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  • The Sleeping Doll: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Anne Twomey

    Ten years ago in California, Daniel Pell, a self-styled Charles Manson, was sentenced to life in prison for murdering an entire family: husband, wife, and two children, plus one of his young male followers. He is brought to Salinas, California, to interview with Kathryn Dance after he is implicated in yet another killing. Things go terribly wrong during an interview break, and Pell escapes, intent on killing again.

    Paige says: "A decent listen"
    "Acttion but no mystery"

    I was very disappointed in this book, especially since I have come to expect thrilling mysteries with many twists and turns of plot from Jeffrey Deaver.

    The story line was highly predictable, there was little or no mystery, no real forensics, and, while there was action, the action fell flat most of the time. Definitely NOT up to Deaver's usual standards. All in all it was boring, terminally boring.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Private India: City on Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Ashwin Sanghi
    • Narrated By Amerjit Deu, Raj Ghatak

    When Jack Morgan opens the Mumbai branch of Private, the world's most elite detective agency, he hands the reins to top agent Santosh Wagh. Now, in this teeming metropolis of over 13 million people where the guilty have everywhere to hide, Santosh goes on the hunt for one elusive killer. A killer who is targeting seemingly unconnected women and placing strange objects at their death scenes in a series of chilling rituals.

    Y. Hale says: "NARRATION EPIC FAIL!!!"
    "Terrible narration makes for tedious listening"
    What disappointed you about Private India: City on Fire?

    The narration was horrible. Jack Morgan sounded like an Indian attempting to speak with a Texas accent. Very annoying.

    What could James Patterson and Ashwin Sanghi have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Picked a better narrator. And I could have done with a little less frequent descriptions of squalid locations.

    Would you be willing to try another one of Amerjit Deu and Raj Ghatak ’s performances?

    Absolutely not.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil's Punchbowl

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    As a prosecutor in Houston, Penn Cage sent killers to death row. But as mayor of his hometown - Natchez, Mississippi - Penn will face his most dangerous threat. Urged by old friends to try to restore this fading jewel of the Old South, Penn has ridden into office on a tide of support for change. But in its quest for new jobs and fresh money, Natchez has turned to casino gambling, and now five steamboats float on the river beside the old slave market, like props from Gone With the Wind.

    Corinne says: "Not his best but Iles can't be bad"
    "Atrocious narration, story OK not great"

    I couldn't agree more with the comments about how distracting the narrator is. His pseudo-Southern accent and poor volume modulation eventually drove me to rebuy this book in the Kindle version, on which the remainder of this review is based.

    The Devil's Punchbowl is more of a summer read ("beach book"), long on plot and relatively short on character development, than are the two previous Penn Cage novels. This is especially true if you haven't already been introduced to Penn Cage, his family, and his love interest, Caitlin Masters. The plot stands on its own, but I didn't think the book gave the same insights into character motivation that The Quiet Game did.

    If this is your first Penn Cage novel, I'd suggest you choose The Quiet Game instead.

    The character development in The Quiet Game is top notch and the plot revolves around a Houston DA who returns to his childhood home in Natchez, MS and gets involved in solving a civil rights murder that took place in 1968. The combination of compelling characters, deep insight into the Southern mentality, and a fascinating plot made for a superb book. The second Penn Cage novel, Turning Angel, was almost equally good.

    The Devil's Punchbowl, on the other hand, stretched the limits of credulity somewhat (plot involves international gambling ring) and has less local color that the two previous books in the series. And the graphic descriptions of dog fights and the way fighting dogs are mistreated are quite unpleasant. To be fair, the dog fight theme is integral to the story line, not merely gratuitous. But if this sort of thing bothers you, you might think twice. In fact, had this not been a novel written by one of my favorite authors, I probably would never have read past the first dog fight scene.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Echo Park: Harry Bosch Series, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In 1993, Marie Gesto disappeared after walking out of a supermarket. Harry Bosch worked the case but couldn't crack it, and the 22-year-old was never found. Now, more than a decade later, with the Gesto file still on his desk, Bosch gets a call from the district attorney. A man accused of two heinous murders is willing to come clean about several others, including the killing of Marie Gesto.

    Joel says: "Another excellent Connelly novel."
    "Vintage Bosch"

    Yet another great Harry Bosch novel. I loved it--it was well worth the wait for it to be released!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crisis

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robin Cook
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When Dr. Craig Bowman is served with a summons for medical malpractice, he's shocked, enraged, and more than a little humiliated. A devoted physician who works continuously in the service of others, he endured grueling years of training and is now a partner in an exclusive concierge medical practice. No longer forced to see more and more patients while spending less and less time with each one just to keep his office door open, he now provides the kind of medical care he is trained to do.

    Linda says: "I should have read the reviews"
    "Dreadful, boring, narration awful"

    The plot is predictable, the pace glacial, the narrator boring and pedantic and the ending obvious halfway through the book. In short there is nothing to recommend this book.

    Indeed, this is one of the few cases when I think I would probably have preferred the abridged version--at least I would have been bored for a shorter time and the pace might have seemed a tad less glacial.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Company Man

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Nick Conover, the son of a factory worker, is the CEO of a major corporation in a company town. Nick, once the most admired man in Fenwick, Michigan, is now, having presided over massive layoffs, the most despised. A single parent since the recent death of his wife, he's struggling to insulate his 10-year-old daughter and angry 16-year-old son from the town's hostility.

    James says: "Nail-biting suspense"
    "Boring, terminally boring"

    I LOVED Paranoia--and a number of other Finder novels I have read. Company Man, on the other hand, is definitely NOT Paranoia.

    While the character development is fair enough, the plot isn't sufficiently compelling for a 6 hour audiobook, much less a 12 hour one. In fact, the plot was dreadfully predictable from the very outset. Not one of Finder's better novels by any means.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Birdman

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Mo Hayder
    • Narrated By Damien Goodwin

    Greenwich, southeast London. The Met's crack murder squad is called out by nervous CID detectives to a grim discovery. Five bodies have been found, all young women, all ritualistically murdered, dumped on wasteland near the Millennium Dome. When a post-mortem examination reveals a singular, horrific signature linking the victims, officers realize that they are on the trail of the most dangerous offender known to the force: a sexual serial killer.

    Dionne says: "great! get it now!"
    "A good first novel"

    I enjoyed this book a lot, although some of the plot twists seemed a bit contrived (I'm not sure exactly why the struck me this way, but they did) and the villain was revealed a bit too early.

    All in all, this is a good first novel and I look forward to more books from Mo Hayder. In fact, I hope he makes Jack Caffery into a the hero of a new series of mysteries.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Twisted

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated By Lindsay Crouse
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Hollywood homicide detective Petra Connor has helped psychologist Alex Delaware crack tough cases in the past. And in Jonathan Kellerman's New York Times best seller Billy Straight, she took the lead in the desperate hunt for a teenage runaway stalked by a vengeful murderer. Now the complex and wryly compassionate Petra is once again at the center of the action, in a novel of cunning twists and page-turning suspense.

    Woody says: "Vintage Kellerman"
    "Vintage Kellerman"

    Another great Kellerman novel--fascinating plot, excellent character development, a psychological masterpiece. Although I thought I would, I didn't even miss Alex Delaware, who was mentioned only in passing once or twice but never actually appeared in this novel.

    Hopefully, we will see more of Petra Conner, Eric Stoll and, yes, Isaac Gomez! They are as captivating a team as Milo Sturgis and Alex Delaware.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Sam's Letters to Jennifer

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Anne Heche, Jane Alexander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Dear Listener,
    Have you ever gotten a letter that changed your life completely? It happened to me once. I still can feel the urgency that overtook me as I opened the envelope and the hunger I felt for whatever that letter would say. It seemed as if my entire life hung in the balance as I read.

    Julia says: "Too Sweet for Me"

    I decided to buy this book because I had been pleasantly surprised by James Patterson's Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas.

    While it wasn't as good as Suzanne's Diary (which had more of a surprise at the end) and although it was perhaps a bit melodramatic, I enjoyed this book quite a lot.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Black

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Christopher Whitcomb
    • Narrated By LJ Ganser

    For those chosen to fight terrorism at its source, secrecy is the only imperative, a rule Special Agent Jeremy Waller is about to find out the hard way.

    James says: "Jaw-dropping suspense"
    "Fast-paced fun"

    I finished this book in 2-3 days (unabridged version) because it was so hard to put down. While I agree the ending was a tad abrupt, it was still believable.

    And I had no issues whatsoever with the narrator--the story line was engrossing enough that I never once noticed the narrator's deep breathing and think he did a good job moving the story forward.

    I hope we will see more fiction by Christopher Whitcomb on Audible.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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