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  • Northwest Angle

  • A Cork O'Connor Mystery
  • By: William Kent Krueger
  • Narrated by: Buck Schirner
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 526
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 467
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 463

During a houseboat vacation on the remote Lake of the Woods, a violent gale sweeps through unexpectedly, stranding Cork and his daughter, Jenny, on a devastated island where the wind has ushered in a force far darker and more deadly than any storm. Amid the wreckage, Cork and Jenny discover an old trapper’s cabin where they find the body of a teenage girl. She wasn’t killed by the storm, however; she’d been bound and tortured before she died. And from outside comes the soft wail of an infant, abandoned in the brush....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Story compromised by reader

  • By Jacqueline Stratton on 09-28-11

Who knew there was a NW angle?

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-16-18

OK, I admit that I probably knew or had seen that there was a little spit of land up in northern Minnersota on the Canadian border that sticks out like a little thumb, keeping the border from being a straight line. I don't think I'd ever given it a thought until the author decided to use it as a setting for this story. I'm getting more Minnesota history and geography out of this Cork O'Connor series that I could have ever imagined but I have enjoyed that aspect of the series.

And, of course, along with the setting the author throws in a good thriller. Cork and his family are on vacation on a houseboat on Lake of the Woods, the main body of water in the angle when a 'durecho' hits, a big, widespread storm that has heav winds and can be very destructive. The O'Connor family is split up and when the storm ends a dead body and a live baby are found that is the foundation of the mystery..

One key factor of this series is that every book has a completely different setting, usually somewhere in the upper midwest, with a completely different scenario I'll look forward to seeing what's in store in the next book in the series..

  • Louise Penny

  • Audible Sessions: FREE Exclusive Interview
  • By: Sophie Plateau
  • Narrated by: Louise Penny
  • Length: 20 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

Louise Penny visits the Audible Studios to discuss her latest novel Glass, the latest in the Inspector Gamache series. She talks about the setting, the importance of her characters and storyline over the murder itself, and much more. The previous in the series A Great Reckoning debuted at number one in both the US and Canada on the hardcover list, the ebooks and audio lists - making it the top book in North America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent short interview with author Louise Penny

  • By Wayne on 08-30-17

what's not to like

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-16-18

How can you not like a free 20 minute interview with one of your favorite authors?

  • The Mapping of Love and Death

  • A Maisie Dobbs Novel
  • By: Jacqueline Winspear
  • Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,346
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,038
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,034

In the latest mystery in the New York Times best-selling series, Maisie Dobbs must unravel a case of wartime love and death—an investigation that leads her to a long-hidden affair between a young cartographer and a mysterious nurse..... August 1914. Michael Clifton is mapping the land he has just purchased in California’s beautiful Santa Ynez Valley, certain that oil lies beneath its surface. But as the young cartographer prepares to return home to Boston, war is declared in Europe,,,,

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't want it to end...best in series!

  • By Helen on 03-30-10

Maisie keeps on going, growing

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-14-18

I like to write in an author's early books that it sometimes takes more than one book to get their sea legs. They improve their writing and thus the stories as a series evolves. That is certainly the case with Jacqueline Winspear. Not that she didn't already have her sea legs as this is the seventh book in the series and there have been some good ones already. But with this book she truly brings it all together.

In this book there is an American whose father was British who decided in 1914 that he wanted to go fight the Germans for King and country, he just got caught up in the fervor that often happens when a war breaks out. It turns out that he didn't survive the Great War and perished in France with his body not returned home or the circumstances of his death known. Then in 1932 his body along with some of his comrades is found buried in what must have been an underground bunker. His parents come to London and hire Maisie to find to find out what happened.

The author really out does herself in her character development and understanding of human nature in this book. In WWI Britain and France, along with Germany, took the full force of the long war, lots of people died and the ramifications of all that suffering lasted for years. The author brings that aspect to this story.

The author has a short post book author's note where she states that the Santa Barbara, CA newspaper had a story she read where even today the Brits are trying to identify all the dead and buried in France that they can after they are found. I'd think with DNA they would have a fighting chance but it's still a very tough job. The article talked of a dead soldier they'd found as possibly being American and they were looking for help identifying the remains. The author said the remains were never identified and his headstone lists him as an unknown soldier. She said that article was the inspiration for this book. Bring on book #8!

  • Palace of Treason

  • A Novel
  • By: Jason Matthews
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 20 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,894
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,864

Captain Dominika Egorova of the Russian Intelligence Service (SVR) has returned from the West to Moscow and the Center, the headquarters of her service. She finds things worse than when she left. She despises the men she must serve, the oligarchs and crooks and thugs of Putin's Russia. What no one knows is that Dominika is working for the CIA as Washington's most sensitive penetration of SVR and the Kremlin.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator's inconsistency

  • By Bruce P. Woodward on 10-23-16

the Red Sparrow lives on

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-18

When i bought this book, I didn't realize it was the second book in the Red Sparrow trilogy, I bought it because I enjoyed the first book in the trilogy so much.

In researching the author I learned that he once was in the CIA himself so you've got to figure he's able to communicate some of that knowledge in his work. The explanations of the different spy scenarios are involved enough that you feel they are fairly realistic. Since it is a work of fiction you can't believe everything you hear but the author does make it sound good. Throw in some romance or at least some lust and you have the making of a good story.

If you enjoy spy thrillers then you'll enjoy this, I'll look forward to the third in installment.

  • Open Season

  • A Joe Pickett Novel
  • By: C. J. Box
  • Narrated by: David Chandler
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,415
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,976
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,957

Joe Pickett is the new game warden in Twelve Sleep, Wyoming, a town where nearly everyone hunts and the game warden—especially one like Joe who won't take bribes or look the other way—is far from popular. When he finds a local hunting outfitter dead, splayed out on the woodpile behind his state-owned home, he takes it personally. There had to be a reason that the outfitter, with whom he's had run-ins before, chose his backyard, his woodpile to die in.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As refreshing as sunrise in the mountains

  • By AudioAddict on 10-02-16

good debut novel

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-01-18

First time author for me, debut novel for the author. How did I find this book? Author C J Box kept showing up in the Audible recommendations for books I might like based on other books I'd listened to. Audible finally got me to try the author when they had a first book in a series sale, this book. I do like trying to new authors and decided to give Box a try. I will be going on to the second book the series. I did enjoy this one.

The story itself is set in Wyoming. Joe Pickett is just out of training to be a game warden. His wife, two daughters and he have just settled into their government owned house when bad things start to happen. Endangered species, bad hombres, and the Wyoming mountains all play a part in the story. The author keeps giving you twists and turns in the story that keep you listening. It was a bit more hard hitting than I expected but it added to the story.

  • Bathsheba

  • Reluctant Beauty
  • By: Angela Hunt
  • Narrated by: Rachel Botchan, Jonathan Todd Ross
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135

After sending his army to besiege another king's capital, King David forces himself on Bathsheba, a loyal soldier's wife. When her resulting pregnancy forces the king to murder her husband and add her to his harem, Bathsheba struggles to protect her son while dealing with the effects of a dark prophecy and deadly curse on the king's household. Combining historical facts with detailed fiction, Angela Hunt paints a realistic portrait of the beautiful woman who struggled to survive the dire results of divine judgment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Michael on 08-26-16

quite the lady

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-29-18

Bathsheba lived quite a life and was quite the lady. This book is a work of fiction but truth is interwoven into the story. Bathsheba was prophesied that she would bear a son that would be one of Israel's greatest kings. That son turned out to be King Solomon who she had with King David.

There plenty of trials and tribulations in getting Solomon to be king. Bathsheba was married when King David viewed her in her backyard and was smitten with her and decided he had to have her even though she was married and knew it would be a sin to take her. But take her he did. Then she turns up pregnant and King David conspires to have her husband sent into battle where he was killed. It came out via Nathan the Prophet that he had intentionally sent him to where he would be killed. But King David married Bathsehba when he learned she was with child so she wouldn't be discarded for his sin and she became one of his 17 wives. But she was always King David's favorite. It was prophesied that their first born son would die and he did die after 4 days. They suffered but eventually had more children, the next son being Solomon. There was constant turmoil in the House of David with lots of scheming by other sons who wanted to be king. But in the end the prophesy came true. This book is interesting if you liek these kind of subjects.

I had read another book by this author, 'Esther' and enjoyed it. I have to admit, though, I chose this book because of Leonard Cohen. I spent several years trying to figure out what the lyrics of his classic son, 'Hallelujah', were about. I finally googled the song to finally learn the song was about King David's desire to have Bathsheba. The thought I should read this book wouldn't go away and I finally got to it and I'm glad I did. All these years later Bathsheba is probably more famous than even due to the song.

  • Among the Mad

  • A Maisie Dobbs Novel
  • By: Jacqueline Winspear
  • Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 863
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 863

On the way to see a client, Maisie Dobbs witnesses a man commit suicide on a busy London street. The following day, the prime minister's office receives a letter threatening a massive loss of life if certain demands are not met - and the writer mentions Maisie by name. After being questioned and cleared by Detective Chief Superintendent Robert MacFarlane of Scotland Yard's elite Special Branch, she is drawn into MacFarlane's personal fiefdom as a special adviser on the case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Maisie Dobbs Series - Fabulous

  • By Peter on 04-24-09

1931 Maisie

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-22-18

It's now 1931 and Maisie continues to grow her experiences. In this book she is enlisted by Scotland Yard to help solve a mystery which involves threatening letters, increasing violent episodes and the pursuit of someone who appears on the surface to be just plain mad.

The author continues the thread of dealing with soldiers from World War I who have been severely injured and once back in the UK struggle to deal with life on its own terms.

Maisie seems to finally be getting her life back after her own war experiences. She continues to keep having a real relationship at arms length. Will she ever find another man she can care for or is she doomed to be a spinster? It's 1931 right, she's doing pretty well on her own for that time period but still..............

  • The Bishop's Pawn

  • By: Steve Berry
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Kevin Free, Steve Berry
  • Length: 23 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 506
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 477
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 471

History recalls that the ugly feud between J. Edgar Hoover and Martin Luther King, Jr., - marked by years of illegal surveillance and the accumulation of secret files - ended on April 4, 1968, when King was assassinated by James Earl Ray. But that may not have been the case. Now, 50 years later, former Justice Department agent Cotton Malone must reckon with the truth of what really happened that fateful day in Memphis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The bishops pawn

  • By John on 05-09-18

back to the beginning

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-19-18

What does an author do when the main character starts to get a bit long in the tooth? Well, in Steve Berry's case he goes back and writes about Cotton Malone's first mission as an agent and what a mission it is. Non stop action from the start to finish, Cotton is called upon to recover secret documents and a coin and in doing so takes a look into the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

Was there a conspiracy to kill MLK as many have suggested over the years? The author makes a good case for it. But this is a work of fiction so keep that in mind.

Interesting that Berry decided to have the book come out right at the 50 year anniversary of MLK's death. The book does make you think about the state of race relations today even with all the gains that have been made over the years. It's clear there is still work to do.

But the author crafts another Cotton Malone winner and, as usual, I blew right through it. Now that he's gone back to the beginning I suppose the can now writes stories of Cotton's different missions over the years. Whatever he does, I'll be listening to them. I always like the historical perspective along with the conspiracies.

  • Vermilion Drift

  • A Cork O'Connor Mystery
  • By: William Kent Krueger
  • Narrated by: Buck Schirner
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 507
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 429

His first day on the job, Cork stumbles across a secret room with the remains of six murder victims inside. Five appear to be nearly half a century old - connected to what the media had dubbed “The Vanishings,” a series of unsolved disappearances in the summer of 1964, when Cork’s father was sheriff in Tamarack County. But the sixth has been dead less than a week. What’s worse, two of the bodies - including the most recent victim - were killed using Cork’s own gun, one handed down to him from his father.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Great Cork O'Connor Mystery!!

  • By stone artist on 09-24-12

Minnesota history lesson with CO mystery

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-14-18

One thing you learn in this Cork O'Connor mystery is part of the history of Minnesota. About the iron ranges of northern Minnesota and how European settlers, mainly Scandinavian, came there as miners, at least until the mines played out.

This book stays right around northern Minnesota and those iron ranges. It goes back to a series of murders 40 years prior along with current day mysteries and delves into Cork's dad and mom as well as relating to the close ties with the locals.

If you've made it this far in the Cork O'Connor series, this fits right in with the rest of them. Emjoy

  • The Pale Criminal

  • Berlin Noir
  • By: Philip Kerr
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 653
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 494
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 500

The Pale Criminal brings back Bernie Gunther, an ex-policeman who thought he'd seen everything on the streets of 1930s Berlin - until he turned freelance, and each case he tackled sucked him further into the grisly excesses of Nazi subculture. Hard-hitting, fast-paced, and richly detailed, The Pale Criminal is noir writing at its blackest and best.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Esxcellent Historical Fiction; Gripping ...

  • By Old Hippy on 07-02-09

interesting premise

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-11-18

I find the premise of this book very interesting. A British author sets the book in 1938 Berlin. With chaos reigning all around him a normal German is called upon to temporarily stop his private investigative work to go to work for the criminal police department to solve the murders of young German girls.

In 1938 Berlin Hitler and the Nazis are solidifying their grip on power, often through ruthless means.Into this environment comes Bernie Gunther who believes in doing the right thing. People are disappearing mysteriously all around, crimes are going unpunished and Bernie is supposed to solve the crimes in short order. Bernie is like many Germans of the time wondering when Hitler and his cronies are going to go away, sanity will return Germany to a normalcy. But as we know it didn't happen.

Throw in a good crime thriiler on top of all this and you have the makings of an interesting book, the second in a trilogy by author Philip Kerr.

I'll look forward to the third book.