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  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3985)
    Performance
    (3560)
    Story
    (3556)

    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!!"
    "You'll appreciate your dog even more"
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    I've always enjoyed Crais' books, his Elvis Cole and Joe Pike novels are just fun and entertaining. This book is a stand alone (although how many bets he brings back this character?). What's so fun about this book is Maggie, the dog, and how very attached you become to her and all the new respect you have for your own dog. My dog got lots of extra attention (as if she is every neglected!) while I was reading this. It's just thoroughly entertaining and interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2419)
    Performance
    (888)
    Story
    (898)

    The Executive Board of an exclusive men's club meets to talk about 9/11 and finalize a retaliation plan, known by a code name: Wild Fire. That weekend, a member of the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force is found dead. It's up to Detective John Corey and his wife, FBI Agent Kate Mayfield, to unravel a terrifying plot that starts with the Custer Hill Club and ends with American cities locked in the crosshairs of a nuclear device.

    Joseph says: "Good, but the series is getting forced."
    "After this John Corey novel, it's time for a break"
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    I've enjoyed all the books in the John Corey series, and as I'm sure I've said before, Scott Brick is absolutely pitch perfect for these books. The premise of the book is super intriguing and so I was hooked and looking forward to a great read from the early chapters. I have to say, it's a bit disappointing after that. For one, the great premise kind of falls by the wayside and instead it's a lot of unnecessary and tedious detail about Corey doing his macho man thing, and, you know, it's really all about Corey. And, alas, whereas in previous books I've enjoyed Corey's sarcastic wit, by this book I just got plain tired of his attitude and sometimes downright juvenile behavior.

    I'll return to the series though, I'm sure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Likeness

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Heather O'Neill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2717)
    Performance
    (1628)
    Story
    (1636)

    Tana French's debut, In the Woods, hit the New York Times best-seller list and drew rave reviews from the Times (London) and Booklist. Picking up six months later, this riveting sequel finds Detective Cassie Maddox still scarred by her last case. When her boyfriend calls her to a chilling murder scene, Cassie is forced to face her inner demons. A young woman has been found stabbed to death outside Dublin, and the victim looks just like Cassie.

    Michael says: "Really on a Different Level"
    "See my review for In the Woods"
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    This second book in this series was even better than the first ... the premise is very interesting (won't spoil it), if you read the first one (In the Woods) you'll recognize a common theme (and especially if you read the next two -- which you'll want to) with respect to the narrator of each book and this book, like the first, is rich in character and place. This particular story will make you think a lot about friendship, home, family ... and it's still a murder mystery :-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4545)
    Performance
    (2601)
    Story
    (2602)

    As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

    Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

    Barbara says: "A near-flawless audiobook (but for one thing...)"
    "4.5 stars for this and the next 3 in series"
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    Outstanding writer. The prologue to this book is worth the price of the entire book. It's so well written, so keenly insightful, that I've made several of my friends (many of them writers) sit and listen to it. They all agreed! And then there's the rest of the book: beautifully written, complex and interesting characters and a very rich portrayal of place. Really, this first in the Dublin Murder Squad and the next three (The Likeness, Faithful Place & Broken Harbor) are all good, all completely different from each other, and all wonderfully written. The mystery/ murder itself, in each case is secondary to the story of each book's featured main character. You will miss them when you are finished listening, and the place will stay with you. Here's another plus: you don't need to read them in order ... although you really should since there is a tiny bit of carry over from one book to the next. Really, really great reads. I'll be checking in often to see when French has a new book out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Sheri Fink
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (546)
    Performance
    (479)
    Story
    (483)

    In the tradition of the best writing on medicine, physician and reporter Sheri Fink reconstructs five days at Memorial Medical Center and draws the listener into the lives of those who struggled mightily to survive and to maintain life amidst chaos. After Katrina struck and the floodwaters rose, the power failed, and the heat climbed, exhausted caregivers chose to designate certain patients last for rescue. Months later, several health professionals faced criminal allegations that they deliberately injected numerous patients with drugs to hasten their deaths. Five Days at Memorial, the culmination of six years of reporting, unspools the mystery of what happened in those days.

    Cynthia says: "Five Days in Hell/Years in Purgatory"
    "Would make an excellent book group read"
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    This is a book that will grab you from the first few pages and hold your interest to the end. It's well written, well narrated and the kind of book you wish three of your friends were reading at the same time so you could talk with them about it, which is why I think it would be an excellent choice as a book club pick. The likely discussion about the book would be lively and interesting and sure to go off in many directions.

    Highly recommend

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • NOS4A2: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Kate Mulgrew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2694)
    Performance
    (2493)
    Story
    (2498)

    Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

    Christopher Barnes says: "D*mn near flawless"
    "Stephen King without heart"
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    I generally like stories like this but as I was slogging through this (and kept finding myself switching to another book -- In The Plex, actually) I kept trying to figure out why I wasn't liking the book. It certainly has an imaginative plot and some suspense ... but here's the thing: none of the characters matter to me. They don't feel real and they aren't likable, even the heroine of the story.
    Also, Kate Mulgrew, who has a pleasing speaking voice, has for some reason chosen to read all but the expositive narration, in a really nasty, abrasive voice. So, even an eight year old girl sounds grating and just, well, annoying
    The story-line of this book is plenty creepy and Stephen Kingesque, so if you are a fan of that kind of story (and I am), you'll think you want to read this, but if you are a King fan, besides his great storytelling, one of the reasons you probably like him (perhaps without even consciously thinking about it), is his characters. They are believable and likable, especially his kids -- he has a real appreciation for being a kid. The difference, for me, in reading this vs a King book is that in the case of NOS4A2, I'm wishing all along that I could just get the story, find out what happens, and be done with it without having to deal with the characters. With King's books, I find myself liking the characters and missing them when the book is finished.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Stay Close

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1929)
    Performance
    (1595)
    Story
    (1604)

    Three people living lives they never wanted, hiding secrets that even those closest to them would never suspect, will find that the past never truly fades away. Even as the terrible consequences of long-ago events crash together in the present and threaten to ruin lives, they will come to the startling realization that they may not want to forget the past at all.

    Robin says: "Why did I think I liked Harlan Coben novels?"
    "Slow and Boring"
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    And not all that well read considering what a huge fan of Scott Brick's readings I usually am. Maybe it's the writing ... I suppose you can only do so much. It's a weak story, not particularly suspenseful or interesting. Don't bother.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night Fall

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2452)
    Performance
    (938)
    Story
    (940)

    Five years after the crashof TWA Flight 800, the government has declared it a result of mechanical failure. But John Corey, an ex-NYPD detective who is now a contract agent with the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force, is persuaded by Kate Mayfield, his wife and task force partner, that the case deserves a second look.

    Ms Discus says: "Addictive mix of fact & intriguing storyline"
    "Another good one from DeMille"
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    I have to say this every time: Scott Brick is perfect as John Corey. That said, another page turner from DeMille with a very clever plot. You won't be disappointed at all. Looking forward to the next in the series ... I am hooked.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion's Game

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4432)
    Performance
    (1733)
    Story
    (1734)

    To survive in a game with no rules at all, John Corey must invent a strategy that includes no luck at all. He and the Anti-Terrorist Task Force must stop "The Lion," an alleged Libyan terrorist with the instincts of a wild animal, the bloodlust of a carnivore, and the boldness and speed of a cat of prey.

    CoCo says: "Excellent and engaging"
    "Page Turner"
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    Again, Scott Brick is perfect for these books. This, the second in the John Corey series is interestingly told (from Corey's point of view and from that of the bad guy, "The Lion,"), it's suspenseful, has plenty of DeMille's usual humor, excellent characters -- overall a page turner (so to speak ... there should be an equivalent word for an audio book). Really good. Couldn't put it down (turn it off).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Plum Island

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2491)
    Performance
    (1785)
    Story
    (1777)

    Wounded in the line of duty, NYPD homicide cop John Corey is convalescing in rural eastern Long Island when an attractive young couple he knows is found shot to death on the family patio. The victims were biologists at Plum Island, a research site rumored to be an incubator for germ warfare. Suddenly, a local double murder takes on shattering global implications - and thrusts Corey and two extraordinary women into a dangerous search for the secret of Plum Island....

    DERALD says: "Great on par with" LION'S GAME""
    "Character is everything"
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    It's the character, John Corey, and the excellent reading by Scott Brick that make this book good -- the story bogs down a bit with some silly action, but mostly it's a great introduction into the series and good enough to make you want to go forward with the rest (which I have done), and which are all better than this particular one. This establishes Corey and some other characters and does a good job of it ... but the next two are really compelling :-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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