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Dawn

Olney, MD, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Last to Die: A Rizzoli and Isles Novel, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1227)
    Performance
    (1016)
    Story
    (1042)

    For the second time in his short life, Teddy Clock has survived a massacre. Two years ago, he barely escaped when his entire family was slaughtered. Now, at 14, in a hideous echo of the past, Teddy is the lone survivor of his foster family’s mass murder. Orphaned once more, the traumatized teenager has nowhere to turn - until the Boston PD puts Detective Jane Rizzoli on the case. Determined to protect this young man, Jane discovers that what seemed like a coincidence is one part of a killer’s mission.

    Kathryn says: "My inner voice said..' Are you sure you want to?'"
    "Enjoyable listen"
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    This was an enjoyable listen. There were some slow parts to the book. Also the story line is at times unbelievable, but this is fiction, of course. The narrator was fine.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Life or Death

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By John Chancer
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (94)

    Audie Palmer has spent 10 years in a Texas prison after pleading guilty to a robbery in which four people died and seven million dollars went missing. During that time he has suffered repeated beatings, stabbings and threats by inmates and guards, all desperate to answer the same question: where's the money?

    John S says: "Decent Thriller set in Texas"
    "Get this book today!"
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    Story

    The essential question of the story, "Why would someone escape from prison 1 day prior to his release?" kept me wondering through the entire story. The story was excellent and the writing even better. I was so hooked by the end of the story that I could not go to sleep as I needed to find out what happened. The performance was also excellent, although the voice for the teenager was not very believable. I would definitely listen to more books from this author and narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25730)
    Performance
    (21383)
    Story
    (21364)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    L. O. Pardue says: ""Rear Window" Meets "Gone Girl""
    "Surprisingly good"
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    I did not have high expectations for this book. First, this book represented a departure from my usual repertoire of procedural detective stories. Also, I was not a fan of "Gone Girl" (way too long and too slow) which some readers compare favorably to this book. So, I was pleasantly surprised to find that I actually enjoyed listening to this book. Enjoyed may not be the correct emotion as I did not really like any of the characters in the book. But even though the characters did not have any redeeming qualities, they did produce strong emotions in me, so I was compelled to keep listening to the story. I think employing 3 different women narrators for the 3 main women characters was a stroke of genius. This helped me keep each character's story separate and also kept me engaged in the story line.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Circle of Wives

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Alice LaPlante
    • Narrated By George Newbern, Betsy Zajko, Nan McNamara, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (140)

    When Dr. John Taylor is found dead in a hotel room in his hometown, the local police find enough incriminating evidence to suspect foul play. Detective Samantha Adams, whose Palo Alto beat usually covers small-town crimes, is innocently thrown into a high-profile murder case that is more intricately intertwined than she could ever imagine. A renowned plastic surgeon, a respected family man, and an active community spokesman, Dr. Taylor was loved and admired. But, hidden from the public eye, he led a secret life - in fact, multiple lives.

    Dawn says: "Not my cup of tea"
    "Not my cup of tea"
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    Story

    To be fair, I usually listen to fast-paced murder mysteries. This book was not that at all. For me the story line was too slow and too much story telling about the wives and their lives. I kept waiting for some investigating to occur. I tried to keep listening, but about half way through, I gave up. Maybe the book gets better at the end. Also, I just couldn't find it plausible that the wives had no idea that their husband was already married, particularly in this age of technology. The performance of the book was fine, but overall this was not my cup of tea.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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