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Wayne

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  • Breaking Point

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By C. J. Box
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (517)
    Performance
    (451)
    Story
    (449)

    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
  • Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (4480)
    Performance
    (3832)
    Story
    (3810)

    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
    (556)
    Performance
    (323)
    Story
    (328)

    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
    (17861)
    Performance
    (15881)
    Story
    (15838)

    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
    (691)
    Performance
    (606)
    Story
    (608)

    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
    (1408)
    Performance
    (1238)
    Story
    (1230)

    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
  • The Moonstone

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated By Peter Jeffrey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (417)
    Performance
    (228)
    Story
    (232)

    T.S. Eliot described The Moonstone as "the first and the greatest English detective novel". The stone of the title is an enormous diamond plundered from an Indian shrine after the Siege of Seringapatam. Given to Miss Verinder on her 18th birthday, it mysteriously disappears that very night. Suspicion falls on three Indian jugglers who have been seen in the neighbourhood.

    Lucie says: "An engrossing detective novel"
    "Very interesting characters."
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    The audio performance my Mr. Jeffrey was amazing. There are a lot of good audio performers out there. Some are excellent confined to their genre. Mr Jeffrey (who is also a renowned actor) is like a Kevin Spacey of audio. You know he could do anything well.

    The story plot, following the simple theft of The Moonstoon, is dramatized by characters that are so quirky and real we can almost touch them.

    It's amazing the story still works almost 150 years later. A bow to the late great Mr. Wilkie Collins.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Field of Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 24

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1463)
    Performance
    (1283)
    Story
    (1281)

    The night after the fourth of July, Layton Carlson, Jr., of Red Wing, Minnesota, finally got lucky. And unlucky.

    He’d picked the perfect spot to lose his virginity to his girlfriend, an abandoned farmyard in the middle of cornfields: nice, private, and quiet. The only problem was...something smelled bad - like, really bad. He mentioned it to a county deputy he knew, and when the cop took a look, he found a body stuffed down a cistern. And then another, and another. By the time Lucas Davenport was called in, the police were up to 15 bodies and counting.

    J. Eastham says: "It is sad (Spoilers)"
    "One of Mr. Sandford's bests"
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    I listen to 50 books a year and usually only review a very positive book. This one is among Davenport's better adventures. Interesting plot, interesting mini-plots, and good character interaction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Never Look Back

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Clare Donoghue
    • Narrated By Karl Prekopp, Imogen Church
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (68)

    Three women have been found brutally murdered in south London, the victims only feet away from help during each sadistic attack. And the killer is getting braver.... Sarah Grainger is rapidly becoming too afraid to leave her house. Once an outgoing photographer, she knows that someone is watching her. A cryptic note brings everything into terrifying focus, but it’s the chilling phone calls that take the case to another level. DI Mike Lockyer heads up the regional murder squad. With three bodies on his watch, and a killer growing in confidence, he frantically tries to find the link between these seemingly isolated incidents.

    Janice Zacher says: "Great story, unexpected twists"
    "Female authors writing male roles"
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    Enjoyed the book and seldom write negative reviews. This one kept me entertained throughout and was worth the purchase.

    Tend to avoid female authors as the Venus/Mars boundary seems too wide for females to write male roles well. Our hero in this story line was well written.

    Toward the end, I did find exception.

    From childhood up, we males are ingrained with an "I am the protector" mentality. Failure to fulfill that role is devastating, not trivial.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Gods of Guilt

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    Overall
    (3105)
    Performance
    (2748)
    Story
    (2734)

    Mickey Haller gets the text, "Call me ASAP - 187," and the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention. Murder cases have the highest stakes and the biggest paydays, and they always mean Haller has to be at the top of his game. When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one. He soon finds out that she was back in LA and back in the life.

    Jane says: "Definitely entertaining. I had some smiles."
    "Mr. Connelly and Mr. Giles did a great job!"
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    It seems that all authors have their areas of strength and weakness. Mr. Connelly has no peers in the genre of legal thrillers. If you enjoyed "The Lincoln Lawyer" you'll like this one as well.

    It had my interest from start to finish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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