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Linda

Member Since 2011

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125
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FOLLOWING
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HELPFUL VOTES
16

  • Back of Beyond

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By C. J. Box
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (206)

    Cody Hoyt, while a brilliant cop, is an alcoholic struggling with two months of sobriety when his mentor and AA sponsor Hank Winters is found burned to death in a remote mountain cabin. At first it looks like the suicide of a man who’s fallen off the wagon, but Cody knows Hank better than that....

    Terry says: "Cody Hoyt is GREAT!"
    "Loved it!"
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    Great story. Images of back country were awesome and tremendously reminiscent of great times long past.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Punctured: A Las Vegas Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Rex Kusler
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    When Jim Snow gets a panicked call from his sister, Karen, he knows something is terribly wrong. After all, he hasn’t seen Karen in two years, despite the fact that the siblings live a mere three miles apart. But now Karen’s estranged husband has been murdered, and she is the number-one suspect. After all, she stood to collect on her husband’s life insurance, just as she did for her last two husbands when they died. Luckily, she has a brother who is a Las Vegas homicide detective.… At least, he was before he quit the force to become a full-time poker player.

    Linda says: "Old fashioned detective story"
    "Old fashioned detective story"
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    Old fashioned detective story with surprises and interesting characters. No comic book super heroes, no terrorists or homeland security crisis or spies with almost super powers or "it's good for the country" breaking of law or human rights. Very good read and I plan to follow this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Storyteller

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mozhan Marno, Jennifer Ikeda, Edoardo Ballerini, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3025)
    Performance
    (2637)
    Story
    (2643)

    Jodi Picoult's poignant number one New York Times best-selling novels about family and love tackle hot-button issues head on. In The Storyteller, Sage Singer befriends Josef Weber, a beloved Little League coach and retired teacher. But then Josef asks Sage for a favor she never could have imagined - to kill him. After Josef reveals the heinous act he committed, Sage feels he may deserve that fate. But would his death be murder or justice?

    Suzn F says: "The Baker, The Nun, The Virgin and The Monster"
    "Her Best!"
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    Simply her best novel to date. I recommend it to everyone. My only negative is the number of readers -- it was not always obvious which character was 'speaking'.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Circle

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Dave Eggers
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (853)
    Performance
    (777)
    Story
    (787)

    When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, she feels she's been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users' personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company's modernity and activity.

    Darwin8u says: "A solid, just not great social network dystopia"
    "well......."
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    Good story with lots of relevant, thought-provoking ideas about privacy, internet use, etc. The relationships in the story were somewhat stereotypical and card board cut out. Worth reading and thinking about.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4187)
    Performance
    (2357)
    Story
    (2358)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

    Zachary says: "Matterhorn"
    "Heart wrenching"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Well written but a very difficult listen. If you are interested in a soldier's experience, it is quite good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Highway

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By C.J. Box
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (265)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (233)

    When teenagers Danielle and Gracie Sullivan take a clandestine car trip to visit their friend in Montana, little do they know it's the last time anyone will ever hear from them again. The girls and their car simply vanish. Cody Hoyt, who's just lost his job and has fallen off the wagon after a long stretch of sobriety, is in no condition to investigate. But his son Justin, who the girls were going to visit, and his former partner, Cassie Dewell, convince him to drive south to their last known location. As Cody makes his way to the remote stretch of Montana highway where the girls went missing, Cassie discovers that there have been scores of similar disappearances in the state.

    Lorrie says: "No, No, No!!!!"
    "Slightly different"
    Overall
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    I enjoy C.J. Box for his characters and vivid descriptions of Wyoming and Montana. This book has much less of those qualities. It is a horrifying story, well done, but leaves me with the confirmed feeling that "people are just no damn good."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Truth in Advertising: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By John Kenney
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (201)

    Finbar Dolan is lost and lonely. Except he doesn’t know it. Despite escaping his blue-collar Boston upbringing to carve out a mildly successful career at a Madison Avenue ad agency, he’s a bit of a mess and closing in on 40. He’s recently called off a wedding. Now, a few days before Christmas, he’s forced to cancel a long-postponed vacation in order to write, produce, and edit a Superbowl commercial for his diaper account in record time. Fortunately, it gets worse....

    phil b says: "Great Stuff"
    "I do not recommend"
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    Could not get interested in this, the story and character just put me off and made me feel irritated. Not much insight here, just the feeling it wasn't worth my time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ordinary Grace

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated By Rich Orlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (380)
    Performance
    (346)
    Story
    (344)

    Award-winning author William Kent Krueger has gained an immense fan base for his Cork O’Connor series. In Ordinary Grace, Krueger looks back to 1961 to tell the story of Frank Drum, a boy on the cusp of manhood. A typical 13-year-old with a strong, loving family, Frank is devastated when a tragedy forces him to face the unthinkable - and to take on a maturity beyond his years.

    Ronna says: "best book to come along this year!!"
    "Very enjoyable!"
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    I cannot find the words to express the contemplative quiet this novel invoked in me. As an atheist I usually do not care for themes of faith and especially preaching. This book discusses life's questions against the backdrop of a young man and his family dynamics. However, the story is nicely woven and stands on its own regardless of the deeper thoughts.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Thunder in the Morning Calm: Pacific Rim Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Don Brown
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (101)

    Lieutenant Commander "Gunner" McCormick is assigned as an intelligence officer to Carrier Strike Force 10, being deployed to the Yellow Sea at the invitation of South Korea for joint exercises with the US Navy. During his pre-deployment briefing, he discovers a top-secret memo revealing rumors that the North Koreans may still be holding a handful of elderly Americans from the Korean War in secret prison camps.

    Paul says: "Another wonderful listen"
    "Stereotypes"
    Overall
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    Characters are cartoon stereotypes. Too preachy, almost a good adventure story but lacks depth of reality. Would not recommend, however, there are some political and religious brainwashing attempted if you care for that sort of thing.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • 12th of Never

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    Overall
    (682)
    Performance
    (582)
    Story
    (587)

    Lindsay Boxer's beautiful baby is born! But after only a week at home with her new daughter, Lindsay is forced to return to work to face two of the biggest cases of her career. A rising star football player for the San Francisco 49ers is the prime suspect in a grisly murder. At the same time, Lindsay is confronted with the strangest story she's ever heard: An eccentric English professor has been having vivid nightmares about a violent murder and he's convinced is real.

    Hilary says: "Wow - this is bad! Even for the WMC Series!!!"
    "Just milking the cash cow."
    Overall
    Performance
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    Drop the formula and create something interesting. Less quirky characters, more depth and less stereotype of key characters. Plot that is woven out of ordinary lives, not the ultra fantastic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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