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Mary McKinney

Ph.D. Psychologist and Coach

www.successfulacademic.com | Member Since 2007

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  • Bent Road

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Lori Roy
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (32)

    For 20 years, Celia Scott has watched her husband, Arthur, hide from the secrets surrounding his sister Eve’s death. As a young man, Arthur fled his small Kansas hometown, moved to Detroit, married Celia, and never looked back. But when the 1967 riots frighten him even more than his past, he convinces Celia to pack up their family and return to the road he grew up on, Bent Road, and that same small town where Eve mysteriously died.

    Ronna says: "Great writing--not great story!!"
    "A Good Listen"
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    This book crept up on me until I was quite engaged. Much more of a psychological portrait of a midwestern community than a murder mystery. The author did a good job of writing from multiple points of view. The climax goes on and on and on... I'm surprised that this book won an Edgar but I look forward to more novels from Roy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Keeper of Lost Causes: Department Q, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1693)
    Performance
    (1470)
    Story
    (1469)

    Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award-also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo. Now, Dutton is thrilled to introduce him to America.

    Ted says: "Dark, Cold, and Danish"
    "Worst Narration Ever"
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    The American narrator butchers this book by creating horrid fake Danish accents for the dialogue. He sounds like a sick, slowed-down Arnold Schwarzenegger imitator.
    I also wonder about the translation -- some sentences used words in odd ways and I hope that there are not as many trite phrases in the original. The story was quite good and I liked some of the characters but I wish I had read rather than listened to the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12082)
    Performance
    (10974)
    Story
    (11001)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Fun and Excitement!"
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    I never read books of this genre but was intrigued by the positive reviews I read on audible. The story, narration and characters exceeded my expectations. I couldn't turn off my ipod and listened late into the night. This story would make a great movie and I hope it hits the big screen sometime. I appreciated the humorous dialogue and the interesting range of characters. The narrator does a great job of giving consistent, unique voices to each character.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Bat: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (974)
    Performance
    (838)
    Story
    (828)

    Harry is out of his depth. Detective Harry Hole is meant to keep out of trouble. A young Norwegian girl taking a gap year in Sydney has been murdered, and Harry has been sent to Australia to assist in any way he can. He's not supposed to get too involved. When the team unearths a string of unsolved murders and disappearances, nothing will stop Harry from finding out the truth. The hunt for a serial killer is on, but the murderer will talk only to Harry. He might just be the next victim.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Probably the best of this remarkable series."
    "A Wonderful Beginning to a Great Series"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I loved hearing the backstory of Harry Hole after reading all of the later books. The narrator was an unfortunate choice because most of the characters are Australian and he can only occasionally provide a sentence or two of a passable Aussie accent. This weakness detracted from the listening experience to the point I wished I'd read instead of listened to the novel. The plot is engaging, with lots of fun twists, although it falls apart a bit at the end. The romance is a nice plot line as well -- but has many weaknesses towards the end of the book. Nesbo does a great job explaining and showing sides of Australia and the tales told in the book are delightful.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Near-Death Experience and Journey into the Afterlife

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eben Alexander
    • Narrated By Eben Alexander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1840)
    Performance
    (1602)
    Story
    (1615)

    On November 10, 2008, Dr. Eben Alexander was driven into coma by a disease so lethal that only 1 in 10,000,000 survive. Seven days later, he awakened with memories of a fantastic odyssey deep into another realm that were more real than this earthly one - memories that included meeting a deceased birth sister he had never known existed. Dr. Alexander deployed all his knowledge as a scientist to find out whether his mind could have played a trick on him. In its shutdown state, there was no way it could have.

    Kelly says: "Compelling"
    "Changed my life!"
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    I downloaded this book on a whim, not knowing what to expect. If you'd asked me before listening to Alexander's story I would have said that no afterlife exists. However, this is a compelling and convincing portrait of an experience -- an amazing and wonderful experience -- while the author was in a coma and had no apparent brain activity. What happy news!

    14 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • The Drop: Harry Bosch, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    Overall
    (3246)
    Performance
    (2648)
    Story
    (2619)

    Harry Bosch has been given three years before he must retire from the LAPD, and he wants cases more fiercely than ever. In one morning, he gets two. DNA from a 1989 rape and murder matches a 29-year-old convicted rapist. Was he an eight-year-old killer, or has something gone terribly wrong in the new Regional Crime Lab? Then Bosch and his partner are called to a death scene fraught with internal politics....

    Joanne says: "A completely satisfying listen"
    "An excellent addition to a reliable series"
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    This is an engaging addition to Connelly's great series. Both plots kept my attention and it is fun to watch Bosch's daughter become a wise-beyond-her-years teen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Phantom

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (665)
    Performance
    (558)
    Story
    (557)

    When Harry left Oslo again for Hong Kong - fleeing the traumas of life as a cop - he thought he was there for good. But then the unthinkable happened. The son of the woman he loved, lost, and still loves is arrested for murder: Oleg, the boy Harry helped raise but couldn't help deserting when he fled. Harry has come back to prove that Oleg is not a killer. Barred from rejoining the police force, he sets out on a solitary, increasingly dangerous investigation that takes him deep into the world of the most virulent drug to ever hit the streets.

    Fran Murphy says: "Jo Nesbo hates Harry Hole"
    "Somewhat Disappointing"
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    I've read and enjoyed all of Jo Nesbo's books but I found this one too long. Twist, after twist, after twist became tedious. I could have used a few less characters and a few less hours of narration. Didn't really appreciate the rat's point of view either.
    Robin Sachs did his usual wonderful job narrating.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Rules of Civility: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Amor Towles
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1864)
    Performance
    (1489)
    Story
    (1472)

    Set in New York City in 1938, Rules of Civility tells the story of a watershed year in the life of an uncompromising 25-year-old named Katey Kontent. Armed with little more than a formidable intellect, a bracing wit, and her own brand of cool nerve, Katey embarks on a journey from a Wall Street secretarial pool through the upper echelons of New York society in search of a brighter future.

    Emily - Audible says: "Like a Country Pastoral for City Rats"
    "Fun and Fascinating"
    Overall

    This book conveys tone, character and mood in ways that call to mind The Great Gatsby, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Catcher in the Rye and The Bell Jar. It is great fun. But deep. And an anthem to New York City in 1938. I predict that this tale of young Katy Kontent will become a best seller and a classic.
    The last novel I felt this way about was "The Help".

    53 of 58 people found this review helpful
  • Play Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (679)
    Performance
    (358)
    Story
    (357)

    Theirs was a marriage made in tabloid heaven, but no sooner had supermodel Laura Ayars and Celtics star David Baskin said “I do” than tragedy struck. While honeymooning on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, David went out for a swim - and never returned. Now widowed and grieving, Laura has a thousand questions and no answers. Her search for the truth will draw her into a web of lies and deception that stretches back thirty years - while on the court at the Boston Garden, a rookie phenom makes his spectacular debut....

    Debbie Woodruff says: "I love Harlan Coben, but..."
    "Horrible Amateur Melodrama"
    Overall

    One of the worst audio books I've ever listened to. Verbose melodrama that should have been left in Coben's bedside drawer. Thank goodness his work improved after this first mess -- why has he foisted it on us now?

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • A Spot of Bother: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Mark Haddon
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (327)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (74)

    At 61, George Hall is settling down to a comfortable retirement. Then his tempestuous daughter, Katie, announces that she is getting remarried, to the deeply inappropriate Ray. Her family is not pleased and Katie can't decide if she loves Ray or loves the wonderful way he has with her son, Jacob. Her mother, Jean, is a bit put out by all the planning and arguing the wedding has occasioned, which get in the way of her quite fulfilling late-life affair with one of her husband's ex-colleagues.

    Matthea says: "Fun and poignant"
    "Wonderful Characters, Sweet Story"
    Overall

    Although "A Spot of Bother" can't compare to Hadden's fabulous "Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" it is still an entertaining and endearing story. This book reminds me a lot of the work of Nick Hornby with it's quirky British characters and laugh-out-loud details.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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