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Wanda

Canada | Member Since 2008

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  • 7 reviews
  • 14 ratings
  • 367 titles in library
  • 6 purchased in 2015
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  • The Sleeping Doll: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Anne Twomey
    Overall
    (1034)
    Performance
    (392)
    Story
    (392)

    Ten years ago in California, Daniel Pell, a self-styled Charles Manson, was sentenced to life in prison for murdering an entire family: husband, wife, and two children, plus one of his young male followers. He is brought to Salinas, California, to interview with Kathryn Dance after he is implicated in yet another killing. Things go terribly wrong during an interview break, and Pell escapes, intent on killing again.

    Paige says: "A decent listen"
    "The Sleeping DOll"
    Overall

    While I love the Catherine Dance character, I thought this book was a bit slow paced, compared to the Lincoln Rime books I have come to know and love. I like the intricate details and the fine plotting of Jeffrey Deaver's other books much better. o

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Running Blind: Jack Reacher, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Jonathan McClain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1460)
    Performance
    (1301)
    Story
    (1293)

    Across the country women are being murdered by a killer who leaves no evidence, no fatal wounds, no signs of struggle, and no clues to a motive. They are, truly, perfect crimes. In fact, the only thing that links the victims is the man they all knew: Jack Reacher.

    Debbie says: "Not My Favorite Reacher..."
    "A disappointing 'listen'"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Lee Child and/or Jonathan McClain?

    I am a big time Jack Reacher fan. I almost don't recognize him in this book. He is slow, insolent, inconsistent, easily manipulated. Not the Jack Reacher I have come to know and love. The supporting characters are nothing short of idiots. People that stupid could not possibly get themselves dressed in the morning, let alone secure such high level positions. And I miss Dick Hill. From what I can tell, there are 3 or 4 Jack Reacher books narrated by Jonathan McClain. Ne'er shall they reach my library.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Lee Child again?

    Definitely. I have many of the Jack Reacher books in my audible.com library. Loved them all, until this one.


    Did Jonathan McClain do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    He made them all sound whiny, even Jack Reacher.


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

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    Take a pass on this one and go for one of the later Jack Reacher books. You will like both the book and the hero a whole lot better, if you do.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Started Early, Took My Dog: Jackson Brodie 4

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Kate Atkinson
    • Narrated By Jason Isaacs
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    A day like any other for security chief Tracy Waterhouse, until she makes a purchase she hadn't bargained for. One moment of madness is all it takes for Tracy's humdrum world to be turned upside down, the tedium of everyday life replaced by fear and danger at every turn. Witnesses to Tracy's Faustian exchange in the Merrion Centre in Leeds are Tilly, an elderly actress teetering on the brink of her own disaster, and Jackson Brodie, who has returned to his home county in search of someone else's roots.

    Perks says: "Just love Kate!"
    "Ending left me hanging...."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The book was OK. I enjoyed it, once I suspended my disbelief that a police officer saavy enough to be on the force for 20-some years and rise to a very senior level would make such a dumb move as buying a child from her abuser. That aside, I liked the twists and turns in the plot. But as with another book I listened to within the last year, it felt as though the author reached the required page count and just wound things up quickly. The story was nowhere near over yet. No satisfactory resolution, no tying the loose ends up with a bow, nothing. Rather disappointing overall. But the narrator was great, for what that is worth when the story kinds sucks, in the end.


    Do you think Started Early, Took My Dog needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    The ending leaves it wide open for a sequel. "Started Early, Took My Dog" doesn't really END at all.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Saul Reichlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1379)
    Performance
    (713)
    Story
    (715)

    Lisbeth Salander is a wanted woman. Two Millennium journalists are murdered and Salander's fingerprints are on the weapon. Her history of unpredictable behaviour makes her the official suspect, but no-one can find her. Salander may be an expert at staying out of sight, but she also has ways of tracking down her most elusive enemies.

    Joe says: "Excellent"
    "Mixed emotions about this one..."
    Overall

    While this second book in the trilogy started off at a much better pace than the first, it was less riveting overall. We were much more involved with the heroine in this book and, sadly, saw less of the hero. And whereas "Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" felt like the book that wouldn't quit, delivering one "ending" after another, this book felt like a book that never ended at all. It seemed that he just stopped writing because he reached a certain page count. There was far too much of the story that was still unresolved.

    When the recording stopped, I was driving down the road and all I could think was, "What the heck..." The opening chapter of the third book feels like it is simply the next chapter of "The Girl Who Played With Fire".

    I like the story, but this particular book disappointed me in that it did not deliver the same level of tension as the first, did not let me get to see the hero in action and ended abruptly without resolving anything.

    That said, I am now half way through "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest" and am already hoping against hope that the rumours of a posthumous fourth book are true.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Center

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1563)
    Performance
    (559)
    Story
    (560)

    Carpenter, the Paterson, N.J., lawyer whose wealth allows him to work as seldom as he chooses, is recovering from the loss of the love of his life, Laurie Collins, who has moved home to Findlay, Wis., to become the acting chief of police. When Laurie calls Andy for help after arresting 21-year-old Jeremy Davidson for murders that she thinks he didn't commit, Andy can't resist heading off to Findlay with his faithful dog, Tara.

    J. says: "What a Hoot!"
    "One part mystery, one part humour..."
    Overall

    The hero is a hoot and his cohorts are entertaining. I was engrossed by the story and the pace was a big part of that attraction. Of course, I'm always a sucker for wise-cracking, bad boy hero who doesn't mind showing us some of his foibles.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Saul Reichlin
    Overall
    (1871)
    Performance
    (927)
    Story
    (945)

    Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder - and that the killer is a member of his own family. He employs journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, truculent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history.

    Joe says: "worthwhile"
    "Many-layered story"
    Overall

    I loved the complex characters, plot and relationships. Slow going for the first few chapters while the author was in 'set-up' mode; but after that, the story exploded into action. Just when I would think that everything was resolved, a further complication would turn up and, to my great delight, the book would continue. I can hardly wait to read the others in this trilogy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ladies' Man

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Suzanne Brockmann
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (27)

    The moment she spies the rugged hunk in the faded jeans at the airport, Ellen knows she should run for cover. Instead, she throws caution to the wind and plunges into a sizzling affair with the gorgeous cop. Between romantic dinners, sensual limo rides, and a perfect night of passion, Ellen is living every woman's fantasy. Until she's caught in the sights of a deranged stalker, and the divorced single mother is suddenly turning to N.Y.P.D. detective Sam Schaefer for her very survival.

    Wanda says: "Ladies Man"
    "Ladies Man"
    Overall

    If this had been my introduction to Suzanne Brockman, I would never have bought another thing written by her. The pace is slow, the story line is all but non-existent and she does nothing to make me care about the characters. Both the hero and the heroine are stupid, neither of them possessing an ounce of common sense. And the narration does nothing to help salvage any of it. Do yourself a favour and go buy a title from her Navy Seals, instead. Now those are books worth the money!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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