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Julie Jones

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New Orleans, LA USA | Member Since 2005

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  • 12 reviews
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  • 18 purchased in 2014
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  • Cross and Burn

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Val McDermid
    • Narrated By Gerald Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (73)

    Internationally best-selling crime writer Val McDermid' s work speaks for itself: her books have sold millions of copies worldwide, won numerous accolades, and attracted a devoted following of readers around the globe.

    adrienne says: "Picking up the pieces..."
    "Another terrific book in the Dr. Tony Hill series"
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    The writing is good, the characters believable and interesting and the plot thick enough to entertain. As usual, Gerald Doyle gives a fine reading. I recommend highly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Son: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (379)
    Performance
    (344)
    Story
    (340)

    Sonny Lofthus is a strangely charismatic and complacent young man. Sonny’s been in prison for a dozen years, nearly half his life. The inmates who seek out his uncanny abilities to soothe leave his cell feeling absolved. They don’t know or care that Sonny has a serious heroin habit - or where or how he gets his uninterrupted supply of the drug. Or that he’s serving time for other peoples’ crimes. Sonny took the first steps toward addiction when his father took his own life rather than face exposure as a corrupt cop. Now Sonny is the seemingly malleable center of a whole infrastructure of corruption....

    Mary says: "Much more than I expected!"
    "Revenge fantasy"
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    This really is a fantasy, since so many points in the story are just unbelievable (I won't give it away). The writing, especially the dialogs, is very stilted, perhaps the fault of a weak translation. Yet, despite the manifest problems, there are enough twists in the plot to make it very listenable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hanging Garden: Inspector Rebus, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Ian Rankin
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    Drugs. Extortion. Slavery. Organized crime is fighting for a hold on John Rebus's peaceful Scotland. And when Rebus rescues a young Bosnian girl forced into prostitution, he breaks a policeman's golden rule to never get personally involved in a case. Add to that the hunt for an elderly Nazi accused of slaughtering an entire French village, and Rebus wonders just how evil humans can be - until his own daughter is mortally injured as a gangland warning for him to back off. Then even a dedicated cop like Rebus might make a deal with the devil to find the culprit. Not for justice. For revenge.

    Julie Jones says: "John Rebus,what can I say?"
    "John Rebus,what can I say?"
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    The writing is good, the narrator's good, Rebus is, well, Rebus--even when he's trying to give up alcohol.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Water: A Shetland Mystery, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Anne Cleeves
    • Narrated By Kenny Blyth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    When the body of a journalist is found, Detective Inspector Willow Reeves is drafted from outside to head up the investigation. Inspector Jimmy Perez has been out of the loop, but his local knowledge is needed in this case, and he decides to help Willow. The dead journalist had left the islands years before to pursue his writing career. In his wake, he left a scandal involving a young girl. When Willow and Jimmy dig deeper, they realize that the journalist was chasing a story that many Shetlanders didn't want to come to the surface.

    Kathi says: "Excellent crime novel, very well narrated!"
    "Atmospheric mystery"
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    I enjoyed this book. The setting, on the Shetland Islands, is atmospheric and interesting; the characters believable, the story well told, and the narrator very able.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Unprintable: A Booklover's Mystery, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Julie Kaewert
    • Narrated By William Neenan
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    It is possibly the most repugnant piece of fiction in all of England. So why is Plumtree Press, one of the country's most respectable publishing houses, about to add the hotly controversial new novel to its list? Publisher Alex Plumtree isn't talking. Hardly anyone knows he has taken on the project as a favor to the Prime Minister. Forget the bad press and hateful reviews. Alex swiftly finds himself on the wrong side of a lawsuit, bugged, betrayed, roughed up, and implicated in murder. Suddenly Alex doesn't know who to trust.

    Cornelia B. says: "A little politically preachy"
    "Good start, weak ending"
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    This book started out as a fun, reasonably sophisticated read involving the book business, hand printing, ancient hedges and modern British politics, but midway through the plot twists began to get increasingly preposterous and, with the return of the protagonist's American fiancee, the writing became soppy. The fiancee presented another problem as well: like most British readers, William Neenan is wonderful doing U.K. accents, but falls apart when it comes to imitating an American. Do they all base their American accents on 40s gangster movies?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Body of Death: An Inspector Lynley Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Elizabeth George
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (419)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (169)

    Thomas Lynley is called back to Scotland Yard when the body of a woman is found stabbed and abandoned in an isolated London cemetery. His former team doesn't trust the leadership of their new department chief, Isabelle Ardery, but Lynley may be the sole person who can see beneath his superior officer's hard-as-nails exterior to a hidden and possibly attractive vulnerability.

    Rebecca says: "Interesting Mix for Elizabeth George Fans"
    "Terrific mystery"
    Overall
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    This is a complex, interesting and ultimately very satisfying tale. It's well written and well read. That it's so long is a big plus.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skinner's Trail

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Quintin Jardine
    • Narrated By James Bryce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    First the joyous birth of Skinner’s son… Then the grim reality of murder in ones of Edinburgh’s prosperous suburbs. A man has been found knifed in a luxury villa. The victim had run a chain of launderettes, saunas and pubs throughout the city, but for some time the police suspected these to be the front for a drug-distribution network.

    Julie Jones says: "Get rid of the baby! And the accents!"
    "Get rid of the baby! And the accents!"
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    This is a moderately good mystery--marred by endless sequences involving the detective's new born son. Fast forwarding helps, but it's cumbersome. The reader is good for the actual narration and for the British voices, but his version of an American accent makes the detective's wife sound like a mafia moll, and his take on Spanish/Catalonian accents is also painful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Walking into the Ocean: A Peter Cammon Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By David Whellams
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Introducing veteran Scotland Yard Chief Inspector Peter Cammon, this novel finds Cammon journeying to the Jurassic Coast to solve a seemingly ordinary domestic crime. At first glance, the perpetrator appears to have murdered his wife before drowning in the English Channel, but Cammon soon learns that his case is merely a sideshow. A broader series of murders has been unfolding along the cliffs, baffling the local police.

    Richard Gregson says: "Has the author ever been to Britain?"
    "Mediocre thriller"
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    The novel features yet another lead detective who's supposed to be deep and interesting, yet comes across as just the opposite: both dim and dull, except when he jumps to conclusions for no apparent reason. Further, the novel suffers from truly tedious back stories that lend nothing to the plot. Otherwise, the story is moderately interesting--enough to get one through a work-out at the gym--but that's about it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Gun Seller

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Hugh Laurie
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (155)

    Cold-blooded murder just isn't Thomas Lang's cup of tea. Offered a bundle to assassinate an American industrialist, he opts to warn the intended victim instead - a good deed that soon takes a bad turn. Quicker than he can down a shot of his favorite whiskey, Lang is bashing heads with a Buddha statue, matching wits with evil billionaires, and putting his life (among other things) in the hands of a bevy of femme fatales. Up against rogue CIA agents, wannabe terrorists, and an arms dealer looking to make a high-tech killing, Lang's out to save the leggy lady he has come to love...and prevent an international bloodbath to boot.

    connie says: "May he write on!"
    "Too silly by half"
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    The narration has some charm, but not enough. It's just too silly to take seriously--or even semi-seriously--and pretty soon it began to wear.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Birthdays for the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Stuart MacBride
    • Narrated By Ian Hanmore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (54)

    Five years ago his daughter, Rebecca, went missing on the eve of her 13th birthday. A year later the first card arrived: homemade, with a Polaroid picture stuck to the front – Rebecca, strapped to a chair, gagged and terrified. Every year another card: each one worse than the last. The tabloids call him The Birthday Boy. He’s been snatching girls for 12 years, always in the run-up to their 13th birthday, sending the families his homemade cards showing their daughters being slowly tortured to death.

    BSquared67 says: "For those who can stomach strong violence"
    "Tedious violence"
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    This piece is generally entertaining--especially the police profiler--and very well read, but the repeated and prolonged descriptions of physical assaults became tedious.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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