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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 2010

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  • 134 reviews
  • 280 ratings
  • 609 titles in library
  • 97 purchased in 2014
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  • The House at Sea's End

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Elly Griffiths
    • Narrated By Jane McDowell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (141)

    A team of archaeologists, investigating coastal erosion on the north Norfolk coast, unearth six bodies buried at the foot of a cliff. How long have they been there? What could have happened to them? Forensics expert Ruth Galloway and DCI Nelson are drawn together again to unravel the past. Tests reveal that the bodies have lain, preserved in the sand, for sixty years. The mystery of their deaths stretches back to the Second World War, a time when Great Britain was threatened by invasion.

    Susan says: "British style of modern mystery story"
    "Don't know if I care what happens next"
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    The character development that made me want to continue the series was a real turn off in this book. I don't believe we all have to fatally flawed to be interesting. Every character doesn't have to be a caricature.

    Harry and Ruth are turning into a regular little soap opera. I don't know if I'll read the last installment. Lord knows I'm not a writer so take my criticisms as what they are, an average reader with little tase for melodrama.

    3 of 5 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
    (441)
    Performance
    (403)
    Story
    (402)

    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.

    Barbara N. says: "Great story, narration a disappointment"
    "Narration was a little slow"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    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 1 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
    (117)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (83)

    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"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    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.

    0 of 0 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
    (150)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (110)

    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
    (204)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (155)

    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"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    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
    (313)
    Performance
    (268)
    Story
    (266)

    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
  • A Snowball in Hell

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Christopher Brookmyre
    • Narrated By Kenny Blyth
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (38)

    Simon Darcourt, an inventive killer with a sense of humour, is creating his own celebrity talent show, one that is generating more publicity than its contestants have ever had in their lives. The catch is that those lives won't be very long. The police turn to Angelique de Xavia, a cop who has crossed his path before. However, the police are not the only people who want Darcourt. Now she's faced not only with tracking him down, but also with the task of ensuring she doesn't end up dead once she's served her purpose.

    John says: "More Brookmyre, Please"
    "ridiculous"
    Overall
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    Violent, implausible, thoroughly enjoyed it! Demented take on social issues. A very warped social commentary. I don't care still found it funny, offbeat and kinda funny in a dark bleak way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murder in Retribution: Scotland Yard, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Anne Cleeland
    • Narrated By Marcella Riordan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    Despite their investigative prowess, Scotland Yard's Chief Inspector Michael Sinclair, Lord Acton, and rookie detective Kathleen Doyle stir more than a few feathers at CID Headquarters when their relationship comes to light. But office politics quickly become trivial when a rash of underworld murders shatters London's normally austere façade. With a growing list of successfully solved cases to her name, the ever-dauntless Doyle shakes off the gossip and sets out to investigate the escalating turf war.

    Tracey says: "Heavy on drama, light on mystery"
    "I liked the first"
    Overall
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    This is the second in the series, just terrible, completely and totally terrible. A clone of the first making what was a little quirky and potentially interesting if developed, completely boring and creepy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Chris Ewan
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (747)
    Performance
    (661)
    Story
    (666)

    Charlie Howard travels the globe writing suspense novels for a living. To supplement his income - and keep his hand in - Charlie has a small side business: stealing for a very discreet clientele on commission. When a mysterious American offers Charlie 20,000 euros to steal two small monkey figurines to match the one he already has, Charlie is suspicious; the job seems too good to be true, and of course, it is. He soon finds the American beaten nearly to death, while the third figurine has disappeared.

    adrienne says: "A delightful surprise!"
    "okay"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Just okay, I don't see myself following this series. Very little to hold my attention it was a little too predictable. I enjoy cozies and this is a cozy type, not my cup of tea.

    Simon Vance is great as usual and may be the only thing that kept it interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Ally Carter
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (75)

    The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women is a fairly typical all-girls school - that is, it would be if every school taught advanced martial arts in PE and the latest in chemical warfare in science, and students received extra credit for breaking CIA codes in computer class. The Gallagher Academy might claim to be a school for geniuses, but it's really a school for spies.

    Autumn says: "AWESOME!"
    "Teen lit"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Bought for a road trip with my 12 year old niece. I feel very silly, but I liked the 2 we listened to in the series. They were cute and sweet great tween books that aren't full of sex or violence. I was not bored or annoyed to listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Place: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan, Lara Hutchinson
    Overall
    (817)
    Performance
    (733)
    Story
    (728)

    "The Secret Place", a board where the girls at St Kilda's School can pin up their secrets anonymously, is normally a mishmash of gossip and covert cruelty, but today someone has used it to reignite the stalled investigation into the murder of handsome, popular Chris Harper. Stephen joins forces with the abrasive Detective Antoinette Conway to find out who and why.

    Pamela says: "Well...I really liked 50% of it"
    "hmmmmm"
    Overall
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    I don't know what to say here. The book wasn't bad, it just wasn't what I have come to expect from Tana French. The outline is good, a nice idea but it just was not very fleshed out, a little sloppy and vacant.

    My excitement at seeing there was a new French book was meet with disappointment upon listening. Again not that it was bad, maybe my expectations were too high.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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