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Marsha L. Woerner

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  • A Novel
  • By: Nevada Barr
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 41

In Jackson Square in the French Quarter a tarot card reader told Polly Deschamps she would be a success. Thirty years later, Polly is a respected professor of literature with good friends and her own home - a safe life for her and her two daughters. Butcher Boy, released on his 17th birthday, shook the snow from his boots and headed south. New Orleans, a Mecca for runaways then and now, offers sanctuary but never forgiveness.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Very dark

  • By Douglas on 12-31-09

Not Anna Pigeon

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

Reviewed: 06-08-18

Wow, this is so different from her Anna Pigeon books! It constantly kept the reader on the edge of the seat. The twists and unexpected events and happenings made it great. And even when the reader thought he/she had it worked out, there was still enough question and mystery to hold him/her to the end! Great book!

  • The Kill Artist

  • By: Daniel Silva
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,459
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,102
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,095

After the assassination of his wife and son, Gabriel Allon retires from his brutal anti-terrorist career and loses himself in his previous cover job: art restoration. But when Tariq al-Hourani, the Palestinian terrorist responsible for his family’s death, begins a killing spree designed to destroy Middle East peace talks, Gabriel once again slips into the shadowy world of international intrigue. In a global game of hide-and-seek, the motives of Gabriel and Tariq soon become more personal than political.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Reluctant Assassin

  • By Snoodely on 10-30-13

Confusing final twist

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

Reviewed: 04-05-18

As posted in GoodReads:
A little too much blood for me, but that didn't subtract from the fact that it was a really good story. The characters were complex, although the overall picture, as pointed out in the end, was terribly confusing! In the end, I wasn't positive who was doing what, although clearly with the correct and goal. Or not – that was, of course, part of the confusion. I really think it would've been better without the final twist.

  • The Land of Laughs

  • By: Jonathan Carroll
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 420
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 377
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 374

Thomas Abbey is a man stuck in a rut. To kick-start his life, he takes a sabbatical to work on a biography of his favorite writer, the mysterious Marshall France. Although Abbey has been warned that France's daughter, Anna, has blocked all previous attempts at her father's biography, he is surprised to find her the soul of small-town hospitality and quite excited about Abbey's proposal. Even stranger than Anna's behavior, though, is the town itself. The people seem to know what their future holds - freak accidents and all - down to the hour.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It's Not You - It's Me

  • By Daryl on 11-01-12

Not humor

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

Reviewed: 03-27-18

Okay, I stopped listening with about an hour and a half to go. Had I had an idea when I started of what type of book this was, I wouldn't even have started. It was sold as a "humor" book. It is NOT a humor book! I think it's a sci-fi, fantasy/fiction book. Either of those genres is okay with me, although not my first choice in general, but I really did not care for this book. I know that some like it – witness the almost four-star rating – but it's definitely not my type!
I knew from the start that it was not humor, but the sci-fi/fantasy wasn't clear until over five hours in. I don't know, maybe the last hour and a half would have redeemed it, but I really don't have that kind of time to spend. Had I been actually reading-reading it, then I surely would not have gotten even as far as I did. Physically reading, partly because of my vision, is difficult enough that I can justify not wasting time and effort on something I clearly do not like. Listening I can put up with a bit longer, but when it doesn't reach my expectations well over half way in, I give up.
I went back and looked: it's not listed as humor, but as horror. Definitely more appropriate!

  • The Drop

  • Harry Bosch, Book 15
  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Len Cariou
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,229
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,455
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,423

Harry Bosch has been given three years before he must retire from the LAPD, and he wants cases more fiercely than ever. In one morning, he gets two. DNA from a 1989 rape and murder matches a 29-year-old convicted rapist. Was he an eight-year-old killer, or has something gone terribly wrong in the new Regional Crime Lab? Then Bosch and his partner are called to a death scene fraught with internal politics....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One Of The Best Bosch Books!

  • By Laurie on 12-03-11

Too many open questions!

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

Reviewed: 03-23-18

What a terrible disappointment :-(. I have often held that Michael Connelly is my favorite author, but a good part of that today tells the WHOLE story. I understand when the book is part of a trio or some such, and it is indicated as such! This particular book contained two cases, and neither of them was really finished! There was no "closure", and I detest that. It's not fair to claim that a book is an entire book and yet not tell a whole story! As I said, totally disappointed!
As for the story itself, Harry Bosch displays himself to be somewhat of a d*ck, although in the end he is somewhat vindicated. Connelly definitely adds to the Harry Bosch character!
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  • The Emily Box Set

  • What Doesn't Kill You, Books 5-7
  • By: Pamela Fagan Hutchins
  • Narrated by: Tracy Hundley
  • Length: 31 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 43

When a dead body swan-dives from a balcony into the pool at a wedding, gossip comes to a halt about disgraced paralegal and former rodeo queen Emily - whose husband left her for a woman who turns out to be a man. Enter Jack, a secretive attorney and sexy mix of cowboy and Indian. She refuses to work for him, until she learns about the disappearance of the six-year old daughter of his notorious client Sofia. Emily launches a desperate search for her.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • If you enjoy vulgar bar trash talk read this

  • By Marta on 12-14-17

Very mixed and inconsistent parts

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

Reviewed: 03-18-18

There are three books in this "box set". (ASIDE-when there are three books and the format is three sections, it would be MUCH better to make each section a separate book!). My main comment is, for a cozy mystery, there is FAR TOO MUCH religion of the "God answers all of your prayers in real time so get down on your knees and pray" sort, although thankfully, it's not attempting to convert anyone. If it were, then I wouldn't have read it…
I wrote a review of the third book for GoodReads that sort of encompasses my thoughts on the series overall:
I gave this one more star than the other two in the series, but really I should've only been able to give it 3 1/2 stars, because there was still far too much going down on my knees and praying nonsense! But the story was involved in religion, so I can't exactly faulted for being "too religious", although it was. I guess it was trying to emphasize that religion itself, by definition, is not the evil; it's the people who call themselves religious in some cases. The story was annoying. I think I need to go back and change the rating to three stars. But it had a happy ending, which I guess is supposed to be the goal of cozy mysteries…
Actually, the more I think about it, the less I really like it. It's tempting to say I like it because of the of the characters have been painted as likable people like Emily; I like Laura; I like Nadine, and I like others. But really, the story itself is frustrating and annoying. Sigh. I guess part of my quandary is they really there are two distinct parts. The romance part is awful: the individuals and reactions are poor at best. The mystery part is engaging and enjoyable. The whole thing makes for a book that teeters on a wall. I am not a romance fan, but I am a mystery fan. And the over-the-top religion aspect: pray for answers and help, pulls it down into the negative side.

  • Raspberry Danish Murder

  • By: Joanne Fluke
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 254
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 224

Hannah has felt as bitter as November in Minnesota since Ross vanished without a trace and left their marriage in limbo. Still, she throws herself into a baking frenzy for the sake of pumpkin pie and Thanksgiving-themed treats while endless holiday orders pour into The Cookie Jar. Hannah even introduces a raspberry Danish pastry to the menu, and P.K., her husband's assistant at KCOW-TV, will be one of the first to sample it. But instead of taking a bite, P.K., who is driving Ross's car and using his desk at work, is murdered. Was someone plotting against P.K. all along or did Ross dodge a deadly dose of sweet revenge?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • He’s gone! Yeah!

  • By Judith on 03-06-18

A reprieve for Mike and Norman?

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

Reviewed: 03-09-18

The ending was truly a surprise! But overall, it was standard Hannah Swenson and I liked it a lot :-)
(posted on GoodReads)

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  • One More River

  • A Novel
  • By: Mary Glickman
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Bernard Levy was always a mystery to the community of Guilford, Mississippi. He was even more of a mystery to his son, Mickey Moe, who was just four years old when his father died in World War II. Now it’s 1962 and Mickey Moe is a grown man, who must prove his pedigree to the disapproving parents of his girlfriend, Laura Anne Needleman, to win her hand in marriage. With only a few-decades-old leads to go on, Mickey Moe sets out to uncover his father’s murky past....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mickey Mo had to find his daddy

  • By Marsha L. Woerner on 02-27-18

Mickey Mo had to find his daddy

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

Reviewed: 02-27-18

It was okay. I would say that it didn't feel like there was an overriding theory binding the whole book, but obviously, there was: Mickey Mo was trying to discover his history. So? It just wasn't very satisfying, and the only personality that there was any actual connection with was that of Mickey Mo, and it really didn't altogether that well.
The story itself was convoluted and not altogether believable, but as I say, "it was okay".
Review posted on GoodReads

  • Sex, Murder, and a Double Latte

  • By: Kyra Davis
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,027
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,138
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,154

Thriller scribe Sophie Katz is as hard-boiled as a woman who drinks Grande Caramel Brownie Frappuccionos can be. So Sophie knows it's not paranoia, or post-divorce, living-alone-again jitters, when she becomes convinced that a crazed reader is sneaking into her apartment to reenact scenes from her books. The police, however, can't tell a good plot from an unmarked grave.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FABULOUS FIND

  • By Sandi J Wilson on 06-22-09

Be careful who you sleep with…

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

Reviewed: 02-24-18

What fun :-). I was able to predict the overall bad guy, but that probably comes from being very familiar with this genre. The details and twists and turns were worthwhile.

  • The Motive

  • A Dismas Hardy Novel
  • By: John Lescroart
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 14 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 260
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166

It starts with a double homicide. Because of the high profiles of the victims - a politically connected socialite and his glamorous fiancée - the mayor of San Francisco herself demands that a high-ranking detective be put on the case. And so Abe Glitsky is thrust into the controversial investigation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best of the great Hardy-Glitsky series.

  • By MidwestGeek on 11-15-14

First impressions are blown all to ****

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

Reviewed: 02-24-18

This is another series that I have ignored for too long, particularly knowing, as I did, how much I like and get fulfillment from the books!
This particular book is divided into three parts. The first part, as I recall it, is more of an introduction to the characters and situation than anything else. The second part is a trial, and the third part sort of ties up loose ends and gives motivation and the reason for the whole situation. It was done well, but original alliances and character likes and dislikes are muddied, and in the end, the reader's not sure whether or not to agree with the actions and outcomes around the main character of the third part!
Not wanting to spoil the book or the plot with this review, I really can't be more specific, but Lescroart weaves a complex and satisfying plot with several characters whose personalities are mixed. Excellent book!
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  • The Tracker

  • Sam Callahan, Book 1
  • By: Chad Zunker
  • Narrated by: Noah Berman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,774
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,585
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,582

Trust no one. Sam Callahan learned this lesson from a childhood spent in abusive foster care, on the streets, and locked in juvie. With the past behind him and his future staked on law school, he is moonlighting as a political tracker, paid to hide in crowds and shadow candidates, recording their missteps for use by their opponents. One night, after an anonymous text tip, Sam witnesses a congressional candidate and a mysterious blonde in a motel indiscretion that ends in murder, recording it all on his phone. Now Sam is a target.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Good!

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-08-17

Be careful who you elect

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

Reviewed: 02-15-18

It is definitely an interesting story with apppropriate twists and turns and unexpected happenings, but the time was totally confusing! It became impossible to determine the actual sequence! By the end, I was actually able to piece things together, but really, there was way too much work involved and necessary!
(review posted on GoodReads)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful