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kalista

bibliophile

jupiter, FL, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Silken Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 23

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1191)
    Performance
    (1025)
    Story
    (1019)

    Very early one morning, a Minnesota political fixer answers his doorbell. The next thing he knows, he’s waking up on the floor of a moving car, lying on a plastic sheet, his body wet with blood. When the car stops, a voice says, "Hey, I think he’s breathing." And another voice says, "Yeah? Give me the bat." And that’s the last thing he knows. Davenport is investigating another case when the trail leads to the man’s disappearance, then - very troublingly - to the Minneapolis police department, then - most troublingly of all - to a woman who could give Machiavelli lessons.

    John Norton says: "Still my favorite combo of author and reader"
    "'CLASSIC DAVENPORT"
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    FIRST I ENJOYED BRINGING IN VIRGIL,LETTY (I REALLY LIKE HER SPUNKY ATTITUDE) WEATHER, DELL, AND THE GUYS HE WORKS WITH. THE NASTY RUN FOR THE SEAT OF SENATOR, AS DIRTYAS THE 1828 ELECTION BETWEEN JACKSON AND ADAMS A LOT OF NAME CALLING THERE.. THIS TIME CHILD PORN IS USED TO RUIN THE OPPONETS REPUTATION. YEAH WE KNOW WHO DONE IT BUT SHE IS THE SPIDER AT THE CENTER OF THIS WEB LUCAS HAS TO TEASE APART THERE IS A LITTLE SUB PLOT, A MAJOR THEFT OCCURS, THE KID ONCE PRIMO HACKER NOW A MILLIONARE ARTIST AND HIS COOKIE BAKING WIFE WHO HAD A COLORFUL LIFE PREMARRAGE.SHE WAS A CLEVER THIEF. SHE WANTS ONE MORE RUSH.
    REMEMBER THE CAT IN HITCHCOKS 'TO CATCH A THIEF' SHE KINDA REMINDS OF THAT TYPE OF 2ND STORY "MAN'. THIS BOOK USES ALL KINDS OF UP TO DATE TECHNOLOGY, . I LIKED THE LITTLE CELL PHONE TRICK LAUREN USES TO FINGER THE WINNER OF THE SENATORIAL RACE. LUCAS HAS IT FIGURED OUT BUT MONEY TALKS. A SIDE TRIP TO SPEAK TO AN OLD COP FILLS LUCAS IN ON LAURENS OLD LIFE, HE HAS AN ITCH BUT I THINK HE LETS HER SLIDE LESS GRUSOME THAN OTHER PATTERSON BOOKS THIS WAS JUST PLAIN OLD FUN. ONE MORE THING , I LIKE RICHARD FERRONE'S VOICE AS DAVENPORT HE IS THE "VOICE'

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood: Outlander, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2149)
    Performance
    (2016)
    Story
    (2011)

    Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to 1743 Scotland, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for a young soldier, James Fraser.

    G. House Sr. says: "Eloquent Fabulous Historical - Grand Continuation"
    "Davina saved this listen"
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    Will we have to wait with baited breath to see how the McKenzie's made it back to the ridge? I felt short changed.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Heist: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1071)
    Performance
    (948)
    Story
    (954)

    FBI Special Agent Kate O’Hare is known for her fierce dedication and discipline on the job, chasing down the world’s most wanted criminals and putting them behind bars. Her boss thinks she is tenacious and ambitious; her friends think she is tough, stubborn, and maybe even a bit obsessed. And while Kate has made quite a name for herself for the past five years the only name she’s cared about is Nicolas Fox - an international crook she wants in more ways than one.

    Janels says: "Evanovich, no longer trite--entertaining romp"
    ""is this a set up for a sandra bullock movie""
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    this was a book I was looking forward to listening to. I thought,great I liked The Monk series,
    I love the Stephanie Plum storyline, Both feature quirky characters, fun, and engaging.
    The fact Scott Brick was narrating was another plus he is ok (but not in the Pendergast novels) in this case he droned on and on, did he ever vary his pitch or intonation? I thought Kate the FBI agent was another bad assed chick wanting to make it into the old boys club. her assignment given to her by FBI honchos was to recoup misappropriated funds and work with the con man she is looking to put away. I listened to the beginning, fell asleep, woke up at the last chapter, finished listening and didn't feel like I missed anything. The con worked the money retrieved and the end was a set up for future books .Kate has been reassigned to
    catch our lovable conman with the million dollar smile he is a fugitive, and she will be hot on his heels, I'm repeating myself ... great plot setup for the future... Yes there was some sexual tension between Kate and Nick I believe it involved chocolate in Berlin and a candy bar, Toblerone (his big deadly weapon) at the end. .I will stick with Stephanie and bid farewell to Kate.. I don't think this will be a book I will revisit.....this was a ho-hum yawn fest..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • McNally's Luck: Archy McNally, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lawrence Sanders
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    Sex, suspense, sheer entertainment - Mcnally's Luck is Lawrence Sanders' seductive game of cat and mouse (and murder). Playboy/lover/sleuth Archy McNally is back - and the secrets of the filthy rich have never been filthier.... What begins with a kidnapped cat leads to ransom and homicide. And if a sensuous psychic makes a believer out of McNally, he'll learn that humans don't have none lives...but scandals do.

    Ted says: "A Solid Three… Meaning, OK"
    ""PALM BEACH EXPOSED""
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    I like the Archie McNally character ,carrying out discrete investigations Lawrence Sanders gets into the heads or the Palm Beacher"s., The high society balls, the excess, the snobbery between old money and the vulgar
    Nouveau Riche, with conspicuous consumerism, face lifts, polo ponies, raising money for the "poor" (anyone not living on ocean drive) I think it's fun to poke holes into the sheltered lives of trophy wives, the pompous husbands, the over the top homes and life styles..It is all there. How fast can you drive a Lamborghini in Jupiter, Tequesta, or Palm Beach? Maybe 60 mph. What a waste.. I know the horror of I95 at rush hour, the "season" ( November to May) when the snowbirds come to town and prices at restaurants become double, not good for us locals. We just sort of laugh behind our hands and pray for hot steamy weather, to drive them up to their summer homes. These books are not literature but satire. For me an outsider of the Palm Beach high jinx. this series is fluffy mind candy, but fun never the less .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Harbor: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan
    Overall
    (2327)
    Performance
    (1987)
    Story
    (1973)

    In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.

    Amazon Customer says: "Best in the Series"
    "" An ABSORBING LISTEN""
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    What a great introduction to the Dublin Murder Squad.,I felt as if as if I was getting to" Know"
    the characters I liked the development of Scorcher and Richie ,Richie comes through with great interviewing techniques , he seems to be a natural. He grows into becoming a detective. The setting was eerie, sort of a depressing place to live. Nothing is what the home owners thought they were buying. Then a horrific murder occurs. This book reveals Scorchers devotion to his disturbed sister Dina. Scorcher is The Job and this is a big case and perhaps he can redeem himself, due to a botched investigation, he hasn't had a high profile case in a while. A voyeur has a nest where he can watch the family and tries to insert himself, He obsesses over times gone by. He enters the house
    hangs out when the family is away just to feel her again. Broken Harbor, haunts Scorcher, due to his mothers death (suicide) during a family vacation. the story has layers of relationships, angst, dread, anguish. It haunted me!. The imagery created a movie in my head not many listens effect me this way. If you like police procedurals and want a walk into the dark side, this is for you, I must add the narration and accents seemed real.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2051)
    Performance
    (1820)
    Story
    (1825)

    More than a million listeners have thrilled to Bill O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln, the can't-stop-listening work of nonfiction about the shocking assassination that changed the course of American history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts in gripping detail the brutal murder of John Fitzgerald Kennedy—and how a sequence of gunshots on a Dallas afternoon not only killed a beloved president but also sent the nation into the cataclysmic division of the Vietnam War and its culture-changing aftermath.

    Kristina says: "MUST READ/LISTEN"
    "UNASWERABLE QUESTIONS"
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    I was in eighth grade when a friend raced up to me Did You Hear What Happened To The Kennedy's? I quipped No did Carolyn's pony Macaroni get loose? No the presidents been shot, I was mortified by my flip answer. I watched the procession as JFK was taken to lie in state. The caisson and rider less horse brought home the loss of this man. It was a frightening time the red scare, drills in school to protect us from nuclear attacks, Cuban missile crisis ,Mr O"Reilly digs deep into this special time known as Camelot, and the aftermath of Kennedy's assassination, The book is carefully constructed. Giving the pertinent facts as known. and what happened in Texas schoolbook building, the race to catch Oswald, his murder by Jack Ruby, The Mafia connection, is all laid bare. This book puts the events in order as it unfolded. Conspiracy theories still abound. This book does not put everything to rest. The Zapruder film taken at the moment the presidents head exploded into a mist is still studied. and there are uncertainties of how could this happen?. This book brought me back to November 22. On a personal note I had not had such a feeling of global consciences until 9/11

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Silver Falcon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Katia Fox, Aubrey Botsford (translator)
    • Narrated By James Clamp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Despite his mother’s insistence, young William knows he is destined not to toil with a swordsmith’s hammer in his hand, but rather to stride the open country with a falcon on his fist. And when he rescues a magnificent bird of prey belonging to King Henry himself, the boy finds in His Majesty’s favor a golden opportunity. Neither the stigma of a clubfoot nor the powerful influence of prophecy will keep him from fleeing the smoky smithy to run the open fields… in the shadow of the sky’s winged masters.

    kalista says: "THE FACOLN SOARS"
    "THE FACOLN SOARS"
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    I found this story full of information about life in medieval. time period I don't know if it is totally historically accurate it follows the life of the main character set in about 1205 A.D.his talent with the training of Falcons brings him success, rising above his humble beginnings' I almost felt like a voyeur watching his progress,, his interaction with his family,his mothers is a blacksmith, unusual at that time period she is a craftsman sought out for her skill, ,the friendships he makes and keeps, the agony of losing his first love in a horrific murder, and his revenge upon the lord that stole the life if of this young woman brutally murdered , his child ripped from her womb this loss haunts him, he overcomes this when he realizes he can love again. he marries it brings him joy new passion, though.she is above his station part of the nobility they felt a connection and join their lives .with blessings from the king. I felt this story

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Wanted Man: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2310)
    Performance
    (1972)
    Story
    (1961)

    Four people in a car, hoping to make Chicago by morning. An hour behind them, a man lies stabbed to death in an old pumping station. He was seen going in with two others, but he never came out. He has been executed, the knife work professional, the killers vanished. Within minutes, the police are notified. Within hours, the FBI descends, laying claim to the victim without ever saying who he was or why he was there. All Reacher wanted was a ride to Virginia. All he did was stick out his thumb. But he soon discovers he has hitched more than a ride.

    Bill says: "Wanted Man is Wanting ~ And I Want 14 Hours Back"
    "A BETTER READ THAN LISTEN"
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    I am a big fan of Reacher's exploits. I started reading this book and I was drawn into the story. I thought I would finish up with a listen For some reason the listening experience seemed drawn out. I fell asleep while listening it did not engage me..there are twists and turns , the FBI, becomes involved, as well as other government agenesis poking around , it has kidnapping, a mysterious murder, a blundered investigation, Jack becomes a suspect, he turns it around, ,with his fine honed talents he gets into the meat of this investigation all of the stuff we have come to love in this series, Dick Hill is on of my favorite narrators he brings Reacher to life for me. I think I will return the audio version and complete the read to the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion's Lady

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    Overall
    (478)
    Performance
    (426)
    Story
    (433)

    Christina Bennett had taken London society by storm. The ravishing beauty guarded the secret of her mysterious past until the night Lyon, Marquis of Lyonwood, stole a searching, sensuous kiss. An arrogant nobleman with a pirate's passions, he tasted the wildfire smoldering beneath Christina's cool charm and swore to possess her.... But the feisty and defiant Christina would not be so easily conquered. Mistress of her heart and of her fortune, she resisted Lyon's sensuous caresses.

    Jordy says: "Yes another 5 star rating!"
    "THE LION DID NOT ROAR"
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    this book has no positive attributes. A copy cat story. The narrator can make or break a book. Susan Duerden should me muzzled, that hushed whispery, voice ruined the whole listening experience. Her voice was beyond annoying. I was hoping, praying it would get better, alas not to be.. I have never been so aggravated. About 5 chapters in, I was out . thank goodness for audibles refund policy. a negative review well deserved. this is the worst purchase I have made.. keep your credit in your pocket.....

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24879)
    Performance
    (18783)
    Story
    (18844)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "'THIS IS A GREAT SERIES RUINED BY HBO"
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    I WANT TO TELL LISTENERS THER ARE 6 MILLION VIEWERS OF GAME OF THRONES PLUS READERS, WHEN LISTENING TO THE BOOK YOU HEAR THE NAMES OF THE CHARACTORS BUT DONT KNOW THE CORRECT SPELLING, I POSTED A COMMENT ON FACEBOOK AND WAS CRUCIFIED FOR MISSPLELLING A NAME. IT IS WORSE THAN THAN THE STAR TRECK? MANIA.
    THESE WONDERFUL STORIES ARE BEING BASTARDIZED ON T.V IT HAS POLARIZED VIEWERS AND LISTENERS. . AUDIBLE REVIEWERS SHARE OPINIONS AND GIVE OTHERS A FORUM TO GIVE THIER POINT OF VIEW. MY THANKS TO ALL

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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