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Amy F. Makson

columbia, sc | Member Since 2008

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  • A Stab in the Dark

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By William Roberts
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (23)

    Nine long years have passed since the killer last struck - nine years since eight helpless young women were brutally slaughtered by an icepick-wielding maniac. The trail grew cold and the book was unofficially closed on a serial killer who stopped killing. But now "The Icepick Prowler" has confessed - but only to seven of the killings. Not only does he deny the eighth, he has an airtight alibi. Barbara Ettinger's family had almost come to accept that the young woman was the victim of a random killing.

    Amy F. Makson says: "Another good Scudder story"
    "Another good Scudder story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    THe plot moved along well... and yes, there were times when we "sat in the garage to hear more". There was definitely one time that totally surprised us while listening... ( no spoiler here)...


    Which scene was your favorite?

    ( spoiler) While I liked the whole plot, I thought the scened where Scudder is meeting with the woman who is also an alcohoic, and his dealings with his issue were very well done.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    We listened on a car trip, and never got bored with it. Good plot, love the way William Roberts narrates.


    Any additional comments?

    I like the way, once the ending is revealed, one does not feel cheated. The clues were there for us to pick up as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Monkey's Raincoat: An Elvis Cole Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By Patrick G. Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (601)
    Performance
    (297)
    Story
    (286)

    When Ellen Lang's husband disappears with their son, she hires Elvis Cole to track him down. A quiet and seemingly submissive wife, Ellen can't even write a check without him. All she wants is to get him and her son back - no questions asked.

    John says: "Good book for the first in the series."
    "Murder, with a grin"
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    Any additional comments?

    I purchased this book on one of Audibles' recommended lists... and we listened during a long car trip. This style is very remeniscent to the Robert B Parker Spencer series, interspersing humor and wisecracking with the more serious content. Not overly graphic... but a good plot to keep one wanting to hear more.
    The narration was very good and it made the listening quite smooth and easy to follow the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sixth Man

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2077)
    Performance
    (1184)
    Story
    (1188)

    Edgar Roy - an alleged serial killer held in a secure, fortress-like Federal Supermax facility-is awaiting trial. He faces almost certain conviction. Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are called in by Roy's attorney, Sean's old friend and mentor Ted Bergin, to help work the case. But their investigation is derailed before it begins-en route to their first meeting with Bergin, Sean and Michelle find him murdered. It is now up to them to ask the questions no one seems to want answered....

    Anthony says: "Somebody needs to be fired..."
    "so far, disappointing"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    yes, re-do the book without Orlagh Cassidy. It was a bit odd to have Ron McCary take over book 4 from Scott Brick, but after a few moments one was able to forget who was narrating and get into the plot. But I am only 1/2 hour into this book and having a lot of difficulty getting past Orlagh's awful rendition of Michelle Maxwell. She really does not seem to have any idea of the character. I wish i had read the reviews before purchasing, or I would have gotten a hard copy of the book instead.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Sixth Man?

    Still listening.. if I can get through it. Plot seems to be good, but the narration is my issue.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s performances?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    If I manage to continue listening I will review the plot afterwards

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Time to Murder and Create

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    Small-time stoolie Jake "The Spinner" Jablon made a lot of new enemies when he switched careers from informer to blackmailer. And the more "clients," he figured, the more money - and the more people eager to see him dead. So he's greedy but scared, and he turns to his old acquaintance Matthew Scudder, who used to pay him for information back in Scudder's days as a cop. Scudder's his insurance policy - if anything happens to "The Spinner," Scudder can check up on the people who wanted him dead. No one is too surprised when the pigeon is found floating in the East River....

    Amy F. Makson says: "Enjoying this series"
    "Enjoying this series"
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    What did you love best about Time to Murder and Create?

    Lawrence Block gets you involved in the story line right from the beginning... enough twists to keep it interesting without feeling that the results are not possible or, the reverse, too easy to figure out.


    What does Alan Sklar bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He does a very good job of relating the story... he is not the best at changing the voices but good enough, but keeps the story going well... one is able to forget he is reading it and get immersed.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It keeps you interested, although not on the edge of the seat, but surely, towards the end you want to complete the tale.


    Any additional comments?

    We enjoy listening to audiobooks during a 2.5 hour ride we take frequently, and first chose this series due to the length of the book, but found it very enjoyable and as mentioned, the storyline gets one involved right from the start, and keeps one interested throughout.
    The protagonist is an interesting character, and we are looking forward to hearing more of his stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heat Rises

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Richard Castle
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (603)
    Performance
    (513)
    Story
    (520)

    The bizarre murder of a parish priest at a New York bondage club opens Nikki Heat's most thrilling and dangerous case so far, pitting her against New York's most vicious drug lord, an arrogant CIA contractor, and a shadowy death squad out to gun her down. And that is just the tip of an iceberg that leads to a dark conspiracy reaching all the way to the highest level of the NYPD.

    ShySusan says: "Another good one from Castle."
    "Light listening fun."
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    Would you listen to Heat Rises again? Why?

    Well, there are so many books to listen to, not sure I would re-listen at this time. Perhaps a few years from now I would revisit the series.


    What about Johnny Heller’s performance did you like?

    Excellent reading, no difficulty differentiating the characters. The cadence and tone are quite good, makes one forgets it is a reading, more like a play.


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

    Laughed on occasion at some of the writing.


    Any additional comments?

    We are fans of Castle, and looked for a light book to listen to together on longer car rides. We listen over 2 or 3 trips, so this is perfect... not difficult to get back into when a week or two apart, and interesting story line. Entertaining, is what we were looking for...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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