This is; in my opinion; the best of the McGee series. The relationship between Travis and Anne is well crafted. The recovery of Meyer from the events from "Free Fall in Crimson is both plaintive and redemptive." The road trip that McGee and Meyer take to Texas is especially well done. The ultimate climatic scene is more understated than the usual McGee finale. A great read all the way through.
There is a great deal of good, solid, caring, sweet, intelligent, informative, deeply personal wisdom in this book of lists. Unfortunately I think that the best format for this information is not audio, but print. Perhaps for those who are either young or fortunate enough to have working memories this audiobook might work for you. If you're a girl from 16 to 25; particularly one with sexual identity issues then you should probably get it if just for the reinforcement it provides. Still I am of the opinion that even with a great memory; lists are better absorbed through the written word.
I use those words as a headline because I lived in the valley for close to a dozen years and treasure the time and relationships I made there; it's a special place. Therefore whenever there is a book set in the valley, or even just in Arizona, whether fiction or non-fiction I give it a shot. Even if I don't purchase it, I give it consideration.
My opening prelude completed; I approached this book with cautious optimism. It was rewarded with a work of mystery fiction that falls just short of earning five stars. The police officers act like real people; the villains are just human beings who're trying to get by in the world. No Hannibal Lecter's here. The pivotal character in this selection would be easy to blame or dislike; instead she comes across as a vulnerable, caring person who's made a questionable choice in her life.
A couple of reservations. The first is that The killer is revealed pretty early in this mystery; thus removing much of the mystery. The too quick conclusion by the lead character as to the identity of the killer. I mean he could have at least stated his reasoning as "we're desperate here," or "we don't have any better suspects."
In short I'm recommending this audio without reservation.
This is the first of over thirty Sharon McCone mysteries and was a pretty good first novel. The story unfolds quickly and in such a way that doesn't leave you shaking your head and cursing the author for presuming that you're so dim you'll suspend your belief that far from reality. There are some large holes in the narrative and McCone falling for the detective Greg Marcus seems a long shot; there is very little about him that seems at all likable. If it's your goal to have the entire series this is a good place to start. If you want to ascertain if the works of Marcia Muller are for you; the best of the McCone mysteries start further along in the series.
It's somewhere between 2020 and 2030; the first and fourth amendments have been shredded by neo-con supreme justices and Roe vs. Wade overturned. Then a conservative Supreme Court Justice is murdered in what appears to be a botched robbery. The FBI's special agent in charge brings in his old friend Joe Reeder who has already discerned this wasn't a robbery gone wrong; it was an assassination. Then another justice is brought down and suspicion falls on Reeder.
This is a nice little story and if there weren't so many implausibility's it would be a good buy. Unfortunately there is only so much suspension of belief possible before it becomes too jarring and ruins the narrative. If they'd dialed it back just a bit It might've been a four star work. Maybe it's just me but I can't give more than two.
Linda runs cold and that's the way she likes it; so when her boss asks for volunteers to foster a child during the holidays. Telling herself it's to impress her boss she volunteers to take a child. The child turns out to be a girl named Lucy who has survived more trauma and pain than anyone should have to know in a lifetime; much less seven years. As Linda grows closer to the child she grows closer to the feelings she was forced to hide as a child. Traumatized herself at age twelve she was forced to deny those feelings by her mother. The trauma of that night has adversely affected both her and her brother since that night. This is the story of a woman who in helping a girl get past the horror of the abuse she's suffered in her short life may just be able to able to get past her own.
I'd read the reviews when I chose this book and I realized that I was gonna be crying. Of course I've cried when a family got their house repaired on a DIY show. Sure enough I was puddling up thirty minutes into the audiobook. This was a heartbreaking, heart opening story. Though at one point I considered dropping the rating to a four due to the over the top sentimentality that is the epitome of lesbian romance novels. Then the inevitable ending that the book had been building towards since the halfway point and I knew that this was a five in spite of the flaws. The sentimentality was past over the top but I'm told by a reliable source that 18 year old girls can get that way from time to time. When we finished the story and finished crying, we agreed that they're times when a little over the top sentimentality is just what you need. I related to her stories about two movies; Brian's Song and Field of Dreams that always got to me. Sometimes it's important just to share a good cry.
I read the reviews and was encouraged to give this one a try. The mental health hook is always a pull for me and the lead character being schizophrenic piqued my interest in this book. Unfortunately I found the five chapters I was able to get through before I gave up slow and extremely tedious. I realize that I have a short span of attention and when I start a book whether to read or to listen to I have a difficult time staying with it if it begins too slowly. This one did just that and I bailed; if you are more patient listener you may be able to wait for it; I couldn't.
illogical, unrealistic, cliched, and one of Julie Farhat's worst performances using a whiny nasal twang that was insufferable. Only the subject matter kept me listening to the halfway point and got this selection rated at two stars; don't waste the credit or the time.
This was a book that my daughter and I tried to talk each other out of, and ended up talking each other into; luckily it turns out. This turned out to be one of the best audiobooks I've listened to since I joined Audible. Though most of the people in this young adult novel are at least one notch too good to be true; the story itself has the ring of authenticity. Though I've never had any connection or experience with the music industry the people sound like a tamer version of biographical stories and magazine articles I've read. The endless takes, the constant reworking of songs, the publicist setting up pseudo meetings with other celebrities and cluing in the paparazzi.
The heroine is delightfully sweet, innocent, naive girl that those of us who've been through life with a real teenage daughter take in with both longing and disbelief. Much of this is due to the inherent restrictions of the young adult genre, but Bird is so likable that I was more than willing to give her the benefit of the doubt. The jealousy and resentment felt by Bird's brothers was if anything; understated.
The longing she felt for a relationship with musician Adam Dean, and her reluctance to do anything to further it, doesn't remind me of my daughter or her friends. However for a girl who was home schooled and spent most of her free time with her parents and older brothers it might be quite realistic that she wouldn't be too aggressive in pursuing it.
The Crossways, both mother and daughter were well written as mentor and "bestie." I also loved the way she stepped up to do the show for the schools program for the arts. Another digression from an educational system that seems to move further from reality every year. I mean the only thing we're exporting these days other than military armaments is our culture and entertainment. It seems extremely shortsighted to pinch pennies when it comes to one of the few enterprises where we still have a positive trade balance.
I'm expecting a sequel; either that or Alecia Whitaker is destined to be an excellent writer. The easy thing to do would have been to close the book with a cliched ending; that didn't happen. My daughter who is by the way, years beyond the target age referred to that ending as "keeping it real." The story itself as "corny and sweet; but corny in a nice way."
I just call it a really good story by a writer I hope continues to produce top flight work.
I was intrigued by the hook of the psychic detective and though all the reviews said that this was the best of the three available on Audible. I decided that I would listen to all three in order; a method that I prefer when it comes to books within a series.
Okay I will agree that this is the best of the three but it's not that much of a recommendation. There are many of the same holes and inconsistencies in this selection that made the first two average listens.
The first few chapters I found to be an incredibly slow and tedious buildup to the story; and basically a waste of time. Once again Jeff's girlfriend Maggie Brennan is presented as the love of his life; though any conceivable reason for this goes unmentioned. She has stepped into the pantheon of Susan Silverman and Lauren Crowder as the least likable characters in mystery fiction. The same character who has unceremoniously ended things with Jeff in the first two books; expects him to accept subpar accommodations and rude treatment from one of the inn's owners; a woman she's seen only rarely since high school, out of loyalty to her.
At least Jeff is less resentful of his brother Richard; a man who is totally loyal to Jeff and is seemingly willing to go any lengths to help him. Again in this book Richard places his life on hold; and in jeopardy, to come to Jeff's aid. Though in the pivotal scene the two of them act so passively and ineptly in a confrontation that if the villain hadn't been so dislikable I would have said; "go ahead and kill them, they deserve it."
The psychic portion of his mind is so attuned to nuance that he becomes uneasy when passing by a place that will not become significant for days. Then has another soon afterwards that he ignores completely.
Given my expectations I've been extremely disappointed in this series. Perhaps the writers who are the best don't need devices like psychics to provide a brace their stories.
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