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PURLEAR, NC, United States

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  • Rainey Nights: A Rainey Bell Thriller, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By R. E. Bradshaw
    • Narrated By Shannon McManus
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (33)

    Women are missing and dying in the Triangle area of North Carolina. One woman holds the key to why. With the conclusion of the Y-Man murders nine months ago and her resignation from the FBI, former Special Agent and Behavioral Analyst Rainey Bell has finally found peace and contentment she never thought possible - even if she remains a bit paranoid. Her wariness is justified when a monster from her past rears his demonic head. Rainey has faced death and evil before - alone. Now it’s different - she has a family to protect, her own. Only Rainey can keep them alive. Or can she?

    Susie says: "A Romantic Lesbian Thriller"
    "Okay; but."
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    Taking a lot of tired cliches and wrapping them around a lesbian character doesn't make the cliches any fresher. That being said there are moments of semi-brilliance when the author is able to bring the characters to life. Unfortunately these moments are interspersed with a predictable plot line and some dialogue worthy of network television. The overall book has it's moments and the information on the criminal aspects of the plot are good. Hopefully in the future there will be a time when her main characters actually appear three dimensional. As for the reader; the same applies to her. She has a good overall pacing and at times, the right tone. Other times she seems to think her audience is a class of fifth graders.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 61 Hours: A Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2259)
    Performance
    (1014)
    Story
    (1005)

    A tour bus crashes in a savage snowstorm and lands Jack Reacher in the middle of a deadly confrontation. In nearby Bolton, South Dakota, one brave woman is standing up for justice in a small town threatened by sinister forces. If she's going to live long enough to testify, she'll need help. Because a killer is coming to Bolton, a coldly proficient assassin who never misses.

    Gustavo says: "Make sure you have time before you start"
    "Trouble in the Heartland"
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    Jack Reacher hitches a ride on a bus full of retired folks that crashes and places him in the midst of a tense situation involving a South American druglord, a Russian criminal, a new prison, a motorcycle gang and an old U S Air Force bunker. For once Reacher has the power structure on his side; sort of. An old woman saw a drug deal going down and plans to testify against him; so there's a hit put out on her. Reacher soon becomes her primary protection. Told from several points of view it traces back to a part of military history that no one wants to acknowledge. Woven into the plot is Reacher's relationship with the new leader of his old unit the 110th M P. The mystery of the bad guy's inside man is narrowed down to one of two people by the time you're halfway through the book. Once again there is a major hole in the fabric of the story. Once more Dick Hill's voice gets intense and he sounds as if he's out of breath in the dramatic moments of the story. Spoiler alert; the ending trails off rather strangely; leaving Reacher's exact fate in up in the air.All-in-all a good solid Reacher mystery. Though I'm still waiting for Child to reach the level of the eighth through the eleventh works in the series; this is the second consecutive strong book since the execrable Nothing To Lose.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Locked In: A Sharon McCone Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Marcia Muller
    • Narrated By Deanna Hurst
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Shot in the head by an unknown assailant, Sharon McCone finds herself trapped by Locked-In Syndrome: almost total paralysis but an alert, conscious mind. As Sharon lies in her hospital bed, furiously trying to break out of her body's prison and discover her attacker's identity, all the members of her agency fan out to find the reason why she was assaulted.

    rick says: "Unique Perspective"
    "Unique Perspective"
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    As the headline suggests this story is told from the point of view of Sharon McCone who lies in a hospital bed; her mind functioning as usual. Unfortunately she's also paralyzed; unable to move or speak. Yet between her husband and her operatives she's able to solve the crime that put her in the hospital bed. This one is a good solid four star listen for fans of McCone..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Fine at Forty

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Dakota Madison
    • Narrated By Pilar Uribe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    It's been a year since Jennifer Ellis's ex-husband left her for a much younger woman and Jennifer still hasn't dated. Now turning 40, Jennifer wonders if she'll ever find love again. So Jennifer's best-friend, Melanie Malone, books them on a Girl's Getaway in picturesque Sedona, Arizona in hopes of inspiring Jennifer to have a vacation fling. Jennifer gets more than she bargained for when she meets the ruggedly handsome 29-year old tour Jeep guide, Cody Miller, and the two begin a passionate romance.

    rick says: "Tedious, repetitive and a little sick."
    "Tedious, repetitive and a little sick."
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    This one was a reach for me. If the plot line hadn't been eerily similar to a couple of my previous relationships I wouldn't have bothered. Well as it turns out I should have trusted my instincts. I managed to make it through four pretty rough hours. The breaking point was the Book's male lead stalking a woman he'd spent all of two weeks, then asking her to marry him. Rather than running away screaming; the woman feels guilty about not saying yes to him at once. This guy had been getting more controlling all through the book and this is treated as proof of his love; not the behavioral disorder that it is. The second factor that bothered me was that the lead character let's herself be pushed around by everyone in her life. The best friend Mel begins the book as an interesting character. Then she meets a middle aged businessman and begins acting like someone from a late sixties,early seventies sitcom. Only my familiarity with the plot line got this one two stars. Do yourself a favor and skip this title. It'll be helpful to your blood pressure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Quick Red Fox: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (248)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (202)

    It was the standard blackmail scheme. For years, sultry Lysa Dean's name on a movie had meant a bonanza at the box office. Now a set of pictures could mean the end of her career.When first approached for help by lovely Dana Holtzer, Lysa's personal secretary, Travis McGee is thoroughly turned off by the tacky details. But being low on cash, and tenderly attracted by the star's intriguingly remote secretary, McGee sets out to locate his suspects -- only to find that they start turning up dead!

    Grace says: "stark hollywood"
    "Travis' Travelogue"
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    A Hollywood sex symbol Lysa Dean is receiving threats from someone who sounds quite deranged. Enter Travis McGee; he and Lysa's private secretary Dana Holtzer hit the road investigating the other people pictured in the orgy photos. While traveling through Florida to upstate New York; to San Francisco; to Las Vegas; to Phoenix Travis narrows down the the suspect list, and finds a killer. Dana naturally falls in love then into bed with him; huge surprise. The stopover in Vegas gives McGee an opportunity to verbally bash lesbians as MacDonald shows another side of his misogynistic attitudes. Then there is the ever present condescension MacDonald seems to feel for most of the human race. As usual though his ability to write overcomes his painfully out of date attitudes about sex and towards women and his almost supercilious attitude towards the rest of the world. This a short quick moving mystery that is a good read and a good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Early Autumn

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (52)

    A bitter divorce is only the beginning. First the father hires thugs to kidnap his son. Then the mother hires Spenser to get the boy back. But as soon as Spenser senses the lay of the land, he decides to do some kidnapping of his own.

    bebe says: "a very good Spencer novel"
    "One of the Best"
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    Spencer is his typical wisecracking, head cracking self in this one. Unlike his usual cases in this one Spencer takes on a neglected child. The time and interaction between the two of them are what the kid needs most after a lifetime of being ignored by both parents. Thankfully the amount of time devoted to Susan Silverman in this book is limited. The over the top affection everyone feels for her for no apparent reason; particularly Spencer, gets tiring. Hawk appears in his similarly one dimensional role that seems to be perfect for the genre; he's the perfect weapon. the climatic showdown scene in which he does what Spencer can't; do what has to be done is prototypical Hawk. If you like Spencer this is one of the best choices

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Broken Promise Land

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Marcia Muller
    • Narrated By Jean Reed Bahle
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Ricky Savage is Sharon McCone's brother-in-law, and the hottest country singer in the business. He's on top professionally, but hitting rock bottom in his personal life. His longtime marriage to Sharon's sister, Charlene, is breaking up, forcing him to question if it was all worth it: the struggle, hard times, and hopes of stardom that finally came true. Even worse, Ricky has been getting anonymous letters threatening not only himself, but also his children.

    N. Casper says: "Not very good"
    "One of the Best"
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    This work focuses more on McCone's assistant Rae Kelleher and her soon to be ex-brother-in-law country music star Ricky Savage. For the first time Ricky and her sister Charlene's children other than Mick are detailed. The war zone atmosphere in the Savage household including Charlene's boyfriend and Ricky's numerous past infidelities are exposed. One of those past infidelities leads to a series of threatening notes and suspicious incidents and accidents. Included in those are a bullet through the window of the Savage house coming quite close to the music star. The tension builds; as does the close relationship between Ricky and Rae. the climatic scene comes as surprising both as to the perpetrator and his actions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Savage Place: A Spenser Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    TV reporter Candy Sloan has eyes the color of cornflowers and legs that stretch all the way to heaven. She also has somebody threatening to rearrange her lovely face if she keeps on snooping into charges of Hollywood racketeering. Spenser's job is to keep Candy healthy until she breaks the biggest story of her career.

    rick says: "A Different Kind of Spencer"
    "A Different Kind of Spencer"
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    This is one of the more complicated Spenser novels. Spenser cheats on Susan; develops feelings for another woman. The climatic scene was the one of the most complicated in the series. The setting is Los Angeles instead of Boston. There's no Hawk, Quirk, or Belsen. Though there is the requisite amount of humor this is one of the more serious Spenser novels. An excellent short book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wall Street Money Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 43 mins)
    • By Jesse Eisinger, Jake Bernstein
    • Narrated By Gary Dikeos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    In the months before the 2008 financial meltdown, bankers and hedge funds perverted the market to keep their lavish bonuses flowing. Their machinations made the collapse much worse. This Pulitzer Prize-winning series reveals how they did it.

    rick says: "Sub Prime Mortgage Crisis For Dummies?"
    "Sub Prime Mortgage Crisis For Dummies?"
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    Perhaps I've already listened to too many of the Wall Street crash books but this short look at the crisis comes off as simplistic and repetitive. The narrator reads in something close a monotone; as if he was reading to an econ 101 college study group. If you're interested try something more along the lines of The Big Short or Reckless Endangerment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Tomorrow: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1896)
    Performance
    (898)
    Story
    (898)

    In a novel that slams through one hairpin surprise after another, Lee Child unleashes a thriller that spans three decades and gnaws at the heart of America...and for Jack Reacher, a man who trusts no one and likes it that way, it's a mystery with only one answer the kind that comes when you finally get face-to-face and look your worst enemy in the eye.

    Laura says: "Child Needs an Editor"
    "With One Exception"
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    I found this to be a great listen almost all the way through; then one scene has Reacher pulling a move of such colossal ignorance that it briefly ruined the entire lead up to this climatic scene. Though Child attempts to explain the mistake away it still comes off as a highly improbable mistake from a fighting man of Reacher's caliber.
    With that stipulation out of the way I found this to be an excellent listening experience as a good comeback from the dreadful Nothing To Lose. Though the villain and the force behind all the subsequent events come to light halfway through the book there is suspense leading up to the final scene. Given the weakness I've already alluded to leading up to the dramatic ending; it was still quite satisfying to see the ruthless killers get their comeuppance. The look back at the Russians fighting in Afghanistan was interesting; as was the politician hoping to avoid a past mistake coming to light. without that one huge mistake this was easily a five star rating; even with it overall this work is still a five.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Enemy

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2043)
    Performance
    (1335)
    Story
    (1339)

    New Year's Day, 1990. The Berlin Wall is coming down. The world is changing. And in a North Carolina "hot-sheets" motel, a two-star general is found dead. His briefcase is missing. Nobody knows what was in it. Within minutes Jack Reacher has his orders: Control the situation. But this situation can't be controlled.

    Corinne says: "Made me really admire Reacher"
    "Surprise; a Prequel"
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    After The Persuader, which I considered mediocre; I was ready for a strong bounce back novel. Child definitely delivered with The Enemy which to my surprise was the first non sequential Reacher novel.
    In many ways I felt this was a more natural setting for Child's Jack Reacher character. The character's comfort level in the U S Army setting seemed superior to that in his civilian incarnation. I liked the inclusion of his mother's past as well; it took her out of the French June Cleaver on an army base that appeared through the initial seven books as well as the three Reacher novellas. Furthermore Reacher seemed to work better within a system where he had well qualified subordinates assisting him. In my opinion this was an excellent comeback work for Child.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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