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Jan

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  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4101)
    Performance
    (3656)
    Story
    (3654)

    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!!"
    "Another wonderful Crais novel!"
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    Robert Crais is as reliable as a writer can be and more. This book is a great example. It's as enjoyable as all of his books AND it takes me on a new and unexpected adventure. If I had read a sloppy summary of this book I don't know if I would have picked it up, but Crais grabbed me immediately and never lost me.
    Lots of writers have given a bad reputation to books that have a dog in a central role. While I love Jack London's dog books and would compare Crais' sensitive handling of the dog's narrative to London, this is a human's story. Maggie, a retired military dog, is the companion that catalyzes our hero's actions.
    Put yourself in Crais' hands. Don't be afraid of the dog.

    23 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Orchard: Mike Bowditch, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Paul Doiron
    • Narrated By Henry Levya
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    In the aftermath of a family tragedy, Mike Bowditch has left the Maine Warden Service and is working as a fishing guide in the North Woods. But when his mentor Sgt. Kathy Frost is forced to kill a troubled war veteran in an apparent case of “suicide by cop,” he begins having second thoughts about his decision. Now Kathy finds herself the target of a government inquiry and outrage from the dead soldier’s platoon mates. Soon she finds herself in the sights of a sniper, as well.

    Jan says: "wonderful book by a favorite author"
    "wonderful book by a favorite author"
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    Doiron's books started great and they keep getting better. Our hero, Mike Bowditch, is at a low point in his life. When a devoted mentor is shot, Mike adds some of his injured friend's burdens to his ongoing efforts to care for an absent friend's family. On this course, clues about the shooter start showing up.
    I love how the exigencies of solving a crime are interwoven with Mike's day-to-day efforts to both be a good man and become a better man.
    I love spending time with this hero and with the friends he gathers around him. I love seeing Maine natural beauty and gentle friendliness through the lenses of Mike and the author.
    I highly recommend all the Mike Bowditch stories.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dark Winter

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By David Mark
    • Narrated By John Curless
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    What Ian Rankin is to Edinburgh David Mark is to the seaport of Hull in Northern England. This is the beginning of a dynamic, thrilling series featuring detective Sgt. Aector McAvoy, a psychologically-probing investigator who finds patterns and motives in seemingly unrelated deaths in his hardscrabble town.

    readqueen says: "An intriguing tale"
    "This guy is great."
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    At last, another reliable mystery author! Modest Scottish detective solves crimes in Hull. He loves his wife. He is rightly suspicious of his collegues. Lots of atmosphere.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Water

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Victoria Houston
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (13)

    While out kayaking, Paul Osborne discovers the grisly remains of a woman - whose shoulders bear mysterious bite marks. And just as Lew begins her investigation, another body turns up.... The second victim was a successful businesswoman from Kansas City, and the evidence indicates she was in Loon Lake for a rrendezvous with an ex-lover - a con man who had tried to get his hands on her money. Now, Lew's got two confusing cases - and a killer who may be more elusive than any fish.

    Jan says: "Slow start, but great after it gets going!"
    "Slow start, but great after it gets going!"
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    This is a new favorite series of mine. I found the location charming and the characters touchingly sympathetic.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • When Snow Falls: Whiskey Creek, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Brenda Novak
    • Narrated By Tara Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (162)

    After growing up in cheap motels, moving from town to town with her sister and mother, Cheyenne Christensen is grateful to be on her own. She’s grateful, too, for the friends she found once her family settled in California. But she’s troubled by the mystery of her earliest memories, most of which feature a smiling blonde woman. A woman who isn’t her mother. Although Cheyenne has repeatedly asked for explanations, the people who could help aren’t talking.

    Angela says: "When Snow Falls"
    "A rare romance - kept me guessing for a long time"
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    Any additional comments?

    With most romances the fates our heroes are known within the first few moments. No so here. The emotional plotting was satisfyingly complex. If you want a romance novel, this is one of the best choices.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mad River

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1202)
    Performance
    (1039)
    Story
    (1031)

    Bonnie and Clyde, they thought. And what's-his-name, the sidekick. Three teenagers with dead-end lives, and chips on their shoulders, and guns. The first person they killed was a highway patrolman. The second was a woman during a robbery. Then, hell, why not keep on going? As their crime spree cuts a swath through rural Minnesota, some of it captured on the killers' cell phones and sent to a local television station, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator Virgil Flowers joins the growing army of cops trying to run them down.

    Bill says: "Good. Not Great. But Virgil is Hard to Skip."
    "Wonderful depiction of rural community"
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    Would you listen to Mad River again? Why?

    I always relisten to Sandford's Virgil Flowers novels. I want to visit these communities again through Flowers' generous observations of people and landscapes.


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

    I never know where Sandford is going and I always enjoy the ride.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved when Sandford described the pleasure of driving at night. He then links it to the pleasure of being a child driven through the night by parents melodically talking in the front seat.


    Any additional comments?

    Please, John Sandford, please write faster.
    P.S. Was the "Randy White" character a nod to novelist Randy Wayne White?

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • A Drink Before the War

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Dennis Lehane
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (278)
    Performance
    (235)
    Story
    (236)

    With novels like Mystic River and Shutter Island, Dennis Lehane has dramatically altered the landscape of the crime thriller—while boldly overstepping the boundaries that have long separated mystery from literature. Now two of his sensational early novels have been combined in a single volume—two gritty and mesmerizing masterworks of suspense featuring the private eye duo of Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro.

    L. O. Pardue says: "Great beginning to thriller series"
    "I love this author!"
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    Where does A Drink Before the War rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 50 of around 700 books in my Audible library.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The male and female PI partners have a great collegial relationship, but the story and the partners deal the possibility of a romantic relationship.


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

    I love the way an accent helps create the setting.


    Any additional comments?

    Is there anything we can do to help Dennis Lehane to write faster?

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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