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Hallie

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  • In a Dry Season

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Peter Robinson
    • Narrated By Ron Keith
    Overall
    (264)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (118)

    In a Dry Season, winner of the Anthony Award, is an outstanding example of mystery fiction. Peter Robinson's Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks conjures up memories of classic detectives like Philip Marlowe and Sherlock Holmes. An insufferable drought ravages the Yorkshire countryside, depleting the Thornfield Reservoir, revealing the remnants of the flooded town of Hobb's End and the terrible secrets kept safe within its watery tomb. Amongst the ruins, the remains of a woman's body are discovered.

    Hallie says: "Well Constructed Mystery"
    "Well Constructed Mystery"
    Overall

    This is a totally absorbing mystery. I became completely involved with the well drawn characters. The book switches very smoothly from present to past and back again throughout the story which takes place in an English Village during World War II. The reader is gradually privy to the facts while the modern day detectives search the past to uncover the history of the body found in the dry reservoir. In A Dry Season is a very good novel and well worth a credit or purchase. Enjoy

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1354)
    Performance
    (712)
    Story
    (709)

    Toru Okada is going through a difficult time. He is without a job, his cat has disappeared, and his wife is behaving strangely. Into this unbalanced world comes a variety of curious characters, a young girl sunbathing in a nearby garden; sisters who are very peculiar indeed; an old war veteran with a violent, disturbing story. Okada retreats to a deep well in a nearby house. And the story unfolds.

    Shelley says: "Bizarre"
    "Fantastic"
    Overall

    I will miss traveling with Toru Okada through his strange world. This books stays with you for awhile. The narrator, Rupert Degas, was great; I even checked to see if there weren't two readers: one male and the other female. I look forward to listening to more from Murakami.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Villa of Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By David Hewson
    • Narrated By Christopher Kay
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    In Rome's crowded Campo dei Fiori, a woman rushes up to two carabinieri lounging in their sunglasses and uniforms, insisting that her 16-year-old daughter has just been abducted. Detective Nic Costa sees the scene unfold and intervenes. Because Costa knows what the two officers don't: that in the morgue at Rome's police headquarters, a forensic pathologist is examining the strange, mummified corpse of another girl, whose disappearance and death bear haunting similarities.

    Vincent says: "Italian accents"
    "Silly Accents"
    Overall

    Despite the accent which at first makes the characters sound silly,(you get used to it)the story is engaging and the characters interesting. I found this book very entertaining.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nineteen Minutes

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Carol Monda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2309)
    Performance
    (920)
    Story
    (939)

    Jodi Picoult delivers the riveting tale of one small town's entanglement with high-school violence.

    New York Superior Court Judge Alex Cormier is assigned to preside over the case of the alleged Sterling High School shooter. Lawyer Jordan McAffee represents Peter, the boy who, on the day of the shooting, was found in the corner of the gymnasium holding a gun to his head with a shaky hand. Detective Patrick DuCharme has one star witness, but her story keeps changing. And then there's the biggest problem of all: the star witness happens to be Judge Cormier's daughter.

    Suze says: "Mesmerizing"
    "Over rated"
    Overall

    Very little new insight into the causes of school shootings. Nothing you haven't heard before. The bulk of the book is spent on the relationship between two self-absorbed characters; the judge and her daughter. Neither of whom I had much sympathy for. The book is long and unimpressive and too long a wait for the surprise ending.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Oblivion

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Peter Abrahams
    • Narrated By Ken Marks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    A woman retains the services of private investigator Nick Petrov, who achieved celebrity status after apprehending serial killer Gerald Reasoner. She wants him to track down her missing daughter, but Nick senses all is not as it seems. Then he suffers a severe head trauma, and large gaps appear in his memory. Bizarre clues lead him to believe that he must revisit the Reasoner case to solve the mystery he's been plunged into.

    Uncle Olaf says: "Good Character Empathy"
    "Puzzling Mystery"
    Overall

    A good listen with a sympathetic character. Best listened to in long segments to keep track of all the characters and plot twists. trying to listen in short spurts just resulted in my backtracking. give this one a try.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Oracle Night

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Paul Auster
    • Narrated By Paul Auster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    Several months into his recovery from a near-fatal illness, 34-year-old novelist Sidney Orr enters a stationery shop in the Cobble Hill section of Brooklyn and buys a blue notebook. It is September 18, 1982, and for the next nine days Orr will live under the spell of this blank book, trapped inside a world of eerie premonitions and bewildering events that threaten to destroy his marriage and undermine his faith in reality.

    Dean says: "The Master Speaks"
    "loose ends"
    Overall

    While this story has many intriguing mysteries, most are not fulfilled. Some of the main character's experiences are surreal; creating a doubt as to whether these are actual or something more mysterious. Unfortuanately we are not treated to further developments nor conclusions. At one point I began to wonder if anything was going to happen as the pace of the book began to lag. I was waiting for some of the questions to be answered. The punch of the story is at the very end and very real. I'd check out other books by this auther, but would read reviews first.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Slipping into Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Peter Blauner
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (16)

    It has been two decades since Detective Francis X. Loughlin solved his first big case, the brutal murder of a woman doctor. The young man convicted of the killing, Julian Vega, is back on the streets now, released on a technicality after years of appeals. Not long after his release, another murder takes place, one so similar to that long-ago case that Julian is the first suspect in Detective Loughlin's sights.

    Jami E. Nettles says: "More than a formulaic story"
    "Entertaining"
    Overall

    This is definitely a great who done it. The characters are interesting with all their imperfections. A great plot with some good twists, and a satisfying ending. I'd recommend this for some entertaining listening.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Immoral

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Brian Freeman
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (280)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (115)

    In a riveting debut thriller that has drawn comparisons to masters of the genre like Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly, Brian Freeman weaves obsession, sex, and revenge into a story that grips the reader with vivid characters and shocking plot twists from the first minute to the last.

    Larry says: "OUTSTANDING"
    "Pleasant surprise"
    Overall

    An excellent whodunnit. the other reviews do a good job with the details. I just had to add my two cents praising this well written mystery. It's a keeper and I will definitely look forward to more from Mr.Freeman.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Deception

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Denise Mina
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    From Scotland's most exciting up-and-coming mystery novelist comes a story of Lachlan Harriot, a man who refuses to believe his wife, Susie, is a killer, even though she had been working with Andrew Gow, a paroled serial killer, as his court-appointed psychologist, when she was found covered in blood near the spot where his and his wife's bodies were discovered. Desperate to clear his wife's name, Lachlan searches her home office for proof of her innocence.

    Julie Campbell says: "Realistic and riveting"
    "Hang In there"
    Overall

    It took me a little while to adjust to the fact that this book would be told in the first person in the form of a journal, but soon I found myself absorbed in this man's dilemma. I started to care how things would turn out for the characters and to wonder about the truth of the murder mystery. Stick with it through the beginning and the story builds. I'll look for other books by this author.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Lodger: A Tale of the London Fog

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Marie Belloc Lowndes
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    An elderly couple living in Victorian London struggle against despair as their small resources dwindle. When an eccentric and mysterious gentleman answers their advertisement for a lodger, they celebrate. But as women begin dying at the hands of "The Avenger", they start to suspect something too horrific for words.

    Pamela says: "enjoyable"
    "Very Entertaining"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this well written suspense. It's easy to symphathize with the characters' predictament and the story kept my interest right to the end. Would love more like this one.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Blue

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Robert Goddard
    • Narrated By Paul Shelley
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Harry Barnett, a middle-aged failure, leads a shabby existence. He is reduced to caretaking a friend's villa on the island of Rhodes and working in a bar to earn his keep. Then a guest at the villa, a young woman he had instantly warmed to, disappears on a mountain peak. Under suspicion of her murder, Harry becomes obsessed by the mystery that has changed his life and begins to trace back the movements and encounters that led to the moment where she vanished into the blue.

    Hallie says: "Thoroughly Enjoyable"
    "Thoroughly Enjoyable"
    Overall

    This is a well constructed novel with complex characters. I found the way the author developed the plot, through a series of snap shots, fun, sort of like an adventure game. Each shot contains a clue taking Harry closer to the truth. There are many mysteries, both past and present, to solve in this one. In the end, Harry prooves to be; not too shabby afterall! Satisfying entertainment.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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