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Barbara

San Diego, CA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Standing in Another Man's Grave

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Ian Rankin
    • Narrated By James Macpherson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (256)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (213)

    For the last decade, Nina Hazlitt has been ready to hear the worst about her daughter's disappearance. But with no sightings, no body, and no suspect, the police investigation ground to a halt long ago, and Nina's pleas to the cold case department have led her nowhere. Until she meets the newest member of the team: former Detective John Rebus. Rebus has never shied away from lost causes - one of the many ways he managed to antagonize his bosses when he was on the force. Now he's back as a retired civilian, reviewing abandoned files.

    susan says: "Rebus is back!"
    "Not on the edge of my seat"
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    I must have missed something along the way because I could not get caught up in this story. Yes, the Scottish accent was a challenge, especially at first, but once I got used to it I still could not care about what happened next in the story. This was my first Ian Rankin book and, because of the positive reviews, I expected a lot more in the way of plot, characters and use of language. I'm afraid I've been spoiled by Adrian McKinty's books, every single one of which I've listened to (except the YA ones), and Rankin just doesn't compare.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Final Silence

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stuart Neville
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (56)

    Rea Carlisle has inherited a house from an uncle she never knew. It doesn't take her long to clear out the dead man's remaining possessions, but one room remains stubbornly locked. When Rea finally forces it open, she discovers inside a chair, a table - and a leather-bound book, its pages filled with locks of hair, fingernails: a catalogue of victims. Horrified, Rea wants to go straight to the police but her family intervenes, fearing that scandal will mar her politician father's public image.

    Karen says: "Outstanding all around - story, author, narrator"
    "My last Neville"
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    I thought I would enjoy listening to anything narrated by Gerard Doyle, but this book has convinced me that I was wrong. This is the second Neville book I've "read" and it will be the last as I find his plot lines predictable and the language unremarkable. I adore Irish noir (I realize now how spoiled I am by Adrian McKinty's work) but am off to find other authors whose writing adheres to Elmore Leonard's most important rule, "If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it."

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Cold Dish: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3623)
    Performance
    (2731)
    Story
    (2731)

    Award-winning author Craig Johnson's critically acclaimed debut Western mystery takes listeners to the breathtaking mountains of Wyoming for a tale of cold-blooded vengeance. Four high-school boys were given suspended sentences for raping a Cheyenne girl. Now, two of the boys have been killed, and only Sheriff Walt Longmire can keep the other two safe.

    Dataman says: "Not Your Ordinary Western Novel (Series)"
    "A snooze"
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    Sorry, but I couldn't wait for this book to be over. Unlike so many other mysteries/thrillers I've listened to, this just did not hold my attention. The "romance" between Walt and Vonnie was not credible and the dialogue between the two of them inauthentic. Except for thoroughly enjoying Walt's sense of humor and his banter with the other characters, I thought the book needed a major boost in terms of plot line and using something other than stereotypes for characters (the accomplished best friend with a humble persona and self-deprecating sense of humor, the snarky and highly capable female deputy with a stale marriage and a crush on Walt, the cranky secretary who barks back at the boss, the woman who runs the local cafe and keeps the world right with her cooking, and an assortment of oddball town residents who either drive the Sheriff crazy or engender his deep affection despite their lunacy). I firmly believe the mystery genre can be well written and look for that in the books I choose; unfortunately this one was not a shining example.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • No Mercy: A Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Lori Armstrong
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    Mercy Gunderson is a straight shooter with a hard edge. On medical leave from the Army, she returns home to South Dakota, which isn't much safer for her than Iraq. Arriving just after the death of her father, it is up to Mercy to decide what to do with the family ranch. Trying to deal with her irresponsible sister and nephew, while silently coping with her own guilt, Mercy is suddenly pulled into the local community when the body of a Native American boy is found on her land.

    Jean says: "No Mercy"
    "Wish I hadn't....."
    Overall

    I don't remember what genre this book was listed in, but it should be under romance because the majority of the writing is about the love interests. Very little attention was given to developing a good mystery. The characters were one dimensional and predictable, the plot line not at all suspenseful. I could not wait for it to end and considered abandoning it numerous times. The narrator tried to make it into a good listen, but was saddled with some pitiful prose. Don't download this unless you're looking for a stereotypical story about a fiercely independent woman who returns to her childhood home after many years away and falls for the sheriff who is as stubborn as she is.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Darling Jim: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Christian Moerk
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye, Justine Eyre
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (70)

    When two sisters and their aunt are found dead in their suburban Dublin home, it seems that the secret behind their untimely demise will never be known. But then Niall, a young mailman, finds a mysterious diary in the post office's dead-letter bin. From beyond the grave, Fiona Walsh shares the most tragic love story he's ever heard---and her tale has only just begun.

    Book Worm says: "Great Story"
    "Better to listen than to read"
    Overall

    The narrators of this book take the story and make it better than it would have been if I had read it on paper myself. Their skilled narration and "spot on" Irish accents kept me immersed in the plot, setting and characters as if I were really there. The story within a story within a story is well crafted with mystery, tragedy and humor that made me watch the time elapse on my iPod with regret. I found the language vibrant and worthy of close attention, no matter which timeframe we were in: medieval or modern. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because I felt the motives of two important characters, as revealed at the end, were not as compelling, or fully fleshed out, as they should have been. This will be one of my favorite listens for a long time -- until Christian Moerk publishes again, I'm sure!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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