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  • The Red Hot Fix

  • Justice Series, Book 2
  • By: T. E. Woods
  • Narrated by: Christina Delaine
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 776
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 721
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 713

A little more than a year after the Fixer killings, Detective Mort Grant of the Seattle PD once again has his hands full. In the last four months, seven men have been murdered in seedy pay-by-the-hour motels: first strangled, then tied with rope and set on a bed of crushed mothballs, with a red lipstick kiss planted on their foreheads. Speculation abounds that the killer is a prostitute who's turning her tricks into dead men. The press has taken to calling her Trixie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • T. E. Woods did it again!

  • By BikeVON on 02-27-17

Cartoon character narration, but good story

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

Reviewed: 08-18-17

To the detriment of the story, the narrator is woefully inept at especially male character narration, and even manages to characterize some of the women. Think of Yosemite Sam and you're close to all but the main character's voice.

While I like the author and the continuation of this story, the narration trivializes it.

  • If Walls Could Talk

  • Haunted Home Renovation, Book 1
  • By: Juliet Blackwell
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,464
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,327
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,320

Melanie Turner has made quite a name for herself remodeling historic houses in the San Francisco Bay Area. But now her reputation may be on the line. At her newest project, a run-down Pacific Heights mansion, Mel is visited by the ghost of a colleague who recently met a bad end with power tools. Mel hopes that by nailing the killer, she can rid herself of the ghostly presence of the murdered man - and not end up a construction casualty herself....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Nice Change

  • By Carole T. on 06-15-15

Monotone narration and thin story line

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

Reviewed: 01-26-16

Maybe it is just me, but I listen to at least 2-3 audiobooks a week, and this one just sounded like hushed mumbling...through my earbuds as well as my bluetooth speaker. All other books are crystal clear, but this narrator sounds monotonous, as though she is reading (what she is doing) rather than actually playing the part. In addition to the lack of animation, the story is so-so, and that left me drifting away, finding I was not actively listening.

The story of a self-described "va va voom" voluptuous female construction company head/anthropologist drifting through a loosely-woven series of events, ghostly and otherwise, is a reach, and not my favorite subject matter under any circumstances. However, this albeit far-out story of the man who is thought to commit suicide with construction tools could be saved with a bit of animation and characterization from the narrator.

But, given the thin the storyline and the mumbly/monotone delivery, I certainly would not recommend this to anyone who actually wanted an audiobook to hold their attention. To me, it was a waste of money.

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  • The Kind Worth Killing

  • By: Peter Swanson
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller, Karen White, Kathleen Early, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,174
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,091
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,079

On a night flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets the stunning and mysterious Lily Kintner. Sharing one too many martinis, the strangers begin to play a game of truth, revealing very intimate details about themselves. Ted talks about his marriage that's going stale and his wife, Miranda, who he's sure is cheating on him. Ted and his wife were a mismatch from the start - he the rich businessman, she the artistic free spirit - a contrast that once inflamed their passion but has now become a cliché.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Kind Worth Killing - A Book Worth Getting

  • By AudioAddict on 08-23-15

Surprisingly engrossing!

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

Reviewed: 10-24-15

At first I thought it was going to be a variety of short stories, each with a despicable character as the villain. Then they began to blend, and twist, and turn, and I couldn't put it down! While, when boiled down to a few words, the plot isn't exactly unique, but you can't get to that point without riding the roller coaster of the story.

Unless you're a saint, I would think most people have thought some heinous individuals add no value to the world, and should not be allowed to live and continue their evil. But, that makes us the judges, juries, and prosecutors, who, when given free reign, would begin to exercise our ability to condemn for increasingly more minor and personal grievances. Then, there is the tangential collateral damage...and, without giving too much away, this actually caught me by surprise--several times.

It was a sale book that I expected would be worth what I paid for it, but it would have been well worth a credit!

In this genre, this really is a departure from the norm, and a very engrossing ride.

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  • Motive

  • An Alex Delaware Novel
  • By: Jonathan Kellerman
  • Narrated by: John Rubinstein
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,004
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 874
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 866

Even having hundreds of closed cases to his credit can't keep LAPD police lieutenant Milo Sturgis from agonizing over the crimes that don't get solved - and the victims who go without justice. Victims like Katherine Hennepin, a young woman strangled and stabbed in her home. A single suspect with a solid alibi leads to a dead end - one even Alex Delaware's expert insight can't explain. The only thing to do is move on to the next murder case - because there's always a next one.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not the best, but Rubinstein reading helps

  • By B. Riddick on 02-13-15

Not Kellerman's best...

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

Reviewed: 10-14-15

This book was basically a yawner...too much time taken with meaningless over-descriptions, and a plot that...I already forgot the plot. Kellerman is normally quick, sharp, and humorous. Not so much here.

  • The Dinner

  • A Novel
  • By: Herman Koch, Sam Garrett (translator)
  • Narrated by: Clive Mantle
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,613
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,343
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,351

It's a summer's evening in Amsterdam, and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner. Between mouthfuls of food and over the polite scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse - the banality of work, the triviality of the holidays. But behind the empty words, terrible things need to be said, and with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened. Each couple has a 15-year-old son. The two boys are united by their accountability for a single horrific act; an act that has triggered a police investigation and shattered the comfortable, insulated worlds of their families.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Dinner To Remember!

  • By L. O. Pardue on 02-23-13

Great psychological exploration

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

Reviewed: 08-19-15

Disguised as a clever, witty, commentary about people and attitudes, this description of going to a dinner turns into so much more. Although Dutch, the narrator sounds British, and has the same flare for British humor as treasures like Derek Jacobi. You find yourself amusingly following his mini-tirades aimed at pompous people and restaurants, when you suddenly realize all is not what it appears, and the narrator may not be a humorous reflection of our secret gripes. It caught me totally unaware (at least for the first part), and I usually pick up on those things. The clues are there, the banter, though, is humorous and misleading. A great read and excellent narrator!

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  • Real Murders

  • An Aurora Teagarden Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,516
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,965
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,965

Though a small town at heart, Lawrenceton, Georgia, has its dark side - and its crime buffs. One of them is librarian Aurora "Roe" Teagarden, a member of the Real Murders Club, which meets once a month to analyze famous cases. It's a harmless pastime - until the night she finds a member killed in a manner that eerily resembles the crime the club was about to discuss.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Adjusting expectations

  • By Jeanie on 04-22-10

Sounds like a parody

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

Reviewed: 08-19-15

Ok, I finally realized that this was a really old book, but even that knowledge did not stop this from being just ridiculous and a waste of listen time. Everyone is "shocked" that anyone has sex, says "gosh" a lot--it is trivial and could have been written by just about any teenager. I can't believe a professional writer, at any time, could have written this blather.

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  • Losing Faith

  • By: Adam Mitzner
  • Narrated by: Andy Caploe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 434
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 379
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 373

Aaron Littmann, the chairman of one of the country's most prestigious law firms, has just been contacted by a high-profile defense attorney whose client is Nikolai Garkov, a Russian businessman arraigned on terrorism charges for pulling the financial strings behind recent treasonous acts. The attorney informs Aaron that Garkov is looking to switch representation and will pay $100,000 just to take the meeting.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator is awful

  • By Chris on 04-17-15

Cartoonish narration, one dimensional characters

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

Reviewed: 04-29-15

I had to restart this book three times because it was so ridiculous and forgettable. Not only does the narrator sound as though he were narrating an old cartoon, but he persists in putting emphasis on inappropriate words, changing the meaning, for me, at least. The author, whom I have liked in the past, spends a tedious amount of time describing in excruciating detail the number of windows and other particulars about the different lawyers' offices, but neglects the same detail into the characters. Furthermore he commits the writing sin of naming characters the same given name, which, according to author Steve Berry, should be avoided at all costs. Consequently, lawyer Aaron had defended criminal Aaron in the past, which was an important case for him. The far-flung hyper-dramatic way the narrator characterizes virtually everyone, makes them all appear ridiculous. This is definitely one book that should be read instead of heard...maybe it might come off better that way. But the plot is old as the hills, predictable, mundane...not sure anything can save it, and I'm not sure I will even finish it.

  • The President's Pilot

  • By: Robert Gandt
  • Narrated by: Thomas Block
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 775
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 705
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 694

A year and a half into her first term as President of the United States, Libby Paulsen is in a world of trouble. Her controversial agenda has placed her in a doomsday clash with a right wing cabal led by an enigmatic Air Force general. The conspirators will stop at nothing - including assassination - to remove Libby Paulsen from office. When the cabal targets Air Force One, Libby's Presidency - and her life - rest in the hands of a maverick pilot named Pete Brand, a man with whom the President shares a long-smoldering secret.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Is everyone drunk?

  • By Mike on 02-06-15

Narrator sounds like he is reading a phone book

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

Reviewed: 02-10-15

Admittedly I have just started this book, but also admittedly may not have the interest to finish it. So far the plot is not deep, just shallow descriptions of sex, murder and politics, and the narrator is enough to put me to sleep--no matter what he is saying. It is generally monotone, such as an auctioneer or unemotional horserace commentating. No characters have any depth, no action has any preparation...it all just seems to randomly happen. This makes otherwise earth-shattering events ho-hum. So far, I see no reason to continue this very boring, shallow book.

  • First to Kill

  • By: Andrew Peterson
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,528
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,294
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,295

When you're the best at what you do, it's not always easy to walk away. Nathan McBride was retired. The trained Marine sniper and covert CIA operative had put the violence of his former life behind him. But not anymore. A deep-cover FBI agent has disappeared along with one ton of powerful Semtex explosive, enough to unleash a disaster of international proportions. The U.S. government has no choice but to coax Nathan out of retirement.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Good

  • By Vida T. Yancy on 07-12-09

My first, a good Reacher substitute

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

Reviewed: 01-16-15

This could have been a Jack Reacher story, it was so close. Good character development, plot and characters. It really gets you emotionally involved. As this is my first of this series, a few things stuck out, most notably McBride's weird affectation of winking--at everyone--who does that? It would have been more in character to crack a grin. Otherwise, good character, good characterizations and a good Reacher substitute.

  • The Man with a Load of Mischief

  • A Richard Jury Novel, Book 1
  • By: Martha Grimes
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 791
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 710
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 707

At the Man with a Load of Mischief, they found the dead body stuck in a keg of beer. At the Jack and Hammer, another body was stuck out on the beam of the pub’s sign, replacing the mechanical man who kept the time. Two pubs. Two murders. One Scotland Yard inspector called in to help. Detective Chief Inspector Richard Jury arrives in Long Piddleton and finds everyone in the postcard village looking outside of town for the killer - except for one Melrose Plant....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this series, but FYI

  • By DCinMI on 03-29-14

Showed promise for the series to come

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

Reviewed: 01-07-15

As is my unfortunate habit, I read this book after becoming hooked on Grimes' Jury character and books. That was just as well, because this didn't have anywhere near the character depth and entertaining mannerisms that developed in future books, so I may not have gone further with the series had I read this first. I am glad to know the origins of the characters, and how the Jury-Plant friendship formed. But having the characters become so much more entertainingly eccentric in newer books was so much better. Plant is so much more than he showed in this book, as is Agatha. And Jury is too one-dimensional here--his subtle mannerisms have not appeared yet. The plot is kind of exaggerated, as would be good for a stage play, but is still Grimes, and Grimes is generally quite good. Glad to have this one under my belt to go on reading her more recent and more entertaining tales of Jury, Plant, et al.

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