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R

POLLOCK PINES, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 23 reviews
  • 25 ratings
  • 71 titles in library
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  • American Lightning: Terror, Mystery, Movie-Making, and the Crime of the Century

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Howard Blum
    • Narrated By John H. Mayer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (34)

    It was an explosion that reverberated across the country - and into the very heart of early-20th-century America. On the morning of October 1, 1910, the walls of the Los Angeles Times Building buckled as a thunderous detonation sent men, machinery, and mortar rocketing into the night air. When at last the wreckage had been sifted and the hospital triage units consulted, 21 people were declared dead and dozens more injured.

    D. Littman says: "very interesting popular history"
    "Enjoyable"
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    I really found this audible enjoyable. The writer was great in telling the story from many points of views. Even with the variety of viewpoint storytelling the book was never lacking!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Woodcutter

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Reginald Hill
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1013)
    Performance
    (721)
    Story
    (717)

    Wolf Hadda's life was a fairytale - successful businessman and adored husband. But a knock on the door one morning ends it all. Universally reviled, thrown into prison, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later Wolf begins to talk to the prison psychiatrist and receives parole to return home. But there's a mysterious period in Wolf's past when he was known as the Woodcutter. Now the Woodcutter is back, looking for truth and revenge...

    Diana says: "One of my favorite Reginald Hill books!"
    "Fantastic!!!! I Highly Reccomend this Read."
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    Based on several source recommendations and audible reviews I tried this book out and I really LIKE it. After one book, I'm a fan of Reginald Hill and I have some of his other books in my wish list. The author is a fantastic writer of thrillers; especially with so many characters. He can build characters and keep several story lines going. He writes like very few others can with the plots and characters. I haven't even mentioned the twists and turns.

    Great READ!!!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24413)
    Performance
    (18521)
    Story
    (18681)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    Sue Schreiber says: "A very satisfying ending"
    "A Nice Conclusion but A Bit Rushed"
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    I, like others, have enjoyed this series. My only two negative comments are 1) I've always disliked when a character is written to be immortal, se of the final fights, for instance on the rooftop, where Katniss seems immortal are too much and 2) a good section of the last parts of the book seemed too rushed. Outside of all this I felt the final installment was solid for the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Given Day

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Dennis Lehane
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (374)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (144)

    The Given Day explores the crippling violence and irrepressible exuberance of a country at war with, and in the thrall of, itself. As Danny, Luther, and those around them struggle to define themselves in increasingly turbulent times, they gradually find family in one another and, together, ride a rising storm of hardship, deprivation, and hope that will change all their lives.

    D Jay says: "As Good As It Gets"
    "A Solid Read"
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    Based on the reviews I downloaded this book and found it completely fascinating. It was a page turner I rooted for several characters (which I rarely do). I would recommend this book to everyone I know.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4787)
    Performance
    (4359)
    Story
    (4369)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Another Hit for the Author"
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    Completely enjoyable. Robert, aka J.K., has done it again. I'm praying for a series of these books. I've told a lot of folks to read this book! The author kept me tuned in. At times I was expecting to know who the killer was before it was revealed but the author kept the tide turning.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hanging Hill

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Mo Hayder
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (74)

    One morning in picture-perfect Bath, England, a teenage girl's body is found on the towpath of a canal: Lorne Woods - beautiful, popular, and apparently the victim of a disturbingly brutal murder. Zoe Benedict - Harley-riding police detective, independent to a fault - is convinced the department head needs to look beyond the usual domestic motives to solve the case.

    Dorothy says: "Enjoyed it"
    "I Didn't Care for This Book as Others Have"
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    Due to the reviews, I was looking forward to this book. I should have returned it but due to the reviews I kept giving it a chance. I wished the author had stayed on story path of a mom, down in her luck and in need of work and her employer's occupation. I found this story line solid. Sadly, the author had too many story lines and many should have been eliminated. Also, I find it difficult to believe that two sisters living in the same town not running in to each other sooner! Really, with two teenage kids and one sister being in law enforcement they should have run in to each other! Lastly, I found Millie beyond annoying and for the two possible final outcomes I hope for the latter.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James L. Swanson
    • Narrated By Richard Thomas
    Overall
    (943)
    Performance
    (279)
    Story
    (287)

    The murder of Abraham Lincoln set off the greatest manhunt in American history, the pursuit and capture of John Wilkes Booth. From April 14 to April 26, 1865, the assassin led Union cavalry and detectives on a wild 12-day chase through the streets of Washington, D.C., across the swamps of Maryland, and into the forests of Virginia, while the nation, still reeling from the just-ended Civil War, watched in horror and sadness.

    Elizabeth says: "Fascinating!"
    "Authentic Read -- I Highly Recommend It."
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    I listen to a number of audible books each year. I have a favorite genre but every third book I listen to a non-fictional; preferably a fact-based story with suspense and intrigue. This book did not FAIL. The author did a great job in his research and telling a story of several people's viewpoint without writing opinions of right or wrong. Due to the author's research I learned a lot about the manhunt involved with finding Lincoln's killer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • People Who Eat Darkness: The True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanished from the Streets of Tokyo - and the Evil That Swallowed Her Up

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Richard Lloyd Parry
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (297)
    Performance
    (253)
    Story
    (252)

    Lucie Blackman - tall, blond, 21 years old - stepped out into the vastness of Tokyo in the summer of 2000 and disappeared. The following winter, her dismembered remains were found buried in a seaside cave. The seven months in between had seen a massive search for the missing girl involving Japanese policemen, British private detectives, and Lucie’s desperate but bitterly divided parents. Had Lucie been abducted by a religious cult or snatched by human traffickers? Who was the mysterious man she had gone to meet? And what did her work as a hostess in the notorious Roppongi district of Tokyo really involve?

    La Becket says: "The best audiobook I have ever heard -- hands down"
    "I was Engaged Throughout!"
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    Fact based book which was gripping, sad (because it was true) and a solid story about the dealings of life. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes true fiction (crime or mystery) but a book which allows us to reflect and analyze life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Down River: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By John Hart
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (579)
    Performance
    (264)
    Story
    (258)

    Adam Chase has spent the last five years in New York City trying to erase his worst memories and the scorn and abandonment of his family. Then a phone call from his best friend awakens in him a torrent of emotion and pain. Having left North Carolina and its red soil for good, he never thought returning would be easy - and being remembered as a murderer doesn't help much.

    Donald says: "Best Audiobook Ever"
    "Find another Book."
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    From the number of good reviews and the book being a Poe nominee I held a lot of hope. I found the initial premise interesting. As I listened on I found myself rolling my eyes with the vast number of clichés and catch phrases. The number of side plots became ridiculous and I had a strong suspicious of the true perpetrator by the second chapter (that’s not good). I carried on as the book had brief periods of a solid theme. Sadly, those periods were brief and distance. The overall theme has been seen on LMN (network) and I often thought oh, this part was on Law & Order and I’m sure this was or could be a plot on Dallas. It could easily be a soap/drama. If the author stuck with the initial theme, focused on 1 side plot and eliminated the catch phrases this could have been a book I would have reviewed as a good read.

    And the narrator sound liked Tootsie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Savage City

    • ABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By T. J. English
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    In the early 1960s, uncertainty and menace gripped New York, crystallizing in a poisonous divide between a deeply corrupt, cynical, and racist police force, and an African American community buffeted by economic distress, brutality, and narcotics. On August 28, 1963 - the day Martin Luther King Jr. declared "I have a dream" on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial - two young white women were murdered in their Manhattan apartment. Dubbed the Career Girls Murders case, the crime sent ripples of fear throughout the city, as police scrambled fruitlessly for months to find the killer.

    R says: "I Highly Recommend This Book!"
    "I Highly Recommend This Book!"
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    I downloaded this audible as the author was an Poe nominee. I found the first 3 pages harsh and wondered if the remainder of the book would be from the perspective of an admitted racist police officer. I was glad to listen on and found the author's writing honest and accurate in the description of the events. I found the author's and narrator's transition from one viewpoint to another an excellent style of writing/reading. I was eager to hit play when I had time to listen to this book. I completed this one in record time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2130)
    Performance
    (1529)
    Story
    (1526)

    The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history. A mild-mannered professor from Chicago, Dodd brings along his wife, son, and flamboyant daughter, Martha. At first Martha is entranced by the parties and pomp, and the handsome young men of the Third Reich with their infectious enthusiasm for restoring Germany to a position of world prominence. Enamored of the “New Germany,” she has one affair after another....

    Chris says: "Frightening, Powerful, Deeply Thought-provoking."
    "I Remain an Erik Larson Fan!"
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    I was lucky to stumble across on of Mr. Larson's books (Devil in the White City). I immediately loved his writing style. I listened to this audible and remained glued to it. I will probably sit down and actually read this book so that I can gain a much more deeper insight to history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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