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Mikay

Cordova, TN, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 13 reviews
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  • The Vault: An Inspector Wexford Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (78)

    The impossible has happened. Chief Inspector Reg Wexford has retired. He and his wife now divide their time between Kingsmarkham and a coachhouse in Hampstead belonging to their actress daughter, Sheila. For all the benefits of a more relaxed way of life, Wexford misses being the law. But a chance meeting in a London street, with someone he had known briefly as a very young police constable, changes everything. Tom Ede is now a detective superintendent, and is very keen to recruit Wexford as an adviser on a difficult case.

    Norma says: "This said it is unabriged, but is it"
    "Ruth Rendell is always a good read."
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    I enjoy the Insp. Wexford series but was a little miffed that he had retired. I think that I'm going to go back and reread from the beginning of this series. I don't like that Wexford is thwarted in his investigations by no longer having a badge. He gets the job done, but it's just not as satisfying to me without the power of the office behind him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rough Country: A Virgil Flowers Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1086)
    Performance
    (549)
    Story
    (552)

    Virgil's always been known for having a somewhat active, er, social life, but he's probably not going to be getting too many opportunities for that during his new case. While competing in a fishing tournament in a remote area of northern Minnesota, he gets a call from Lucas Davenport to investigate a murder at a nearby resort.

    Ruby says: "Extraordinary Plot Twists"
    "Virgil Flowers is great!"
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    I love this series by John Sandford. Virgil is just the right kind of smart gilded with vunerable. I like my heros with lots of intuitiveness and just a little "misguidedness". Virgil has just the right blend. Some people may not like the background - lesbianism, but Virgil's persuit of the answers/killer is the really interesting part of this for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shock Wave

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1495)
    Performance
    (1238)
    Story
    (1234)

    The thrilling new Virgil Flowers novel from the #1 New York Times best-selling author. The superstore chain PyeMart has its sights set on a Minnesota river town, but two very angry groups want to stop it: local merchants, fearing for their businesses, and environmentalists, predicting ecological disaster. The protests don't seem to be slowing the project, though, until someone decides to take matters into his own hands.

    aaron says: "Not the best Virgil ~ but it is still Virgil!"
    "Good Virgil Flowers novel."
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    Plenty of excitement. Plenty of interest to keep you listening. Had me guessing until the end. I have just recently discovered Virgil Flowers, and he seems to be an "aw shucks" type of hero. I enjoy heroes who are usually right, and this one is.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Persuader

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2817)
    Performance
    (2040)
    Story
    (2027)

    Jack Reacher. The ultimate loner. An elite ex-military cop who left the service years ago, he's moved from place to place...without family...without possessions...without commitments.

    Joanna says: "Child at His Best! A Must Read for Reacher Fans!"
    "Jack Reacher is my hero"
    Overall
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    I love to escape with a super hero, and Jack Reacher is certainly a super hero. He is the strongest, the smartest, and the biggest (almost). He's certainly the 'baddest'. Jack figures it out and wins the day in the end. In this world of weak-kneed, namby-pamby, and wishy-washy, Jack is an escapist's dream. Love me some Jack Reacher.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Back Story

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    In 1974, a revolutionary group calling itself the Dread Scott Brigade held up the old Shawmut Bank in Boston's Audubon Circle. Money was stolen. And a woman named Emily Gordon, a visitor in town cashing traveler's checks, was shot and killed. No one saw who shot her. Despite security camera photos and a letter from the group claiming responsibility, the perpetrators have remained at large for nearly three decades. Now it's up to Spenser to solve her murder.

    Ruth says: "...he's Baa-a-ack!"
    "Joe Mantegna is Spencer"
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    I love the Spencer books, and Joe Mantegna makes him come alive for me. The story is "good trumps evil" even it does smash a few folks around and maybe leaves some not-so-alive. The story was a great read and a small escape into the land where "everything works out in the end".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Shot: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2412)
    Performance
    (1681)
    Story
    (1698)

    Six shots. Five dead. One heartland city thrown into a state of terror. But within hours the cops have it solved: a slam-dunk case. Except for one thing. The accused man says: "You got the wrong guy". Then he says: "Get Reacher for me". And sure enough, from the world he lives in - no phone, no address, no commitments - ex-military investigator Jack Reacher is coming. In Lee Child's astonishing thriller, Reacher's arrival will change everything - about a case that isn't what it seems, about lives tangled in baffling ways, about a killer who missed one shot - and by doing so gives Jack Reacher one shot at the truth.

    Carol says: "Reacher said..."
    "Great Jack Reacher"
    Overall
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    I love Jack Reacher novels. This one had enough ins and outs to keep hooked to this book. Great read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2906)
    Performance
    (2586)
    Story
    (2588)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "Couldn't like the main characters"
    Overall
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    This book plods along. I had to wait until almost the last few pages (last CD) to like the characters even a little bit. I did enjoy the descriptions of the things that Harold saw as he walked, but that wasn't really enough. If this had been a paperback (or even a hardback), I would have put this book down after the first few chapters and not picked it back up again (well, maybe I'd try to get into it later...) As it was I found myself fast forwarding through many of the CD's that I had burned). You might really like this book, but it wasn't for me.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Plot It Yourself

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Rex Stout
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (61)

    It's bad enough to steal someone's idea; but it takes real guts to claim it as your own, then sue the originator. But that's just what a gang of hack writers are doing, ingeniously planting evidence to back up their claims. The frustrated authors call on Nero Wolfe for help.

    Irwin says: "Still one of the elite private detectives"
    "War-time Rex Stout"
    Overall
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    This was an earlier version of Nero Wolfe than I had read before (thought I'd read them all, but I hadn't read this one). I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to Nero Wolfe fans - not the best Wolfe but very enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Robert B. Parker's Lullaby: A Spenser Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Ace Atkins
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (183)

    When 14-year-old Mattie Sullivan asks Spenser to look into her mother’s murder, he’s not completely convinced by her claim that the police investigation four years ago was botched. Mattie is gruff, street-smart, and wise beyond her years, left to care for her younger siblings and an alcoholic grandmother in a dilapidated apartment in South Boston. But her need for closure and her determination to make things right hit Spenser where he lives - they’re the very characteristics he abides by.

    Ed says: "Ace aces Spenser!"
    "Loved, loved, loved it."
    Overall
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    Ace Atkins is truely Robert B. Parker's clone. Lullaby reads just like one of Parker's Spencer novels. I was bummed out when I read that Parker had died because I thought that Spencer had died with him. Fortunately Ace Atkins is channeling Parker 'cause it's him - it's Spencer. Great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sad Cypress: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By David Suchet
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    When an elderly woman dies in her sleep, Elinor Carlisle is tried for murder. Only Peter Lord thinks she's innocent, and he turns to the brilliant Hercule Poirot for help. The Belgian sifts through the clues and red herrings to find the complex truth hiding underneath.

    Alan Winterrowd says: "First rate"
    "Not enough Poirot for me."
    Overall
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    The story was great. The narrator, David Suchet, was wonderful (as usual), but there wasn't enough Poirot for me. The Poirot chararacter was sprinkled in during the trial at the beginning, but didn't really appear again until near the end of the book. Although the characters were well done, I really read Poirot mysteries for Poirot. He eventually solved the case, but I was left wanting more...more Poirot. This is just my bias, and hopefully, this won't dissuade you from reading this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Murder is Announced: A Miss Marple Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Rosemary Leach
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (74)

    Who would advertise a murder? The ad reads "A murder is announced, and will take place on Friday, October 29th, at Little Paddocks, at 6:30 p.m. Friends, please accept this, the only intimation." Surely it must be a hoax? Clearly it's in bad taste. But when someone really is murdered, Miss Jane Marple, elderly sleuth extraordinaire, gives you the tantalizing pleasure of solving a mystery along with one of the best detectives ever created in fiction.

    Amanda says: "One Of The best!"
    "Excellent - not enough Marple for me but excellent"
    Overall
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    Miss Marple was only a very small part of this novel, but it was an excellent read nonetheless. This is Christy at her best. Just when you think that you know...you don't.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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