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  • Frozen Heat

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Richard Castle
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (489)
    Performance
    (430)
    Story
    (434)

    NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat arrives at her latest crime scene to find an unidentified woman stabbed to death and stuffed inside a suitcase left on a Manhattan street. Nikki is in for a big shock when this new homicide connects to the unsolved murder of her own mother. Paired once again with her romantic and investigative partner, top journalist Jameson Rook, Heat works to solve the mystery of the body in the suitcase while she is forced to confront unexplored areas of her mother's background.

    GEORGE says: "Almost Impossible to Put Down/Turn Off This Book!"
    "Ok, but not as good as the last one..."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, I think reading this book was time well spent. I took it with me on a long flight, and it kept me entertained. I've enjoyed all of the Nikki Heat books, but this one was more on par with the first one than the third. I probably won't reread it, but I don't think it was a total waste of time.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Too much traveling! One of the things I love about this series is that it takes place in NYC. As a New Yorker, I get a huge kick out of spotting local sights and factoids in each installment. My favorite part of the book was the sniper on the Highline--spectacular! Unfortunately, this book keeps changing location, from France to Boston and back again. not only did I feel like it broke up the story too much, but it also eliminated those fun, attention-grabbing "I Love NY" moments.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The whole opening scene with the earthquake. Classic. And that was the other problem with this book. the best scene was the opener, followed closely by the end. Everything in the middle was just meh.


    Could you see Frozen Heat being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Haha. Seriously? This question has to have been randomly generated. And that's another thing... I had a harder time spotting Castle/Nikki Heat crossover pointsin this book. Obviously, the whole CIA spy thing, but there weren't as many funny little TV Show-based quotable moments in this one, which was disappointing.


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  • Dead Ever After: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2893)
    Performance
    (2634)
    Story
    (2643)

    Number-one New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris has won numerous awards for her Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series, which has been adapted into the hit HBO show True Blood. In this 13th and final book, a murder rocks the town of Bon Temps and Sookie is arrested for the crime. After making bail, she sets out to clear her name - but her investigation only leads to more deaths.

    k says: "Bitter ending? Cleanse your palate."
    "Satisfying, if you're rooting for Sookie..."
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    What did you like best about this story?

    This entire series has been about Sookie's growth as a character. In the first book we met a social outcast, a recluse, crippled by her telepathy and terrified of herself. She was the perfect victim, because she had no self-confidence, and was semingly unable to take control of the events effecting her life. In the past few books, and especially in this one, we see a stronger, smarter, more resiliant Sookie, who has learned to value herself and her abilities and who has decided to take control of her own future--as much as anybody can.

    While I, like most other readers, enjoyed the ins and outs of Sookie'sromantic life throughout this series, the underlying story was of her coming into her own.

    "I also knew, that if he turned away from me at this moment, I would survive that, and I would find a way to flourish...I'm Sookie Stackhouse, and I belong here."

    If you're a shipper with a particular adgenda, beware, you may be disappointed. If you've been reading between the lines, you can pretty much guess how this story ends. The curtain comes down on Bon Temps with only the faintest shaddow of vampires in the wings. And while Sookie's future is uncertain, it's not without the hope of love on the horizon.


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

    Absolutely. I came very close to calling out from work so I could spend some quality couch time with this novel. I resisted the impulse, but I definitely spent my entire commute and my lunch break with Johanna Parker's excellent narration keeping me company.


    Any additional comments?

    If you've put time and emotional energy into reading this series for the past few years, read this one. Yes, there is a distinct air of "tying up loose ends" at various points throughout the book, but you'll be left with a sense of satisfaction for having seen Sookie through to the end of her journey.

    27 of 37 people found this review helpful

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