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Marguerite

Love thought provoking and well written mystery or suspense novels.

Longueuil, QC, Canada | Member Since 2008

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  • Life Sentence

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By David Ellis
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (29)
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    (29)

    Jon Soliday is legal counsel to a powerful politician - also his childhood best friend - who is running for governor. The two have shared political success and undying loyalty. They also share a dark secret from the summer of 1979: a party that resulted in the death of a teenage girl. Soliday was implicated, but through his friend's political connections, escaped legal trouble.

    Stevon says: "my first Ellis"
    "Great talent - wonderfully narrated."
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    This was my first David Ellis novel but it wasn't my last. As soon as I finished this I was gathering up the rest of David's works. His journey as a novelist has been a great one. I didn't love his first two books but he improves so much with age. This one was brilliant ! Dick Hill as always is a great narrator that just adds to the enjoyment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • NOS4A2: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Kate Mulgrew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2701)
    Performance
    (2500)
    Story
    (2505)

    Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

    Christopher Barnes says: "D*mn near flawless"
    "Joe didn't follow is in his father's footsteps."
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    I bought this book even without knowing it was Stephen King's son who was the author. I wish I could say he was even half as good as his dad but I cannot. I thought this book was all over the place. Some things were just too outrageous and not believable. Had trouble following some areas and had to reread (relisten) to be sure I even had it right. I think he might be better suited to straight crime mystery without the "weirdness". Its just too "out there". Wish I could have gotten my money back on this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Death Angel: Alexandra Cooper, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Linda Fairstein
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (113)

    With Death Angel, Fairstein takes listeners into the storied history of New York's Central Park as Assistant DA Alex Cooper and Detective Mike Chapman race to track down a serial killer before yet another young woman is found dead. Is the body found in the Ramble the first victim of a deranged psychopath, or are other missing women in years past whose remains have never been found connected to this savage attack? Is this enormous urban park a sanctuary in the middle of the city - or is it a hunting ground for a killer with a twisted mind?

    J. Sindik says: "Worth the Wait!"
    "Another wonderful submission by Linda Fairstein !"
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    Well researched and filled with relatable details, this is true Fairstein. Her ability to mold the story around the geographic and historical details of her city is pure talent. As always this story was interesting and filled with some twists and turns .... in more ways than just the plot! The narration by Barbara Rosenblat was perfection and I cannot imagine anyone else doing this series for Linda since I have come to know the voices as part of the characters. Well worth the wait !

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kinsey and Me: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Sue Grafton
    • Narrated By Judy Kaye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (60)

    In 1982, Sue Grafton introduced us to Kinsey Millhone. Thirty years later, Kinsey is an established international icon and Sue, a number-one best-selling author. To mark this anniversary year, Sue has given us stories that reveal Kinsey’s origins and Sue’s past. Kinsey and Me has two parts: The nine Kinsey stories (1986-93), each a gem of detection; and the And Me stories, written in the decade after Grafton's mother died. Together, they show just how much of Kinsey is a distillation of her creator’s past.

    Jean says: "How did Grafton create Kinsey?"
    "Not the Kinsey you Expect"
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    Sue Grafton novels are usually good for a laugh and some easy listening (or reading) about girl detective work on a budget. She is not Janet Evanovich funny and doesn't have the talent for character development that Janet has, BUT I do normally enjoy her alphabet series books in between the heavier mystery novels.
    This particular submission has really missed the mark. I think that Sue Grafton thought people would actually be interested in the things here but it is not presented in an interesting fashion and the slow voice of Judy Kaye does not help the problem. She publishes at a pretty slow rate compared to most writers and maybe this was just "busy work" while she works on her next body of work. Next time Sue maybe you should just keep going on the next best thing instead of turning out this trash. Lawrence Block can publish shorts like this because he is VERY funny but you cannot never hope to fill those shoes.
    Not only is this not worth the credit but it is not worthy of your time. Use your credit on a real story that won't put you to sleep.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Refuge

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Chris Knopf
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (90)

    Sam Acquillo is at the end of the line: he's a middle-aged corporate dropout living in a ramshackle cottage in Southampton's North Sea. But then the old lady next door ends up floating dead in her bathtub, and it seems that Sam is the only one who wonders why.

    Daniel says: "A good read (listen)"
    "Great stories - Lighter side of the Law"
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    This is one of the few novels I have read by this author and I will keep going down his list of books until I have read them all. This book only solidifies his standing in my books. He is a great writer. Chris Knopf writes in a very easy manner, not thick language like Dean Koontz but then who can take that heaviness all the time. Chris has a lighter touch and although the subject matter is murder and legal battles, he is somehow able to feel he has lightened your mood. He has a great gift for a balanced novel with humour, intrigue and even a sprinkle of romance thrown in. His books are well worth a credit !

    I also enjoyed Stefan Rudnicki's performance. Listen to the preview. This is a great feature that Audible has added a couple years ago and its great. The novel might be wonderful but if you cannot take one more minute of the narrator's voice then it spoils the whole experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Burden of Proof

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Scott Turow
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (286)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (126)

    Presumed Innocent was the fiction debut of the decade - a magnetic work of suspense that earned Turow acclaim for his unparalleled storytelling gifts. Now, in a brilliant follow-up, Scott Turow stakes his claim as an American master, in a mesmerizing novel of law, family and deceit. Alejandro "Sandy" Stern - the brilliant defense lawyer from Presumed Innocent - comes home to discover that his wife of 30 years has committed suicide, leaving behind a web of mystery, money, and guilt.

    Suzn F says: "The Best Yet"
    "Outstanding Writer!"
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    Scott Turow is an amazing writer. I read approximately 3 novels a week and while I enjoy many authors, there are few that can hold your attention and keep you guessing right to the last page like Scott. He has an amazing talent for plot and characters. This book, along with the others are ones I give people as gifts often because I am excited to turn other people into fans. Nobody should miss this talent. While his books can all stand on their own I suggest you read them in order since I think it will help with the storylines.
    Now if we could just get him to write more - encore, encore !

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Lawyer's Lawyer

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By James Sheehan
    • Narrated By Rick Zieff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (45)

    Jack Tobin, the main character of The Mayor of Lexington Avenue returns in this non-stop novel that combines enthralling plot twists with some of the best coutroom fiction being written today. Tobin, known as the lawyer's lawyer - the guy the best lawyer's say they'd want to represent them in a courtroom battle - undertakes the representation of a serial killer who he believes to be innocent.

    Ted says: "AWFUL! Writer's terrible! Pass this up! UGH!"
    "Wonderful Book"
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    James Sheehan novels are great and this one is no exception. I enjoy his work so much. His attention to detail and great storyline is fabulous. I do suggest that you read his books in order so you can see the development of the characters involved. You could read them on their own but if you plan to read more of his work, start from the beginning.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Random Walk

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    When Guthrie leaves his job, his car, and his apartment behind and starts walking, he has no plan. But day by day, he finds direction, company, and a vision that gets clearer with each passing mile. Lawrence Block is widely known for his best-selling mysteries. Here, in an early work that is now reissued, the Edgar and Shamus Award-winning author offers a provocative fantasy that has changed the lives of many readers.

    Marguerite says: "Another great one by Lawrence Block"
    "Another great one by Lawrence Block"
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    Another great novel by Lawrence Block. Interesting storyline and riddled with humor throughout. A great story teller and great character development.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Two Time

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Chris Knopf
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (54)

    Sam Acquillo, ex-boxer, ex-corporate executive, and accidental hero of The Last Refuge, can't seem to stay out of trouble. All he really wants to do is hammer a few nails into his ramshackle cottage, drink a great deal of vodka, and hang out with his dog, Eddie. But when a car bomb outside a trendy waterfront restaurant kills a prominent financial consultant, injuring Sam and his lawyer friend, he is drawn into the investigation.

    Lee says: "There is a problem with this recording"
    "Great Novelist continues with great work"
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    I discovered Chris Knopf's work by accident as I was browsing through my old standby favorites and decided to give him a try. I was not disappointed and have now been collecting all of his novels. This story "Two Time" had rich characters and a great, clear and interesting story line, plus some humor. Get this one AND look for all his books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Unintended Consequences: A Stone Barrington Novel, Book 26

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Tony Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (168)

    Stone Barrington is no stranger to schemes and deceptions of all stripes - as an attorney for the premier white-shoe law firm Woodman & Weld, he’s seen more than his share. But when he travels to Europe under highly unusual circumstances, Stone finds himself at the center of a mystery that is, even by his standards, most peculiar.

    kfm says: "I love all things Stone ....but"
    "Another great Barrington - just a little too short"
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    I love Stuart Woods and amazed at the pace he is able to write. All the Barrington novels, plus the other novels in between. He is a great writer and this is no exception. My only issue would be this seemed to be over not long after it began. Still worth that credit !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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