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Sandy

ROCK SPRINGS, WY, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Broken Harbor: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan
    Overall
    (2250)
    Performance
    (1925)
    Story
    (1910)

    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.

    Amazon Customer says: "Best in the Series"
    "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
  • 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
    (1497)
    Performance
    (1334)
    Story
    (1332)

    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
    (898)
    Performance
    (800)
    Story
    (782)

    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
    (505)
    Performance
    (432)
    Story
    (434)

    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 2 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
    (304)
    Performance
    (264)
    Story
    (271)

    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 Nesbo, Don Bartlett (translator)
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (323)
    Performance
    (282)
    Story
    (279)

    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
    (330)
    Performance
    (289)
    Story
    (286)

    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
  • Cat on the Edge: A Joe Grey Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Shirley Rousseau Murphy
    • Narrated By Susan Boyce
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (45)

    First the large, powerful feline discovers that, through some strange, inexplicable phenomenon, he now has the ability to understand human language. Then he discovers he can speak it as well! It’s a nightmare for a cat who’d prefer to sleep the day away carefree, but Joe can handle it. That is, until he has the misfortune to witness a murder in the alley behind Jolly’s Deli - and worse, to be seen witnessing it. With all of his nine lives suddenly at risk, Joe’s got no choice but to get to the bottom of the heinous crime.

    T'zaddi says: "Love this series"
    "Great book for cat lovers and mystery lovers alike"
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    Would you listen to Cat on the Edge again? Why?

    Yes, it is so entertaining;I laugh every time I think about some of the scenes.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Jo Grey and his relationship with his human staff was the best part about the story.


    What about Susan Boyce’s performance did you like?

    She did a remarkable job portraying all the characters.


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

    It's no epic novel such as The Kite Runners or The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, but certain scenes still make me laugh outloud when I recall them.


    Any additional comments?

    Fun and kept me listening!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Woodcutter

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Reginald Hill
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1119)
    Performance
    (820)
    Story
    (815)

    Wolf Hadda's life was a fairytale - successful businessman and adored husband. But a knock on the door one morning ends it all. Universally reviled, thrown into prison, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later Wolf begins to talk to the prison psychiatrist and receives parole to return home. But there's a mysterious period in Wolf's past when he was known as the Woodcutter. Now the Woodcutter is back, looking for truth and revenge...

    Diana says: "One of my favorite Reginald Hill books!"
    "Gripping, couldn't put it down"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I thoroughly enjoyed the story. The main character was complex; the plot was intriguing; the mystery was difficult to solve.


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

    When he and his future wife meet for the first time.


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

    No, I have not, but I will listen to him again.


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

    No, it's an enjoyable read, a good mystery that kept me guessing til the end, but it wasn't a soul-gripping type of book. For that I'd read Khalid Hosseini


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Six Years

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2653)
    Performance
    (2285)
    Story
    (2301)

    Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of hiding a broken heart by throwing himself into his career as a college professor. Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd. But six years haven’t come close to extinguishing his feelings, and when Jake comes across Todd’s obituary, he can’t keep himself away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd’s wife he’s hoping for...but she is not Natalie....

    Richard Delman says: "Mr. Coben has gotten waaaay too popular."
    "Another great read from Harlan Coben"
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    Where does Six Years rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks in the top 30% or so.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked the protagonist who was searching for his wife.


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

    I always enjoy Scott Brick's performances. It's hard to compare, because I think they are all 4-5 star performances.


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

    ??


    Any additional comments?

    I prefer the single books of Coben's more than the Mickey Bolitar series, and this one was not a disappointment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Darkness, Take My Hand

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Dennis Lehane
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (176)

    Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro's latest client is a prominent Boston psychiatrist running scared from a vengeful Irish mob. The private investigators know something about cold-blooded retribution. Born and bred on the mean streets of blue-collar Dorchester, they've seen the darkness that lives in the hearts of the unfortunate.

    S. says: "Wow -"
    "Dennis Lehane is more than a murder mystery writer"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Darkness, Take My Hand to be better than the print version?

    I don't know.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Darkness, Take My Hand?

    When we realize who the bad guy is.


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

    I don't know.


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

    no. I wanted to savor it and have it last.


    Any additional comments?

    Lehane is a great story-teller. No higher praise than that is possible

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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