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Linda

Bowie, MD, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • P.S. from Paris: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Marc Levy, Sam Taylor - translator
    • Narrated By Tim Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (827)
    Performance
    (727)
    Story
    (723)

    On the big screen, Mia plays a woman in love. But in real life, she's an actress in need of a break from her real-life philandering husband - the megastar who plays her romantic interest in the movies. So she heads across the English Channel to hide in Paris behind a new haircut, fake eyeglasses, and a waitressing job at her best friend's restaurant.

    Nancy Thompson says: "Book=Good, Audio Book - Robotic"
    "Mia and Paul Make a Cute Couple"
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    I selected this book as my gift from Amazon for August. I loved the story and will reading more by this author. Mia was the main character, a well-known actress, who made movies with her husband. Her husband cheats on her and she gets fed up and takes off to Paris to 'get her head straight.' She is taken in by her best friend for years, Daisy, who owns a restaurant. Mia doesn't know what she should do but she winds up registering on a dating site. the story takes off. She meets Paul Barton, and American novelist living in Paris, and the story wraps itself around your heart and head. It is a love story but with lots of twists and turns. I am so happy that I selected it. It is unpredictable. the characters are well developed and easy to like. It's is funny and sweet. Treat yourself to a new author and sit back and enjoy. The author has written 18 novels so I'd say I can enjoy his words for some time yet. Check him out. Thanks to the translator Sam Taylor for a superb translation; Tim Campbell portrayed the characters with great charm. I loved this book and will be looking for more Marc Levy books.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • An Argumentation of Historians: The Chronicles of St. Mary's, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jodi Taylor
    • Narrated By Zara Ramm
    Overall
    (304)
    Performance
    (285)
    Story
    (283)

    They say you shouldn't push your luck. Max gives her own luck a massive shove every day - and it's only a matter of time until luck pushes back.... January, 1536 - the day of Henry VIII's infamous jousting accident. Historians from St Mary's are there in force, recording and documenting. And arguing - obviously. A chance meeting between Max and the Time Police leads to a plan of action. And it's one that will have very serious consequences - especially for Max.

    Townsend says: "Re-download for final chapter"
    "More Action Than Imaginable—Bad Ending"
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    Well I was frustrated by the ending but I know we’ll find out more in the next book. Hope it comes out soon. Maxwell and Leon are recovering from the pod explosion that happened in book 8 but Clive Ronan is still lose and causing trouble. Where is he? I listened to the book in audible and Zara Ramm is Max. She is the saving grace from some of the stuff that happens in this book. I mean getting stuck in 15th Century St. Mlary’s For a year only to return to find out you’ve been gone only a week. All’s well that ends well. What’s next? Be sure you start with book 1 because you’ll be hopelessly lost unless you meet these quirky characters at the beginning. Historical time travel is amazing!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ocean Liner

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Marius Gabriel
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Cousins Masha and Rachel Morgenstern board the luxury liner the SS Manhattan bound for New York, desperate to escape the concentration camps that claimed the rest of their family. America offers a safe haven, but to reach it they must survive a hazardous Atlantic crossing. Among their fellow passengers fleeing the war, each with their own conflicts, secrets, and surprises, are the composer Igor Stravinsky, making a new start after a decade of tragedy, and Rose Kennedy, determined to keep her four children from harm.

    DKat says: "Took me back in time"
    "Great Historical Fiction--Compelling Characters"
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    Great story about lots of interesting passengers on the great liner, Manhattan, a US ship transporting passengers from Europe to America at the beginning of WWII. Exciting and with historical facts wrapped into a fictional story. Marius Gabriel is one of my favorite authors. I read on Kindle and listened to Angela Dawes on Audible. Both were terrific. Lots of angst among the escaping Passengers departing Nazi Germany. Reveals a bigot and hatred among some onboard, Americans returning, but they are few compared to the majority of the passengers. Includes romance, adventure, and military actions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Gambler's Jury

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Victor Methos
    • Narrated By Teri Schnaubelt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (75)

    Attorney Dani Rollins is bullish in the courtroom - pushing judges and prosecutors to their limits in defense of the innocent. So when she meets Teddy Thorne, a mentally challenged teen accused of selling drugs, Dani knows she’s got this in the bag. She can easily settle the case with a couple of court appearances. But when prosecutors move for an adult felony conviction, Dani suspects Teddy’s being used as a pawn in a sinister game. As the case moves forward, Dani is certain the judge and district attorney’s office have motivations beyond the crime.

    shelley says: "Excellent book based on the sad realities ..."
    "Danielle Rollins Is Different—She Cares"
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    I’ve read several books by this author and liked them all. This one grabs your heart. A mentally disabled teenager is accused of selling cocaine. His neighborhood friends all tell the story that he had the bag and he handed it to the known drug dealer. His attorney believes there is a conspiracy and that he is being targeted because he is black. As the story unfolds, it becomes clear that there is a much more sinister reason for his being tried. The attorney lashes out at the judge, who is awful and does things his way; at the prosecution because they don’t seem to care about putting a mentally disabled now 18 year old in jail where horrible things will be done to him. The story reveals the flaws in our justice system and tells the story of how difficult it is to be a defense attorney who cares about her client. She didn’t want the case but couldn’t not take it because she knew the defendant needed her. The author is a practicing attorney and his stories are gritty and based on real cases he has been on. Pulls at your heart strings but in the end you hope all will be well. Teri Schnaubelt did an excellent job of narrating.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Temptation of Forgiveness

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Donna Leon
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (86)

    Surprised, if not dismayed, to discover from his superior, Vice-Questore Patta, that leaks are emanating from the Questura, Commissario Guido Brunetti is surprised more consequentially by the appearance of a friend of his wife's, fearful that her son is using drugs and hopeful Brunetti can somehow intervene. When Tullio Gasparini, the woman's husband, is found unconscious and with a serious brain injury at the foot of a Venice bridge at midnight, Brunetti is drawn to pursue a possible connection to the boy's behavior. But the truth, as Brunetti has experienced so often, is rarely straightforward.

    Barbara says: "One of her best"
    "Slower Than Earlier Books But Still Brunetti"
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    This was the 27th book in the Commissario Guido Brunetti series and he continues to be intriguing, engaging, likable, and usually very much on target. In this story, he is not as much on target as in past books and the story seems to meander around while he tries to figure out how an accountant wound up under a bridge with a concussion a week after his wife came in asking if the police could do something about drug dealer at her son’s school. Coincidence? He investigates but finds no drug dealers. He decides to look into the background of the victim to see if his past could be the cause of the fall/push off the bridge. The story involves more interaction with Brunetti and Electra and even Patto, his boss. The story shows the side of Venice that only those who live there see. The corruption of the health care system is exposed and the difficulty of dealing with the state. You walk around the city in Brunetti’s shoes and listen to conversations between Guido and Paula and his kids. The story moves at a slower pace that earlier ones but you are still swept up into the world of policing in Venice. The rhythm of the city and the interaction between the main characters all demonstrate a slower life style. It is not as intriguing to me as past stories but it is essential to the continuity of what makes Brunetti the most engaging detective since Poirot. I chose to listen to the audible version read by David Colacci and enjoyed it very much. He has become the voice of Brunetti.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shape of Water

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Guillermo del Toro, Daniel Kraus
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1473)
    Performance
    (1355)
    Story
    (1348)

    The Shape of Water is set in Cold War-era Baltimore at the Occam Aerospace Research Center, which has recently received its most sensitive asset ever: an amphibious man captured in the Amazon. What unfolds is a stirring romance between the asset and one of the janitors on staff, a mute woman who uses sign language to communicate with the creature.

    Lia says: "I am afraid to watch the movie"
    "Love Between Human and Gill God—Fascinating"
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    Surprising love story between a janitor and an aquatic man captured as a test animal. Strickland is haunted by his deeds during the Vietnam War and he is sent to capture the Gill god in the Amazon. He spends 17 months but finds his prey and brings back the creature only to put it in a tank in a laboratory for study and ultimately to be dissected to find out how it ‘ticks.’ But, the janitor in the laboratory is enraptured by the creature. She is deaf and can only communicate with sign language. The creature responds. The story unfolds with Strickland the inhumane man haunted by his past intent on making the creature his successful project. After an accident in the lab, he loses perspective and begins to blame everything about his life on the Gill God. He tortures it and this makes the janitor decide to save the creature. It is an odd love story but a love story all the same. The writing is wonderful and the way the Gill God and the janitor connect is beyond believable. The story has everything going for it. I listened to the book in audible form and have not seen the movie. The audible book is hard to stop listening to but today I finished it. Awesome! I gave it 4 starts instead of 5 stars because I just couldn’t believe the premise. But, nevertheless, I am glad I listened. It is a fascinating story. The narrator Jenna Lama is superb.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Burn Bright

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1871)
    Performance
    (1742)
    Story
    (1745)

    Charles Cornick is the son of the leader of the North American werewolves - and his father's enforcer. Anna Latham, a rare Omega wolf with a calming presence, is his mate. They go where they are needed, handling problems in werewolf packs throughout the country. But this time the danger is closer to home, as an enemy armed with witchcraft threatens Charles and Anna's own pack.

    ShaSha (Lover of Audiobooks!) says: "You cannot trust anyone it seems."
    "A Traitor Is Among The Pack—Who Is It?"
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    I’d give a 4.5 stars but not 5 simply because it didn’t have the vibe the earlier books had. I am thrilled that we are back with Charles and Anna and the Aspen Hill pack but the mission to resolve the wilding problem doesn’t come together for me until about mid-way in the story. I just didn’t care about Hector and Jonesie until they wound up in trouble and then everything went crazy. There was too much dialogue and not enough action until we got to the thorny vine containing the artist. Then things began to pick up. It is always interesting to see just how real all of these characters have become. I can actually imagine being a werewolf and a skin walker. Although not all skin walkers are bad, look at coyote. But back to A&O, Mercy was kidnapped and the Marouck got sidetracked. He is on a vacation to Africa?!!!! That sounded far fetched but could have been. Anyway, the ends justified the beginning and I am looking forward to the next book in this riveting series. Anna is such a soft werewolf but not really. She must be strong to absorb the bad energy generated by the strong willed wolves. When Wesley grabbed her, I almost fainted. I listened in audible and love the voice of Holter Graham.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Smiley's People: A George Smiley Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (636)
    Performance
    (589)
    Story
    (588)

    A very junior agent answers Vladimir's call, but it could have been the Chief of the Circus himself. No one at the British Secret Service considers the old spy to be anything except a senile has-been who can't give up the game - until he's shot in the face at point-blank range. Although George Smiley (code-name: Max) is officially retired, he's summoned to identify the body now bearing Moscow Centre's bloody imprimatur. As he works to unearth his friend's fatal secrets, Smiley heads inexorably toward one final reckoning.

    Darwin8u says: "NEAR Perfect Ending for One Best Trilogies Ever"
    "Smiley Is the Quinessential Spy—Read These In Orde"
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    Michael Jayston is terrific narrator. Even better that he played the role of Peter Guillam in the DVD series. I’ll tell you these books are not for the faint of heart. The complexity of le Carre’s writing requires concentration but it is worth it. You must read these books in order to get the full impact. This book especially requires you to know the background on the Moscow Central agent and how long Smiley and ‘Karla’ have been adversaries. The Cold War games were real and Smiley played them better than anyone. He had his trusty group of contacts over the years and his wife, Ann, was instrumental in making him the way he was. I can say that I’ve read the books 1-7 now and will continue. The Legacy of a Spy got me started and that is Book 9. All are excellent. I prefer the Audio version and Michael Jayston is a terrific narrator. He also played the role of Peter Guillam in the DVD versions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Justice Lost

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Scott Pratt
    • Narrated By James Patrick Cronin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (186)

    Darren Street faces the most personal and ruthless vendetta of his life. After forfeiting years serving time for a false murder conviction, former criminal defense attorney Darren Street finally got his freedom back and is trying to build a regular life. But when an unthinkable tragedy shatters his hard-earned normalcy, Street is left reeling from the devastating blow.

    Wayne says: "The eleventh Scott Pratt legal thriller!"
    "Can Darren Redeem Himself???"
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    Darren Street is a lawyer with lots of baggage. So, in this book he is lured to run for the district attorney general of Knox county, Tennessee. The county where the first book began with the then district attorney Ben Clancy lording it over Darren with threats and jail time. This book serves as a wrap up of all the bad stuff, a redemption for the Tipton family and even redemption for Darren but don’t be disappointed the book is a real thriller and leads the reader on a wild chase through the corruption in Knox county. It is a good read. It could be the last book or it could be continued. totally up to the author. I listened mostly in audible and read in between. The narrator is James Patrick Cronin who narrates the first two books. He is superb.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dark in Death: In Death, Book 46

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2671)
    Performance
    (2416)
    Story
    (2406)

    On a chilly February night, during a screening of Psycho in midtown, someone sunk an ice pick into the back of Chanel Rylan's neck, then disappeared quietly into the crowds of drunks and tourists in Times Square. To Chanel's best friend, who had just slipped out of the theater for a moment to take a call, it felt as unreal as the ancient black-and-white movie up on the screen. But Chanel's blood ran red, and her death was anything but fictional.

    Deal Finder says: "Repeat, Repeat, Repeat"
    "Not The Best in Series But Still Good"
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    Not the best in the series. Too much description and not enough action. I’ve read every single book and some twice. I love Eve’s strength and Roark’s caring ways with her. But, it seems that Eve is getting very hard and angry. In this book she uses language often than most would find objectionable. Even for a cop, she seems over the top. Having said that, I still like the book and was satisfied with the ending. I’ll add Book #47 to my list and trust that Robb (aka Nora Roberts) will get Eve back on track. I recommend reading the books in order. If you can’t slog through all 45, at least get the first book which explains how Eve and Roark met. It is essential to have the background and know how Eve got her name. I listened in audible format to Susan Ericksen narrate. She is the voice of Eve and is excellent as all the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Trade: Livia Lone, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Barry Eisler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (480)
    Performance
    (442)
    Story
    (441)

    For sex-crimes detective Livia Lone, a position with a government anti-trafficking task force is a chance to return to Thailand to ferret out Rithisak Sorm, the kingpin behind her own childhood ordeal. But after a planned takedown in a nightclub goes violently awry, Livia discovers that she's not the only one hunting Sorm. Former marine sniper Dox has a score to settle, too, and working together is the only way to take Sorm out.

    shelley says: "Dox and Livia - does it get any better than this?"
    "Livia Lone Avenges Her Sister—Finds No Peace"
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    Livia Lone is a sex crimes detective in Seattle PD. She and her sister were kidnapped from their home in Thailand, sold to the sex slavery ring by their parents. They had been requested by a US senator and shipped to the USA in a container where she and her little sister and other young children were kept locked up, abused, and made to perform sex acts at the request of the men guarding them. In this 2nd book she is tracking down the men in Thailand who were involved in their kidnapping and mistreatment. She is ruthless but efficient in her tracking, interrogating, and dispensing justice. She connects with a former marine sniper who is on a similar mission. They join forces and proceed to track down a connection between the sex trade in Thailand and the US Defense Information Agency. Apparently the profits in this horrific practice lead all the way to the top. This is another thriller by Barry Eisler. I never thought he could invent another strong moral character along the lines of his John Rain, but he has done that with Livia Lone. Will there be more? Barry Eisler is a terrific narrator of his words.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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