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M. Devlin

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  • Robert B. Parker's Killing the Blues: A Jesse Stone Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Michael Brandman
    • Narrated By Robert B. Parker, James Naughton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (104)

    Paradise, Massachusetts, is preparing for the summer tourist season when a string of car thefts disturbs what is usually a quiet time in town. In a sudden escalation of violence, the thefts become murder, and chief of police Jesse Stone finds himself facing one of the toughest cases of his career. Pressure from the town politicians only increases when another crime wave puts residents on edge. Jesse confronts a personal dilemma as well: a burgeoning relationship with a young PR executive, whose plans to turn Paradise into a summertime concert destination may have her running afoul of the law.

    S. Wells says: "NOT Parker"
    "It isn't Robert B Parker but..........."
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    Would you listen to Robert B. Parker's Killing the Blues again? Why?

    Maybe. The actually story was good. The rhythm of Robert B Parker isn't there.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Robert B. Parker's Killing the Blues?

    I believe mentioning that would be a spoiler for the book and future readers. I wasn't surprised to see Jesse shy away from Sunny (since this was already mentioned) because Jesse Stone is basically a damaged guy and I think he will shy away from committment. I would like to see Sunny come back again.


    Did James Naughton do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I'm used to his narrative, and for the most part I think he does a good job, but he has to lose the lozenge or whatever he had in his mouth - it was VERY distracting!!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes - it is very short in comparison to other Robert B Parker books.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought it was interesting that they moved Jesse into some place that echoes the Tom Selleck movies.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Burning Room

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Titus Welliver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2750)
    Performance
    (2450)
    Story
    (2440)

    In the LAPD's Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die almost a decade after the crime. So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet nine years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh, but all other evidence is virtually nonexistent. Now Bosch and rookie Detective Lucia Soto, are tasked with solving what turns out to be a highly charged, politically sensitive case.

    Barbara N. says: "Great story, narration a disappointment"
    "Maybe it is better to just read this book."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Burning Room to be better than the print version?

    No. I think I would have been happier reading the book instead of listening.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I thought the plot was good. Weaving the two cold cases together was good. I don't know that it was the best of the Harry Bosch plots but I liked it.


    What three words best describe Titus Welliver’s performance?

    Dull. Monotone. Painful (to listen to). Titus Welliver is an EXCELLENT Harry Bosch on the series "Bosch". He isn't exactly wonderful as an audio book narrator. He can come up with a great accent for the mariachi player or the Ukranian boss but there are times it is hard to follow who is talking between Harry and Lucy, his partner! There are also a number of obvious edits when the whole tone changes.

    Leave Mr. Welliver to the acting. Get Len Cariou back for Harry.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The conversation between Harry and Lucy at the end of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I was surprised to see the number of books Mr. Welliver has narrated. This book was almost painful to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deadline: Virgil Flowers, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1332)
    Performance
    (1190)
    Story
    (1193)

    In Southeast Minnesota, down on the Mississippi, a school board meeting is coming to an end. The board chairman announces that the rest of the meeting will be closed, due to personnel issues. "Issues" is correct. The proposal up for a vote before them is whether to authorize the killing of a local reporter. The vote is four to one in favor.

    MJ says: "Best in this series"
    "Maybe my favorite Virgil Flowers book"
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    If you could sum up Deadline: Virgil Flowers, Book 8 in three words, what would they be?

    Twisted, suspense and humor


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Deadline: Virgil Flowers, Book 8?

    1) Getting to know Johnson Johnson better
    2) Virgil and the janitor's interactions
    3) the dog owners
    4) Lucas calling during a small boat chase
    5) Virgil's new buddy


    Have you listened to any of Eric Conger’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    It was good but his Jenkins and Schrake voices kept changing a little. I always enjoy the conversations with Jenkins and Schrake whether it is with Lucas or Virgil.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    To being with I would say no but about 1/3 of the way into it - I didn't every want to shut it off.


    Any additional comments?

    Sanford knows how to evolve his characters and Virgil keeps getting better. One character says, "He's smarter than he looks" and we all know that is true.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wait for Signs

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (357)
    Performance
    (326)
    Story
    (318)

    Ten years ago, Craig Johnson wrote his first short story, the Hillerman Award-winning "Old Indian Trick". This was one of the earliest appearances of the sheriff who would go on to star in Johnson’s best-selling, award-winning novels and the A&E hit series Longmire. Each Christmas Eve thereafter, fans rejoiced when Johnson sent out a new short story featuring an episode in Walt’s life that doesn’t appear in the novels; over the years, many have asked why they can’t buy the stories in book form.

    Paula says: "Delightful! Begging for More!"
    "Excellent Bedtime Stories for Adults!"
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    What did you love best about Wait for Signs?

    Since I love all of Craig Johnson's books - I'm quite sure I would like KMart ads if he wrote them - I have to say it is the tried and true character. Walt, Henry, Vic, Sancho - and the entire population of Absaroka County. These short stories are tiny flashes into days we have not seen before except if you have read all the Post-Its. This is why I say they make excellent bedtime stories. You could read just one short story. Of course, if you are a Walt/Craig addict - you will stay up until you read them all!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    This question doesn't really apply - there are 12 plots.


    Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

    It is always a toss up between Walt and Henry. After "Longmire" became a TV show - I now think of Robert Taylor's voice as also being Walt but George's Henry will always be my favorite with the deep voice and deeper thoughts. Geroge's Walt is also funnier than the TV character which makes it a sentimental favorite with me.


    Any additional comments?

    It would have been a blessing to have Lou Diamond Phillips read his introduction. LDP would have known how to pronounce "Absaroka County" which the person reading the introduction kept calling "Absorka" - it was like fingernails on a blackboard for me everytime he said it!! If you are going to read it - and Absaroka County IS a main character - you best know how to pronounce it!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Chase: Fox and O'Hare, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (873)
    Performance
    (748)
    Story
    (752)

    Internationally renowned thief and con artist Nicolas Fox is famous for running elaborate and daring scams. His greatest con of all: convincing the FBI to team him up with the only person who has ever caught him, and the only woman to ever capture his attention, Special Agent Kate O'Hare. Together they'll go undercover to swindle and catch the world's most wanted - and untouchable - criminals. Their newest target is Carter Grove, a former White House chief of staff and the ruthless leader of a private security agency.

    Heather says: "Fox and O'Hare are a great treat!"
    "A great diversion"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Chase to be better than the print version?

    I like audio versions if the narrator is good and I believe Scott Brick to be one of the best whe it comes to narrating books. Audio books give a different sense of personality and I like that.


    What other book might you compare The Chase to and why?

    I'm not sure about other books. Nick Fox reminds me of Neal Caffrey from TV's "White Collar". The situation also mirrors the TV show in that a criminal is being paired with an FBI agent. The difference is that this partnership is not acknowledged in the book series.


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

    I love the smooth style Scott Brick has. He gives Nick Fox a particularly droll style.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did listen to most of it in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    I really like the character Jake - Kate's dad. He is bored in retirement and loves backing up his daughter. His various buddies are also very funny.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gods of Guilt

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3963)
    Performance
    (3494)
    Story
    (3488)

    Mickey Haller gets the text, "Call me ASAP - 187," and the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention. Murder cases have the highest stakes and the biggest paydays, and they always mean Haller has to be at the top of his game. When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one. He soon finds out that she was back in LA and back in the life.

    Jane says: "Definitely entertaining. I had some smiles."
    "Mickey Haller is back!"
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    If you could sum up The Gods of Guilt in three words, what would they be?

    Awareness, Intrigue and Redemption


    What did you like best about this story?

    I think I liked the tortured nature of Mickey. He is tortured over his daughter, clients, tragedies that occur in the book and isn't handling all of it very well. I also like the fact that Michael Connelly weaves Harry Bosch into Mickey's stories and sometimes vice versa.


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

    I'm not sure Peter is my favorite narrator. No real complaints - just not my favorite.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I think this is a book listened to in sections so you can think about what is going on. It was always hard to shut off the iPhone and go off to do something else, though.


    Any additional comments?

    I have always loved Michael Connelly's books and I have come to look forward to the next Mickey Haller as much as I do the next installment of Harry Bosch.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Accused: Rosato & DiNunzio, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lisa Scottoline
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (408)
    Performance
    (354)
    Story
    (350)

    New York Times best-selling and Edgar Award-winning author Lisa Scottoline revolutionized crime fiction when she introduced her all-female law firm of Rosato & Associates, thrilling listeners with her twisty, fast-paced plots and capturing their hearts with her cast of strong and relatable female characters. Now Bennie Rosato, Mary DiNunzio, Judy Carrier, and Anne Murphy are back with all cylinders firing in Accused.

    Toby says: "Yet another great Philadelphia tale with women"
    "Great to have Rosato and Associates back"
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    I have loved the Rosato and Associates novels and have missed them so I am thrilled to have this book. Mary DiNunzio has a number of changes in her life. She also takes on an interesting case with a 13 year old (with a trust fund) who believes that the man serving time for her sister's murder is innocent and wants Rosato and Associates to investigte the case. Mary takes this on and goes on another adventure.

    While Barbara Rosenblat will always be the voice of Bennie Rosato, I did enjoy January LaVoy as the narrator. She gave different voices to the characters - and there were a lot of them! I will agree with some of the other reviewers - the almost shouting when she was narrating Mary's father was a bit much, particularly when one was wearing earbuds!

    Lisa Scottoline has said she will try and do a Rosato and Associates novel each year and I will be looking forward to them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christmas Bliss

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Mary Kay Andrews
    • Narrated By Kathleen McInerney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (97)

    Twas the night before Christmas, and Savannah was breezy. But there's trouble afoot - and it's heading toward Weezie. Seems BeBe’s been holding a big secret back that would make Santa’s reindeer stop dead in their tracks. Can these two best friends wriggle out of these twists? Will they do it in time to ensure Christmas Bliss?

    Barbara C. French says: "Enjoyable - but not one of Mary Kay Andrews' best"
    "A great visit with Weezie and BeBe"
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    I enjoy all of Mary Kay Andrews novels but my favorites are with Weezie and BeBe. This was a fun story with Christmas, weddings, babies and everything else you could ask for in good "chick lit". I hope we get another chapter of life in Savannah with Weezie and Bebe!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spirit of Steamboat: A Walt Longmire Story

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (910)
    Performance
    (825)
    Story
    (822)

    "It' s a question of what you have to do, what you have to live with if you don't." Sheriff Walt Longmire is reading A Christmas Carol in his office on December 24th when he's interrupted by the ghost of Christmas past: a young woman with a hairline scar across her forehead and more than a few questions about Walt' s predecessor, Lucian Connally. Walt doesn' t recognize the mystery woman, but she seems to know him and claims to have something she must return to Connally.

    C. Telfair says: "Welcome Holiday Diversion"
    "A wonderful walk back in time in Absaroka County"
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    What starts out as a quiet Christmas Eve ends up with a look back at Walt's first months as sheriff and a Christmas adventure with Lucian, Doc Bloomfield and some new characters. Once again, Craig Johnson can transport a person back to a time with a younger Walt but still the Walt we have come to love. This novella was touching, funny, exciting and, as always, another satisfying visit to Absaroka County. A great Christmas story without too much tinsel and glitter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: Virgil Flowers, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1235)
    Performance
    (1086)
    Story
    (1069)

    In Israel, a man clutching a backpack searches desperately for a boat. In Minnesota, Virgil Flowers gets a message from Lucas Davenport: You're about to get a visitor. It's an Israeli cop, and she's tailing a man who's smuggled out an extraordinary relic - a copper scroll revealing startling details about the man known as King Solomon. Wait a minute, laughs Virgil. Is this one of those Da Vinci Code deals? The secret scroll, the blockbuster revelation, the teams of murderous bad guys? Should I be boning up on my Bible verses? He looks at the cop. She's not laughing.

    Debbi says: "Still a fan, but..."
    "A lighter version of Virgil Flowers"
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    I am apparently the dissenting opinion. I liked this outing with Virgil Flowers. I think I liked the lighter, funnier storyline. Yes, maybe the plot was a little suspect but I liked the various characters, agencies, fake agencies and even Ma Noble. I will agree that I thought Mr. Conger was a little lax in trying to have different voices. I had a hard time distinguishing between Lucas and Virgil. He did great accents though. I will also agree that he has never done any research on the pronunciation of the cities in Minnesota. I still haven't forgotten Cloquet being pronounced "Klo-ket". Still, I think this outing may provide new characters for Virgil in the future. It was fun taking a walk on the lighter side.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 12th of Never

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (834)
    Performance
    (705)
    Story
    (711)

    Lindsay Boxer's beautiful baby is born! But after only a week at home with her new daughter, Lindsay is forced to return to work to face two of the biggest cases of her career. A rising star football player for the San Francisco 49ers is the prime suspect in a grisly murder. At the same time, Lindsay is confronted with the strangest story she's ever heard: An eccentric English professor has been having vivid nightmares about a violent murder and he's convinced is real.

    Hilary says: "Wow - this is bad! Even for the WMC Series!!!"
    "Not my favorite Women's Murder Club book"
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    I'm not sure what has happened to this series. I blame it on the change of narrator. Carolyn McCormack was the voice of Lindsay Boxer. They changed to January LaVoy and Lindsay became whinier. I always wanted Lindsay and Joe to marry but it hasn't improved the character or the plots.
    I also agree with other reviews that there were too many plotlines running through this. Yuki's court case was too much. I like when she is involved in a case involving the other women. Yuki seems to have become the favorite character. I have never been that fond of the Lindsay/Rich partnership and I don't like where the Rich/Cindy relationship ended up.

    I get the feeling that this book was more of a result that it was time for another book rather than any thought or feeling behind it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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