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Member Since 2005

  • 6 reviews
  • 30 ratings
  • 316 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2015

  • Day of the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By J.A. Jance
    • Narrated By Tim Jerome

    Brandon Walker, once the sheriff of Pima County, Arizona, no longer feels he has purpose. A reluctant retiree living in the long shadow of his wife, Diana Ladd, a successful author of true-crime books, he is bored with life. Salvation comes with an invitation to join The Last Chance, an exclusive fraternity of former cops and forensic experts who look into unsolved murders.

    Howard says: "Satisfying Read"

    I eagerly anticipated listening to this book. I like this author's skill in painting pictures with words, development of a good mystery and a suspenseful finish. I found myself annoyed with this work because of excessive use of "political correctness" (white guys bad, Indians good) and the implied assumption throughout the book that only "indigenous" people have connection to the spiritual and mystical. I remind the author that all people are indigenous to somewhere, and that many cultures, including the Celts, have a strong tradition of connection to the mystic as well as embracing medical science. In that same vein, the gratuitous denigration of physicians in the Indian Health Service is a real slap in the face to the thousands of physicians of all ethnic backgrounds who have dedicated years of their lives to providing the best care possible to their patients in a bureaucratic system that often impedes their efforts, rather than enhancing them. I don't see how that was necessary to the development of the story, and am left to conclude that the author is ignorant of the reality of life in the IHS system.
    The third thing that annoyed me is the all too common "necessity" to throw in at least one gay or lesbian character, always shown in a positive light, and with commentary on the difficulty of their situation. If I wished to read gay/lesbian literature, there is a whole section devoted to it on the Audible site and in most bookstores; I would know where to find it. However, I picked this novel expecting a nice mystery set in the modern southwest, along the lines of Hillerman's series. Unlike Hillerman, Jance insists on inflicting her political views on the reader, who may find the story less enjoyable thereby. I suggest in the future, if the novel is thus disposed, that it be labeled as political propaganda, so that the unwary reader/listener does not spend hard-earned money supporting literature that annoys him/her.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Lost Fragrances: Reincarnationist, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By M. J. Rose
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Jac L’Etoile has always been haunted by visions of the past, her earliest memories infused with the exotic scents that she grew up with as the heir to a storied French perfume company. When her brother, Robbie - who’s taken over the House of L’Etoile from their father - contacts Jac about a remarkable discovery in the family archives, she’s skeptical. But when Robbie goes missing before he can share the secret - leaving a dead body in his wake - Jac is plunged into a world she thought she’d left behind.

    Meggin says: "Pretty much of a dud."
    "Loved it!"

    Excellent story and narration. It held me spellbound. I am still wearing the perfume for special occasions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."

    If you are a fan of the new vampire craze, and like gore, violence and death that goes on and on and on and on and on, you will love this book. The author is gifted in bringing his characters to life, he just doesn't let them live very long. If you are looking for a spiritually uplifting tale that will warm the cockles of your heart, you had best keep looking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Inimitable Jeeves

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By P. G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson

    Wodehouse weaves his wit through a wide collection of terrifying aunts, miserly uncles, love-sick friends, and unwanted fiancés. Bertie gets into a bit of trouble when one of his pals, Bingo Little, starts to fall in love with every second girl he lays his eyes on. But the soup gets really thick when Bingo decides to marry one of them and enlists Bertie's help. Luckily, he has the inimitable Jeeves to pull him out of it.

    Kate says: "Brilliant!"

    Hilarious adventures of a young toff and his mates in Edwardian England. His faithful manservant, Jeeves is the brains of the operation. I am saving this one to re-listen to during long stressful drives and boring lectures

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Firehouse

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David Halberstam
    • Narrated By Mel Foster

    Engine 40, Ladder 35 was one of the firehouses hardest hit in the aftermath of the terrorist attack on the World Trade towers. On the morning of September 11, 2001, two rigs carrying 13 men set out from this firehouse, located on the West Side of Manhattan near Lincoln Center; 12 of the men would never return. The story of what happens when one small institution gets caught in an apocalyptic day, it is a book that will move readers as few others have in our time.

    peabozzle says: "Short, but gripping"

    Short but insightful glimpse into the inner workings of a New York city firehouse and the lives of some of New York's Bravest in the weeks leading up to 911. It set me to weeping all over again for the courage and selflessnes of the 343 firefighters lost in the effort to save others.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Black River

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick

    Burned-out Hollywood screenwriter Bo Aikens is fed up with life in Los Angeles. He heads out of the hustle and bustle of the big city and arrives in picturesque Black River in Northern California, seeking relaxation and artistic inspiration. In small, idyllic Black River nearly everyone is happy, contented, and welcoming of strangers. But despite the beautiful setting, Bo begins to feel unsettled after several disturbing incidents.

    Lance says: "Brick + Koontz=Fantastic!"

    There is no such thing as a bad Dean Koontz book, but this is one of his best. Suspense right up to the end. Loved it!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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