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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-09-17

Riveting

Not enough superlatives for this magnificent book on events and personalities leading up to the 1968 American election and consequences.



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1 of 4 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-03-16

Excellent but tough subject

Excellent character development in this latest In Death with intriguing new characters joining Eve's work family.

The crimes, however, are exceptionally horrific. Rape figures prominently in the storyline and graphic descriptions of the crimes were difficult to listen to.

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14 of 15 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-21-15

The best one yet

Although more violent than the first two in the series, the development of the characters is superb. We learn a lot more about Robin's background in this book.

The mystery was wonderfully done and I didn't figure it out although it is fair play. Many will enjoy the references to Blue Oyster Cult rock lyrics.

The narration of the audible book was fantastic.

I couldn't imagine reading this book without having read the first two in the series and would recommend the books be read in order.

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66 of 78 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-26-15

Three Pines thriller

Listened to Audible book narrated by Robert Bathurst. Bathurst does a good job but his performance of Ruth sadly doesn't come close to Ralph Cosham's.

This novel is set in Three Pines but is not a straight murder mystery. Once again Gamache must save the world singlehandedly - a bit far fetched and tends to put this book more in the action thriller category.
Still it was an enjoyable listen but I am not sure I'll revisit this book anytime soon.

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8 of 10 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-27-15

Love the humor!

"You know you're having a bad week when the 911 operator recognizes your voice"

Wendy Darlin once again deals with bodies dropping around her and bad guys committing out there crimes - in this case a mummy in Florida. I absolutely love Barbara Silkstone's humor in naming her characters, giving them quirks, and in the dialogue she provides them.

Wendy is a great character who triumphs over shenanigans around her despite her intense fear of holes (mostly those in fabric, not in the ground.) Roger Jolly, her love interest, provides a great foil and comes across as a charming guy.

Recommended for those with a slightly warped, snarky sense of humor. Have a good time!

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-21-15

Patterns everywhere


Pattern Crimes is an interesting mix of an Israeli detectives hunt for a serial killer while delving into mysteries surrounding his own family. The Jerusalem of the book, even with its unique religious background, comes across to this reader as a big city with big city problems for cops. It is a very well-written police procedural offerring glimpses into Israeli life
I read on kindle voyage while listening to the audible book for several hours and I am glad I did as some of the Israeli names would have tripped me up had I not seen them in print. The kindle book is poorer for not having a table of contents and not having x-ray enabled. X-ray, in particular, would have been very helpful to check on past actions of a character.
The narrator, Dick Hall, did an outstanding job with the characters and the accents involved.
I bought the kindle book and received the audible book in exchange for an honest review through Audio Book Blast.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-15-15

Past Life Romance

Past Life Romance

Yesterday: A Novel of Reincarnation focuses on Amanda and Mark and their search to learn about their past lives in order to understand how it is affecting their present.

The novel is well-written but the main character, Amanda, comes off as flighty in parts of the novel. Mark is a bit too well versed in Gaelic and Irish lore for a current day Chicago native. It comes off as contrived after a while. If the goal was imbuing the story with authentic Irish characters and atmosphere, promoting the myth about corned beef and cabbage being an Irish dish rather than an Irish American dish could have been left out.

Despite these relatively minor irritations, the story was enjoyable overall. I bought the kindle book and was given the audible version by the author in exchange for a review. The narrator, Darlene Allen, did a fine but not outstanding job bringing voice to the various characters.

I alternated reading and listening through whispersync and the story line kept me intrigued enough to finish it in a day.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-13-15

Comedic science fiction buddy romp

Very entertaining sci-fi comedy as buddies discover Tesla's journel and travel through Interdimensions

The audience for this work would be males in their 20s. While I laughed quite a bit, the lack of distinctive voices for the two main characters sometimes made it hard to follow. There is a lot of profanity in this book's dialogue which some readers may find off putting.

I received this Audible book in consideration of an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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5 of 9 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-11-15

Nice refresher on Churchill

I have enjoyed other Charles River Press titles and found this short biography to be enjoyable and entertaining as well as educational.

My knowledge of Churchill's early years and family life was lacking and this title filled in some gaps for me. I thoroughly enjoyed the timbre and reverb of the upper class London accent of the narrator and felt he was a good match to the work.

Chapter 2 in the Audible book consisted of reading the chapter titles in the book. I found this a bit irritating and not easy to remember or use. If there had been a way to incorporate the written chapter titles into what is shown on the Audible app that would have been valuable especially when revisiting the book to re-listen to specific periods in Churchill's life.

I received this Audible book in consideration for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-09-15

Fabulous multi generational story

Short enjoyable book about a teenager and his grandfather on a route trip. Many philosophical and ethical concepts were discussed but it may be a spoiler to reveal more.

I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful