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Paige

Glen Ellyn, Israel | Member Since 2007

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  • The Sleeping Doll: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Anne Twomey
    Overall
    (1015)
    Performance
    (374)
    Story
    (373)

    Ten years ago in California, Daniel Pell, a self-styled Charles Manson, was sentenced to life in prison for murdering an entire family: husband, wife, and two children, plus one of his young male followers. He is brought to Salinas, California, to interview with Kathryn Dance after he is implicated in yet another killing. Things go terribly wrong during an interview break, and Pell escapes, intent on killing again.

    Paige says: "A decent listen"
    "A decent listen"
    Overall

    I've listened to a couple of Jeffrey Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme novels and have always found them better to read than to listen to. I enjoyed The Sleeping Doll more than his previous books and he did a good job of fleshing out the main characters. There were times I thought the story was tedious - the constant references to other people's body language got on my nerves (I get it - she's an expert in kinesics and I don't need an explanation for every gesture a character makes). I also though the story grew tedious at times when the author would wallow in the details of everything the characters were doing (she went home, she cooked dinner, etc.) and it seemed to slow the action. Overall, not my favorite audiobook but certainly not my least favorite either. I would call it average.

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Bone by Bone

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Carol O'Connell
    • Narrated By Benjamin Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (505)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (205)

    In the northern California town of Coventry, two teenage brothers go into the woods one day, but only one comes back. No one knows what happened to the younger brother, Josh, until 20 years later, when the older brother, Oren, now an ex-investigator for the Army CID, returns to Coventry for the first time in many years. His first morning back, he hears a thump on the front porch. Lying in front of the door is a human jawbone, the teeth still intact. And it is not the first such object, his father tells him.

    Paige says: "A good, solid listen"
    "A good, solid listen"
    Overall

    I'm a fan of Carol O'Connell - she has a way with language that causes you to linger over certain lines and descriptions (obviously easier to do when reading than when listening). I've enjoyed most of her books and would put this one somewhere in the middle.

    As one reviewer mentioned, there are a number of characters to keep up with, but over the course of the story, you get to know each one and it's not quite as difficult to remember who's who. She does a masterful job of leaving you in suspense - teasing you with the mystery of Josh's disappearance and Oren's possible connection to it. She answers each question in dribbles here and there so you want to keep listening. Some aspects of the story were hard to swallow - Oren's strange relationship with Isabel, for one, though I was willing to overlook that since the novel, as a whole, was solid. One reviewer mentioned how the townspeople were completely fine with breaking the law - I actually found that somewhat believable since this attitude seemed in keeping with the crazy people of Coventry.

    I wasn't a fan of the narrator - there were a number of times when the point of view switched and a new scene was obviously in play (though not necessarily a new chapter), but the narrator didn't pause to let you know that. It made for some confusing moments.

    Overall, this is a good listen, though you do have to suspend your belief at times. You also have to pay close attention - it's easy to miss some of the details.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Watch

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (357)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (99)

    In Washington, D.C., a cell phone rings. The White House chief of staff needs Jacob Winter now. His chief investigator and an Army Intelligence veteran, Winter knows how to move quickly and decisively, but he's never faced a problem like this. The disappearances are bad, but when the blackened body shows up barbed-wired to a tree, Winter knows there is much worse to come. And soon enough, there is. Large forces are at work, determined to do whatever it takes to achieve their ends.

    P. Minor says: "Predictable"
    "Not good"
    Overall

    I've never read (or listened to) much of John Sanford's work and I probably won't after listening to this one. I have to agree with the reviewer who mentioned the main character seemed like a bureaucrat jumping through the endless hoops of politics and red-tape - big yawn. I was looking for something with a bit more intrigue. I actually fast-forwarded through parts of it simply because I couldn't bring myself to completely trash it after spending money on it.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The 6th Target: The Women's Murder Club

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (784)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (226)

    When an attack leaves one of the members of the Women's Murder Club struggling for her life, the others fight to keep a madman behind bars before he hurts anyone else. And Lindsay Boxer and her new partner in the San Francisco police department try to stop a series of kidnappings: children and their nannies are being plucked off the streets.

    David says: "disappointing at best"
    "A fast listen"
    Overall

    I'm a fan of some of James Patterson books - the Alex Cross series and the Women's Murder Club series. The 6th Target is as fast-paced as the previous books in the series and I find I actually enjoy listening to his books better than reading them. The plot was good - kept me interested but didn't get too confusing (although there were several plot lines going, so you wouldn't want to take long breaks or you might have a hard time following along), and the narrator was very good. This is a good one to listen to while doing something mindless and boring - I listened to the whole thing while mulching the yard one weekend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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