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Pam Sturgess

Laguna Niguel, CA | Member Since 2006

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  • 40 reviews
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  • 41 purchased in 2014
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  • Hunting Season

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By P. T. Deutermann
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (775)
    Performance
    (291)
    Story
    (294)

    When college kids hiking near an abandoned military industrial complex in West Virginia mysteriously disappear, special agent Janet Carter - earnest, honest, and fed up with the stifling chauvinistic environment at the Roanoke FBI headquarters - is called in to investigate. Unfortunately, there are no leads - it's as if the three just vanished into thin air.

    Sharon says: "Hunting Season"
    "His best yet!"
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    Have "listened" to all of his books and this is the best yet! There's an unbelievable coincidence in the last part but no one is perfect. Characters are well developed and intriguing. Narration is excellent. Highly recommend this book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • On Target: A Gray Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2517)
    Performance
    (2023)
    Story
    (2023)

    Four years ago, assassin Court Gentry was betrayed by his handlers in the CIA. Now, an old comrade returns to haunt him - and to force him on a mission against his will. With his ruthless employers on one side, his former friends on the other, and a doomed mission ahead, Court Gentry would kill to get out of this one alive.

    Clayton says: "really impressive"
    "This series is spellbinding! I love it!"
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    Book 2 in the series....and I am really loving this author, this narrator and this character. It's so fast paced, so completely out of my experience set and so well written...My only problem with the book is that.I'm not usually a fan of books about the military or the CIA and now that I've written two glowing reviews, Audible is going to recommend a bunch of books I'm not going to want to listen to. Oh well....it's worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gray Man

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3864)
    Performance
    (2879)
    Story
    (2856)

    Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

    Jason Spencer says: "Action packed, edge of your seat "page-turner""
    "Couldn't turn it off!"
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    What a spectacular book! Finished it at 2 am and bought the next one at 2:01. It's exciting, action-packed, wonderfully descriptive of the place and people, and not at all preachy. I'd write more but I'm going to buy book 3 now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Whisper in the Dark: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Robert Gregory Browne
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (52)

    Naked. Incoherent. Covered with blood. That's how Detective Frank Blackburn finds her - a beautiful Jane Doe brandishing a pair of scissors near the scene of a brutal murder. Is she the perpetrator? Or is she the only eyewitness to the handiwork of Vincent Van Gogh, a twisted serial killer with an "artistic" bent? To find out, Blackburn takes her to renowned psychiatrist Dr. Michael Tolan. But Tolan has problems of his own. One year ago today, his beloved wife, Abby, was savagely slaughtered by the very same serial killer.

    Anne says: "Unexpected"
    "Even Scott Brick couldn't save this"
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    Scott Brick is one of my Top 10 favorite but even he couldn't save this one. I don't know how it got published. Key factors aren't introduced until half way through the book, the author doesn't seem to want to waste time on letting you know where it takes place, The "thrilling" isn't even interesting, just stupidly bloody and if you don't get it he first time, no worries.nthe author will repeat it 20 times so you can know you're suppose to be "horrified". I was "horrified" but only that I wasted a credit to purchase it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Play with Fire: A Kate Shugak Novel, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (65)

    A mushroom hunting foray turns gruesome when Kate Shugak stumbles across a burnt, decaying corpse amid a grove of morels. Was the deceased the hapless victim of last year's forest fire? Why has no one reported him missing? And why wasn't he wearing any clothes? Absent evidence of foul play, the troopers are inclined to call it death by misadventure; Kate's instincts suggest otherwise, leading her down a path that requires her to confront issues of community, faith, and free will.

    Pam Sturgess says: "Very little story, very much preaching."
    "Very little story, very much preaching."
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    What was most disappointing about Dana Stabenow’s story?

    I love the Kate Shugak series, but not this one. Stabenow spends the entire book minus a few chapters justifying her view of God, religion, the Bible, and those who believe in Christ. I suppose if I agreed with her, I'd like the book. But I think she's completely wrong. If I wanted to listen to her brand of "religion" I'd read a non-fiction book. And I very much object to her using characters and a story line that I love to try to convince me of something that is not true.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Never Go Back: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2261)
    Performance
    (2021)
    Story
    (2004)

    Former military cop Jack Reacher makes it all the way from snowbound South Dakota to his destination in northeastern Virginia, near Washington, D.C.: the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th MP. The old stone building is the closest thing to a home he ever had. Reacher is there to meet - in person - the new commanding officer, Major Susan Turner, so far just a warm, intriguing voice on the phone. But it isn’t Turner behind the CO’s desk. And Reacher is hit with two pieces of shocking news, one with serious criminal consequences, and one too personal to even think about.

    DMT says: "My favorite Reacher story yet"
    "Love it. Love it. Love it."
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    I confess, I love Jack Reacher, love Lee Child and love, love, love this series. I hope Child never gets tired of writing Reacher books, never runs out of story lines, and never decides to "share" authorship with another writer. And speaking of love -- In this book...love enters Reacher's life. Won't say more because I don't want to spoil it if you haven't read it yet...but Reacher is Reacher is Reacher.

    If you haven't read a Jack Reacher book and want to try this, you can read it without reading the others and still enjoy it. But I think you'll enjoy it MUCH more if you start with book 1 and work your way through. I envy you the experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Disappeared Twice: Forensic Instincts, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Andrea Kane
    • Narrated By Jim Colby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (177)

    New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Andrea Kane brings fans a brand new series with her romantic thriller The Girl Who Disappeared Twice. Forensic Instincts—a team of independent maverick investigators comprised of a techie-genius, a former Navy SEAL/FBI agent, a psychic, and a retired FBI dog—must rescue a kidnapped five-year-old girl. But with so many people who could have benefited from the girl’s abduction, tracking down the culprit will push the team to the limit.

    "unknown" says: "A Breath of Fresh Air!!!"
    "Good, not great."
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    Any additional comments?

    I always jump to the additional comments section because I don't like the boxes they want you to fill out when reading a review. Anyway, this book is good -- can't say great. It is definitely weird!

    I knew the ending within the first 2 chapters, so will you -- but it was worth hanging in there to the end to see how the author wrapped it up. It was interesting...not a favorite, but also not a disappointment. Average.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dog Who Knew Too Much: A Chet and Bernie Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Spencer Quinn
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (674)
    Performance
    (584)
    Story
    (572)

    Combining suspense and intrigue with a wonderfully humorous take on the link between man and beast, Spencer Quinn's exceptional mystery series has captured widespread praise since its New York Times best-selling debut, Dog on It. The Dog Who Knew Too Much marks the duo's triumphant return in a tale that's full of surprises.

    LINDA says: "Mystery from the canine point of vew"
    "What an AWFUL book!"
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    Do you have any additional comments?

    I cannot believe this writer has had several of these idiot books published. They are ghastly! Maybe they'd work as children's books if you tamed down most of the violence.....maybe not. There are really good "dog" books out there -- any of the David Rosenfelt books, and I loved the dogs in P.T. Deutermann's Cam Richter series. Those dogs make you want to own a dog. This book made me want to ..... barf.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dust: Kay Scarpetta, Book 21

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (687)
    Performance
    (597)
    Story
    (592)

    After working one of the worst mass killings in U.S. history, Scarpetta returns home to Cambridge, Massachusetts. Exhausted and ill, she's recovering at home when she receives an unsettling call. The body of a young woman has been discovered on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's rugby field. The victim, a graduate student named Gail Shipman, is oddly draped in ivory linen and posed in a way that is too deliberate to be the killer's first strike.

    MARRILEE says: "Part Great, Part Tired"
    "She's SOOOOOOOOOOO angry."
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    I admit it's been a while since I listened to a Kay Scarpetta book but she was one of my favorites for years. Then not so much. I was excited to see a new book and gave it a try. This book is SO depressing, not because of the content, which is typical scarpetta, but because Miss Kay is angry from page 1 to about 2 pages before the end. I got so tired of her complaining and griping and voicing her anger I could hardly finish. And by the time the book was through, I just wanted it to be over. I didn't even care how it turned out. As always Kate Reading does a great job...unfortunately there's not much she can do to fix this.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8055)
    Performance
    (7264)
    Story
    (7260)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Outstanding!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Sycamore Row the most enjoyable?

    Although I'd lost interest in Grisham's books some years ago, I decided to try this new one, largely because it returns to the characters and location of "A Time to Kill." I'm so glad I did. I really enjoyed this book -- all of it. Although it's not suspenseful, like most of the early Grisham books, there is a mystery. And there are good guys and bad guys in conflict. And there are twists and turns in the courtroom...I'm looking forward to listening to it again in a few months. I'm also buying a print copy for my mother and husband who don't listen to books.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: Virgil Flowers, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (925)
    Performance
    (822)
    Story
    (804)

    In Israel, a man clutching a backpack searches desperately for a boat. In Minnesota, Virgil Flowers gets a message from Lucas Davenport: You're about to get a visitor. It's an Israeli cop, and she's tailing a man who's smuggled out an extraordinary relic - a copper scroll revealing startling details about the man known as King Solomon. Wait a minute, laughs Virgil. Is this one of those Da Vinci Code deals? The secret scroll, the blockbuster revelation, the teams of murderous bad guys? Should I be boning up on my Bible verses? He looks at the cop. She's not laughing.

    Debbi says: "Still a fan, but..."
    "Loved it but then I'm a little in love with Virgil"
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    If you could sum up Storm Front in three words, what would they be?

    I've listened to all of the Lucas Davenport books at least 4 times and love them. With Virgil Flowers, Sandford has given us another awesome character that engages in really interesting "whodunits". He gets the cases no one else can solve.

    I recommend ALL of the Virgil Flowers books including Storm Front. Still, if you haven't read one, don't start with this one. It's better that you start with the first or second in the series and get to know Virgil first.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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