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Diana

Perris, CA, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • The Absent One

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (996)
    Performance
    (867)
    Story
    (869)

    In The Keeper of Lost Causes, Jussi Adler-Olsen introduced Detective Carl Mørck, a deeply flawed, brilliant detective newly assigned to run Department Q, the home of Copenhagen’s coldest cases. The result wasn’t what Mørck - or readers - expected, but by the opening of Adler-Olsen’s shocking, fast-paced follow-up, Mørck is satisfied with the notion of picking up long-cold leads. So he’s naturally intrigued when a closed case lands on his desk: A brother and sister were brutally murdered two decades earlier....

    Librarian says: "Who knew?"
    "Best one of his so far"
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    Where does The Absent One rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is up there for certain. Really like Assad (not sure if spelled correctly since I was listening and not reading print). Can't wait til we find out more about his past


    What other book might you compare The Absent One to and why?

    Well any detective novel. Most of the good ones are about flawed detectives and how their past influences how they work a case or even which cases they deem important.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Spoiler Alert - when Kimmie accomplishes her task.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    WOW good question. WHERE IS NORDIC PETA WHEN YOU NEED THEM!


    Any additional comments?

    Although Kimmie was 'a bad person' she had so many evils done to her that you still rooted for her to get justice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Heaven

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By C. J. Box
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (473)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (189)

    A 12-year-old girl and her younger brother go on the run in the woods of northern Idaho, pursued by four men they have just watched commit murder - four men who know exactly who the children are, and where their desperate mother is waiting patiently by the phone for news of her children's fate.

    Holly Helscher says: "Interesting Mystery"
    "Not Joe Pickett but still a great read"
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    Would you listen to Blue Heaven again? Why?

    probably not. it was good but not that good


    What did you like best about this story?

    the last 90 minutes


    Which character – as performed by John Bedford Lloyd – was your favorite?

    Jess


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    no clue


    Any additional comments?

    The last 90 minutes would have been a page turner if I was actually reading. What bothered me the most was the hispanic accent on both the latino cops. Not everyone latino has an accent. just like all irish don't speak with an accent. seemed a bit much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tomb: Repairman Jack #1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By F. Paul Wilson
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (393)
    Performance
    (301)
    Story
    (304)

    Much to the chagrin of his girlfriend, Gia, Repairman Jack doesn't deal with electronic appliances. He fixes situations for people, often putting himself in deadly danger. His latest project is recovering a stolen necklace, which carries with it an ancient curse that may unleash a horde of Bengali demons. Jack is used to danger, but this time Gia's daughter Vicky is threatened. Can Jack overcome the curse of the yellow necklace and bring Vicky safely back home?

    Elena says: "Pretty good story"
    "The Librarians & Warehouse 13 Meet jack Reacher"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    NO not really. I was intrigued at first. Other listeners were comparing Repairman Jack to jack Reacher who stayed in one place. Then entered Indian (not native american but country of India) mythology. Now I like mythology when I want to about it. I thought this was a basic suspense thriller. I was surprised when the creatures showed up and magic necklaces that heal and keep you young. I contacted the author to ask if this mythology type stuff is in every book-and he said "the larger arcs def have a fantastic / mythic element" . I may check out the 2nd in the series when and if it comes on sale but I won't a credit on it


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Back to my usual crime suspense thrillers Like Joe Pickett, Harry Bosch, Longmire, Kay Scarpetta, Harry Hole, Dept Q, King & Maxwell, Authors: Stuart Neville, Adrian McKinty, Karin Slaughter, Tana French


    What does Joe Barrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I never listened to anything he has read before I would like to in the future, He was great at swtiching voices, good inflection, pleasing tone


    Was The Tomb worth the listening time?

    not in my opinion. other reviews made a comment I agree with: don't think too much. Very true. There were many flaws, meaning you are just getting to know Repairman Jack and you are pretty sure how he is going to react to something and he totally misses it-doesnt even occur to him-like he had a brain fart or senior moment. And you find yourself talking to book- Definitely don't think about it-its not worth your effort.


    Any additional comments?

    It might make an interesting TV movie like on the SyFy channel but not big screen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4482)
    Performance
    (3986)
    Story
    (3987)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "Great Sweet Story"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, especially if they are a dog person or a veteran or a cop.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the facts about the olfactory senses of a dog. How they are a permanent memory like we humans remembering the colour orange. I also liked the descriptor of how Maggie didn't understand certain things but 'knew' what they meant by the demeanor, smell and tone of voice of her leader. I think what moved me most was that Scott wanted in the k=9 unit so he could be alone and not have ' a partner'- but soon learned that his K-9 partner was as much if not more of a partner than a human. That the leash was more like a nerve running between dog and handler.


    Which character – as performed by MacLeod Andrews – was your favorite?

    Maggie


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Pack - is Everything. Alpha Happy, Pack Happy.


    Any additional comments?

    Would be nice to know if there is a way to train these Military or police dogs to allow 'friendlies' like the paramedics to approach their alpha/masters when they are injured-like a specific command word that would make the dog allow them to help.

    I started this book when I first downloaded it and was so upset within the 20 minutes thinking that maggie the Military War Dog had been killed, that I stopped listening. About a year later I decided to give it another try and very pleased that I did. Worth the read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1578)
    Performance
    (1393)
    Story
    (1403)

    John Puller's older brother, Robert, was convicted of treason and national security crimes. His inexplicable escape from prison makes him the most wanted criminal in the country. Some in the government believe that John Puller represents their best chance at capturing Robert alive, and so Puller takes on the burden of bringing his brother in to face justice. But Puller quickly discovers that there are others pursuing his brother, who only see Robert as a traitor and are unconcerned if he survives.

    Bobby says: "Agonizing"
    "Good to get the Robert Puller side of the story"
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    Really enjoyed that finally the Robert Pullers story gets told. The narrator made at least 2 errors. When Puller is talking to Knox and talks about his friend whose name I now can't remember he calls that friend Knox.

    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
    (122)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (109)

    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"
    "Worth the wait to come to the US market"
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    I waited months for this to come to the Us Audible site. worth the wait.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • In Plain Sight: A Joe Pickett Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By C. J. Box
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (297)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (226)

    C. J. Box has won a host of awards, including the Anthony, Macavity, Gumshoe, and Barry. In Plain Sight sees game warden Joe Pickett's life take a turn for the worse after millionaire Opal Scarlett goes missing. As Pickett discovers more and more disturbing truths, it becomes clear that someone wants the dogged game warden to keep his nose out of the investigation.

    Amazon Customer says: "Raw & Real"
    "Never disappoints!"
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    Would you listen to In Plain Sight again? Why?

    probably, because a good book is always worth another read. Some times I am out of credits and books so I choose to go back re-listen to certain authors- CJ Box's Joe Pickett would be one of those. I am still going through the series right now though


    What did you like best about this story?

    Jakes return


    Which character – as performed by David Chandler – was your favorite?

    I like all of them but just love Jake.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    You never know when more family is going to show up


    Any additional comments?

    should have seen the river bank/Opal thing coming- i was off my game! As always David Chandler is the voice for these books - please don't ever change narrators

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Burning Room

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Titus Welliver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1477)
    Performance
    (1327)
    Story
    (1310)

    In the LAPD's Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die almost a decade after the crime. So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet nine years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh, but all other evidence is virtually nonexistent. Now Bosch and rookie Detective Lucia Soto, are tasked with solving what turns out to be a highly charged, politically sensitive case.

    Amazon Customer says: "Not up to par"
    "Great Bosch - sort of miss Len Cariou"
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    Great bosch story, like his new probie Soto, looking forward to the next installment. I miss Len Cariou as the narrator a bit. When Welliver is voicing Harry he is spot on but when he is narrating back ground or thoughts he's kind of monotone, hard to describe. With Welliver portraying Bosch in the new series on Amazon Prime its nice he have his voice as Harry in the books, he just needs to work a bit on the background voicing. This comes from someone who only listens to books.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Places: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins, and others
    Overall
    (5254)
    Performance
    (4405)
    Story
    (4429)

    Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas". As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived, and famously testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who've long forgotten her.

    Glenda Jeffers says: "Riveting but brutal"
    "Most Disturbing depessing Book I have ever read"
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    What is the saying "you need a license to own a dog but anyone can have children". You know this is fiction but you also know there are people like this out there. Makes me wonder about the mind of the author. You definitely won't figure it out but you think you will have done so several times. I wish I liked rom/coms or something.

    The writing is great, the narration spot on. Just have a happy place to go after you read it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winterkill: Joe Pickett, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By C. J. Box
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (245)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (224)

    In the third adventure in C. J. Box’s engrossing series, Joe Pickett finds himself at the center of a confrontation between a special investigative team and a group of government-hating survivalists camped out on federal land. With the help of a mysterious stranger, Joe lays his life on the line to protect an innocent girl before a wave of violence surges over the Bighorn Mountains.

    Vickie Oakley says: "I can not seem to put it down!"
    "Like the book but Joe needs to grow some balls"
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    I won't give any spoilers since the whole April issue starts right off. Mary Beth is an educated woman, Joe maybe naive but not dumb SO WHY didn't they get a lawyer the minute April's 'mother' appeared in town. Then unless Wyoming foster's system is 50 years behind the times: you can't just go right in and take your child back. There are hearings, especially in the case of abandonment. That was my main problem with this book. If that had been done in the beginning then the whole April situation probably wouldn't have had the same outcome.

    Its a good story on the corruption of parts of our government-they partake in cover ups all the time as we the public eventually hear about well after the fact.

    Obviously there are 'survivalists' every where but they are not all bad, not all gunslingers. There are some that just want to be left alone but then step-in the others that want to blame them for every thing.

    And about Joe's balls: everyone else steps right up and says what they are thinking so why can't Joe open his mouth and just speak, stand up for himself and others.

    I enjoy the series for the wilderness aspect: the animals. I have been to Wyoming and Montana, camped there for extended periods years ago and loved it, when I was younger I wanted to move there. I just hope that as the series goes along that Joe becomes more confident and stands up for himself, speaks his mind.

    Sheridan is favorite character-I was her as a child- tomboyish-caring for the animals. I had a friend who was like Lucy who couldn't and still can't see past the makeup and the dolls.

    In this book my fav was Nate. I hope he comes back since they can't prove anything. He needs to teach Sheridan falconry, I know Joe says he will but that's Nate's job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bones Never Lie

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Katherine Borowitz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (318)
    Performance
    (286)
    Story
    (288)

    Unexpectedly called in to the Charlotte PD's Cold Case Unit, Dr. Temperance Brennan wonders why she's been asked to meet with a homicide cop who's a long way from his own jurisdiction. The shocking answer: Two child murders, separated by thousands of miles, have one thing in common - the killer.

    Techpotato says: "This is book 17 in the Temperance Brennan Series"
    "Knew who did half way through"
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    Literally at the half way mark I knew who had done it. I can't imagine any reader of mystery and thrillers wouldn't. What surprised me was that it didn't even dawn on Brennan or Ryan. I don't retain the exact contents of every book I read but I am pretty sure that in at least one of the Reichs' books there is Behavioral Analysis type psychology. So when heard the news (no spoiler) it should have switched a bunch of light bulbs off in both their heads.

    All that aside, the writing and the rest of story, the wording etc are worth finishing the book.

    I really liked the absence of Harry and Katy and the wonderful addition of Brennan's mother.

    OH and the narration was marvelous.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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