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  • The Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Scott Smith
    • Narrated By Patrick Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Ruins follows two American couples enjoying a pleasant, lazy beach holiday together in Mexico. On an impulse, they go off with newfound friends in search of one of their group, the young German who, in pursuit of a girl, has headed for the remote Mayan ruins, site of a fabled archeological dig.

    Art says: "The Plant"
    "Appallingly dull"

    I can't quite decide what the worst part of this book is - the uninteresting one-dimensional characters or their endless internal dialogue - the lack of suspense or the idiotic plot. Or maybe it was the endless repetition of certain phrases, the almost word-for-word descriptions, and the maddening sameness of each chararacter's separate musings. I was also disappointed that there was nothing much at all about ancient Mayan culture or archeological sites despite the setting of the story. The reader did a good job without anything to work with. That is the only positive comment to be made. He can have the one star for his part in this creation.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Web of Evil: A Novel of Suspense

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By J.A. Jance
    • Narrated By Karen Ziemba
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    As she passes the site of a horrifying accident, Ali is grateful that it's no longer her job to report the news, until she finds out that the news is her own: the victim is Ali's cheating husband. And soon she'll find herself the prime suspect at the center of a terrifying web of evil.

    Cheryl says: "Disappointed in you, Judy!"

    This book was boring and predictable. The characters had no depth. The main character was simply unbelievable - that is, I didn't believe that anyone would act or talk this way. The whole blog thing was pathetic. Don't waste your money or a credit on this one.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Devil's Corner

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lisa Scottoline
    • Narrated By Kate Burton

    When prosecutor Vicki Allegretti arrives at a rowhouse to meet a confidential informant, she finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time, and is almost shot to death. She barely escapes with her life, but cannot save the two others gunned down before her disbelieving eyes. Stunned and heartbroken, Vicki tries to figure out how a routine meeting on a minor case became a double homicide.

    Christine says: "Disappointed"

    This book was so entirely different from Lisa Scottoline's other books. The characters were not believable and the main character did things I can' believe anyone in their right mind would do. The plot was boring and predictable and completely unrealistic. In fact, everything about this book was unrealistic including the dynamics (if one can call it that) between the characters and, even more noticeably, the motivations of the characters. It was as if this book was written by someone else entirely. I am really bumfuzzled by this one. One star is one too many.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Closers: Harry Bosch Series, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In Los Angeles in 1988, a 16-year-old girl disappeared from her home and was later found dead of a gunshot wound to the chest. The death appeared at first to be a suicide, but some of the evidence contradicted that scenario, and detectives came to believe this was in fact a murder. Despite a by-the-book investigation, no one was ever charged.

    Wheelman says: "Thoroughly enjoyable....."
    "Enjoyable even if not as complex"

    I, too, love Harry Bosch, and if the plot in this story isn't as intricate as earlier novels, then Connelly makes up for it in the continuing development of Bosch's character.

    I was able to figure out who the culprit was quite early on in the story and usually I am really dense about this part of a mystery novel.

    It would have gotten five stars if I hadn't been so distracted by the narrator, or maybe it was the quality of the recording. There was some sort of noise throughout - it reminded me of someone with dentures, but possibly it was feedback from the microphone.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Chasing the Dime

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis

    The messages waiting for Henry Pierce when he plugs in his new phone clearly aren't intended for him. They indicate something has gone terribly wrong for a woman named Lilly. Pierce probes, investigates, and then tumbles through a hole, leaving behind a life driven by work to track down and help a woman he's never met. Connelly's latest is "a grabber from the beginning...utterly compelling."

    David says: "Nobody Could Be That Stupid That Many Times!"
    "Not as good as the Harry Bosch books"

    This book can be boring at times but the biggest problem is the main character is so naive as to be not credible, and he is also oddly clueless about his motives. The characters are flat and no one is particularly likeable. But I did listen to the whole thing because there was a certain amount of suspense and I was interested in what happened to the missing woman. It thought it was strange that there were several grammatical errors in this book that really stuck out. Perhaps he wrote this book earlier in his career and is just now releasing it? I was also distracted by the narrator who has a slightly unusual way of pronouncing words, nothing really obvious, but I found myself listening for it. All in all, wait for the next Harry Bosch.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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