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cristina

Somerville, MA, United States | Member Since 2015

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  • The Gods of Guilt

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3928)
    Performance
    (3463)
    Story
    (3457)

    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."
    "Disappointing for Connelly"
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    Perhaps if it had been written by someone else I would have liked it better. While "OK," it simply did not live up to Michael Connelly. Certainly not to The Lincoln Lawyer.

    The story does not have as many surprising twists and turns. And the character development is nowhere near as good.

    Some of it has to do with the fact that this is part of a series--and that Connelly feels obliged to explain some of the characters' absences (Like the fact that the daughter is not talking to our hero at this stage of this life…If this were a stand-alone novel, she would not have even been mentioned. Here, her absence is a recurring theme, but the main character is not given enough depth to make his 'anguish' believable). There are also a lot of "fast forwards," where relationships have been established two seconds after you first read about the characters meeting. Obviously, as another reviewer mentioned, this is more the basis for a screenplay than a novel. As such, The Gods of Guilt will probably be more satisfying as a movie.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Blood on Snow: A novel

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbo, Neil Smith - Translator
    • Narrated By Patti Smith
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (54)

    This is the story of Olav: an extremely talented "fixer" for one of Oslo's most powerful crime bosses. But Olav is also an unusually complicated fixer. He has a capacity for love that is as far-reaching as is his gift for murder. He is our straightforward, calm-in-the-face-of-crisis narrator with a storyteller's hypnotic knack for fantasy. He has an "innate talent for subordination" but running through his veins is a "virus" born of the power over life and death.

    Nick says: "What a horrendous choice of narrator!!!!!"
    "A long short story"
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    I love Jo Nesbo. I didn't love Blood on Snow (although I have to admit I LOVED the ending). Overall, the story lacked the depth and hyper-reality of most Nesbo novels (not surprisingly, it is quite short). And the narrator!!!! Never mind the monotone read (it sometimes works with Nesbo's cadence and darkness)... I could not understand why the producers of this audio book chose a female reader for a book that's told in the first person of a male character. Dumb choice.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Kind Worth Killing

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Peter Swanson
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller, Karen White, Kathleen Early, and others
    Overall
    (291)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (254)

    On a night flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets the stunning and mysterious Lily Kintner. Sharing one too many martinis, the strangers begin to play a game of truth, revealing very intimate details about themselves. Ted talks about his marriage that's going stale and his wife, Miranda, who he's sure is cheating on him. Ted and his wife were a mismatch from the start - he the rich businessman, she the artistic free spirit - a contrast that once inflamed their passion but has now become a cliché.

    Carol-Ann says: "This book!!"
    "Really enjoyed this"
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    I usually don't like it when books have multiple readers, but in "The Kind Worth Killing," the readers add to the experience. They are all great. And the story, while unbelievable at many points, is still really enjoyable and full of fun twists. Definitely recommend it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Too Close to Home

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Linwood Barclay
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (90)

    In a quiet suburban neighborhood, in the house next door, a family is brutally murdered for no apparent reason. You canï¿¿ï¿¿ï¿¿t help thinking, "That could have been us". And you start to wonder, "What if we're next?"

    That's the question Jim and Ellen Cutter are asking, and the answers aren't reassuring.

    Bernie says: "Gripping and suspensful . . . FANTASTIC!"
    "Should really be 3 1/2 stars"
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    There are plots and subplots which will hook you from the very beginning (with a very likable main character to boot), so for that it would give it four stars. However, when the mystery finally unravels, it falls a little flat on its face--so for that I would have to take at least a half star away. Still, I will recommend it as an entertaining mystery. Christopher Lane, as always, does an excellent job with the narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Impasse: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Royce Scott Buckingham
    • Narrated By Allan Robertson
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (51)

    Forty and facing a midlife crisis, Stu Stark has lost his mojo. He simply gave up after being fired from his prestigious job as a prosecuting attorney for losing the biggest case of his career. So when Stu's best friend gifts him a one-week trip into the Alaskan wilderness to rediscover his manhood, Stu thinks it just might do him some good. But after a horrible week, Stu is crushed when he realizes no one is coming back for him.

    Marci says: "Really great with just a couple of flaws"
    "Would have been five stars if it were longer"
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    The story is a lot of fun...but told a tad too fast. So that the change from wimp to empowered avenger happens too quickly and the revenge is almost too easy. STILL, I highly recommend it for sheer enjoyment. It's always fun to see the good guys win.

    0 of 0 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
    (916)
    Performance
    (808)
    Story
    (813)

    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"
    "Delightful"
    Overall
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    I know that's a strange word to use in describing a mystery where the main character is a rich snob, but that's what this novel is: delightful. A pleasure to get into the protagonist's head and follow along as he gets ensnared in the murder of his legal firm's managing partner and his perfectly ordered life crumbles. Very enjoyable. Definitely would recommend. (It's a shame that his second book got slammed by almost every reviewer who had loved this one...so I am anxiously awaiting his third. Hopefully that one will be as good as "Death on a High Floor.")

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Whites: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Richard Price, Harry Brandt
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (333)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (291)

    Back in the run-and-gun days of the mid-'90s, when Billy Graves worked in the South Bronx as part of an anticrime unit known as the Wild Geese, he made headlines by accidentally shooting a 10-year-old boy while stopping an angel-dusted berserker in the street. Branded as a cowboy by his higher-ups, for the next 18 years Billy endured one dead-end posting after another.

    Bradley P. Valentine says: "Richard Price sets the high water mark in genre"
    "Well worth the read"
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    Great story of interconnected stories. Great characters, with more depth than one usually expects in a typical police procedural because it's more than a mere police procedural--it's a story about inner conflicts and demons, about love and friends and choosing between what's right and what's wrong when love and friends are involved. I will look for more from this author, in both his aliases.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All the Old Knives

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Olen Steinhauer
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos, Juliana Francis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (62)

    Nine years ago terrorists hijacked a plane in Vienna. Somehow a rescue attempt staged from the inside went terribly wrong, and everyone onboard was killed. Members of the CIA stationed in Vienna during that time were witness to this terrible tragedy, gathering intel from their sources during those tense hours, assimilating facts from the ground with a series of texts coming from one of their agents inside the plane.

    Darwin8u says: "Pushing, incrementally, toward le Carré"
    "A five-star novella"
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    I almost didn't download this because I thought it would be impossible to craft anything truly engrossing in such a short time. The truth is that it didn't feel like a novel. As I suspected, too short. However, if viewed as a novella (or a long short story), it was outstanding. Great story. Delivered in layers (the 'present time' is less than a day, the flashbacks recount a time seven years earlier). Excellent performances.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • California Fire and Life

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Don Winslow
    • Narrated By Jon Lindstrom
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    Jack Wade, a claims adjuster for California Fire and Life Mutual Insurance Company, is one of the best arson investigators around. He's a man who knows fire, who can read the traces it leaves behind like a roadmap. When he's called in to examine an unusual claim, the tracks of the fire tell him that something's wrong. So wrong that he violates his own cardinal rule - "You don't get personal, you don't get emotional. Whatever you do, you don't get involved" - and plunges into the case.

    Tim says: "Fire, life.... Living in So Cal"
    "Very entertaining"
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    Roller-coaster from beginning to end, with a very likable protagonist. Will have to look at more Winslow books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Deep

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Nick Cutter
    • Narrated By Corey Brill
    Overall
    (230)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (201)

    A strange plague called the "Gets" is decimating humanity on a global scale. It causes people to forget - small things at first, like where they left their keys... then the not-so-small things like how to drive, or the letters of the alphabet. Then their bodies forget how to function involuntarily - and there is no cure. But now, far below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, deep in the Marianas Trench, an heretofore unknown substance hailed as "ambrosia" has been discovered - a universal healer, from initial reports.

    Charles says: "Troubling"
    "Shocked by the good reviews"
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    I loved "The Troop" and actually saved "The Deep" for an upcoming trip. What a disappointment!!! In The Troop, the characters come alive amidst the horror. In The Deep, the characters remain shallow and unbelievable. Not a single one becomes real. And the story, quite frankly, never progresses. Creepy, horrific thing after creepy, horrific thing happens to the protagonists but I, for one, did not care. And don't be deceived by the promise of what this author could do with a plague that makes people forget (two thirds of the publisher's summary devoted to this theme)...the book itself deals with this issue for about as long as the publisher's summary. Perhaps if I had not kept waiting for the book to return to that subject, I would not have been so impatient with the novel. Did the author forget...?

    Mr. Cutter is a great craftsman, in total command of his words. The writing is indeed good. Wish the story was better.

    Mr. Brill does a phenomenal job with the narration. I probably would not have bothered to finish it were it not for him.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Moving Day

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jonathan Stone
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (494)
    Performance
    (448)
    Story
    (441)

    Forty years’ accumulation of art, antiques, and family photographs are more than just objects for Stanley Peke - they are proof of a life fully lived. A life he could have easily lost long ago. When a con man steals his houseful of possessions in a sophisticated moving-day scam, Peke wanders helplessly through his empty New England home, inevitably reminded of another helpless time: decades in Peke’s past, a cold and threadbare Stanislaw Shmuel Pecoskowitz eked out a desperate existence in the war-torn Polish countryside, subsisting on scraps, dodging Nazi soldiers.

    Joe Crescenzi says: "What a fantastic story... a real treat!"
    "Loved this"
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    At first, it seems like a pretty simple (but enjoyable) tale of bad vs good: the old man gets robbed and refuses to take it lying down. But then the novel becomes much more, culminating in a terrific finale. I enjoyed every minute and don't want to spoil it for you. Download it. You won't regret it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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