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Amy Detjen

Near Madison, Wisconsin | Member Since 2005

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  • 4 reviews
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  • 136 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2014
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  • The Apprentice: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (586)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (325)

    It is a boiling summer in Boston. Adding to the city's woes is a series of shocking crimes that end in abduction and death. The pattern suggests one man: "The Surgeon," serial killer Warren Hoyt, known for his partial dissection of his victims, and recently thrown behind bars. Police can only assume an acolyte is at large, a maniac basing his attacks on the twisted medical techniques of the madman he so admires.

    Mary S. Murray says: "Good Read"
    "Really graphic!"
    Overall

    I didn't read the first in this series (The Surgeon), and after listening to this, I won't! It was extremely graphic, and I had trouble liking the main character... she was a steriotype of "female hero in a male world" and had no depth. I may read one more from this series to see if I'm judging too harshly, but not the first one. This book had so many references back to the first, that I don't need to read it!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Jolie Blon's Bounce

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (594)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (185)

    Return to James Lee Burke's "timeless, parallel universe" with detective Dave Robicheaux, as he investigates the murders of two women, tries to prove one man's innocence, and faces an enemy unlike any he has ever known. Gothic, dense, brutal, touching, and always compelling, Jolie Blon's Bounce is classic storytelling from a writer who has been dubbed "the Faulkner of crime fiction."

    JD. says: "Sorry I was wrong"
    "Get Prozac First"
    Overall

    This was the single most depressing piece of fiction I can remember being exposed to since sometime in the 70s. It is nothing more than pages and pages (in this case, hours and hours) of senseless beatings and anger and rage.

    This was my first, and last, James Lee Burke novel. Not only were there 30-odd characters to keep track of, almost none of them had any redeeming characteristics whatsoever. That is including our "hero", who routinely beat people. He was completely 2-dimensional and unlikable.

    If you've ever wanted to visis New Orleans, this novel will stop you in your tracks.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Crocodile on the Sandbank: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (2948)
    Performance
    (1717)
    Story
    (1710)

    Amelia Peabody inherited two things from her father: a considerable fortune and an unbendable will. The first allowed her to indulge in her life's passion. Without the second, the mummy's curse would have made corpses of them all.

    Carrie says: "Nice break from the usual-"
    "Don't Skip this Series"
    Overall

    Friends have recommended these books to me for years, and I never got around to reading them. Then I saw that Barbara Rosenblat was reading, and I would listen to "The New York City Phone Book" read by Barbara!

    Being picky, I had to start with the very first one (Crocodile on the Sandbank), and will now continue on through the series. I find Amelia enchanting and the descriptions of Egypt include sites, sounds, and smells, which gives me a strong sense of life there in the 1880s.

    I can't recommend this book highly enough!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (806)
    Performance
    (354)
    Story
    (356)

    The "Big Three" are a trio of inmates locked up in the Minnesota Security Hospital over the years, each a particularly vicious serial killer, each with his own distinct style and propensities. Everybody feels much safer knowing that they're behind bars. Except...there's a new killer on the loose. And his handiwork bears a disturbing resemblance to some of the finer points practiced by the Big Three, details that never even made the papers.

    Charlotte says: "Top drawer entertainment - as usual!"
    "Not my fave"
    Overall

    I've read all of the novels in the Prey series, partly because of the Minneapolis/St. Paul setting. However, this one was too gory for me. Yes, police work can be gory, but he could have spared us the details about entrails and such. Also, I enjoy the interactions between Lucas and his family members, who were off in England during this entire story.

    I didn't notice any anti-gay undercurrent, as another reviewer did. In fact, I remember thinking that the police in this story seemed disinterested in the gay-ness of anyone, but were stumped because the first rape/murder victim was a woman; the second was a man.

    So, I'd recommend the other John Stanford's before this one!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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