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  • The Murder House

  • By: James Patterson, David Ellis
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer, Jay Snyder
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,576
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,191

Number Seven Ocean Drive is a gorgeous, multimillion-dollar beachfront estate in the Hamptons, where money and privilege know no bounds. But its beautiful, gothic exterior hides a horrific past: It was the scene of a series of depraved killings that have never been solved. Neglected, empty, and rumored to be cursed, it's known as the Murder House, and locals keep their distance.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ridiculously predictable.

  • By Betsy on 10-02-15

All in all excellent.

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

Reviewed: 08-30-18

Provided enough clues for the sleuth-reader to figure out without being to heavy handed. It did suffer a little from Normal-People-Don't-Act-This-Way Syndrome. Though, the author did a better than usual job of explaining it away with latent effects of traumatic experience and moronic anti-social behavior. In the end the story drew me in with good action, drama and empathy for the characters. A great listen.

  • Black Jack

  • The Hunt for Jack Reacher Series, Book 9
  • By: Diane Capri
  • Narrated by: Corey M. Snow
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

A serial killer returns after years of inactivity in this gripping new thriller. The green-paint-bathtub killer had Reacher running blind back in the day. The New York FBI team says Reacher was the serial killer then and is still the serial killer. But FBI agents Kim Otto and Carlos Gaspar believe a copycat may be on the loose.... 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Close, but not quite believable

  • By James on 08-06-18

Close, but not quite believable

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

First, I'm a HUGE fan of the Reacher series by Lee Child. That being said, you don't have to be a fan of the Reacher series to like Diane Capri's Hunt for Jack Reacher stories. In fact, it may be a benefit for you not to have read the Reacher stories. The latest story is a close, but not quite believable alternate ending to an existing Reacher mystery. Child's story revolves around a series of murders of Army women who, at one point in their career, crossed paths with Reacher. In the Lee Child story, those mysteries were solved by Reacher. Child's story was tied up nicely with a believable bow. Here, Capri attempts to untie that bow and then retie it for us. Having listened to all of Capri's previous "Hunt" stories and her portrayal of Reacher, it still doesn't come together in a nice little bow. In this "Hunt" story, Capri kicks off with a copycat murder done with green paint. Could Reacher be the murderer? And if it wasn't Reacher, can some mysterious, powerful FBI Agent Cooper pin it on him anyway? What doesn't work are phone calls and text messages reacher makes to lowly FBI Special Agent Otto. The only items Reacher carries with him is a foldable toothbrush, an ATM card and an ID. No cell phone. How is he texting and calling Otto leaving clues and warnings? That's too advanced for Reacher. And if Reacher suddenly starts carrying a phone, why can't that all powerful gov't agent track Reacher? Speaking of FBI agents, why can't the powerful Cooper open classified Army files? That was never addressed in the story. If it had been it would have brought this story to a close a lot sooner. This story gets 3 stars because it's OK, but Capri has written more believable stuff in this "Hunt" series.

  • 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 569
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 535
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 527

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

partisan political preaching

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

Reviewed: 07-25-18

This author's stories tend to bend a little left. That is OK. But, to have the current condition of the black community blamed on Bill Clinton giving in to the republican congress on welfare reform and by inferance that republicans are the enemies of civil rights and the black community is irrational and absurd. I expect that authors will bend to their social and political beliefs and I can enjoy exploring different perspectives through the characters. But propaganda and spouting bovine fical effluvia will stop me from purchasing any more works from this author and I recommend the same to other potential readers.

  • The Late Show

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Katherine Moennig
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,454
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7,783
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,748

Renée Ballard works the night shift in Hollywood, beginning many investigations but finishing none, as each morning she turns her cases over to day shift detectives. A once up-and-coming detective, she's been given this beat as punishment after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor. But one night she catches two cases she doesn't want to part with: the brutal beating of a prostitute left for dead in a parking lot and the killing of a young woman in a nightclub shooting. Ballard is determined not to give up at dawn.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Noooooooooooooooooo!

  • By H. Jamieson on 08-12-17

Not impressed with this story or character

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

Reviewed: 04-10-18

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The lead character, Renee Ballard feels flat and one-dimensional. She has no one she can trust and maybe trusts no one. For all of her protesting about being a good cop is her ultimate career goal, I'm not sure she really is or can be a "good cop." She has no feeling. She doesn't actually connect with another human being. She gets so lost in her pursuit of justice that nothing else matters, not even the level of companionship with her dog. She sacrifices that, too.

What didn’t you like about Katherine Moennig’s performance?

This reader is flat. I enjoy audio books, in part, because the reader can bring the characters' voice to life, offering more insight to the character. Not so here. The reader doesn't offer variety. Can she do other voices? Accents? The reader also puts no emotion into the story. I want to hear the frustration, the tenseness, the excitement of the character. I didn't get that here.

Was The Late Show worth the listening time?

No! I should've quit halfway through, but decided to stick it out. I won't make that mistake again. I'll give Michael Connelly props for creating a halfway decent story, with a twist, but all in all I wouldn't listen to/read anything featuring Renee Ballard and definitely not something read by Katherine Moennig.

Any additional comments?

I hope other characters by Connelly are more developed.

  • Hidden Figures

  • The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race
  • By: Margot Lee Shetterly
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,674
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,062
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,091

Before John Glenn orbited the Earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as "human computers" used pencils, slide rules, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets and astronauts into space. Among these problem solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story of a History Obscured

  • By Cynthia on 09-18-16

One of the finest American Dream stories ever.

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

Reviewed: 03-07-18

Not having lived through the Jim Crow era, it is hard to comprehend the mindset of racial prejudice, let alone the the double whammy of sexual discrimination. The nation owes a lot to these pioneering Americans and their tenacity. I am glad their story is out.

  • West Cork

  • By: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Narrated by: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22,181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,811
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19,808

This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery. Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ENTERTAINING AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING

  • By Ann on 02-13-18

Well Presented

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

Reviewed: 02-12-18

From what I can tell it was better resented than the legal case from either side.

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  • Killer Look

  • An Alexandra Cooper Novel
  • By: Linda Fairstein
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 288
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 285

New York City is one of the fashion capitals of the world, well known for its glamour and style. Nowhere is this more apparent than on the runway, where American haute couture continually astounds with its creativity, daring, and innovation in the name of beauty. Yet high fashion means high stakes, as Alex Cooper quickly discovers when businessman and designer Wolf Savage is found dead in an apparent suicide, mere days before the biggest show of his career.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not the Alex that we've come to know & love

  • By MelBaskerville on 10-14-16

It's hard to stop listening

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

Reviewed: 01-12-18

Where does Killer Look rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I've enjoyed Fairstein since I heard her keynote at a conference more than a decade ago. I've read or listened to most of the Alex Cooper stories. This one, however, left me puzzled. It was hard to stop listening, mostly because Alex was not her normal self. I wanted to see if she would snap back. The strong, confident Alex Cooper has been replaced with a whiny, alcoholic. I also wanted to know who did it of course. And the usual sarcasm Mike Chapman saves for the perps has been turned on Alex and she stands for it. Alex is dealing with PTSD after being kidnapped in the previous story. She uses that as a cover for her increased drinking. Mike uses tough love (maybe) as an excuse for needling Coop about her drinking. My only critique of this story is how sick is Alex, really? She inserts herself at every twist and turn into Mike's suicide/homicide investigation of a haute couture fashion mogul. I kept listening because I wanted to know who did it and why. The ending is a cliffhanger and I was anxious to hear the next story in the series.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Killer Look?

Mike Chapman never fails to deliver. Whether he's (figuratively) picking at the scab on a perp or his one-liners aimed at Coop, Mike's dialogue in this story is sharp. One part of the story I really liked is the intimacy between Mike and Coop. I love it when he calls her "babe." It's such a tender word and the exact opposite of Mike's normal M.O. where he keeps most people at bay.

What three words best describe Barbara Rosenblat’s voice?

In this story, it felt like she was tired. It felt like she paused on the wrong parts of the sentence.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Fashion is to die for.

Any additional comments?

If you're a fan of the strong-willed Alex Cooper, this story will let you down a bit. Alex is waaaay too needy and drinks waay too much. The story may be a reflection of what it's like for a real life victim, but this is fiction. And I need my old Alex back and soon. Either that or I need her to slap Mike and remind him that her father is dead! Mike can be a little patriarchal from time to time in this story.

  • Beautiful Swimmers

  • Watermen, Crabs and the Chesapeake Bay
  • By: William W. Warner
  • Narrated by: Henry Strozier
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

William Warner exhibits his skill as a naturalist and as a writer in this Pulitzer Prize-winning study of the pugnacious Atlantic blue crab and of its Chesapeake Bay territory. Penguin Nature Library.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My all Time Favorite Book

  • By One Pony Show on 08-06-18

This book makes me home sick.

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

Reviewed: 12-08-17

I grew up outside of Annapolis and remember when Annapolis was full of work boats named after wives and daughters. And one particular boat named JIMMY. I always thought it was a great opportunity for a double dedication. One story reminded me of a great day my brother and I caught a bushel of doublers in about an hour in his skiff on Eastern Bay.

This book reminds me of "The Big Oyster" but much more intimate.

  • Crime Scene

  • A Novel
  • By: Jonathan Kellerman, Jesse Kellerman
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 700
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 623
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 617

Eccentric, reclusive Walter Rennert lies cold at the bottom of his stairs. At first glance the scene looks straightforward: a once-respected psychology professor done in by booze and a bad heart. But his daughter, Tatiana, insists that her father has been murdered, and she persuades Clay Edison to take a closer look at the grim facts of Rennert's life. What emerges is a history of scandal and violence and an experiment gone horribly wrong that ended in the brutal murder of a coed.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • This was a let down

  • By Mike on 08-08-17

eh...it was Ok

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

Reviewed: 08-21-17

The story was not bad. Just ordinary. I
Didn't rush to finish it. Ok overall, I thought. I did like the cameo by Alex Delaware.

  • The Big Lie

  • Exposing the Nazi Roots of the American Left
  • By: Dinesh D'Souza
  • Narrated by: David Cochran Heath
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,967
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,774
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,762

What is "the big lie" of the Democratic Party? That conservatives - and President Donald Trump in particular - are fascists. Nazis, even. In a typical comment, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow says the Trump era is reminiscent of "what it was like when Hitler first became chancellor." But in fact, this audacious lie is a complete inversion of the truth. Yes, there is a fascist threat in America - but that threat is from the Left and the Democratic Party.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Most important book of our generation

  • By Anonymous User on 05-09-18

Informative, Insightful and a wake-up call

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

Reviewed: 08-16-17

I have direct experience with people from this leftist school of thought in business and politics (to them one and the same). I have wondered for years what makes these folks tick and how they can live with the hypocrisy and the intellectual dishonesty that seems inherent in their governing philosophy and actions.

This book has opened my eyes to the origins and has provides me with new avenues of research. most importantly it has provides a framework to help stop it.

Good show!

3 of 11 people found this review helpful