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Ted

Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.

Lancaster, PA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Think of a Number: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By John Verdon
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (465)
    Performance
    (327)
    Story
    (327)

    Arriving in the mail over a period of weeks are taunting letters that end with a simple declaration: “Think of any number…picture it…now see how well I know your secrets.” Amazingly, those who comply find that the letter writer has predicted their random choice exactly. For Dave Gurney, just retired as the NYPD’s top homicide investigator and forging a new life with his wife, Madeleine, in upstate New York, the letters are oddities that begin as a diverting puzzle but quickly ignite a massive serial murder investigation.

    Kelley says: "Fresh and Frightening!"
    "Terrific: Mystery, Characters, Plot!"
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    I don't need 15 words to say, "Yikes!", "Wow!" or "Wheeee!" Here's the deal. This is the first Dave Guerney novel from John Verdon. It is so gooood I'm afraid to buy the next. Did Verdon save up a lifetime of deviously complex ideas and empty his tank into "Think Of A Number"? Should I even get "Shut Your Eyes Tight"? AAARGH! This is what puzzle psychological murder mysteries should be. "Think Of A Number" ought'a be Webster's definition for the genre.

    If you and I share any taste in thriller detective mysteries (see my reviews - I'm tough!) then this… THIS IS A MUST READ, or um… HEAR!

    Quibbles… George Newbern's not up to the complexity of these characters and has some trouble differentiating their voices. He's good enough. Oh… and it seems to start slowly… Careful, clues… clues… clues.. here to the process. Enjoy the depth…

    7 of 7 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
    (4832)
    Performance
    (4430)
    Story
    (4430)

    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.

    KarenLee says: "Stick with Cuckoo's Calling"
    "What's Latin for 'Dreadful'?"
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    Okay, J.K. Rowling gives two keys for interpreting her intent in this thing. She has one of the wriggling dark characters explain to us the difference between 'narrative', and 'plot'. And at another point a character laments about the way the rules of genre keep literary writers outside of well defined categories.

    So Here Rowling is attempting to create the literary mystery sub-genre and winds up with narrative numbing out plot. Writing teachers demand their students "write what they know." And since one of the world's richest writers knows publishing, well in'The Silkworm' , she writes about it... and writes over it, and writes under it, and through it.

    And her cellophane characters speak latin at each other! Yeah, her... one-legged, ex-millitary, determined-blue- collar-culture, Cormoran Strike (that's his name... really, honest...), breaks into latin the way musical-theater set-eaters abruptly spit songs into one another's faces. These characters are bombastic... all 700 of them. Or were there 937? I lost count... And care. But I did finish it to its flaccid end.

    Look,they couldn't sell 'Cuckoo's Calling' the first book in this series, until J.K. Rowling revealed herself as its author. Okay, now we have a new mystery. I gave 'The Cuckoo's Calling' 15 stars! I totally liked it. But I think we've got a different sort of mystery with 'The Silkworm.' Is it possible that this book was really written by somebody named Robert Galbraith?

    Can't explain this pretentious twaddle any other way.

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    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (7984)
    Performance
    (7232)
    Story
    (7251)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Perfect!!!! 15 Stars."
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    Everything works. J.K. Rowling is a master craftswoman. Each plot-part locks tautly with its mates. The whodunnit's plotted tighter than a CD wrap. OKAY, it's cinematic. Uh-huh the characters are tailored to fit Hollywood's best character actors. Or maybe Britain's. But so what? And yeah, Cormoran Strike, a rugged, 6' 3", one-leged war hero turned PI, might be a bit of stretch for most of filmdom's munchkin leading men (Oh I hope that Tom Cruise doesn't buy the rights then surround himself with all the little-people who played Hobbits).

    But look, I buy mystery stories for entertainment. Rowling's as entertaining a writer as any who's working in the genre and I cannot wait to get The Silkworm to hear Robert Glenister bring this ensemble back to life.

    Thank you Ms. Rowling for bringing your perfect craftswomanship here to the mystery-lover's space.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • A Conspiracy of Faith: Department Q, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (849)
    Performance
    (751)
    Story
    (763)

    Detective Carl Morck has received a bottle that holds an old and decayed message written in blood. It's a cry for help from two young brothers, tied and bound in a boathouse by the sea. After floating in the ocean for years before turning up, the bottle sat forgotten, unopened, on a police department windowsill, before the seal was cracked and the gruesome message, written in Danish, was analyzed. Could it be real? Who are these boys, and why weren't they reported missing? Could they possibly still be alive?

    John S says: "Alternative to Nesbo/Harry Hole Novels"
    "Darkly Good. Best Dept. Q So Far!"
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    Detective Carl Mørck is as poorly served by everyone around him as he serves them back. Every member of this ensemble has a conscience, and an agenda that coates their ability to act like molasses. But then... that's what life does to all of us, it's just that Jussi Adler-Olsen pours more of the stuff over his stories than most of us wade through. That's what dramatic license's all about, right? And what builds tension and the slope of a story arc. Graeme Malcom's voices make the climb up the arc easy as levitating. Start this series at the beginning... but enjoy "A Conspiracy Of Faith".

    A fine listen.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Unleashed: Andy Carpenter, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (522)
    Performance
    (448)
    Story
    (448)

    Andy Carpenter's accountant, Sam Willis, receives a surprise call from Barry Price, a friend he hasn't spoken to in years. Barry needs Sam's financial acumen and Andy's legal expertise. But when Sam almost runs over an injured dog on the way to Barry's house, he can't drive off without waiting for help. By then, Barry's taken off on a private airplane headed to who-knows-where. Soon after they learn that Barry's plane has crashed, and they come to the terrifying realization that Sam was also supposed to have been killed on that plane.

    Amazon Customer says: "Over Too Soon"
    "Twistiest Yet!"
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    If you like Andy Carpenter told through Grover Gardner's tongues... Yes tongues... There's a different one for every character... and you're charmed by Tara... And... and... plots that twist like a Golden Retriever at play... This book's perfect. I'd say it's Rosenfelt's best in this series but...damn... I say that every time!

    Warning, start the Andy Carpenter books with "Open & Shut"... You'll thank me for the advice.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • A Killer's Kiss

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By William Lashner
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    Over the course of his shady legal career, Victor Carl has made a host of bad decisions, but letting his ex-fiancee Julia, fall back into his life and into his bed might be the worst. Julia's husband has just been murdered, her fingerprints are all over the crime scene, and $1.7 million in cash has inexplicably vanished. If Victor didn't know better, he might think Julia was setting him up.

    Ted says: "All We Need Is Love"
    "All We Need Is Love"
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    If you buy that love can besot almost an entire ensemble of average folk... And that, drugged by a hormonal rush they will juggle power saws, vials of nitro, and writhing Death Adders... Or things at least that risky. And that they will never learn doing stuff like that is NEVER is a good idea... Well, you'll like "A Killer's Kiss". Me? I thought they were groaningly dumb. Worse yet, I get the sense that Lashner was an English Lit major who's turned to thrillers to make a living. Who else has college notes like these to crib allusions from?

    But still, William Dufris is a marvelous reader. And William Lashner can write both dialogue and monologue that's so authentic you feel like your standing right there among these voices. You know what? I'm going to get another Lashner novel some time. But not until I've washed all that hormonal splatter off my imagination. It's irritating stuff.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 24 Hours

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (429)
    Performance
    (301)
    Story
    (302)

    24 Hours begins with the perfect family...on the perfect day...about to become trapped in the perfect crime.

    Will Jennings is a successful young doctor in Jackson, Mississippi, with his whole life ahead of him. He has a thriving practice, a beautiful wife, and a young daughter he loves beyond measure.

    Suzn F says: "Exciting Book, so well read"
    "SUZZZ-PENCE!!"
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    This is a string of cliff hangers, each tense as the rope beneath a Flying Walenda, and almost as... um... unnerving. Greg Iles tells a story that you're certain will have a... well... happy(?) ending. But how... how? And of course he dangles it then snatches it back with the next swell of tension like a fisherman at play.

    Get this book and you'll know how a fish feels. And Dick Hill once again does what he always does... this time creating the Iles ensemble so that every character has idiosyncrasies and independent voice.

    I liked it for what it is... a good story, well presented both by the author and the reader. Here's what audiobook suspense novels should be. I like Greg Isles... Will buy more... MORE :-)

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • McNally's Risk: Archy McNally, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Lawrence Sanders
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    The unbeatable master of suspense returns, in a wickedly wayward case of artists, models, and murder. If larceny is good for the soul, Palm Beach must be confidence heaven - so discovers Lawrence Sanders's sleuth-about-town Archy McNally in his third boffo baffler, McNally's Risk. Hired by a formidable matron to investigate the shadowy bona fides of her bubble-headed son's beloved, Archy is wowed by the enigmatic innamorata's purity and pulchritude. But when the artist for whom she posed is killed, McNally's job takes on a decidedly dangerous turn, and he begins to suspect the demure damsel might be both a poser and a poseur.

    Brad says: "Fun, Light-Hearted Romp Among the Palm Beach Elite"
    "Archie McNally's A No Risk Choice: Again!"
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    Victor Bevine's interpretation of Lawrence Sanders playboy detective is note perfect. Neither Sanders nor Bevine ever drop out of character. Good thing. Archie's one helluva character.

    You will forget this plot faster than you'll hunger after a Chinese meal. And you'll enjoy it just as much. Archie exists to entertain in his time-warped way. Once again Sanders invents a drawing room mystery right out of the 1920s-30s with characters who act and talk as if rock and roll never happened. But they do it on cell phones and computers.

    There's only one warning here... wait a while between McNally stories. They're a lot like way-rich deserts and you need recovery time. I'll get the next McNally, a few novels from now, maybe when I want a good listen on my way to Hilton Head this summer. Sander's has created the perfect companion for a long ride... his name's Archie McNally. And there's no risk in listening to Victor Bevine bring him to life.

    Enjoy.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Grand: A Novel of Suspense

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Paula Christensen
    Overall
    (518)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (165)

    An illegal immigrant is killed in a hit-and-run on a frozen mountain road in the town of Fairview, Colorado. No one is prosecuted for his death and his case is quietly forgotten. Six months later another illegal makes a treacherous run across the border, barely escaping with her life. She finds work as a maid and, secretly, begins to investigate the death of her father. But she isn't a maid, and she's not Mexican.

    David says: "Anxiously Awaited"
    "Haunting"
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    This is a very good experience. Adrian McKinty leaps the gap between reality and narrative... Hmmmm... No... Perhaps he heals it. And Paula Christensen brings Mercado's voice to haunting life... Particularly her internal voice.

    McKinty exploits suspense/mystery to examine an individual's options when culture, politics, and violence exert crushing pressure upon anyone, or anything that's impelled to act - individually. Sometimes McKinty's own drive to examine the trees though, distracts us from the forest. In this case Mercado's internal monologues occasionally pulled me out of the story arc and, well.... It's not good for the magician to remind the audience that his left hand's doing things when we want to be amazed by the right hand that's abruptly full of rabbit. Y'know?

    Maybe this book needed just a hair more editing and compression: hence my overall 4 rather than 5 stars. But hey... I am judging McKinley by his own standards and consequently I found this story, overall, to be unnecessarily slower than each of the others I heard before it.

    Regardless... "Fifty Grand" is marvelous. McKinty and Christensen are a powerful team of artists. Buy it, listen, and feeeel.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Technologists: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Matthew Pearl
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (132)

    The Civil War may be over but a new war has begun, one between the past and the present, tradition and technology. On a former marshy wasteland, the daring Massachusetts Institute of Technology is rising, its mission to harness science for the benefit of all and to open the doors of opportunity to everyone of merit. But in Boston Harbor a fiery cataclysm throws commerce into chaos, as ships’ instruments spin inexplicably out of control. Soon after, another mysterious catastrophe devastates the heart of the city.

    Stephen feinstone says: "Good story ruined by poor reading"
    "Mediocre - Can't Recommend It"
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    This is a strange story, told in the archaic lingo of the 1860s. Strange? Uh-huh. It's a historic invention, truly historic fiction, about science and particularly the founding of MIT. Pearl's a Harvard grad, yet there's a lot of Harvard hating here. Hmmmm...

    The author has a powerful ability to create serial tensions. But they begin to feel like the kind that were once built into Saturday matinee cowboy serials where each week ended with some new peril facing the heroes. Do they still do that? Or has the compulsion for immediate gratification made them go away. Oh yeah... "24" the TV series did that.

    Here though they become contrived and I began to mutter about another plot distraction. Instead of speeding things, they slowed them. Pearl does a credible job of allowing cultures to smash into one another particularly at that transformational moment in history as old orders were about to die...

    In spite of that potential, the whole thing just feels, well, old-fashioned as Lawrence Welk on PBS. And Stephen Hoye is almost monotonic. Nope, can't recommend this thing, even though I'll probably remember it, not unpleasantly.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Promise Me

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Harlan Coben
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (125)

    The school year is almost over. Anxious families await word of college acceptances. In these last pressure-cooker months of high school, some kids will make the all-too-common and all-too-dangerous mistake of drinking and driving. But Myron is determined to help keep his friends' children safe, so he makes two neighborhood girls promise him: If they are ever in a bind but are afraid to call their parents, they must call him.

    Robert E. Scarcelle says: "Weak Effort"
    "Okay… But maybe I saw this TV show before?"
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    Hmmmm….Perhaps I shouldn't have read "Live Wire" out of sequence, then come back to "Promise Me"? I'll tell you, I missed Steven Webber's voice on this book, although Coben himself does an adequate job… much better than most authors who take a stab at self-reading.

    Any way… I felt like I'd been to this movie before. I'm guessing that Myron Bolitar's a guaranteed pay check for Coben, so he goes back to that machine to goose the bank balances. Actually, I'm liking Coben's non-Bolitar books more and more.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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