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Jim

Billings, MT, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Broken Harbor: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2520)
    Performance
    (2162)
    Story
    (2149)

    In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.

    barbara says: "Stunned"
    "A good murder read"
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    Great plot, original, entertaining, would make a good movie or episode of Cold Case. I felt the remembrances and philosophizing rambled at times, could have been crisper, although it did flesh out the characters wonderfully. This was a dark, dramatic look into the minds of ordinary people with ordinary, modern-day troubles that got out of hand. Wonderful glimpse of life in Ireland.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nightshade: A China Bayles Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Susan Wittig Albert
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson, Tom Stechschulte
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    In this 16th entry in Susan Wittig Albert’s long-running mystery series, China is finally on the verge of finding out the truth about her father’s death. But her reservations about letting her half-brother Miles hire her husband prove all too accurate when she discovers Miles has a hidden agenda.

    Jim says: "A Little Slow for Me..."
    "A Little Slow for Me..."
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    I love the China Bayles series, but this book didn't move quickly enough for me in audio version. Maybe it is China's resistance to the idea of her father's murder that slows down the pace of this book. She remains so unconvinced by the clues staring her in the face (sorry, but I found her denial annoying) that the book actually takes on an unconvincing undertone. Or maybe it's the intermittent addition of the much older male reader for her husband McQuade, interrupting the natural flow of the book. I love, love narrator Julia Gibson -- she could read the phone book and make it pleasant -- but the McQuade chapters seemed to drag on, despite the male narrator's talent and timbre. His voice didn't seem to mesh with China's. The visual he invoked didn't work for me -- I guess I couldn't imagine them in a relationship. It's also one of the more serious books in the series ... I miss their light-hearted family moments. I miss the herb store. I miss the recipes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: Virgil Flowers, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1060)
    Performance
    (938)
    Story
    (920)

    In Israel, a man clutching a backpack searches desperately for a boat. In Minnesota, Virgil Flowers gets a message from Lucas Davenport: You're about to get a visitor. It's an Israeli cop, and she's tailing a man who's smuggled out an extraordinary relic - a copper scroll revealing startling details about the man known as King Solomon. Wait a minute, laughs Virgil. Is this one of those Da Vinci Code deals? The secret scroll, the blockbuster revelation, the teams of murderous bad guys? Should I be boning up on my Bible verses? He looks at the cop. She's not laughing.

    Debbi says: "Still a fan, but..."
    "Not Sandford's best, but..."
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    Not Sandford's best, but hey, it's Virgil. What's not to love. This book may be better in print than audible format -- perhaps the many foreigners descending on Minnesota might sound more credible in a reader's imagination than they were off the tongue of this audio-narrator. I found it annoying that the male hairy, scary terrorist known as The Turk and the beautiful Israeli woman (both of them) had the SAME deep voice and truly awful accent. It was confusing who was talking when and to whom. I agree with another reviewer: Sandford and this narrator should stick to American characters. That aside, Sandford is one of my favorite authors, and I'm going to continue to buy everything he writes. He's that good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Three Bedrooms, One Corpse: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (310)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (169)

    Deciding if she wants to go into real estate becomes a life-or-death choice for Aurora "Roe" Teagarden. A naked corpse is discovered at her first house showing. And when a second body is found in another house for sale, it becomes obvious that there is a very cool killer at large in Lawrenceton, one who knows a great deal about real estate-and maybe too much about Roe.

    Beatrice says: "BORING!!!"
    "Likable Who-Done-It"
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    Entertaining, enjoyable and smart, but not too smart. A fluffy but likable who-done-it and a believable heroine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bones of the Lost: A Temperance Brennan Novel, Book 16

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (345)
    Performance
    (303)
    Story
    (306)

    New York Times best-selling author Kathy Reichs returns with her 16th riveting novel featuring forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan, whose examination of a young girl killed in a hit and run in North Carolina triggers an investigation into international human trafficking. When Charlotte police discover the body of a teenage girl along a desolate stretch of two-lane highway, Temperance Brennan fears the worst.

    Paula says: "If you're reading them in order skip this one..."
    "Entertaining and Fun"
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    It starts a little lame, but once things get going, the plot moves fast. It held my attention and made a long drive much more enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Racketeer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By J.D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4144)
    Performance
    (3494)
    Story
    (3488)

    Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five.... Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new novel from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.

    Ron says: "Very Enjoyable Grisham"
    "Ponderous"
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    I usually love this author, and the opening sentence was a grabber. But I just couldn't get into this book. I found it slow and the character annoying, the first chapters full of self-pity and ponderous background. At 24 minutes in, I finally gave up and kissed this book (and my wasted money) good-bye. Maybe this plot eventually picks up -- I assume so, as Grisham isn't known for flops -- but for me, this book was a drag.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Lie: A Dr. Alan Gregory Mystery #16

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Stephen White
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Shortly after Alan and Lauren welcome their affluent new neighbors - a legend in women’s rights law and his beautiful wife - the couple hosts a housewarming party that ends in quiet disaster. One guest, a young widow, elects to spend the night after indulging in too much wine, only to wake the next morning with no memory beyond getting ready for bed. Aware that something went terribly wrong, she goes to the police, starting a chain of events that will have devastating consequences for everyone involved. A national celebrity is soon accused of rape....

    Jim says: "Okay Listen"
    "Okay Listen"
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    I enjoy reading Stephen White, but like other listeners, I think narrator Dick Hill doesn't fit the part. Hill is great with more gritty, colorful characters. In this case, his voice, inflections and accent don't fit the bland but likable Gregory. Much of the dialogue was tiresome and not credible to me, especially Gregory's long (endless) sessions with Hella, in which she describes her own sessions with her own patient. Interesting, but overdone. Sorry, but I fast-forwarded through much of this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Critical Conditions: A Dr. Alan Gregory Mystery #6

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Stephen White
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (60)

    When an emergency call brings Dr. Alan Gregory to an ICU, he finds 15-year-old Merritt Strait recovering from a suicide attempt. Her stepsister, Chaney, already lies near death - after her managed care provider turned down an experimental treatment that could save her life. When a wealthy executive with the family's HMO is shot to death, Alan discovers shocking evidence linking Merritt to his killing. As time runs out, he searches for answers and discovers the truth about a family that will stop at nothing to save one of its own.

    Snoodely says: "This book kept me up all night!"
    "A Good Mystery, Easy Listen"
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    The Alan Gregory series has long been a favorite of mine; I've read them all and now I'm re-reading them in audio. The story line is consistently clean and fast-paced. I find the dialogue a little wooden and incredible (as in not-credible) at times, especially when the characters re-live their experiences. But if you want a clean, easy listen with all the knots tied up at the end, this one will do it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Likeness

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Heather O'Neill
    Overall
    (3007)
    Performance
    (1899)
    Story
    (1907)

    Tana French's debut, In the Woods, hit the New York Times best-seller list and drew rave reviews from the Times (London) and Booklist. Picking up six months later, this riveting sequel finds Detective Cassie Maddox still scarred by her last case. When her boyfriend calls her to a chilling murder scene, Cassie is forced to face her inner demons. A young woman has been found stabbed to death outside Dublin, and the victim looks just like Cassie.

    Michael says: "Really on a Different Level"
    "Likable heroine"
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    I love listening to the Irish Murder Mysteries; the lyrical quality to the foreign accent is entertaining and fresh, and this reader does a great job with it. The book is very well-written with likable characters. It was great to see Frank again (hero in Faithful Place). I felt the dialogue and soliloquizing drags at times, could be edited tighter, but that's what the fast-forward on my I-pod is for. I also would have liked a tidier finish to explain the absolute identical nature of her unknown twin -- a philandering father, twins separated a birth, witness protection? -- I thought that thread petered out, a missed opportunity, but all in all, I love this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Folks Blues: A Harry James Denton Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Steven Womack
    • Narrated By Ron Verela
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Thirtysomething, divorced, and working part-time as a car repossessor to stay out of the poorhouse, ex-newspaperman turned private detective Harry James Denton needs clients. But he's surprised when Rachel Fletcher, the woman who stole his heart in college, comes through his Nashville office door.

    Judy says: "Funny!"
    "Slow starting noir"
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    Some books hit you in the teeth with a hammer and you love it. This one is more like a dentist's drill -- there might be a good ending but you wish it would come faster. I confess, I only made it a few chapters before I figured I could make better use of my time; that said, I'll keep it in my library and someday when I'm on a long road trip and run out of anything else, I might reattempt it. Perhaps the pace picks up in later chapters.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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