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Lehua of Pacifica

Hawaii

ratings
302
REVIEWS
82
FOLLOWING
13
FOLLOWERS
15
HELPFUL VOTES
640

  • The Brass Verdict: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6757)
    Performance
    (4090)
    Story
    (4075)

    Things are finally looking up for defense attorney Mickey Haller. After two years of wrong turns, Haller is back in the courtroom. When Hollywood lawyer Jerry Vincent is murdered, Haller inherits his biggest case yet: the defense of Walter Elliott, a prominent studio executive accused of murdering his wife and her lover. But as Haller prepares for the case that could launch him into the big time, he learns that Vincent's killer may be coming for him next.

    Cathy says: "Mickey Haller Is My Favorite Mystery Character"
    "Competent as always"
    Overall

    Another good story from Connelly and not quite as bleak as usual. The expected interesting characters and interactions, good plot and pacing.

    AUDIO: What a disappointment. It's odd that they'd pick someone who can't pronounce "peremptory" to narrate a legal thriller. The real misery, though, is in the reader's constant misemphases, making it hard to understand what the author was really saying without stopping an instant to think, and by then the story has gone on without you. He also has that repellent valley-girl fad of adding ee-oo to words like Malibu and food, making it sound like an adolescent has just spotted a slimy slug. Dump this reader! It didn't help, either, that the producers added pointless pseudo-music at random moments.

    23 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Back of Beyond

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By C. J. Box
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1211)
    Performance
    (1059)
    Story
    (1065)

    Cody Hoyt, while a brilliant cop, is an alcoholic struggling with two months of sobriety when his mentor and AA sponsor Hank Winters is found burned to death in a remote mountain cabin. At first it looks like the suicide of a man who’s fallen off the wagon, but Cody knows Hank better than that....

    Terry says: "Cody Hoyt is GREAT!"
    "Grabbed Me and Kept Me Despite the Blood"
    Overall
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    Grabbed Me and Kept Me Despite the Blood This is a lot hairier than I can usually handle, but was so well written that I never considered abandoning it. There are buckets and buckets of blood, and an astonishing number of murders, but it's a good enough story that I was committed to making it through. I'd actually have given the story a 5, but brought it down to 4.4 due to the sheer volume of blood, pain, and fear -- but bear in mind, I'm a sissy. The narrator is spectacularly skilled, especially considering the book's audio challenges. There's a huge cast, and it's of varying genders, ages, personalities, and locales; and it beggars belief that he can handle it so well. He's also a very good actor and is excellent at realistically portraying attitudes and emotions. The Box interview at the end is a delightful bonus. He's wonderfully candid, and makes some interesting points, and reveals why Box's stories feel so authentic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rock Hole: A Red River Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Reavis Z. Wortham
    • Narrated By Traber Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1674)
    Performance
    (1518)
    Story
    (1516)

    In 1964, when Ned Parker, farmer and part-time constable, is summoned to a cornfield one hot morning to examine the remains of a tortured bird dog, he discovers that there is a dark presence in their quiet community of Center Springs, Texas. Ned is usually confident handling moonshiners, drunks, and instances of domestic dispute. But when it comes to animal atrocities—which then turn to murder—the investigation spins beyond his abilities.

    Amazon Customer says: "A Must Read"
    "Unbearably ugly story"
    Overall
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    I was very torn about this book, and spent a long time going back and forth between abandoning it and trying it again. The dilemma: The writing is excellent but the story is horrible beyond belief. The characters are engaging and interesting, and I cared what happens to them. But it starts right out with excruciatingly awful torture and murder of pet animals, graphically and lengthily described. These mutilations continue. It advances to threats against children, extremely violent racial attacks that include torture and murders, the burning alive of an entire family, including the children, graphic right down to their screams while they die. I can't tell you what other awful things ensue because I had to accept that I just could go any further with this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Widow

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5607)
    Performance
    (5080)
    Story
    (5028)

    Gabriel Allon, the art restorer, spy, and assassin described as the most compelling fictional creation "since Ian Fleming put down his martini and invented James Bond" ( Rocky Mountain News), is poised to become the chief of Israel's secret intelligence service. But on the eve of his promotion, events conspire to lure him into the field for one final operation. ISIS has detonated a massive bomb in the Marais district of Paris, and a desperate French government wants Gabriel to eliminate the man responsible before he can strike again.

    Walter Glenn Viers says: "WGV"
    "Too painful for me"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I normally like Silva's Gabriel Allon character, but that wasn't enough to make me hang with the miseries of this story. I'm an escapist, and the topics addressed here are too real and current to make this an enjoyable outing.

    I didn't think Guidall was a good choice as the reader, either. There are characters where he's a good fit, but this isn't one of them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Deep Freeze: Virgil Flowers, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2634)
    Performance
    (2407)
    Story
    (2395)

    Virgil knows the town of Trippton, Minnesota, a little too well. A few years back, he investigated the corrupt - and, as it turned out, homicidal - local school board, and now the town's back in view with more alarming news: A woman's been found dead, frozen in a block of ice. There's a possibility that it might be connected to a high school class of 20 years ago that has a midwinter reunion coming up, and so, wrapping his coat a little tighter, Virgil begins to dig into 20 years' worth of traumas, feuds, and bad blood.

    shelley says: "Virgil gets the s*** beat out of him..."
    "Wish they could all be Virgil Flowers"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I almost shimmied with delight as I settled down to read this one. As always, it did not disappoint. F'ing Flowers is so f'ing funny! And so lovable. Although he's smart and competent, he's never full of himself and easily admits his disasters. A fine run of both action and laughter made me, as usual, so forlorn that it had to end. Some aspects of the plot were a bit dubious but I can always forgive that while on a Virgil adventure.

    Narrator Eric Conger continues to be the perfect voice for Virgil -- offhand, comfortable in his own skin, determined.

    I loved the goings-on with Virgil's truck -- I might contact Sanford and recommend he buy the new Elon Musk truck for Virgil, it would be perfectly suited. This book was the best present I bought for me for the whole year.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Glass Houses: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Robert Bathurst
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2403)
    Performance
    (2205)
    Story
    (2195)

    When a mysterious figure appears in Three Pines one cold November day, Armand Gamache and the rest of the villagers are at first curious. Then wary. Through rain and sleet, the figure stands unmoving, staring ahead. From the moment its shadow falls over the village, Gamache, now Chief Superintendent of the Sûreté du Québec, suspects the creature has deep roots and a dark purpose. Yet he does nothing. What can he do? Only watch and wait. And hope his mounting fears are not realized.

    Sara says: "The Balm Of Community "
    "What should "community" really mean?"
    Overall
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    While listening to this episode my expected rating bounced all over the place, which is unusual for me. The low points were primarily because of the disjointed timeline. She often does this, to an extent, but in this one it was so excessive that it destroyed a lot of my enjoyment. And of course there were the usual credibility problems with much of the plot. That having been said, I continue to love the characters and, despite the somber topics, continue to literally laugh out loud at the interactions. Even the repeating jokes, like the duck, keep me laughing. I also love the insights and also the emotional and moral dilemmas, both internal and societal. That the characters evolve is another big plus. The clincher for me was the forward, which was wisely placed at the back in the audio version. It was packed with the same genuine wisdom that makes Gamache so beloved. Serious truths there, and a lot to think about. I'm still trying to get used to Robert Bathurst but I like him better and better as time goes on. He shows a wonderful understanding of who these people are, and that's paramount. I do hate how he renders Ruth, vocally, but for the most part I'm pretty content with the voices. And the producers added another bonus by adding a conversation between Ms. Penny and Mr. Bathurst on the building and rendering of such a novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Lightning: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (638)
    Performance
    (580)
    Story
    (579)

    Inspector Jimmy Perez takes his fiance home to Fair Isle, the tiny island he comes from, to meet his parents. The island is a magnet for bird watchers, who congregate at the local inn and lighthouse. When a local married celebrity who had an eye for the lads is murdered, Perez discovers that the suspects are very close to him indeed.

    Amazon Customer says: "Totally unput-down-able! More please!"
    "So Satisfying"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    As always with Ms. Cleeves, her characters are wide-ranging, interesting, and believable; and her sense of place is exquisite. Things didn't always go as I'd wanted, but it worked somehow. Narration is good. Happy to have had this one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Professor: McMurtrie and Drake Legal, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Bailey
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2283)
    Performance
    (2064)
    Story
    (2053)

    Law professor Thomas Jackson McMurtrie literally wrote the book on evidence in the state of Alabama. But when a power-hungry colleague uses a recent run-in between McMurtrie and headstrong student Rick Drake to end his career, he is left unsure what to do next.

    Dorothy says: "Not Grisham or John Hart - yet oddly absorbing"
    "Too Much Misery"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I had to give up on this one. From the onset it was horrific, full of tragedy, pain, death, conspiracies, and betrayal. A bad-things-happen-to-good-people bonanza. Yes, bad things happen to good people in real life, but I prefer authors who can using pacing to balance the good guys' wins and losses in a tolerable way. This one was loss after loss to where I couldn't enjoy the read. And there were passages so vulgar and ugly that I wished I'd had real-paper pages that I could skim past.
    The reader was quite good, very believable in the roles, and that just made it worse, increasing the pain at each bad event. I look forward to trying him again in a more palatable story.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Still Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2216)
    Performance
    (1556)
    Story
    (1569)

    Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it's nothing more than a tragic hunting accident, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods.

    Sydney says: "a gentle mystery"
    "The Author I'd Been Waiting for"
    Overall
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    I write this belatedly, after having just finished her latest (A Great Reckoning). Once I started with her, I was hooked for life. Her characters are so rich, so real, and some of them hysterically funny. My favorite, of course, is Inspector Gamache. A very wise man, he drops little glow lights onto the dark forest path as he goes along. I love that there's a balance of very sane characters with quirky characters and some downright loonies. I love that there's a good balance of suspense, puzzle, and characters' interaction. I dislike violence, preferring the puzzle; and Ms. Penny works it just right. As she has continued with these folks, I've liked some of her books more than others, but every single one has been more than worth the read. If you haven't tried her yet, this is the place to start.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Neanderthal Man: In Search of Lost Genomes

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Svante Pääbo
    • Narrated By Dennis Holland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (589)
    Performance
    (536)
    Story
    (539)

    A preeminent geneticist hunts the Neanderthal genome to answer the biggest question of them all: what does it mean to be human? What can we learn from the genes of our closest evolutionary relatives? Neanderthal Man tells the story of geneticist Svante Pbo’s mission to answer that question, beginning with the study of DNA in Egyptian mummies in the early 1980s and culminating in his sequencing of the Neanderthal genome in 2009.

    Mark says: "Not really about Neanderthal man"
    "Much More Than I Expected"
    Overall
    Performance
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    The title is slightly misleading. If you're someone deeply interested in Neanderthals and want to know everything about them and their history, that isn't the focus of this book. The book is much broader than that; it's about early humans of many species, and their travels, and that's exactly what interests me.

    I was extremely happy with the main theme, which is how we determine such knowledge, and the challenges of proving and disproving our findings. I was well educated about DNA itself, but weak on the challenges of isolating and verifying results. In a few spots I got a little lost -- sequencing, long vs. short, etc. -- so I had to settle for the big picture. On the whole, however, Pääbo made an incredibly complex subject very understandable.

    It reads like a novel much of the time, full of tension, suspense, failure, and triumph; and, throughout, the amazing ghosts of our ancestors. Pääbo writes in a relaxed and intimate way that made me feel we were walking hand in hand through the sites of his challenges.

    The reader does an excellent job. In addition to clarity, pacing, and correct emphases, I kept feeling it was the author himself talking to me.

    I debated whether to give a 4 or a 5, and finally opted for 5 because of the extreme talent used to make such a difficult subject so readable.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Smash Cut: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Victor Slezak
    Overall
    (716)
    Performance
    (471)
    Story
    (467)

    The murder of Paul Wheeler has all the elements of a blockbuster: family rivalries, incalculable wealth, and a prominent man dying in the arms of his beautiful mistress. It's a case that could earn Derek Mitchell even greater star power. When the Wheeler family approaches him about defending Creighton for his uncle's murder -- even before he's charged -- he jumps at the chance.

    R. Pontiflet says: "Great Mystery/Thriller... One of SB's Best"
    "Repulsive villain"
    Overall
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    I found it difficult to stick with this one. It's one of those where the good guys fail and fail, and the superhuman bad guy wins and wins, all the way to the end.
    It's also extremely violent and gruesome. The plot is interesting but improbable; likewise the characters. There are bits of porn here and there, but not a huge amount. There is good pacing and interesting clues.

    The narrator has an attractive voice, and is a reasonably good actor, but he can't do female voices so it's sometimes hard to tell who's speaking.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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