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Linda

My reviews are rather simple but only because I want to convey my impressions of a story. I leave summaries to the publisher. LOVE Audible!

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  • The Mystery of Mercy Close

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Marian Keyes
    • Narrated By Niamh Daly
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (45)

    Meet Helen - youngest of the Walsh sisters and a law unto herself. She’s easily bored, has an inability to filter her thoughts and was fired from every job she ever had before she found her true calling as a private investigator. But times are tough for PIs, and Helen’s had no choice but to take on the search for AWOL boyband has-been Wayne Diffney: The Wacky One.

    Brenda says: "Dark, Light and Altogether Wonderful"
    "Interesting Detective I'd Say"
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    I am not a big fan of Helen Walsh but I had to respect the lady. She had her quirks for sure but managed to get the job done. I was particularly impressed with Marian Keyes' descriptions of depression and what it feels like to be in the throes of an illness that you can't seem to get a handle on. The inability to escape your own brain, is truly terrifying - truly - and as such resulting suicide attempts are not the result of any rational thought, simply a means to an end for true sufferers of depression or manic-depression.

    Hats off to Marian Keyes for her unique glimpse into mental illness and her ability to convey that it is not a weakness of character but an ailment unto its own. Helen Walsh is no lightweight, she is a strong, confident woman.

    The story of the band, well, I wasn't really into it but the rest kept me going. I really like this narrator too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil of Nanking

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Mo Hayder
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey, Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (52)

    With the redolent atmosphere of Ian Rankin and the spine-chilling characters of Thomas Harris, Mo Hayder's The Devil of Nanking, takes the reader on an electrifying literary ride from the palatial apartments of yakuza kingpins to deep inside the secret history of one of the twentieth century's most brutal events: the Nanking Massacre.

    Alicia A. Jenson says: "The Best of Britain's Mystery Writers"
    "Geez, So Disappointing..."
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    I am a huge fan of Mo Hayder and, although I really like the perspective this story is told from, I was left feeling kinda ripped.
    Of the two main characters, the Chinese professor was interesting and had a lot of depth. I could empathize with his story.
    The young woman in the story had potential that was never realized, and she, along with the rest of the characters, made me just want to yell, "Get to the point already!" They simply bored me.
    This one isn't going on my recommend list.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shatter: Joseph O'Loughlin, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (39)

    Joe O'Loughlin is in familiar territory--standing on a bridge high above a flooded gorge, trying to stop a distraught woman from jumping. "You don't understand," she whispers and lets go. Joe is haunted by his failure to save the woman until her teenage daughter finds him and reveals that her mother never would have committed suicide--not like that. She was terrified of heights.

    Linda says: "How Far Would You Go?"
    "How Far Would You Go?"
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    This third installment was the best yet. I was immediately hooked from the first few words. Joseph O'Loughlin has become one of my favorite characters whom I like to revisit as I listen to this series.
    I found myself confronted with the question of how far I would go to save someone I love. And then, would my actions save them anyway?
    If you like psychological thrillers, this is a must listen. The narrator is excellent and I can't wait to listen to him again.
    Another winner! Thanks Audible!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Treatment

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Mo Hayder
    • Narrated By Damien Goodwin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (90)

    In a quiet residential area in London, a couple is discovered bound and imprisoned in their own home. Savagely battered and severely dehydrated, the worst revelation is yet to come: their eight-year-old son has been abducted. But when the body is found and forensic evidence turns the case on its head, revealing disturbing parallels to events in Detective Caffery's own past, Caffery realizes he's dealing with much more sinister forces than he'd anticipated - and finds it increasingly difficult to maintain his distance.

    Alcairha says: "INTENSE MASTERPIECE"
    "Absolutely Incredible . . . That's all I Can Say"
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    I listened to this book while cleaning out my cold room and I say this simply because it had such an impression on me that I will never forget doing that mundane task. I was mesmerized by this story that made me want to cry, to vomit, to scream. It was one of those books where I wanted so badly to interfere and guide the main character in the right direction, but would that be better? Mo Hayder's ability to visit the minds of characters who are abhorrent human beings was astounding. To say I loved this story as much as I was sickened by it seems odd but there is just no other way to put it. This story drove home the point that ignorance is bliss. Damien Goodwin was an outstanding narrator. I still get a cold shiver when I think of this novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gingerbread House

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Carin Gerhardsen
    • Narrated By Candida Gubbins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (67)

    Ingrid Olsson returns home from a Stockholm hospital to discover a man in her kitchen. She's never seen the intruder before. But he's no threat - he's dead. Criminal Investigator Conny Sjoberg takes the call, abandoning his wife Asa and their five children for the night. His team identify the body as that of a middle-aged family man. But why was he there? And who bludgeoned him to death? Lacking suspect and motive, Sjoberg's team struggle until they link the case to another - apparently random - killing. And discover they face a serial killer on a terrible vendetta....

    L. O. Pardue says: "Not my cup of tea"
    "Is There Ever a Statute of Limitations on Revenge?"
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    There are consequences for actions and the fact that there seems to be no statute of limitations for revenge makes a person wonder if, in fact, we will eventually pay for the mistakes we made as wee children. Mistakes that most of us will never remember since our actions at 5 or 6 years old are often lost to the dull mist of memory. Hmmm.. this could be a scary thought.
    Candida Gubbins narrated this story well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Crucible of Souls: The Sorcery Ascendant Sequence, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Mitchell Hogan
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1712)
    Performance
    (1550)
    Story
    (1553)

    When Caldan’s parents are brutally slain, he is raised by monks and taught the arcane mysteries of sorcery. Vowing to discover for himself who his parents really were, and what led to their violent end, he is thrust into the unfamiliar chaos of city life. With nothing to his name but a pair of mysterious heirlooms and a handful of coins, he must prove his talent to earn an apprenticeship with a guild of sorcerers. But he soon learns the world outside the monastery is a darker place than he ever imagined, and his treasured sorcery has disturbing depths. As a shadowed evil manipulates the unwary and forbidden powers are unleashed, Caldan is plunged into an age-old conflict that brings the world to the edge of destruction.

    Isaac says: "Good, but... Something is missing"
    "Magic Rings and Sinister Things..."
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    This story was my first introduction to Mitchell Hogan and it did not disappoint. Sorcery and adventure are always fun but only if it is actually believable. When an author does it right, the magic makes sense and the world created does not contradict itself. There are rules and "culture" within which the characters make decisions and choose to act. The world feels real and the characters have substance.
    Oliver Wyman as narrator makes the story even better. It was a win! Thanks Audible!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Faceless Killers: A Kurt Wallander Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (882)
    Performance
    (467)
    Story
    (460)

    It was a crime of senseless violence. On a cold night in a remote Swedish farmhouse, an elderly farmer was bludgeoned to death, his wife left to die with a noose around her neck. As if this didn't present enough problems for Ystad police inspector Kurt Wallander, the dying woman's last word, his only tangible clue, were foreign. If publicized, they could be the match that would inflame Sweden's already smoldering anti-immigrant sentiments.

    Joanna says: "A new favorite detective series!"
    "Kurt Wallender - I like you..."
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    I really enjoyed this story. It was relatable and didn't seem far fetched. The main character Kurt has some depth and although some of his behaviour is questionable (when it comes to the ladies), it doesn't come out of nowhere - he has reasons for his actions that are also relatable.
    I will give the next in this series a try for sure.
    Thx Audible!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (9288)
    Performance
    (8376)
    Story
    (8392)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "No Nonsense Detective - I like him!!"
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    I was curious to see what kind of detective story Harry Potter's creator came up with and I thought it was brilliant!!
    The narrator was terrific and really drew me into the story.
    Another win! Thanks Audible!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jar City

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Arnaldur Indridason
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (323)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (275)

    Gold Dagger Award winner Arnaldur Indridason’s novels featuring Inspector Erlendur Sveinsson became international sensations on their way to selling millions of copies worldwide. The debut of morose detective Sveinsson finds the inspector and his team delving into the murder of a retiree with horrifying secrets.

    Tracey says: "Great Icelandic police procedural"
    "Liked the Main Character, the story...not so much"
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    Looking for more authors in the style of Stieg Larrson and Jussi Adler-Olson, I stumbled across this book. Although the narrator was fantastic, I was disappointed with the story. The characters, other than the main detective, didn't make me want to invest in the plot. I may try another book by this author, but not for a while.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Alphabet House

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    Overall
    (428)
    Performance
    (383)
    Story
    (383)

    British pilots James Teasdale and Bryan Young have been chosen to conduct a special photo-reconnaissance mission near Dresden, Germany. Intelligence believes the Nazis are building new factories that could turn the tide of the war. When their plane is shot down, James and Bryan know they will be executed if captured. With an enemy patrol in pursuit, they manage to jump aboard a train reserved for senior SS soldiers wounded on the eastern front.

    John S says: "Leaped before I looked. Happy I did."
    "Wow!"
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    I wrote a few titles for this review, but none of them seemed to fit. It was unlike any other book I've listened to set in WWII. The soldiers hide in plain site desperate to survive Nazi Germany, but at what cost?
    Fantastic story, superb narrator - Jussi Adler-Olson knocks it out of the park. Another winner. Thanks audible!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood of Innocents: The Sorcery Ascendant Sequence, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Mitchell Hogan
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1703)
    Performance
    (1501)
    Story
    (1501)

    Anasoma, jewel of the Mahruse Empire, has fallen. As Caldan and his companions flee the city, horrors from the time of the Shattering begin to close in. With Miranda's mind broken by forbidden sorcery, Caldan is forced to disobey the most sacrosanct laws of the Protectors if he is to have any chance of healing her. But when one of the emperor's warlocks arrives to take control of him, he begins to suspect his burgeoning powers may be more of a curse than a blessing.

    Joe says: "Must consider to read!"
    "Another Magical Adventure"
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    This series is just fantastic. There are many layers to Hogan's characters and that's what makes them feel so real. The narrator was outstanding. If you are looking for a series packed full of magic, intrigue, action and deception, this is for you! Another winner! Thanks audible!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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