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  • Say You're Sorry

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,054
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 964
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 961

When pretty and popular teenagers Piper Hadley and Tash McBain disappear one Sunday morning, the investigation captivates a nation but the girls are never found. Three years later, during the worst blizzard in a century, a husband and wife are brutally killed in the farmhouse where Tash McBain once lived. A suspect is in custody, a troubled young man who can hear voices and claims that he saw a girl that night being chased by a snowman.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Whew--To Hell And Back!

  • By Kindle Customer on 11-16-14

My favorite of the series

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

Reviewed: 05-06-18

This book hits all the highlights for me.
Great plot. Great characters. Masterful writing.

It's a pleasure to watch (read?) an author get better and better at his craft with each book. This book has the skilled sleight of hand that prevents you from solving the mystery too soon. He does it without the cheap tricks (withholding information, improbable coincidences) that lesser authors use. All the information is there, but the author is skillfully doing the "Look over here!" sideshow with perfectly logical red herrings that make mysteries so much fun to read.

This author has joined my list of Authors I Will Read Anytime, Anyplace.

  • Paradise Valley

  • A Novel
  • By: C. J. Box
  • Narrated by: Christina Delaine
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 869
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 799
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 795

For three years Investigator Cassie Dewell has been on a hunt for a serial killer known as the Lizard King whose hunting grounds are the highways and truck stops where runaways and prostitutes are most likely to vanish. Cassie almost caught him...once. Working for the Bakken County, North Dakota, sheriff's department, Cassie has set what she believes is the perfect trap, and she has lured him and his truck to a depot. But the plan goes horribly wrong, and the blame falls on Cassie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By USA Buyer on 07-27-17

Nice! A female protagonist!

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

Reviewed: 07-28-17

I liked the cast of characters in this story. I liked the plot--mostly. It was a little bit too coincidental, but that's C. J. Box. You buckle up and go along for the ride.

I'd like to give it more than 4 stars, but I can't quite get to 5. I'd definitely read more about Cassie, but there's something lacking in the character development. I came away with a better sense of Bull than I did Cassie. Of course, Bull hits right in that sweet spot that Mr. Box does so well.

Cassie is a departure for him. For a first effort, it wasn't bad. Solid B+. He still has a ways to go to effortlessly describe a female character. I think he could benefit from reading some female authors (oh, the horror!) like Karin Slaughter. She absolutely nails that female, career cop character with Amanda.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Poisonfeather

  • The Gibson Vaughn Series, Book 2
  • By: Matthew FitzSimmons
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,035
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,031

When jailed billionaire Charles Merrick hints publicly that he has stashed a fortune in an offshore cache, a school of sharks converges upon his release from federal prison. Among his swindled victims is Judge Hammond Birk, the man who saved Gibson Vaughn's life when he was a troubled teenager. Now Gibson intends to repay that debt by recovering Merrick's victims' money.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Cliffhanger

  • By Gayle on 10-11-16

What I missed....

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

Reviewed: 11-29-16

What I missed about this story was the mystery. In the first book (The Short Drop), the thing that kept you on the edge of your seat was the trying to figure out the good guys from the bad guys. This book tells you everything up front. The only thing left to narrate is the sequence of events.

It's a bit disappointing. I think the book needed one more re-write to bump it from an okay story to something really enjoyable.

and...the last 5 minutes or so should've been the first chapter of the next book. Not the last chapter of this one. I'll try to forget I've read it.

Perhaps Mr. Fitzsimmons needs to listen to his own instincts instead of whomever is giving him writing advice now. The instincts and craft that made the previous book such a winner.

  • IQ

  • By: Joe Ide
  • Narrated by: Sullivan Jones
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,779
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,399
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,379

A resident of one of LA's toughest neighborhoods uses his blistering intellect to solve the crimes the LAPD ignores. East Long Beach. The LAPD is barely keeping up with the neighborhood's high crime rate. Murders go unsolved, lost children unrecovered. But someone from the neighborhood has taken it upon himself to help solve the cases the police can't or won't touch. They call him IQ. He's a loner and a high school dropout, his unassuming nature disguising a relentless determination and a fierce intelligence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • IQ way better than OK

  • By green ice cream garden on 12-21-16

George Pelecanos Remastered

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

Reviewed: 11-29-16

It's George Pelecanos's Spero Lucas only younger, smarter, and not quite so tough.

As a white person reading about black people in a neighborhood I've never experienced, I can't judge how realistic the story might be. Throw in the fact that the author is Japanese-American, and you gotta wonder...But it's a good read. That's what matters.

The very BEST part is the narrator. Dialect and accent is 100% believable. Execution is impeccable. In fact, I like him so much, I'll be looking to see what I can scrounge up of his TV/theater work.

The next book is definitely on my short list.

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • The Whistler

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14,274
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12,823
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,751

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.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • It's John Grisham, right?

  • By Elle on 10-30-16

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 11-02-16

If this were a Stephen King book, it would definitely be a trunk novel.
King talks about his trunk novels as something he wrote and didn't like enough to publish but was too good to throw out. So he puts them in a trunk where they remain for a few years, and may eventually get recycled.

That's what this feels like. That Grisham has recycled something that didn't quite make the cut in his earlier years.

First, the technology is dated. Everyone knows what a burner phone is. Evidently Grisham doesn't quite grasp the concept. Or the concept of how recording devices work these days. Or what a home burglar system does. It gets quite tedious.

Second, there's nothing in the story to place it in time. It doesn't tell you if it's supposed to be set in the 80s, 90s, or present day. It's like someone went through with a word processor and removed anything that would pinpoint a decade.

Third, the characters are wholly unlike Grisham's other works. They are bland, undeveloped, and boring. There's nothing to make you connect with them or like them.

The only little bit of grace this book has--if you're interested--is perhaps seeing what an author looks like before he became a good author. There are faint flashes of brilliance, but not enough to save the story.


If it's not a trunk book, then Grisham is losing his touch and needs to think about resting on his laurels.

53 of 58 people found this review helpful

  • Surrender, New York

  • By: Caleb Carr
  • Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
  • Length: 23 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,419
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,303
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,304

In rural, impoverished Burgoyne County, New York, a pattern of strange deaths begins to emerge: Adolescent boys and girls are found murdered, their corpses left hanging in gruesome, ritualistic fashion. Senior law enforcement officials are quick to blame a serial killer, but their efforts to apprehend this criminal are peculiarly ineffective.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wanted to love this but...

  • By Mark Hancock on 09-27-16

I liked it!

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

Reviewed: 09-10-16

I can understand why so many of the reviews are negative, but I don't agree. I liked this story.

It's all a matter of suspension of disbelief. This story asked you to accept a lot--almost like reading John Scalzi or any good sci fi or fantasy. It's an alternate world. Carr did it in The Alienist by changing the time period. This one is set in current time but a remote location, so suspension may be a little more difficult. If you get over that hurdle, the writing is amazing.

There are a few places in the story where I was a bit impatient with details that just didn't jibe, but it wasn't enough to detract from the main plot.

I enjoyed the tie-ins to his earlier work, but if you haven't read that, it won't detract from the story.

Because this is Caleb Carr and because it's 23 hours, I was ready to settle in for a long and interesting adventure. Like sitting on the porch on a dark summer evening, when your grandfather says, "Let me tell you a story..."

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Life or Death

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: John Chancer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 316
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 284
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 285

Audie Palmer has spent 10 years in a Texas prison after pleading guilty to a robbery in which four people died and seven million dollars went missing. During that time he has suffered repeated beatings, stabbings and threats by inmates and guards, all desperate to answer the same question: where's the money?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing here makes sense

  • By L. M. Roberts on 04-30-15

Took a while to get over the terrible narration.

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

Reviewed: 08-02-16

The only good thing I can say about the narrator is that he's understandable. He reads like a newscaster. There's no emotion, there's no inflection. He could be reading the phone book for all the expression he puts into the words. He has no idea what a Texas accent sounds like, either. All the females are campy, over-done deep south accents. Which is even more jarring because none of the male characters have an accent at all.

The story has a few problems, too. The characters keep traveling between San Antonio, Houston and Dallas like they're walking down the block. Even if you aren't familiar with the geography, a quick look at the map would tell anyone those cities are 4-5 hours apart. The worst was when the author mistakenly put Rice University in West Dallas (errr....that's Ft Worth).

So, since the author is an Australian, I'll give him the benefit of the doubt and assume the story is written for an Australian audience, who doesn't understand the geography--or the fact that Texas is NOT stuck in the wild west days--or that you can't pick up a gun like buying a candy bar at the corner store--or that there's a difference between a county sheriff and a state police officer.

I had 90% of the plot figured out about 5 chapters in. I hate that. The only reason I stuck with it was to find out the other 10% and to discover if the hero lives or dies at the end.

It's not the worst book I've ever read, but it's far from the best. Considering I purchased it because it actually won a Dagger, I was sorely disappointed.

  • The Last Mile

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,003
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,600
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,552

Following Memory Man, number-one NYT best-selling author David Baldacci returns with his next thriller featuring detective Amos Decker.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Even better than the first in the series

  • By Michelle Harder on 04-21-17

After reading the first book, I expected more

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

Reviewed: 04-21-16

This author was not on my *must* read list until the first Amos Decker book. I really liked the character, and that makes up for a lot of other failings. This story didn't live up to my expectations.

Don't get me wrong, it's a good story most of the time. There are a few things that just don't work--plot wise--and that detracts. The bad guys keep showing up unexpectedly and no explanation is ever given. Some of the plot twists are so apparent that I grew impatient waiting for the heroes to finally figure it out. Some of the things that happen are incomprehensible, and the writer blames it on the bad guy's stupidity. (Reading about stupid bad guys is not interesting! I could read the news for that.)

The narration wasn't awful, but it didn't add to the story. The male narrator's voice is too young for the character. The female narrator is just irritating. Not that she's bad--she's not. Just that a female voice stuck in there for a line or two is jarring.

If you like Baldacci, you'll like this. If you aren't a Baldacci fan, this book won't change your mind.

13 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • The Max Porter Box Set, Volume 1

  • Max Porter Paranormal Mysteries Box Set
  • By: Stuart Jaffe
  • Narrated by: Stuart Jaffe
  • Length: 19 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308

Delve into a world both Real and Supernatural when North Carolina history mixes with the paranormal in this pulse-pounding series. With over 50,000 readers, the Max Porter Paranormal Mysteries is a highly addictive series that'll keep you turning pages late into the night. Fun, funny, suspenseful, and scary, this omnibus edition includes the first three books in the best-selling series.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story

  • By Colonelswife on 06-09-16

Self-published author and it shows

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

Reviewed: 04-05-16

I picked this up because the stories had some decent reviews on Amazon, and it's a box set, so....

I can't say I'm deeply disappointed because my expectations weren't high. But I've read better self-published authors--and it's evident why this is a self-published author.

There are some good things: the basic concept, the main characters.

The author falls down in two major ways that makes this series feel like a good idea executed by your average 12 year old.

First, the relationship between husband and wife. It's a description of what every child thinks marriage is like. Sure, they have little snits, but they still love each other. Then throw in a dash of sex talk, because every teenage boy knows that all men think about is getting laid and all women really want it even if they pretend they don't.

Second, the plot lines. If the author needs a certain fact or a certain reaction in the story, he doesn't mind twisting it into a pretzel of nonsense and hammering it into place.

My reaction on finishing the audio? Wow, that could've been a really good series. If only the author (1) didn't flinch away from what a real human relationship feels like and (2) took some major writing classes (or at least studied the way a good author writes).

16 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • Off the Grid

  • A Joe Pickett Novel
  • By: C. J. Box
  • Narrated by: David Chandler
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,265
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,049
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,045

New York Times best-selling author C. J. Box returns with a suspenseful new Joe Pickett novel. Nate Romanowski is off the grid, recuperating from wounds and trying to deal with past crimes, when he is suddenly surrounded by a small team of elite professional special operators. They're not there to threaten him but to make a deal. They need help destroying a domestic terror cell in Wyoming's Red Desert, and in return they'll make Nate's criminal record disappear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tight writing. Strong characters. Good plot

  • By W. Brooks on 04-03-16

Nate, Joe and the NSA?

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

Reviewed: 03-12-16

Seems an unlikely scenario, but C. J. Box did a great job. As usual. This is a series well worth reading, and this is one of the better books.

C. J. Box has the ability to mix a wildly disparate cast of characters and make it believable. Even make you understand every one and like most of them.

This is one author I wish would break out of his box (western mystery/action) to do something more. He'd be good at it.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful