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Mary S. Murray

Ruffin, NC USA | Member Since 2003

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  • The Apprentice: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (558)
    Performance
    (301)
    Story
    (302)

    It is a boiling summer in Boston. Adding to the city's woes is a series of shocking crimes that end in abduction and death. The pattern suggests one man: "The Surgeon," serial killer Warren Hoyt, known for his partial dissection of his victims, and recently thrown behind bars. Police can only assume an acolyte is at large, a maniac basing his attacks on the twisted medical techniques of the madman he so admires.

    Mary S. Murray says: "Good Read"
    "Good Read"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book immensely. I like the narrator and have no problem with the way she does male voices. I've listened to her many times and I'm used to her style of reading. I find it easy to get lost in the book & characters with this narrator.

    The book itself is suspenseful all the way to the very end. As to Jane being the stereotype of 'women in a male world' - so what? I felt it was an honest characterization of a strong woman doing what is considered a man's job. I find it too much on the mark to ridicule the book based on that.

    The self-psycho analysis of the 'surgeon' was excellent and very mind provoking. Really makes you start to think about the sort of things and people who do this sort of thing.

    I have not read the first book "The Surgeon" and doubt if I do so while this one is fresh on my mind, but I will probably pick it up in the future. I also now plan to pick up some more of Gerritsen's books as I like her style of writing.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Sara Gran
    • Narrated By Carol Monda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (340)
    Performance
    (283)
    Story
    (281)

    Claire DeWitt is not your average private investigator. She has brilliant skills of deduction and is an ace at discovering evidence. But Claire also uses her dreams, omens, and mind-expanding herbs to help her solve mysteries, and relies on Détection—the only book published by the great and mysterious French detective Jacques Silette before his death.

    A. D. Mcrae says: "Mostly Disappointed but it was Quick"
    "No Plot"
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    Any additional comments?

    This book goes on and on and on about New Orleans and the 'storm' with the description. ENOUGH already. goodness - I wasted my money on this one, as there is no real plot, no real mystery. Poorly written in this aspect. I would recommend a pass on this one to anyone that likes a good moving book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Invisible

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By James Patterson, David Ellis
    • Narrated By January LaVoy, Kevin Collins
    Overall
    (375)
    Performance
    (328)
    Story
    (332)

    Everyone thinks Emmy Dockery is crazy. Obsessed with finding the link between hundreds of unsolved cases, Emmy has taken leave from her job as an FBI researcher. Now all she has are the newspaper clippings that wallpaper her bedroom, and her recurring nightmares of an all-consuming fire. Not even Emmy's ex-boyfriend, field agent Harrison "Books" Bookman, will believe her that hundreds of kidnappings, rapes, and murders are all connected.

    Wendelin says: "sensational book from the beginning to the end."
    "WHOA - Didn't see that coming"
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    I was POSITIVE I had the ending figured out and even then still couldn't stop listening. I've already recommended the book to every book reading friend I have that like this genre.

    AND I was WRONG about the bad guy. I've already had to re-read the last chapter and making plans to listen to the entire book again. The narrator was excellent and the story line spot on. I'll certainly look for more books by Ellis and kudos to Patterson to find and coauthor with some good artists

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Is Watching: Krewe of Hunters, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Heather Graham
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (74)

    The Old West town of Lily, Arizona, is home to the Gilded Lily, a former theater…and bawdy house. These days, it offers theatrical productions geared to tourists, but the recent discovery of a skull, a real skull, among the props and costumes shakes everyone up. So, who do you call? The Krewe of Hunters, a special FBI unit of paranormal investigators. In this case, it’s agent Jane Everett. Jane’s also a talented artist who creates images of the dead as they once were. But the Krewe always works with local law enforcement, and here that means Sloan Trent, former Houston cop and now sheriff. His great-great-grandmother was an actress at the Gilded Lily…and she’s not resting in peace. Then more remains appear in the nearby desert. As they search for answers, using all the skills at their disposal, Jane and Sloan find themselves falling into danger — and into love.

    Mary S. Murray says: "Ghostly"
    "Ghostly"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    The narrator hurt this book for me more than usual. He was very good on the male voices and some of the female voices. But he portrayed the majority of the females as hysterical non stop talkers - when there were times they should have least been portrayed as indignant or cunning.
    The story line was good - what I've come to expect from Graham and I'll continue with her books. I enjoyed the book and listened as often as I could to get to the end. The ending could have been a little more solid but I don't hold that against the storyline.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On Target: A Gray Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2626)
    Performance
    (2118)
    Story
    (2119)

    Four years ago, assassin Court Gentry was betrayed by his handlers in the CIA. Now, an old comrade returns to haunt him - and to force him on a mission against his will. With his ruthless employers on one side, his former friends on the other, and a doomed mission ahead, Court Gentry would kill to get out of this one alive.

    Clayton says: "really impressive"
    "Getting Jaded"
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    On Target was worth the listening time but I'm not certain the books are getting better. The Pain Killer trip '6' took on morphine was not realistic - while the addiction was. The shoulder wound as described was debilitating but after he got off the submarine it was never mentioned again. I think that was a lapse - the number of days he was out from the requested morphine and aboard the ship would have caused an infection to have killed him if left untreated. And yet, after getting aboard the ship it didn't even get a comment again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Riot: Peter Grant, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1210)
    Performance
    (1100)
    Story
    (1099)

    Probationary constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London's Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he'll face is a paper cut. But Peter's prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter's ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale....

    Nancy J says: "I LOVE this Book!"
    "No way near Dresden"
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    It is possible that Brits may find this book enjoyable but I found many times that I shook my head and wondered if I had fallen asleep and missed a page or two. I finished the book ONLY because I just got stubborn and thought it 'had' to get better. Narration was very good but the story was just not fluid. I started the book driving home - 6.5 hr drive - and ended up several times just going to XM radio to prevent boredom.

    I'm glad that I got the book on one of the Daily Deal sales or I'd be more disturbed about the purchase. I will not be listening to the rest of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Weight: Lizzy Gardner, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By T. R. Ragan
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (91)

    Twenty-one years ago, Carol Fullerton's car was found abandoned by the side of a California highway. The teenager hasn't been seen or heard from since, and the case has long since gone cold. Now Carol's mother is dying. But before she draws her last breath she wants to know, once and for all, exactly what happened to her daughter... Six months ago, Diane Kramer emptied her savings account and vanished. According to her sister, the only clue is her obsession with a charismatic weight-loss guru.

    Matthew says: "Don't Bother"
    "Good Series - but has a lot of room for improvemen"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    One of the things that I think that could make this series a tad bit better would be for Lizzie to NOT jump out of her car and try to confront anyone she thinks is following her. When she does this I just have to roll my eyes thinking that anyone who had been abducted and would not open her door without her glock in hand would NOT be getting ready to open a stranger's car door just to find out why they were tailing her.While it is a little bit disconcerting to have multiple cases in one book - it is realistic in the one a PI would work. But you can't make any money if the bad guy is always the one hiring you.
    This is a good book and has some very realistic characters in it. Haley and Jessica are very believable in the way they handle trauma - I'm very glad that Haley stopped short in her seeking of revenge.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone: Michael Bennett, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
    • Narrated By Danny Mastrogiorgio, Henry Leyva
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (400)
    Performance
    (348)
    Story
    (347)

    Manuel Perrine doesn't fear anyone or anything. A charismatic and ruthless leader, Perrine slaughters rivals as effortlessly as he wears his trademark white linen suit. Detective Michael Bennett once managed to put Perrine behind bars, the only official in the US ever to accomplish that. But now Perrine is out, and he has sworn to find and kill Bennett and everyone dear to him.

    lu says: "predictable"
    "Uninspired"
    Overall
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    This book did not add to the series and could easily have left the family entirely out of the book without missing a thing. Seemed to have been written in a hurry and was not up to par for Ledwidge or Patterson. From what I understand it is easy for a family in hiding to trip up the way the Bennett's did and it would be extremely hard to put a family the size of the Bennetts in witness protection due to their size and oddness. BUT that said, the family did not add to the book. I'm going to be extremely reluctant to buy the next book in the series until it has been out a while and maybe offered in my library as a free audible rental.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Two Graves

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1930)
    Performance
    (1688)
    Story
    (1693)

    After his wife, Helen, is brazenly abducted before his eyes, Special Agent Pendergast furiously pursues the kidnappers, chasing them across the country and into Mexico. But then, things go terribly, tragically wrong; the kidnappers escape; and a shattered Pendergast retreats to his New York apartment and shuts out the world. But when a string of bizarre murders erupts across several Manhattan hotels, NYPD Lieutenant D'Agosta asks his friend Pendergast for help.

    G. House Sr. says: "Whiplash from the emotional rollercaster"
    "Round Robin Stories"
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    I was extremely disappointed with the quality of the plot in this book. These authors are far better than this. There is a hodge podge of all the characters in the series and you are bounced from one feeble story to another without them meaning anything to the other. Pendergrast is not the strong character that we've grown to know and enjoy - he's turned into a miserable weakling that we are supposed to believe is driven to the brink of suicide by the death of someone that he's not even sure if he loves anymore?? The inclusion of all the characters made me feel like I was watching a ping pong match and wondering if there was ever going to be a tie-in or just a book of 4 or 5 stories taking place. From the very beginning of the book, I was thinking that I'd missed a chapter somewhere that would somehow make it all make more sense. I felt like I just had 5 different books open -- read a chapter in one, pick up another and read a chapter in that and so on - then start over.Best thing in this book was Rene Auberjonois.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Stirred

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. A. Konrath, Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe, Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (124)

    They are the very best at what they do. Peerless. Unmatched. Only fate could bring two such extraordinary people together—or the depraved manipulations of a homicidal criminal who takes lives for the sheer pleasure of watching his victims die.

    Joe says: "A good ending to the series"
    "Tortuous"
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    What disappointed you about Stirred?

    unbelievability in a large number of scenes - the violence just for the sake of shock instead of plot - Way OVER THE TOP


    Has Stirred turned you off from other books in this genre?

    NO - but it has turned me off from this author. After each book by him, I think "just a little more over the top"


    Which character – as performed by Angela Dawe and Phil Gigante – was your favorite?

    none - but I love the narrators... they did an excellent performance. but GIGO


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Stirred?

    too many to count - it would have had to be a complete rewrite IMO... and this is a genre that I read all the time.


    Any additional comments?

    Nothing straight forward about this book except the Torture, Torture, and more Torture mixed in with hospital visits for the 8.5 month pregnant Jack. This is more than over the top in believability seeing the pregnant woman described in the book running the gauntlet in this 'ghost' town. I liked the Jack Daniels books when I started them, but find I'm getting extremely tired of the serial killers that seem to try to oneup the serial killer from the previous book. Seems to me that each book is a little gorier than the last and each a little less enjoyable as well. This is not a series that I would recommend to any of my friends. Even with the retirement of Jack, I can't even say I'll read the author again because I'm afraid I'll run into the same type of writing - shock tactics designed to horrify instead of writing with a good story line.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Off the Grid: A Monkeewrench Novel, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By P. J. Tracy
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (53)

    On a sailboat 10 miles off the Florida Keys, Grace MacBride, partner in Monkeewrench Software, thwarts an assassination attempt on retired FBI agent John Smith. A few hours later, in Minneapolis, a 15-year-old girl is found in a vacant lot, her throat slashed. Later that morning, two young men are found in their home a few blocks away, killed execution style. The next morning, three more men are found savagely murdered in the same neighborhood. As Minneapolis homicide detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth struggle to link the crime scenes, they discover that there have been similar murders in other cities....

    Kathleen says: "The fith and newest P. J. Tracy Monkeywrench Gang"
    "Expanding other characters"
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    Would you try another book from P. J. Tracy and/or Buck Schirner?

    yes, but not sure I'd buy another MonkeeWrench book because it appears from this book that the characters are played out. The narration is good, the story is just not very strong.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I didn't find a lot really spell binding about this book. To me it really wasn't much of a 'Monkeewrench' book, just had the characters mentioned - they really played no significant role, not even Grace. The plot was only so-so even tho the ending did have a slight twist. The relationship between Grace & John and Grace & Leo is hinted at a lot during the book but pitifully done in my opinion.


    Which character – as performed by Buck Schirner – was your favorite?

    Leo Magozzi & Gino Rolseth who were really the main characters in this book.


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

    no, but I don't go see many movies nor do I watch much TV. This would be more of a made for TV movie than a theater movie.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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