This book--and the rest of the author's "John Ceepak" mysteries--are hilarious and entertaining visits to the New Jersey shore, where local cops--a former MP and a surfer dude--track down bad guys in fictional Sea Haven. TILT-A-WHIRL, the first in the series, won the 2006 Anthony Award for "Best First Mystery" and will hook you on going back for more (all available here on audible.com). The dialog is crisp and full of sharp humor, made even better by the delivery of the excellent narrator. (If you've spent any time on the "Joisey" shore, you'll appreciate him even more!)
I got such a laugh from this book I visited the author's Website, which is also funny and entertaining. Be sure to download the perfectly believable Sea Haven visitor map, which shows where all the best spots are located! I'm hopping the next installment will be on audible in time for summer!
Preston and Child continue to produce excellent novels for the Pendergast Series, and this--the thirteenth--is one of their best. Century-old bear attacks, crazed miners, and an exclusive ski resort are all featured in this story, which moves quickly and builds excitement and suspense all the way to the end. You'll be shocked by the deaths and you'll be on the edge of your chair until all is resolved.
Earth Unaware is the first in a series of prequels to the Ender Series that take us back to the first human encounter with aliens, the "buggers" made famous by Card's Ender's Game. If you are an Ender fan (and who isn't!) you're going to love Earth Unaware. The characters are solid and well developed, as is the asteroid mining culture in which the story develops. There's plenty of action, too, both before and after the alien encounter. The use of multiple performers for this audiobook edition works well, and the performers are uniformly good. (Note that one of the performers, Emily Janice Card, has a remarkably familiar name!) I unhesitatingly recommend this book to Ender fans. In addition, if you've never read Ender's Game, then Earth Unaware is a good way to get some backstory on the aliens. I've already preordered the next in this series.
I almost stopped listening to this book a few chapters in, because it seemed to start out too slowly. Eventually, however, I was caught up in the story, which built to a high level of mystery and suspense, with a satisfactory conclusion. I'm not sure where the next book in the trilogy will take the story, but I will probably listen to it when it is added to audible.com.
The Passage, the first book of a trilogy, is a saga about modern heroes in a world turned upside down by the release of a terrible virus that turns humans into monsters. Cronin is a gifted writer whose story held my interest throughout. The listening experience is outstanding, thanks to a trio of wonderful narrators, especially Scott Brick. This book is definitely worth listening to, as is the sequel, which is now available.
Odd is a strange name for a strange guy--one who has become one of my favorite series characters. If you like Dean Koontz's "Odd" series, this one should not disappoint. Part of the enjoyment of reading books that are part of a series is that the actions and interactions of the main character(s) can often be more important than the story. Even though there are some negative comments about this book, trust me: if you like our friend Odd, you'll like this latest book. Personally, I thought the story was pretty strong, too, so give it a try.
Yes, I was impressed with the concept and development in Area 51 (the first book in the "Area 51" series.
It's a worthy follow-up to Area 51, the first book in the series.
Although a work of fiction, Turow's approach and writing skills produced a book that reads like a memoir, but with the suspense of a great novel. ORDINARY HEROES should appeal to anyone who enjoys good writing.
FEVER DREAM is the latest collaboration between two great authors in their excellent "Pendergast Series." Preston and Child maintain the mystery and suspense at such high levels, I listened almost nonstop until the end. In this book FBI special agent Pendergast faces his most challenging--and personal--case yet, in a plot guaranteed to keep you listening.
A prominent woman dies on Sea Haven's new wooden roller coaster, but was there a crime? Danny and Ceepak are on the trail when an entirely new crisis shocks the town, threatening the investigators, their friends, and the rapidly-approaching tourist season. "Rolling Thunder," the sixth John Ceepak Mystery from Chris Grabenstein, won't disappoint loyal fans or new readers. As always, Jeff Woodman's narration pulls the characters off the written page and into your headphones. There's plenty of mystery, suspense, and the usual humor, with an ending that will keep you turning pages until it concludes. And...is there someone new in Danny's life? Stay tuned!
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