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donna

Wyncote, PA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Breaking Point

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By C. J. Box
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (527)
    Performance
    (457)
    Story
    (455)

    The recipient of Edgar, Anthony, and Macavity Awards, New York Times best-selling author C. J. Box has won almost every honor in his field. In Breaking Point, Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett is glad to catch up with old friend Lyle Pendergast, but then the man goes missing and is named a suspect in the death of two EPA employees. All signs point to Lyle’s guilt, but the more Joe digs into the case, the more he realizes he’s stepped into the middle of a deadly power play.

    Ronna says: "My favorite author does it again!!"
    "Morality and Politics"
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    I have enjoyed C.J. Box over the years, and this is an excellent example of the storytelling. The character is flawed but entirely moral. Some of his decisions get him embroiled in trouble, but he is so real. His relationships with coworkers, wife, daughter, and friends, move the plot along and keep the reader engrossed. His frustrations with those in power and their inability to act logically are mirrored in all our lives.
    He adds the Western locale and the politics of the lone man that I don't usually agree with or think about, but in this context the politics are powerful and moving. It's man against nature, and it's about men trying to do right when all around them men are following rules that don't make sense and abusing power without thought for how their actions affect others or worse, abusing power with deliberate malice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Firefly

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By P. T. Deutermann
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (153)

    At midnight, in a secret medical clinic in Washington, D.C., two foreign doctors and their team are completing plastic surgery on an anonymous client who is changing the appearance of his face, among other things. After the procedure, the client begins to stir - and suddenly the operating room erupts in violence, and the clinic is ablaze.

    Richard says: "A good listen, but ending defies credulity...."
    "Premise and concepts not reliable"
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    I enjoyed the main character, but the basic premise is not believable. Characters do not do what they should, which is setting up for a twist ending, but the ending makes no sense in the real world. Characters walk down dark alleys where similar characters were murdered the night before, return to homes where they have been previously attacked, etc. If I were to take on a disguise in a city and world in search of terrorists, and I was blond and blue eyed, I wouldn't disguise myself as an Arab or Pakistani. Details like these make it hard to keep going. The final premise that we, as Americans get to do very bad things to the Arab world because we get financial gain, and besides they are the faceless enemy, just promotes a world concept that is black and white and will never know peace.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Deadly Appearances: A Joanne Kilbourn Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Gail Bowen
    • Narrated By Lisa Bunting
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Andy Boychuk is a successful Saskatchewan politician - until one sweltering August afternoon when the party faithful gather at a picnic. All of the key people in Boychuk’s life - family, friends, enemies - are there. Boychuk steps up to the podium to make a speech, takes a sip of water, and drops dead. Joanne Kilbourn, in her début as Canada’s leading amateur sleuth, is soon on the case, delving into Boychuk’s history. What she finds are a Bible college that’s too good to be true, a woman with a horrifying and secret past, and a murderer who’s about to strike again.

    connie says: "quiet mystery; strong sense of place"
    "Too much set-up"
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    After 2 1/2 hrs of listening, I gave up. There was a a murder in the opening scene. Then characters were described, new ones introduced, setting established, etc. But nothing happpened, and the main character was annoyingly insensive to others and obssessed with politics. It was taking too long to get to the story and the mystery.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Crusader's Cross: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (859)
    Performance
    (341)
    Story
    (340)

    Critically acclaimed and best-selling crime writer James Lee Burke returns to Louisiana where his ever-popular hero, Dave Robicheaux, sleuths his way through a hotbed of sin and uncertainty.

    Suzn F says: "Another delicious book from JLB"
    "great immersion in the setting and human morality"
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    Great writing. Great job of presenting setting and comments on humanity, characters and motivation. Nice job of presenting the nuances of alcohol addiction. There were clues presented early, like a character swallowing a wedding ring, that weren't followed up. It left me wondering why such a great detective let clues slip. He knew the DNA of a murder victim but didn't use the info to connect to the murderer and continued to act surprised that the victim wasn't related to other suspects. Despite what were probably editing/proofreading flaws, the writing is so good, that other things can be forgiven.
    What ever happened to the days of editors who actually read the book and sent it back to the author?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trust Your Eyes

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Linwood Barclay
    • Narrated By Ken Marks, Rick Holmes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (318)
    Performance
    (275)
    Story
    (280)

    Thomas Kilbride is a map-obsessed schizophrenic so affected that he rarely leaves the self-imposed bastion of his bedroom. But with a computer program called Whirl360.com, he travels the world while never so much as stepping out the door. He pores over and memorizes the streets of the world. He examines every address, as well as the people who are frozen in time on his computer screen. Then he sees something that anyone else might have stumbled upon - but has not - in a street view of downtown New York City: an image in a window. An image that looks like a woman being murdered.

    karen says: "One of 2013's best!"
    "Character driven with plot twists"
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    I couldn't stop listening, and I was engaged trying to figure out just where this was going. I have to admit that with this novel and The Accident, I had a hard time getting into the first hour, but once I'd stepped into the story, I was trapped in Barclay's world. The main character does not do the expected, and the second main character Thomas is totally different from any other character I've seen. Thomas hears voices and is unreliable; at the same time he is emotionally childlike and pure, so he relates plot events that are totally reliable. The main character tries hard not to get frustrated with Thomas, and as a result pursues situations and bad guys that no sane person would. Of course he doesn't realize the troubles that will ensue. The action is riveting. The bad guys are maybe a little extreme, but the contrast between good and evil here makes for great fun. The use of 2 readers makes listening easier, and the narration is wonderful.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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