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G. Minott

Cardiff by the Sea, CA United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 8 reviews
  • 54 ratings
  • 176 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2015
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  • The Dog Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Peter Heller
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1439)
    Performance
    (1268)
    Story
    (1270)

    Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. His wife is gone, his friends are dead, he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life exists beyond the airport.

    Mike Naka says: "beautifully written and narrated!"
    "Walden meets Road Warrior"
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    What did you love best about The Dog Stars?

    This is the best new book that I have read in the last year or two. The very crisp imagery and and dialogue give us a lot to think about. The plot keeps moving with adventure and suspense, and that's rare in a book so philosophical.


    What other book might you compare The Dog Stars to and why?

    It's an armageddon story, yet it isn't like others that I've read.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Dog Stars and why?

    They're all interesting. They represent different components of ourselves.


    Any additional comments?

    The book has a lot of interest for airplane pilots, fishermen, gardeners, military strategists, and charitable persons-- this is a real mix.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Windigo Island: Cork O'Connor, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (129)

    The award-winning author of the best-selling Cork O’Connor series, William Kent Krueger pens novels with pulse-racing suspense. In Windigo Island, the corpse of an Ojibwe girl washes ashore, and locals at the Bad Bluff reservation believe it to be the work of the mythical Windigo. But the dead girl’s friend is also missing, and sheriff-turned-PI Cork O’Connor will brave any danger to bring her home.

    C. Telfair says: "All Saints"
    "Best of the Series"
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    Story

    An intense look at a side of Minnesota (and many places) that is less magical than most of what we expect in the lake country. Familiar characters develop well, and the villains and victims are realistic. The narration has a roughness that is appropriate for the story in which the characters really have to fight the Windigo.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Free Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By C. J. Box
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (345)
    Performance
    (273)
    Story
    (274)

    Best-selling author C. J. Box—an Anthony and Macavity Award winner—earned starred reviews from both Publishers Weekly and Booklist for this exceptional mystery. Taking advantage of a legal loophole, a lawyer kills four people in Yellowstone National Park and walks away a free man. As the public outcry intensifies, the governor hires former game warden Joe Pickett to conduct a private investigation.

    David says: "A very fun read!"
    "Yellowstone will never look the same to you"
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    I loved all the Joe Pickett novels, and this is a favorite; The description of the inner structure of the lodge is great; however, this story isn't for the even moderately squeamish. You'll never look at a hot springs quite the same way again, and the exit roads from Yellowstone can be lonely and dark....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Destroyer Angel: An Anna Pigeon Novel, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Nevada Barr
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (243)

    Anna Pigeon, a ranger for the U.S. Park Services, sets off on vacation - an autumn canoe trip into the Iron Range in upstate Minnesota. With Anna is her friend Heath, a paraplegic; Heath’s 15-year-old daughter, Elizabeth; Leah, a wealthy designer of outdoor equipment; and her daughter, Katie, who is 13. For Heath and Leah, this is a shakedown cruise to test a new cutting-edge line of camping equipment. The equipment, designed by Leah, will make camping and canoeing more accessible to disabled outdoorsmen.

    Jean says: "survival"
    "Ended up loving the plot twists"
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    I really almost threw this in the trash after the first two CDs; fortunately, I was somewhere with nothing else to read and persevered. It started so much like a typical "suspense" dumb-thugs-torment-chicks story but became a creatively fiendish chick revenge novel. I anticipated the ending-- loved that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4736)
    Performance
    (4223)
    Story
    (4225)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "Crais at his Very Best--and Very L.A."
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    This book and The Watchman are my favorite Crais stories. I love the human and canine characters in this one. I think of it every time I take the train past the L.A. River and see the setting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chasing Fireflies

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Charles Martin
    • Narrated By Andrew Peterson
    Overall
    (479)
    Performance
    (324)
    Story
    (326)

    When paramedics find a malnourished 6-year-old boy near a burning car that holds a dead woman, they wonder who he is - and why he won't talk. Seth, a small-town journalist who was raised by foster parents, is assigned to cover the story and investigate the boy's identity. But will his search unearth long-buried emotions - and answers to his own history?

    Amazon Customer says: "Meaningful"
    "A Story That Stays With You"
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    This is an intriguing story with firm values attached. A year has passed since I read it, but I have reflected upon the characters many times since then. I don't recommend to books clubs a lot of the books I read, but I recommend this one, It even has discussion questions in the back.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stone Cold: Joe Pickett, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By C. J. Box
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (587)
    Performance
    (527)
    Story
    (537)

    Everything about the man is a mystery: the massive ranch in the remote Black Hills of Wyoming that nobody ever visits, the women who live with him, the secret philanthropies, the private airstrip, the sudden disappearances. And especially the persistent rumors that the man’s wealth comes from killing people. Joe Pickett, still officially a game warden but now mostly a troubleshooter for the governor, is assigned to find out what the truth is, but he discovers a lot more than he’d bargained for. There are two other men living up at that ranch. One is a stone-cold killer who takes an instant dislike to Joe.

    Kelly says: "my favorite Pickett book!"
    "Wow. Realistic Characters Keep the Interest High"
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    C.J. Box is the best modern twister of plots who maintains credibility. I love the characterization, especially the supporting cast of recurring functional and dysfunctional characters like Sheridan or Dave Farkus. Settings are fabulous and adventure is realistic, but one caution here: the series provides a catalogue of ways that you wouldn't want to die; these books are not for the overly squeamish. The narrator is especially good with these characters, and this is one of the best in the series. It leaves us with some issue to reflect upon as we eagerly await the next book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Spider Woman's Daughter: A Leaphorn & Chee Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Anne Hillerman
    • Narrated By Christina Delaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (181)

    Navajo Nation Police Officer Bernadette Manualito witnesses the cold-blooded shooting of someone very close to her. With the victim fighting for his life, the entire squad and the local FBI office are hell-bent on catching the gunman. Bernie, too, wants in on the investigation, despite regulations forbidding eyewitness involvement. But that doesn't mean she's going to sit idly by, especially when her husband, Sergeant Jim Chee, is in charge of finding the shooter. Bernie and Chee discover that a cold case involving his former boss and partner, retired Inspector Joe Leaphorn, may hold the key.

    Gang of Four says: "The slide continues"
    "Some good continuation, some deviation"
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    What did you like best about Spider Woman's Daughter? What did you like least?

    The immersion in Navajo culture and the southwest was excellent. For awhile I liked the continuation of A Thief of Time; however, I have read that book 15 times (with high school classes) and I wish the author had. The returning characters drifted too far from their original characters. The last 20 percent of the book became, ugh, chick novel. I would read another one by this author IF it did not take the chick novel route.


    Would you recommend Spider Woman's Daughter to your friends? Why or why not?

    With reservations. My friends have all read the series.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The accents and the characterization of Chee were horrible. Audible needs to re-record this one.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    The end was pretty much out of rhythm with the rest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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