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Traci

Huntersville, NC, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Suicide Run: Three Harry Bosch Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (751)
    Performance
    (639)
    Story
    (640)

    Here is LAPD Detective Harry Bosch as we've never seen him before, in three never-before-collected stories. In "Suicide Run", the apparent suicide of a beautiful young starlet turns out to be much more sinister than it seems. In "Cielo Azul", Bosch is haunted by a long-ago closed case: the murder of a teenage girl who was never identified. In "One Dollar Jackpot", Bosch works the murder of a professional poker player whose skills have made her more than one enemy.

    B. brown says: "Not what you expect"
    "OK for short stories"
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    I did not enjoy this book as much as his full length books. I also prefer Dick Hill to Len Cariou. The stories had potential, and they were basicially a condensed version of the full length stories. The short stories were not terrible, but again I prefer the full length stories.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fault Line: Ben Treven, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Barry Eisler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (186)

    In Silicon Valley, the eccentric inventor of a new encryption application is murdered in an apparent drug deal. In Istanbul, a cynical undercover operator receives a frantic call from his estranged brother, a patent lawyer who believes he is the next victim. And on the sun-drenched slopes of Sand Hill Road, Silicon Valley's nerve center of money and technology, old family hurts sting anew as two brothers who share nothing but blood and bitterness wage a desperate battle against a faceless enemy.

    shelley says: "Excellent! Better then the Rain series."
    "Good First Book in the Series"
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    I am also listening to the John Rain Series, which I enjoy, and was glad to see a new character by this author. This book was a good listen and I'm looking forward to more books with this character. I've listened to the second book in this series and do recommend listening to this one first (it always helps to know some of the prior details).

    This book is about two brothers who are so different and think each situation should be handled differently. Of course there is a female, and both brothers are attracted to her. There are some details about the story line and characters that I recommend paying attention to because they come up later in the book. Some things that happen at the end with the character Hort are also good to know when listening to the second book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Intervention

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Terri Blackstock
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (95)

    Barbara Covington has one more chance to save her daughter from a devastating addiction: staging an intervention. But when 18-year-old Emily disappears on the way to drug treatment and her interventionist is found dead at the airport where she was last seen, Barbara enters her darkest nightmare of all.

    Bernadette says: "Preachy and Predictable"
    "Good Listen if you do/don't have Faith/Religion"
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    This was my first Terri Blackstock listen (or read) and it was a pleasant surprise. I'm used to listening to books that have more details than I would like and usually think the point can be made without quite so much detail. I appreciated the faith the mother had throughout her situation, and that the book had a realistic part at the end where the children understand mom has a lot of faith but they don't suddenly fall at the alter in repentance.

    This is a good listen for someone who likes suspense or drama but doesn't want the gory scenes or details. The religion factor is not overplayed like they're trying to hit you over the head with it. I'm planning on listening to the other two books in this series, and possibly others by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Lauren Weisberger
    • Narrated By Megan Hilty
    Overall
    (293)
    Performance
    (268)
    Story
    (269)

    The sequel you’ve been waiting for: the follow-up to the sensational number-one best seller The Devil Wears Prada. Andrea "Andy" Sachs is on top of the world, running her own very successful high-fashion bridal magazine. But she got there with the help of her rolodex - actually, the rolodex of Miranda Priestly, her former nightmare of a boss. As Andy's success grows, she realizes she'll soon have to face Miranda. Still, Andy can hardly anticipate the horrifying reality that’s approaching - a reversal so profound that she will be squarely in Miranda’s crosshairs once more.

    Ana says: "Very Disappointed!"
    "Fun and entertaining"
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    For me, this type of book is unrealistic and fun. I try not to have "expectations" other than to be entertained. Lauren Weisberger is a writer who does a good job of entertaining.

    Andy is back with THE Emily as her best friend and co-creator of a bridal magazine. They're both married, with no children yet, and enjoying their success. Enter Miranda, who wants a piece of the pie/magazine that Andy and Emily have worked so hard to create and make a success. As usual, Miranda turns everything upside down for Andy. But Emily has a lack of memory as to what it was like working for Miranda. While Em is having selective memory and trying to look at everything on the positive side, Andy remembers everything. The thought of working with Miranda again is Andy's absolute worst nightmare.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Case of Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Adam Mitzner
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1561)
    Performance
    (1347)
    Story
    (1360)

    A high-profile attorney in the middle of a leave of absence following a personal tragedy is drawn back into the legal arena amidst a media firestorm when he agrees to represent a popular rap artist accused of brutally murdering his pop star girlfriend. With its powerful voice, pause-resisting tension, and strong cast of characters, Adam Mitzner’s novels are reminiscent of such best-selling authors as Scott Turow and John Grisham.

    cristina says: "Excellent"
    "Hooked on this author!"
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    I listened to Adam Mitzner's first book and loved it. I was so glad to see another book by this author.

    A lawyer, Dan, is taking time off after a family tragedy. He's almost hit bottom but he meets a female attorney, Nina, through friends. She convinces him to come back to law and represent a rapper accused of brutally murdering his girlfriend, who was considered a "pop princess."

    Nothing is what it seems, even at the end. The attorneys are trying to solve the murder - was it their client or someone else? But they keep finding another lie their client has told them which led them in the wrong direction. The story is not predictable and could definitely be considered "ripped from the headlines" as others have said. This will keep you guessing.

    I'm looking forward to Mr. Mitzner's next book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Wedding Night: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle, Fiona Hardingham, Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (660)
    Performance
    (593)
    Story
    (598)

    Lottie just knows that her boyfriend is going to propose during lunch at one of London’s fanciest restaurants. But when his big question involves a trip abroad, not a trip down the aisle, she’s completely crushed. So when Ben, an old flame, calls her out of the blue and reminds Lottie of their pact to get married if they were both still single at 30, she jumps at the chance. No formal dates - just a quick march to the altar and a honeymoon on Ikonos, the sun-drenched Greek island where they first met years ago. Their family and friends are horrified. Fliss, Lottie’s older sister, knows that Lottie can be impulsive - but surely this is her worst decision yet.

    Trish says: "Full of Slapstick and Fun!!"
    "So much fun!"
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    This listen was so much fun! There are many parts that are absolutely not realistic...but that's the FUN part of a Sophie Kinsella book!

    Fliss is the older sister who thinks she is trying to protect her younger sister, Lottie. But, for Fliss, it's really about something else. Lorcan thinks he is such good friends with Ben, but there's jealousy, a rivalry and Lorcan's concern about Ben's business decisions.

    If you want to lose yourself in a girlie book that is fun and unrealistic, then I recommend this for you!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Work

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2198)
    Performance
    (1404)
    Story
    (1415)

    Thanks to a heart transplant, former FBI agent Terrell McCaleb is enjoying a quiet retirement, renovating the fishing boat he lives on in Los Angeles Harbor. But McCaleb's calm seas turn choppy when a story in the "What Happened To?" column of the LA Times brings him face-to-face with the sister of the woman whose heart now beats in his chest.

    Andrew Stone says: "A Darn Good Book"
    "Enjoyable listen"
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    If you enjoy Michael Connelly books, then you will not be disappointed.

    The character, Terry McCaleb, has been in other books by Connelly and I like him so decided to give this a listen. The Publisher's Summary is good without giving too much away. Therefore, I will also not give anything away. I will say at first it doesn't really take off, but keep listening because eventually you will be hooked.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Floor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (6816)
    Performance
    (4765)
    Story
    (4748)

    All is not well in Margrave, Georgia. The sleepy, forgotten town hasn't seen a crime in decades, but within the span of three days it witnesses events that leave everyone stunned. An unidentified man is found beaten and shot to death on a lonely country road.

    Ed says: "Comic book tough guy"
    "It Had Potential..."
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    The book had potential to be really good, but it became disappointing. Not the best Jack Reacher listen. I have listened to two other Jack Reacher books, which were better than this, and decided to start from the first book and work my way through. I love a book where I can lose myself even to unrealistic story lines. But there are a few turns in this book that I didn't care for (they were way too unrealistic).

    This book gives you some history about his brother. It is the first book in the series, so I'm hoping the series will get better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flawless: Inside the Largest Diamond Heist in History

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Scott Selby, Greg Campbell
    • Narrated By Don Hagen
    Overall
    (353)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (194)

    On February 15, 2003, a group of thieves broke into an allegedly airtight vault in the international diamond capital of Antwerp, Belgium and made off with over $108 million dollars worth of diamonds and other valuables. They did so without tripping an alarm or injuring a single guard in the process.

    morton says: "An Exciting, Terrific, Nail Biting Ride!"
    "Good insight to a true heist story"
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    This is a very interesting listen. I agree that the description of the book from Amazon is pretty accurate. Amazing how these "Pros" are able to complete every aspect of the heist almost perfectly, except the escape!

    The author had to complete a lot of research to ensure his information was correct. He does a good job of explaining certain aspects, and if he isn't sure how something happened then he tells the reader.

    I enjoyed learning about the planning of the heist, the diamond business and how other countries didn't seem to work together during this time.

    The narrator's voice and timing were very good for this particular book, including pronunciation of Italian and Belgian words.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Innocent

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Scott Turow
    • Narrated By Edward Hermann, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1505)
    Performance
    (486)
    Story
    (486)

    The sequel to the genre-defining, landmark best seller Presumed Innocent, Innocent continues the story of Rusty Sabich and Tommy Molto who are, once again, 20 years later, pitted against each other in a riveting psychological match after the mysterious death of Rusty's wife.

    Suzn F says: "Terrific Book"
    "Excellent Sequel!"
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    In the first book, Presumed Innocent, Rusty Sabich is a lawyer working for the PA office and is accused of killing a coworker with whom he had an affair. Excellent book and movie. While reading Presumed Innocent is not necessary, I would recommend doing so. It's a wonderful book and gives the reader/listener better insight as to what happened previously.

    Now it is 20 years later, Rusty is a judge and his wife dies of what appears to be heart related issues (which runs in the family). Soon Rusty is accused of killing his wife. He uses the same incredible defense attorney, Sandy Stern, who now has a daughter as part of his firm. Tommy Molto charged Rusty both times with murder. This is an opportunity for either Rusty to make Tommy look bad (again), or for Tommy to show everyone that Rusty is a killer and got away with it the first time. There are a lot of emotions - Rusty and Tommy, Rusty and his son Nat, Sandy Stern's health, and Rusty's wife's history.

    The story is not told in first person by one character, but by four, which makes it more interesting because the listener knows the thought process of each character.

    I appreciated the female narrator for the character of Anna.

    Sequels are not always as good as the first, but this will not disappoint (maybe it was because Scott Turow waited so long to write the sequel?).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Missing

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Chevy Stevens
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1337)
    Performance
    (713)
    Story
    (723)

    On the day she was abducted, Annie O’Sullivan, a 32-year-old Realtor, had three goals: sell a house, forget about a recent argument with her mother, and be on time for dinner with her ever-patient boyfriend. The open house is slow, but when her last visitor pulls up in a van as she’s about to leave, Annie thinks it just might be her lucky day after all.

    Richard Delman says: "A singular voice; a horrendous story."
    "Excellent Listen"
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    I wasn't sure what to expect with this listen. It turned out to be excellent! The author, Chevy Stevens, gives enough detail about the conditions that Annie endures while held captive for a year without crossing the line of too much detail (there are many writers who go too far and lose me as a result).

    Stevens was creative by having Annie tell her story in therapy sessions.

    The narrator was good for this particular book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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