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Carole

Mystery lover from waaaay back when.... Especially love those dark police/detective procedurals and the comic caper. I'm pretty tough as a reviewer. Writing must be smart and well-edited. Plots must be credible and a bit of twistiness and surprises are always welcome. Favorite authors [partial list]: Donald Westlake, Tana French, David Rosenfelt, Ruth Rendell, Ed McBain,

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  • By Stone, by Blade, by Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Kate Wilhelm
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (101)

    Travis Morgan’s case seems open and shut: A plot to kill his estranged father, fundamentalist preacher Arlie Morgan, goes awry and his bullet slays an innocent bookkeeper. Two eyewitnesses seal Travis’ fate. But despite damning evidence and an admitted hatred of his father, Travis staunchly maintains his innocence. Beseeched by his anguished mother, veteran defense attorney Barbara Holloway agrees to represent Travis. With the support of her father, attorney Frank Holloway, and crack private investigator Bailey, Barbara reveals a zealot, his ultrarich backers, and unimaginable atrocities.

    Rebecca says: "Kath Wilhelm at her best"
    "An interesting story poorly performed"
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    My major disappointment is that Carrington MacDuffie uses a terribly dull voice for the central character. The central character ends up sounding like a peevish, irritating helpless old woman.

    Although I was intrigued by the plot line, I decided to stop listening and borrow the book from the library.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Stone Cold: Joe Pickett, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By C. J. Box
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (127)

    Everything about the man is a mystery: the massive ranch in the remote Black Hills of Wyoming that nobody ever visits, the women who live with him, the secret philanthropies, the private airstrip, the sudden disappearances. And especially the persistent rumors that the man’s wealth comes from killing people. Joe Pickett, still officially a game warden but now mostly a troubleshooter for the governor, is assigned to find out what the truth is, but he discovers a lot more than he’d bargained for. There are two other men living up at that ranch. One is a stone-cold killer who takes an instant dislike to Joe.

    Kelly says: "my favorite Pickett book!"
    "Good but getting a bit Predictable"
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    Well performed with some interesting moral dilemmas.

    Plot was a little predictable but it did have a slight variation....no spoilers here....
    I hope the author realizes he's getting dangerously close to a formula and gets a new approach soon. I like the way the characters are developing but they need some new challenges!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In Dog We Trust

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Neil S. Plakcy
    • Narrated By Kelly Libatique
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    After a bad divorce and a brief prison term for computer hacking, 42-year-old Steve Levitan has returned to his home town of Stewart's Crossing and taken a part-time job as an adjunct professor of English at his alma mater, Eastern College. While walking around his gated community, he becomes friendly with his next-door neighbor, Caroline Kelly, and her golden retriever, Rochester. When Caroline is shot and killed while walking Rochester, Steve becomes the dog's temporary guardian. Together, these two unlikely sleuths work to uncover the mystery behind Caroline's death.

    Danielle says: "A Cute, Fun, Mystery, Especially for Dog Lovers"
    "Terrible Narration--can't rate the story"
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    I could not get through the first chapter of what could be a good book. The narrator's delivery was so wooden and robotic!!! Avoid this one--it's too bad...maybe Audible will have it re-recorded.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Spirit of Steamboat: A Walt Longmire Story

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (348)
    Performance
    (323)
    Story
    (316)

    "It' s a question of what you have to do, what you have to live with if you don't." Sheriff Walt Longmire is reading A Christmas Carol in his office on December 24th when he's interrupted by the ghost of Christmas past: a young woman with a hairline scar across her forehead and more than a few questions about Walt' s predecessor, Lucian Connally. Walt doesn' t recognize the mystery woman, but she seems to know him and claims to have something she must return to Connally.

    C. Telfair says: "Welcome Holiday Diversion"
    "Disappointing Effort"
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    I suspect that Audible and the publishers are pressuring writers to create these long short stories/novellas. However, this is a difficult genre and not everyone can do it.

    The plot was very, very thin and entirely predictable. I would not recommend this one, although I have greatly enjoyed the other novels in this series.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Sound and the Furry

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Spencer Quinn
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (121)

    When Chet and Bernie happen upon a prison work crew that includes Frenchie Boutette, an old criminal pal they sent up the river, getting a new case is the last thing they expect. But Frenchie, who comes from an old Louisiana family full of black sheep, needs help finding his one law-abiding relative, his brother Ralph, a reclusive inventor who has gone missing with his houseboat.

    Jane says: "It's all good"
    "Best in the Series"
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    This might be my favorite book in the series. The story plot moves just a bit faster, and the humor is outstanding! Frangione is the perfect narrator for this series--hope that he continues recording them.

    I've been recommending these books to all my dog-owning friends. Quinn's style is just a bit reminiscent of Donald Westlake (a fabulous writer who will be long remembered). Even the secondary characters are interesting and just a bit complex.

    If you haven't read the series, I suggest you start with the first one--the inside jokes are much funnier when you've read the earlier works. However, this particular book really does stand on its own.

    Can't wait for the next book in this series!!

    As Chet the Jet would say, "That Spencer Quinn...just when you think he's done amazing you...he does it again!!"

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Dog Who Knew Too Much: A Chet and Bernie Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Spencer Quinn
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (611)
    Performance
    (526)
    Story
    (518)

    Combining suspense and intrigue with a wonderfully humorous take on the link between man and beast, Spencer Quinn's exceptional mystery series has captured widespread praise since its New York Times best-selling debut, Dog on It. The Dog Who Knew Too Much marks the duo's triumphant return in a tale that's full of surprises.

    LINDA says: "Mystery from the canine point of vew"
    "I was WON OVER!"
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    I was very skeptical about this book. The idea of the Dog being the narrator seemed soooo contrived. Even though I love the dog mysteries written by other authors--but the humans are the narrators.
    Well, after about 20 minutes of listening, I was totally won over. The author is brilliant at making this very believable. I found myself totally enjoying this book, and I'm looking forward to new adventures of Chet and Bernie!

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Kill Clause

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Peter Friedman
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (40)

    Tim Rackley, a deputy U.S. marshal, watches helplessly as his daughter's killer walks free on a legal technicality. He is suddenly forced to explore his own deadly options, a quest that leads him into the welcoming fold of "The Commission".

    Deb Payne says: "A Good WhoDunnit"
    "Interesting Summer Read"
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    I call this a summer read because the plot and characters are only mildly interesting. It reads like a script for an action movie--entertaining but not a book that you will remember vividly a month after reading it.

    On the other hand, it might spark some debates over dinner about the potential flaws in our justice system. Many books look at how innocent people are wrongly convicted and this book looks at the opposite perspective with interesting consequences.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Heist: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (831)
    Performance
    (739)
    Story
    (746)

    FBI Special Agent Kate O’Hare is known for her fierce dedication and discipline on the job, chasing down the world’s most wanted criminals and putting them behind bars. Her boss thinks she is tenacious and ambitious; her friends think she is tough, stubborn, and maybe even a bit obsessed. And while Kate has made quite a name for herself for the past five years the only name she’s cared about is Nicolas Fox - an international crook she wants in more ways than one.

    Judith says: "Evanovich, no longer trite--entertaining romp"
    "A replay of White Collar TV show"
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    Hmmmm.....did I miss the memo? this book is a replay of the TV show White Collar with a not very interesting romantic story line added.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Abbey

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Chris Culver
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Ash Rashid is a former homicide detective who can't stand the thought of handling another death investigation. In another year, he'll be out of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department completely. That's the plan, at least, until his niece's body is found in the guest home of one of his city's most wealthy citizens. The coroner calls it an overdose, but the case doesn't add up. Against orders, Ash launches an investigation to find his niece's murderer.

    Carole says: "Poor Narrator hurts story"
    "Poor Narrator hurts story"
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    I found it difficult to stay interested in this story because of the poor narration. Mr. Ganim has a fairly robotic tone of voice--especially when he is doing female characters. After awhile, all the females sounded alike. They were mechanical--almost like computer voices.

    Too bad--I think I'll get the print book and read that. This is awful!

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Buck Fever: A Blanco County, Texas, Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ben Rehder
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    It’s the week before hunting season in Blanco County, Texas. Poachers are everywhere, and game warden John Marlin has his hands full. But when a man dressed in a doe costume is shot, and a huge buck deer goes crazy, things get much more bizarre than Marlin is ready for.

    Kristian says: "Ben Rehder does it again - I love this series!"
    "Another Winner"
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    I've reviewed other books in this series and this one is another funny, fast paced addition to the series. This is definitely a series to read from the beginning--the characters do develop and there are amusing plot twists that are especially amusing if you know the previous books.

    Narrations by Jonathan Davis is excellent!

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Guilt: An Alex Delaware Novel, Book 28

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated By John Rubinstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (565)
    Performance
    (478)
    Story
    (474)

    A series of horrifying events occur in quick succession in the same upscale L.A. neighborhood. A backyard renovation unearths an infant's body, buried 60 years ago. And soon thereafter in a nearby park, another disturbingly bizarre discovery is made not far from the body of a young woman shot in the head. Helping LAPD homicide detective Milo Sturgis to link these eerie incidents is brilliant psychologist Alex Delaware. But even the good doctor's vast experience with matters both clinical and criminal might not be enough.

    Jane Markhorst says: "boring and slow"
    "Please--don't bother to use your credits on this"
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    This was a disappointment. The story line ultimately proved to be completely boring. Kellerman seems to be writing from a formula and the characters aren't developing in any way at all. The plot line just fizzed out in the end....no real mystery, nothing to ponder. Very flat ending.

    And, Kellerman tends to have the characters ponder endless possibilities and explanations for each tiny event. After awhile, I just wanted him to get on with it.

    There's a curious lack of action in this book as well.

    The narrator is good--that's the only thing that kept me going to the end.

    At this point, I won't be reading anymore in this series. Save your credits!!!

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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