Lacy Stoltz is an investigator for the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct. She is a lawyer, not a cop, and it is her job to respond to complaints dealing with judicial misconduct. After nine years with the board, she knows that most problems are caused by incompetence, not corruption. But a corruption case eventually crosses her desk. A previously disbarred lawyer is back in business with a new identity. He now goes by the name Greg Myers, and he claims to know of a Florida judge who has stolen more money than all other crooked judges combined.
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
This deviated from most of his books in that it wasn't as dark as usual. It was interesting, but I kept waiting for some sort of climax that never came. It almost felt like it was a real story told like it happened with no invented excitement. Everything just worked out smoothly.
What do you think the narrator could have done better?
I have a problem with female narrators who try too hard to find voices for different characters. This narrator often sounded unnatural like she was really reaching for a voice for every character and just couldn't do it.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
The movie without special effects, just good old police work.
Any additional comments?
As usual, compliments to the author for writing a book without (much) foul language or descriptive sex. That is one reason I keep reading his books. It made my long drive in the car go much faster.
The irresistible David Freed’s first mystery is a stay-up-late-to-finish thriller. Based in sunny Rancho Bonita - “California’s Monaco”, as the city’s moneyed minions like to call it - Cordell Logan is a literate, sardonic flight instructor and aspiring Buddhist with dwindling savings and a shadowy past. When his beautiful ex-wife, Savannah, shows up out of the blue to tell him that her husband has been murdered in Los Angeles, Logan is quietly pleased. Savannah’s late husband, after all, is Arlo Echevarria, the man she left Logan for.
I liked the story and tried to stick with it , but there was just too much foul language, especially the f-word. The narrator read with a sarcastic tone that distracted me and made the main character less appealing. Just not my kind of book.
In the winter of 1920, a quirky bequest draws Morrie Morgan back to Butte, Montana, from a year-long honeymoon with his bride, Grace. But the mansion bestowed by a former boss upon the itinerant charmer, debuted in Doig’s best-selling book The Whistling Season, promises to be less a windfall than a money pit. And the town itself, with its polyglot army of miners struggling to extricate themselves from the stranglehold of the ruthless Anaconda Copper Mining Company, seems - like the couple’s fast-diminishing finances—on the verge of implosion.
If you could sum up Sweet Thunder: A Novel in three words, what would they be?
Engaging, thoughtful, intelligent
What did you like best about this story?
I loved the characters and the events that take place in their lives. This is the third book I've read with Maury Morgan as a character (the others were "Whistling Season" and "Work Song"). He is one of the most interesting characters I've ever experienced. He is smart, has values, and has to work through a life in which trouble seems to find him. I always wonder how he'll manage to get out of the situations in which he finds himself. I know he will, but I love hearing him do it. This is an example of Doig's talent to write a book without using foul language which I can't say about all of his books. I like the clean ones so much better. I love that this character is smart and uses his wits to solve problems. I also love the subtle exposure to the history of a time long gone. Great book!
What does Jonathan Hogan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
The narrator's voice was pleasing to listen to and I lost myself in the story. I think he is perfect for Maury and also makes the other characters believable. My time at the gym flew by while listening to this book. I love the different voices including the ones with accents. The female voices didn't feel forced. Loved his narration!
Ivan Doig has been hailed by the New York Times as “dean of Western American letters.” In Ride with Me, Mariah Montana, widower Jick McCaskill, his daughter Mariah, and Mariah’s ex-husband Riley take a road trip back and forth across Montana. As Jick recounts his memories of the area, Riley and Mariah fall in and out of love—and Jick unexpectedly discovers a new partner.
What did you like best about Ride with Me, Mariah Montana? What did you like least?
I liked the development of the story and characters. Ivan Doig tells a great story. This is the first of his books I've read that needs a "foul language" alert. Lots and lots of swearing, particularly the F word. I didn't notice this in the other books by Doig.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Ride with Me, Mariah Montana?
The ending is a great way to wrap this book up.
What does Scott Sowers bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
The narration was good. I enjoy listening to Mr. Sowers voice and he makes the story work as it is written.
Do you think Ride with Me, Mariah Montana needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
No follow-up if we have to hear more about the grumpy character in this one. The book pretty much concludes without leaving much chance of a sequel that would take place in the same place.
When his son Rowan was diagnosed with autism, Rupert Isaacson was devastated, afraid he might never be able to communicate with his child. But when Isaacson, a lifelong horseman, rode their neighbor's horse with Rowan, Rowan improved immeasurably. He was struck with a crazy idea: why not take Rowan to Mongolia the one place in the world where horses and shamanic healing intersected?
This book about the struggle that parents have when a child with autism is born into their family. Although I don't have anyone in my own family with autism, I am a special educaton teacher and found that I could really relate to the pain and humor this child created. The author's descriptions and narration were superb. I may have had an extra interest since I had a student very much like Rowan and found myself thinking about him and all the fun and stress that he created in my classroom. I hope that all parents of student with autism don't have such a horrible experience with school. I couldn't wait to get to the end to find out what the outcome for Rowan was. The fact that this is a true story makes it that much better. I think the healing of Rowan had as much to do with the intense love, extreme effort and undying faith that things had to get better. A great read whether you've had any direct experience with autism or not.
Cavanaugh, a former member of Delta Force, is hired by a brilliant scientist named Prescott who needs protection from a drug lord seeking the highly addictive drug he has invented. At least that is what Cavanaugh is led to believe. After Cavanaugh trains the scientist in escape and evasion, the unthinkable occurs: Cavanaugh's team is viciously attacked and entirely wiped out - and Prescott seems to be in collusion with the attackers.
This book hooked me in the first five minutes and kept me on edge for the whole book. It was action packed and thrilling. This was also a top rated book for me because the author managed a great story without any foul language. I've always been a fan of certain authors who can manage this and when I listen to a book filled with foul language I don't usually listen to another book by that author. I will definitely try another by Mr. Morrell. If you like good mysteries with suspense and new twists and turns throughout, this is a book for you.
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New York Times best-selling author Tana French has won the prestigious Edgar, Barry, Macavity, and Anthony awards. As her third novel featuring the Dublin Murder Squad opens, 19-year-old Frank Mackey is waiting in vain for Rosie, who he’s supposed to run away to London with. But when she doesn’t show, Frank leaves Dublin without her—thinking never to return.
I enjoyed the story presented in this book. It was a good read about an old murder, a new murder and a very dysfunctional family. The narrator did a fine job. It kept my interest all the way through, but I have rarely heard so many cuss words spoken in conversations in my life. There were many new British cuss words and I would have worn out a counter keeping track of the F- bomb. While it may be true that the lower class Irish family in the story was lacking in vocabulary and education, I find it hard to believe that anyone would actually talk this way. When the plot was moving along there were few cuss words, but every time it slowed and the family was back in the story it was a vulgar language assualt once again. Would have given it 4 stars if it were cleaned up a bit.
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When Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo. Despite her reservations, Katie begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community..
The only other Nicholas Sparks book I've read is Message in a Bottle and I hated the ending. This book didn't have the horrible ending that one did. It was a little predictable, but a good listen.
To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, but what she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.
This was an absolutely fabulous listen. I loved the voices used and the story was so novel. It really made me stop and think about what it would have been like to be these characters and what I might have done in the same situation. It's been months since I read it and I still think of it now and again. It was worth a listen.
Larry Ott and Silas “32” Jones were unlikely boyhood friends. Larry was the child of lower middle-class white parents, Silas the son of a poor, single, black mother - their worlds as different as night and day. Yet a special bond developed between them in Chabot, Mississippi. But within a few years, tragedy struck. In high school, a girl who lived up the road from Larry had gone to the drive-in movie with him and nobody had seen her again.
I bought this book based on the review online. The story was every bit as compelling as the description, but the frequent bouts of foul language distracted from the story. It would be 4 stars if it didn't have so much profanity. Clearly these characters didn't come squeaky clean and a little would not bother me too much, but it seemed gratuitous and didn't really belong in the story. It was good enough to finish, but I'll think twice before reading this author again.
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