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Valerie

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  • The Deep Blue Good-By: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1248)
    Performance
    (1047)
    Story
    (1057)

    He's a self-described beach bum who won his houseboat in a card game. He's also a knight errant who's wary of credit cards, retirement benefits, political parties, mortgages, and television. He only works when his cash runs out, and his rule is simple: he'll help you find whatever was taken from you, as long as he can keep half.

    Michael Cavacini says: "An Entertaining Start To A Classic Series"
    "How old is Travis?"
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    What a nauseating character this Travis Mcgee. I'm a huge fan of mysteries. thriller's etc.. but really couldn't stand the teenage boy outlook on women and himself - won't be bothering with any more in the series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • North and South

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (833)
    Performance
    (613)
    Story
    (614)

    Set in the context of Victorian social and medical debate, this novel is about rebellion, posing fundamental questions about the nature of social authority and obedience. This revised edition draws on recent theoretical work on gender and class.

    Sally says: "Delightful"
    "Could any more chsracters have died?"
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    Thank goodness for Juliet Stevenson I certainly could not have stomached this story if it weren't for her narration. I am a very big fan of English classics but this was too much even Charles Dickens seems like a barrel of laughs in comparison. The most depressing listen ever!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rules of Prey: A Lucas Davenport Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2189)
    Performance
    (1409)
    Story
    (1397)

    The "maddog" murderer who is terrorizing the Twin Cities is two things: insane and extremely intelligent. He kills for the pleasure of it and thoroughly enjoys placing elaborate obstacles to keep police befuddled. Each clever move he makes is another point of pride. But when the brilliant Lieutenant Lucas Davenport, a dedicated cop and a serial killer's worst nightmare, is brought in to take up the investigation, the maddog suddenly has an adversary worthy of his genius.

    D says: "I love this series"
    "Excellent"
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    I'm new to this series but will definitely be adding more Lucas Davenport to my reading list. A different twist introducing the killer at the beginning.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Aphrodite

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Russell Andrews
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (129)

    It looked for all the world like a terrible, tragic accident. Susanna Morgan had gotten up in the middle of the night, tripped, fallen, and broken her neck. Yet when detective Justin Westwood inspects the victim's apartment, he can't help noticing that the details don't quite add up. The glass on the bedside table is knocked over but there are no cuts on her body. The scrape on her knee looks suspiciously fresh. And then a terrified witness comes forward, confirming his worst fear.

    Tenesha says: "Really Enjoyed this......"
    "Fascinating"
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    A really fascinating thriller from beginning to end. Had to make sure i was paying attention so I didn't miss any of the details. Scary to think about the collusion of government and "big" science.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7062)
    Performance
    (5012)
    Story
    (5002)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "Depressing"
    Overall
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    Historically and educationally very interesting but hard to hear how we treat our fellow man in such a disgusting manner. Found the character of Lavinia and Orlagh Cassidy's narration very annoying. On the whole a very depressing and sad story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • New Tricks

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (906)
    Performance
    (438)
    Story
    (438)

    Andy Carpenter gains possession of an adorable Bernese puppy whose owner was brutally murdered. Few can rival Andy's affection for dogs, and he will do whatever it takes to insure that this little pup doesn't fall into the wrong hands. However, his playful new friend is valued by several people, many of whom are willing to resort to violence to get what they want.It will take more than Andy's usual courtroom theatrics to save this dog, including a little help from his beloved Golden Retriever, Tara.

    John says: "New Tricks"
    "Loved this book"
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    Love dogs and mysteries. David Rosenfelt did not disappoint. Grover Gardner is one if my favorite narrator's so a win win all round!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19881)
    Performance
    (17799)
    Story
    (17860)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Unpredictable"
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    I can't imagine anyone being quite as screwed up as Amy so the story was a little implausible for me. That said ; it was an enjoyable and unpredictable listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Butterfly's Shadow

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lee Langley
    • Narrated By Laurel Lefkow
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (176)

    In a Japan still rigid with tradition, an apprehensive 15-year-old tea-house girl prepares to welcome her first client. In his gleaming white uniform, Lieutenant Pinkerton walks up the hill to a house in Nagasaki to find the female he has purchased for a few weeks. When he sails away, she waits, aching for his return. It is one of the world’s great love stories. And, as the curtain falls on Madame Butterfly, Cho-Cho hands over her son to his American father, before killing herself...

    Mary Catherine says: "Unhappy"
    "Could easily put this book down"
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    This book had a lot of potential with interesting subject matter and historical interest. However unlike other listeners I cant wait for it to end to get to other books in my library. I usually hate being interrupted while listening but find I can easily have a brief conversation and go back to listening without having missed anything. I feel a sense of annoyance with all the characters simply because they are either jerks or completely spineless. The narrator sounds as though she's reading to a child so a bit patronizing. Might be OK as a movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heaven's Keep: A Cork O'Connor Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (158)

    Every married couple knows you don't go to bed angry. The corollary, Cork O'Connor realizes, is that you also don't say goodbye when you're mad. When the charter plane Jo O'Connor is on crashes over the mountains in Wyoming in an early winter storm, Cork deeply regrets the heated argument he had with his wife just before she left. An intense search is launched, but bad weather and the steep terrain hinder the efforts and soon the search is abandoned.

    C. Telfair says: "Exciting!"
    "Disappointing."
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    I don't know exactly what I was expecting - a thriller or a fantasy - it really wasn't either.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agent 6

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Tom Rob Smith
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (183)

    Leo Demidov is no longer a member of Moscow's secret police. But when his wife, Raisa, and daughters Zoya and Elena are invited on a "Peace Tour" to New York City, he is immediately suspicious. Forbidden to travel with his family and trapped on the other side of the world, Leo watches helplessly as events in New York unfold and those closest to his heart are pulled into a web of political conspiracy and betrayal-one that will end in tragedy.

    Grant says: "Well Executed, (but didn't stick the landing)"
    "Excellent."
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    I've enjoyed every one of Tom Rob Smith's books in this series, this is no exception. Great narrator too

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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