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Barbara

Rock Hill, SC, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 34 reviews
  • 97 ratings
  • 790 titles in library
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  • Singularity: A Sarah Armstrong Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Kathryn Casey
    • Narrated By Debbie Andreen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    Profiler Sarah Armstrong knows what it's like to be in a sticky situation. As a single mother and one of the few female Rangers in Texas history, she has had to work twice as hard to rank among the best cops in the Lone Star State. But when mega-wealthy businessman Edward Lucas III is found murdered along with his mistress, their bodies posed in grotesque ways, Sara quickly senses that this will be the deadliest case of her career. While others focus the investigation on Lucas's estranged wife, Sarah disagrees.

    Barbara says: "There's promise here"
    "There's promise here"
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    Interesting characters, interesting plot - this series shows some promise. I did find it a little far-fetched, but certainly in the realm of possibility. Will definitely try the next in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Whodunnit?: Murder in Mystery Manor

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Anthony Zuiker
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1538)
    Performance
    (1414)
    Story
    (1409)

    Ten excited guests arrive at the Westlake Estate, expecting a lavish retreat. They are the winners of a sweepstakes to "Live Like a Billionaire for a Week." But what was supposed to be a promising escape soon turns into a horrific nightmare. Within hours of arrival, the guests sit down for an extravagant dinner. When they pull their party poppers as instructed, a loud chorus of bangs resounds, followed by earsplitting screams as the guest seated at the head of the table bursts into flames and slumps to the floor.

    Stacy says: "As Ridiculous and Unimaginative as the TV show."
    "Agatha Christie's Ten Little Indians in disguise"
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    This is horrible - stolen directly from Agatha Christie with modern twists, convoluted and totally bizarre. Don't bother.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By William G. Tapply
    • Narrated By David Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Vietnam War hero and Massachusetts Judge Thomas Larrigan is hand-picked by his friend the president to fill the upcoming vacancy on the Supreme Court. Larrigan seems like the perfect candidate: a family man with an un-controversial judicial record. The president's credibility needs a sure bet. Larrigan will do anything to win the nomination, but he has some old skeletons rattling around in his closet. He calls his old Marine buddy, now a hit man, to sweep the closet clean.

    Barbara says: "I liked this one!"
    "I liked this one!"
    Overall
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    A character study with interesting characters and some shady pasts, all parceled out a little at a time. You soon suspect what has to happen, but getting there is all the fun. Will be looking for more by this author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Money

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By James Grippando
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    What's it like to be Miami criminal defense attorney Jack Swyteck? Simply imagine that your father is Florida's governor, your best friend was once on death row, and your love life could fill an entire chapter in Cupid's Rules of Love and War (Idiot's Edition). Throw in an indictment for murder and a litany of lesser charges that could easily get a lawyer disbarred, and believe it or not, you're only scratching the surface.

    Marie says: "I don't know...."
    "Starts a little slowly..."
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    ...but gets interesting quickly. Jack Zwytek can find more trouble than most other characters combined, and has enough foibles to make him interesting and human. I'll be looking for the next book to come along to see what else can happen. Worth the credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lowcountry Bribe

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By C. Hope Clark
    • Narrated By Karen Commins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Threats, a missing boss, a very dead co-worker, a high-level investigation, and a sinister hog farmer: Lowcountry Ag Department manager Carolina Slade is a bean-counting civil servant in hot water. Carolina Slade is a by-the-book county manager for the Department of Agriculture - a civil servant who coordinates federal loans for farmers in the coastal lowcountry of South Carolina. When one of her clients, a hog farmer named Jessie Rawlings, offers her a bribe, Slade reports Jessie to her superiors. The next thing she knows, she's besieged by Resident Agent-In-Charge Wayne Largo from the Feds' IG Office in Atlanta.

    Barbara says: "This author is a good new find..."
    "This author is a good new find..."
    Overall
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    I enjoyed this one as much for its setting in the low country of South Carolina as for the story and characters, which were both a little different and quirky - just my kind of read. Who would have thought there was a story in a country bumpkin (!), a government mortgage lender and an Inspector General's investigator? Hope to see more of these characters as their relationship develops (or not).

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Blackberry Winter: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Sarah Jio
    • Narrated By Tara Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (145)

    Seattle, 1933: Vera Ray kisses her three-year-old son, Daniel, good night and reluctantly leaves for work. She hates the night shift, but it’s the only way she can earn enough to keep destitution at bay. In the morning - even though it’s the second of May - a heavy snow is falling. Vera rushes to wake Daniel, but his bed is empty. His teddy bear lies outside in the snow. Seattle, present day: On the second of May, reporter Claire Aldridge awakens to another late-season snowstorm. Assigned to cover this "blackberry winter" and its predecessor decades earlier, Claire learns of Daniel’s unsolved abduction and vows to unearth the truth.

    Anne says: "Pretty good story buried under turgid narration"
    "Very interesting concept"
    Overall
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    This was as unique a plot as I've seen in a long time, and I liked the shifts from present to past, but the it would have been much stronger without the ungainly coincidences. Good character development and good sense of the lives of the poor in the 1930s. Worth the time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Duplicity

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Vicki Hinze
    • Narrated By Christy Lynn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Captain Tracy Keener, a military attorney, is the by-name request counsel for Captain Adam Burke, a special ops officer accused of leading his team onto an active bombing range during a war-readiness exercise that leads to the death of his entire team. Burke says he was under direct orders to do what he did. The honchos deny it. But when Keener pushes and learns chemical weapons could have been involved, attempts on her life prove there's more than meets the eye in this case.

    Barbara says: "Bad guys running the army? Really?"
    "Bad guys running the army? Really?"
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    Take your pick here - there are bad guys everywhere you look. But the real culprit is something of a surprise, and the heroine does way too much hand-wringing.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dream of the Broken Horses

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By William Bayer
    • Narrated By Dan Bernard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    One hot summer afternoon a quarter century ago, a wealthy socialite and her young lover, a private school teacher, were gunned down in a cheap hotel room on the outskirts of the Midwestern city of Calista. Now, forensic sketch artist David Weiss has returned to his hometown to cover a routine celebrity murder trial for ABC. For someone who has earned a reputation for cracking high-profile cases with his portraits of suspects based on eyewtiness accounts, chruning out courtroom sketches is merely pedestrian work.

    Barbara says: "A real head-scratcher here"
    "A real head-scratcher here"
    Overall
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    The symbolism of dreams is examined ad nauseum here, and the characters are a little odd, but on the whole, worth finishing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Edge of Black: Sam Owens, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By J. T. Ellison
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (66)

    Dr. Samantha Owens is starting over: new city, new job, new man, new life. She’s trying to put some distance between herself and the devastating loss of her husband and children - but old hurts leave scars. Before she’s even unpacked her office at Georgetown University’s forensic pathology department, she’s called to consult on a case that’s rocked the capital and the country. An unknown pathogen released into the Washington Metro has caused nationwide panic. Three people died - just three. A miracle and a puzzle....

    Barbara says: "A New Mystery Heroine Has Been Born!"
    "A New Mystery Heroine Has Been Born!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    This 2nd book in the series has another imaginative plot and the return of several complex and interesting characters. And Joyce Bean is a great narrator. Waiting for the next one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2417)
    Performance
    (2023)
    Story
    (2044)

    Army Special Agent John Puller is the best there is. A combat veteran, Puller is the man the U.S. Army relies on to investigate the toughest crimes facing the nation. Now he has a new case - but this time, the crime is personal: His aunt has been found dead in Paradise, Florida.

    Cris says: "Better than Other Recent Releases"
    "John Puller is back!"
    Overall
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    I really would like to know why Bobby Puller is spending the rest of his life in Fort Leavenworth - no details in this book either. But John Puller Jr is the next Jack Reacher (the REAL Jack Reacher, not the pitiful substitute currently in the movies). Strong, tough, smart - and learning to live with his father, finally. Let's have more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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