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Trudi L. Wood

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Seminole, Florida | Member Since 2011

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  • 9 reviews
  • 32 ratings
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  • 13 purchased in 2014
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  • XO: A Kathryn Dance Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Marin Ireland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (244)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (202)

    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.

    Joanne says: "Disappointing"
    "Dance with Country"
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    There was some good historic background about rural and country music that leant authenticity and depth to Kathryn Dance's character. This story seemed to be about a dynamic country singer, loved by all, and worshiped by one. The singer, Kayleigh, didn't have a chance against her bigest fan: the stalker. The stalker was an eerie character - scarier than most because of his innocent presentation; he was smarmy, but he explained himself well. He was quite an actor! Therin lies the flaw; Kayliegh seemed sort of shallow; her character wasn't much of a character. Her family and friends seemed strategically placed only to give the stalker leverage. The story was more about the stalker than about Dance or Kayliegh; maybe that is the brilliance of Deaver, but I'd like to have known more about why Kayliegh and Dance were such 'great friends'. There were an awful lot of characters woven into this dramatic tapestry, and keeping their involvement straight was a little tricky. At times it felt a little too forced. The even tones of Marin Ireland's voice, lack of any dicernable accent, helped keep the story line focused. It was a good story, not great, but quite good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5583)
    Performance
    (5005)
    Story
    (4998)

    Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliff-hanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens. Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries.

    Hallie says: "Even better than A Discovery of Witches"
    "ho hum"
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    I didn't hate this book, but I liked Discovery of Witches much more. There was a little too much bouncing back and forth in time; some really predictable situations. On the other hand, the incorporation of history into the tale is very well done. It just seemed to go on forever.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Days: The Dresden Files, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5260)
    Performance
    (4884)
    Story
    (4879)

    After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.

    Ethan M. says: "Thwarts Every Expectation - In a Good Way"
    "Harry, you rock my world"
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    I'm glad I don't live in Chicago for a few reasons, but if I did, I'd love the musems and I'd hope to see Harry Dresden along the street. I'd know him immediately! He'd be the tall, sexy, guy in the long black coat, wearing a Fedora, and holding a staff, and he's crackle with power.

    I was really worried about him; he seemed hoplessly gone at the end of his last book. Now, I'm awfully glad he's back. It'll be interesting to see how he deals with the changes in his life in the next story. I'm thinking he really needs to find a little bit of happiness sometime soon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (2180)
    Performance
    (1812)
    Story
    (1836)

    Army Special Agent John Puller is the best there is. A combat veteran, Puller is the man the U.S. Army relies on to investigate the toughest crimes facing the nation. Now he has a new case - but this time, the crime is personal: His aunt has been found dead in Paradise, Florida.

    Cris says: "Better than Other Recent Releases"
    "John Puller - family man"
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    I love that Puller shows his compassion for family and people while kicking butt! He never lost focus on his goal of finding out what happened to his Aunt Betsy; she would have been so proud of him. Even as an agent of military missions, Puller is all about family. His father, who doesn't seem all that likable, and his brother who is in prison for life, are still his contacts with reality. People are important to this man. Even when he tries to be solidly military, he doesn't forget the people around him.

    I adore Baldacci's John Puller, but I have to give Ron McLarty credit for part of that. The narration pulled the characters into 'real life' with little effort - great performance. McLarty does the best play by play ever - his interpretation is edge of the seat good. Pairing him with Orlagh Cassidy adds a dynamic that keeps all the players delicously in character. I wondered how Badacci was going to tie the stories - which seems a little disconnected - but his mastery won the day. He wove a novel of conspiracy that actually works. There are a few threads tantalizingly dangling for the future, and I do hope there's a future for John Puller. He's not ready to retire yet.

    I really loved this performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Ones: A Quinn Colson Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ace Atkins
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (44)

    Fresh from 10 years as a U.S. Army Ranger, Quinn Colson finds his hands full as the newly elected sheriff of Tibbehah County, Mississippi. An old buddy running a local gun shop may be in over his head when stolen army rifles start showing up in the hands of a Mexican drug gang. At the same time, an abused-child case leads Quinn and his deputy, Lillie Virgil, deep into the heart of a bootleg baby racket and a trail of darkness and death. When the cases collide, Quinn and his allies realize they are in the fight of their lives.

    Trudi L. Wood says: "Good ole boys - gone bad"
    "Good ole boys - gone bad"
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    I love Ace Atkins portrayal of the good ole boys network in this Mississippi mystery. The community ties are prove that there are good boys in that network, and good people who care about their community - even when they feel powerless, they care. Everybody needs a hero, and they have a reluctant one in Quinn Colson. He's not overwhelmingly brilliant, not pretentious or flamboyant, but Quinn is the kind of flawed person everyone wants to befriend. I hope to see him again one day - soon!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Last to Die: A Rizzoli and Isles Novel, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1043)
    Performance
    (855)
    Story
    (877)

    For the second time in his short life, Teddy Clock has survived a massacre. Two years ago, he barely escaped when his entire family was slaughtered. Now, at 14, in a hideous echo of the past, Teddy is the lone survivor of his foster family’s mass murder. Orphaned once more, the traumatized teenager has nowhere to turn - until the Boston PD puts Detective Jane Rizzoli on the case. Determined to protect this young man, Jane discovers that what seemed like a coincidence is one part of a killer’s mission.

    Kathryn says: "My inner voice said..' Are you sure you want to?'"
    "Rizzolie and Isles can't miss!"
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    Loved the performance! Tanya Eby manages the voices so well that there's never a question of who's speaking - very nicely done! Enjoyed the story though maybe not quite as much as the others. The international espionage bit was a little too 'terrorist' 'homeland security for me' for me to choke down. On the other hand, the setting of EvenSong sounds like such a great place for troubled kids. I love Rizzoli and Isles - their stories have always kept me waiting for the next. Great job, Ms Gerritsen!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Ranger: A Quinn Colson Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Ace Atkins
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (108)

    Northeast Mississippi: hill country, rugged and notorious for outlaws since the Civil War, where killings are as commonplace as in the Old West. To Quinn Colson, it's home - but not the home he left when he went to Afghanistan. Now an Army Ranger, he returns to a place overrun by corruption, and finds his uncle, the county sheriff, dead - a suicide, he's told, but others whisper murder.

    Gary says: "A New Favorite"
    "I like this guy!"
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    I really like this guy! If Quinn Colson were sheriff in my town, I'd vote for him just for being so honestly cool. The drama in this story just keeps going, and I can't wait to read the next book. ....ahhhh, swooon

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Innocent: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (3346)
    Performance
    (2793)
    Story
    (2810)

    Will Robie may have just made the first - and last - mistake of his career.... It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target unusually close to home in Washington, D.C. But something about this mission doesn't seem right to Robie, and he does the unthinkable: He refuses to kill. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and must escape from his own people.

    Fleeing the scene, Robie crosses paths with a wayward teenage girl, a 14-year-old runaway from a foster home. But she isn't an ordinary runaway....

    andrea says: "I Hope There's a Sequel!!"
    "Will Robie - what a man!"
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    I can't believe I adore a paid assassin, but Will Robie is such a great guy! Who wouldn't want to have him for a neighbor, especially since he lives in so many really nice places? I mean, how many houses/apartments/condos does the guy own? While that part seemed a little out of nowhere, this story overall held me. I wasn't sure where it was going, and the trip to the end was definitely a long and winding road.

    The juxtaposition of an intelligent teen with a hardened hit man has been done before, but Baldacci brought new life into what could have been an old story. He stretched this novel into an intricate web of international espionage and local mysery; he kept the puzzle alive yet every piece fit tightly! McLarty and Cassidy did a fine job of character interpretation bringing just the right amount of stunned innocence where needed and jaded disbelief where it worked best. A smart mouthed teen showed just enough heartache to bring out her innocence; a hardened FBI agent didn't fall for the tough guy's acts; and the traitor surprised the heck out of everyone. Those characters may have been created by Baldacci, but they came to life through exceptional intepretations by Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy.

    I love Baldacci, and I really thought this was one of his better stories. It did seem to go on and on and on, I kept waiting for a conclusion, but even the conclusion left room for development. Do I smell a possible sequel? It could work out nicely for Will and Nicki....someday.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7154)
    Performance
    (6231)
    Story
    (6214)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great book"
    "Nora Roberts as she should be"
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    What did you love best about The Witness?

    While many of Nora Roberts books are formula series without much story, The Witness is just better than that. There's not a lot of mystery; you know basically what's going to happen in the end. What you don't know is how the characters are going to make this fairy tale have a happy ending. Nora's books always have happy endings, right? I think this book is character driven, but Julia Whelan gives the characters personalities and maintains them nicely. I liked the people; I'd like to know them; I'd like to live in their town. While Nora Roberts may have created and populated this novel, Julia Whelan gave it life. As an audible read, it was very, very enjoyable!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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