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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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  • The Sound and the Furry

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Spencer Quinn
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    Overall
    (257)
    Performance
    (232)
    Story
    (234)

    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!!"

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Uncommon Grounds

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Sandra Balzo
    • Narrated By Karen Savage
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (100)

    A body in a pool of skim milk. An unsavory discovery at any time, but especially inconvenient when the milk puddle is in front of the espresso machine the very morning you're scheduled to open your chic suburban coffee house, Uncommon Grounds. AND the body is one of your partners, leaving you and your other partner - the one who's still alive - as suspects. Which would all be bad enough, even if your husband HADN'T just dumped you for his dental assistant....

    beatrice says: "I'll have another cup please"
    "Terrible Narrator"
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    I couldn't get past the first 20 minutes of the book. The narrator has a flat, almost monotone voice and leaden pacing. Story may have been interesting--too bad I couldn't finish it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Frenzy: Frank Quinn, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By John Lutz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Six dead women in a hotel room. Five of them students, still in their teens. Tied up. Tortured. The NYPD recognizes the suspect’s signature - three bloody initials carved into each victim’s forehead. Ex-cop Frank Quinn has faced this madman before. Both bear scars from their last encounter. Killer and cop, hunter and prey… In a deadly game of matched wits, only one can prevail. It’s not just about who gets killed. It’s about who will survive.

    Carole says: "Unbelievable --disappointing story line"
    "Unbelievable --disappointing story line"
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    Well...this novel should have been listed as a supernatural thriller. It's not a mystery or detective story because the villain is so unbelievably clever. And, there are lots of scenes of torture of women so avoid this book if you find it disturbing. In fact, most of the female characters are so one dimensional (and pretty stupid) that it really detracts from the story. Add to that....it's way too long!

    Don't waste a credit!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Dead Will Tell: Kate Burkholder, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Linda Castillo
    • Narrated By Kathleen McInerney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (86)

    Everyone in Painters Mill knows the abandoned Hochstetler farm is haunted. But only a handful of the residents remember the terrible secrets lost in the muted/hushed whispers of time - and now death is stalking them, seemingly from the grave. On a late-night shift, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called to the scene of an apparent suicide - an old man found hanging from the rafters in his dilapidated barn.

    Carole says: "Boring narrator kills the story"
    "Boring narrator kills the story"
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    I suspect that this might be a good book but the narrator is so flat and unemotional, that I found myself drifting off everytime I listened to it. The narrator is also not very good at varying the voice of her characters. It is more challenging for female narrators to "voice" male characters but this narrator really does a poor job. The men all sound alike.

    Maybe I'll borrow the book from my library!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Small Indiscretion

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Denise Rudberg
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    Marianne Jidhoff is having trouble getting back on her feet after the death of her husband, Hans. As Stockholm’s Attorney General, Hans was known as much for his marital indiscretions as his ability to solve complex cases. But Olle Lundqvist, Lead Prosecutor at the department and Marianne’s friend of many years, knows that she was the brain behind Hans’s success. He persuades her to come back to work, and she quickly shakes her grief as she finds herself at the center of a series of mysterious killings among Stockholm’s upper echelons.

    Carole says: "Interesting plot--great characters"
    "Interesting plot--great characters"
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    I liked this book, although at first, I thought it a bit slow. But, the pace of Scandinavian noir is always a bit slow with LOTS of detailed descriptions of place & people. Although I did see 'who done it', I still stuck with the book because the characters are very interesting. I think the author can take this book and make a series out of it. There is some room for the characters to change and grow. I especially liked the female characters--not "all tough as nails unbelievable" OR 'too delicate to breath' like some American authors portray female police & prosecutors. Instead there is vulnerability and growth in a believable way.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Second Watch: A J. P. Beaumont Novel, Book 21

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By J. A. Jance
    • Narrated By J. R. Horne
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (133)

    J. P. Beaumont is finally taking some time off to have knee-replacement surgery. But instead of taking his mind off work, the operation plunges him into one of the most perplexing and mind-blowing mysteries he's ever faced. A series of dreams takes him back to his early days on the force with the Seattle PD. When tugging on those threads from long ago leads to present-day murders, Beau's suspicions are confirmed. Some bodies from the second watch just won't stay buried.

    Jean says: "a unique idea"
    "Too Much Repeated information"
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    If you have read previous books in this series, then this book will feel very tedious. There's so much backstory for JP Beaumont that it takes pages and pages to summarize all of that. The past event summarizing seems to go on forever--very tedious if you have read the previous novels.

    In addition, there is a very, very long series of flashbacks involving a 2nd story about Vietnam Veterans that is completely separate from the main mystery.

    With all this extra material, I really lost interest in the main mystery. Tedious, tedious, tedious. I think this is the last J.A. Jance book that I'll purchase.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bubble Gum Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jeff Miller
    • Narrated By Laura Dysarczyk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (29)

    It is barely a crime - just the theft of a single pack of gum. But each crime that follows is bigger, and each accompanying note promises the next crime will be even worse. When FBI Special Agent Dagny Gray is asked to investigate the gum thief’s fifth crime, a bank robbery, it seems like an intriguing case. However there is nothing funny about the double murder that follows. Special Agent Gray becomes part of an unlikely trio of three investigators competing to stop the escalation of crimes, often with unconventional tactics.

    Jonathan Levitats says: "Great story, interesting narrator"
    "Tedious and dull"
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    The main character is struggling with anorexia (not a spoiler alert...it's obvious from the first chapter). There are very, very long descriptions of meals and what she isn't eating, and so forth.
    The plot is complex but seems a backdrop to the character's obsession with food (or not food). I kept skipping forward but then I'd lose the latest small step in the plot.
    Very long book--couldn't stay interested.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Flinch Factor: A Rachel Gold Mystery, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Michael A. Kahn
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Several years have passed since we last saw Rachel Gold. The stunning and savvy attorney was then engaged to be married. Since that time she has become a mother and a much-grieving widow, and now she is embroiled in a lost cause - the Frankenstein case - representing a blue-collar neighborhood fighting a powerful developer intent on bulldozing their homes to erect a swanky gated community. Who’s pushing her here? Her mother, of course.

    Carole says: "Terrible Performance"
    "Terrible Performance"
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    the narrator has a 'little girl' type voice and her accents are terrible! Totally distracted from the value of the story.

    0 of 0 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
    (428)
    Performance
    (384)
    Story
    (393)

    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
    (44)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    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.

    2 of 5 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
    (706)
    Performance
    (640)
    Story
    (635)

    "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.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful

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