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mary

I was an avid reader of books before my work took most of my time so now I listen to Audible books when I'm exercising or walking my dog. I like mystery and thriller novels, particularly good serial killer novels. I'm a writer and a psychotherapist.

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FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
38

  • The Vanished Man: A Lincoln Rhyme Novel, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (115)

    Forensics expert Lincoln Rhyme is called in to work the high-profile investigation of a killer who seemingly disappeared into thin air just as the NYPD closed in. As the homicidal illusionist baits him with grisly murders that grow more diabolical with each victim, Rhyme and his protégée, Amelia Sachs, must go behind the smoke and mirrors to prevent a horrific act of vengeance that could become the greatest vanishing act of all....

    Charles Atkinson says: "Gripping mystery of a psychopathic illusionist."
    "The Best"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Vanished Man to be better than the print version?

    I only listen to audio books so I wouldn't know.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    They are all my favorite characters. It's the cast of characters that make the novels so interesting, many of them are regulars.


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

    I haven't listened to him before. I was just happy that he didn't annoy me.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, it was. It was a terrific book and I didn't want it to end.


    Any additional comments?

    This is Jeffrey Deaver at his best with an excellent narrator. There are so many turns and twists that you can't figure out and don't see coming that I began to wonder how Jeffrey Deaver could even have such a complex imagination. I'm sorry that his series isn't narrated all by the same person. I don't like going from one narrator to another when I'm listening to a series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Deception Point: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2961)
    Performance
    (967)
    Story
    (972)

    When a NASA satellite discovers an astonishingly rare object buried deep in the Arctic ice, the floundering space agency proclaims a much-needed victory, a victory with profound implications for NASA policy and the impending presidential election. To verify the authenticity of the find, the White House calls upon the skills of intelligence analyst Rachel Sexton. Accompanied by a team of experts, including the charismatic scholar Michael Tolland, Rachel travels to the Arctic and uncovers the unthinkable.

    Mark says: "Some people are too picky -- This is a must"
    "Had to Be Riveting"
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    Or I wouldn't have been able to listen to the narrator. His voice was fine but he was either pausing to sip drinks of water or turning pages or doing something that made an intrusive sound throughout the book every twenty or so seconds and it was almost enough to make me return the book.
    However, I became so engrossed in the story that I actually forgot about the narrator from time to time and didn't want to stop listening in spite of whatever the narrator was doing.
    I couldn't figure out who the bad guys were until the very end and even then I didn't figure it out. There were twists and turns frequently enough that, just about the time I thought I had it figured out, something different would happen.
    It's well worth the credit. Dan Brown doesn't disappoint.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Watcher

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By John Lutz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (20)

    Someone is killing wealthy Manhattanites. One by one, the victims are discovered in luxurious high-rises bound, gagged, and brutally murdered in the "safety" of their own homes, by someone whose modus operandi is as horrifying as anything NYPD Detectives Ben Stack and Rica Lopez have ever seen.

    Bill says: "Is it just me or..."
    "Disappointed"
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    I've loved every one of his novels even though I pretty know what the basic plot is going to be. This one just didn't hold up like the others. I was very disappointed. It went on too long and didn't have the kind of suspense I'm used to with this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 24 Hours

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (264)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (156)

    24 Hours begins with the perfect family...on the perfect day...about to become trapped in the perfect crime.

    Will Jennings is a successful young doctor in Jackson, Mississippi, with his whole life ahead of him. He has a thriving practice, a beautiful wife, and a young daughter he loves beyond measure.

    Suzn F says: "Exciting Book, so well read"
    "Not developed enough"
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    It's a good story with plenty of twists and I certainly wouldn't downgrade it to a three but nothing gets developed enough to make this a five star, not the characters, the story, or the ending, which just ends when there are a lot more things that could be answered instead of left hanging. What happens to the good guy for instance and his relationship with the girl? It's a longer story condensed into a fairly long story. Also, the bad guy deserves a lot more bad instead of the abrupt ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Skin Collector: Lincoln Rhyme, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (315)
    Performance
    (276)
    Story
    (283)

    The killer's methods are terrifying. He stalks the basements and underground passageways of New York City. He tattoos his victims' flesh with cryptic messages, using a tattoo gun loaded with poison, resulting in an agonizing, painful death. When a connection is made to the Bone Collector - the serial killer who terrorized New York more than a decade ago - Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are immediately drawn into the case.

    shelley says: "Excellent! 2 Old Nemesis plus 1 and a Cliffhanger"
    "Twists and Turns"
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    This novel has so many twists and turns I couldn't figure it out. The suspense lasted right up to the very end. Even as far fetched as some of it seemed I didn't care because it was fast paced and I was always guessing. I haven't cared for a couple of the Rhyme books but this one is a winner!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Missing You

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    Overall
    (1588)
    Performance
    (1402)
    Story
    (1405)

    Number-one New York Times best-selling author Harlan Coben set huge sales records with last year’s Six Years - and he’s poised to do it again in his next breathtaking stand-alone thriller. Harlan Coben, author of six consecutive instant number-one New York Times best sellers and a total of 24 award-winning, best-selling, and internationally acclaimed novels, returns with another ripped-from-real-life thriller full of impossibly high emotional stakes and the real-to-life characters for which he has become famous.

    Susan says: "I Ain't Missing You"
    "WOW"
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    I really didn't want this book to end. It was interesting every step of the way. I couldn't ever figure out what was coming next, the narrator was great.
    I haven't been listening to much of Coben because I listened to a couple of disappointing books but he hit a home run with this one.
    I highly recommend it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tell No Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (524)
    Performance
    (468)
    Story
    (467)

    The scion of an old-money San Francisco family, Daniel Brasher left his well-paying, respectable money-manager position to marry his community organizer wife and work at a job he loves, leading group counseling sessions with recently paroled violent offenders. One night he finds an envelope - one intended for someone else that was placed in his office mailbox by accident. Inside is an unsigned piece of paper, a handwritten note that says, "Admit what you've done or you will bleed for it."

    karen says: "The purgatory of group therapy"
    "Yes!"
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    Hurwitz wrote a winner with this one. I couldn't figure it out at all and was intrigued the entire time. There is no down time, it's fast paced and full of suspense. Scott Brick does an excellent job narrating it.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Harm's Way: Alan Gregory, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Stephen White
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    When Dr. Alan Gregory's good friend Peter Arvin is found bloody and dying on the stage of a Colorado theatre, suspicion soars that he has become the second victim of a killer whose first prey was discovered amid the elaborate scenery of the road company's production of the Broadway show Miss Saigon. Alan is immediately asked to respond to two pleas for help: one from the police, who would like a psychological profile of the murderer, and one from Peter's widow, who is desperate to know the meaning of her dead husband's secrets.

    Ted says: "Undistinguished, Average But Okay"
    "Too Much"
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    description and not enough action. It's worth listening to but then again, someone needs to teach Dick Hill how to read women's parts so they don't all sound like lispy air heads, especially when White's female characters are anything but. The book is interesting. It's worth purchasing but I've listened to other authors that hold my attention better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Neighbor: A Detective D. D. Warren Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card, Kirby Heyborne, Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1364)
    Performance
    (701)
    Story
    (704)

    It was a case guaranteed to spark a media feeding frenzy: a young mother, blond and pretty, disappears without a trace from her South Boston home, leaving behind her four-year-old daughter as the only witness and her handsome, secretive husband as the prime suspect. But from the moment Detective Sergeant D. D. Warren arrives at the Joneses - a snug little bungalow, she senses something off about the picture of wholesome normality the couple worked so hard to create.

    KSK says: "Listen to "Say Goodbye" first"
    "Unbelievable"
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    Gardner is fairly new to me so I was unsure as to the quality of her writing overall. This book kept me interested every moment! I couldn't believe it. I've also been listening to some Steven White and Lee Child and am very tired of having to listen through the dull, tear my hair out, boring parts to get to the good parts. I couldn't figure this book out at all. It kept me guessing right up to the last twelve minutes. The readers were very good and didn't detract from the novel. I highly recommend this listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chill of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By John Lutz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (34)

    There's a twisted serial killer stalking the streets of New York City, dealing his own perverse version of justice. He kills swiftly and silently, leaving his calling card: a red "J" on the bodies of his prey. His victims have one thing in common: they've all been jurors in the city's most infamous cases; cases in which the killer was found "not guilty". Overnight, the Justice Killer has the city in a stranglehold. And there's only one man who has a shot at finding him.

    lee says: "Good Read"
    "Serial Killers"
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    I have one more novel to listen to by Lutz and then I won't have anymore serial killer novels. Lutz manages to write about the same subject in the same city every single time and every single time I just don't want to stop listening. I have no idea how he manages it but he does and every one is a very good listen. Scott Brick is an excellent reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Tomorrow: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2093)
    Performance
    (1081)
    Story
    (1081)

    In a novel that slams through one hairpin surprise after another, Lee Child unleashes a thriller that spans three decades and gnaws at the heart of America...and for Jack Reacher, a man who trusts no one and likes it that way, it's a mystery with only one answer the kind that comes when you finally get face-to-face and look your worst enemy in the eye.

    Laura says: "Child Needs an Editor"
    "Editor please"
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    I love the Jack Reacher series but they are uneven. Some are riveting and some, like this one, have me wishing that a good editor had gone through the novel and done a lot of cutting. There was just too much time spent on what people are thinking or on descriptions that just didn't add to the story. Even Dick Hill, one of my favorite readers, couldn't pull it along.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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