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C. Vincent

Not a commuter so listen to audible books when I'm in the car driving on a long trip or at home housecleaning (not as often as I should). Love reading a good book and love the riveting suspense of listening to a good mystery, but hate not being able to race to the end like I do when I read - but it does make a good book last longer.

Michigan

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  • 14 reviews
  • 14 ratings
  • 105 titles in library
  • 16 purchased in 2014
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  • Snow White Must Die

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Nele Neuhaus
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1293)
    Performance
    (1128)
    Story
    (1123)

    On a rainy November day, police detectives Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein are summoned to a mysterious traffic accident: a woman has fallen from a pedestrian bridge onto a car driving underneath. According to a witness, the woman may have been pushed. The investigation leads Pia and Oliver to a small village, and the home of the victim, Rita Cramer. On a September evening eleven years earlier, two seventeen-year-old girls vanished from the village without a trace.

    C. Vincent says: "Great narrator, unbelievable, never-ending story"
    "Great narrator, unbelievable, never-ending story"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. I found myself wishing the book would JUST end. It was interminable. When the book got to nearing the end of the first part, at that point I wasn't able to conceive how it would continue another 7 or so hours. Unlikeable characters, truly ridiculous story. Just when the author makes one think it's solved, he throws in another wrench and I found myself saying, "Just stop." I can suspend some disbelief, but this book went way beyond that. Semi-SPOILER: So really, an entire town is corrupt and evil? No one in the town has a conscience or moral compass? And is the reader really supposed to believe that the crimes were all forgotten and that the numerous people involved all kept these secrets for 11 years?


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    "14" by Peter Clines


    What does Robert Fass bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He really was wonderful and if it hadn't been for him I wouldn't have finished it at all.


    Did Snow White Must Die inspire you to do anything?

    Not read/listen to, another book by this author.


    Any additional comments?

    I guess just this is a case of "to each his own." Obviously many, many people enjoyed this book, but I'm not one of them. I enjoy Michael Connelly, Lee Child (not A Wanted Man), John Connolly, Don Winslow, Lincoln Child and John Sanford - maybe if you're reading this and you love those authors too, you will feel the same about this book as I do.

    72 of 75 people found this review helpful
  • The Son: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (569)
    Performance
    (520)
    Story
    (518)

    Sonny Lofthus is a strangely charismatic and complacent young man. Sonny’s been in prison for a dozen years, nearly half his life. The inmates who seek out his uncanny abilities to soothe leave his cell feeling absolved. They don’t know or care that Sonny has a serious heroin habit - or where or how he gets his uninterrupted supply of the drug. Or that he’s serving time for other peoples’ crimes. Sonny took the first steps toward addiction when his father took his own life rather than face exposure as a corrupt cop. Now Sonny is the seemingly malleable center of a whole infrastructure of corruption....

    Mary says: "Much more than I expected!"
    "Perfection in an audiobook"
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    I really cannot praise this story enough. I discovered this author through Audible with "The Snowman" and thoroughly enjoyed that book. As other reviewers have mentioned, his Harry Hole character is very memorable. I liked this book even more. The characters are fully-realized, the story is riveting, suspenseful and has unexpected twists. I am envious of someone who can write this well. As usual the story centers around Oslo and Nesbo is great at making the listener envision his setting. This will be a book that I will listen to again. The narrator did a wonderful job as well and his reading of the female characters was quite good. I don't like when male narrators try and sound too feminine - his reading was just right. Unfortunately this will be a book I won't forget and I would like to so I could have the pleasure of listening to it as though it was the first time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Killer: An Alex Delaware Novel, Book 29

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated By John Rubinstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (536)
    Performance
    (471)
    Story
    (470)

    The City of Angels has more than its share of psychopaths, and no one recognizes that more acutely than the brilliant psychologist and police consultant Dr. Alex Delaware. Despite that, Constance Sykes, a sophisticated, successful physician, hardly seems like someone Alex needs to fear. Then, at the behest of the court, he becomes embroiled in a bizarre child custody dispute initiated by Connie against her sister and begins to realize that there is much about the siblings he has failed to comprehend.

    Amazon Customer says: "good"
    "Promising start that pretty much fizzled out"
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    I've read numerous Alex Delaware books and this was an "okay." Initially I thought it would be very good based on the most interesting character; she ends up getting killed. I thought there was a lot of filler and have to agree with the reviewer who said if this is the first Delaware book you listen to you probably won't listen to another. The narrator was outstanding and really sounded like different people were narrating, not just one person. He elevated the material. I don't regret the credit I used, but it wasn't riveting - just okay - t I didn't have to devote much brain matter to it while listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gods of Guilt

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    Overall
    (3099)
    Performance
    (2742)
    Story
    (2728)

    Mickey Haller gets the text, "Call me ASAP - 187," and the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention. Murder cases have the highest stakes and the biggest paydays, and they always mean Haller has to be at the top of his game. When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one. He soon finds out that she was back in LA and back in the life.

    Jane says: "Definitely entertaining. I had some smiles."
    "Okay, but I expect more from Michael Connelly"
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    The narrator was very good, but I didn't feel this book was up to the author's usual standards. I admit to preferring his Harry Bosch series over Mickey Haller, but that's probably because I prefer detective stories over lawyer ones. This seemed to lag a little and I didn't feel engaged with any of the characters. This isn't as detailed a review as I like to leave because I finished it a few weeks ago and am having trouble remembering very much about it (which may be indicative of my feelings about it). The main plot was (again) just okay. I don't think this was a quickly written throwaway (like some of Lee Child's) - it was involved and complex with numerous characters, it just wasn't riveting - and that's a requirement for me from this type of book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • After I'm Gone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Laura Lippman
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (291)
    Performance
    (256)
    Story
    (261)

    Dead is dead. Missing is gone. When Felix Brewer meets nineteen-year-old Bernadette "Bambi" Gottschalk at a Valentine's Day dance in 1959, he charms her with wild promises, some of which he actually keeps. Thanks to his lucrative - if not all legal - businesses, she and their three little girls live in luxury. But on the Fourth of July in 1976, Bambi's comfortable world implodes when Felix, facing prison, vanishes. Though Bambi has no idea where her husband - or his money - might be, she suspects one woman does: his devoted young mistress, Julie.

    C. Vincent says: "Cannot rate this highly enough!"
    "Cannot rate this highly enough!"
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    It isn't often I do this, but I finished this book in 4 short days. Typically I take weeks to complete an audiobook; this is a rare exception. I have read all of Laura Lippman's previous books and enjoy her characters and stories, so didn't concern myself with reading any listener reviews for this one. While this book is a whodunit, it is more of a study of characters - their lives, relationships, motivations, machinations, etc. I found this to be a stellar story and listen. Often I find I am somewhat neutral where the narrator is concerned but not in this instance. Linda Edmond's reading enhances the book, and her Baltimore accent is spot on. The story jumps back and forth between the present and the previous 50 or so years, but is not confusing in the least. Lippman's characters (to use a cliche', but an apt one) leap off the "page" they are so fully-developed - she astonishes me in her ability to create such real people. There isn't one false note of dialogue, either. The story is engrossing, but easy to follow, and wonderful in portraying loss, betrayal and the effects of both on a variety of vibrant people. As far as the whodunit is concerned, while really secondary to the overall story, it kept me guessing. For readers who haven't discovered this wonderful author, please make sure to check out her Tess Monaghan series (she makes a very brief cameo here).

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • W Is for Wasted: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Sue Grafton
    • Narrated By Judy Kaye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1295)
    Performance
    (1139)
    Story
    (1135)

    Two dead bodies changed the course of my life that fall. One of them I knew and the other I'd never laid eyes on until I saw him in the morgue. The first was a local PI of suspect reputation. He'd been gunned down near the beach at Santa Teresa. It looked like a robbery gone bad. The other was on the beach six weeks later. He'd been sleeping rough. Probably homeless. No identification. A slip of paper with Millhone's name and number was in his pants pocket. The coroner asked her to come to the morgue to see if she could ID him.

    karen says: "Well worth waiting for...."
    "Vintage Sue Grafton, great narrator"
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    Just finished today and it was very enjoyable. Intersecting plot lines that stretched belief, but nonetheless enjoyable. I also felt that once-in-a-while the story was a little draggy (just incidental stuff I don't care too much about that authors sometimes include - let's call it a Stephen Kingism) - well maybe not the story being draggy, just certain, small sections that I wondered why they were included. I know it has to do with keeping the reader up-to-date on Kinsey and her life, so maybe I'm a little harsh. Really good story and Sue Grafton has a wonderful style that allows the reader to envision the story as though watching a movie rather than listening to a book. Judy Kaye as narrator does an excellent job with all characters and does a fine job portraying Kinsey's crankiness. If you enjoy any/all of the Kinsey books you will enjoy this one as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • FREE The Gray Man

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    Overall
    (1294)
    Performance
    (1143)
    Story
    (1165)

    Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

    Rollin says: "Gripping, unremitting action"
    "Very good, fun, suspension of disbelief story"
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    I received this as a free download, but even if I had used a credit I would still have given it this rating. I finished it a few weeks ago so will try to write as accurate a review as I can. Very enjoyable if you like shoot-em-ups and can roll your eyes (once in a while) when incidents really stretch the limits of your belief quotient. There was only one significant incident that really irritated me about the story: one of the main characters uses a location for safety that left me with my mouth agape - I won't go into more details, but if you get the book, this occurs relatively early and is the only plot hole I had a big problem ignoring, so soldier on. The story grabbed me right at the onset, didn't focus too much on character backgrounds (except for the gray man) and moved along at a rapid clip. The narrator, Jay Snyder, was very, very good and I will look for additonal titles that he has read. Profanity alert - if that bothers some readers, but if you listen to any sort of mercenary/military style book you have to except a few eff bombs. I really liked the main character, The Gray Man - some of his traits/reactions seemed a little conflicting to his overall lifestyle - oh, the heck with it - what I can tell you is that if you want an enjoyable escapist listen, this is it. If you don't like a bunch of killing - stay clear.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Silken Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 23

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1221)
    Performance
    (1052)
    Story
    (1046)

    Very early one morning, a Minnesota political fixer answers his doorbell. The next thing he knows, he’s waking up on the floor of a moving car, lying on a plastic sheet, his body wet with blood. When the car stops, a voice says, "Hey, I think he’s breathing." And another voice says, "Yeah? Give me the bat." And that’s the last thing he knows. Davenport is investigating another case when the trail leads to the man’s disappearance, then - very troublingly - to the Minneapolis police department, then - most troublingly of all - to a woman who could give Machiavelli lessons.

    John Norton says: "Still my favorite combo of author and reader"
    "Entertaining, typical Sandford"
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    Great narrator, and if you've read any Sandford you pretty much know what to expect: good story that moves along quickly with decent character development. My 3 stars (for the story) aren't meant to be a reason for anyone not to listen to it. I'm usually quite generous with my stars, but this was just an enjoyable Sandford book that in a few years you will be able to listen to again. Lucas is Lucas. Lame review that I know won't urge anyone to buy or not buy, but I blew it and finished it a week ago, so am having difficulty making it very detailed. This is a fine commuter listen - not too much detail or confusion with keeping the characters straight and Lucas (as always) is an enjoyable main character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stay Close

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1974)
    Performance
    (1634)
    Story
    (1642)

    Three people living lives they never wanted, hiding secrets that even those closest to them would never suspect, will find that the past never truly fades away. Even as the terrible consequences of long-ago events crash together in the present and threaten to ruin lives, they will come to the startling realization that they may not want to forget the past at all.

    Robin says: "Why did I think I liked Harlan Coben novels?"
    "Suspenseful, Enjoyable Harlan Coben Yarn"
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    I've read numerous (9? 10? 12?) Harlan Coben books - Myron Bolitar tales as well as the suspense fiction novels Coben's known for. Like many of his suspense novels I can envision this being made into a movie - and that's not necessarily a bad thing. Fully-developed characters, excellent, driving storyline and as I've already said twice - suspenseful. The fact that I was pretty sure of the outcome (turned out I was right) several chapters from the end, did nothing to detract from my enjoyment of the story. The author is very good at looking into the human condition and giving his characters, often-times, fatal flaws. One of the things I liked about this story is that in my "listen to Audible for days on end, then not listen to Audible for days on end" fashion, I was able to listen to this irregularly and be engaged right away and I didn't need to go back a chapter or 2 for a refresher because of a convoluted tale. This book was just as I expected from the author and that's a good thing. On occasion he has let me down, but this wasn't one of those times. The 2 main "evil-doers" are horrid and I was tempted to skip past a few sections involving them and their "interviewing" techniques, but didn't. I think in many instances it was more what wasn't said, than what was, and unfortunately my imagination went into overdrive. There are some cliched sections, but again, this didn't detract from my enjoyment of the book. I could easily have given this 5 stars overall based on my expectations from Coben and his type of story, but decided to go with 4 since I prefer to use 5 for mostly perfect ones. I'll just leave it at "this is the best for this genre." Scott Brick as narrator - excellent job, simply put. He does it just right. Not over-the-top and doesn't try to do female voices (I really hate that). This would have been a great beach listen (at least for me).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Century Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (543)
    Performance
    (420)
    Story
    (417)

    Three hundred years from now, Earth has been rendered uninhabitable due to the technological catastrophe known as the Nanocaust. Archaeologist Verity Auger specializes in the exploration of its surviving landscape. Now, her expertise is required for a far greater purpose. Something astonishing has been discovered at the far end of a wormhole: mid-twentieth-century Earth, preserved like a fly in amber.

    DAVID says: "One of John Lee's best performances"
    "Average, decent story with very good narrator."
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    Would you try another book from Alastair Reynolds and/or John Lee?

    I may try another by Reynolds and definitely would listen to another read by Lee if it was material I liked.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The story was relatively easy to follow, but I didn't feel there was much of a pay off in the end. This book was very highly rated so I was disappointed. Initially it grabbed me with the intrigue and antagonists in "Paris" but once the story moved away from Paris I felt it slowed considerably. I didn't find it credible that one of the main characters so easily swallowed the main premise of the plot with barely any shock or dismay. Sort of a SEMI -SPOILER (well, at least until you get a little ways into the book, I'm not giving away a major twist or anything) : I also had an issue with the female protagonist espousing views about the "humans" on earth not really being human so why should it matter if they are killed since they don't really "exist" anyway, and later in the book she has a problem with one of the antagonists stating the exact thing - ?? So I guess I would have heightened the suspense towards the ends and changed her views on what I just mentioned (totally contradictory). I really was interested through most of the book, but I just consider it light entertainment, not riveting (but did find it to be so for about the first 4 hours).


    Have you listened to any of John Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3001)
    Performance
    (2094)
    Story
    (2091)

    When you're the best at what you do, it's not always easy to walk away. Nathan McBride was retired. The trained Marine sniper and covert CIA operative had put the violence of his former life behind him. But not anymore. A deep-cover FBI agent has disappeared along with one ton of powerful Semtex explosive, enough to unleash a disaster of international proportions. The U.S. government has no choice but to coax Nathan out of retirement.

    Ed says: "Sniper thriller par excellence"
    "Boring, and oh, yes, boring, can't stand Dick Hill"
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    Would you try another book from Andrew Peterson and/or Dick Hill?

    Nope to both. I listened to Dick Hill do Jack Reacher with a busted nose in "A Wanted Man" and thought that was torture. This narration too, is really no exception. He might be decent doing a non-fiction nature book or something, but his voice just grates, I can't differentiate between the characters and his voice is too old for this. This is another book I made the mistake of getting based on the overall stars as opposed to reading individual reviews. Both books (this and Monster Hunters International) I bought around the same time, so I've learned my lesson. When this book first started I thought it would be a fun, fast-paced action read, especially when Natan said something like "I'm reading to kick some ass..", but then he said it again a few chapters later and turns out I was wrong on all counts. I have yet to discern much of a plot, okay there is one, but it seems like it's filler, just so Nathan can go kick ass. Trite and tiresome. I'm not into the whole torture for tortures sake and that's what this is all about. I will admit it's another that I have not finished (3 1/2 hours in) and have no plans to do so - I don't see the bad writing somehow becoming good. From a former Marine.


    What could Andrew Peterson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Take some writing classes.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Too old, too ponderous


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Nope


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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