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Ann

PORTLAND, OR, United States | Member Since 2015

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  • 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!"
    "A very good Parker."
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    Any additional comments?

    Akins did an excellent job capturing Parker's Spenser. Seemed to try a little too hard with the wisecracks but that wouldn't keep me from reading another. Or should I say listening to another. Joe Mantegna IS Spenser.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Unleashed: Andy Carpenter, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (517)
    Performance
    (442)
    Story
    (442)

    Andy Carpenter's accountant, Sam Willis, receives a surprise call from Barry Price, a friend he hasn't spoken to in years. Barry needs Sam's financial acumen and Andy's legal expertise. But when Sam almost runs over an injured dog on the way to Barry's house, he can't drive off without waiting for help. By then, Barry's taken off on a private airplane headed to who-knows-where. Soon after they learn that Barry's plane has crashed, and they come to the terrifying realization that Sam was also supposed to have been killed on that plane.

    Richard says: "Didn't see that coming"
    "What Ted said ..."
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    ... is right on and he says it so well. This is a thoroughly delightful series. Lots of murders but not much mayhem. Interesting cast of characters as seen through Andy's eyes. And Grover Gardiner IS Andy.

    Please read series from the beginning, "Open and Shut". You'll be glad you did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cold City: A Repairman Jack Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By F. Paul Wilson
    • Narrated By Alexander Cendese
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (424)
    Performance
    (363)
    Story
    (362)

    If you’ve never read a Repairman Jack novel, this is the place to begin. It’s 1990. A twenty-one-year-old named Jack has dropped out of college, leaving his old life behind to build a new one in New York City. Manhattan’s rough edges are jagged enough to shred any unwary newcomer, but perhaps not one who is determined to stay off the grid, at any cost, in the busiest metropolis on earth. And to do so, he’ll have to take jobs of a less than legal nature.

    Andrew Pollack says: "Fun, as long you don't think too much"
    "Lots of fun!"
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    Years ago I read several of the Repairman Jack series. It was fun to meet young Jack. Narration was excellent. Plan to start reading series again on audio.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Hollow

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (255)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (183)

    After 17-year-old Charlotte Kane, the beautiful, brilliant, and brooding daughter of a rich widower, disappears on a drunken New Years' Eve snowmobile ride, a raging blizzard soon snuffs out all search efforts. When her body is found during the spring thaw four months later, preliminary evidence implicates her ex-boyfriend: Ojibwe bad-boy Solemn Winter Moon. But then a second Charlotte Kane turns up dead, and Cork isn't sure of anything any more.

    Ronna says: "Winter snows leave a body in the spring thaw!!"
    "Excellent."
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    Have read all in this series. Blood Hollow met my expectations with interesting characters and complex plot line. Looking forward to more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • House Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mark Turetsky, Nicole Poole, Andy Paris, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3327)
    Performance
    (1514)
    Story
    (1525)

    One of America’s most popular authors, Jodi Picoult has earned a reputation for crafting riveting, topical fiction. In House Rules she examines how being different can have dire consequences. Teenager Jacob Hunt has Asperger’s syndrome. A forensic science wizard, he follows his scanner to show up at crime scenes and give law enforcement officials his advice.

    Charlotte says: "Great book until the ending"
    "If author had only had an editor."
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    This story could have been good but it was twice as long as it should have been. Liked the characters but was frustrated because the author "developed" them repetitively over and over and over again.

    Plot development moved along at a snails pace. Characters seemed particularly obtuse in picking up on clues. A major part of understanding what was going on was to be able to understand Jacob, the character with Aspergers. So it was particularly frustrating when NO ONE -- mother, lawyer, experts -- seemed able to ask him appropriate questions.

    Aargh! Enough of rant.

    Best part of House Rules was the narration. The cast did an excellent job portraying each character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black Fridays

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Michael Sears
    • Narrated By Erik Bergmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (144)

    Sometimes a man can be redeemed. But not in the way he expects. Jason Stafford is a former Wall Street hotshot who made some bad moves, paid the price with two years in prison, and is now trying to put his life back together. He’s unemployable, until an investment firm asks him to look into possible problems left by a junior trader who died recently in an accident. What he discovers is big - there are problems, all right, the kind that get you killed. But it’s not his only concern. Stafford has another quest as well: to reclaim his five-year-old son, "the Kid", from his unstable ex-wife, and then learn just what it means to make a life with him.

    John says: "I enjoyed it. I loved the end!"
    "Thoroughly Enjoyable"
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    What made the experience of listening to Black Fridays the most enjoyable?

    Rich character development. I enjoy series and look forward to reading about the two Jasons again.


    What about Erik Bergmann’s performance did you like?

    Excellent differention among characters. Smooth.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, never tempted to read in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    The full story wasn't revealed until the last chapter ... Always a bonus.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Thicker than Water: A Leo Waterman Mystery, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By G. M. Ford
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    For years Leo Waterman eked out a meager living as a PI in Seattle. He survived run-ins with murderers, drug dealers, and jealous wives, but when Rebecca, the love of his life, dumped him to marry someone else…that was a different story. After Leo’s trust fund finally kicks in, he takes his broken heart and slips gratefully into retirement — until the day he learns that Rebecca has vanished and no one, not even her overbearing mother, can locate her. Together with his motley crew of homeless drunks and reprobates, Leo sets out to find Rebecca, following her twisted trail from the rain-swept streets of Seattle to the murky depths of the great North Woods. The stink of it all emanates from none other than Rebecca’s new husband, whose lies cast Leo into the path of a ruthless gang that will stop at nothing — not even murder — to protect what’s theirs.

    Larry says: "G.M. FORD AT HIS BEST"
    "If you like Leo Waterman. . ."
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    G. M. Ford's PI Leo Waterman is one of a kind. He's smart, stubborn, intuitive, and saunters through life to his own unique rhythm. His cohorts, also unique in the annals of sleuthdom, are charming and entertaining. As this is book 7, I would highly recommend reading the earlier books first if possible.

    I can't fault Patrick Lawlor for his skill at narration. However, his voice is so wrong for Leo.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sideways

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Rex Pickett
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (94)

    Sideways is the story of two friends, Miles and Jack, going away together for the last time to steep themselves in everything that makes it good to be young and single: pinot, putting, and prowling bars. In the week before Jack plans to marry, the pair heads out from Los Angeles to the Santa Ynez wine country.

    C. D Strother says: "if you liked the movie, you will like the book"
    "Not worth my time."
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    I read the whole gosh-aweful thing. Kept hoping that just one more chapter might redeem at least one of the protagonists. Not. Shallow remained shallow.

    Not even Scott Brick could entice me to waste time on another work by this author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Love in the Afternoon

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Alison Packard
    • Narrated By Gia St. Claire
    Overall
    (897)
    Performance
    (770)
    Story
    (771)

    Kayla Maxwell is eager to shed her slasher-flick bimbo image - and she plans to do just that in her new role on daytime's most popular soap. With a chance to showcase her dramatic range, Kayla will be able to wash away the lingering betrayal and public humiliation left by her controlling, philandering ex-boyfriend. Sean Barrett, the son of an influential, award-winning actor, is the hottest soap star in the country. Paired on-screen with the talented and beautiful Kayla Maxwell, Sean is determined to keep her at arm's length, burned before by fame-seeking actresses who had no qualms about using him to get to his famous father.

    MAB says: "Shocked that I enjoyed this so much"
    "An interesting experience."
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    I'm an avid reader. I'm definitely old enough to be your mother. And this is the very first Harlequin I've read -- paper, electronic, or audible. I enjoyed listening to the book and gave it high ratings because it appears to meet all expectations for the genre.

    Thanks to Audible for offering Love in the Afternoon as a Valentine's Day freebie. Gave me the chance to experience something far afield from my usual choices.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Horses

    • ABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Dick Francis
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (53)

    When Thomas Lyon decides to make a movie based on an unsolved crime that shocked the horseracing world in Wild Horses, he discovers that someone will do anything - including commit murder - to make sure this story isn't told.

    Ruth says: "Love Dick Francis, but this is only 2 chapters"
    "Wildly Exceptional"
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    Francis takes a half step away from his usual horse racing venue to write a complex story about making a movie of the murder? suicide? of a horse trainer's wife. It's an excellent who-dunnit (or didn't-dunnit) to the very end.

    As usual, Simon Prebble (not Jones) gave an exceptional performance. AND, this book is Unabridged -- thank goodness!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Enquiry

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Dick Francis
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (49)

    Jockey Kelly Hughes and trainer Dexter Cranfield have been barred from racing - a devastating event for them both. The charge at the secret enquiry? Throwing a race for personal profit. It is a vicious frame-up and, worse, they have nowhere to turn to clear their names. Still Hughes refuses to take the phony verdict lying down - even though his personal enquiry might have him lying down permanently...

    Johnnie Walker says: "Vintage Dick Francis"
    "Classic Dick Francis"
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    Unless there's a hidden Francis mystery lurking about which I have not discovered yet, I believe I've read them all. Now I'm choosing to re-read them in audio. Enquiry & Geoffrey Howard do not dissapoint.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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