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bedford, MA, USA | Member Since 2005

  • 3 reviews
  • 88 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 25 purchased in 2014

  • Rage Against the Dying

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Becky Masterman
    • Narrated By Judy Kaye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    You have never met an (ex) FBI agent like Brigid Quinn Brigid’s career - the disappearance and presumed murder of her young protégée, Jessica. Floyd knows things about that terrible night that were never made public, and offers to lead the cops to Jessica's body in return for a plea bargain. It should finally be the end of a dark chapter in Brigid’s life. Except…the new FBI agent on the case, Laura Coleman, thinks the confession is fake, and Brigid finds she cannot walk away from violence and retribution after all.

    Janice says: "I hope there are more of these on the way!"
    "Too much background and not enough story"
    Would you try another book from Becky Masterman and/or Judy Kaye?

    Rage Against the Dying would have been a much more thrilling read if Masterman had spent more time on the story and less time developing the relationships of her characters and trying to make their lives sound interesting I found nothing particularly compelling about the relationship between the main character and her husband which eventually became just tedious. I also think that too much effort was spent trying to make the case that the above 50 segment of the population can still be sexy and enjoy sex. If anyone has any doubt about this Helen Hunt in the movie Sessions does a far better jog of making this point. The idea of a tough older woman succeeding in what is very much a macho mans world, like the FBI, could make for interesting lead character but this book didn't quite get there.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hide and Seek: Inspector Rebus, Book 2

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Ian Rankin
    • Narrated By Bill Paterson, Ian Rankin

    A junkie lies dead in an Edinburgh squat, spreadeagled, cross-like on the floor, between two burned-down candles, a five-pointed star daubed on the wall above. Just another dead addict - until John Rebus begins to chip away at the indifference, treachery, deceit and sleaze that lurks behind the facade of the Edinburgh familiar to tourists. Only Rebus seems to care about a death which looks more like a murder every day, about a seductive danger he can almost taste, appealing to the darkest corners of his mind.

    Jina says: "Loved book, love the author. HATE abridged books"
    "Ian Rankin writes with bare knuckles"
    Where does Hide and Seek rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Ian Rankin's characters are so believable because they are, like all of us, so flawed while at the same time trying to be so decent. You do not so much as empathize with them as identify with them and the never ending struggle to be decent in an indecent world. Hide and Seek was no exception and whether you are a devoted fan or a new comer you will be very very pleased with his effort here. Thank you Ian and just keep writing. You help your readers to be a little more human and you can't ask for more from a book.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hide and Seek?

    Rankin writes with bare knuckles so every character hits you like a body blow but I always come back to Rebus with all of his virtues and all of his flaws as my favorite

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not a bloody thing.

    Any additional comments?

    You write them Ian and I'll read them. Thanks pal.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Grand: A Novel of Suspense

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Paula Christensen

    An illegal immigrant is killed in a hit-and-run on a frozen mountain road in the town of Fairview, Colorado. No one is prosecuted for his death and his case is quietly forgotten. Six months later another illegal makes a treacherous run across the border, barely escaping with her life. She finds work as a maid and, secretly, begins to investigate the death of her father. But she isn't a maid, and she's not Mexican.

    David says: "Anxiously Awaited"

    Adrian McKinty is possibly the best writer working in this genre today. This book seems to be the result of the hard realities of life that McKinty absorbs and weaves into stories that enthrall and sometimes shock. His dialogue is as raw as peeled shrimp and just as pungent. Best of all though are his characters who posses the complex and conflicting natures that make them so likable and deplorable at the same time. Fifty Grand isn't a book as much as it is an experience, one that will leave a more in tune with human nature than you were before you read it. It is utterly refreshing to read a suspense novel that does not have formula at its very soul. Adrian McKinty I thank you for giving us a work of originality that entertains and informs. Anyone who thinks other wise is an eedjit.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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