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Barb Schmidt

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  • A Perfect Evil

  • By: Alex Kava
  • Narrated by: Richard Rowan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 443
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 208
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 214

The brutal murders of three young boys paralyze the citizens of Platte City, Nebraska. What's worse is the grim realization that the man recently executed for the crimes was a copycat. When Sheriff Nick Morrelli is called to the scene of another grisly murder, it becomes clear that the real predator is still at large, waiting to kill again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great read

  • By SavageP on 04-01-15

Spoiler Alert

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-04-10

It reads like a porn movie -- two characters with no end of dysfunction find each other mutually attractive despite the grisly goings on around them. At one point O'Dell is thrown into a river, getting caught in fence posts and barbed wire. When she's fished out, do they take her to the hospital? NOOOO. The sheriff (the other dysfunctional character) takes her to his house, disrobes her and holds her while she sleeps. Puh-lease. In addition to that nonsense, we get treated to rationalization by the sheriff's sister, a reporter, about how she can behave with NO journalistic ethics because she has a son to support.

Never again, Alex. Fool me once, shame on you. It could have been a pretty good mystery, too.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Rapture in Death

  • In Death, Book 4
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,665
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,934
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,934

They died with smiles on their faces. Three apparent suicides: a brilliant engineer, an infamous lawyer, and a controversial politician. Three strangers with nothing in common - and no obvious reasons for killing themselves. Police lieutenant Eve Dallas found the deaths suspicious.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Suspense (with sex scenes)!

  • By Wayne on 04-18-18

Unfinished but...

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-21-10

I'm on Chapter 8 of the first part of the book. Of the approximately 3 hours I've listened, there must be 1-1/2 hours describing the lovemaking between Dallas and Rourke. I'm about to give up on the book. I've certainly started to skip over a lot of it. I think J. D. Robb is running out of ideas.

4 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Silent in the Grave

  • By: Deanna Raybourn
  • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,936
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,415
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,414

Let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave. These ominous words, slashed from the pages of a book of Psalms, are the last threat that the darling of London society, Sir Edward Grey, receives from his killer. Before he can show them to Nicholas Brisbane, the private inquiry agent he has retained for his protection, Sir Edward collapses and dies at his London home, in the presence of his wife, Julia, and a roomful of dinner guests.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Happily surprised

  • By 9S on 07-04-09

I've been suckered...

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-23-09

You know how the books start: THIS IS AUDIBLE. Then something about Brilliance and Harlequin. When I heard that, I knew it was a dumb romance and if I could get my money back, I would. The opening sentence was enough to make me puke: to say that I met so and so over my husband's dead body... I listened to about 5 minutes of it, and quit. Dreadful.

1 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Brief History of the Dead

  • By: Kevin Brockmeier
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 255
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 94

All residents of the City have recently died, and they will remain in the City only as long as someone still living on Earth remembers them. On Earth, however, the population has been devastated by a terrible pandemic. Laura Byrd, isolated at an Antarctic research station, may be the only person to have survived the pandemic. But she's running out of time and supplies, and her memories are fading.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not for everyone...

  • By M. on 10-09-06

Odd and interesting

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-16-06

I loved this book, but I guess it isn't for everyone. We've probably all wondered about the "afterlife", as has Kevin Brockmeier, but he has apparently listened to some points of view that are really out there. It's a book I always felt that I was outside of -- actually a reader and not part of the story -- so my own beliefs were never threatened. I enjoyed it a lot.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Watch

  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 761
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 770

In Washington, D.C., a cell phone rings. The White House chief of staff needs Jacob Winter now. His chief investigator and an Army Intelligence veteran, Winter knows how to move quickly and decisively, but he's never faced a problem like this. The disappearances are bad, but when the blackened body shows up barbed-wired to a tree, Winter knows there is much worse to come. And soon enough, there is. Large forces are at work, determined to do whatever it takes to achieve their ends.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Political Thriller

  • By Barb Schmidt on 07-16-06

Political Thriller

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-16-06

This isn't your usual John Sandford "Prey" mystery. You might think it was written by a different man -- and it's great! Unlike many political thrillers, this one is easy to follow -- there are conspiracies and surprises -- but you never feel as though you got lost in a maze. I recommend this book to anyone who likes a good whodunit.

31 of 31 people found this review helpful

  • The Art of Detection

  • By: Laurie R. King
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan, Robert Ian Mackenzie
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 390
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203

The Art of Detection is another spellbinding tale starring San Francisco homicide inspector Kate Martinelli. The victim is Sherlock Holmes aficionado Philip Gilbert, whose collection of priceless memorabilia is definitely worth killing for. It's up to Kate and her trusted partner Al Hawkin to follow the clues and bring a rather peculiar murderer to Justice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A story within a story

  • By Jean on 12-16-13

Didn't Like It

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-06-06

My husband and I took this on a road trip and were never so happy to get home. Too many small uninteresting and unneeded details, not enough clues to make you feel part of the book. When you're reading, you can slide over those, but when you're listening, it seems interminable.

Beyond that, I think Laurie King dislikes Kate Martinelli's lesbian partner, Lee. I've read several books starring this detective, and find her partner to be shrewish and demanding. I've never known an author to be so hard on a recurring character. I think this may be the end of "Kate Martinelli" mysteries for me.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Death du Jour

  • By: Kathy Reichs
  • Narrated by: Katherine Borowitz
  • Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 214
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 83

Assaulted by the bitter cold of a Montreal winter, the American-born Dr. Temperance Breman, Forensic Anthropologist for the Province of Quebec, digs for a corpse where Sister Elisabeth Nicolet, dead over a century and now a candidate for sainthood, should lie in her grave. A strange, small coffin, buried in the recesses of a decaying church, holds the first clue to the cloistered nun's fate.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • so bad i had to write

  • By A.M. R. on 10-15-06

I'm Really Tired of Her Whining

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-23-05

Patricia Cornwall went down this road and now Kathy Reichs is doing the same thing. A single, intelligent, professional woman canNOT have any kind of relationship with anyone but her daughter. It's impossible for her to ask for anyone's help, so she gets into no end of trouble. And the trouble doesn't really extend the plot, it simply makes you angry at her stupidity.

Further, the plot is strected absolutely thin -- imagine if you will, one woman who lives and works in South Carolina, also has a job in Montreal and a sister in Houston. Somehow all thing places and people come together in the most bizarre fashion. I'm good at suspending disbelief, but even I was put of by this. I'm done with Kathy.

As for this abridged version (which I thank GOD I got even though I was unaware of it), the story starts out with Our Heroine digging for the skeleton of a nun who is up for beatification. There's something hinky in the bone structure, but the abridged version doesn't tell you what that is. It just ends.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful