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Lynda Rands

Belleville, IL | Member Since 2007

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  • 21 reviews
  • 35 ratings
  • 328 titles in library
  • 26 purchased in 2014
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  • Sleepless: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Charlie Huston
    • Narrated By Ray Porter, Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (62)

    The world is in the grip of an epidemic of sleeplessness and one man will risk everything to find out what caused it. In his signature style of fast-paced action, outrageous violence, and graphically described scenes, we are tossed into a dramatic turbulence unlike anything you've ever read or heard.

    Pamela says: "an intriguing plot"
    "Not typical, but very very good"
    Overall

    I love Charlie Huston's Hank Thompson trilogy (Caught Stealing, etc)- he does full-energy noir better than any modern author since James Crumley. This is a very different book and also wonderful. The narrators did an excellent job of portraying the different first-person voices and the story itself is compelling and terrifying. The first chapter or so is a bit tough to key in to, since you are dropped right in the middle of the story with characters that are not yet introduced, let alone developed. Give it a chance, it's a great listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Mark Harris
    • Narrated By Andrew Garman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (50)

    It was the best of times and the worst of times for Hollywood before the war. The box office was booming, and the studios’ control of talent and distribution was as airtight as could be hoped. But the industry’s relationship with Washington was decidedly uneasy - hearings and investigations into allegations of corruption and racketeering were multiplying, and hanging in the air was the insinuation that the business was too foreign, too Jewish, too "un-American" in its values and causes. Could an industry this powerful in shaping America’s mind-set really be left in the hands of this crew?

    Robert says: "Had a lot of fun with this book!"
    "Great stuff for the movie/history buff"
    Overall
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    If you like movies you'll like this book. Great discussions of how these various directors worked in the field or in Washington during the runup to WWII and during the war itself.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Rick Perlstein
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (359)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (177)

    From one of America's most talented historians and winner of a LA Times Book Prize comes a brilliant new account of Richard Nixon that reveals the riveting backstory to the red state/blue state resentments that divide our nation today. Told with urgency and sharp political insight, Nixonland recaptures America's turbulent 1960s and early 1970s and reveals how Richard Nixon rose from the political grave to seize and hold the presidency.

    Frank says: "A 5-Star Book Injured by the Narrator"
    "Excellent overview of the 60s and how we got there"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The divisions in our country played upon so expertly by Richard Nixon continue to plague us. The various cultures of resentment that developed throughout Nixon's career are nicely brought out in this work. The narrative is a bit uneven, due to the author's fondness for lists of contemporaneous events. Aside from that, the overall story is compellingly told and really does make clear the damage done to our nation by Nixon in his never-ending quest to get even.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Motor City Blue: An Amos Walker Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Loren D. Estleman
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Marla Bernstein is a pretty, dark-haired teenager who also happens to be the ward of Ben Morningstar - a semi-retired mobster who prefers to keep family business out of the newspapers. When Marla suddenly disappears, the gang boss is forced to call in private eve Amos Walker, who quickly learns his new employer doesn't take "no" for an answer when he offers a job opportunity. Unfortunately, the only clue to Marla's whereabouts is a pornographic photograph that clearly proves that she's become part of a world that disgusts even her criminal guardian....

    Lynda Rands says: "Good characters, pat ending"
    "Good characters, pat ending"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Since is the first in the series, it's not too surprising that the ending of this book sounds as though the author ran out of paper and had to wrap everything up. Still, the writing is good and the characters are nicely drawn. The narrator, not so great. He fails to convey any of the sense of a hardbitten private dick and the vocal characterizations are off-putting enough to keep me away from the rest of the series, which he also narrates.

    0 of 0 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
    (540)
    Performance
    (366)
    Story
    (361)

    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"
    "Thoroughly unappealing protagonist"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Watching a bad drunk be a bad drunk is no fun in life or literature.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ranchero

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Rick Gavin
    • Narrated By David Carpenter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    Repo man Nick Reid had a seemingly simple job to do: talk to Percy Dwayne Dubois about the payments he's behind on for a flat-screen TV, or repossess it. But Percy Dwayne wouldn't give in. Nope, instead he saw fit to go all white-trash philosophical and decided that since the world was stacked against him anyway, he might as well fight it. He hit Nick over the head with a fireplace shovel, tied him up and stole the mint-condition calypso coral-colored 1969 Ranchero that Nick had borrowed from his landlady. Road trip!

    Lynda Rands says: "Wonderful characters, wonderful stories."
    "Wonderful characters, wonderful stories."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is like sitting next to a guy in a bar who puts ten different stories into every story he tells. The story itself is subsumed by a host of interesting characters who then present opportunities to diverge into other avenues which in turn split to reveal more characters. The voices assigned to these folks are wonderful and spot-on. The quality of writing and dialogue is excellent and the book does not suffer (as so many in this genre do) from unnecessary filler and angst-ridden rumination. Everything moves forward and the scenes are tightly drawn.

    I look forward to some more of these.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (6637)
    Performance
    (6034)
    Story
    (6040)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Excellent whodunit with a great narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The characters in this story are very nicely drawn. Things move along at a good pace, unlike so many works in this genre which tend to drag in the middle. The story is fairly conventional and the ending is just a bit too neat. Still in all, well worth the listen and highly entertaining. Hope Mr. Galbraith is working on a sequel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cold, Cold Ground

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1335)
    Performance
    (1154)
    Story
    (1149)

    Adrian McKinty was born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. He studied politics and philosophy at Oxford before moving to America in the early 1990s. Living first in Harlem, he found employment as a construction worker, barman, and bookstore clerk. In 2000 he moved to Denver to become a high school English teacher and it was there that he began writing fiction.

    Alan says: "What a stunning book"
    "Wonderful writing - story, not so much"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I love Adrian McKinty's work. He can really deliver a sentence and can bring events to life in a powerful, lyrical way. Unfortunately, this book suffered from not having a whole hell of a lot going on. The central mystery is vaguely interesting, but then gets wrapped up in another one, and then the hero spends too much time wandering to and fro in Belfast. Still, it is worth the listen, for a wonderful soft irish brogue and the all-too-occasional time when something happens.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bait

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kenneth Abel
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (68)

    With some of the most spine-chilling scenes in modern suspense fiction, Bait guarantees the listener a roller coaster ride with a hero not afraid to cross the line. Life for narcotics detective Jack Walsh is one continuous drunken binge - until one blurry night when his car veers into an oncoming car, killing the son of Boston’s premier crime boss. Now Jack must decide if he wants to hide from D’Angelo’s vengeful compatriots or reclaim his life.

    Richard Delman says: "A fantastic story, told by the Master."
    "Utterly predictable, flat characters"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Kept waiting for something to happen - it did, but the author managed to craft an ending that was both implausible and contained every cliche about cops and gangsters.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • In the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4716)
    Performance
    (2770)
    Story
    (2771)

    As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

    Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

    Barbara says: "A near-flawless audiobook (but for one thing...)"
    "Disappointingly conventional"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book starts out great. Marvelous writing style, good characters, two interesting crimes. Unfortunately, the characters don't develop and worse, they exhibit the relationship skills of high school sophomores. The investigation drags on and on and on, with an ending that is entirely predictable. For one of the crimes, that is. The other one is never resolved. To top it all off, the main character/narrator is an annoying twit.

    But beautifully written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Religion: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tim Willocks
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (77)

    May 1565. Suleiman the Magnificent, emperor of the Ottomans, has declared a jihad against the Knights of Saint John the Baptist. The largest armada of all time approaches the Knights' Christian stronghold on the island of Malta. The Turks know the Knights as the "The Hounds of Hell." The Knights call themselves "The Religion".

    Bonnie says: "This captured me"
    "Boring"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book starts out pretty well - action filled first scene. Then there's about an hour of waiting for something to happen. Another scene. More waiting. I stopped before I got through the first third.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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