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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 2014

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  • Some Lie and Some Die

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Nigel Anthony
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Death on a High Floor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Charles Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (923)
    Performance
    (813)
    Story
    (818)

    On the 85th floor of a glittering high-rise in Los Angeles, Robert Tarza steps into the lobby of the Marbury Marfan law firm to discover his partner Simon Rafer lying in a pool of blood - an ornate dagger plunged into his back. Robert had worked with Simon for decades, and their relationship was fraught with conflict. But he never imagined he would wind up as the prime suspect for his colleague’s murder. As the evidence stacks up against him with frightening speed, he quickly falls from his respected position to that of a criminal dragged through the tabloids.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Excellent Mystery, Brilliant Narration"
    "DELIGHTFUL"
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    It pays to check out the more popular reviewers occasionally; you may find a gem. Kudos to Audible for providing a "Listener Page."

    I owe the pleasure of this book to Charles Atkinson. Read his review. He says it all and says it well. Are we getting inbred, reviewing the reviewers?

    I would only emphasize that this author is laugh out loud funny and I'm a sucker for a witty writer. Didn't even care about who the real killer was, too involved in listening to this author's excellent prose read by a honey throated narrator.

    Enjoy.




    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with All the Gifts

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By M. R. Carey
    • Narrated By Finty Williams
    Overall
    (4609)
    Performance
    (4137)
    Story
    (4135)

    Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

    Amazon Customer says: "Spoiler-free review below - Amazing book!"
    "Great Book"
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    Never thought I would gush over a book about zombies. Zombies are merely a metaphor and beautifully employed here. I'm not going to dissect (no pun intended) this book. I find it tedious when other reviewers do so.

    The writer is very talented, having produced a novel which is both lovely and scary
    I found it enthralling. The narrator is also very talented and compliments the book. You won't regret buying this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anne Perry: The Murder of the Century

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Peter Graham
    • Narrated By Eric Brooks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    On June 22, 1954, teenage friends Juliet Hulme - better known as best-selling mystery writer Anne Perry - and Pauline Parker went for a walk in a New Zealand park with Pauline’s mother, Honora. Half an hour later, the girls returned alone, claiming that Pauline’s mother had had an accident. But when Honora Parker was found in a pool of blood with the brick used to bludgeon her to death close at hand, Juliet and Pauline were quickly arrested, and later confessed to the killing.

    Helen Poe says: "Horrible reader"
    "Good Book/Bad Narrator"
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    Exhaustive study of an interesting and unique crime. I believe everything known about this murder is covered here. I liked it in spite of the narration.

    The narrator is simply awful. I've been a member of Audible for many years and never complained about a narrator before. This narrator reads as though he is addressing a kindergarden class -S L O W. It helps to dial up the speed on your Ipod.

    1 of 1 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
    (158)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (135)

    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"
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    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.

    7 of 9 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
    (62)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (55)

    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"
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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Invisible

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By James Patterson, David Ellis
    • Narrated By January LaVoy, Kevin Collins
    Overall
    (908)
    Performance
    (793)
    Story
    (801)

    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.

    Jean says: "RIVETING"
    "RIVETING"
    Overall
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    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.

    4 of 4 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
    (635)
    Performance
    (552)
    Story
    (541)

    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"
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    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.

    21 of 29 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
    (193)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (170)

    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."
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    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."


    6 of 11 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 .

    Jean says: "Very Disappointed"
    "Very Disappointed"
    Overall
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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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