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Wayne

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  • Breaking Point: A Joe Pickett Novel Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By C. J. Box
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (582)
    Performance
    (507)
    Story
    (507)

    The recipient of Edgar, Anthony, and Macavity Awards, New York Times best-selling author C. J. Box has won almost every honor in his field. In Breaking Point, Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett is glad to catch up with old friend Lyle Pendergast, but then the man goes missing and is named a suspect in the death of two EPA employees. All signs point to Lyle’s guilt, but the more Joe digs into the case, the more he realizes he’s stepped into the middle of a deadly power play.

    Ronna says: "My favorite author does it again!!"
    "Guy should write for Rush Limbaugh"
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    His ultra-conservative pulpit got old after a while and became most of the dialogue. Kept hoping he'd get to the story but that seemed to escape all but near footnotes of the book.

    Removing the regulation arguments or the characters posturing those opinions would leave a short story.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14754)
    Performance
    (12219)
    Story
    (12346)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "Rare 5-star book."
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    Listen to a book every four or five days and am exposed to a wide variety of writing styles. Mr. Rothfuss' style is a keeper. It is nice to listen to a story where character development is interesting, the plot is well connected and the looming doom has relevance.

    The general flow of the story may remind one of a cross between "Harry Potter" without the goofiness and "The Wheel of Time" without the constant "soap opera" posturing.

    The "magic" in this book is probably my favorite of all types pulling some from the magical concepts of Voodoo and "channel the existing power of Nature".

    A side benefit, if you're looking for a "bargain", the listening length of 28 hours is a "lot of book" for the money.

    As for this reader, I'll be looking forward to letting Mr. Rothfuss take me a continuing flight of fancy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • W Is for Wasted: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Sue Grafton
    • Narrated By Judy Kaye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1575)
    Performance
    (1382)
    Story
    (1380)

    Two dead bodies changed the course of my life that fall. One of them I knew and the other I'd never laid eyes on until I saw him in the morgue. The first was a local PI of suspect reputation. He'd been gunned down near the beach at Santa Teresa. It looked like a robbery gone bad. The other was on the beach six weeks later. He'd been sleeping rough. Probably homeless. No identification. A slip of paper with Millhone's name and number was in his pants pocket. The coroner asked her to come to the morgue to see if she could ID him.

    karen says: "Well worth waiting for...."
    "Kinsey for Men"
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    I've been so disappointed by most female authors but I keep coming back and trying another. The few I have found "have got me". Many of the authors have their 90 pound heroin in pumps press the 250 pound bodyguard against the wall with one hand and force him to talk... or something similar. In all fairness to both sexes I don't like it a male takes on two or three either. To those of us who can, and know how to fight, one person beating three equal sized opponents is as realistic as warp drive engines.

    Ms Grafton doesn't try to dazzle us with the impossible. Her heroin is smart and in shape but not a cyborg.

    Ms Grafton's writing is intelligent and humorous and she has a new fan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deadline: Virgil Flowers, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1110)
    Performance
    (992)
    Story
    (996)

    In Southeast Minnesota, down on the Mississippi, a school board meeting is coming to an end. The board chairman announces that the rest of the meeting will be closed, due to personnel issues. "Issues" is correct. The proposal up for a vote before them is whether to authorize the killing of a local reporter. The vote is four to one in favor.

    MJ says: "Best in this series"
    "Don't believe the naysayers!"
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    Came about thaaaat close to not buying this one based on a couple negative reviews. All I can say is, if you enjoy Virgil ala Sanford, this one is as good as any of them.

    Some of the prior complaints:

    "Multiple Jennifers", who cares? for an audible book, the narrator separates characters as much as the name.

    "Parallel dog story": Considered it a bonus, two stories in one. This is typical of Sanford and a story telling technique used by many popular authors.

    "Finding the dog owner": Seems a trivial concern as "99.5%" of the town was there anyway, people who really want to recover animals post pictures around town.

    Buy the book and black list me if I've steered you wrong :)



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Pierce Brown
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2154)
    Performance
    (1978)
    Story
    (1989)

    Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet.

    Charles says: "It Got Better and Left Me Wanting More."
    "So-So Don't usually review books in the middle but"
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    There were a lot of good things about this book. The audio performance is spot on, that alone can add much to the value. Much as Oscar performance can take a mediocre script and work magic, so has Mr. Reynolds. Many prior reviewers have taken note.

    By contrast to several prior reviews, which complained of slowness early, I found the character development one of the more enduring parts of the story.

    What I chastise here, is the constant "need" to profane the dialogue. If "curse when you can't think of anything to say" is true, our author was wordless throughout much of the mid-book.

    For my part, all the profanity was neither needed nor wanted.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (5148)
    Performance
    (4426)
    Story
    (4407)

    Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

    Alice says: "Happy addition to a difficult genre"
    "Female authors"
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    As an avid audible fan, doing 50 books+ a year, I have to look for some variety and sometimes try female authors. Almost always disappointed eventually by their stories.

    Women authors often tend to fall into the trap of writing their heroines to be more super males than females. Not this one, her females are female. Our heroin doesn't win the day by out arm wrestling the local pub champ, she does it by being clever and persistent.

    On top of that, the vocal performance is captivating. Confess a weakness for an elegant British accent, but Ms Kellgren is so much more. She brings a life to the story that few readers attain and has catapulted herself past dozens of others to the top of my vocal performers list. As a friend once told me, "I'd listen to Morgan Freeman read a phone book." (as would I). Ms Kellgren has made my Phone Book Club.

    Bravo to them both, what an enjoyable couple days.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Memory

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (599)
    Performance
    (360)
    Story
    (366)

    Catherine "Cat" Ferry is a forensic odontologist, a specialist in bite marks and the clues they provide. But while Cat's colleagues know her as a world-class scientist, she secretly attempts to manage her fragile psyche with alcohol, delving into the minds of rapists and murderers yet never allowing her own frightening past to creep into the foreground.

    Corinne says: "Well-researched, sensitive and a good story"
    "Don't be put off early"
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    Give this one some time. At first the slow speech and drawl put me off thinking they'd taken a 9 hr book and extended it to 18 by talking slow... The speech and the plot both pick up speed until they are at a dead run. Good technical knowledge also adds to the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (19496)
    Performance
    (17351)
    Story
    (17311)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "The Dynamic Duo of King-Wasson Hits a Home Run!"
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    Hard to add to the eloquent review of prior reviews but I'll add some personal insights.

    Stephen King has a talent from writing either books I love or books I hate, ne'er the twain shall meet. This is the former.

    My personal standpoint is I like men who are men. You know REAL MEN, not the guy who breaks another man's nose but men of strong personal convictions who take the well-being of those around him seriously. I like strong sassy women who stand their ground but also enjoy their man. This book has both and a delightful... and sometimes shameful... trip down a road paved in nostalgia.

    Those with similar tastes should see not a picture of JFK on the cover but instead a picture of Stephen King standing at the plate and pointing at the outfield.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Death on a High Floor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Charles Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (866)
    Performance
    (759)
    Story
    (765)

    On the 85th floor of a glittering high-rise in Los Angeles, Robert Tarza steps into the lobby of the Marbury Marfan law firm to discover his partner Simon Rafer lying in a pool of blood - an ornate dagger plunged into his back. Robert had worked with Simon for decades, and their relationship was fraught with conflict. But he never imagined he would wind up as the prime suspect for his colleague’s murder. As the evidence stacks up against him with frightening speed, he quickly falls from his respected position to that of a criminal dragged through the tabloids.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Excellent Mystery, Brilliant Narration"
    "Worth the purchase"
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    I do more than 50 books a year and try to review at least the best and the worst. This is in that "top 10%". Thoroughly entertained throughout. Have noted that wife editors rule. Excellent book.

    Almost all these audio performers are good but Mr. Lane is a gem.

    0 of 0 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
    (1640)
    Performance
    (1451)
    Story
    (1444)

    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."
    "Worth the listen"
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    Ya know... I'm writing this only 3 hrs into the book but having done several hundred audio books in the last 7 years... can tell you already it's worth the listen.

    Picked this up off a 3 for 2 sale because I'd watched some of the episodes of the TV show. The TV show is good but this is better. It's really a bit early for me to say a lot about the plot on this story but novels are 90% filler between plot advances and the filler is the gem of the book. Mr Johnson has it going on...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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