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Pam Sturgess

Laguna Niguel, CA | Member Since 2006

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  • 43 reviews
  • 67 ratings
  • 927 titles in library
  • 58 purchased in 2014
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  • Pursuit: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Thomas Perry
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (245)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (108)

    Thirteen bodies are found in a Louisville restaurant. When the police can find no suspect or motive, the family of one of the victims seeks the services of the enigmatic and solitary specialist Roy Prescott, known for his ability to find people who don't want to be found.

    Maxine says: "Great book"
    "Wow! A new Perry fan is born"
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    This only my second Perry book. I liked - not loved - the first one but Having listened to Pursuit, Im now an official fan and will be getting all his books. This book is equal parts character development and plot and both are done extremely well. I'm a huge Jack Reacher fan (have them all, both audio and paper) and this book comes darn close. I hope the rest of his books measure up AND hope he continues the story line.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Look Back

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Scott Brick
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (67)

    Eve Hardaway, newly single mother of one, is on a trip she’s long dreamed of - a rafting and hiking tour through the jungles and mountains of Oaxaca, in southern Mexico. Eve wanders off the trail, to a house in the distance with a menacing man in the yard beyond it, throwing machetes at a human-shaped target. Disturbed by the sight, Eve moves quickly and quietly back to her group, taking care to avoid being seen. As she creeps along, she finds a broken digital camera, marked with the name Teresa Hamilton.

    campbell says: "Tedious"
    "Exciting read & much to learn about Mexico jungles"
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    What made the experience of listening to Don't Look Back the most enjoyable?

    This book combines horrifying natural killers (bugs, plants, crocs), a heartless human killer with weather that can also kill you and pits it all against a "trying to find myself" woman who has undergone a recent divorce and a very unsatisfying job change. Not your typical super woman by any means, she nevertheless does find herself. I recommend it, I think, although it's not for everyone.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hostage

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By James Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (548)
    Performance
    (402)
    Story
    (400)

    Jeff Talley was a good husband, a fine father, and a frontline negotiator with LAPD's SWAT unit. But the high stress, unforgiving job took an irreparable toll on his psyche. After a despondent father murders his wife and son and takes his own life, Talley hits bottom. His marriage ends, he resigns from SWAT, and he struggles to escape from his former life. But Talley's pursuit of peaceful small-town life is about to change.

    David says: "Wonderful clarity of plot and character"
    "Didn't care enough to finish it!"
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    What did you like best about Hostage? What did you like least?

    Spent hours trying to like this book but then I just turned it off. Not interested enough in the outcome to finish it. Don't waste your money.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 9th Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Tami Hoag
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (806)
    Performance
    (711)
    Story
    (721)

    On a frigid New Year’s Eve in Minneapolis, a young woman’s brutalized body falls from the trunk of a car into the path of oncoming traffic. Questions as to whether she was alive or dead when she hit the icy pavement result in her macabre nickname, Zombie Doe. Unidentified and unidentifiable, she is the ninth nameless female victim of the year, and homicide detectives Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska are charged with the task of not only finding out who Zombie Doe is but who in her life hated her enough to destroy her. Was it personal? Or could it just have been a crime of opportunity?

    Sires says: "Not Fond of Narrator, Characters Sterotypical"
    "Not a mystery, just a lot of whining about bullies"
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    What disappointed you about The 9th Girl?

    There is no mystery. The book starts you with a needless horrific death, described in detail regularly. Then pretty much from there on it's kids whining about school bullies, parents whining about bullying, and a professional mother feeling sorry for herself because she decided to work. What a total waste. Couldn't get through the first few chapters. Returning the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On Target: A Gray Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2763)
    Performance
    (2241)
    Story
    (2241)

    Four years ago, assassin Court Gentry was betrayed by his handlers in the CIA. Now, an old comrade returns to haunt him - and to force him on a mission against his will. With his ruthless employers on one side, his former friends on the other, and a doomed mission ahead, Court Gentry would kill to get out of this one alive.

    Clayton says: "really impressive"
    "This series is spellbinding! I love it!"
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    Book 2 in the series....and I am really loving this author, this narrator and this character. It's so fast paced, so completely out of my experience set and so well written...My only problem with the book is that.I'm not usually a fan of books about the military or the CIA and now that I've written two glowing reviews, Audible is going to recommend a bunch of books I'm not going to want to listen to. Oh well....it's worth it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Gray Man

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4129)
    Performance
    (3119)
    Story
    (3093)

    Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

    Jason Spencer says: "Action packed, edge of your seat "page-turner""
    "Couldn't turn it off!"
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    What a spectacular book! Finished it at 2 am and bought the next one at 2:01. It's exciting, action-packed, wonderfully descriptive of the place and people, and not at all preachy. I'd write more but I'm going to buy book 3 now.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Whisper in the Dark: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Robert Gregory Browne
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (62)

    Naked. Incoherent. Covered with blood. That's how Detective Frank Blackburn finds her - a beautiful Jane Doe brandishing a pair of scissors near the scene of a brutal murder. Is she the perpetrator? Or is she the only eyewitness to the handiwork of Vincent Van Gogh, a twisted serial killer with an "artistic" bent? To find out, Blackburn takes her to renowned psychiatrist Dr. Michael Tolan. But Tolan has problems of his own. One year ago today, his beloved wife, Abby, was savagely slaughtered by the very same serial killer.

    shelley says: "Robert Gregory Browne tells very twisted tales"
    "Even Scott Brick couldn't save this"
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    Scott Brick is one of my Top 10 favorite but even he couldn't save this one. I don't know how it got published. Key factors aren't introduced until half way through the book, the author doesn't seem to want to waste time on letting you know where it takes place, The "thrilling" isn't even interesting, just stupidly bloody and if you don't get it he first time, no worries.nthe author will repeat it 20 times so you can know you're suppose to be "horrified". I was "horrified" but only that I wasted a credit to purchase it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Play with Fire: A Kate Shugak Novel, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (70)

    A mushroom hunting foray turns gruesome when Kate Shugak stumbles across a burnt, decaying corpse amid a grove of morels. Was the deceased the hapless victim of last year's forest fire? Why has no one reported him missing? And why wasn't he wearing any clothes? Absent evidence of foul play, the troopers are inclined to call it death by misadventure; Kate's instincts suggest otherwise, leading her down a path that requires her to confront issues of community, faith, and free will.

    Pam Sturgess says: "Very little story, very much preaching."
    "Very little story, very much preaching."
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    What was most disappointing about Dana Stabenow’s story?

    I love the Kate Shugak series, but not this one. Stabenow spends the entire book minus a few chapters justifying her view of God, religion, the Bible, and those who believe in Christ. I suppose if I agreed with her, I'd like the book. But I think she's completely wrong. If I wanted to listen to her brand of "religion" I'd read a non-fiction book. And I very much object to her using characters and a story line that I love to try to convince me of something that is not true.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Never Go Back: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2473)
    Performance
    (2205)
    Story
    (2186)

    Former military cop Jack Reacher makes it all the way from snowbound South Dakota to his destination in northeastern Virginia, near Washington, D.C.: the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th MP. The old stone building is the closest thing to a home he ever had. Reacher is there to meet - in person - the new commanding officer, Major Susan Turner, so far just a warm, intriguing voice on the phone. But it isn’t Turner behind the CO’s desk. And Reacher is hit with two pieces of shocking news, one with serious criminal consequences, and one too personal to even think about.

    Marci says: "Expect the Best"
    "Love it. Love it. Love it."
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    Any additional comments?

    I confess, I love Jack Reacher, love Lee Child and love, love, love this series. I hope Child never gets tired of writing Reacher books, never runs out of story lines, and never decides to "share" authorship with another writer. And speaking of love -- In this book...love enters Reacher's life. Won't say more because I don't want to spoil it if you haven't read it yet...but Reacher is Reacher is Reacher.

    If you haven't read a Jack Reacher book and want to try this, you can read it without reading the others and still enjoy it. But I think you'll enjoy it MUCH more if you start with book 1 and work your way through. I envy you the experience.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (245)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (198)

    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!!!"
    "Good, not great."
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    Any additional comments?

    I always jump to the additional comments section because I don't like the boxes they want you to fill out when reading a review. Anyway, this book is good -- can't say great. It is definitely weird!

    I knew the ending within the first 2 chapters, so will you -- but it was worth hanging in there to the end to see how the author wrapped it up. It was interesting...not a favorite, but also not a disappointment. Average.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Dog Who Knew Too Much: A Chet and Bernie Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Spencer Quinn
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (705)
    Performance
    (613)
    Story
    (601)

    Combining suspense and intrigue with a wonderfully humorous take on the link between man and beast, Spencer Quinn's exceptional mystery series has captured widespread praise since its New York Times best-selling debut, Dog on It. The Dog Who Knew Too Much marks the duo's triumphant return in a tale that's full of surprises.

    LINDA says: "Mystery from the canine point of vew"
    "What an AWFUL book!"
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    Do you have any additional comments?

    I cannot believe this writer has had several of these idiot books published. They are ghastly! Maybe they'd work as children's books if you tamed down most of the violence.....maybe not. There are really good "dog" books out there -- any of the David Rosenfelt books, and I loved the dogs in P.T. Deutermann's Cam Richter series. Those dogs make you want to own a dog. This book made me want to ..... barf.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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