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Spring Branch, TX, United States | Member Since 2007

  • 3 reviews
  • 46 ratings
  • 492 titles in library
  • 15 purchased in 2014

  • The Snowman

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Oslo in November. The first snow of the season has fallen. A boy named Jonas wakes in the night to find his mother gone. Out his window, in the cold moonlight, he sees the snowman that inexplicably appeared in the yard earlier in the day. Around its neck is his mother’s pink scarf. Hole suspects a link between a menacing letter he’s received and the disappearance of Jonas’s mother - and of perhaps a dozen other women, all of whom went missing on the day of a first snowfall. As his investigation deepens, something else emerges: he is becoming a pawn....

    Anita says: "many layered thriller"
    "Almost Quit Nesbo"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I almost quit Nesbo after I listened to The Devil's Star and The Redbreast. But in The Snowman, Nesbo rolled up the characters and placed the delicately intriguing plot lines one on top of the other. Nesbo then chose pebbles of shocking crime scenes and a serial killer with patience and intelligence to form a mouth and eyes. Then comes the carrot...

    What did you like best about this story?

    The suspense built steadily, even through the times where the characters thought the killer was identified. I was never able to relax, nor did I want to.

    Which character – as performed by Robin Sachs – was your favorite?

    The driven and tormented Katrina Brat.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The stalking and murder of the woman who cut off the chicken heads. I cannot remember her name. The description of the forest and the stream, the taste of the cold water, made me turn up the heater. I made the last, desperate throw of the ax with her.

    Any additional comments?

    The characters are broken and haunted. Even the children are wounded. The hero's struggle through their wounds, the villains wear their wounds like a crown.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • You're Next

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Mike Wingate had a rough childhood  —  he was abandoned at a playground at four years old and raised in foster care. No one ever came to claim him, and he has only a few, fragmented memories of his parents. Now, as an adult, Mike is finally living the life he had always wanted  —  he’s happily married to Annabel, the woman of his dreams; they have a precocious eight-year-old daughter, Kat.

    Janice says: "Edge of my seat."
    "New to Hurwitz"
    What made the experience of listening to You're Next the most enjoyable?

    Hurwitz was new to me. I chose the book based on listener reviews. Because I was unfamiliar with his style, every corner I turned held a new surprise. Great picture of the quagmire of moment you are high and dry on shore, the next you are up to your neck in the muck and sinking fast. Very entertaining.

    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I can always depend on Scott Brick to punch up a story with his "in your face" tone. He can capture the anger, fear and relief in the characters better than if I just read the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Brass Verdict: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles

    Things are finally looking up for defense attorney Mickey Haller. After two years of wrong turns, Haller is back in the courtroom. When Hollywood lawyer Jerry Vincent is murdered, Haller inherits his biggest case yet: the defense of Walter Elliott, a prominent studio executive accused of murdering his wife and her lover. But as Haller prepares for the case that could launch him into the big time, he learns that Vincent's killer may be coming for him next.

    Jeff says: "Five Star Book; Three Star Narration"
    "Connelly is Back!"

    Well done! Really enjoyed the way the book was written from the lawyer's perspective, with a good dose of Bosch to keep the reader off balance.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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