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Hill

Bedford, TX, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 48 reviews
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  • 428 titles in library
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  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35680)
    Performance
    (26697)
    Story
    (27076)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Not much here for me."
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    My daughter talked me into listening to this book. She thought it was better than Harry Potter. Well to me it sure isn't Harry Potter. This just wasn't my cup of tea at all. Don't think I will see the movie and I know I won't order the second book. This book just did't fit to what I call entertainment or good writting. Took for ever to tell a very simple story. Suzanne Collins repeated herself a lot. She kept going over issues that I thought once said was enough. Just not for me.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • No Lesser Plea: Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert K. Tanenbaum
    • Narrated By Traber Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Roger "Butch" Karp has been around New York long enough to realize that the judicial system can be dirty and cynical. But he still believes in justice. So when a vicious sociopath tries to dodge a brutal murder charge by convincing the court he is incompetent to stand trial, Karp teams up with firecracker Assistant DA Marlene Ciampi to unleash the full force of their relentless energy, hardboiled wit, and passion for the truth to put the killer away for good. They will accept no lesser plea.

    Ted says: "A Decent LIsten"
    "Lesser Plea"
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    If you could sum up No Lesser Plea in three words, what would they be?

    A nice introduction.


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

    I wouldn't say on the edge but it kept my attention.


    What three words best describe Traber Burns’s voice?

    Interesting at best.


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

    No escape.


    Any additional comments?

    I had listened to Tanenbaum before and decided to start the series in order. No Lesser Plea is nice first book. It sets the characters well. I mostly likely will listen to a few more books then decide if I will continue with the series. Tanenbaum and Burns may grow on me but at this time they aren't my favorite.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: Virgil Flowers, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1066)
    Performance
    (944)
    Story
    (926)

    In Israel, a man clutching a backpack searches desperately for a boat. In Minnesota, Virgil Flowers gets a message from Lucas Davenport: You're about to get a visitor. It's an Israeli cop, and she's tailing a man who's smuggled out an extraordinary relic - a copper scroll revealing startling details about the man known as King Solomon. Wait a minute, laughs Virgil. Is this one of those Da Vinci Code deals? The secret scroll, the blockbuster revelation, the teams of murderous bad guys? Should I be boning up on my Bible verses? He looks at the cop. She's not laughing.

    Debbi says: "Still a fan, but..."
    "Hope this isn't the last"
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    Sandford did it again in my book. Simply love his style. Flowers is a lot softer than Davenport but don't let that put you off. Sandford gives Flowere's just as much brain power as Davenport. Good story great narrator all around good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rough Country: A Virgil Flowers Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1155)
    Performance
    (613)
    Story
    (618)

    Virgil's always been known for having a somewhat active, er, social life, but he's probably not going to be getting too many opportunities for that during his new case. While competing in a fishing tournament in a remote area of northern Minnesota, he gets a call from Lucas Davenport to investigate a murder at a nearby resort.

    Ruby says: "Extraordinary Plot Twists"
    "Poor Virgil"
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    This is a keeper. Virgil is so human. Sandford's Virgil Flower is a great down to earth kind of a guy. Sandford leaves enough out to keep you guessing but not so much that you lose interest. I suspected the ending but it was funny how Sandford pulled it off. Poor Virgil.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heat Lightning

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (926)
    Performance
    (547)
    Story
    (551)

    Flowers is only in his late 30's, but he's been around the block a few times, and he doesn't think much can surprise him anymore. He's wrong. It's a hot, humid summer night in Minnesota, and Flowers is in bed with one of his ex-wives (the second one , if you're keeping count ) when the phone rings. It's Lucas Davenport. There's a body in Stillwater, two shots to the head, found near a veterans' memorial. And the victim has a lemon in his mouth.

    Brian says: "What audio books should be"
    "You betch ya"
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    Lucas Davenport is still the big dog in Sandford's writings but Virgil Flowers is a very close second. I may actually like the Flowers series as well if not better than the Prey series. Heat Lighting is a very good read/listen. Nice work Sandford. Thank you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Field of Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 24

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1715)
    Performance
    (1505)
    Story
    (1507)

    The night after the fourth of July, Layton Carlson, Jr., of Red Wing, Minnesota, finally got lucky. And unlucky.

    He’d picked the perfect spot to lose his virginity to his girlfriend, an abandoned farmyard in the middle of cornfields: nice, private, and quiet. The only problem was...something smelled bad - like, really bad. He mentioned it to a county deputy he knew, and when the cop took a look, he found a body stuffed down a cistern. And then another, and another. By the time Lucas Davenport was called in, the police were up to 15 bodies and counting.

    Ed says: "Sandford and Ferrone deliver"
    "The Field"
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    I listen to audio books at an insane rate. If a reader of many books is a book worm I must be a "tape worm". There a lot of great authors and narrators. Sometimes they actually come together on the same series. Boy oh boy did they ever in Sandford's the Prey series. This is the last title that audible has in their listing as of 10/14. I enjoyed the complete series and the Field of Prey was no exception. If you are a fan of Sandford's you will love this one. Enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stolen Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1407)
    Performance
    (1141)
    Story
    (1123)

    .Lucas Davenport has seen many terrible murder scenes. This is one of the worst. In the small Minnesota town of Deephaven, an entire family has been killed - husband, wife, two daughters, dogs. There’s something about the scene that pokes at Lucas’s cop instincts - it looks an awful lot like the kind of scorched-earth retribution he’s seen in drug killings sometimes. But this is a seriously upscale town, and the husband was an executive vice president at a big bank. It just doesn’t seem to fit.

    bebe says: "Sanford writes another winner!"
    "The right mix"
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    I agree Sandford and Ferrone are a great combination. Sandford has moved to one of my top 5 authors. No the language isn't to ruff for me. I think it is down to earth and most likely just the type of vocabulary that real people in the trenches of life use. It certainly was the language the adults used around me when I was a kid.
    I like Lee Childs and his character Jack Reacher but he seems a little far fetched at times. Lucas Davenport seems real and does real life stuff. I love this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Edge of Eternity: The Century Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1356)
    Performance
    (1215)
    Story
    (1220)

    Throughout these books, Follett has followed the fortunes of five intertwined families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they make their way through the twentieth century. Now they come to one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the enormous social, political, and economic turmoil of the 1960s through the 1980s, from civil rights, assassinations, mass political movements and Vietnam to the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution - and rock and roll.

    Elisa says: "Some good, some bad"
    "Book 3 Edge of Eternity"
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    I am a huge fan of Ken Follett and I was really looking forward to the final installment of the this trilogy. Some of my friends loved the Pillars of the Earth and World Without End but didn't like the Century Trilogy. They started the Fall of Giants and didn't finish it. I didn't understand their position but something didn't catch their fancy. After listening the Edge of Eternity I think I understand what they were talking about. The Century Trilogy just didn't really create that spark that is needed to keep a trilogy going.
    I have to say that I don't think this is one of Ken's best works. Maybe the historical events that he uses as a back drop are to fresh in my mind. The earlier books like the Pillars of the Earth and World Without End and the first two books of the Century trilogy dealt with general social issues. This book spent a lot of time on one specific social issue from the sixties. Sure it was an issue but it was to specific for me. Follett used general issues like Communism when talking about the family in the eastern block countries but focused on race in the United States. Sure he talked about a lot of other social issues but this book felt like a comment on race relations.
    I had the same feeling about Jane Auel's writings in her Earth Children's series. She went to long and didn't stay with the theme in the earlier books. I felt neither of these great authors knew how to finish their great works. To me it was still worth my time to listen to this book but don't send full price on it. Maybe the abridged format would have been better.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Naked Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (354)
    Performance
    (314)
    Story
    (318)

    In Naked Prey, John Sandford puts Lucas Davenport through some changes. His old boss, Rose Marie Roux, has moved up to the state level and taken Lucas with her. In addition, Lucas is now married and a new father, both of which are fine with him: He doesn't mind being a family man. But he is a little worried. For every bit of peace you get, you have to pay - and he's waiting for the bill. It comes in the form of two people found hanging from a tree in the woods of northern Minnesota. What makes it particularly sensitive is that the bodies are of a black man and a white woman, and they're naked....

    Ruth says: "Meet Letty West!"
    "Another great one"
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    Sandford just gets better. Each one of the Prey series is fantastic to me. I love they way they build on each other. Sandford doesn't leave a cliff hanger like the old serials did in the movies but his books sure lead you to wanting to read the next book in the series. Davenport or Mitch Rapp. Maybe they are equal in my mind. Both are dynamite character's. Enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Easy Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (265)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (235)

    In life she was a high-profile model. In death she is the focus of a media firestorm that's demanding action from Lucas Davenport. One of his own men is a suspect in her murder. But when a series of bizarre, seemingly unrelated slayings rock the city, Davenport suspects a connection that runs deeper than anyone had imagined - one that leads to an ingenious killer more ruthless than anyone had feared....

    Pat C says: "Disappointing for Sandford"
    "Easy prey"
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    They just get better. Some of the other reviews had me worried. They said to many potential suspects to twisted. I started to not buy this book, I almost skipped over it. I'm sure glad I didn't. Yes there are a lot of suspects and yes it takes a lot of twist and turns but isn't that what a good book is to do? You'll get your money's worth with this one. Enjoy

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Secret Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (342)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (303)

    The company chairman lay on the cold ground of the woods, his eyes unseeing, his orange hunting jacket punctured by a rifle bullet at close range. Around him stood the four executives with whom he had been hunting, each with his or her own complicated agenda, each with a reason not to be sorrowful about the man's death. If he read it in a book, Lucas Davenport thought, it would seem like one of those classic murder mysteries, the kind where the detective gathers everyone together at the end and solves the case with a little speech.

    Phillip says: "Very good Davenport take."
    "#9"
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    All of the previous books in the Lucas Davenport series have had twist and turns and this addition certainly has that as well. Sandford referrers to previous plot lines and incorporates characters from earlier book into Secret Prey with expert precision. Sandford's main character is a very complicated man but also he is a very simple man. Lucas seems to always dealing with moral and personal dilemmas while he is chasing the bad guys. It seems to me Lucas is putting some of his personal demons to rest in this book. Its a nice touch. The ending is different, very different indeed. Enjoy I sure did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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