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Jacque

Lander, WY, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Cold Wind: A Joe Pickett Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By C. J. Box
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (497)
    Performance
    (365)
    Story
    (362)

    When Earl Alden is found dead, dangling from a wind turbine, it's his wife, Missy, who is arrested. Unfortunately for Joe Pickett, Missy is his mother-in- law, a woman he dislikes heartily, and now he doesn't know what to do-especially when the early signs point to her being guilty as sin. But then things happen to make Joe wonder: Is Earl's death what it appears to be? Is Missy being set up? He has the county DA and sheriff on one side, his wife on the other, his estranged friend Nate on a lethal mission of his own, and some powerful interests breathing down his neck.

    Dennis says: "Excellent, edge of my seat the whole time"
    "New West"
    Overall

    We could always count on C.J. Box for great plots and his characters are unforgettable. Now, in COLD WIND, he also nails the nuanced ambiance of the real Wyoming, geographically and politically. As a native of that great state, I can't wait for his next offering.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Burning: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jane Casey
    • Narrated By Sarah Coomes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (104)

    The Burning Man. It’s the name the media has given a brutal murderer who has beaten four young women to death before setting their bodies ablaze in secluded areas of London’s parks. And now there’s a fifth.Maeve Kerrigan is an ambitious detective constable, keen to make her mark on the murder task force. Her male colleagues believe Maeve’s empathy clouds her judgment, but the more she learns about the latest victim, Rebecca Haworth, the more determined Maeve becomes to find the killer.

    Martha says: "Predictable Plot, Annoying Narrator"
    "By far the best of Jane Casey"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This mystery novel stands alone among the Jane Casey books in my library, both for the quality of it's writing and particularly for its narration. In the books I've heard, Sarah Coombs' performances vary widely - some are almost painful, as she grinds out strangled dialog between male characters. But her performance in The Burning is perfect. The plot is complicated and nuanced, the characters vibrant and interesting. I hope there will be more Casey like this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Children Act

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Ian McEwan
    • Narrated By Lindsay Duncan
    Overall
    (496)
    Performance
    (445)
    Story
    (443)

    Fiona Maye is a High Court judge in London presiding over cases in family court. She is fiercely intelligent, well respected, and deeply immersed in the nuances of her particular field of law. Often the outcome of a case seems simple from the outside, the course of action to ensure a child's welfare obvious. But the law requires more rigor than mere pragmatism, and Fiona is expert in considering the sensitivities of culture and religion when handing down her verdicts.

    Bonny says: "McEwan has written perfection in this novel."
    "Perfect"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Beautifully written by the masterful Ian McEwan, and flawlessly performed by narrator Lindsay Duncan, The Children Act is a quiet, but totally involving, gem. This story will stay with you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Switchblade: An Original Story

    • UNABRIDGED (50 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    Overall
    (402)
    Performance
    (358)
    Story
    (366)

    An anonymous tip puts Bosch on a case that has remained unsolved for decades, the vicious stabbing of a teenage boy whose body was found in an abandoned Old Hollywood restaurant. Cold cases are often the toughest: With no body, no murder scene, and no fingerprints, Bosch nevertheless gets lucky when DNA evidence from the murder weapon points to a known killer. But the DA insists that science alone is not enough - he needs the case to be bulletproof before he'll take it to court.

    L. O. Pardue says: "Good for a short Short Story by a Favorite Author"
    "Cheap shot"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The author's style is only faintly detectable in this thrown-together hash of a story. It is not written in short story form. In it's entirety, it would have to stretch to make a sketchy first chapter in the Bosch books of the past. I admit to not checking this pre-order for length - or even for price, for that matter. Still, I doubt whether I'm the only customer to feel cheated.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Let Me Go: Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Chelsea Cain
    • Narrated By Christina Delaine
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (140)

    With escaped serial killer Gretchen Lowell on the loose, a murder investigation demanding his attention, and journalist Susan Ward showing up at his apartment, it’s going to be a long weekend for Archie Sheridan. Soon Archie finds himself crashing a masked ball thrown by Jack Reynolds, a notorious drug kingpin. By morning, Archie is back on pain killers, a guest is dead and Archie quickly realizes that little is what it seems. One thing is clear: Gretchen is back, and Archie’s nemesis and sometimes lover has something special in mind.

    Catherine J. Pondozzi says: "Unhooked"
    "Not for me"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I can enjoy science fiction and fantasy without a problem, but Cain's Archie/Gretchen duo defies imagination. To me, their relationship represents a cheap page-filler that weakens Archie's main character and makes the storyline less than credible. Cain is a talented writer but, in my opinion, this series is a waste of time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (22017)
    Performance
    (17204)
    Story
    (17144)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "So-so."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A little more personal background, a little less professional detal.


    What could Tina Fey have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I think Ms. Fey writes the way she thinks, so my luke-warm response is not due to a lack of writing skill.


    What three words best describe Tina Fey’s performance?

    Peppy. Direct. Shrill.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Bossypants?

    I thought the scenes were appropriate within the subject matter. I'm simply not interested in the subject.


    Any additional comments?

    I admire what I know of Tina Fey's rise to the top of her profession. I think she is a gifted comedienne. Comedy is not my forte, I watch neither SNL nor Thirty Rock, so I'm not a good judge of this book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Leopard: A Harry Hole Novel, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø, Don Bartlett (translator)
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1227)
    Performance
    (1019)
    Story
    (1012)

    Two young women are found murdered in Oslo, both drowned in their own blood. Media coverage quickly reaches fever pitch: Could this be the work of a serial killer? The crime scenes offer no coherent clues, the police investigation is stalled, and the one man who might be able to help doesn't want to be found. Traumatized by his last case, Inspector Harry Hole has lost himself in the squalor of Hong Kong's opium dens. Yet when he is compelled, at last, to return to Norway - his father is dying - Harry's buried instincts begin to take over. Then a female MP is discovered brutally murdered.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Simply Fantastic! A great buy!"
    "Stellar!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Leopard the most enjoyable?

    Nesbo's phenomenal writing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The laborinthine plot, that lost nothing for it's length. Every word was precisely placed to lead the reader to assumptions of guilt for one charactor after another, right up to the satisfying conclusion.


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

    I'm not certain I've heard him before, but he is excellent.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It would be difficult to listen to it in one sitting, but I listened to the whole thing in two days of Christmas preparations!


    Any additional comments?

    Cudos to the translator.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Little Giant of Aberdeen County

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Tiffany Baker
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (431)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (172)

    Truly Plaice, an overly large and ungainly girl, is the polar opposite of her sister, Serena Jane, the epitome of feminine perfection. With their parents dead, Truly and Serena Jane are separated: Serena Jane to live a life of privilege as the future May Queen and Truly to live on the outskirts of town, the subject of constant abuse and humiliation.

    Tracie says: "Pretty good - but could have been Truly good!"
    "Odd"
    Overall

    I liked this book. The characters are interesting and finely drawn, but Tiffany Baker seems to hesitate in committing them to definite moral ground. Whatever the reader believes about right-to-die issues, the book would have been strengthened by some kind of debate around this theme. The last couple of chapters had a loose, "unedited" feel, without proper time to develop pivotal plot resolutions. Still, the narration was excellent and the bones of a very good novel somehow shone through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadowfever: Fever, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross, Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2320)
    Performance
    (1327)
    Story
    (1325)

    MacKayla Lane was just a child when she and her sister, Alina, were given up for adoption and banished from Ireland forever. Twenty years later, Alina is dead and Mac has returned to the country that expelled them to hunt her sister’s murderer. But after discovering that she descends from a bloodline both gifted and cursed, Mac is plunged into a secret history: an ancient conflict between humans and immortals who have lived concealed among us for thousands of years.

    Katheryne says: "I loved it, but its not for everyone"
    "Over-the-top narration"
    Overall

    The over-the-top narration of this book chased me away less than half-way through. Moning's good writing was defeated by the female narratator's hysterical interpretation. In a word, "Yuck!"

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Reversal: Harry Bosch, Book 16 (Mickey Haller, Book 3)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4092)
    Performance
    (2188)
    Story
    (2196)

    Longtime defense attorney Mickey Haller is recruited to change stripes and prosecute the high-profile retrial of a brutal child murder. After 24 years in prison, convicted killer Jason Jessup has been exonerated by new DNA evidence. Haller is convinced Jessup is guilty, and he takes the case on the condition that he gets to choose his investigator, LAPD Detective Harry Bosch.

    Andrew Pollack says: "Brilliantly executed"
    "Realistic"
    Overall

    For me Connelly's best ideas come from the courtroom. The Reversal is no exception, with it's behind-the-scenes look at both the prosecutorial and defense teams in a high-profile re-trial of a child murderer. Good, quick read to curl up with in the cool fall weather.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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