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Ruth

LA, USA | Member Since 2003

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  • Notorious: A Max Revere Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Allison Brennan
    • Narrated By Eliza Foss
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (50)

    New York Times best-selling author Allison Brennan introduces an irrepressible heroine in her pulse-pounding new thriller Notorious, which Lisa Gardner says is, "Guaranteed to keep you up late at night."Maxine Revere has dedicated her life to investigating murders that the police have long since given up any hope of solving.

    Felicia The Geeky Blogger says: "Good Start to a new series"
    ""notoriously bad""
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Main character. Quite awful. Self-righteous and hypocritical. Everyone but herself has to be held to a standard of truth. However she lies by omission, picks locks to enter others homes. Reads others personnel diaries and confidential police files. I couldn't recommend this to anyone.


    What could Allison Brennan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not write it.


    What didn’t you like about Eliza Foss’s performance?

    Overly dramatic


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Notorious?

    Everything.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Swedish Girl: DCI Lorimer, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Alex Gray
    • Narrated By Joe Dunlop
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    When Kirsty Wilson lands a room in a luxury Glasgow flat owned by Swedish fellow student Eva Magnusson she can't believe her luck. But Kirsty's delight turns to terror when she finds the beautiful Swedish girl lying dead in their home and their male flatmate accused of her murder. Kirsty refuses to accept that he is guilty and, inspired by family friend Detective Superintendent Lorimer, sets out to clear his name. Meanwhile, Lorimer calls on trusted psychologist Solly Brightman to help unravel the truth behind the enigmatic Eva's life and death.

    Amazon Customer says: "Strong story"
    "Not for me."
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    Would you try another book from Alex Gray and/or Joe Dunlop?

    No for Alex Gray. Yes for Joe Dunlop. Disappointed.


    Has The Swedish Girl turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. I love the UK mystery scene.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Nothing memorable. The story starts off on a faulty premise that the young man arrested could be proved to be the killer just because he had been intimate with her. The main characters are flat. Tall handsome police superintendent with school teacher wife. Best friend profiler with pathologist wife and cute baby. Detective who is worried about her career. Kids on their own for the first time. That's it. Good writing. Great narrator - normally I would stop listening. Life is too short.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm sure others may enjoy but I wouldn't recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Victim: A Dr. Charlotte Stone Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Karen Robards
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (146)

    Dr. Charlotte Stone sees what others do not. A sought-after expert in criminal pathology, Charlie regularly sits face-to-face with madmen. Obsessed with learning what makes human monsters commit terrible crimes, Charlie desires little else from life - no doubt because when she was 16, she herself survived a serial killer's bloodbath: A man butchered the family of Charlie's friend, then left the girl's body on a seaside boardwalk one week later. Because of the information Charlie gave police, the Boardwalk Killer went underground.

    Michelle says: "Needs something, just not sure what"
    "Can't believe I bought this"
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    Don't bother. I didn't after the first few chapters. Description of the story fails to disclose the ugly nature of the relationship between the protagonist and her serial killer ghost pal. Can't rate the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kill Room: A Lincoln Rhyme Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder, January LaVoy, Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (295)
    Performance
    (259)
    Story
    (257)

    It was a "million-dollar bullet," a sniper shot delivered from over a mile away. Its victim was a United States citizen, targeted by the United States government, and assassinated in the Bahamas. The nation's most renowned investigator and forensics expert, Lincoln Rhyme, is drafted to investigate. As details of the case start to emerge, the he discovers that not all is what it seems. When a deadly, knife-wielding assassin begins systematically eliminating the witnesses, Lincoln's investigation turns into a chilling battle of wits against a cold-blooded killer.

    Bill says: "Buy the BOOK, skip the AUDIO"
    "A disservice to j.deaver"
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    Jeffrey Deaver's novels are a bit formula driven, but I enjoy them and they always improve on a repeat listen. I won't be able to do this with this very over produced version. It should be recorded again by one narrator. Agree with other reviews about the feeling that voices were spliced in. This so disrupts the listening/narration experience that it's hard to follow the story which is complicated further by a different kind of mystery/thriller for these characters. I always feel uncomfortable when rating a favorite writer as average, as their average most certainly almost always would be considered excellent for a less talented author. I would recommend that Deaver fans buy the book, it still may be an average novel by Deaver fans but worth reading.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Box: Harry Bosch, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Michael McConnohie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2104)
    Performance
    (1784)
    Story
    (1767)

    In a case that spans 20 years, Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photographer during the L.A. riots. Harry originally investigated the murder, but it was then handed off to the Riot Crimes Task Force and never solved. Now Bosch's ballistics match indicates that her death was not random violence, but something more personal, and connected to a deeper intrigue. Like an investigator combing through the wreckage after a plane crash, Bosch searches for the "black box", the one piece of evidence that will pull the case together.

    Amazon Customer says: "Disappointing"
    "How a narrator can ruin a great story (:."
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    No way around this, the narrator is bland, disinterested in the story and almost robotic. Never will order a preorder again without knowledge of the narrator. It's a prime example of how important the narrator is for an audio book to succeed. And how a bad narrator can destroy an excellent book. This one I'm going have to get the book.

    How can this happen with an exceedingly popular and great writer, a cash cow from audible's biz perspective?

    First time readers to this series, skip this audio version, find the book in a library or buy it. Listen to any of the other books in this series narrated by Len Cariou or Dick Hill. Frankly, the new preorder system is helpful with knowing about upcoming books, but audible selling preorders in to March 2013 is too far in the future for me and without stated narrators is not working for me, and I wish it was a separate sort function. In the meantime, I'll be skipping over them to actual books released. I can't even rate this Connelly book a 5 star for the story which it may very well deserve, as the story became flat and I couldn't get engaged in this listen.

    Not unlike listening to Scott Brick who was once a great narrator but now over-emotes and is impossible for me to listen to any more. Skip those. Audible you are losing biz.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Easy Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (248)
    Story
    (241)

    In life she was a high-profile model. In death she is the focus of a media firestorm that's demanding action from Lucas Davenport. One of his own men is a suspect in her murder. But when a series of bizarre, seemingly unrelated slayings rock the city, Davenport suspects a connection that runs deeper than anyone had imagined - one that leads to an ingenious killer more ruthless than anyone had feared....

    Pat C says: "Disappointing for Sandford"
    "can't believe this was written by Sandford. . . ."
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    Even if you are a hard core John Sandford fan as I am, this book is just about unreadable. Don't know what happened here. Where were Sandford's editor's? What was he thinking? It's painful to write this as there are so many great Davenport books before and after this one. I can't even recommend this to a fan. Will take a listen again in a year or two, but this is the one you hope one of your favorite author never writes. Makes sense that it is the last in the this unabridged series to get issued on audible. On the other hand, one clunker out of 20 plus is an amazing record. This book is only interesting in Weather making an appearance, although just a smidgeon, in Davenport's life again.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Naked Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (366)
    Performance
    (324)
    Story
    (327)

    In Naked Prey, John Sandford puts Lucas Davenport through some changes. His old boss, Rose Marie Roux, has moved up to the state level and taken Lucas with her. In addition, Lucas is now married and a new father, both of which are fine with him: He doesn't mind being a family man. But he is a little worried. For every bit of peace you get, you have to pay - and he's waiting for the bill. It comes in the form of two people found hanging from a tree in the woods of northern Minnesota. What makes it particularly sensitive is that the bodies are of a black man and a white woman, and they're naked....

    Ruth says: "Meet Letty West!"
    "Meet Letty West!"
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    Loved this book. Letty West is one of the best character additions to this great series. She appears in subsequent novels in the series and she is a fabulous character. And this is the book where she makes her debut.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Mossflower: Redwall, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Brian Jacques
    • Narrated By Brian Jacques, Full Cast
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (134)

    Visit the magical animal world of Brian Jacques in this thrilling prequel to Redwall. Long before the abbey of Redwall is built, the land is known simply as Mossflower, a lush woodland and happy home to all. That is, until Tsarmina, a cruel wildcat queen who demands obedience and offers the castle's dungeon to those who defy her, comes along. Brian Jacques' tales of courageous heroes and deliciously hateful villains have captivated countless readers.

    Laura says: "Fantastic listening"
    "Too difficult for young US kids to understand."
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    I agree with "disappointed". Young U.S. readers, my grandkids, were so looking forward to listening to this very popular series. But the book is read so fast, and the english accent so pronounced, that they were not able to understand the reader. I love english/scottish/welsh/irish narrators, and in fact seek them out, but I grew up with an english mum. For young ears it was just too difficult for them to understand. It looks like the book has received wonderful reviews. wish I could be more positive about this beloved english series.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3017)
    Performance
    (2650)
    Story
    (2677)

    When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    cristina says: "I was surprised by how much I liked it"
    "would I have bought this if it hadn't been J.K. ?"
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    To be fair, this kind of book, as someone noted, is "slice of life" fiction, which I never would have been intrigued enough to purchase. Not my cup of tea. This may account for the extremes in ratings this novel has garnished. That being said, there were no characters to root for, and although being an anglophile, (and half English, if that means anything) I would never want to live in nor visit this village. Should have been published under a pseudonym - may have then been more fairly reviewed by those interested in this kind of story. Instead, reviews, including mine, would have been based not on expectation. Instead, I kept thinking, when is HP going to show up? Very very unfair.

    Tom Hollander is a new narrator to me. Will be looking for other books he has narrated.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Jewels of Paradise

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Donna Leon
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (60)

    Caterina Pellegrini is a native Venetian, and like so many of them, she’s had to leave home to pursue her career elsewhere, mostly abroad. With a doctorate in baroque opera from Vienna, she lands in Birmingham, England, as a research fellow and assistant professor. Birmingham, however, is no Venice, so when she gets word of a position back home, Caterina jumps at the opportunity. The job is an unusual one.

    Ruth says: "A "mystery" of a different sort, . ."
    "A "mystery" of a different sort, . ."
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    While the Brunetti mystery's are slow paced, this stand alone was too slow for me to stay engaged. It is a book beautifully written, with Leon's elegant craftsmanship, but scholarly paced, which makes sense as an unravelling of a historical mystery to the protagonist scholar. While I do from time to time listen again to the Brunetti mystery's, I can't say that I will listen again nor recommend to mystery readers this novel. Those interested in historical fiction and the landscape of Venice will find it charming. Leon's subtle and dry sense of humor is present, which always makes me smile. Narrator, excellent.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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