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Sandy

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  • Broken Harbor: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2904)
    Performance
    (2501)
    Story
    (2491)

    In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.

    barbara says: "Stunned"
    "Not your average mystery."
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    I read for pleasure and enjoyment, and do the same for my listening. I am in higher education, and I by the time I am done with my job, I don't want to be educated anymore...I just want to enjoy a good read. Nevertheless, this book was not JUST your average murder mystery. It conveys a social message, and one very pertinent to our time. It really got me thinking about how one's circumstances can have large rippling effects. It was also a good mystery. I was left guessing til the end. There were several plausible solutions, and no way to determine which one was correct. It's been awhile since I've left my earphones in after a run because the book was too good to put down, but that's what I did with this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21576)
    Performance
    (17956)
    Story
    (17943)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    L. O. Pardue says: ""Rear Window" Meets "Gone Girl""
    "I cannot imagine anyone enjoying this book."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one. Someone as f***ed up as the three main characters in the book. I made it through about 8 hours and just said "I don't have to finish this book." and quit.....


    Would you ever listen to anything by Paula Hawkins again?

    NO.


    Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

    Yes


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The girl on the train and the girl she is "stalking" or hung up on or whatever are both so incredibly screwed up that I cannot imagine anyone thinking any of this was interesting or entertaining. An alcoholic, neurotic, psychotic, narcissistic, borderline personality, unemployed main character and the secondary character who gets drunk and lets her child drown and then has an affair with her therapist??? Really?! I could not care less about what happens to any of these people. I read/listen to be entertained, educated, to be challenged to solve problems, not to listen to people's lives who are even more screwed up than I have ever been.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste a credit on this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black and Blue: Inspector Rebus, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ian Rankin
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (57)

    A murdered oil rig worker. A copycat serial killer dubbed, “Johnny Bible.” And a reopened investigation that doesn’t bode well for Detective John Rebus or his mentor, Inspector Lawson Geddes. Rebus’s Scotland, along with his malt-soaked psyche, is riddled with trouble. Now he’s got to tie up the loose ends if he wants to save his job - or live to see another dark Edinburgh day.

    Beverly Griffen says: "Interesting story based on true life"
    "Inspector Rebus solves another case"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I enjoyed this Inspector Rebus more than the previous ones I have listened to. The plot was intriguing and the characters interesting.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, I wanted to know how everything tied together and what the resolution of the cases was.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Page’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I enjoy Michael Page. He's second only to George Guidall.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The opening scene was gripping.


    Any additional comments?

    Rankin has developed as a writer since his first few books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hide and Seek: Inspector Rebus, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Ian Rankin
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (86)

    In a shadowy, crumbling Edinburgh housing development, a junkie lies dead of an overdose, his body surrounded by signs of Satanic worship. Inspector John Rebus could call it an accident. But won’t. Now he’s got to search the city, from the tunnels of its dark underbelly to the private sanctum of the upper crust, to find the perfect hiding place for a killer.

    connie says: "for Rebus diehards only"
    "another Inspector Rebus mystery"
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    If you could sum up Hide and Seek in three words, what would they be?

    This is another Inspector Rebus mystery; this time he is busy investigating an apparent drug overdose.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    No, it was a bit too convoluted.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Page’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He does a great job.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not especially.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this, but it wasn't one of my favorite Inspector Rebus stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Silence of the Grave: Reykjavik Murder Mysteries, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Arnaldur Indridason
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (86)

    When a skeleton is discovered half-buried in a construction site outside of ReykjavIk, Inspector Erlendur finds himself knee-deep in both a crime scene and an archeological dig. Bone by bone, the body is unearthed, and the brutalizing history of a family who lived near the building site comes to light along with it. Was the skeleton a man or a woman, a victim or a killer, and is this a simple case of murder or a long-concealed act of justice?

    Kevin says: "Not what I expected"
    "Talk about depressing!!!"
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    If you could sum up Silence of the Grave in three words, what would they be?

    domestic violence, drug abuse


    Has Silence of the Grave turned you off from other books in this genre?

    well, I probably won't read another book by this particular author for awhile.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ending.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The two story lines were both VERY VERY depressing; it wasn't a good fit for me at this point.


    Any additional comments?

    A story of domestic violence and drug abuse.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Serpent's Tooth: A Walt Longmire Mystery, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2110)
    Performance
    (1895)
    Story
    (1886)

    In this ninth installment in the award-winning and New York Times best-selling Walt Longmire mystery series, the Wyoming sheriff follows his cowboy code of ethics in a religious range war that strikes a little too close to home.

    Dave says: "Craig Johnson's best!"
    "Nice to have Vic back in full force"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    As usual, I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery. The characters and their relationships are very real, very Wyoming. The plot keeps you guessing. All the characters are interesting. The plot is very believable.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    yes, it kept me guessing.


    What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He's the consummate professional reader.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    yes, but I don't want to give the plot away.


    Any additional comments?

    keep 'em coming, Craig.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: Virgil Flowers, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1217)
    Performance
    (1072)
    Story
    (1054)

    In Israel, a man clutching a backpack searches desperately for a boat. In Minnesota, Virgil Flowers gets a message from Lucas Davenport: You're about to get a visitor. It's an Israeli cop, and she's tailing a man who's smuggled out an extraordinary relic - a copper scroll revealing startling details about the man known as King Solomon. Wait a minute, laughs Virgil. Is this one of those Da Vinci Code deals? The secret scroll, the blockbuster revelation, the teams of murderous bad guys? Should I be boning up on my Bible verses? He looks at the cop. She's not laughing.

    Debbi says: "Still a fan, but..."
    "Love Virgil as much as Lucas!"
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    If you could sum up Storm Front in three words, what would they be?

    Another great mystery


    What did you like best about this story?

    Virgil Flowers and his relationship with the redneck barn-wood selling female.


    What does Eric Conger bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I can listen while I do long runs and not get bored.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I always chuckle at certain scenes in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Flowers is fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Police: A Harry Hole Novel, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (723)
    Performance
    (620)
    Story
    (620)

    The police urgently need Harry Hole…. A killer is stalking Oslo's streets. Police officers are being slain at the scenes of crimes they once investigated but failed to solve. The murders are brutal, the media reaction hysterical. But this time, Harry can't help.... For years, detective Harry Hole has been at the center of every major criminal investigation in Oslo. His dedication to his job and his brilliant insights have saved the lives of countless people. But now, with those he loves most facing terrible danger, Harry is not in a position to protect anyone. Least of all himself...

    Charles Atkinson says: "Simply the Best Detective Series In any Language"
    "The characters are as much fun as the mystery"
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    Would you listen to Police again? Why?

    Probably not. I almost never listen to books twice because I already know how they end.


    What other book might you compare Police to and why?

    Any other Harry Hole book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No one in particular.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're a fan of Kurt Wallander or Jo Nesbo, you'll enjoy this mystery.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Bones of the Lost: A Temperance Brennan Novel, Book 16

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (384)
    Performance
    (338)
    Story
    (342)

    New York Times best-selling author Kathy Reichs returns with her 16th riveting novel featuring forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan, whose examination of a young girl killed in a hit and run in North Carolina triggers an investigation into international human trafficking. When Charlotte police discover the body of a teenage girl along a desolate stretch of two-lane highway, Temperance Brennan fears the worst.

    Paula says: "If you're reading them in order skip this one..."
    "Tempe is always fun"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Bones of the Lost to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked Tempe's relationships with the other male characters.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ending.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Tempe rides again


    Any additional comments?

    A fun mystery that kept the reader guessing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Redeemer: Harry Hole, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø, Don Bartlett (translator)
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (483)
    Performance
    (420)
    Story
    (416)

    Christmas shoppers stop to hear a Salvation Army concert on a crowded Oslo street. An explosion cuts through the music and the bitter cold: One of the singers falls dead, shot in the head at point-blank range. Harry Hole - the Oslo Police Department’s best investigator and worst civil servant - has little to work with: no suspect, no weapon, and no motive. But Harry’s troubles will multiply. As the search closes in, the killer becomes increasingly desperate, and Harry’s chase takes him to the most forbidden corners of the former Yugoslavia. Yet it’s when he returns to Oslo that he encounters true darkness....

    Charles Atkinson says: "Best Modern Detective Series on Audible!"
    "Another great Harry Hole mystery"
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    Would you listen to The Redeemer again? Why?

    Probably not. I very, very rarely listen to books again because I already know how they end. I've only ever listened to one more than once: a Craig Johnson Longmire story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Redeemer?

    Can't think of any right off the bat.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    don't recall.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes, it was suspenseful and kept me listening.


    Any additional comments?

    I always enjoy Jo Nesbo and Harry Hole. His character was less depressing in this book. You had some hope for the guy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Just One Evil Act: A Lynley Novel, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Elizabeth George
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (406)
    Performance
    (356)
    Story
    (354)

    Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers is at a loss: The daughter of her friend Taymullah Azhar has been taken by her mother, and Barbara can't really help - Azhar had never married Angelina, and his name isn't on Hadiyyah's, their daughter's, birth certificate. He has no legal claim. Azhar and Barbara hire a private detective, but the trail goes cold. Azhar is just beginning to accept his soul-crushing loss when Angelina reappears with shocking news: Hadiyyah is missing, kidnapped from an Italian marketplace.

    Ruth Nielsen says: "Not a Fan Anymore!"
    "No typical Lynley mystery!"
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    Where does Just One Evil Act rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    About midway


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Just One Evil Act?

    When Lynley makes his last visit with Isabelle Ardrey.


    What does Davina Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I liked that she provided pronunciation for the Italian and Pakistani words.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no. WAY too long.


    Any additional comments?

    I got really tired of it and was ready for it to be over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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