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Kate

I love audio and ebooks but only give them a 5 if they hold my attention. An avereage story gets a 3 . Thrillers & Crime are my favorites.

Saco, ME, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Absent One

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (774)
    Performance
    (669)
    Story
    (671)

    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"
    "Incredible Charaters"
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    This story was very engrossing. As you learned more about the "bag lady" who truly was one of the bad guys of the story you can't help but root for her to get revenge against the other baddies of the story.

    The main charaters are stong as well and the story was very engrossing.

    I completely enjoyed it and can't wait of another book in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fear Nothing: Detective D. D. Warren, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (669)
    Performance
    (583)
    Story
    (581)

    The last thing Boston Detective D. D. Warren remembers is walking the crime scene after dark. Then, a creaking floorboard, a low voice crooning in her ear… She is later told she managed to discharge her weapon three times. All she knows is that she is seriously injured, unable to move her left arm, unable to return to work. My sister is Shana Day, a notorious murderer who first killed at fourteen. Incarcerated for thirty years, she has now murdered more people while in prison than she did as a free woman.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Fascinating look at a killer family!"
    "Interesting Scenario; Tedius use of DD Warren"
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    The two daughters of notorious serial killer Harry Day live very different lives; one, Shanna, follows in his footsteps and has spent much of her life in prison. The other, Adeline, who has a rare condition where she cannot feel pain, becomes a pain management specialist all while maintaining a dark secret of her own.

    DD Warren meets Adeline as part of her therapy after very stupidly being injured at a crime scene. DD is struggling to get past the pain of a bad arm break; that whole part is quite tedious and is done so poorly that its just irritating. I can't imagine any therapist being successful with such a cold approach.

    Anyway, the crime scene where DD is injured is linked to the sisters. Then, a second similar crime happens that leads DD to get very involved in the investigation even though she is out on sick leave. DD winds up working with Adeline as much of the MO is similar to what her father had done.

    They also need to interact with sister Shanna as she is older and has more memories of their father.

    The relationship between Shanna and Adeline, and much of their history is quite engrossing, the parts involving DD are rather dull considering she is hampered with her injury, not to mention there is no way she would be allowed to work a crime scene in her condition.

    The performance was ok but the readers attempts to use a Boston accent for certain characters was grating, not to mention that it was used inconsistently for the same characters.

    Finally, it was really easy to figure out who was committing the crimes.

    It was overall ok, but rather disappointing after some of Lisa Gardner's much stronger books such as "Love You More". Maybe its time to retire the DD Warren series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murphy's Law

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (597)
    Performance
    (516)
    Story
    (518)

    Molly Murphy always knew she'd end up in trouble, just as her mother predicted. So, when she commits murder in self-defense, she flees her cherished Ireland, under cover of a false identity, for the anonymous shores of late 19th-century America. When she arrives in New York and sees the welcoming promise of freedom in the Statue of Liberty, Molly begins to breathe easier. But when a man is murdered on Ellis Island, a man Molly was seen arguing with, she becomes a prime suspect in the crime.

    Jan says: "Cream Puff Read"
    "Engrossing and Delightful"
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    This story is a lot of fun as we follow Molly's "escape" from Ireland after being forced to kill a man in self defense.

    Right from the beginning you really feel for her as she struggles to find her way on her own in the early 1900s. She has an amazing ability to get in and out of trouble with her quick wit and often risk taking ways.

    Once she arrives in the US at Ellis Island after sailing from Ireland, a man who she had an altercation with on the ship is murdered. She and a man she befriended on the voyage are the prime suspects. He winds up in jail and she decides to investigate the murder to find the real killer.

    Throughout the whole story you really feel like you are there living in the time period. The author, and narrator, did a great job of bringing the era to life. Its amazing to think back to how life was during those times, especially for a women "on her own".

    I only give a book five stars if it completely keeps my attention; I listen on my commute and I found myself looking forward to the drive just to see what Molly gets in to next.

    I have already downloaded the next installment in the series.

    0 of 0 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
    (7915)
    Performance
    (7136)
    Story
    (7133)

    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)"
    "A little slow, but great ending"
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    Story focuses on a hand written will prepared by a wealthy man the day before he commits suicide. It is sent to lawyer Jake Brigance with instructions that it replaces his formal will done over a year ago with a large law firm. The new will cuts out his children and grandchildren and leaves much of his estate to his black housekeeper, Lettie Lang.

    Of course the relatives contest the will and much of the story deals with the legal activities, and wrangling, leading up to the trial, the feuds amount the various family members and the struggles faced by Lang and her impending wealth. Much of the middle of the book is rather slow paced. Its enjoyable enough, but without the kind of intensity that leaves you wanting to keep listening when its time to go do something else.

    If you love the legal genre you will most likely enjoy it more than someone like me who prefers more of a thriller. I will say, the last hour and a half or so is worth the wait.

    It was very well performed by Michael Beck. He performs the various characters in such a way that they come to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wicked Girls

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Alex Marwood
    • Narrated By Anna Bentinck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (484)
    Performance
    (437)
    Story
    (431)

    On a fateful summer morning in 1986, two 11-year-old girls meet for the first time. By the end of the day, they will both be charged with murder. Twenty-five years later, journalist Kirsty Lindsay is reporting on a series of sickening attacks on young female tourists in a seaside vacation town when her investigation leads her to interview carnival cleaner Amber Gordon. For Kirsty and Amber, it's the first time they've seen each other since that dark day so many years ago. Now with new, vastly different lives - and unknowing families to protect - will they really be able to keep their wicked secret hidden?

    Lesley says: "I didn't want to like these girls..."
    "Highly Engrossing"
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    The two main characters killed a child when they were 11 years old and have not seen each other since being convicted and put in the juvenile system. They are reunited many years later in the course of a series of murders taking place where one work and the other comes to as a reporter.

    Throughout the story you learn a lot about both women, and despite their terrible, although truly accidental act, as children you really find yourself pulling for them.

    I liked the way the story is told both in the present and via memories. I really wanted things to turn out well for both of them. I admit, I was not sure how the author was going to pull the story together and end it, but it was done well.

    I would recommend this story to other readers.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • King and Maxwell

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (1477)
    Performance
    (1284)
    Story
    (1293)

    It seems at first like a simple, tragic story. Tyler Wingo, a teenage boy, learns the awful news that his father, a soldier, was killed in action in Afghanistan. Then the extraordinary happens: Tyler receives a communication from his father...after his supposed death. Tyler hires Sean and Michelle to solve the mystery surrounding his father. But their investigation quickly leads to deeper, more troubling questions. Could Tyler's father really still be alive? What was his true mission? Could Tyler be the next target? Sean and Michelle soon realize that they've stumbled on to something bigger and more treacherous than anyone could have imagined.

    JR Parrow says: "Come on guys, lighten up! This was a good book!"
    "Another Solid Baldacci book"
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    The story of King and Maxwell continues with its usual mix of humor and international intrigue. It picks up a few months after the last novel where Michele had been seriously injured. She is mostly back to her usual self as they are driving along one night and nearly hit a young man who is running in the dark with a gun.

    They, of course, chase after him and get drawn into his struggle to find out what happened to his soldier father who was reported dead. The story focuses on all the twists and turns as they seek to learn the truth and wind up nearly getting killed a few times along the way.

    I did find this one to be a bit more convoluted than usual. It was still interesting and we got to learn that Sean has an ex-wife and a bit more about his past.

    I enjoyed it and there is a good twist in the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sweetheart: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Chelsea Cain
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (298)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (146)

    When the body of a young woman is discovered in Portland's Forest Park, Archie is reminded of the last time they found a body there, more than a decade ago: it turned out to be the Beauty Killer's first victim, and Archie's first case. This body can't be one of Gretchen's - she's in prison - but after help from reporter Susan Ward uncovers the dead woman's identity, it turns into another big case.

    Elle in the Great NorthWest says: "Another average mystery from Cain. Meh....."
    "A few good parts, mostly full of plot issues"
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    Oh where to start? Book continues where Heartsick left off. It starts out with the discovery of a body in a park but quickly goes off to focus on the escape of convicted serial killer Gretchen Lowell who had previously kidnapped and tortured lead detective Archie Sheridan.

    Also apparently threatened by her escape are reporter Susan Ward and her mother Bliss. Ward's character is incredibly annoying; I think she is supposed to come across as smart and resourceful but she repeatedly does very stupid things. She acts like a petulant child and frequently causes the situations she is in to get worse.

    The plot is all over the place and has so many just absurd occurrences that it was really hard to finish it. I almost didn't.

    Here is an example of how stupid it was: without creating a spoiler (if that's possible), at one point Archie decides to sneak out of police protection; in the process and he smokes one of Ward's cigarettes and leaves the butt on the ground to be a source of his DNA. Whatever for? He is sneaking out of the hotel where he is under police protection; the room of course contains such other obvious DNA sources as his toothbrush, hair comb etc. Just Stupid! Oh, and they never do anything with it. Ugh. There are a lot of these.

    This doesn't even begin to address the topic of Archie's attraction to the woman who tortured him for 10 days. Just not believable.

    The narrator is terrible too. She tries to "act" the male parts by deepening her voice and then the females are spoken in almost squeaky high pitch. Very irritating. Maybe the story would come across better with a better narrator.

    I will not listen to another in this series. Its just too ridicules.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Sister's Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By various
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2797)
    Performance
    (1028)
    Story
    (1028)

    New York Times best-selling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally riveting story of a family torn apart by conflicting needs and a passionate love that triumphs over human weakness.

    Lisa says: "Wonderful Book, Very Emotional"
    "Intense Difficult Situation but too long."
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    Story is mainly about Anna, sister to Kate, who has Leukemia. Anna is born because the family needs a donor for Kate to keep her alive. After 13 years of frequently being asked to sacrifice for her sister, Anna does not want to donate a kidney to Kate so she hires a lawyer to speak for her.

    Much of the story is back history from various family member's view points, as they go through life with a very sick daughter; that part got a bit too long, but overall you really feel for them and the impossible situation facing Anna and the rest of the family.

    While I did like this story, I have listened to two other Picoult novels and enjoyed them both more than this one, simply because it went on too long and became a bit melodramatic.

    The end has a nice twist to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hell Hole: A John Ceepak Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Chris Grabenstein
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (641)
    Performance
    (345)
    Story
    (345)

    Hell Hole is the fourth book in the mystery series featuring hardened former military PD and current Sea Haven, New Jersey, police officer John Ceepak and his partner, wise-cracking Danny Boyle.

    In Hell Hole, Ceepak is confronted with his most personal case yet when he must investigate the alleged suicide of a military corporal who recently returned from Iraq. It turns out that this "locked stall" rest-stop suicide is anything but an open-and-shut case.

    Susan says: "Another Terrific Ceepak Mystery"
    "Just Plain Fun"
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    I find this series to be a bit on the light side as but they are a guilty pleasure. In this one we meet Ceepak's father and learn a bit more of his background with one heck of a surprise from his past.

    The main story is about the murder of a soldier that was set up to look like a suicide. It keeps moving along pretty well with the usual humorous viewpoints pointed out by Danny.

    Again, nothing super on the thriller/dramatic side but lots of fun to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Involuntary Witness: Guido Guerrieri Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Gianrico Carofiglio
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (651)
    Performance
    (570)
    Story
    (569)

    A nine-year-old boy is found murdered at the bottom of a well near a popular beach resort in southern Italy. In what looks like a hopeless case for Guido Guerrieri, a Senegalese peddler is accused of the crime. Faced with small-town racism, Guido attempts to exploit the esoteric workings of the Italian courts. The voice of Sean Barrett brings this gritty Italian detective series to life.

    dumbclub says: "Excellence"
    "Dull"
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    The story is about a lawyer, Quido, who is struggling to overcome the emotional damage from his recent breakup with his wife. It is also, supposed to primarily be about a case of a man accused of killing a nine year old boy.

    I would say about a third of the book, if that, focuses on the case. The rest is very slow placed accounts of Quido's day to day activities. Some of his thoughts are amusing but much of it is really irrelevant to the plot.

    The aspects pertaining to the case are revealed over a painfully slow process and when they do get into the courtroom there is so much repetition that I just wanted to fast forward.

    I won't listen to the next one in this series.

    On a plus side, the narrator does a good job with what he has to work with.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How the Light Gets In: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1044)
    Performance
    (941)
    Story
    (940)

    Shadows are falling on the usually festive Christmas season for Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. When Gamache receives a message from Myrna Landers that a longtime friend has failed to arrive for Christmas in the village of Three Pines, he welcomes the chance to get away from the city. Gamache soon discovers the missing woman was once one of the most famous people not just in North America, but in the world, and now goes unrecognized by virtually everyone. As events come to a head, Gamache is drawn ever deeper into the world of Three Pines.

    Nancy J says: "Welcome Home!"
    "Absolutely loved it!"
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    I have read this whole series and have come to enjoy all the characters. I feel like they are old friends. I do think listening in order is very helpful as this one resolved a number of issues/plot lines that have been developed since the beginning.

    I found it highly engrossing as the story progressed. There were really two main themes this time; one was the murder of a woman who was a friend of the residents of Three Pines and the other focused corruption in the police department.

    I don't want to write a spoiler, but I loved how it ended. Kudos to Chief Inspector Gamache!

    I really hope this was not the last one in the series. Its way too much fun to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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