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J. Sindik

Dancing Caterpillar

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  • Seconds Away: A Mickey Bolitar Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (378)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (328)

    When tragedy strikes close to home, Mickey Bolitar and his loyal new friends - sharp-witted Ema and the adorkably charming Spoon - find themselves at the center of a murder mystery involving their friend Rachel. Now, not only does Mickey have to continue his quest to uncover the truth about the Abeona Shelter and the Butcher of Lodz, he needs to figure out what happened to Rachel - no matter what it takes. Mickey has always been ready to sacrifice everything to help the people he loves.

    Michele says: "Compelling story for the kid in each of us!"
    "Great Listen!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Seconds Away the most enjoyable?

    I like how it picked up right where "Shelter " left off and yet, if had not listened to "Shelter first, you weren't really in the dark. The narrator is great!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The development of the characters


    What does Nick Podehl bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He was excellent! You knew exactly who was speaking.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Toward to end of the book with Mickey and Myron...don't want to give anything away, like some people do when they review...hint, hint!


    Any additional comments?

    To the person who gave this like 1 star...really? This is a book written for young adults, much like "The Hunger Games" or the "Twilight" series. Keep that in mind before you diss a book! I'm 59 and loved it!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Terminal City

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Linda Fairstein
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (87)

    With her newest Alexandra Cooper novel, Terminal City, New York Times best-selling author Linda Fairstein delivers another breakneck thriller that captures the essence of New York City - its glamour, its possibilities, and its endless capacity for darkness. Linda Fairstein is well-known for illuminating the dark histories in many of New York's forgotten corners - and sometimes in the city's most popular landmarks. In Terminal City, Fairstein turns her attention to one of New York's most iconic structures - Grand Central Terminal.

    Joanne says: "Truly disappointing"
    "Another Winner from Linda Fairstein!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would! It has it all...crime, romance, history, drama....you name it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Terminal City?

    The Mole People


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Alex....at the end....Alex...in the middle and Alex...at the beginning. I don't want to give anything away...like some people!!!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The whole story about Grand Central Station


    Any additional comments?

    I read one review that said this book was boring and had too many details. Okay, then they must not have EVER read or listened to a Linda Fairstein book. That's what she does...she take a landmark in New York and creates a story around it and the whole time you are learning so much about the history of New York. I live in AZ, so NY is as foreign to me as Europe. I found it very interesting and very well done. So, to the naysayers I say, "Settle down and actually listen to this book and you just might LEARN something!"

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ready to Kill: Nathan McBride, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (614)
    Performance
    (563)
    Story
    (565)

    When a mysterious note referencing a top-secret US operation is tossed over the wall of the embassy in Nicaragua, Nathan McBride and his old pal Harv are called out of retirement by CIA Director Rebecca Cantrell and sent to Central America. Cantrell wants the situation resolved quickly and knows that Nathan is the man to do it; after all, he has a history with the place. The jungle he and Harv are about to land in is the same one that Nathan barely escaped with his life decades before, an ordeal that left him physically and psychologically scarred.

    Hill says: "Outstanding"
    "Ho-Hum"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I have listened to all of Andrew Peterson's books and this is by far the least interesting. I kept waiting for him to get on with it. I didn't like this book at all.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Andrew Peterson again?

    If Andrew will stick to stick to the type of format he was using, then, yes, I would listen again. We have heard more than enough about Nicaragua and a whole book devoted to it and not only that, he jumped from one thing to another.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to Andrew Peterson's other books and skip this one. Sure there is Nathan doing his thing and being the hero, but it was boring.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dust: Kay Scarpetta, Book 21

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (712)
    Performance
    (622)
    Story
    (616)

    After working one of the worst mass killings in U.S. history, Scarpetta returns home to Cambridge, Massachusetts. Exhausted and ill, she's recovering at home when she receives an unsettling call. The body of a young woman has been discovered on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's rugby field. The victim, a graduate student named Gail Shipman, is oddly draped in ivory linen and posed in a way that is too deliberate to be the killer's first strike.

    MARRILEE says: "Part Great, Part Tired"
    "Horrible! Horrible! Horrible!"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The old Patricia Cornwell style of EXCITING characters!!!


    What could Patricia Cornwell have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Quit making the characters such whiners.


    What didn’t you like about Kate Reading’s performance?

    I have listened to Kate Reading before and have loved her narration, but maybe she had such a terrible book to work with that she just seemed to drone on. Each sentence ended with the same tone.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't see why anyone would think this is Patricia Cornwell's best yet is obviously playing devil's advocate. I was half way through the book before Patricia even got to work on the case. I wasted a credit and I probably won't ever listen to another Patricia Cornwell book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • W Is for Wasted: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Sue Grafton
    • Narrated By Judy Kaye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1278)
    Performance
    (1122)
    Story
    (1118)

    Two dead bodies changed the course of my life that fall. One of them I knew and the other I'd never laid eyes on until I saw him in the morgue. The first was a local PI of suspect reputation. He'd been gunned down near the beach at Santa Teresa. It looked like a robbery gone bad. The other was on the beach six weeks later. He'd been sleeping rough. Probably homeless. No identification. A slip of paper with Millhone's name and number was in his pants pocket. The coroner asked her to come to the morgue to see if she could ID him.

    karen says: "Well worth waiting for...."
    "I Guess "W" Was a Wasted Book!"
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    What did you love best about W Is for Wasted?

    I love Judy Kaye! I could listen to her all day long, oh, I HAVE listened to her all day long!!!


    Would you be willing to try another book from Sue Grafton? Why or why not?

    Most definitely. If she quits writing after "Z", I would hate to think I listen to or read the other 23. She just kind of droned on too much on this book and skipped around a bit much.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene at the end. I won't give anything away, like some people do in these reviews. They have ruined more books for me!!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed...Judy Kaye's sarcasm is the best there is!!


    Any additional comments?

    She just kind of droned on too much on this book and skipped around a bit much and she didn't tie up all the loose ends. And, it skipped around too much....she would be on one subject and then, she'd start on another character out of the blue. I guess what I'm trying to say is, her Segway from one subject or group of character to another was a bit erratic. I kept thinking, "Did anyone proof read this book before they published it?"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death Angel: Alexandra Cooper, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Linda Fairstein
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (120)

    With Death Angel, Fairstein takes listeners into the storied history of New York's Central Park as Assistant DA Alex Cooper and Detective Mike Chapman race to track down a serial killer before yet another young woman is found dead. Is the body found in the Ramble the first victim of a deranged psychopath, or are other missing women in years past whose remains have never been found connected to this savage attack? Is this enormous urban park a sanctuary in the middle of the city - or is it a hunting ground for a killer with a twisted mind?

    J. Sindik says: "Worth the Wait!"
    "Worth the Wait!"
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    Where does Death Angel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Pretty high.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Death Angel?

    If I say, it will ruin it for those who have not listened to it yet!


    What does Barbara Rosenblat bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Barbara does a great job...once you get used to the raspy voice for Mike!


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I LOVED all the details that Linda Fairstein gave about Central Park. Wow, I never knew there was so much history to it. Linda Fairstein always give a lot of background and historical information in her books, but I was so intrigued by Central Park and the ending was GREAT!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Cover of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Linda Howard
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean, Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (211)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (117)

    In the charming rural town of Trail Stop, Idaho, accessible to the outside world by only a single road, young widow Cate Nightingale lives peacefully with her four-year-old twin boys, running a bed-and-breakfast. But one day, Cate is shocked when armed men storm the house, demanding the mystery man's belongings.

    Dominique says: "A surprise"
    "Have a Back-Up Plan If You Listen To This Book!!"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This book reminds me of when I taught and you had to repeat things at least 3 times in order for the kiddos to retain it. This is what Linda Howard did, over and over and over again. I got to where when she would go off on one of her LONG repeats of something she had already told us, I would have to fast forward it. I wanted to scream "I get it! You lost your husband and you love your kids. I GET IT!!" There are other things, but I don't want to spoil it for other. And, then, when she had run out of things to say, she throws in graphic sex scenes...I mean, I'm no prude by any means, but really, Linda? The story is a bit absurd, too. And, the ending...OMG!! I am going to ask for my credit back because the ending sucked. All of a sudden, after all the struggle, it's over and everyone lives happily ever after. It ended, BOOM, just like that!!


    Has Cover of Night turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, just Linda Howard books!


    What about Joyce Bean and Dick Hill ’s performance did you like?

    Dick Hill can do no wrong in my book. Joyce Bean was really good, except when she did the children's voices...like fingernails on a chalkboard. I have NEVER heard a child talk like that....ever....and I taught for 20 years!!


    Could you see Cover of Night being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Please, Lord, NO!


    Any additional comments?

    I just think you should spend your credit on a book with a better story line....lit went from believable to totally absurd!! And, the ending, albeit, happy for the majority of the people is weak, weak, weak. It;s like Linda Howard just ran out of steam or words because she used all of them repeating her characters thoughts...sheesh!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deadly Stakes: Ali Reynolds, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By J. A. Jance
    • Narrated By Karen Ziemba
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (99)

    In Deadly Stakes, police-academy-trained former reporter Ali Reynolds is contacted to investigate the grisly murder of a gold-digging divorcee on behalf of a woman accused of the crime. Lynn Martinson is dating the dead woman's ex-husband, and she and her boyfriend, Chip Ralston, have been charged. Ali is simultaneously drawn to the case of A. J. Sanders, a frightened teen with secrets of his own.

    Jean says: "Ali works as investigating reporter"
    "J.A. Jance and Ali Reynolds are back!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Deadly Stakes to be better than the print version?

    Yep.


    What did you like best about this story?

    J.A. Jance finally stated to develop the characters more. It didn't drag along like her last Ali Reynolds book. It had action, character development and it was exciting to listen to.


    Which character – as performed by Karen Ziemba – was your favorite?

    Her mom.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I wouldn't call it extreme, although I was extremely happy that I didn't have to ask for my credit back like I did the last A.R. book. It was just a good listen.


    Any additional comments?

    If you hated the last A.R. book, fear not, this one will not disappoint.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29414)
    Performance
    (22579)
    Story
    (22738)

    Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

    FanB14 says: "Dissent Rules"
    "Collins and McCormick...Great Combination!"
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    Would you listen to Catching Fire again? Why?

    You betcha! I love the series and Carolyn McCormick does such a great job narrating and really brings the characters to life.


    What other book might you compare Catching Fire to and why?

    I can't think one that comes close to this book or this series. It was written for Young Adults and I am way, way past that classification! But, my daughter who was 30 at the times, said, "Hey, Mom, you like the Twilight series, you will probably like this one". She was right! Sometimes I like books that are guilty pleasures...you just listen to them and enjoy them for what they are. Kathy Reichs "Virals" series is a good one...as is, Harlan Corben's Mickey Bolitar series.


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    I have favorite narrators, like Dick Hill, Scott Brick and I will listen to anything that Carolyn McCormick reads. She just makes the characters come to life.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When they had to go back...I'll leave it at that because I hate it when people give away critical things in their reviews.


    Any additional comments?

    I read and listened to the whole series, oh, and saw the movie for "The Hunger Games"....it's just an entertaining book and series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Box: Harry Bosch, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Michael McConnohie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1979)
    Performance
    (1680)
    Story
    (1663)

    In a case that spans 20 years, Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photographer during the L.A. riots. Harry originally investigated the murder, but it was then handed off to the Riot Crimes Task Force and never solved. Now Bosch's ballistics match indicates that her death was not random violence, but something more personal, and connected to a deeper intrigue. Like an investigator combing through the wreckage after a plane crash, Bosch searches for the "black box", the one piece of evidence that will pull the case together.

    Amazon Customer says: "Disappointing"
    "Pretend This Book Never Happened!"
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    What did you like best about The Black Box? What did you like least?

    Not much...okay maybe the last 1/8th of the book.


    Has The Black Box turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    How could the performance have been better?

    Get Len Cariou back or even Dick Hill. This Michael McConnohie got a little better as the book went on, but I wouldn't buy anything he read again. That's why I haven't listened to quite a few of Harlan Coben's Myron Bollitar books because of the horrible narrator.


    Was The Black Box worth the listening time?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I don't think the story did anything to tie together the last 20 years....I think it was just a new starting point for Michael Connelly. It was one of the most boring books I have ever listened to of his. Seriously, only about the last 1/8th of the book is worth listening to. I was SO looking forward to this book only to be severely disappointed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shelter: A Mickey Bolitar Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (736)
    Performance
    (611)
    Story
    (612)

    Mickey Bolitar’s year can’t get much worse. After witnessing his father’s death and sending his mom to rehab, he’s forced to live with his estranged uncle Myron and switch high schools. A new school comes with new friends and new enemies, and lucky for Mickey, it also comes with a great new girlfriend, Ashley. For a while, it seems like Mickey’s train wreck of a life is finally improving - until Ashley vanishes without a trace. Unwilling to let another person walk out of his life, Mickey follows Ashley’s trail into a seedy underworld that reveals that this seemingly sweet, shy girl isn’t who she claimed to be.

    kelly says: "Intricate plot, well read - really surprised!"
    "Great Listen!"
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    Would you listen to Shelter again? Why?

    Absolutely!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything! It kept moving and had a surprise ending.


    Which character – as performed by Nick Podehl – was your favorite?

    Mickey. Nick is great!!


    Any additional comments?

    To the people who complain that this book is to sophomoric...really? Just because YOU didn't do your homework to find out that this is for YOUNG ADULT aka teenagers, don't out it down. It makes you look like a jerk! It was not written with YOU in mind! It's like you reading a "Mt Little Pony" book and saying it was too childish...sheesh!

    So, don't listen to those nay sayers...it's a great book...just keep in mind who the target audience is and you will enjoy it. BTW, I'm 59 years old and found it to be a delightful listen and a bit of a change from what I usually listen to. Have a goo at it...you won't be disappointed!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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