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Melinda

Santa Ynez, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 25 reviews
  • 128 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 14 purchased in 2014
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  • Private Berlin

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Mark Sullivan
    • Narrated By January LaVoy, Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (380)
    Performance
    (319)
    Story
    (323)

    Chris Schneider is a superstar agent at Private Berlin, Germany headquarters for the world's most powerful investigation firm. He keeps his methods secret as he tackles Private's most high-profile cases - and when Chris suddenly disappears, he becomes Private Berlin's most dangerous investigation yet. Mattie Engel is another top agent at Private Berlin, gorgeous and ruthlessly determined - and she's also Chris's ex. Mattie throws herself headfirst into finding Chris, following leads to the three people Chris was investigating when he vanished....

    Roland C. Hiltscher says: "James Patterson wrote this???????"
    "Stop Being So Sadistic & Brutal"
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    I found this story line disjointed. I didn't really care about most of the characters. I wish Patterson and his Crew would stop being so graphic, sadistic and brutal. Skip this Patterson too. For all the praise he gives the Berliners in the Epilog, I felt the story lacking in German influence. It could have taken place anywhere.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Kind Words Saloon

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (24)

    Opening in the settlement of Long Grass, Texas - not quite in Kansas, and nearly New Mexico - we encounter the taciturn Wyatt, whiling away his time in between bottles, and the dentist-turned-gunslinger Doc, more adept at poker than extracting teeth. Now hailed as heroes for their days of subduing drunks in Abilene and Dodge - more often with a mean look than a pistol - Wyatt and Doc are living out the last days of a way of life that is passing into history, two men never more aware of the growing distance between their lives and their legends.

    Carl says: "So So Addition to McMurtry's Western Stories"
    "Love McMurtry's Cadence and Vocabulary"
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    Not sure why he used real characters in history. This story could have been about anyone in the old west. Story a little short. I wanted more....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Invention of Wings: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4826)
    Performance
    (4394)
    Story
    (4385)

    From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

    Jan says: "Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!"
    "Sweet alarming story!"
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    I enjoyed this novel very much. The subject matter also upset me a great deal, historically speaking.Very well performed by the readers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone: Michael Bennett, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
    • Narrated By Danny Mastrogiorgio, Henry Leyva
    Overall
    (381)
    Performance
    (332)
    Story
    (332)

    Manuel Perrine doesn't fear anyone or anything. A charismatic and ruthless leader, Perrine slaughters rivals as effortlessly as he wears his trademark white linen suit. Detective Michael Bennett once managed to put Perrine behind bars, the only official in the US ever to accomplish that. But now Perrine is out, and he has sworn to find and kill Bennett and everyone dear to him.

    lu says: "predictable"
    "Should have been part of Book 5"
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    Not great! This book is basically completing the disappointing book 5. Could have been part of that publication. No big surprises. Bet you can guess what happens like I did as the story went along. I miss Bobby Carnavale as narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7287)
    Performance
    (6676)
    Story
    (6682)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Way too long, with little to intrigue me"
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    This story goes on too long. I became bored many times. I don't like most of the characters in the story including Theo. His depravity starts out early and continues and escalades through out the book. He lives in a very seedy world, by choice. Initially I had much sympathy for him as a child abandoned by his father and then losing his mother in an accident BUT that didn't last long. I don't enjoy reading about adventures that take me down a drug lined corrupt life. And again, this story went on way too long with little redeeming virtues. Not at all what I was led to think this book was all about. I am at hour 25 of 32 and have decided I am wasting my time. I never quit a book but this one I cannot abide.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Private London

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Mark Pearson
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (398)
    Performance
    (333)
    Story
    (337)

    For Hannah Shapiro, a beautiful young American student, this particular nightmare began eight years ago in Los Angeles, when Jack Morgan, owner of Private--the world's most exclusive detective agency--saved her from a horrific death. She has fled her country, but can't flee her past. The terror has followed her to London, and now it is down to former Royal Military Police Sergeant Dan Carter, head of Private London, to save her all over again.

    Jennifer says: "Great listen overall, I recommend it"
    "Will We Ever Get Just James Patterson Again?"
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    I would love to see Mr. Patterson write a novel on his own. His would be clones just don't have his magic.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 11th Hour: Women's Murder Club, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    Overall
    (826)
    Performance
    (678)
    Story
    (679)

    Lindsay Boxer is pregnant at last! But her work doesn't slow for a second. When millionaire Chaz Smith is mercilessly gunned down, she discovers that the murder weapon is linked to the deaths of four of San Francisco's most untouchable criminals. And it was taken from her own department's evidence locker. Anyone could be the killer - even her closest friends. Lindsay is called next to the most bizarre crime scene she's ever seen: two bodiless heads elaborately displayed in the garden of a world-famous actor....

    Bridgette says: "Missing Something..."
    "Good Story"
    Overall
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    This story is interesting and kept me guessing. Always enjoy Lindsay Boxer and her friends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When the Lion Feeds: Courtneys, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (40)

    He began life at his twin brother’s side, soon running wild on his father’s ranch on the edge of Africa. But violence, desire, and fate sent Sean Courtney into exile - where he would fight and love his way to extraordinary success and heartbreaking failure.... In a place called The Ridge of White Waters, Sean made a life-long friendship, mined a fortune of gold, and met his own demons. Then an act of cunning betrayal struck - and ignited a new adventure to a new frontier.

    J. HITTINGER says: "I loved the book!"
    "Great Writer. Great Story."
    Overall
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    This was quite an historical learning experience besides being an intriguing storyline. Loved the characters and learning what life was like in Africa in the late 1800's.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alex Cross, Run

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman, Steven Boyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (857)
    Performance
    (704)
    Story
    (713)

    Top plastic surgeon Elijah Creem is renowned for his skills in the operating room, and for his wild, no-expense-spared "industry parties", bringing in underage exotic dancers and models for nights of drugs, champagne, and uninhibited sex. That is, until Detective Alex Cross busts one of Creem's lavish soirees and ruins his fun. Now Creem is willing to do anything to avoid going to jail. But Alex doesn't have time to dwell on that case. A beautiful woman has been found murdered in her car, a lock of her hair viciously ripped off. Then a second woman is found hanging from a sixth-floor window with a brutal scar slashed across her stomach....

    Cris says: "Ugh!"
    "Not Patterson's Best"
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    Too explicit in describing the violence against women. Felt he and co-writer were up against a publisher's deadline. Not a great read.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Sackett Brand

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Louis L'Amour
    • Narrated By David Strathairn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (43)

    Tell Sackett and his bride Ange came to Arizona to build a home and start a family. But on Black Mesa something goes terribly wrong. Tell is ambushed and badly injured. When he finally manages to drag himself back to where he left Ange, she is gone. Desperate, cold, hungry, and with nothing to defend himself, Tell is stalked like a wounded animal.

    Melinda says: "Great Western Genre"
    "Great Western Genre"
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    I like the Sacketts. This story is especially sweet in Tell's quest to find his kidnapped wife. I really like David Strathairns reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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