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  • The Last Policeman

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ben H. Winters
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (559)
    Performance
    (504)
    Story
    (507)

    What’s the point in solving murders if we’re all going to die soon, anyway? Detective Hank Palace has faced this question ever since asteroid 2011GV1 hovered into view. There’s no chance left. No hope. Just six precious months until impact. The Last Policeman presents a fascinating portrait of a pre-apocalyptic United States. The economy spirals downward while crops rot in the fields. Churches and synagogues are packed. People all over the world are walking off the job - but not Hank Palace. He’s investigating a death by hanging.

    Amazon Customer says: "There was trepidation ..."
    "Interesting but..."
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    The premise is fascinating and the main character interesting and solidly constructed, but the story began to drag. The narration is generally good but I am left wondering why a character so profoundly a product of his New England origins speaks with a southern accent. I think I will read rather than listen to the next two books planned for this trilogy.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Undead Pool: The Hollows, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1818)
    Performance
    (1675)
    Story
    (1682)

    Witch and day-walking demon Rachel Morgan knows magic - earth, ley line, even the forbidden demon magic - and that knowledge has saved her life more than once. But now something - or someone - is attacking Cincinnati and the Hollows, causing spells to backfire or go horribly wrong while living vampires attack humans and Inderlanders alike. The pressures build when the city is quarantined to contain the unreliable magic, and Rachel must stop the attacks before the undead vampire masters who keep the rest of the undead under control are lost and it becomes all-out supernatural war.

    Angela says: "Unbelievably Satisfying!"
    "Couldn't get past the second chapter"
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    I have read this entire series. Perhaps listening to it meant I couldn't skip the annoying parts. In chapter one, for example, the wind ruffled Trent's hair. Then it blew Rachel's hair around. She stared at Trent telling herself they could not be an item. Then the wind blew through Trent's hair. Rachel felt a tingle. She stares longingly at Trent. Then something blows up, they are escorted out, and as they talk in the parking lot, the wind ruffles Trent's hair. Rachel stares at him longingly. Before anything serious starts to happen in Chapter two, Jenks and Rachel squabbled like 6-year-olds ("you want him," "no I don't," "Yes, you do," "No I don't.") Then a major event occurs, but by then I had had enough. The narrator was ok, the writing horrible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Off the Grid: A Monkeewrench Novel, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By P. J. Tracy
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (56)

    On a sailboat 10 miles off the Florida Keys, Grace MacBride, partner in Monkeewrench Software, thwarts an assassination attempt on retired FBI agent John Smith. A few hours later, in Minneapolis, a 15-year-old girl is found in a vacant lot, her throat slashed. Later that morning, two young men are found in their home a few blocks away, killed execution style. The next morning, three more men are found savagely murdered in the same neighborhood. As Minneapolis homicide detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth struggle to link the crime scenes, they discover that there have been similar murders in other cities....

    Kathleen says: "The fith and newest P. J. Tracy Monkeywrench Gang"
    "Real disappointment"
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    I have really like the Monkeewrench series, but this book is a mess. Poor writing, ridiculous stereotypes, and huge gaps in the plot. The book starts in a compelling way with the kidnapping of 4 Native American girls destined, we are told, to be sold into the sex trade. One dies trying to escape, and when the others are rescued a bit later -- that entire plot line disappears. We are told that one of the men who grabbed them was also Native -- never mentioned again. The entire plot then shifts to the possibility of coordinated terrorist attacks by small cells across the US -- and suddenly that whole thing fizzles too. The Native American special ops veteran who is now chief of police on the reservation is stereotyped to such an extreme degree that it seems like a parody. He speaks with a heavy-handed version of Native intonation, uses phrases that supposedly show his Native culture (contemporary Native Americans call dogs dogs, not "wolf's cousin,"), and was able through mystical connections to anticipate a Viet Cong attack and save his buddy years ago in Vietnam. The other veterans on the reservation can walk through the snowy woods without leaving a trail. They kill the terrorists with bows, arrows, and knives even though they have other weapons and the terrorists have semi-automatic weapons. On top of that, the narration was bombastic, the accents excruciating (Annie's southern accent right out of Gone with the Wind), and Grace, the ultimate survivor, speaks in a sad fading tone through the book. As I said, I have really loved the Monkeewrench series, but this one was wretched.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Full Blooded: Jessica McClain, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Amanda Carlson
    • Narrated By Casey Holloway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (136)

    It's not easy being a girl. It's even harder when you're the only girl in a family of werewolves. But it's next to impossible when your very existence spells out the doom of your race.... Meet Jessica McClain - she just became part of the pack. In the vein of Kelley Armstrong and Patricia Briggs, a new urban fantasy that rewrites the werewolf myth....

    Roberta says: "Terrible narration ruined it for me"
    "Terrible narration ruined it for me"
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    The premise was an interesting one, but the narration was so poor I gave up on the book. The narrator wasn't bad when voicing the main character, but at other times was so stilted she sounded robotic.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Motor Mouth

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By C.J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (318)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (73)

    It's the last race of the season, the wheels are smoking, and the temperature is rising at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Alexandra Barnaby is NASCAR-driver Sam Hooker's raceday spotter, his eye-in-the-sky, telling Hooker when to pass and when to let off the gas. From her vantage point high above the grandstand, she's also seeing goings-on in the infield that will change her life.

    Sue Ryals says: "AWFUL"
    "terrible narration"
    Overall

    I like Evanovich's novels, and have liked other audio editions, but I found it impossible to listen to this one. The narrator used a painfully exaggerated cartoon-like voice for the NASCAR-driver hero, and a bland generic voice for the New Jersey auto mechanic heroine. I had to turn it off by the 2nd or 3rd chapter. A big disappointment.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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