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Nancy

Cleveland, TN, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • Creole Belle: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1577)
    Performance
    (1361)
    Story
    (1325)

    Creole Belle begins where the last book in the Dave Robicheaux series, The Glass Rainbow, ended. Dave is in a recovery unit in New Orleans, where a Creole girl named Tee Jolie Melton visits him and leaves him an iPod with the country blues song “Creole Belle” on it. Then she disappears. Dave becomes obsessed with the song and the memory of Tee Jolie and goes in search of her sister, who later turns up inside a block of ice floating in the Gulf.

    Melinda says: "Burke & Patton -- Synergistic Phenomenon"
    "Dave and Clete are Back!"
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    I was so glad to see this series continue. The way the last book, prior to this one, ended I wasn't sure if the author decided to continue it or not. This is one of the best in the Dave Robicioux (never can spell that right, sorry!) series and I enjoyed it even more than the others (which I wasn't sure was possible). I love the narrator (Will Patton) and was a little concerned I wouldn't now that he's in the hit series Fallen Skies and takes on his own persona, but that wasn't a problem at all. He quickly became Dave (won't bother trying to spell that last name again) and I couldn't stop listening from beginning to end. Another winner from James Lee Burke who I thank for continuing this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3983)
    Performance
    (3558)
    Story
    (3554)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "Dog Lovers Will Love This One!"
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    I enjoyed the story not only because of the murder mystery but also because of the information about "Military/Police Service Dogs" and their training. The interaction and bond between man and dog was very touching and easy to relate to (being a dog lover). The mystery wasn't anything out of the ordinary, but good enough to keep your interest throughout. And don't worry, dog lovers, there's no depressing, Old Yeller ending to spoil it all!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angelmaker

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Nick Harkaway
    • Narrated By Daniel Weyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (265)
    Performance
    (245)
    Story
    (243)

    Joe Spork repairs clocks, a far cry from his late father, a flashy London gangster. But when Joe fixes one particularly unusual device, his life is suddenly upended. Joe's client, Edie Banister, is more than just a kindly old lady - she's a former superspy. And the device? It's a 1950s doomsday machine. And having triggered it, Joe now faces the wrath of both the government and a diabolical South Asian dictator, Edie's old arch-nemesis.

    Maine Colonial says: "A cure for the modern cynic"
    "Very Slow and Boring!"
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    It's very disappointing when you see such wonderful reviews and one or two hours into the book you are thinking, am I listening to the same book? I listened and listened trying to get hooked on something -- the story, the characters, etc. But finally gave up after about 4 hours of boredom. I think a good book should grab your attention within the first hour and this one just did not do that for me. On a positive note, the narrator did a fabulous job and my disinterest was not due to his performance.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Apocalypse: An Odd Thomas Novel, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2141)
    Performance
    (1887)
    Story
    (1887)

    Once presided over by a flamboyant Hollywood mogul during the Roaring ’20s, the magnificent West Coast property known as Roseland is now home to a reclusive billionaire financier and his faithful servants. And, for the moment, it’s also a port in the storm for Odd Thomas and his traveling companion, the inscrutably charming Annamaria. In the wake of Odd’s most recent clash with lethal adversaries, the opulent manor’s comforts should be welcome. But there’s far more to Roseland than meets even the extraordinary eye of Odd, who soon suspects it may be more hell than haven.

    D says: "Odd Apocalypse; Oddly Great"
    "Love This Odd Series!"
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    I really enjoyed this addition to Dean Koontz's "Odd Series" after reading most of the others. Some of this author's novels are a bit too dark for my tastes but I really enjoy Odd, his sense of humor and outlook on life, as his special talent (seeing dead people) leads him from one adventure to another. He is a very likeable character and the story draws you right in from the beginning, holding your interest until the very end. I highly recommend this series to anyone who likes a bit of science fiction now and then from one of the best science fiction authors.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fun House: A John Ceepak Mystery, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Chris Grabenstein
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (371)
    Performance
    (329)
    Story
    (329)

    What if a reality TV show like Jersey Shore set up production in the fictional seaside resort Sea Haven? What if hitting the gym, tanning, and doing a little laundry aren't the only things the contestants get into? By-the-book officer John Ceepak and his wisecracking young partner, Danny Boyle, have to babysit the buff and boozy kids partying it up in a Jersey shore rental house for TV’s summertime hit Fun House while simultaneously trying to stop the rowdy kids from breaking the law up and down the beach. But even Ceepak and Danny can’t stop one young cast member from being murdered—and others from being threatened with the same fate.

    BSquared67 says: "Ceepak and Boyle are worth waiting for"
    "Fun House -- Another Fun Addition to this Series!"
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    I really enjoy these John Ceepak novels and have listened to them all. This one, like the others, has a good mystery for Ceepak and Danny to solve as they entertain us with their quirkly, but very likeable, personalities. If you are looking for a light, fun listen that will keep you interested from the very start, these books will not disappoint.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Raising Stony Mayhall

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Daryl Gregory
    • Narrated By David Marantz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (938)
    Performance
    (835)
    Story
    (837)

    In 1968, after the first zombie outbreak, Wanda Mayhall and her three young daughters discover the body of a teenage mother during a snowstorm. Wrapped in the woman's arms is a baby - stone-cold, not breathing, and without a pulse. But then his eyes open and look up at Wanda, and he begins to move.The family hides the child - whom they name Stony - rather than turn him over to authorities who would destroy him. Against all scientific reason, the undead boy begins to grow....

    Dave says: "The Undead Have Never Been So Fresh (or Funny)"
    "Glad I Gave This One A Try!"
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    I really enjoyed this story. I am not into horror zombie or vampire stories which this is NOT, so I'm glad I gave it a try (based on the excellent reviews). It is actually a very heartwarming story about an unusual zombie (I guess that's sort of an oxymoron) that tries very hard to live in a normal world. You like Stony from the start and the story has enough twists and turns to keep you listening, and listening. It was also told in a light hearted tone interspersed with humor, which I really enjoy. I like happy endings and was a bit afraid this one would disappoint, but it did not. It's so frustrating to listen for 12-15 hours and then have the ending either leave you hanging or depressed. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for something different. I will look forward to listening to another book by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Second Grave on the Left: Charley Davidson, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2003)
    Performance
    (1778)
    Story
    (1769)

    When Charley is rudely awakened in the middle of the night by her best friend who tells her to get dressed quickly and tosses clothes out of the closet at her, she can’t help but wonder what Cookie’s up to. Leather scrunch boots with a floral miniskirt? Together? Seriously? Cookie explains that a friend of hers named Mimi disappeared five days earlier and that she just got a text from her setting up a meet at a coffee shop downtown....

    Connie says: "LOVE LOVE LOVE these books!"
    "Not As Good As The First!"
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    I enjoyed the first book in this series but the second book just did not live up. The characters became way too "abnormal" and the story a bit too corny. I made it about half way through and it just failed to hold my interest. However, if you really enjoy vampire and scifi character love stories, you will probably like this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sunburn

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Laurence Shames
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Listeners across the country have fallen in love with Laurence Shames’ rollicking national best-sellers set in South Florida. Energetic, forceful and unpredictable as a hurricane, Sunburn is filled with off-beat characters, top-notch suspense, and colorful dialogue. When aging Mafia godfather Vincente Delgatto flies to Key West to get a little sun, he decides to write his memoirs.

    Richard Delman says: "Warm, wise, witty: Shames's glorious world."
    "Just Didn't Keep My Interest!"
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    I was hoping this author's books were similar to Carl Hiaasen's and was very disappointed that this book anyway, was not near as well written. I kept waiting and waiting for it to get better as the reviews were very good, but I just could not get interested in the story or the characters. I failed to see the humor in the story and finally gave up on it. Maybe other books by this author are more enjoyable and I started out with the wrong one, but I guess I will never know as I would not purchase another one at this time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Rook: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Daniel O'Malley
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1885)
    Performance
    (1706)
    Story
    (1707)

    Myfanwy Thomas awakes in a London park surrounded by dead bodies. With her memory gone, her only hope of survival is to trust the instructions left in her pocket by her former self. She quickly learns that she is a Rook, a high-level operative in a secret agency that protects the world from supernatural threats. But there is a mole inside the organization - and this person wants her dead.

    Ethan M. says: "Harry Dresden meets English bureaucracy"
    "Really Enjoyed This One!"
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    I enjoy mystery/thrillers and sometimes enjoy a little scifi mixed in with the story. This one was just the right mix. If you have seen and like the new series Alphas, you will really enjoy this book. I liked the main character right away and was drawn right in to the story within the first 5 minutes (another requirement for a really good book). I had a hard time turning it off when I was listening as the story moved right along with enough twists and turns to keep you wondering what would happen next. If you want something a little different, this one is a great choice.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Gorky Park

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Martin Cruz Smith
    • Narrated By Henry Strozier
    Overall
    (391)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (230)

    At first, the case of the bodies found in a Moscow park looked straightforward: a "troika", probably three on a bottle, drunk together and then frozen to death together in the brutal Russian night. But Chief Homicide Investigator Arkady Renko hits a sharp and complicated turn with the arrival of the KGB's Pribluda. Suddenly, his access to a routine investigation is blocked. Why?

    IVAL says: "Still the BEST"
    "Couldn't Finish It!"
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    I purchased this book because of the excellent reviews however, about half way into it I completely lost interest and found that I was not looking forward to turning it back on. I didn't care about the murdered victims, the detective was not very likeable and/or lacked a personality that made him interesting, and there was way too much about the politics of the day. I guess if you love political and social history, you would enjoy this book. I like a mystery/thriller that grabs me from the start and keeps me listening and guessing throughout the book. I also like either likeable or quirky characters with personal side stories that also entertain. This book just did not do any of that for me.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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