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Katherine H. Stevenson

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  • The Chopin Manuscript: A Serial Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Lee Child, David Corbett, Joseph Finder, and others
    • Narrated By Alfred Molina
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2138)
    Performance
    (504)
    Story
    (518)

    15 thriller masters. 1 masterful thriller! Former war crimes investigator Harold Middleton possesses a previously unknown score by Frederic Chopin. But he is unaware that, within it's handwritten notes, lies a secret that now threatens the lives of thousands of Americans. As he races from Poland to the U.S. to uncover the mystery of the manuscript, Middleton will be accused of murder, pursued by federal agents, and targeted by assassins.

    BSquared67 says: "A rollicking thriller"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    Excellent! We were surprised at how good this was and that the authors were able to keep the common theme sowell.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Profiler's Daughter: Sky Stone, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By P. M. Steffen
    • Narrated By Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1019)
    Performance
    (908)
    Story
    (912)

    The Profiler's Daughter is a psychologically haunting thriller that combines murder mystery, love triangle, and family intrigue in one satisfying page burner. Sky Stone was born into the wealth and privilege of Boston's oldest Brahmin family but chooses instead to follow in the footsteps of her deceased father, legendary FBI profiler Monk Stone. In the chilly morning hours before the Boston Marathon, when a beautiful university student is found strangled and mutilated, her body left at the base of Heartbreak Hill, Sky returns from self-imposed exile to investigate.

    Irene L. Culkeen says: "What a great find"
    "Did not like the narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I would say the plot was okay only. I got tired of the snippy attitude of the heroine even though I sympathized with her loss. However, she was not likable most of the time.


    Would you recommend The Profiler's Daughter to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not really.


    What didn’t you like about Gabrielle de Cuir’s performance?

    She does not have a command of accents, she was way too breathy and overly dramatic where she didn't need to be. I was surprised, and not in a good way, about the effect a good narrator can have.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Tarquin Hall
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (470)
    Performance
    (298)
    Story
    (298)

    Dr. Suresh Jha, best known for unmasking fraudulent swamis and godmen, dies in a fit of giggles at his morning yoga class when goddess Kali appears from the mist and plunges a sword into his chest. The only one laughing now is the main suspect, a powerful guru named Maharaj Swami, who seems to have done away with his most vocal critic.

    Carolyn says: "Fun and entertaining"
    "Tubelight and Facecream rule!"
    Overall

    We loved this book. It is very funny with memorable characters you wish you knew. The heat of Delhi and the customs of the city and its inhabitants are conveyed well while maintaining the flow of the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cross Country

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Peter J. Fernandez, Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (679)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (217)

    When the home of Alex Cross's oldest friend, Ellie Cox, is turned into the worst murder scene Alex has ever seen, the destruction leads him to believe that he's chasing a horrible new breed of killer. As Alex and his girlfriend, Brianna Stone, become entangled in the deadly Nigerian underworld of Washington D.C., what they discover is shocking: a stunningly organized gang of lethal teenagers headed by a powerful, diabolical man--the African warlord known as the Tiger.

    Lisa says: "Not the same read"
    "Awful"
    Overall

    Don't bother unless you hate yourself. Totally unbelievable, stupid, stupid, stupid, actions and dialog. Mr. Patterson, how could you?

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23587)
    Performance
    (10185)
    Story
    (10264)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Do not miss!!"
    Overall

    This book is engaging, smart, intellectual, romantic and surprising. It will leave you hungry for the next edition and ready to visit Sweden. The characters are superb and complex, the relationships are complicated and the narrative is excellent. Wow.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Butcher's Boy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Thomas Perry
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (602)
    Performance
    (392)
    Story
    (388)

    Thomas Perry's Edgar Award-winning debut novel follows a professional hitman on the run from both the mafia and the government.

    richard says: "A writer with extreme talents."
    "Challenging Conflicts"
    Overall

    Another reviewer wrote that it is difficult to imagine having sympathy for a contract killer but this book accomplishes that. The Justice Department comes off as a bit bumbling, the mob is portrayed as ruthless and our "hero" as the smartest of the bunch. Hmmm.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Transfer of Power

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Daniel Oreskes
    Overall
    (563)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (172)

    A group of terrorists invades the White House, driving the president into an underground bunker, where he can't communicate with his government. Mitch Rapp, the CIA's top counter-terrorist operative, sneaks into the executive mansion to take control and finds that the terrorists are the least of the president's and the nation's problems.

    Rurouni says: "A good book, flawed by its audio counterpart"
    "Unbelievable"
    Overall

    Okay, these stories are fiction but really! A man fires from the top of the Hotel Washington to the roof of the White House and no one confronts him? The plot is just not well thought through or well executed.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Long Lost

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (897)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (243)

    Myron hasn't heard from Terese Collins in years. Not since their affair ended with no explanation. There had been no contact since, so her call catches him off guard. She's in Paris, she says, in trouble, and only Myron can help. She tells him a sad story she's never before revealed: a good marriage, her struggles to get pregnant, the happiest moment of her life when her only child was born, the day everything she'd ever loved was taken from her.

    Karen says: "Highly recommend/but prefer Marosz over Weber"
    "Mushy"
    Overall

    Harlen Coben has gotten too sentimental. The first few Bolitar books were sharp and crisp. This one is too full of hesitations and sentimental feeelings that don't ring true. Bolitar has always been a bit of a dufus but now he's a sappy dufus.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rough Weather

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (40)

    Heidi Bradshaw is wealthy, beautiful, and well-connected - and she needs Spenser's help. In a most unlikely request, Heidi, a notorious golddigger recently separated from her latest husband, recruits the Boston P.I. to accompany her to her private island, Tashtego, for her daughter's wedding. Spenser is unsure of what his role as personal bodyguard will entail, but he consents when it's decided that he can bring his beloved Susan Silverman along.

    Stephen says: "He Said, She Said"
    "Not so good"
    Overall

    We have loved Parker in the past but this one is a dog. First, his style of dialog does not work when it is read: "I was right," he said, gets tedious quickly. Second, the plot and the actions of the characters are transparent and ridiculous.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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