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Lynda

Variety...the spice of life! I read a variety of genres. From historical fiction, to murder mystery, to vampires and on to teen fiction.

Waseca, MN, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 412 titles in library
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  • Iron Lake: Cork O'Connor, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1052)
    Performance
    (898)
    Story
    (893)

    Anthony Award-winning author William Kent Krueger crafts this riveting tale about a small Minnesota town’s ex-sheriff who is having trouble retiring his badge. Cork O’Connor loses his job after being blamed for a tragedy on the local Anishinaabe Indian reservation. But he must set aside his personal demons when a young boy goes missing on the same day a judge commits suicide—and no one but O’Connor suspects foul play.

    C. Telfair says: "Crackerjack Beginning to a Great Series"
    "WINNER! I have found myself a new series!"
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    I enjoy series books and I have found in a "winner" in this one. I took a chance and I'm glad I did. Corchran O'Connor is a great leading guy who we can relate to and become interested in. This book takes place in MINNESOTA, so any fellow Minnesotan may want to take note of that if you like stories that take place in familiar places as I do. Either way, this book contains a great mystery to solve, interesting characters, and fast-paced adventure...the trifecta! The reader did a great job portraying the characters as well. I can't wait to see what happens next in the saga of Cork O'Connor and his family!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8023)
    Performance
    (7403)
    Story
    (7422)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "Dr Sleep was not what I expected; in a GOOD way!"
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    This book is the sequel to The Shining, so I made sure to read that first and I was glad I did. This book centers on the mother and son (and the man that saves them) from The Shining. I enjoyed this book more than its prequel! It wasn't what I expected either, but I mean that in a good way. It is definitely a book that involves the supernatural, as was The Shining. In this saga, the boy (Dan Torrance) is now a man and is living with all his baggage from this past. He must try to overcome the things that still haunt him because those "things" are NOT gone, but ready to prey on another young person. In this story, we really get to know the man that Dan has become and see the depth of his character. We also get to know that pure evil exists in this world that people like Dan must face head on, lest we all fall victim to those "unknown" things around us. You'll enjoy this listen as I did. It was well worth the audible credit. Enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twelve Years a Slave

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Solomon Northup
    • Narrated By Louis Gossett, Jr.
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1239)
    Performance
    (1113)
    Story
    (1115)

    In this riveting landmark autobiography, which reads like a novel, Academy Award and Emmy winner Louis Gossett, Jr., masterfully transports us to 1840s New York; Washington, D.C.; and Louisiana to experience the kidnapping and 12 years of bondage of Solomon Northup, a free man of color. Twelve Years a Slave, published in 1853, was an immediate bombshell in the national debate over slavery leading up to the Civil War.

    Fran H. Willingham says: "I've waited for this a long time"
    "What a lesson in humanity!"
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    I heard this book was a movie, so as usual, I like to read/listen to the book before I see the movie. I enjoyed this book as it was well written and had a story that left me in awe. It brings us back to a time in history that I still cannot believe happened; when humans enslaved others in the U.S. This book does a good job of sharing the author's trials and tribulations and we see the depth of character of this man. The reader does a great job of capturing the voices and making me believe I was really hearing them. I believe this book is something that everyone should experience. You will be spending your audible credit well with this selection!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Life with Crows: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2164)
    Performance
    (1856)
    Story
    (1845)

    For the first time in unabridged audio! A small Kansas town has turned into a killing ground. Is it a serial killer, a man with the need to destroy? Or is it a darker force, a curse upon the land? Amid golden cornfields, FBI Special Agent Pendergast discovers evil in the blood of America's heart.

    Polly says: "SCARY, WEIRD, ENGAGING"
    "Gotta love that Pendergast!"
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    This has been my favorite Pendergast novel so far. I've read/listened to 5 of them to date. Pendergast makes his appearance early and the complete novel is exciting and held my interest the whole time. Scott Brick did a nice job with his performance as usual. The story is a great mystery to try to solve and you will find yourself surprised at the culprit. The last part of the book will have you on edge and you'll have a hard time turning it off, so once they enter the caves, prepare to stay put and finish the story. We get to meet Pendergast's young protégé for the first time in this book and she will appear in future episodes. You'll enjoy this listen thoroughly and be glad you spent your credit well!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reliquary: Pendergast, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2835)
    Performance
    (1880)
    Story
    (1879)

    Hidden deep beneath Manhattan lies a warren of tunnels, sewers, and galleries, mostly forgotten by those who walk the streets above. There lies the ultimate secret of the Museum Beast. When two grotesquely deformed skeletons are found deep in the mud off the Manhattan shoreline, museum curator Margo Green is called in to aid the investigation.

    Anastasia says: "Should have made this one into a movie..."
    "What a tangled web we weave............."
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    This book had a slow start, but eventually picked up and held my interest. The story is a bit far-fetched, but nonetheless, a mystery that I enjoyed trying to solve. Pendergast makes his appearance a bit late into the book and that is probably why it took a bit for me to get interested in the storyline. His character always seems to have that effect. Margo is portrayed as a strong female character (healing from her tragedy from the Relic, the first Pendergast book) within this book and I appreciated that. The story is a bit gory, but I like that, though some people may not. I had read The Relic a long time ago as well as a few other Pendergast novels and my goal is to finish them all in order this time. This is the 2nd in the series and I enjoyed the listen and will continue diving into the Pendergast adventures. Dick Hill always does a fine job of narrating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Desert God: A Novel of Ancient Egypt

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated By Mike Grady
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (95)

    Game of Thrones meets Ancient Egypt in this magnificent, action-packed epic. On the gleaming banks of the Nile, the brilliant Taita - slave and advisor to the Pharaoh - finds himself at the center of a vortex of passion, intrigue, and danger. His quest to destroy the Hyksos army and form an alliance with Crete takes him on an epic journey up the Nile, through Arabia and the magical city of Babylon, and across the open seas.

    no says: "Good sequel to River God."
    "That Taita never ceases to amaze me!"
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    Wilbur Smith has done it again with the River God series and the adventure of Taita. This story is not as long as the other books, but still manages to compact a lot of adventure into a smaller amount of time than its predecessors. The reader does a wonderful job with his different characters and voice inflections. In this book we find Taita caring for the daughters of his beloved queen Lostris as well as attempting to thwart attack by the dreaded Hyksos society on Egypt again. Taita's adventures and ideas continue to keep me amazed and entertained. You won't be disappointed with this "listen". It is a nice addition to the series and I'm hoping Mr. Smith keeps the saga going. Oh yes, and we also find out why Taita seems to have such a long life and so many talents within this book...........you'll have to listen to find out.......... Enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Eye: A Gray Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2702)
    Performance
    (2408)
    Story
    (2430)

    Ex-CIA master assassin Court Gentry has always prided himself on his ability to disappear at will, to fly below the radar and exist in the shadows - to survive as the near-mythical Gray Man. But when he takes revenge upon a former employer who betrayed him, he exposes himself to something he’s never had to face before. A killer who is just like him. Code-named Dead Eye, Russell Whitlock is a graduate of the same ultra-secret Autonomous Asset Program that trained and once controlled Gentry.

    Julius Butcher says: "Fits well into the series"
    "KEEP THESE BOOKS COMING Mr. Greaney, please!"
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    The fourth book in the Gray Man series and I'm not even close to being disappointed yet. As always, this book is action packed, full of adventure and keeps me on the edge of my seat. In this story, the reader wonders if the Gray Man, the number one assassin, has met his match. After all...he meats up with someone from his past that has trained like he has and knows how he thinks. I'm not giving it away though. You'll need to listen to the awesome book to find out for yourself! If you are new to the series, start with the #1 book. You'll be so glad you did!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ballistic: A Gray Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3182)
    Performance
    (2791)
    Story
    (2796)

    Ex-CIA assassin Court Gentry thought he could find refuge living in the Amazon rain forest. But his bloody past finds him when a vengeful Russian crime lord forces him to go on the run once again. Court makes his way to one of the only men in the world he can trust - and arrives too late. His friend is dead and buried. Years before, Eddie Gamboa had saved Court's life. Now, Eddie has been murdered by the notorious Mexican drug cartel he fought to take down. And Court soon finds himself drawn into a war he never wanted.

    Jean says: "Action Packed"
    "My Favorite Gray Man Book Yet...."
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    I love all the books in the Gray Man series. I liked this one even more if that's possible. Each of these books is like a wild, continual ride. Just when you think things are going to settle down, something explosive and exciting happens. In this book, our hero and most-wanted fugitive, meets up with the family of an old friend. I completely enjoyed the flashbacks in this book and getting to know our assassin so much better and probing deeper into this complex character. You won't be disappointed in this series. The reader does a great job as well keeping the listener enticed. If you are new to the Gray Man series, definitely start with book #1.

    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
    (1426)
    Performance
    (1257)
    Story
    (1279)

    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"
    "Hold On for this FAST Ride!"
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    "Wow" is all I can say after finishing this "edge-of-your-seat" action thriller. It has been a long time since I read or listened to a book that portrayed action and adventure so consistently throughout each chapter. Court Gentry is the "gray man" in this series. You'll grow to love this character as you find he's not as evil as people may believe. He is definitely a killer (a very skilled one at that), but he only does the jobs (the hits) that he believes deserves the fate of death. In this story you'll find heart-thumping action, adventure, double-crossing, as well as some endearment that you'd never expect from a man like the gray man. Read or listen to this book, then move onto the next in the series. Mark Greaney is a very talented author that will leave you wanting more and contemplating the actions of the bad/good guy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7366)
    Performance
    (5276)
    Story
    (5268)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "Couldn't wait for my commute to work to listen!"
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    I can't believe how much I enjoyed The Kitchen House. If you like books like "Roots" and "The Help", you will love this book. What an engaging storyline. I love how the author built each character and how our lead character came to face the demons of her Master and Mistress as time went on. Each character was developed well and I came to really like each one, or dislike those that were evil. I'm faced with the indecision of the character of Marshall from the story. Do I despise his evil nature? Or do I feel sorry for him and sympathize with him for his awfully tainted childhood?!? You'll have to read and decide for yourself ! You won't regret getting this book. I couldn't wait each day for my commute so I could listen. I was even tempted to keep driving to keep the entertainment flowing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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