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Candace Russell

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  • Stone Angel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Carol O'Connell
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (60)

    NYPD sergeant Kathleen Mallory is drawn to place far away from home. In a small town in Louisiana, she steps off the train. Within the hour, one man has been assaulted, another has had a heart attack, a third has been murdered, and Mallory is in jail, though she nothing to do with any of these three events. She is there for an entirely different purpose. Seventeen years earlier, Mallory's mother died in this town, stoned to death by a mob, and the six-year-old Mallory had disappeared, to reappear on the streets of New York.

    Valerie says: "The narrator makes or breaks a good story!"
    "Thoroughly enjoyable"
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    I really enjoyed all the clever quips and turns of phrase, which I hadn't noticed so much in the other two Mallory books that I've "read," possibly because Laural Merlington has just the right light touch in her reading to accentuate them, while those (Find Me and The Chalk Girl) were read by other people. Her portrayal of Mallory makes her a much more sympathetic character than she seemed in the other two books, though of course still pretty rough for a young woman. I've known girls who were almost that wild, though, so only had to stretch my "suspension of reality" a little. This is one book that I'll definitely listen to again sometime, probably even before I forget all the details. I thought it was fantastic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Faces of the Gone: Carter Ross, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Brad Parks
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (102)

    Four bodies, each with a single bullet wound in the back of the head, stacked like cordwood in a weed-choked vacant lot: That's the front-page news facing Carter Ross, investigative reporter with the Newark Eagle-Examiner. Immediately dispatched to the scene, Carter learns that the four victims - an exotic dancer, a drug dealer, a hustler, and a mama's boy - came from different parts of the city and didn't seem to know one another.

    Terry says: "Recommended for mystery lovers who like humor"
    "A lot of weak points"
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    I was following along fairly comfortably for about the first half, in spite of some shortcomings; but then, it occurred to me that he was neglecting his pet cat, and really showed no concern for it until he decided to "play the cat card" to gain sympathy for himself. But even without my hypercritical arousal, the end fell flat all on its own. It almost seemed as if someone else wrote it. I'm not saying something like that couldn't happen, but it needed more foundation to make it plausible. Like, more than the cat was neglected. Anyway, as far as it goes, at least it's a story. I'm sure Mr. Parks has his fans.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Maybe This Time

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1509)
    Performance
    (871)
    Story
    (871)

    When Andie tries to gain closure with her ex-husband, he asks one final favor of her. A distant cousin has died and left North the guardian of two orphans. When Andie meets the two children, she realizes the situation is much worse than she feared. Carter and Alice aren’t your average delinquents, and the creepy old house where they live is being run by the worst housekeeper since Mrs. Danvers. Complicating matters is Andie’s fiancé’s suspicion that this is all a plan by North to get Andie back.

    Jessica says: "Loved This Book"
    "Boring"
    Overall
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    I have several other Jennifer Crusie books that I really enjoyed, but this one, though some of the dialogue was fun, just dragged on way too long. I had thought Jennifer Crusie could probably make anything entertaining, but I guess there's only so much you can do with a bunch of dead people as your cast of characters. Kids that are either sulking or screaming most of the time don't help the situation, either. I got halfway through, though, so perhaps would have finished if most of the nonessential moaning and blubbering and bed-hopping were removed to make a book of half the current length. I guess I'll give up on Jennifer Crusie, though. Just not consistent enough to be in my "favorite author" category.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unintended Consequences

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Marti Green
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (72)

    Nineteen years ago, Indiana police found the body of a young girl, burned beyond recognition and buried in the woods. They arrested George Calhoun for murdering his daughter, and his wife testified against him at the trial. George maintains he didn’t do it. That the body isn’t his little Angelina. But that’s all he’s ever said—no other defense, no other explanation. The jury convicted him. Now his appeals have been exhausted, and his execution is just six weeks away.

    Jerrilynn says: "In the words of Bartok, "I tell you what, Wow!""
    "Simple-minded"
    Overall
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    They say authors should write what they know, and I assume Marti Green did some of that, but not the parts that interested me. I thought the premise sounded promising, with murdered children in the woods and someone facing execution for it; but the parts dealing with the legal proceedings and private investigations were disappointingly weak, while most of the book focused on the humdrum dealings of working and stay-at-home moms dealing with disabled and diseased offspring. There are good books out there dealing with those subjects, but I wasn't expecting it in a murder mystery. All that aside, it was just appalling how inept virtually all the professionals seemed. Total amateurs. I like to learn something from legal, medical, and police procedural novels that I read, though I know they are fiction; but this one taught me nothing. And I knew whodunit almost from the start. No challenge.

    As for the narrator: though I usually really like that kind of light fast-paced voice, NOT when it's having to strain that much to differentiate a bunch of male voices. It kinda hurts to listen to that. They do make computer equipment that can simulate voices, if she really thinks she needs to sound like a man. Seems like it would be a good investment, if for no other reason than to protect her own perfectly lovely voice. Really, you can get nodules on your vocal cords fooling around like that.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cop Town

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Kathleen Early
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (890)
    Performance
    (744)
    Story
    (753)

    Atlanta, 1974: It's Kate Murphy's first day on the job, and the Atlanta Police Department is seething after the murder of an officer. Before the day has barely begun, she already suspects she's not cut out to be a cop. Her male uniform is too big, she can't handle a gun, and she's rapidly learning that the APD is hardly a place that welcomes women. Worse still, in the ensuing manhunt she'll be partnered with Maggie Lawson, a cop with her own ax to grind.

    Ronna says: "Women cops in bigoted 1974 Georgia"
    "Pros and cons"
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    This was a really interesting book, but I never would have bought it if I hadn't realized how to deal with the reader. It wouldn't be the first time I'd have opted for the print version, or passed altogether based on a response to the audio. I really disliked her, and noticed some other reviewers had the same reaction. So I was going to put her on my list of readers to avoid, but then realized I had another book in my library read by her, and had rated her just fine. Then I realized that I'd accelerated the playback speed somewhere between 30 and 50 percent on that book, and for some reason that totally fixes her. That aside, I found that looking back on that era was quite sobering. Could it be only 50 years ago that this country was as bigoted as some of the countries we sneer at now for their backward societies? Well, shake it off. It was quite a story, and parts were even lighthearted and very entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Case of Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Adam Mitzner
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1702)
    Performance
    (1469)
    Story
    (1484)

    A high-profile attorney in the middle of a leave of absence following a personal tragedy is drawn back into the legal arena amidst a media firestorm when he agrees to represent a popular rap artist accused of brutally murdering his pop star girlfriend. With its powerful voice, pause-resisting tension, and strong cast of characters, Adam Mitzner’s novels are reminiscent of such best-selling authors as Scott Turow and John Grisham.

    cristina says: "Excellent"
    "Didn't quite make it"
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    I thought the story was pretty solid until the end, which got a little wobbly. However, I really didn't care for Kevin Collins' personification of the main character. His voice just didn't sound likely as a defense attorney. I know they all don't sound like Perry Mason, but I never heard one who came off so whiny and kind of pathetic. For that matter, I think it would have been a good idea to make friends with some lawyer or maybe just sit in one of their bars and start a conversation about what they might do to resolve a situation such as that at the end of the book. I think it needed more work.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Bad Place

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Carol Cowan, Michael Hanson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (543)
    Performance
    (317)
    Story
    (319)

    Frank Pollard awakens in an alley, knowing nothing but his name - and that he is in great danger. Having taken refuge in a motel, he wakes again only to find his hands covered in blood. As far as he knows, he's no killer. But whose blood is this, and how did it get there?

    Root Dorn says: "THE BEST KOONTZ"
    "What a waste"
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    I really think Dean Koontz is a very good writer, but why does he think he needs all the fantasy junk to make a good story? It's not like there isn't enough real evil in the world for him to write about. I kept listening up to the point that I figured there would be no natural or scientific explanation coming out of the woodwork, but really, there aren't enough hours in a day to spend 15 of them listening to something like this. I guess I'll keep it in my library for next Halloween, since I always like bizarre crap for that particular holiday, but really, I can't recommend this for anyone who thinks they want a good mystery/detective novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Timbuktu

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Paul Auster
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (301)
    Performance
    (243)
    Story
    (246)

    Mr. Bones, the canine hero of this astonishing book, is the sidekick and confidant of Willy G. Christmas, a brilliant and troubled homeless man from Brooklyn. As Willy's body slowly expires, he sets off with Mr. Bones for Baltimore in search of his high-school English teacher and a new home for his companion. Mr. Bones is our witness during their journey, and out of his thoughts, Paul Auster has spun one of the richest, most compelling tales in American fiction.

    Dubi says: "Should I Have Said Gehrig?"
    "Crap ending"
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    I'm willing to accept authors' fantasies about how dogs think about things most of the time, but this just looks like Paul Auster got tired of writing this book and decided to hack it off with a scene that is not only unpleasant, but carries the fantasy way too far. Though some humans apparently have played games like that, it's stretching too far to think that a dog would do it. I hate it when authors don't do their homework before starting to write.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Country

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By C. B. McKenzie
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    Rodeo Grace Garnet lives alone, save for his old dog, in a remote corner of Arizona known to locals as the Hole. He doesn't get many visitors, but a body found near his home has drawn police attention to his front door. The victim is not one of the many illegal immigrants who risk their lives to cross the border just south of the Hole, but is instead a member of one of the local Indian tribes.

    Candace Russell says: "First book? Really?"
    "First book? Really?"
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    When I find an author I like, I always check whether there are other audio books by the same author; and if not, I go to Amazon to find books not yet recorded. Nothing! How could he do such a good job the first time out? I take my hat off to you, Mr. McKenzie. Mark Bramhall really worked out well as the narrator, too. More, please!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Killer: Victor the Assassin Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Tom Wood
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (826)
    Performance
    (754)
    Story
    (757)

    Meet Victor. He's an assassin - a man with no past and no surname. He lives alone. He operates alone. He's given a job; he takes out the target; he gets paid. He's The Killer. Victor arrives in Paris to perform a standard kill and collect for an anonymous client. He completes it with trademark efficiency - only to find himself in the middle of an ambush and fighting for his life.

    Anthony says: "You Can't Help Pulling for the "Bad Guy""
    "Got plot?"
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    I suppose this could appeal to the young adult action/adventure crowd, but I personally prefer more complexity to plots than just a bunch of mindless spooks running around the world torturing and killing each other in every imaginable way. Shallow character development and monotonous narrator presentation round out my top three criticisms. The one positive attribute is that it sure does make the life of an assassin sound unappealing. For what that's worth. Just plain gruesome.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Seventh Secret (Signet)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Irving Wallace
    • Narrated By Chet Williamson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (67)

    Eminent Oxford don Sir Harrison Ashcroft, on the verge of proving that Hitler did not die in the bunker, is murdered in Berlin. His daughter, Emily, continues this quest. Her life is endangered but she has new and unexpected protectors: Rex Foster, researching the vainglory of Nazi architecture; Nicholas Kirvov, curator of a Soviet art museum; and Tovah Levine, Mossad agent. The four prove a tough match for a coterie of neo-Nazis conspiring to perpetuate Hitler's image and obscure the details of his death.

    Keith says: "Solid Conspiracy Theory"
    "preposterous denouement"
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    I would have rated this book much higher if not for a couple of episodes that really put me off. First, there was the sex scene, which didn't seem quite plausible: that two educated, sophisticated professional people would jump into bed so casually. But then, the story was set in the '80's, so unprotected impulsive sex might be a way to reflect history, if it wasn't just that an agent told the author that some kind of sex was a contract requirement. I started to wonder if the book was written by committee, but the story picked up and moved on quite alright so I stopped being critical until the end. There, the protagonists, who had held the high moral ground to that point, suddenly became incredibly bloodthirsty and civically irresponsibly, leaving me with the notion that the author just got tired of writing and decided to wind it up any old way.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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