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L. O. Pardue

I love to read books set in interesting places or historical settings. I especially love mysteries and thrillers.

Atlanta, GA United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Shining Girls: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Lauren Beukes
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam, Peter Ganim, Jay Snyder, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (280)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (253)

    Harper Curtis is a killer who stepped out of the past. Kirby Mazrachi is the girl who was never meant to have a future. Kirby is the last shining girl, one of the bright young women, burning with potential, whose lives Harper is destined to snuff out after he stumbles on a House in Depression-era Chicago that opens on to other times. At the urging of the House, Harper inserts himself into the lives of the shining girls, waiting for the perfect moment to strike. He's the ultimate hunter, vanishing into another time after each murder, untraceable - until one of his victims survives.

    L. O. Pardue says: "You will either love it or hate it"
    "You will either love it or hate it"
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    Have you ever been on a roll where you have listened to several wonderful books in a row, and you begin to believe that your luck of choosing the next great read won't end. I have been in book heaven this past several weeks only to have the "Law of Averages" hit me with this choice.

    This was not the book for me. Yet, I completely understand why there is a large audience for this book with lots of ecstatic reviews from many credible sources.

    PROs: The book is very well written by Lauren Beukes. The mood was ominous from the start. Kudos to the narrators -- they did a very good job.
    -- The time travel was very interesting and not real hard to follow even though I normally like my books to have a higher than average believability ratio.

    CONs: If you like your violent scenes described only to the point that the reader understands what happened, you will find these murders against women (torture really) hard to listen. The goriness is provided in the most graphic detail. I read lots of violent books, but the creepiness and gruesomeness of these murders were way beyond my tolerance level.
    -- The killer's character was much more developed than the last remaining girl, Kirby. Kirby, whom I wanted to like, was so sarcastic in all her interactions that I began to dread her time on the page. The killer is described as charming, but all his interactions with people, especially the "shining girls", was not charming at all -- just very creepy.

    I just could not get past the 5th hour of the book. For the audience this book was intended, I do think you should read some reviews by people who finished the book and were delighted with the experience. This might be a book that you will enjoy.

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • The Purity of Vengeance: A Department Q Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (886)
    Performance
    (769)
    Story
    (779)

    International superstar Jussi Adler-Olsen, with more than fourteen million copies of his books sold worldwide, returns with the fourth book in his New York Times best-selling Department Q series, about a perplexing cold case with sinister modern-day consequences. In 1987, Nete Hermansen plans revenge on those who abused her in her youth, including Curt Wad, a charismatic surgeon who was part of a movement to sterilize wayward girls in 1950s Denmark.

    Charles Atkinson says: "It's a 5 Star Story of Revenge"
    "The Purity of Entertainment"
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    As you listen to this Danish cold case, you will laugh out loud while sitting on the edge of your seat. Now, that is a description I don't think I have used for a mystery review before. Adler-Olsen is a master of characters, dialog and setting. He is over-the-top on plot.

    If you don't mind that the actual plot is beyond belief at times, this series will be one you savor one at a time, like I do. I am afraid to catch up with the last book in the series, because I want to know there is always something new to read from this author. Do you ever do the same with a favorite author?

    I was so pleased that assistants, Rose and Assad, were a large part of this book. They are hilarious and diligent. To be honest, they are often the better detectives. But the reason I am drawn to detective Carl Morck is his day-to-day existence. I caution you that starting from the beginning is necessary if you want to see the progression in their relationships. The "Keeper of Lost Causes" is a fantastic start to the series and, the narrator performs this series so well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Malice: Kyoichiro Kaga, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Keigo Higashino
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (32)

    Acclaimed best-selling novelist Kunihiko Hidaka is found brutally murdered in his home on the night before he’s planning to leave Japan and relocate to Vancouver. His body is found in his office, a locked room, within his locked house, by his wife and his best friend, both of whom have rock solid alibis. Or so it seems.

    Louise says: "entertaining"
    "Intriguing, But . . ."
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    This was my first book by Keigo Higashino featuring the Japanese detective, Kyoichiro Kaga. I am not sure why I chose this book because I don't enjoy books where the discovery of the "murderer" is known too early in the story. My fave listens are police procedurals that are true whodunnits.

    Despite that set-up, Higashino still gave me a whodunnit by making the motive for the murder the true mystery. Why would someone kill a famous author as he is packing to leave the country to live in Canada? It was so smart of the author to leave hidden clues in written accounts the murderer provides instead of going through the standard interrogation. Kaga is my kind of detective - diligent and creative.

    Many of the reviewers say Higashino's earlier books are much better. If that is the case, I will give another one a try. I wish there had been more narrative about life in Japan. This story could have been set anywhere. I don't feel I learned much about Kaga and his life. The narrator was OK -- slow and steady.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Redeemer: Harry Hole, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø, Don Bartlett (translator)
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (495)
    Performance
    (431)
    Story
    (427)

    Christmas shoppers stop to hear a Salvation Army concert on a crowded Oslo street. An explosion cuts through the music and the bitter cold: One of the singers falls dead, shot in the head at point-blank range. Harry Hole - the Oslo Police Department’s best investigator and worst civil servant - has little to work with: no suspect, no weapon, and no motive. But Harry’s troubles will multiply. As the search closes in, the killer becomes increasingly desperate, and Harry’s chase takes him to the most forbidden corners of the former Yugoslavia. Yet it’s when he returns to Oslo that he encounters true darkness....

    Charles Atkinson says: "Best Modern Detective Series on Audible!"
    "Harry is my favorite Redeemer!"
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    When I started this book, I was determined to figure out the whodunnit since I should know Jo Nesbo's writing style by now. Still, I was so surprised by the outcome. Here is what I love about listening to Nesbo's books:
    1) Nesbo can turn the small event of getting his grandfather's watch fixed into an amazing anecdote when the story is wrapped up later in the book.
    2) Nobody can just die a normal death, it has to be beyond imagination.
    3) The story can go down lots of paths. Where lesser authors leave too many holes at the end, Nesbo wraps everything up neatly.
    4) Nesbo makes me feel something. I laugh, cry and pray that the story will not end.

    One odd thing, it was interesting to read how the Salvation Army is perceived in Norway compared to USA. Regarding John Lee, he did a great job. I still miss Robin Sachs as Harry Hole.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1738)
    Performance
    (1462)
    Story
    (1456)

    On May 1, 1915, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were anxious. Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone, and for months, its U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic.

    L. O. Pardue says: "What a Ride!"
    "What a Ride!"
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    Erik Larson has done it again. I knew that the sinking of the Lusitania was one of the causes for America's entrance into WWI, but was never curious enough to find out more details. With Larson’s fascinating reenactment of all the facts, he was able to show how so many people had a unique part of the history of the tragedy of the Lusitania. Larson’s facts and anecdotes about President Wilson, Churchill, the German U20 pilot, the Lusitania capain and so many of the passengers and crew made for a full history of events. He also gave me a clear view of life in 1915.

    Larson has done this brilliant re-telling before with his many history books of which “The Devil in the White City” is my favorite. If you have any interest in history, be sure to get this audiobook. I enjoyed it immensely.

    17 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Reasonable Doubts: Guido Guerrieri Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Gianrico Carofiglio, Howard Curtis (translator)
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (163)

    Guerrieri is asked to handle the appeal of Fabio Paolicelli, sentenced to 16 years for smuggling drugs. Paolicelli intially confessed to the crime, and everything seems stacked against the appeal. Guerrieri's reluctance to take on the case is intensified by the fact that he knows Paolicelli, and it is only the intervention of Paolicelli's beautiful wife, Natsu, that finally overcomes Guerrieri's reluctance.

    Cherie says: "A Convincing Voice in Criminal Procedural Fiction"
    "Italian Criminal Defense Hero"
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    If I was in serious legal trouble, I would want Guido Guerrieri to defend me. He accepts cases that have no obvious solution, yet he finds alternatives and fights to the end. If you enjoy intriguing legal stories, you will enjoy this series. I can honestly say that the closing arguments between the prosecutor and Guido in this story is one of the best listens I have had with Audible. I am still thinking about those words several days later. The narrator, Sean Barrett, did his usual outstanding job.

    I am glad I got to know Guido better. His life in Bari, Italy is just so fascinating to me. He loves his music, wine and bicycling to work or walking the streets during the evenings. Due to recent events, he is very vulnerable and makes bad decisions that he genuinely regrets and tries to fix. Imperfect as he is, I wish there were more people like Guido in this world.

    I am nervous that it appears the next book (4th) in this series is the end. I hope that Mr. Carofiglio will publish again soon. It will be a sad day when I have read the last story with Guido.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Raven Black: Book One of the Shetland Island Quartet

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin
    Overall
    (462)
    Performance
    (412)
    Story
    (415)

    It is a cold January morning, and Shetland lies beneath a deep layer of snow. Trudging home, Fran Hunter's eye is drawn to a splash of color on the frozen ground, ravens circling above. It is the strangled body of her teenage neighbor, Catherine Ross. The locals on the quiet island stubbornly focus their gaze on one man - loner and simpleton Magnus Tait.

    MxH says: "Couldn't find a weak point."
    "Interesting Place & Great Characters for a Series"
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    I love a book that has me researching the internet and my atlas for more information about the place. The Shetlands was the perfect location for the moody feel of this story. I can see why Ann Cleeves is a beloved author of thrillers from the United Kingdom. I particularly liked how the mood and place were as much a part of the story as the people and plotting. All were developed gradually and consistently. Jimmy Perez is a detective I will follow for as many selections that Audible will provide -- which I hope will be many. The narration was excellent.

    Sometimes the story slowed down, but in the end, it all makes sense, and I was surprised by the outcome. I noticed in my research that the BBC has a 2014 TV series called "Shetland" that is based on Ann Cleves stories of Jimmie Perez. This TV series is not available in the US yet, but I will be checking regularly. I would love to watch them, too.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24893)
    Performance
    (20686)
    Story
    (20673)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    L. O. Pardue says: ""Rear Window" Meets "Gone Girl""
    ""Rear Window" Meets "Gone Girl""
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    This book was on my "must listen" list because I actually take the 8AM train into work each day. Like "Rear Window", I can easily imagine looking into the windows and backyards while imagining what kind of life the occupants lead.

    Three characters tell this story from their viewpoint. I am so glad that Audible chose three different narrators for Rachel, Anne and Meghan. It made this story much easier to follow when each scene changed. Like "Good Girl" none of these characters are candidates for citizen of the year. In addition, can you rely on their viewpoint? Rachel's life is a drunken shambles, Anne is the "other woman" and Meghan goes missing and we are not sure why.

    This is a twisty, well plotted mystery that will keep you riveted and guessing to the very end. Occasionally, I listened to a chapter again and continued to make links with other information I learned. Listen carefully and you will be rewarded. This book will be a huge success. Enjoy!

    137 of 156 people found this review helpful
  • Dregs

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jørn Lier Horst
    • Narrated By Saul Reichlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (41)

    Four feet…from four different victims? In Stavern around midsummer a severed left foot in a training shoe is washed up on the shore. Then another, and yet another. Altogether four left feet in the course of one week. Police Inspector William Wisting has many years of murder experience behind him, but he has never examined evidence like this. Four feet…from four different victims?

    L. O. Pardue says: "Good Norwegian Procedural"
    "Good Norwegian Procedural"
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    What a macabre beginning! Why are all these left feet showing up on Norway's shore? Steig Larsson's legacy continues as we get exposed to more Scandinavian mysteries and procedurals that are worthy of our listen. Horst has written a good book that includes lots of details about Norwegian life, criminal system, banking and other topics. I thought this police procedural was well paced and the reveal of information made sense. Kudos to Horst on his writing and well developed characters. I struggled with keeping up with the numerous names. Fortunately, the chapters are short in case you have to listen a second time.

    I feel very neutral about the narrator. He did a fine job with the pronunciation of difficult language. He voice did not distract or enhance -- just neutral.

    Whenever I listen to a Scandinavian book, I find myself spending lots of time on the internet researching vacations in Norway and Sweden. I will get there some day.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Laidlaw

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By William McIlvanney
    • Narrated By William McIlvanney
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (15)

    Meet Jack Laidlaw, the original damaged detective. When a young woman is found brutally murdered on Glasgow Green, only Laidlaw stands a chance of finding her murderer from among the hard men, gangland villains and self-made moneymen who lurk in the city's shadows.Winner of the CWA Silver Dagger.

    L. O. Pardue says: "Hard to Understand the Narration"
    "Hard to Understand the Narration"
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    I had to listen to each chapter multiple times as I found the thick Scottish diction / accent hard to understand. The author, William McIlvanney, narrated his book. I wish someone had told him the accent is fine, but more enunciation is required for the average listener. I love books with strong accents, but this one was too difficult for me no matter how hard I focused.

    I like the character Laidlaw a great deal, but the story was mediocre. There is a twist or two, but you know who the murderer is early in the book. It is more of a story how multiple people looking for the same person come together in the end.

    I will definitely try another McIlvanney book in the future, but may have to read it on my Kindle instead of listen on Audible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wait for Signs

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (357)
    Performance
    (326)
    Story
    (318)

    Ten years ago, Craig Johnson wrote his first short story, the Hillerman Award-winning "Old Indian Trick". This was one of the earliest appearances of the sheriff who would go on to star in Johnson’s best-selling, award-winning novels and the A&E hit series Longmire. Each Christmas Eve thereafter, fans rejoiced when Johnson sent out a new short story featuring an episode in Walt’s life that doesn’t appear in the novels; over the years, many have asked why they can’t buy the stories in book form.

    Paula says: "Delightful! Begging for More!"
    "Spending My Holiday with Longmire"
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    This batch of short stories all have a holiday theme with Longmire and his associates. I enjoyed listening to each of them so much during the Christmas season. During this listen I laughed, was touched and was filled with joy. George Guidall did his usual great job as narrator. I now have a new Christmas tradition as I will be listening to these short stories during the holidays every year.

    Please keep writing, Mr.Johnson. Your work means so much to me.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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