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  • The Last Temptation

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Val McDermid
    • Narrated By Guerin Barry
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Mapping the minds of murderers is what Dr. Tony Hill does better than anyone. So when a twisted killer starts targeting psychologists across Northern Europe, he's the obvious choice to track the executioner's mental and physical journey.

    Jannice says: "The Last Temptation - Wrong voice"
    "The most contrived plot I’ve read this year"
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    This was arguably the most ridiculous and contrived plot I’ve read this year – full stop…

    Let’s just see... You’ve got a minor Polish drug/human trafficker making inroads into England… The British Govt wants him stopped. So instead of doing something simple, like getting MI6 to assassinate him, the British Govt decides to do something ridiculously contrived, complex and doomed to failure… You get an operative to assassinate the kingpin’s girlfriend (a completely innocent woman --- and oh BTW --- just happens to look exactly like DCI Carol Jorden) and a few other minor member's of the kingpin's team, but leave El Hefe and his evil Lieutenant completely unmolested... and psychologically vulnerable...

    Can you guess where the plot goes from here? That’s right – straight down the toilet.

    I’ve read about ten of Val McDermid’s novels… And most of them are very good... I can’t believe Val actually wrote this – the characters, plot and dialog are contrived and totally unbelievable and just not up to her other works. Either she was having a bad year, simply pumped-one-out to satisfy a publishing contract or was the work of a ghost writer… Take your pick...

    Don’t spend your credits here… Even if you love all her other books -- trust me, I don't think she wrote this one...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scavengers: Posadas County Mysteries #1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Steven F. Havill
    • Narrated By Stephanie Brush
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    Not one, but two dead bodies are found in the harsh New Mexico desert. The first man's face is smashed beyond recognition, and the second one appears to have been forced to dig his own grave before being murdered...execution style.

    Soon, new Sheriff Robert Torrez and Undersheriff Estelle Reyes-Guzman are knee deep in the midst of a brutal murder spree that spans both sides of the border.

    Jean says: "good read"
    "Poor Narration Ruins Experience"
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    Title says it all...

    Ms. Brush may be a good narrator, but she is clearly clearly miscast...

    Just avoid.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vanish: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (674)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (245)

    A blessed event becomes a nightmare for pregnant homicide detective Jane Rizzoli when she finds herself on the wrong side of a hostage crisis in this timely and relentless new thriller from the New York Times best-selling author of Body Double.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great story, but...."
    "This series is going down fast"
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    TG has produced some solid 4-star books in the Rizzoli series, but The addition of Isles has really set the series on a downward spiral.

    I not even going to cover all the plot issues with this dog... Let's just say that a 9+ months pregnant and overdue police detective is usually placed on desk duty at least and typically mandatory maternity leave, not tackling offenders and other completely improbable activities.

    This book is 2 stars at best. If this were a film, it would get two thumbs-down

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Body Double

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (685)
    Performance
    (303)
    Story
    (302)

    Returning home from a trip to Paris, Boston medical examiner Maura Isles confronts a nightmarish scene. Police cruisers line her street and slumped in a car at the end of Maura's driveway is a dead woman, her head bloodied by a gunshot wound. Cops and neighbors gape at her as she approaches. Only when Maura looks at the victim does she understand why everyone is so shocked by her arrival. The dead woman looks exactly like Maura.

    A. Sanchez says: "Bert"
    "too improbable"
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    TG has produced some solid 4-star books in this series, but "Body Double" does not step-up. The main characters are well developed, but the plot is just too improbable.

    It starts off strong with a good plot hook, but then the improbabilities start to mount.

    So this dog has our heroines running around the North East for days/weeks all while impervious to the jurisdictional boundaries that seem to thwart their colleagues... No one seems to oversee what they do, where they do it, how many resources are consumed or how they spend their time... All while remaining real women w/ needs and endlessly obsessing over life's insecurities...

    Our heroines are probing the murder of (wait for it) a previously-unknown twin sister via the intersection of a convicted psychopathic mass-murderer, an un-discovered serial killer and a victim... Well, you don't see this everyday...

    Oh, btw one of them is 8+ months pregnant and somehow has avoided mandatory desk duty while freewheeling around across state lines on active duty -- with firearms... Don't you love those fiction-only interstate carry permits for local law enforcement?

    Of course, the heroines will capture the most prolific serial killing team in history (about 300-500 victims, depending on how you do the math) and generally save humanity as we know it --- all without colleagues, subpoenas, search warrants, jurisdiction.... or a phallus. But they do have an unlimited forensics budget, instant access to any test result/report/etc they want, FBI computer databases w/ custom searches and any other equally-improbable capability they may desire. I just love the latest ground penetrating radar available for instant access in remote Maine...

    I'm really confused by folks who give dogs like this 4/5 stars - just how much can a reader be expected to suspend belief?

    I realize that there is a fair amount of publisher's salt and friend's reviews built into Audible’s system (plus you start with 1 star out of the gate), but for something like this to have an average of 4.5 stars highlights the flaws in Amazon's review system.

    This book is 2-3 stars at best. If this were a film, it would get one thumb-up and one thumb-down...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Indigo Slam: An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By David Stuart
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (146)

    When a 15-year-old girl shows up to plead with Elvis to find her errant father, his first impulse is to hand the case over to Social Services. But he sees how hard the kid is working to keep her two siblings together and afloat. The father sounds like an angel; the case should be a cinch. But as Elvis investigates, he finds the dad seems to be a mover in the criminal underworld who is on the verge of a grand scheme.

    Hans says: "Completely Wrong Performer -- don't bother"
    "Completely Wrong Performer -- don't bother"
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    Completely Wrong Performer -- don't bother

    story is good, series is good, but Completely Wrong Performer -- don't bother

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Sunset Express: An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By David Stuart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (226)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (144)

    Elvis Cole, wisecracking private eye, finds himself embroiled in a controversial LA murder case. A wealthy WASP entrepreneur appears to have murdered his wife. A hot-shot defense attorney takes the case and hires Elvis to find proof that the L.A. detective - rumored to be dirty - fooled around with the evidence.

    Steven says: "Readers Make or Break an Audiobook."
    "Completely Wrong Performer -- don't bother"
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    What disappointed you about Sunset Express?

    Completely Wrong Performer

    don't bother, seriously... I've got the complete series and it's good -- but skip this one...


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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