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Lois

I have had a library card wherever I've lived, & always have a book in progress. Fell in love with Audiobooks when my 70 yr old eyes couldn't keep up with my reading. Mysteries are my favorite, but last enjoyable read was "Fifty Shades of Grey" WOW Sensual reading, but it had my interest ! I'm not dead yet!

Pahrump, NV, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Hell Is Empty: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (1248)
    Performance
    (1025)
    Story
    (1020)

    Spur Award-winner Craig Johnson has garnered critical acclaim for his Walt Longmire mysteries. In this riveting seventh entry, Wyoming’s Absaroka County sheriff, Walt Longmire, is pushed beyond his limits. When three hardened convicts escape FBI custody in a mountain blizzard, an armed psychopath leads them up Big Horn Mountain. As Longmire struggles to track their treacherous ascent, he’ll need all the help he can get from the tribal spirits of the towering summit.

    Susan says: "Transcendental"
    "Disappointed"
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    The adventures of Walt Longmire & friends have been so enjoyable that I could hardly wait to dive into "Hell Is Empty" However, this latest did not hold my interest & was nothing like Johnson's previous novels. Even with George Guidall's wonderful narration, this one was dull & disappointing.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • What Darkness Brings

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By C. S. Harris
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (47)

    C.S. Harris’ best-selling Sebastian St. Cyr mysteries transport listeners back to the elegance and courtly drama of Regency England. When a wealthy diamond merchant turns up dead, Sebastian sets out to prove the innocence of the man accused - his former lover Kat’s husband. A missing gem seems to be the key, but as Sebastian traces its origins, he discovers unsettling ties to black magic.

    Judith A. Weller says: "One of my Favorite Series"
    "Wonderful historical mystery.....super series"
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    What made the experience of listening to What Darkness Brings the most enjoyable?

    Historical mysteries are my favorite genre to begin with, and this series reminds me of Anne Perry's many novels.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is a series that needs to be listened to in order of being written. Since I must wait until next spring for the latest book in the "Outlander" by Diana Gabaldon, this could give me the "fix" I need to endure the wait.


    What does Davina Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    With Davina Porter narrating, it brings the best there is to capturing the essence of a British mystery.


    Any additional comments?

    Audible only has 3 of the novels and not in order.....Please read at least one of the three to enjoy and get "hooked" on Sebastian Sr Cyr, and maybe, the editors at Audible.com will check the series and add the missing books. I have resorted to buying the written version, and I really miss Davina Porter's wonderful narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Beautiful Mystery: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (993)
    Performance
    (861)
    Story
    (849)

    No outsiders are ever admitted to the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, hidden deep in the wilderness of Quebec, where two dozen cloistered monks live in peace and prayer. They grow vegetables, they tend chickens, they make chocolate. And they sing. Ironically, for a community that has taken a vow of silence, the monks have become world-famous for their glorious voices, raised in ancient chants whose effect on both singer and listener is so profound it is known as “the beautiful mystery.”

    Sparkly says: "Engaging, entertaining, and heartbreaking."
    "Another Intrigueing Story"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    The first time we are not in Three Pines so I didn't know what to expect from one of my favorite investigators & his team. Wonderful plot that really had my interest. Let's see where Louise Penny takes us next time & cannot wait to find out how the relationship with his assistant will work out.


    What does Ralph Cosham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator is so perfect that I hope it never changes. His accent is just what makes this novel so much better.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Her novels are not to be rushed but to be savored like wine.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Keeper of Lost Causes: Department Q, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1240)
    Performance
    (1069)
    Story
    (1067)

    Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award-also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo. Now, Dutton is thrilled to introduce him to America.

    Kelli N. Perkins says: "Maximum Thrill and Fabulous Characters"
    "Great 5 Star Read"
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    What did you love best about The Keeper of Lost Causes?

    The characters have well-rounded personalities...the good, the bad, & the ugly. Really liked the humor developing between Assad & Karl. It added to the development of pecking away at a 5 year old missing person file.


    What other book might you compare The Keeper of Lost Causes to and why?

    Very similar to Steig Larsson style.


    What about Erik Davies’s performance did you like?

    Difficult for me to catch on to the Danish names & locations, but easier than Larsson's Swedish locations. Erik handled the accents clearly & with charm.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoy European authors because they take time to show the whole life of a character rather than just the facts about the crime as it is solved.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Prayers for the Dead: A Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Faye Kellerman
    • Narrated By Mitchell Greenberg
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (99)

    The brutal murder of Dr. Azor Sparks in an alley behind a restaurant is greeted with public outrage and a demand for swift, sure justice. But the investigation into the well-known surgeon's death is raising too many questions and providing too few answers for homicide detective Lieutenant Peter Decker. , for example, would the family of a man so beloved respond to his slaying with more surprise than grief? And what linked a celebrated doctor with strict fundamentalist beliefs to a gang of outlaw bikers?

    Suzanne says: "Mediocre at best."
    "Wonderful Mystery Series"
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    Mysteries are my favorite genre, & there are many types. You can find edgy, eerie, spy type, vampires, & even humorous, & I enjoy them all. This series by Faye Kellerman has so much to offer, but always grounded by Peter Decker & his wife, Rina. Each novel continues with the family growing up & facing new challenges. Decker with his same crew of LA detectives take you through the process of finding the "bad guy" as they each give their thought-processes to finally arrive with a satisfying conclusion to the mystery. In addition, I find the lifestyle of the Decker Jewish family very interesting & informational to a "goya" like me. This isn't a "on the edge of your seat" book, but so interesting with lots of twists & turns.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Snowman

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1887)
    Performance
    (1246)
    Story
    (1248)

    Oslo in November. The first snow of the season has fallen. A boy named Jonas wakes in the night to find his mother gone. Out his window, in the cold moonlight, he sees the snowman that inexplicably appeared in the yard earlier in the day. Around its neck is his mother’s pink scarf. Hole suspects a link between a menacing letter he’s received and the disappearance of Jonas’s mother - and of perhaps a dozen other women, all of whom went missing on the day of a first snowfall. As his investigation deepens, something else emerges: he is becoming a pawn....

    Anita says: "many layered thriller"
    "Author Sure Got My Attention!"
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    Always looking for intriguing novels & this one got my attention. The plot is very well woven to keep you on your toes for the next move in the hunt for a serial killer. The primary detective is a likeable character even with all his flaws. It is always exciting to try a new author and get so involved in the story that you just don't want to stop to take a break. This is a writer I have listed to watch for the next novel, hopefully with Harry, on the trail of another crazy villain.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pontoon: A Novel of Lake Wobegon

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Garrison Keillor
    • Narrated By Garrison Keillor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (451)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (213)

    Garrison Keillor's latest book is about the wedding of a girl named Dede Ingebretson, who comes home from California with a guy named Brent. Dede has made a fortune in veterinary aromatherapy; Brent bears a strong resemblance to a man wanted for extortion who's pictured on a poster in the town's post office. Then there's the memorial service for Dede's aunt Evelyn, who led a footloose and adventurous life after the death of her husband 17 years previously.

    Michele says: "Brillliant but not lighthearted"
    "First Keilor novel for me!"
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    What a read this was! Keilor is known for his wry sense of humor & it really shows in this novel. How relaxing it is to listen, first to his voice, then to his hilarious descriptions of people & events. Mysteries are my usual pick, but this was a wonderful change of pace for me. & will be checking out other Keilor pieces.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shock Wave

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1441)
    Performance
    (1191)
    Story
    (1185)

    The thrilling new Virgil Flowers novel from the #1 New York Times best-selling author. The superstore chain PyeMart has its sights set on a Minnesota river town, but two very angry groups want to stop it: local merchants, fearing for their businesses, and environmentalists, predicting ecological disaster. The protests don't seem to be slowing the project, though, until someone decides to take matters into his own hands.

    aaron says: "Not the best Virgil ~ but it is still Virgil!"
    "Virgil is doing it again......"
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    That F****** Flowers is back on the job. His laid-back detective skills are keeping us on edge as the plot unfolds with several twists & turns until we finally nab the killer. His love life goes cold in this novel, so maybe Virgil is learning not to jump in bed with every pretty face he meets. He is one of my favorite Sandford characters. Keep him coming!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Buried Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1775)
    Performance
    (1055)
    Story
    (1041)

    A house demolition provides an unpleasant surprise for Minneapolis - the bodies of two girls, wrapped in plastic. It looks like they've been there a long time. Lucas Davenport knows exactly how long.In 1985, Davenport was a young cop with a reputation for recklessness, and the girls' disappearance was a big deal. His bosses ultimately declared the case closed, but he never agreed with that. Now that he has a chance to investigate it all over again, one thing is becoming increasingly clear: It wasn't just the bodies that were buried. It was the truth.

    Stevon says: "good story"
    "Sanford does it again!"
    Overall

    Exciting & fast-paced as Lucas looks back at the case that started his career as a detective. He is edgy & determined to find the culprit he knew was out there all these years, especially working with his old buddies from the squad. Lots of twists & turns in the plot. Loved it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17178)
    Performance
    (7411)
    Story
    (7438)

    Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority.

    B.J. says: "Perfect."
    "Great Finish!!"
    Overall

    Waited anxiously for the last of the trilogy & wasn't disappointed. Larsson wrapped up the plot & characters with a thrilling pace that had me cheering for justice at last!! Am sad that there will not be more from this author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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