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Aaron P. Lazar

mystery writer

Geneseo, New York, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Bright Orange for the Shroud: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (122)

    Travis things he's in for a quiet summer until a walking zombie of a man, Arthur Wilkinson, stumbles aboard The Busted Flush. He's the latest victim of a fragile-looking blond sexpot who uses the blackest arts of love to lure unsuspecting suckers into a web of sordid schemes. Gone, suddenly, are the lazy, hazy days of summer as Travis becomes embroiled in one of the most dangerous, dirtiest cases of his career.

    Marilyn says: "Finally, unabridged!"
    "Another winner by John D. MacDonald and Robert Pet"
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    Would you listen to Bright Orange for the Shroud again? Why?

    I'd like to re-listen to all of these Travis McGee books. I'm on my fifth and will listen to them all, just like I read and re-read them years ago. ;o)


    What other book might you compare Bright Orange for the Shroud to and why?

    Well, of course, the other Travis McGee books in the series. This recording was delightful.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved all the scenes with Chookie and Arthur, and her sweet ways of helping him heal. She is a wonderful character.


    Any additional comments?

    Boo Waxwell was a wonderful, horrible villain. I loved the nastiness MacDonald created in this bad guy!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pines

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2160)
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    (1968)
    Story
    (1964)

    Wayward Pines, Idaho, is quintessential small-town America — or so it seems. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in search of two missing federal agents, yet soon is facing much more than he bargained for. After a violent accident lands him in the hospital, Ethan comes to with no ID and no cell phone. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into his colleagues’ disappearance turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he make contact with his family in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what’s the purpose of the electrified fences encircling the town? Are they keeping the residents in? Or something else out? Each step toward the truth takes Ethan further from the world he knows, until he must face the horrifying possibility that he may never leave Wayward Pines alive…

    Linda B says: "Well done story"
    "Wow! I was completely spellbound by this book!"
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    Where does Pines rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top one percent. I was completely and totally captivated by this story. I didn't want to go to work. I waited for the last possible minute in the parking lot at a doctor's appointment. Honestly, I just kept saying, "What the HECK is happening to this guy????" So many questions ran through my brain I could barely keep them in check. ;o)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There's no question - the hero of the story wins this honor. Ethan Burke gets my vote because of his incredible strength, resilience, and courage. I wanna be him when I grow up.


    What about Paul Michael Garcia’s performance did you like?

    Mr. Garcia's performance was dependable, easy to listen to, and included just the right tough of emotion. Very well done.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me crazy with curiosity. There are few books I've read or listened to that have done this to me. One was The Bird Box - but I hated its "non" ending. This book had a very surprising and satisfying ending. The only parts I really disliked were when the townspeople turned crazy and were so violent. I didn't think that was necessary and it seemed a little over the top. (too much gore, etc) I also didn't quite believe that Theresa would sit back and let her husband be killed so easily - she was upset, but not enough. My humble opinion, of course!


    Any additional comments?

    As a writer of 22 books, I sat back in awe at Mr. Crouch's talent with words. Wow. Truly an amazing presentation with secrets cleverly revealed, little by little. Outstanding plot, wonderful characters, believable dialog, amazing scene setting..overall, superb writing - absolutely beautiful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stolen Dreams: A Cassie Scot Novel, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Christine Amsden
    • Narrated By Melissa Reizian Frank
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    When Cassie Scot returns home from her sojourn in Pennsylvania, she finds that her family has taken a hostage. Desperate to end the fighting before someone dies, Cassie seeks help from local seer Abigail Hastings, Evan Blackwood's grandmother. But Abigail has seen her own death, and when it comes at the hand of Cassie's father, Victor Blackwood kills Edward Scot.

    Aaron P. Lazar says: "A Spectacular Ending to an Enjoyable Series!"
    "A Spectacular Ending to an Enjoyable Series!"
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    If you could sum up Stolen Dreams in three words, what would they be?

    Intriguing, Fun, and Satisfying.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I've enjoyed all the characters in this series - and it's hard to chose a favorite. But it would be crazy not to choose Cassie, since she's the star, so to speak, and since we mostly see the world through her perspective. I enjoy her dry wit and blunt honesty, although sometimes she makes me want to shake her and say, "Wake up, for goodness sake!" She's not as honest with herself as she is with others - so there's a bit of self-delusion and denial always going on in the background. Fortunately, this is all resolved in this last book of the series, with a very satisfying result. ;o)


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved the scene where Cassie and Evan finally put aside their anger and talk to each other. The bedroom scene was very well done. And the part where Cassie refused the item Evan was offering her was sweet and heartwrenching. (I'm being purposefully obtuse because I don't want to spoil the story for others who might not have read it yet.)


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Again, I can't say specifically which scene I mean, but it's where someone we all love and care about is reportedly killed. I was actually quite angry when I listened to this scene, and planned to have some words with the author! But she redeemed herself beautifully, with a solution to this problem which caught me totally unaware - and which melted my heart. Well done, Ms. Amsden!


    Any additional comments?

    I was very disappointed in what happened to Cassie's cousin, Jason - but I know why he made the choice he did. I just hope in the future (I know this is the last book in the series, but in case there is ever a sequel...) that Caitlin really doesn't go with him and let him turn her - for the sake of her baby! That would be horrible. ;o(

    Thank you, Ms. Amsden and Ms. Reizian Frank, for a wonderful, entertaining production.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The House on the Shore

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Victoria Howard
    • Narrated By Ruth Urquhart
    Overall
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    Terror haunts a remote Scottish Glen. Heartbroken Anna MacDonald leaves Edinburgh to find peace at the edge of a Scottish loch. Safely ensconced in her late grandmother's cottage, she can finally heal her heart and write the novel that has burned inside her for years. Her peace is short-lived. When debonair artist Luke Tallantyre's yacht gets stranded in the loch, he seeks help at the nearest residence - Anna's croft.

    Aaron P. Lazar says: ""Wow! What a Great Listen!""
    ""Wow! What a Great Listen!""
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    If you could sum up The House on the Shore in three words, what would they be?

    A Scottish Romance


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Well, of course I loved the two border collies! At risk of being predictable, Anna was a wonderful character, so strong, so real, so vulnerable. She was my favorite. ;o)


    What does Ruth Urquhart bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Ruth is an amazing narrator. She did a superb job with the Scottish and English accents. I wished I'd known her (because I am an American male who grew up near Cape Cod, much like the Luke character!) so I could have coached her on just one or two mispronounced American words. But heck, as a woman who is not from this country, she did an astounding job of getting it right. I could never hope to be that natural sounding in another land's accent! Her versatility was also amazing - from female to male voices - all were clear and really believable. She gets an A plus!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I loved the ending - which I will not spoil here. But it was beautiful and satisfying. ;o) Especially loved the description of the white/cream/sea green house. ;o)


    Any additional comments?

    My favorite part of this story was the setting. I've never been to Scotland, but now feel as if I have visited. The word paintings were beautiful and evocative. Brilliantly done. I also found the plot and dialog very believable and totally captivating. Thank you for a wonderful job, Ms. Howard and Ms. Urquhart!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twisted

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Uvi Poznansky
    • Narrated By Heather Jane Hogan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    In this unique collection, Uvi Poznansky brings together diverse tales, laden with shades of mystery and the macabre. There are four of them: "I Am What I Am;" "I, Woman;" "The Hollow;" and "The One Who Never Leaves." Here, you will come into a dark, strange world, a hyper-reality where nearly everything is firmly rooted in the familiar-except for some quirky detail that twists the yarn, and takes it for a spin in an unexpected direction.

    Amazon Customer says: "Four women, four fates, one mystical tapestry"
    "A Unique Collection of Alluring, Poetic Stories"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is not a book for James Patterson fans. It's for those who love poetry, love to think, love the power of words. To those types of readers, I would most definitely recommend TWISTED.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the imagery of Ms. Poznansky's writing. She is a dreamer and an artist, and the wild flights that her mind takes are fascinating.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene/story within this collection of four stories was the one told from a clay figure's point of view., FROM DUST. I loved how well Ms. Poznansky gets into the minds of even an "inanimate" object, bringing the statue to life with power and possibilities. Amazing.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Four women - their loves, lives, and anguish.


    Any additional comments?

    Heather Jane Hogan (the narrator) is truly outstanding. I found the first story, however, to be spoken to ponderously, too slowly. I had to speed up my playback to 1.25, which felt about "right." I never had to do that before. All of the other stories felt perfectly timed. I think perhaps it was done purposefully because of the storyline, so it's understandable. Another note: it was quite shocking to realize we were hearing the innermost thoughts of a dead woman! ;o)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ruin Falls: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jenny Milchman
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Liz Daniels has every reason to be happy about setting off on a rare family vacation, leaving behind her remote home in the Adirondack Mountains for a while. Instead, she feels uneasy. Her children, eight-year-old Reid and six-year-old Ally, have met their paternal grandparents only a handful of times. On their way to the farm, the family stops at a hotel for the night. In the morning, when Liz goes to check on her sleeping children, all her anxiety comes roaring back: Ally and Reed are nowhere to be found. Blind panic slides into ice-cold terror as the hours tick by without anyone finding a trace of the kids.

    Christie says: "Story doesn't flow...."
    "What a gripping thriller!"
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    What did you love best about Ruin Falls?

    The taut suspense had me hanging on by my fingernails. I loved the mysteries that were slowly unwrapped while the main character, Liz Daniels, desperately searched for her children. The emotions Liz experienced felt genuine and rang true - I can only imagine the horror of having your children disappear, and the entire sequence of events was spellbinding.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Aside from the riveting action and suspense, I loved the sense of place. The Adirondacks and "farm country" NY are places I'm very familiar with, and the descriptions resonated with me. Beautifully written, with "lifelike" dialog and inner thoughts, Ruin Fall sis one fine piece of fiction!


    Which character – as performed by Cassandra Campbell – was your favorite?

    This narrator is so talented, it's really hard to pick a favorite. Of course the main character, Liz, was portrayed flawlessly. Even the children - six and eight year olds - sounded right. The male voices are well done, too. Cassandra has a talent for infusing emotion into her voice without overdoing it - I love her work.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely! It killed me when I couldn't continue listening, and the book kept "calling" to me!


    Any additional comments?

    I loved Ms. Milchman's first book, Cover of Snow. It totally grabbed me. But this book, I believe her second, is EVEN better. I will be recommending this to all my reader friends. Thank you for a truly professional production and a beautifully written story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rise to Power: The David Chronicles, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Uvi Poznansky
    • Narrated By David George
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Here is the story of David as you have never heard it before: from the king himself, telling the unofficial version, the one he never allowed his court scribes to recount. In his mind, history is written to praise the victorious—but at the last stretch of his illustrious life, he feels an irresistible urge to tell the truth. In the first volume, Rise to Power, David gives you a fascinating account of his early years, culminating with a tribal coronation. Rooted in ancient lore, his is a surprisingly modern memoir.

    Jennifer Garcia says: "Engrossing, Personable, and Poetic"
    "Tomorrow's Literary Classic - Today!"
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    Uvi Poznansky's lyrical writing pulled me into this historic story with such power, realism, and poetry that I was immediately drawn into the scenes. I felt immersed in the battles and drenched in my enemies blood. I felt myself swagger over the battlefields in armor and helmet, carrying a spear, exultant in anticipated victory. But that was just one of the aspects of this tale. More than anything, I was deeply intrenched in David's mind and thought processes throughout the entire story. What a ride!


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    Frankly, I've never been interested in this type of story - historical, biblical, drama or epic tales. I am a passionate fan of mysteries and suspense, mostly in the current day. But when another book is written by this outstanding author, I would definitely read or listen again!


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Interesting - absolutely! Insightful - almost frighteningly so. How this author puts herself in the mind of such a man astonishes me. Her ability to think and speak like a man -- and a man living many centuries ago -- was formidable. Ms. Poznansky portrayed David's inner thoughts better than most men of this generation could possibly have done. Kudos!


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Nothing - this narrator was outstanding and on target. His voice changed and matured as the character aged. I loved his interpretation of each character, and his amazing range of voices was delightful. I'd listen to him read the newspaper, to tell the truth. Great job, Mr. George. I do wish, however, that my daughter (Melanie Lazar Carbonneau) had written the music for the song that was performed over and over again ("Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands..") I think she could have provided a more interesting musical theme!


    Do you have any additional comments?

    I am often reluctant to read or listen outside of my normal, very predictable genre. But I'm glad I did. I can see this book (and others written by Ms. Poznansky) offered in the future as classic literature in future writing or reading classes. Truly, I think this book will become a global classic. Thank you, Ms. Poznansky, for taking such care with your writing and production. This was a stellar production.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mind Games: Cassie Scot, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Christine Amsden
    • Narrated By Melissa Reizian Frank
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (14)
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    Evan broke Cassie's heart two months ago, and she still doesn't know why. She throws herself into family, friends, and her new job at the sheriff's department, but nothing helps. The only thing that finally allows her to heal and move on is the love of a new man, mind mage Matthew Blair. Cassie finds him... irresistible. Matthew may also be the only one who can help keep the non-magical residents of Eagle Rock from going crazy over the murder of a beloved pastor's wife.

    Aaron P. Lazar says: "Another Great Cassie Scot Tale!"
    "Another Great Cassie Scot Tale!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Mind Games the most enjoyable?

    I loved "coming home" to Cassie and her life after enjoying the first two books in the series narrated by the same actor, Melissa Reisian Frank. It's difficult to keep the second, third or fourth book in a series as fresh and interesting as the first book, but in this case, Ms. Amsden has done a wonderful job. It was fun to see Cassie's role in the community and politics expanding, to meet more community members, and to see that she is indeed, capable of being "almost" taken advantage of by a mind mage. Seeing her vulnerability made her more endearing. I do not know this imaginary world of magic except through Ms. Amsden's books (I read mysteries and thrillers aside from this) but she has made it a very real world. I find myself accepting the outlandish with a sage nod, because it is handled so well in this series. I also continue to want to "slap both main characters upside the head" as they say, because they drive me crazy with their blind focus. What is wrong with Evan? Why wouldn't he want to relinquish that which isn't his if he loves her? (no spoilers here) And why can't Cassie see he loves her? He has shown her in all but one way. She is really still very young, however, and that's the answer. They're both kids, in their early twenties, and this is not surprising behavior for this age group. So again, very realistic in that sense. My favorite part of the story was when Cassie discovered a big secret about her past and started brewing her own concoctions. Although I was a little confused that her mother could still infuse magic into them even though she was originally a "drained" woman who had lost all her magic. (It may have been because she was currently pregnant with magical twins.) I also loved the scene where she found her own strength and stood up to the horrible men who claimed to be Christian but who were veritable monsters in disguise. Great scene, perfect for the temperament of the series.


    What other book might you compare Mind Games to and why?

    Both Cassie Scot books - Cassie Scot: Paranormal Detective, and Secrets and Lies are great companion books. I do recommend reading/listening to them in order!


    What about Melissa Reizian Frank’s performance did you like?

    Ms. Frank's voices are consistent from book to book which is nice, again, like "coming home" to a world you know and have missed. I enjoy her unique voices for all of the characters.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Cassie warned Evan of the upcoming danger, and where he told her he loved her in spite of the fact that she despised him.


    Any additional comments?

    The triangle of Matt, Cassie, and Evan was most interesting - great angles here. And I loved the "surprise" in the Sheriff's office staff - no spoilers, but it was a nice twist!

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  • Cover of Snow: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jenny Milchman
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (34)
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    (34)

    Waking up one wintry morning in her old farmhouse nestled in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, Nora Hamilton instantly knows that something is wrong. When her fog of sleep clears, she finds her world is suddenly, irretrievably shattered: Her husband, Brendan, has committed suicide. The first few hours following Nora’s devastating discovery pass for her in a blur of numbness and disbelief. Then, a disturbing awareness slowly settles in: Brendan left no note and gave no indication that he was contemplating taking his own life.

    Marian Konop says: "so disappointing"
    "Outstanding Winter Thriller!"
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    What did you love best about Cover of Snow?

    I loved the taut suspense and lush sense of place. I already adore The Adirondacks, and winter is one of my favorite seasons, so this book was a real pleasure to listen to. The characterizations were superb, the writing smooth and interesting, and the fast paced action never let me take a deep breath. Loved that.


    What other book might you compare Cover of Snow to and why?

    This book was actually very unique, but perhaps it could be in the same category as Joan Hall Hovey's THE DEEPEST DARK.


    What about Cassandra Campbell’s performance did you like?

    Cassandra's voices were distinctive and consistently recognizable, and I felt the emotion of the character through her narration. Outstanding job!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    When Nora Hamilton wakes to find her husband dead one winter morning, it's just the beginning as one secret after another is revealed during a wild roller coaster ride through the snowy mountains.


    Any additional comments?

    I listen to a lot of "good," books, but this really stood out as one of the best in a long, long time. I keep thinking of the story - days later - and that's always a good sign! Thanks for a wonderful listen. ;o)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • On What Grounds

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Cleo Coyle
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gibel
    Overall
    (570)
    Performance
    (493)
    Story
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    Clare Cosi used to manage the historic Village Blend coffeehouse…until she opted for quieter pastures and a more suburban life. But after ten years and a little friendly cajoling from the owner (a fresh pot of Jamaican Blue Mountain was all it took), she's back to the grind. With a sprawling rent-free apartment directly above the Village Blend, her cat Java by her side, and plenty of coffeehouse redecorating ideas, Clare is thrilled to return to work. Until she discovers the assistant manager unconscious in the back of the store, coffee grounds strewn everywhere.

    Pam says: "Stands out"
    "My first Cleo Coyle book - good stuff!"
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    This was my first Cleo Coyle mystery - I found it quite enjoyable and a fun listen (audio book). There was a little too much "coffee talk" for me, but I totally understand that coffee is the theme of this series and it was very well done. Great characters, scene setting, and action!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Here, There, and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of The Beatles

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Geoff Emerick, Howard Massey
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (82)

    Geoff Emerick was only 15 years old when he began working with the Beatles as assistant engineer for their early classics "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and "She Loves You". Incredibly, at the age of 19, he was promoted to full engineer, taking the helm for the group's groundbreaking album Revolver. Ten months later, he joined forces with the Beatles for the recording of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, hailed by Rolling Stone as the greatest album ever made.

    Sandi says: "A Must For Any Beatles Fan"
    "Wonderful Insight into an important era in history"
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    My only regret with this book was that it couldn't be paired with the actual Beatles' songs that it referred to - but I totally fixed that problem by keeping all my music on my iPhone. Each time I learned more about a song, I listened to it several times, trying to catch the new details that were so amazing to understand.

    I lived through this era as a young teen and will never forget the magic of The Beatles. Thank you for providing such amazing insight in such an entertaining fashion! Well done!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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