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  • Long Lost

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Myron hasn't heard from Terese Collins in years. Not since their affair ended with no explanation. There had been no contact since, so her call catches him off guard. She's in Paris, she says, in trouble, and only Myron can help. She tells him a sad story she's never before revealed: a good marriage, her struggles to get pregnant, the happiest moment of her life when her only child was born, the day everything she'd ever loved was taken from her.

    Karen says: "Highly recommend/but prefer Marosz over Weber"
    "First Disappointment"

    I am a long time fan of Myron Bolitar and company. I even went so far, years ago before the series went HUGE, to email Harlan Coben a "fan letter" (I still have the reply saved in my account) and I'm on his email newsletter.

    With all that as a background, I am sorry to say that this installment was disappointing--a first for any Coben books.

    I expect to give up a hold on reality whenever reading mysteries but Coben is requiring too much in this one. The additional international political plotting is just ludicrous and seems to be thrown on at the last minute. I have never been a fan of this particular girlfriend (Terese) and, frankly, her whiney behavior in this installment reminds me why--"Myron, Myron, oh please help me." Whatever.

    The reader is not bad; however, I have read AND listened to every other book in the series (hence, long time fan) and Weber's voices for Win and Esperanza are by far the worst and that doesn't help an already weak book.

    Skip this and go to the older Bolitar's or some of Coben's stand alones.

    Like all Bolitar fans, I eagerly await his next novel. I'm hoping better luck next time.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Heart of the World

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Linda Barnes
    • Narrated By Nancy Ticotin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    But there are girls who vanish and never come back, girls whose clean white bones are dug up years later in vacant lots and distant forests. Carlotta Carlyle's latest case, investigating the disappearance of her adopted little sister Paolina, could change her life forever.

    Joy says: "good story, narrator not a good fit"
    "Reader ruined it"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I had to stop halfway through. The reader gives everyone a Latin accent. Not every sentence should with a rise in pitch. I appreciate the correct Spanish but the Boston accents are so wrong (and hearing Mooney with the wrong accent just killed it). May go pick up the paperbook to finish.

    What was most disappointing about Linda Barnes’s story?

    I didn't finish it because of the reader.

    Would you be willing to try another one of Nancy Ticotin’s performances?


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

    Bill says: "Not the best audio book in the series"
    "Amazing Story"

    First, and quickly, about the new narrator. Like everyone, I was shocked when there was a change. However, I found the narration to be well done. The major difference is that the old Harry was kind of sad while the newer one seems more confused. Considering he has just died in this book, I think it works well.

    I lucked into the Dresden Files by mistake. Now, I calendar the release date for each new installment. "Ghost Story" carries on the excellent story telling of Jim Butcher.

    As odd as it sounds, with Harry being dead, this book is a little less dark than some of the recent ones. We discover, as does Harry, how the other side sees our world. And it is, at times, funny in a way that only the Dresden Files can do "funny as dead". The characters are the same but there is a shift in who takes the lead with Butters and Molly (and a couple of new ones) having significant roles.

    I don't do synopsis of a book because you can get that anywhere and because I don't like spoilers.

    As a ghost, Harry has to contend with not being able to be seen or heard, an inability to touch or be touch, and the usual evil-ness that seems to inhabit the areas near him. Because the characters have changed, even in the 6-month-book-world of "Ghost Story", the series MUST be read in order to get full enjoyment.

    And, as always, Butcher ends with a cliffhanger, not a cheesy old Saturday serial one, but one that lets him segue into the next book.

    There is so much that can be said about the Dresden Files, but only one thing matters. You need to read them.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Passion, Betrayal, and Killer Highlights

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Kyra Davis
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The last time Sophie saw sexy P.I. Anatoly Darinsky, he practically danced a jig when she waved goodbye; a normal reaction for a man who'd nearly bought the farm trying to protect her from her own foolishness. What are the chances he'd agree to take incriminating pictures of her sister's philandering husband? Or that he'd let her tag along, you know, for research?

    Jessica says: "Great Chick Lit Mystery"
    "Mediocre book, lousy reader"

    I have NEVER complained about a reader--especially if the book is good. Unfortunately, Gabra Zackman's reading ruined what was already a not-very-good-book. Her characterizations are horrible (her accents deserve minus stars alone) and it is often impossible to tell which character (and, sometimes, if the character is a male or female) is speaking. For the first time in the 30+ years I have been listening to audiobooks, I will make a note of a reader to totally avoid.
    Of course, the fact that the book wasn't very good doesn't help: our heroine's sister's lousy husband is murdered; our heroine's sister is accused; other dirt about lousy husband comes out; other people killed; sex in kitchen; killer caught; everyone lives happily ever after. And, during this cliche novel, we get a stereotypical Jewish mother and a lead female straight out of the 1950's screwball comedy--she's strong enough to live alone, write mysteries, and have a nice 401k, but can't stand up to her sister, her mother, or even her 18 month old nephew. Glad I got this one on sale because won't be buying another.

    Stay away and use your credits or cash more wisely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thai Die

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Monica Ferris
    • Narrated By Connie Crawford

    As owner of the Crewel World needlework shop and part-time sleuth, Betsy Devonshire has become skilled at weaving suspicious threads together. Just back from a trip to Thailand, Doris Valentine is eager to show her stitching friends her souvenirs, which include dazzling Thai silk. She also has a small stone Buddha that she agreed to deliver to an antique store in St. Paul. It's wrapped in a dirty rag, which she throws away.

    Beatrice says: "Worst narrator ever"
    "Just one quick note"

    This is a typical, Crewel World mystery--ever growing regular characters, not particularly strong one-time only characters (including the killer) and really interesting information on needlework.

    Only complaint? Don't like the reader. Not really sure why. It's mainly her voice for Betsy (our hero)--it's flat and low and not very interesting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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