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Emma

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  • A Grave Talent: A Kate Martinelli Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (82)

    As rookie cop Kate Martinelli hunts for a sadist who is strangling six-year-old girls, something about the trail makes her think that she may be falling into a trap.

    Emma says: "Dark, Spellbinding, and Exceptional"
    "Dark, Spellbinding, and Exceptional"
    Overall

    It was during the description of the storm that tore through San Fransisco that I realized I was listening to an exceptional book. The classic destructive tempest has been retold so many times that it takes something unique to catch my attention, and at some point I realized I was riveted. This is a different and engaging plot with lovable and believable characters, held together by writing so outstanding it seems effortless and floats with the story. The narrator's smooth, rich voice goes perfectly with Casey Martinelli and the somewhat dark theme.

    King does spend a lot of time on the surroundings and seemingly extraneous descriptions, perhaps an influence from writing her Victorian Sherlock Holmes books, but I didn't find it to be tedious. It is just a different style of writing that is quite apart from the terse action-packed mystery thrillers that dominate the bestseller list.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Still Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1754)
    Performance
    (1138)
    Story
    (1150)

    Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it's nothing more than a tragic hunting accident, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods.

    Sydney says: "a gentle mystery"
    "A cozy village mystery with depth; just wonderful"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I bought this book on a whim, but it was a delightful surprise. Some way into this book, it dawned on me that it was just wonderful. The characters are unique, quirky, deep, and completely human. Inspector Gamache reminds me a bit of Adam Dalgleish in that he is intelligent, thoughtful, insightful, and wise, but is so much more approachable and engaging. I fell in love with the lively characters, peaceful setting, and well-plotted story. I am putting the next in my cart right now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killer Instinct

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (711)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (157)

    Jason Steadman is a 30-year-old sales executive living in Boston and working for an electronics giant, a competitor to Sony and Panasonic. He's a witty, charismatic guy who's well liked at the office, but he lacks the "killer instinct" necessary to move up the corporate ladder. To the chagrin of his ambitious wife, it looks as if his career has hit a ceiling. Jason's been sidelined.

    Emma says: "Mediocre at best"
    "Mediocre at best"
    Overall

    I love mystery and suspense novels as much as the next person, but found nothing endearing about the book. Every character and relationship was an absolute steriotype. The sports-driven salesman married to a formerly-wealthy indy-film-watching abstract-art-dealing wife was enough to make me roll my eyes. Worse was the ridiculously obvious plot that a four-year-old could have written, and dull, predictable ending. Nothing in this book was surprising or suspenseful, and I'm sorry to have wasted my time.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Blow Fly

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCorming
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    In Blow Fly, Kay Scarpetta stands at the threshold of a new life after her work as Virginia's Chief Medical Examiner has come to a jarring end. At the close of The Last Precinct, she knew she would have to leave Richmond if she were to find any peace. So she packed up her belongings and set out for Florida. Now she must unravel a conspiracy with an international reach and confront the shock of her life, a blow that will force her to question all she holds dear.

    Tamela says: "Disappointing ...."
    "A Dissent"
    Overall

    I'd beg to differ with the people who have so harshly reviewed this book. I think much of what people react to is that the book is entirely different from the past several books, in that it is written in the third person. I personally had trouble with the fact that because of all the other books, I began to associate the voice of the reader, Kate Reading, with the voice of Kay Scarpetta. It was difficult too to adjust to Kay being vulnerable instead of indestructible. Those facts alone may polarize some of its old readers. I enjoyed the fact that Blow Fly moved more slowly with less of a heart-gripping thriller plot and allowed the writing to explore the minds of some of the vile killers, and the moral struggle of the characters. I enjoyed watching the familiar characters adjust to an uprooted life, with denial, with plunging themselves into fitness, with self-destruction. They responded to the jarring change like real people, dealing imperfectly with the change and with themselves because the characters are imperfect, even Kay. WIth how much this book gets into the minds of the people you think you know so well, even the killers, I enjoyed the book greatly. I also loved the potentially fatal coincidences that none of the characters come to realize fully. Although the plot was not perfect, and the ending was not as complete as it should have been, I loved the character development and must commend Cornwell for breaking so completely out of what was familiar to her and handling the change so well. I hope that her readers are able to handle the change in the same manner.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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