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Livia

Tucson, AZ, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 11 reviews
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  • 175 titles in library
  • 40 purchased in 2014
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  • Burrows: A Red River Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Reavis Z. Wortham
    • Narrated By Traber Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Lyndon B. Johnson is president, Beatlemania is in overdrive, and gasoline costs 30 cents a gallon when Ned Parker retires as constable in Center Springs, Texas. But his plan to live a quiet life as a cotton farmer is torpedoed. A phone call leads Ned to a body in the Red River and into the urgent investigation headed by his nephew, the newly elected constable Cody Parker. Together they work to head off a multistate killing spree that sets northeast Texas on fire.

    Ronna says: "1960's Texas mystery at it's best!!"
    "Claustophobics Need Not Apply"
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    I really liked the first book in this series, and was looking forward to this one. While the characters, small western town setting, narrator and writing is good, the charm of the first book was missing for me.The last third of the novel has characters traveling through a nightmare of trash tunnels in what can only be described as a hoarder's Taj Mahal. While I understand the Vietnam reference, and the skill with which this is presented, I thought the the story line was buried by the author's drive to show us the bravery, skills, trauma, and horror experienced by US soldiers who served as "tunnel rats" in Vietnam. It is an important topic, but completely overpowered the plot for me. Frankly, it was all a bit too unbelievable and claustrophobic, and I just wanted the book to end. BUT, I am not giving up on this series. The first was so good, and the characters are so strong, I plan to purchase the next in the series hoping this one is the exception.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Devil's Claw: Joanna Brady, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By J. A. Jance
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    Set against the backdrop of the modern west, this gripping tale finds Sheriff Brady juggling a precarious overload in both her personal and professional lives. About to be married, Joanna's facing a daughter turning 12 and going on 20, a meddlesome mother micro-managing her wedding, and new in-laws arriving any day. But amidst the uproar, the report of a homicide at Cochise Stronghold in the Dragoon Mountains quickly captures Joanna's full attention. An Indian woman has been found shot to death - a woman recently released from prision after serving time for the manslaughter killing of her husband. She is the mother of a missing 15-year-old, Lucy Ridder.

    katieranch says: "Love J A Jance books but disliked the perfomer"
    "Good book. Mispronounced "Ft Huachucha" nags a bit"
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    If you like the Joanna Brady series, this book is pretty satisfying. It has all the family stresses combined with Joanna's struggles with being female and running the department. One of the reasons I like this series so much, is it is set in Southern Arizona where I live. So the places mentioned and used in the story are familiar -- I've been to most of them. That's why C.J. Critt's mispronouncing "Ft Hauchucha" as "Fort Wah-HACK-A" instead of "Fort Wah-CHOO-Ka" throughout the book bothered me so much. I tried really hard not to wince everytime she said it, but couldn't shake it...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
    (5045)
    Performance
    (3073)
    Story
    (3073)

    As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

    Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

    Amazon Customer says: "A near-flawless audiobook (but for one thing...)"
    "Engrossing, surprising, and totally worth it!"
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    This is one of the best "first in a series" books I have read in a long time. The plot, involving the murder of a young girl, and the subplot (the disappearance of two children years before) is set against the backdrop of a murder squad and the rich texture of Ireland. Characters are fully developed, complex, surprising, and Steven Crossley's narration is flawless. I finished this book 10 minutes ago, and am writing a quick review so I can purchase, download, and start book 2. Kudos to Tana French!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Rock Hole: A Red River Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Reavis Z. Wortham
    • Narrated By Traber Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    In 1964, when Ned Parker, farmer and part-time constable, is summoned to a cornfield one hot morning to examine the remains of a tortured bird dog, he discovers that there is a dark presence in their quiet community of Center Springs, Texas. Ned is usually confident handling moonshiners, drunks, and instances of domestic dispute. But when it comes to animal atrocities—which then turn to murder—the investigation spins beyond his abilities.

    Ronna says: "Mystery, humor, thrills, and great characters!!"
    ""To Kill a Mockingbird" Meets "Longmire""
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    I suppose I have Longmire on the brain because I have just finished that series (and it was worth every second). Just as in Longmire, I fell in love with these characters pretty quickly, as well as the small town constable's interactions with people he has known all of his life. The relationship between grandpa and Top is charming, and reminiscent of "To Kill a Mockingbird", partly because some of the narrative is told from Top's side, and partly because they're so damned likeable. The author does a nice job of evoking and integrating the tempo, issues, music and views of the early 1960s, and the insidious effects serving in the Vietnam conflict had on the lives of the young men sent there, and the small towns where they returned after they served. The mystery is a good one, with twists and turns, and false starts that mislead the listener. This was altogether worth the read, and I will be buying the next in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Vigilante

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Stephen J. Cannell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (198)

    Lita Mendez was a thorn in the LAPD’s side. An aggressive police critic and gang activist, she’d filed countless complaints against the department. So when she’s found dead in her home, Shane and Hitch fear the worst: that there’s a killer in their ranks.Outside the crime scene, Nixon Nash, the charismatic host of a hit reality show called Vigilante TV, has set up shop with his television crew. Nash’s show is dedicated to beating the cops at their own game, solving murders before they can. Now he has the murder of Lita Mendez in his sights....

    Livia says: "Wonderful dialogue! Wonderful characters! A win!"
    "Wonderful dialogue! Wonderful characters! A win!"
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    I am sorry that this last book in the series is the first I have read. It has all the elements of a good mystery - twists and turns, interesting characters, and it is well paced. But the standout feature is Mr. Cannell's iconic used of words and language to describe characters and situations. The only other mystery author I have read who could make me laugh out loud with delight at their turn of a phrase was Dashiell Hammett ("A bullet kissed the door jam by my cheek."). The narration is perfect, and this book is worth the listen. Loved it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20804)
    Performance
    (18650)
    Story
    (18717)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "More Twists and Turns than a Wood Screw..."
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    A woman is missing and her husband reports it to the police. She could be dead, or she could have run away. It's all first person narrative. First her view, then his, then hers, then his, to the end. Sometimes the same events told from different perspectives, sometimes the story continued from a different perspective. And as the plot unravels, first he is guilty, then not, then he is, then he's not.... it twirls and turns a dozen times.And (this is a tribute to the writer), I hated BOTH of them. To recap what one of the characters says in the book, these two are the most screwed up people ever, and they deserve each other.

    The book is well written, and well presented. It certainly held my attention. I don't want a sequel. I didn't like either of them enough to hear any more about them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Death in Paradise: A Jesse Stone Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Robert Forster
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (59)

    The local cops haven't seen anything like this, but Jesse's L.A. past has made him all too familiar with floaters. This girl hadn't committed suicide; she hadn't been drowned; she'd been shot and dumped, discarded like trash. Before long it becomes clear that she had a taste for the wild life; and her own parents can't be bothered to report her missing, or even admit that she once was a child of theirs. All Jesse has to go on is a young man's school ring on a gold chain, and a hunch or two.

    Jas says: "Great listen."
    "Story Ok, but Narrator Very Singsong"
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    I decided to buy this because I have enjoyed reading a couple of Robert Parker's books, and I really enjoyed the Jesse Stone TV movies. And while the story was certainly ok, and the dialogue had the same dryly sarcastic wit I enjoyed in the movies, I found the narrator's singsong cadence, pacing and overall performance annoying and distracting. My pet peeve is that he would go directly from one scene to another without a pause or breath, so the listener (me) got lost a lot. I managed to make it to the end of the book, but I won't be buying any more books narrated by Robert Forster...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10629)
    Performance
    (9614)
    Story
    (9699)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
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    I have just finished Dan Brown's newest book, Inferno, and can't tell you it was worth the time I spent slogging through it. The best I can say is that Paul Michael does a good job narrating this sad, formulaic, trip down the same road traveled in Brown's prior books. This time Robert Langdon wakes up in hospital with amnesia, meets a beautiful woman-with-whom-he-does-not-get-involved, immediately witnesses a murder, and goes on the run with her to escape from people trying to kill him while he pursues the symbolism in Dante's Inferno to save the world from a deadly virus created by a madman. The reader is treated to the same "lectures about things the world has not understood" -- this time about Dante, Florence, vector viruses, and overpopulation of the world. Brown's writing style is sloppy, and (remarkably) Robert Langdon remains under-developed and again appears as a "I have no life or personality" character who is marginally affected by the remarkable situations and events in the plot. I recommend you skip this one...

    116 of 139 people found this review helpful
  • The Cold Dish: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3608)
    Performance
    (2718)
    Story
    (2717)

    Award-winning author Craig Johnson's critically acclaimed debut Western mystery takes listeners to the breathtaking mountains of Wyoming for a tale of cold-blooded vengeance. Four high-school boys were given suspended sentences for raping a Cheyenne girl. Now, two of the boys have been killed, and only Sheriff Walt Longmire can keep the other two safe.

    Dataman says: "Not Your Ordinary Western Novel (Series)"
    "Loved this book!"
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    I decided to read this because I really liked the TV series. As usual, the book is better than the series, and now I am helpless -- I have to read the rest of the series. Longmire and the other characters are well developed, interesting, and complex enough to surprise you. the plot is wonderful and twisty, and the narrator is outstanding. The best!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Daughter of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Josephine Tey
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
    Overall
    (388)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (261)

    Confined to a hospital bed, Scotland Yard's Inspector Alan Grant is bored. To divert his attention from his pain, a friend brings him pictures of faces. He becomes engrossed with the portrait of Richard III. How is it possible that such a sensitive-appearing soul could have been portrayed as the odious villain, the Wicked Uncle of history, responsible for the murder of his young nephews, heirs to the British throne, in order to secure the line of succession for himself?

    Sheila says: "very interesting"
    "Derek Jacobi made this purchase!!"
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    I read this book 20 years ago, and it opened my eyes to the allusion of history as truth. Ever since, I have been doubtful that the Shakespearian view of Richard III had much merit. And while the storyline is pedantic and kind of slow moving, Derek Jacobi's inflections, varied accents, and characterizations pumped real life into the plot. I laughed out loud at some of the exchanges between characters, because he made them so entertaining. Altogether, an audio experience worth the purchase.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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