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Susan

Dexter, MI, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Fool Moon: The Dresden Files, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7265)
    Performance
    (5337)
    Story
    (5314)

    Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is Chicago's only openly practicing wizard. He is also dead broke. His vast knowledge and magical skills are unfortunately matched by his talent for making powerful enemies and alienating friends. With little more than his integrity left, he accepts an offer of work from Lt. Karin Murphy of Chicago's Special Investigations Unit. He wants to redeem himself in Murphy's eyes and make enough money to quiet his rumbling stomach.

    pterion says: "I'm liking Harry more and more"
    "Yeah, this is what you can do with your vampires!"
    Overall

    Found the Harry Dresden books by accident and have been hooked ever since. Marsters is the perfect narrator, nice and dry. The writing is tight and funny and suspenseful.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil and Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness, and Obsession

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By David Grann
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (27)

    Each of the dozen stories in this collection reveals a hidden and often dangerous world and, like Into Thin Air and The Orchid Thief, pivots around the gravitational pull of obsession and the captivating personalities of those caught in its grip. There is the world's foremost expert on Sherlock Holmes who is found dead in mysterious circumstances, an arson sleuth trying to prove that a man about to be executed is innocent, and more.

    William says: "One good story, but mostly ho hum....."
    "A box of nonfiction candy"
    Overall

    This is one you can dip into whenever you feel like it and enjoy it. Strong narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead End Gene Pool: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Wendy Burden
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    For generations the Burdens were one of the wealthiest families in New York, thanks to the inherited fortune of Cornelius "The Commodore" Vanderbilt. By 1955, the year of Wendy Burden's birth, the Burdens had become a clan of overfunded, quirky and brainy, steadfastly chauvinistic, and ultimately doomed bluebloods on the verge of financial and moral decline---and were rarely seen not holding a drink.

    avid reader says: "Fun romp, terrible narration"
    "Distasteful story, bad narration"
    Overall

    Hard to tell which is worse, this story of entitlement and dysfunction presented as witty or the narrator's inability to pronounce a lot of the proper names the author drops with such a thud.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Caught

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie, Danny Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (895)
    Performance
    (276)
    Story
    (276)

    Seventeen-year-old Haley McWaid is a good girl, the pride of her suburban New Jersey family, captain of the lacrosse team, headed off to college next year with all the hopes and dreams her doting parents can pin on her. Which is why, when her mother wakes one morning to find that Haley never came home the night before, and three months quickly pass without word from the girl, the community assumes the worst.

    Linda says: "It's Coben at his best!!"
    "Keeps you in its spell"
    Overall

    Just when you think you've figured out where Coben is going, he's got another chapter--and another--and another!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nemesis: The Final Case of Eliot Ness

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By William Bernhardt
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    In Chicago, Eliot Ness had created "the Untouchables" - the fabled team of federal agents who were beyond corruption and who finally put Al Capone behind bars. The headline-grabbing Ness has now been moved to Cleveland, where a new mayor desperately needs some positive publicity. The heroic, squeaky-clean Fed is the perfect man to become the city's director of public safety, but by the time Ness starts his new job, a killer has started a career of his own.

    Susan says: "An opportunity missed"
    "An opportunity missed"
    Overall

    Oh, dear, what comes first? A narrator who can't pronounce Cuyahoga or an author who has characters looking for the missing Amelia Earhart a year before the final takeoff or being treated according to Alcoholics Anonymous principles roughly 30 years before AA was formed? This is a good story but the total treatment seems like a movie of the week. The good guys are good, the bad guys are bad, all according to stereotypes--and Eliot Ness is conflicted. Gee! Sorry I spent money on this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No One Heard Her Scream

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jordan Dane
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    They never found her sister's body, but Detective Rebecca Montgomery knows her murderer is still out there. A savage menace stalks the women of San Antonio, and the relentless detective will do anything to find him.

    But her latest case plunges Rebecca from her grief into a brand-new nightmare. She soon meets handsome, mysterious Diego Galvan at the crime scene, and his shadowy connections will lead to her first break in both cases.

    But when Rebecca submits to his considerable powers of seduction, she will leave herself vulnerable to a merciless killer.

    Leila says: "Gripping."
    "Blurb better than book"
    Overall

    The book kept me occupied on a long trip but I found myself wishing it was over. Too little character development, too many sex scenes (some quite perverse).

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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