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Emily

Spokane, WA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 528 titles in library
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  • Whodunnit?: Murder in Mystery Manor

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Anthony Zuiker
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1450)
    Performance
    (1332)
    Story
    (1327)

    Ten excited guests arrive at the Westlake Estate, expecting a lavish retreat. They are the winners of a sweepstakes to "Live Like a Billionaire for a Week." But what was supposed to be a promising escape soon turns into a horrific nightmare. Within hours of arrival, the guests sit down for an extravagant dinner. When they pull their party poppers as instructed, a loud chorus of bangs resounds, followed by earsplitting screams as the guest seated at the head of the table bursts into flames and slumps to the floor.

    Judy says: "Creepy in a bad way"
    "Just barely worth the time, but for free why not?"
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    With a more talented writer this could have been pretty enjoyable. Obviously the premise is contrived, nearly ridiculous, but I was willing to suspend disbelief. I just would have felt better about spending time listening to this if it was better written. However, if you need something to listen to and don't have a credit, it might be worth a try.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Retribution

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Val McDermid
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (90)

    World-class crime writer Val McDermid has sold millions of copies of her books worldwide. In The Retribution, clinical psychologist Tony Hill and detective Carol Jordan face a terrifying reality: Serial killer Jacko Vance has escaped imprisonment - and appears hell-bent on revenge against those who put him behind bars.

    Ruth says: "Very disappointed"
    "Not as good as most"
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    I love Val McDermid's books. This one is fine, but not as good as most of the rest of the series. The frustrated relationship between the protagonists is getting a bit frustrating. The way this ended, I'm not certain if the series is continuing. Regardless of whether it's another in this series or another stand-alone novel, I can't wait to read the next thing McDermid writes.

    0 of 0 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
    (695)
    Performance
    (615)
    Story
    (625)

    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?

    Robert says: "Jussi's Stories Just Get Better- Need More Dept Q!"
    "Descending"
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    The first book in this series was the best, the second book the second best, etc. That said, this one is still quite good--no question the author is talented--but I hope this trend reverses, because I'm caring less about these characters over the course of the series, not more.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stolen

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Lucy Christopher
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (169)

    This stunning debut novel from Australian author Lucy Christopher generated considerable buzz for its nonstop suspense and breathtaking imagery. Sixteen-year-old Gemma is on a layover at Bangkok Airport, headed to Vietnam with her parents. Then the vaguely familiar Ty drugs Gemma’s drink and steals her away. Her head swirling in confusion, Gemma soon finds herself fighting to survive in the unforgiving Outback.

    barnes says: "already listened twice"
    "Nicely written episolary"
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    There aren't a lot of books that pull off writing in the second person, but Lucy Christopher does a reasonably good job of it. Surprisingly good, actually. It was an enjoyable book. Even at times when the symbolism was a touch heavy-handed, I didn't really mind because the author has a talent for scene setting, and doesn't belabor her metaphors. She managed to maintain some degree of suspense up through the end, and pulled off a risky style, so kudos to her. The synopsis of her other book sounds horrifyingly trite, but this one is worth a listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Breaking Point

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By C. J. Box
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (519)
    Performance
    (452)
    Story
    (450)

    The recipient of Edgar, Anthony, and Macavity Awards, New York Times best-selling author C. J. Box has won almost every honor in his field. In Breaking Point, Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett is glad to catch up with old friend Lyle Pendergast, but then the man goes missing and is named a suspect in the death of two EPA employees. All signs point to Lyle’s guilt, but the more Joe digs into the case, the more he realizes he’s stepped into the middle of a deadly power play.

    Ronna says: "My favorite author does it again!!"
    "Lame diatribe"
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    I have loved almost every book in this series, so I am really irritated and disappointment in this one. It is at heart just a cliched, conservative, anti-Federal Employee screed. He portrays them all as quasi-Nazis (I'm just doing my job, and don't care what that is or who it hurts) or contemptible morons, and he displays serious ignorance in his characterization of their work to pay ratio, job-security, etc. Normally Box writes 3-dimensional characters, but in Breaking Point not so much.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Hanging Hill

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Mo Hayder
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (91)

    One morning in picture-perfect Bath, England, a teenage girl's body is found on the towpath of a canal: Lorne Woods - beautiful, popular, and apparently the victim of a disturbingly brutal murder. Zoe Benedict - Harley-riding police detective, independent to a fault - is convinced the department head needs to look beyond the usual domestic motives to solve the case.

    Dorothy says: "Enjoyed it"
    "Worth a credit"
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    This book reminds me of Tana French's books, which is mostly a good thing. It has an interesting plot but is very character driven. I sort of wish at least one of the characters was moderately likeable, but they're all pretty awful. Well written, well developed characters, but I wouldn't want to have a beer with a single one of them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Keeper of Lost Causes: Department Q, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1540)
    Performance
    (1333)
    Story
    (1332)

    Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award-also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo. Now, Dutton is thrilled to introduce him to America.

    Ted says: "Dark, Cold, and Danish"
    "Thrilling and creative"
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    This story centered on one of the most interesting methods for murder I've ever encountered, and I've read a lot of suspense novels (not to mention film and TV). It was frightening and memorable. I wish Audible had more from this author (in English translation).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Vanishing Point

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Val McDermid
    • Narrated By Antonia Beamish
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (63)

    thriller with a nightmare scenario: a parent who loses her child in a bustling international airport. Young Jimmy Higgins is snatched from an airport security checkpoint while his guardian watches helplessly from the glass inspection box. But this is no ordinary abduction, as Jimmy is no ordinary child. His mother was Scarlett, a reality TV star who, dying of cancer and alienated from her unreliable family, entrusted the boy to the person she believed best able to give him a happy, stable life: her ghost writer, Stephanie Harker.

    Greg says: "Great Book except for the last 10 minutes"
    "More interesting than I expected"
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    The synopsis sounded dull, particularly because I have no interest in reality TV, but this book was up to Val McDermid's standards. Very character-driven, but with plenty of plot twists. I expect a lot from Val McDermid, and this did not disappoint.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Puppets

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Daniel Hecht
    • Narrated By Jason Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    The New Jersey State Police had started calling him Howdy Doody, after the famous TV puppet of the 1950s. Three people had been killed in northern New Jersey, then three in Manhattan, and another in the Bronx, in a 13-month period. All of them were found hung up with strings attached to their limbs, like puppets.

    Emily says: "Surprisingly good"
    "Surprisingly good"
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    Lots of twists, and although I did accurately predict the end it could have plausibly turned out a couple of different ways. It appealed to my love of a good conspiracy theory, and was pretty well written. The author could improve the way he writes female characters, but they weren't any more offensive or unrealistic than most suspense novels. The book definitely exceeded my expectations, and if the author had other novels that weren't about ghosts I would listen to them.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Fitzgerald Ruse: A Sam Blackman Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Mark de Castrique
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Former chief warrant officer and amputee Sam Blackman and his partner, Nakayla Robertson, are opening a detective agency. They have high hopes that the thriving Mountain Region will provide a steady stream of cases. Their first client, a quirky elderly woman in a retirement community, makes a strange request: she wants Sam to right a wrong she committed over 70 years ago. Her victim? F. Scott Fitzgerald. Her crime? Stealing a manuscript when Fitzgerald resided in the stately Grove Park Inn.

    Emily says: "Disappointing"
    "Disappointing"
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    I wanted to like this book, but the male protagonist of the series came across as both unintelligent and arrogant. I found his character in the first book interesting, and the plots of both books are creative, but his condescension to his partner in the second book of the series really turned me off. I might try one more book in the series, but the protagonist needs an attitude adjustment in the next one or I'll be done with this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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