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Danette

Butte, MT, United States

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  • Falling Glass

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (1335)
    Performance
    (1064)
    Story
    (1055)

    Richard Coulter is a man who has everything. His beautiful new wife is pregnant, his upstart airline is undercutting the competition and moving from strength to strength, his diversification into the casino business in Macau has been successful, and his fabulous Art Deco house on an Irish cliff top has just been featured in Architectural Digest. But then, for some reason, his ex-wife Rachel doesn’t keep her side of the custody agreement and vanishes off the face of the earth with Richard’s two daughters. Richard hires Killian, a formidable ex-enforcer for the IRA, to track her down before Rachel, a recovering drug addict, harms herself or the girls.

    Cheryl says: "Hold on to your seat!!!"
    "Another Excellent McKinty Novel"
    Overall

    Kudos to McKinty for crafting another deeply interesting, informative novel populated with genuine characters who move through life just as emotionally flawed as the mere mortals who are reading about them. Gerard Doyle's narration is the perfect complement to a terrific story.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • The Graveyard Book

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6505)
    Performance
    (3282)
    Story
    (3304)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Gaiman’s not just an award-winning author, but a narrator who earns rave reviews – and fields requests from other authors to perform their books, too! Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead....

    Guillermo says: "Masterful Fantasy for the Jaded Heart"
    "A Delightful Look at Life After Death"
    Overall

    As I visited several family graves over Memorial Day, I couldn't help thinking about this charming book. I wondered what my deceased family members thought about the new neighbors they acquired throughout the last year! I don't know if it was the appeal of the innocence of youth, the history lessons, or just my desire to belief that we continue to exist even after death--I loved this book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Grand: A Novel of Suspense

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Paula Christensen
    Overall
    (493)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (145)

    An illegal immigrant is killed in a hit-and-run on a frozen mountain road in the town of Fairview, Colorado. No one is prosecuted for his death and his case is quietly forgotten. Six months later another illegal makes a treacherous run across the border, barely escaping with her life. She finds work as a maid and, secretly, begins to investigate the death of her father. But she isn't a maid, and she's not Mexican.

    David says: "Anxiously Awaited"
    "Fantastic Author---Horrible Narrator"
    Overall

    I thought my birthday came early when I found that McKinty's latest novel was available. I've listened to all four of his previous novels at least twice each and find his style riveting, combining keen observations of human nature with humor and spare, riveting prose. I was intrigued with his switch from main characters who are Irish to Cuban, but anticipated learning about Cuban culture while enjoying a great story. However, I think I'll have to order the print version of this book in order to make my way through it. The story line keeps drawing me back, but the narration is such a distraction! Instead of staying up all night to get to the end, I can only take this book in short spurts. It bothers me that a great female character is essentially ruined by clumsy, and at times condescending, narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hand of Evil

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By J. A. Jance
    • Narrated By Karen Ziemba
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (42)

    With his hand trapped in the door of a speeding car, a man struggles to remain upright as he's dragged along a deserted stretch of San Juan Road in Phoenix's South Mountain Preserve. It's the perfect place to drive a man to his grave: literally. Starting with a crime so gruesome even prowling coyotes keep their distance from the remains, a killer begins crisscrossing the Southwest on a spree of grisly murders.

    Lori says: "Tiresome"
    "Implausible, Irritating and Preachy"
    Overall

    If you think you need ham-handed instruction on the virtues of feminism, the perils of the internet, the dangers of text-messaging, the ravages of divorce, the consequences of bad parenting, the social cost of war, the plight of the homeless, and the tragedy of pedophilia and incest, this is the book for you!
    As a big fan of JA Jance, I really wanted to like this book, but I found myself getting more and more irritated with this credibility-stretching soapbox. From the irrelevant details about each character's vehicle to the inclusion of seemingly every Dr. Phil-esqe social ill, the book comes off as a more of an extended sermon than a suspense novel.
    I also think Jance would be better served sticking with her historically excellent law enforcement main characters rather than a citizen crime fighter. I'm not in law enforcement, but I cringed at the main character's penchant for investigating suspects and interviewing witnesses and criminals. I kept thinking that in real life, "Ali" (if she weren't killed or arrested first) would be a defense attorney's dream come true.
    I also take issue with the dream-world of information made available to the main character simple by having a connection to the internet. Much of the details she finds but simply "surfing the net" in reality would require lots of legwork and legal authority.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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