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  • Murder in Honolulu: A Skye Delaney Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By R. Barri Flowers
    • Narrated By Moe Rock
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Skye Delaney is a private investigator, security consultant, and ex-cop who lives in Waikiki. When her ex-husband and former prosecutor turned businessman, Carter Delaney, asks her to find out if his new wife Darlene is having an affair, Skye reluctantly agrees to take the case. Little does she know that it will turn out to be far more than infidelity.

    Skye confirms that Darlene is not only having an affair but also doing drugs. But before Skye can tell this to Carter, she finds him dead in her Jacuzzi....

    JoNise says: "Could be anywhere...Hawaii?"
    "Could be anywhere...Hawaii?"
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    Story

    Shouldn't there be something descriptive that let's the reader believe the story is in Hawaii?
    No main characters are Hawaiian, but the Hawaiians are criminals??? Really!?!?! Even the street names and buildings are common English. A few Hawaiian phrases that's it.

    The story is ok. Not easily predictable. I may read another Flowers book. But I was looking forward to a book set in Hawaii...remind me of my vacation, some of the sights and locations that I might really imagine the scenes.

    Please, Don't title the book in an exotic locale and use it as a selling point to get the reader's attention and not deliver. Fail!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Wolf, No Wolf: A Montana Mystery featuring Gabriel Du Pré, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Peter Bowen
    • Narrated By Jim Meskimen
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Du Pre remembers when you could send animal skins to Sears Roebuck and get merchandise in return. Now the wolves are gone from the mountains, and outsiders want them back. The trouble is, a tussle over wildlife is getting people killed.First, two activists die by a sniper's rifle. Then four more lives are snuffed out as a brutal winter storm barrels down on a carnival of Feds, reporters, and protestors. Du Pre knows one of his own people must be behind the bloodletting, and that in this rugged land, you don't quit hunting until you're dead.

    JoNise says: "Good story"
    "Good story"
    Overall
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    Story

    I started finding the story difficult to follow because of time. I couldn't tell if days or months had past from segment or chapter. Dates are not mentioned as a frame of reference. But the story unfolds and time didn't matter so much

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Everything to Lose: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Andrew Gross
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (62)

    While driving along a suburban back road, Hilary Blum, who's just lost her job and whose deadbeat husband has left her alone to care for her son with Asperger's, witnesses a freakish accident. A car ahead of her careens down a hill and slams into a tree. Stopping to help, she discovers the driver dead - and a satchel stuffed with a half a million dollars.

    Eric Brockman says: "Narrator Ruins the Listening Experience"
    "Nice way to pass an afternoon"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The narrator was fine. She kept the story moving along. I thought from the description that the story would have more action, be more exciting. Maybe I'll give it a second listen just in case I missed something.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Indian Givers: How the Indians of the Americas Transformed the World

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Jack Weatherford
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (129)

    After 500 years, the world's huge debt to the wisdom of the Indians of the Americas has finally been explored in all its vivid drama by anthropologist Jack Weatherford. He traces the crucial contributions made by the Indians to our federal system of government, our democratic institutions, modern medicine, agriculture, architecture, and ecology, and in this astonishing, ground-breaking book takes a giant step toward recovering a true American history.

    Lou says: "Eye Opening..."
    "Not what I expected"
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    I knew this was about our American past. But I didn't expect this book to Reflect on how Native American life influenced, directly or indirectly, how our lives are lived today. Interestingly, the book is not limited to North American natives, but includes Mexican, Central American and South American natives. A very informative history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rita Moreno Part 2: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Rita Moreno
    • Narrated By Rita Moreno
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    In this luminous memoir, Rita Moreno shares her remarkable journey from a young girl with simple beginnings in Puerto Rico to Hollywood legend - and one of the few performers, and the only Hispanic, to win an Oscar, Grammy, Tony, and two Emmys. Born Rosita Dolores Alverio in the idyll of Puerto Rico, Moreno, at age five, embarked on a harrowing sea voyage with her mother and wound up in the harsh barrios of the Bronx, where she discovered dancing, singing, and acting as ways to escape a tumultuous childhood.

    JoNise says: "Her story"
    "Her story"
    Overall
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    Story

    I love when it's an autobiography read by the author. It makes their story relatable. I enjoyed it.
    I grew up a child of the electric company and my mother introduced me to Ms Moreno's films. I am a fan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Just One Look Part 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe, Luke Daniels
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    An ordinary snapshot causes a mother’s world to unravel in an instant. After picking up her two young children from school, Grace Lawson looks through a newly developed set of photographs. She finds an odd one in the pack: A mysterious picture from perhaps twenty years ago, showing four strangers she can’t identify. But there is one face she recognizes—that of her husband, from before she knew him. When her husband sees the photo that night, he leaves their home and drives off without explanation.

    JoNise says: "Everything said about the narrator is true"
    "Everything said about the narrator is true"
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    But I must say that while listening was hard, the story was quite good. A bit of character overkill, more difficult to keep characters in order when listening to a book. Mr Coben is an excellent writer which is why I kept listening in spite of Ms Dawes narration. I you have the time, this one would be better read than listened to. For me, the epilogue didn't help to bring closure to the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You Have to F--king Eat

    • UNABRIDGED (4 mins)
    • By Adam Mansbach
    • Narrated By Bryan Cranston
    Overall
    (2193)
    Performance
    (2043)
    Story
    (2028)

    Emmy Award-winning actor Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, Malcom in the Middle) follows in the exasperated footsteps of Samuel L. Jackson, giving voice to the long-suffering father whose indifferent child will just not eat in this hilarious follow-up to Adam Mansbach's international best seller, Go the F--k to Sleep.

    Darren says: "Another role that Bryan Cranston plays to a T."
    "Funny, funny"
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    Brings back memories as my kids are older now. One still refuses to eat and some of these frustrations I have uttered verbatim. "How are you still growing? How are you not dead?" Omg!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hope to Die

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman, Scott Sower
    Overall
    (822)
    Performance
    (720)
    Story
    (719)

    Detective Alex Cross is being stalked by a psychotic genius, forced to play the deadliest game of his career. Cross' family - his loving wife Bree, the wise and lively Nana Mama, and his precious children - have been ripped away. Terrified and desperate, Cross must give this mad man what he wants if he has any chance of saving the most important people in his life. The stakes have never been higher: What will Cross sacrifice to save the ones he loves?

    Sandra says: "Well worth the wait"
    "Getting back to Cross"
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    I haven't been able to relate to Alex Cross in the last few books. This story reminded me of why I fell in love with the series.
    Michael Boatman is no Peter J Fernandez (whose Nanamamma is classic and so fun to listen to) but he's growing on me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • I, Michael Bennett: Michael Bennett, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
    • Narrated By Bobby Cannavale, Jay Snyder
    Overall
    (696)
    Performance
    (585)
    Story
    (590)

    Detective Michael Bennett arrests an infamous Mexican crime lord in a deadly chase that leaves Bennett's lifelong friend, Hughie McDonough, dead. From jail, the prisoner vows to rain epic violence down upon New York City - and to get revenge on Michael Bennett. To escape the chaos, Bennett takes his 10 kids and their beautiful nanny, Mary Catherine, on a much-needed vacation to his family's cabin near Newburgh, New York. But instead of the calm and happy town he remembers, they step into a nightmare.

    JACKIE says: "Disappointing"
    "The best Michael Bennett to date"
    Overall
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    This is well written and the best Michael Bennett, so far. Is this the end??? I don't know. Reach your own conclusion.

    I kind of like the idea that Mary Catherine crushes on Michael without the relationship developing into anything. She cannot replace 'Mave'. I don't think he sees her as more than the- closest-to-Mave-as-he-can-get-for-the-children.

    That Michael is considering his feelings for Mary Catherine and the possibility of becoming more serious is not good...not good for Mary Catherine.

    I appreciate that Michael doesn't try to save the world on his own, but that he works with those around him to solve a tough situation. ( I'm trying not to give anything away, here) However, anything this hero does eventually comes back to threaten his happiness.
    The bad guys just don't like being beaten by Detective Bennett.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In Session: Dr. Morgan Snow with Steve Berry's Cotton Malone, Lee Child's Jack Reacher & Barry Eisler's John Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 44 mins)
    • By M. J. Rose
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross, Phil Gigante, Scott Brick, and others
    Overall
    (1093)
    Performance
    (886)
    Story
    (914)

    As a therapist specializing in sexual issues, psychiatrist Dr. Morgan Snow isn't easily shocked, or shaken, as readers of the popular "Butterfield Institute" novels know. There are times, however, when the need for her services leads her out of the office... and into unfamiliar worlds. In these stories, the therapist matches her wits -and her training - against three men of mystery: Jack Reacher, John Rain, and Cotton Malone.

    Rose says: "Thank you for the free story, however........"
    "Cute"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I am a big Reacher fan. The thought that someone would try to get into his head is frankly hilarious. I was not familiar with "Cotton Malone" or "John Rain" characters. This snippet is a good introduction to those characters for me. 'Dr. Morgan Snow" does her job well.

    The stories are narrated by the voices you are used to which gives the illusion they have really encountered Dr. Snow and her 'couch'.

    Like the headline leads...'cute'...and funny.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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