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Patti_NYC

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  • 8 reviews
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  • 18 purchased in 2014
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  • A Darkness More than Night: Harry Bosch Series, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Richard M. Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2135)
    Performance
    (936)
    Story
    (949)

    A movie director is charged with murdering an actress during sex, and then staging her death to make it look like a suicide. In a seemingly unrelated case, a loner is murdered, leaving the sheriff's department with no clues. One unsettling revelation after another leaves a retired FBI agent and an L.A. detective thinking they've unmasked a most frightening killer with almost inconceivable calculation.

    Aaron says: "Terrific Pairing of Connelly's best Detectives."
    "Wow! What a Rollercoaster!"
    Overall

    While i initially thought that the characters were too smart to get drawn into the particular plot that was laid out, I really enjoyed the ride anyway. The narrator was excellent for the Bosch character and the twists and turns were a lot of fun. I turned 4 other people on to the book already and none have been disappointed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Riot: Peter Grant, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1150)
    Performance
    (1040)
    Story
    (1039)

    Probationary constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London's Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he'll face is a paper cut. But Peter's prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter's ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale....

    Nancy J says: "I LOVE this Book!"
    "A Really Excellent Surprise!"
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    If you could sum up Midnight Riot in three words, what would they be?

    If you like police mysteries a la Lincoln and Childs' Pendergast series, then consider this as a British cousin. It was fast paced and had some humor in it which I really love, plus the story had some supernatural plot twists that change the rules of "normal" life just enough to make things fun.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    There were several branches to the plot and relationships that made the whole thing into a nice whole story. It didn't always go where I anticipated, but isn't that the fun of it? I hate books that are too predictable, why bother reading them. The author also peppered in enough London geography that I could look things up on a map and with Google to see where the characters were and get a sense of place which I like to do. I am REALLY intrigued by Molly and hope to learn more about her in future installments.


    What about Kobna Holdbrook-Smith’s performance did you like?

    Kobna Holdbrook-Smith was an EXCELLENT narrator. He is my favorite type. He had enough regional accents in his arsenal to be able to follow each character without trouble. He also clearly distinguished between male and female characters without sounding silly and falsetto. I would be inclined to try a book by a new author if he was the narrator.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I found myself listening to this book every chance I got until it was gone. I was so happy with the ending, but disappointed it was over.


    Any additional comments?

    I have already downloaded part 2 of the series and will start it after work today.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patient Zero: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3670)
    Performance
    (3030)
    Story
    (3020)

    When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week there’s either something wrong with your world or something wrong with your skills - and there’s nothing wrong with Joe Ledger’s skills. And that’s both a good and a bad thing. It’s good because he’s a Baltimore detective who has just been secretly recruited by the government to lead a new task force created to deal with the problems that Homeland Security can’t handle....

    Kim Venatries says: "Yes! It IS that good. Five stars and more."
    "Wow! What a Great Surprise!"
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    If you could sum up Patient Zero in three words, what would they be?

    A Roller-coaster Ride!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Joe Ledger is a sensitive, yet snarky character that can really kick some butt when necessary!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There are too many fave scenes to count! The book was non-stop action!


    Who was the most memorable character of Patient Zero and why?

    Mister Church as the enigmatic leader of the good guys is iconic.


    Any additional comments?

    Ray Porter is an exceptional narrator. He is a master of voices and timing. I will be looking for more from Maberry and Porter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Complaint Free Relationships: Transforming Your Life One Relationship at a Time

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Will Bowen
    • Narrated By Will Bowen
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (3)

    The original Complaint-Free movement has exploded into an international phenomenon, with 5.5 million people in more than 80 countries taking the pledge to create a complaint-free life, as well as national media attention. As this movement expands, it is clear that the real focus of achieving true complaint-free living lies in our relationships.

    Patti_NYC says: "Excellent on Inspiration - Short on Strategy"
    "Excellent on Inspiration - Short on Strategy"
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    What did you love best about Complaint Free Relationships?

    I thought that the narrator/author was excellent. I also really liked the mnemonics that help you to understand when you are complaining so that you can try and stop it. My concern was that there was little treatment of how to redress issues in life without complaining past the first chapter. After that there were mostly anecdotes illustrating how Mr. Boen lives complaint free. I tend to be a learner by example, but more concrete strategies would have been helpful to me.


    What about Will Bowen’s performance did you like?

    Will Bowen was a very clear speaker and his passion for his subject really came through in his writing.


    Any additional comments?

    I did enjoy the book and I did learn from it. I plan to listen to it more than once to try and get to make a complaint-free life a habit that I can be proud of.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22948)
    Performance
    (9588)
    Story
    (9661)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Excellent but sometimes too wordy"
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    I really like books with a lot of narrative and description, but there were times that I got lost in the minutia with this book. By the end, I really liked it and I am glad I read it, but I need a break before moving to part 2 of the trilogy. The characters are very likeable and easy to sympathize with and I could easily picture the venues and feel the cold of a Swedish winter as I listened. The narrator is superb and I will be seeking out more of his work as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tiger's Curse

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Colleen Houck
    • Narrated By Annika Boras, Sanjiv Jahveri
    Overall
    (615)
    Performance
    (537)
    Story
    (535)

    The last thing teenager Kelsey Hayes thought she'd be doing over the summer was meeting Ren, a mysterious white tiger and cursed Indian prince! When she learns she alone can break the Tiger's curse, Kelsey's life is turned upside-down. The unlikely duo journeys halfway around the world to piece together an Indian prophecy, find a way to free the man trapped by a centuries-old spell, and discover the path to their true destiny.

    F. DesBouillons says: "Great Book!!!"
    "Enjoyable"
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    I really liked the Harry Potter series and tried Twilight as its replacement. I did not like that series. It was too sappy for me and I did not make it past the first book. This book was a little older than Potter, but more innocent than Twilight. Sometimes the descriptions were too wordy, but overall the story was good and I will look forward to trying the next one to see what happens to Ren and his brother :-)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Vengeance

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2136)
    Performance
    (1667)
    Story
    (1659)

    Devastated by the discovery that his wife, Helen, was murdered, Special Agent Pendergast must have retribution. But revenge is not simple. As he stalks his wife's betrayers-a chase that takes him from the wild moors of Scotland to the bustling streets of New York City and the darkest bayous of Louisiana - he is also forced to dig further into Helen's past. And he is stunned to learn that Helen may have been a collaborator in her own murder.

    A User says: "Aloysius X. L. Pendergast"
    "They've Done it Again!!"
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    Just when you think he's doomed, Pendergast surprises you! I love the writings of each of these authors on their own, but together they are a POWERHOUSE. When is the next one coming out?? I can't wait!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Angels Flight

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Burt Reynolds
    Overall
    (283)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (129)

    The man most hated by the LAPD - a black lawyer who has made his name by bringing lawsuits alleging racism and brutality by police officers - has been found murdered on the eve of a high-profile trial. The list of suspects includes half the police force. And Harry Bosch is the detective chosen to head the investigation. The political dangers of the case are huge. If it's not investigated fairly, the public outcry could make the Rodney King riots look tame. But a full investigation will take Bosch into the ugliest corners of law enforcement.

    Mario says: "Angels Flight-INaudible!"
    "Thoroughly Enjoyable"
    Overall

    I got turned on to the Bosch novels by Echo Park. I listened to this one next as the earliest in the series that I could find. I was thoroughly pleased with my first purchase and I even found myself liking Burt Reynolds narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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