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Sandra

Retired high school English teacher. I liked and worked with the at-risk student. Interested in about everything, but I love a good story.

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  • Over the Edge: Troubleshooters, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Suzanne Brockmann
    • Narrated By Laura Hicks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (352)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (202)

    For Lieutenant Teri Howe, one of the best helicopter pilots in the naval reserves, nothing stands in the way of her passion for flying--until a past mistake surfaces, jeopardizing everything she's worked for. Senior Chief Stan Wolchonok has made a career of tackling difficult challenges so it's no surprise when he comes to Teri's aid, knowing that his personal code of honor--and perhaps his heart--will be at risk.

    T. says: "Pivotal Book of the Series!!!!"
    "Just a comment!"
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    I really enjoy Suzanne Brockmann's Troubleshooter series. The narrator on this one should have checked pronunciations with someone. Her voices and pronunciations are jarring

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • If She Only Knew

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Lisa Jackson
    • Narrated By Alan Nebelthau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    Marla Cahill survives a horrific car accident, but comes out of it with near total amnesia - unable to recognize her own face. Now, confined to the Cahill mansion among strangers who claim to be her family, she begins fearing for her life. Someone was counting on Marla's death in the accident - and they may finish the job the moment her memory returns.

    Carolann says: "If She Only Knew.. pick another narrator"
    "Good Story - Poorly Narrated"
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    The plot and characters were a bit weak, but not bad. The narrator should be replaced.

    Often individuals reading books assume that reading a book is just that -- reading Asthe words. Little interest in the voice is evident and there are problems with the pacing of the narration.

    Do these people read the book before they read it aloud? It seems to me that pre-reading ought to be a requirement to improve the narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Guardians of the Night: A Gideon and Sirius Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Alan Russell
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (85)

    As the sole members of LAPD's Special Cases Unit, Detective Michael Gideon and his German shepherd partner Sirius work investigations considered bizarre even by Los Angeles's standards. Yet their latest case is more than strange - it might be out of this world. Ronald "Wrong" Pauley is a homeless man long fallen from grace. When Pauley's late-night drinking is interrupted by a detonation of light, he sees what he describes as a "being of light" in the alley below.

    Jan says: "An Unworldy Case for Wonderful Detective/K9 Team"
    "Promising Author"
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    I'm a fan of a number of mystery and thriller writers. Michael Connelly appeals to me because of his precise plots and richly developed characters. John Grisham for other reasons, and I could go on and on. Alan Russell, I think, will be added to my list of authors.

    On the other hand, you should read the first of the Gideon and Sirius novels to help understand the allusions and plot of this one. Well developed characters, an intriguing and coherent plot, and a good grasp of details made me enjoy this book.

    It will be interesting to see the development of this author.









































    0 of 0 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
    (2949)
    Performance
    (2192)
    Story
    (2182)

    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""
    "Good Book, So-So Narrator"
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    This is one of Nelson De Mille's convoluted mysteries that's fun to read. Since my eyesight has deteriorated, I listen to a great many books. Scott Brick has become too used to the cadences of De Mille's writing so the books are sounding alike. On the other hand, maybe I need to work a bit harder and actually read a couple of them to find out if the fault is in the author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bishop's Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Mette Ivie Harrison
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (62)

    Linda Wallheim is the mother of five grown boys and the wife of a Mormon bishop. As bishop, Kurt Wallheim is the ward's designated spiritual father, and that makes Linda the ward's unofficial mother whose days are filled with comfort visits, community service, and informal counseling. But Linda is increasingly troubled by the church's patriarchal structure and secrecy, especially as a disturbing situation takes shape in the ward.

    MontanaVega says: "One Non-Misogynist Man's Opinion - Worth Reading"
    "Well Worth the Credit!"
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    I'm not a member of the LDS Church, but I was a minister's wife and the author realistically recreates the life of a woman connected to someone of stature in a church. Her questions, attitudes, and problems reflect this life very realistically. In truth, though, I ran into very few murders, but they make the book more interesting.
    I especially liked the description of the process of cleaning the fellowship hall after a funeral dinner and the details necessary. This brought back memories.
    I was pleased to 'read' this book and hope to see more from the author.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Farnham's Freehold

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (429)
    Performance
    (373)
    Story
    (381)

    Hugh Farnham is a practical, self-made man, and when he sees the clouds of nuclear war gathering, he builds a bomb shelter under his house, hoping for peace and preparing for war. But when the apocalypse comes, something happens that he did not expect. A thermonuclear blast tears apart the fabric of time and hurls his shelter into a world with no sign of other human beings.

    Lisa says: "Heinlein of his time..."
    "Return to Fear"
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    A visit to the time of the Cold War when we were all afraid it would turn to disaster. Compelling characters and story line.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3706)
    Performance
    (3255)
    Story
    (3264)

    John Puller's older brother, Robert, was convicted of treason and national security crimes. His inexplicable escape from prison makes him the most wanted criminal in the country. Some in the government believe that John Puller represents their best chance at capturing Robert alive, and so Puller takes on the burden of bringing his brother in to face justice. But Puller quickly discovers that there are others pursuing his brother, who only see Robert as a traitor and are unconcerned if he survives.

    Kathryn says: "Worth the listen"
    "Baldacci Gets Better and Better"
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    This is one of the Puller stories and even better than the ones before. Baldacci is honing his writing craft well and varying the characters well. Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy read the books extremely well with exactly the correct tones and emphasis.

    Well worth the credit and the wait!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hawken's Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Suzanne Brockmann
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (124)

    Navy SEAL Crash Hawken awakens in a Washington, D.C., hospital to learn that he is the prime suspect in the assassination attempt on a commanding officer. Charged with treason, conspiracy and murder, he is alone - except for Nell Burns. Nell and Crash have a history - as friends, as lovers. And she knows he could not have committed these crimes. Soon they are on the run, determined to uncover what really happened the night of the attempted assassination. But first they have to survive another day.

    Laurie says: "good story but painful narration"
    "Another Romance/Action Combination"
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    This book is a romance that introduces the characters of Jake Robinson and Crash Hawken, two of Brockmann's group of SEAL operatives. The main characters are bigger than life, but the exaggeration is enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Harvard's Education

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Suzanne Brockmann
    • Narrated By Maia Guest
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (130)

    Senior Chief "Harvard" Becker believes that there is no room for women in a combat zone. It's too dangerous, too tough, and with P. J. involved, too distracting. He might respect her sharp intellect and her shooting abilities, but he still doesn't want the responsibility of making sure she stays alive. But P. J. isn't a woman who backs down easily, and to her mind, Harvard has a lot to learn. She just doesn't expect him to be so eager to instruct her on other subjects, like trust, desire - and maybe even love.

    Bookbell says: "I enjoy All Suzanne Brockmann's Books"
    "Education Is in the Eye of the Educated"
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    Yes, this is a romance, but the action involved adds interest to the usual story line. If you're a fan of adventure novels with some romance, this is a good book for you. Ms. Brockmann is very adept at creating unforgettable characters with strong, memorable traits.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Inquisitor's Key: A Body Farm Novel, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jefferson Bass
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (57)

    Miranda Lovelady, Dr. Bill Brockton's protégé, is spending the summer helping excavate a newly discovered chamber beneath the spectacular Palace of the Popes in Avignon, France. There she discovers a stone chest inscribed with a stunning claim: Inside lie the bones of none other than Jesus of Nazareth. Faced with a case of unimaginable proportions, Miranda summons Brockton for help proving or refuting the claim. Both scientists are skeptical but evidence for authenticity soon grows stronger.

    Norma says: "You go a long way before a story"
    "Fascinating History, Fabulous Suspense"
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    The Body Farm staff goes to Europe - Avignon, France - to be exact. In the process, they analyze old bones (whose?), deal with current problems (drugs and smuggling), art history, and church history. I enjoyed it because I really like gathering more information about hitherto un-investigated questions. Bass does a masterful job of mingling a plot line with all the other factors.

    This is an enjoyable listen and kept me raptly occupied for quite a while.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unstuff Your Life: Kick the Clutter Habit and Completely Organize Your Life for Good

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Andrew J. Mellen
    • Narrated By Andrew J. Mellen
    Overall
    (1414)
    Performance
    (1178)
    Story
    (1149)

    Arguably the most organized man in America, Andrew J. Mellen has created unique, lasting techniques for streamlined living, bringing order out of chaos for a client list that includes attorneys, filmmakers, and even psychologists. With Unstuff Your Life! he puts his powerful program in the hands of his widest audience yet.

    Angela says: "My lightbulb moment"
    "Useful Book, but Wasted on Audio"
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    This is an excellent organizational book with very practical ideas and resources. Unfortunately, I like to refer back over and over again to sections of this type of book, so I bought the soft-cover version, too. It's now required bathroom reading to remind me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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