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Wrenn

North Canton, OH, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 13 reviews
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  • This Body of Death: An Inspector Lynley Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Elizabeth George
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (431)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (179)

    Thomas Lynley is called back to Scotland Yard when the body of a woman is found stabbed and abandoned in an isolated London cemetery. His former team doesn't trust the leadership of their new department chief, Isabelle Ardery, but Lynley may be the sole person who can see beneath his superior officer's hard-as-nails exterior to a hidden and possibly attractive vulnerability.

    Rebecca says: "Interesting Mix for Elizabeth George Fans"
    "Buy this book!"
    Overall

    I was a little hesitant to purchase this audio book after having read the reviews, which were mixed. However, I'm a big fan of Elizabeth George, both in audio and in print, and this audio book did not disappoint. The narration by John Lee is award-winning, I think, and the plot is suspenseful and well developed. My only criticism is that it takes a little while to "get into" the book. But it's worth the wait. I thought this audio book was absolutely tremendous and would recommend it to any mystery reader.

    21 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • How the Light Gets In: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1236)
    Performance
    (1116)
    Story
    (1115)

    Shadows are falling on the usually festive Christmas season for Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. When Gamache receives a message from Myrna Landers that a longtime friend has failed to arrive for Christmas in the village of Three Pines, he welcomes the chance to get away from the city. Gamache soon discovers the missing woman was once one of the most famous people not just in North America, but in the world, and now goes unrecognized by virtually everyone. As events come to a head, Gamache is drawn ever deeper into the world of Three Pines.

    Nancy J says: "Welcome Home!"
    "I wish I could give it 6 stars!"
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    Performance
    Story

    Every Inspector Gamache novel is better than the last--amazingly--and this one doesn't disappoint. I was on the edge of my seat but then sad when the book ended. I especially like how Penny ties up many loose ends in this ninth novel. She and Ralph Cosham are the perfect pair. If you haven't read a Gamache novel yet, don't start with this one--you must go back to the beginning and listen to Still Life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • City of Thieves

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By David Benioff
    • Narrated By Ron Perlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1515)
    Performance
    (777)
    Story
    (773)

    A writer visits his retired grandparents in Florida to document their experience during the infamous siege of Leningrad. His grandmother won't talk about it, but his grandfather reluctantly consents. The result is the captivating odyssey of two young men trying to survive against desperate odds. Lev Beniov considers himself "built for deprivation." He's small, smart, and insecure, a Jewish virgin too young for the army, who spends his nights working as a volunteer firefighter with friends from his building.

    Paul says: "Stunning Tale. Great Narration."
    "Pick this one."
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    Story

    I was not that interested in this book after I read the plot summary, but I bought it anywya when friend said she liked it. It sat in my itunes library for a couple of months before I finally listened to it.

    However, I was captivated by the story and eventually the narrator (who perfectly fit his character). The novel is really about these two guys, Lev and Kolya; their task to get eggs is only a frame in which to tell their stories. While it is a plot-driven novel, the writing is excellent, and the is story surprisingly funny in places while moving in others. I enjoyed it very much. This is the book that I'm currently recommending to my friends. Also, check out the NY Times' review for a better analysis than mine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John Green, David Levithan
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews, Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1159)
    Performance
    (935)
    Story
    (945)

    One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teens—both named Will Grayson—are about to cross paths. As their worlds collide and intertwine, the Will Graysons find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, building toward romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most fabulous high school musical.

    FanB14 says: "Another John Green Hit"
    "Delightful!"
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    While the content of this story is not for everyone, this book has great characters (Tiny Cooper), a compelling plot (two Wills), lots of humor (and cussing), and, most importantly, the two narrators are tremendous in bringing the two Wills to life. The audio won some award though I can't remember now what it was.

    I listened to this book as a requirement for a Young Adult Literature grad class and was thoroughly delighted to discover how good the book was. I think mature young people would especially like this book, but it's also a good listen for open-minded adults. MacLeod Andrews also narrates The Lock Artist, which I really liked as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lock Artist

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Steve Hamilton
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1012)
    Performance
    (702)
    Story
    (713)

    Marked by tragedy, traumatized at the age of eight, Michael, now 18, is no ordinary young man. Besides not uttering a single word in 10 years, he discovers the one thing he can somehow do better than anyone else. Whether it's a locked door without a key, a padlock with no combination, or even an eight hundred-pound safe...he can open them all. It's an unforgivable talent. A talent that will make young Michael a hot commodity with the wrong people.

    G. Sabin says: "A decent story, a little slow"
    "I say, 'Buy it!'"
    Overall

    This book is one of the best "listens" I've experienced in a long time, and all the members of my book group really liked it as well. Perhaps it should not be classified as a mystery (as one reviewer complains), but it does have elements of mystery. Regardless, the plot is clever, the main character / narrator is engaging (he's a guy you can pull for!), and the chronology of the story is effective. I like that The Lock Artist is not like any other book I've read or listened to. I highly recommend it. Now I'm only hoping for a sequel.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Lay Down My Sword and Shield

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (563)
    Performance
    (387)
    Story
    (381)

    Against the backdrop of growing civil rights turmoil in a sultry border town, the hard-drinking ex-POW attorney Hackberry Holland yields to the myriad urgings of his wife, his brother, and his so-called friends to make a bid for a congressional seat - and finds himself embroiled in the seamy world of Texas powerbrokers.

    Cat F. says: "The Publisher's Summary is Anemic"
    "Worth listening to"
    Overall

    While this selection is not Burke's best (after all, it is an early work) it is still VERY good. I disagree with the review that says this book isn't "about" anything. My feeling is that if you like Burke's style (and his characters), you'll like this. Burke simply knows how to write a novel. And, of course, Will Patton narrating is terrific.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nine Dragons: Harry Bosch, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2387)
    Performance
    (1006)
    Story
    (1012)

    The one good thing in Bosch's life, the person he holds most dear, is taken from him and Bosch travels to Hong Kong in an all-or-nothing bid to regain what he's lost. In a place known as Nine Dragons, as the city's Hungry Ghosts festival burns around him, Bosch puts aside everything he knows and risks everything he has in a desperate bid to outmatch the triad's ferocity.

    Derek says: "Not Connelly's Best"
    "Not Connelly's best"
    Overall

    I've listened to every one of the Harry Bosch novels, and frankly, I like them all. I especially love Bosch's character. Mickey Haller and Jack McEvoy (sp?) don't come close to Bosch. However, 9 Dragons is not among Connelly's best. As other people have said in their reviews, Bosch seems out of character and the plot has flaws. Len Cariou is the perfect narrator for Bosch (though Dick Hill is good) and the novel is a good listen. But if this is your first Bosch novel, don't form an opinion just based on this one. Go back and start at the beginning with The Black Echo (or Black Ice). Novels like Concrete Blonde, Trunk Music, the Last Coyote are among my all-time favorites.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cherry Bomb: A Jacqueline 'Jack' Daniels Mystery #6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By J. A. Konrath
    • Narrated By Susie Breck, Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (138)

    Jack Daniels thought she could rest easy once she locked up the nefarious Alex Kork in prison for life. However, she hadn't counted on Kork's incredible ability to get out of any situation. Now the insane serial killer is again on the loose - and once more, Jack has to make Chicago safe from this deviant woman's evil ways. Her longtime partner, the Krispy Kreme-loving Herb, is on the case with Jack, as is her former partner and nemesis, Harry.

    Larry says: "Boy did I learn a lesson"
    "Narrators are terrific!"
    Overall

    I like the Konrath books (all of them), but I especially like Dick Hill and Susie Breck as narrators. Don't read this book--LISTEN to it. And start with Whiskey Sour if you haven't read any yet.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Neon Rain: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3078)
    Performance
    (1875)
    Story
    (1870)

    New York Times best-selling author James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux novels began with this first hard-hitting entry in the series. In The Neon Rain, Detective Robicheaux fishes a prostitute's corpse from a New Orleans bayou and finds that no one, not even the law, cares about a dead hooker.

    S. Sand says: "The perfect combination of author and narrator"
    "Burke always delivers!"
    Overall

    I had already read this book, but when I saw that it was available in an unabridged format with Will Patton reading, I immediately downloaded it. I avoid the Mark Hammer narrations--I don't care for his style. The voice of Dave Robicheaux IS Will Patton. Burke is one of my favorite writers, and I love listening as well as reading.

    20 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Pegasus Descending

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1051)
    Performance
    (359)
    Story
    (359)

    A troubled young woman breezes into Detective Robicheaux's hometown of New Iberia, Louisiana. She happens to be the daughter of his friend: a friend he witnessed gunned down in a bank robbery, a tragedy that forever changed Robicheaux's life.

    Deborah says: "Breathtaking"
    "One of my favorites"
    Overall

    I can't get enough of the Dave Robicheaux novels (unabridged)with Will Patton narrating. The characters were engaging, but I especially liked the plot of this one. Burke's prose, as always, is lyrical, full of Southern imagery. Very literary but never boring.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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