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  • Dead in the Water

  • A Kate Shugak Novel, Book 3
  • By: Dana Stabenow
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 437
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 386
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 386

Once, Kate Shugak was the star investigator of the Anchorage D.A.'s office. Now she's gone back to her Aleut roots in the far Alaska north - where her talent for detection makes her the toughest crime-tracker in that stark and mysterious land.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Kate goes fishing for killers

  • By Mike on 02-15-15

Takes my mind off my troubles

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

Reviewed: 02-22-19

Better than average—interesting story, excellent info on Inuit practices of weaving, story knives.
Though it’s hard to believe sometimes that Kate is fit enough to haul crab pots and work on a commercial boat And swim from said boat to shore and back in the dark frigid water And...the list is endless.
This is an entertaining read where evil gets its due and Kate lives to sleuth another day.

  • Bad Blood

  • A Kate Shugak Mystery, Book 20
  • By: Dana Stabenow
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229

In Alaska, 100 years of bad blood between the villages of Kushtaka and Kuskulana come to a boil when the body of a young Kushtaka ne'er-do-well is found wedged in a fish wheel. Sergeant Jim Chopin's prime suspect is a Kuskulana man who is already in trouble in both villages for falling in love across the river. But when the suspect disappears, members of both tribes refuse to speak to Jim. When a second murder that looks suspiciously like payback occurs, Jim has no choice but to call in Kate Shugak for help.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Great Kate Shugak Story

  • By Kindle Customer on 04-29-13

Enjoyable story—typical Kate!

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

Reviewed: 02-18-19

This book ends with a cliff hanger but since there are more books in the series, I wasn’t that upset.
But I definitely have to find out what happens!
Good performance, nice bits of nature goings-on
every chapter or so, surprising very detailed sex scene—not typical, but not unwanted.
All in all, good read. B-

  • A Fatal Thaw

  • By: Dana Stabenow
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 749
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 676
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 678

On her homestead in the middle of twenty million acres of national Park, Aleut P.I. Kate Shugak is caught up in spring cleaning, unaware that just miles away another Park rat is planning a massacre. When the sound of gunfire finally dies away, nine of his neighbors lie dead in the snow.But did he kill all nine, or only eight? The ninth victim was killed with a different weapon. It’s up to Kate and her husky-wolf sidekick Mutt to untangle the life of the dead blonde with the tarnished past and find her killer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • On Audible at Last!!!

  • By Tracey on 01-13-13

Good but not her best ...

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

Reviewed: 02-17-19

Good story, very good narrator but I got so tired of hearing “epicanthic food” so often—couldn’t the author have found different ways to allude to the same thing?
I love these stories and the life depicted. It’s a great series especially the respectful representation of native peoples. Hopefully, they are correct.
And of course, Kate is a true superhero—she hunts, fishes, guides, tracks, builds, and is equal to any man she meets. Go Kate!

  • Verses for the Dead

  • A Pendergast Novel
  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Rene Auberjonois
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,421
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,250
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,239

After an overhaul of leadership at the FBI's New York field office, A. X. L. Pendergast is abruptly forced to accept an unthinkable condition of continued employment: the famously rogue agent must now work with a partner. Pendergast and his new teammate, junior agent Coldmoon, are assigned to Miami Beach, where a rash of killings by a bloodthirsty psychopath are distinguished by a confounding M.O.: cutting out the hearts of his victims and leaving them - along with cryptic handwritten letters - at local gravestones, unconnected save in one bizarre way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Completely Absorbing Pendergast novel...

  • By shelley on 01-01-19

Surprise ending!

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

Reviewed: 01-30-19

I liked that all the puzzle pieces were tied up and resolved. I did get stressed out when one of the female characters came too close to involvement with killer.
Psychology of the killer offered deeper though on good and evil and the fate of those disposed to murder.
I also liked the introduction of a partner for Pendergast and the fact that he is a hunky Lakota was a plus! Wish he would pop up in future books.
And speaking of a nod to the past, the main reporter
and his deceased relative brought back memories from previous books about that characters appeal.
Start with “Relic” and go through the whole series. I’ve enjoyed more than not and always look forward to the next.

  • Sharp Objects

  • A Novel
  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,482
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,874
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,849

Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker's troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, Camille's first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pitch Perfect Performance

  • By theenglishmajor on 02-14-14

Secret Lives Revealed

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

Reviewed: 07-20-18

Best narrator in a very long time. She has a lovely voice and I could literally see the characters when they spoke.
The writing gave me pause many times because of the way the author used phrases or comparisons that were unexpected.
New insight for me into parental behavior resulting in broken adults. Predictable ending but it’s the journey, right?

  • Sacred Clowns

  • By: Tony Hillerman
  • Narrated by: Christian Baskous
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274

A teacher is dead, a boy is missing, and a councilwoman has put a lot of pressure on Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn and Officer Jim Chee to find her grandson. Sitting on a rooftop watching sacred clowns perform their antics in a Pueblo ceremony, Chee spots the boy. Then, suddenly, the crowd is in commotion. One of the clowns has been savagely murdered. Without a single clue, Chee and Leaphorn must follow a serpentine trail through the Indian clans and nations, seeking the thread that links two brutal murders, a missing teenager, a band of lobbyists trying to put a toxic dump site on Pueblo land, and an invaluable memento given to the tribes.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Please have George Guidall read all the books

  • By C. Fred Zeillemaker on 12-11-17

Good Story Overall

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

Reviewed: 06-07-18

Have to pay close attention at opening scene and remember for later...nice to see love life of both Joe and Jim move to next level...learned a true piece of American history about the Lincoln Canes...although how long does it take to find a missing schoolboy? Apparently the whole book! Ha ha!

  • Talking God

  • By: Tony Hillerman
  • Narrated by: Christian Baskous
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 358
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 320
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319

Reunited by a grave robber and a corpse, Navajo Tribal Police Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn is trying to determine the identity of a murder victim, while Officer Jim Chee is arresting Smithsonian conservator Henry Highhawk for ransacking the sacred bones of his ancestors. But with each peeled-back layer, it becomes shockingly clear that these two cases are mysteriously connected - and that others are pusuing Highhawk, with lethal intentions. And the search for answers to a deadly puzzle is pulling Leaphorn and Chee into the perilous arena of superstition, ancient ceremony, and living gods.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Navajo Nation lives

  • By Joy on 09-16-13

Good Story

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18

A bit rushed at the end...a bit too much info on assailants miserable life...nice to see Leaphorn and Chee work together...enjoyed local Washington, D.C. locale...enjoyed descriptions of native practices and masks. A good basic story.

  • The Dark Wind

  • By: Tony Hillerman
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 363
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 358

For Sergeant Jim Chee of the Navajo Tribal Police, the case begins when he finds a pair of boots in the rabbit brush beside a wilderness trail. The boots' owner lies nearby, his palms and soles "scalped" in what appears to be a witch's scavenging. The federal investigators tell Chee to mind his own business. But a series of disturbing events draws Chee into a dangerous web of intrigue spun by Navajo sorcery and white greed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent complicated mystery

  • By Candace Russell on 04-10-17

Good Story!

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

Reviewed: 06-03-18

I had already seen”Dark Wind” the movie (with Fred Ward and Lou Diamond Philips) when I listened to this. This reading expounded on the little things that were changed or left out of the movie.
Enjoyable though Leaphorn nor Chee’s social life make an appearance.
I was trying to hear these in order, but many have not been added to catalog. Oh, well—I’ll keep going with what is offered. :)

  • The Blessing Way

  • By: Tony Hillerman
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 832
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 751
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 745

Homicide is always an abomination, but there is something exceptionally disturbing about the victim discovered in a high, lonely place: a corpse with a mouth full of sand, abandoned at a crime scene seemingly devoid of tracks or useful clues. Though it goes against his better judgment, Navajo tribal police lieutenant Joe Leaphorn cannot help but suspect the hand of a supernatural killer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A 'Blessing' Indeed!

  • By Carole T. on 03-15-16

Not Enough Leaphorn But Still Intriging

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

Reviewed: 05-29-18

Interesting story, but disappointed that most of the action transpired not around Detective Joe Leaphorn but another character. Good background info on Navajo customs, beliefs, etc.
These are great stories and George Guidell IS Leaphorn to me.

  • Blue Lightning: A Thriller

  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 827
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 750
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 749

Inspector Jimmy Perez takes his fiance home to Fair Isle, the tiny island he comes from, to meet his parents. The island is a magnet for bird watchers, who congregate at the local inn and lighthouse. When a local married celebrity who had an eye for the lads is murdered, Perez discovers that the suspects are very close to him indeed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Totally unput-down-able! More please!

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-07-15

Too Little, Too Late

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

Reviewed: 05-24-18

The story idea seemed great—birders on an island with a killer—but about 1/2 way through, I had to skip to the end to find out who did it. Maybe it was too many characters who just seemed to hang about. The story just wasn’t going anywhere. It was a nice touch to hear from the perspective of two of the most likable characters but their punishment was brutal and unfortunate. They were the best part of the story.