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Stevon

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  • The Fire Witness: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Lars Kepler, Laura A. Wideburg (translator)
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (107)

    Flora Hansen calls herself a medium and makes a living by pretending to commune with the dead. But after a gruesome murder at a rural home for wayward girls, Hansen begins to suffer visions that are all too real. She calls the police claiming to have seen a ghost, but only one detective puts aside his skepticism long enough to listen: Joona Linna. Linna has spent more time at the scene of the crime than any other detective would.

    Claire says: "Scared to Death"
    "quite the interesting tale"
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    First time author, Lars Kepler. What's interesting here is that Lars Kepler is the pseudonym for a Swedish husband and wife writing team. As I was listening to the book, I couldn't help but wonder if they sat around over coffee in the morning and came up with the plot. The book starts out set in a home for young girls, age 12-17, where they are there not because they are pregnant but rather that society has given up on them. They all suffer from issues with sex, drugs, violence, even a combination of them. There is a gruesome double murder where the prime suspect is one of the wards, a 15 year old girl. Right after the murders happen the 15 year old disappers, runs through a dark forest at night, comes out on a road where there is a car parked beside the roadn, running with the driver's door open and the female driver having run behind a tree for a bio break. The girl takes off in the car only to discover that the lady's 4 year old son is in a car seat in the back. The chase is on and this is only the beginning of the book! The authors go on to write a tale that keeps you guessing, keeps you turning the pges and, often, is quite spooky. I really enjoyed it and will enjoy the next book when it comes out. These Scandavian authors really have it going.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • To Kill a Mockingbird

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Harper Lee
    • Narrated By Sissy Spacek
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1829)
    Performance
    (1691)
    Story
    (1701)

    Harper Lee’s Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south - and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred, available now for the first time as a digital audiobook. One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than 40 languages, sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the 20th century by librarians across the country.

    Alan says: "Stunning"
    "great story, excellent narrator"
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    What can you say about this book that hasn't already been said, it's a great book. I'd seen the movie 10-20 times over the years but had never read the book. When I came across this audio version narrated by Sissy Spacek I decided it was time to dive into the book. It was excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Restless in the Grave

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (135)

    Alaska aviation entrepreneur Finn Grant died in the fiery crash of his Piper Super Cub. Someone sabotaged his engine, and virtually everyone in southwestern Alaska has a motive, including his betrayed wife, his bullied children, and Liam’s wife, bush pilot Wyanet Chouinard. With few places to turn, Liam asks his former mentor Niniltna post commander Sergeant Jim Chopin, for help, and Jim quickly brings Kate onto the case. Working undercover as - of all things - a waitress at Bill’s Bar and Grill, Kate learns over beer and burgers that Grant’s business had expanded meteorically over the last two years.

    Charlie says: "Kate Shugak plus Liam Campbell!"
    "really like the Alaska aspect"
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    This is my second Stabenow Kate Shugak novel and I enjoyed them both. The mystery/crime side of the story was interesting. One of the highlights to the book is the Alaska setting. This book was set in January and you'd think SW Alaska would be cold and nasty and the book makes it seem that way. Plus you get the feel for Alaska in general, the people, the landscape, the lifestyle, etc. In fact, at the end of the book the author has a short interview where she states the book is about all things Alaskan, that's a good way to put it. If there was one distraction it was the narrator. I read some of the reviews before listening to the book so had an ear out for the narrator and she seemed to be talking a bit too fast. I went so far as to slow down the audio on my iPod and that didn't solve it. She must just talk fast, I can't think it was intentional on the part of the producers. But like most audiobooks, in my experience anyway, you get used to the narrator in about every book the further you get into it and this one was no different. After getting about a quarter of the way through the book I quit paying attention to the narrator and just enjoyed the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Way Home: Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1020)
    Performance
    (917)
    Story
    (912)

    Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sûreté du Québec, has found a peace he'd only imagined possible. On warm summer mornings he sits on a bench holding a small book, The Balm in Gilead, in his large hands. "There is a balm in Gilead," his neighbor Clara Morrow reads from the dust jacket, "to make the wounded whole." While Gamache doesn't talk about his wounds and his balm, Clara tells him about hers. Peter, her artist husband, has failed to come home. Failed to show up as promised on the first anniversary of their separation. She wants Gamache's help to find him. Having finally found sanctuary, Gamache feels a near revulsion at the thought of leaving Three Pines. "There’s power enough in Heaven," he finishes the quote as he contemplates the quiet village, "to cure a sin-sick soul." And then he gets up. And joins her.

    David Walker says: "Back in 3 Pines"
    "a different Gamache tale but still a good listen"
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    Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is now retired after ending the previous book battered and bruised, mentally and physically and living in Three Pines getting healthy. And a different kind of mystery finds its way to him in the form of a missing person. He is asked by Clara Morrow to help find her overdue husband, Peter. So, Gamache's natural investigative instincts get involved. Since this has been on the surface a series about crime this book was different in that no crime has been committed. The author's books have never been intense crime thrillers and this book solidifies that what her books are really about are life and human nature. And, she throws in some Canadian history and geography, this time eastern Quebec up the St Lawrence River almost to the Atlantic Ocean. Still the tale of Three Pines and its characters continues and I'll look forward to the next one. As an aside, the narrator of the books up to this point, Ralph Gosham, died after finishing this book. To many, including me, he had become the voice of Armand Gamache. It will be interesting and tricky I'd guess to see how the publisher replaces the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pines

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2818)
    Performance
    (2545)
    Story
    (2549)

    Wayward Pines, Idaho, is quintessential small-town America — or so it seems. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in search of two missing federal agents, yet soon is facing much more than he bargained for. After a violent accident lands him in the hospital, Ethan comes to with no ID and no cell phone. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into his colleagues’ disappearance turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he make contact with his family in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what’s the purpose of the electrified fences encircling the town? Are they keeping the residents in? Or something else out? Each step toward the truth takes Ethan further from the world he knows, until he must face the horrifying possibility that he may never leave Wayward Pines alive…

    Linda B says: "Well done story"
    "what's going on here genre"
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    First time author, this book seems to come from the genre where you're in a reality that doesn't appear to be real and you're trying to figure out what the reality is. The plot keeps unfolding even right up to the end. I realized only while listening to the book and researching the author a bit that this is the first book in a trilogy so there's a ways to go before figuring it all out. It is interesting and the author was really imaginative in coming up with the plot. I did read where this book is the basis for a TV series on Fox network TV starting around May 2015.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Place: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan, Lara Hutchinson
    Overall
    (1199)
    Performance
    (1068)
    Story
    (1059)

    "The Secret Place", a board where the girls at St Kilda's School can pin up their secrets anonymously, is normally a mishmash of gossip and covert cruelty, but today someone has used it to reignite the stalled investigation into the murder of handsome, popular Chris Harper. Stephen joins forces with the abrasive Detective Antoinette Conway to find out who and why.

    Jim says: "CAN NOT UNDERSTAND HALF THE BOOK (AUDIO)"
    "another good French"
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    If I only read the reviews in audible on this book I might not have purchased it. But I had so enjoyed the first four books by the author I knew I would buy it nonetheless and I'm glad I did. Often with foreign accented narrators it takes some time to get used to the accent, in this case a male and female with an Irish accent. The male was fine but the female could be a bit hard to understand although I did find that if I put on my Bose headset I more easily understood the female. But as the book wore on, as usual, it got easier and easier to understand them both even without the headset. I did find it interesting that the author would choose to have a crime story set in a girls prep school with the teenage students as the primary suspects. I'm not sure who the target audience is other than just Tanqa French fans. But I will say that once again the author proves she is a great writer with awesome insight into human nature. She goes inside the school and brings the teenage lives to life. She also goes inside the heads of the two main detectives, mainly the male whose perspective most of the book is written from. Once you get into the characters, the setting and get used to the narrators the book flows along quite nicely. Tana French has written each of the books in the series using different characters for each book. Sometimes I wish she would loop back around and bring back some of her old characters to life and finish some of the personal stories, relationships she nurtures in her books. I really do enjoy her book, that's for sure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sentinels of Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By P. T. Deutermann
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    By the spring of 1945, the once mighty Japanese fleet has been virtually destroyed, leaving Japan open to invasion. The Japanese react by dispatching hundreds of suicide bombers against the Allied fleet surrounding Okinawa. By mid-May, the Allied fleet is losing a major ship a day to murderous swarms of kamikazes streaming out of Formosa and southern Japan.

    Stevon says: "WWII Pacific war stories don't get any better"
    "WWII Pacific war stories don't get any better"
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    For fiction, PT Deutermann's depictions have to be among the best written in actually describing what the Navy war against the Japanese in the Pacific theater must have been like. This book describes the battle of Okinawa from a Navy perspective. The Japanese considered Okinawa part of their homeland, much like we think of Hawaii. The Japanese sensed the end of the war was coming and they were going to lose but their warrior mentality said, seemingly, that they were going to fight to their last breath. If you were in the American fleet in the Okinawa campaign you life was on the line every single day. I've come to really enjoy this author's books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wayfaring Stranger

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (847)
    Performance
    (770)
    Story
    (768)

    It is 1934 and the Depression is bearing down when 16-year-old Weldon Avery Holland happens upon infamous criminals Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow after one of their notorious armed robberies. A confrontation with the outlaws ends as Weldon puts a bullet through the rear window of Clyde’s stolen automobile. Ten years later, Second Lieutenant Weldon Holland and his sergeant, Hershel Pine, escape certain death in the Battle of the Bulge and encounter a beautiful young woman named Rosita Lowenstein hiding in a deserted extermination camp.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Outstanding Addition to the Holland/Texas Saga"
    "another good one"
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    I've stated before that starting a James Lee Burke novel is like meeting up with a good friend again where you just know you are going to have a good time. This book didn't disappoint. This book filled in the early days of the Hackberry Holland character, a series set mostly in west Texas although this one wasn't. Many of Burke's books have bad things happen to good people. When this one started off with Lt Weldon Holland rescuing Rosita Lowenstien from a German death camp at the end of World War II, marrying her and bringing her back to west Texas, as the story unfolded I got a sense of foreboding of bad things to happen. Burke sets the core of this story just after the war ends in south Texas and Louisiana when the oil boom is just getting going. I never really thought much about that time and place but Burke brings it to life. It stands to reason that there were lots of cutthroat people who would do anything to get at the riches of the black gold. There were plenty of bad hombres. Burke does his usual fine writing, flowery and intellectual, while Will Patton does his usual good job of bringing the story to life as the narrator. Burke could take the Holland character in so many directions after this book, it's hard to anticipate what he will do with this series. I'll look forward to it no matter where it goes, I just hope it keep going.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wolf Winter

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Clare Francis
    • Narrated By Simon Russell Beale
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    In the chill of the Cold War, two Norwegians are shot dead after straying into Soviet wilderness, killings that will bind together three people in a web of treachery and passion: Halvard Starheim, veteran explorer, torn by the deaths of his friends and his love for a beautiful woman; Ragna Johansen, the attractive widow of one of the dead men, on a desperate search for love and fulfilment; Rolf Berg, brilliant Norwegian journalist, whose secret other life holds the key to a deadly conspiracy.

    Needles says: "A good story, well told"
    "a great book, my favorite Francis"
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    This is a great book, period. I've listened to more than five of the author's books now over a long period of time it seems. This was her third book, written way back in 1987. It must not have been put into audio format until recently as it only not too long ago showed up on audible. How an English author came up with the idea for this book and researched it, set in the Lapland region of Norway and Finland is beyond me. But she weaves a really interesting, engrossing spy thriller that even at over 21 hours of listening kept my attention from start to finish, was a page turner, and I was sorry to see end. Side note, while listening to this book I went into audible to see what other Clare Francis books I might be interested in and couldn't find her books anymore. I chatted audible and they told me that the author evidently has changed publishers and they currently don't have a contract with the new publisher, at least for this author. While not widely popular, as far as I know, I've always enjoyed her books and would hate to see them no longer available here on audible. The chatter said audible has a mechanism to pass along my input.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silkworm

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4781)
    Performance
    (4384)
    Story
    (4384)

    When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

    H James Lucas says: "A well-worn genre enlivened with fresh characters"
    "great second book in the series"
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    Why would an author that has had great success take on a new genre? It can't be about the money. It must be that the author just enjoys writing, maybe it's the challenge of showing others or maybe just yourself that you can do it. But this author, by any name, gets it. This book is the second in the series and the author does a great job of building on the first while weaving an interesting crime thriller. I wouldn't say there is great suspense in this book but the characters are really well developed and interesting. It's a thinking person's book and the setting with a bunch of authors, editors, and publishers is good. You get into the mystery after a bit and the book just flows. I'll look forward to the next book in the series, the author can really take the series in many different directions.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jade Island: Donovan Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Lowell
    • Narrated By Robin Rowan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (63)

    Wild and restless, Kyle Donovan has freed himself from the constraints of his family's high-powered gem-trading empire to rove the world as a treasure hunter. Now the president of Donovan International has given Kyle an assignment with explosive ramifications. When one of China's legendary cultural treasures is stolen, Lianne Blakely, a mysterious and beautiful jade expert, is accused of the theft. It's Kyle's job to get to the bottom of what could be a potential disaster for the Donovans.

    Stevon says: "entertaining"
    "entertaining"
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    Interesting premise in this one, my second Lowell book. Two families involved in precious gems task a family member to get to know the other to get an inside track to the other family. The two not only get to know each other but sparks fly immediately. I don't know that Elizabeth Lowell is known as a romance writer but this one had plenty of romance in it. It was an entertaining listen, though, as the author wove the story line of the mystery, the gem in this story being jade. You learn a lot about jade in this book. I enjoyed the characters, the setting in Seattle and the San Juan Islands, and the plot was OK. Sometimes it seemed the book didn't flow as well as it should but it didn't detract from the book too much. I will listen to book 3 in this 4 book series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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