Betrayal

On November 19, 2021 By

Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show by Jonathan Karl
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This isn’t over. America is in serious trouble and our democracy is at stake. Betrayal reveals much of what we already know, but much we didn’t.

The most interesting […]

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The Paris Apartment

On November 19, 2021 By

The Paris Apartment by Kelly Bowen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Plot. Lia inherits a beautiful Paris apartment from her deceased grandmother; she had no idea the apartment existed. Her grandmother never spoke of Paris, let alone this apartment. Paintings are hidden behind a closet […]

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Magic Hour

On October 31, 2021 By

Magic Hour by Kristin Hannah
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Plot. A child psychologist with past failure is summoned by her police-chief sister to help out when a feral child is found. The kid is the stereotypical Hollywood version of the “feral child,” i.e., can’t […]

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There is Nothing for you Here

On October 31, 2021 By

There Is Nothing for You Here: Finding Opportunity in the Twenty-First Century by Fiona Hill
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Well written and narrated, this non-fiction story is part autobiographical, part an equality-for-women tome, and part a historical record of the Trump administration. A key […]

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Long Range

On October 29, 2021 By

Long Range by C.J. Box
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Plot. The local judge is targeted by an assassin, and his wife is shot instead. The judge is despised by most everyone, i.e., the defense lawyers, prosecutors, cops, and the myriad of people he’s imprisoned […]

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Bocephus Hanes

On October 25, 2021 By

Legacy of Lies by Robert Bailey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Bocephus Hanes is a secondary character in the McMurtrie and Drake Legal Thrillers by Robert Bailey. Legacy of Lies and The Wrong Side are spin-offs – Bocephus Hanes being the main character. These stories […]

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State of Terror

On October 21, 2021 By

State of Terror by Hillary Rodham Clinton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Plot. A new Secretary of State is confronted with nuclear threats, terrorism, repair of foreign relations, misogynistic leaders, and an antagonistic relationship with the new president. A catastrophic prior administration and a resulting […]

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Midnight in Washington

On October 19, 2021 By

Midnight in Washington: How We Almost Lost Our Democracy and Still Could by Adam Schiff
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A behind the scenes look at the Trump administration from the perspective of a congressional insider, Adam Schiff. This is documentation of recent history that […]

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To Sleep in a Sea of Stars

On October 17, 2021 By

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

The first ten hours of listening, which is as far as I care to go, tells the story of a researcher of alien worlds to determine the terraforming possibilities. Following […]

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Voyagers Series by Ben Bova

On October 4, 2021 By

Voyagers by Ben Bova
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

If you’re looking for a story of space, aliens, space travel, this is not your series. The review addresses Voyagers, Voyagers II, III, and The Return.

Plot. A spacecraft is approaching earth — no response to […]

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Forgotten In Death (In Death #53)

On September 25, 2021 By

Forgotten In Death by J.D. Robb
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Forgotten in Death is book #53 of the In-Death series by J.D.Robb (Nora Roberts). Narrated by Susan Ericksen, about 14 hours of listening.

This tale is about two murders – one recent (a homeless […]

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Peril by Bob Woodward

On September 25, 2021 By

Peril by Bob Woodward
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

IMO, America needs to understand “why it happened” – and “Peril” isn’t going to tell you – only that “peril continues”. Guess the “why” is still speculation and fodder for future books.

Much of “Peril” is […]

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Neal Corey Mysteries

On September 13, 2021 By

A Cool Breeze on the Underground by Don Winslow
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Neal Carey Mysteries consist of four novels, plus one novella, totaling approximately 40 hours of listening in unabridged audiobook format. All narrated by Joe Barrett, released from 2008 – 2011 […]

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Billy Summers

On August 27, 2021 By

Billy Summers by Stephen King
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

First, most important. This is not the usual King novel. No clowns, no scare jumps, nothing in the creepy-crawly typical horror genre of this author. It’s a psychological thriller about an assassin. But … a […]

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Montana Sky

On August 21, 2021 By

Montana Sky by Nora Roberts
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A wealthy Montana rancher leaves his entire estate to three daughters to be divided equally – a codicil of the will is that the three women live on and work the ranch together for one […]

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Mitch Rapp

On August 19, 2021 By

Total Power by Vince Flynn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

*Start rant* Vince Flynn has been dead for over eight years. Hey, Kyle? Stop using Flynn’s name to sell your books. *End rant*

Lethal Agent and Total Power, Book 18 and 19 respectively by Kyle […]

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Charles Jenkins Series

On August 15, 2021 By

The Eighth Sister by Robert Dugoni
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Plot. The Charles Jenkins series is a collection of CIA thrillers with a modern-day take on the never-ending cold war with Russia. Good guys, bad guys, thrills, chills, Russian resisters, Russian police and agents […]

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In Her Tracks

On August 6, 2021 By

In Her Tracks by Robert Dugoni
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In Her Tracks is Book 8 in the Tracy Crosswhite series of police procedurals. Although this is a series, you can jump in anywhere and enjoy a complete story with limited references to prior […]

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Never Far Away

On August 4, 2021 By

Never Far Away by Michael Koryta
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Plot. A happily married mother of two inadvertently contributes to the death of a family, an indirect witness to a murder. Her testimony results in the suicide åof the guilty party. His family/father is […]

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Falling

On July 31, 2021 By

Falling by T.J. Newman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Plot. Two Kurdish friends, having fled to the USA to escape poverty and live the American dream are suddenly grief-stricken and seek revenge. One kidnaps a woman and her kids, the other is on board a […]

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The Tracy Crosswhite Series is written by Robert Dugoni, narrated by Emily Sutton-Smith, All released by Brilliance Audio starting in 2015, seven novels to date.

Tracy Crosswhite, the main protagonist, is a Seattle homicide cop. Having successfully solved the 20-year-old murder of her sister in Book 3 of the series, Tracy is back on the […]

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I Alone Can Fix It

On July 26, 2021 By

I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump’s Catastrophic Final Year by Carol Leonnig
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There are serious elements herein that should stoke fear in the hearts and minds of Americans – regardless of your party.

An American president attempted a […]

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Frankly, We Did Win This Election: The Inside Story of How Trump Lost by Michael C. Bender
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The most interesting thing about the flood of books about Trump and his administration is the fact that there are no libel suits. […]

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Landslide

On July 19, 2021 By

Landslide: The Final Days of the Trump Presidency by Michael Wolff
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The most interesting thing about the flood of books about Trump and his administration is the fact that there are no libel suits. If the details, names, dates, etc., […]

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Red Sky over Hawaii

On July 14, 2021 By

Red Sky over Hawaii by Sara Ackerman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Plot. A woman in Hawaii finds herself as protector/caretaker to two German little girls, a Japanese old man, and a Japanese boy, in the days immediately following the attack on Pearl Harbor. Circumstances […]

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Dark Sky

On July 11, 2021 By

Dark Sky by C.J. Box
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Plot. Dark Sky is a Joe Pickett story. Joe is a Wyoming game warden. That sounds like a fairly innocuous career. Not so for Joe. Trouble always finds him. He’s a happily married father of […]

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Stars of Alabama

On July 10, 2021 By

Stars of Alabama by Sean Dietrich
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Plot. This is the story of Coot, the son of a hell-fire-and-brimstone abusive preacher, and Marigold, a woman with mysterious healing powers, and the religious tent revivals of the south. Personally, I did not […]

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Thomas Prescott Series

On July 7, 2021 By

Thomas Prescott Series: Premium by Nick Pirog
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This review covers 5 full-length novels – Unforeseen, Gray Matter, Afrikaans, Show Me, and Jungle Up.

Plot. Thomas Prescott has a storied past – once fired from a police force for punching out […]

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Across the Winding River

On July 6, 2021 By

Across the Winding River by Aimie K. Runyan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Plot. In 2007, Beth Cohen, the daughter of a widowed WWII veteran, Max, helps him search for the pregnant German girl she discovers in one of his old war photos. The woman […]

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Cherokee Pointe Trilogy

On July 6, 2021 By

The Fifth Victim by Beverly Barton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Plot. The series begins as an FBI agent on the trail of a serial killer arrives in Cherokee Pointe, Tennessee. A smallish town with a cast of quirky characters, including a psychic, her protective […]

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Cold Fear

On July 6, 2021 By

Cold Fear by Rick Mofina
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Plot. A couple and their young daughter go on a Glacier National Park hiking/camping trip. Mom needs to escape/face demons that have haunted her ever since a childhood tragedy. The daughter disappears during a spousal […]

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The Invitation

On July 6, 2021 By

The Invitation by Vi Keeland
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Plot. Girl meets boy sexy romance. Nothing is fade-to-black.

Liked. The initial meet of the couple happens as the lead female character crashes a glitzy wedding. Fun reading. The female lead character’s best friend is […]

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The Terminal List

On July 6, 2021 By

The Terminal List by Jack Carr
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jack Carr writes the series; Ray Porter narrates all. In sequence: The Terminal List 12 hours, True Believer 16, Savage Son 13, and The Devil’s Hand 15 hours. Released by Simon & Schuster in […]

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The Ice Limit Series

On July 6, 2021 By

The Ice Limit by Douglas Preston
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Ice Limit is actually a location in the Antarctic Ocean where ice meets the open sea. Seasonal storms rage, and waves can reach 200 feet. On a remote, Antarctic island off the coast […]

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The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The protagonist and narrator of The Clockmaker’s Daughter is a girl nicknamed Birdie. Escaping the law and an impoverished life in London, her father leaves for America to start a new life. Seven-year-old Birdie […]

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The Black Swan of Paris

On July 6, 2021 By

The Black Swan of Paris by Karen Robards
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It is 1944 Paris. The Black Swan is a hugely popular singer – and is an unknowing member of the French Resistance – a British officer is posing as her manager, using […]

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They Went Left

On July 6, 2021 By

They Went Left by Monica Hesse
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

They Went Left is a story of the Holocaust, the title a reference to the sorting of Jews, left to extermination.

Plot. Unlike most stories of the Holocaust, this story begins after WWII, 1945. […]

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Jeremy Winter Series

On July 6, 2021 By

Coming of Winter by Tom Threadgill
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jeremy Winter is a middle-aged FBI agent on the cusp of retirement. Each story has a beginning-middle-end murder mystery that comes to a satisfactory conclusion. No story is for the faint-of-heart, as Jeremy’s FBI […]

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The Secrets of Love Story Bridge by Phaedra Patrick
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A Harlequin romance about padlocks on bridges. A widower’s job is to remove the locks.

The Secrets of Love Story Bridge by Phaedra Patrick, narrated by Matthew Lloyd Davies, just over […]

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The Professor by Robert Bailey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Plot. Tom McMurtrie is a law professor forced into early retirement by nefarious nonsense that will give you characters to hate. Tom passes on a case to a brilliant young law student who eventually becomes […]

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Win

On July 6, 2021 By

Win by Harlan Coben
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Windsor Horne Lockwood III – or Win, is exactly what his name indicates. Ridiculously rich, spoiled, entitled, pompous, selfish – but add to that incredibly handsome, physically fit, and smart. Some will like him, others will […]

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The Four Winds

On July 6, 2021 By

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A familial tale of American history from the early 1920s to 1940. The Four Winds touches briefly on prohibition’s repeal but is primarily the journey of Elsa Martinelli and her two children through The […]

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Unnatural Causes

On July 6, 2021 By

Unnatural Causes by Dawn Eastman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Plot. A woman overdosed, and the prescription came from a general practice doctor at a local clinic. Everybody knows everybody and their business in this small town, and whispers mingle with rumors and gossip gone […]

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Timeless Moments

On July 6, 2021 By

Timeless Moments by Michelle Kidd
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Plot. In 2014, Jack moves into a Victorian home and, through letters exchanged in a window bench nook, begins to correspond with a young woman who also lived in the home – 100 years ago. […]

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A Stitch in Time

On July 6, 2021 By

A Stitch in Time by Kelley Armstrong
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A very complex story that is somehow easy to follow. In modern-day, an American woman, a professor, returns to a huge old house in Ireland that she inherited. She used to time-travel play […]

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The Silent Patient

On July 6, 2021 By

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

A psychological thriller. A woman spends years mute, angry, and locked in an institution – all assuming that she is crazy. Not so. By the end of the story, you’ll learn why.

Liked. The […]

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The Haunting of Brynn Wilder by Wendy Webb
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Following her mother’s hospice care and death, Brynn retreats to an inn on the shores of Lake Superior to recharge. Brynn is a modern literature professor seeking some downtime. She is warmly […]

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The Writing Desk

On July 6, 2021 By

The Writing Desk by Rachel Hauck
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Liked. The Writing Desk is two stories, one about a modern-day author – the other, an early 20th-century author. Both with writer’s block and love-life woes. And…they both have an antique desk, the same […]

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The Tale of Halcyon Crane

On July 6, 2021 By

The Tale of Halcyon Crane by Wendy Webb
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Tale of Halcyon Crane is a ghost story. Halcyon, a young woman raised by a single father, is contacted by a lawyer from an island in the Great Lakes. She has […]

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The Postman

On July 6, 2021 By

The Postman by David Brin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Yes. This is the book on which the Kevin Kostner movie is based, and the original novel was published in the mid-1990s. Read the book, it’s better.

That said, the story takes place sixteen years […]

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