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P. Chavez

Huntington Beach, CA USA

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  • 35 reviews
  • 478 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 22 purchased in 2014
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  • A Carrion Death: Introducing Detective Kubu

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Michael Stanley
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (56)

    Smashed skull, snapped ribs, and a cloying smell of carrion. Leave the body for the hyenas to devour - no body, no case. But when Kalahari game rangers stumble on a human corpse midmeal, it turns out the murder wasn't perfect after all. Enough evidence is left to suggest foul play. Detective David "Kubu" Bengu of the Botswana Criminal Investigation Department is assigned to the case.

    Robert says: "Hot and Arid"
    "Too long"
    Overall

    Actually a 2 1/2 star. This book has great potential, but just drags on too long. It has wonderful characters and an interesting location but the actual story became boring.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Vanishing Act

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Thomas Perry
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (120)

    Jane Whitefield is a Native American guide who leads solitary outcasts through hostile territory to escape the vengeance of their enemies. But the shaded forest paths her Seneca ancestors might have followed on such missions have all been converted to superhighways, and now the safest way stations are crowded urban buildings that offer the camouflage of anonymity. Still, the supply of runaways - and the need for a woman who will take great risks to save them - have never been greater.

    Cathy says: "The Book - 4 Stars; Narration - 3 Stars"
    "Slow Slow Slow and stupid"
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    Watching cement dry would of been a better use of my time. There is nothing to recommend about this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stone Angel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Carol O'Connell
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (57)

    NYPD sergeant Kathleen Mallory is drawn to place far away from home. In a small town in Louisiana, she steps off the train. Within the hour, one man has been assaulted, another has had a heart attack, a third has been murdered, and Mallory is in jail, though she nothing to do with any of these three events. She is there for an entirely different purpose. Seventeen years earlier, Mallory's mother died in this town, stoned to death by a mob, and the six-year-old Mallory had disappeared, to reappear on the streets of New York.

    Valerie says: "The narrator makes or breaks a good story!"
    "A waste of time"
    Overall
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    I, unfortunately, bought 2 of these books at the same time or I never would have listened to this one. Since I owned it, I thought I should give the series a second chance. In this book, we find out why Mallory is damaged and why she wants to be called Mallory. The whole book was such a bore I have already forgot why she wanted to be called Mallory…so much for suspense. These novels are so convoluted with intertwining stories of unbelievable characters and weak motives that by the end, you just don’t care and am only glad it’s over.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Critics

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Carol O'Connell
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (32)

    NYPD sergeant Kathleen Mallory - computer genius, street fighter, provocative waif, peerless investigator, manipulative beauty - is the gorgeous, near-sociopathic heroine of this knife-edged suspense novel. Along with old pals, Ricker, Coffey, and faithful admirer Charles Butler, Mallory is determined to solve the brutal "art as death" murder of an untalented but highly touted artist-critic.

    Corinne says: "Narrator is the worst I've heard"
    "2 Stars is generous"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    Let’s see how many unbelievable and uninteresting cardboard characters this series has: There is Mallory, a drop dead gorgeous, extremely intelligent computer genius, but, drum roll, please… emotionally damaged, her partner is her faithful guardian angel cleaning up all her messes, her want-to-be boyfriend is a gentle giant who is also a computer genius and of course, independently wealthy…boring. Plus a terribly gruesome murder, with a cast of ridiculous secondary characters, but who cares, the whole series is a waste of time.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Dressed for Death

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Donna Leon
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (133)

    Commissario Guido Brunetti's hopes for a refreshing family holiday in the mountains are once again dashed when a gruesome discovery is made in Marghera--a body so badly beaten the face is completely unrecognizable. Brunetti searches Venice for someone who can identify the corpse but is met with a wall of silence. He then receives a telephone call from a contact who promises some tantalizing information.

    Tom says: "marvelous duo"
    "I am so happy to have found this series"
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    I am so happy to have found this series with the wonderful Commissario Guido Brunetti. Raised on Hercule Poirot and falling in love with Chief Inspector Armand Gamache in the Louise Penny’s Three Pines Mysteries, I was searching for another similar series with a smart and likable lead character. I tried the NYPD sergeant Kathleen Mallory series by Carol O'Connell and was very disappointed with the cardboard characters . I am looking forward to listening to all the books with Brunetti and getting to know and like him even more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Involuntary Witness: Guido Guerrieri Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Gianrico Carofiglio
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (626)
    Performance
    (547)
    Story
    (546)

    A nine-year-old boy is found murdered at the bottom of a well near a popular beach resort in southern Italy. In what looks like a hopeless case for Guido Guerrieri, a Senegalese peddler is accused of the crime. Faced with small-town racism, Guido attempts to exploit the esoteric workings of the Italian courts. The voice of Sean Barrett brings this gritty Italian detective series to life.

    dumbclub says: "Excellence"
    "Slow, but interesting"
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    If this novel is typical, there is a big difference between U.S. and Italian crime novels. Do not expect anything like “Lincoln Lawyer”. The actual crime and trial are secondary to the musings of the main character, Attorney Guido Guerrieri, And it seems that attorneys in Italy prepare for trial ONLY by reading the information given to them by the prosecuting attorney and police without doing any interviewing of witnesses or investigating on their own before trial. It’s very odd. Actually, frustrating is a better word.
    I thought that since this is the first book in a series the author had decided to use most of novel introducing the reader to Guido, and you do grow to like him. He often mentions American books, music and art. He is finding himself after a divorce. But now I have started the second book, and more is being revealed about Guido, I am thinking that these books are more about how this man thinks, his humor, his self awareness and how he conducts himself within the legal system, then solving any “crime” or winning any trial.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5445)
    Performance
    (3408)
    Story
    (3414)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    Lora says: "Enzo (because he's so wize) for president."
    "An interesting premise"
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    At first, I thought telling the story from the dog???s point of view was rather contrived, but I grew to really enjoy it. And, of course, fell in love with the dog. Unfortunately, the story is a melodrama; with the bad guys, the good guys and the eventual happy ending. Not a very interesting story without the dog.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Unraveling of Violeta Bell: A Morgue Mama Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By C. R. Corwin
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (140)

    Maddy Sprowls, newspaper librarian for the Hannawa Herald-Union, prefers to stay in the newspaper morgue and do her job. But one Saturday, she sees four elderly women get out of a taxicab at a garage sale. She figures that those women must hire that cabby every week to drive them from garage sale to garage sale, and wouldn't that make a great feature story for the paper? Shortly after the story runs, one of the four women, retired antiques dealer Violeta Bell, is murdered.

    Donna says: "Great book, the Best of readers"
    "It gave me a headache and bored me!"
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    Thank God my iPod lets me set the narrative on a faster playback or I could of never finished this book. It's just plain silly, not charming.The narrator is very talented, but for some reason she choose to use a most irritating voice (think nails on a blackboard) for the main character. Instead of sounding like a woman in her late 60's, she sounds like a 102 year woman who has lived on an isolated farm in Kansas her whole life. Pass the aspirin.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Attack of the Unsinkable Rubber Ducks

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Christopher Brookmyre
    • Narrated By Joe Dunlop, Jilly Bond
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    Do you believe in ghosts? Do we really live on in some conscious form after we die? And is that form capable of communicating with the world of the living? Jack Parlabane's stance on the matter: "Aye, right". This was before he found himself in the more compromising position of being not only dead himself, but worse: dead and with an exclusive still to file. Now he knows for certain that death is not the end: it's the ultimate undercover assignment.

    James says: "For the Cynic with a Sense of Humo(u)r"
    "It seemed more of a lecture, than a story"
    Overall

    I absolutely loved "Quite Ugly One Morning", but for some reason Audible isn???t offering it anymore?? So when this one became available, I bought it right away. What a disappointment. Brookmyre definitely had an agenda, and it got in the way of his writing a good story.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • I Know I Am, But What Are You?

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Samantha Bee
    • Narrated By Samantha Bee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (287)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (151)

    Critics have called her “sweet, adorable, and vicious.” But there is so much more to be said about Samantha Bee. For one, she’s Canadian - whatever that means. And now, she opens up for the very first time about her checkered Canadian past. With charming candor, she admits to her Lennie from Of Mice and Men-style love of baby animals, her teenage crime spree as one-half of a car-thieving couple, and the fact that strangers seem compelled to show her their genitals.

    Coby says: "So Funny!"
    "I love Samantha Bee on The Daily Show, but..."
    Overall

    this book was not very funny or entertaining. The last chapter was cute. I would recommend picking up the book at the library or B&N and just reading the last chapter.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • La's Orchestra Saves the World: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (41)

    In 1939, Lavender flees London to escape the German bombs and her shattered marriage. Settling in a small town, she pulls together a makeshift orchestra to help cope with the times.

    glamazon says: "McCall Smith Does It Again!"
    "B-O-R-I-N-G"
    Overall

    I HAD TO WRITE A REVIEW BECAUSE I CAN'T BELIEVE ANYONE WOULD GIVE THIS BOOK 5 STARS! I loved the first three No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency, after that they were still enjoyable, but gradually lost their spark. I was hoping that Smith would come roaring back with this new subject "La". Did the book ever begin? Was there a story worth writing anywhere in it? Nothing ever happened. What was there to like? I didn't even like "La". She could have opened up her home to people in need. But no, she was an aristocrat who tended chickens and thought herself noble for the effort. If you want to read an excellent story set in WW2, read "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society"

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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