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Judi Bedford

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  • Tonight I Said Goodbye

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Michael Koryta
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (803)
    Performance
    (656)
    Story
    (645)

    Investigator Wayne Weston is found dead of an apparent suicide in his home in an upscale Cleveland suburb, and his wife and six-year-old daughter are missing. Weston’s father insists that private investigators Lincoln Perry and Joe Pritchard take the case to exonerate his son and find his granddaughter and daughter-in-law. As they begin to work, they discover there is much more to the situation than has been described in the prevalent media reports.

    Eric says: "Just could not get this engine to rev...."
    "Tried, but gave up after a couple hours."
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    What disappointed you about Tonight I Said Goodbye?

    After listening to some really good books, this one seemed inane. These two ex-cop private eyes talk about how great they are but seemed like a couple of clowns to me. They start the case by playing basketball from their desks with wads of paper into the wastebasket. They think they're funny but they're not. For smart-ass or funny, the dialog doesn't compare to an author like Janet Evanovich or Harlan Coben. The story doesn't compare to Jonathan Kellerman, Michael Connelly, or Jo Nesbo.


    What could Michael Koryta have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Smarter more savvy characters. Develop the story faster. I listened for a couple hours and still had no problem abandoning the book and never finishing it, which is rare for me. I started one by Greg Isles and was engaged in the first few minutes.


    Any additional comments?

    Seems like a first attempt an a book by a new writer. I won't be getting any more from this series.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Depraved Indifference: Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Robert K. Tanenbaum
    • Narrated By Traber Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (46)

    Butch Karp has never shied away from a difficult case, and when Croatian terrorists hijack a plane and kill an NYPD bomb squad cop in a bomb blast, he’s eager to prosecute the high-profile killers. But Karp’s aggression puts him at risk when his investigations uncover messy government secrets. Certain elements of the FBI and CIA don’t want the trial to go forward, and are willing to go to extremes to sabotage Karp's case.

    Ted says: "ROFL!"
    "No Lesser Plea"
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    Any additional comments?

    I couldn't get through much of the first book in this series (No Lesser Plea). It got off to a bad start describing the criminals and crime, so I never got to the main characters who I hope were more likeable. So I returned it, and returned this one (second in series) as well because I assumed it was no better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dragonfly in Amber

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12855)
    Performance
    (9199)
    Story
    (9225)

    New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon enchanted scores of fans with Outlander, her electrifying historical saga set in 18th-century Scotland. Now this sequel sweeps listeners back into the past as Claire relates more of her perilous sojourn there with her Scottish warrior husband, James Fraser. Twenty years after her strange journey back in time, Claire has returned to Scotland with her daughter, determined to share with her the secret she has harbored since her time travel.

    Shelley says: "I ADORE this series!"
    "Shouldn't review because haven't listened!"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I listened to the first book in this series, but can't force myself to start this one. The first one had some torture sections (particularly late in the book) that made me sick and I couldn't listen. I had to fast forward through some of that. It was also very, very long, which isn't normally a problem for me. (For instance I loved Pillars of the Earth!) I bought the second one before I finished the first. But now, I'm going to return it because it's been sitting in my library for weeks and weeks and I can't make myself listen.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Toymaker

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Chuck Barrett
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (500)
    Performance
    (441)
    Story
    (445)

    Former NTSB Investigator Jake Pendleton faces a dilemma as the line blurs between right and wrong. After his judgment comes into question, Jake is entrusted to his new mentor, an eccentric old man who sees beyond Jake’s flaws. A man who makes ‘toys for spies.’ A man known as The Toymaker. Jake’s first assignment reunites him with Gregg Kaplan in a daredevil mission to rescue a fellow agent held captive in Yemen. He risks his life to stop the first attack of an al Qaeda mastermind.

    Judi Bedford says: "Trying to get through it, but am giving up"
    "Trying to get through it, but am giving up"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I'm someone who is constantly listening to a book but I've made it half way though this one and I haven't listened in over a week. I'm finding it boring, and don't care about the characters. I'm giving up.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Chuck Barrett again?

    No!


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Purity of Vengeance: A Department Q Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (881)
    Performance
    (765)
    Story
    (776)

    International superstar Jussi Adler-Olsen, with more than fourteen million copies of his books sold worldwide, returns with the fourth book in his New York Times best-selling Department Q series, about a perplexing cold case with sinister modern-day consequences. In 1987, Nete Hermansen plans revenge on those who abused her in her youth, including Curt Wad, a charismatic surgeon who was part of a movement to sterilize wayward girls in 1950s Denmark.

    Charles Atkinson says: "It's a 5 Star Story of Revenge"
    "Another winner from Jussi Adler-Olsen"
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    What did you love best about The Purity of Vengeance?

    Complex story keeps you guessing, with an unexpected twist at the end. I've listened to so many books it's hard to find any where I have do idea what's coming. Characters are interesting and well developed, and each book you learn more about them.


    Any additional comments?

    Books that jump back and forth from past to present are not my favorite so I couldn't give it 5 stars, but this wasn't too bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Survivor

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1383)
    Performance
    (1224)
    Story
    (1214)

    Nate Overbay, a former soldier suffering from PTSD and ALS, goes to an 11th-floor bank and climbs out the bathroom window onto the ledge, ready to end it all. But as he’s steeling himself to jump, a crew of gunmen bursts into the bank and begins viciously shooting employees and customers. With nothing to lose, Nate climbs back inside, confronts the robbers, and with his military training, starts taking them out, one by one. The last man standing leaves Nate with a cryptic warning: “He will make you pay in ways you can’t imagine.” Soon enough, Nate learns what this means.

    T.D. says: "Shakes you to your very core."
    "Where was the editor?"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Some of the characters were not likeable. The main character Nate has a daughter who is a spoiled brat that is disrespectful to her parents and did some really stupid things. Her idiot boyfriend was annoyng. I could tell they were in the book to do some things that were too stupid for the parents to do, so the author used the kids. The daughter, who claims she is adult and needs to be included in decisions, tells her boyfriend what her dad is involved in, then when the father finally recovers the important document he's set out to find, she opens it and then burns it! Really? And the parents do nothing and aren't mad. She is so cavalier about the situation that when the bad guys break in and go after her, I am hoping they are successful just to teach her a lesson and bring her to reality! Then when they are trying to escape, the boyfriend shows up, and he and the daugher insist he is going with them - and the parents let him in the car!

    At one point Nate is with the FBI agent who wants to go pick up the family and take them to safety. Nate shouts that if the FBI do that they will be seen and put a target on his daughters head (there's already one there!), but Nate thinks he can go home, sneak through the back yard, load his family into their own vehicle, and escape? Why can he do that better than the FBI? It was just too annoying and not credible.

    Nate works for the police as a death notifier. I don't know if they really have such a position but I doubt that they would give him access to all the investigation information let alone the corpse, autopsy, and evidence. The author had to come up with a way to give Nate this information and chose this mechanism which was just more than I could believe.

    The appearances of the dead soldier friend was not effective for me. There are other authors who use this effectively, but here it seemed like a borrowed gimmick.

    There was no real explanation of why Nate and his wife split up or why his daughter was so resentful. Nate spent a lot of time thinking about the past in ways that didn't help me understand the present day situation.

    The main "bad guy" Pavlov, was a bit extreme and more than obsessed with his daugher. Killing all the witnesses to his daughter's auto accident? Not believable even for a bad guy. Then after she is dead he is in her room cutting up her clothing and underwear. It didn't add to the story.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Michael Connelly, Patricia Cornwell, Louise Penny, John Sanford, Jo Nesbo, etc.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Scott Brick is great all the way around!


    Do you think The Survivor needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No way. Besides the main character is dead.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought I'd like Gregg Hurwitz, but I won't listen to any more of his books. There was too much that didn't make sense (not sensible or believable), and I got tired of all the reminiscing and philosophizing about life. Nate was too sappy about his daughter when she was growing up in light of how unlikeable she was as a teenager.

    I fast forwarded through a lot of it, just trying to find out what happened and come to the end.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29031)
    Performance
    (25627)
    Story
    (25700)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Hated it. Annoying book."
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    What disappointed you about Gone Girl?

    It dragged on and at times I just wanted to fast forward. The characters were annoying. I hate it when people do stupid things or a blind and oblivious to what's going on. The ending was unsatisfactory, unless you like the bad guys to win.

    The story line did have an interesting twist mid-way that I didn't see coming.


    Has Gone Girl turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I wouldn't listen to anything else by this author.


    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Man in the Middle

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Brian Haig
    • Narrated By LJ Ganser
    Overall
    (256)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (86)

    Ripped from today's headlines, Brian Haig's new novel finds Army lawyer Sean Drummond caught between duty to Washington's elite and the soldiers in Iraq. Dispatched to investigate the suicide of one of D.C.'s most influential defense officials, an ardent, early supporter of the war in Iraq, Drummond and his female partner find themselves in the middle of a tug-of-war between Washington's most influential power brokers and his own personal allegiance to the soldiers dying overseas.

    Sherri says: "Where is Scott Brick?"
    "Man in the Middle"
    Overall

    Another excellent book from Brian Haig. Complex plot, lots of twists and turns. Some realistic and graphic descriptions of the war, and the politics behind the scenes. This book did tend to ramble occasionally with philosophical observations or introspections which interrupted the flow of the action. The author is very funny at times and I laughed out loud. I recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The President's Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Brian Haig
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (459)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (131)

    Shortly after Army lawyer Sean Drummond starts working for the Office of Special Projects, a CIA cell which handles the most dangerous threats, the White House Chief of Staff is found brutally murdered. A note left by the killer promises more victims, including the President.

    William says: "The President's Assassin--A Killer Read!"
    "The President's Assassin"
    Overall

    Excellent! Held my interest, lot's of reality about politics and the war - you could tell the author knew what he was talking about from experience. Also very funny! I laughed out loud several times. I highly recommened this book and the entire series.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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