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Joe

Greenwood, IN, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • Guilt: An Alex Delaware Novel, Book 28

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated By John Rubinstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (609)
    Performance
    (516)
    Story
    (513)

    A series of horrifying events occur in quick succession in the same upscale L.A. neighborhood. A backyard renovation unearths an infant's body, buried 60 years ago. And soon thereafter in a nearby park, another disturbingly bizarre discovery is made not far from the body of a young woman shot in the head. Helping LAPD homicide detective Milo Sturgis to link these eerie incidents is brilliant psychologist Alex Delaware. But even the good doctor's vast experience with matters both clinical and criminal might not be enough.

    Jane Markhorst says: "boring and slow"
    "Consistency is a Beautiful Thing!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have been a fan of the series since the beginning. For me, there's comfort in checking in on the lives of Alex, Milo, Robin, et al every year or so. Kellerman does not disappoint in his ability to craft a sentence that captures the most benign detail of a character or his/her action without making it boringly intricate. Rubenstein's narration never disappoints. The Delaware series is my meat loaf and mashed potatoes - always comfortable, familiar, and enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Holmes on the Range

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Steve Hockensmith
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (60)

    1893 is a tough year in Montana, and any job is a good job. When Big Red and Old Red Amlingmeyer sign on as ranch hands at the secretive Bar-VR cattle spread, they're not expecting much more than hard work, bad pay, and a comfortable campfire around which they can enjoy their favorite pastime: scouring Harper's Weekly for stories about the famous Sherlock Holmes.

    Fred says: "For Holmes Sake"
    "A bit of a struggle"
    Overall

    Any time I finish a book and I have a new credit with Audible waiting for me says something. I had a real struggle getting through this one. The narrator told the whole tale first person in Old West-ish twang. To say the author overused comparisons is restraint at the utmost - almost everything was "like a...". Not discounting the majority who found it entertaining, and I have seen more than once that things I do enjoy are definitely in the eyes of the beholder, but I'm not planning on coming back to this series or this author.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Keepsake: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Deirdre Lovejoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (659)
    Performance
    (257)
    Story
    (264)

    For untold years, the perfectly preserved mummy had lain forgotten in the basement of Boston's Crispin Museum. Its sudden rediscovery by museum staff is both a major coup and an attention-grabbing mystery. The mummy - to all appearances, an ancient Egyptian artifact - seems a ghoulish godsend for the financially struggling institution. Medical examiner Maura Isles soon discovers a macabre message hidden within the corpse - horrifying proof that this "centuries-old" relic is instead a modern-day murder victim.

    Joe says: "Decent Listen - I'll Keep Coming Back"
    "Decent Listen - I'll Keep Coming Back"
    Overall

    Have liked the series and will continue to give it a listen as more are produced. As to this particular episode, a couple of points are probably worth noting. 1) For fans of Maura Isles, you'll be disappointed. She was really on the periphery of this story - it could easily have been written without her. 2) For those who really need a "production" rather than a book read to them, you probably won't be happy with this. You can't tell a character by voice inflection with this narrator - not a biggie with me, but it seems to be an issue with a number of people who write some pretty scathing reviews. All in all, steady fodder from Gerritsen that I would recommend.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • What the Dead Know

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Laura Lippman
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    Overall
    (669)
    Performance
    (217)
    Story
    (216)

    Thirty years ago two sisters disappeared from a shopping mall. Their bodies were never found, and those familiar with the case have always been tortured by these questions: How do you kidnap two girls? Who or what could have lured the two sisters away from a busy mall on a Saturday afternoon without leaving behind a single clue or witness? Now a clearly disoriented woman involved in a rush-hour hit-and-run claims to be the younger of the long-gone Bethany sisters.

    Cayce says: "A page turner"
    "Surprisingly Good"
    Overall

    This is my second Lippman book. Having heard good things about the author, I tried a listen to a Tess Monaghan story and came away very mixed. This book leaves me with no mixed feelings. Definitely the audio version of a page-turner. I found myself making excuses for 15 minute trips to get another few minutes with the story. Well penned, well read. I guess I need to go back and see if my opinion on the Monaghan series changes...

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Carnage on the Committee

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ruth Dudley Edwards
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    When the chairperson of a prestigious literary prize dies in suspicious circumstances, Robert Amiss (the token sane member of the judging panel) wastes no time in summoning Baroness 'Jack' Troutbeck to step into the breach. Speculation that a killer may be targeting the judges worries the baroness not in the slightest, it's the prospect of immersing herself in modern literature that fills her with dread.

    Joe says: "Welcome to Audible, Baroness Jack!"
    "Welcome to Audible, Baroness Jack!"
    Overall

    I was beyond pleased to have turned up the recent work of fiction by the noted English political writer. Those not familiar with the cast of characters, lead by the redoubtable Baroness Ida "Jack" Troutbeck and her assistant in matters of murder, Robert Amiss, may play a bit of catch-up, but Bill Wallis' extraordinary ability to capture the persona of each of the players will have you up to speed in no time. This is a bawdy romp, not for the easily offended, and the right-wing bent of Dudley-Edwards beliefs unapolgetically shine through the Baroness. It can, at times, get a bit caught up in the English political landscape which is a bit unfamiliar to we Yanks. Still and all, for the sheer entertainment value, the combination of Dudley-Edwards and Wallis is a winner at the dicey combination of mirth and murder.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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