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Renee D

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  • Loyalty in Death: In Death, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1195)
    Performance
    (795)
    Story
    (787)

    An unknown bomber is stalking New York City. He is sending Eve Dallas taunting letters promising to wreak mass terror and destruction among the "corrupt masses". And when his cruel web of deceit and destruction threatens those she cares for most, Eve fights back. It's her city...it's her job...and it's hitting too close to home. Now, in a race against a ticking clock, Eve must make the pieces fit - before the city falls.

    Shelly says: "arizona"
    "Eve & Roarke vs. Terrorists w/ Bombs..."
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    Loyalty In Death is one of my favorite books from this series. For those familiar with the characters, there is great character development for Officer Peabody - family visiting, love interests, and so on. There are several different cases & threads of the story that come together seamlessly, and in Robb's best style, Eve & Roarke take on the bad guys together at the end and make a great team.

    For anyone looking to start this series, I really recommend beginning with the first book, Loyalty In Death. Although each story stands alone well, the characters grow and develop, and their relationships to each other change a lot over the course of the 35+ books now available. This one, which is pretty early on in the series, has a large dose of humor to lighten the subject matter - namely, a terrorist group called Cassandra is blowing up New York landmarks.

    I highly recommend this series to any mystery fan. Humor, suspense, emotion, fun gadgets (Hey, it's 2059!), and plenty of characters that each have their own story and background.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divided in Death: In Death, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (911)
    Performance
    (622)
    Story
    (620)

    Reva Ewing, a former member of the Secret Service, a security specialist for Roarke Enterprises, is a prime suspect in a double homicide. She had every reason to want to kill her husband, the renowned artist Blair Bissel. Not only was he having an affair, he was having it with her best friend. But Lieutenant Eve Dallas, who's on the case, believes Reva is innocent.

    Pagan Picnic says: "If you haven't read Big Jack, get it first"
    "Plenty of plot twists"
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    Some of the books in this series have the characters in possession of most of the details about their murderer, with the focus being finding him or her (Reunion, Betrayal). In most cases, it's all about figuring out the "who" - and this is a good example. Robb does a great job with the balancing act between retrieving data from "fried" data units and tracking down the culprit. Though the reader is given a few hints along the way, I still remember being a bit stunned and startled by that particular twist the first time I read the book.

    There is more background given about Eve's past when the "HSO" is brought into the picture (Homeland Security Organization), and Eve's and Roarke's reactions to what they find out creates some tension between them. Robb handles that aspect fairly well - for the most part I didn't find it overdone, and the resolution was consistent with the personalities of our main duo. I prefer the books without marital tensions, but I understand the need to shake things up once in a while.

    Overall a very good addition to the series. Ericksen does a fabulous job as usual, and I will certainly listen to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Imitation in Death: In Death, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (885)
    Performance
    (606)
    Story
    (608)

    Summer, 2059. A man wearing a cape and a top hat approaches a prostitute on a dark, New York City street. Minutes later, the woman is dead. Left at the scene is a letter addressed to Lieutenant Eve Dallas, inviting her to play his game and unveil his identity. He signs it, "Jack."

    Holly Helscher says: "The Saga Continues"
    "Lots of character development"
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    Some of my favorite books in this series involve high points in the character development for Peabody and/or McNab. As the crew focuses on narrowing their list of suspects, Peabody is studying for the detective exam. Without listing specifics, I will say the ending of this book ranks very high on my list of favorites.

    As for the main storyline, you have a set of equally viable suspects, though there are hints throughout the story as to who Eve suspects the most. Lots of humor and byplay between our beloved main cast. A solid addition to the "In Death" series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fairy-Tale Detectives: The Sisters Grimm

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Michael Buckley
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (762)
    Performance
    (551)
    Story
    (563)

    The recently orphaned Sisters Grimm find out from their Granny, who they thought was dead, that they're descendents of the legendary Brothers Grimm. Now they must take over the family responsibility of being fairy tale detectives in a town where fairy tales are real. Their first case: a giant is destroying the town and it may have something to do with a boy named Jack and a certain famous beanstalk.

    Tina says: "Funny twists"
    "Quickly holds your attention!"
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    I listened to this nearly all in one sitting. I frequently enjoy YA books and tend to read them / listen to them with my own two children in mind. I was not very far into this book before I noticed myself thinking "the boys would love this!"

    I had to set a bookmark for myself and re-start the story with my 11-year old, and he was hooked nearly as quickly as I was. I don't find very many books with female protagonists that he is willing to read (especially when there really are no boys at all as main characters). However, he was very intrigued and was laughing right along side me as we listened to the Sabrina & Daphne's first meeting with their grandmother, the ancient (& very loud) car, the crazy house with all its locks & keys, and the myriad colorful characters that are introduced in this book. I'm ready to head out & grab the second one already. Highly recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Diamond Throne: The Elenium, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By David Eddings
    • Narrated By Greg Abby
    Overall
    (831)
    Performance
    (514)
    Story
    (523)

    Sparhawk, the Pandion Knight and Queen's Champion, returns from a long spell of exile to find his native land overrun with evil and intrigue, and his young Queen grievously ill. Indeed, Ehlana lies magically entombed within a block of crystal, doomed to die unless a cure can be found within a year.

    Bryan J. Peterson says: "Quirky pronunciations but overall a worthy job."
    "Good story, so-so narrator"
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    I first encountered this story in the early 1990's, and have re-read it many times. It remains one of my favorite fantasy series. Sparhawk's quest to find the cure to his queen's illness is filled with entertaining characters, sufficiently vile antagonists, and plenty of suspense. There are a few twists and turns to keep you guessing, as well.

    Anyone who is familiar with the Belgariad will recognize specific roles (comic relief / older advisor / young rogue, etc.) It's sort of fun to analyze the characters in comparison to the other series, trying to pinpoint how they correlate. There's a lot of overlap. There's also plenty similarity in the larger, over-arcing storyline - simple human (Garion / Sparhawk), powerful artifact (Aldur's orb / Bhelliom), and evil God (Torak / Azash). Anyone who enjoyed Eddings' earlier series will likely also enjoy this one (and its sequel).

    While the narrator did a reasonable job, it was not easy to distinguish between different characters' voices. This could make conversations rather hard to follow. My other complaint with the audio version has to do with pronunciations. Having such a familiarity with the book has a few drawbacks, especially when it comes to my internal pronunciation of names, places, and so on. I was constantly jarred by oddly accented words here, a strangely pronounced name there. I would estimate that a good 50% of the names in the book were said differently than I had imagined them. I don't claim to be an expert on how David Eddings intended things to be pronounced, but it made it more difficult for me to enjoy the book as much as I had hoped. Others will likely have a different experience, but if you are wary of things like this or have previously read the book, I recommend listening to the sample audio clip, to see if you like the narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Three Fates

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Bernadette Quigley
    Overall
    (693)
    Performance
    (561)
    Story
    (556)

    When the Lusitania sank, more than one 1,000 people died. One passenger, however, survived to become a changed man, giving up his life as a petty thief but keeping a small silver statue that would become a family heirloom to future generations. Now, nearly a century later, that heirloom, one of a priceless, long-separated set of three, has been snatched away from the Sullivans.

    Barbara says: "Nora at her best!"
    "Still a favorite"
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    Would you listen to Three Fates again? Why?

    I would listen to it again. This has been one of my favorites of Nora's books for years, and I thoroughly enjoyed the audio version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Three Fates?

    I love moments when a good plan comes together. In this case, our six protagonists come up with a fun and excellent way to spike the wheels of the detestable Anita Gay. Even when parts were relatively predictable, I found myself anticipating that "gotcha" moment.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Sometimes you can make plans. Sometimes, Fate intervenes.


    Any additional comments?

    I haven't read the story in several years, so there were many details that were foggy. I loved re-discovering all the twists and surprising connections between the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • And Then There Were None

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (443)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (193)

    Ten houseguests, trapped on an isolated island, are the prey of a diabolical killer. A famous nursery rhyme is framed and hung in every room of the mansion: 10 little Indian boys went out to dine; One choked his little self and then there were nine...

    Rosalind says: "My new favorite book!"
    "Agatha Christie is still amazing"
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    Where does And Then There Were None rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Agatha Christie is one of my favorite authors. Even so many years after it was written, this book is still amazingly current. Although I have read this in the past, I had forgotten many of the details, and I found myself unable to pinpoint the


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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