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Stevon

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  • Creole Belle: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1492)
    Performance
    (1291)
    Story
    (1253)

    Creole Belle begins where the last book in the Dave Robicheaux series, The Glass Rainbow, ended. Dave is in a recovery unit in New Orleans, where a Creole girl named Tee Jolie Melton visits him and leaves him an iPod with the country blues song “Creole Belle” on it. Then she disappears. Dave becomes obsessed with the song and the memory of Tee Jolie and goes in search of her sister, who later turns up inside a block of ice floating in the Gulf.

    Melinda says: "Burke & Patton -- Synergistic Phenomenon"
    "another winner"
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    Listening to a James Lee Burke novel with Will Patton narrating and Dave Robicheaux as the lead character is like visiting an old friend. You know you are going to have a great time and Creole Belle didn't disappoint. Patton's narration is great and he really brings the characters to life. The story gives you a good feel of what life in southern Louisiana must be like, although without all the crime and seedy characters maybe, but who knows? Burke is great at character development and I love his insights into human beings and life in general. And, Dave Robicheaux and Clete Purcell are two characters unlike any others. I'll look forward to the next Burke novel, be it set in Louisiana or Texas. And, when the author decides to hang it up, it'll be a sad day.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Celebrity in Death: In Death, Book 34

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1544)
    Performance
    (1352)
    Story
    (1340)

    Her career in homicide has taken her into the darkest depths of New York City’s underground - and sometimes Lieutenant Eve Dallas feels more comfortable in those kinds of places than in the high-rise, high-society world of her billionaire husband, Roarke. But while she’s no party girl, she’s managing to have a reasonably good time at the celebrity-packed bash celebrating the debut of The Icove Agenda. This time it’s Eve, not Roarke, who’s a guest of honor, since the film is based on one of her famous cases. Her partner, Peabody, is practically giddy....

    Amy Huber says: "Susan Ericksen is amazing!"
    "a good 1st Robb"
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    I've only listened to three Nora Roberts books and I have to admit I've been surprised how much I liked them. In researching the author I came to learn she has written over 200 books, that's a lot. Plus, she writes under the pseudonym, JD Robb, a futuristic crime series set circa 2060. Soon after I realized JD is Nora, up comes this book on audible rated 4.5 on the 5.0 scale and based on the 1541 ratings, a lot of people liked this book a lot. Were the reviewers just Roberts/Robb afficionados that would like anything the author puts out or did this book desrve the rating on its own. So, I bit and decided to give it a try. Being set in the future was a small part of the book and it could've been written in present day time and not have an effect on it. Lt Eve Dallas is the detective at the center of the story. Her husband, Roark, and assistant detective, Peabody, also play roles. They have to solve a murder involving a movie crew filiming a book based on Eve's life. Was this the greatest crime thriller ever written? No. Buy it was creative and entertaining. This book is #34 in what is now a series with 38 books so far. I don't know that i'm going back to #1 and starting there but I might just go on to #35 and go forward. I do see they are all just as highly rated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Conspiracy of Faith: Department Q, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (430)
    Performance
    (382)
    Story
    (389)

    Detective Carl Morck has received a bottle that holds an old and decayed message written in blood. It's a cry for help from two young brothers, tied and bound in a boathouse by the sea. After floating in the ocean for years before turning up, the bottle sat forgotten, unopened, on a police department windowsill, before the seal was cracked and the gruesome message, written in Danish, was analyzed. Could it be real? Who are these boys, and why weren't they reported missing? Could they possibly still be alive?

    Sylvia says: "best so far"
    "another excellent Dept Q"
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    I listen to my books in the order I buy them. So, I've reached a point with Jussi Adler-Olson's books that I'm happy when one of his books come up. The author has created quite the group in Dept Q in Denmark where they work the coldest of cold cases. The interactions of the people in the department are quirkey and enjoyable adding some humor tot he books. But the author has a creative imagination and comes up with morbid, gruesome plots. I'd hope these types of characters are not crawling all over Denmart or anywhere else for that matter. In this book, when the bad guy was a kid, his preacher father "beat God out of him". But as he he grew into adulthood he didn't grow up normal rather he turned to the dark side and became a nasty person himself doing really nasty things to his victims. This was a page turner and stays true to the genre. Adler-Olson is one of those authors where his books keep getting better as he gains writing experience. Enjoy!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ghosts of Bungo Suido

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By P. T. Deutermann
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (44)

    In late 1944, America’s recapture of the Philippines is jeopardized by what seems an insurmountable threat from Japan: immense Yamato-class battleships, which dwarf every other ship at sea. Built in total secrecy, these 76,000-ton warships seem invincible. American military intelligence knows of two such ships, but there are rumors of a third, built not as a battleship but as an aircraft carrier. Now ready to go operational from Japan’s heavily defended and mined Inland Sea, a carrier of that size could disrupt the entire invasion effort.

    Robert says: "If you like WWII Submarine Adventure - your gonna"
    "really good WWII story"
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    This was my second book by author PT Deutermann and I enjoyed them both. This one was a classic World War II story focusing on submarine warfare in the Pacific Theater. The author is a retired Navy Captain so it would seem he had a good background in writing this story. He dedicated the book to the 3600 submariners that lost their lives in the Pacific, I thought that was pretty telling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Me Before You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1968)
    Performance
    (1791)
    Story
    (1796)

    Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

    Bonny says: "Will & Louisa - each has what the other one needs"
    "excellent, happy and sad all in one book"
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    This is my second book by English author JoJo Moyes. This is her most popular and crtically accaimed book while all but one of her books are rated above 4.0 on the audible 5.0 scale, so a lot of people like her writing. This book is set outside of London and has a 26 year old gal whose job of 6 years as a waitress just ended when the cafe she worked in closed. She gets hired on to be a caregriver to a quadriplegic accident6 victim who has a death wish. Very well written, and as you might imagine this book really pulls on the heart strings. It was easy to keep reading. This book brings to mind the 1981 movie, "Whose Life is it Anyway", starrinig Richard Dreyfuss for anyone who remembers it. This one is well worth the effort.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rendezvous

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 2 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (167)

    In this tense, riveting mind game, New York Times bestselling novelist Nelson DeMille delivers a suspenseful short story in the tradition of his classic military novels The General's Daughter and Word of Honor. A band of soldiers in its last month of service in Vietnam goes out on a patrol through enemy territory with a female sniper in its path. Recounting the mission in shattering and sometimes gruesome detail, DeMille creates a concise masterpiece of moody suspense.

    Stevon says: "good short story"
    "good short story"
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    First time author, an hour long short story, narrated by Scott Brick. A recon patrol is in the jungle of Vietnam and being stalked by a female sniper. This story is intense for being so short. The patrol is trying to make a rendezvous pickup point as the sniper follows them picking them off one by one. For a short story, it was pretty good. I got this from an Audible Daily Deal. It was worth it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Red Sparrow: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jason Matthews
    • Narrated By Jeremy Bobb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (797)
    Performance
    (720)
    Story
    (724)

    Drafted against her will to become a "Sparrow" - a trained seductress in the service, Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a first-tour CIA officer who handles the CIA's most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young intelligence officers, trained in their respective spy schools, collide in a charged atmosphere of tradecraft, deception, and inevitably, a forbidden spiral of carnal attraction that threatens their careers and the security of America's valuable mole in Moscow.

    Melinda says: "Sexy Saucy Spies"
    "excellent"
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    First time author for me and debut novel for James Matthews. It was a page gurner and I couldn't put it down. The author is a retired CIA officer and got much of the book from his background. This is a classic Russia versus the USA and it's current day. The author must've written this book 2-3 years ago but the event he decscribes are the ones going on right now in Ukraine and elsewhere. He states that Russia misses being a superpower and now being considered second class. Vladimir Putin's goal is to creat a USSR vesrion 2.0. With this backdrop the author creates some interesting characters on both sides and an intense, hard hitting story of spy versus spy. Using current events makes it even more plausible. The author is supposedly writing a second book using these characters, I'll look forward to it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Stonecutter

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Camilla Läckberg
    • Narrated By David Thorn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (218)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (186)

    The remote resort town of Fjällbacka has seen more than its share of tragedies, but a little girl found in a fisherman's net may be the worst yet - especially when the postmortem reveals that this was a methodical murder, not an accidental drowning. Local detective Patrik Hedstrom has just become a father, and it’s his grim task to discover who could have killed a child both he and his partner Erica knew well. He realizes that the solution lies with finding a motive for this terrible crime.

    Maureen says: "Extremely enjoyable"
    "reminded me of Henning Mankell"
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    First time author, Camilla Lackberg, that audible suggested as a good Scandanavian author, this one being from Sweden. The book was a methodical police procedural and actaully reminded me of another Swedish author, Henning Mankell, in how the story was developed. It also reminded me a little bit of Canadian auhor, Louise Penny, who sets all of her stories in the same small town outside of Montreal, Lackberg in a small Swedish town, where everyone knows each other. At times it seemed to plod along as the author builds the story and the characters. It turned into a real "whodunit" novel where over the course of the book there seem to be several people that could have committed the crime and, of course, in the end none of them are it. In fact, the culprit turns out to be someone you wouldn't have guessed. But as the book moves along the story picks up its pace and it is easy to get through. I enjoyed the book and will give the author another go.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Alyson Richman
    • Narrated By George Guidall, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (788)
    Performance
    (695)
    Story
    (699)

    In pre-war Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, there's an inescapable glance of recognition between two strangers. Providence is giving Lenka and Josef one more chance. From the glamorous ease of life in Prague before the Occupation, to the horrors of Nazi Europe, The Lost Wife explores the power of first love, the resilience of the human spirit, and the strength of memory.

    DIANE says: "Never read a book so fast"
    "intresting"
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    First time author Alyson Richman. In part this book seemed a bit tedious and just another story of a survivor of a centration camp. But if you like these types of books it did have its own unique perspective. The author stated she started out to make this book into a World War II novel about stolen art but it morphed into a loves story set amidst pre-war Prague, two young people falling in love and how the war divided them and the experiences they both encountered in moving ahead, ifrst with the war then with just life itself. It was well written. It was listened to as part of a road trip which always seems to make travel go faster.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Absent One

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (624)
    Performance
    (541)
    Story
    (542)

    In The Keeper of Lost Causes, Jussi Adler-Olsen introduced Detective Carl Mørck, a deeply flawed, brilliant detective newly assigned to run Department Q, the home of Copenhagen’s coldest cases. The result wasn’t what Mørck - or readers - expected, but by the opening of Adler-Olsen’s shocking, fast-paced follow-up, Mørck is satisfied with the notion of picking up long-cold leads. So he’s naturally intrigued when a closed case lands on his desk: A brother and sister were brutally murdered two decades earlier....

    Judith Baker says: "New favorite author"
    "excellent"
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    This is my second book by Danish author Jussi Adler-Olsen and it was great, in a genre I really like, crime thrillers. This thought keeps coming to me that the Scandanavians are really coming on as authors as Adler-Olsen is about the fifth I've come acreoss recently that I've really enjoyed. Adler-Olsen seems to have a real macabre imagination in coming up with his plots. I'd hate to think these kinds of people really do exist but, who knows, maybe they do. This one was built around the idea of a group of rich preppies forming a gang while in school in the 80's where their motivational theme came from the movie "A Clockwork Orange". The gang came to the attention of Dept Q, who works cold cases in Denmark. Carl Moerk is the detective at the head of Q and he and his team of two work the case and intereact with each other and those around them in a way that is very entertaining. Adler-Olsen does a good job of developing the story and characters. I'm already looking forward to book 3 in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Power Down: Dewey Andreas, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Ben Coes
    • Narrated By Peter Hermann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1306)
    Performance
    (971)
    Story
    (977)

    There was one factor that the terrorists didn’t take into account when they struck the Capitana oil platform off the coast of Colombia - slaughtering much of the crew and blowing up the platform - and that was the Capitana crew chief, Dewey Andreas. Dewey, former Army Ranger and Delta, survives the attack, rescuing as many of his men as possible. But the battle has just begun....

    Constance says: "WOW.COULD NOT PUT THIS ONE DOWN. MUST READ!"
    "great debut novel"
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    First time auther, Ben Coes worked in the White House and wrote speeches for the Secretary of Energy and took that knowledge and wrote a thriller that is action packed from start to finish. There is no romance in this novel just action. It starts with terrorists blwoing up an oil rig in the Pacific Ocean and goes from there. This is a good one and there are some great characters. The author has written four novels and all are rated 4.3-4.5 on the Audible 5.0 scale so a lot of people really like this author's books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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