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Santa Barbara, United States Minor Outlying Islands | Member Since 2015

  • 4 reviews
  • 11 ratings
  • 866 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Dexter by Design

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jeff Lindsay
    • Narrated By Nick Landrum

    After a joyous honeymoon in Paris, Dexter is feeling pretty normal. But when a corpse is found displayed on a Miami beach, Dexter realizes another killer is on the loose.

    Russell says: "Is there a such thing as 'too graphic'?"
    "Far-fetched, but enjoyable"

    I think I enjoyed the previous Dexter books a bit more than "Dexter by Design" -- maybe only because the novelty of a blood-spatter analyst who moonlights as a serial killer wears off by the fourth book -- but I still recommend this book to anyone who appreciates humor in their thrillers. One has to respect an author who can make us root for a serial killer! Jeff Lindsay can take his place alongside the wonderful crop of writers Florida has produced: Carl Hiaasen, Laurence Shames, Randy Wayne White, Tim Dorsey, Dave Barry, James W. Hall, and so many more. Just remember, while listening to the Dexter books, to suspend disbelief a tad, and you will enjoy the ride.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Dance of Death

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick

    Agent Pendergast has become one of crime fiction's most endearing characters. His greatest enemy is one who has stalked him all of his life, his cunning and diabolical brother Diogenes. And Diogenes has thrown down the gauntlet. Now, several of the people closest to Pendergast are viciously murdered, and Pendergast is framed for the deeds. On the run from federal authorities, with only the help of his old friend NYPD Lieutenant Vincent D'Agosta, Pendergast must stop his brother.

    Lu says: "Need to read earlier books in series"
    "Entertaining fun"

    With "Dance of Death," Preston and Child have delivered another good Pendergast thriller. The voice of the narrator, Scott Brick, spoils the audiobook a bit, not for lack of acting skills -- Mr. Brick certainly has those -- but only because of his unpleasant voice. I liked the story a lot -- as always with the Preston/Child offerings -- although one definitely needs to suspend disbelief with this one. Fortunately, the authors facilitate that suspension of disbelief with their good writing and good plotting. I recommend this audiobook to all thriller-lovers, with the caveat that one needs to endure the narrator's voice. Also, to best enjoy "Dance of Death," one really needs to have listened to all the prequels, particularly "The Cabinet of Curiosities," which Audible does not yet offer unabridged. Hopefully, they will do so soon: All the Preston/Child thrillers deserve an unabridged listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Men's Boots: Felix Castor Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mike Carey
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Before he died, Felix Castor's fellow exorcist John Gittings made several calls asking for help, and if Castor had answered them, John might still be alive. So when a smooth-talking lawyer comes out of nowhere to claim the remains, Castor owes it to John's unhappy ghost and even more unhappy widow to help out.

    Cliff says: "Another great book."
    "Mike Carey does it again!"

    I agree with the previous reviewers of "Dead Men's Boots" -- Mike Carey writes superlative supernatural noir, and he keeps getting better with each entry in this series. I understand that he has written two more episodes -- "Thicker Than Water" and "The Naming of the Beasts" -- that have yet to come out in audio. As soon as they do, I will be downloading them. "Dead Men's Boots" has just the right mixture of suspense, humor, and horror; and Michael Kramer voices them all with a consummate actor's excellence. You can listen to this novel as a stand-alone story; but I recommend listening to its prequels -- "The Devil You Know" and "Vicious Circle" -- first, because they each set the stage for the subsequent stories. Mike Carey writes intricate, complex plots; so that -- although he does fill in the backstory we need -- having listened to the whole previous adventure provides a much richer and more entertaining experience.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Throne

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Chris Kuzneski
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In 1890, a man collapses near the Piazza della Santa Carita in Naples, Italy. Strangers manage to revive him, but he is unable to speak. Police carry him to the nearest hospital, where he is not admitted because he has no money or identification. Frantically trying to communicate, he scribbles notes in ancient Greek and German that would have told the world about a discovery of immense importance - if anyone had read them.

    Lórien says: "The best Kuzneski yet"
    "The best Kuzneski yet"

    I liked this fourth Kuzneski thriller the best so far. I enjoyed the idea of using the Greek monastery from the James Bond movie "For Your Eyes Only" in the plot. Kuzneski brings two independent ongoing investigations of the same crime together in the story's exciting denouement. The relationship between the two main characters -- Jonathan Payne and David Jones -- has developed since the beginning of the series, so that they not only save the world, but provide comic relief in the process. Even Dick Hill's reading, which previously annoyed me in earlier audiobooks, has improved. He is now providing excellent voices and accents without over-acting the way he used to. Altogether, I recommend "The Lost Throne" to anyone who likes well-researched, well-written thrillers.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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