Beck is everything Joe has ever wanted: she's gorgeous, tough, razor-smart, and sexy beyond his wildest dreams. Joe needs to have her, and he'll stop at nothing to do so. As he begins to insinuate himself into her life - her friendships, her email, her phone - she can’t resist her feelings for a guy who seems custom-made for her. So when her boyfriend, Benji, mysteriously disappears, Beck and Joe fall into a tumultuous affair. But there's more to Beck than her oh-so-perfect façade.
Im not a big fan of the latest trend in writing, the terribly messed up hero/heroine. don't like them, at all. so i wasn't 100% on this books when i bought it.
but i loved it. it is fresh and straightforward and humorous. i think it nails a psychologically challenged segment of the population (or generation) that has been created by my generation: the 'me' generation. self-centered, entitled, unfocused.
Joe is not a good guy, but somehow you become invested in his plight, he is familiar and accessible. i loved the cadence of it and how it was read.
Santino Fontana did a spectacular job narrating, he inhabits Joe, he IS Joe.
i definitely recommend.
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Fiver could sense danger. Something terrible was going to happen to the warren; he felt sure of it. They had to leave immediately. So begins a long and perilous journey of survival for a small band of rabbits. As the rabbits skirt danger at every turn, we become acquainted with the band, its humorous characters, and its compelling culture, complete with its own folk history and mythos.
this is one of my favorite books, and when i saw it listed on here, i squealed and i'm not ashamed to admit it. didn't even look at who was reading it. turns out that Inspector Gamache reads it, lol. aka Ralph Cosham. i was already a huge fan of his narration, and that has only intensified. he does such wonderful justice to the varied accents and languages and characters... so so good. do yourself a favor and download this now.
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Meet Victor. He's an assassin - a man with no past and no surname. He lives alone. He operates alone. He's given a job; he takes out the target; he gets paid. He's The Killer. Victor arrives in Paris to perform a standard kill and collect for an anonymous client. He completes it with trademark efficiency - only to find himself in the middle of an ambush and fighting for his life.
I bought this in one of the special offer deals (try the first in a series, kind of thing). this was the last one i listened to, and since all the others were some variation of crapola, i didn't expect much. i was pleasantly surprised.
i think the storyline benefits hugely from the narrator. he uses a kind of flat, staccato delivery, perfect for how an emotionless contract killer might actually think. the story is well developed, and paced well. i wish the one femail character ha had a tad more backbone and little less batted-eyelashes bs, but it wasn't so bad that it ruined her role. I'll buy book 2, so that says something.
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Every week a hundred million dollars in cash arrives at Miami International Airport, shipped by German banks to the Federal Reserve. A select group of trusted workers moves the bags through customs and loads them into armored trucks.
it sounded like it might be good, the premise was intriguing. unfortunately, the writing is not mature. it reads like an intelligent high schoolers first novel. the characters are extremely cartoonish and stereotyped: the self-centered, macho main character with the gun fetish, a couple of over-the-stop bad guys into strips clubs and extreme violence, the idiot-brother, drug addict side kick. the women are either saints or whores, literally. ugh. some parts had promise but most were barely tolerable. it's the kind of storyline you'd like to see rewritten by someone with more talent or experience. i wouldn't recommend unless you are truly desperate.
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They call them Travelers. They move from city to city, panhandling, committing no crimes - they just like to stay on the move. And now somebody is killing them. Lucas Davenport's adopted daughter, Letty, is home from college when she gets a phone call from a woman Traveler she'd befriended in San Francisco. The woman thinks somebody's killing her friends, she's afraid she knows who it is, and now her male companion has gone missing.
now THAT was what I was hoping for. mr. sandford is in fine form in this book. less bureaucrat-Lucas, and more rebel-Lucas, the Lucas of old. thoroughly enjoyed it. totally new cast of characters, all enjoyable. the bad guy was very believable, not a caricature. Lettie is coming along, too. still not a big fan of the narrator, but I am used to his narration now and it isn't a distraction, like it was in the beginning. I might even buy this book, just to experience it in my pacing.
No outsiders are ever admitted to the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, hidden deep in the wilderness of Quebec, where two dozen cloistered monks live in peace and prayer. They grow vegetables, they tend chickens, they make chocolate. And they sing. Ironically, for a community that has taken a vow of silence, the monks have become world-famous for their glorious voices, raised in ancient chants whose effect on both singer and listener is so profound it is known as “the beautiful mystery.”
I must give Ms. Penny credit for not taking the usual route of "all is well in the end", with this book. though this book is centered on a lovely sounding, literally, monastery, that storyline becomes the background for Jean-Guy's hissy fits, and delusions. If you like the long, drawn out will he or won't he type of scenario, you will enjoy this book. i prefer a little more focus on the mystery myself, hence the 3 stars.
Sheriff Walt Longmire had already rounded up a sizable posse of devoted readers when the A&E television series Longmire sent the Wyoming lawman’s popularity skyrocketing. Now, in Any Other Name, Walt is sinking into high-plains winter discontent when his former boss, Lucian Conally, asks him to take on a mercy case in an adjacent county. Detective Gerald Holman is dead and Lucian wants to know what drove his old friend to take his own life.
As I slogged through this latest madcap adventure (sarcasm) of Walt's, I realized that the only reason to continue through to the end is George Guidall's narration. I also came to the realization that it isn't enough. Once again Walt makes completely illogical and baseless decisions based on "his word", jeopardizing his relationships with the people he professes to love. In this instance, he risks missing the birth of his first grandchild, by his daughter, whom he professes to love above all else. All the while mentally pontificating over the obligations one has to the ones that love them. The entire book is maddening in this regard.
And once again, Walt heads off into a snow storm in Wyoming (while the book takes pains to stress that wyoming storms are nothing to to trifle with) grossly underdressed, unprepared, and with an overconfidence that should get him frozen to death. he encounters a situation in which he should die, but he is miraculously saved by ___. it is so close in plotline to the escaped convict goes up the mountain book, as to be embarrassing.
Lastly, while I enjoyed the spirit references in the earliest couple of books, their appearance here is ham-handed and cavalier. In the past, the author had treated them with a certain reverence. Here they are plainly devices used to deliver a couple of pieces of information that could have been delivered in a more plausible way. It very much feels, and reads like he phoned this one in. Walt... I wish you well, but we part company here. Good luck. At this rate, you are going to need it.
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As autumn descends upon Three Pines, a stranger is found murdered in the village bistro and antiques store at the center of town. No one admits to knowing the murdered man, but as secrets are revealed, chaos begins to close in on the beloved bistro owner, Olivier. What past did he leave behind, and why has he buried himself in this tiny village?
I enjoy this series, for the quirkiness of the characters, and the introspection of the main Inspector. I like the overall themes of tolerance. they area fun read/listen. I enjoyed the discovery of the Hermit and his treasures, the introduction of the native people of the Charlotte islands. I will be looking into that more. Enjoyable books, fun listens. It had a little twist that I didn't expect at all.
(am I the only one who despises Peter? what a terrible terrible person. I have zero empathy and really hope he suffers some kind of accident and dies, in a later book. Not giving anything away here, just venting.)
Recently transferred to the London borough of Camden from Scotland Yard headquarters, Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and his new murder investigation team are called to a deadly bombing at historic St. Pancras Station. By fortunate coincidence, Melody Talbot, Gemma's trusted colleague, witnesses the explosion. The victim was taking part in an organized protest, yet the other group members swear the young man only meant to set off a smoke bomb.
This is not a stand-alone book. I think you must need to read these in order. I was able to get 2 hours into it, but the plot line wasn't much advanced, it was mostly the individual characters being concerned for each other, that took up a lot of time. 1/5 of the way in and the many main characters have just touched base with each other and reassured themselves of each others safety. or not. (not giving anything away here). Didn't really care for it. the "detective"-ness of it is subpar. more of a character study i think, and since I have no previous involvement or investment in the the characters, it is completely uninteresting.
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Felix Castor used to cast out demons for a living, and London was his stomping ground. But in a time when the supernatural realm is in upheaval and spilling over into the mundane world of the living, his skills are in renewed demand. With old debts to pay, Castor is left with no choice but to accept one final, well-paying assignment: a seemingly simple exorcism.
i tried really hard to like this book. i have been disappointed with the last several books I have tried, so I was determined to make it thru this one, and like it.
I like the writing, the sentence structure. how the whole thing is set up and described. the author likes words, likes to weave them and use them to their full advantage, and it shows. The narrator is quite good, great accents, nice cynical note, self-deprecating humor, touches of overall humor... all good.
the story though. ugh. just. not. interesting. ghosts rising from the dead, demons free to assume human form and interact with mortals, cool. people who can see these ghosts and interact with them, find out the problem, banish them, even cooler. it all sounds great.
but the execution of the plot line is blah. not terrible, like bang your head against the wall terrible, but can't-keep-my-attention bad. i just didn't care what happened. the guy would come up with a scheme, or get into some trouble, and... i just didn't care.
i do not love books that throw you into a new situation, or new way the world works, without some type of explanation. the explanation can come as the story moves along, but some sort of explanation is required. that didn't happen here. it makes me feel like I am fumbling in the dark. do not dig it.
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