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Glenda

Bolton, MA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 8 reviews
  • 12 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 37 purchased in 2014
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  • How the Light Gets In: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1018)
    Performance
    (919)
    Story
    (919)

    Shadows are falling on the usually festive Christmas season for Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. When Gamache receives a message from Myrna Landers that a longtime friend has failed to arrive for Christmas in the village of Three Pines, he welcomes the chance to get away from the city. Gamache soon discovers the missing woman was once one of the most famous people not just in North America, but in the world, and now goes unrecognized by virtually everyone. As events come to a head, Gamache is drawn ever deeper into the world of Three Pines.

    Nancy J says: "Welcome Home!"
    "You will not be disappointed"
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    If you have followed Louise Penny's series, you will not be disappointed in listening to this one. I have started to love Ruth and the duck -- the duck has made her a kinder, more gentle person. In each book she seems to focus on different characters and I will be waiting to see who's next. The interview between the author and the writer at the end of the story was good and I enjoyed listening to the reader's thoughts.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Profiler's Daughter: Sky Stone, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By P. M. Steffen
    • Narrated By Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (718)
    Performance
    (651)
    Story
    (647)

    The Profiler's Daughter is a psychologically haunting thriller that combines murder mystery, love triangle, and family intrigue in one satisfying page burner. Sky Stone was born into the wealth and privilege of Boston's oldest Brahmin family but chooses instead to follow in the footsteps of her deceased father, legendary FBI profiler Monk Stone. In the chilly morning hours before the Boston Marathon, when a beautiful university student is found strangled and mutilated, her body left at the base of Heartbreak Hill, Sky returns from self-imposed exile to investigate.

    Irene L. Culkeen says: "What a great find"
    "Too many characters"
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    I stuck with this book because I always finish them, but tempted to put it down many times. There were too many characters and very little depth on any of them. Some of the male voices were almost silly. It really felt like a "first book". I will try her again because most of these authors get better, but I hope she finds someone else to do the recording. This is one of those books that could have used more than one narrator - as Baldacci seems to do in many of his books.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Kill Me

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Stephen White
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (45)

    Kill Me brings Alan Gregory face-to-face with the most challenging case of his career. As always, White's characters are indelible and the dialogue is dead-on, but Kill Me is fresh and thought-provoking in a way that's so uncommon in crime fiction.

    Deborah Mele says: "Great Read"
    "Best Stephen White book so far"
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    This book was not written from Alan Gregory's viewpoint. It was about a philosophy of death that may have occurred to all of us -- but would have never had the courage to implement. I was tied to the book for the entire second half. Since I listen to the books, I can also comment on Dick Hill's narration. It has improved greatly since the first Alan Gregory book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3946)
    Performance
    (3527)
    Story
    (3522)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "This should be a movie!"
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    I bought this book without knowing what it was about, but I love Robert Crais's writing, and I wasn't disappointed. It tugged at my heart and I learned a lot about the loyalty and intelligence of a dog that was a Marine! It combined the love of animals with a good mystery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Box: Harry Bosch, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Michael McConnohie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1919)
    Performance
    (1624)
    Story
    (1607)

    In a case that spans 20 years, Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photographer during the L.A. riots. Harry originally investigated the murder, but it was then handed off to the Riot Crimes Task Force and never solved. Now Bosch's ballistics match indicates that her death was not random violence, but something more personal, and connected to a deeper intrigue. Like an investigator combing through the wreckage after a plane crash, Bosch searches for the "black box", the one piece of evidence that will pull the case together.

    Amazon Customer says: "Disappointing"
    "Is it time for Harry to retire?"
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    Only my previous loyalty to Harry and Michael Connelly got me through this. It was very disjointed and did not offer the excitement that Connelly's books usually offer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cascade

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Maryanne O'Hara
    • Narrated By Madeleine Lambert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Cascade, Massachusetts, 1935. Desdemona Hart Spaulding, a promising young artist, abandoned her dreams of working in New York City to rescue her father. Two months later he is dead and Dez is stuck in a marriage to reliable but child-hungry Asa Spaulding. Dez also stands to lose her father’s legacy, the Cascade Shakespeare Theater, as the Massachusetts Water Authority decides whether to flood Cascade to create a reservoir. Amid this turmoil arrives Jacob Solomon....

    Glenda says: "Good story - poor recording"
    "Good story - poor recording"
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    It was a good story, but I think I would have enjoyed it more in a book. I do most of my reading by audiobooks, but this reader did not do well with male voices. I can frequently lose myself in audiobooks, but each time she tried to do a male voice, it was jarring. It could have been edited to work around trying to mimic a male voice and been a much better recording.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • City of Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Ellis
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    When a vibrant young woman is found in bed by her hotshot businessman husband, carved from belly to throat with a very sharp knife, the elite Robbery-Homicide Division of the LAPD responds in full force. Best-case scenario for lead Detective Lena Gamble: Nikki Brant's husband killed her, case closed, and on to the next crime scene before the ravenous Hollywood media can get their lurid tabloid machinery up and running.

    Alton says: "incredible"
    "Good to the last drop!"
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    Just like a good cup of coffee, this book held you to the very end. You were constantly trying to figure out who was the good guy and who was the bad guy -- and who was the really bad guy.

    Great story and excellent narration. I am anxious to move to her next story.

    It was interesting to have a man write such a striking novel about a woman -- thanks.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Secrets to the Grave

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Tami Hoag
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (717)
    Performance
    (417)
    Story
    (428)

    When Marissa is found brutally murdered, with her young daughter, Haley, resting her head on her mother's bloody breast, she sends the idyllic California town of Oak Knoll into a tailspin. Already on edge with the upcoming trial of the See- No-Evil killer, residents are shocked by reports of the crime scene, which might not have been discovered for days had it not been for a chilling 911 call: a small child's voice saying, "My daddy hurt my mommy."

    Judy Ford says: "Totally superior!!"
    "Narration takes away from the story"
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    Like most audible readers, I am usually doing something else while I listen. This narrator's voice changes are so subtle and there are so many women in the book, I frequently have to rewind to find out who was talking -- especially in the beginning when the story line is developing. She also plays with a Brooklyn accent that sometimes sounds like a Jewish accent. Very frustrating. Tami Hoag's books are excellent as always, but I am disappointed with this quality and hoping the next book is better (even though it is the same narrator), since I have already purchased it. My first audible book by Hoag was narrated by Scott Brick, and you can hardly top his work. Keep writing, Tami, but get a new narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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