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Brenda

I am a retired Court Reporter and I LOVE books. All kinds of books but my favorites are mysteries and period books. I like civil war books and some biographies.

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  • Murder in Brentwood

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Mark Fuhrman
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (50)

    For O.J. Simpson to get away with murder, an innocent cop, a brilliant detective, had to be destroyed. That was the cynical strategy of the Simpson defense. But as certainty about Simpson's guilt grew, so did the outrage about the scapegoating of Mark Fuhrman. Now the former LAPD detective tells his side of the story in a damning expose.

    Grandspud says: "Concise Presentation of the Overwhelming Evidence"
    "Murder in Brentwood"
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    I have always been sure O.J. was guilty and that Furman received a raw deal and now I'm positive. How any sane people could hear that evidence and not convict him, I don't know. I've worked as a court reporter for over 25 years in Dallas and I'm familiar with the criminal justice system, such as it is. LA should be ashamed of themselves.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • We, the Jury: Deciding the Scott Peterson Case

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By various
    • Narrated By Shannon Engemann
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    We, the Jury is the dramatic story of the seven jurors who convicted Scott Peterson of murdering his wife, Laci, and their unborn son, Conner, despite a series of internal battles that brought the first major murder trial of the 21st century to the brink of a mistrial. The Peterson jurors argued and disagreed but eventually bonded to seal the fate of the icy killer who dumped his victims into the bullet-gray waters of San Francisco Bay.

    Leslie says: "Same Ol' Same Ol'"
    "change narrator"
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    This is a powerful and heartbreaking story. Having worked in the Judicial system for years, I had no problem in feeling for the jury, as well as, the victim's family, and for those of Scott's family who loved him dearly. However, the narrator was terrible. I nearly quit listening three times because of her dull monotone performance but the story kept me going.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Festive in Death: In Death, Book 39

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    Overall
    (933)
    Performance
    (851)
    Story
    (852)

    Personal trainer Trey Ziegler was in peak physical condition. If you didn't count the kitchen knife in his well-toned chest. Lieutenant Eve Dallas soon discovers a lineup of women who'd been loved and left by the narcissistic gym rat. While Dallas sorts through the list of Ziegler's enemies, she's also dealing with her Christmas shopping list - plus the guest list for her and her billionaire husband's upcoming holiday bash.

    BG853 says: "A Feast for In Death devotees"
    "l love this story!"
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    One of the very best in the "In Death" series. It was interesting from the very start. I love Eve's fear of shopping. I was really hoping Peabody would at the very least get engaged in this one. I'm going to listen to it again. I highly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neil Armstrong: A Life of Flight

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jay Barbree
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Much has been written about Neil Armstrong, America's modern hero and history's most famous space traveler. Yet, shy of fame and never one to steal the spotlight, Armstrong was always reluctant to discuss his personal side of events. Here for the first time is the definitive story of Neil's life of flight he shared for five decades with a trusted friend - Jay Barbree.

    Brenda says: "Best book I've read in years!"
    "Best book I've read in years!"
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    I was very aware of Neil Armstrong but didn't know much about him. This book was written by one of closest friends. He was a very humble man and did not like to be in the spotlight. The info in this book was wonderful and informative, but you don't have to be a rocket scientist to understand what was happening. I laughed and cried. I am buying it for my 12 year old grandson. It's that good. I've listened to it twice already.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Undead in My Bed

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jessica Sims, Molly Harper, Katie MacAlister
    • Narrated By Leah Mallach, Abby Craden, Sophie Eastlake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (558)
    Performance
    (507)
    Story
    (503)

    In "Shades of Gray" by Katie MacAlister, Noelle is a Guardian: a demon-wrangler, imp-banisher, and all-round secret protector of humans from the Otherworld. In "Undead Sublet" by Molly Harper, executive chef Tess Maitland is banned from her five-star kitchen in Chicago to recover from "exhaustion". Jessica Sims's "Out With a Fang" features Ruby Sommers, a lonely were-jaguar who signs up for a blind date through the paranormal dating agency Midnight Liaisons.

    NDiaye says: "Dynamic Trio... hmmm maybe"
    "Absolutely the worst."
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    It was horrible. The narrator was absolutely the worst I've ever heard. I hated all of it. I can't find a single thing good about it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Concealed in Death: In Death Series, Book 38

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1765)
    Performance
    (1594)
    Story
    (1598)

    In a decrepit and long-empty New York building, a man begins the demolition process by swinging a sledgehammer into a wall. When the dust clears, he finds two skeletons wrapped in plastic behind it. The man is Lieutenant Eve Dallas’s billionaire husband, Roarke, and he summons her immediately. His latest real estate project is going to be on hold for a while, because by the time Eve and her crew are finished searching the premises, there are 12 murders to be solved.

    amazonian says: "Don't Read "In Death" LISTEN to it!"
    "Great and touching story"
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    I have every book in this series and, I believe, this is my favorite. The story line is so touching without being sappy. Eve and Rourke are great together in this book. This book really seemed real to me.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Things: Chicagoland Vampires, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Chloe Neill
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (464)
    Performance
    (425)
    Story
    (424)

    Since Merit was turned into a vampire and the protector of Chicago's Cadogan House, it's been a wild ride. She and Master vampire Ethan Sullivan have helped make Cadogan's vampires the strongest in North America, and forged ties with paranormal folk of all breeds and creeds, living or dead...or both. But now those alliances are about to be tested. A strange and twisted magic has ripped through the North American Central Pack. But who - or what - could possibly be powerful enough to out-magic a shifter?

    Nereyda says: "Can't get enough of Merit and Ethan!"
    "Good story and a great series"
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    I really enjoyed this book. Even though the subject matter is "out there", it takes my mind off of the daily things in life that get boring. I think it's written well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Run with a Naked Werewolf

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1978)
    Performance
    (1848)
    Story
    (1829)

    Anna Moder has just witnessed a shooting, seen her car pulverized, and rescued a wounded stranger - only to discover he's really a werewolf. And by her recent standards, things are actually looking up. Lycanthropes don't faze Anna. Doctoring a wolf pack outside Grundy, Alaska, is the closest thing to home life she's known in years. But hitching a ride to Anchorage with long-absent pack member Caleb Graham - that's a risk. Part of her itches to whack his nose with a newspaper. The rest is trying unsuccessfully to keep her own paws off every delicious inch of him.

    Hassan says: "A Refreshing Book & Funny too!!!"
    "LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Molly Harper."
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    Once again, a story that has everything, romance, werewolves, suspense, mystery, and best of all humor. Molly Harper tells a story like no one else; and Amanda Ronconi is the best person ever to read the story. Please don't ever change that. Looking forward to the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dust: Kay Scarpetta, Book 21

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (782)
    Performance
    (679)
    Story
    (674)

    After working one of the worst mass killings in U.S. history, Scarpetta returns home to Cambridge, Massachusetts. Exhausted and ill, she's recovering at home when she receives an unsettling call. The body of a young woman has been discovered on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's rugby field. The victim, a graduate student named Gail Shipman, is oddly draped in ivory linen and posed in a way that is too deliberate to be the killer's first strike.

    MARRILEE says: "Part Great, Part Tired"
    "What happened to Scarpetta?"
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    I was terribly disappointed in this book. I've read everything by Ms. Cornwell and I love this series. This took several chapters of "the poor little me's" to get to the story line. After the story started to unfold, it was good. But really I almost stopped listening before the story was to the point it was like it should be. I hope the next book will be better.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Thankless in Death: In Death, Book 37

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1557)
    Performance
    (1396)
    Story
    (1406)

    For Lieutenant Eve Dallas of the NYPSD, the job is a useful reminder of what she has to be grateful for this season. Hosting Roarke's big Irish family for the holiday may be challenging, but it’s a joyful improvement on her own dark childhood. Other couples aren’t as lucky as Eve and Roarke. The Reinholds, for example, are lying on the floor of their Downing Street apartment, stabbed and bludgeoned almost beyond recognition. Those who knew them are stunned - and even more heartbroken by the overwhelming evidence that they were murdered by their own son.

    Patricia says: "Violence vs. Sentiment"
    "Another homerun for J.D. Robb."
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    As always I was hooked from the first page. I love all of the main characters in the "in death" series. I can hardly wait for the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Story

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Smart, Chris Stewart
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Smart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (687)
    Performance
    (627)
    Story
    (635)

    On June 5, 2002, 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart, the daughter of a close-knit Mormon family, was taken from her home in the middle of the night by religious fanatic, Brian David Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Barzee. She was kept chained, dressed in disguise, repeatedly raped, and told she and her family would be killed if she tried to escape. After her rescue on March 12, 2003, she rejoined her family and worked to pick up the pieces of her life.

    Erin says: "Uplifting?"
    "Boring"
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    I really was looking forward to this book but it was so disappointing and much to my surprise it was boring. I would not recommend it because I felt it was a waste of my time.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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