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S. Hickman

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Phoenix, Az USA | Member Since 2006

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  • Kinsey and Me: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Sue Grafton
    • Narrated By Judy Kaye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (56)

    In 1982, Sue Grafton introduced us to Kinsey Millhone. Thirty years later, Kinsey is an established international icon and Sue, a number-one best-selling author. To mark this anniversary year, Sue has given us stories that reveal Kinsey’s origins and Sue’s past. Kinsey and Me has two parts: The nine Kinsey stories (1986-93), each a gem of detection; and the And Me stories, written in the decade after Grafton's mother died. Together, they show just how much of Kinsey is a distillation of her creator’s past.

    Jean says: "How did Grafton create Kinsey?"
    "Not so good as Her Mystery Novels"
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    What did you like best about Kinsey and Me? What did you like least?

    I love Sue Grafton's books. This new book is OK but not quite up to the level of her mysteries. Sue gave an accounting of her childhood and how it affected her emotional and social development as well as that of her main character Kinsey Milhone. It does account for many aspeccts of Kinsey's life as basically a self sufficient survivor and I suspect this accounts for her profession of private investigator and as such she is reliable, dependable and does what she must to take care of herself and resolve whatever case she's taken on!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Kinsey and Me?

    How Sue's mother's and father's adjustment to life and the problems it presented to them affected how their daughters and how they later dealt with their own lives.


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

    Judy Kaye IS Kinsey Milhone!!


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Inquisitor's Key: A Body Farm Novel, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jefferson Bass
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (40)

    Miranda Lovelady, Dr. Bill Brockton's protégé, is spending the summer helping excavate a newly discovered chamber beneath the spectacular Palace of the Popes in Avignon, France. There she discovers a stone chest inscribed with a stunning claim: Inside lie the bones of none other than Jesus of Nazareth. Faced with a case of unimaginable proportions, Miranda summons Brockton for help proving or refuting the claim. Both scientists are skeptical but evidence for authenticity soon grows stronger.

    Norma says: "You go a long way before a story"
    "The plot was good, but the book dragged!"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The book went off into a tangent about the relationship between the doctor and his assistant. Then there were the tourist descriptions of Vatican City. I almost forgot what the book was supposed to be about. I hope other novels by this author are better!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Life Among the Serial Killers: Inside the Minds of the World's Most Notorious Murderers

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Helen Morrison, Harold Goldberg
    • Narrated By Helen Morrison
    Overall
    (313)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (69)

    Dr. Helen Morrison has profiled more than 80 serial killers around the world. What she has learned about them will shatter every assumption you've ever had about the most notorious killers known to man.

    P. Minor says: "Boring reader,boring writing"
    "Interesting"
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    If you could sum up My Life Among the Serial Killers in three words, what would they be?

    This book was interesting, but a bit scary. I think it's scary cause serial killers look like everyone else. It's their thinking their actions that sets them apart. The ones described in this book had no feelings or conscience about those they harmed or killed. Several felt as if they were superior to their victims and most everyone else.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Clairvoyant Countess

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Dorothy Gilman
    • Narrated By Ruth Ann Phimister
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (22)

    From the best-selling author of the famous Mrs. Pollifax series comes another delightfully eccentric and sage female sleuth - the exotic Madame Karitska. Although she is a genuine countess, Marina Elena Provovnitchek Gaylord Von Domm Karitska is foremost a psychic. When one of her clients turns up dead, Madame Karitska makes the acquaintance of Detective-Lieutenant Pruden, and an uncanny partnership is born. Madame Karitska forms images with the psychic vibrations she picks up from personal objects.

    S. Hickman says: "enjoyed this book!"
    "enjoyed this book!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Clairvoyant Countess the most enjoyable?

    The main character Mme Karitska is a bit unusual, but very likeable. I enjoyed her method of approaching a problem and the humanness she exhibited in helping others resolve their problems.


    Any additional comments?

    Would like to see more books about Mme Karitska.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Eighth Veil: A Jerusalem Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Frederick Ramsay
    • Narrated By Robin Field
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    A murdered servant girl is found in the palace of King Herod Antipas. The prefect, Pontius Pilate, is in attendance. The populace has already been buzzing over the brutal death of one of their prophets, John, known familiarly as the Baptizer, and scandal is in the air.

    S. Hickman says: "Just LOVE the Jerusalem Mystery books!"
    "Just LOVE the Jerusalem Mystery books!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Eighth Veil to be better than the print version?

    Yes indeed


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rabin Gamaliel is my favorite character along with Lucas the physician. Lucas seems to be a prod when Gamaliel hits a stump in his investigation. Gamaliel's honesty and his need to not vilify anyone till he has all his facts in tact is something we could use today.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dance Hall of the Dead

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Tony Hillerman
    • Narrated By Michael Ansara
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    A Zuni Indian boy dies in a bizarre ritual slaying - and his best friend, a Navajo youth, is missing. Navajo police lieutenant Joe Leaphorn tracks the friend from Zuni village to Navajo hogan, from anthropological dig to hippie commune, across the desert of New Mexico and Arizona.

    James says: "Pace was off"
    "I enjoyed this story"
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    Would you listen to Dance Hall of the Dead again? Why?

    Yes. I often listen to it. I'm interested in the Navajo and Zuni cultures. I just wish there were other Tony Hillerman books available with Audible.


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

    No. I haven't listened to any other performances of Michael Ansara.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Those Who Hunt the Night: A James Asher Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Barbara Hambly
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    Once a spy for Queen Victoria, James Asher has fought for Britain on every continent, using his quick wits to protect the Empire at all costs. After years of grueling service, he marries and retires to a simple academic’s life at Oxford. But his peace is shattered one night with the arrival of a Spanish vampire named Don Simon. Don Simon can disappear into fog, move faster than the eye can see, and immobilize Asher - and his young bride - with a wave of his hand. Asher is at his mercy, and has no choice but to give his help.

    S. Hickman says: "Liked the unusual characters"
    "Liked the unusual characters"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Those Who Hunt the Night to be better than the print version?

    I read the book years ago and was most taken with Don Isidro, the vampire. I'm not a vampire lover in terms of books. However Don Isidro had some of the human characteristics he had in life such as honesty. He was, however a bit of a snob at times, having been born into Spanish aristicracy 300 or so years prior to the events in this book. I also like Professor James Asher even though he seemed to be a bit old for having been a spy. All in all, this was a good book. It kept my attention throughout.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fifth Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (590)
    Performance
    (494)
    Story
    (494)

    From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, there have been more than two dozen assassination attempts on the President of the United States. Four have been successful. But now, Beecher White - the hero of the number one New York Times best seller The Inner Circle - discovers a killer in Washington, D.C. who's meticulously re-creating the crimes of these four men. Historians have branded them as four lone wolves. But what if they were wrong?

    Janice says: "I had to stop listening a little bit into the book"
    "Not so good as I thought!!"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The plot was hard to follow. Sometimes some of the characters seemed to be in the past, at other times, they seemed to be in the present. I couldn't always tell if the bad guy was a mental case or where in time he was supposed to be. Conversations between characters sometimes seemed out of place and time. I finally got tired of trying to follow the plot and the bad guy and just gave up. The original plot was good, but there was too many threads weaving in and out of time and I got lost trying to follow thru with the author's intent.


    Could you see The Fifth Assassin being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I hope not, unless some of the book is re-written or edited and easier to follow.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Drop: Harry Bosch, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2923)
    Performance
    (2381)
    Story
    (2348)

    Harry Bosch has been given three years before he must retire from the LAPD, and he wants cases more fiercely than ever. In one morning, he gets two. DNA from a 1989 rape and murder matches a 29-year-old convicted rapist. Was he an eight-year-old killer, or has something gone terribly wrong in the new Regional Crime Lab? Then Bosch and his partner are called to a death scene fraught with internal politics....

    Joanne says: "A completely satisfying listen"
    "Harry Bosch and Len Cariou"
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    Harry Bosch is an unusual character with an unusual life. Yet one feels a close affinity with him because of his 'morality' and why he continues to work in his chosen profession as a dectective inspite of the setbacks and curveballs live has thrown him. Len Cariou brings Harry Bosch alive in a most special way. I enjoy his narration and hope he continues for Harry Harry Bosch inovels in the future.

    22 of 24 people found this review helpful

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