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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
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    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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    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
  • 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
    (589)
    Performance
    (497)
    Story
    (501)

    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"
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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
    (1022)
    Performance
    (833)
    Story
    (856)

    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"
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    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
  • 11th Hour: Women's Murder Club, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    Overall
    (823)
    Performance
    (676)
    Story
    (677)

    Lindsay Boxer is pregnant at last! But her work doesn't slow for a second. When millionaire Chaz Smith is mercilessly gunned down, she discovers that the murder weapon is linked to the deaths of four of San Francisco's most untouchable criminals. And it was taken from her own department's evidence locker. Anyone could be the killer - even her closest friends. Lindsay is called next to the most bizarre crime scene she's ever seen: two bodiless heads elaborately displayed in the garden of a world-famous actor....

    Tracey says: "Narration is Extremely Disappointing."
    "Finally a Patterson book I wanted to finish"
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    I can compare this to the last WMC books and it is an improvement over the last 3 which were VERY predictable. This one had enough twists to keep me interested.
    As far as narration, the change to Ms. LaVoy didn't make a difference to me due to the length of time between WMC releases.

    I can compare this to the last few Patterson books and say the same...finally, a book I wanted to finish. Guilty Wives was intriguing then became easy to figure out "who done it", The last Alex Cross, put me to sleep...literally. Once I read "Postcard Killers" and "Private", I have had no interest in the rest of the "Private" series.

    I don't like writing this review. My husband introduced me to Mr. Patterson 15 years ago. There has been a decline in the storytelling over the years, and it is that fan dedication that keeps me coming back, only to be disappointed.

    Beach Road is by far my favorite, and Suzzanne's Diary for Nicolas made me cry. Early Alex Cross, amazing!! When the wind blows is the true beginning of the Maximum Ride stories and they really brought you in and wonder what kinds of secret experiments are going on out there.

    I felt the genius that is Mr. Patterson return in the first Michael Bennet book. With the exception of 'Private series' I will remain a fan and continue his series books and summer reads (individual titles usually released in summer, I call them), in hopes they get better.

    I've said it before, Maybe 11-12 books a year shouldn't be the goal, but good quality story telling, please Mr. Patterson.

    Oh, and thank goodness Daniel X is finished....no good words about that set.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kill Alex Cross

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Andre Braugher, Zach Grenier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1180)
    Performance
    (978)
    Story
    (961)

    The president's son and daughter are abducted, and Detective Alex Cross is one of the first on the scene. But someone very high-up is using the FBI, Secret Service, and CIA to keep him off the case and in the dark. A deadly contagion in the water supply cripples half of the capital, and Alex discovers that someone may be about to unleash the most devastating attack the United States has ever experienced. As his window for solving both crimes narrows, Alex makes a desperate decision that goes against everything he believes....

    Lannette says: "Wait for "almost free" before buying"
    "So weak I couldn't remember it after a week"
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    I didnt't like Andre Brauher as narrator and hoped they would bring back Peter Jay Fernandez. Andre's style with the Cross series is dull. I lost interest quickly. This book is very predictable and lacks the action and suspense Mr. Patterson is known for. I am a huge fan and read or listen to many of James Patterson's series and stand alone novels. His lastest works (2011) have left me just wanting anything better than this. Maybe he shouldn't try 11 books in 2012 as he set the record for this year and focus on just making his stories better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Son of Stone: A Stone Barrington Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Tony Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (344)
    Performance
    (297)
    Story
    (293)

    A new addition to the New York Times best-selling Stone Barrington series. After an eventful trip to Bel-Air and a reunion with his sophisticated (and very wealthy) former love, Arrington Calder, Stone Barrington is back in New York, and he's looking to stay closer to home and cash in on his partnership at Woodman & Weld. But Arrington has other plans for Stone... including introducing him to the child he fathered many years ago.

    michael says: "Very, very poor"
    "Ridiculous waste of ......"
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    If only parenting, and friendships were this easy. I could sum this story in one sentence but won't spoil it for you. Clearly Mr. Woods wrote for a half hour sitcom when he penned this. Sum up a lifetime of experiences in an unbelievably short amount of time. In one short story, Stone's life flips completely in another direction but the end, leaves him unchanged from the shallow character we expect.
    We all haunt the day our chidren are smartest one's in the room.
    Mr. Woods wrote this as if he'd never sat in a room with a parent or a teenager. I really believe research for this book was way down the list of priorities.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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