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Hannah

I have been a consistent, possibly obsessed audiobook listener since 2003. My listening ranges from suspenseful mysteries to science and technology, but I return again and again to the unexpected depth and breadth of books which fall into the "Mysteries and Thrillers" category.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | Member Since 2003

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HELPFUL VOTES
41

  • The Dog of the South

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Charles Portis
    • Narrated By Edward Lewis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (41)

    The Dog of the South is the story of Ray Midge as he tracks down his wife, Norma, who has run off with her first husband, by following credit card receipts (his credit card!). Midge starts out in Norma's lover's compact car, which has 74,000 miles on it and a quarter-turn slack in the steering wheel (they took his Ford Torino!). The trail leads from Arkansas, down to Mexico, and into Honduras.

    Paul says: "Top Ten Funniest Books"
    "Unexpected"
    Overall

    The story is ambling, quirky and completely satisfying. The reader is superb.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Grandad, There's a Head on the Beach: A Jimm Juree Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Colin Cotterill
    • Narrated By Kim Mai Guest
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (35)

    How do you respond when you wake up to find a severed head on your resort-front beach in the morning? If you're frustrated ex-crime reporter Jimm Juree, you take action. With her former cop grandfather as back up, she sets out to discover how the poor fellow ended up where he did - and why. On their journey, with the rest of their disjointed family in tow, they uncover gruesome tales of piracy and slavery, violence and murder in the Gulf of Thailand.

    Hannah says: "Lively, charming and unexpected"
    "Lively, charming and unexpected"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    For some reason, Colin Coterill's series reminds me a bit of Alexander McCall Smith's, No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency, books. It's something about the way both authors invite us to have a charming and intimate look at life in very particular, very foreign worlds. In Colin Coterill's case,Thailand rather than Smith's Botswana.
    Guided by remarkable Jimm Juree, a young, out of work crime reporter, we are invited on her unofficial investigations while she navigates, assisted by her Grandfather, both bizarre and disturbing crimes with the background of becoming increasingly intimate with every member of her hilarious family.
    The author's wry humor saturates the book, gently introducing us to a world that is exotic and destitute, and richly delightful.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kill Me

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Stephen White
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (46)

    Kill Me brings Alan Gregory face-to-face with the most challenging case of his career. As always, White's characters are indelible and the dialogue is dead-on, but Kill Me is fresh and thought-provoking in a way that's so uncommon in crime fiction.

    Deborah Mele says: "Great Read"
    "The best, most unexpected Stephan White yet"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is unlike any of Stephan White's other books. Dr. Alan Gregory is not a main character and we meet him only a few times, though his roll is central to the unfolding of the story.
    The central question of the book is pertinent to everyone's life and much of the rich discomfort within the story is because it is so close to home. It is not a perfect book and there are moments that are annoying because they fit too easily. But, once I got through the first couple of chapters I was completely hooked. "Kill Me" has a satisfyingly superficial protagonist and a soulful deuteragonist (can that really be the right word?) who both change convincingly and unexpectedly, dragging the reader through truly intense suspense before finishing the book in a completely satisfying wrap up with almost no loose ends. Read it. It's disturbing, original, soulful and fun.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Windup Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3494)
    Performance
    (1884)
    Story
    (1897)

    Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman.

    Marius says: "Al Gore nightmare meets Blade Runner."
    "Weird and imaginative and worth the work"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I got Windup Girl in one of the $4.95 sales with little expectation attached. But this book has a kind of spark and soulfulness mixed with a touch of Blade Runner, that is worth listening to. Although at the time I thought the author's introduction was unnecessary, it came to have more meaning for me as I got deeper into the book. Don't give up too soon with this book as the early pages are completely bewildering. Hang in there and you will be glad you did.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Perception of Death

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Louise Anderson
    • Narrated By Cathleen McCarron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Erin Paterson runs her grandfather's law firm in Glasgow, and is an uncompromisingly aggressive negotiator. But the success of her practice is not echoed in her personal life. Erin's father has had a stroke. She can't stand her mother. Her sister's a flake and their brother, Leland, committed suicide. She's not doing too well with her boyfriend either, whom she discovers in flagrante the day that an old school friend, Lucy Grant, is murdered.

    J says: "Dangling ending"
    "Delightfully unlikeable main character"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    We cringe at the thoughts and actions of the main character, Erin, as she narrates this thriller. Her prim behavior and her priggishness misunderstanding of others is excruciating, though we do come to appreciate her rude brusqueness and even, eventually to endorse her point of view.
    The story is complex and often graphic and it leads us all down a twisted and layered unfolding of events. When we, as listeners, have finally untangled all of the horrifying murders, undercurrents and hidden relationships and are genuinely pleased with ourselves and with Erin for being so clever, we discover that we and worst of all the protagonist who we have come to admire protectively, have all been utterly duped.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Theft: A Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Peter Carey
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (9)

    Michael a.k.a. "Butcher" Boone is an ex-"really famous" painter: opinionated, furious, brilliant, and now reduced to living in the remote country house of his biggest collector and acting as caretaker for his younger brother, Hugh, a damaged man of imposing physicality and childlike emotional volatility.

    John says: "Art Appreciation"
    "original and unexpected"
    Overall

    The Australian accents of the reader enrich this complex and oddly charming story which, especially if you are a painter you will enjoy on many levels. There seem to be echoes of Joyce Cary's (no relation) "The Horse's Mouth" and "Herself surprised" from the 1930's, if anyone has read those. A dance of overlapping streams of consciousness by the two brothers reminded me of the style of the other Cary's novels. Very satisfying.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Long Time Coming

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (23)

    He arrived out of the blue, a flesh-and-blood phantom from the past in a sports car as sleek and sexy as Law Kincaid himself. The world-famous astronaut was as devastatingly attractive as the first time Marnie Hibbs had laid eyes on him, 17 years before. But she well knew the perils of falling for a ladies' man like Law. And this time she had someone besides herself to protect. Law is determined to discover who is sending him anonymous letters claiming he'd fathered a son he knows nothing about.

    lynne-marie says: "I love it!"
    "Yuk"
    Overall

    Ok, I listened to the whole thing because I'm too cheap not to, but this book, from the name of the main male character (Law Kincaid) to the inclusion of every knee-jerk, tear-jerk situation, was silly and insulting. Another reviewer says the book's "really old," which may explain why Sandra Brown's work seems to range so widely from truly gripping to totally absurd. This book is the latter.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Falling Off Air

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Catherine Sampson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (32)

    Robin Ballantyne's life is finally coming together. After learning she was pregnant with twins and being abandoned by her irresponsible boyfriend, Adam, she's settling into life as a single mother. But one night, after putting the children to bed, she hears an argument and suddenly, a body falls past her window. Running outside, she finds the body of Paula Carmichael, a renowned activist.

    Hannah says: "Rich, developed and unusual"
    "Rich, developed and unusual"
    Overall

    That's it. It is the best "mystery" I've listened to in ages. I heartily recommend it to anyone who is becoming bored with their choices in this category.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Blow Fly

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (260)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (112)

    In Blow Fly, Kay Scarpetta stands at the threshold of a new life after her work as Virginia's Chief Medical Examiner has come to a jarring end. At the close of The Last Precinct, she knew she would have to leave Richmond if she were to find any peace. So she packed up her belongings and set out for Florida. Now she must unravel a conspiracy with an international reach and confront the shock of her life, a blow that will force her to question all she holds dear.

    Vida says: "Blow Fly Blows"
    "satisfying"
    Overall

    Unlike many other reviewers, I like the slow building of the complexity of these characters and the slight meandering of the overall plot of this group of books about the deteriorating of Kate Scarpetta's work in Virginia and what she does next. They do end abruptly, I admit, but together they feel linked and compelling and rich to me.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Purple Cane Road

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (49)

    Dave Robicheaux has never known what happened to his mother. He is stunned when a pimp looks at him sideways and asks if he is the son of Mae Guillory, the whore a bunch of cops murdered thirty years ago. Her body was dumped in the bayou bordering Purple Cane Road, and the cops who left her there are still on the job. Dave's search for his mother's killer leads him to the darker places in his past, and solving this case teaches him what it means to be his mother's son.

    Michael says: "Abridged"
    "Too abridged"
    Overall

    Will Patton's lazy voice reading James Lee Burke's brooding and passionate prose should not have been abridged. Besides that, it's a thoroughly satisfying combination.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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