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EAGLE RIVER, AK, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Bone House

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Brian Freeman
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (346)
    Performance
    (281)
    Story
    (283)

    Hilary and Mark Bradley are trapped in a web of suspicion. Last year, accusations of a torrid affair with a student cost Mark his teaching job and made the young couple into outcasts in their remote island town off the Lake Michigan coast. Now another teenage girl is found dead on a deserted beach... and once again, Mark faces a hostile town convinced of his guilt. Hilary Bradley is determined to prove that Mark is innocent, but she’s on a lonely, dangerous quest.

    Squeak says: "A Very Suspenseful Murder Mystery!"
    "Mysteries within a Mystery"
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    As this story unfolds, incidents and attitudes from the past are intertwined with the current investigation of the murder of a troubled teenage girl. It proceeds in an isolated, opinionated community with a sheriff that is sure that he knows the truth about all the local dirt.

    A teacher is assumed to be guilty and is treated accordingly. His wife is sure he is innocent and pursues leads to exonerate him. An out of state detective does his own investigation and uncovers local biases. Independently the wife and the detective manage to sort out the truths. There are several story strands and twists that lead to the conclusion. Some are predictable and several are not.

    This is a well written and engaging book. It seems low key, but the many subplots pulled me in and kept me guessing.

    Joe Barrett is an excellent narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Gingerbread House

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Carin Gerhardsen
    • Narrated By Candida Gubbins
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    Ingrid Olsson returns home from a Stockholm hospital to discover a man in her kitchen. She's never seen the intruder before. But he's no threat - he's dead. Criminal Investigator Conny Sjoberg takes the call, abandoning his wife Asa and their five children for the night. His team identify the body as that of a middle-aged family man. But why was he there? And who bludgeoned him to death? Lacking suspect and motive, Sjoberg's team struggle until they link the case to another - apparently random - killing. And discover they face a serial killer on a terrible vendetta....

    L. O. Pardue says: "Not my cup of tea"
    "Couldn't stop listening!"
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    No spoilers here!
    This book is every bit a Scandinavian murder mystery with multiple story threads. The main plot has roots far in the past, murders in the present, and a rush to prevent future killings. However, there is not one gruff loner detective doing things regardless of the consequences. The team works together, divides the responsibilities, and we get a glimpse of them off work. Early in the book I was drawn in to the background, realization that the murders are work of a serial killer, and the rush to stop the carnage. I will definitely follow this author in the future.

    I didn't sync with the narrator immediately, but it only took a short time to get into her rhythm and enjoy "someone reading to me."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Last Wool and Testament: A Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Molly MacRae
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (142)

    Thank Goodness It's Fiber: That's the name of the spunky group of fiber and needlework artists founded by Ivy McClellan, Kath's beloved grandmother. Though Ivy has recently passed on, the members still meet regularly at her fiber and fabric shop, The Weaver's Cat, which Kath has now inherited. But that's only the first in a series of surprises when Kath returns to the small town of Blue Plum, Tennessee, to settle her grandmother's affairs

    Beatrice says: "Good start to a good mystery"
    "Cozy listen"
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    This is a decent start to a series, but the author's attempt to have unresolved story lines to pick up in later books left me with a a sense of it being unfinished. The conflicts include deaths/murders, thefts, the shop/inheritance, cats, and a ghost. Law enforcement is strange and small town busybodies pop up continuously. Finally, I find it a stretch that an 80 year old woman could run a shop, teach fiber art lessons plus design and weave tapestries in her off time at home.

    The narration enhances this listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Boy Who Stole from the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Orest Stelmach
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Bobby Kungenook, a mysterious 17-year-old hockey phenom from the Arctic Circle, is accused of murder in New York City. Bobby’s guardian, Nadia Tesla, knows his true identity. If his secret gets out, it could cost him his life. Sports journalist Lauren Ross is in hot pursuit of Bobby’s story. Where did the boy with the blazing speed and magical hands come from? Why has no one heard of him before? Nadia’s certain the boy is innocent, but the police have a signed confession and an eyewitness.

    adrienne says: "Nadia and Bobby pursued again!"
    "Nadia and Bobby pursued again!"
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    This story is growing on me. The original plot is given more depth here and old plus new conflicts keep the mysteries moving.

    The first book seemed to end with many conflicts calmed, if not concluded. This book picked up the conflicts surrounding the locket and the intrusive reporter, plus adds a murder that lands Bobby in jail. Of course all are connected to the main story thread from the first book. Nadia, once again, is chased through Ukraine, and the Chernobyl exclusion zone, Much is resolved or at least calmed as in the first book, but this time there is a cliffhanger ending. I am looking forward to listening to the next installment!

    Again, Tanya Eby does a wonderful job of narrating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Boy from Reactor 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Orest Stelmach
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (47)

    When Nadia Tesla inquires into her enigmatic father’s past, a stranger propels her on a treasure hunt from New York to her father’s homeland in Eastern Europe. The knowledge she acquires could change the fate of the free world and earn her riches beyond her dreams. To cash in, she forms an alliance with an unlikely accomplice - a mysterious boy from the cooling ponds of Chernobyl. Together, these lost souls must survive the trip home through the world’s most treacherous terrain, pursued by resourceful men who will stop at nothing to steal the treasure.

    Bob says: "Excellent-Interesting"
    "NY, Ukraine, Chernobyl, and Diomede Islands!"
    Overall
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    This has interesting international settings and an unusual storyline. Some is farfetched and some quite believable. There is much information about those living in the shadow of the nuclear disaster; supported by many authors and documentaries. The chase through the exclusion zone, Siberia, Bering Strait, Diomede Islands, Alaska and on to NY is plausible. The story of Adam/Bobby is sad and triumphant due to the persistence of his cousin in the US.

    This storyline didn't settle in my mind until I listened to the second book in the series. It's probably my shortcoming as the book can stand alone. However the story is ongoing and I encourage you to continue the series.

    Tanya Eby is an excellent narrator, as always.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Prior Bad Acts

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Tami Hoag
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (578)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (117)

    It was a crime so brutal, it changed the lives of even the most hardened homicide cops. The Haas family murders left a scar on the community nothing can erase, but everyone agrees that convicting the killer, Karl Dahl, is a start. Only Judge Carey Moore seems to be standing in the way. Her ruling that Dahl's prior criminal record is inadmissible raises a public outcry, and puts the judge in grave danger.

    mary says: "maybe a 3 1/2"
    "Kovac and Liska plus murders and kidnap!"
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    I was well into this listen when I suddenly realized that I "know" Kovac and Liska. This book has gruff Kovac in the thick of things and, in spite of his prior opinions, gets personally involved with one of the victims. Liska tries to keep him grounded and investigates other leads. There are several gruesome murders and even more possible perps. Sorting out who is guilty of what while trying to protect the victims keeps the story moving. I will definitely look for more Kovac and Liska books.

    Holter Graham is one of the better narrators; something I take into consideration before buying an audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Purgatory Ridge: A Cork O'Connor Mystery, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (203)

    William Kent Krueger is the award-winning author of the popular Cork O’Connor mysteries. In Purgatory Ridge, Krueger crafts a riveting tale which has ex-sheriff O’Connor on the case after a heated town debate turns deadly. The local Anishinaabe Indian tribe is furious to discover that Karl Lindstrom’s lumber mill is after a grove of trees sacred to tribal lore. So when the mill gets bombed, killing a man, the tribe is blamed. But O’Connor has a different theory.

    Kitty says: "If you like Longmire..."
    "Multiple agendas and conspirators weave tale!"
    Overall
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    With ecowarriors and the lumber mill, murder and kidnap, blackmail threats, plus family and local tensions Cork has his plate full. He is the consultant and extra muscle for the current sheriff, but he still has no official status. The crimes are solved and the hostages recovered safely, but several of the local tensions remain and will undoubtedly erupt in other episodes. This kept my attention throughout. The scenarios and human responses are believable.

    The narrator has become the talented voice for this series.

    I will move on to the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Running Blind: Jack Reacher, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Jonathan McClain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1396)
    Performance
    (1241)
    Story
    (1233)

    Across the country women are being murdered by a killer who leaves no evidence, no fatal wounds, no signs of struggle, and no clues to a motive. They are, truly, perfect crimes. In fact, the only thing that links the victims is the man they all knew: Jack Reacher.

    Debbie says: "Not My Favorite Reacher..."
    "FBI profiler has whole agency against Reacher."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Read the publisher's summary; I try to avoid giving spoilers.

    The set up for this adventure has Reacher in an impossible situation. However, as usual, he manages to evade the accusers and solve the mystery. He is on a tight leash throughout, but there are a few bone crushing scenes. There are also subplots related to Reacher's personal life and an attempt to help someone that backfires and is used as evidence and blackmail against him.

    I am not fond of the narration for this book. The characters are consistent and somewhat individualized. However two in particular are so overly rude, mean and abrupt that I wouldn't have continued the listen if not a Reacher fan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hell Hole: A John Ceepak Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Chris Grabenstein
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (726)
    Performance
    (426)
    Story
    (422)

    Hell Hole is the fourth book in the mystery series featuring hardened former military PD and current Sea Haven, New Jersey, police officer John Ceepak and his partner, wise-cracking Danny Boyle.

    In Hell Hole, Ceepak is confronted with his most personal case yet when he must investigate the alleged suicide of a military corporal who recently returned from Iraq. It turns out that this "locked stall" rest-stop suicide is anything but an open-and-shut case.

    Susan says: "Another Terrific Ceepak Mystery"
    "Murder/suicide, drugs, politics, Ceepak and Boyle!"
    Overall
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    This episode involves Ceepak and Boyle, but the murder/suicide is not in Sea Haven jurisdiction. However, Ceepak finds a way to follow the clues and uncover the truth behind the death. Several of the circumstances are more disturbing than in earlier books, but Ceepak and Boyle are still fun to accompany on their sleuthing.

    As always, Jeff Woodman has the characters perfect!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Whack-a-Mole

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Chris Grabenstein
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (779)
    Performance
    (368)
    Story
    (360)

    John Ceepak and Danny Boyle return with the hunt for a long-dormant serial killer who might be ready to strike again. An innocent discovery on the beach in Sea Haven pits Ceepak against a killer with a code just as rigid as his own. When the killer targets his next victim, the consequences becomes dire for Ceepak and Boyle. This is a game they must win.

    Bernadette says: "Series gets better and better"
    "Another "fun" murder mystery for Ceepak and Boyle."
    Overall
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    The variation in this episode is that Ceepak and Boyle are on the trail of a serial murderer. The undisguised clues are spread over the beach and in local shops. The locals don't want anything to disturb the tourists, but Ceepak's code makes him proceed with the investigation.

    Again, Jeff Woodman does an excellent narration.

    Somehow Grabenstein and Woodman make the gruesome topic of murder into a fun listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mad Mouse

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Chris Grabenstein
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (766)
    Performance
    (378)
    Story
    (373)

    Young Danny Boyle, the part-time summer cop "down the shore" in Sea Haven, New Jersey, gets taken on a wild ride when he and his longtime beach buddies become the unwitting targets of a madman's twisted scheme for revenge. Fortunately, John Ceepak, the cop with a soldier's unshakable code of honor, stays at Danny's side to help him negotiate the quick twists and turns that threaten to destroy his life, his friends, and everything about the world he loves.

    John says: "Whack a Mole"
    "Ceepak and Boyle plus boardwalk and murder!"
    Overall
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    This series is growing on me. The quirky main characters are surrounded by many eccentric residents and even more bizarre summer visitors. As usual, there is murder at the seaside and the mayor and his cronies do everything they can to keep Boyle and Ceepak from investigating and damaging the town's tourist season.

    Jeff Woodman does an excellent job of portraying stoic Ceepak and sarcastic Boyle. He also distinguishes between others in the story.

    I am moving on in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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