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Andi

Torrance, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Shut Your Eyes Tight: Dave Gurney, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By John Verdon
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (171)

    When he was the NYPD’s top homicide investigator, Dave Gurney was never comfortable with the label the press gave him: super detective. He was simply a man who, when faced with a puzzle, wanted to know. He was called to the investigative hunt by the presumptuous arrogance of murderers - by their smug belief that they could kill without leaving a trace. There was always a trace, Gurney believed. Except what if, one day, there wasn’t?

    Janels says: "Great read, without gratuitous violence"
    "An excellent read"
    Overall

    The author managed to write an entertaining doozy of a story while still being plausible. Psychological insights were deep and characters fascinating. I didn't want the book to end.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Snow White Must Die

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Nele Neuhaus
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1323)
    Performance
    (1151)
    Story
    (1147)

    On a rainy November day, police detectives Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein are summoned to a mysterious traffic accident: a woman has fallen from a pedestrian bridge onto a car driving underneath. According to a witness, the woman may have been pushed. The investigation leads Pia and Oliver to a small village, and the home of the victim, Rita Cramer. On a September evening eleven years earlier, two seventeen-year-old girls vanished from the village without a trace.

    C. Vincent says: "Great narrator, unbelievable, never-ending story"
    "outstanding"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Snow White Must Die rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Best since "girl with the dragon tattoo".


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Snow White Must Die?

    Entire story was both dramatic and believable -- a combination rarely achieved in mystery novels. Pieces of the puzzle got solved throughout the book which was satisfying while continuing to keep the mystery going. The side stories were so interesting I didn't feel frustrated that there were digressions from the main mystery as I so often do.


    What about Robert Fass’s performance did you like?

    He made the story come alive without being so full of emotion that the listener felt distracted.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The book was riddled with them.


    Any additional comments?

    Although the book was long and completely satisfying in it's ending I didn't want it to stop. I look forward to her next book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shockaholic

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Carrie Fisher
    • Narrated By Carrie Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (136)

    Told with the same intimate style, brutal honesty, and uproarious wisdom that placed Wishful Drinking on the New York Times bestseller list for months, Shockaholic is the juicy account of Carrie Fisher’s life, focusing more on the Star Wars years and dishing about the various Hollywood relationships she’s formed since she was chosen to play Princess Leia at only 19 years old.

    JanBreesmom says: "Carrie Fisher Grows up, Learns About Real Life"
    "Fun and Intelligent read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Shockaholic rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    Way up there. Author is witty and insightful.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shockaholic?

    Pointing out that what's experienced in childhood (in her case celebrity) becomes normal.


    What does Carrie Fisher bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Since the author reads the book herself it feels like she's telling you HER story. Plus, unlike some authors who read their own books, she's an actress so is able to do it well.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When she spoke about her pain and how drugs were used to numb it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Guilt

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By John Lescroart
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (67)

    Mark Dooher is a prosperous San Francisco attorney and a prominent Catholic, the last person anyone would suspect of a brutal crime. But Dooher, a paragon of success and a master of all he touches, is about to be indicted for murder. Charged with savagely killing his own wife, Dooher is fighting for his reputation and his life in a high-profile case that is drawing dozens of lives into its wake.

    Andi says: "an exceptionally good read"
    "an exceptionally good read"
    Overall

    I've always enjoyed Lescroart's books -- but this one is at the top of my list. All the characters are interestingly and insightfuly developed. The author's portrayal of a psychopathic/narcissistic character is especially well written.

    the reader was also outstanding.

    I couldn't stop listening once I started and wished it would keep on going, even though the ending was gratifying.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The 13th Juror: A Dismas Hardy Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By John Lescroart
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (94)

    In The 13th Juror, Dismas Hardy, lawyer/investigator, undertakes the defense of Jennifer Witt, accused of murdering her husband and their eight-year-old son as well as her first husband, who had died nine years earlier from an apparent drug overdose. While preparing his case, Hardy learns that both of Jennifer's husbands had physically abused her. But Jennifer refuses to allow a defense that presumes her guilt. She is not guilty, she claims. Hardy is now driven to seek an alternative truth a jury can believe.

    Jane says: "Another first rate author-reader collaboration"
    "Intelligent and fun read"
    Overall

    The story was highly entertaining. Insightful dialgue showed accurate picture of the abusive relationship. Lescroart also managed to accomplish what few writers can -- a gripping read but still highly plausible.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Plague of Secrets

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By John Lescroart
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (388)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (214)

    The first victim is Dylan Vogler, a charming ex-convict who manages the Bay Beans West coffee shop in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district. When his body is found, inspectors discover that his knapsack is filled with high-grade marijuana. It soon becomes clear that San Francisco's A-list flocked to Bay Beans West not only for their caffeine fix. But how much did Maya Townshend - the beautiful socialite niece of the city's mayor, and the absentee owner of the shop - know about what was going on inside her business?

    Stephen says: "A 'Law and Order' Type Story"
    "great read"
    Overall

    A highly entertaining and intelligent read. The underlying theme regarding the guilt one often feels if one has caused an accident was particularly insightful and could be useful to someone dealing with such issues.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil's Punchbowl

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (578)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (254)

    As a prosecutor in Houston, Penn Cage sent killers to death row. But as mayor of his hometown - Natchez, Mississippi - Penn will face his most dangerous threat. Urged by old friends to try to restore this fading jewel of the Old South, Penn has ridden into office on a tide of support for change. But in its quest for new jobs and fresh money, Natchez has turned to casino gambling, and now five steamboats float on the river beside the old slave market, like props from Gone With the Wind.

    Corinne says: "Not his best but Iles can't be bad"
    "disappointing"
    Overall

    I am a big fan of Greg Iles so was surprised to find myself irritated with the story and the reader. The story alternated between boring and depressing. The reader kept over-pronouncing certain letters and it was distracting (e.g. kept was read kep T).

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Memory

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (572)
    Performance
    (338)
    Story
    (344)

    Catherine "Cat" Ferry is a forensic odontologist, a specialist in bite marks and the clues they provide. But while Cat's colleagues know her as a world-class scientist, she secretly attempts to manage her fragile psyche with alcohol, delving into the minds of rapists and murderers yet never allowing her own frightening past to creep into the foreground.

    Corinne says: "Well-researched, sensitive and a good story"
    "Fascinating and insightful"
    Overall

    The book was a gem. Gripping and intelligent throughout. As a therapist, I especially appreciated the depth of understanding the author has of sexual abuse and the impact on it's victims.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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