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Helen

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  • Out of Season: An Undersheriff Bill Gastner Mystery #7

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Steven F. Havill
    • Narrated By Rusty Nelson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    Sheriff Martin Holman of the Posadas County Sheriff's Department didn't like flying, much less at night, with bad weather. So why he took a plane ride over a nearby mesa under those dangerous conditions is a question as disturbing as why somebody shot the pilot dead from the ground - causing the plane to crash. Undersheriff Bill Gastner, a 60-something warhorse just months away from retirement, now has a murder on his hands.

    Helen says: "Mental picture"
    "Mental picture"
    Overall

    I love the way Mr. Havill can paint a mental picture. I wear bifocals and the way he puts things into words describes exactly the way I feel about them. The narrator, Rusty Nelson, is a perfect match for the types of stories Mr. Havill tells. He is able to put the right inflection into the words of the Mexican characters to actually make you think someone else is speaking. I love these stories, and wish all of them were lengthy, I never get tired of hearing them, and listened to all that I've downloaded repeatedly. They are so down to earth and factual and believable. He made me go look up the word ubiquitous and knowing the meaning painted the picture better. Thanks so much, Mr. Havill.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Quinn: An Eve Duncan Forensics Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Iris Johansen
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (158)

    As a former Navy SEAL turned cop, Joe Quinn has seen the face of evil and knows just how deadly it can be. When he first met Eve Duncan, he never expected to fall in love with a woman whose life would be defined by her dual desires to bring home her missing daughter and discover the truth behind her disappearance - no matter how devastating. With the help of CIA agent Catherine Ling, they make a shocking discovery that sheds new light on young Bonnie’s abduction and puts Quinn squarely in the crosshairs of danger.

    denise says: "Quinn"
    "Don't waste your time and money"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Maybe it was the plot, maybe it was the narrator, but I didn't like it. There was just way too much dialogue, this author isn't good at that. There would be a plot shift, and half the time I wondered how we got there. This story made me feel like when I had to write a paper in school, and I wrote to fill the space, so I could meet the word goal. The auther kept repeating herself regarding finding the missing daughter, and the stupid detective kept breaking the rules and allowing the mother to tag along. Everywhere! The plot was unbelievable! Never in a million years would a good detective allow the victim's family member to go along for the ride. Personally, I like the story to be a little more real, it makes for a better story. By the way, what happened to the forensics? There was so much diaglogue that I couldn't understand, I must have missed it.

    The narrator made everybody sound panicky. She spoke a too fast, half the time I couldn't understand what she said, I bought the book, so by George, I was going to listen until the bitter end. Thank the Lord it finally ended.

    I have read a lot of detective stories. This author is no Michael Connelly or Kathy Reichs. The narrator is no Len Cariou or Rusty Nelson. Perhaps with a different narrator, I could understand the book better, who knows? Sorry, Iris.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silent Girl: A Rizzoli and Isles Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1050)
    Performance
    (760)
    Story
    (769)

    In the murky shadows of an alley lies a female’s severed hand. On the tenement rooftop above is the corpse belonging to that hand, a red-haired woman dressed all in black, the body nearly decapitated. Two strands of silver hair — not human — cling to her body. They are Rizzoli’s only clues, but they’re enough for her and medical examiner Maura Isles to make a startling discovery: This violent death had a chilling prequel.

    Barbara Ferrini Hilfiker says: "somewhat disappointing"
    "Great follow-up on Maura's storyline"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is Rizzoli and Isles I know and love. Tess went back to Maura and followed up on her story from Ice Cold, and told what happened to Rat. I love that she did that. The TV show always shows Jane and Maura together for everything, and anybody who has read Tess's books knows the characters are back and forth. It's like a soap opera, characters from other stories show up, and if you've read the books, you know them. I think this book is good reading. It has a storyline that is easy to follow, and not too cluttered with too much detail, and still keeps my interest. I listen at work and it makes time go faster.....a good thing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadowfever: Fever, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross, Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2092)
    Performance
    (1120)
    Story
    (1119)

    MacKayla Lane was just a child when she and her sister, Alina, were given up for adoption and banished from Ireland forever. Twenty years later, Alina is dead and Mac has returned to the country that expelled them to hunt her sister’s murderer. But after discovering that she descends from a bloodline both gifted and cursed, Mac is plunged into a secret history: an ancient conflict between humans and immortals who have lived concealed among us for thousands of years.

    Katheryne says: "I loved it, but its not for everyone"
    "Disappointed"
    Overall

    I don't know what I was expecting, but I am very disappointed with this purchase. It was way too fantastic, too much fantastic audio, like the Lord of the Rings. I couldn't finish listening, so I can't even comment on the story. Maybe another time, when I'm in a different frame of mind, another day. I took a chance on this new author (to me), and now I wish I could get my money back. Sorry, I calls 'em as I see 'em.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Comes a Time for Burning

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Steven F. Havill
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Busy putting in stitches and bandaging lumberjacks' injuries, young Dr. Thomas Parks has no idea that his worst enemy is lurking in the sleepy village of Port McKinney in the spring of 1892. When one of the working girls at the Clarissa Hotel is brought to the Clinic desperately ill, Thomas's newly arrived associate wastes no time in making the diagnosis: Asian Cholera has somehow found this back water near Puget Sound. The cholera strikes viciously and kills in days, sometimes even hours....

    lisa says: "Refreshing change from 'cozy mysteries'..."
    "Loved the Story"
    Overall

    I LOVED this story, but I think Mr. Havill should spend a little more to get a better narrater. Maybe I'm wrong, maybe he wanted this, but to me it sounded too much like the movie, The Cowboys, with John Wayne and Glenn Campbell. The speech patterns were too strained, not flowing and too uncomfortable sounding, not natural. The best narrater Mr. Havill ever had was Rusty Nelson. I guess I got spoiled.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Tale of Two Cities [Recorded Books]

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1005)
    Performance
    (498)
    Story
    (489)

    "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..." So begins this classic, one of the most beloved novels of all time. Charles Dickens brings the French Revolution to life through such vivid characters as Charles Darnay, the Old Doctor, Sydney Carton and Lucy Manette. The action peaks with the storming of the Bastille, the dreaded symbol of government authority. And the blade of La Guillotine falls again...

    Docedward says: "Absolute literature...and a page turner at that!"
    "Just As I Remember"
    Overall

    I think this particular recording needs to be re-recorded. By today's standards, it is rustic and hard to hear clearly in some places. Other than that, it is just the same as I remember it from high school. Like the Heart of Darkness by Conrad, it is hard to get through because of the bleakness of the era in which the story takes place, yet it is a time that should never be forgotten. That's why this book should never be forgotten. It was written in a time much closer to the actual events and presents a clearer picture because of it. I'm still glad I bought it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Virals

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Cristin Milioti
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (333)
    Performance
    (217)
    Story
    (216)

    Tory Brennan, niece of acclaimed forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan (of the Bones novels and hit TV show), is the leader of a ragtag band of teenage "sci-philes" who live on a secluded island off the coast of South Carolina. When the group rescues a dog caged for medical testing on a nearby island, they are exposed to an experimental strain of canine parvovirus that changes their lives forever.

    Beverly says: "Kathy Reichs Does it Again!"
    "Shades of Walt Disney, Nancy Drew"
    Overall

    I'm pretty disappointed with this book. I like the idea that Ms Reichs is highlighting Tempe Brennan's niece, but I find it hard to believe Tory is Tempe's sister, Harry's granddaughter, age 14! (Harry is younger than Tempe.) Honestly, after some of the things Harry has done in Tempe's stories, you'd think she's barely a kid herself! Ms Reichs makes Tory's father, Kit, sound almost as old as I thought Harry was, based on who he is in the story and what he does for a living. After reading about Kit in Temperance Brennan's stories, I though Kit was in his early 20s.

    The subject matter is so Walt Disney! Tory commits multiple breaking-and-enterings, similar to the kind of thing a Disney movie endorses, all because the kids are way smarter than the adults, and the end justifies the means. In the end, we have the creation of new superheros, forever to walk to the Earth, using their new powers for the good of all mankind! I can't decide if it's Nancy Drew or Walt Disney. At one point, while listening to Tory talk to her friends, I thought I might have bought a Nancy Drew book by mistake. Tory, the super sleuth!

    I am such a fan of Ms Reichs, and I am really disappointed. I hope she has gotten this out of her system.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Adams in Winter: A Journey in the Last Days of Napoleon

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Michael O'Brien
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    Early in 1815, Louisa Catherine Adams and her young son left St. Petersburg in a heavy Russian carriage and set out on a difficult journey to meet her husband, John Quincy Adams, in Paris. She traveled through the snows of eastern Europe, down the Baltic coast to Prussia, across the battlefields of Germany, and into a France that was then experiencing the tumultuous events of Napoleon's return from Elba.

    Michael says: "Interesting Book on Mrs. Adams"
    "Wrong title"
    Overall

    I am disappointed with this book. It should have been called The Biography of Mrs. Adams. I thought it was disorganized, it kept bouncing in and out of the past, no hint of chronology. There was so much detail about stuff that had nothing to do with Mrs. Adams' trip. Every once in a while, the author would get back to the trip, I guess just to keep the thread of continuity alive. I have read other biographies, and I kept wondering why I bought this book. I had a feeling of cotton in my mouth it was so dry, and my eyes started to cross. Sorry, just my opinion. Mr. O'Brien did a fantastic reasearch job, but just didn't quite put it together correctly for this title.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bone by Bone

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Carol O'Connell
    • Narrated By Benjamin Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (496)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (197)

    In the northern California town of Coventry, two teenage brothers go into the woods one day, but only one comes back. No one knows what happened to the younger brother, Josh, until 20 years later, when the older brother, Oren, now an ex-investigator for the Army CID, returns to Coventry for the first time in many years. His first morning back, he hears a thump on the front porch. Lying in front of the door is a human jawbone, the teeth still intact. And it is not the first such object, his father tells him.

    Paige says: "A good, solid listen"
    "Poor Story, Poor Narrator"
    Overall

    For her next audiobook, I think the author could choose a better narrator. This one was a cross between Mr. Howell on Gilligan's Island, Barny Fyffe on the Andy Griffith Show, and the church lady from SNL. Not only that, but the plot is dumb. The main character was supposed to be an ex-CID man from the Army, but he sounded not only by the narrator, but by the author, to be in high school. There was no credibility. I will probably not waste my money on another book by this author.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jefferson's Secrets: Death And Desire at Monticello

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Andrew Burstein
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    In this moving and intimate look at the final days of our most enigmatic president, Andrew Burstein sheds new light on what Thomas Jefferson actually thought about sexuality, race, gender, and politics.

    Gary says: "Should have been a short story."
    "Unorganized"
    Overall

    This book is probably one of the most unorganized biographies I have read. It is not laid out in chronological order, but it bounces around in time. It is as though the author was too preoccupied with the possibility of scandel in Jefferson's personal life, and the book starts right there in Jefferson's latter days, moves around chronologically, and then returns to his latter days at the end of the book. I would have preferred that it began in Jefferson's early life and progressed through time and approached each element of his life as it came. The scandal is thrown at the reader right away, and the rest of Jefferson's life becomes an afterthought.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful

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