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Falls Church, VA, United States
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  • Chaos

  • A Scarpetta Novel
  • By: Patricia Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,712
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,528
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,527

In the quiet of twilight, on an early autumn day, 26-year-old Elisa Vandersteel is killed while riding her bicycle along the Charles River. It appears she was struck by lightning - except the weather is perfectly clear, with not a cloud in sight. Dr. Kay Scarpetta, the Cambridge Forensic Center's director and chief, decides at the scene that this is no accidental act of God. Her investigation becomes complicated when she begins receiving a flurry of bizarre poems from an anonymous cyberbully who calls himself Tailend Charlie.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Another chance, another disappointment.

  • By Lonna on 11-24-16

Incredibly tedious slow moving, irritating book

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

Reviewed: 02-14-17

Patricia Cornwell is turn her one time heroine into an arrogant self-centered piece of work. I quit right reading Cornwell for several years this book reminded me why K Scarpetta is no longer anybody I want to be around.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The River of Doubt

  • Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey
  • By: Candice Millard
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,700
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,447
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,460

At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt's harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • River of Doubt

  • By Steve1290 on 11-12-05

Very intense

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

Reviewed: 10-14-16

Well researched and written, this is not for the faint of heart. Be prepared to trek the Amazon Rain Forest . Even though you think you know the ending Millard
has suspense dangling from every tree. I highly recommend this book, but be warned this is not a frivolous book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 'Crooked House' & 'Endless Night'

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 706
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 647
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 645

Two standalone novels from the queen of mystery, Agatha Christie. From the sprawling Leonide family to dark moors, no one can spin a mystery quite like she can. In Crooked House, the Leonides are one big happy family living in a sprawling, ramshackle mansion. That is until the head of the household, Aristide, is murdered with a fatal barbiturate injection....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Typical VS Unexpected

  • By Tomsde on 01-17-13

This is a twofer. Beware of bargains.

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

Reviewed: 02-07-15

Crooked House is vintage Christi, and worth the time.
Endless night is endless with a mundane and predictable ending,

10 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Sacred Clowns

  • By: Tony Hillerman
  • Narrated by: Christian Baskous
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251

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

Delightful Chee and Leaphorn

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

Reviewed: 02-07-15

The beginning of a great collaboration and a long term friendship. Much Tano, Hopi and Navajo culture.
All in all a bang up good mystery with crackerjack detective work . This is a repeater!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • And Then There Were None

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,344
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,697
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,675

Ten strangers are lured to an isolated island mansion off the Devon coast by a mysterious "U.N. Owen". At dinner a recorded message accuses each of them in turn of having a guilty secret, and by the end of the night one of the guests is dead. Stranded by a violent storm, and haunted by a nursery rhyme counting down one by one...one by one they begin to die. Who among them is the killer? And will any of them survive?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dan Stevens is genius

  • By Markie Ross on 09-17-15

Too Dark

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

Reviewed: 02-07-15

As a Agatha Christi fan I was not prepared for the darkness of this novel. I was thinking more along the lines of Poirot and Marple . I shall carefully read reviews from now on.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Hardcastle's Actress

  • Hardcastle Series
  • By: Graham Ison
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

The new Detective Inspector Hardcastle mystery - When the body of actress Victoria Hart is found in the early hours of Christmas Day, Hardcastle and Marriotts investigations lead them to the Beaux Belles revue, where a scantily clad Victoria persuaded young men to enlist with the promise of a kiss. It seems the alluring actress had many admirers, and when the recruiting sergeant is found dead, a link to the army can no longer be ignored...

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • good setting idea but novel didn't gel

  • By connie on 12-30-13

Ploddingly predictable

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

Reviewed: 05-11-14

I want to like this series. I started with Hardcastle's Burglar. I wish I had saved my money on this one. I just do not think the author likes women. So far I have listened to four of this series, and the mystery always seems to revolve around whores. If you start with that premise you can soon figure "who dunnit"
The performance however; is always spectacular . How the actor keeps track of the varied characters mystifies me.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Last King of Texas

  • A Tres Navarre Mystery
  • By: Rick Riordan
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149

The adventures of Tres Navarre, P.I. and Ph.D., continue to attract fans who love their spicy humor and suspense. When two English professors are killed in quick succession at the University of Texas at San Antonio, Tres is asked to finish teaching the semester’s literature classes. All he has to do is keep his investigation of the murders quiet and stay alive long enough to grade the final essays.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Last King of Texas

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-07-16

Not the Riordan I love

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

Reviewed: 01-26-13

I am an adult, but I love Riordan's youth novels. This is too heavy, but I would not slam it except for the language. I get very tired of hearing the same word over and over.and over.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Rose Rent

  • The Thirteenth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael
  • By: Ellis Peters
  • Narrated by: Nadia May
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

A late spring in 1142 has the Abbey monks dismayed, for there may be no roses by June 22nd. For three years, the wealthy young widow Judith Perle has rented her house to the monks for the price of a single rose each year. When nature finally complies, a pious monk is sent to pay the rent—and found murdered beside the hacked rose-bush.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ellis Peters in top form

  • By Milton on 08-30-12

Ellis Peters in top form

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

Reviewed: 08-30-12

This is a repeater. The narrator put me off at first, but she did a first rate job. Sister Magdalen is back with another of her spectacular rescues and Cadfael contrives a happy ending from very little cloth. If you like Cadfael this is a safe bet.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Raven in the Foregate

  • The Twelfth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael
  • By: Ellis Peters
  • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128

After years of studying with the Bishop, young Father Ailnoth has come to take over the parish of Holy Cross. But soon Ailnoth's true nature surfaces - harsh, cold-hearted, and merciless - and someone lures him from his home and murders him. Who in Shrewsbury would kill a priest on Christmas Day?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Slow start and similar to previous stories

  • By LCNanny on 11-13-18

Not Thrilled

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

Reviewed: 08-30-12

I usually enjoy listening to Cadfael mysteries over and over, but I found this formulaic and disjointed. The dialog which is usually close to poetry just plods, and the plot was predictable.
The butter on the bun though was a mushy ending to a totally improbable story.

The performance was dead on, just not much to work with.

I Hesitated to write this so I listened again. It just isn't there.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Greatest Minds and Ideas of All Time

  • By: Will Durant
  • Narrated by: John Little
  • Length: 3 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 447
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 282
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 275

Best-selling historian and philosopher Will Durant devoted his entire life to studying the most significant eras, individuals, and achievements of human history. Here is a summation of Durant's work, as he presents the best of world history. Filled with Durant's renowned wit, knowledge, and unique ability to explain events in simple and exciting terms, it is a concise liberal arts education.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Summary

  • By Arthur Pendragon on 02-07-16

Kinda like Wagner " not as bad as it sounds"

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

Reviewed: 06-22-12

I bought this dispite the negative reviews. I am a total Durant fan. Read the History of the World, Yup that one.The first bit is great and engrossing, 100 greatest books does not make a great read. This might be better in hardcover. But have been through it twice and will plunge in again. I prefer books good for read after read, this qualifies , but you better like Durant.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful