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MazzanoBlue

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  • Killing Carla: A Novel of Suspense

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Billie Sue Mosiman
    • Narrated By Marshall J. Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    He came out of nowhere and murdered Sully's wife, Frannie. Due to police negligence, the case was thrown out of court, and the killer never prosecuted. Sully wants revenge. Yet it's Carla, Frannie's sister, who means to right the wrong and make sure this killer doesn't get away with it. Now Carla is in the killer's spotlight and he's watching her, he's studying her, he's thinking about Killing Carla....

    Franklin E. Wales says: "What a Ride!"
    "Narrator ruins this story"
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    I am about 1/2 through this book -- The narrator has a terrible case of dry mouth. You can hear him licking his lips and other sounds due to dry mouth. You also hear him turn the pages, turn away from the microphone and then pause as he turns the pages.

    I am surprised this got through Quality Assurance at the recording studio.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Moving Day

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jonathan Stone
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (38)

    Forty years’ accumulation of art, antiques, and family photographs are more than just objects for Stanley Peke - they are proof of a life fully lived. A life he could have easily lost long ago. When a con man steals his houseful of possessions in a sophisticated moving-day scam, Peke wanders helplessly through his empty New England home, inevitably reminded of another helpless time: decades in Peke’s past, a cold and threadbare Stanislaw Shmuel Pecoskowitz eked out a desperate existence in the war-torn Polish countryside, subsisting on scraps, dodging Nazi soldiers.

    MazzanoBlue says: "Get a U-Haul"
    "Get a U-Haul"
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    I enjoyed the premise of the story -- it moved at a good pace -- though at times when I was listening - I had to rewind a bit to realize the story was in flash back. There is a lot of "thinking" narration and it goes back and forth from the past to the present. I wanted to count how many times the author told us the main character's age. That was a bit repetitive.

    Like other reviews - this isn't necessarily a "thriller" -- more of a "who dun it" mystery-ish story. I will look at other selections from this author. The narrator was good.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Eye: A Gray Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2022)
    Performance
    (1809)
    Story
    (1824)

    Ex-CIA master assassin Court Gentry has always prided himself on his ability to disappear at will, to fly below the radar and exist in the shadows - to survive as the near-mythical Gray Man. But when he takes revenge upon a former employer who betrayed him, he exposes himself to something he’s never had to face before. A killer who is just like him. Code-named Dead Eye, Russell Whitlock is a graduate of the same ultra-secret Autonomous Asset Program that trained and once controlled Gentry.

    Adegoke A. Adeyemo says: "Finally found out about Kiev!!!"
    "Mix up the formula - the character deserves it!"
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    I have heard all 4 of the Gray Men novels - the narrator is spot on! The action and suspense is very exciting.

    The formula of the series is starting to be evident after 4 installments. Mix it up some so it won't be predictable in future installments. I know Mr. Greaney is the heir apparent to the Clancey series - will this be the last Gray Man?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Execution of Noa P. Singleton: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Elizabeth L. Silver
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Amanda Carlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (66)

    Noa P. Singleton speaks not a word in her own defense throughout a brief trial that ends with a jury finding her guilty of first-degree murder. Ten years later, a woman who will never know middle age, she sits on death row in a maximum security penitentiary, just six months away from her execution date. Seemingly out of the blue, she is visited by Marlene Dixon, a high-powered Philadelphia attorney who is also the heartbroken mother of the woman Noa was imprisoned for killing....

    Paul Krasner says: "Sorry, but not the next "Gone Girl""
    "Like reading a diary or a "Dateline" episode"
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    The reviewer from "O" magazine described this as a thriller. Not. You know the premise way too much from the get go and we hear all about this story as if we are reading a diary of all the characters or watching a "Dateline" episode. A few surprises - I was glad to get to the end. I will scrutinize my "thrillers" more carefully in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharp Objects

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3118)
    Performance
    (2423)
    Story
    (2441)

    Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker's troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, Camille's first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

    Kelley says: "I agree with Stephen King"
    "Hug a puppy.... this is a bit dark"
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    Check List for listening to “Sharp Objects”

    1. Watch some comedies on TV or look at LOL Cats website – you need the balance.
    2. Play with puppies or roll around in the yard. Release some of the angst that you will feel.

    As one other reviewer stated – there weren't any characters that I rooted for. Lots of crazy women who crave attention and need to get out more.


    I will continue to listen to Ms. Flynn’s novels. She is a good writer. Ann Marie did a good job on narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hypnotist

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Lars Kepler
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (495)
    Performance
    (383)
    Story
    (381)

    Tumba, Sweden. A triple homicide—all the victims from the same family—captivates Detective Inspector Joona Linna. The killer is at large, and it appears that the elder sister of the family escaped the carnage; it seems only a matter of time until she, too, is murdered. But where can Linna begin? The only surviving witness is the boy whose mother, father, and little sister were killed before his eyes. He has suffered more than 100 knife wounds and lapsed into a state of shock. He’s in no condition to be questioned....

    Watson says: "Suspense for suspense's sake"
    "Swedish version of "Pulp Fiction""
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    This story had a "map" and then the window was rolled down and out it went! While I love good twists and turns in my mysteries - I don't like being 180'ed during a tense portion of the story. Present, Past, present, side story, Pokemon characters. Blood, guts, drugs, lots of cursing and crazy on crazy and more.

    This reminded me of a Swedish version of Pulp Fiction. Too bad there wasn't a dance scene with Travolta and Thurman.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lock Artist

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Steve Hamilton
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (978)
    Performance
    (673)
    Story
    (684)

    Marked by tragedy, traumatized at the age of eight, Michael, now 18, is no ordinary young man. Besides not uttering a single word in 10 years, he discovers the one thing he can somehow do better than anyone else. Whether it's a locked door without a key, a padlock with no combination, or even an eight hundred-pound safe...he can open them all. It's an unforgivable talent. A talent that will make young Michael a hot commodity with the wrong people.

    G. Sabin says: "A decent story, a little slow"
    "A talent that should be kept a secret"
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    Michael can pick locks - others find out -and it all comes together --

    I enjoyed the narrator - good job.

    The story is like reading someone's very detailed diary. I didn't like the jumping around from past to present -- what's up with that? Otherwise I liked it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ballistic: A Gray Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2448)
    Performance
    (2138)
    Story
    (2149)

    Ex-CIA assassin Court Gentry thought he could find refuge living in the Amazon rain forest. But his bloody past finds him when a vengeful Russian crime lord forces him to go on the run once again. Court makes his way to one of the only men in the world he can trust - and arrives too late. His friend is dead and buried. Years before, Eddie Gamboa had saved Court's life. Now, Eddie has been murdered by the notorious Mexican drug cartel he fought to take down. And Court soon finds himself drawn into a war he never wanted.

    Jean says: "Action Packed"
    "Jason Bourne & Jack Bauer's cousin -- The Gray Man"
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    If Jason Bourne and Jack Bauer (24) had a cousin - the Gray Man would be it. This is a series that packs a great punch. The action starts and all hell breaks loose. I like it when he has to think on his feet and figure out what to do when something goes wrong.

    I have read snippets of a possible movie - interested as to who will be cast as the lead.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Deadlocked: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3498)
    Performance
    (3102)
    Story
    (3105)

    Growing up with telepathic abilities, Sookie Stackhouse realized early on there were things she'd rather not know. And now that she's an adult, she also realizes that some things that she knows about, she'd rather not see—like Eric Northman feeding off another woman. A younger one. There's a thing or two she'd like to say about that, but she has to keep quiet—Felipe de Castro, the Vampire King of Louisiana (and Arkansas and Nevada), is in town.

    pewter says: "Who, What, and Why"
    "Not her best - but almost the last."
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    I agree with several of the other reviewers - this book didn't measure up. I have enjoyed the series - the last several installments have been lackluster. I am hanging in there to wrap up the series. Hopefully, Ms. Harris will give it her all for the finale.

    Oh, one line about the lines at Wal-Mart being long - that was cute. One reason I rarely go to that store.


    I sometimes wonder if watching the series has spoiled me for the books. We see the actors go all out in the series and the characters in the books - not always.

    I usually read/listen to a book before I see a movie -- I think I need to apply that rule to TV series. That way I can enjoy each of them on their own merits.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hoarder in You: How to Live a Happier, Healthier, Uncluttered Life

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Dr. Robin Zasio
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (53)

    The Hoarder in You provides practical advice for decluttering and organizing, including how to tame the emotional pull of acquiring additional things, make order out of chaos by getting a handle on clutter, and create an organizational system that reduces stress and anxiety. Dr. Zasio also shares some of the most serious cases of hoarding that she’s encountered, and explains how we can learn from these extreme examples - no matter where we are on the hoarding continuum.

    MazzanoBlue says: "My Stuff - oh, what do I do?"
    "My Stuff - oh, what do I do?"
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    My 1000 sq ft home doesn't have a garage or outside storage - just two closets and a small kitchen. It doesn't take much for my place to be a bit cluttered. I can walk through the house with no huge piles. I want to know where my stuff is and go directly to it. Thus, I downloaded this book.

    The female narrator reads this book in a neutral tone - and that is what I needed to help me understand just how much stuff I truly need. Nobody getting on me to clean up. I have those voices in my head and that is enough! After listening to the categories - I have come to realize that I am a moderate saver with cluttering tendencies, not a candidate for the show. Whew! Though I knew that.....

    I have been going through my closets and am looking at 4 sweatshirts -- I only need two. Ditto with other multiples of clothing, etc. Old coffee cups, extra workout jackets - gone. So far, two trips to Goodwill and a third one brewing.

    This book helped me understand that I will come across deals all the time at the store and just buy what I need for now. Getting your house straight and your stuff organized will take a bit of time. This book gently tells you how to attack it . What you gain in the end -- more time --because you aren't looking for something. You now know where it is. Ahh, nirvana, I will see you soon.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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