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kelly

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  • The Wire in the Blood: A Tony Hill & Carol Jordan Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Val McDermid
    • Narrated By Michael Tudor Barnes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (209)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (178)

    Across the country, dozens of teenage girls have vanished. It's the job of criminal profilers Dr. Tony Hill and Carol Jordan to look for a pattern. They've spent years exploring the psyches of madmen. But sane men kill, too. And when they hide in plain sight, they can be difficult to find. He's handsome and talented, rich and famous - a notorious charmer with the power to seduce...and the will to destroy. No one can fathom what he's about to do next.

    connie says: "I think I get McDermid now: Kate Millet of crime?"
    "Like Hannibal Lector reading you a bedtime story!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Wire in the Blood the most enjoyable?

    The narration was an outstanding feature of this story. MTB revels in the psychopathy that is Jacko Vance. He lingers over the details of Vance's crimes like Hannibal Lector reading his favorite story. Yet, he has very distinct and realistic characterizations of Carol and Tony. Intricate psychological police procedural brought to life - VMD's interpretation of Jacko's sociopathy is frighteningly real.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked Jacko Vance. He was such a complete illustration of a sociopath, reveling in his power and his duplicity. He had such complete confidence in himself and his ability to manipulate people. I also enjoy the evolution of the relationship between Tony and Carol. She is intelligent and ambitious, yet the author avoids the usual, tired traps of making her do stupid things because of her connection with Tony. They are able to focus on work, and take the reader through the intricacies of evidence vs theory, etc. with an attention to detail that doesn't bog the reader down, and keeps the story moving.


    Any additional comments?

    Because of the intricacy of the plots, it can be a bit rough going at the beginning of the story, but stick with it - These books are a wonderfully entertaining series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • My Second Death: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lydia Cooper
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    In Lydia Cooper's wry and absorbing debut novel, we are introduced to Mickey Brandis, a brilliant 28-year-old doctoral candidate in medieval literature who is part Lisbeth Salander and part Dexter. She lives in her parents' garage and swears too often, but she never complains about the rain or cold, she rarely eats dead animals, and she hasn't killed a man since she was 10. Her life is dull and predictable but legal, and she intends to keep it that way.

    Yvonne says: "WONDERFUL!!"
    "Strange, Intense- the sociopath is the sane one!"
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    If you could sum up My Second Death in three words, what would they be?

    Unexpected! The woman, Michaela, has antisocial personality disorder. This story is told from her perspective.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of My Second Death?

    When the true nature of her relationship with her brother David was revealed. Although she has a personality disorder (and probably some kind of developmental disorder on the autism spectrum), Her brother is the true madman. One can sense it from the story, but just wait......


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

    At first, I found her abrasive and flat - then I realized that was Micki's character. Perlman actually develops a broad range of characters, from the perfect mother, the gruff father, to her insane brother. She is excellent at creating a whole character with her voice. The more I listened, the more I appreciated her characterization of Micki.


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

    There is a moment in the book where she realizes that at times, her difference from others allows her to see truth more clearly. I don't want to spoil the story by going into detail, but it has to do with the cat that she let run out of the apartment. I was horrified, yet understood her plight, realizing that she was different, and unless she wanted to prolong suffering, others were going to see her difference and be horrified at what they were witnessing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gun Games: A Decker/Lazarus Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Faye Kellerman
    • Narrated By Mitchell Greenberg
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (122)

    LAPD lieutenant detective Decker and his wife, Rina, have willingly welcomed fifteen-year-old Gabriel Whitman into their home. While the enigmatic teen seems to be adapting easily, Decker knows only too well the secrets adolescents keep - witnessed by the tragic suicide of another teen, Gregory Hesse, a student at Bell and Wakefield, one of the city’s most exclusive prep schools. Gregory’s mother refuses to believe her son shot himself and convinces Decker to look deeper. What he finds disturbs him. The gun used in the tragedy was stolen....

    Carol says: "Yes, Chris is back"
    "Well told, bit of a departure for Kellerman"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Gun Games to be better than the print version?

    Greenberg IS Peter Decker, and Rina - I didn't care so much for his characterization of Gabe and Yasmin. They sounded juvenile and whiny most of the time. I don't know that that is necessarily Greenberg's fault, it could be the way the characters were written.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I think that Kellerman did a great job with Gabe's character, who was a contradiction of maturity and full-blown male adolescence.


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

    Yasmin's fear that she was going to be raped was heart wrenching. The bewilderment she experienced at somehow becoming a target of a group that she was unaware of, and it could cost her her life, made her fear surreal.


    Any additional comments?

    There wasn't much of Rina Decker in this book, not necessarily a bad thing, but I missed her insights. I was not a fan of the fairly graphic sexual encounters with Gabe and Yasmin, who has to be the whiniest teenager I've ever met, and I've raised my own!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Bed: Scarpetta, Book 20

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (817)
    Performance
    (677)
    Story
    (680)

    A woman has vanished while digging a dinosaur bone bed in the remote wilderness of Canada. Somehow, the only evidence has made its way to the inbox of Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta, over 2,000 miles away, in Boston. She has no idea why. But as events unfold with alarming speed, Scarpetta begins to suspect that the paleontologist's disappearance is connected to a series of crimes - much closer to home: a gruesome murder, inexplicable tortures, and trace evidence from the last living creatures of the dinosaur age.

    G. House Sr. says: "A tedious disappointment - Don't Bother!"
    "Dour, predictable plot made even worse by narrator"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Perhaps Patricia Cornwell's style holds more appeal for new fans. I miss the excitement and intensity of her earliest works, such as "All That Remains", "Postmortem", or "Cruel and Unusual". In these books, her characters evolved and had dimension, passion. Very different from Bone Bed.


    Has The Bone Bed turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I love the genre, with its blend of police procedure and medical technology.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Bone Bed?

    I would have cut the conflict between Kay and Benton - its gotten predictable and they get through it, and it just adds to the frustration of trying to find something to like about her books. I would also resolve and never mention again the conflict between Benton and Marino. Lucy and Marino have become one dimensional in their messed up lives, and add to the bitter, dour flavor of Cornwell's books.


    Any additional comments?

    I found this narrator to be pedantic and melodramatic, envisioning her pacing dramatically with her hand to her forehead as she carefully enunciated words like she was reading to idiots. I realize this is harsh, but it was awful. I may not be done with the genre, but I am done with Patricia Cornwell

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Serial Killer Whisperer: How One Man's Tragedy Helped Unlock the Deadliest Secrets of the World's Most Terrifying Killers

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Pete Earley
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (334)
    Performance
    (304)
    Story
    (309)

    From New York Times best-selling author Pete Earley: the strange but true story of a man who suffers a traumatic brain injury and as a result is given the ability to converse with the world's most terrifying criminals.

    aaron says: "Outstanding True Crime Story-- with a twist!"
    "Very disturbing, graphic sexual violence"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The book lingers on the graphic sexual violence, trying to illustrate how depraved these killers are, but I felt it was unnecessary to put so much detail into the book. Since most of the readers are not serial killers, a little bit goes a long way toward making the point. And if a reader is a serial killer in a prison somewhere, this is like pornography to them. I wish the book would have focused more on how Tony and his family, through the relationships they had established with the SKs, helped families of the missing, and how it helped Tony realize his goals of having a useful life.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I was stunned that his parents would let their child write to serial killers, let alone become so involved with so many. I found it interesting that the SKs were still so manipulative even behind bars, after all those years. I understand that Tony was initially so interested because he was afraid that he was potentially a serial killer, and over time he realized that in spite of his brain injuries he would never evolve into a killer.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There was no "scene" which was my favorite, but I am glad I finished the book because Tony finds something useful to do with his bizarre relationships with these deeply disturbing people


    Did The Serial Killer Whisperer inspire you to do anything?

    It has actually put me off reading mysteries with sexual violence in them.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bones Are Forever: A Temperance Brennan Novel, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (462)
    Performance
    (384)
    Story
    (382)

    Temperance Brennan has been asked to examine the corpses of three dead babies in Montreal. It’s a difficult assignment, complicated further by the fact that her long-time flame Detective Ryan is investigating the infants’ mother, a former (and possibly current) prostitute. When the woman flees to Edmonton, the investigation is joined by Royal Canadian Mounted Police sergeant with whom Tempe had an ill-advised fling over a decade earlier. The dissonant team heads to remotest Yellowknife - mining country - to pursue an ever more sinister trail.

    Linda says: "Temperance Brennan lives up to my expectations"
    "Grabbed me by the throat!"
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    What did you love best about Bones Are Forever?

    Reich's Dr. Brennan is evolving into a more balanced character, with a stable, realistic personal life as well as an exceptional professional life. Over the years, Brennan has sacrificed a lot, and its nice that Reichs doesn't sully the grittiness of her character by giving her a fantasy-quality personal life. Emond does an excellent job, bringing shape to Brennan's colleagues without overshadowing the story. The forensic details bring the tragic aspects of this story to life, although I found it difficult to like any of the characters. Until the story expands to include other dimensions, it was difficult to listen to, yet I had to know what happened......


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The story opens with dead babies - its a visceral blow that had me almost holding my breath as they hunt for the woman they believe is responsible. Horrible as that is, its just the tip of the iceberg


    Any additional comments?

    I could have done without all of the details of diamond mining. Way too much information, and it didn't add to the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11th Hour: Women's Murder Club, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    Overall
    (822)
    Performance
    (675)
    Story
    (676)

    Lindsay Boxer is pregnant at last! But her work doesn't slow for a second. When millionaire Chaz Smith is mercilessly gunned down, she discovers that the murder weapon is linked to the deaths of four of San Francisco's most untouchable criminals. And it was taken from her own department's evidence locker. Anyone could be the killer - even her closest friends. Lindsay is called next to the most bizarre crime scene she's ever seen: two bodiless heads elaborately displayed in the garden of a world-famous actor....

    Tracey says: "Narration is Extremely Disappointing."
    "Familiar characters evolve, solid story"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The women's murder club series continues to portray strong female characters dealing with personal and professional ambitions, but not at the expense of the intensity of the story. Lindsay and her cohorts struggle with balancing professional boundaries with friendships as well as the whole marriage-kids-career triad. The story itself is intense and eery, and took a twist I didn't see coming.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 11th Hour?

    The moment that they saw the arrangement for the first time was pivotal to the rest of the story. Don't want to give away the story, so that's all I'm gonna say:)


    What didn’t you like about January LaVoy’s performance?

    I didn't care for January LaVoy's performance at all. Her accents were weak and inconsistent at best. Having listened to a number of the women's murder club stories by Carolyn McCormick, I developed an expectation of her voice and performance as the expression of Lindsay Boxer, etc. LaVoy is a weak substitute.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stolen Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1318)
    Performance
    (1069)
    Story
    (1051)

    .Lucas Davenport has seen many terrible murder scenes. This is one of the worst. In the small Minnesota town of Deephaven, an entire family has been killed - husband, wife, two daughters, dogs. There’s something about the scene that pokes at Lucas’s cop instincts - it looks an awful lot like the kind of scorched-earth retribution he’s seen in drug killings sometimes. But this is a seriously upscale town, and the husband was an executive vice president at a big bank. It just doesn’t seem to fit.

    bebe says: "Sanford writes another winner!"
    "Wild ride of a story, excellent police procedural"
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    What did you love best about Stolen Prey?

    Each character was well developed. In the triangle of the BCA, the thieves, and the killers, I was drawn in by the story of their lives. The naivety of the thieves was their downfall.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Stolen Prey?

    Loved the last line of the story. That's all I'm gonna say. The most intense part of the story was Letty's role in the end of the line for the killers.


    Did Richard Ferrone do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I did not care for Ferrone's narration. His differentiation consisted of nasal whining for other adults, or higher pitched whining for women. I listened in spite of him, not because of him. Would rather read the next Sanford novel than listen to him again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Say Goodbye

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee, Lincoln Hoppe
    Overall
    (512)
    Performance
    (296)
    Story
    (297)

    For Kimberly Quincy, FBI Special Agent, it all starts with a pregnant hooker. The story Delilah Rose tells Kimberly about her johns is too horrifying to be true; but prostitutes are disappearing, one by one, with no explanation, and no one but Kimberly seems to care.

    KSK says: "Not for the faint of heart"
    "painful, compelling, intricate mystery"
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    This story deals with the themes of child abduction and rape, not for the faint of heart. In Gardner's telling of the story, I could feel the shock and horror of the little boys, without getting too many graphic details. Likewise, the narration of Dinchara is a cold insight into the obliteration of the human soul. I found the information about spiders very interesting, but if you're squeamish, maybe not....I felt great empathy for Kimberly Quincy's struggle with redefining herself as a mother-to-be rather than an agent who lived for the job. I got impatient with her continually overtaxing herself and putting herself in danger. The story is so intense that her issues were a distraction to me. I don't usually care for stories with multiple narrators, but it really works for the story here. Lee is excellent at developing her characters with subtlety and depth. Hoppe was able to pull a little empathy for the boy who survives to become predator, conveying the hopelessness of his life and how removed he is from normal human existence. I don't know that I will listen to this book again, the subject matter is very difficult.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Catch Me: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2208)
    Performance
    (1832)
    Story
    (1842)

    Charlene Rosalind Carter Grant believes that she will be murdered in four days. And she wants Boston’s top detective to handle her death investigation. It will be up close and personal. No evidence of forced entry, no sign of struggle. Charlie tells a chilling story: Each year at 8:00 p.m. on January 21, a woman has died. The victims have been childhood best friends from a small town in New Hampshire; the motive remains unknown. Now only one friend, Charlie, remains to count down her final hours.

    Vanessa says: "OK but not her best by a long shot"
    "Intense, intricate story, superb narration"
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    This is the story of a young woman who is certain she is going to be murdered on January 21. She is isolated, emotionally flat, yet Kirsten Potter had me rooting for her to make it to the end of the book. DeeDee Warren is a little softer, a little more human in her new role as mother. She has more dimension and believability, and shows some of her own vulnerability as a daughter who never meets her parents' expectations. These glimpses of her personal life do not detract from the intensity with which Charlie counts down to the 21st, nor the complicated path of the investigation that unexpectedly weaves into DeeDee's pursuit of someone who is killing pedophiles. Kirsten Potter does another amazing job bringing the whole cast to life, giving them the feel of living, breathing, multidimensional characters. And when you think you know how it's going to end, Lisa Gardner throws in one last "gotcha" that I truly did not see coming. Excellent listen!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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