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I don't know about you, but why are there so so so many 5 star reviews. I LOVE books, but so few are 5 star.

East Hartford, CT, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 139 reviews
  • 298 ratings
  • 650 titles in library
  • 15 purchased in 2015
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  • Fallen

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Shannon Cochran
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1743)
    Performance
    (1381)
    Story
    (1382)

    There's no police training stronger than a cop's instinct. Faith Mitchell's mother isn't answering her phone. Her front door is open. There's a bloodstain above the knob. Her infant daughter is hidden in a shed behind the house. All that the Georgia Bureau of Investigations taught Faith Mitchell goes out the window when she charges into her mother's house, gun drawn. She sees a man dead in the laundry room. She sees a hostage situation in the bedroom. What she doesn't see is her mother.

    Nancy J says: "Gripping Story, Revelations of the Past"
    "Not the best in the series"
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    As the series progresses you learn more about the history of Amanda Wagner.

    I've found my friends either love or hate, no middle ground. I enjoy the series despite the overall depressing feel.

    This book is as melancholy as the rest with the same over dramatic tone at times. However, I found it a little annoying with respect to the handling of Faith's diabetes. I found it a little disrespectful, but can't really articulate why.

    The story was good though, character development moved nicely and though I read it out of order I wouldn't have felt lost had as a new reader to the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Keeper of Lost Causes: Department Q, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1772)
    Performance
    (1542)
    Story
    (1540)

    Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award-also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo. Now, Dutton is thrilled to introduce him to America.

    Kelli N. Perkins says: "Maximum Thrill and Fabulous Characters"
    "Purchased every available audiobook in the series."
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    I am really enjoying this series, quirky perhaps a little far fetched but at least it hasn't veered off into relationship hell with, wives, kids, lovers being killed, kidnapped or otherwise menaced. There is of course some personal life details, thankfully this is more actual investigation less melodrama.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skinner's Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Quintin Jardine
    • Narrated By James Bryce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    As head of Edinburgh’s CID, Detective Chief Superintendent Bob Skinner has seen it all…but even he is shocked by the savagely mutilated corpse discovered in a dark alleyway. The victim is identified as a successful young lawyer, and the motive for the brutal death remains a mystery. Then further seemingly random killings in the city begin to suggest a vicious serial killer on the rampage. But when the lawyer’s fiancée is also murdered, Skinner realises that someone is in deadly earnest.

    Amazon Customer says: "A good story"
    "A good story"
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    A litte far fetched, also it is my impression the author has a bit of national hubris...

    Still, I enjoyed the book and purchased the next three in a 20 plus series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Girl: Maeve Kerrigan, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jane Casey
    • Narrated By Sarah Coomes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (44)

    Vast wealth offers London defense attorney Philip Kennford a lot of things: a gorgeous house with a pool in the backyard, connections in the top echelons of society, a wardrobe worthy of Milan runways. But his money doesn’t provide a happy marriage, or good relationships with his twin daughters...and it does nothing to protect his family when someone brutally murders his wife and daughter in their own home. When Detective Constable Maeve Kerrigan arrives at the scene, the two survivors - Philip and his second-favorite daughter, Lydia - both claim to have seen nothing, but it’s clear right away that this is an unhappy family accustomed to keeping secrets.

    J-9 says: "Really Like Maeve Kerrigan"
    "I like the storyline"
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    However, the narration really annoyed me inthe beginning. The story was engrossing so I hung in there and tried to tune out the very bad accents and male voices.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skinner's Round

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Quintin Jardine
    • Narrated By James Bryce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    The opening of an elite country club, marked by a prestigious golf tournament, turns to chaos when a man is found dead in the clubhouse jacuzzi – with his throat cut. When the murder is linked to a legendary witches’ curse, Assistant Chief Constable Bob Skinner thinks it’s fantasy. He’s more concerned with harsh reality than East Lothian’s past as a centre for witchcraft. But when another body is found, he must uncover the disturbing truth beneath a dark mythology…

    Amazon Customer says: "So-so. Suffering as a series"
    "So-so. Suffering as a series"
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    I enjoyed the first two, but as a series starting to suffer from hyperbole. I don't think I'll be listening to another any time soon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Working Girls

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Maureen Carter
    • Narrated By Frances Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Fifteen years old…brutalised…dumped in a park…throat slashed…. Schoolgirl prostitute Michelle Lucas died in agony and terror, utterly alone. The sight breaks the heart of Sergeant Bev Morriss of West Midlands Police. She thought she was hardened, but gazing at Michelle’s pale, broken body she is consumed by a cold fury. She knows this case is different - this is the one that will push her to the edge. Plunging herself into the seedy heart of Birmingham’s vice-land she struggles to infiltrate the deadly jungle of hookers, evil pimps and violent johns.

    Amazon Customer says: "A solid listen"
    "A solid listen"
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    Publisher's summary was accurate, the story moved along nicely. Well worth a credit and a decent new series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Burning Room

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Titus Welliver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1520)
    Performance
    (1363)
    Story
    (1348)

    In the LAPD's Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die almost a decade after the crime. So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet nine years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh, but all other evidence is virtually nonexistent. Now Bosch and rookie Detective Lucia Soto, are tasked with solving what turns out to be a highly charged, politically sensitive case.

    Amazon Customer says: "Not up to par"
    "Narration was a little slow"
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    True to form, Connelly is descriptive and detailed in his most recent portrayal of Bosch in procedural police drama. A solid outing with the exception of the narrator who was not fluid and tended to draw out and slow the dialog even though it seemed to be written for a different pace.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Vows of Silence: Simon Serrailler 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Susan Hill
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (98)

    Gunmen are terrorising young women in the Cathedral town of Lafferton. What - if anything - links the apparently random murders? Is the marksman with a rifle the same person as the killer with a handgun? Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Serrailler falls back on well tried police methods such as questioning neighbours and house-to-house searches.

    Ruth says: "taut writing, narrator perfect - read in order!!!"
    "I think I'm done"
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    No criticism of the writing, only content. Too melodramatic, she has gone too far. Yes people die, life happens, but in the normal course of life there is usually small bright moments that sustain us. Everyone in this story is or should be contemplating death in a very very, yes, BLEAK way.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Risk of Darkness: Simon Serrailler 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Susan Hill
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (132)

    Following on from the child abduction in her previous novel The Pure in Heart, Susan Hill explores the crazy grief of a widowed husband, a derangement that turns to obsession and threats, violence and terror.

    Nancy says: "Nail biting story and brilliant narration"
    "Continued..."
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    I wasn't going to get the third (or fourth) but like a bad accident I kept watching. Sadder yet, there is literally NO fun or humor in this book, in these fictional lives and yet they are portrayed as having good lives.

    Still, so well written, but i wish she would inject some real life folly into the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pure in Heart: Simon Serrailler 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Susan Hill
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (200)

    Detective Chief Inspector Simon Serrailler, first introduced in The Various Haunts of Men, is on a painting holiday in Venice when he is summoned home by a telephone call. He has family problems to face, and the stress and grind of running a busy police station. When a little boy is snatched as he stands with his satchel at the gate of his home, waiting for his lift to school, an ordinary community realises that terror and evil are in their very midst.

    Rebecca says: "Love This Series!"
    "Getting more noir-ish"
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    A little sadder, still so well written, great dialog if only it were not so so very bleak. Bleak is the closest I can come to describe the vein of emotion that runs through the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Various Haunts of Men: A Simon Serrailler Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Susan Hill
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (369)
    Performance
    (320)
    Story
    (318)

    A woman vanishes in the fog up on "the Hill", an area locally known for its tranquility and peace. The police are not alarmed; people usually disappear for their own reasons. But when a young girl, an old man, and even a dog disappear, no one can deny that something untoward is happening in this quiet town. Young policewoman Freya Graffham is assigned to the case; she's new to the job, compassionate, inquisitive, and dedicated to the task of unraveling the mystery behind this gruesome sequence of events.

    karen says: "Best of the best...."
    "So hard to review"
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    I really like the this even though it is sort or noir-ish if that makes any sense. I've listened through the 4th book and part of me likes the series, but part of me is screaming beyond any kind of credulity. It is a little like a tv drama in that I enjoy the first season but get annoyed when it starts to reach for overly dramatic focus and I start to think...SERIOUSLY! Life can be bad, depressing, but no you can't pile it that high.

    I am still enjoying the series, but feel it is becoming a little bleak for me. Life regardless of religious affiliation, has highs, happiness threaded throughout. If not we cease to enjoy even the basic pleasures such as a good book.

    The story is well written, clean, crisp dialog, no humour or wit, the last two filled with unrelenting sadness.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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