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G. Plude

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  • Blind Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (143)

    In Blind Justice, mystery abounds in London as Hester Monk, wife of Thames River Police Commander William Monk, questions Abel Taft - a charismatic preacher accused of extortion. Taft appears guilty as sin, but his trial explodes when a star witness drops a bombshell that has the Monks scrambling to save their dear friend Oliver Rathbone.

    Nancy J says: "Excellent Victorian Mystery /Legal Thriller"
    "So many better books out there to read"
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    I have a difficult time understanding why this book has pretty high ratings from the other reviewers. If, like me, you have been a 'from the beginning' Anne Perry fan you have to recognize how the quality of the books has declined. This book, Blind Justice, is a perfect example. The main plot is a decent one, but the story drags, and Perry's characters have become much less interesting than they used to be. They have become routine.

    One of my biggest issues however, and so much more obvious with an audio book, is how Perry disrupts her own dialogue with monotonous and very drawn out explanations of what the character is thinking. So much so that now even the characters have to be snapped out of their reverie. Often there is a statement about realizing the other person in the conversation was talking while they were off in la-la land. No real surprise there since the individual is zoned out for an eternity at times. The tangents are so lengthy that the actual dialogue is completely disrupted so that there is no flow to it. In a printed book you can skim or even skip those parts but in an audiobook it is much more difficult to do. However the reader shouldn't have to. The book should flow on it's own.

    I truly believe that Ms. Perry needs to put both the Monk and the Pitt series to bed. She's played them out far too long and the more recent books simply cannot hold a candle to the earlier books. Cater Street Hangman and The Face of a Stranger are still two of my most favorite books, ones that I have, and will again, re-read. The recent books however, are totally forgettable. Time to let them go.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Split Second

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (3934)
    Performance
    (2074)
    Story
    (2071)

    Michelle Maxwell has just blown her future with the Secret Service. Against her instincts, she let a presidential candidate out of her sight to comfort a grieving widow. Then, behind closed doors, the politician whose safety was her responsibility vanished into thin air.

    John says: "Listen again"
    "A new series for me and it is a keeper"
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    I really enjoyed the short-lived King & Maxwell tv series and decided to give the books a try. I was not disappointed. The story, or parallel stories, of Secret Service security details gone wrong were intriguing and the characters were interesting and likeable (the good ones anyway!). I've already purchased the next two books in the series.

    I've listed to a number of books narrated by Scott Brick. He does an terrific job of voicing characters with one tiny little oddity that I don't understand. It is fairly common to hear what a dear departed Jewish friend of mine used to refer to as the 'Jewish mother voice' upturn to questions. It certainly isn't anything that would deter me from listening to book narrated by him, I am always happy to find him narrating a book I am interested in, but I find it curious.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Why Kings Confess: A Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By C. S. Harris
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (109)

    The gruesome murder of a young French physician draws aristocratic investigator Sebastian St. Cyr and his pregnant wife, Hero, into a dangerous, decades-old mystery as a wrenching piece of Sebastian' s past puts him to the ultimate test. Regency England, January 1813: When a badly injured Frenchwoman is found beside the mutilated body of Dr. Damion Pelletan in one of London' s worst slums, Sebastian finds himself caught in a high-stakes tangle of murder and revenge.

    lisa says: "Harris and Porter are a winning combination"
    "I can't get enough of the Sebastian St. Cyr books!"
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    I have enjoyed this series from the very beginning. I really enjoy the pieces of history woven into the fictional tale. I look forward to the author's historical notes at the end of every book. Sebastian and Hero make a great team. She is his equal in many ways and that seems to make him a better person in the process. She certainly is no wallflower! I am glad too that Cat Boleyn was 'off-stage', finally. That story had run its course. While I'm sure it is not the last we'll see of her, Sebastian's superficial obsession was getting a bit dull.

    My only gripe is that while I like Davina Porter, I don't think she does male voices particularly well. She makes Sebastian sound a bit of dandy and I don't think she can quite capture the timber of a man's voice. However, it is not enough of a distraction not to still enjoy the listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Chiefs

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1977)
    Performance
    (1340)
    Story
    (1339)

    In 1919, Delano, Georgia, appoints its first chief of police. Honest and hardworking, the new chief is puzzled when young men start to disappear. But his investigation is ended by the fatal blast from a shotgun. Delano's second chief-of-police is no hero, yet he is also disturbed by what he sees in the missing-persons bulletins. In 1969, when Delano's third chief takes over, the unsolved disappearances still haunt the police files.

    karen says: "In my 'Top Ten' books of all time!"
    "So well done!"
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    I think it must be a real challenge to tell a story that crosses so many generations, that keeps up with the evolving society of those generations. Woods did a fabulous job. This is by far my favorite book by him. I like his series characters, but they can wear thin after several books. This book I'll listen to again, definitely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Touch of Revenge: Nick Bracco Series, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Gary Ponzo
    • Narrated By R.C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    FBI agent Nick Bracco heads an elite group of antiterrorist specialists known as The Team. When his team members start showing up dead, Nick suspects a Kurdish terrorist who has revenge on his mind. As the terrorist closes in, Nick resorts to using an unconventional weapon - his cousin Tommy. Tommy has a quick wit and valuable connections throughout the Mafia. Sometimes even the bad guys can be patriots.

    Carol says: "Good second, would love more"
    "Short but thoroughly enjoyable"
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    These books are fun. Well as 'fun' as you can call them when they are about terrorists. Terrorism aside though, I really like these characters. Their personalities are quirky at times, but people you could believe exist and in the context that they exist. The suspense and tension keep me engaged throughout. I certainly hope there are many more to come.

    R.C. Bray does an excellent job narrating!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Thomas

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5246)
    Performance
    (2648)
    Story
    (2667)

    "The dead don't talk. I don't know why." But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn.

    Denise says: "No Doubting Thomas"
    "Odd sums it up"
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    I'm really not sure what to make of this story, and I'm not sure how much of my impression of the story is a result of the way it was narrated. I didn't quit, so I gave it a 3 but it was not memorable nor am I interested in reading another. Odd, odd, odd.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Adam Makos
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    Overall
    (1330)
    Performance
    (1201)
    Story
    (1216)

    Four days before Christmas in 1943, a badly damaged American bomber struggled to fly over wartime Germany. At its controls was a 21-year-old pilot. Half his crew lay wounded or dead. It was their first mission. Suddenly a sleek, dark shape pulled up on the bomber’s tail - a German Messerschmitt fighter. Worse, the German pilot was an ace, a man able to destroy the American bomber with the squeeze of a trigger.

    JerryL says: "An Absolutely Incredcredible Audiobook!"
    "Amazing and Very Moving"
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    It would be very difficult to describe why this story is so good without describing the story, but is is an amazing one. It was very eye-opening in spots, learning things both about the Germans and the Americans in World War II. The narration was so well done so real you felt you were listening to the principals involved. Robertson Dean should get whatever top awards there are for narration, he was simply outstanding.

    You must listen to, or read, this book. Not just because the story is unbelievable but also to witness the huge range of human behavior when faced with unimaginable experiences. You will be moved, awed and amazed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Touch of Deceit: Nick Bracco, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Gary Ponzo
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (74)

    FBI agent Nick Bracco can't stop a Kurdish terrorist from firing missiles at random homes across the country. The police can't stand watch over every household, so Bracco recruits his cousin Tommy to help track down this terrorist. Tommy is in the Mafia. Oh yeah, it gets messy fast.

    Carol says: "Great and entertaining"
    "A Fun Listen"
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    I really enjoyed the concept the author chose, an FBI agent with organized crime connections. Not 'bent' but related. It was a lot of fun to see how the two worlds worked. I thought the storyline was very good, and the conclusion was great. It was a story and a narration that kept me wanting more. I look forward to listening to other Nick Bracco stories and future narrations by R.C. Bray.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Serpent's Tooth: A Walt Longmire Mystery, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2107)
    Performance
    (1892)
    Story
    (1883)

    In this ninth installment in the award-winning and New York Times best-selling Walt Longmire mystery series, the Wyoming sheriff follows his cowboy code of ethics in a religious range war that strikes a little too close to home.

    Dave says: "Craig Johnson's best!"
    "Great book, perfect narrator"
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    Really, what else is there to say? Johnson continues to turn out terrific books with a beautiful sense of time and place and with characters who are people you want to know (except for the bad guys of course!) I so enjoy the humor interlaced throughout and the telling could not be better done. Guidall is fabulous.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • In the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
    (5586)
    Performance
    (3552)
    Story
    (3554)

    As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

    Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

    Dottie B. says: "Very mixed feelings (semi-spoilers included)"
    "Three part book, one part too many."
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    I think all I can really say is that the book is too long. The story isn't a bad one, but it begins to drag. The 'mastermind' behind the crime is no surprise at all, despite the narrator insisting the listener was fooled too. This is my second and probably last Tana French book. The last one was also long and dragging and with not much in return for the listener's persistence.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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