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gardener97

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  • Bearers of the Black Staff

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Terry Brooks
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (710)
    Performance
    (462)
    Story
    (469)

    Five hundred years have passed since the devastating demon-led war that tore apart the United States, leaving nothing but scorched and poisoned ruins, and nearly exterminating humankind. Those who escaped the carnage and blight were led to sanctuary by the boy savior known as the Hawk - the gypsy morph. In an idyllic valley, its borders warded by powerful magic against the horrors beyond, humans, Elves, and mutants alike found a place they believed would be their home forever.

    gardener97 says: "hard time finishing"
    "hard time finishing"
    Overall

    Now understand, I love Terry Brooks. I've been reading and listening to his books for years... but this one just isn't right. It is painfully slow as each scene takes ten times longer than it should. For example there is a place where 'he' has to leave 'her' in the hands of the 'bad guys' so he can go set up a meeting, leaving her for security and he is agonizing about leaving her, she says he has no choice, the bad guys say he has no choice, he agonizes more, she says he has no choice, the bad guys say he has no choice, … this goes on for - I actually TIMED it - over 11 minutes and even after he finally does leave, he is STILL agonizing about leaving her, maybe he should go back. I am halfway through the second part and decided to leave it for a while.... I know you have to know what happens in the story but get the book from your library and skim through it. Also it is over 500 years since Hawk and the Ghosts and the Elves, etc set up the camp and the barrier (and wasn't that a good, complex story!), so all those people are long dead and gone. I'll give it three stars only because it is Terry Brooks.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2506)
    Performance
    (2356)
    Story
    (2356)

    In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

    Marci says: "King and Patton create a winning combo"
    "Kudos to Mr. King"
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    Spellbinding tale of a man who has learned to feel through killing. He finds excitement and fulfillment in driving a stolen Mercedes into a large crowd of job-seekers at a job fair, killing many including a baby and then sets up a terrible scheme to torture the woman from whom the Mercedes was stolen. He drives an ice cream truck and daily ponders how he could poison all the ice cream at once and kill all the children who bring him their coins looking for treats. And this is only in the beginning...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Morgue Drawer for Rent: Morgue Drawer, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Jutta Profijt
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    Dr. Martin Gänsewein wishes only to return to his simple and peaceful life as coroner; unfortunately his undead partner, Pascha, has other plans. When bodies at the local cemetery begin turning up sans organs, Martin and Pascha are propelled into their most dangerous mystery yet. As organs disappear at a rapid rate and gruesome threats pile up, Martin realizes his only chance for survival could be with the one person he wants to be rid of.

    Qatarcutie says: "Best in series. Looking forward to more"
    "Love these books - Creative and Funny"
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    These books are about the ghost of a professional car thief, Pascha, who finds himself in the morgue (in Cologne, Germany) awake (in spirit) and dead (in body). Only the coroner, Dr. Martin Gänsewein, can hear him and poor Martin thinks he is going crazy. Pascha, on the other hand, is furious that his death was murder but made to look like he was drunk and fell off a temporary walkway so he is sticking around until things are made right. It is creative and funny and each of the following books has some central plot that furthers the 'relationship' of car thief and coroner. MacLeod Andrews narrates, brilliantly as always. I find it amazing how his voices are so totally different for different books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Line: Witching Savannah, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By J. D. Horn
    • Narrated By Shannon McManus
    Overall
    (351)
    Performance
    (318)
    Story
    (316)

    To the uninitiated, Savannah shows only her bright face and genteel manner. Those who know her well, though, can see beyond her colonial trappings and small-city charm to a world where witchcraft is respected, Hoodoo is feared, and spirits linger. Mercy Taylor is all too familiar with the supernatural side of Savannah, being a member of the most powerful family of witches in the South. Despite being powerless herself, of course. Having grown up without magic of her own, in the shadow of her talented and charismatic twin sister, Mercy has always thought herself content.

    Robin in Vermont says: "Great new series!"
    "Excellent Story and Excellent Narrator"
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    I was surprised I liked this one so much. Set in Savannah, about a young girl who is twins with a witch sister - our girl is somewhat shunned by the family because she did not get any 'powers'. Everything went to the sister. Part supernatural and part love story and part general slice of life with interesting well developed characters. Outside my normal milieu of dark and twisted deceptive stories, I find I am ready for the next book - not out yet...

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Skin

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Mo Hayder
    • Narrated By Andrew Wincott
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    When the decomposing body of a young woman is found, the wounds on her wrists suggest an open-and-shut case of suicide. But Jack Caffery is not so sure. Other apparent suicides are cropping up, and they all have a connection to Elf's Grotto, a nearly bottomless network of flooded quarries just outside the city. Caffery begins to suspect a shadowy and sinister predator, someone - or something - that can disappear into darkness and slip into houses unseen.

    gardener97 says: "Dark and Grizzly - LOVE Detective Caffery"
    "Dark and Grizzly - LOVE Detective Caffery"
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    If you do not like dark and deviant characters and aberrant, twisted, violent plots and a well written series of characters you will love and hate - don't even think about this series. The low ratings are almost always from people who've been scarred by the first few pages. Mo Hayder is a wonderful writer and though the narrators change in different books - I really don't like that - they are solidly good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Absent One

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (789)
    Performance
    (682)
    Story
    (686)

    In The Keeper of Lost Causes, Jussi Adler-Olsen introduced Detective Carl Mørck, a deeply flawed, brilliant detective newly assigned to run Department Q, the home of Copenhagen’s coldest cases. The result wasn’t what Mørck - or readers - expected, but by the opening of Adler-Olsen’s shocking, fast-paced follow-up, Mørck is satisfied with the notion of picking up long-cold leads. So he’s naturally intrigued when a closed case lands on his desk: A brother and sister were brutally murdered two decades earlier....

    Judith Baker says: "New favorite author"
    "I LOVE Department Q - need more"
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    Jussi Adler-Olsen has another great book about Department Q, the ugly stepchild of the Copenhagen PD and the surprising results they get on old, cold cases. Carl Mørck and his two odd helpers will not be deterred in their investigations, regardless of the obstacles thrown at them. What a ride. This is book 2 and they should be read in order but I didn't get them that way. That's OK. You can weave the odd bits of the personal histories as you go. The cases are independent in each book. They are hard, edgy, dark stories well presented and not for the squeamish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Morgue Drawer Four: Morgue Drawer, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jutta Profijt
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (125)

    Shy, but scrupulous, he is happy working as a coroner in the Cologne morgue - until one of his usually taciturn “clients” starts talking to him. It seems the ghost of a recently deceased (and surprisingly chatty) small-time car thief named Pascha is lingering near his lifeless body in drawer number four of Martin’s morgue. He remains for one reason: his accidental death was actually murder. Pascha isn’t too keen on the good doctor, considering the tidy manner in which his body was dissected upon the autopsy table.

    Patricia says: "My first read by this author"
    "excellent but be aware this continues in book 2"
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    I would have gotten book two in this series anyway because I really like the story, the writing and I think MacLeod Andrews is one of the best narrators around, but I do not like the fact that it ends like the Perils of Pauline, with her tied to the railroad tracks and you have to wait until the next episode to see if the train runs over her. Well, you know it didn't but still... I don't like all the loose ends hanging that demand you get the next book.

    Still an excellent story - define 5 stars all around.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angelfall: Penryn & the End of Days, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Susan Ee
    • Narrated By Caitlin Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1004)
    Performance
    (928)
    Story
    (933)

    It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her 17-year-old sister, Penryn, will do anything to get her back. Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel. Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl. Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival.

    Brooke says: "Creep-tastic!"
    "But Book #3 is not out yet!!"
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    And that's a problem as you get enmeshed in this wonderfully complex story from Book #1 and immediately get Book #2, "World After: Penryn & the End of Days" and now you need Book #3 which is NOT out yet... woo - what a ride. This is considered for "grades 9 and up" and I guess I am really UP but I found it to be a very good story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Burning Soul: A Charlie Parker Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John Connolly
    • Narrated By George Guidall, Tony Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (61)

    Randall Haight has a secret: He is a convicted murderer, a man with the blood of a young girl on his hands. He has built a new life for himself in the small Maine town of Pastor's Bay, but someone has discovered the truth about him. He is being tormented by anonymously sent reminders of his crime. He wants private detective Charlie Parker to make them go away.

    Marian says: "Great plot, Narration not so great"
    "Connolly - like King - always satisfies!"
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    The Burning Soul is a Charlie Parker story about a child murder done years ago and a new child abduction done now. Connolly keeps a complex story running on level of suspense that is delightful - you cannot see what is going to be around the next twist. His style is rich. His support characters - Angel and Louis - also make an appearance here. Love those two!

    I have read all the Charlie Parker series and they are dark and terrifying, violent and insightful. Connelly is a writer for intelligent readers.

    I did not like having two readers - George Guidall and Tony Ward - at first but they fit right in and both are excellent readers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beneath the Dark Ice

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Greig Beck
    • Narrated By Sean Mangan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (330)
    Performance
    (298)
    Story
    (302)

    When a plane crashes into the Antarctic ice, exposing a massive cave beneath, a rescue and research team is dispatched. Twenty-four hours later, all contact is lost. Captain Alex Hunter and his highly trained squad of commandos are fast tracked to the hot zone to find out what went wrong - and to follow up the detection of a vast underground reservoir.

    Bob says: "A fun and interesting read."
    "He added everything but alien space ships"
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    This story started out really well, great concept, good reader, writing style very nice... but it wore on and on and on and added more and more weirdness until I just wanted it to be over. I really did expect an alien ship to show up. Would have fitted right in. Maybe add some elves too. Willing suspension of disbelief just ain't in it! Plus I lost interest in which of the characters lived or died. A very bad place to be in any book. I ended up listening to the last hour on double speed because I did want to know how it ended but golly, if I'd had the book, I would have skimmed whole pages.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • White Fire: Agent Pendergast, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1662)
    Performance
    (1479)
    Story
    (1490)

    Special Agent Pendergast arrives at an exclusive Colorado ski resort to rescue his protégée, Corrie Swanson, from serious trouble with the law. His sudden appearance coincides with the first attack of a murderous arsonist who - with brutal precision - begins burning down multimillion-dollar mansions with the families locked inside. After springing Corrie from jail, Pendergast learns she made a discovery while examining the bones of several miners who were killed 150 years earlier by a rogue grizzly bear.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Grand Slam Tale of Terror"
    "Couldn't put it down! Love the Pendergast stories!"
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    You know how there are books you listen to and then shut off to go to dinner? This is not one of those. This is one where you sit in the car wanting to get just one more bit. The story is complex, horrific and compelling and Rene Auberjonois is brilliant as always in his reading. I wish all audiobooks were like this one. I love the Preston & Child books (well not the Gideon ones but I am hardly alone there) and hope for more from this talented duo.

    More and more Pendergast, please!!!

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful

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