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Ann

PORTLAND, OR, United States | Member Since 2012

ratings
12
REVIEWS
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
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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
    (209)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (187)

    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
  • Black Fridays

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Michael Sears
    • Narrated By Erik Bergmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (122)

    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.

    L. O. Pardue says: "Lots of Intrigue and Charm"
    "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
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    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.

    Ann says: "If you like Leo Waterman. . ."
    "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
    (182)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (84)

    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
    (879)
    Performance
    (755)
    Story
    (754)

    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
    (61)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (47)

    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 Geoffrey Howard
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (43)

    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"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    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
  • The Ridge

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Michael Koryta
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (142)

    In an isolated stretch of eastern Kentucky, on a hilltop known as Blade Ridge, stands a lighthouse that illuminates nothing but the surrounding woods. For years the lighthouse has been considered no more than an eccentric local landmark - until its builder is found dead at the top of the light, and his belongings reveal a troubling local history.

    Lora says: "The Ridge--I Loved It!"
    "Boring . . ."
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    Would you try another book from Michael Koryta and/or Robert Petkoff?

    Yes. Both. Although Koryta dissappointed me here, I've appreciated his Lincoln Perry series. Petkoff's performance was quite good.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Hit Man by L. Block


    What about Robert Petkoff’s performance did you like?

    A clear narative style that moved smoothly between various character voices.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Closers: Harry Bosch Series, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2327)
    Performance
    (856)
    Story
    (868)

    In Los Angeles in 1988, a 16-year-old girl disappeared from her home and was later found dead of a gunshot wound to the chest. The death appeared at first to be a suicide, but some of the evidence contradicted that scenario, and detectives came to believe this was in fact a murder. Despite a by-the-book investigation, no one was ever charged.

    Wheelman says: "Thoroughly enjoyable....."
    "A Work of Art"
    Overall
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    Connolly's Bosch series offers everything I appreciate in a series: Excellent writing, interesting stories, and, above all returning characters that never grow stale as the series evolves. No cardboard cutouts here.

    Have followed and read Connolly for years. I love audiobooks so decided to purchase The Narrows which somehow I missed over the years. I am thrilled by the overall production of this audio presentation from Len Cariou's performance to the jazz notes between scenes/chapters. Unlike some other books I've listened to which simply sound like someone turned on a record button while reading a book aloud, I believe everyone involved in this production worked to create a work of art. Thank you.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Prey: A Lucas Davenport Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1373)
    Performance
    (561)
    Story
    (553)

    Very early, 4:45, on a bitterly cold Minnesota morning, three big men burst through the door of a hospital pharmacy, duct-tape the hands, feet, mouth, and eyes of two pharmacy workers, and clean the place out. But then things swiftly go bad, one of the workers dies, and the robbers hustle out to their truck-and find themselves for just one second face-to-face with a blond woman in the garage: Weather Karkinnen, surgeon, wife of an investigator named Lucas Davenport.

    Erin says: "Entertaining & Edgy"
    "Re-visiting an old friend."
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Storm Prey the most enjoyable?

    Davenport & Co. are reliable old friends. Sandford keeps them true to their nature while allowing them room to grow.


    What did you like best about this story?

    True to form, Sandford offers an interesting batch of miscreants.


    Have you listened to any of Richard Ferrone’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. I'm always comfortable with Ferrone's narration.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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