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Candace Russell

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  • 105 reviews
  • 1367 ratings
  • 2048 titles in library
  • 59 purchased in 2018
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  • The Girl Who Was Taken

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Charlie Donlea
    • Narrated By Nina Alvamar
    Overall
    (6050)
    Performance
    (5578)
    Story
    (5560)

    Nicole Cutty and Megan McDonald are both high school seniors in the small town of Emerson Bay, North Carolina. When they disappear from a beach party one warm summer night, police launch a massive search. No clues are found, and hope is almost lost until Megan miraculously surfaces after escaping from a bunker deep in the woods. A year later the best-selling account of her ordeal has turned Megan from local hero to national celebrity.

    tarafarah7: Tara Brown says: "Great book!!!"
    "What a bizarre book"
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    I guess we just can't believe glowing reader reviews on Audible. I usually come out kind of middle of the road opinion-wise, so sometimes do take those reviewers seriously. I can only think some of these must have been paid by the word - as I assume the author was, given the verbose mouldering pile of this book. For awhile I held out, thinking that with the given elements this could turn out to be an interesting read, but really, how far would I have to suspend reality to believe that sexual predators are just lonesome souls looking for love. And I don't know what to make of the metamorphosis of Daisy the Rottweiler into Daisy a Pit Bull in just a few short chapters. That would be quite a trick for a dog.

    So I might as well mention, though it seems petty by comparison, that some of the word usage was so far off the mark it made me wonder if English was the author's first language. Was the reader really saying "diverted her eyes" instead of the conventional usage "averted"? I wonder what diverted eyes would look like. I thought I must not have heard right, but by the end was feeling ungenerous enough to blame that on the narrator.

    In short, this book needs more than just a good editor. It needs an author capable of creating a serious mystery, not just a cut and paste of every morbid teenage horror story that crops up around Halloween. If I hadn't fallen asleep while this was playing, I never would have reached the last chapter. Seriously, it was an ordeal, and I hope this review will help save someone else the pain.

    120 of 137 people found this review helpful
  • The Dead Mountaineer's Inn: One More Last Rite for the Detective Genre

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Arkady Strugatsky, Boris Strugatsky
    • Narrated By Keith Szarabajka
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (109)

    When Inspector Peter Glebsky arrives at a remote ski chalet on vacation, the last thing he intends to do is get involved in any police work. He's there to ski, drink brandy, and loaf around in blissful solitude. But he hadn't counted on the other vacationers, an eccentric bunch, including a famous hypnotist, a physicist with a penchant for gymnastic feats, a sulky teenager of indeterminate gender, and the mysterious Mr. and Mrs. Moses.

    Amazon Customer says: "Good, but poor in the end. "
    "Cute, but"
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    I guess I don't really need aliens to spice up my mystery reads. Science fiction fans would probably get a kick out of this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Broken Teaglass

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Emily Arsenault
    • Narrated By Eileen Stevens, Oliver Wyman, Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (737)
    Performance
    (260)
    Story
    (263)

    The dusty files of a venerable dictionary publisher, a hidden cache of coded clues, a story written by a phantom author, an unsolved murder in a gritty urban park: all collide memorably in Emily Arsenault's magnificent debut, at once a teasing literary puzzle, an ingenious suspense novel, and an exploration of definitions: of words, of who we are, and of the stories we choose to define us.

    Ed says: "Enjoyable Book with Great Characters"
    "Great mystery puzzle"
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    Such a cool book. Third time I've listened to it since I bought it in 2012 (can't listen to most more than once), and it seems to get better with time. Doesn't waste any time on endless car/foot/balloon? chases, hunts through underground caves/pipes/tunnels, any kind of hot sex, or grating self-analysis about mistreatment by mom/dads/siblings/lovers. It's a mystery with lots of meat, and I really appreciate that. Also, really clever and amusing interludes involving lexicographic issues, plus a few cute jokes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • West Cork

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
    • Narrated By Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
    Overall
    (15845)
    Performance
    (14110)
    Story
    (14103)

    This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery. Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series. West Cork is FREE through May 9, 2018.

    Ilia says: "EXCELLENT."
    "Really annoying background stuff"
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    Who thought it would be a good idea to have that fairy dance music as background to someone discussing rape and murder? I don't get it. And all that strange music and running the credits at every chapter break amounted to a serious waste of time. I'm not that good at skipping through all the repetitive stuff, but I did it because I wanted to hear how they successfully solved a case with literally no forensic evidence and investigators who were pretty much asleep at the controls. Don't want to be a spoiler here, but surprise, they didn't solve it. If it weren't for all the cute accents, there would be no reason to listen to this production.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Michael Wolff
    • Narrated By Michael Wolff, Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18102)
    Performance
    (16189)
    Story
    (16101)

    With extraordinary access to the West Wing, Michael Wolff reveals what happened behind-the-scenes in the first nine months of the most controversial presidency of our time in Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. Since Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, the country—and the world—has witnessed a stormy, outrageous, and absolutely mesmerizing presidential term that reflects the volatility and fierceness of the man elected Commander-in-Chief.

    Jerry R. Nokes Jr. says: "Not as credible as one would like."
    "Would like to say something profound"
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    but it's not a profound book. It's very entertaining and informative in a gossipy, sordid sort of way, and narration was first-rate, but there is nothing to reflect the issues that should be terrifying us all, like the effects of global warming, the damage that the Trump administration is doing to our nation and the planet, the attempts to sell our natural treasures to Trump's cronies so they can pollute even more. It’s clear none of them knows what made this country great, so they never had a chance of making it great “again.” With a bit more digging, the real subversive and avaricious motives behind their policies and actions could have been brought to light. Maybe someone who is even more of an insider could do a better job of exposure, but this should really be enough. I think everyone would benefit from reading this book, with the understanding that it only scratches the surface.

    19 of 33 people found this review helpful
  • Mean Streak

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7762)
    Performance
    (7046)
    Story
    (7036)

    Dr. Emory Charbonneau, a pediatrician and marathon runner, disappears on a mountain road in North Carolina. By the time her husband Jeff, miffed over a recent argument, reports her missing, the trail has grown cold. Literally. Fog and ice encapsulate the mountainous wilderness and paralyze the search for her. While police suspect Jeff of "instant divorce," Emory, suffering from an unexplained head injury, regains consciousness and finds herself the captive of a man whose violent past is so dark that he won't even tell her his name.

    Michelle Harder says: "Meh - Only Ok if You Like Cheese"
    "Well, I liked the performer . . ."
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    I hate hate hate when books that seem to have an interesting plot (based on critical and reader reviews) turn out to be sex romps. That said, I thought some of the segments between romps were worthy to be called mystery/thriller/suspense, but then I arrived at the juvenile/cliche'd/improbable nonsense and lost all respect again. Such a shame, because I think if you took out all the unnecessary segments you'd end up with about 7 hours of good book, which would be perfect, in my humble opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden Bodies

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Caroline Kepnes
    • Narrated By Santino Fontana
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5517)
    Performance
    (5125)
    Story
    (5111)

    Joe Goldberg is no stranger to hiding bodies. In the past 10 years, this 30-something has buried four of them, collateral damage in his quest for love. Now he's heading west to Los Angeles, the city of second chances, determined to put his past behind him. In Hollywood, Joe blends in effortlessly with the other young upstarts. He eats guac, works in a bookstore, and flirts with a journalist neighbor. But while others seem fixated on their own reflections, Joe can't stop looking over his shoulder.

    Gretchen SLP says: "Approach With Caution, All Ye Who Enter Here"
    "porn, and porn is not mystery"
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    I know, I should have read the reviews, so it serves me right. But seriously, why is this in the mystery category? Audible does have a sticky sex category, too, and I think the folks who enjoy that sort of thing would probably really enjoy this, but somebody expecting a mystery is going to be terribly disappointed. Having a sex addict serial killer doing all the sloppy sex doesn't make it anything other than porn. If a really good narrator and a dislike of Los Angeles are enough to keep one entertained, then perhaps one could overlook the lack of actual mystery, but I think it's false advertising. I've listened to half of it now, waiting for something intriguing to happen, but 7 hours and still nothing? of a 13 hour book? Enough already.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bombproof

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (395)
    Performance
    (351)
    Story
    (350)

    Sami Macbeth is not a master criminal. He's not even a minor one. He's not a jewel thief. He's not a safe-cracker. He's not an expert in explosives. Sami plays guitar and wants to be a rock god but keeps getting side-tracked by unforeseen circumstances. Fifty-four hours ago Sami was released from prison. Thirty-six hours ago he slept with the woman of his dreams at the Savoy. An hour ago his train blew up. Now he's carrying a rucksack through London's West End and has turned himself into the most wanted terrorist in the country.

    Angie says: "Consistently Excellent!"
    "Now that's entertainment!"
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    I don't want to give anything away, and maybe some of my reaction has to do with the fact that the book didn't become another gruesome depiction of the evils of terrorism, but I have to say that I can't recall the last time I've enjoyed a book so much. I think a lot has to do with the humor and word craft, but the plot was really interesting to follow, the cliffhangers don't leave us hanging for three chapters, the action was conceivable, and the ending was satisfying. A number of really horrible things do happen, most of which involved the victimization of the protagonist's sister (really ugly stuff), but on the other hand I think something in every chapter made me laugh, and I appreciate that. This is going right onto my list of audio books that I'll listen to more than once.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Love You More: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter, Katie MacNichol
    Overall
    (4168)
    Performance
    (2887)
    Story
    (2892)

    One question, a split-second decision, and Brian Darby lies dead on the kitchen floor. His wife, state police trooper Tessa Leoni, claims to have shot him in self-defense, and bears the bruises to back up her tale. For veteran detective D. D. Warren it should be an open-and-shut case. But where is their six-year-old daughter? As the homicide investigation ratchets into a frantic statewide search for a missing child, D. D. Warren must partner with former lover Bobby Dodge to break through the blue wall of police brotherhood, seeking to understand the inner workings of a trooper’s mind while also unearthing family secrets.

    Molly says: "Keeps you guessing all the way through!"
    "Too many hormones"
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    So often it happens that mystery/thriller/police procedurals are too heavy on testosterone, but I guess pregnancy hormones can be just as bothersome. Aside from the probability of the events described, I found the repeating of the tooth jingle and kiddie poetry to be way tiresome. Don't these books have editors these days? Most of us survive motherhood without doing that kind of thing in public. I found the story to be interesting, but the author kind of spoiled it with all the peripheral nonsense.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wolves Eat Dogs: An Arkady Renko Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Martin Cruz Smith
    • Narrated By Henry Strozier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (370)
    Performance
    (316)
    Story
    (317)

    In Wolves Eat Dogs, beloved detective Arkady Renko enters the privileged world of Russia's new billionaire class. The grandest of them all, a self-made powerhouse named Pasha Ivanov, has apparently leapt to his death from the palatial splendor of his ultra-modern Moscow condominium. While there are no signs pointing to homicide, there is one troubling and puzzling bit of evidence: in Ivanov's bedroom closet, there's a mountain of salt.

    IVAL says: "Overwhelming"
    "Such a great read until last chapter"
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    Completely unnecessary for the story and made me lose sympathy/empathy for several of the characters. It was such a great book up to that point. There's nothing Martin Cruz Smith could do to make betrayal of a trusting animal and making sport of killing it seem like an acceptable social activity. And really, what does it say about that kid, that he really seemed to enjoy it all? That's hardly something one should put in the mind of a child at an impressionable age. I didn't need it in my mind, either.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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