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M. Devlin

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  • Robert B. Parker's Fool Me Twice: A Jesse Stone Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Michael Brandman, Robert B. Parker (creator)
    • Narrated By James Naughton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (83)

    Autumn in Paradise, Massachusetts, is usually an idyllic time - but not this year. A Hollywood movie company has come to town, and brought with it a huge cast, crew, and a troubled star. Marisol Hinton is very beautiful, reasonably talented, and scared out of her wits that her estranged husband's jealousy might take a dangerous turn. When she becomes the subject of a death threat, Jesse and the rest of the Paradise police department go on high alert.

    Barbara says: "Jesse's in good hands"
    "Jesse's back...........but it's not the same"
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    I really like the character of Jesse Stone. Jesse is one of those men of few words but now Jesse's words seem to be describing more products than just the facts of the case. This is where Mr. Brandman is no Robert B. Parker. I can't imagine Robert B. Parker (or Jesse) getting caught up in a woman wearing Stella McCartney blouses, so-and-so's shoes, dinking this certain wine, etc. If this were produced as a TV show, the product placement would be extreme! It seems to me that this was a very short story fleshed out with a lot of added descriptions that had nothing to do with anything other than adding to the word count. I felt a bit cheated. I liked Jesse's interaction with the teenager and also checking into the inflated water bills. I think there was more to each of these stories but, again, product placement/description seemed to overwhelm the whole story. I know Mr. Brandman helps write the scripts for the Jesse Stone TV movies. This book just made me wish Ace Atkins had also picked up the Stone books - he writes like Robert B. Parker. In my opinion, Mr. Brandman is no Robert B. Parker. Drop the product placement and pick up the story for a change.

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  • Accused: Rosato & Associates, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lisa Scottoline
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (136)

    New York Times best-selling and Edgar Award-winning author Lisa Scottoline revolutionized crime fiction when she introduced her all-female law firm of Rosato & Associates, thrilling listeners with her twisty, fast-paced plots and capturing their hearts with her cast of strong and relatable female characters. Now Bennie Rosato, Mary DiNunzio, Judy Carrier, and Anne Murphy are back with all cylinders firing in Accused.

    Amazon Customer says: "narration annoying in part, but a decent story"
    "Great to have Rosato and Associates back"
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    I have loved the Rosato and Associates novels and have missed them so I am thrilled to have this book. Mary DiNunzio has a number of changes in her life. She also takes on an interesting case with a 13 year old (with a trust fund) who believes that the man serving time for her sister's murder is innocent and wants Rosato and Associates to investigte the case. Mary takes this on and goes on another adventure.

    While Barbara Rosenblat will always be the voice of Bennie Rosato, I did enjoy January LaVoy as the narrator. She gave different voices to the characters - and there were a lot of them! I will agree with some of the other reviewers - the almost shouting when she was narrating Mary's father was a bit much, particularly when one was wearing earbuds!

    Lisa Scottoline has said she will try and do a Rosato and Associates novel each year and I will be looking forward to them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christmas Bliss

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Mary Kay Andrews
    • Narrated By Kathleen McInerney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (70)

    Twas the night before Christmas, and Savannah was breezy. But there's trouble afoot - and it's heading toward Weezie. Seems BeBe’s been holding a big secret back that would make Santa’s reindeer stop dead in their tracks. Can these two best friends wriggle out of these twists? Will they do it in time to ensure Christmas Bliss?

    Barbara C. French says: "Enjoyable - but not one of Mary Kay Andrews' best"
    "A great visit with Weezie and BeBe"
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    I enjoy all of Mary Kay Andrews novels but my favorites are with Weezie and BeBe. This was a fun story with Christmas, weddings, babies and everything else you could ask for in good "chick lit". I hope we get another chapter of life in Savannah with Weezie and Bebe!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spirit of Steamboat: A Walt Longmire Story

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (362)
    Performance
    (333)
    Story
    (324)

    "It' s a question of what you have to do, what you have to live with if you don't." Sheriff Walt Longmire is reading A Christmas Carol in his office on December 24th when he's interrupted by the ghost of Christmas past: a young woman with a hairline scar across her forehead and more than a few questions about Walt' s predecessor, Lucian Connally. Walt doesn' t recognize the mystery woman, but she seems to know him and claims to have something she must return to Connally.

    C. Telfair says: "Welcome Holiday Diversion"
    "A wonderful walk back in time in Absaroka County"
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    What starts out as a quiet Christmas Eve ends up with a look back at Walt's first months as sheriff and a Christmas adventure with Lucian, Doc Bloomfield and some new characters. Once again, Craig Johnson can transport a person back to a time with a younger Walt but still the Walt we have come to love. This novella was touching, funny, exciting and, as always, another satisfying visit to Absaroka County. A great Christmas story without too much tinsel and glitter.

    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
    (796)
    Performance
    (714)
    Story
    (697)

    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..."
    "A lighter version of Virgil Flowers"
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    I am apparently the dissenting opinion. I liked this outing with Virgil Flowers. I think I liked the lighter, funnier storyline. Yes, maybe the plot was a little suspect but I liked the various characters, agencies, fake agencies and even Ma Noble. I will agree that I thought Mr. Conger was a little lax in trying to have different voices. I had a hard time distinguishing between Lucas and Virgil. He did great accents though. I will also agree that he has never done any research on the pronunciation of the cities in Minnesota. I still haven't forgotten Cloquet being pronounced "Klo-ket". Still, I think this outing may provide new characters for Virgil in the future. It was fun taking a walk on the lighter side.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 12th of Never

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    Overall
    (613)
    Performance
    (521)
    Story
    (527)

    Lindsay Boxer's beautiful baby is born! But after only a week at home with her new daughter, Lindsay is forced to return to work to face two of the biggest cases of her career. A rising star football player for the San Francisco 49ers is the prime suspect in a grisly murder. At the same time, Lindsay is confronted with the strangest story she's ever heard: An eccentric English professor has been having vivid nightmares about a violent murder and he's convinced is real.

    Hilary says: "Wow - this is bad! Even for the WMC Series!!!"
    "Not my favorite Women's Murder Club book"
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    I'm not sure what has happened to this series. I blame it on the change of narrator. Carolyn McCormack was the voice of Lindsay Boxer. They changed to January LaVoy and Lindsay became whinier. I always wanted Lindsay and Joe to marry but it hasn't improved the character or the plots.
    I also agree with other reviews that there were too many plotlines running through this. Yuki's court case was too much. I like when she is involved in a case involving the other women. Yuki seems to have become the favorite character. I have never been that fond of the Lindsay/Rich partnership and I don't like where the Rich/Cindy relationship ended up.

    I get the feeling that this book was more of a result that it was time for another book rather than any thought or feeling behind it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Silken Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 23

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1014)
    Performance
    (872)
    Story
    (867)

    Very early one morning, a Minnesota political fixer answers his doorbell. The next thing he knows, he’s waking up on the floor of a moving car, lying on a plastic sheet, his body wet with blood. When the car stops, a voice says, "Hey, I think he’s breathing." And another voice says, "Yeah? Give me the bat." And that’s the last thing he knows. Davenport is investigating another case when the trail leads to the man’s disappearance, then - very troublingly - to the Minneapolis police department, then - most troublingly of all - to a woman who could give Machiavelli lessons.

    John Norton says: "Still my favorite combo of author and reader"
    "Another great Lucas Davenport book."
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    I am a true fan of the Lucas Davenport series. Lucas has aged and developed into a great character. I really enjoy the funny and sometimes snarky conversations between Lucas and the rest of his cronies (Del, Shrake, etc.) They frequently make me laugh out loud. I also like Lucas the family man. This book has the most interesting villian - a female politician. There are great twists and turns into this book.
    I always look forward to these books........and I like that f******g Flowers too!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Robert B. Parker's Damned If You Do: A Jesse Stone Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Michael Brandman
    • Narrated By James Naughton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (42)

    The woman on the bed was barely out of her teens. She wasn't exactly beautiful, but she'd tried to make the most of her looks. And now, alone in a seedy beachfront motel, she was dead. Paradise Police Chief Jesse Stone doesn't know her name. Whoever she is, she didn't deserve to die. Jesse starts digging, only to find himself caught in the crosshairs of a bitter turf war between two ruthless pimps. And more blood will spill before it's over.

    rick says: "Not bad; but not Parker."
    "Maybe my favorite Jesse Stone by Mr. Brandman"
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    While Michael Brandman is no Robert B. Parker - this book seemed closer to the books of old. I liked the two cases, a murdered teenager and the possible mistreatment of residents in an assisted living situation. While I'm not sure if a police officer could handle things the way Jesse does - I like his style!
    My only complaint is that it was very short. Robert B. Parker's books weren't long either but this one seemed shorter. Perhaps I was enjoying it more and just didn't want my time with Jesse Stone to come to an end.

    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
    (1206)
    Performance
    (1080)
    Story
    (1077)

    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!"
    "Love, love, love Walt and Absaroka County!"
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    I started listening to the Longmire series last summer. I consumed them as fast as I could and even bought more credits to feed my addiction! I had eagerly anticipated this title and I was not disappointed.
    1) It is longer than many of the books in the series. More Walt is always a good thing!
    2) It has interesting and intriguing storyline that seems simple, at first, but ends up being much more sinister.
    3) The characters are so well described you could pick them out in a crowd.
    4) I love the way Walt and Henry have a shorthand for everything. Explosions are rated on the Claymore scale, etc. Their relationship is one of the best things in this series.
    5) The humor is wonderful. I sometimes think Craig Johnson writes things to make himself laugh but it always works for me
    6) The plot twists really caught me off guard and happened right up to the end of the book.

    Walt is one of my favorite characters and while I watch the TV show and love Robert Taylor's version of Walt - but my favorite will always be the book Walt. Craig Johnson does an amazing job drawing and narrating this character. He is so much more layered. This Walt is older, wiser and funnier. He isn't quite as depressed as he used to be but he is the character you can always depend on and wish real life brought you these kind of people. George Guidall does an awesome narration although I missed Doc Bloomfield's German accent.
    So I highly recommend this book. Take some time and spend it with Walt in Absaroka County.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ladies' Night

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Mary Kay Andrews
    • Narrated By Kathleen McInerney
    Overall
    (323)
    Performance
    (279)
    Story
    (291)

    Grace Stanton’s life as a rising media star and beloved lifestyle blogger takes a surprising turn when she catches her husband cheating and torpedoes his pricey sports car straight into the family swimming pool. Grace suddenly finds herself locked out of her palatial home, checking account, and even the blog she has worked so hard to develop in her signature style. Moving in with her widowed mother, who owns and lives above a rundown beach bar called The Sandbox, is less than ideal. So is attending court-mandated weekly "divorce recovery" therapy sessions with three other women and one man for whom betrayal seems to be the only commonality. When their “divorce coach” starts to act suspiciously, they decide to start having their own Wednesday "Ladies' Night" sessions at The Sandbox, and the unanticipated bonds that develop lead the members of the group to try and find closure in ways they never imagined. Can Grace figure out a new way home and discover how strong she needs to be to get there?

    JenniferandSteveLandeau says: "Man I thought my divorce was the worst!"
    "Love Mary Kay Andrews but this was a bit long"
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    The headline says it all. I have really enjoyed all the Mary Kay Andrews books. I liked this one too but I think it was a tad too long. The characters were fun and the narration was very good. I just felt like the story was being dragged out for no apparent reason. I would recommend this book but I liked some of the earlier ones better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Floor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5810)
    Performance
    (3873)
    Story
    (3844)

    All is not well in Margrave, Georgia. The sleepy, forgotten town hasn't seen a crime in decades, but within the span of three days it witnesses events that leave everyone stunned. An unidentified man is found beaten and shot to death on a lonely country road.

    Ed says: "Comic book tough guy"
    "The introduction to the Jack Reacher saga"
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    The story is intriguing and exciting. The mortality rate is high and, at times, a bit gruesome. The narration improved - at first the narrator sounded like someone doing a 2nd rate Jack Nicholson impression but he dropped the sneer from his voice and it improved. I would recommend the book but the verdict is still out as to whether I will continue rambling with Jack Reacher or not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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