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Karen

sparta, NJ, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Death in Paradise: A Jesse Stone Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Robert Forster
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (60)

    The local cops haven't seen anything like this, but Jesse's L.A. past has made him all too familiar with floaters. This girl hadn't committed suicide; she hadn't been drowned; she'd been shot and dumped, discarded like trash. Before long it becomes clear that she had a taste for the wild life; and her own parents can't be bothered to report her missing, or even admit that she once was a child of theirs. All Jesse has to go on is a young man's school ring on a gold chain, and a hunch or two.

    Jas says: "Great listen."
    "Favorite Jesse Stone!"
    Overall

    Story, narration...all good ! highly recommend.... I started out reading the Spenser series years ago - but quickly came to like Jesse Stone, even better. This is my favorite in the series...

    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
    (638)
    Performance
    (537)
    Story
    (541)

    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"
    "Bogus "ending"."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made I, Michael Bennett better?

    First, the title had nothing to do with the story. No relevance. The story itself was a better than average one, but only gets one star because of the "ending"...seriously guys? I can't recommend this one, although I enjoy the Michael Bennett series, because there were too many dangling story lines, and they neglected to finish the book. I thought that my ipod had misfired. If this is a set-up for the next in the series, it's really a cheap way to sell a book.


    Has I, Michael Bennett turned you off from other books in this genre?

    In the series, yes.


    Did Bobby Cannavale and Jay Snyder do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes


    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Sixkill

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (156)

    On location in Boston, bad-boy actor Jumbo Nelson is accused of the rape and murder of a young woman. From the start the case seems fishy, so the Boston PD calls on Spenser to investigate. Things don't look so good for Jumbo, whose appetites for food, booze, and sex are as outsized as his name. He was the studio's biggest star, but he's become its biggest liability...

    Jean says: "SixKill"
    "Recommend !"
    Overall

    If Mantegna narrated all the Spenser series, I'd buy them all. This was a good story and although I missed Hawk a little - Sixkill made up for it. I bought a few of the series read by others and they weren't just bad, they were terrible.It would be fun to have Mantegna narrate the others..I can't even begin to listen to Rudnicki.
    All in all this was a great listen and I was sorry when it ended...Parker will be missed!

    6 of 6 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
    (823)
    Performance
    (421)
    Story
    (429)

    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"
    "Highly Recommend"
    Overall

    The best Myron Bolitar novel yet! I just hope that this isn't the last in the series, as I'm not a fan of the "non-Bolitar" novels...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kennedy Detail: JFK's Secret Service Agents Break Their Silence

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gerald Blaine, Lisa McCubbin
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (451)
    Performance
    (285)
    Story
    (286)

    Even today, almost five decades after John F. Kennedy was slain, the public continues to be captivated by the "Kennedy Curse" and new theories about what really happened on that fateful day in 1963. For nearly 50 years former Secret Service agent Clint Hill has lived with the unimaginable guilt of losing a president on his watch and has obeyed an honor code of silence, refusing to contribute to any books about the assassination. Until now.

    Vidoloff says: "A must "read" in my opinion"
    "Good history"
    Overall

    Good history with the ring of truth - a little slow in the beginning - but part II moved along and kept me listening...

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Reversal: Harry Bosch, Book 16 (Mickey Haller, Book 3)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3863)
    Performance
    (1984)
    Story
    (1996)

    Longtime defense attorney Mickey Haller is recruited to change stripes and prosecute the high-profile retrial of a brutal child murder. After 24 years in prison, convicted killer Jason Jessup has been exonerated by new DNA evidence. Haller is convinced Jessup is guilty, and he takes the case on the condition that he gets to choose his investigator, LAPD Detective Harry Bosch.

    Andrew Pollack says: "Brilliantly executed"
    "Loved it! Connelly at his best!"
    Overall

    Great story, credible, fast moving - I wanted it to never end. Highly recommend! I've read /listened to almost all of the Bosch and Haller series - and this one is my favorite one yet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Painted Ladies: A Spenser Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (62)

    Called upon by The Hammond Museum and renowned art scholar Dr. Ashton Prince, Spenser accepts his latest case: to provide protection during a ransom exchange-money for a stolen painting. The case becomes personal when Spenser fails to protect his client and the valuable painting remains stolen. Convinced that Ashton Prince played a bigger role than just ransom delivery boy, Spenser enters into a daring game of cat-and-mouse with the thieves....

    Karen says: "Highly recommend"
    "Highly recommend"
    Overall

    Classic Spenser. This one is all good...plot, characterizations, etc...and no one but Mantegna should ever narrate a Spenser novel. I like the Jesse Stone novels better, but this is really an enjoyable listen. Highly recommend!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Glass Rainbow: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (2265)
    Performance
    (875)
    Story
    (881)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: When it comes to author/narrator pairings, nobody tops James Lee Burke and Will Patton in the Robicheaux thrillers. Beloved Burke hero Detective Dave Robicheaux here returns to New Iberia to solve a series of grisly murders. Seven young women in neighboring Jefferson Davis Parish have been brutally murdered. While the crimes have all the telltale signs of a serial killer, the death of Bernadette Latiolais, a high-school honor student, doesn’t fit.

    Gardner says: "Best Yet... Almost"
    "Great !"
    Overall

    This is as good as " Tin Roof"....so good that I never wanted it to end...Storyline is a really good one, Will Patton is great as always. This was well-worth the price. Highly recommend!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Professional: A Spenser Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (58)

    A knock on Spenser's office door can only mean one thing: a new case. This time the visitor is a local lawyer with an interesting story. Elizabeth Shaw specializes in wills and trusts at the Boston law firm of Shaw & Cartwright, and over the years she's developed a friendship with wives of very wealthy men. However, these rich wives have a mutual secret: they've all had an affair with a man named Gary Eisenhower- and now he's blackmailing them for money.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Another wonderful Spencer book"
    "Highly recommend"
    Overall

    Highly recommend for all the usual reasons - great storyline, narrator...everything you expect from a Spenser listen. I can't listen to anyone but Mantegna read a Spenser novel. Won't even consider buying the others because the few I've tried, the narrators are a huge distraction. Please re-release them all with Mantegna!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stone Cold: Jesse Stone, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Robert Forster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (81)

    In Stone Cold, Police Chief Jesse Stone has a problem - actually, two problems - dead bodies turning up, and no clues. A man takes his dog out for a run on the beach, only to be discovered hour later with two holes in his chest. A woman drives her Volvo to the mall to do some grocery shopping, never makes it back to her house and is found dead. Investigating a serial killer in an affluent suburban town is difficult, and with the added pressures from the town selectmen and media, the heat is turned up on Jesse. The harder these outside forces push against him, the more Jesse retreats into himself, convinced - despite all the odds - that it's up to him alone to stop the killing.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great introduction to a new (to me) character"
    "Loved this ! Parker, Stone, Forster at their best."
    Overall

    My favorite Jesse Stone narrator,combined with the best of Parker, great series, great narrator and a good storyline that kept me listening all the way through....We'll miss you Parker, Spenser, Sunny and Stone...

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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