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Shawnna

Edmond, OK, USA | Member Since 2000

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  • The Hot Kid

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Elmore Leonard
    • Narrated By Arliss Howard
    Overall
    (315)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (55)

    Carl Webster, the hot kid of the marshals service, is polite, respects his elders, and can shoot a man driving away in an Essex at 400 yards. Carl works out of the Tulsa, Oklahoma, federal courthouse during the 1930s, the period of America's most notorious bank robbers: Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson...those guys.

    Shawnna says: "A great book, an even better listen"
    "A great book, an even better listen"
    Overall

    This is one of my favorite Elmore Leonard books. The characters are so well developed they feel real by the end of the book. The story flowed well and really held my interest.

    My highest praise goes to the narrator. As a native Oklahoman, I tire of fake southern accents which are more ridicule than reality. Arliss Howard gets the accent spot-on. The only way to fully experience this book is by listening to it as read by Arliss Howard.

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Cross Bones

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Michele Pawk
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (39)

    When an Orthodox Jew is found shot to death in Montreal, Temperance Brennan is called in to examine the body and to figure out the puzzling damage to the corpse. Unexpectedly, a stranger slips her a photograph of a skeleton and assures her the picture is the key to the victim's death. Before she knows it, Tempe is involved in an international mystery as old as Jesus, a mystery that could rewrite 2000 years of religious history.

    A User says: "Cross Bones"
    "Sorry to say, it is disappointing?"
    Overall

    Having been a fan of Kathy's books from the first, I anxiously await each new book from her. Sadly, I was extremely disappointed in "Cross Bones". It is a blatant but inadequate attempt to jump on the "The Da Vinci Code" bandwagon.

    Kathy labors so hard to make the various plot points sound plausible you can actually sense her breaking into a sweat. I found myself looking forward to the end of the book. I was actually checking the player to see how much more of this I had to listen to.

    I am sorry to advise, don't waste your money or your valuable time on this one. There are too many other wonderful titles available on Audible.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (739)
    Performance
    (295)
    Story
    (295)

    The "Big Three" are a trio of inmates locked up in the Minnesota Security Hospital over the years, each a particularly vicious serial killer, each with his own distinct style and propensities. Everybody feels much safer knowing that they're behind bars. Except...there's a new killer on the loose. And his handiwork bears a disturbing resemblance to some of the finer points practiced by the Big Three, details that never even made the papers.

    Ed says: "The usual group of psychopaths"
    "An OK book for what it is"
    Overall

    This book succeeds in what it is: a mystery/thriller book that will hold your attention. However, I was distracted by the contradictions presented by the main character. He held a deep concern about catching the killer before he killed again, but would repeatedly drive over 80 mph while talking on the phone and reading a file. At times he would look up to discover he was driving at high speeds in the middle of the highway.

    It was amazing that someone so concerned about saving one future murder victim would put entire car loads of people in such risk. There was a much greater chance of him killing a soccer Mom and all her charges than the killer murdering one more person.

    I know that I'm being picky here, it just seemed like this behavior would be out of character for someone who was otherwise so concerned for his fellow man. Other than that the book was fine.

    2 of 16 people found this review helpful

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