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A. Wright

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  • A Suitable Vengeance

  • Inspector Lynley, Book 4
  • By: Elizabeth George
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 16 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 288

Two murders, one on the heels of the other, point in the direction of Thomas Lynley's younger brother Peter - a cocaine addict who ruins Thomas' engagement party, then disappears on the evening of the second murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read This Book First Even Though It's Fourth

  • By April B. on 02-25-17

Reads like a romance

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

Reviewed: 06-14-17

I listened to this after listening to one late in the series. It was SO different. All about thwarted romance -the mystery, not a bad one, got lost. You do get a lot of character back story if you are really curious about that.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Snow Angels

  • By: James Thompson
  • Narrated by: T. Ryder Smith
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 68

The first book of James Thompson’s Inspector Vaara series won immediate critical acclaim for a sterling tale set in the brutal cold and soul-testing isolation of kaamos, Finland’s two weeks of utter darkness. Even as the unrelenting winter conditions tighten their grip on the residents of the Lapland town, a lovely Somali movie star is found murdered, a racial slur cut into her chest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Read

  • By Susan on 01-19-11

New depths of gore and grotesqueness

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

Reviewed: 03-17-17

Stay away from this one if you aren't in to incredibly gory gross murders. REALLY glad I could switch to listen at double speed on this one. I thought a "police procedural" from Lapp land was interesting --but could have used more procedure and less horror.

  • The Gray Man

  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,060
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,259
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,229

Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Move Over Jack Reacher

  • By Ed on 03-25-17

Cartoon-ish characters but I didn't stop reading

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

Reviewed: 03-17-17

So right from the beginning there are the evil bloodthirsty muslims and the brave headstrong American patriot for whom somehow it is okay to blow up the village center for revenge. And throughout our hero defies death at every turn with amazing skill and luck. EVERYone is out to get this guy. I "suspend disbelief" with the best of them but this was pretty tough. But, I have to admit, I didn't quit reading, and every so often there was a fun puzzle or chase sequence.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hard Evidence: A Dismas Hardy Novel

  • By: John Lescroart
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 16 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 449
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279

When the bullet-ridden body of a Silicon Valley billionaire washes up on shore, assistant D.A. Dismas Hardy finds himself the prosecutor in San Francisco's murder trial of the century. The suspect: a Japanese call girl with a long list of prominent clients. But when a bizarre series of events blows the case wide open, Hardy finds himself on the other side of the law - as a lawyer for the defense.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Got My Money's Worth But...

  • By Ted on 02-25-17

Whodunnit too predictable, plot too seamy

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

Reviewed: 06-17-15

This is my 3rd in the series the 1st one I read was later, written more recently, and I liked it okay so started back at the beginning. I really don't like these early ones. Dismas is not a very sympathetic hero. (Very immature and reckless and not too smart.) --some icky sexual relationships. Also, I'm no wizard and I knew who'd "dunnit" almost from the beginning and could anticipate the plot turns. You know you are in trouble when you speed up the voice to try to get through faster. I like the reader though.

  • The Thin Commandments Diet

  • The 10 No-Fail Strategies for Permanent Weight Loss
  • By: Stephen Gullo Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: Stephen Gullo Ph.D.
  • Length: 3 hrs and 41 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

In The Thin Commandments Diet, Dr. Stephen Gullo lets you in on his unique weight-loss program that has a success rate that is many times higher than the national average. His two-part approach replaces willpower with strategy and deprivation dining with great-tasting gourmet fare.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • OK, but not as good as I had expected.

  • By Judith on 02-03-05

Very insightful helpful advice

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-04-10

This book, chapter after chapter addressed so accurately what a person with longstanding overeating problems experiences that it was very compelling. I believed his advice because he described the behaviors SO well. He provides very concrete strategies that are clearly effective --that doesn't mean he has easy answers. -And some of it I didn't want to hear (like there just may be some foods I have to cut out of my diet, period, or that keeping a food diary really is an effective tool for weight loss.) But when you feel like someone knows your problems and challenges so well --that kind of understanding, plus the MANY specific strategies for dealing with those challenges has made me really sit up and take notice. Well done!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

  • The Millennium Series, Book 1
  • By: Stieg Larsson, Reg Keeland - translator
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,484
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,168
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,243

Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic Mystery with Wonderful Characters

  • By Robert on 12-22-08

several plot threads

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-02-09

I liked this book more in the last half as several seemingly separate threads start to come together and once one plot line gets wrapped up there is lots more. Some of it is really gruesome which is different when you are listening --viewing you can shut your eyes, reading you can skim --fast forwarding while listening is a little trickier; but its endurable --and like I say there are several stories within stories and the mysteries and characters are all interesting.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • First Degree

  • By: David Rosenfelt
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,968
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,336
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,323

When a cop's body is found burned and decapitated, the last thing Andy Carpenter expected is for a stranger to waltz into his office and admit to the crime. For the wise-cracking millionaire defense attorney suffering from "lawyer's block", the case looks like a no-brainer...until the cops pick up another suspect: Andy's lead P.I., Laurie Collins, who happens to be the love of his life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Read series in order

  • By A. Wright on 03-11-09

Read series in order

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-11-09

Fun fast read. -just a quick caution --read his book "Open and Shut" first because its plot is revealed early on in First Degree. -Plus, if you like the author, you will want to read both.

18 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Sharp Objects

  • A Novel
  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,477
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,870
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,845

Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker's troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, Camille's first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pitch Perfect Performance

  • By theenglishmajor on 02-14-14

Creepy is an understatement

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-22-08

I love mystery thrillers --and with their emphasis on monstrous murderers they are often full of creepy characters and descriptions --but this book is just all creepy with no elegant plotline or suspenseful twists and turns --if you like to read about one damaged smarmy character after another with lots of pages about child abuse (psychological and physical) -you may go for this but I just finally had to stop about 3/4ths of the way through.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Where God Was Born

  • A Journey by Land to the Roots of Religion
  • By: Bruce Feiler
  • Narrated by: Bruce Feiler
  • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 26

Where God Was Born observes that at the birth moment of the biblical religions, all of the faiths took from one another, exchanged ideas, recognized their commonalities, and were open to peaceful coexistence. Offering a rare vision of God that can unite different faiths into a shared allegiance of hope, this is a brave, challenging, and profound work that addresses the most important issues of our time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Easy Yet Thought Provoking

  • By A. Wright on 01-08-06

Easy Yet Thought Provoking

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-08-06

If you like ancient history for the lay audience, and are interested in how religion has shaped culture through the ages, you will definitely enjoy Feiler's book. I have read Feiler's Walking the Bible and Abraham, this is the first book of his I have listened to. He is a good reader. The book shares wonderful bits of history and definitely illuminates the bible. I do want to actually read the book now, though, because it is hard to absorb all the historical information he shares.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Twisted

  • By: Jonathan Kellerman
  • Narrated by: Lindsay Crouse
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 238
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102

Hollywood homicide detective Petra Connor has helped psychologist Alex Delaware crack tough cases in the past. And in Jonathan Kellerman's New York Times best seller Billy Straight, she took the lead in the desperate hunt for a teenage runaway stalked by a vengeful murderer. Now the complex and wryly compassionate Petra is once again at the center of the action, in a novel of cunning twists and page-turning suspense.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Vintage Kellerman

  • By Woody on 11-27-04

reader ruins it

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-05-04

I love mysteries, and am not a very hard critic, But the reader of this novel brings this story down. She reads every line as if we are at a point of dramatic alarm -- this gets old by the end of the first 2 minutes and accentuates how much filler this story has.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful