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C

Not a writer, a writer wannabe, editor, lit maj, or pretend literary critic. Just an avid reader/listener. My ratings are opinion only.

East Hartford, CT, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Winds of War

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2417)
    Performance
    (2036)
    Story
    (2039)

    Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

    Arken says: "Great storytelling"
    "Excellent"
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    Someone wrote that the book was dated... I'm not sure how that applies to a book written in 1971 about the beginning of WWII, dialog, attitudes and most especially gender roles were different. I was born in the late sixties and did not find it to be dated.

    This was an excellent story full of detail and history, mostly accurate with a little poetic license. It brought home the reality that although the means of war change with technology, the fact of war is never as simple as good versus evil. The winners write the history books. There is much evil in the world, but sometimes we don't take action because of, maybe despite it.

    Even for a non politico like me, the book was engrossing. Excellent narration.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Naked Heat

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Richard Castle
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (757)
    Performance
    (498)
    Story
    (497)

    In the sequel to the New York Times bestselling Heat Wave, Richard Castle does it again with his thrilling new mystery. Tough, sexy, professional, NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat carries a passion for justice as she leads one of New York City’s top homicide squads. In what’s sure to be another smash sensation, listeners will once again follow Nikki Heat and hotshot reporter Jameson Rook as they trade barbs and innuendos all while on the trail of a murderer!

    Blanche says: "enjoyable mystery"
    "enjoyable easy listening"
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    Not a lot of substance, but not gloomy and dark either. I am seriously getting tired of the depressing one note bleakness in mystery right now and found this a refreshing change. Doesn't take a lot of energy to focus on like a good beach book. Funny without being too silly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brilliance

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Marcus Sakey
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (704)
    Performance
    (622)
    Story
    (624)

    In Wyoming, a little girl reads people’s darkest secrets. In New York, a man sensing patterns in the stock market racks up $300 billion. In Chicago, a woman can go invisible. They’re called "brilliants," and since 1980, one percent of people have been born this way. Nick Cooper is among them; a federal agent, Cooper has gifts rendering him exceptional at hunting terrorists. His latest target may be the most dangerous man alive, a brilliant drenched in blood and intent on provoking civil war. But to catch him, Cooper will have to violate everything he believes in.

    cristina says: "Glued from beginning to end"
    "and a half... better than average sci fi"
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    Performance
    Story

    Someone told me not to be a sci fi snob and I'm not, I enjoy fantasy reading, loved the artemis fowl series as I read them to my children. I just don't enjoy the monster djour genre and ridiculous sex scenes for the sake of sex. (Whew defensive much) If it's well written I'm almost always entertained.

    I enjoyed the book even though its a teany little bit derivative of xmen in my opinion, it does seem plausible. The characters were well written, the story was fast paced, there was action, humor, a little love interest, but not sickening sex scenes.

    3.5

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Jonas Jonasson
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (753)
    Performance
    (662)
    Story
    (674)

    After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he's still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn't interested (and he'd like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash.

    Sylvia says: "Full of Surprises and Unexpected Events"
    "Positive entertainment"
    Overall
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    By that I mean the positive attitude and it was absolutely entertaining.

    I was looking for something a little less dark and depressing. It seems most mystery writers right now are a writing from bleakness. Even with tragedy every day life if rarely so black.

    This was refreshing, funny, historical, a little bit of an intelligent Forest Gump. If you like history and being reminded life doesn't have to suck all the time, give it a shot. In my humble opinion worth the price of admission.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sex Club: Wade Jackson Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By L. J. Sellers
    • Narrated By Damon Abdallah
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    A pipe bomb explodes at a birth control clinic, then a young client turns up dead in a dumpster. Kera, the clinic nurse, discovers that the girl’s Bible group is sharing more than the Good News. Confidentiality keeps her from telling the police, so she digs for the truth on her own—becoming the bomber’s new target. Meanwhile, Detective Jackson races to find the killer, fearing that his own daughter could be next.

    C says: "surprisingly good"
    "surprisingly good"
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    Recommended by a fellow mystery reader who told me not to be a snob about the title (smile). The book was a nice surprise with respect to a fresh idea. However, the content is a little disturbing. Nothing that hasn't been in the news in some way shape or form. I was a bit put off by the language probably because it centered on young tweens.

    Overall a well written suspense/thriller not your same old serial killer story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Frost at Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By R. D. Wingfield
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    With a healthy disregard for rules, he attracts trouble like a magnet. He has a newly assigned apprentice - the unfortunate Detective Constable Barnard - the Chief Constable’s nephew. Fresh to the provinces, just up from London in an embarrassingly flash suit, he’s ripe for Frost’s satire.

    C says: "Love it!"
    "Love it!"
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    Offbeat, dry humor, great looping interlacing stories. I immediately bought all avaliable audio and written. Not typical, but in my opinion very good, almost great.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Force of Nature: A Joe Pickett Novel, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By C. J. Box
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (416)
    Performance
    (354)
    Story
    (351)

    New York Times best-selling author C. J. Box delivers a novel starring Joe Pickett’s sidekick: fan favorite Nate Romanowski.

    In Force of Nature, trouble comes calling from Nate’s past in the Special Forces, and the colleague he once called a friend won’t stop until those who know a deadly secret are silenced. Everyone close to Nate is at risk, including Joe and his family. To save them, Nate will have to convince law-abiding Joe to finally break a few rules along the way.

    Ronna says: "Best mystery series ever----great performance of t"
    "Okay"
    Overall
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    Enjoyable listen, template type mystery. Worth the credit if you like the tough hero type with lots of gun play and bad guys.

    I felt it was worth the credit, but not anything outstanding.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wire in the Blood: A Tony Hill & Carol Jordan Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Val McDermid
    • Narrated By Michael Tudor Barnes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (148)

    Across the country, dozens of teenage girls have vanished. It's the job of criminal profilers Dr. Tony Hill and Carol Jordan to look for a pattern. They've spent years exploring the psyches of madmen. But sane men kill, too. And when they hide in plain sight, they can be difficult to find. He's handsome and talented, rich and famous - a notorious charmer with the power to seduce...and the will to destroy. No one can fathom what he's about to do next.

    connie says: "I think I get McDermid now: Kate Millet of crime?"
    "Great performance"
    Overall
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    I like the writer but do find the over descriptive violence a little disturbing. The story wasn't predictable, limited suspension of reality, varied well written characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Holiday in Death: In Death, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1098)
    Performance
    (711)
    Story
    (713)

    No one likes to be alone during the holidays. For New York's most posh dating service, Personally Yours, it is the season to bring lonely hearts together. But Lt. Eve Dallas, on the trail of a ritualistic serial killer, has made a disturbing discovery: all of the victims have been traced to Personally Yours.

    Sylvia says: "Awesome!"
    "Same"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I enjoy these stories even if they are a little cheesy, the procedurals are better than most. This was different from the usual fare not as amusing, but still decent. I'm happy to say a lot less silly sex scenes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Swedish Girl: DCI Lorimer, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Alex Gray
    • Narrated By Joe Dunlop
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    When Kirsty Wilson lands a room in a luxury Glasgow flat owned by Swedish fellow student Eva Magnusson she can't believe her luck. But Kirsty's delight turns to terror when she finds the beautiful Swedish girl lying dead in their home and their male flatmate accused of her murder. Kirsty refuses to accept that he is guilty and, inspired by family friend Detective Superintendent Lorimer, sets out to clear his name. Meanwhile, Lorimer calls on trusted psychologist Solly Brightman to help unravel the truth behind the enigmatic Eva's life and death.

    C says: "Strong story"
    "Strong story"
    Overall
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    Held my attention from start to finish, first book in a while. Well written, no clichés and didn't get predictable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Not Dead Enough

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Peter James
    • Narrated By David Bauckham
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (54)

    Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is investigating the bizarre slaying of Katie Bishop, a member of Brighton's social elite. Her husband Brian appears to be in the clear - he was in another town at the time, sound asleep. But Grace begins to suspect the presence of a doppelganger: is someone else - almost identical to Bishop - involved in the crime?

    Andrew says: "Great story and fantastic listen."
    "okay"
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    The story was okay, the vehicle a little dented and used , but well written and decent listen for the credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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