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Raylene

Pickerington, OH, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Lighthouse: An Adam Dalgliesh Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By P.D. James
    • Narrated By Charles Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (441)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (107)

    Combe Island off the Cornish coast has a bloodstained history of piracy and cruelty but now, privately owned, it offers respite to over-stressed men and women in positions of high authority who require privacy and guaranteed security. But the peace of Combe is violated when one of the distinguished visitors is bizarrely murdered.

    jb says: "Outstanding!"
    "Starts slow but keep reading."
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    Many P.D. James books begin with a long intro of characters - so long that you begin to think the story will never really start. But then the crime occurs and the mystery begins. James develops Dalgleish as a complex character who is both assured in his detecting abilities but hesitant about his personal life. James also does a great job with her English settings, so that you feel you are there with the characters. I have enjoyed reading this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Man with a Load of Mischief: A Richard Jury Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Martha Grimes
    • Narrated By Steve West
    Overall
    (262)
    Performance
    (242)
    Story
    (239)

    At the Man with a Load of Mischief, they found the dead body stuck in a keg of beer. At the Jack and Hammer, another body was stuck out on the beam of the pub’s sign, replacing the mechanical man who kept the time. Two pubs. Two murders. One Scotland Yard inspector called in to help. Detective Chief Inspector Richard Jury arrives in Long Piddleton and finds everyone in the postcard village looking outside of town for the killer - except for one Melrose Plant....

    C. Telfair says: "Favorite Revisited"
    "One of the best mystery writers!"
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    I love reading anything by Martha Grimes, so when Audible began to carry the series, I started back with the first Inspector Richard Jury novel. Grimes writes wonderful characters. Jury is a sensitive, intelligent person who carries those traits into his job. In this book, we are introduced to his fellow policemen and to a group of residents in a small village that will be featured in future books. Melrose Plant, the epitome of an idle English lord but with a great wry sense of humor. Agatha, Plant's snobbish American aunt who strives to be more British than her neighbors. Shop and pub owners add more depth and wit to this cast of characters. Not only are the characters great, but Grimes writes a good mystery that keeps the reader engaged to the end. She is also marvelous at portraying children and adults' reactions to them.

    This book is so good that I did not think it could get better, but narrator, Steve West, brought more life and depth to the book. Both his male and female voices are marvelous. I don't think I've listened to a better narrator.

    Audible has the second book in the series and is issuing the third in a few weeks. I hope they keep coming!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Two Graves

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1936)
    Performance
    (1693)
    Story
    (1698)

    After his wife, Helen, is brazenly abducted before his eyes, Special Agent Pendergast furiously pursues the kidnappers, chasing them across the country and into Mexico. But then, things go terribly, tragically wrong; the kidnappers escape; and a shattered Pendergast retreats to his New York apartment and shuts out the world. But when a string of bizarre murders erupts across several Manhattan hotels, NYPD Lieutenant D'Agosta asks his friend Pendergast for help.

    G. House Sr. says: "Whiplash from the emotional rollercaster"
    "It's time to retire Pendergast."
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    The last few Pendergast novels have become more like formulas - nothing like the inventive thrilling series that began with Relic. The plot was thin. Pendergast has become less of a thinking top FBI agent and more of a plastic super hero. Enough is enough. Preston and Child have been among my top ten favorite authors for years, but I was disappointed with this book. On the plus side, Auberjonois is a great narrator.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Hammered: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6815)
    Performance
    (6178)
    Story
    (6181)

    Thor, the Norse god of thunder, is worse than a blowhard and a bully - he’s ruined countless lives and killed scores of innocents. After centuries, Viking vampire Leif Helgarson is ready to get his vengeance, and he’s asked his friend Atticus O’Sullivan, the last of the Druids, to help take down this Norse nightmare.One survival strategy has worked for Atticus for more than two thousand years: stay away from the guy with the lightning bolts. But things are heating up in Atticus’s home base of Tempe, Arizona....

    Hallie says: "Love this series!"
    "Great fantasy series"
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    I love the character in this novel. If you're looking for a sex packed romp as suggested by the covers, thank goodness you will be disappointed. Main character is strong, sensible and just trying to live a normal life despite his connections to gods and goddesses. Luke Daniels did a great job voicing the characters. I look forward to more fulfilling fantasy fare from Hearne.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Things Happen

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Harry Dolan
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    The man who calls himself David Loogan is leading a quiet, anonymous life in the college town of Ann Arbor, Michigan. He's hoping to escape a violent past he would rather forget. But his solitude is broken when he finds himself drawn into a friendship with Tom Kristoll, the publisher of the mystery magazine Gray Streets - and into an affair with Laura, Tom's sleek blond wife. What Loogan doesn't realize is that the stories in Gray Streets tend to follow a simple formula: Plans go wrong.

    Fritz says: "Potential, but too mechanical"
    "Slow start but sucks you in."
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    At first I thought I wasn't going to finish this book, but I kept listening and pretty soon I didn't want to stop until the book was done. Unusual plot, interesting slightly odd characters, and fine narration. I'm glad I kept going.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Transfer of Power: Mitch Rapp Series

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    Overall
    (2493)
    Performance
    (2066)
    Story
    (2076)

    On a busy Washington morning, the stately calm of the White House is shattered in a deadly terrorist attack on the executive mansion. The president is evacuated to an underground bunker, but not before nearly one hundred hostages are taken. Mitch Rapp, the CIA’s top counterterrorism operative, is sent in to take control of the crisis and determines that the president is not as safe as Washington’s power elite had thought....

    Michael says: "Great Story-Bad Narration"
    "Believable political thriller"
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    Characters were well-done and easy to relate to. Plot line was plausible and made me wonder "what if" several times. The ending tied events together nicely, leaving a nice opening for further adventures. I liked the narrator. He voiced all characters quite well. I enjoyed this book very much and will read more of this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lions of Lucerne

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By Armand Schultz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1154)
    Performance
    (1042)
    Story
    (1039)

    On the snow-covered slopes of Utah, the unthinkable has just become a nightmarish reality: thirty Secret Service agents have been viciously executed and the vacationing president of the United States kidnapped by one of the most lethal terrorist organizations in the Middle East - the Fatah Revolutionary Council. But surviving agent and ex-Navy SEAL Scot Harvath doesn't believe the Fatah Revolutionary Council is responsible for the attack.

    Carol says: "Great Scott Harvath"
    "Trite story about a "super" Seal"
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    I found this book to be farfetched and trite. The characters were shallow and often dumb. Imagine a highly trained Navy Seal mouthing off to every authority figure that comes along and then going renegade to solve the problem of the president's kidnapping. Along the way he gets more breaks and second chances to fix mistakes than a reasonable reader should expect. I read one review that said that the Harvath series improved as the writer became more polished. I may try a library download to check this out but will not purchase another book until I've tried out other books. Hopefully I will find that the author has improved. In conclusion, I would recommend readers to thrillers such as early Tom Clancy, Vince Flynn, or Martin Cruz Smith.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Moon Dance: Vampire for Hire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By J. R. Rain
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (754)
    Performance
    (676)
    Story
    (671)

    Mother, wife, private investigator... vampire. Six years ago federal agent Samantha Moon was the perfect wife and mother, your typical soccer mom with the minivan and suburban home. Then the unthinkable happens, an attack that changes her life forever. And forever is a very long time for a vampire. Now the world at large thinks Samantha has developed a rare skin disease, a disease which forces her to quit her day job and stay out of the light of the sun.

    Karen says: "A Nice Surprise"
    "Interesting twist on vampire stories."
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    I liked the idea of how turning into a vampire is like getting a horrific disease. Since I know several people with rare, debilitating diseases, I could relate to how people in the book either turned away in fear and disgust or were able to see beyond the disease to the person within. Certainly, issues with spouses and children are usually an issue with people with disease or who have become a vampire (or other supernatural being). I will listen to the rest of the series just to follow the family issues and hopefully Rain will stay close to the reality.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Rembrandt Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1210)
    Performance
    (518)
    Story
    (511)

    Determined to sever his ties with the Office, Gabriel Allon has retreated to the windswept cliffs of Cornwall with his beautiful Venetian-born wife, Chiara. But once again his seclusion is interrupted by a visitor from his tangled past: the endearingly eccentric London art dealer Julian Isherwood. As usual, Isherwood has a problem. And it is one only Gabriel can solve.

    Alexis says: "Silva and Gigante -- A Superb Team!!!"
    "What happened to Nazi plunders?"
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    This book provides an intriguing story about art wrested from Holocaust victims and a retired Israeli security officer, turned art restorer, who searches for a missing Rembrandt. The author provides enough detail about Holocaust events to provide authenticity to the story. Characters are well drawn as their stories intermingle throughout the book. A good, satisfying listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Phoenix Rising: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Pip Ballantine, Tee Morris
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (698)
    Performance
    (625)
    Story
    (618)

    Evil is most assuredly afoot - and Britain’s fate rests in the hands of an alluring renegade... and a librarian. These are dark days indeed in Victoria’s England. Londoners are vanishing, then reappearing, washing up as corpses on the banks of the Thames, drained of blood and bone. Yet the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences - the Crown’s clandestine organization whose bailiwick is the strange and unsettling - will not allow its agents to investigate. Fearless and exceedingly lovely Eliza D. Braun, however, with her disturbing fondness for dynamite, refuses to let the matter rest...

    Suzanna says: "Great Steampunk - worth a listen"
    "Fun new heroine!"
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    Loved the narration by James Langton who gives the reader the essential sound of all tongue in cheek Victorian romps. The heroine, Eliza, has a perfect foil in the surprisingly adept Welllington. Reminds one of The Avenger as played by Ralph Fiennes and Uma Thurman.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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