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Janet

I love mysteries and thrillers the most, sometimes non-fiction business books. Mom, wife, yada, yada, yada...

Austin, TX, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Legends: A Novel of Dissimulation

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (278)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (94)

    It's a deadly dilemma for Martin Odum: both remembering and forgetting his past are dangerous options. A discharged CIA agent turned private detective, Odum is struggling through a labyrinth of memories from past identities, "legends", in CIA parlance. Is he really Martin Odum? Or is he Dante Pippen, IRA explosives specialist? Or Lincoln Dittmann, Civil War expert? Or another, hidden legend?

    Johnnie Walker says: "Outstanding Reading"
    "So boring I couldn't finish"
    Overall

    I have listened to at least 100 books from Audible. My favorites being mystery/thrillers. My favorite authors are Michael Connelly, Tana French, Laura Lippman, Gregg Hurwitz, and David Rosenfelt. I have never NOT finished a book. At 4.5 hours into this one I am bailing out. I am so bored with all that is NOT happening. There have been a few short exciting scenes but they are followed by speculation, overly descriptive dialog and a list of names and places that become very difficult to keep up with. I love Grover Gardner but I just can't do Littell.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Raven Black: Book One of the Shetland Island Quartet

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin
    Overall
    (430)
    Performance
    (387)
    Story
    (388)

    It is a cold January morning, and Shetland lies beneath a deep layer of snow. Trudging home, Fran Hunter's eye is drawn to a splash of color on the frozen ground, ravens circling above. It is the strangled body of her teenage neighbor, Catherine Ross. The locals on the quiet island stubbornly focus their gaze on one man - loner and simpleton Magnus Tait.

    MxH says: "Couldn't find a weak point."
    "It's a cozy style mystery. No thriller"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Wow, this was slow. This is supposed to be a "thriller" but there is no thrill with the pace at which this moves. It is plodding and a bit boring. Dialogue is believable and well written but everything moves slowly and almost "gently." Not what I was looking for at all. I prefer the writings of Laura Lippman, Michael Connelly, Jussi Adler Olsen, Robert Crais and many others. Not putting Ann Cleaves on my list. However, if you like cozy mysteries, this would likely fit the bill.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Dead I Well May Be

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1252)
    Performance
    (689)
    Story
    (681)

    Young Michael, an illegal immigrant escaping the troubles in Northern Ireland is strong and fearless and clever, just the fellow to be tapped by Darkey, a crime boss, to join a gang of Irish thugs struggling against the rising Dominican powers in Harlem and the Bronx. The time is pre-Giuliani New York, when crack rules the city, squatters live furtively in ruined buildings, and hundreds are murdered each month.

    Robert says: "What an amazing book"
    "Dark, vivid Irish tale of revenge"
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    I typically listen to mysteries and thrillers but this was my second McKinty. The story is very well told and the narration was just perfect. However, the story, characters and happenings are dark and the action is vivid. There are no mysteries here but I knew that going in. The whole book is built around what happens to a particular Irish man in NY and how he deals with it. McKinty can weave quite a bit of "poetry" into his writing which makes it sound very nice but does not really move things along. If you like any McKinty, you will like this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Conspiracy of Faith: Department Q, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (996)
    Performance
    (883)
    Story
    (893)

    Detective Carl Morck has received a bottle that holds an old and decayed message written in blood. It's a cry for help from two young brothers, tied and bound in a boathouse by the sea. After floating in the ocean for years before turning up, the bottle sat forgotten, unopened, on a police department windowsill, before the seal was cracked and the gruesome message, written in Danish, was analyzed. Could it be real? Who are these boys, and why weren't they reported missing? Could they possibly still be alive?

    John S says: "Alternative to Nesbo/Harry Hole Novels"
    "Best so far! Epic timeline, suspense all the way"
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    Performance
    Story

    I have listened to the first four Dept Q books and this one is my favorite. I thought the suspense was maintained very well throughout the book. It was also a bit more believable a plot that 1, 2 and 4. Characters are well thought out and dialogue is good. Great twists throughout the book without the story going off the rails. Good action scenes also.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Police: A Harry Hole Novel, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (729)
    Performance
    (623)
    Story
    (624)

    The police urgently need Harry Hole…. A killer is stalking Oslo's streets. Police officers are being slain at the scenes of crimes they once investigated but failed to solve. The murders are brutal, the media reaction hysterical. But this time, Harry can't help.... For years, detective Harry Hole has been at the center of every major criminal investigation in Oslo. His dedication to his job and his brilliant insights have saved the lives of countless people. But now, with those he loves most facing terrible danger, Harry is not in a position to protect anyone. Least of all himself...

    Charles Atkinson says: "Simply the Best Detective Series In any Language"
    "Nesbo at his very best. Breathless thriller!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Please read some or all of the previous Harry Hole books as they provide important background that makes this one all the better. This one has the most twists, turns and hold-your-breath moments of any of Nesbo's others. Virtually un-pause-able.

    Narrator does a good job - gets better as he goes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Silkworm

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6091)
    Performance
    (5525)
    Story
    (5520)

    When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

    H James Lucas says: "A well-worn genre enlivened with fresh characters"
    "Ten stars! Perfection in a murder mystery!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Silkworm to be better than the print version?

    Yes. Glenister is the best narrator I have heard in many years. Nails every character perfectly.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes - everything everyone does adds to the equation slowly but surely. Character development is believable and enjoyable. The murder itself is fascinating and what develops before and after, equally so. Rowling is so good!


    What about Robert Glenister’s performance did you like?

    Everything. He's clearly read the text before he speaks it and knows just what to do and when and how. He is an artist. Nothing comical. Easily takes on dialects, different ages, etc. Can't be beat.


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

    A world class murder mystery by JK Rowling (just to get people in the door) or "Something wicked is awake in London."


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait for the next in the series. Write faster, JK! If you like a LOT of action, adventure and chase scenes like a James Bond movie, this book might not be for you.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Unstuff Your Life: Kick the Clutter Habit and Completely Organize Your Life for Good

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Andrew J. Mellen
    • Narrated By Andrew J. Mellen
    Overall
    (1404)
    Performance
    (1169)
    Story
    (1140)

    Arguably the most organized man in America, Andrew J. Mellen has created unique, lasting techniques for streamlined living, bringing order out of chaos for a client list that includes attorneys, filmmakers, and even psychologists. With Unstuff Your Life! he puts his powerful program in the hands of his widest audience yet.

    Angela says: "My lightbulb moment"
    "This is a workbook, NOT for just listening"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Unstuff Your Life?

    Very clear cut. If you need someone to simply tell you what to do and why in a no nonsense manner, Mellen is great.


    Would you recommend Unstuff Your Life to your friends? Why or why not?

    Please know this book is almost useless unless you WORK through it and do most everything he says. It's not advice, it is step by step procedures. In a weird way it is like listening to a cook book. I have not finished the book as I intend to go back to certain chapters like The Kitchen and follow as I work.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    NA


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    NA


    Any additional comments?

    It's a work book, similar to a cook book for organizing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Without Warning

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Jeff Steitzer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (232)
    Story
    (234)

    Years ago, Katie Sanford’s husband was convicted of the murder of Jenny Robbins, then died himself in prison. It’s a small town and memories are long, and Katie and Jenny’s husband, Chief of Police Jake Robbins, have had to work at putting the tragedy behind them. But it's all brought up again in the wake of a hurricane which has just wreaked havoc on their quiet Maine town.

    Kathi says: "A "could-not-put-it-down" police procedural!"
    "Pedantic! Annoying!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Without Warning? What did you like least?

    Rosenfelt has never written the nitty gritty crime dramas that I have come to expect from other writers. He has written the funny, witty and nice murder mysteries that are the Andy Carpenter series. Stick with those. This book does NOT allow you to think of anything for yourself. For example if a character opens a door, the author will be sure to tell you he walked *through* the door. Except for some curse words, I think a 5th grader might even get insulted reading this book as it spells everything out. It's trite and lots of things are horribly contrived.


    What could David Rosenfelt have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Removed any first person narrative. Not spelled out every detail - especially with the horrible habit of two verbs i.e. "we asked for AND requested a table." There is a lot of that in the book.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Nice timbre but except for 2-3 characters, they sound like cartoons.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no. However, if the same basic story were written by another writer it would probably be okay. Still it moves toward far fetched at the end.


    Any additional comments?

    LOVE Andy Carpenter but this fails.

    16 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Dark of the Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2115)
    Performance
    (1108)
    Story
    (1117)

    Virgil Flowers kicked around for a while before joining the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. First it was the army and the military police, then the police in St. Paul, and finally Lucas Davenport brought him into the BCA, promising him, "We'll only give you the hard stuff." He's been doing the hard stuff for three years now, but never anything like this.

    Crystal says: "Great winding road of a story"
    "Like a wheel of fortune of suspects"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Dark of the Moon in three words, what would they be?

    small town suspects


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not quite the edge of my seat as there was not enough action to warrant that until certain parts of the book. However, the character development and flow of the plot was good. I liked the dialogue and thought it was realistic.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed learning how the main character put all the clues together.


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

    It used to be a quiet little town.


    Any additional comments?

    I am willing to listen to another in the series. I did like the narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Free Fall: A John Ceepak Mystery, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Chris Grabenstein
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (497)
    Performance
    (433)
    Story
    (432)

    “I didn’t do it!” is something cops hear all the time. But when the plea comes from a close friend who’s fallen on hard times, it’s tougher to ignore, especially for young Officer Danny Boyle. It’s the start of another action-packed summer for the wisecracking Boyle and straight-arrow cop (now chief of detectives) John Ceepak down the Jersey Shore as they do their best to help Danny’s friend, a young nurse who claims she has been falsely accused of aggravated assault by a prestigious Sea Haven doctor.

    John S. Johnston says: "Just another great Ceepak book"
    "My favorite Ceepak to date! Write faster, Mr. G!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I totally love this series of books. It is a guilty pleasure but so perfectly done. The mysteries are fun and full of flavor. The characters have grown over the 8 books. Jeff Woodman is so talented he does every voice in a different and completely believable style. You will have no problem telling who is talking. He makes it all sound effortless.

    Ceepak Mysteries are like your favorite dessert. You love seeing it in front of you and enjoy the anticipation. You love devouring it. And you are so sad when it's over.

    Mr. Grabenstein, please write faster!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (9196)
    Performance
    (8291)
    Story
    (8308)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Picture perfect murder mystery!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    If you are looking for an edge-of-your-seat thrill ride, this isn't it. If you are looking for a perfectly constructed murder mystery with fantastic characters and great narration, download this today. I was amazed at how involved I got with the story and the very believable characters. I certainly hope we see more of them in the future. The plot is perfectly paced too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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