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Cameron

Disabled Alaskan reader of mostly mysteries historical. Also vampires, werewolves, things that go bump in the night! Some scifi and fantasy!

Anchorage, AK, United States

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  • 350 titles in library
  • 15 purchased in 2014
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  • The Magdalen Martyrs

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Ken Bruen
    • Narrated By Gerry O'Brien
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    Jack Taylor, traumatised, bitter and hurting from his last case, has resolved to give up the finding business. However, he owes the local hard man a debt of honour and it appears easy enough: find “the Angel of the Magdalen” – a woman who helped the unfortunates incarcerated in the infamous laundry. He is also hired by a whizz kid to prove that his father’s death was no accident. Jack treats both cases as relatively simple affairs.

    Cameron says: "Bruen does it again"
    "Bruen does it again"
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    In this latest Jack Taylor novel, Jack is back in Galway, back living at Baily's he's sober but just hanging by his fingernails. In the midst of this comes Bill Cassell, one of the local hard men and Jack owes Bill a favor and Cassell has come to collect. Then he's amazed, all Bill wants from him is to track down a woman Rita Monroe who was at the Magdalen Laundry and long ago helped his mother escape. The Magdalen Laundry was a place for wayward young girls who had gotten pregnant, it was run by nuns and it was famous because the nuns imprisoned and abused the girls they were supposed to be helping.
    Jack's grateful that at least the favor isn't illegal but after not having a lot of luck Cassell's goons pick him up and Jack gets a lesson in what his priorities should be, however he isn't sure that the woman, he's looking for isn't what she seems. Jack has only choice to avoid ending up with a bullet in his skull, find this woman. Of course Cassell's motive's aren't what they seem and of course since it's a Jack Taylor book, you know there's going to be violence. In the midst of all this, Jack manages to sleep with a client's mother, goes to a good friend's funeral and loses his library. Sometimes it seems as if, he's just drifting along.

    I love listening to this narrator, you can just feel the grittiness of Galway, you can hear in his voice, a man on the edge, having a difficult time concentrating because he wants a drink so bad and of course if not for Bailey's he's be homeless. If I have a choice of reading materials, I'll pick Bruen every time. Jack Taylor is the perfect ant-hero!!!!! He kicks butt and takes names!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow and Bone

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Leigh Bardugo
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (646)
    Performance
    (587)
    Story
    (585)

    Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

    Norma says: "Great Listen!!"
    "Great Story"
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    Very different story, very original, . Alina is a misfit basically, unwanted, parentless, though not mistreated, not loved, when the Grisha come to the home to test her, all she knows is that it would mean being away from Mal, all they've ever had is each other, Later she is trained to make maps and Mal is a tracker and although they don't see each other every day, at least every few days. Then one day when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.
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    Alina is to find out though that the wonderful world of the Grisha is not what it seems and that all that glitters isn't gold.

    My only complaint was that it seemed like the ending was abrupt. I know it's a trilogy but the ending could have been smoother. Anyway looking forward to the second book.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Nine Dragons: Harry Bosch, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2380)
    Performance
    (1000)
    Story
    (1006)

    The one good thing in Bosch's life, the person he holds most dear, is taken from him and Bosch travels to Hong Kong in an all-or-nothing bid to regain what he's lost. In a place known as Nine Dragons, as the city's Hungry Ghosts festival burns around him, Bosch puts aside everything he knows and risks everything he has in a desperate bid to outmatch the triad's ferocity.

    Derek says: "Not Connelly's Best"
    "Harry Bosch the family man"
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    Harry Bosch is a homicide detective, a very good one which is probably why his marriage didn't last. His ex-wife has moved to Hong Kong for a job with a casino and taken their daughter with her. The plot involves Bosch investigating a murder of the Asian owner of a liquor store in South-Central LA. For translating purposes, Bosch calls in an Asian Detective, Chu, to help with the case. What unfolds appears to be a Asian Triad gang After arresting a suspect, Bosch is warned to back off the case or else "there will be consequences". Of course, being who he is, he ignores the threat . Then he receives a video on his phone showing his teenaged daughter Maddy being held hostage in Hong Kong.He rushes off to save her realizing that if he is not back by the end of the weekend a possible suspect in the shooting will be set free.

    It is a tense plane ride to Hong Kong and Harry feels powerless because there is nothing he can do in the air. When he gets to Hong Kong he is aided by his ex-wife (Eleanor Wish) and her boyfriend. Harry has limited clues but through very good forensic science he was able to possibly know where to look for Maddy. It becomes a race to find Maddy because any delay could mean that she might already be dead. The book was pretty good up until then, however there is a bit of a problem with Bosch running all over Hong Kong trying to find his daughter. It's a bit of a stretch that Bosch would get over to Hong Kong find his daughter and get back to LA before the killer is set free and of course his wife is kiiled and so Maddy goes back with him. Connelly tried to stretch his character by making him more vulnerable, his love for Maddy which worked but the Hong Kong part failed but it is good to see Bosch back in the saddle again and this book is better than some of the earlier ones.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18797)
    Performance
    (8647)
    Story
    (8679)

    Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

    David says: "irritatingly engrossing"
    "Book 2 as good as the firsr!!!"
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    Steig Larsson is a genius, it's a shame he didn't live long enough to see the success of his books. Mikael Blomkvist, crusading publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to run a story that will expose an extensive sex trafficking operation. On the eve of its publication, the two reporters responsible for the article are murdered, and the fingerprints found on the murder weapon belong to his friend, the troubled genius hacker Lisbeth Salander. Blomkvist, convinced of Salander’s innocence, plunges into an investigation. Meanwhile, Salander herself is drawn into a murderous game of cat and mouse, which forces her to face her dark past. This time, Lisbeth must return to the darkness of her own past (more specifically, an event coldly known as "All the Evil") if she is to stay one step ahead--and alive. This series is tremendous, a real edge of the seat thriller.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Darker Domain

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Val McDermid
    • Narrated By Eilidh Fraser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    Karen Pirie is the newly appointed Deputy Inspector of the Cold Case Unit, and her first investigation takes her 25 years into the past to the national miners’ strike. At the time, a kidnapping gone wrong left a small boy missing, but new evidence suggests he might still be alive. As Pirie delves deeper, she realizes the boy’s disapperance may be linked to another cold case involving a missing miner.

    BowedBookshelf says: "Union miner and capitalist spawn...a twisted tale"
    "McDermid writes another bestseller!!!"
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    Val McDermid makes writing mysteries look easy. I loved this book, part of it was because my father was a smelterman and I remember the strikes and my Dad having to try and find work elsewhere, so that his family could eat. He was a union man til the day he died.
    Past and present collide in this book. Fife, Scotland 1984, Mick Prentiss leaves during the National Miner's strike thinking he was a strikebreaker, he is despised though he never comes back, leaving his family behind. 23 years later, his daughter reports him missing
    Fife, Scotland 1985, Kidnapped heiress Catriona Maclennan Grant is killed and her baby son vanishes when the ransom payoff goes horribly wrong. In 2008, a tourist in Tuscany stumbles upon dramatic new evidence that reopens the investigation.
    Already immersed in the Prentice affair, Detective Karen Pirie, newly appointed head of the Cold Case Review Team, wants to make her mark with this second unsolved 1980s mystery. But two decades' worth of secrets are leading Pirie into a dark domain of violence and betrayal, a place darker than any she has previously entered.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Port Mortuary: A Scarpetta Novel

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Burton
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (22)

    In this fast-paced story, a treacherous path from Scarpetta's past merges with the high tech highway she now finds herself on. We travel back to the beginning of her professional career, when she enlisted in the Air Force to pay off her medical school debt and found herself ensnared in a gruesome case of what seemed to be vicious, racially motivated hate crimes against two Americans in South Africa.

    Dana says: "Not my favorite Patricia Cornwell Book"
    "Cornwell is back and Scarpetta is better than ever"
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    Well after disappointing her fans for so long. Cornwell is back better than ever, maybe she's been listening to her fans who like myself that were disappointed in the books Cornwell was putting out. I had heard some people had given up on her but I kept trying and finally my wait was rewarded with the latest Scarpetta books, this one and Scarpetta are back to the kind of quality that we had gotten used to in her earlier books. Port Mortuary is different, the story stats at the real Port Mortuary at Dover AFB where where Scarpetta is assisting in developing techniques for virtual autopsies, then shifts back to her recently adopted home at Boston's Cambridge Forensic Center (CFC). A young man's mysterious death becomes even stranger after full-body scans reveal destruction so extensive it's as if a bomb went off inside his body. Scarpetta and husband Benton Wesley-along with her niece, Lucy Farinelli, and ex-cop turned CFC investigator Pete Marino-discover links not only to a government project with the ability to cause mass casualties but also to another grisly case currently under investigation.. Told from a first person For the first time in a while, Cornwell seems genuinely interested in Scarpetta again, giving the novel that spark of life that has made the series so enjoyable for its many fans. The book is still a long way from the glory days of Postmortem (1991) and From Potter’s Field (1995), but it’s definitely a step in the right direction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13580)
    Performance
    (5976)
    Story
    (6055)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Wonderful story"
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    There are certainly parts of the book that people could find offensive but the book is about circus people during the Depression. People didn't have the Internet nor did they have Playboy or whatever. Alot of these shows had the hootchie cooch tent and the men who separate from their wives and they would go in and see the show and it was a break from the hum drum lives. Everything is so PC now but then it was different, people who were different, like little people etc the only way many of them could make a living was at a circus or a carnival, many of them, their parents would sell them to the circus or carnival, it was a different time. It is a great story, very real to life for example the old man Camel ends up sick from drinking bootleg liquor. The prohibition was going on and the US government had companies poisoning the industrial alcohol that bootleggers would get and sell. People with money could go places that smuggled their booze in form Canada but poor people drank whatever they could get their hands on, just like alcoholics today often buy cough syrup. Also redlighting was something that happened, that would be when they had to many hands and not enough money, they's kick people out of the train while it was moving. I think it's a shame when people want everything to be PC, like the recent rewriting of Huckleberry Finn.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Devil Bones: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (539)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (198)

    In a house under renovation, a plumber uncovers a cellar no one knew about, and makes a rather grisly discovery - a decapitated chicken, animal bones, and cauldrons containing beads, feathers, and other relics of religious ceremonies. In the center of the shrine is the skull of a teenage girl. Meanwhile, on a nearby lakeshore, the headless body of a teenage boy is found by a man walking his dog.

    gwennieg says: "Devil Bones"
    "Kathy Reichs does it again"
    Overall

    In a house being renovated a plumber finds a cellar that wasn't supposed to be there and finds a cauldron full of beads, feathers and other things relating to a religious ceremony.The skull and some kettles containing bones and various fetishes suggesting Santeria or some other alternative religion may tie in with two headless bodies, one found floating in a river and another marked with Satanic symbols. Furious when a local politician uses the cases as an excuse to whip up hostility against little-understood religions, Temperance gets called in when with the animal bones, a human skull is found. Furious when a local politician uses the cases as an excuse to whip up hostility against little-understood religions, Tempe is far from convinced that the Wiccan who is arrested is guilty. When Rinaldi, one of the detectives she's working with, is killed in a drive-by, Tempe falls off the wagon but soldiers on, mortified, until she finally makes the connections between the crimes that lead to a close call with death and a startling conclusion. On top of the case, Tempe got some personal stuff going on, her lover Ryan has gone back to Canada to be a father to his daughter, her ex-husband is getting married to a much younger woman and her daughter is bored with her job. I liked this one, you learn a little bit more about her personal life, I liked the tie in with pagan religions. This probably wasn't her best one but her worst one yet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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