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Stacy

Santa Rosa, CA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Havana Nocturne: How the Mob Owned Cuba...and Then Lost It to the Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By T. J. English
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (464)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (174)

    Havana Nocturne takes listeners back to Cuba in the years when it was a veritable devil's playground for mob leaders Meyer Lansky and Charles "Lucky" Luciano. Thanks to strong ties with the island's brutal dictator, President Batista, the mob soon owned the biggest luxury hotels and casinos and launched an unprecedented tourist boom. But their dreams collided with those of Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, and others.

    Paul Abbott says: "Not for reactionaries"
    "Hot Cuban Nights"
    Overall

    Story that sounds like a perfect screenplay, but was all true. Pre-communist Cuba had something for everyone: gambling entertainment,and live sex shows. Made Las Vegas look like a church potluck.

    0 of 1 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
    (1608)
    Performance
    (1390)
    Story
    (1355)

    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.

    Richard Delman says: "Dave Robicheaux lives!"
    "James rides again"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Creole Belle in three words, what would they be?

    Don't miss it


    What other book might you compare Creole Belle to and why?

    Rain Gods The scene where the bad guys get it are both unique, but similar.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Where Clete creates a diversion.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Where Gretchen discovers her relationship to Clete.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for another Dave Robicheux.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Road

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5673)
    Performance
    (2298)
    Story
    (2326)

    America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

    Darwin8u says: "My wife says he's that Cold Desert Writer I love."
    "Listen to this book!"
    Overall

    I almost didn't want to listen, despite sterling reviews, because I thought it would be too depressing.
    Although there are a few gruesome spots, the book never lingers on them, and the brilliant writing and the main characters love for each other more than compensates. The narrator also does a superb job, so that you feel everything the characters do. Highly recommended.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Confession: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3483)
    Performance
    (1201)
    Story
    (1219)

    An innocent man is about to be executed. Only a guilty man can save him. Travis Boyette is such a man. In 1998, in the small East Texas city of Sloan, he abducted, raped, and strangled a popular high-school cheerleader. He buried her body so that it would never be found, then watched in amazement as police and prosecutors arrested and convicted Donté Drumm, a local football star, and marched him off to death row.

    Suzn F says: "I confess, I loved it!"
    "Has its moments"
    Overall

    I've enjoyed every John Grisham novel I've read. I especially liked the book of short stories he put out a couple of years ago. But I have mixed feelings on this one. Mainly because it's too politically correct for my taste. Death penalty: Bad (because supposedly all defendants are innocent). Blacks: Good. Whites: Bad ( aside from a few tokens) I especially liked the comment about how a white football team couldn't win a game. Apparently, Mr. Grisham hasn't heard of Steve Young or Joe Montana. That said, I liked the twist at the end concerning Travis Boyette. All in all, worth a listen, but he needs to create more nuanced characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Glass Rainbow: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (2191)
    Performance
    (806)
    Story
    (812)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: When it comes to author/narrator pairings, nobody tops James Lee Burke and Will Patton in the Robicheaux thrillers. Beloved Burke hero Detective Dave Robicheaux here returns to New Iberia to solve a series of grisly murders. Seven young women in neighboring Jefferson Davis Parish have been brutally murdered. While the crimes have all the telltale signs of a serial killer, the death of Bernadette Latiolais, a high-school honor student, doesn’t fit.

    Gardner says: "Best Yet... Almost"
    "Dave's still the best"
    Overall

    I agree with some reviewers who stated that Alafair was more appealing when she was a little girl. That said, nobody writes evil skin-scrawly bad guys better than James Lee Burke. I also liked the way he handled the ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Full Dark, No Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson, Jessica Hecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2286)
    Performance
    (1040)
    Story
    (1037)

    "I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger...." writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting confession that makes up "1922", the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerizing tales from Stephen King. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife, Arlette, proposes selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting in motion a gruesome train of murder and madness.

    Parusski says: "Eerie, honest, frightening!"
    "Vintage King"
    Overall

    Great collection of stories, the best being the first, 1922. The only weak link is "Fair Extension". I felt there should have been some sort of twist at the end. Stephen King is back in rare form!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Blue-Eyed Devil

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Titus Welliver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (58)

    "Law enforcement in Appaloosa had once been Virgil Cole and me. Now there was a chief of police and 12 policemen." The new chief is Amos Callico, a tall, fat man in a derby hat, wearing a star on his vest and a big pearl-handled Colt inside his coat. An ambitious man with his eye on the governorship - and perhaps the presidency - he wants Cole and Hitch on his side. But they can't be bought, which upsets him mightily.

    Stacy says: "The Quick and the good"
    "The Quick and the good"
    Overall

    Blue-eyed Devil is the shortest of Parker's Westerns. It goes over familiar territory, people with shady pasts, witty dialogue, etc. I've read or listened to all Parker's westerns-- and I don't like westerns.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Split Image

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By James Naughton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (40)

    The body in the trunk was just the beginning.
               
    Turns out the stiff was a foot soldier for local tough guy Reggie Galen, now enjoying a comfortable “retirement” with his beautiful wife, Rebecca, in the nicest part of Paradise. Living next door are Knocko Moynihan and his wife, Robbie, who also happens to be Rebecca’s twin. But what initially appears to be a low-level mob hit takes on new meaning when a high-ranking crime figure is found dead on Paradise Beach.
               
    Stressed by the case, his failed relationship with his ex-wife, and his ongoing battle with the bottle, Jesse needs something to keep him from spinning out of control. When private investigator Sunny Randall comes into town on a case, she asks for Jesse’s help. As their professional and personal relationships become intertwined, both Jesse and Sunny realize that they have much in common with both their victims and their suspects—and with each other.


    From the Compact Disc edition.

    Carolyn says: "Mourning"
    "Not his best, but worth a listen"
    Overall

    It makes me sad to write this, because I can't believe he's gone. Split Image is a double-header featuring both Jesse and Sunny. I'm not crazy about Sunny Randall, but she's less annoying in this book.Moves at a brisk pace, and always holds your interest.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blood's a Rover

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James Ellroy
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (40)

    Summer, 1968. Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy are dead. The assassination conspiracies have begun to unravel. A dirty-tricks squad is getting ready to deploy at the Democratic Convention in Chicago. Black militants are warring in southside L.A. The Feds are concocting draconian countermeasures. And fate has placed three men at the vortex of History.

    Christopher says: "Ellroy is a magician"
    "Hypnotic"
    Overall

    An enthralling read-not for the queasy, or easily shocked. I've enjoyed all of Ellroy's period thrillers, and he's out done himself this time. The only criticism I have is that you'll find yourself rewinding to listen to certain parts again- there's so much information. Craig Wasson did an excellent job with the different accents and sexes.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Case of Abraham Lincoln: A Story of Adultery, Murder, and the Making of a Great President

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Julie M. Fenster
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    In 1856 Abraham Lincoln was a former congressman who had grown bored with his work as a lawyer, until he was drawn into the murder case that would define his career. This book reveals not only the mystery of the murder case as investigated by Lincoln but also the mystery of Abraham Lincoln as investigated by the author.

    Phillip says: "Not what it was advertised to be"
    "Abe I never knew you"
    Overall

    From the early part of his career, when he was a sought after attorney. I was pleased to find he was a cat lover. Definitely recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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