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I love to read, fly and play tennis. I always have a book and an audible book going at the same time. I'm a mystery/thriller junky.

Wildwood, MO, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 36 reviews
  • 63 ratings
  • 242 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2015
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  • Abandon

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (299)
    Performance
    (249)
    Story
    (259)

    On Christmas Day in 1893, every man, woman and child in a remote mining town will disappear, belongings forsaken, meals left to freeze in vacant cabins, and not a single bone will be found - not even the gold that was rumored to have been the pride of this town. One hundred and thirteen years later, two backcountry guides are hired by a leading history professor and his journalist daughter to lead them into the abandoned mining town so they can learn what happened.

    Vanessa says: "The book that should have been good; but wasn't"
    "Beware, I can't get parts out of my mind!"
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    This story is terrible...not in the way it was written terrible but the content, the actions of these people, their deaths and lives....in that order since it was more about their dying then their living. I couldn't get somethings out of my mind. As I try to go to sleep it creeps in days after I've finished it and started listening to something else. What they did to one woman is particularly heinous. I still cringe. It makes you wonder if people can really be this bad? I guess they can which is a very sad and sickening idea. I can't imagine going through any of this torture...that's what it was....horrible torture. I don't know whether to recommend this book or to tell everyone to stay away. Luke Daniels was wonderful once again as the reader. I really like him. He probably made it so real it helped effect me as well as the storyline. Read at your own peril!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29397)
    Performance
    (25939)
    Story
    (26011)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "I hated this book!"
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    It's difficult to describe what I mean by hate except the entire concept made me ill. The performance was great and the story as a story was perfect just like Amy. This had to have been really hard to figure out when Gillian Flynn wrote it. The plot is so twisted, so devious, so heart wrenching. I never like to watch movies of books I have read. I like my visions & imagination better than any movie producer but I had to watch this movie or I wouldn't have been able to finish the book. I had to know the ending before I got that far. I was torn and sickened by the lowdown, conniving Amy. I hope there never is or that I never meet a true life person like her. Steven James with his Agent Patrick Bowers "chess" series has some of the worst criminals you could ever imagine and they don't disgust me as much as Amy. In fact, I really like that series. I guess my mind can deal with blatant, terrible, sick villains but not scheming, lying creeps who get away with it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: and Other Clinical Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Oliver Sacks
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Oliver Sacks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1306)
    Performance
    (1088)
    Story
    (1099)

    Oliver Sacks' The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat tells the stories of individuals afflicted with fantastic perceptual and intellectual aberrations: patients who have lost their memories and with them the greater part of their pasts; who are no longer able to recognize people and common objects; who are stricken with violent tics and grimaces or who shout involuntary obscenities; whose limbs have become alien; who have been dismissed as retarded yet are gifted with uncanny artistic or mathematical talents.

    Darwin8u says: "A Clinician's eYe, but a Poet's HEART"
    "Interesting people"
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    I didn't understand half of this but that didn't make the stories about his patients any less interesting. There are a lot of people missing out on a lot of life whether they remember they are or not.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Firefight: Reckoners, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7632)
    Performance
    (6731)
    Story
    (6709)

    Newcago is free. They told David it was impossible, that even the Reckoners had never killed a High Epic. Yet Steelheart - invincible, immortal, unconquerable - is dead. And he died by David's hand.Eliminating Steelheart was supposed to make life simpler. Instead, it only made David realize he has questions. Big ones. And no one in Newcago can give him answers.Babylon Restored, the city formerly known as the borough of Manhattan, has possibilities, though.

    G. House Sr. says: "Fabulous -- A Must Read Sequal"
    "Funny & suspenseful"
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    I love this series. I waited 9 months for this edition in the series to come out and I was not disappointed. Now I have to wait a long time for the next and I'm sad again. MacLeod Andrews does a fabulous job with the narration. He brings all it's humor to life and keeps suspense still suspenseful. The Reckoners have made it to NY from Chicago (names changed to protect the cities) where once again our star hero is a loveable pain in the ass when he defies all the rules as he searches for how to save his sweetheart. There's a lot of fun involved in all the chaos as the Reckoners go about saving NY from the dreaded Epics. If you haven't listened to Steelheart - start there but you'll be very glad that this second one is ready and available to you immediately. I listen in my car and have added many extraneous miles on my odometer for this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Big Little Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7728)
    Performance
    (6767)
    Story
    (6769)

    Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

    horslovr says: "Very entertaining!"
    "One of my favorites this year"
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    The very beginning was a bit difficult to follow but once that was figured out it was sad, fun and entertaining. Not crying sad but you can't believe that's happening to someone sad. It was kind of fun trying to figure out the end throughout the entire book. I have recommended this book to many friends. I really enjoyed it. Never dull as it kept you following many different lives and how they all fit together around small incidents.

    0 of 0 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
    Overall
    (7800)
    Performance
    (6922)
    Story
    (6930)

    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 RĂªves, and it is only open at night.

    Suzn F says: "Dreamlike Experience to Savor"
    "What an imagination!"
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    This was a clever story. How she every came up with it is more than amazing but it was fun to listen to. There was a great plot with loads of off shoots to try and keep track of through the entire story. I really enjoyed the characters and "characters" is exactly what they all were. The Night Circus traveled from town to town adding to itself as it goes with the most remarkable tents to visit. Each tent is magnificent and your imagination is called to action as each is described through out the story. Jim Dale did an excellent job of narrating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Queen of Hearts

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1280)
    Performance
    (1159)
    Story
    (1158)

    Lady Georgiana Rannoch, 35th in line for the British throne, knows how to play the part of an almost royal - but now she's off to Hollywood, where she must reprise her role as sleuth or risk starring in an all-too-convincing death scene...

    Calliope says: "Good but not her best"
    "Slightly disappointed"
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    I love this series and I know Rhys Bowen is trying to keep it really cozy reading but I'm getting as frustrated as Darcy, who doesn't show it a bit. Actually the love story part of this one was pretty good. At least Georgie and Darcy were together more than usual. There was still a lot of emotional longing, kissing and hand holding. Don't give details if you want to keep it a cozy but please marry them so they're not going to stay celibate the entire time. At least this time we got a glimpse into what Darcy actually does for a living. They could do wonderful detective work together. Remember "Hart to Hart"? Robert Wagner & Stephanie Powers - a detective love story. That could be Georgie and Darcy and I would be very happy. I find myself dwelling on the love more than the detective work anymore. The story itself was good with lots of strange characters adding to the "who did it" question. They traveled from England to Hollywood with something going on the entire way to stir the story. What made me give this story only 4 stars, and I thought about 3, was the fire. It really bothered me. It was way too quick, too much and too destructive. I felt it was used as a climactic way just to end on a disaster, but there was enough of the story left that it was not necessary. Just figuring out the answers, and catching the bad guy would have worked for me. The fire could have just been smaller and it would have worked better. No matter how it's written, Katherine Kellgren is wonderful as usual. I truly do enjoy this series and from what I've already heard about the next book, I think I could be even more disappointed. I hope not. It's difficult to wait another year to find out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dirty Job

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4773)
    Performance
    (2005)
    Story
    (2018)

    People start dropping dead around Charlie, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death.

    colleen says: "I loved it!"
    "Funny"
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    This had me laughing out loud many, many times. The story might not have been the most thought provoking but it kept my interest and I truly enjoyed it. The back and forth between characters was just right. If you need something to make your day enjoyable, this is it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (10455)
    Performance
    (8369)
    Story
    (8408)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Amazon Customer says: "Word Thief"
    "It's worth the tears"
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    A heart wrenching story set in WWII Germany. The love, life and crimes of a group of everyday Germans and their interaction with each other and others. It's an intimate story of a young girl, her family and best friend. It' a history of the war, caring and terrible atrocities that happened in Hitler's Germany with a lot of love thrown in for good measure. You'll cry. I sure did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Watership Down

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Richard Adams
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3383)
    Performance
    (2638)
    Story
    (2651)

    Fiver could sense danger. Something terrible was going to happen to the warren; he felt sure of it. They had to leave immediately. So begins a long and perilous journey of survival for a small band of rabbits. As the rabbits skirt danger at every turn, we become acquainted with the band, its humorous characters, and its compelling culture, complete with its own folk history and mythos.

    B. Cable says: "Still one of the best!"
    "Delightful as ever"
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    I read this so very long ago. It was even more of a pleasure to listen to this time around and remember all of their different adventures. There is so much detail in this story of tragedy and hope. It goes against the assumption that adults are too old to enjoy a story about rabbits. These rabbits live adult lives of adventure and uncertainty. One could almost replace humans for the rabbits and then everyone would think it was all right, but that is not the story. It's not difficult or light. It is a feel good story with mystery, deception, thrills and romance. It's told from a rabbits point of view - if one could imagine their perspective. It's not a book for the vampire or the murder mystery even the romance book lover unless they have a soft side for just heart-warming fun. Good for young and old but I'd say that the adult might like it even more than the teenager. This book is worth listening to because it is very good and it has been around for a long time. One could even call it a classic.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Work

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2477)
    Performance
    (1649)
    Story
    (1658)

    Thanks to a heart transplant, former FBI agent Terrell McCaleb is enjoying a quiet retirement, renovating the fishing boat he lives on in Los Angeles Harbor. But McCaleb's calm seas turn choppy when a story in the "What Happened To?" column of the LA Times brings him face-to-face with the sister of the woman whose heart now beats in his chest.

    Andrew Stone says: "A Darn Good Book"
    "Good book I wish I had read instead of listened"
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    There was a good story here and I liked Dick Hill's voice for the main character, Terry McCaleb but he wasn't especially good with the females and I think the voice of Graciela turned me off of her character. I didn't particularly like her character's personality anyway but the voice didn't help. I found her kind of sniveling - at least a little whiny at times & clingy. Terry McCaleb, without any badge or license, did a good job of finding the bad guy while staying within the law (mostly) and keeping the LA Detectives Bureau hating him. His exceptional FBI experience helped him and in the end was the entire reason for the murders. There were unusual twists and turns that kept me interested throughout. I learned alot about heart & organ transplants with this story. I enjoyed the book, I just wish I had read it, then maybe I would have a different attitude about the entire story. I'm not good with seeing movies for anything I've read or want to read either. I usually like to create my own characters in my minds eye; how they look and talk. I think I missed that with this reading.



    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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