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  • Hunting Season: An Anna Pigeon Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Nevada Barr
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When Park Ranger Anna Pigeon answers a call to historic Mt. Locust, once a producing plantation and inn on Mississippi's Natchez Trace Parkway, the last thing she expects to encounter is a naked and very dead man. His body bears what looks like the brutal scars of an S&M ritual gone terribly wrong. When the deceased turned out to be the brother of a candidate for the office of local sheriff, a host of cover-ups, hidden agendas, old allegiances, and buried secrets begins to emerge.

    Amazon Customer says: "Ranger with an attitude"
    "Ranger with an attitude"

    I like the Anna Pigeon/Nevada Barr novels, and I've read and/or listened to many of them. I like the mystery combined with Anna's middle aged woman's angst about life and her complex feelings toward others. It is a good study of humanity.

    A minor nit is the anti-hunting bias which is evident in many books in the series, but this one is a little over the top. Barr characterizes all hunters as cretins, never allowing a single ethical example to enter the story.

    I wouldn't complain about the anti-hunter bias except that such an attitude is atypical of all the Park Rangers I've met, who generally understand the need for hunters and the revenue they provide for wildlife welfare.

    Still, it's a good book with some great characters. It's not the best Anna Pigeon book in the series, but it is worth your time.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Jack Maggs

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Peter Carey
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    With scars on his back and silver in his pocket, the huge figure of Jack Maggs strides across the rich landscape of 19th century London. As this enigmatic man moves through its streets and houses, his single-minded quest to find his son will engender love, deceit, and vengeance in the lives around him.

    Kathleen K. Kirkpatrick says: "Jack Maggs"
    "decent historical context, but very slow pace"

    I listen to a lot of Audible books, and this one has a storyline which moves very slowly: if an editor had chopped away about 40% of this novel, the historical context and good characterization would make it a winner. But. . .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Grave Secrets

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Katherine Borowitz

    Powerful entertainment from the crime fiction superstar who combines riveting authenticity with witty, elegant prose. Best selling author Kathy Reichs "keeps the twists coming, and by the novel's climax, she has skillfully interwoven her many subplots and red herrings into a satisfying puddle of sex, sleaze, greed and gore," says Publishers Weekly.

    Don says: "Good story"
    "Tempe Digs In"

    This my second Tempe Brennan book, and I like them. The female protagonist, complete with her tangled, complex love affairs works well. The use of both French and Spanish, along with the view of contemporary Canada adds a little international spice to the mix.

    The author does a good job of mixing in historical and technical information about forensics and modern biology, which is welcome.

    My one complaint is the anti-NRA diatribe which is stuffed into the early part of the book. I normally allow authors to use their work to promote their political views, but this one is so clumsily done and blatantly obvious that I must object. It feels as if a cut-and-paste from an anti-NRA website was stuffed into the novel, paradoxically right after a scene where the good guys might not have been harmed had they been armed. It just didn't work.

    The book is well worth your time: history, travel, romance, and mystery, all in a generally well-written package.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Capitol Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By William Bernhardt
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye

    William Bernhardt's best-selling novels featuring Oklahoma defense attorney Ben Kincaid capture the bare-knuckles reality of high-stakes criminal defense, as lofty ideals of justice clash with power, corruption, and wealth. In Capitol Murder, Bernhardt's hard-charging hero takes on his most shocking, headline-making case yet.

    Sammy says: "Intrigue and Suspense"
    "Not Bernhardt's best"

    This book was disappointing. The plot is very flimsy, and the characters are more likc caricatures. I had a hard tme finishing it.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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