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Kay Arnold

LOVE All books by Lee Child, and Vince Flynn and J.A.Jance

Northern California | Member Since 2012

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  • Bones Are Forever: A Temperance Brennan Novel, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (480)
    Performance
    (399)
    Story
    (397)

    Temperance Brennan has been asked to examine the corpses of three dead babies in Montreal. It’s a difficult assignment, complicated further by the fact that her long-time flame Detective Ryan is investigating the infants’ mother, a former (and possibly current) prostitute. When the woman flees to Edmonton, the investigation is joined by Royal Canadian Mounted Police sergeant with whom Tempe had an ill-advised fling over a decade earlier. The dissonant team heads to remotest Yellowknife - mining country - to pursue an ever more sinister trail.

    Linda says: "Temperance Brennan lives up to my expectations"
    "Intriguing story which holds interest to very end."
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    If you could sum up Bones Are Forever in three words, what would they be?

    One of her best.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bones Are Forever?

    There were too many to pick out just one..


    Which character – as performed by Linda Emond – was your favorite?

    Temperance was only one I recognized---speech was clear and imparted emotions that one would expect in specific circumstances.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Diamonds in the Rough


    Any additional comments?

    I love Kathy's books for their attention to detail and the variety of her situations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dust: Kay Scarpetta, Book 21

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (723)
    Performance
    (631)
    Story
    (625)

    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"
    "Starts out good but then downhill rest of way..."
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    What did you like best about Dust? What did you like least?

    Like knowing the characters from other books seem like friends.
    However, the actual progress of story line really slows.


    If you’ve listened to books by Patricia Cornwell before, how does this one compare?

    Hate to say this--"Dust" is one of my least favorites.(Have read ALL her books…)


    Which character – as performed by Kate Reading – was your favorite?

    Marino.


    Do you think Dust needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No…needs new story line.


    Any additional comments?

    Needs to get story line back to basics…"forensics"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Soft Target: Ray Cruz, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Stephen Hunter
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (356)
    Performance
    (309)
    Story
    (306)

    New York Times best-selling author Stephen Hunter is back with another breakneck thriller, in which ex-Marine sniper, Ray Kruz, must outwit a group of murderous Somali terrorists who’ve laid siege to the Mall of America. Recently retired marine sergeant Ray Kruz has been talked into a mall trip by his fiancé, the beautiful Molly Chan. For Ray, Molly represents a way to reconnect with normal life, something his 20 years in the service and five tours in two combat zones have prevented.

    Jean says: "Another Action packed story from Hunter"
    "Holds your attention form first word."
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    Where does Soft Target rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top ten.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Main character--lots of depth


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

    First one.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Mayhem in the mall !


    Any additional comments?

    Fast moving, good portrayal of police action.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Scarlet Ruse: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (71)

    Travis McGee is too busy with his houseboat to pay attention to the little old man with the missing postage stamps. Except these are no ordinary stamps. They are rare stamps. Four hundred thousand dollars worth of rare. And if McGee doesn't recognize their value, perhaps Mary Alice McDermit, a six-foot knockout who knows all the ways to a boat bum's heart, will. Only it's not McGee's heart that's in danger. Because a syndicate killer has put a contract on McGee.

    Fritz says: "This Is Not Great Literature, BUT.........."
    "a little convoluted but ultimately fulfilling end."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I like the small number of people in story...as it is easier to 'keep track of characters" when listening.


    What other book might you compare The Scarlet Ruse to and why?

    i can only compare to authors other books because his writing style is one of my favorites.
    Continues to include some of same characters in other books, like old friends...


    Which character – as performed by Robert Petkoff – was your favorite?

    I do like his performance....but I must admit I still think of main character as performed by Darin Mc Gavin in many past books. Just part of my memories....


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

    Not extreme but sort of shocked at extent of main characters injuries..


    Any additional comments?

    Love the name of his houseboat--"Busted Flush"--won it in a high stakes poker game..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Number 13

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (626)
    Performance
    (539)
    Story
    (540)

    Alexander McCall Smith’s No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series has become a worldwide phenomenon thanks to the appeal of endearing protagonist Precious Ramotswe and the author’s charmingly quirky prose. In this 13th installment, Mma Ramotswe’s attention is focused on a pesky disciplinary problem at her adopted daughter’s school - while Grace Makutsi adjusts to wedded bliss and the famed Clovis Andersen arrives in Botswana looking for more than bush tea.

    Rugbysmom says: "This series + this narrater = great entertainment"
    "Author gets better with every story."
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    What did you love best about The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection?

    Simple approach to complicated situations. I loved the fact that Precious finally got to meet her longtime mentor. He tried to explain that he was not the expert she had admired for all these years. Precious, in her simple approach to her life in Botswana, maintained her faith in his expertise and enlisted his advise in a case.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection?

    When they foiled the plans of wealthy man who conspired to change the whole concept of the Orphan Farm by building a 'communal" Dining room...in doing would have lined his own pockets.


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

    Have listened to many--this one was equally well done.


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

    My main reaction was pure enjoyment with every chapter.


    Any additional comments?

    The main reason these books are so enjoyable, in addition to the great story lines, is that they are read with "English" accent. Just reading the words in a "regular' book, you miss all the nuances built into the story line. The pure simplicity of the lifestyle so well depicted by the author, is brought put by the readers talent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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