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helen

melbourne, Australia | Member Since 2006

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  • New York to Dallas: In Death, Book 33

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2020)
    Performance
    (1754)
    Story
    (1748)

    It was one of Eve Dallas’s earliest takedowns, back in her uniform days. A monster named Isaac McQueen had been abducting young victims and leaving them scarred in both mind and body. Thanks to Eve, he wound up where he belonged, removed from civilized society in Rikers. But he’s not behind bars anymore. After his escape, McQueen has two things in mind. One is to take up where he left off, preying on the young and innocent - when necessary, with the help of a female partner all too willing to be manipulated and to aid and abet his crimes.

    helen says: "How does she do it?"
    "How does she do it?"
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    Where does New York to Dallas rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's another of the best in the Eve Dallas series, if I could say it was page turning I would but instead I will say that I couldn't turn it off. The stories are all good but this is one of the best.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It had intrigue, horror, suspense and got to answer some of the questions we have had about Eve (the main chararcter). Simply stunning story


    What about Susan Ericksen’s performance did you like?

    She is now and will always be Eve Dallas....I couldn't after so many books think of her as anyone else. She captures in my mind the true essence of the characters in the series and has made them her own so that they come alive in our imaginations as we listen. Brilliant.!


    Any additional comments?

    I am always amazed at how J D Robb can write such horror and suspense and then blend such stories together such as the bride series (as Nora Roberts) which are so joyous and loving - what a talent!!

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Public Secrets

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (131)

    Emma McAvoy may have grown up in the limelight, but some secrets are hidden in a darkness no light can reach. Now on the verge of a successful career, and having fallen in love with the man of her dreams, Emma is looking to the future. Yet it’s the past that is about to catch up with her. For Emma, her childhood had been almost like a rags-to-riches fairy tale - until the tragic night that changed her family forever. But what Emma thinks she knows about that terrible night and the man she’s about to marry is only half the truth.

    carol says: "public secrets"
    "An Emotional Rollercoster!"
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    I don't know how Nora Roberts does it, you travel the rollercoaster of sex, drugs and rock n roll and as a reader you can see each scene so clearly. There are characters that you really want to slap for their stupid and egotistical natures. And as for the main character Emma....Grab some tissues, sound the trumpets and get ready for a story that only Roberts can weave.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Invisible

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By James Patterson, David Ellis
    • Narrated By January LaVoy, Kevin Collins
    Overall
    (400)
    Performance
    (347)
    Story
    (352)

    Everyone thinks Emmy Dockery is crazy. Obsessed with finding the link between hundreds of unsolved cases, Emmy has taken leave from her job as an FBI researcher. Now all she has are the newspaper clippings that wallpaper her bedroom, and her recurring nightmares of an all-consuming fire. Not even Emmy's ex-boyfriend, field agent Harrison "Books" Bookman, will believe her that hundreds of kidnappings, rapes, and murders are all connected.

    Wendelin says: "sensational book from the beginning to the end."
    "What a RIDE!"
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    I do...I do....I do....I do love the characters -Emmy and Booker, I do love the suspense, I so do love the story twists and I so held my breath at the final chapters...and you might say "I do" love too!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Company of Liars

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Karen Maitland
    • Narrated By David Thorpe
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (88)

    On this day of ill omen, plague makes its entrance. Within weeks, swathes of England will be darkened by death's shadow. While panic and suspicion flood the land, a small band of travelers comes together to outrun the breakdown in law and order. But when one of their number is found hanging from a tree, the chilling discovery confirms that something more sinister than plague is in their midst.

    Richard says: "A teller of tales"
    "A Terrifying TIme in HIstory"
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    Karen Maitland takes us on a journey of a terrifying time in world history her descriptions of the disposals of those who have died of the plague is heart wrenching. The group of travelers who are fleeing the plague are very unusual and each has lived or are living a lie. As each lie is revealed there are remarkable occurrences some more believable than others.The final revelation and twist is worth the wait!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Child Taker: Detective Alec Ramsay Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Conrad Jones
    • Narrated By Julia Farhat
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    A stand-alone novel based on high-profile child abductions, which have been followed by millions of concerned parents on the news. Five-year-old twins are abducted from a tent in the Lake District and the hunt for a dangerous paedophile ring begins. Police procedure follows the premise that 60% of abducted children are murdered within the first four hours of being taken. The first hour is called "The golden hour" and the longer a child is missing, the less chance there is of them being recovered unharmed.

    helen says: "Chilling!"
    "Chilling!"
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    I was hesitant at first when listening to the beginning of the novel and its subject matter, however Conrad Jones really does know how to write a gripping tale that has you asking questions and pointing fingers all the way round.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gods of Guilt

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (139)

    Mickey Haller gets the text, "Call me ASAP - 187," and the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention. Murder cases have the highest stakes and the biggest paydays, and they always mean Haller has to be at the top of his game. When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one. He soon finds out that she was back in LA and back in the life. Far from saving her, Mickey may have been the one who put her in danger.

    Bruno says: "Fantastic"
    "Michael Connelly and Justice go hand in hand."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Gods of Guilt the most enjoyable?

    It was a great story line and the twists and turns. Connelly explains the legality of law proceedings with expert skill and is able to blend them into the story brilliantly. Thoroughly enjoyable!


    What about Peter Giles’s performance did you like?

    Simply splendid, such easy listening.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Everyone deserves Justice!


    Any additional comments?

    I still love the short connections made with Harry Bosch.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hanging

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Lotte Hammer, Soren Hammer
    • Narrated By Ray Chase
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    One morning before school, two children find the naked bodies of five men hanging from the gym ceiling. The case leads detective Konrad Simonsen and his murder squad to the school janitor, who may know more about the killings than he is telling. Soon, Simonsen realizes that each of the five murdered men had a dark and terrible secret in common. And when Simonsen's own daughter is targeted, he must race to find the culprit before his whole world is destroyed.

    helen says: "It's missing something"
    "It's missing something"
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    Would you try another book from Lotte Hammer and Soren Hammer and/or Ray Chase?

    No, I wouldn't jump at reading another book by this author, I found the development of characters very flat and one dimensional, at times confusing. I am not sure if my confusion stemmed from the narrators mix of characters voice changes.."the countess" in particular. I am sorry to say that I didn't persevere to find out who carried out the macabre murders.. Best of luck to those who do persevere.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Confusion and disappointment, something lacking.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Burning

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jane Casey
    • Narrated By Caroline Lennon, Penelope Rawlins, Paul Thornley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Maeve Kerrigan is an ambitious detective constable, keen to make her mark on the murder task force. Her male colleagues believe Maeve’s empathy makes her weak, but the more she learns about the latest victim, Rebecca Haworth, from her grieving friends and family, the more determined Maeve becomes to bring her murderer to justice. But how do you catch a killer no one has seen? And when so much of the evidence they leave behind has gone up in smoke?

    helen says: "Good old murder mystery!"
    "Good old murder mystery!"
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    If you could sum up The Burning in three words, what would they be?

    The story is mainly told by Maeve Kerrigan who is a strong character who though has great ambitions in the police force is a character who seems normal without major flaws which can often plague the main woman in a book.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    This was a book I had listened to after 3 very ordinary stories so this for me was a good, intriguing story line with interesting characters some of whom I'd like to explore further in the next stories written by the author.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Ahh just love the lilt of the Irish.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not necessarily but I did enjoy listening to each chapter.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fifth Avenue

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Christopher Smith
    • Narrated By George Kuch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    In the thriller Fifth Avenue, each intermingles within a revered society that is unprepared for what's in store for it when one man finally strikes in an effort to destroy another man for murdering his wife thirty-one years ago. Louis Ryan is that man. George Redman, his wife, two daughters and their close friends are his targets. Both men are self-made billionaires who came from nothing to stake their claim to Fifth Avenue.

    helen says: "Such a tangled web of family intrigue...."
    "Such a tangled web of family intrigue...."
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    Would you listen to Fifth Avenue again? Why?

    I would love to listen to it again but I am sorry George the narrator sounded like he was whispering throughout - maybe it's my old ipod.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The intrigue, the family plots, the twists and the agony of family money and power can be felt as Christopher unfolds his story to us.


    Would you be willing to try another one of George Kuch’s performances?

    NOPE!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Only to the narration but I will read Christopher Smith again.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sacrifice: Detective Jane Candiotti, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Clyde Phillips
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    On a cold, foggy night, two lives are cut short. The first: Philip Iverson, a billionaire philanthropist shot to death in a hotel parking structure. The second: Willie Temple, a homeless man stabbed through the heart on an abandoned San Francisco pier. The murders of such disparate men can’t possibly be connected…can they? SFPD Lieutenant Jane Candiotti is still coming to terms with her promotion and her marriage to Detective Kenny Marks when the Iverson and Temple cases land in her lap.

    helen says: "Great Murder Mystery!"
    "Great Murder Mystery!"
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    I just loved listening to this story as it was a classic in it's formulae. Little tweeks through the story make it a good read.
    Jane is a great character and so are the others around her. The murderer is a surprise and that was a nice twist but on hindsight there had been clues!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Angels: Kate Maguire Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Graham Masterton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lennon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    One cold spring morning in County Cork, two fishermen find a bundle of rags floating in the Blackwater River. It is the bloated body of Father Heaney. His hands and feet are bound, and his neck bears the marks of garrotting wire. Worse still, he has been castrated. When a second priest is found murdered, his body bruised and beaten and the same savage wound hidden beneath his soutane, Detective Inspector Katie Maguire finds evidence of a sinister cover-up at St Joseph's Orphanage.

    helen says: "Creepy Imagination that makes it hard to put down!"
    "Creepy Imagination that makes it hard to put down!"
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    Kate Maquire continues her story in this book and its great to travel with her as she solves another confounding mystery. Graham Masterons imagination is definately gory and most definately in parts gross but at the same time I wanted to know what and who were behind those masks. The effort that he puts into every death is truly amazing and horrifying and the next death worse than the last it can make the jaw drop in horror!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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