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Foster

Royal Oak, Michigan, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Broken Shore

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Peter Temple
    • Narrated By Peter Hosking
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    Shaken by a scrape with death, big-city detective Joe Cashin is posted away from the homicide squad to the quiet town on the South Australian coast where he grew up. Carrying physical scars and not a little guilt, he spends his time playing the country cop, walking his dogs and thinking about how it all was before. But when a prominent local is attacked and left for dead in his own home, Cashin is thrust into what becomes a murder investigation.

    John says: "Dripping With Local Color"
    "First Listen...First Impression...B"
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    Friends suggested we give this Aussie a try and overall a B for a first effort. The main character is intriguing, vulnerable, wise, courageous and driven. Love the mysterious "swagman"/hobo. Probably will develop well in subsequent books. This first one was a bit rough with story lines left dangling. But I have to confess that the author has some of the most awesome descriptive narration I have ever heard/read which gives me hope.

    Note: Coarseness of the language was just too much to bear. Like listening to a group of adolescents trying to out **** one another with crudities. Just a distraction from an otherwise engaging story line.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Vanish: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (690)
    Performance
    (253)
    Story
    (259)

    A blessed event becomes a nightmare for pregnant homicide detective Jane Rizzoli when she finds herself on the wrong side of a hostage crisis in this timely and relentless new thriller from the New York Times best-selling author of Body Double.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great story, but...."
    "Harsh but interesting"
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    Excellent novel in the genre of Tess Gerritsen's heroines. This one focuses on a Rizzoli discovering motherhood in the most harrowing of circumstances.
    Warning: some very harsh and sexually graphic content (none of it gratuitous, IMHO). The subject warrants the sex because it has to do with white slave trading in the US.
    Overall excellent read and very good narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hangman's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Oliver Pötzsch, Lee Chadeayne (translator)
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1514)
    Performance
    (1352)
    Story
    (1346)

    When a dying boy is pulled from the river with a mark crudely tattooed on his shoulder, hangman Jakob Kuisl is called upon to investigate whether witchcraft is at play in his small Bavarian town. When more children disappear and an orphan is found dead with the same mark, the mounting hysteria threatens to erupt. Before the unrest forces him to torture and execute the woman who aided in the birth of his children, Jakob must unravel the truth.

    Margaret says: "Great but graphic"
    "Grisly yet Gripping"
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    There were times when the dialogue was so gruesome that it was difficult to stomach. On the other hand I love authenticity in historical novels and this one embraced the superstition, gross ignorance, base cruelty and hard life of Renaissance Bavarian in graphic details. Good story, well told but I don't think my wife will ever want to hear the sequels! I may have to listen on my own.

    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
    (3055)
    Performance
    (2635)
    Story
    (2654)

    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....

    G. House Sr. says: "Obsession, mystery, and you're hooked!"
    "Good Story Spoiled"
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    This was our first experience of Harlan Coben. His descriptive power is innovative and colorful and the story is engaging from the start.
    Unfortunately the narrator, Scott Brick, spoiled the book for me with a breathy, self-absorbed and pretentious delivery. Actually the narration was curiously uneven. At times his characterizations were spot on but then even lines written with a wry touch of humor got a heavy handed treatment of tedious overacting.

    Maybe Brick was having an off book because I see that he has narrated hundreds of them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sticks and Scones

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Diane Mott Davidson
    • Narrated By Cherry Jones
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (22)

    Diane Mott Davidson dishes up another treat of murder and mystery - as caterer-turned-sleuth Goldy Schulz stirs up a heap of trouble. More Mott Davidson.

    Foster says: "Entertaining but not one of her best"
    "Entertaining but not one of her best"
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    We love the mix of mystery and culinary art in DMD's books and therefore expected a bit more than the thin and rather convoluted tale that she spun in this book. You get the sense that the publisher said, "Diane, it's about time for another...now." and she produced "another". We actually have heard the other stories that follow this most of which are much better told and give the characters a little more color and the action a lot more meaning. Still, all in all, if you're a DMD fan, you'll forgive Goldie for an occasional half-baked scone because she has presented so many other much more elaborate and tasty novels since then.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Company of Cheerful Ladies: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1706)
    Performance
    (938)
    Story
    (926)

    Readers everywhere have become entranced by the New York Times best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, from acclaimed author and award-winning wit Alexander McCall Smith. Each charming book in the series is a masterpiece of comic subtlety and a window for viewing the distinctive culture and landscape of Botswana.

    Nancy says: "Great Listen"
    "Another wonderful ride with the #1 Ladies"
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    The author maintains his excellent story telling form with this latest tale. Part of this storyline was used in the unfortunately cancelled HBO series about the #1 Ladies Detective Agency. I must say that the reading and the videos matched very well in terms of the personalities and Lisette Lecat's read was superb and well measured.

    What I liked most about the book was that it could be consumed in long or short bites. It has a wonderfully relaxed pace but it still was able to hold attention with suspense which occasionally required some "driveway" moments when we just sat listening with the engine off and the radio on till the conclusion. On the other hand, the interjection of delightful humor and wise observations about humanity make this even more enjoyable listening.

    These characters have become good friends and we certainly want to keep up with their lives as they unfold in coming installments.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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