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Fay

I mostly listen to books while exercising, which pretty much explains all of the action/thrillers on my list.

Seattle, WA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Redbreast

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1089)
    Performance
    (848)
    Story
    (852)

    It is 1944: Daniel, a soldier, legendary among the Norwegians fighting the advance of Bolshevism on the Russian front, is killed. Two years later, a wounded soldier wakes up in a Vienna hospital. He becomes involved with a young nurse, the consequences of which will ripple forward to the turn of the next century. In 1999, Harry Hole, alone again after having caused an embarrassment in the line of duty, has been promoted to inspector and is lumbered with surveillance duties. He is assigned the task of monitoring neo-Nazi activities....

    David says: "Bravura writing"
    "Norwegian Nazis and switched identities"
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    This is my first Jo Nesbo. Of course now I have to read more to find out how the subplot plays out. And yes, there is one. But mostly I enjoyed this one because it gave me a glimpse into a sidebar story of WWII that I had never paid any attention to. The fact that Norway surrendered to Germany and Norwegians ended up fighting in the German army in Russia. Made sense as Russia had always been a more obvious enemy for Norway, but the whole Nazi think complicated it of course. Anyway, definitely an entertaining story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Visitor: A Shaman Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By James D. Doss
    • Narrated By Romy Nordlinger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    The morning after the aged Ute shaman receives a perplexing visit from a silent, disheveled matukach "magician," Daisy's neighbor, Nathan McFain, discovers something astonishing buried in the dirt on his foundering Colorado dude ranch: The bones of gargantuan beast from a prehistoric age. It is a find of enormous scientific importance that attracts the attention of a wide variety of individuals.

    Fay says: "Too many unlikeable characters"
    "Too many unlikeable characters"
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    I really couldn't get into this book. There were several story lines initially and way too few likeable characters in any of them to catch my attention.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Birdman

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Mo Hayder
    • Narrated By Damien Goodwin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (81)

    Birdman showcases Hayder at her spine-tingling best as beloved series character Jack Caffery tracks down a terrifying serial killer. In his first case as lead investigator with London's crack murder squad, Detective Jack Caffery is called on to investigate the murder of a young woman whose body has been discovered near the Millennium Dome in Greenwich, southeast London.

    Amazon Customer says: "Graphic, that seemed a little gratuitous."
    "Creepy, but good"
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    This is a very gross story, but it is very well done and you definitely get caught up in Jack Caffrey, the main police character. For whatever reason, I tend to like this stuff, but I definitely would not recommend it for the faint of heart.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden River

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (627)
    Performance
    (297)
    Story
    (287)

    Alexander Lawson is a former detective for Northern Ireland's police force. After a disastrous six-month stint in the drug squad, he became addicted to heroin and resigned in disgrace. Now 24, sickly, and on the dole, Alex learns that his high-school love, Victoria Patawasti, has been murdered in America. Victoria's wealthy family sends Alex to Colorado to investigate the case, and he seizes the opportunity for a chance at redemption.

    Dawn says: "Gerard Doyle Is Terrific!"
    "OK, I've had it with the drug addicted characters"
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    I really liked the three books in the series about the RUC cop in Carrickfergus. In part because it made me feel really glad my ancestors had the sense to leave northern Ireland in the 1870's. But, seriously, it gave a real feel for what it was like to live through all the troubles just trying to do your job. And the character was pretty likeable.

    I didn't really feel that kinship with the main character in this one. I read it because someone else said it was their favorite by this author. They must have seen something I didn't.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blowback: Anniversary Day Saga, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (195)

    The Moon, shaken by the Anniversary Day tragedies, deals with devastation. The Earth Alliance believes another attack imminent, but no one knows where or when it will strike. Just like no one knows who ordered the attacks in the first place. The Moon’s chief security office, Noelle DeRicci, does her best to hold the United Domes government together. But Retrieval Artist Miles Flint, dissatisfied with the investigation into the Anniversary Day events, begins an investigation of his own.

    John C. says: "Ending Missing--Call a Retrieval Artist?"
    "I just love this series"
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    This book, in and of itself, is not that spectacular, but it moves the story along and since I love the series I very much enjoyed it. I am, however, very anxious for the next episode.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In the Morning I'll Be Gone: Troubles Trilogy, Book 3 (Detective Sean Duffy, Book 3)

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (491)
    Performance
    (441)
    Story
    (431)

    It's the early 1980s in Belfast. Sean Duffy, a conflicted Catholic cop in the Protestant RUC (Royal Ulster Constabulary), is recruited by MI5 to hunt down Dermot McCann, an IRA master bomber who has made a daring escape from the notorious Maze prison. In the course of his investigations, Sean discovers a woman who may hold the key to Dermot's whereabouts; she herself wants justice for her daughter who died in mysterious circumstances in a pub locked from the inside.

    B.J. says: "Great conclusion to a terrific trilogy."
    "A thank you to my ancestors"
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    This trilogy is definitely gripping and gritty. I can't tell you how happy it makes my that my ancestors left northern Ireland when they did (well before this story) or this could have been a portrait of my life. That said, the books are about someone who stays even though he knows just how bad it is; and who still sees the beauty that is there. Makes you think at least.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Just One Evil Act: A Lynley Novel, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Elizabeth George
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (358)
    Performance
    (311)
    Story
    (310)

    Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers is at a loss: The daughter of her friend Taymullah Azhar has been taken by her mother, and Barbara can't really help - Azhar had never married Angelina, and his name isn't on Hadiyyah's, their daughter's, birth certificate. He has no legal claim. Azhar and Barbara hire a private detective, but the trail goes cold. Azhar is just beginning to accept his soul-crushing loss when Angelina reappears with shocking news: Hadiyyah is missing, kidnapped from an Italian marketplace.

    Ruth Nielsen says: "Not a Fan Anymore!"
    "Painful"
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    I have been a huge fan of this series, but this one was just painful. Having Barbara Havers go completely off the rails was just too much. Killing of Helen was bad enough but this is a bridge too far....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Interior: A Red Princess Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Janet Song
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    While David Stark is asked to open a law office in Beijing, his lover, detective Liu Hulan, receives an urgent message from an old friend imploring her to investigate the suspicious death of her daughter, who worked for a toy company about to be sold to David’s new client, Tartan Enterprises.

    Janice says: "Another winner from Lisa See"
    "Mixed blessings"
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    There were enough things I enjoyed about this story that I have decided to try one more - mainly because of what is says about China that I find interesting. The part that focused on the atty/client privilege issues and all of the agonizing the American atty character did about that was a bit off - but then I practiced merger & acquisitions law for 20 years and have my own thoughts on that subject. But I hope I'm not wrong in assuming that the slant on Chinese politics is more accurate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Question of Honor: Bess Crawford, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (78)

    In the latest mystery from New York Times best-selling author Charles Todd, World War I nurse and amateur sleuth Bess Crawford investigates an old murder that occurred during her childhood in India, a search for the truth that will transform her and leave her pondering a troubling question: How can facts lie? Bess Crawford enjoyed a wondrous childhood in India, where her father, a colonel in the British Army, was stationed on the Northwest Frontier. But an unforgettable incident darkened that happy time....

    Kathi says: "This series just gets better and better!"
    "Not enough there"
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    I love the Ian Rutledge stories and so I was hopeful for this series, but after reading three of them I just can't get on board. I appreciate the attempt to create a plausible female lead and give her a framework that actually allows her to accomplish something - but it is really too forced. If you want to enjoy a female heroine from this time period try Maisie Dobbs.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Triptych

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (839)
    Performance
    (614)
    Story
    (615)

    From Atlanta's wealthiest suburbs to its stark inner-city housing projects, a killer has crossed the boundaries of wealth and race. And the people who are chasing him must cross those boundaries, too. Among them is Michael Ormewood, a veteran detective whose marriage is hanging by a thread and whose arrogance and explosive temper are threatening his career. And Angie Polaski, a beautiful vice cop who was once Michael's lover before she became his enemy.

    Cindy says: "Really rough material"
    "Gory but good"
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    Initially I was skeptical because of the changes in point of view and also because of some of the gore, but I got sucked in and in the end it was tied up quite neatly. I will read something else by this author, although I am not yet a complete convert.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Margalit Fox
    • Narrated By Pam Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (30)

    In the tradition of Simon Winchester and Dava Sobel, The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code tells one of the most intriguing stories in the history of language, masterfully blending history, linguistics, and cryptology with an elegantly wrought narrative. When famed archaeologist Arthur Evans unearthed the ruins of a sophisticated Bronze Age civilization that flowered on Crete 1,000 years before Greece's Classical Age, he discovered a cache of ancient tablets, Europe's earliest written records.

    Fay says: "Good points and bad"
    "Good points and bad"
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    This is not so much a story about how the mystery of Linear B was solved as it is about how a woman could have solved it, probably years earlier, if the world hadn't been so prejudiced against her. And, as an older woman who remembers those times, I am sure that is true. But I lived that story and really didn't need it rubbed in my face again. I'm glad someone finally gives her the credit she is due, but I would have liked more about what she actually figured out and how as opposed to the litany of how she got @#$@# over.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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