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BarbJ1947

Rock Hill, SC United States
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  • What Lies Behind

  • Dr. Samantha Owens, Book 4
  • By: J. T. Ellison
  • Narrated by: Joyce Bean
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221

When Dr. Samantha Owens' homicide detective friend, Darren Fletcher, invites her to look over the evidence of a routine police investigation, she jumps at the chance and immediately realizes the crime scene has been staged. What seems to be a clear case of murder/suicide - a crime of passion - is anything but....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • What a Disappointment

  • By BarbJ1947 on 06-11-15

What a Disappointment

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

Reviewed: 06-11-15

The first in this series led me to believe that they would get better. The 2nd was ok. This one was so far-fetched the reader must suspend all reason. Will return this.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Black Sea Affair

  • By: Don Brown
  • Narrated by: James Adams
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 115

As the U.S. Navy searches for weapons-grade plutonium that has been smuggled by terrorists out of Russia, a submarine mishap in the Black Sea brings the United States and Russia to the brink of nuclear war. It is a race against the clock, with Russian missiles activated and programmed for American cities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent and captures your undivided attention

  • By Paul on 08-09-12

Find a new narrator!

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

Reviewed: 12-19-14

Why would anyone choose a reader with a British accent to read a story about a US Navy submarine?????? Couldn't concentrate on the story because of the poor narration.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Whodunnit?: Murder in Mystery Manor

  • By: Anthony Zuiker
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,360
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,138
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,139

Ten excited guests arrive at the Westlake Estate, expecting a lavish retreat. They are the winners of a sweepstakes to "Live Like a Billionaire for a Week." But what was supposed to be a promising escape soon turns into a horrific nightmare. Within hours of arrival, the guests sit down for an extravagant dinner. When they pull their party poppers as instructed, a loud chorus of bangs resounds, followed by earsplitting screams as the guest seated at the head of the table bursts into flames and slumps to the floor.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Felt Cheated

  • By Karen on 09-30-13

Agatha Christie's Ten Little Indians in disguise

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

Reviewed: 12-20-13

This is horrible - stolen directly from Agatha Christie with modern twists, convoluted and totally bizarre. Don't bother.

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  • A Novel of Suspense
  • By: William G. Tapply
  • Narrated by: David Bryson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

Vietnam War hero and Massachusetts Judge Thomas Larrigan is hand-picked by his friend the president to fill the upcoming vacancy on the Supreme Court. Larrigan seems like the perfect candidate: a family man with an un-controversial judicial record. The president's credibility needs a sure bet. Larrigan will do anything to win the nomination, but he has some old skeletons rattling around in his closet. He calls his old Marine buddy, now a hit man, to sweep the closet clean.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I liked this one!

  • By BarbJ1947 on 02-05-13

I liked this one!

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

Reviewed: 02-05-13

A character study with interesting characters and some shady pasts, all parceled out a little at a time. You soon suspect what has to happen, but getting there is all the fun. Will be looking for more by this author.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Blood Money

  • By: James Grippando
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 91

What's it like to be Miami criminal defense attorney Jack Swyteck? Simply imagine that your father is Florida's governor, your best friend was once on death row, and your love life could fill an entire chapter in Cupid's Rules of Love and War (Idiot's Edition). Throw in an indictment for murder and a litany of lesser charges that could easily get a lawyer disbarred, and believe it or not, you're only scratching the surface.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not quite Casey Anthony...

  • By shelley on 03-04-18

Starts a little slowly...

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

Reviewed: 02-05-13

...but gets interesting quickly. Jack Zwytek can find more trouble than most other characters combined, and has enough foibles to make him interesting and human. I'll be looking for the next book to come along to see what else can happen. Worth the credit.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Lowcountry Bribe

  • By: C. Hope Clark
  • Narrated by: Karen Commins
  • Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 14

Threats, a missing boss, a very dead co-worker, a high-level investigation, and a sinister hog farmer: Lowcountry Ag Department manager Carolina Slade is a bean-counting civil servant in hot water. Carolina Slade is a by-the-book county manager for the Department of Agriculture - a civil servant who coordinates federal loans for farmers in the coastal lowcountry of South Carolina. When one of her clients, a hog farmer named Jessie Rawlings, offers her a bribe, Slade reports Jessie to her superiors. The next thing she knows, she's besieged by Resident Agent-In-Charge Wayne Largo from the Feds' IG Office in Atlanta.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This author is a good new find...

  • By BarbJ1947 on 01-02-13

This author is a good new find...

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

Reviewed: 01-02-13

I enjoyed this one as much for its setting in the low country of South Carolina as for the story and characters, which were both a little different and quirky - just my kind of read. Who would have thought there was a story in a country bumpkin (!), a government mortgage lender and an Inspector General's investigator? Hope to see more of these characters as their relationship develops (or not).

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Blackberry Winter

  • A Novel
  • By: Sarah Jio
  • Narrated by: Tara Sands
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 250
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 212
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 216

Seattle, 1933: Vera Ray kisses her three-year-old son, Daniel, good night and reluctantly leaves for work. She hates the night shift, but it’s the only way she can earn enough to keep destitution at bay. In the morning - even though it’s the second of May - a heavy snow is falling. Vera rushes to wake Daniel, but his bed is empty. His teddy bear lies outside in the snow. Seattle, present day: On the second of May, reporter Claire Aldridge awakens to another late-season snowstorm. Assigned to cover this "blackberry winter" and its predecessor decades earlier, Claire learns of Daniel’s unsolved abduction and vows to unearth the truth.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty good story buried under turgid narration

  • By Anne on 07-11-13

Very interesting concept

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

Reviewed: 12-13-12

This was as unique a plot as I've seen in a long time, and I liked the shifts from present to past, but the it would have been much stronger without the ungainly coincidences. Good character development and good sense of the lives of the poor in the 1930s. Worth the time.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Duplicity

  • By: Vicki Hinze
  • Narrated by: Christy Lynn
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Captain Tracy Keener, a military attorney, is the by-name request counsel for Captain Adam Burke, a special ops officer accused of leading his team onto an active bombing range during a war-readiness exercise that leads to the death of his entire team. Burke says he was under direct orders to do what he did. The honchos deny it. But when Keener pushes and learns chemical weapons could have been involved, attempts on her life prove there's more than meets the eye in this case.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bad guys running the army? Really?

  • By BarbJ1947 on 12-13-12

Bad guys running the army? Really?

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

Reviewed: 12-13-12

Take your pick here - there are bad guys everywhere you look. But the real culprit is something of a surprise, and the heroine does way too much hand-wringing.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Dream of the Broken Horses

  • By: William Bayer
  • Narrated by: Dan Bernard
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

One hot summer afternoon a quarter century ago, a wealthy socialite and her young lover, a private school teacher, were gunned down in a cheap hotel room on the outskirts of the Midwestern city of Calista. Now, forensic sketch artist David Weiss has returned to his hometown to cover a routine celebrity murder trial for ABC. For someone who has earned a reputation for cracking high-profile cases with his portraits of suspects based on eyewtiness accounts, chruning out courtroom sketches is merely pedestrian work.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A real head-scratcher here

  • By BarbJ1947 on 12-13-12

A real head-scratcher here

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

Reviewed: 12-13-12

The symbolism of dreams is examined ad nauseum here, and the characters are a little odd, but on the whole, worth finishing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Edge of Black

  • Sam Owens, Book 2
  • By: J. T. Ellison
  • Narrated by: Joyce Bean
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 430
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 391
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390

Dr. Samantha Owens is starting over: new city, new job, new man, new life. She’s trying to put some distance between herself and the devastating loss of her husband and children - but old hurts leave scars. Before she’s even unpacked her office at Georgetown University’s forensic pathology department, she’s called to consult on a case that’s rocked the capital and the country. An unknown pathogen released into the Washington Metro has caused nationwide panic. Three people died - just three. A miracle and a puzzle....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A New Mystery Heroine Has Been Born!

  • By BarbJ1947 on 12-13-12

A New Mystery Heroine Has Been Born!

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

Reviewed: 12-13-12

This 2nd book in the series has another imaginative plot and the return of several complex and interesting characters. And Joyce Bean is a great narrator. Waiting for the next one.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful