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Mary

North Hollywood, CA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Hell Hole: A John Ceepak Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Chris Grabenstein
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (643)
    Performance
    (347)
    Story
    (347)

    Hell Hole is the fourth book in the mystery series featuring hardened former military PD and current Sea Haven, New Jersey, police officer John Ceepak and his partner, wise-cracking Danny Boyle.

    In Hell Hole, Ceepak is confronted with his most personal case yet when he must investigate the alleged suicide of a military corporal who recently returned from Iraq. It turns out that this "locked stall" rest-stop suicide is anything but an open-and-shut case.

    Susan says: "Another Terrific Ceepak Mystery"
    "Unbelievably wooden main character"
    Overall

    This is the first Grabenstein book I've read/heard. It will be my last. I bought it on the half-price sale and I don't think it was worth even that. John Ceepak is a wooden, one-dimensional, incredibly inauthentic character. In fact, he's just the idea of a character, barely a character at all. The narrator's reading of this character's voice only makes the character more flat and unbelievable. The author also has a bad habit of talking about how brilliant this character is through his sidekick Danny's commentary. Even if your plotting or your detective's deductions really are brilliant, it's not a good idea to say so overtly. If they really are--and they're not in this case--your readers will make that judgment. If they're not so brilliant, you just look foolish for claiming they are. To Grabenstein's credit, there are a few interesting moments in the plot. But overall, this is not even mediocre quality mystery writing.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Reversal: Harry Bosch, Book 16 (Mickey Haller, Book 3)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    Overall
    (3650)
    Performance
    (1801)
    Story
    (1810)

    Longtime defense attorney Mickey Haller is recruited to change stripes and prosecute the high-profile retrial of a brutal child murder. After 24 years in prison, convicted killer Jason Jessup has been exonerated by new DNA evidence. Haller is convinced Jessup is guilty, and he takes the case on the condition that he gets to choose his investigator, LAPD Detective Harry Bosch.

    Andrew Pollack says: "Brilliantly executed"
    "Seriously disappointed with this one"
    Overall

    I'm a real fan of Michael Connelly's. I've read all of his books. This is the first one to be a real disappointment--seemed as if he was phoning it in. The book had one real surprise and that surprise didn't do much to lift up the level of the writing. There was hardly any suspense, just a dreary parade of misery and procedural details with no real tension or emotional payoff, followed by a deadly dull ending.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kiss

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Ted Dekker, Erin Healy
    • Narrated By Pam Turlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (36)

    Let me tell you all I know for sure. My name: Shauna. I woke up in a hospital bed missing six months of my memory. In the room was my loving boyfriend - how could I have forgotten him? - my estranged father and my abusive stepmother. Everyone blames me for the tragic car accident that left me near death and my dear brother brain damaged. But what they say can't be true - can it?

    Debra says: "Great Book"
    "Schlock"
    Overall

    My first and last attempt to get through a Ted Dekker book. The characters were wooden, the plot heavy-handed and marred by obvious holes, the writing nowhere near acceptable.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Sleep

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Susie Breck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (619)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (190)

    Jordan Glass, a photojournalist on a well-earned vacation, wanders into a Hong Kong art museum and is puzzled to find fellow patrons eying her with curiosity. Minutes later, she stumbles upon a gallery containing a one-artist exhibition called "The Sleeping Women", a mysterious series of paintings that has caused a sensation in the world of modern art.

    ChellyBelle says: "Engrossing"
    "unbearable narration"
    Overall

    I can't even tell whether the book is good because I can't stand the narrator, who adopts a very thick southern accent for the reading. Ugghh. And I've lived in the South and spoken with a southern accent myself at times in my life. This one is just thicker and more annoying than I can bear.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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