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Carole

Pittsburgh, PA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Night Prey: A Lucas Davenport Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (461)
    Performance
    (361)
    Story
    (352)

    John Sandford's best-selling Lucas Davenport series continues with the fast-paced, compelling thriller, Night Prey. A series of deaths leads to the possibility of a brutal serial killer of unusual skill and savagery. And if Lucas is right, the killer is just getting warmed up....

    edward t ward jr says: "Tense and builds steam"
    "Dreary and Hackneyed"
    Overall

    Ugh! After reading Stephen King recommending "Buried Prey" in Entertainment Weekly," I chose this one because, frankly, it was cheaper. Well, not worth even the reduced price. This book takes itself SO seriously, with the monotonous droning narration of pseudo noir. The story is hopelessly dated (entrenched in identity politics of the mid-90's, with many comments about "the feminists" (watch out!)). And, when the author hits upon a phrase or description he likes, he does not hesitate to pound away at it until it's dry as dirt. So you'll hear many, many references to burning human flesh smelling like pork (and more pork) and the supposed charm of the female overbite. Finally, an early suspect in the crime is named "Junkie Doog." Hearing poor "Junkie" referenced again and again in the narrator's super-serious tone was at first hilarious and then just tedious. I mean, Junkie Doog? Could not finish listening to this one. All I can say is "Feh."

    4 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • The Other Typist

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Suzanne Rindell
    • Narrated By Gretchen Mol
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (103)

    Rose Baker seals men’s fates. With a few strokes of the keys that sit before her, she can send a person away for life in prison. A typist in a New York City Police Department precinct, Rose is like a high priestess. Confessions are her job. It is 1923, and while she may hear every detail about shootings, knifings, and murders, as soon as she leaves the interrogation room she is once again the weaker sex, best suited for filing and making coffee. This is a new era for women, and New York is a confusing place for Rose. Gone are the Victorian standards of what is acceptable. All around her women bob their hair, they smoke, they go to speakeasies.

    Pamela says: "Intriguing, Original Story"
    "Great Period Details"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    Delightful and dark! A great spiderweb of intrigue with exceptional period detail. The twist at the end isn't entirely surprising, but the extent of the deception is. Highly recommended!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • I Hunt Killers

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Barry Lyga
    • Narrated By Charlie Thurston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (63)

    Jazz is a likable teenager. But he's also the son of a (now incarcerated) infamous serial killer, and "Dear Old Dad" has taught Jazz everything he knows. But what Jazz doesn't know is whether or not he is destined to follow in his father's footsteps. He knows he has urges, but he also knows that he has a conscience, that he can follow his own path. And so, in an effort to right his father's wrongs, Jazz decides to help the police (although they don't know it yet) hunt down "The Impressionist" - a new serial killer in town.

    Michelle says: "Loved This Book!"
    "YA Serial Killer?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    While the story is interesting and sometimes gripping, there is a disturbing problem with the tone of the book. Told through the voice of a teenage protagonist, it sometimes tries at juvenile humor that seems really inappropriate, given the subject. The murder in the book is alternately treated as super serious and sort of laughed off in a teenage-bravado sort of way. Kind of gross and uncomfortable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Subattraction Stop Smoking: Using Hypnosis & The Law of Attraction

    • ORIGINAL (46 mins)
    • By Craig Beck
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    All problems and issues of scarcity in your life are simply the result of bad programming or erroneous beliefs in your subconscious. You can never break free from the illusion of any benefits you believe smoking delivers until you erase the internal programming that is preventing you from achieving your goal. Once you subconsciously believe there is no longer any positive benefit to smoking the Law of Attraction will take over and deliver the new you.

    Phillip says: "18 year smoker quits after one listen easily."
    "Guilt Trip/Sales Pitch"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I was willing to go with this one at first. However, the author's frequent mentions of his upcoming book and how to order it and the necessity of apologizing to the universe for my maladaptive programming (leading me to smoke) really turned me off. I don't recommend this title.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Ruby in the Smoke: Sally Lockhart Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Anton Lesser
    Overall
    (538)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (160)

    In search of clues to the mystery of her father's death, 16-year-old Sally Lockhart ventures into the shadowy underworld of Victorian London. Pursued by villains at every turn, the intrepid Sally finally uncovers two dark mysteries, and realizes that she herself is the key to both.

    Bonita says: "A Must Read For All Ages"
    "Delicious Historical Mystery"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book. The narration was primo and the story was very satisfying. Lovely historical details of Victorian England, especially of the role of opium. Very fun and engrossing!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (731)
    Performance
    (558)
    Story
    (557)

    A young woman is murdered in her Oslo flat. One finger has been severed from her left hand, and behind her eyelid is secreted a tiny red diamond in the shape of a five-pointed star - a pentagram, the devil’s star. Detective Harry Hole is assigned to the case with his long-time adversary Tom Waaler and initially wants no part in it. But Harry is already on notice to quit the force and is left with little alternative but to drag himself out of his alcoholic stupor and get to work. A wave of similar murders is on the horizon....

    J.R. says: "New Steig Larsson? Hah! The new Raymond Chandler!"
    "Depressingly Flat"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    With perhaps only two likable (and very minor) characters, this book was a grim slog. Harry Hole is tediously self-absorbed and troubled, and the narration is so low affect that listening feels like sinking into a near-freezing bog.


    What could Jo Nesbo have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Some humor in the story may have helped. Also, the holes in the plot were very distracting, as was the sometimes odd translation (


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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