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Debora

Concord, CA, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • Delusion In Death: In Death, Book 35

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1780)
    Performance
    (1556)
    Story
    (1539)

    It was just another after-work happy-hour bar downtown, where business professionals unwound with a few drinks, complained about the boss, maybe hooked up with someone for the night. Until something went terribly wrong. At first it was just a friction in the air. The noise intensified. The crowd seemed oppressive. Some sharp words were exchanged, some pushing and shoving. Then the madness descended. And after 12 minutes of chaos and violence, 80 people lay dead.

    Lisa says: "Robb, Dallas & Ericksen - what a Fantastic Combo"
    "Another great read from J. D. Robb"
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    Where does Delusion In Death rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Delusion in Death ranks very highly among all of the other audiobooks I have listenend to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It's hard to pick a favorite character in this book, because the richly detailed characters are the lifeblood of the series. The main character, Eve Dallas, is an amazingly complex woman dealing with a past that would have destroyed many people. Her husband, Roarke, is equally complicated. There are many excllent supporting characters, all of which round out the great "ensemble cast" in the book. One of my favorite things about this book is how wonderfully I hear the characters evolving individually and in their relationships with each other.


    Any additional comments?

    Susan Ericksen is the perfect reader for these books. She uses distinctly different voices which seem to capture the personalities of each of the characters. I can't imagine anyone else reading these books. Another excellent book in an excellent series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Detection

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan, Robert Ian Mackenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (244)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (70)

    The Art of Detection is another spellbinding tale starring San Francisco homicide inspector Kate Martinelli. The victim is Sherlock Holmes aficionado Philip Gilbert, whose collection of priceless memorabilia is definitely worth killing for. It's up to Kate and her trusted partner Al Hawkin to follow the clues and bring a rather peculiar murderer to Justice.

    Jean says: "A story within a story"
    "Is That a Deerstalker??"
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    Would you listen to The Art of Detection again? Why?

    I would listen to The Art of Detection again because it is,simply, a very well-told story. This is, apparently, the last of the Kate Martinelli series of books, and it the series has to end, this was a good way to do it. I have enjoyed watching the evolving relationship between Kate and her life partner Lee, as well as Kate and her police partner Al. The series has an interesting supporting cast as well as a strong female lead. Although I haven't read Laurie King's Sherlock Holmes books, I got a glimpse into that world in this book, and I plan to check out the Holmes series. I enjoyed the story within a story.


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

    I wouldn't say that this was an "on the edge of your seat" book. The plot unfolds slowly, but in a very interesting way.


    Have you listened to any of Alyssa Bresnahan and Robert Ian Mackenzie ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have heard Alyssa Bresnahan perform all of the Kate Martinelli books. She did a fine job of bringing the main character to life as well as giving distinct voices to the supporting characters. I have not heard Rober Ian Mackenzie before, but I would listen to him again. He brought the Holmes character to life and made the story within a story special.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20851)
    Performance
    (18694)
    Story
    (18762)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Wait! Seriously?? No way!!"
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    Where does Gone Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Gone girl ranks very high among the audiobooks I have heard. I listen to a lot of mysteries, but this book was quite different than most of the books I have listened to. I wasn't sure I was going to like it at first, but I became more and more intrigued as the story went along.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gone Girl?

    The anniversary scavenger hunt was very memorable. I won't say any more for fear of giving away a spoiler.


    What does Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I really liked both of the narrators. I thought they both brought their characters to life in a very believable way. Most audiobooks do not have different narrators for the different voices, but this was a particularly excellent book for that because of the alternating point of view style in which it is written.


    Any additional comments?

    This book truly takes you on a rollercoaster of twists and turns, ups and downs. I read enough mysteries that it unusual for a book to completely take me by surprise, but I can honestly say there were several parts of the story that I never saw coming. The book is definitely not a light read, but I was absolutely fascinated by the characters and the intricately woven relationships in the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Zero Game

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (480)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (155)

    Matthew Mercer and Harris Sandler are playing a mysterious game. It's a game almost no one knows about: not their friends, not their coworkers, and certainly not their bosses, who are some of the most powerful senators and congressmen on Capitol Hill.

    Rodney says: "Great political novel"
    "Good, fast-paced read"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book very much. It was fast-paced and kept my interest the whole time. I enjoyed both the inner looks at the white house and the adventure part of the book. I enjoyed this as I have enjoyed all of the Brad Meltzer books to which I have listened.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Southern Discomfort

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Margaret Maron
    • Narrated By C.J. Critt
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (65)

    The governor of North Carolina has appointed Deborah to a judicial seat in the District Court Division. On her weekends, the fledgling judge has been helping an all-woman building crew complete a home for a needy single mother. Her attempts to gain positive P.R. go awry when her niece is found battered and half-naked in the partially completed home, with Deborah's own bloody hammer lying nearby.

    Debora says: "Enjoyable"
    "Enjoyable"
    Overall

    In this second book in the Deborah Knott series, Margaret Maron again paints a charming portrait of southern life as well as giving us a mystery to solve. If you enjoy good story-telling with complex characters, you will enjoy these books. I feel as though I know the people and places after reading the story, and the mystery has enough twists to keep me guessing. I'm looking forward to continuing the series and getting to know Judge Knott and her family and friends even better.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Bootlegger's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Margaret Maron
    • Narrated By C.J. Critt
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (126)

    Attorney Deborah Knott is North Carolina's answer to V.I. Warshawski, a legal sleuth with a knack for sniffing out the most baffling crimes. Deborah has just done the unthinkable: entered the heated race for judge of old-boy-ruled Colleton County. The only female candidate, she's busy reeling in voters and giving campaign speeches. There couldn't be a worse time for Gayle Whitehead to beg Deborah to investigate the 18-year-old unsolved murder of Gayle's mother, Janie.

    Veronica says: "Excellent -book"
    "Good read"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this, the first of the Deborah Knott series of books by Margaret Maron. She writes about where she is from, and she obviously knows well the people and the area. Ms. Maron weaves an enjoyable story combining a mystery with tales of the people of the south. Her characters are likeable and colorful. I look forward to reading more of the series and meeting more of Deborah Knott's family and friends.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Brethren

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (719)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (206)

    In a minimum security federal prison known as Trumble, three former judges who call themselves the Brethren are quietly writing letters to unsuspecting victims of a monumental mail scam. Much to their delight, the money is pouring in. But now they've ensnared the wrong man and the Brethren's days of marking time are over.

    Debora says: "Great Read"
    "Great Read"
    Overall

    This was my first audible book and I enjoyed it immensely. The narration was wonderful, and the storyline kept me involved from the first page to the last. I almost wanted my hour long commute each way to work to be longer.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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