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stacey

I love books because they transport me to the real past or imagined future. I don't have time for T.V.

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  • The Drop: Harry Bosch, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3125)
    Performance
    (2548)
    Story
    (2519)

    Harry Bosch has been given three years before he must retire from the LAPD, and he wants cases more fiercely than ever. In one morning, he gets two. DNA from a 1989 rape and murder matches a 29-year-old convicted rapist. Was he an eight-year-old killer, or has something gone terribly wrong in the new Regional Crime Lab? Then Bosch and his partner are called to a death scene fraught with internal politics....

    Joanne says: "A completely satisfying listen"
    "Hardly accurate"
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    As an actual detective, I did not care for the pervasive animosity that existed between the law enforcement "professionals," their supervisors and the general public. In real life, store operators are more than happy to accomodate a law enforcement officer in an investigation. Additionally, I would bend over backwards to assist another detective in an investigation, even if I loathed the sight of them. Maybe it's just artistic license to get the book to sell, but it was irritating the way the story's peers scoffed at each other and were generally unprofessional in their interactions. I have worked for 18 years in a large west-central Florida agency and if me and my coworkers comported ourselves the way the book characters did, we would all be out of a job. Also, Bosch has HORRIBLE officer safety. Just saying.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10790)
    Performance
    (9792)
    Story
    (9811)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Basically two books in one."
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    I enjoyed the first part of the book, up until the story changed (don't want to give too much info). Then it was like it was a sci-fi book. I suppose it's a "good" sci-fi book but my brain had a hard time wrapping around the one-eighty of the direction of the story. I guess I wasn't thinking the story was going to go where it did. It was hard to reconcile the two "halves". I'm not saying anything negative. You will just have to take a chance on the book. It was.....different. Great narration, nice and long listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Guilty Wives

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By James Patterson, David Ellis
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (776)
    Performance
    (621)
    Story
    (629)

    Only minutes after Abbie Elliot and her three best friends step off of a private helicopter, they enter the most luxurious, sumptuous, sensually pampering hotel they have ever been to. Their lavish presidential suite overlooks Monte Carlo, and they surrender: to the sun and pool, to the sashimi and sake, to the Bruno Paillard champagne. In the morning's harsh light, Abbie awakens on a yacht, surrounded by police. Something awful has happened - something impossible, unthinkable. Abbie, Winnie, Serena, and Bryah are arrested and accused of the foulest crime imaginable.

    Betsy says: "Ditto - Don't waste your credit."
    "Worst Patterson book ever."
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    Ugh. The thin plot dragged on and on and on. Yes, it "made sense" in the end but it was several hours of my life I will never get back. You know how it is....you're a third of the way through and you think, 'Well, it has to get better...right?' It doesn't. It was like a train wreck, though...I couldn't turn away. I HAD to get to the end to justify the purchase. So disappointing. Patterson isn't what he used to be. Caveat emptor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tale of the Body Thief

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Anne Rice
    • Narrated By Richard E. Grant
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (83)

    Vampire-hero, enchanter, seducer of mortals; for centuries Lestat has been a courted prince in the dark and flourishing universe of the living dead. But now his covens are scattered. Lestat is alone. In his overwhelming need to destroy his doubts and his loneliness, he embarks on the most dangerous enterprise he has ever undertaken in all the danger-haunted years of his long existence.

    stacey says: "Book fans will be disappointed"
    "Book fans will be disappointed"
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    My bad. I totally missed the part about this download being abridged. I discovered it too late, after realizing several good parts of the book were missing. I've read the harcover many times and it was evident the Audible story had been shortened. The narrator was an overacting dork, growling or yelling his lines throughout the book. It was perfectly obnoxious. Why didn't they stick with Simon Vance, who narrated the first three books in the series? Caveat emptor.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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