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Spring Branch, TX, United States | Member Since 2004

  • 4 reviews
  • 6 ratings
  • 373 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2014

  • Dust: Kay Scarpetta, Book 21

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    After working one of the worst mass killings in U.S. history, Scarpetta returns home to Cambridge, Massachusetts. Exhausted and ill, she's recovering at home when she receives an unsettling call. The body of a young woman has been discovered on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's rugby field. The victim, a graduate student named Gail Shipman, is oddly draped in ivory linen and posed in a way that is too deliberate to be the killer's first strike.

    MARRILEE says: "Part Great, Part Tired"
    "It Definitely Won't Gather Dust on your device..."

    Patricia Cornwell is one of the most professionally informed writers that I read from cover to cover and series book to series book. Although "dust" was a great listen, it was darker and more disturbing then most of her other books. However, in this, her latest book she failed to make her two side characters, Benton Wesley and Pete Marino anything but wooden replicas of themselves. Actually, the character of Marino was so unappealing in this novel that it was almost painful to listen to his part.

    Considering that 20 out of the 21 books in the Scarpetta series were terrific, I guess that Patricia Cornwell should be forgiven for one partial dud.

    The thing that saved the entire book from being a 2 star failure was the intricate plot that wove logically through the tale of murder and mayhem without becoming ho hum and boring or confused and tangled. I did figure out "who done it" before the story reached that part, but at least I didn't figure it out 15 minutes into listening, as I do with some less talented authors of detective and mystery tales. And of course, Kay Readings performance was wonderful as usual.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Critical Mass: VI Warshawski, Book 16

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Sara Paretsky
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    V. I. Warshawski’s closest friend in Chicago is the Viennese-born doctor Lotty Herschel, who lost most of her family in the Holocaust. Lotty escaped to London in 1939 on the Kindertransport with a childhood playmate, Kitty Saginor Binder. When Kitty’s daughter finds her life is in danger, she calls Lotty, who in turn summons V. I. to help. The daughter’s troubles turn out to be just the tip of an iceberg of lies, secrets, and silence, whose origins go back to the mad competition among America, Germany, Japan, and England to develop the first atomic bomb.

    S. Sarabasha says: "POWERFUL"
    "Intricate, detailed and a bit confusing"

    I have read all 16 VI Warshawski books, some of them twice. Although the story line for Critical Mass is excellent, it gets really twisted up in places, like an expensive pair of pantyhose that knots up when someone tries to get into them quickly. You have to listen to the story line in this book very carefully or you will be clicking on the "back" button every several minutes. It would probably help if the listener has some knowledge of the Cold War, nuclear technology, the Holocaust, and the ins and outs of the CIA. I actually have quite a bit of knowledge in this area so I was able to follow the plot but the novel itself was very dark and somewhat depressing. I think that Sara Paretsky was trying to teach a lesson in ethics. It's good to a point but it can become very upsetting. It can also become very confusing to someone who has very little knowledge of the shenanigans that our government has gone through in the past regarding nuclear weaponry. All said though, it's still worth listening to.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Coming Back

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Marcia Muller
    • Narrated By Deanna Hurst
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In Locked In, San Francisco private eye Sharon McCone was shot in the head and suffered from locked-in syndrome: almost total paralysis but with an alert, conscious mind. Now, as Sharon struggles to regain control over her body, she realizes that it may not be possible to return to her old life. But when Sharon's friend from physical therapy goes missing, she must call upon those closest to her to find out the truth behind the disappearance.

    Lee says: "Eight Hours Was Not Enough"
    "Eight Hours Was Not Enough"

    When I was 6 years old, my mother bought me a Nancy Drew Mystery Story. I was MIA until I finished it - in about three hours of steady reading. Like gobbling up an ice cream cone in two bites. It was the start of a lifelong addiction to reading. I can't imagine what I would have done if Audible had been around in those days with excellent readers like Deanna Hurst. I probably would not have eaten or slept. I would not have gone to school. I would have been absorbed into books, non-stop. They would have had to send me to a book detox center. Well, years later there is no more Nancy Drew or Beverly Grey but now there's Marcia Muller and her alter ego Sharon McCone. Not only have I read the entire series up to and including Locked In and Coming Back, I am sitting here waiting for Ms. Muller to write her next book and hoping it will be soon because I am having definite withdrawal symptoms. Her well balanced characters, her courage to allow Sharon to hire people who have, in traditional literature, been shunned or stereotyped and her excellent, complicated plots that take twists and turns without becoming either boring or illogical is what keeps me listening. The only complaint - hey, I want the books to be longer. Well, you can't have everything. Read it, you'll love it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Oath of Office

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Michael Palmer
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    From the New York Times best-selling author of A Heartbeat Away and The Last Surgeon comes a shocking new novel at the crossroads of politics and medicine. What if a well respected doctor inexplicably goes on a murderous rampage? When Dr. John Meacham goes on a shooting spree, his business partner, staff, and two patients are killed in the bloodbath. Then Meacham turns the gun on himself.

    Beverly says: "Worst Book Ever from Palmer"
    "Very Timley Choice Of Subject"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    There is a lot of timley information on genetic engineering in this cliff hanger novel.

    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I tried to turn off my ipod to save some of the story for later but couldn't do it. Had to listen to the whole thing in one gulp!

    Have you listened to any of Robert Petkoff???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first time listening to this reader. He has a wonderfully expressive voice. He makes the novel into a performance rather than someone reading from pages of a book.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This is a book that could be true, it could actually be happening as we go about out daily lives, unaware or not wanting to be aware of what is being done to our food supply. Not a laughing matter although the sarcasm expressed by Dr. Welcome was an enjoyable way to lighten up an otherwise terrifying plot.

    Any additional comments?

    Michael Palmer is a wonderfully informed person which makes his books realistic and enjoyable.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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