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Mystery Addict

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  • 11 reviews
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  • War and Remembrance

    • UNABRIDGED (56 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    Overall
    (1923)
    Performance
    (1630)
    Story
    (1616)

    Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II, which begins with The Winds of War and continues here in War and Remembrance, stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

    aaron says: "What can I say that hasn't already been said??"
    "Better than the first one"
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    Wow. Absolutely loved Winds of War and Pariseau narration so I had to follow up with War & Remembrance and have just finished this even better work. This may have been the finest 56 hours I have ever spent with an audiobook and I have listened to over five hundred books over the years. The now familiar characters fit like a comfortable pair of jeans and Pariseau's style felt like hearing the reminisces of an eyewitness. I am sure Wouk's words made a large contribution as well and in my mind he has now surpassed the great Irving Stone in the category of author of historical novels.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Eye of the Storm: A Sharon McCone Mystery, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Marcia Muller
    • Narrated By Laura Hicks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Appleby Island, once the magnificent home of a tycoon and planter, is a place of history and mystery in the Sacramento delta. Its story includes hints of tragedy, fueling rumors that ghosts still walk its derelict orchards. Now Patsy McCone, her new lover, and a group of invetors are turning the old mansion into an elegant bed and breakfast.

    Mystery Addict says: "Another winner"
    "Another winner"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Marcia Muller's Sharon McCone could be the illegitimate daughter of Lew Archer and the older step sister of Kinsey Milhone. The setting for Eye of the Storm is Agatha Christie inspired and the story line would fit comfortably in any PD James, Minette Walters or Ruth Rendell book if it were transported across the pond to 1980's California. Another lost classic from Marcia Muller. Thank you Audible

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Die a Stranger: Alex McKnight #9

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Steve Hamilton
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (46)

    Late one night, a plane lands on a deserted airstrip. Five dead bodies are found there the next morning. And now Vinnie LeBlanc is missing. Vinnie is an Ojibwa tribal member, a blackjack dealer at the Bay Mills Casino, and he just might be Alex McKnight’s best friend. He’s come through for Alex more than once in the past, and he never ever misses a day of work. So Alex can’t help but be worried.

    Mystery Addict says: "Alex is back"
    "Alex is back"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Die a Stranger to be better than the print version?

    Yes, narrator Miller makes the book


    Would you be willing to try another book from Steve Hamilton? Why or why not?

    Yes, this was my fifth and I will get around to finishing the series in good time


    What does Dan John Miller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Miller is the perfect voice for Alex. Story not one of the best in the series but narrator keeps it alive.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Maybe not in one sitting but three days well spent


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe time to to give Alex a hiatus again and try some stand alone's. Lock Artist and Nightwork were great as well. Either way, keep them coming Mr. Hamilton.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Games to Keep the Dark Away

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Marcia Muller
    • Narrated By Laura Hicks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Picture Salmon Bay: an isolated, run-down northern California village, home to an idle fleet of fishing boats, a deserted amusement park, and a handful of secretive, even hostile residents. When private investigator Sharon McCone arrives in search of one of the town's wayward daughters, the trail leads to the thriving resort of Port San Marco. McCone believes that the missing woman, a former social worker named Jane Anthony, was involved in the suspicious deaths of three terminally ill patients at an exclusive hospice.

    Mystery Addict says: "Thank you Audible"
    "Thank you Audible"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Thank you for adding this lost gem. Laura Hicks does an excellent job of being Marcia's voice and bringing Sharon alive. Please keep them coming.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Murder Season: Lena Gamble, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Robert Ellis
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Detective Lena Gamble knows how to handle the hottest cases - do it fast and keep her head down because if it all goes south, the department won’t hesitate to make a scapegoat out of her. So when she gets called to the scene of a double murder at Club 3 AM, the A-list hangout for Hollywood celebs, she knows the fun is only beginning. And she's not wrong. It's just much worse than that. As expected, one of the victims is club owner Johnny Bosco, one of the most well-connected men in Hollywood politics.

    Mystery Addict says: "Ellis and Lena Succeed Again"
    "Ellis and Lena Succeed Again"
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    If you are like me and are a fan of either (or all of) Michael Connely, Robert Crais, TJ Parker, Thomas Perry, Joseph Wambaugh, Robert Ferrigno, Ross Macdonald or Sue Grafton then Robert Ellis and Lina Gamble are for you. Not only has Ellis created a great central character in Lena but he uses the LA/Southern California backdrop as a supporting actor (or shall I say actress) in the tradition of the greats listed above. The plot twists will keep you guessing till the end. This was my first experience with Coleen Marlo and her voice was pleasant and easy to listen to. My only wish was that she would have exhibited a greater range of emotion when the plot situation call for some. I hope you enjoy this listen as much as I did.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Still Missing

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Chevy Stevens
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1337)
    Performance
    (713)
    Story
    (723)

    On the day she was abducted, Annie O’Sullivan, a 32-year-old Realtor, had three goals: sell a house, forget about a recent argument with her mother, and be on time for dinner with her ever-patient boyfriend. The open house is slow, but when her last visitor pulls up in a van as she’s about to leave, Annie thinks it just might be her lucky day after all.

    Richard Delman says: "A singular voice; a horrendous story."
    ""Room" From an Adult Prospective"
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    Chevy Stevens impressive debut, Still Missing, is very similar in concept to the bestseller Room except that it is told from the adult captive's viewpoint rather than a child, The language and details are more graphic and if you are offended by language and or adult content please beware, if not, both are in context with story and not over the top. The main character was both well developed and sympathetic. The first three quarters of the book was reminiscent of Lisa Gardner, Tami Hoag or Tess Gerritsen at their best. Unlike some reviewers, I found the the ending much more complicated than it had to be and and more in line with a soap opera or bad Lifetime movie. As a result what could have been a great thriller is merely a good one.This was my first experience with narrator Angela Dawe as well and she was absolutely wonderful so I am not sure how much credit goes to the writer and how much to the reader. I know I enjoyed the book and recomend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monkeewrench

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By P. J. Tracy
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (42)

    Haunted by a series of horrifying and violent episodes in their past, Grace McBride and the oddball crew of her software company, Monkeewrench, create a computer game where the killer is always caught, where the good guys always win. But their game becomes a nightmare when someone starts duplicating the fictional murders in real life, down to the last detail.

    Jane says: "It’s not bad, but I had some problems with it."
    "Excellent"
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    Story

    Excellent listen. My first experience with this author. Good police procedural that did not get bogged down with too many details. Good character development. Lots of plot twists without getting to confusing. I suppose ending was predictable (aren't they all) but just off center enough that I did not guess it completely. Would not have known the gender(s) of the authors if I had not been told. Only my second experience with this narrator and he did an excellent job this time.(my first was more forgettable) Will definitely add the sequel to my wish list.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ask the Cards a Question: Sharon McCone #2

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Marcia Muller
    • Narrated By Laura Hicks
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    There's trouble in Sharon McCone's quiet San Francisco apartment building. Madame Anya, with her cards, her tamed crow, and her candles, had predicted evil for Molly Antonio. Linnea Carraway, drinking heavily and careening in the wake of a divorce, had argued with her. Now the sweet, elderly lady lies dead in her apartment. Linnea, last to see Molly alive, is the prime suspect and if Sharon means to clear her best friend, she has to find the murderer fast.

    Holly says: "Ask the question, you might not like the answer!"
    "Finding a Lost Classic"
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    I recently discovered Marcia Muller and I am so glad that Audible is releasing her earliest works. Marcia paved the way for Sue Grafton, Sara Paretsky, Karen Kijewski,Linda Barnes and so many others by creating the first female private detective and having someone publish it. Sharon McCone is obviously the daughter Raymond Chandler, Ross Macdonald and Robert B Parker would have wished for. This early work (the second in the series after Edward of the Iron Shoes, also available on Audible) will take you back to San Francisco in the early 1980's and is tightly written with wonderful local flavor. This was my first experience with narrator Laura Hicks and she was just what Sharon would have wanted.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • No Time Left

    • UNABRIDGED (35 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (228)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (152)

    Frank Becker is a highly sought after, expert assassin. When Becker takes a mysterious job, he has no idea that it will force him to delve deeply into his own past. Undeterred by obstacles he is determined to complete his assignment. But he may realize too late that his success will permanently alter his future.

    Scott says: "I don't understand how people feel ripped off"
    "Confused"
    Overall

    I just finished listening to this audiobook and find myself confused. I would describe the actual book to be a fair to middling short story more equatable to Stephen King than David Baldacci in content with a predictable ending that was only redeemed by Scott Brick's usual stellar narration. I am confused by the timing of the release and its intention. The plot of the story seems to clearly indicate that it was written over ten years ago and yet its maketed as something new with a copywrite of 2011. Second, while I paid the cash price which was fair for the contentent, I like others would have been upset if I had used up a precious credit instead. I question the intent of Audibles marketing in this regard.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18230)
    Performance
    (8396)
    Story
    (8433)

    Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority.

    B.J. says: "Perfect."
    "Vance and Larsson deliver another winner"
    Overall

    I so eagerly awaited the 3rd installment of the Millenium Triolgy that I purchased a copy of the UK book in December rather than wait until it's May arrival in the US. After reading two hundred pages in the first week I realized 2 things. While Larsson is a great writer, I dearly missed the way Vance brought everything to life. I put the book down and waited the 6 months for the audio release. I was not disapointed. The team of Larsson and Vance delivered another winner.

    48 of 56 people found this review helpful

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