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Long Beach, CA, United States

  • 19 reviews
  • 82 ratings
  • 310 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Under and Alone

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By William Queen
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In 1998, William Queen was a veteran law-enforcement agent with a lifelong love of motorcycles and a lack of patience with paperwork. When a "confidential informant" made contact with his boss at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, offering to take an agent inside the San Fernando chapter of the Mongols (the scourge of Southern California, and one of the most dangerous gangs in America), Queen jumped at the chance.

    Richard says: "Great Listen"

    This book was very captivating from the beginning. It was very well written and well read. It had an edgy feel that kept me interested, always expecting things to blow up. A real character study - it reminds us that there is a degree of humanity in all people, even those whom we dehumanize. This story shows the conflicting emotions felt by undercover officers who cannot help but to be drawn in by the people they meet. It shows his constant struggle to retain parts of himself as he got further and further into character. As he got to know and like these bikers, Billy had to keep reminding himself these were dangerous men who would kill him as soon as look at him, and when he stopped reminding himself, something would happen to shake him back to reality. I would have liked to hear more about the 'afterwards', however I think we get some of the picture on the extreme sacrifice this man made for his job and his own convictions. I do hope he was well rewarded for his efforts!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Suzn F says: "Dreamlike Experience to Savor"
    "You will be enthralled"
    What made the experience of listening to The Night Circus the most enjoyable?

    I think this could possibly be the best book I have ever read. It weaves a mesmerizing atmosphere of dark and seductive mystery, much along the Tim Burton style. It spins a love story that teases you, yet gives you the richness of a wonderful magical circus that is more than illusion, but real magic. It weaves a spell you won't want to end. I kept prolonging finishing the book because even though I wanted to know how it ended, I didn't want to leave the circus. I would highly recommend (and have) this book to anyone.

    What other book might you compare The Night Circus to and why?

    Would compare it to Tim Burton movies...

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

    I don't believe so. His voice is perfectly suited to this book.

    If you could take any character from The Night Circus out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Oh Marco, of course...a very sexy man to be sure.

    Any additional comments?

    I totally loved this book and wish it would go on and on. Fell in love with the characters. Hope the author writes more like this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Luck and Trouble: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Jack Reacher reunites with the survivors of his old Army investigative team, scrambling to raise the living, bury the dead, and connect the dots in a mystery that is growing darker by the day. In a world of bad luck and trouble, when someone targets Jack Reacher and his team, they'd better be ready for what comes right back at them.

    Patricia says: "Kept My Interest"
    "Kept My Interest"

    This is an excellent book for this genre. It is well-written and the characters are well rounded and vivid. The plot is interesting and I didn't get bored at all - even the descriptive segments were interesting. A few spots got a bit predictable but if you don't mind that (which I don't), it holds enough plot twists and turns to keep your interest. The reader did a good job, however he needs to work on his female characters. This is right up there with the best of Michael Connelly, only maybe a bit edgier. His "Reacher" character is definitely out there and a force to be reconned with!

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • 7th Heaven: The Women's Murder Club

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
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    A terrible fire in a wealthy suburban home leaves a married couple dead and Detective Lindsay Boxer and her partner Rich Conklin searching for clues. And after California's golden boy, Michael Campion has been missing for a month, there finally seems to be a lead in his case--a very devastating lead. As fire after fire consume couples in wealthy, comfortable homes, Lindsay and the Murder Club must race to find the arsonists responsible and get to the bottom of Michael Campion's disappearance.

    Jesse says: "It's a "Gotcha""
    "Good but not great"

    Though James Patterson is one of my favorite authors, this book was not as good as they usually are. The investigation was not complete and in that he missed the opportunity to enrich the story. I wasn't satified by the ending or the general writing.

    Though the book wasn't really bad, it's not the kind that would get you hooked on Patterson books, so if it is your first I'd suggest you keep trying. They get better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angels Flight: Harry Bosch Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
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    The man most hated by the LAPD - a black lawyer who has made his name by bringing lawsuits alleging racism and brutality by police officers - has been found murdered on the eve of a high-profile trial. The list of suspects includes half the police force. And Harry Bosch is the detective chosen to lead the investigation.

    Stephen says: "Average Harry Bosch Story"

    Another top-knotched thriller from an excellent author...Michael Connelly, and particularly his Harry Bosch series, has become one of my most favorite authors. He's right up there with James Patterson - every bit as fascinating and well written.

    This story had me hooked right up to the end. We're used to being frustrated along with Harry, both at the criminals and the institution (LAPD) he works for, and this one really heats up. His depictions of LA are spot-on (I know because I work here), and he clearly has some inside knowledge of this town. The character Bosch is flesh and blood as he has described him. I can clearly picture both his physicality and personality and he's as real as they come. The action moves constantly and the plot is precise and tricky. There are tons of twists and turns, with about as few lose ends and any novel I've read. The ending is clean and satisfying, while still having the flavor of the entire story. Nothing "tacked on" just to wrap things up, as so many other authors do. The story flows and is cohesive.

    From an author who consistently puts out great books, this is truly one of his best and you won't be disappointed. I highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Republicans are coming to St. Paul for their convention. Throwing a big party is supposed to be fun, but crashing the party are a few hard cases the police would rather have stayed away. Chief among them is a crew of professional stick-up men who've spotted several lucrative opportunities, ranging from political moneymen with briefcases full of cash to that armored-car warehouse with the weakness in its security system.

    Tony B. says: "Another winner for Davenport fans"

    I expected better from this book. Overall, I found it hard to get through. Too much detail in the wrong places that lead nowhere. You had to listen to all kinds of, frankly, boring detail to get to the action. The opportunities where the plot could get interesting or lead down a path which would make it good were missed. The ending was not exciting but more of a relief. I think that this author has potential, but this was clearly not one of his better efforts.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Scream for Me

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Karen Rose
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
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    Not long after his brother, Simon, was revealed to be a ruthless serial killer and met his demise, Special Agent Daniel Vartanian is drawn back into Simon's dark past. A series of recent killings are mimicking an unsolved murder from 13 years ago which is somehow linked to a collection of photographs that belonged to Simon.

    Judy says: "A little too choppy for me..."

    I enjoyed this book. It had a nice pace that never got boring and a plot that kept you guessing. From a writers' point of view it probably had a lot that could be criticized, but if you suspend your critique and go a long for the ride you won't be disappointed. Surprise ending - perhaps a bit too much of a surprise, but overall an enjoyable read.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost: Confessions of a Counterterrorism Agent

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Fred Burton
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    For decades, Fred Burton was a key figure in international counterterrorism and domestic spy craft. As a member of the State Department's Diplomatic Security Service in the mid 1980s, he was on the front lines of America's first campaign against terror. Now, in this hard-hitting memoir, Burton emerges from the shadows to reveal who he is, what he has accomplished, and the threats that lurk unseen except by an experienced, world-wise few. Told in a no-holds-barred, gripping, nuanced style, this behind-the scenes account of one counterterrorism agent's life and career is a riveting listen.

    Lew says: "A Masterful, Real-Life Glimpse. Brilliant!"
    "Lotta potatoes - not enough meat"

    Though this was interesting, there was not as much excitement in it as I thought there would be, nor were there a lot of (or any?) facts that are not public knowledge. I'm sure there's a lot more that could have been said but the author clearly plays it safe...

    I think I'll stick to fiction.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Raintree: Inferno

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Linda Howard
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber, Stefan Rudnicki

    Two hundred years after the Raintree clan defeated and abandoned them on a small Caribbean Island, the Ansara wizards are rising again to take on their bitterest foes. Despite their extraordinary powers and supernatural origin, the Raintree have largely blended into the modern world. They are bankers, cops, husbands, wives, and lovers in the society of humankind. But now, from Nevada to North Carolina, the rejoined battle will measure the endurance of their people.

    Virginia A. Mickelson says: "A 'no ending' story"
    "Half a Book"

    I've read many books (and listened to them too) that had no conclusive ending and it doesn't generally bother me, but this one cuts off so abruptly that I had to check to make sure I wasn't missing a file. It is LITERALLY only 1/2 a book. So if you can put up with that, the story is not bad. It's a little too heavy on the romance novel kind of genre and there are a lot of explanations on the "powers" that I THOUGHT they were leading up to (but never go into in depth), but it's fairly interesting. Not a heavy read, so if you're looking for a little escapism and don't mind that it is predictable, then go ahead. I do still feel gyped because they didn't publish the whole story...a blatant attempt to sell two books instead of one.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Double Cross

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Peter J. Fernandez, Michael Stuhlbarg

    Just when Alex Cross thought his life was calming down into a routine of patients and therapy sessions, he finds himself back in the game - this time to catch a criminal mastermind like no other. A spate of elaborate murders in Washington, D.C., have the whole East Coast on edge. They are like nothing Alex Cross and his new girlfriend, Detective Brianna Stone, have ever seen.

    Patricia says: "Another winner!"
    "Another winner!"

    Patterson is a master of this genre. His characters are creepy and his plots are very interesting. I think he was a bit ambitious in trying to bring in two serial killers in this book and in taking the plot in so many directions almost simultaneously, however he somehow pulls it together. Though I would have preferred he explain more about the why's, it's still an interesting romp with one of the best super-hero detective/therapists around - the famous Alex Cross.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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