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Carol

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  • Dead Famous: A Mallory Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Carol O'Connell
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (54)

    In Chicago, an FBI agent is killed in a psychiatrist's waiting room. In New York, the jurors from a controversial trial are murdered one by one. The only connections between the two: a flamboyant shock-jock, whose on-air comments seem to be taking him dangerously close to the edge; and a woman, her body misshapen since childhood, whose job it is to clean up crime scenes, and maybe create them as well. This is a federal case, and Mallory's been told that the FBI wants no part of her.

    Carol says: "Peculiar book"
    "Peculiar book"
    Overall

    There is no doubt that the author, Carol O'Connell, is well read and writes with a distinctive flair and with great ability. This is one of the reasons I gave a 3 star rating. However, I do wonder what she smokes just before she writes, as she certainly marches to a different drummer!

    If you are looking for a suspenseful, entertaining book - this isn't it. From the get-go, everybody, including the cat, hates not only themselves, but everybody else. There is not one brief respite from this ongoing tirade of everybody hating everybody else. Each conversation is emotionally charged with venon.

    This is not a murder mystery by any stretch of the imagination. It is about people with dark and hidden poison within their souls. All of them. But, as I said earlier, the redeeming grace is that the author writes well, even if there are times you want to eject the CD and throw it out the window.

    I continued to listen to this book and with every CD I changed, I swore I'd not listen to the end. And yet, I did. Mallory, while I assume was the protagonist (ha!) in the story, was an awful person. The narrator, Alyssa Bresnahan, better not quit her day job. Her reading is awful. Everyone, man and woman alike, she lowered her voice and sounded like an animal, ready to jump out and attack you. I really had to get past her reading to try to keep with the story.

    However, what I discovered beneath the heated and hateful conversations, the warped and messed up emotions, the twisted minds of all the players, was a love story. Really. The bottom line and the barely noticeable thread throughout the story, was a search for love. Here was a book I actually hated - and yet, I cried in the end. If you want to know why I cried, you'll just have to listen to the book - bad narrator and all.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Crisis

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robin Cook
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (345)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (68)

    When Dr. Craig Bowman is served with a summons for medical malpractice, he's shocked, enraged, and more than a little humiliated. A devoted physician who works continuously in the service of others, he endured grueling years of training and is now a partner in an exclusive concierge medical practice. No longer forced to see more and more patients while spending less and less time with each one just to keep his office door open, he now provides the kind of medical care he is trained to do.

    Linda says: "I should have read the reviews"
    "Will the real Robin Cook please stand up!"
    Overall

    Robin started out with a bang with his edge-of-the-seat medical mysteries. You would hold your breath waiting for the next moment. So I ask you, did he really write this book? It was worse than awful, it was horribly awful. Add to that a probably very nice, but awful narrator, and it is a waste of money. The narrator read as though he had just gotten out of bed and really didn't want to, and the story was so dull, it was all I could do to finish it. Cook throws in medical terms and explains them and I think he should have written a medical dictionary, rather than a book of fiction. Actually, it is sad that someone who started out with thrillers that were exceptional, should be reduced to struggling with plots that have no meaning. And as for the characters, why would anyone want to save a doctor who no one likes, including the author and the reader? My personal opinion is - don't waste your money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kill the Messenger

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Tami Hoag
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (633)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (116)

    At the end of a long day battling street traffic, bike messenger Jace Damon has one last drop to make. But en route to delivering a package for one of L.A.'s sleaziest defense attorneys, he's nearly run down by a car, chased through back alleys, and shot at. Only the instincts acquired while growing up on the streets of L.A. allow him to escape with his life, and with the package someone wants badly enough to kill for.

    Bethany says: "An entertaining read"
    "Very good"
    Overall

    This was an excellent book, well written and narrated by the master himself, Scott Brick. Entertaining, if not necessarily an "edge of the seat" book that rolled along in an enjoyable fashion.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The King of Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By John Hart
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (643)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (196)

    John Hart creates a literary thriller that is as suspenseful as it is poignant, a riveting murder mystery layered beneath the southern drawl of a humble North Carolina lawyer. When Work Pickens finds his father murdered, the investigation pushes a repressed family history to the surface and he sees his own carefully constructed facade begin to crack.

    Scott says: "Better than a Grisham novel"
    "Worth Reading"
    Overall

    The King of Lies was well written, well plotted, with a satisfying ending. The narrator was extremely good, giving a very good book an extra boost. I recommend it highly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Isolation Ward

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Joshua Spanogle
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    Straight out of today's hospitals and labs, and tomorrow's headlines, comes a frightening, scalpel-sharp thriller from medical insider Joshua Spanogle. In an astounding debut, Spanogle takes us on an all-too-real race against time as a young doctor enters the dark side of scientific research, desperate to stop a terrifying epidemic before it is too late.

    Cathy says: "Clumsy & Predictable"
    "Isolation Ward"
    Overall

    Well written and fast-paced if not just a little bit predictable. Author has a good sense of humor and it comes through with some fairly witty retorts and comments by its protagonist. Of great help to this book is the delightful insight and capability of Scott Brick the narrator, who lends just the right tone inflection to make this work.

    Book is worth listening to. Good writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fear the Night

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By John Lutz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    He comes out when the sun goes down. He delivers death from the barrel of a rifle. He's made New York City his shooting gallery. Men and women, natives and tourists, young and old, have all been his victims. The press has named him The Night Sniper. He taunts those who would try to stop him, threatening to increase the body count unless legendary retired homicide detective Vin Repetto is willing to engage him in a lethal game of cat and mouse.

    Carol says: "Fear the Night"
    "Fear the Night"
    Overall

    Well written, fast paced. Worth listening to. Would have liked a slightly different ending, but ultimately the author puts everything together well, drawing to a dramatic close.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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