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Robert

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  • The Keeper of Lost Causes: Department Q, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1701)
    Performance
    (1478)
    Story
    (1477)

    Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award-also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo. Now, Dutton is thrilled to introduce him to America.

    Ted says: "Dark, Cold, and Danish"
    "Stay with this"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Keeper of Lost Causes the most enjoyable?

    It seems like the Scandinavian people are generally an unhappy group of folks. This book starts out with all characters in a black mood which seems to fit the mold for books written by authors from this area. My thoughts for the first few hours of listening were that I wonder if it was time to move on. Stay with this otherwise you will miss out on a first class mystery/action type of book. I’m planning on getting the next in the series.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • V Is for Vengeance: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Sue Grafton
    • Narrated By Judy Kaye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1377)
    Performance
    (1135)
    Story
    (1128)

    A woman with a murky past who kills herself-or was it murder? A dying old man cared for by the son he pummeled mercilessly. A lovely woman whose life is about to splinter into a thousand fragments. A professional shoplifting ring racking up millions in stolen goods. A brutal and unscrupulous gangster. A wandering husband, rich and powerful. A spoiled kid awash in gambling debt thinking he can beat the system. A lonely widower mourning the death of his lover, desperate for answers that may be worse than the pain of his loss.

    Gayle says: "Worth The Wait!"
    "Too much character development of minor players"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made V Is for Vengeance better?

    Less subordinate character development


    What aspect of Judy Kaye’s performance would you have changed?

    Not too much. Her performance was fine but I've colored her with the same brush with which I view the story.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Bordom.


    Any additional comments?

    Arrrrrg. Way too much character development and not enough story. Way too much inane, tedious and banal conversation between subordinate players. It was like watching tennis (back and forth, back and forth). I remember thinking this is like the soap operas broadcast on afternoon TV. When Kinsey was central to the action things were fine and reasonably enjoyable, but once Grafton shifted focus to other characters, for an entire, long winded, chapter at a time, my mind started to wander. I say again - arrrrrrg.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
    (5057)
    Performance
    (3082)
    Story
    (3082)

    As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

    Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

    Amazon Customer says: "A near-flawless audiobook (but for one thing...)"
    "Disappointing ending"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about In the Woods?

    Very troubled main character ending with an unresolved mystery. I want my books to uplift and this one frankly just dragged me down. Unless you enjoy mingling with damaged people you might want to give this a miss.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Truth

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Nevada Barr
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (255)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (78)

    New York Times best-selling author Nevada Barr continues her award-winning Anna Pigeon series with this riveting mystery that features the puzzling plot twists, deft characterizations, and sparkling dialogue that have become Barr's trademarks, and which her ever-growing fan base can't get enough of.

    Stacey A. says: "No idea there was room for improvement"
    "Stupid Stupid Stupid"
    Overall

    Stupid - stupid - stupid was my response to how Anna handled the inevitable life and death moment that occurred at the climax of this book. Frankly it ruined the book for me – and I’m a big Nevada Barr fan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Collectors

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By LJ Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1762)
    Performance
    (668)
    Story
    (673)

    The U.S. Speaker of the House is assassinated in a terrifyingly precise execution in the heart of Washington, D.C. In a quieter corner of the nation's capital, the rare book room of the Library of Congress, a reclusive, wealthy scholar drops dead under mysterious circumstances that leave no clues. Following on the heels of the natural death of the Speaker of the House, the city and the nation begin to tremble.

    Nicole says: "Great plot twist...."
    "Good read - but then again."
    Overall

    Pretend your at a basketball game. Then somebody throws a million marbles on the floor and gifted athletes are twitching and lurching like idiots. This is vintage Baldacci. To add drama at key points he heightens tension by making his hero's into spastics - dropping weapons, bumping into things etc. etc. - very keystone cops-ish. Otherwise it's a good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Brethren

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (719)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (206)

    In a minimum security federal prison known as Trumble, three former judges who call themselves the Brethren are quietly writing letters to unsuspecting victims of a monumental mail scam. Much to their delight, the money is pouring in. But now they've ensnared the wrong man and the Brethren's days of marking time are over.

    Debora says: "Great Read"
    "Crime does pay"
    Overall

    It just doesn't sit well with me that our protagonists seemly ply their stock in trade – blackmail – successfully. I was left wanting justice for the innocents whose particular sexual tastes left them vulnerable.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Beekeeper's Apprentice

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1818)
    Performance
    (1141)
    Story
    (1142)

    In 1914, a spirited American girl named Mary Russell meets a retired Sherlock Holmes in the English countryside. Instantly realizing that Mary is gifted with astonishing deductive powers, the Great Detective emerges from retirement to join her as she tracks down a fiendish assassin.

    Marie-Elizabeth Finamore says: "Best of British restraint"
    "Softer Gentler Holmes"
    Overall

    This not Conan Doyle's Holmes. This character is more vulnerable, prone to miss clues and likely to
    fall into traps. While I vastly prefer the original larger-than-life Holmes, this story did have it's moments.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Silent Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Richard North Patterson
    • Narrated By T.J. Edwards
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (360)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (81)

    When seventeen-year-old Tony Lord was accused of the murder of Alison Taylor, his friends turned against him. Now he is a San Francisco lawyer dedicated to the defense of his clients, but his new client is one of those fair-weather friends...and he is suspected of murdering of a female student. Tony must confront not only the fear that his friend is a murderer, but the buried truths that underlie Alison's death so long ago.

    Linda says: "Caught me by surprise...."
    "Enjoyable"
    Overall

    If you’re a fan of character development and lengthy and intense dialog between the players this may be of interest to you. I judged this as a good book, falling just short of great for two reasons: 1) I prefer books that have a little faster pace and 2) the descriptions of the victim’s murders were just a little too graphic and drawn out for my sensibilities. This book is still better than many I’ve heard and I have no hesitation in recommending it to others.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Chasing the Dime

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (1328)
    Performance
    (394)
    Story
    (390)

    The messages waiting for Henry Pierce when he plugs in his new phone clearly aren't intended for him. They indicate something has gone terribly wrong for a woman named Lilly. Pierce probes, investigates, and then tumbles through a hole, leaving behind a life driven by work to track down and help a woman he's never met. Connelly's latest is "a grabber from the beginning...utterly compelling."

    David says: "Nobody Could Be That Stupid That Many Times!"
    "Way off the mark"
    Overall

    Here’s the deal: Our hero is a gifted researcher developing cutting edge technology that will soon benefit mankind immensely. Said researcher then investigates, what ultimately is a murder, doing such stupid things I was constantly shaking my head.

    I like my heroes to be somewhat savvy, hip and use more than a little common sense. This one sadly demonstrates brilliance only around a microscope, becoming a mindless bumbling numskull leaving self-incriminating evidence everywhere once he removes his lab coat.

    I’m a truly a big Michael Connelly fan but this book did not work for me. Then again not even Babe Ruth hit every pitch and I will willingly give Michael another try at some future date.

    My suggestion: leave this one and try something else by Mr. Connelly otherwise you might find yourself adding scorn to the heap.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Post Captain: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (845)
    Performance
    (417)
    Story
    (414)

    The Peace of Amiens has left Jack Aubrey with no ship, no enemy to pursue, and no possibility of prize money to supplement his meager income. His decision to seek refuge from his troubles, and creditors, in France proves doubly disastrous.

    A. F. Latronica III says: "A fair shake"
    "Too Slow"
    Overall

    If you desire a high-energy action packed novel this is not it. Too slow a pace for my tastes. Admittedly there were some exciting although infrequent scenes. While the reader did an excellent job of bringing the various characters to life, I was frankly glad when it was over.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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