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EAGLE RIVER, AK, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Shatter

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (338)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (199)

    Psychologist Joe O'Laughlin fails to stop a confused woman from jumping off a bridge to her death. Joe knows she had been talking on a cellphone. Now he needs to find out who - or what - was on the other end of the line.

    Old Hippy says: "First rate suspense story, great narration!"
    "Tremendous stress again!"
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    Joe O'Laughlin has taken steps to put his life back in order. The previous stressful times have affected his family and haven't helped his battle with Parkinson's. The family has moved, he has limited his professional work to teaching, and he is the caregiver for his two daughters while his wife travels for work. This should be a nice respite for them. When he is unwillingly snared into the ongoing investigation of a serial killer, his whole family suffers anew.

    In this series there are crimes to be solved and a perpetrator be apprehended. However, instead of leaving me to think about the evil, I am left thinking about the stress on Joe. It may seem like a minor thing, but it is a welcome variation for me.

    The narration by Sean Barrett fits the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Unleashed: Andy Carpenter, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (419)
    Performance
    (363)
    Story
    (363)

    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"
    "Another new plot and fun listen"
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    Rosenfelt does it again! I listened to almost the whole book on a long plane ride. I never tire of Andy Carpenter's sarcasm and Grover Gardner's narration.

    In this episode there is a major conspiracy underway, lots of deaths in attempts to cover loose ends, and someone close to Andy is accused and held for a murder. Andy's usual entourage is here, too. Everyone joins in to see that justice is served and the bad guys are thwarted.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Switchblade: An Original Story

    • UNABRIDGED (50 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    Overall
    (294)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (267)

    An anonymous tip puts Bosch on a case that has remained unsolved for decades, the vicious stabbing of a teenage boy whose body was found in an abandoned Old Hollywood restaurant. Cold cases are often the toughest: With no body, no murder scene, and no fingerprints, Bosch nevertheless gets lucky when DNA evidence from the murder weapon points to a known killer. But the DA insists that science alone is not enough - he needs the case to be bulletproof before he'll take it to court.

    L. O. Pardue says: "Good for a short Short Story by a Favorite Author"
    "Harry solves a very cold case."
    Overall
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    Story

    The publisher's summary tells more than I would; I don't like spoilers.

    This is Connelly and narrator Len Cariou at their best. I recommend this piece of Bosch's past.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Savage Run: A Joe Pickett Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By C. J. Box
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (339)
    Performance
    (280)
    Story
    (275)

    An Edgar, Anthony, Macavity, Gumshoe, and Barry Award winner, C. J. Box delivers the second pulse-pounding installment in his critically acclaimed series. While investigating a string of bizarre murders, Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett is forced to flee across treacherous terrain with a deadly tracker on his trail.

    Kelly says: "Box brings the West alive!"
    "Exploding cow?"
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    Good old boy ranchers hire hitmen to silence ecoterrorists. Joe Pickett's investigation into poaching pulls him into the "war" and he ends up running for his life.

    I do enjoy the series' western setting and mindset. It's a nice break from a big city with rampant crimes and hardened detectives. I will continue on to the next book.

    David Chandler's narration is well suited to these books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tooth Tattoo

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Lovesey
    • Narrated By Clive Anderson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (35)

    Peter Diamond, head of Bath CID, takes a city break in Vienna, where his favorite film, The Third Man, was set, but everything goes wrong, and his companion, Paloma, calls a halt to their relationship. Meanwhile, strange things are happening to jobbing musician Mel Farran, who finds himself scouted by methods closer to the spy world than the concert platform. The chance of joining a once-famous string quartet in a residency at Bath Spa University is too tempting for Mel to refuse. Then a body is found in the city canal, and the only clue to the dead woman’s identity is the tattoo of a music note on one of her teeth.

    Maine Colonial says: "High flyer quickly falls to earth"
    "Not the best in the series...."
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    I have listened to all of this series available at Audible. However, this is probably the most disappointing.

    I always hesitate to discuss the plot as I dislike spoilers. Do read the publisher's summary. Although thorough in character and murder case development, the story seems to just plod along. There are many components and at least 6 possible perpetrators. I had identified the guilty party long before the reveal. If you are an action and violence junky then this probably isn't for you.

    Next, the narrator is new to the series. His interpretations of some characters is ok, some bland, and one is just plain odd. The narration can be distracting at times, but is adequate the majority of the listen.

    If you are a Diamond fan, then this is a decent listen. If you are new to the series, you might be wise to pick another episode.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl in the Green Raincoat: A Tess Monaghan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Laura Lippman
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (78)

    In the third trimester of her pregnancy, Baltimore private investigator Tess Monaghan is under doctor's orders to remain immobile. Bored and restless, reduced to watching the world go by outside her window, she takes small comfort in the mundane events she observes... like the young woman in a green raincoat who walks her dog at the same time every day. Then one day the dog is running free and its owner is nowhere to be seen.

    Janet says: "I love Lippman and Emond is great!"
    "Tess Monaghan is at it again"
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    Even with forced bed rest, Tess can't seem to curb her curiosity. This mystery has a "Rear Window" feel to it. However, in this story, she has a new investigator, her friend Whitney, and the internet to help dig into the mystery. I enjoyed the update on Tess's life and another PI case.

    Linda Emond is an excellent narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tilt-a-Whirl

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Chris Grabenstein
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1315)
    Performance
    (729)
    Story
    (725)

    There isn't much fun in the sun when a billionaire real estate tycoon is found murdered on the Tilt-a-Whirl at a seedy seaside amusement park in the otherwise quiet summer tourist town of Sea Haven. John Ceepak, a former MP just back from Iraq, has just joined the Sea Haven police department. The job offer came from an old Army buddy who hoped to give Ceepak at least a summer's worth of rest and relaxation to help him forget the horrors of war. Instead, Ceepak will head up the murder investigation.

    Bryan says: "A Guilty Pleasure"
    "Nice respite from intense, dark murder mysteries"
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    Yes, there is murder and mystery, but the odd characters and overall setting in a summer resort town make it a fun listen.

    I will definitely move on in the series.

    Jeff Woodman adds to the fun with the narration. His portrayal of the "perky blonde" thing and the small town cops is consistent and amusing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deep Down: A Jack Reacher Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 43 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (296)
    Performance
    (264)
    Story
    (268)

    Summoned by Military Intelligence to Washington, D.C., Reacher is sent undercover. The assignment that awaits him: The army is meeting with its Capitol Hill paymasters for classified talks on a new, state-of-the-art sniper rifle for U.S. forces. But vital details about the weapon are leaking - straight from the Capitol and probably into the hands of unidentified foreign arms dealers.

    Marci says: "Like the inside of a cinnamon roll"
    "Reacher quickly solves a mystery."
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    Reacher is in the Army. He is asked to do some undercover investigation. He easily puts the pieces together, identifies an information leak, thwarts the tough guys, and returns to his post.

    Again, Dick Hill is perfect for this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • High Heat: A Jack Reacher Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (393)
    Performance
    (354)
    Story
    (360)

    New York Times best-selling thriller master, Lee Child returns with an exclusive eBook novella. In the midst of a savage heat wave and an infamous murder spree, a blackout awakens the dark side of the city that never sleeps - and a young Jack Reacher takes action as only he can.

    Marci says: "Weird and unlike Child and Reacher"
    "Reacher at 16 and alone in NYC"
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    This is another glimpse of young Reacher. He is on his way to see brother Joe. In his typical style, he does not do the expected. Trouble finds him, there are physical altercations, and he helps the FBI.

    Dick Hill is always superb in his interpretation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Second Son: A Jack Reacher Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 27 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (302)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (272)

    In this new short story from #1 New York Times best-selling author Lee Child, available exclusively as an eBook, a young Jack Reacher knows how to finish a fight so it stays finished. He knows how to get the job done so it stays done. And, in one of his earliest challenges, he knows that his analytical brain is just as important as his impressive brawn.

    Henry says: "I have all 18 Jack Reacher books by Lee Child"
    "Caution: Duplication of prior release."
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    This story in its entirety is a "bonus" at the end of The Affair.
    I knew immediately that I had heard it before. I am very disappointed that Audible released it as a single later.

    Reacher is 13 and newly relocated with his Marine Corps family. Trouble and mystery found him even at this early age: he crushes a (kid) bully and solves two mysteries.

    Dick Hill, as always, is an excellent narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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