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Jean

Tell us about yourself! I practice criminal law, a member of the Arizona State Bar, love to read like everyone who loves this site.

Scottsdale, AZ, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Handling the Undead

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John Ajvide Lindqvist
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (67)

    Across Stockholm the power grid has gone crazy. In the morgue and in cemeteries, the recently deceased are waking up. One grandfather is alight with this, with hope that his grandson will be returned, but one husband is aghast at what his adored wife has become. Here is a horror novel that transcends its genre by showing what the return of the dead might really mean to those who loved them.

    Raymond says: "Brilliant! (and very very different)"
    "A Classic"
    Overall

    The author's prose is excellent which is doubly impressive considering this is a translation from the Swedish. The narration is good. I wish I had the money to buy the film rights to this novel. It lends itself to film and I believe it would be a blockbuster. I fear this may be the kind of excellent novel which slips through the cracks. I hope that doesn't happen. All else is said in Raymond's articulate review.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Bundy Murders: A Comprehensive History

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kevin M. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Theodore Bundy was one of the more infamous, and flamboyant, American serial killers on record, and his story is a complex mix of psychopathology, criminal investigation, and the U.S. legal system. This in-depth examination of Bundy's life and his killing spree that totaled dozens of victims is drawn from legal transcripts, correspondence and interviews with detectives and prosecutors. Using these sources, new information on several murders is unveiled.

    Gayle says: "A REAL Monster"
    "A NEW TRUE CRIME MASTER"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I've read all the Bundy books even some obscure ones. This is by far the best. The author bases his book on incredibly thorough research, and he has an excellent voice, If you think you know all about Bundy, read this. You're in for quite a few surprises.

    BRAVO, Mr. Sullivan, I'll be looking for your name.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Next Door: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Ric Jerrom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    In the waning months of the second World War, a group of children discover an earthen tunnel in their neighborhood outside London. Throughout the summer of 1944 - until one father forbids it - the subterranean space becomes their "secret garden," where the friends play games and tell stories. Six decades later, beneath a house on the same land, construction workers uncover a tin box containing two skeletal hands, one male and one female.

    Jean says: "ANOTHER EXCELLENT RENDELL NOVEL"
    "ANOTHER EXCELLENT RENDELL NOVEL"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It's a love story, it's a mystery with a twist, it's good. Rendell always gives the annoying people a good kick, I like that.

    If you're a fan, don't miss this one.

    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
    (677)
    Performance
    (594)
    Story
    (600)

    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."
    "RIVETING"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is crime/thriller writing at its best. Won't repeat what others have said better. I've found Patterson disappointing last few years. NOT THIS TIME. The Master is back.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Euphoria: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Lily King
    • Narrated By Simon Vance, Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (116)

    English anthropologist Andrew Bankson has been alone in the field for several years, studying the Kiona river tribe in the territory of New Guinea. Haunted by the memory of his brothers' deaths and increasingly frustrated and isolated by his research, Bankson is on the verge of suicide when a chance encounter with colleagues, the controversial Nell Stone and her wry and mercurial Australian husband, Fen, pulls him back from the brink. Nell and Fen have just fled the bloodthirsty Mumbanyo and, in spite of Nell's poor health, are hungry for a new discovery.

    David says: "Anthropologists in Love"
    "BORING"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Thank God for "Mom from Mercer." Thought I was out of it. Have a Minor in Anthropology, love Margaret Mead, and think this book is slow, dull, and mankind would die out if this were real romance.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Walter Kirn
    • Narrated By Stephen Bel Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (138)

    In the summer of 1998, Walter Kirn - then an aspiring novelist struggling with impending fatherhood and a dissolving marriage - set out on a peculiar, fateful errand: to personally deliver a crippled hunting dog from his home in Montana to the New York apartment of one Clark Rockefeller, a secretive young banker and art collector who had adopted the dog over the Internet. Thus began a 15-year relationship that drew Kirn deep into the fun-house world of an outlandish, eccentric son of privilege who ultimately would be unmasked as a brazen serial impostor, child kidnapper, and brutal murderer.

    Sharon says: "Zzzzzzzzzzzzz - this one put me to sleep"
    "DON'T HESITATE. BUY THIS BOOK."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Blood Will Out?

    The author's rapier wit and dynamic prose. Also loved the incredible story and Mr. Kirn's honest self-reflection.


    What other book might you compare Blood Will Out to and why?

    I think this book is one of a kind. However, you could compare it to Ann Rule's book on Ted Bundy wherein the author also has a personal relationship with the subject. However, Ms. Rule is not witty and her prose style does not match Mr. Kirn.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Of course, we all wait for the scene in which the crook is caught. However, I loved the scenes in which Mr Kirn is forced to pay the check time and again, and is always somehow wounded.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I loved the moment where Mr. Kirn decides to write Clark's story and says to himself "look in your wallet; now look in mine."


    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • XO: A Kathryn Dance Novel, Book 3

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Marin Ireland
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Kayleigh Towne is gorgeous with a voice that is taking her to the heights of the country pop charts. Her hit single "Your Shadow" puts her happily in the spotlight, until an innocent exchange with one of her fans leads Kayleigh into a dark and terrifying realm. The fan warns, "I'm coming for you," and soon accidents happen and people close to Kayleigh die. Special Agent Kathryn Dance must use her considerable skills at investigation and body language analysis to stop the stalker .

    susan says: "GOOD DEAVER"
    "Very Disappointed"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made XO better?

    A more complex plot and better character development.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Destiny of the Republic


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Marin Ireland?

    ?


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    If Mr. Deaver wished to write about what music means and how it is obtained in today's world, he failed. He merely alluded to it. The chracters are blah. Even Dance and Rhyme are dull. One wonders whether Rhyme's brief appearance is an effort to spike the story. Unfortunately, it didn't work. The author didn't get into the villain's head; something he usually does brilliantly. This is not the Jeffery Deaver I know and love.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Some Lie and Some Die

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Nigel Anthony
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    For awhile, the rock festival at "Sundays" went well. The sun shone, the bands played, and everyone - except a few angry neighbors - seemed to enjoy themselves. Then the weather changed. And in a nearby quarry, two lovers found a body that made even Inspector Wexford's stomach lurch.…

    ShySusan says: "Everyone in this book is neurotic."
    "Solid Gold"
    Overall

    This is an oldie but pure gold. Been a Rendell fan for years. This is one of the very best, and don't know how I missed it. I was riveted. Get it, you won't be sorry.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mystery: An Alex Delaware Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated By John Rubinstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (625)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (297)

    Few know the city of Los Angeles the way #1 best-selling author and acclaimed suspense master Jonathan Kellerman does. His thrilling novels of psychological drama and criminal detection make the capital of dreams a living, breathing character in all its glamour and infamy. That storied history of fame, seduction, scandal, and murder looms large in Mystery, as Alex Delaware finds himself drawn into a twisting, shadowy whodunit that’s pure L.A. noir—and vintage Kellerman.

    Marion says: "As one narrator to another"
    "Kellerman Doesn't Play Fair."
    Overall

    Same old plot line, Alex and Milo visit the suspects. Much crucial information delivered just before the denouement. Most 'who done it?' fans like a more level playing field re. the clues.

    9 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The Vision

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (49)

    The Vision - one of Dean Koontz’ early novels - is a chilling look into the paranormal and what occurs when a psychic channels the mind of a crazed killer.

    Jean says: "The Vision"
    "The Vision"
    Overall

    The negative remarks I wish to make about this novel are made by the author at the end of the story. Koontz also admits that this is an early work.

    Audible should disclose the original print date of a novel. More importantly Audible should not charge full price for a novel which by the author's own admission is inferior to the body of his work. This is not trustworthy.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful

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