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Martha Healy

Marty

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48
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FOLLOWING
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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • Naked Heat

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Richard Castle
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (750)
    Performance
    (491)
    Story
    (490)

    In the sequel to the New York Times bestselling Heat Wave, Richard Castle does it again with his thrilling new mystery. Tough, sexy, professional, NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat carries a passion for justice as she leads one of New York City’s top homicide squads. In what’s sure to be another smash sensation, listeners will once again follow Nikki Heat and hotshot reporter Jameson Rook as they trade barbs and innuendos all while on the trail of a murderer!

    Blanche says: "enjoyable mystery"
    "Not for me"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No, I made myself finish it since it was my first for this series and by this author. I tell people I am addicted to audio books and it is often hard for me to stop listening when I get to work and put it away...not this one. Maybe that's good.


    Would you recommend Naked Heat to your friends? Why or why not?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I was very disappointed as I'm looking for a new series to dig my teeth (or ears) into.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • New York to Dallas: In Death, Book 33

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1868)
    Performance
    (1614)
    Story
    (1605)

    It was one of Eve Dallas’s earliest takedowns, back in her uniform days. A monster named Isaac McQueen had been abducting young victims and leaving them scarred in both mind and body. Thanks to Eve, he wound up where he belonged, removed from civilized society in Rikers. But he’s not behind bars anymore. After his escape, McQueen has two things in mind. One is to take up where he left off, preying on the young and innocent - when necessary, with the help of a female partner all too willing to be manipulated and to aid and abet his crimes.

    helen says: "How does she do it?"
    "Not my favorite "in-death" book."
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    Certainly interesting idea taking Dallas back to Dallas. I guess by this time I'm tired of the psychology of Eve's past. Can't imagine another time she has to battle with controlling her desire to kill the bad guy, didn't we do this in the family home invasion ending? (I can't remember the title of that one.) But I keep re-reading the series and keep buying the book (just downloaded the newest one this morning) so obviously the good outweighs the bad significantly

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Agony and the Ecstasy: A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Irving Stone
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (114)

    This is Irving Stone's powerful and passionate biographical novel of Michelangelo. His time: the turbulent Renaissance, the years of poisoning princes, warring popes, the all-powerful Medici family, the fanatic monk Savonarola. His loves: the frail and lovely daughter of Lorenzo de Medici; the ardent mistress of Marco Aldovrandi; and his last love - his greatest love - the beautiful, unhappy Vittoria Colonna.

    Richard says: "Don't go to Italy without reading this!"
    "A grand multimedia experience"
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    Read this book decades ago. Probably saw the movie but reading the book now on my smartphone was a different experience. It is the story of Michaelangelo's life. I am not a knowledgeable art lover but each time the story talked about things I could just "look it up" on my phone, see the pictures, understand what the story was talking about. Ok, there were some necessary negatives--lots of names of people I found impossible to keep track of. Long, detailed descriptions of his working BUT once I realized I could go see what they were talking about what had been less interesting parts became MORE interesting parts. Even the question of his sexuality became interesting--read/listen to his life, make your own decisions. And for the history lover a fascinating time. Can you imagine Da Vinci and Michaelangelo being competitors in a contest? Fortunately De Vinci decided to drop out and Michaelangelo "won" the block of marble which became the David. So if you want a rather lengthy listen that isn't full of fast-moving events, and you have interest in biographies, history or Italian Renaissance art, this may be the perfect book for you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Christmas Train

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Tim Matheson
    Overall
    (533)
    Performance
    (282)
    Story
    (284)

    Disillusioned journalist Tom Langdon must get from Washington to L.A. in time for Christmas. Forced to take the train across the country because of a slight "misunderstanding" at airport security, he begins a journey of self-discovery and rude awakenings, mysterious goings-on and thrilling adventures, screwball escapades and holiday magic.

    Carol L. Riegel says: "Great Book"
    "Special for train lovers"
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    Ok, it is a level 3 story BUT if you are an Amtrak lover it is special for you. If you know the Capitol Ltd and the SW Chief it is great. The use of the train sounds, etc was a great idea. Pretty far fetched but surprise ending--no spoilers here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Branch Rickey

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jimmy Breslin
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    The idea of integrating baseball began as a dream in the mind of Branch Rickey. In 1947, as president and general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, he defied racism on and off the field to bring Jackie Robinson into the major leagues, changing the sport and the nation forever. Rickey's is the classic American tale of a poor boy from Ohio whose deep-seated faith and dogged work ethic took him to the pinnacle of success, earning him a place in the Hall of Fame and in history.

    Martha Healy says: "A little baseball a little civil rights history."
    "A little baseball a little civil rights history."
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    I admit I went to read this after watching the movie 42 about Jackie Robinson. Also as an old (meaning I'm old) New York Giant baseball fan who lived and breathed the rivalry with the Brooklyn Dodgers I was interested. Also remember Jimmy Breslin's sports columns, how could I go wrong. I saw the movie and wondered how much about Branch Rickey was true, how much license had been taken. I was told Rickey was so much MORE than the movie portrayed and having read the book that was true. So you can read it as a baseball fan, as a student of the civil rights movement or just some interesting picture of life and hopefully how much it has changed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cover Her Face

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By P.D. James
    • Narrated By Roy Marsden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (35)

    Though Sally Jupp came from the village home for unmarried mothers, she seemed the ideal girl to help Mrs Maxie run a large house and look after her invalid husband. But the real Sally, pretty, ambitious and clever, was very different from the docile, repentant character she seemed to be. Murder shattered the tranquility of her new home and Chief Detective Inspector Adam Dalgliesh arrived in the peace of a country Sunday to investigate the killing of a character as mysterious as Sally herself.

    connie says: "sound quality OK in E format"
    "So glad to go back to an oldie but goodie."
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    Enjoy MYSTERIES. Enjoy good writing. Mysteries as distinct from police drama. Hadn't read or listened to a PD James in years and years. So glad I decided to go back now and listen. This was a "who-done-it."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • FREE The Gray Man

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    Overall
    (1036)
    Performance
    (916)
    Story
    (935)

    Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

    Rollin says: "Gripping, unremitting action"
    "Got it for free. It was worth what I paid for it."
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    If you like war, blood and gore you might enjoy this. I gave up after about a half hour and I think about 15 people had been killed, gored, disemboweled, etc. Certainly not my cup of tea.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thankless in Death: In Death, Book 37

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1120)
    Performance
    (1014)
    Story
    (1026)

    For Lieutenant Eve Dallas of the NYPSD, the job is a useful reminder of what she has to be grateful for this season. Hosting Roarke's big Irish family for the holiday may be challenging, but it’s a joyful improvement on her own dark childhood. Other couples aren’t as lucky as Eve and Roarke. The Reinholds, for example, are lying on the floor of their Downing Street apartment, stabbed and bludgeoned almost beyond recognition. Those who knew them are stunned - and even more heartbroken by the overwhelming evidence that they were murdered by their own son.

    Patricia says: "Violence vs. Sentiment"
    "Can't believe how boring this is."
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    I kept waiting for it to pick up. I kept waiting for the twist. I kept waiting for MORE. I thought the idea of "captaincy" was going somewhere. But all you get is more violence. I want the old style, the mixture of crime story, personal lives, etc. Hope springs eternal so though I'd like not to buy another one in this series I probably will get at least one more before I give up entirely. Please, please, please go back to the ensemble type books.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Live Wire: A Myron Bolitar Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (761)
    Performance
    (366)
    Story
    (372)

    Myron Bolitar has always dreamed about the femme fatale walking into his office and asking for help. The woman standing in his doorway has killer curves all right: She’s eight months pregnant, which kind of ruins the fantasy. Former tennis star Suzze T and her rock star husband, Lex, are both clients, and over the years Myron has negotiated his share of contracts for the power pair. But now Lex has disappeared and Suzze is in tears, fearing the online rumors questioning the baby’s paternity have driven away Lex.

    Donald says: "The narrator is important"
    "Watch out if you're a weeper."
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    Ok, I admit it. I cried at the end. Narrator was good (finally). Story moved along well. The reveal in the epilog was fairly obvious. BUT worst thing, this is the last one? I want to know what happens to these people.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Promise Me

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Harlan Coben
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (99)

    The school year is almost over. Anxious families await word of college acceptances. In these last pressure-cooker months of high school, some kids will make the all-too-common and all-too-dangerous mistake of drinking and driving. But Myron is determined to help keep his friends' children safe, so he makes two neighborhood girls promise him: If they are ever in a bind but are afraid to call their parents, they must call him.

    Robert E. Scarcelle says: "Weak Effort"
    "Stick to writing, not narrating"
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    Terrible narration. Don't know why they switched and the author read his own book but that is exactly what it sounds like, someone reading in a dull manner. The story is not as good as previous ones and it seems like he is searching for that "twist": at the end. You just has to stop 2/3 of the way through and think "who is the most unlikely person" and voila, you've got it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Long Lost

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (854)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (210)

    Myron hasn't heard from Terese Collins in years. Not since their affair ended with no explanation. There had been no contact since, so her call catches him off guard. She's in Paris, she says, in trouble, and only Myron can help. She tells him a sad story she's never before revealed: a good marriage, her struggles to get pregnant, the happiest moment of her life when her only child was born, the day everything she'd ever loved was taken from her.

    Karen says: "Highly recommend/but prefer Marosz over Weber"
    "Loved the earlier ones in the series...BUT"
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    This isn't a mystery, this is a political statement about terrorism, torture and the state of the world. The last three books have had different narrators, and they should have stuck with the original who was by far the best: Jonathan Marosz. Coben narrated one and was awful, the narrator of this book Steven Weber is better than Coben, not nearly as good as Marosz. One more book in the series. I bought it, I'll listen to it but...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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