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Anchorage, AK, United States | Member Since 2004

  • 24 reviews
  • 109 ratings
  • 309 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2014

  • Hand of Evil

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By J. A. Jance
    • Narrated By Karen Ziemba
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    With his hand trapped in the door of a speeding car, a man struggles to remain upright as he's dragged along a deserted stretch of San Juan Road in Phoenix's South Mountain Preserve. It's the perfect place to drive a man to his grave: literally. Starting with a crime so gruesome even prowling coyotes keep their distance from the remains, a killer begins crisscrossing the Southwest on a spree of grisly murders.

    Lori says: "Tiresome"

    Being a fan of J.A. Jance I was surprised to be very disappointed with this book, and could not wait for it to finish. The main character is facing many crisis but her overriding chore is being saddled with a runaway, annoying teenager. I am not sure if it was the storyline or the narrator or just the entire tone of the novel, but the narrator sounds continually angry and frustrated. Check out one of the more worthy books by this author.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Light in August

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By William Faulkner
    • Narrated By Will Patton

    An Oprah's Book Club Selection regarded as one of Faulkner's greatest and most accessible novels, Light in August is a timeless and riveting story of determination, tragedy, and hope. In Faulkner's iconic Yoknapatawpha County, race, sex, and religion collide around three memorable characters searching desperately for human connection and their own identities.

    FanB14 says: "Perseverance in Face of Cruelty"
    "not for me"

    If you love vivid imagery then this book is for you. There is too much imagery and not enough of the characters - so much so that I don't even care about what happens to them, that's when I know to give up. I made it through chapter 5 then started flipping ahead chapters - it is SOOOOO tedious. I don't normally drop books, but this one is a chore.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Glass Rainbow: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton

    Why we think it’s a great listen: When it comes to author/narrator pairings, nobody tops James Lee Burke and Will Patton in the Robicheaux thrillers. Beloved Burke hero Detective Dave Robicheaux here returns to New Iberia to solve a series of grisly murders. Seven young women in neighboring Jefferson Davis Parish have been brutally murdered. While the crimes have all the telltale signs of a serial killer, the death of Bernadette Latiolais, a high-school honor student, doesn’t fit.

    Gardner says: "Best Yet... Almost"
    "tired of the violence"

    I have truly enjoyed all the Dave Robicheuaux books, but really, how many times do we need to see Clete give some guy a swirly or pistol whip someone? The violence is getting old, sorry. One reviewer mentioned these guys are getting up there in years - is that how life is in the Big Sleazy really? if so count me out, its not glamorous or even interesting anymore.

    I do love the narration by Will Patton, and I love how Mr. Burke has written in Alafair's education at Reed College (I visited there with my daughter and got to see Alafair Burke's real thesis project) - that was cool.

    But I will hesitate to buy the next novel, its getting old Mr. Burke.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Maze: FBI Thriller #2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Catherine Coulter
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Lacey Sherlock's life is forever changed when her older sister's body is discovered in an abandoned warehouse. She is the fourth victim of the String Killer, the name given by the media to a murderer who leads his victims into a maze with a ball of twine. Seven years after Belinda's death, Lacey, now an FBI agent, is paired up with computer whiz Dillon Savich, who has developed a predictive program to aid in the apprehension of serial killers.

    Lori says: "Too much detail, not enough flow"
    "Too much detail, not enough flow"

    I am in the middle of this 'read' and keep skipping ahead, frankly I find it embarrassing it is so bad. It is poorly written, with too much detail of insignificant things. Plus I find it hard to believe that FBI characters (or anyone) would act this way.

    The writer also jumps into new sections of the book, so it takes a minute to clue into what is happening. No flow and lack of interest.

    I really can't wait for this book to be over.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Deeper Than the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Tami Hoag
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Three children, running in the woods behind their school, stumble upon a partially buried female body, eyes and mouth glued shut. Close behind the children is their teacher, Anne Navarre, shocked by this discovery and heartbroken as she witnesses the end of their innocence. What she doesn't yet realize is that this will mark the end of innocence for an entire community, as the ties that bind families and friends are tested by secrets uncovered in the wake of a serial killer's escalating activity.

    John says: "A pleasant surprise"
    "this who dunnit kept me guessing"

    An excellent read with a long suspect list, that kept me guessing on the bad guy's identify. It is amazing how one incident can affect so many lives, this story shows it.

    I liked all the characters and loved the different written and verbal voices - credit goes to excellent narration by Kirsten Potter. Her rendition of Frannie was excellent and funny and she is just fabulous!!!! thanks Tami Hoag for a great read.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

    David says: "irritatingly engrossing"
    "don't hesitate - an excellent sequel"

    I have to admit I really hesitated when I saw this sequel to the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - I enjoyed that book so much, and I was worried this one wouldn't match it.

    I was wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong. I think its actually as good or better than the first book. Excellent story, totally original. I loved it!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Rain Gods: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When Hackberry Holland became sheriff of a tiny Texas town near the Mexican border, he'd hoped to leave certain things behind: his checkered reputation, his haunted dreams, and his obsessive memories of the good life with his late wife, Rie. But the discovery of the bodies of nine illegal aliens, machine-gunned to death and buried in a shallow grave behind a church, soon makes it clear that he won't escape so easily.

    Richard says: "Dynamic Duo"
    "sure was a long book"

    Don't get me wrong, I am a huge fan of James Lee Burke, and Will Patton is an incredible narrator. Great imagery as usual, but this novel just did not grow on me. Maybe the whole cowboy, Texas type story. I am not sure if there were too many characters or places or maybe too much going on in my life to follow the story, but I can't wait for it to be over....I only have an hour or so left and I could not really care what happens to folks in this book. Kind of a huge disappointment since I love all of his New Orleans based novels.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Deadlock

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Iris Johansen
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Emily Hudson is an artifacts expert for the U.N. who travels to war torn countries attempting to save their priceless treasures from destruction. Her best friend and partner, Joel Levy, is always at her side - until one day her entire crew comes under attack. Joel and Emily are held hostage by a ruthless and evil captor who is determined to find the missing link to a legendary treasure.

    R.E. Vazquez says: "Couldn't wait for it to end"
    "annoying narration"

    I was truly looking forward to this book, I have enjoyed many of Johansen's novels, but....the narrator manages to portray many voices, but insists on using a whispering tone for the two female characters. I was constantly fiddling with the volume to adjust between the loud voice of the males and then try to decipher Emily's whispering. I am not sure if it was the dialogue or the tone of the narration but even the characters sounded annoyed.

    The story is so-so, complicated but predictable at the end, add the narration and I can't wait for this story to be done.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Promises in Death: In Death, Book 28

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen

    Amaryllis Coltraine may have recently transferred to the New York City police force from Atlanta, but she's been a cop long enough to know how to defend herself against an assailant. When she's taken down just steps away from her apartment, killed with her own weapon, for Eve the victim isn't just "one of us."

    Erin says: ""Promises" Delivers!"

    If you enjoy listening to a pretentious, pompous woman yack on and on about her wealth and possessions while solving crime with the help of her multi-millionaire husband, then this is the book for you. The last straw was during the bridal shower that others put together for our heroine host and the ensuing discussion of describing male mates as types of animals and discussing how many times they performed in a night. Utterly tasteless.
    I will not be renting anymore Eve books.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Heartsick

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Chelsea Cain
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Damaged Portland detective Archie Sheridan spent 10 years tracking Gretchen Lowell, a beautiful serial killer. But in the end, she was the one who caught him. Two years ago, Gretchen kidnapped Archie and tortured him for 10 days, but instead of killing him, she mysteriously decided to let him go.

    Karen says: "Entertaining Listen"
    "Excellent read"

    This book was just what I needed. Gripping, interesting, intelligent with likeable characters.

    Ms. Cain's book kept me very satisfied and ready for more, so on to the next Archie novel. thanks so much.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Devil Bones: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In a house under renovation, a plumber uncovers a cellar no one knew about, and makes a rather grisly discovery - a decapitated chicken, animal bones, and cauldrons containing beads, feathers, and other relics of religious ceremonies. In the center of the shrine is the skull of a teenage girl. Meanwhile, on a nearby lakeshore, the headless body of a teenage boy is found by a man walking his dog.

    gwennieg says: "Devil Bones"
    "Truly Entertaining"

    I really looked forward to hopping in the car while listening to this book. Lots of plot twists, and unexpected turns. This book was overall a thoroughly enjoyable read. Loved the narration as well. Thanks much.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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