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J

BENTON, AR, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 15 ratings
  • 601 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2015
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  • What Doesn't Kill You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Iris Johansen
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    Overall
    (264)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (213)

    Catherine Ling was abandoned on the streets of Hong Kong at age four. Schooled in the art of survival, she traded in the only commodity she had: information. As a teenager, she came under the tutelage of a mysterious man known only as Hu Chang - a skilled assassin and master poisoner. As a young woman, she was recruited by the CIA and now she is known as one of their most effective operatives.

    barb says: "one of the all-time worst"
    "How many times can you say "Hu Chang"?"
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    Performance
    Story

    I did not enjoy this book. The voice of the narrator is wrong for the book and characters. The story line does not flow smoothly. The name Hu Chang is used in an annoying accent just about every other sentence. Not a favorite of mine, and not recommended.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Homicidal

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Paul Alexander
    • Narrated By Paul Christy
    Overall
    (905)
    Performance
    (788)
    Story
    (802)

    Homicidal is the story of the almost 25-year serial-murder crime spree of Lonnie Franklin Jr., who is alleged to have killed at least 10 women in Los Angeles, if not more. Nicknamed by the media the Grim Sleeper, because there appeared to be a 13-year lull in the killings, Franklin met most of the women through random encounters that ended in murder. Significant blunders by the Los Angeles Police Department helped Franklin avoid arrest for years.

    Ian says: "Why was this written?"
    "Do NOT waste a credit or free book on this!"
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    Performance
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    This true crime story is very disjointed and poorly written. It was hard to follow the flow of the story. The author spends too much time on minor details, and not enough on a coherent storyline. I should have gotten the Kurt Vonnegut!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Absent One

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1149)
    Performance
    (997)
    Story
    (997)

    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"
    "Great Listen"
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    This is the second novel I've listened to/read from Jussi Adler-Olsen, and I can't wait to get the next one in the series. Great characters, interesting story line and good narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19669)
    Performance
    (9427)
    Story
    (9455)

    Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

    David says: "irritatingly engrossing"
    "Awesome!"
    Overall

    This was a great follow-up to "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo". I'm ready for the next sequel.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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