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Laurie

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  • I Hear the Sirens in the Street: A Detective Sean Duffy Novel - The Troubles Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (431)
    Performance
    (388)
    Story
    (386)

    A torso in a suitcase looks like an impossible case, but Sean Duffy isn’t easily deterred, especially when his floundering love life leaves him in need of a distraction. So with detective constables McCrabban and McBride, he goes to work identifying the victim. The torso turns out to be all that’s left of an American tourist who once served in the U.S. military. What was he doing in Northern Ireland in the midst of the 1982 Troubles?

    J. Green says: "So entertaining"
    "Worst Patterson collaboration"
    Overall
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    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    A newbie to the Mystery and Thrillers genre - maybe.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Andrian McKinty 'I Hear Sirens in the Street"


    How could the performance have been better?

    The author needed to dial down the drama. In an effort to make it action packed and exciting - he overdid it. It was too formulaic. In trying to create a quirky lead character he ended up with the most annoying character in any book - ever.


    What character would you cut from I Hear the Sirens in the Street?

    Half of them, it had too many characters altogether.


    Any additional comments?

    The reader had a habit of ending most of his sentences in a questioning tone, very irritaitng.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Husband's Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (1922)
    Performance
    (1713)
    Story
    (1725)

    Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret - something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive....

    FanB14 says: "Soap Opera Digest"
    "Excellent!"
    Overall
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    Story
    Where does The Husband's Secret rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top of the list.


    What other book might you compare The Husband's Secret to and why?

    Gone Girt - in a way - but Husband's Secret has more intrigue.


    Have you listened to any of Caroline Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, this is my first listen. I loved her voice and accent.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The epilouque is not to be missed.


    Any additional comments?

    You won't see the end coming.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Case of Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Adam Mitzner
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1325)
    Performance
    (1138)
    Story
    (1147)

    A high-profile attorney in the middle of a leave of absence following a personal tragedy is drawn back into the legal arena amidst a media firestorm when he agrees to represent a popular rap artist accused of brutally murdering his pop star girlfriend. With its powerful voice, pause-resisting tension, and strong cast of characters, Adam Mitzner’s novels are reminiscent of such best-selling authors as Scott Turow and John Grisham.

    cristina says: "Excellent"
    "A Good Listen!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, it had believable twits and turns. The judge in this court room drama was horribly unfair, but the main character kept plowing forward. Each chapter had an interesting twist.


    Which character – as performed by Kevin T. Collins – was your favorite?

    Daniel Sorenson - the main character.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending - I didn't see it coming. Whaaaaat?!!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pines

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (639)
    Performance
    (582)
    Story
    (576)

    Wayward Pines, Idaho, is quintessential small-town America — or so it seems. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in search of two missing federal agents, yet soon is facing much more than he bargained for. After a violent accident lands him in the hospital, Ethan comes to with no ID and no cell phone. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into his colleagues’ disappearance turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he make contact with his family in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what’s the purpose of the electrified fences encircling the town? Are they keeping the residents in? Or something else out? Each step toward the truth takes Ethan further from the world he knows, until he must face the horrifying possibility that he may never leave Wayward Pines alive…

    Amanda says: "SHOCKED!"
    "Futuristic story"
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    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I wish I'd had a warning that this book is futuristic. I usually listen to mystery/thrillers and was intrigued in the beginning wondering what was going on with the timeline. I did finish it to the end, but since it isn't my genre found the ending disappointing.


    Would you recommend Pines to your friends? Why or why not?

    Stephen King fans might like this one. Although the writing style isn't up to King's standard by any means.


    What about Paul Michael Garcia’s performance did you like?

    The reader's performance was very good.


    Did Pines inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Not a Serial Killer: John Cleaver, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Dan Wells
    • Narrated By John Allen Nelson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (363)
    Performance
    (245)
    Story
    (249)

    John works in his family's mortuary and has an obsession with serial killers. He wants to be a good person but fears he is a sociopath, and for years he has suppressed his dark side through a strict system of rules designed to mimic "normal" behavior. Then a demon begins stalking his small town and killing people one by one, and John is forced to give in to his darker nature in order to save them.

    M. Mott says: "Great, if visceral book, terrible narrator."
    "Key point missing from summary"
    Overall

    From reading the publishers summary of the book I had no idea the main character was a 15 year old boy (and a diagnosed sociopath) or that there were some supernatural elements key to the story. I wouldn't have wasted a credit had I known. I have to agree with the comparision to "Robert Stack" on the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hold Tight

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1272)
    Performance
    (466)
    Story
    (458)

    Tia and Mike Baye never imagined they'd become the type of overprotective parents who spy on their kids. But their 16-year-old son, Adam, has been unusually distant lately, and after the suicide of his classmate, Spencer Hill they can't help but worry. They install a sophisticated spy program on Adam's computer, and within days they are jolted by a message from an unknown correspondent addressed to their son: "Just stay quiet and all safe."

    Meanwhile, Betsy Hill is struck by a photo that appears to have been taken on the night of her son's death...and he wasn't alone.

    Ed says: "Will hold your interest till the end"
    "Couldn't put it down!"
    Overall

    This was an excellent book! It had many twists and turns but it was not confusing to follow the path. It was interesting to see how all the intrique tied together. I hightly recommend it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Book of the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (878)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (173)

    Fresh from her bruising battle with a psychopath in Florida, Scarpetta decides it's time for a change of pace. Moving to Charleston, South Carolina, she opens a unique private forensic pathology practice, one in which she and her colleagues, including Pete Marino and her niece, Lucy, offer expert crime-scene investigation and autopsy services to communities lacking local access to competent death investigation and modern technology.

    Bernie says: "Time to end the series"
    "Disapointing"
    Overall

    I agree with several of the previous reviews. I, too, have read several Kay Scarpetta books. This one was hard to follow, I thought I had my iPod on shuffle (I'm serious)at one point because I had no idea what was happening. The characters were old, tired, crabby and mean. I agree it doesn't come close to her other books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jury Master

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Robert Dugoni
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    David Sloane is the best wrongful death attorney in San Francisco. He's a lawyer who can make juries do anything. But despite his professional success, he's plagued by a nightmare of a childhood he cannot consciously remember. When he receives a package from a White House confidant who then turns up dead by apparent suicide, the contents reveal a history he never could have imagined.

    Glenda says: "Great!"
    "Good Book, Great Reader"
    Overall

    First, Robertson Dean has a fabulous voice, he could read the phone book and I would probably like it! Second the book was very engaging. It had many plot twists, good characters, and espionage right up to the president of the USA. The surprises continued right until the very last page. I recommend it for anyone who listens to a lot of mystery/thrillers.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mercy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (357)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (88)

    Police chief Cameron McDonald has lived in idyllic Wheelock, Massachusetts, for most of his life, as has his beloved wife, Allie. Their lives are thrown into tumult, however, when Cam's cousin, Jamie, arrives in town, along with his wife's dead body. Jamie admits to the murder: a mercy killing to end the pain caused by a ravaging cancer. And now Cam is torn by his oath to uphold justice and his family obligations. Meanwhile, another new arrival in town threatens to drive a dagger through Cam's marriage.

    Corinne says: "Her books are always good"
    "Very Disappointing!"
    Overall

    I listened to 3 of Jodi Picoult's more recent books and really enjoyed them! This one was a major disappointment, the characters are weak, unprincipled people, and absolutely nothing happens. I learned a bit about Scottish customs, but not enough to make it worth over 16 hours of listening. I was hoping Picoult would pull it out of the bag with a surprise ending,but no such luck. I gave it 0 stars, because even if you're snowbound, it's not worth the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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