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Glenna

Alexandria, VA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Leopard: A Harry Hole Novel, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø, Don Bartlett (translator)
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1181)
    Performance
    (981)
    Story
    (975)

    Two young women are found murdered in Oslo, both drowned in their own blood. Media coverage quickly reaches fever pitch: Could this be the work of a serial killer? The crime scenes offer no coherent clues, the police investigation is stalled, and the one man who might be able to help doesn't want to be found. Traumatized by his last case, Inspector Harry Hole has lost himself in the squalor of Hong Kong's opium dens. Yet when he is compelled, at last, to return to Norway - his father is dying - Harry's buried instincts begin to take over. Then a female MP is discovered brutally murdered.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Simply Fantastic! A great buy!"
    "A Tough Listen, an Irresistible Series"
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    I've listened to every available Jo Nesbo Harry Hole book. Each one seems to get more violent and harder to listen to, yet they keep me hooked. The plots are intricate and twisted. Mistakes are made. But I want Harry to be happy, and it seems that he suffers more emotionally and physically with each book. The author is literally dismatling Harry by bits--a finger in the Snowman, his jaw in the Leopard. A brilliant, flawed and doomed hero. How can you resist that?

    I hope the books currently unavailable in the US are soon translated; I want to know what happens in between those now available and in the beginning. I'll keep coming back as long as the books keep coming over.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • All Cry Chaos: The Henri Poincaré Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Leonard Rosen
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (407)
    Performance
    (347)
    Story
    (342)

    All Cry Chaos is a masterful and gripping tale that literally reaches for the heavens. The action begins when mathematician James Fenster is assassinated on the eve of a long-scheduled speech at a World Trade Organization meeting. The hit is as elegant as it is bizarre. Fenster’s Amsterdam hotel room is incinerated, yet the rest of the building remains intact. The murder trail leads veteran Interpol agent Henri Poincaré on a high-stakes, world-crossing quest for answers.

    Sandy says: "Not bad."
    "Detective Story on a Theme of Job"
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    The Inspector is torn between his standards of honorable conduct as an Interpol agent and his desire for revenge for horrific acts of torture and murder committed by those he is tracking.



    The characters are believable and the plot well twisted. At times it was difficult to read about the trials of this man and the injury to the innocents around him, and I found myself carrying around a sadness that was difficult to shake. That said, the author was wise enough to let the plot veer away from Poincare's tribulations in time to keep the reader engaged to the end, when the Inspector gets his man and begins to heal.



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Lonely Death: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (379)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (259)

    Three men have been murdered in a Sussex village, and Scotland Yard has been called in. It's a baffling case. The victims are soldiers who survived the horrors of the Great War only to meet a ghastly end in the quiet English countryside two years later. Each had been garroted, with small ID disks left in their mouths. But even Scotland Yard's presence doesn't deter this vicious and clever killer.

    Marie says: "The best in the series"
    "Thoughtful Detective Story"
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    If you are a fan of PD James, you will probably like Charles Todd. His Ian Rutledge stories leave me with much the same feelings--the detective got his man, but that isn't the whole story. Rutledge and his characters are struggling to find a new normalcy after World War I's ugly, senseless carnage. Against that backdrop, there is someone waging his own private war on the town's former soldiers. They are being garroted--one by one--as Rutledge struggles to identify and stop the killer. Hamish, his relentless internal companion keeps up a steady stream of comments often seeming to be more of a partner in detection than the nemesis he has vowed to be.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Creole Belle: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1664)
    Performance
    (1441)
    Story
    (1402)

    Creole Belle begins where the last book in the Dave Robicheaux series, The Glass Rainbow, ended. Dave is in a recovery unit in New Orleans, where a Creole girl named Tee Jolie Melton visits him and leaves him an iPod with the country blues song “Creole Belle” on it. Then she disappears. Dave becomes obsessed with the song and the memory of Tee Jolie and goes in search of her sister, who later turns up inside a block of ice floating in the Gulf.

    Melinda says: "Burke & Patton -- Synergistic Phenomenon"
    "One too many novels for Dave and Clete"
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    First let me say that Burke has not lost one iota of his descriptive talents. There are passages in Creole Belle that take my breath away. I had to share them; they were too good to experience alone. But sadly he's run out of plot lines, revealed all his characters' inner demons and angst. It's the same tale Burke has spun over and over, another visit to Dave's oft confessed moral struggles. Once again, we are introduced to unethical, self-important. rich villans held in check only by the maligned ex cops who in the end burn down the house. Earlier novels had a touch of preachiness, but in this one, Burke's anger at big oil is explicit. His rage at the BP oil spill is front and center and very close to the boiling point. I share his rage, but not here, not so explicitly, and not draped over the same plot one more time. I just felt tired before I got to the end. It was better to have Dave and Clete take that ride on the river boat with dignity than to drag them out of the river to plod through one case too many.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Harbor: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2519)
    Performance
    (2161)
    Story
    (2148)

    In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.

    barbara says: "Stunned"
    "Tana French just gets better and better"
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    This is no action packed can of Coke. There is plenty of meat here. French writes with the depth of P.D. James, the best kind of detective writer. Early on, she introduces a sense that something will go wrong with this sad case that hung in the back of my mind as I tried to piece together just what did happen. At times, I thought I could see what was coming; I'm pretty good at seeing through plot twists and get highly annoyed when a writer cheats by throwing in some unrevealed factor or brilliant move by the detective in the last five pages. But French is too good a writer to rely on such cheap tricks. Plot twists are more gentle curves than hairpin turns, subtle changes of perspective brought about by hashing out personal views of the evidence between detectives or bits of new information. The hunt is intelligent and engaging. The solution is plausible and satisfying. The end is somehow uplifting.

    "Broken Harbor" will stick around in my brain for a good while.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Plum Island

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2696)
    Performance
    (1968)
    Story
    (1959)

    Wounded in the line of duty, NYPD homicide cop John Corey is convalescing in rural eastern Long Island when an attractive young couple he knows is found shot to death on the family patio. The victims were biologists at Plum Island, a research site rumored to be an incubator for germ warfare. Suddenly, a local double murder takes on shattering global implications - and thrusts Corey and two extraordinary women into a dangerous search for the secret of Plum Island....

    DERALD says: "Great on par with" LION'S GAME""
    "Emma! What were you thinking?"
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    What a jerk! This is my first (and last) Nelson DeMille book. I have rarely seen a talent of this caliber for creating a truly obnoxious main character. Although I did think the buried treasure angle was an interesting twist and I did learn a little history, the plot was uninspired. And holy cow!, how many times have we seen the "dramatic ending" played out in a storm. Yawn, eye roll. But I digress. The worst sin of this book was truly the protagonist -- completely juvenile, self pitying, petty (as in breaking really nice things to spite a guy who already clearly is not going to need them), oppositional, rude and pretty much a cardboard cutout. Plum Island is a clinker, and the stinker is the sinker.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Blood: A Virgil Flowers Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1983)
    Performance
    (1089)
    Story
    (1084)

    One late fall Sunday in southern Minnesota, a farmer brings a load of soybeans to a local grain elevator - and a young man hits him on the head with a steel bar, drops him into the grain bin, waits until he's sure he's dead, and then calls the sheriff to report the "accident." Suspicious, the sheriff calls in Virgil Flowers, who quickly breaks the kid down...and the next day the boy's found hanging in his cell. Remorse? Virgil isn't so sure....

    Bob says: "EXCELLENT!"
    "Good Detective Story, Perfectly Read"
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    This is the first Virgil Flowers book I've listened to and I really enjoyed it, but then I've been a John Sanford fan for a while. I've listened to all his Prey series and found his good guy characters and dialogue to be believable. I love the touches of humor, especially Virgil and Lee's book-ending conversation--it left me chuckling--MEN!

    While I thoroughly enjoyed the book, I did find the subject rather disquieting. And although Sanford at least did a little poking around in the brains of his predator characters, they remained pretty one-dimensional bad guys.

    The reader was absolutely perfect for the story. He captured the accents and attitudes very well.

    Good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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