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V. Sharol Cutrell

Sharol

Kansas, USA | Member Since 2001

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  • Concealed in Death: In Death Series, Book 38

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1739)
    Performance
    (1567)
    Story
    (1571)

    In a decrepit and long-empty New York building, a man begins the demolition process by swinging a sledgehammer into a wall. When the dust clears, he finds two skeletons wrapped in plastic behind it. The man is Lieutenant Eve Dallas’s billionaire husband, Roarke, and he summons her immediately. His latest real estate project is going to be on hold for a while, because by the time Eve and her crew are finished searching the premises, there are 12 murders to be solved.

    amazonian says: "Don't Read "In Death" LISTEN to it!"
    "A darker, sadder Eve Dallas book"
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    I really like this series as a whole. Generally I lose interest in a series about book 6 or 7 because they are all alike. Not so, this series. Each book has its own story and each book contributes to the development of the characters. This book is unique in the sense that it is a darker, sadder book. The victims, while not necessarily admirable, are complete innocents in some ways. Through their stories, we learn more about one of the secondary characters in the series -- these things also sad and dark.

    Robb's perpetrator is also somewhat sympathetic making the whole book come together even better than some of her others

    As usual, Ericksen does an wonderful job narrating the book. Her characterizations are spot on and consistent from book to book. She is the voice of the books for me, and when I read them "with my eyes" I hear her voice telling the story.

    It is a good murder mystery wrapped in great characters. I would recommend reading the series in order since the characters develop through the books, but I think this one can stand on its own, perhaps not as complete as a part of the series, but interesting alone.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Lock In (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1351)
    Performance
    (1259)
    Story
    (1265)

    Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

    Alexis says: "Fun! Things you might want to know:"
    "Great story with a twist"
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    I ordered this book early and got both versions. I listened to the Will Wheaton version first, and I thought I had the alternate narrator figured out (I figured it would be from the point of view of the other protagonist and a completely different book).

    Hmmm. Not so much. In fact I was disappointed at first when I realized it was the "same" book. Except it isn't the same book. The nature of the protagonist is completely different in the second narration of the thing by Amber Benson. I haven't finished the second one yet, but I can't believe the difference in the way I think of the character. What a fantastic concept. This had to be a very difficult book to write. Kudos to the author.

    I don't want to drop a spoiler, and in this case it is extremely difficult not to do that.

    The story is quite creative as are all of Scalzi's worlds. I will never think of "robots" the same way again. That is one of the author's strengths. He is able to create a world with unbelievable concepts and make it real for me. I haven't decided which narration I prefer -- both have their strengths. Will Wheaton is one of my favorite young narrators (after Ready Player One), but I really like Amber Benson's take on the character. I'm just glad I got the 2 for 1 special when I did.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • City of Bones: Harry Bosch Series, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Jay Fernandez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2239)
    Performance
    (972)
    Story
    (973)

    On New Year's Day, Detective Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch fields a call that a dog has found a bone - a bone that the dog's owner, a doctor, feels certain is human.

    Pamela says: "A good read"
    "deserved a re-read"
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    I listened to this book years ago, and when I saw the Amazon drama, Bosch, I decided to listen again.

    It was every bit as good as I remembered it being. Bosch is an interesting character in his own right, and this book is good as a stand-alone, but it is also a key piece in the series. Fernandez does a good job with the characters. This series has a variety of narrators, and he does well creating an audio feel for the characters for the most part.

    I am a fan of police procedurals, and this one goes beyond the usual ones with characters who are three dimensional and interesting. It has some stereotypical events, but it isn't hampered by them in my opinion (I won't get specific because I really hate spoilers in a review).

    All in all it was worth a second listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spirit of Steamboat: A Walt Longmire Story

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (685)
    Performance
    (619)
    Story
    (614)

    "It' s a question of what you have to do, what you have to live with if you don't." Sheriff Walt Longmire is reading A Christmas Carol in his office on December 24th when he's interrupted by the ghost of Christmas past: a young woman with a hairline scar across her forehead and more than a few questions about Walt' s predecessor, Lucian Connally. Walt doesn' t recognize the mystery woman, but she seems to know him and claims to have something she must return to Connally.

    C. Telfair says: "Welcome Holiday Diversion"
    "wonderful little book"
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    What did you love best about Spirit of Steamboat?

    Steamboat is an extremely well written little book about my favorite characters. It adds to the readers' knowledge of a couple of them, but more importantly it emphasizes the humanity of them.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Spirit of Steamboat?

    Watching Walt hang halfway out of the underside of an airplane (and I do mean watching, because Johnson has a talent for showing the reader the story rather than telling him/her about it) was hair raising. I mean, we knew he would survive -- after all, the action in this book takes place decades before the books in the series, but that doesn't impact the drama in the slightest.


    What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator is fabulous and has become the voice of Walt Longmire for me. When Guidall reads a book, I always give it a second look, but in the Longmire books, he is inspired.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is especially important to me because I love the ongoing series, but it would be a good stand-alone, also, for those who need an introduction to Walt's world. For an investment of just over 3 hours, the reader gets a good taste of Johnson's amazing writing and Guidall's gifted narration. Top notch.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • As the Crow Flies: A Walt Longmire Mystery, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1493)
    Performance
    (1315)
    Story
    (1307)

    Craig Johnson has won multiple awards and earned starred reviews from Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and Kirkus Reviews for his New York Times best-selling Walt Longmire mysteries. Embarking on his eighth adventure in As the Crow Flies, Sheriff Longmire is searching the Cheyenne Reservation for a site to host his daughter’s wedding, when he sees a woman fall to her death. Teaming up with beautiful tribal chief Lolo Long, Walt sets out to investigate the suspicious death.

    B.J. says: "Simply one of my favorite series."
    "Johnson just gets better and better"
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    After Hell Is Empty, I didn't think that Craig Johnson could get better, but I was wrong. While As the Crow Flies isn't as "literary" as its predecessor, it is a wonderful piece of writing.

    The new characters are a delight. Lolo is great and I really appreciate her interaction not only with Walt but with her mother (who knows how to deal with her). I hope she will be back so we can see her mature into a fine police officer. I missed Vic in this one, but it was good to have Henry back full time. Dog was also a welcome inclusion this time.

    Johnson's strength is in his characters. I know these people, and for the most part, I like them very much. I would know them if I met them on the street. I want to know them better, and he allows them to grow. Lonnie (Lonny?) is a much more mature character than he was in The Cold Dish, and I'm enjoying his new responsibilities as much as he is frustrated by them. Yes, it is so.

    The plot had me completely in the dark until the last 30 minutes of the audio (or so). It wasn't as all what I was expecting, and that's all I'll say about that!! As usual the plot is logical when worked backwards.

    The only thing wrong with the book is that I have finished it. Now I'm going back through the series again, just to reacquaint myself with the people. Then I suppose I'll just have to wait another year for another book.

    (Other reviewers have explained the basic plot, so I will refrain from repeating them.)

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Grave Secret: Harper Connelly Mysteries, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    Overall
    (1006)
    Performance
    (531)
    Story
    (538)

    Lightning-struck sleuth Harper Connelly and her stepbrother Tolliver take a break from looking for the dead to visit the two little girls they both think of as sisters. But, as always happens when they travel to Texas, memories of their horrible childhood resurface.

    Linda says: "Really liked it!"
    "Satisfactory final conclusion"
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    This is the 4th (and last, [sigh]) Harper Connelly book. Harper is able to find dead bodies as a result of a lightning strike when she was a teenager. She and her "brother" travel from place to place selling their services to people who want more information about their deceased loved ones.

    The best part of this series is the developing relationship between Harper and Tolliver. In this book, more family members become involved and the two of them try to figure out what happened to her sister years before. The characters are wonderful, and Bresnahan does a masterful job creating the character of Harper (the book is written in first person).

    I'm glad that Harris brought the series to a logical conclusion. She had stated a few months ago that the series was finished after this book, and it leaves the reader satisfied that the lives of the characters have stabilized with the discovery of those "grave secret"s in the title.

    It wasn't a typical Harris book, and I'm sure it will be criticized for that, but I enjoyed it very much. It was necessary to bring closure to the series to focus on Harper's personal tragedies, and that made the plot structure slightly more predictable than that of the previous books in the series. However, I REALLY didn't see the climax coming. Harris did a fantastic job of tying loose ends together and having a true conclusion to the series.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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