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Terry

Corvallis, OR, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Unleashed: Andy Carpenter, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (492)
    Performance
    (423)
    Story
    (422)

    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.

    Richard says: "Didn't see that coming"
    "Not one of the best, but still good reading"
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    First a confession - I think the Andy Carpenter series by David Rosenfelt is just plain terrific. This comes from a person who has been reading mysteries - starting with Sherlock Holmes - for 6 decades. I've read literally thousands of mysteries, and I put Andy Carpenter and company right in the top group. Good writing, good characters, interesting mysteries, an ensemble cast - just as important in a book series as in any form of entertainment - and wit. Love the wit. This one seems a little less together than usual - which still makes it a must read - don't pass it by - but do get all the others as well.

    And Grover Cleveland the reader - I could write a sonnet about his reading of this series. Absolutely perfect. Doesn't miss a beat, and I can't imagine anyone else speaking with Carpenter's voice. He is 10 stars out of 5 - one of the very best combinations of reader and story I've heard - did I forget to mention how many mysteries I've heard on audio books (including, for those young'uns amongst us, on tape?} hundreds - not as many as I've read in book form, but plenty.

    Unfortunately, David Rosenfelt seems hellbent on writing non-series mysteries and they are really not good. They lack everything that makes the Carpenter series terrific - the writing is stale and unsure, the mysteries are either transparent, or so contrived they are annoying, and the characters are made of cardboard. I applaud efforts to grow and expand - but I really do wish his publishers would do him the courtesy of not publishing these books until he gets a grip on writing them. Meanwhile, better he spend more time writing Andy Carpenter books, instead of what he did here, which was dash one off quickly. This is obvious when reading it - but even then it beats the non-series books by miles. And it beats quite a number of other mystery books by even more miles.

    I challenge anyone to read 2 Andy Carpenter books - saying this to be on the safe side, I was hooked after reading one - and not become a fan.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Coyote: Harry Bosch Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2494)
    Performance
    (1402)
    Story
    (1390)

    Harry attacked his commanding officer and is suspended indefinitely, pending a psychiatric evaluation. At first he resists the LAPD shrink, but finally recognizes that something is troubling him and has for a long time. In 1961, when Harry was 12, his mother, a prostitute, was brutally murdered with no one ever accused of the crime.

    Dan says: "Bosch's past revealed"
    "Hard not to like a Harry Bosch novel"
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    This was a great way to explore one of the most formative and defining events in Harry's life. It also explains why the current spate of "cold case" television and movie stories are so strong - the cases are fascinating - but it's personal with Harry. He investigates the murder of his mother, which doomed him to a childhood of children's homes and unsuccessful foster homes. Well written, intelligent, good detection. Only problem I had was the ending, which I thought was lame. However, Connelly is always a 5 star writer, and I would hate to have someone miss him - so a 4 star Connelly is going to get 5 stars from me unless it's really bad - and this is definitely good.

    One of the best portrayals of a therapists is in this book. Usually they are portrayed as either far too directive, too sexy, or just plain bad. Harry's department mandated therapist is excellent and Harry responds to her, which is one of the good parts of this book. It shows Harry moving ahead in his life - rather than ossifying into a paper cut out character. Connelly has written a long series of books with this character, and he has done it better than most authors because Harry is a smart and thoughtful guy, and smart and thoughtful guys can take what comes at them and change over the course of their lives. He keeps the qualities that make him Harry, and make him a killer detective at the same time. By giving Harry a life that is not static, and a personality that never freezes in time, he keeps himself and his readers from being bored. I'll keep reading about Bosch, so long as Connelly is willing to write about Bosch.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leader of the Pack

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (462)
    Performance
    (397)
    Story
    (393)

    Over the course of his legal career, Andy Carpenter has lost a few cases. But that doesn't mean he forgets his clients. Andy has always been convinced that Joey Desimone, a man convicted of murder nine years ago, was innocent and believes that Joey's family's connections to organized crime played a pivotal role in his conviction. While there isn't much Andy can do for him while he serves out his prison sentence, Joey suggests that he check up on Joey's elderly uncle.

    John says: "Andy Carpenter at his best!"
    "It doesn't get better than this"
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    You love mysteries, you like great characters, you want a believable story, you want the detectives to be smart enough to get the clue, but you want the book to never end. You want to listen to a reader who gets the book, the characters, and the whole package. If so, you owe it to yourself to listen to all the Andy Carpenter books by David Rosenfelt. However, do not bother with the non-series books - they are really not good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Play Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1196)
    Performance
    (465)
    Story
    (460)

    Few can rival attorney Andy Carpenter's affection for golden retrievers, especially his own beloved Tara. After he astonishes a New Jersey courtroom by successfully appealing another golden's death sentence, Andy discovers that this gentle dog is a key witness to a murder that took place five years before. Andy pushes the boundaries of the law even further as he struggles to free an innocent man by convincing an incredulous jury to take canine testimony seriously. It will take all the tricks Andy's fertile mind can conceive to get to the bottom of a remarkable chain of impersonations and murder, and to save a dog's life - and his own - in the process.

    Amazon Customer says: "Brilliant, Funny, a GREAT READ"
    "Andy Carpenter and friends are the best"
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    Love the whole series. Love all of them. Good writing, good mysteries, great characters, good dogs - perfect package. Grover Gardner is so right on for this series I can't come up with enough superlatives - I would have hated to have my favorite mysteries ruined by someone who doesn't get it - Gardner has won my heart by putting across the stories and people beautifully. How many series I can't listen to because of the reader, I hate to say - but this time it's a package to be cherished. We listen to them more than once - just love to hear the words and the voice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Impossible Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ian Rankin
    • Narrated By Peter Forbes
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (54)

    Malcolm Fox and his team are back. They've been sent to Fife to investigate whether fellow cops covered up for a corrupt colleague, Detective Paul Carter. Carter has been found guilty of misconduct with his own uncle, also in the force, having proved to be his nemesis. But what should be a simple job is soon complicated by intimations of conspiracy - and a brutal murder committed with a weapon that should not even exist.

    The spiralling investigation takes Fox back to 1985, a year of turmoil in British political life. Terrorists intent on a split between Scotland and the rest of the UK were becoming more ruthless, sending letter-bombs and poisonous spores to government offices, plotting kidnaps and murder, and trying to stay one step ahead of the spies sent to find them. Fox has a duty to get at the truth, while the body count rises, the clock starts ticking, and he fights for his professional and personal life.

    ch says: "Overall good story with some contrivance"
    "Rankin's back on his game - and it's winner"
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    The first book after Rankin ditched Rebus was simply terrible. Then came "The Complaints" first book in this series. It was good - but not up to the Rebus books. This one is terrific - the man is back and swinging and I'm very pleased. Few mystery writers are as good as Rankin when he's on the top of his form and I was afraid we'd lost him. Happy to say, I'm back enjoying every word. Hooray for mystery readers everywhere!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Complaints

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Ian Rankin
    • Narrated By Peter Forbes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (111)

    Nobody likes The Complaints - they're the cops who investigate other cops. It's a department known within the force as "The Dark Side," and it's where Malcolm Fox works. He's a serious man with a father in a nursing home and a sister who persists in an abusive relationship, frustrating problems about which he cannot seem to do anything. problems about which he cannot seem to do anything. Then the reluctant Fox is given a new case. There's a cop named Jamie Breck, and he's dirty. The problem is, no one can prove it. As Fox takes on the job, he learns that there's more to Breck than anyone thinks....

    Fay says: "Good new character"
    "Not Rebus, but better than the last book"
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    I can't imagine why Ian Rankin stopped writing about Rebus, his long running series character, as it was as though he had found his voice - so why toss it away? The first non-Rebus book was simply dreadful. But The Complaints is heading in the right direction. Not surprisingly, the main character has some Rebus-like characteristics, and perhaps that's what makes it a decent book. Good mystery, the reader is on target, and it had some characters I could see developing into people I would want to follow in future books. He (Rankin) will hopefully get his feet under him again, and we will have more years of Rankin audio books to enjoy. I have every one of the books available in audio, and find them fun to return to when I know I want a book I can rely on.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Death of an Effendi

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Michael Pearce
    • Narrated By Nigel Carrington
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Cairo, 1909. The murder capital of the world, where deaths are two a piastre. But the death of an effendi? That is something different. Effendis, the Egyptian elite, are important. Especially if, in a country ruled by foreigners, they happen to be foreign. Gareth Owen, the Mamur Zapt, is called in to investigate. But is he the right man to be investigating?

    Terry says: "One of the best of the British mystery writers"
    "One of the best of the British mystery writers"
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    I've been reading Michael Pearce's Mamur Zapt books for years and have rarely been let down. They are always eagerly anticipated, and this one is right up there with his best. I have not liked Pearce's other series, but the Mamur Zapt is just plain beguiling. The atmosphere of Egypt at the beginning of the 20th century is portrayed beautifully. I wish I could have been there and seen it - Pearce clearly loves the place and the period and so will you. Oh, and good characters and a well thought out mystery - what's not to like?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Death of Dalziel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Reginald Hill
    • Narrated By Shaun Dooley
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (62)

    Caught in the blast of a huge Semtex explosion, the only things preventing Superintendent Andy Dalziel from stepping through Death's door might be his own size and indomitable willpower. As he lies on a hospital bed, it falls on DCI Peter Pascoe to seek justice for Andy. The security services have written it off as an accident: the terrorist suspects have paid for their clumsiness with their lives. Who, then, are the Knights Templar, a shadowy group exacting summary public justice on their enemies?

    A User says: "Great Entry in a Great Series"
    "Reginald Hill almost at his best"
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    I have enjoyed Reginald Hill mysteries for many years - some are better than others. The very last ending (he puts the ending in two steps) was just downright annoying, which is the only reason this book doesn't have 5 stars. The reader is excellent and very listenable - not trying out for an academy award, just presenting a good book well. Would that others would follow his lead. I like the main characters and like very much that they are consistent and act the way you would expect them to act. That may sound picky, but series characters become people you feel you know after years of following them, and I don't like it when authors fiddle around with the characters in order to further a plot device. Overall, I say if you like British mysteries, you'll thoroughly enjoy this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eyes of the Innocent: Carter Ross, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Brad Parks
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    Carter Ross, the sometimes-dashing investigative reporter for the Newark Eagle-Examiner, is back, and reporting on the latest tragedy to befall Newark, New Jersey: a fast-moving house fire that kills two boys. With the help of the papers newest intern, a bubbly blonde known as Sweet Thang, Carter finds the victims mother, Akilah Harris, who spins a tale of woe about a mortgage rate reset that forced her to work two jobs and leave her young boys without child care. But she's not what she seems....

    Will says: "Great Story, Sweet Thang made it a treat."
    "Good Mystery"
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    I have some reservations about this book, but overall I would recommend it. I've read literally thousands of mysteries, and I'm darned hard to please, so a 4 star from me means something! On the other hand, the reader is not very good. He is boring, which is bad enough, but also does those phony baloney voices.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Faces of the Gone: Carter Ross, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Brad Parks
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    Four bodies, each with a single bullet wound in the back of the head, stacked like cordwood in a weed-choked vacant lot: That's the front-page news facing Carter Ross, investigative reporter with the Newark Eagle-Examiner. Immediately dispatched to the scene, Carter learns that the four victims - an exotic dancer, a drug dealer, a hustler, and a mama's boy - came from different parts of the city and didn't seem to know one another.

    Stephanie says: "Fast Paced, Great Narrator"
    "Recommended for mystery lovers who like humor"
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    I have some reservations about this book, but overall I would recommend it. I've read literally thousands of mysteries, and I'm darned hard to please, so a 4 star from me means something! On the other hand, the reader is not very good. He is boring, which is bad enough, but also does those phony baloney voices. Puhleese! I like a reader who reads the book, and doesn't try to fiddle around with voices - and pauses where not necessary. After the 10th pause before "I said." or "He said." I was wishing the guy would hand the book over to someone else. That said, the story is good and interesting, the characters are fun for the most part, although the main character jumps to some conclusions that aren't supported by the evidence - that tactic has been used in both of Park's books - which serves, I suppose, to put him in jeopardy and add unneeded "tension." On the other hand, there are a lot of mysteries out there, and few of them are as readable as these, so I say read them and you won't be sorry.

    I think that Brad Parks could enter my exclusive group of favorite mystery writers as he hones his skills.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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