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Linda

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  • Hunting Ground

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1601)
    Performance
    (1134)
    Story
    (1145)

    Mated to werewolf Charles Cornick, the son - and enforcer - of the leader of the North American werewolves, Anna Latham now knows how dangerous being a werewolf is, especially when a werewolf opposes Charles and his father is struck down. Charles's reputation makes him the prime suspect, and the penalty for the crime is execution. Now Anna and Charles must combine their talents to hunt down the real killer - or Charles will take the fall.

    Bethany says: "Excellent!"
    "Werewolves are cuddly too!"
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    Where does Hunting Ground rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Well, it is in the top ten. I love the storyline and almost felt sorry for the vampires when they tangled with Charles....don't mess with a man/wolf's mate!


    What other book might you compare Hunting Ground to and why?

    I compare it to Alpha-Omega and to the Mercy Thompson series. The characters are the same in Alpha Omega and are interwoven with the wolves in the Mercy Thompson series. Hard not to put them all in the same category of 'excellent' storylines and character development. Of course, the author is responsible for these important aspects of a book. Patricia Briggs doesn't disappoint.


    What about Holter Graham’s performance did you like?

    Yes. I liked Mr. Graham's performance. He has good inflection and you can tell that Charles is a Native American by the way he pronounces the words. Obviously Mr. Graham studied inflections.


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

    Fur Flies When Wolves Mix With Vampires!


    Any additional comments?

    I love all Patricia Briggs' books. I'm glad she is a prolific writer. I am not a patient reader and like to read all books in a series.

    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
    (2993)
    Performance
    (1694)
    Story
    (1703)

    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
    (2456)
    Performance
    (1370)
    Story
    (1358)

    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
  • The Black Ice: Harry Bosch Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2830)
    Performance
    (1721)
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    (1731)

    Narcotics officer Cal Moore's orders were to look into the city's latest drug killing. Instead, he ends up in a motel room with his head in several pieces and a suicide note stuffed in his back pocket.

    Daniel Mcafee says: "Good Listen"
    "A Grabber Rightbzfrom The Start"
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    Bosch is in rare form helping solve a particularly bad murder. He is now working out of Hollywood division having been punished for some unexplainable events from the first book. He shows up at the scene even though he's not supposed to be on this case. Suffice it to say that he not only solves the murder but he solves a very mixed up family situation of the killer. He also gets to know the widow and gets himself out of trouble with his bosses. It is a very well done mystery with the usual Bosch "take no prisoners" attitude. He has established his persona even tho,this is only the second book. Great narrator in Dick Hill.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trunk Music: Harry Bosch Series, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2345)
    Performance
    (1369)
    Story
    (1362)

    Back on the job after an involuntary leave of absence, LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch is ready for a challenge. But his first case is a little more than he bargained for. It starts with the body of a Hollywood producer in the trunk of a Rolls-Royce, shot twice in the head at close range - what looks like "trunk music", a Mafia hit.

    Dan says: "Another Harry Bosch winner"
    "Another Bosch Attitude"
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    By now I love the Bosch attitude. He's tough but tender and he's honest. He doesn't plant evidence and so far the Internal Affairs guys haven't found anything on him akthough they keep trying and this is only Book 5. The finding of the body is only the beginning of a long effort to find the killer. The trail goes from LA to LV and back several times. I thought I had it figured out only to be fooled thanks to Connelly's writing skill. I love this detective and the gritty dialogue and smoking because I'm sure that's the way it really is in the homicide divisions. Dick Hill is a great narrator and gives a Bosh the vocal strength I envision. This is another great book in one of the best detective series around. Buy it but buy the first four first.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5070)
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    (3040)
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    For LAPD homicide cop Harry Bosch - hero, maverick, nighthawk - the body in the drainpipe at Mulholland Dam is more than another anonymous statistic. This one is personal. The dead man, Billy Meadows, was a fellow Vietnam "tunnel rat" who fought side by side with him in a nightmare underground war that brought them to the depths of hell.

    Daniel Mcafee says: "What a Terrific Book"
    "Harry always A Loner"
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    Not sure how I missed these first books since I've read all others. This book sets the stage for Harry Bosch's personality and issues with management. Even though it is before cell phones it is superb. Dick Hill is ideal as Harry and the plot is as intriguing as later books. Harry Bosch is an irascible detective in the old school who gives no breaks to anyone. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and recommend it to anyone who likes detective stories where smarts wins over brawn.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • White Fire: Agent Pendergast, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1904)
    Performance
    (1694)
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    (1705)

    Special Agent Pendergast arrives at an exclusive Colorado ski resort to rescue his protégée, Corrie Swanson, from serious trouble with the law. His sudden appearance coincides with the first attack of a murderous arsonist who - with brutal precision - begins burning down multimillion-dollar mansions with the families locked inside. After springing Corrie from jail, Pendergast learns she made a discovery while examining the bones of several miners who were killed 150 years earlier by a rogue grizzly bear.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Grand Slam Tale of Terror"
    "Pendergast Solves Another One"
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    I liked this book and this story but it took me a while to get into it. The main character was Cory, Pendergast's waif, from another book. I found Cory annoying and pretty self-centered but she is only 19 so guess that goes with the territory. (Too long ago for me to remember.) She gets into a bit of a mess, solves the mystery, but has trouble getting it done. Pendergast to the rescue after much angst and traveling to London to confer with a renowned Sherlock Holmes expert. Yes, there is even reference to an unpublished Sherlock Holmes story. The book picks up speed midway through and by the end,you want it to continue. I am always impressed with the detail and complexity of the writing of Preston & Child and this book demonstrates their skill. I like the Pendergast series and so do others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood: Outlander, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3327)
    Performance
    (3118)
    Story
    (3105)

    Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to 1743 Scotland, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for a young soldier, James Fraser.

    G. House Sr. says: "Eloquent Fabulous Historical - Grand Continuation"
    "Diana Delivers Book 8--Worth the Wait!"
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    Well, what can be said about Diana Gabaldon's 8th book in her Outlander series? I loved it. Of course, after waiting almost 5 years and being immersed in Facebook fandom for the last year or so, it is hard to wait for Book 9. Book 8 does not disappoint although it lacks the surprises and indepth sexiness of earlier novels, it has enough to make the reader salivate over Jamie. Now we have a picture of Jamie in Sam Heughan who will play the role on TV and can share our hopes about all of this on Facebook. This story wraps many loose ends left hanging after Book 7, Echo in the Bone, and leaves us hoping that peace will prevail on Fraser's Ridge. These characters are such a part of my life that I think in 18th Century Scots. Diana is an amazing author and Davina Porter brings the characters to life with her linguistic skills. I have read it twice and will read it many more times before the next book is published. Sigh!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (7051)
    Performance
    (6416)
    Story
    (6425)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Cormoran Strike Grabs Your Attention Right Off"
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    This is a new series for this author. Who would think the same author could write Harry Potter and then write something as gritty and grubby as this series. The protagonist makes you want to know more about him right from the start. He is a sympathetic character who is very smart but dumb in romance. Not unusual I guess. Anyway, Cormoran is now living in his office after breaking up with his abusive girlfriend of 12 or so years. He is contacted to look into a suicide which his client believes is murder. The story takes off from there and gives the reader a good story. It is a sophisticated storyline and the author inserts lots of references to let you know that Strike is no dummy. I like the deep voice of the narrator and his accent which adds to the strength of Cormoran. He is a big man, 6'3" and weighing 16 stone (224 pounds). The descriptions of his disability and his unusual hairiness are important to seeing him. I hope there are lots of books to follow.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Silkworm

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3531)
    Performance
    (3266)
    Story
    (3261)

    When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

    H James Lucas says: "A well-worn genre enlivened with fresh characters"
    "Cormoran Is Amazing!"
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    It is hard to believe that the same author who gave us Harry Potter can also give us such a gritty and dark mystery series. Cormoran Strike is a private detective along the lines of Phillip Marlow or Sam Spade. The descriptions make you able to actually see his grubbiness yet gentile personality. The sophistication with which this series is written is part of what makes it so real. I feel like I know London's streets with the descriptions provided and the make up of the literary world. Can't wait to catch the next book in this series. I keep hoping that Robin and Cormoran can be a couple but that is part of what makes the series so intriguing, the play off each other's weaknesses. He's a damaged veteran of the Afghanistan war trying to revive his life. She's a nice girl from Yorkshire. They do provide the care for each other.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Burning Wild: Leopard Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (286)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (163)

    Bred by capricious parents for his innate leopard-shifting abilities, billionaire Jake Bannaconni has spent his life in an emotional vacuum - especially after a tragic twist of fate left him to raise his infant son alone. But when his path crosses that of an enigmatic young woman, Jake’s life takes a detour he never fathomed.

    Damita says: "Surprising"
    "Jake is the ultimate leopard."
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    This was the first book of this series that I read and by far my favorite. I have the paper back which is marked for the 'best parts.' Jake and Emma make you want them to succeed. I found this story one of my favorites and it is why I bought the earlier books and have continued to buy the books as they have been published. Christine Feehan is a terrific story teller and the Leopard People is one of her best series.

    Jake is richer than most and ruthless as are most of the leopards in these books. I like the story told here about Jake and Emma and their experiences. If you like strong men not afraid to be strong, these books are for you. There is no abusiveness but there is some manipulation on Jake's part and there is lots of sex.

    Jeffrey Cummings is a good narrator and has a strong voice which is needed for the storyline.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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