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Elizabeth

Hayward, CA, United States

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  • 25 reviews
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  • Justice Denied

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By J. A. Jance
    • Narrated By Ala Nebelthau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (83)

    The investigation of LaShawn Tompkins's murder seemed straightforward enough. Upon his release from death row, the ex-drug-dealer returned to his old neighborhood where he was gunned down on his mother's doorstep. Just another case of turf warfare. At least that's what it looks like on the surface to Seattle investigator J. P. Beaumont, who's been handed the assignment under the strictest confidence.

    Donna says: "She never fails!"
    "A Good book"
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    All of these Beau Beaumont books are good, this is one of the even better ones. It's good to see an injustice turned around. It gets complicated, which is good, it makes you think. It's satisfying, and that is Very Good!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Man with the Getaway Face

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Richard Stark
    • Narrated By John Chancer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    Parker, the ruthless antihero of Richard Stark's eponymous mystery novels, is one of the most unforgettable characters in hardboiled noir. Lauded by critics for his taut realism, unapologetic amorality, and razor-sharp prose-style, Stark is a master of crime writing, his books as influential as any in the genre. Parker goes under the knife in The Man with the Getaway Face, changing his face to escape the mob and a contract on his life. Along the way he scores his biggest heist yet.

    Jane says: "3 ½ stars. There were some good parts."
    "Not Dashiel Hammett. An odd read."
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    After starting this book, I stopped to check on the original publication date because it seemed so "dated". Some things, like the jargon, were almost 30's or 40's, except not really. It turns out it was published in the 1960's, but some of the terms would have been laughable even then.

    The story POV is a bit odd, it took a while to adjust to it. He is a "bad guy." A villain. I suppose he is supposed to be more acceptable because he doesn't kill people unless it's necessary. But he decides who dies based on his own criteria and that seems to be whether or not he'll get caught for it. He is a cold calculating killer any time he thinks it's convenient. Oh, he is no James Bond, I wouldn't say he has style, I would put him more in the category of "The Bad Seed." There is no conscience, apparently never had one.

    The scariest thing is probably that his decisions are odd. The author has written him as a machine, not much of a character really. In fact, in some ways he's an idiot. OK, let's say a moron with calculating abilities base on experience participating in crimes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Echo Burning

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2504)
    Performance
    (1629)
    Story
    (1632)

    Reacher is hitching through the heat of West Texas and getting desperate for a ride. The last thing he's worried about is exactly who picks him up.

    She's called Carmen. She's a good-looking young woman, she has a beautiful little girl...and she has married into the wrong family. They're called the Greers. They're a bitter and miserly clan, and they've made her life a living hell. Worse, her monster of a husband is soon due out of prison. So she needs protection, and she needs it now.

    Lawyers can't help. Cops can't be trusted. So Reacher goes home with her to the lonely ranch where nothing is as it seems, and where evil swirls around them like dust in a storm. Within days, Carmen's husband is dead - and simmering secrets send Echo, Texas, up in flames.

    S. Craig says: "The Worst Jack Reacher Ever!"
    "My Favorite Reacher!"
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    I have read some of the other Reacher books, but this one is my favorite...so far. This one seemed more balanced, fleshed out, than most of the others. If you read Reacher novels for blood and guts, you'll find this one has more about the story and the characters than usual. That's what makes a classic. I think this one is going to last.

    Maybe I'm just getting better about "suspending disbelief" that there could be anyone as unreal as Reacher, but I think the author made him more real in this one than in the others. He was more human and less a cipher.

    So were the other characters. I've lived in west Texas, and I've met some of these people, and the climate. You really can tell when a storm is building, even if it takes a couple of days to get there, and you can especially smell the rain before it hits. It's the most amazing scent!

    Dick Hill was an ideal narrator for this story. A lot of male narrators have a difficult time doing women's, and especially children's voices, with out making me snicker, but not here. The female and child's voices were indicated quite clearly without trying to imitate them. That's all it needed, it was easy to follow and tell who was talking. It was an excellent performance. He is a great narrator, and never strays into a sing-song cadence as some do.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death of a Chimney Sweep

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (304)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (200)

    In the isolated villages in the north of Scotland, the villagers rely on the services of the chimney sweep, Pete Ray, and his old-fashioned brushes. Pete is always able to find work in the Scottish highlands, until the day that Police Constable Hamish Macbeth notices blood dripping onto the floor of a villager's fireplace, and a dead body stuffed inside the chimney. The entire town of Lochdubh is certain Pete is the culprit, but Hamish doesn't believe that the affable chimney sweep is capable of committing murder.

    Susan says: "Hamish, Anderson and Blair -- As Usual"
    "One of the best!"
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    I've read a lot of the Hamish Macbeth books, even seen the British TV series, and this one is one of the best I've read. There was little that could be called "typical" about it. There were several surprises along the way. I can't tell you about them, that would spoil it! How about letting you know that every body gets what's coming to them, but in most uncommon ways!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Morning for Flamingos

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    Clutching the shards of his shattered life, Cajun detective Dave Robicheaux has rejoined the New Iberia police force. While transporting two death-row prisoners, Dave is wounded and his partner killed -- reopening the doors to a past he would have rather kept closed. Now he's trailing a killer into the heart of the Big Easy's underworld. Increasingly possessed by his undercover role, Robicheaux surprisingly forms an intimate bond with a Mafia don.

    Elizabeth says: "Too bad it's not all there."
    "Too bad it's not all there."
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    It's awful when they chop out parts of story because they don't thin you need to know. How could they possibly make that decision for us? The parts of the story that are there are great, the lyricism is there, the crime solving, but I won't know what I missed until I go find the whole book and read the parts that are missing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First Degree

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (965)
    Performance
    (418)
    Story
    (413)

    When a cop's body is found burned and decapitated, the last thing Andy Carpenter expected is for a stranger to waltz into his office and admit to the crime. For the wise-cracking millionaire defense attorney suffering from "lawyer's block", the case looks like a no-brainer...until the cops pick up another suspect: Andy's lead P.I., Laurie Collins, who happens to be the love of his life.

    A. Wright says: "Read series in order"
    "As good as it gets"
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    Combine a tense and suspenseful plot with characters to whom you get very attached and add a good dollop of humor and you have a great read! This makes my Summer Reading list, but I'll re-read it all year. It's a wonderfully confusing mix with Laurie framed for murder and Andy coming to the rescue and Tara never doubting either of them for a moment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Hit

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Stephen J. Cannell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (305)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (60)

    Shane Scully and his partner are assigned to the case of "the Fingertip Killer", a serial murderer preying on homeless veterans in Los Angeles. Every two weeks he strikes: he beats his victims, then shoots them in the back of the head. Once they're dead, he cuts off their fingertips, closes their eyes, and tosses them in the river.

    Jerret says: "Above average detective thriller"
    "Kept me spinning"
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    There are so many plot twists and odd characters popping in and out, I got completely lost a few times. There are some important points in this story, about absolute power and how it corrupts, absolutely. That said, it's a good story with a lot of excitement and intrigue.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sudden Death

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (511)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (159)

    Edgar-nominated author David Rosenfelt returns with his hero, Andy Carpenter, who must defend a football player accused of murder. The Giants' running back Kenny Schilling stands accused of killing Troy Preston, a wide receiver for the Jets. As Andy investigates, he finds that Troy is not the only football player who was killed after contact with Kenny...and his snooping starts to set off alarms with a drug king.

    Rob says: "Why must it be abridged?"
    "These should never be abridged!"
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    It' s too bad the unabridged version is not available. Not being from anywhere near New Jersey, I can't verify the accuracy of the accent, but the narrator does a wonderful job of taking me there and giving life to the characters. These stories are both funny and intensely serious. This one gets you right on the edge of your seat, and then gives you a laugh. The stories are completely serious and are no joke, but the main character's sense of humor and manner are wonderful relief from the tension. He does take the serious seriously, but it is balanced with his self-deprecating sense of humor. He exasperates judges and mystifies the press.
    He and his dog Tara go through life walking each other and watching every basketball game on TV. There is a love interest in and around his life and they make an incomplete triangle. You'll have to read it ti figure that one out!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Halfway to the Grave: Night Huntress, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5317)
    Performance
    (3658)
    Story
    (3675)

    Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father—the one responsible for ruining her mother's life. Then she's captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unlikely partnership. In exchange for help finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She's amazed she doesn't end up as his dinner…are there actually good vampires?

    Benoibe says: "Surprised! SPECTACULAR AND SEXY!"
    "Spare me."
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    No really, spare me this kind of book. That sounds mean, but I can't think of any redeeming qualities. Well. . . , it isn't porn, that's good. I hope the writer tries some thing different.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You're Next

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2565)
    Performance
    (2175)
    Story
    (2162)

    Mike Wingate had a rough childhood  —  he was abandoned at a playground at four years old and raised in foster care. No one ever came to claim him, and he has only a few, fragmented memories of his parents. Now, as an adult, Mike is finally living the life he had always wanted  —  he’s happily married to Annabel, the woman of his dreams; they have a precocious eight-year-old daughter, Kat.

    Janice says: "Edge of my seat."
    "I didn't see that coming!"
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    What a ride this was! I've listened to it twice so far, and even knowing where it's going I felt the tension. There is something about the style that seems undeveloped, like someone's first book, you don't expect to be taken by surprise. I don't know if the technological things done in this were possible, but they sure made a great story. Don't take that wrong, this is not a gadgety story, there are just some tools that help the plot along, like the baby monitor.
    You do have to suspend disbelief, but it's worth it. A great brute of a guy walks through a small house with the whole family in it and isn't noticed, and isn't concerned about being noticed. That was a stretch. Beyond a stretch, but I forgave even that one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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