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green ice cream garden

miramar, FL United States | Member Since 2014

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  • 72 reviews
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  • 128 titles in library
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  • Obsidian: Lux, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jennifer L. Armentrout
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    Overall
    (359)
    Performance
    (331)
    Story
    (335)

    When 17-year-old Katy Swartz moved to West Virginia right before her senior year, she'd pretty much resigned herself to thick accents, dodgy Internet access, and a whole lot of boring, but then she spotted her hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up...until he opened his mouth. Daemon Black is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. It's hate at first sight, but when a stranger attacks her and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something...unexpected happens. The hot guy next door? Well, he's an alien.

    Katheryne says: "Holy Alien Hotness"
    "more action please"
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    No surprises here, it is the YA formula for freaky teen romance. That's why I guess it's okay. What it's missing is action. Action in the conflict between races, sex action (there's only so much angst you can take), action from any of the good or bad guys, and yet I picked up the next in the series. Had to see if anything more substantial develops. As far as the narration, there is a squeaky and shaky quality that sometimes works but most of the time is annoying.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Conspiracy of Faith: Department Q, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (797)
    Performance
    (708)
    Story
    (719)

    Detective Carl Morck has received a bottle that holds an old and decayed message written in blood. It's a cry for help from two young brothers, tied and bound in a boathouse by the sea. After floating in the ocean for years before turning up, the bottle sat forgotten, unopened, on a police department windowsill, before the seal was cracked and the gruesome message, written in Danish, was analyzed. Could it be real? Who are these boys, and why weren't they reported missing? Could they possibly still be alive?

    John S says: "Alternative to Nesbo/Harry Hole Novels"
    "I have Faith in Q"
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    This book seals it for me: this is an excellent series. This story is filled with many "coincidences" that at times leave you thinking - that's just too convenient. Surprisingly though, it's these coincidences and interwoven character plots that creep up on the reader and keep you on the edge of your seat. A scary tale of a reverse religious fanatic with just the right amount of irreverent humor to balance the whole novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Absent One

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (951)
    Performance
    (828)
    Story
    (829)

    In The Keeper of Lost Causes, Jussi Adler-Olsen introduced Detective Carl Mørck, a deeply flawed, brilliant detective newly assigned to run Department Q, the home of Copenhagen’s coldest cases. The result wasn’t what Mørck - or readers - expected, but by the opening of Adler-Olsen’s shocking, fast-paced follow-up, Mørck is satisfied with the notion of picking up long-cold leads. So he’s naturally intrigued when a closed case lands on his desk: A brother and sister were brutally murdered two decades earlier....

    Librarian says: "Who knew?"
    "Y Q #2?"
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    I don't know what possessed me to return to this series after my review of book one was lukewarm at best. However, I'm pleased to have returned to Department Q. This book is gruesome and sad but despite the mystery being pretty much revealed from the start it is engrossing to listen to the detectives figure it out and find redemption. This time around the characters are more enjoyable and there is hidden humor in this dark story. On to Q #3.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Job: A Fox and O'Hare Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (102)

    The FBI had one demand when they secretly teamed up Special Agent Kate O'Hare with charming con man Nicolas Fox - bring down the world's most-wanted and untouchable felons. This time it's the brutal leader of a global drug-smuggling empire. The FBI doesn't know what their target looks like, where he is, or how to find him, but Nick Fox has a few tricks up his sleeve to roust this particular Knipschildt chocolate-loving drug lord.

    green ice cream garden says: "The Job is not that good a job"
    "The Job is not that good a job"
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    This book falls short in entertainment value compared to the other two books in the Fox and O'Hare series. The action parts were good. The con was detailed and dangerous. The part that is lacking is the relationship(s) building. All the interactions between the main characters, as well as the rest of the nutty crew, were too brief and inconsequential. In sum, the lack of further character development was unsatisfying. Though it earned a 2 with me, I'm still hooked and waiting for book 4.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bombproof

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (111)

    Sami Macbeth is not a master criminal. He's not even a minor one. He's not a jewel thief. He's not a safe-cracker. He's not an expert in explosives. Sami plays guitar and wants to be a rock god but keeps getting side-tracked by unforeseen circumstances. Fifty-four hours ago Sami was released from prison. Thirty-six hours ago he slept with the woman of his dreams at the Savoy. An hour ago his train blew up. Now he's carrying a rucksack through London's West End and has turned himself into the most wanted terrorist in the country.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Abobsolutely Stunning! I Was Up All Night!"
    "Wouldn't bomb at the movies!"
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    It's what you would expect and, at the same time, not what you expected. This book sounds like many a modern action movie where the hero is wronged and chaos ensues. Yet, it's easy to get caught up in just about every character and the twists and turns will have you on the edge of your seat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man: Book 1 of the Repo Man Series

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By W. Bruce Cameron
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (32)

    Ruddy McCann, former college football star, has experienced a seismic drop in popularity; he is now Kalkaska, Michigan’s full-time repo man and part-time bar bouncer. His best friend is his low-energy Basset hound Jake, with whom he shares a simple life of stealing cars. Simple, that is, until Ruddy starts hearing a voice in his head. The voice introduces himself as Alan Lottner, a dead realtor. Ruddy isn’t sure if Alan is real, or if he’s losing his mind.

    Charles Atkinson says: "As Good As It Gets"
    "The Repo Man you'll love"
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    A repo man who hear's voices? I was skeptical. However, it was highly recommended by one of my favorite fellow listeners so I took a chance. The chance paid off. This book is cute, funny, intelligent, touching and full of surprises. If you're looking for something not too wacky but still different from the average mystery, pick this book up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Word: A Spellman Novel, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Lisa Lutz
    • Narrated By Christina Moore, Mia Barron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (88)

    Within months of having taken control of the family detective business, Izzy Spellman is accused of embezzling from a former client, the ridiculously wealthy Mr. Slayter, who happens to have Alzheimer's, which Izzy and he are diligently trying to keep under wraps. Not only is Slayter's business and reputation on the line, but if Izzy gets indicted for embezzlement, she'll lose everything - her business, her license, and her family's livelihood. Is this the end of Izzy Spellman, PI?

    green ice cream garden says: "Farewell San Fran Luneys"
    "Farewell San Fran Luneys"
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    It isn't the perfect ending to this series (or at least I think this is the end). Didn't care for Rae's part in this book - both the development of her character or he bit parts in narrative. The summing up was also rushed. However, Lizzy gets the redemption she's deserved.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharp: A Mindspace Investigations Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Alex Hughes
    • Narrated By Daniel May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (291)
    Performance
    (259)
    Story
    (261)

    As a Level Eight telepath, I am the best police interrogator in the department. But I’m not a cop - I never will be - and my only friend on the force, Homicide Detective Isabella Cherabino, is avoiding me because of a telepathic link I created by accident. And I might not even be an interrogator for much longer. Our boss says unless I pull out a miracle, I’ll be gone before Christmas. I need this job, damn it. It’s the only thing keeping me sane.

    Dianne says: "great story, I can't wait for number 3"
    "Enough about you!"
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    The first of the series wasn't bad. It was a new take on some old themes and can hold your interest even if somethings remain vague and unclear. This second book is maddening. Not only are there no further explanations of life in the future but he main character is a whining, repetitive jerk. How do we have flying cars with limited satellites but still use regular bullets and guns? This is where this series ends for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Clean: A Mindspace Investigations Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Alex Hughes
    • Narrated By Daniel May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (462)
    Performance
    (409)
    Story
    (411)

    I used to work for the Telepath’s Guild before they kicked me out for a drug habit that wasn’t entirely my fault. Now I work for the cops, helping Homicide Detective Isabella Cherabino put killers behind bars. My ability to get inside the twisted minds of suspects makes me the best interrogator in the department. But the normals keep me on a short leash. When the Tech Wars ripped the world apart, the Guild stepped up to save it. But they had to get scary to do it - real scary.

    Lisa says: "Some good, Some annoying!"
    "Interest is piqued"
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    This was something different. A telepath, with tons of emotional baggage, that helps a sexy cop solve cases. Overall, it's not bad, but the story lacks explanations about how things came to be in this year/age. At first the lack of detail is a relief, but if you ponder elements your left with a plot that could have been set in any time or day. Still, the ideas and characters make up for the loss of detail.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trail of the Spellmans: Document #5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Lisa Lutz
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (134)

    For the first time in Spellman history, Isabel Spellman might be the most normal member of her family. Mom has taken on an outrageous assortment of extracurricular activities. Dad has a secret. Her brother and sister are at war, but neither will reveal the source of the conflict. While domestic disturbances abound, there is one source of sanity in the Spellman household: Demetrius Merriweather, employee of the month for 18 months straight. Things aren't any simpler on the business side of Spellman Investigations....

    John S. says: "There's a payoff, albeit a weak one"
    "Highly recommended disappointment"
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    If you've read any part of this series and are debating continuing, do it. Be aware though that there are some disappointments. There is still plenty of laughter, but with each book the characters are maturing like fine wine - one that sobers. The story and characters don't disappoint, as my headline implies, rather I'm having trouble accepting change, but I think that's one of the intended undercurrents of the series anyway. If you've read past one, you're in it to the end!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Spellmans Strike Again: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Lisa Lutz
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (99)

    At the ripe old age of 32, former wild child Isabel "Izzy" Spellman has finally agreed to take over the family business. And the transition won't be a smooth one....The uproarious fourth and final installment in this New York Times best-selling, Edgar- and Macavity-nominated series about a kooky detective family.

    JNB says: "Bad Narration"
    "The wisdom of Morty"
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    Another Spellman hit. Reading these books out of sequence may not be the best approach but probably not impossible. To get the full impact start with book 1. In this book, emotions, or at least as much as the Spellmans & Co. show, really hit home. You get to see the softer side of most of the characters, which only enriches the experience. Plus, there is finally actual cases! Previously, the cases were secondary to character development. This book does have cases, granted they aren't "edge of your seat" variety but, given all the other crazy stuff, the mundane cases are nice to figure out. The one major drawback is the return of the narrator from book 1. She just doesn't fit the main character for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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