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Deborah

Lover of good cops and robbers books, Anne Tyler, Robert Parker, Dennis Lehane, James Lee Burke.

Member Since 2005

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  • Stolen Souls: A Jack Lennon Investigation

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stuart Neville
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (127)

    Galya Petrova travels to Ireland on a promise that she will work for a nice Russian family, teaching their children English. Instead, she is dragged into the world of modern slavery, sold to a Belfast brothel, and held there against her will. She escapes at a terrible cost - the slaying of one of her captors - and takes refuge with a man who offers his help. But her savior is not what he seems....

    Deborah says: "Strong Third Chapter"
    "Strong Third Chapter"
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    This book had me from the first page. I first heard Doyle read Adrian McKinty's trilogy and he does another fine job with Neville's words. The story is very intense and the main villain is totally creepy. I slept with the bathroom light on for a few nights. The ending is killer and there are seeds planted for book four. Lennon is getting to be a favorite series for me.

    This book is just as strong as The Ghosts of Belfast and stronger than Collusion. Unfortunately it isn't a long read and ended before I was ready to say goodbye.

    Read all three and you'll enjoy every minute.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man: Book 1 of the Repo Man Series

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By W. Bruce Cameron
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (22)

    Ruddy McCann, former college football star, has experienced a seismic drop in popularity; he is now Kalkaska, Michigan’s full-time repo man and part-time bar bouncer. His best friend is his low-energy Basset hound Jake, with whom he shares a simple life of stealing cars. Simple, that is, until Ruddy starts hearing a voice in his head. The voice introduces himself as Alan Lottner, a dead realtor. Ruddy isn’t sure if Alan is real, or if he’s losing his mind.

    Charles Atkinson says: "As Good As It Gets"
    "Total Enjoyment!!"
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    A ghost who does yoga. A dog with chronic fatigue syndrome. A bear with a removable head. And a glorious array of oddball characters. What's not to love?!

    Dry, witty and filled with quirky plots. Good clean writing and great fun to read!

    Can't wait for the next one...

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Did You Miss Me?

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Karen Rose
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (107)

    Baltimore prosecutor Daphne Montgomery pulled herself out of a damaged past to build a solid life for herself and her son. But after she helps convict a killer, her confidence is shattered once again by the news that her son has been kidnapped. Daphne believes it’s connected to the recent high-profile trial, and at first FBI special agent Joseph Carter agrees. But together they find the reality even more troubling....

    Richard says: "She's Baaack"
    "Good but faulty..."
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    I thought this was a mystery/thriller not a romance novel. The main story is very good and could have been great with a male narrator and some editing. I'm not used to reading graphic and sappy sex scenes in the books of my favorite mystery authors. And I truly doubt that a real person, on the day of their son's kidnapping/possible murder and other assorted deaths, would be obsessed about boinking anybody much less doing it.

    If Michael Connolly re-wrote this story, it would sell a gazillion copies because the story is stellar.

    Listen authors, 90% of the time if there are two or more male main characters, use a male narrator. Men can do women better than women can narrate as a man. This narrator was awful in the male characters. I almost returned this book for that reason but the story hooked me into finishing it.

    Almost a very good book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Black Irish: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Stephan Talty
    • Narrated By David H. Lawrence XVII
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (39)

    Absalom “Abbie” Kearney grew up an outsider in her own hometown. Even being the adopted daughter of a revered cop couldn’t keep Abbie’s troubled past from making her a misfit in the working-class Irish American enclave of South Buffalo. And now, despite a Harvard degree and a police detective’s badge, she still struggles to earn the respect and trust of those she’s sworn to protect. But all that may change, once the killing starts. When Jimmy Ryan’s mangled corpse is found in a local church basement, this sadistic sacrilege sends a bone-deep chill through the winter-whipped city.

    Deborah says: "VERY GOOD first effort!"
    "VERY GOOD first effort!"
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    This was a can't put it down read. Great writing, great performance, and a real whodunnit. The author kept it clean and tight throughout, but the ending is a bit convoluted. I usually don't like an author having to summarize the action at the end but it was helpful in this instance. So much story! There was a lot of beautiful writing and original and creative metaphors as well.

    I won't summarize the story since the Publisher Summary does that, but I will say Talty has written a humdinger.

    I want to say something about narrators. Though the main character is female, David Lawrence XVII was perfect. I find that men can do women characters much better than women can do male characters. I just finished Did You Miss Me by Karen Rose. The female narrator was awful with male characters of which there were many. I almost decided to return it and buy it on Kindle. Authors...the right narrator can make or break a book.

    Anyway, I can't wait to read Talty's next, and I hope Absalom has her own series.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Ratlines

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stuart Neville
    • Narrated By Alan Smyth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (97)

    Ireland 1963. As the Irish people prepare to welcome President John F. Kennedy to the land of his ancestors, a German national is murdered in a seaside guesthouse. Lieutenant Albert Ryan, Directorate of Intelligence, is ordered to investigate. The German is the third foreigner to die within a few days, and Minister for Justice Charles Haughey wants the killing to end lest, a shameful secret be exposed: the dead men were all Nazis granted asylum by the Irish government in the years following World War II.

    Susianna says: "Complex Crime Tale in Compelling Time and Place"
    "Where's Gerard?"
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    I love Neville's trilogy and they are a few of the not many books I've listened to over and over. Gerard Doyle is terrific as their narrator. I'm still on part one of this novel and have had to backtrack several times because the narration is so boring and strange. Weird accents come and go with the main character sounding American and bad Irish depending on a whim. It's just too distracting. I'm debating buying the kindle version. The story seems interesting but I just can't stay interested due to Mr. Smyth's reading of it.

    I'd recommend reading this one.

    18 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • The Prophet

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Koryta
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (86)

    Adam Austin hasn't spoken to his brother in years. When they were teenagers, their sister was abducted and murdered, and their devastated family never recovered. Now Adam keeps to himself, scraping by as a bail bondsman. Kent Austin is the beloved coach of the local high school football team, a religious man and hero in the community. After years of near misses, Just before playoffs begin, the town and the team are thrown into shock when horrifically, impossibly, another teenage girl is found murdered.

    Ronna says: "More than just a mystery"
    "Excellent Surprise"
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    This author and narrator matchup is nearly as good as the Burke/Patton duo. I was pleasantly surprised at the clean writing, the genuine capturing of two brothers' relationship, and a real depiction of small town life. I sorta forgot about the crime because I wanted to read about the characters' lives. I really cared about them.

    Baseball is my game, but the thrill of high school football is truly depicted here and reading about Adam's last drive had me cheering. Just great writing.

    There have been a few books over the last month that I didn't finish because I just got tired of prolonged and gross violence, the degradation and destruction of a human being. I wonder about the people who think this stuff up.

    Koryta, on the other hand, writes a compelling story without a madman eating a child's heart still beating or people's heads on spikes. I cut my teeth on McKinty's trilogy so I'm no faint of heart pantywaist, but enough is enough. The lack of gore in The Prophet was because the story and writing was so stellar, the story so real, it didn't need to shock us.

    I just ordered another title by Koryta and look forward to reading the rest. It's just unfortunate Brick reads a lot of them.

    Robert Petkoff is outstanding!!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Creole Belle: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1666)
    Performance
    (1443)
    Story
    (1404)

    Creole Belle begins where the last book in the Dave Robicheaux series, The Glass Rainbow, ended. Dave is in a recovery unit in New Orleans, where a Creole girl named Tee Jolie Melton visits him and leaves him an iPod with the country blues song “Creole Belle” on it. Then she disappears. Dave becomes obsessed with the song and the memory of Tee Jolie and goes in search of her sister, who later turns up inside a block of ice floating in the Gulf.

    Melinda says: "Burke & Patton -- Synergistic Phenomenon"
    "Clete breaks my heart."
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    Pegasus Descending used to be my favorite Burke book but I'm pretty sure this moves to #1. Clete has always been the character that's moved me the most and I have to admit I cried at the epilogue --such a wanting soul.

    Lots of villains to hate and I loved the appearance of Gretchen Horowitz. It's a hoot to listen to Clete deal with a similar personality. Helen's involvement at the end seemed just thrown in there, but that's my sole complaint. I'm glad it was a much longer book than usual...I wish they all would be six-parters rather than two or three.

    The reader will understand Clete a lot better after this book. He's matured with each book and this one seems to land him in a state of self-acceptance. Dave pretty much remains the same. Molly rarely was mentioned (good - I like Dave on his own) and Alafair needs to move to New Orleans for a bit. It's Dave and Clete against the baddies for me. The writing is as beautiful as ever and no one can set a scene in one perfectly crafted sentence like JLB does. I was raised in the South, moved west to Utah for 20 years, then back here for the past 20 years. Believe me, he gets it right in his Lousiana books as well as his Montana books.

    Goes w/o saying that Will Patton does a 10-star job; he IS Dave and Clete. Does anyone watch the TV series Falling Skies? Dave against aliens... it's just that voice.

    I've read or listened to each of Burke's books and I hope the Bobbsey Twins of Homicide go on forever. This is my favorite series ever. I wish I'd get amnesia so I could read them for the first time again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20042)
    Performance
    (17945)
    Story
    (18007)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Lifetime Movie Starring Heather Locklear"
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    This book is ridiculous. Not one sympathetic character and a story so full of holes a basketball could pass through without touching the net. I don't know one person that even resembles these people. The constant multiple choice quizzes were obnoxious and Amy acted like a high school girl instead of a woman in her late 30s. Psycho wife has a cheating husband yada yada yada.

    She collects the neighbor's pee??? Really?

    Unless you are a fan of Knots Landing and the like, don't waste a credit.

    8 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Robert B. Parker's Lullaby: A Spenser Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Ace Atkins
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (219)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (196)

    When 14-year-old Mattie Sullivan asks Spenser to look into her mother’s murder, he’s not completely convinced by her claim that the police investigation four years ago was botched. Mattie is gruff, street-smart, and wise beyond her years, left to care for her younger siblings and an alcoholic grandmother in a dilapidated apartment in South Boston. But her need for closure and her determination to make things right hit Spenser where he lives - they’re the very characteristics he abides by.

    Ed says: "Ace aces Spenser!"
    "Resurrection"
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    You CANNOT tell that Robert Parker did not write this. If you love Robert Parker's Spenser series, there is reason to rejoice...halleluia! Lullabye is a typical Parker story but for some reason, his books never get old. It's a nice book to listen to while walking but I busted up at a Bon Jovi crack and got a few odd looks.

    If it wasn't for the fact that Parker didn't write this, I'd say it was nothing special as far as Parker novels go...

    A+ of course for Mantegna.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Grave Tattoo

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Val McDermid
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    After summer rains uncover a tattooed body on a Lake District hillside, an old wives' tale takes on new plausibility. For centuries, Lakelanders have whispered that Fletcher Christian staged the massacre on Pitcairn so that he could return home. And once there, what if he told his story to William Wordsworth, who turned it into a narrative poem? Jane Gresham feels compelled to discover whether the manuscript ever existed or still does. But as she pursues each new lead, death follows hard on her heels.

    salamander says: "Sort of like AS Byatt's Possession,"
    "Ehhh so-so"
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    Val McDermid writes some great books that I love; this isn't one of them. I give her credit for an imaginative idea...Fletcher Christian in a British village mystery. But it's just boring. I didn't care a whit about the characters and some situations were out of character as well. I really didn't care who the killer was and the ending was ... "oh how convenient."

    I don't really recommend it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Heft

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liz Moore
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne, Keith Szarabajka
    Overall
    (1743)
    Performance
    (1576)
    Story
    (1583)

    Forrmer academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career - if he can untangle himself from his family drama.

    Melinda says: "Intriguing--Captivating--Altering"
    "Mesmerizing Performance"
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    I haven't been so affected by a book in a very long time. I cried when it was over. I chose this book based on a review by a reader I admire; I'm sure glad I did. The narrator who is Arthur's voice did a wonderful, poignant, moving performance. He made Arthur become a real person to me. I can't explain how wonderful this character is on all levels.

    There is no sex or violence, but a sweet suspense builds over the unfolding of the story. I wanted to skip ahead to see if I was right about the outcome. I wasn't.

    It isn't a perfect book. Yolanda is a bit of a stereotype, yet I looked past it on the strength of Arthur's character. Kel's character is a little heartbreaking as time passes, but hope is always there. The three stories weave together beautifully and Ms. Moore keeps it interesting and believable.

    I wish I could meet Arthur. Buy the book so you can fall in love too.

    This would be a great book for a high school literature class.

    57 of 58 people found this review helpful

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