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  • Verses for the Dead

  • A Pendergast Novel
  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Rene Auberjonois
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,077
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 995
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 991

After an overhaul of leadership at the FBI's New York field office, A. X. L. Pendergast is abruptly forced to accept an unthinkable condition of continued employment: the famously rogue agent must now work with a partner. Pendergast and his new teammate, junior agent Coldmoon, are assigned to Miami Beach, where a rash of killings by a bloodthirsty psychopath are distinguished by a confounding M.O.: cutting out the hearts of his victims and leaving them - along with cryptic handwritten letters - at local gravestones, unconnected save in one bizarre way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Completely Absorbing Pendergast novel...

  • By shelley on 01-01-19

Good Story With Lots of Action by Pendergast

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-13-19

Another great adventure with Pendergast. This time he is dealing with his supervisor who wants Pendergast to follow the book. He assigns a partner (Pendergast hates having a partner) who is also a spy to report back to the supervisor. Most of the action takes place in Miami where someone is leaving hearts on the tombs of women supposedly who committed suicide. Pendergast and his now partner, Coldmoon, must find out what the connection is between the suicide victims and the ones murdered today. Of course, Pendergast figures it out but the reader doesn’t get to know what’s going on until the last hundred pages. It isn’t your usual Pendergast case but it is still a very good story. The narrator, Rene Auberjonois, is the perfect Pendergast. These are very good books. while this one can stand alone, it is better if you have ready some of the earlier novels to gain understanding of the complexity of Pendergast and his black suit and silver eyes.

  • Edinburgh Dusk

  • Ian Hamilton Mysteries, Book 2
  • By: Carole Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Simon Mattacks
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184

A wicked Scottish winter has just begun when pioneering female physician Sophia Jex-Blake calls on Detective Inspector Ian Hamilton to investigate the suspicious death of one of her patients - a railroad lineman who she believes succumbed to the horrific effects of arsenic poisoning. The most provocative aspect of the case doesn’t escape Hamilton: the married victim’s numerous sexual transgressions. Now, for the first time since the unexplained fire that killed his parents, Hamilton enters the Royal Infirmary to gain the insights of brilliant medical student Arthur Conan Doyle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent recording.

  • By Kindle Customer on 09-21-18

Ian Is A Great Detective And Man

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-04-19

I loved this book. Detective Inspector Ian Hamilton is the kind of protagonist readers love. He is complex, but loves his family. He finds it hard to trust because of the loss of his parents and the mystery around their death that his aunt and brother seem to know but don’t want him to know. He is the youngest brother. Anyway, he has the cloak of his deceased uncle and wears it very well. These books would make a good TV series but the author will have to write faster. Her historical descriptions and the way she describes the parts of Edinburgh make you feel like you are there. I can’t wait for the next book but it looks like a long one if 2020 is the accurate date. In Book 2 DI Ian is chasing a poisoner and he figures it is a woman. There are lots of things that occur so you don’t really figure out who the murderer is until the end. The author introduces several possibilities without suggesting any single one. All you know is it is someone in the medical profession. Donald, Ian’s brother, is a medical student with ... wait for it....Arthur Conan Doyle who is very keen on murder. He and Ian become friends. I listened to this book in audible and enjoyed it even more. the narrator, Simon Mattacks, does a very good Scottish accent. Even better than the first book’s narrator. So, start with Book 1 and then read this one. You, too, will be waiting for the 3rd book.

  • Edinburgh Twilight

  • Ian Hamilton Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Carole Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 693
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 574
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 574

Detective Inspector Ian Hamilton is no stranger to Edinburgh's darkest crimes. Scarred by the mysterious fire that killed his parents, he faces his toughest case yet when a young man is found strangled in Holyrood Park. With little evidence aside from a strange playing card found on the body, Hamilton engages the help of his aunt, a gifted photographer, and George Pearson, a librarian with a shared interest in the criminal mind.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Dark and Depressing . . . did I say DEPRESSING!!!

  • By Glenda on 11-12-17

Ian Hamilton Is Angry About His Past and Brother

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-28-18

I read and listened to this book and thoroughly enjoyed it. DI Ian Hamilton is a complex character who is kind to street urchins and animals but unable to reconcile his family issues. He is angry because his parents died in a fire and his brother disappeared instead of providing emotional support. But, all is not lost. DI Hamilton has become a detective in the Edinburg Police and is proving himself very capable. His boss is a gruff and complaining man but one who knew Hamilton’s father and tries to guide the younger Hamilton into a more normal life. Of course, there is a widowed Aunt, his mother’s sister, who tries to be the family to Ian. She says he is the stronger of the two brothers and Ian should not be so hard on his brother. Now, the main purpose of the book is to solve a murder that occurs through strangulation. DI Hamilton is convinced that it is murder and not an accident when the victim is found below the top of Arthur’s Seat, a well known landmark near Holyrood Palace, and the bottom of the Royal Mile. There are quite a few good characters, Derek the street urchin, Aunt Lillian, and the various possible suspects along the way. The story moves at a slow pace but the goings on are entertaining. I love the Scots accent and the descriptive language the author uses to describe the town. I will continue with DI Ian in Book 2 and wait for Book 3 to be published. If you like to read about Scotland in the 1880’s, you’ll enjoy this book. The ending is not a total surprise but how it ends is a surprise. The narrator, Napoleon Ryan, does a good job of the different dialects.

  • The River Widow

  • By: Ann Howard Creel
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 86

In 1937, with flood waters approaching, Adah Branch accidentally kills her abusive husband, Lester, and surrenders his body to the raging river, only to be swept away herself. So begins her story of survival, return to civilization, defense against accusations of murder, and the fight to save herself and her stepdaughter, Daisy, from the clutches of her husband’s notoriously cruel family, who have their sights set on revenge for Lester’s death. Essentially trapped, Adah must plan an escape. But when she develops feelings for the one person essential to her plan’s success, she faces a painful choice....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well written, well performed.

  • By Stephanie on 12-17-18

Adah Stronger Than You Expect—Poor Jack

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-23-18

Another EXCELLENT story by Ann Howard Creel. Her stories are not what you would expect but they grab you and keep you entranced right to the end. I found myself rooting for Adah to survive. I totally found her behavior defensible. A mother’s love is to protect the child whether her biological child or otherwise. Daisy was fortunate to have her show up. Adah deserved love, too, but sometimes you make sacrifices for your child that leave you lonely...at least for now. I pondered the evil actions of Adah’s In-laws even though they took her in after her husband’s (their son’s) death. If you like books that end neatly with everyone living happily ever after, you probably won’t like Creel’s books because she has a way of wrapping up the story but leaving loose ends. I also listened to this book in audible narrated by Brittany Pressley and enjoyed it even more. Creel definitely has a gift for writing compelling stories.

  • The Frame-Up

  • The Golden Arrow Mysteries Series, Book 1
  • By: Meghan Scott Molin
  • Narrated by: Andrea Emmes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 92

MG Martin lives and breathes geek culture. She works as a writer for the comic book company she idolized as a kid. But despite her love of hooded vigilantes, MG prefers her comics stay on the page. But when someone in LA starts recreating crime scenes from her favorite comic book, MG is the LAPD’s best - and only - lead. She recognizes the golden arrow left at the scene as the calling card of her favorite comic book hero. The thing is…superheroes aren’t real. Are they? When Detective Kildaire asks for her comic book expertise, MG is more than up for the adventure.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I Was Hoping It Would Be So Much More

  • By L. G. on 12-06-18

Fun Read —Comic Book Writer and Geekiness

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-21-18

I must admit that this book was selected as the free read because none of the others caught my interest. I am pleased to say that I thoroughly reading about the comic book world and finding all the geeky things that relate. MG started out as someone looking for a life. Her current one contained her Corgi, a roommate who played games more than lived, and his best friend, Lawrence (a drag queen by night). An odd assortment to be sure. After the first few chapters, I became immersed in MG’s world and when Detective Kildare showed up, things picked up. The plot was interesting. MG was lucky to have survived to the end of the book but she was the star so glad to see she did. Her purple hair and geeky attitude could have been offputting to a straight arrow like the Detective but maybe they both could see through each other’s barriers. Anyway, I recommend it and will look for Book 2 out next year. The vigilante is still out there. I listened to the book as well as read it. The narrator Andrea Emmes was good. Both forms are fun.

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  • Broken Ground

  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

In Broken Ground, cold-case Detective Karen Pirie faces her hardest challenge yet. Six feet under in a Highland peat bog lies Alice Somerville’s inheritance, buried by her grandfather at the end of World War II. But when Alice finally uncovers it, she finds an unwanted surprise - a body with a bullet hole between the eyes. Meanwhile, DCI Pirie is called in to unravel a case where nothing is quite as it seems. And as she gets closer to the truth, it becomes clear that not everyone shares her desire for justice. Or even the idea of what justice is.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5

  • By Donna on 12-10-18

Karen Seemed Out Of Sorts—Missing Phil

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-19-18

A good read but not as good as first 4 books. The story seemed disjointed with lots of back to the past and then to the current time. I liked the descriptions around Edinburgh and the patience Karen showed with Jason, her right hand man. Not sure why her boss took such a dislike to her but then it was revealed. Glad Karen stood up for herself and is speaking for the dead by solving the cold cases. There is always lots of tense moments where she is concerned. She is strong and independent. The way the book ended, I’m expecting to revisit some of the characters and actions. I listened in Audible. The narrator, Cathleen McCarron, had a good voice for the characters.

  • The Uncertain Season

  • By: Ann Howard Creel
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

Nineteen-year-old Grace's golden age is just beginning. She and her mother live a privileged life. Beautiful and talented, Grace is looking forward to a pleasant summer celebrating her engagement to a wealthy young gentleman. But when her lovely, charming, and disgraced cousin Etta arrives, Grace finds her place in society - and in her mother's heart - threatened.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely simply lovely

  • By Rose Anna Kurowski on 09-18-17

Abrupt Ending—No Happily Ever After

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-13-18

I selected this book as my free choice in November. It is a touching story of three women, Bernadette, a mother, Grace, her daughter, and Etta, Bernadette’s niece. Galveston, Texas, is a flat piece of land just off the Texas coast. It was recently devastated by a hurricane. The writing is beautiful and the reader is taken on a trip of the very wealthy and how they spend their time with each other traveling, talking, dining, and doing silly things like renting yachts to dine on for a change of pace. Etta is sent to ‘visit’ by her mother to get her away from a romantic interest that her mother finds unsavory. Etta fell in love with a circus acrobat. So, Etta arrives in Galveston and is to be introduced to the wealthy way of life. Etta has no moral compass and immediately sets about to find things that will put her in her aunt’s good graces. Grace in the meantime, tells about the circus romance, and is banished by her mother to pay penance by working in the ‘allies’ with the poor. Grace finds she likes doing something meaningful and tries to be helpful. She tries to help a young woman who by all appearances doesn’t belong in the allies but because the woman won’t talk, no one knows her story. There is much ado in Grace’s circle, now Etta’s circle, about Grace’s working with the poor and how her poor fiancé, Jonathan, feels ignored. He and Grace limp along with their engagement until Etta reveals a big secret that totally turns Grace’s life upside down. The story ends rather suddenly (I think) without adequate closure for the characters. It seemed that the author spent the entire book discovering the in-depth character of her characters and then when things start to happen, she wraps everything up. Not wanting to spoil the book for new readers, let me say that it is well worth the time to read it but you will end up wanting more closure. The author writes from personal experience in many ways and her stories are more realistic than many romance readers will enjoy. I’ll be reading more books by Ann Howard Creel. This one I listened to in Audible and enjoyed the variety of inflections by the narrator, Britanny Pressley.

  • Past Tense

  • A Jack Reacher Novel
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,711
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,293
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,265

Jack Reacher hits the pavement and sticks out his thumb. He plans to follow the sun on an epic trip across America, from Maine to California. He doesn't get far. On a country road deep in the New England woods, he sees a sign to a place he has never been: the town where his father was born. He thinks, What's one extra day? He takes the detour. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FIVE STAR BOOK And NARRATION!!!!

  • By shelley on 11-05-18

Reacher Is Boring In This Story

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-08-18

It was all I could do to finish this novel. I kept hoping it would pick up the pace and something would happen. Alas, this story started slow and ended with a slow departure. I’ve read every Reacher novel and found most of them very interesting, fast paced, and captivating. Reacher is off the grid so he does everything on foot or in some other means like train or car. He has no credit cards, no address, and no relatives. So, when he is hitchhiking from Boston to San Diego, he sees a sign for the town his father was born in and decides to check it out. There was always something off about his father’s story. Of course, being Reacher, he immediately gets in trouble by helping a woman being assaulted by one of the town’s rich kids. The rest of the story is more of this theme, with looking for clues about his father, trying to help the police, and finding out that a suspicious motel is owned and managed by someone with the name Reacher. Are they related? Who cares? The last few chapters are interesting but don’t make up for the rest of the book which is slow and plodding. I listened in Audible and the narrator, Scott Brick, does a good job of narrating this rather mediocre book. Reacher fans will have to read it but I hope the next book picks up the pace.

  • Target: Alex Cross

  • By: James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Andre Blake
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 835
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 747
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 746

A leader has fallen, and Alex Cross joins the procession of mourners from Capitol Hill to the White House. Then a sniper's bullet strikes a target in the heart of DC. Alex Cross' wife, Bree Stone, newly elevated chief of DC detectives, must solve the case or lose her position. The Secret Service and the FBI deploy as well in the race to find the shooter. Alex is tasked by the new president to lead an investigation unprecedented in scale and scope. But is the sniper's strike only the beginning of a larger attack on the nation?  

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not his best

  • By Allan on 12-23-18

Lots of Intrigue Conspiracy Right To The End

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-01-18

Another fast moving but not as fast as past books. This book didn’t hold my attention the way most of the earlier Alex Cross books did. Maybe, I expect too much or maybe it was the subplots that distracted me from the main event. It was nice to revisit the Cross Family and to see Nana is still with us and still serving up breakfast. She is a dynamo. The unraveling of the assassins seemed to be the main point but then it was another main point. There was a lot of loose ends that didn’t get wrapped up to my satisfaction. Seems that perhaps Mr. Patterson was using his words to suggest that even in our current political situation, the USA will survive. That is an uplifting thought but not a solution to how the assassin got the special bullets and gun and this was never addressed. Guess we’ll find out in the next book why his patient wound up visiting him and who sent the notes ‘Stop Me Dr. Cross.’ I listened in audible and Andre Blake was excellent as the narrator. I liked reading about the DC locations. I live near and worked in DC so was familiar with the locations described. It was a good book and would have been 5 stars except I hold James Patterson to a higher measure.

  • Leopard's Run

  • By: Christine Feehan
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206

The claws come out in this paranormal romance by the number-one New York Times best-selling author of Leopard's Blood. An all-new couple is introduced in this next novel in Christine Feehan's Leopard series. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • NEEDED MORE STORY LESS SEX!!

  • By Edwina "I Love books" on 11-08-18

Disappointing and Way Too Much Sex. Boring

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-29-18

I was disappointed in this book. It had more sex than usual and it became so common that I wanted to figure out how to skip over it. I loved these books because the leopards were strong and HOT and always found a mate and had incredible sex. This book was more about sex interspersed with the storyline. Timor is the brother of Theodore and both were raised by a terrible father in Russia. They escaped and have become crime bosses in America to clean up the criminal elements within the leopard community. We are back to seeking out the human traders and the drug dealers and it takes us back to Louisiana and to Evangeline’s family. The story ends with lots of blood shed and killing of bad leopards. I listened to this book in audible and, Jim Frangione, the narrator, is excellent as usual. He is the leopard men. I hope Book 12 takes us to a less dark place. The best book for me remains Burning Wild,

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