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  • Bone Crossed: Mercy Thompson, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3007)
    Performance
    (2029)
    Story
    (2036)

    In a world where "witches, vampires, werewolves, and shape-shifters live beside ordinary people" (Booklist), it takes a very unusual woman to call it home. By day, Mercy Thompson is a car mechanic in Eastern Washington. By night, she explores her preternatural side. As a shape-shifter with some unusual talents, Mercy's found herself maintaining a tenuous harmony between the human and the not-so- human on more than one occasion. This time she may get more than she bargained for.

    cmclien says: "Great books"
    "Bones Are Least of Mercy's Worries"
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    Would you listen to Bone Crossed again? Why?

    Yes. I love this series and this Book doesn't disappoint. They all build on the past so it is important to listen to the books in order. I was fortunate to discover this series after all six were published so now I'm waiting for Book 7 to be published next year. In the meantime I'm relistening to all of the books again, after having read them in text format, and listened in audible once already. I am an addict for Mercy!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Let's see if I can count that high. Mercy, of course, because she is strong and what every woman wants to be. Having the alpha of the pack after her, and the son of the wolves, and the vampire loves her. Then there's Adam and he terrific. Stephan is marvelous because he is so old world and gentlemanly and a vampire! Hmmm. After that it is Warren and then Ben and I love Bran and his grandfatherly approach to Mercy. I just love them all.


    Have you listened to any of Lorelei King’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Only heard her in this series but will listen to her in the Stephanie Plum stories soon. She is a marvelous performer.


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

    When Stephan shows up emaciated because his mistress has been punishing him. He is so needy and the wolves step up and help out. Patricia Briggs has an interesting way of telling these urban/fantasy/thrillers which make you want more and more.


    Any additional comments?

    I think the Mercy Thompson series is superb. Now I'll have to go back and listen to some of her other series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Extraction

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 7 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (529)
    Performance
    (467)
    Story
    (458)

    From number-one New York Times best-selling authors Preston & Child, an all-new short story featuring Agent Pendergast, available only as an ebook and audio download. In New Orleans' French Quarter, the Tooth Fairy isn't a benevolent sprite who slips money under your pillow at night.... He's a mysterious old recluse who must be appeased with teeth - lest he extract retribution. When young Diogenes Pendergast loses a tooth, however, his skeptical older brother Aloysius is determined to put the legend to the test...with dire consequences.

    Janels says: "Great Pendergast short story, don't use a credit"
    "Grabbed Me Immediately"
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    Where does Extraction rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is right up,there with other detective stories. It was too,short but I knew it was a short story.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not really but it wasn't a mystery it was like a ghost story from his childhood. Pendergast is telling a scary story to his protege. It was good.


    What about Rene Auberjonois’s performance did you like?

    I always like Rene's performance as Pendergast. His voice is Pendergast. He has the drawl and the superior attitude down perfectly.


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

    Nothing extreme. I just found it a very nice story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flesh and Blood: A Scarpetta Novel, Book 22

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (65)

    It's Dr. Kay Scarpetta's birthday, and she's about to head to Miami for a vacation with Benton Wesley, her FBI profiler husband, when she notices seven pennies on a wall behind their Cambridge house. Is this a kids' game? If so, why are all of the coins dated 1981 and so shiny they could be newly minted? Her cellphone rings, and Detective Pete Marino tells her there's been a homicide five minutes away. A high school music teacher has been shot with uncanny precision as he unloaded groceries from his car.

    G. House Sr. says: "Series badly needs to change focus"
    "Started Slow But Was Satisfying..Not Suoerb"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Flesh and Blood to be better than the print version?

    Yes. The audible books add to,the story. It is like watching a play. The story seemed slow and Kay didn't Come across as her usual strong self. It seemed that Morino was more hostile than usual yet he seemed better than in the last book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked Kay and Pete about the same this time. Putting him back in a cop role suits him better yet he still is her investigator. They are a team. Kay seemed to be unsure of herself, her husband, and niece. I,found this a weakness in her I didn't like. It all was okay in the end but it was too meandering.


    Have you listened to any of Lorelei King’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. I liked Lorelei and like her in other books. She has a good narration skill.


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

    Yes. I thought it was slow with too much mental anguish on Kay's part.


    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Echo Burning

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2884)
    Performance
    (1968)
    Story
    (1975)

    Reacher is hitching through the heat of West Texas and getting desperate for a ride. The last thing he's worried about is exactly who picks him up.

    She's called Carmen. She's a good-looking young woman, she has a beautiful little girl...and she has married into the wrong family. They're called the Greers. They're a bitter and miserly clan, and they've made her life a living hell. Worse, her monster of a husband is soon due out of prison. So she needs protection, and she needs it now.

    Lawyers can't help. Cops can't be trusted. So Reacher goes home with her to the lonely ranch where nothing is as it seems, and where evil swirls around them like dust in a storm. Within days, Carmen's husband is dead - and simmering secrets send Echo, Texas, up in flames.

    Sherry Pitcock says: "Love that Reacher"
    "Not The Best Jack Reacher Story But Gotta Read All"
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    Would you listen to Echo Burning again? Why?

    Probably not. I didn't like it nearly as much as the earlier Reacher or the later Reacher books. This one was a bit flat. I mean what woman would pick up someone that looked like Reacher? Not a very smart one yet Carmen picked him up and then took him home. And he being Jack and having nothing more than his toothbrush, went along with her. It was just not a great book. Sorta like Lee Child threw in stuff just to get it over with.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    In this book I think my favorite character was Ellie. She seemed to have it all together while her mother and Jack just seemed to stumble along.


    Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. I have listened to many of his performances. He does this one fine but he just doesn't have the material to work with. He is a terrific narrator.


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

    Yes. I thought it was too long and the story was not very believable. But, having said that I listened to it and liked the ending best of all. Maybe it was because that finally Jack got to investigated and slap someone around.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • True to the Highlander: Loch Moigh, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Barbara Longley
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (204)

    A life hangs in the balance… A king held for ransom, a country under thumb, clans at one another’s throats. Malcolm of clan MacKintosh has enough to worry about without finding a mysterious lass sleeping on the side of his road. He tries to help her — in his overbearing, arrogant way — and winds up flat on his back. God’s blood, who is this woman…and why does she captivate him so?

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "You're not the "Bossame"!!"
    "Very Nice Story And The Characters Are Likeable"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. The story is interesting and I like any man in a kilt. The aspect of time travel made it something I wanted to read while taking a break from The Outlander books. It was recommended by one of the Outlander Facebook groups so I decided to give it a try. I think most everyone who likes Scottish books will like this.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked True but Malcolm and Roblee were close seconds. Everyone just seemed to know what was going on except Malcolm and True but that was what we were supposed to expect. The fortune teller was a mystery to me from the beginning. I had no clue that she was who she wound up being. Everything was wrapped up with proper feelings protected. True and Malcolm are terrific.


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

    Her reading made the characters come to life. She was even able to sound like the male characters. I didn't like the way she emphasized certain aspects in the beginning but after a while I got into her cadence and found her a pleasant storyteller. When reading text you don't get the nuanced phrasing that a good narrator provided. I much prefer audible books.


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

    I especially loved the moment when Malcolm unwraps his new daughter and counts her toes. And then when young Hunter wanted to hold her and then wouldn't give her back. You could feel the love.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Not a Drill: Jack Reacher, Book 18.5

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 27 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (49)

    With nine straight number one New York Times bestsellers and over 17 million copies in print in the United States alone, it's easy to see why the New York Times has anointed Lee Child as "the best thriller writer of the moment". Now, as fans anxiously await the next full-length Reacher adventure, Child delivers a riveting new short story featuring the world's most beloved vigilante hero, Jack Reacher.

    Jean says: "Too Short of a short story"
    "Very Short But Typical Reacher"
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    What made the experience of listening to Not a Drill the most enjoyable?

    Dick Hill always brings Reacher to life. Reacher is one of the most interesting characters because of his total lack of normality. I like his off the grid mentality.


    What other book might you compare Not a Drill to and why?

    Ny of the other Lee Child books as well as to Special Agent Pendergast by Preston and Childs.


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    Reacher, of course.you never know what the outcome will be but he never disappoints.


    If you could take any character from Not a Drill out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Reacher because he's so intriguing. He's seen it all plus not bad to look at, 6'5" and 240ish. Hmmm.


    Any additional comments?

    I like all Reacher stories but like longer ones.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Burning Room

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Titus Welliver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (536)
    Performance
    (483)
    Story
    (479)

    In the LAPD's Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die almost a decade after the crime. So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet nine years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh, but all other evidence is virtually nonexistent. Now Bosch and rookie Detective Lucia Soto, are tasked with solving what turns out to be a highly charged, politically sensitive case.

    Barbara N. says: "Great story, narration a disappointment"
    "Not Up to Standards of Bosch"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Burning Room to be better than the print version?

    Yes. The audio adds to the story that reading just can't reach.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Not much. The story was boring. Harry seems to,have lost his drive. Maybe this is to start the reader thinking about his retirement but this is not how to treat readers who love Harry Bosch because of his tenacity. His training of the young detective is a demonstration of his skill but cold cases are boring.


    What about Titus Welliver’s performance did you like?

    No. I didn't like the performance. I know that he is playing Bosch in the TV series and he does a good job but reading is not as good as Dick Hill.


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

    No reaction. The story was boring.


    Any additional comments?

    Where is the Harry Bosch of earlier books. I think Harry should ride off on his own and not be treated like a piranha o maybe there will be another book,to close the cover on him. He deserves better than this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Angle of Investigation: Three Harry Bosch Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (636)
    Performance
    (542)
    Story
    (541)

    LAPD Detective Harry Bosch tackles three tough cases that span a legendary career in this never-before-collected trio of stories. Utterly unputdownable, they are proof that "Connelly never stops doling out the suspense.... Once it grabs you in those first few pages, it won't let go of you" (Boston Globe).

    Jane says: "Too short to do anything in depth"
    "Three Short Stories Show Bosch's Softer Side"
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    If you could sum up Angle of Investigation in three words, what would they be?

    Take no prisoners


    What did you like best about this story?

    The three stories show Bosch as a beat cop when he started his career and let the reader see his conflict over his Viet Nam experience. I like that we learn about his moral position that it doesn't matter who the victim is or how high in rank the suspect may be, Harry Bosch treats them all the same. He is fair but relentless. Makes me want to go back and re-read the entire series.


    What about Len Cariou’s performance did you like?

    I preferred Dick Hill as narrator. He did the first six books. So, at first I didn't like the way Bosch was narrated by Len Cariou but after I listened to the book and then saw that Mr. Cariou is narrating most all of the later books I decided to accept the new sound and he does grow on you. He has a fine voice and adds some emphasis to,the other characters. Besides he's a fine actor in his own right. I googled him.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Bosch is on the job so be sure all the facts are visible.


    Any additional comments?

    I like this detective series. It seems to get better as more about Harry is revealed. I like that the author doesn't entangle Harry in lots of distractions but enough to know that he is a man in addition to being a detective. He gets married, not successfully, but does love his daughter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angels Flight: A Harry Bosch Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    Overall
    (717)
    Performance
    (636)
    Story
    (643)

    An activist attorney is killed in a cute little L.A. trolley called Angels Flight, far from Harry Bosch's Hollywood turf. But the case is so explosive - and the dead man's enemies inside the L.A.P.D. are so numerous - that it falls to Harry to solve it. Now the streets are superheating. Harry's year-old Vegas marriage is unraveling. And the hunt for a killer is leading Harry to another high-profile L.A. murder case, one where every cop had a motive. The question is, did any have the guts?

    Oenophile says: "Much improved"
    "Very Twisted Plot With Good Intrigue"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. This is an early book with Bosch having married but now with his marriage in trouble but not allowing it to interfere with his job. A very messy murder occurred and his team is called in to investigate. You soon figure out that his boss Chief Irving is looking for a resolution but wants it to be contained. Their long disagreements continue. Bosch sees the world with honesty but reality, while Irving protects the reputation of the department. Makes for a tense but workable situation.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Angels Flight?

    The pain that Bosch reveals over his wife's desire to leave him. He does what he always does and buries his feelings in his job. This book,shows his softer side with the interviews of the wife of the murdered child and all the way through.


    What about Peter Giles’s performance did you like?

    No. I prefer Dick Hill. Mr. Giles made a good effort but he lacks the ability the vary his voice like Dick Hill. Ish all the books were narrated by duck .hill.


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

    At the end when Harry turned into the riot area. I wasn't abd still am not sure if it was intentional or not. It certainly solved his dilemma.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Harry Bosch and that means Michael Connelly. The character is fully developed so,that we feel Bosch' emotions and clearly understand that he is a cop first and foremost BUT with a conscience. Start with a Book 1 and go through to the recent book 19. Every one is an individual story with a kick.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Concrete Blonde: Harry Bosch Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3066)
    Performance
    (1761)
    Story
    (1768)

    The Dollmaker was the name of the serial killer who had stalked Los Angeles ruthlessly, leaving grisly calling cards on the faces of his victims. Now, with a single faultless shot, Harry Bosch thinks he has ended the city's nightmare.

    Barry says: "Wow! Excellent Bosch thriller!"
    "His Trial For Shooting The Doll Maker Wasn't It"
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    What did you love best about The Concrete Blonde: Harry Bosch Series, Book 3?

    Bosch was on trial for doing the right thing and his efforts were questioned by a defense attorney who knew nothing about police work but she had right on her side. The trial could have been boring except for the body found.


    What other book might you compare The Concrete Blonde: Harry Bosch Series, Book 3 to and why?

    You can compare any Bosch book to the gritty detectives like
    Philip Marlowe but the other books would not measure up. Connelly's writing style is pure police jargon and true events. The other series are intriguing and the detective was gripping but it lacked the grittiness Bosch. These are usually considered men's books but I find them much more interesting than the romance genre.


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    Bosch of course but he did a good job with the two attorneys and the judge. Hill's skill at narrating can't be beat. I hope he narrates all of these books.


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

    Yes. I had read most of the later books but had not read Books 1-6 so I got the first two and the the next three. I've niw read or listened to them all. I got so,hooked that I read the next parts on my Kindle when I went to bed.


    Any additional comments?

    Love all of these books. I hate that Harry is aging but I'm thrilled that there is a TV series due soon. I had the privilege to review the pilot. Harry is now immortalized.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Coyote: Harry Bosch Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2490)
    Performance
    (1399)
    Story
    (1387)

    Harry attacked his commanding officer and is suspended indefinitely, pending a psychiatric evaluation. At first he resists the LAPD shrink, but finally recognizes that something is troubling him and has for a long time. In 1961, when Harry was 12, his mother, a prostitute, was brutally murdered with no one ever accused of the crime.

    Dan says: "Bosch's past revealed"
    "Harry's On Stress Leave"
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    Seems that Bosch's attitude has finally done him in but that turns out not to be the case. He decides while on leave he will investigate a 30+ year old murder, his mother. The case takes him to Florida and back to LA but he uncovers lots of mysteries along the way. His world has more conspiracy theories than anyone should have to deal with but he perseveres and with some not exactly straight forward moves he solves the case. It doesn't end where it begins but he does get cleared of wrong doing. Again, Dick Hill is a superb narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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