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virginia

Kingsport, TN, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 14 reviews
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  • True Blue

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1069)
    Performance
    (413)
    Story
    (417)

    Mason "Mace" Perry was a firebrand cop on the D.C. police force until she was kidnapped and framed for a crime. She lost everything-her badge, her career, her freedom-and spent two years in prison. Now she's back on the outside and focused on one mission: to be a cop once more. Her only shot to be a true blue again is to solve a major case on her own, and prove she has the right to wear the uniform.

    Stephen says: "No connection to new heroine"
    "Really bad"
    Overall

    especially from an author I have enjoyed in the past. What happened? It is so poorly plotted and the characters not as described. I would think that Mace really would have been a gritty, hardened police officer turned con. THAT character would have been interesting. Wish I had read Roberts review before purchase.

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Natchez Burning: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By David Ledoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (649)
    Performance
    (578)
    Story
    (583)

    Raised in the historic southern splendor of Natchez, Mississippi, Penn Cage learned all he knows of honor and duty from his father, Dr. Tom Cage. But now the beloved family doctor has been accused of murdering Viola Turner, the African-American nurse with whom he worked in the dark days of the 1960s. Penn is determined to save his father, but Tom, stubbornly invoking doctor-patient privilege, refuses to even speak in his own defense.

    Carolyn says: "Can't get past reader"
    "are people deaf?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Natchez Burning again? Why?

    Yes, it is a very compelling, complex novel. I'm thoroughly enjoying it. Not finished yet.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    not sure yet


    What about David Ledoux’s performance did you like?

    I am enjoying the book with his narration. I have heard much more theatrics and over-the-top voices. David Ledoux'x is simply normal, even very good.


    Any additional comments?

    Yes, Dick Hill is wonderful but I really do not understand the negative comments. Not everyone is Dick Hill but how about Scott Brick? He is not a wilting violet and plays his characters to the hilt. I am enjoying this book as well as the narration. Branch out people, new blood is good!

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Reversal: Harry Bosch, Book 16 (Mickey Haller, Book 3)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3787)
    Performance
    (1920)
    Story
    (1928)

    Longtime defense attorney Mickey Haller is recruited to change stripes and prosecute the high-profile retrial of a brutal child murder. After 24 years in prison, convicted killer Jason Jessup has been exonerated by new DNA evidence. Haller is convinced Jessup is guilty, and he takes the case on the condition that he gets to choose his investigator, LAPD Detective Harry Bosch.

    Andrew Pollack says: "Brilliantly executed"
    "WHAT??????????????????????"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    NO. Because it is unfinished.


    What could Michael Connelly have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Perhaps he could have written an ending. It was like I had 5 minutes to get out of the hotel and could only take one suitcase. Did Connelly only have 5 minutes to write the ending? I spent all day listening, anticipating and of all the many endings I (not a writer) came up with could not have seen this one coming-and not in a good way. There was so much material to work with and he just.....what? threw it away? Had to go to the john? Late for dinner? Lost the last chapter? I'm just a bit peeved obviously. I used to love MC's work but stopped listening for a while because Bosch had become tiresome but I like Mickey Haller and thought this was one I would enjoy. Which I did until the end and I did a "what ????? just happened?"

    I do not usually write reviews but could not wait to write this after reading the very frustrating end to this book.


    Do you think The Reversal needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I think it needs an ending.


    Any additional comments?

    Think I have said it all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fifth Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4663)
    Performance
    (2659)
    Story
    (2642)

    Mickey Haller has fallen on tough times. He expands his business into foreclosure defense, only to see one of his clients accused of killing the banker she blames for trying to take away her home. Mickey puts his team into high gear to exonerate Lisa Trammel, even though the evidence and his own suspicions tell him his client is guilty. Soon after he learns that the victim had black market dealings of his own, Haller is assaulted, too - and he's certain he's on the right trail. Despite the danger and uncertainty, Haller mounts the best defense of his career in a trial where the last surprise comes after the verdict is in.

    Bob says: "Compelling and difficult to put down"
    "Really good"
    Overall

    As always Michael Connelly provided me with a days entertainment while doing mundane chores. I'm glad to see Haller back because honestly getting tired of Bosch who to me has lost his edge. I would have given it 5 stars but guessed the outcome early on in the book. Still enjoyable and worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bride Collector

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ted Dekker
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (408)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (203)

    FBI Special agent Brad Raines is facing his toughest case yet. A Denver serial killer has killed four beautiful young women, leaving a bridal veil at each crime scene, and he's picking up his pace. Unable to crack the case, Raines appeals for help from a most unusual source: residents of the Center for Wellbeing and Intelligence, a private psychiatric institution for mentally ill individuals whose are extraordinarily gifted.

    Holly Helscher says: "Everyone is the Favorite"
    "Less than 1 star"
    Overall

    What is the term for worse than awful? I had high hopes for this book given the reviews. The plot was inspired but the execution was just plain bad. By the end of the book I wanted to kill them all off!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Memory

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (572)
    Performance
    (338)
    Story
    (344)

    Catherine "Cat" Ferry is a forensic odontologist, a specialist in bite marks and the clues they provide. But while Cat's colleagues know her as a world-class scientist, she secretly attempts to manage her fragile psyche with alcohol, delving into the minds of rapists and murderers yet never allowing her own frightening past to creep into the foreground.

    Corinne says: "Well-researched, sensitive and a good story"
    "Endearing and flawed herione"
    Overall

    Almost didn't get this book because of the reviews but very glad I did. The subtopic of child molestation can be a slippery slope for any author. I think Mr. Iles did a good job, thoughtful and empathetic. As a child abuse survivor I was drawn to the book. What I got was a good suspense story along with some comfort from the heroine who mirrored some of my own behaviors and thoughts. This may not be the book for everyone and as one reviewer stated it may "turn your stomach" to hear the details. The reality is that many, many children are abused every day by their fathers, uncles, brothers or mothers. They frequently feel alone and helpless. I know this is not a forum for my special cause but would like to say keep your minds and eyes open.

    I read every day mostly suspense/mysteries and actually do know the gendre so don't miss a really good read because of the "unpleasant" content.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5308)
    Performance
    (2183)
    Story
    (2196)

    For the three years Shadow spent in prison, all he wanted was to get back to the loving arms of his wife and stay out of trouble for the rest of his life. But days before his release, he learns that his wife has been killed in an accident, and his world becomes a colder place.

    Joseph says: "Amazing, powerful book about America."
    "Beautifully written"
    Overall

    I usually do not listen to sci/fi except the occasional Charlaine Harris and stick to the strictly whodunits BUT.....absolutely loved this book. It is not checkered throughout with profanity and porno sex scenes as was inferred by another reviewer. There is actually very little along those lines. The homosexual liason was without much detail to offend anyone (except the most extreme homophobe). The mystic flavor is not determined to be reality, it could be just a dream or delusions. Whatever it is, I enjoyed the entire book (it is very long) and found myself not wanting to finish. And could George Guidall be any better? Hoping for a sequel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matter of Trust

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Sydney Bauer
    • Narrated By Bill Ten Eyck
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    It's been a long time since criminal defence attorney David Cavanaugh has heard his childhood friend Chris Kincaid speak of Marilyn Maloney; for hers is a name from the past, from a time when David, Chris, and the third in the gang of three, Mike, vowed never to let a girl get in the way of their friendship. But now Chris is the "successful, happily married US Senator for New Jersey", and when he pleads with David to return home to help him locate the girl he "used" to love, David reluctantly agrees..

    virginia says: "So very bad"
    "So very bad"
    Overall

    Redundant to the inth degree. I have enjoyed this authors books in the past but this one...........???? The content of this novel could have filled 2-3 chapters instead of dragging us painfully through hours and hours and hours of dribble. I'm close to the end now but honestly don't think I care enough to finish.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Butcher's Boy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Thomas Perry
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (591)
    Performance
    (382)
    Story
    (378)

    Thomas Perry's Edgar Award-winning debut novel follows a professional hitman on the run from both the mafia and the government.

    richard says: "A writer with extreme talents."
    "consistent pleasure"
    Overall

    This is my 5th book by Thomas Perry and I am only into the first few chapters. I haved enjoyed each thoroughly starting with the Jane Whitfield mysteries. He is now one of my favorite authors along with Michael Connolly. They are like pistachio ice cream and chocolate fudge cake-I love both but cannot choose between. Each one satisfies a craving at a particular time of desire.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of Betrayal

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Brett Battles
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (338)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (217)

    The meeting place was carefully chosen: an abandoned church in rural Ireland just after dark. For Jonathan Quinn--a freelance operative and professional "cleaner" - the job was only to observe. If his cleanup skills were needed, it would mean things had gone horribly wrong. But an assassin hidden in a tree assured just that. And suddenly Quinn had four dead bodies to dispose of and one astounding clue - to a mystery that is about to spin wildly out of control.

    virginia says: "absolutely wonderful"
    "absolutely wonderful"
    Overall

    I loved this book! Scott Brick is my favorite narrator-he could make the phone book interesting. Luckily, he didn't have to try that hard. I could not stop listening from beginning to end. I am looking forward to other reads by this author. This was 1 of 2 favorite audible books-the other was "The Scarecrow" by Michael Connelly. Completely worth the credit.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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