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Barbara

BLOOMINGDALE, IL, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • The Chopin Manuscript: A Serial Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Lee Child, David Corbett, Joseph Finder, and others
    • Narrated By Alfred Molina
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2145)
    Performance
    (509)
    Story
    (523)

    15 thriller masters. 1 masterful thriller! Former war crimes investigator Harold Middleton possesses a previously unknown score by Frederic Chopin. But he is unaware that, within it's handwritten notes, lies a secret that now threatens the lives of thousands of Americans. As he races from Poland to the U.S. to uncover the mystery of the manuscript, Middleton will be accused of murder, pursued by federal agents, and targeted by assassins.

    BSquared67 says: "A rollicking thriller"
    "Ugh"
    Overall

    I couldn't sit through it! or drive or jog - yuck.

    2 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Robert B. Parker's Fool Me Twice: A Jesse Stone Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Michael Brandman, Robert B. Parker (creator)
    • Narrated By James Naughton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (100)

    Autumn in Paradise, Massachusetts, is usually an idyllic time - but not this year. A Hollywood movie company has come to town, and brought with it a huge cast, crew, and a troubled star. Marisol Hinton is very beautiful, reasonably talented, and scared out of her wits that her estranged husband's jealousy might take a dangerous turn. When she becomes the subject of a death threat, Jesse and the rest of the Paradise police department go on high alert.

    Barbara says: "Jesse's in good hands"
    "Jesse's in good hands"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Michael Brandman may be able to keep the Jesse Stone character going.

    The dialog wasn't as sharp as in the past - but it was close.

    I still miss Joe Montegna narrating - but James Naughton would be my second choice,

    All in all - if you are a Jesse Stone fan - enjoy the listen.

    If you are new to this series - get going, you are missing some great books!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Criminal

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Kathleen Early
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1780)
    Performance
    (1501)
    Story
    (1505)

    Will Trent is a brilliant agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Newly in love, he is beginning to put a difficult past behind him. Then a local college student goes missing, and he is inexplicably kept off the case by his supervisor and mentor, deputy director Amanda Wagner. Will cannot fathom Amanda's motivation, until the two of them literally collide in an abandoned orphanage they have both been drawn to for different reasons. Decades before - when Will's father was imprisoned for murder - this was his home....

    Melinda says: "Heart Pounding, Gripping Thriller"
    "Fills in Will and Amanda's history"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Loved the 6th in series - I always enjoy Karin Slaughter's books, but the character's in this series are the best!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kill Alex Cross

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Andre Braugher, Zach Grenier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1218)
    Performance
    (1010)
    Story
    (993)

    The president's son and daughter are abducted, and Detective Alex Cross is one of the first on the scene. But someone very high-up is using the FBI, Secret Service, and CIA to keep him off the case and in the dark. A deadly contagion in the water supply cripples half of the capital, and Alex discovers that someone may be about to unleash the most devastating attack the United States has ever experienced. As his window for solving both crimes narrows, Alex makes a desperate decision that goes against everything he believes....

    Lannette says: "Wait for "almost free" before buying"
    "Good, but not the best"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from James Patterson and/or Andre Braugher and Zach Grenier ?

    Yes


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    A little more suspense


    Could you see Kill Alex Cross being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes - Morgan Freeman


    Any additional comments?

    The TV add was awful - claiming it's his best Alex Cross? Really!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Never Wave Goodbye: A Novel of Suspense

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Doug Magee
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (13)

    After passing the bittersweet parental milestone of putting her daughter, Sarah, on the bus to sleep-away camp for the first time, Lena Trainor plans to spend the next two weeks fixing all the problems in her marriage. But when a second bus arrives to pick up Sarah for camp, no one seems to know anything about the first bus or its driver. Sarah and three other children have been kidnapped, and within hours of the crime, the parents receive an e-mail demanding one million dollars.

    glamazon says: "Good Story, not-so-good narrator..."
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    I loved this book.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden Agenda

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Carol Smith
    • Narrated By Laurence Bouvard
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Devastated by the shocking news that an old school- friend, Suzy Palmer, faces execution in Louisiana for the murder of her children, London Rabbi, Deborah Hirsch, enlists the aid of her former classmates in an attempt to get her off. She can't be anything but innocent; the Suzy they've known and loved all these years could never hurt a fly.

    Barbara says: "Ramble"
    "Ramble"
    Overall

    Ramble, ramble, blah, blah, blah for 5 hours and 30 minutes of bumbling climax without a climax.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Step on a Crack

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
    • Narrated By John Slattery, Reg Rogers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (947)
    Performance
    (391)
    Story
    (393)

    NYPD Detective Michael Bennett is about to take on the most sinister challenge of his career. The nation has fallen into mourning after the unexpected death of a beloved former first lady, and the most powerful people in the world gather in New York for her funeral. Then the inconceivable occurs. Billionaires, politicians, and superstars of every kind are suddenly trapped within one man's brilliant and cold-blooded scenario.

    TEDDET says: "Classic good Patterson"
    "Finally!"
    Overall

    The old Patterson is back! I'd almost given up on him. If you loved Patterson for his earlier novels - you'll love this one.

    I actually teared up a couple of times - I listend to it in 1 day.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Serial Killers Club

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jeff Povey
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    When an unlikely (and nameless) hero stumbles into the path of a serial killer, he has no choice but to defend himself, and ends up killing the killer. Shocked by his own strength, he then goes through the dead man's wallet and finds the damnedest thing: a personal ad inviting the killer to join a party hosted by Errol Flynn. Errol Flynn? Isn't he dead?

    May says: "Tried a bit too hard"
    "NO!!!"
    Overall

    No, no, no, no no no, no, no. This was terrible! Boring, unending, no plot. Aughhhh!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Center

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1547)
    Performance
    (547)
    Story
    (548)

    Carpenter, the Paterson, N.J., lawyer whose wealth allows him to work as seldom as he chooses, is recovering from the loss of the love of his life, Laurie Collins, who has moved home to Findlay, Wis., to become the acting chief of police. When Laurie calls Andy for help after arresting 21-year-old Jeremy Davidson for murders that she thinks he didn't commit, Andy can't resist heading off to Findlay with his faithful dog, Tara.

    J. says: "What a Hoot!"
    "Fabulous"
    Overall

    Absolutely fabulous! Witty characters and great story line.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Truth

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Mariah Stewart
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (26)

    Twenty-six years ago, just before a series of brutal murders rocked the idyllic town of Bowers Inlet, Cassie Burke lost her family and nearly her own life to a transient befriended by her father. Back then, Cassie was a scared kid; now, she's a homicide cop. Back then, the suspect was caught and convicted; he died in prison. But now the killing has started again. And all signs indicate that the Bayside Strangler has come back for more.

    Barbara says: "Fabulous"
    "Fabulous"
    Overall

    I listen to at least 3 mystery books a month. This is one of the best I've heard this year. Great story and even better narrator.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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