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M. Plyler

Mary Mac

Washington state | Member Since 2008

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  • The Girl Who Disappeared Twice: Forensic Instincts, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Andrea Kane
    • Narrated By Jim Colby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (230)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (186)

    New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Andrea Kane brings fans a brand new series with her romantic thriller The Girl Who Disappeared Twice. Forensic Instincts—a team of independent maverick investigators comprised of a techie-genius, a former Navy SEAL/FBI agent, a psychic, and a retired FBI dog—must rescue a kidnapped five-year-old girl. But with so many people who could have benefited from the girl’s abduction, tracking down the culprit will push the team to the limit.

    "unknown" says: "A Breath of Fresh Air!!!"
    "Warning: The title of this book is a lie"
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    Would you try another book from Andrea Kane and/or Jim Colby?

    I will not be listening to another book by Andrea Kane. Partly because I think gratuitous sex scenes are a waste of space—the interest in the book is a kidnapped child, not the hot and heavy between two of the people trying to find the child. These people are stressed from the hunt for a missing little girl and not sleeping more than a few hours a night, and they want to have sex all the time? Really? The problem with this particular book is that it is so [spoiler alert] obvious from the beginning that the vanished twin sister is the kidnapper, that a reader wants to scream at both the FBI and the crack team led by Casey that is so brilliant they can find and solve issues before the feds can. How could both groups of supposedly crack detectives be so thick?


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Perhaps another Alan Bradley, narrated by Jayne Entwhistle, who actually does a child's petulant whine rather well.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The performance was adequate. Colby does an excellent job with male character voices, a good job with women's voices, and an execrable job on a female child's voice, but I believe it nearly impossible to handle a child's voice well.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Girl Who Disappeared Twice?

    Oh dear. OK, the sex scenes between Casey and the FBI guy were a waste of time and paper, or rather, air. I would rewrite character of the judge, who refers to the little girl as her baby until I wanted to smack her, or the author. The judge is irritating. She seems to have the brains of a high school dropout instead of a seasoned law professional. She doesn't trust the FBI? She marries a sleazeball, and stays married to him? She delivers the ransom money???


    Any additional comments?

    Please understand that I read memoirs, historical mysteries, mysteries and thrillers, and rarely ever read romance or steamy bodice rippers. Eww. So some of my comments are naturally affected by my personal preferences.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Thomas Perry
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (94)

    An aging but formidable strip-club owner, Claudiu "Manco" Kapak, has been robbed by a masked gunman as he placed his cash receipts in a bank's night-deposit box. Enraged, he sends his half-dozen security men out to find a suspect who is spending lots of cash and is new enough to Los Angeles not to know he was robbing a gangster.

    Richard Delman says: "Marvelous romp thru colorful LA gangsterland."
    "Get the place names, street names pronounciation!!"
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    I love anything that Thomas Perry writes, and this was a great story; the double crosses were dizzying. But if you are going to get someone to read a book, that person should be provided with the correct ways to say local place names. This fellow mispronounced Sepulveda, La Canada, and, as I recall, La Cienaga. Every time a place was mispronounced I felt as if I had bitten down hard on tin foil. That said, it is a great listen, although it was more complex than many Perry novels, with multiple story lines.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag: A Flavia de Luce Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Alan Bradley
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (695)
    Performance
    (462)
    Story
    (464)

    Flavia de Luce is a dangerously brilliant 11-year-old with a passion for chemistry and a genius for solving murders. This time, Flavia finds herself untangling two deaths—separated by time but linked by the unlikeliest of threads.

    L says: "delightful!"
    "A morbid & charming little girl rules this series"
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    Alan Brady's Flavia de Luce mysteries provide a delightful distraction from the mundane. Flavia is 11 years old, and lives in a crumbling country house near a quintessential English village. She is willful, resourceful, neglected by her father and ignored by her two older sisters. That neglect provides her plenty of time to investigate the characters of her village and the surprisingly frequent murders in this small population. Jane Entwhistle is the perfect reader to perform this book! She does Flavia's youthful voice and the voices of the many elder ladies with aplomb, and the male voices are rendered well. Flavia has an unusual fascination with chemistry, and in particular, in the chemistry of poison. Her alarming attempts to poison her elder sister provide a counterpoint to her efforts to puzzle out why—in this instance—a traveling puppeteer dies in the middle of a performance of Jack and the Beanstalk in the parish hall of the local church.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fast Track: The Sisterhood, Book 10 (Rules of the Game, Book 3)

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Fern Michaels
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    It's been years since the members of the Sisterhood first banded together, with the help of their mentor Charles Martin, to exact their own form of justice on those whose crimes had gone unpunished by the legal system. Now, back in the United States after an enforced exile, and ensconced in a new home on Big Pine Mountain in North Carolina, Myra, Kathryn, Annie, Alexis, Isabelle, Yoko, and Nikki are breathing easy at last - but not for long.

    barbara says: "Want more !!!"
    "Revenge"
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    Yawn. Mostly a bore. Stock characters and predictable plot. I should have known better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Play Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1168)
    Performance
    (438)
    Story
    (433)

    Few can rival attorney Andy Carpenter's affection for golden retrievers, especially his own beloved Tara. After he astonishes a New Jersey courtroom by successfully appealing another golden's death sentence, Andy discovers that this gentle dog is a key witness to a murder that took place five years before. Andy pushes the boundaries of the law even further as he struggles to free an innocent man by convincing an incredulous jury to take canine testimony seriously. It will take all the tricks Andy's fertile mind can conceive to get to the bottom of a remarkable chain of impersonations and murder, and to save a dog's life - and his own - in the process.

    Amazon Customer says: "Brilliant, Funny, a GREAT READ"
    "Dog love and a mystery too."
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    This was a little too cute for me. I just couldn't get in sync with the main character. But it wasn't bad. I just didn't think it was all that great, either.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hard Way

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1628)
    Performance
    (1010)
    Story
    (1005)

    Jack Reacher was alone, the way he liked it, soaking up the hot, electric New York City night, watching a man cross the street to a parked Mercedes and drive it away. The car contained one million dollars in ransom money. And Edward Lane, the man who paid it, will pay even more to get his family back. Lane runs a highly illegal soldiers-for-hire operation.

    Ed says: "Picks up at the conclusion"
    "Oh, wow!"
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    This was a great book! I loved every inch of it, and Dick Hill does a great job with the Reacher novels. I like Reacher very, very much. This was about the best one I have read so far. But--"I said nothing."

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Light

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jayne Castle
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (102)

    Reporter Sierra McIntyre is determined to find out who is kidnapping homeless retired Ghost Hunters off the streets of Crystal City, and more importantly, why. When her search for answers leads her to interview the new Guild Boss, John Fontana, she's ready with her questions.

    Stephen says: "Writing great Reader dissapointing"
    "Chick lit fantasy"
    Overall

    This type of book is not my cup of tea. Plucky heroines who have overdeveloped libidos and who instantaneously dislike the guy character they are obviously destined to spend eternity with do not appeal to me. The mystery she sets out to giddily solve was interesting enough but all the ruffles and buttons and heaving bosoms (on both male and female characters) just about did me in. I know it has an audience--just, not me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cut and Run

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ridley Pearson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    Six years ago, witness protection marshal Roland Larson did the unthinkable: he fell in love with a protected witness, Hope Stevens, whose testimony was to put away prominent members of the Romero crime family. When Hope's plan to "cut and run" is interrupted by both the government and the mob, she disappears into a new identity.

    Kathy says: "Outstanding"
    "Loved this listen!"
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    I really like Ridley Pearson, and have read several of his series titles. This was outside the norm, and it was very good. No giving away the story--just enjoy it for a book about running from bad guys and narrowly escaping, time and again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Magician's Guild: The Black Magician Trilogy: Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Trudi Canavan
    • Narrated By Richard Aspel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (951)
    Performance
    (587)
    Story
    (596)

    Sonea is caught up in a confrontation between the hated Guild magicians and the angry youth of the slums. To her dismay, she discovers that she possesses the same powers as the reviled magicians. To avoid capture, she must seek protection from the city's feared underworld, The Thieves. In return, she must use her powers for them, but her magic never seems to do quite what she intends it to.

    Jeremy says: "The book is like a wooden roller coaster..."
    "World building can be dull"
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    I believe this is aimed at a youth market. It doesn't develop a story quickly enough for a reader like me, and I believe that is a handicap for the youth market. Too much of the book is taken up with explaining a world of fantasy, and the main character spends most of the book running and hiding long after the reader wants resolution, even if it means she is caught. The narrator, Richard Aspel, is effective.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stalking the Vampire: A Fable of Tonight

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Mike Resnick
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    It's Halloween, and John Justin Mallory's partner, Winnifred Carruthers, has been so busy preparing for the biggest holiday of the year (in his Manhattan, anyway) that she seems short of energy and pale. Mallory is worried that she's been working too hard. Then he notices the two puncture marks on her neck....

    William Ekhardt says: "funny"
    "Oldish feel to the prose"
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    Is this book deliberately period--50s? I don't know. I did not enjoy it as much as I had hoped to. The tongue in cheek humor was too broad for my taste.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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