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Katherine

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  • 206 Bones: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (614)
    Performance
    (264)
    Story
    (264)

    There are 206 bones in the human body. Forensic anthropologists know them intimately, can read in them stories of brief or long lives and use them to reconstruct every kind of violent end. 206 Bones opens with Tempe regaining consciousness and discovering that she is in some kind of very small, very dark, very cold enclosed space. She is bound, hands to feet. Who wants Tempe dead, or at least out of the way, and why? Tempe begins slowly to reconstruct...

    M. Chinander says: "Wow, pretty sure this is the in the series"
    "Loved it!"
    Overall

    I think this is one of Kathy Reichs' best. Even when I figured out what had happened (in the last hour of the "read") I was still thoroughly engaged in finding out how things would resolve. There is NOT too much French. What little there was, was appropriate and did not detract from the story if you didn't understand it. Linda Emond's narration is, as always, excellent.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Faking It

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Aasne Vigesaa
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (660)
    Performance
    (358)
    Story
    (354)

    Reformed art forger Tilda Goodnight reluctantly joins forces with semi-reformed con man Davy Dempsey. They want to steal a dubious painting and several million embezzled dollars from a lethal widow named Clea, who has targeted a mild-mannered art collector as her next dearly departed. Complications include her sister, the female impersonator; his best friend, the reformed cat burglar; a recidivist embezzler named Rabbit; a hit man; some lousy sex; and a juke box.

    Julie says: "Sometimes Audioversions really stand out."
    "French Farce Meets Love Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    The book is kind-of a French farce with a damsel in distress and a knight in somewhat tarnished armor. It was delightful to listen to during my 80-minute commute each way. Sad moments leavened the silliness to keep the story interesting and the plot moving briskly. I think it definitely was worth the credit!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death Benefits

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Thomas Perry
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (202)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (104)

    A careful, methodical young data analyst for a California insurance company, John Walker knows when people will marry, at what age they will most likely have children, and when they will die. All signs point to a long successful career---until Max Stillman, a gruff security consultant, appears without warning at the office. It seems a colleague with whom Walker once had an affair has disappeared after paying a very large death benefit to an impostor.

    Julie says: "My favorite book from one of my favorite authors."
    "Kept me listening!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Death Benefits the most enjoyable?

    Continually suspenseful.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Kramer – was your favorite?

    I liked the three main characters. They were very individual and interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    I know that Thomas Perry has a couple of series going, but I hope that he adds this to the others. Meanwhile, I'll start listening to the others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Darkly Dreaming Dexter

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jeff Lindsay
    • Narrated By Nick Landrum
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2681)
    Performance
    (899)
    Story
    (911)

    Dexter Morgan appears to be the perfect gentleman. He is handsome and polite, and has been in a relationship for nearly a year and a half. Yet appearances can be deceiving, for Dexter is a serial killer who has slain many people. But in this tale, he's the good guy, for there is one little twist: Dexter only snuffs out other murderers. When another serial killer, with an eerily similar style, starts grabbing headlines, Dexter has a fairly morbid thought. Am I being challenged?

    V. Sharol says: "Compelling but unsettling"
    "Emphasis on DARK"
    Overall

    Darkly Dreaming Dexter is well-written but it is more a fictionalized look into the mind of a sociopath than it is a novel. Dexter is not my idea of a likable protagonist. He kills people who he thinks deserve killing and cuts up their bodies. I am not squeamish. I listen to John Sandford, James Patterson, James Lee Burke, Kathy Reichs, and Lee Child among others.

    I give the book three stars for writing and narration, but withhold the other two because Dexter is an empty sociopathic vigilante. I will not listen to any more in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flawless

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Joshua Spanogle
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    A former medical detective for the Centers for Disease Control, Dr. Nate McCormick had seen enough suffering to last a lifetime. Now he's left the CDC, determined to begin a new life with his girlfriend in San Francisco...until the vicious murder of a biotech researcher, an old friend, hurtles him back into the medical world he's left behind.

    Dennis says: "Credits"
    "Not a good"
    Overall

    Not nearly so good as Spanogle's first book. I saw through the basic plot very quickly. The narrator read the entire book in CAPITAL LETTERS, making Nate seem like he had absolutely no humanity and was a self-serving jerk. I definitely will listen to a sample before I purchase a book from a narrator I don't know. I definitely will not listen books narrated by Scott Brick. He even read the end credits with too much emphasis on each word.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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