a troubled friend. When she’s summoned to his bedside at Physicians Medical Center in Tucson, she can't turn away.

    Lilypons says: "Nice level of suspense"
    "WHERE WAS THE EDITOR!!!?"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Maybe as part of the series but this was the weakest yet. The entire rambling entrance of character after character along with overly complicated background stories left the plot movement flat. If you can't reveal the characters as you go along, bit by bit, maybe there are too many! Really hard to stick with...


    What was most disappointing about J.A. Jance’s story?

    terrible plot pacing


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    no, she was fine as always but she wasn't given much to work will here...


    Do you think Left for Dead needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    NO!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murphy's Law: A Molly Murphy Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    Molly Murphy always knew she'd end up in trouble, just as her mother predicted. So, when she commits murder in self-defense, she flees her cherished Ireland, under cover of a false identity, for the anonymous shores of late 19th-century America. When she arrives in New York and sees the welcoming promise of freedom in the Statue of Liberty, Molly begins to breathe easier. But when a man is murdered on Ellis Island, a man Molly was seen arguing with, she becomes a prime suspect in the crime.

    Bette says: "A GREAT READ...NOT A GOOD LISTEN"
    "WORST NARRATOR EVER!"
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    Would you try another book from Rhys Bowen and/or Nicole Greevy?

    Rhys Bowen, yes. NEVER again anything by Nicole Greevy. Terrible accents, deadly slow, over enunciated, pacing nonexistent, horrible character transitions.... I'd rather get the rest of the series in book form if she is the reader.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Most interesting = descriptions of steerage crossing the Atlantic. Least was the obvious love story.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Nicole Greevy’s performances?

    NEVER!


    Could you see Murphy's Law being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    possibly. Anyone who can handle an authentic accent!


    Any additional comments?

    Ms. Bowen is not being served well by this narrator or director. I LOVE listening to the Royal Spyness books... that is a GREAT narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Death of a Nag: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

    Macbeth - Lochdubh's one-man police force - is in a foul mood. He's lost his promotion and his fiancée, and, instead of solitude, his vacation at "Friendly House" yields a freshly murdered corpse and an inn full of suspects who each longed to commit the crime. Can Macbeth find the culprit, or will justice prove elusive even for the redoubtable Scot?

    Katherine says: "One of the gloomier ones"
    "Fun and familiar"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, easy listening, charming characters and a good escape.


    Would you be willing to try another book from M. C. Beaton? Why or why not?

    Always, not complex but a fun read.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Davina Porter has improved her Scots dialect immensely from the earlier books.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No, but I might watch on television as a series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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