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Anne

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  • A Grave Talent: A Kate Martinelli Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (93)

    As rookie cop Kate Martinelli hunts for a sadist who is strangling six-year-old girls, something about the trail makes her think that she may be falling into a trap.

    Emma says: "Dark, Spellbinding, and Exceptional"
    "If only the storm scene didn't take two hours...."
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    I thought that this novel was good. I didn't care for King in print, however, I thought that the book flowed rather well in audio. The difficulty was actually having the narrator get to the end of a sentence. Admittedly, she is probably better than I will ever be at narrating a book, however, I am not paid to do so.

    The book: I found the characters interesting if not entirely believable. They seemed to keep their internal/book truth, so that works for me. I thought that the plot was interesting. A bit stretching my credulity in human nature, but that's what books are for.

    But the narrator...Her voice was VERY pleasant. Almost like the voice of the air hostess on the flight to Chicago. So even, so slow, so deliberate in it's pacing and emphasis that there were points where listening became a painful exercise, a great desire to move beyond what was NOT happening and get to anything else.

    I suspect many people do like this narrator, and other readers may do so. Again, the voice was very soothing and pleasant. and so slow. and so deliberate.

    OK.

    Do I recommend this title? Yes. Give it a whirl. I will probably try at least one more to see if I can get beyond the narrator.

    At least it wasn't as bad as Innocents Abroad (worst narrator ever)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1948)
    Performance
    (941)
    Story
    (939)

    The New York Museum of Natural History receives their pilfered gem collection back, ground down to dust. Diogenes, the psychotic killer who stole them in Dance of Death, is throwing down the gauntlet to both the city and to his brother, FBI Agent Pendergast, who is currently incarcerated in a maximum security prison.

    V.A. says: "Not bad"
    "I like this series"
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    I have avoided this book and its predecessor because I generally avoid "man wrongly accused" However, this book was really fun. It had the return of a number of fun characters from earlier books (always a pleasure) and there was resolution.

    These books are somewhat formulaic. I don't actually mind this. there is enough fun to keep me interested. I enjoy the development of characters from book to book. I enjoy the bizarre internal logic that the authors keep.

    Some of the later books in this series have parts that move grindingly slow. I didn't find that in this one at all. There was no point where I just wanted to cry because I couldn't flip through the pages and ignore the boring stuff.

    I highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stoneheart: The Stoneheart Trilogy, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Charlie Fletcher
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (398)
    Performance
    (337)
    Story
    (335)

    A city has many lives and layers. London has more than most. A 12-year-old boy named George Chapman is about to find this out the hard way. On a school trip he's punished for something he didn't do. In a tiny act of rebellion, he lashes out at a small carving on the wall - unexpectedly breaking it off. And then something horrible does happen: a stone pterodactyl unpeels form the wall and starts chasing him. George is already running before his mind starts trying to tell him that this is impossible!

    MJ Dulmage says: "Fantastic Story, Great Narrator!"
    "I liked this book"
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    So I've started buying books because Jim Dale narrates them. I think that he is genius. He is easy to listen to and once I have heard the story very easy to fall asleep to.

    I am a grown up and this is a book for adolescents. So, fair enough it doesn't totally speak to me. BUT overall, I like it.

    I liked that the characters were nice kids who try to do the right thing but don't always. I like that the situations were fairly realistic within a fantasy realm. I also liked that it was true to it's own world (in other words, don't tell me people can fly and then later the villain can't fly.)

    I liked this so much that I am purchasing book 2. What I do hope to see more of is some more character development. There is some, but there could be more. Don't tell me, let me see it unfold. The book just also seemed to move from one action sequence to another and we're dribbled out back story and not most of it. I understand that there should be some suspense but that should come from the story, not because we don't know the characters.

    I would recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Code Zero: Joe Ledger, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1146)
    Performance
    (1080)
    Story
    (1070)

    For years the Department of Military Sciences has fought to stop terrorists from using radical bioweapons - designer plagues, weaponized pathogens, genetically modified viruses, and even the zombie plague that first brought Ledger into the DMS. These terrible weapons have been locked away in the world’s most secure facility. Until now. Joe Ledger and Echo Team are scrambled when a highly elite team of killers breaks the unbreakable security and steals the world’s most dangerous weapons.

    Melinda says: "Back Off! Or I'll Bite"
    "I just like Joe"
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    It's true. This is not my genre. I like a straight up mystery. Not this weird terrorist stuff. Having said that I enjoy the many faces of Joe Ledger. I want to know him. He's got to be fun at a party. And a great guy to have around in a fight.

    The plots are straightforward and keep my interest. The pacing is good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Just One Evil Act: A Lynley Novel, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Elizabeth George
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (360)
    Performance
    (313)
    Story
    (312)

    Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers is at a loss: The daughter of her friend Taymullah Azhar has been taken by her mother, and Barbara can't really help - Azhar had never married Angelina, and his name isn't on Hadiyyah's, their daughter's, birth certificate. He has no legal claim. Azhar and Barbara hire a private detective, but the trail goes cold. Azhar is just beginning to accept his soul-crushing loss when Angelina reappears with shocking news: Hadiyyah is missing, kidnapped from an Italian marketplace.

    Ruth Nielsen says: "Not a Fan Anymore!"
    "it pains me to say this"
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    How many books were in here? How stupid is Barbara Havers? If you can't stand characters behaving so stupidly that you can't believe they can find their own feet in the morning this book is not for you.

    I have read all of the previous Lynley novels. Loved most and liked all.

    This one is not for me. If you have little patience for gross stupidity (yes, I know I've already said it but it can't be said enough) then this book isn't for you either. If you like people who screw up and do stupid things - hey, give it a whirl.

    I cannot believe that I wasted so many hours of my life on this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unspoken

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Dee Henderson
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (139)

    Charlotte Graham is at the center of the most famous kidnapping in Chicago history. The FBI and local cops found her two abductors, killed them, and rescued her, but it took four long years. The fact that she was found just three miles from her home, had been there the entire time, haunts them. She’s since changed her identity, found a profession she loves, and rebuilt her life. She’s never said a word — to the cops, to her doctors, to her family — about those four years.

    Susan Fryman says: "Unspoken"
    "There is no mystery"
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    There is no mystery. Well, yes, there is; why did this book show up in the mystery and thriller list?

    I have rarely read/listened to a book that was so sexist (after all, women can't do anything for themselves) and over-the-top LOVE GOD PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE.!

    If you want a looooong drawn out melodrama with limited drama and character development, humor, and plot, this is the book for you!

    The author even threw in a bunch of details that has nothing to do with the book at all.

    Hurray. It's done. Yes, I listened to the entire thing sure that there would be a mystery or thriller, but no.

    1 of 5 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
    (1303)
    Performance
    (1135)
    Story
    (1130)

    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"
    "Nicely done"
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    This novel was overall enjoyable. The characters were nicely drawn, the plot, basically holds together to its own internal logic. There were a few flaws and weirdly misplaced clues, but overall, nice.

    My only criticism of this novel is that it dragged a bit in some places. One of the drawbacks to audiobooks.

    I recommend it. Not for the reader who wants something quick and light. It's a bit more intense.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fallen Women

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Sandra Dallas
    • Narrated By Barbara Caruso
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    It is the spring of 1885, and wealthy New York socialite Beret Osmundsen has been estranged from her younger sister, Lillie, for a year. Then she gets word from her aunt and uncle that Lillie has died suddenly in Denver. What they do not tell her is that Lillie had become a prostitute and was brutally murdered in the brothel where she had been living. Detective Mick McCauley may not want her involved in the case, but Beret is determined.

    CAROLYN says: "Sandra Dallas is always a"Good read""
    "Perhaps women shouldn't vote"
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    This book perhaps had a decent story in it somewhere. It started out promisingly. The female lead seemed like a strong character and like she had a good sense of herself and what she wanted to know and do.

    Then the story continued. She is probably one of the weakest female leads ever. Her actions have no logic from one chapter to the next. Is she strong? Is she weak? Is she just a girl who needs help from a man.

    Supposedly a wealthy powerful woman, she certainly does some very stupid and unfeminist things.

    The basic plot is decent. No real surprises as we move through the plot.

    If you don't mind an unevenly drawn group of characters and flawed plot, this book is for you!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night of the Living Deed

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By E.J. Copperman
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (463)
    Performance
    (431)
    Story
    (430)

    Newly divorced Alison Kerby wants a second chance for herself and her nine-year-old daughter. She's returned to her hometown on the Jersey Shore to transform a Victorian fixer-upper into a charming-and profitable guest house. One small problem: the house is haunted, and the two ghosts insist Alison must find out who killed them.

    Zeny says: "So Happy I Found E.J. Copperman"
    "Nice book, won't be continuing the series"
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    This was a cute little novel. There was a fun mystery. The characters were "wacky" and "way out". There were ghosts.

    This is probably a great read for many mystery fans. It's light. Which is actually what I really enjoyed about it. I don't require serious reading and deep and meaningful themes in my murder. However, the kid was way too annoying. Please. Either our heroine is the worst mom ever (with the worst relationship with her own mom) or the kid is, well, annoying (to repeat myself.) I don't want to spoil anyone's fun, but trust me, children who act like that one (and who are encouraged to act that way by all the adults around them EXCEPT the mother) have issues. And why does the mother allow these people to hang around? Oh, wait, she can't help it.

    Perhaps if the heroine had taken a bit more control of her life instead of always being "forced" into the actions of others. I could have thought of 15 ways to not have gotten into some of the stupid situations that she faced. Sure, Monday morning quarter-backing, but hey, I didn't write it (and yes, it is certainly better than anything I could produce-it's cute).

    But I wanted more. Or perhaps better. Better character development. A plot line that really made sense with regard to motivation.

    I actually, despite the problems, do recommend this book. It is an easy "read" and a bit of fun. I just don't think that I can continue with the series.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Widow File: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By S. G. Redling
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (34)

    From S. G. Redling, the author of the bestselling Flowertown, Dani a data analyst with an elite security firm, possesses the unnerving ability to read people by the trash they leave behind. Receipts, parking tickets, the detritus of daily life — if you leave it behind, she will figure you out. Her latest case involves high-tech industrial espionage at a corporation with ties to the military. But when a team of assassins sweeps through the firm, stealing all files and killing her coworkers, Dani narrowly escapes.

    Anne says: "An unexpected pleasure"
    "An unexpected pleasure"
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    I was not sure what to expect from this novel. I often grow impatient with "getting to the story." The beginning held a lot of good exposition that was helpful later.

    This is not high art. However, it was fun. I really liked that, [SPOILER ALERT?] "man wrongly accused" is threatened early on in the book that the author does not take us down that well-worn path of laziness.

    I found that the book had a good pace, decent character development, and the ending did not leave me unhappy in the least. It was a conclusion, a reasonable one with regard to the "inherent truth" of the story.

    I recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Venus Fix

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By M. J. Rose
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross, Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    As one of New York's top sex therapists, Dr. Morgan Snow sees everything from the abused to the depraved. From high-profile clients with twisted obsessions to courageous survivors, the Butterfield Institute is the sanctuary to heal battered souls.

    Anne says: "Mystery or Thriller? No"
    "Mystery or Thriller? No"
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    This sounded like an exciting book. A good serial killer. An exciting read.

    Basically what I got was an attempt at socially acceptable erotica, an attempt at a meaningful relationship (mother/daughter, lovers, exes), and faux mystery/thriller.

    Our top cop is perfect. He is sensitive, strong, smart, rich, handsome, understanding (mostly) and perfect perfect perfect. Our heroine is tortured in her relationship with her daughter (who of course is a Broadway star with constant Hollywood offer - excellent ones that she's not allowed to take and not even allowed to discuss with her parents.)

    Frankly, I am shocked that a trained therapist would so disregard anyone's feelings that there wouldn't at least be discuss with regard to such excellent opportunities for a move forward in a profession so obviously desired by the child.

    These people, their problems are cliché.

    The serial killings merely a backdrop attempt at some erotica (vanilla) followed by death.

    Not my thing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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