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Traci A. Hannah

Traci

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  • On the Grind: Shane Scully

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Stephen J. Cannell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (74)

    Charged with misconduct in a high-profile solicitation of murder case, Scully is forced to resign from the LAPD or face criminal prosecution. His wife Alexa leaves him, seeking a divorce for his alleged dalliance with the accused in the case, a well-known Hollywood actress. His son, Chooch, horrified by these events, won't speak to him.

    Traci A. Hannah says: "A fun read..."
    "A fun read..."
    Overall

    No one would guess that I am addicted to gritty police and legal thrillers, but I am. This was my first Shane Scully book and it was a fun read. No, it wasn't in the category of the Harry Bosch series, but I am familiar with the author's TV series so I expected as much. I was a bit confused in the beginning by the main character's role as a dirty cop but it was explained quickly. The plot of an entire police force being corrupt with no oversight was a stretch but I enjoyed the book nevertheless. I will definitely check out the other books in the Scully series.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13884)
    Performance
    (12254)
    Story
    (12282)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Things aren't always how they seem..."
    Overall
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    Story

    I absolutely LOVED this book! I simply could not wait to listen and found excuses to "put my ears in". There were a few slow moments and a few times I said out loud "yeah, right!" as if something like that would really happen, but more often than not it was an amazing ride (and I mean RIDE). I find nothing better in a book than being totally absolutely shocked by the characters and once this happened in Gone Girl Gone I was hooked! It really is true that you never know what happens behind closed doors (or crazy minds!). I must admit I was a bit disappointed by the ending but also hopeful that there could possibly, maybe be a sequel where everyone gets what they deserve.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Criminal

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Kathleen Early
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1442)
    Performance
    (1212)
    Story
    (1219)

    Will Trent is a brilliant agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Newly in love, he is beginning to put a difficult past behind him. Then a local college student goes missing, and he is inexplicably kept off the case by his supervisor and mentor, deputy director Amanda Wagner. Will cannot fathom Amanda's motivation, until the two of them literally collide in an abandoned orphanage they have both been drawn to for different reasons. Decades before - when Will's father was imprisoned for murder - this was his home....

    Melinda says: "Heart Pounding, Gripping Thriller"
    "Intense!!!"
    Overall
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    I always look forward to Karin Slaughter books and this was no exception. I was so excited to listen to this one I basically walked around my house for 2 days listening (to the chagrin of my husband!). The one thing people need to understand about Slaughter's books is that they aren't a nice quiet evening read while drinking a mint julep on the porch....you tend to get way involved and her books are INTENSE! There were several story lines in this book beside the Will/Sara story and each one stood well on its own, regardless of how disturbing they were. This story spans 40 years so if you are a person who dislikes back and forth writing - this isn't for you. I personally enjoyed learning more about the past and watching it weaved brilliantly into the present. We learned more about Will Trent's troubled background and what brought him to the GBI. I was surprised but appreciated the honesty regarding the police view on women in the 1970's. She did not hold back on that subject. Many reviewers tend to explain the book and characters in detail so I won't do that. My thoughts - if you want an intense, sometimes cringeworthy thriller with abuse, racism, sexism, childhood pain and adult reality this is a GREAT read!

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

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3326)
    Performance
    (1057)
    Story
    (1060)

    Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul - the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter - environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man - she was doing her small part to build a better world.

    Lawrence says: "Believe the Hype"
    "Refreshing bit of reality"
    Overall

    I absolutely loved this book and hated for it to end. Franzen did a brilliant job of weaving the evolution of characters in and out of periods of strength, selfishness, weakness and home again. No, I didn't like all of the characters, but isn't that the way real life is? There is nothing better than starting a novel disliking a character and in the end loving them and respecting the road they traveled and not judging them for it. The only reason for 4 stars is that the voice of the Indian character voice was truly grating. Other than that an easy 5 stars.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brother Fish

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (1250)
    Performance
    (572)
    Story
    (570)

    From the author of The Power of One comes an inspiring human drama of three lives brought together and changed forever by the extraordinary events of recent history. Inspired by real events, Bryce Courtenay's new novel tells the story of three people from vastly differing backgrounds. All they have in common is a tough beginning in life.

    Prsilla says: "And a Cast of Thousands!"
    "Amazing...."
    Overall

    This was my first Bryce Courtenay books, but will not be my last. I had a very hard time getting started with this book, but that is mainly because I am used to listening to books that do not require me to pay attention. How refreshing. I found myself laughing out loud at James and singing hymns with Brother Fish. I would highly recommend this book - just hang in there through the first part and it quickly picks up and takes you away. I can't wait to listen to his other books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22303)
    Performance
    (8980)
    Story
    (9054)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Pleasantly Surprised"
    Overall

    I loved this book. I had never heard of the book or the author, but was told by a good friend that it was worth the read (or listen). She was so right. I found myself drawn in immediately and found myself turning on my ipod to listen while fixing dinner or even folding clothes. The ending did seem a bit unfinished but I have since learned the book is the first in a trilogy. I can't wait until the next book is released. How sad the author passed before this book received its deserved accolades. I definitely recommend.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Cold Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (605)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (162)

    On a freezing December night, with a full moon hovering in the black sky over New York City, two people are brutally murdered, the death scenes marked by eerie, matching calling cards: moon-faced clocks investigators fear ticked away the victims' last moments on earth. Renowned criminologist Lincoln Rhyme immediately identifies the clock distributor and has the chilling realization that the killer, who has dubbed himself the Watchmaker, has more murders planned in the hours to come.

    Laura says: "Another great puzzle!"
    "Great listen!"
    Overall

    Loved this audiobook! I usually figure out the plot in the first quarter of a book but not this one. What may have been confusing for others was a thrill for me. I found myself sitting in the driveway for 30 minutes after I turned the car off. THAT is the reason I never bring an audiobook inside, I would never get anything done. The only sections I didn't like were the file note reviews - they lasted forever and I tended to tune out. Other than that it would have been five stars. I highly recommend this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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