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Peg

Merrimac, Massachusetts, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Townie: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Andre Dubus III
    • Narrated By Andre Dubus III
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (91)

    After their parents divorced in the 1970s, Andre Dubus III and his three siblings grew up with their exhausted working mother in a depressed Massachusetts mill town saturated with drugs and crime. To protect himself and those he loved from street violence, Andre learned to use his fists so well that he was even scared of himself. He was on a fast track to getting killed—or killing someone else—or to beatings-for-pay as a boxer.

    Suzn F says: "More like a 3.25 star rating"
    "Painful and endearing and in the end...hopeful"
    Overall

    Mr Dubus has created a wonderful, harsh, rawly open read that could only come from his depths...by digging deeper into his being than most of us are willing to even contemplate and examine in detailed accounts of his life experiences from his earliest recollections in his parent's home to the finality of a father's burial. This is not a feel good read but rather an intense self evaluation of chilhood lived in poverty, of human struggle and growth expressed with both quiet composition and understated power. Through out the read, I felt the author's character in his commitment to remain true to his recollections no matter how unflattering to his person and come away feeling privileged to have been allowed to share his journey and life lessons.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Drop: Harry Bosch, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3059)
    Performance
    (2488)
    Story
    (2458)

    Harry Bosch has been given three years before he must retire from the LAPD, and he wants cases more fiercely than ever. In one morning, he gets two. DNA from a 1989 rape and murder matches a 29-year-old convicted rapist. Was he an eight-year-old killer, or has something gone terribly wrong in the new Regional Crime Lab? Then Bosch and his partner are called to a death scene fraught with internal politics....

    Joanne says: "A completely satisfying listen"
    "Sad we need to wait for the next in the series!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Have just finished listening to the 18 book series of Connelly's Harry Bosch novels. This most recent addition is Connelly on top of his writing game with all of the usual twists that we have come to expect and enjoy! The book is superb on it's own but now we have to sit and wait for the next installment... :( That is the only downside of this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nine Dragons: Harry Bosch, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    Overall
    (2266)
    Performance
    (894)
    Story
    (904)

    The one good thing in Bosch's life, the person he holds most dear, is taken from him and Bosch travels to Hong Kong in an all-or-nothing bid to regain what he's lost. In a place known as Nine Dragons, as the city's Hungry Ghosts festival burns around him, Bosch puts aside everything he knows and risks everything he has in a desperate bid to outmatch the triad's ferocity.

    Derek says: "Not Connelly's Best"
    "Bosch!"
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    In the process of listening to the entire Bosch series sequentially.... a great series that takes the reader through multiple years in the life of Detective Harry Bosch ... a multi-faceted character who never disappoints. The author was at his best when he wrote this chapter of the series. The novel stands on it's own as a great read but having listened to all of the previous Bosch series recently made this listen even more enjoyable ............ please keep those Bosch novels coming!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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