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mindusq

Typical cat lady: lazy, sings off-key, craves spicy bloody marys.

san francisco | Member Since 2008

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  • 60 reviews
  • 393 ratings
  • 569 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2015
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  • Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kevin Mitnick, William L. Simon
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4142)
    Performance
    (3677)
    Story
    (3691)

    Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world’s biggest companies—and however fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems, and cellular networks. He spent years skipping through cyberspace, always three steps ahead and labeled unstoppable.

    Mikeyxote says: "Great listen for tech fans"
    "Glimpse into hacking by World's Biggest Egomaniac"
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    Kudos to Ray Porter for breathing life into Kevin Mitnick's detailed account of how he fooled the world and thumbed his nose at giant tech companies just for sport. His insatiable curiosity, exceptional persistance and gigantic ego are just the right combo to achieve what he did [read: break the law & disrespect other people's rights and privacy].

    It's really not great writing but his audacity is fascinating and what's also shocking is how gullible people can be. He couldn't have done most of it without people's basic nature to believe that someone is telling them the truth.

    Yet, the person most snowed by Mitnick is Mitnick. He's really just a self-centered, egomaniac who gives lip service to caring about others or justifying his hacking but is really convinced he's better than everyone else.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Silent Sister: Riley MacPherson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Diane Chamberlain
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3105)
    Performance
    (2674)
    Story
    (2667)

    In The Silent Sister, Riley MacPherson has spent her entire life believing that her older sister Lisa committed suicide as a teenager. Now, over twenty years later, her father has passed away and she's in New Bern, North Carolina cleaning out his house when she finds evidence to the contrary. Lisa is alive. Alive and living under a new identity. But why exactly was she on the run all those years ago, and what secrets are being kept now?

    Robin A. Patrick says: "I feel guilty, but . . . I didn't like it."
    "Repetitive self-doubt-then-final-redemption fare"
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    What did you like best about The Silent Sister? What did you like least?

    Best: Susan Bennett
    Least: writing is too mainstream, not creative


    Has The Silent Sister turned you off from other books in this genre?

    'Fraid so.


    What does Susan Bennett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She has a gifted, natural ability to tell a story from varied viewpoints and make the characters as believable as possible.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Nope.


    Any additional comments?

    All the men are bad guys in this novel. Ain't nobody got time for that.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Jill Leovy
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    Overall
    (282)
    Performance
    (243)
    Story
    (242)

    On a warm spring evening in South Los Angeles, a young man is shot and killed on a sidewalk minutes away from his home--one of the thousands of black Americans murdered that year. His assailant runs down the street, jumps into an SUV, and vanishes, hoping to join the scores of killers in American cities who are never arrested for their crimes.

    Deborah says: "Wish I liked it more"
    "Black Lives Matter -- or do they?"
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    Why are so many of us okay with letting cops ignore gang murders and contently grateful that it's not us who are being shot at? After listening to the statistics in this book (which will stun you) and contemplating that I grew up mere miles from where this story takes place, this book made me recall with clarity how my parents eventually detoured around familiar streets we once traveled through without fear...as if steering clear of "bad areas" is an okay solution to rampant homicide. Society's disdain for poor neighborhoods and the people who live in them combined with a police force that looks the other way instead of providing safety for its citizens is an epidemic we need to take control of now. Right now.

    I *do* wish the narrator had been better, though. She's almost a deal breaker but the prose, research and unflinching journalism kept me glued to the story.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23473)
    Performance
    (19513)
    Story
    (19498)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    L. O. Pardue says: ""Rear Window" Meets "Gone Girl""
    "Brilliant narration made the story come alive!"
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    I kept picturing this as a movie; it's written with sounds and smells and an inner dialogue that compels the listener to keep "watching." My suggestion is that you don't judge it by its whodunnit quotient but by its entertainment value and its ability to take your imagination on an 11-hour ride.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Watching You

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (508)
    Performance
    (466)
    Story
    (465)

    Marnie Logan often feels like she's being watched: A warm breath on the back of her neck, or a shadow in the corner of her eye that vanishes when she turns her head. She has reason to be frightened. Her husband Daniel has inexplicably vanished, and the police have no leads in the case. Without proof of death or evidence of foul play, she can't access his bank accounts or his life insurance. Depressed and increasingly desperate, she seeks the help of clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin.

    Jacqueline says: "Chilling, Suspenseful, Well Done!"
    "File under ooh la la!"
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    This is the real thing, folks. Intriguing mystery, creepy narration, cinematic writing and unflinching storytelling that brings characters into your lives you'll actually care about. Download with abandon and get ready for a genuine earbender.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dead Room

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Robert Ellis
    • Narrated By Jim McCance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (599)
    Performance
    (523)
    Story
    (524)

    A young woman is found, brutally murdered and left on gruesome display in the "safety" of her own home. The atrocity kicks off an investigation into a bizarre string of increasingly disturbing murders, all believed to be perpetrated by someone of unprecedented savagery and cunning.

    kelly says: "Intense, intricate story, superb narration"
    "Oh, c'MON, maaaan"
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    Jim McCance, as the narrator, did a decent job telling this tale of serial killing, attorneys, childhood trauma with a dollop of art and romance but the story is really far-fetched, hackneyed and ridiculously unrealistic. Not hateful but pretty disappointing.

    20 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • Genesis Code: A Thriller of the Near Future

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jamie Metzl
    • Narrated By Andy Caploe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Blue Magic, the latest designer drug linked to a rash of overdoses, might explain the needle mark on the arm of a young woman found dead in her Kansas City apartment. But when star reporter Rich Azadian digs deeper, the clues point to a far more explosive story: MaryLee Stock was a special protege of evangelical megapastor and power broker Cobalt Becker, who is poised to deliver his followers and the presidency to a firebrand right-wing senator in the next election.

    mindusq says: "Narration so distracting I can't finish!"
    "Narration so distracting I can't finish!"
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    The story is intriguing--I *think*--but I'm so annoyed by the over dramatized style of the narrator that I can't find a toe hold. Giving up half way into it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Order Dog: Jeri Halston, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By C. T. Wente
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Tending bar at the ancient saloon on old Route 66 seems like the perfect way to sort things out.

    At least, that was the plan. But then the letters started arriving. Funny, rambling confessions of love from an unknown admirer, postmarked from every corner of the world. A Polaroid photo in each letter reveals a tantalizing glimpse of their sender, but never his true identity. And always the same strange sign off - Don't order dog. Jeri can't help but be intrigued.

    Linda says: "Loved this story!"
    "Silly with a 'made for TV' sensibility"
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    This may end up being one of your favorite new series but it was just fluff to me. I really enjoyed the narrator and liked that it takes place in Flagstaff, AZ but that's about the extent of it. It reads like a light version of The Blacklist or some other TV show where a woman finds out how strong she really is under the guidance of a man who is not who he appears to be. Oh, and throw in the current but stale theme in screenplays, corporate greed, add a little romance, sprinkle with some between-girls banter and you've got Don't Order Dog. Yawn.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Place: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan, Lara Hutchinson
    Overall
    (1556)
    Performance
    (1375)
    Story
    (1365)

    "The Secret Place", a board where the girls at St Kilda's School can pin up their secrets anonymously, is normally a mishmash of gossip and covert cruelty, but today someone has used it to reignite the stalled investigation into the murder of handsome, popular Chris Harper. Stephen joins forces with the abrasive Detective Antoinette Conway to find out who and why.

    Diane says: "Incredibly disappointing"
    "Friendship, loyalty and a desire to be different"
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    There were fleeting moments when I was listening intently, gripped by mystery and eager to hear each word--but they weren't very often. To me, the book came *this close* to sounding "preachy" and if it wasn't Tana French I don't think I would have had the patience to listen through the coming-of-age story of girlhood, being part of a clan and exploring the differences between the sexes and the classes. More of a YA novel than a mystery...definitely not as arresting as her first three books.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Grave Instinct

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert W. Walker
    • Narrated By J. Rodney Turner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    A horrifying series of murders has shocked a stretch of America's southern heartland. Not only are women turning up dead, but the killer has removed their brains with chilling surgical precision. A new murder has sent FBI medical examiner Jessica Coran to Jacksonville, Florida, on a search for answers to the most appalling murder spree she has ever encountered. But even she can't anticipate the twist her investigation is about to take - one that will give millions of people a front-row seat for the next victim's death.

    mindusq says: "J. Rodney Turner--the narrator--makes this book"
    "J. Rodney Turner--the narrator--makes this book"
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    With a hint of Matthew Mcconaughey in there, J. Rodney Turner's voice is startlingly arresting, not only because of its charming accent but because Mr. Turner's warm tone just makes you want to hear what he's gonna say next.

    The story? Reedonkulous. But listening to Mr. Turner suspended my disbelief for 12 hours.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Those Who Wish Me Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Michael Koryta
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (383)
    Performance
    (340)
    Story
    (343)

    When 13-year-old Jace Wilson witnesses a brutal murder, he's plunged into a new life, issued a false identity and hidden in a wilderness skills program for troubled teens. The plan is to get Jace off the grid while police find the two killers. The result is the start of a nightmare. The killers, known as the Blackwell Brothers, are slaughtering anyone who gets in their way in a methodical quest to reach him.

    Jen says: "Best Bad Guys EVER!"
    "I give it a C-"
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    The narration is okay but the story is so far-fetched that it's ridiculous. There are also some good moments where Koryta teaches us about survival and Montana and fire fighting but even then it's pretty preach-y and ham-fisted. All in all, not my favorite 11 hours.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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