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Linda Wiggins

Columbus, OH | Member Since 2011

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  • Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tom Franklin
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1930)
    Performance
    (1278)
    Story
    (1284)

    Larry Ott and Silas “32” Jones were unlikely boyhood friends. Larry was the child of lower middle-class white parents, Silas the son of a poor, single, black mother - their worlds as different as night and day. Yet a special bond developed between them in Chabot, Mississippi. But within a few years, tragedy struck. In high school, a girl who lived up the road from Larry had gone to the drive-in movie with him and nobody had seen her again.

    Jami E. Nettles says: "Fantastic story in the south I know"
    "Troubling but satisfying story, beautifully read"
    Overall

    As I looked over the reviews for Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter I kept thinking "yes, that's right" and "I totally agree" because this is a really good book. It has suspense, certainly, but it's so much more. And even though the main characters suffered a good bit because of their upbringing and class status, you sense immediately the goodness in both of them. Racism and hatred abound, but the novel's end gives cause for hope that better things lie ahead.
    To not credit Kevin Kenerly for a great deal of the satisfaction from this story would be a shame. He became Larry, and Silas, and Wallace and every other character. He is simply excellent.
    This is a fine use of a credit. Listen to this book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25719)
    Performance
    (21374)
    Story
    (21355)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    L. O. Pardue says: ""Rear Window" Meets "Gone Girl""
    "Kept me guessing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was never sure how this story would end, with all the flawed characters, each with strong motives to keep secrets well hidden. I enjoyed the unraveling of the plot and thought each narrator did a good job of providing her character's perspective to the story. A compelling mystery is hard to find and for me, this is one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Harbor: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2953)
    Performance
    (2545)
    Story
    (2534)

    In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.

    barbara says: "Stunned"
    "Grim subject, compelling listening"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Broken Harbor again? Why?

    I would listen to it again, with appreciation for the character insights and subtle clues the author provides throughout.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character is Mick Kennedy, the most interesting police detective I can remember. His introspection throughout the book makes the reader understand why he acts in certain ways, and why he reacts as he does to the other characters.


    What does Stephen Hogan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I loved Mr. Hogan's narration. His Irish accent differs so much from Gerard Doyle's, whose tough hooligans are wonderfully animated by his reading, but Hogan's is wonderful in its own way. I loved hearing people called "thick" from time to time.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book made me sad for everyone involved, which might not be much of a recommendation, but I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it and highly recommend it to anyone who loves a good mystery.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • They're Watching

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (598)
    Performance
    (480)
    Story
    (480)

    Patrick Davis is a man with troubles. First his Hollywood dreams crumble, then his storybook marriage hits a snag. Finally, DVDs start being delivered to his house – DVDs which show that someone is watching him and his wife, that the two of them are being stalked and recorded by cameras hidden around and within their house. Then the e-mails start, and someone offers to fix everything, to take the mess his life has become and make it all right. Patrick figures it's the offer of a lifetime.

    Kate says: "Annoying...."
    "One twist after another"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Just when you think Patrick cannot possibly have one more terrible thing happen to him, of course he does. Hurwitz leads you down a road just so far and then jerks you to attention with a directional whiplash. Some of these are a bit more believeable than others, but they all keep your attention riveted on the story.
    I have to agree with those who think Scott Brick's narration is a little over the top, creating suspense where none exists. It's like I TURNED THE CORNER!!! when a conversational tone would do. When the really tight suspense occurs in the novel, the narrative doesn't change in any measurable way. Brick's voice, and his ability to change intonation with the characters, however, is superb.
    I thought I had figured out the answer to this mystery about halfway through, and I'm pleased that I was wrong and fooled by some clever red herrings. All in all, this is a pretty well-written and tense thriller. I'll listen to his latest one, expecting more of the same.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Falling Glass

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (1613)
    Performance
    (1318)
    Story
    (1309)

    Richard Coulter is a man who has everything. His beautiful new wife is pregnant, his upstart airline is undercutting the competition and moving from strength to strength, his diversification into the casino business in Macau has been successful, and his fabulous Art Deco house on an Irish cliff top has just been featured in Architectural Digest. But then, for some reason, his ex-wife Rachel doesn’t keep her side of the custody agreement and vanishes off the face of the earth with Richard’s two daughters. Richard hires Killian, a formidable ex-enforcer for the IRA, to track her down before Rachel, a recovering drug addict, harms herself or the girls.

    Cheryl says: "Hold on to your seat!!!"
    "Another winner for McKinty"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I stumbled upon the "Dead" trilogy by Adrian McKinty and now I can hardly wait until he writes another book. Falling Glass upholds the standard the author has set with his earlier novels. Killian is at least as sympathetic a character as Michael Forsythe, and more intellectual and humorous. There's also a softer side to him that never gets in the way of what needs to be done, but occasionally stays his hand in a life or death confrontation.
    The action is pretty much non-stop but there's lots of introspection as well. This is one terrific read and after the unexpected final scene, I look forward to seeing if Killian's adventures continue. Also, as other reviewers have noted, Gerard Doyle's narration is impeccable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Against All Enemies

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Peter Telep
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2102)
    Performance
    (1463)
    Story
    (1482)

    For years, ex–Navy SEAL Maxwell Moore has worked across the Middle East and behind the scenes for the Special Activities Division of the CIA, making connections, extracting valuable intelligence, and facing off against America’s enemies at every turn. And then...news of a potentially devastating coalition: What if two of the greatest threats to the security of the United States were to form an unholy alliance?

    Jean says: "Against All Enemies"
    "Blood and guts..."
    Overall

    galore here, and too many "wtf's" to count. The story moves back and forth between Mexico and the Middle East as a former Navy Seal now working for the CIA along with various local and American accomplices attempt to stop a murderous Mexican drug cartel and determine its link to Taliban operatives. The killings, current and in his past, leave Max Moore a brooding, remorseful guy who nonetheless is up to the task of rounding up the bad guys. The details leading up to the ultimate resolution to the novel were intriguing but overly complex and told in violent detail. The book became gripping for me only when the two major plotlines came to a head and there was definitive action.
    I thought Steven Weber did a good job with the various accents, working with a multitude of characters, and he kept things moving at a good pace. I liked this book but didn't love it, thus three stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Room: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Emma Donoghue
    • Narrated By Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4788)
    Performance
    (2251)
    Story
    (2240)

    To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, but what she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

    Anita says: "Must be me..."
    "An absorbing listen"
    Overall

    At first I thought I wouldn't be able to listen to an entire novel narrated in a child's voice, but I really came to enjoy Jack's wonder and amazement at the world "outside." This is a story of the horror of captivity and the fear of the unknown. Jack's "Ma" does such an incredible job of teaching him things he might never get to experience that the listener knows he will be just fine. A touching and satisfying novel.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Bodies Left Behind

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (382)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (119)

    The Bodies Left Behind is an epic cat-and-mouse chase, told nearly in real-time, and is filled with Deaver's patented twists and turns, where nothing is what it seems, and death lingers just around the next curve on a deserted path deep in the midnight forest.

    Deb says: "very disapointing"
    "Too many twists"
    Overall

    I almost gave this 4 stars, because I did enjoy the story and the characters were, for the most part, well-developed. I did feel that Deaver wasn't happy with simply writing a tense thriller about women fleeing from remorseless killers. Instead, he had to add one twist and then another, until I was sure the heroine would turn out to be a man!
    Additionally, a disappointing aspect of this audio book for me was the nasal quality of the narrator's voice. I found it really distracting, particularly when he switched from a male to a female character. It made me feel I would have enjoyed reading this book more than listening to it.
    With those caveats, a good page-turner. I certainly won't open a door to a stranger if I'm in an isolated cabin in the woods!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Double Bind

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Chris Bohjalian
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
    Overall
    (316)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (79)

    When college sophomore Laurel Estabrook is attacked while riding her bicycle, her life is changed forever. She withdraws into her photography hobby and begins to work at a homeless shelter. There she meets Bobbie Crocker, a man with a box of photographs he won't let anyone see. When Bobbie dies suddenly, Laurel discovers that he was once a successful photographer. As her fascination begins to merge into obsession, she becomes convinced that some of his photographs reveal a dark family secret.

    Billie Lee Orenbuch says: "Excellent Psychological Thriller"
    "Entertaining, with a twist."
    Overall

    I found myself increasingly interested in the characters in this novel, which entertwines a modern story with The Great Gatsby in a very clever and ultimately surprising way. Not a page-turner, but well-constructed, with an ending that doesn't readily reveal itself beforehand.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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