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Stevon

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  • The Cocktail Waitress

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By James M. Cain
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (43)

    Grieving widow or black widow? The day Joan Medford buried her husband was a fateful one - because before the day was out she'd meet the two men who would change her life forever. Forced to take a job waitressing to support herself and her child, Joan finds herself caught between the handsome young schemer whose touch she comes to crave and the wealthy older man whose touch repels her…but who otherwise would make a tempting husband number two. It's a classic Cain triangle - brutal and sexual and stark - that can only end in death. But for whom, the guilty…or the innocent?

    Stevon says: "interesting"
    "interesting"
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    Different kind of book, this one was published 30 years after the author's death. James M Cain wrote "The Postman Always Rings Twice" which was twice made into a movie. Cain was most famous as a writer in the 30's and 40's and he was one of the original writers of crime and sin before it became mainstream. He was also know for writing about femme fatale's, women who were caught up in a bad marriage or bad situation and couldn't see a way out and how that played out. "The Cocktail Waitress" fits this mold. The person who got this last novel published was a Cain fan who heard the book existed and went to work looking for it. It took him 9 years. He found some of it in the Library of Congress, some with the author's last agent, who was also dead. He put all the pieces together, edited it, and this is the result. The author was in his 80's when he wrote this. If you're a Cain fan or like these types of books, it's worth the effort, it's a fairly short book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Wolf: Bodenstein & Kirchhoff, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Nele Neuhaus
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (118)

    On a hot June day the body of a 16-year-old girl washes up on a river bank outside of Frankfurt. She has been brutally murdered, but no one comes forward with any information as to her identity. Even weeks later, the local police have not been able to identify her. Then a new case comes in: a popular television reporter is attacked, raped, and locked in the trunk of her own car. She survives - barely - and is able to supply certain hints to the police having to do with her recent investigations into a child welfare organization and the potential uncovering of a child pornography ring with members from the highest echelon of society.

    Melinda says: "A Grim Tale"
    "German crime thrillers coming on"
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    This is my second Neuhaus and I enjoyed them both. In this one, the author was slow in the beginning, seemingly laying the groundwork for the eventual crime. I read in researching her that in her first book she edited out 400 pages so this must be a trend. I've also noticed that several of the northern European authors I've listened to seem to plod along setting the stage for the crime. Maybe it's a cultural thing? But when the author did get to the crime the story did get going and became a page turner. This book, like other European crime stories I've listened to, has a real dark side. I would expect that as Neuhaus gains experience she will become more succinct in her storytelling. The translation from German to English was pretty good as well and I liked the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suspicion

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder
    • Narrated By Steven Kearney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (167)

    When single father Danny Goodman suddenly finds himself unable to afford the private school his teenage daughter adores, he has no one to turn to for financial support. In what seems like a stroke of brilliant luck, Danny meets Thomas Galvin, the father of his daughter’s new best friend, who also happens to be one of the wealthiest men in Boston. Galvin is aware of Danny's situation and out of the blue offers a $50,000 loan to help Danny cover his daughter's tuition. Uncomfortable but desperate, Danny takes the money, promising to pay Galvin back.

    Amanda says: "How did this get published?"
    "entertaining"
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    This was my second book by Joseph Find and it had been several years since the first. I was at a bookstore to hear author Greg Iles speak about his latest book and he mentioned that Finder is one of his favorite authors. This book had recently come out and was showing on audible so I decided it was fate and time for this second book. In reading some of the reviews, several were negative almost to the point of stopping me listening to it. But I persevered and am glad I did. Was it the greatest thriller ever written? No. Was it entertaining? Yes, it was. If you've ever thought to yourself, what if my life came into contact with a crime syndicate and they wanted my cooperation, it would change my life to the bad, no question. That's what happened in this book. I thought the author created an imaginative tale that kept me interested and wanting to know how it would all play out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fiddler

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Beverly Lewis
    • Narrated By Christina Moore, Andy Paris
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (112)

    A wrong turn in a rainstorm leads Englisher Amelia Devries to Michael Hostetler - and the young Amishman's charming Old Order community of Hickory Hollow. Despite their very different backgrounds, Amelia and Michael both feel hemmed in by the expectations of others and struggle with how to find room for their own hopes. And what first seems to be a chance encounter might just change their lives forever.

    Anne says: "Doesn't disappoint!"
    "asdf"
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    Living your life according to your own expectation not others is at the core of theplot in this book. Most of the books I've listened to with Amish settings have had more crisis in them so this wasn't the most exciting of them. But, it was a fairly short, interesting tale that makes you feel good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Any Other Name: Walt Longmire, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (872)
    Performance
    (796)
    Story
    (788)

    Sheriff Walt Longmire had already rounded up a sizable posse of devoted readers when the A&E television series Longmire sent the Wyoming lawman’s popularity skyrocketing. Now, in Any Other Name, Walt is sinking into high-plains winter discontent when his former boss, Lucian Conally, asks him to take on a mercy case in an adjacent county. Detective Gerald Holman is dead and Lucian wants to know what drove his old friend to take his own life.

    C. Telfair says: "Lost in Fog with Buffalo"
    "and the beat goes on......."
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    If you're a Walt Longmire fan you'll want to listen to this book but I don't know that it's the best in the series. The plot to me was kind of sketchy to be set in a really small town in Wyoming, I just don't see it happening. But, the creative, witty writing of Craig Johnson is there and that's why you listen. The stage is also set for some future action so that's another reason to listen. Since I listened to my last Longmire the TV series on A&E has been canceled, supposedly due to the average age of viewers being 60 and conventional TV wisdom being that for advertisers the age range must be 18 to 49. In listening to this book it is true that many of the characters are older but in my opinion still enjoyable. Maybe the author should take heed and add some youth and spice into the series. I don't know, that's his call and maybe he doesn't want to. I will say that the TV series took some serious liberties with the series as laid out in the books and part of me is saying I'm OK the TV show got canceled so I don't have to experience these parallel Longmire worlds. From what I've read they TV producers are looking for another TV channel to carry the series but at this writing nothing has been done. C'mon, Craig Johnson, give us another good Longmire, your version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bloomsday Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (846)
    Performance
    (385)
    Story
    (374)

    Michael Forsythe is contacted by his former lover, Bridget, a New York Irish Mob boss, whose fiancé he killed. Bridget, calling from Dublin, says that her 11-year-old daughter has been kidnapped. Michael's choice is to fly to Dublin and help her find the girl, or be executed at the hands of Bridget's goons, who are holding him at gunpoint. He agrees to nothing, but is soon on the way to Dublin, leaving the first two of many dead bodies in his wake.

    Johnnie Walker says: "SIX STARS ******"
    "great end to the trilogy"
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    I have now listened to all of two Adrian McKinty trilogies. I loved all six books. I really like his writing style, the narrator is great, he develops great characters, and he tells a good tale. What's not to like? This book ends the Michael Forsythe trilogy and like all the other books it's action packed, interesting, and well told from start to finish. All I can say is I hope you enjoy McKinty as much as I have.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5202)
    Performance
    (2975)
    Story
    (3015)

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    avid reader says: "Hours of enjoyable, fun listening"
    "a good one"
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    My second Kate Morton book and I enjoyed them both. The author is an Aussie that lived awhile in England and this book takes place in both like the other I listened to. This one I would term an historical mystery where the author goes back and forth in time; 1900, 1909, 1913, 1975, and 2005, telling the story of a family that is trying to figure itself out and the mystery flows from a garden in the Cornish area of England that holds the secrets to the tale. The author does an expert job with this. Americans, like me, and Aussies don't seem to understand or especially like the British class system and this story brings that out. I suspect many have left Britain for just that reason. This is a mystery that isn't really a page turner, rather it's a make you think mystery, trying to figure what happened but it's interesting enough to keep you coming back to it in quick order.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How the Light Gets In: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1194)
    Performance
    (1079)
    Story
    (1077)

    Shadows are falling on the usually festive Christmas season for Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. When Gamache receives a message from Myrna Landers that a longtime friend has failed to arrive for Christmas in the village of Three Pines, he welcomes the chance to get away from the city. Gamache soon discovers the missing woman was once one of the most famous people not just in North America, but in the world, and now goes unrecognized by virtually everyone. As events come to a head, Gamache is drawn ever deeper into the world of Three Pines.

    Nancy J says: "Welcome Home!"
    "and the beat goes on......."
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    Wow, it's hard to know what to write in a review of Louise Penny's books, it feels like I've already said ti all. The books are great, they suck you in, and if you are listening or reading the books this far into the series, you must be hooked like me. The biggest news at the time of me writing this review is that the narrator, Ralph Gosham, passed away this week while I was in the middle of this book. At the end of the book there is a discussion between Penny and Gosham. An interesting point was that Gosham began narration of each book as he reads the book for the first time. He said he got the same feel a listener would be doing it that way. He narrates the next book in the series. But for many, if not most, of we listeners to the series, the narrator is the Chief Inspector. I would guess the publisher will have a very hard time coming up with a new narrator to make a seamless transition. Good Luck with that as I'm sure we all want books in the series to keep on coming.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Hidden Child: Fjällbacka Mysteries, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Camilla Läckberg
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (89)

    Crime writer Erica Falck is shocked to discover a Nazi medal among her late mother’s possessions. Haunted by a childhood of neglect, she resolves to dig deep into her family’s past and finally uncover the reasons why. Her enquiries lead her to the home of a retired history teacher. He was among her mother’s circle of friends during the Second World War but her questions are met with bizarre and evasive answers.

    Jennifer L. Jordan says: "Really good mystery"
    "the author's best work so far"
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    Sometimes when you listen to a new author you're not overwhelmed by the quality of the writing. But there is something there that interests you, you feel the author has potential and you decide to give the author another go. Sometimes you can see in researching the books that subsequent books are rated higher and that could mean the author is getting better with experience. I find that's the case with Camilla Lackberg. In this, the fifth book in the series, the author brings it all together.

    There are lots of book written about World War II and sometimes you tend to think that you've read them all, what kind of new twist can an author put on that horrific time but there always seems to be a new twist of some kind.

    This one was different for me in that you don't really consider the impact the war had on Sweden and Norway. Sweden was neutral and even though they weren't attacked, occupied or fight any battles the Swedes all knew there was a big war going on all around them. Norway was invaded and occupied by the Nazis. Since they are next to each other it stands to reason that people for many different reasons were going back and forth between the two countries.

    It is in this setting that Camilla Lackberg expertly crafts a tale that has its roots in the war and the circumstances that come out 60 years later of events from the war. It affected many people in many different ways. This book of fiction describes how it affected the characters in this story.

    I like the descriptions of life in Sweden and the interactions between the different characters. The plot is what originally grabbed me and didn't disappoint. My wife listened to portions of the book and commented that the couples interact just like we do! I like the way the author introduces issues that become plots in future books. I will anxiously await the next book in this series. I'll be interested to see if she can top this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Weight of Silence

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Heather Gudenkauf
    • Narrated By Jim Colby, Eliza Foss, Cassandra Morris, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (688)
    Performance
    (552)
    Story
    (550)

    It happens quietly one August morning. As dawn's shimmering light drenches the humid Iowa air, two families awaken to find their little girls have gone missing in the night. Now these families are tied by the question of what happened to their children. And the answer is trapped in the silence of unspoken family secrets.

    Sara says: "A jewel"
    "good debut novel"
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    First time author, debut novel for this author. I'm not sure why I thought this but it seemed this author's books were going to be of the good two shoes kind of books, maybe due to the titles of her books. The summary seemed interesting about two little girls that were taken from their homes in small town Iowa. Whatever i was thinking I was pleasantly surprised as the book was hard hitting right from the start and, yes, there were two little girls at the center of the story but it wasn't about innocence at all, quite the opposite. It was one of those books where you kept thinking about, wanting to get back to it and in the end I just sat down and finished it. One thing that drew me to this author is that she is a graduate of the University of Iowa as am I. I will for sure choose a second book from her.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pale Horses: A Jade de Jong Mystery, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Jassy Mackenzie
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    At first, the case appears to be one of simple misadventure. Sonet van Rensburg, a base jumper, falls to her death while attempting to parachute off a newly built 65-story Sandton skyscraper. But Sonet’s jumping partner, Chris Theron, insists that this was no accident, and he hires private investigator Jade de Jong to uncover the truth. Glad of the distraction from her conflicted and seemingly doomed relationship with police superintendent David Patel, Jade immerses herself in the case. She discovers that Sonet worked for a charity that helped impoverished communities become self-supporting farming units.

    Stevon says: "another interesting South Afric murder mystery"
    "another interesting South Afric murder mystery"
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    This is the 3rd book in the Jade de Jong series that I've listened to. I've enjoyed them all even though I wouldn't call them the greatest crime thrillers ever written. I enjoy learning about life in SA (as South Africans refer to it), I empathize with Private Investigator Jade as she is one tough PI but lonely and needing some love and, finally, the crimes themselves and the investigations are solid. My goal in a book is to be entertained and this series and this book have done that. In this story Jade is pulled into an investigation she initially doesn't want to get involved with as she's still tired from her last one. But she gets sucked in and in her typical style she gets involved, moves forward despite dangers, and gets to the bottom of the crime. Sometimes it is hard to hear the narrator clearly, I think due to the South African English accent. I have to pay close attention in listening and still feel like I miss some but I enjoyed the story in spite of this small lapses. It was a quick listen and one that's easy to get and stay interested in. I hope there are more in the series. I do see the author has some other stories out that I will try.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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