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  • Ricochet

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    Overall
    (393)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (98)

    New York Times best-selling author Sandra Brown is back with a spine-tingling story of murder and betrayal, and a homicide detective's struggle with his own rules of conduct. When Detective Sergeant Duncan Hatcher is summoned to the home of Judge Cato Laird in the middle of the night to investigate a fatal shooting, he knows that discretion and kid-glove treatment are the key to staying in the judge's good graces and keeping his job.

    Joey Rae says: "Disappointing At Best"
    "There's more to Savannah that the bridge"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The first time I listened I was so angry about the poor representation of Savannah that I honestly could not concentrate on the substance. Once I resigned myself to the fact that Ms. Brown knows very little about our beautiful city, I enjoyed the story.


    Has Ricochet turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Genre? Definitely not. Author? Definitely.


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

    Nothing really. His female characters vocalization is painful at time, but his voice is easy to listen to, his diction is better than most and I enjoy listening to him.


    Was Ricochet worth the listening time?

    After the first listen, yes. It is a quite intriguing plot and the characters have more than just superficial personalities.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this book specifically because it is set in Savannah. The only thing she goes into any detail by name about is the Talmadge Bridge. She briefly mentions the old police station, but completely ignores the many squares and historical aspects of the city. No, they don't contribute to the plot, but they make it more believable to those of us who know the city. It would be like writing a novel set in NYC and not mentioning Central Park or the Empire State building.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chase: Fox and O'Hare, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (670)
    Performance
    (584)
    Story
    (587)

    Internationally renowned thief and con artist Nicolas Fox is famous for running elaborate and daring scams. His greatest con of all: convincing the FBI to team him up with the only person who has ever caught him, and the only woman to ever capture his attention, Special Agent Kate O'Hare. Together they'll go undercover to swindle and catch the world's most wanted - and untouchable - criminals. Their newest target is Carter Grove, a former White House chief of staff and the ruthless leader of a private security agency.

    Stacy says: "Love the humor, but kind of the same story"
    "Almost, but not quite"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I have several friends who enjoy this genre. While it's not as good as the first in the series, it is still one of the better books I've listened to recently.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Yuck. Ms. Evanovich has a bad habit of rushing the ending and it's happened again.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Dad on the roof. The man is just not right, how he comes up with the insane story he spins is beyond me, but he plays the all-American car dealer with great zest!


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

    Again,another laugh out loud book. There are parts that will have you shaking your head because it's just so inplausable, but it's fun, entertaining and a good time.


    Any additional comments?

    While. not as engaging as the first in the series, this is still a great listen. Much of the credit has to go to Scott Brick who handles the many personalities in his usual great way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Heist: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1236)
    Performance
    (1097)
    Story
    (1104)

    FBI Special Agent Kate O’Hare is known for her fierce dedication and discipline on the job, chasing down the world’s most wanted criminals and putting them behind bars. Her boss thinks she is tenacious and ambitious; her friends think she is tough, stubborn, and maybe even a bit obsessed. And while Kate has made quite a name for herself for the past five years the only name she’s cared about is Nicolas Fox - an international crook she wants in more ways than one.

    Janels says: "Evanovich, no longer trite--entertaining romp"
    "Pleasant surprise!!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you listen to The Heist again? Why?

    Yes! The plot is so detailed, and convoluted, that it definitely requires a second (and now third) listen.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I was amazed at the twists in the plot. The planning of the different cons required some concentration to understand everything that was going on.


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

    I LOVE Scott Brick! He did a great job with the different characters. The scene with the corpse flower was spot on!


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

    I'm sure people passing me on the road thought I had lost my mind in several places! It is funny, plain ole funny at times.


    Any additional comments?

    I was hesitant to buy this since the last few Plum books have been less than what I expect from Ms. Evanovich. I guess maybe having a co-writer added some new energy to her writing. The plot is NOT at all believable, but it is intriguing and at times laugh out loud funny.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses: Half Moon Hollow, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2233)
    Performance
    (2066)
    Story
    (2059)

    Nola Leary would have been content to stay in Kilcairy, Ireland, healing villagers at her family’s clinic with a mix of magic and modern medicine. But a series of ill-timed omens and a deathbed promise to her grandmother have sent her on a quest to Half-Moon Hollow, Kentucky, to secure her family’s magical potency for the next generation. Her supernatural task? To unearth four artifacts hidden by her grandfather before a rival magical family beats her to it. Complication One: The artifacts are lost somewhere in vampire Jane Jameson’s occult bookshop. Complication Two: Her new neighbor, Jed Trudeau, keeps turning up half-naked at the strangest times....

    Diana Turmenne says: "One of the best spin offs I have read!"
    "A fun, but exhausting, listen"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses?

    It's a fun story. I enjoyed revisiting the characters. It's not brain surgery, but if you want to have fun, this is a good choice IF you are not bothered by horrible attempts at accents.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Amanda Ronconi’s performances?

    Probably not. I was exhausted by listening to her sometimes "Boston" accent. It was bad to start with, and not at all consistent. I have a very hard time listening to books where the performer is trying to do different accents.


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

    I laughed a lot, it was fun.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't honestly endorse this book because of the narration. If you're not bothered by accents then by all means, it is a decent book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood, Ash, and Bone: A Tai Randolph Mystery, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Tina Whittle
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    When Tai Randolph plans on some time out of Atlanta and a romantic rendezvous with her boyfriend Trey, her past shows up in the form of her ex-boyfriend, who spins a tale of a stolen Civil War artifact that Tai agrees to help recover. As it turns out, Trey’s on the case too, representing a wealthy client wanting the same prize. But where there’s money, there’s usually murder - this time involving the KKK and Tai’s kinfolk. As she unravels the clues to a 150-year-old mystery, she digs up secrets that force a confrontation....

    Amazon Customer says: "Thanks, but no thanks."
    "Thanks, but no thanks."
    Overall
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I don't think this book could ever be a 4 or 5. The narration was horrendous, the story was very weak and the entire experience was just exhausting.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Tina Whittle again?

    Probably not.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Renée Raudman?

    If she had left the "accent" at home, she would have been fine. I live near Savannah, very few folks down here sound like that. It was exhausting to listen to her "southern" accent.


    What character would you cut from Blood, Ash, and Bone?

    All of them. They would have been better off going to a Braves game!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Jefferson Key: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1199)
    Performance
    (736)
    Story
    (733)

    Four United States presidents have been assassinated - in 1865, 1881, 1901, and 1963 - each murder seemingly unrelated and separated by time. But what if those presidents were all killed for the same reason: a clause in the United States Constitution - contained within Article 1, Section 8 - that would shock Americans? This question is what faces former Justice Department operative Cotton Malone in his latest adventure. When a bold assassination attempt is made against President Danny Daniels in the heart of Manhattan, Malone risks his life to foil the killing....

    Eric says: "Great listen; great narration, worth the credit"
    "Mystery in America??"
    Overall

    Once again, Steve Berry has hit the nail on the head with a great adventure through American history. As always, Cotton and Cassiopeia (do I sense a romance in the making??) use their wits and wisdom to journey through a maze of clues and situations to save the day.

    I particularly enjoyed this one since I am a big fan of Jefferson and have visited Monticello several times. The descriptions of the architecture are spot on!

    Write quickly, Steve, I'm missing Cotton already!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol Part 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    Overall
    (3707)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    F. Hayek says: "Do yourself a favoe, pick up a good book"
    "Engrossing"
    Overall

    After reading the print version twice and listening to the audio, (aside from needing sleep), I must admit that Mr. Brown has outdone himself. While the action not the breathtaking pace of his 2 best known books, the drama more than compensates for the mad dashes around Europe. This books harkens back to the tension and drama of Digital Fortress more than the intrigue and action of Angels and Demons or DaVinci Code.

    This book will surely provide much conversation and assuredly more than a few TV specials about the mysteries of the Freemasons. It treats the mysteries with the usual respect, and still gives us a taste of the unknown rituals that captivate our imaginations.

    The subtle religous undertones are thought provoking without forcing ideas on the reader. Again, I'm sure there will be more than a little public exchange about this book.

    As always, Paul Michael did a masterful job in interpreting the book. His voicalization are unforced and his voice makes for an easy listen. Definitely a book to engage not only your imagination but also your mind.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Unnatural Exposure

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By C.J. Critt
    Overall
    (566)
    Performance
    (331)
    Story
    (328)

    The body of an elderly woman is found dismembered in a Virginia landfill. Scarpetta initially believes the clues mirror that of a serial killer she's tracked before. But upon further investigation, she discovers puzzling pox-like erruptions on the woman's body that, perhaps, point in another direction.

    Brenda says: "Stilted Narration"
    "Dear Audible....."
    Overall

    Great book, but please get things right in the summaries. His name is Benton Wesley, NOT Wesley Benton.

    Otherwise, another great book, as are all of hers!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • All Fall Down

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Erica Spindler
    • Narrated By Brooke Butterworth
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Men are dying unexpectedly in Charlotte, North Carolina, all victims of bizarre accidents. No one will call these deaths murder. No one except small-town cop Melanie May. She sees the pattern: a serial killer targeting men who have slipped through the fingers of justice. Alone with her awful certainty, Melanie risks her career to convince Connor Parks, a troubled FBI profiler, that she's right. Suddenly Melanie is in the limelight, lauded for uncovering the Dark Angel.

    Kathy says: "Too long"
    "Not so hot"
    Overall

    This book, setting, characters and plot are just too much like the Kay Scarpetta series by Patricia Cornwell. The technical aspects of the recording were good, the reader does a better than adequate job. It just wasn't worth my time, definitely not a book that will end up in my CD library.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Deja Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Filled with disturbingly authentic crime scenes, Deja Dead is a stunningly original thriller. Forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs blends mesmerizing true-to-life details with a haunting plot to create a novel so viscerally real it will take your breath away. It's June in Montreal, and Tempe Brennan, Quebec's director of forensic anthropology, is looking forward to a relaxing weekend. Her plans take an unexpected turn when a meticulously dismembered and stored body turns up in a downtown park.

    Lawrence says: "Suspenseful and Intriguing"
    "Frozen in place"
    Overall

    This is truly one if the most engrossing books I have ever listened to. I was captivated from the very beginning, and when the emotional climax was reached, I found myself crying along with Tempe. This is one of the best series of books I have found!!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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