Friday, November 26, 2010

Words of Silk

Words of Silk
Author: Sandra Brown
Narrated by Richard Fennone
5 discs (5.75 hours)

When Deke, a powerful New York lawyer, and Laney, a claustrophobic young woman, are trapped together in an elevator during a power blackout, these two strangers turn to each other for support.  When the lights come back on, instead of parting, they spend one passionate night together.  Now six months later, Laney is alone, pregnant, and determined to be self-sufficient.

Deke wants to keep her, and their child, in this life.  But it will take more than silken words to convince Laney that they belong together

The Black Echo

The Black Echo
Author: Michael Connelly
Reader: Dick Hill
12 discs (14 hours)

Homicide cop Harry Bosch takes on another case in this suspense novel, this one is  not just another statistic for Harry its personal as the murder victom is a former fellow "tunnel rat" from Harry's Vietnam days. 

Harry gets assigned to work with an enigmatic and seductive FBI agent,  whom he is forced to trust after he is under suspicion and being followed by others in his department.

I really enjoyed this book and look forward to read more of the "Harry Bosch" series. 

Friday, November 19, 2010

When The Wind Blows

When The Wind Blows
Author: James Patterson
Read by: Kimberly Schraf

This story you will probably either love or hate.  This is a story about a group of mistreated children who have been mutated to benefit a group of scientists.   Frannie O'Neill is a veternarian who stumbles across one of mutated children in the woods after the child escaped from the secret "school" they are locked in.  With no other options the girl has to trust Frannie to help her and her family/friends escape from this school.  Frannie soon learns that there are many people involved in this attempt to keep the half animal-half human children a secret,  and they kill anyone who has only even just seen the kids.  

Skipping Christmas

Skipping Christmas
Author: John Grisham
Read by: Dennis Boutsikaris

This is not your typical Courtroom drama from Grisham but make the plausible argument of "Skipping Christmas" when the Kranks decide to skip all the Christmas traditions for a year and go on a all-inclusive trip to the caribbean.  The idea sounds fantastic but find themselves hiding from friends and neighbors who are appalled by the idea of them not participating in the neighborhood festivities and parties. 

This book was also made into a movie which is hilarious, I dont know which I enjoyed more the book or the movie-both will have you laughing.  Its a fun read where at the end Luther and Nora Krank do find the real meaning of Christmas.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Chattery Teeth

Chattery Teeth
Author: Stephen King
Read by: Kathy Bates, David Cronenberg, Lindsay Crouse, Jerry Garcia
4 discs

This is a fun read by Stephen King including 4 short stories (1 story on each disc and each read by a different narrator). 

Disc 1: Chattery Teeth read by Kathy Bates
Disc 2: My Pretty Pony read by Jerry Garcia
Disc 3: Sneakers read by David Cronenberg
Disc 4: Dedication ready by Lindsay Crouse

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Crime Beat: A decade of covering cops and killers

Crime Beat
Author: Michael Connelly
Read by: Howard Samuel
8 discs

This is an interesting that is about the author and how he got into being a reporter and later novelist.  This is not one of his "Harry Bosch" novels but basically starts out with a story that led him into being a crime reporter and clippings of stories he covered on the "Crime Beat".

This is an Okay book but I picked it up thinking it was another of his detective novels, instead each chapter seems to discuss different cases that were encountered...its kind of  scattered a bit.  If you are interested in the behind-the-scenes of this writer than its a good book to pickup.  Be warned though that it is not a fiction detective novel that he is familiar with.

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Monday, November 15, 2010

C.J.'s Fate

C.J.'s Fate
Author: Kate Hooper
Read by: Traci svendsgaard
4 discs

C.J. Adams is sick of being teased from her long time friends about her lack of interest in finding a man, when she gets together with her 5 best friends for a ski trip she impulsively embraces a complete stranger, and develop a plan that they were secret lovers.  Although what starts as a plan to get her friends to stop hassling her about getting a man, ends up with both secretly falling for each other causing lots of feelings to erupt when they play this love game and dont know when the other is being sincere or just a show for her friends.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Ice: A Novel

Ice:  A Novel
Author: Linda Howard
Reader: Fred Sanders
Length: 5 hours (4 compact discs)
Publisher: Random House Audio
Release Year: 2009
Genre: Fiction
Categories: Romance

Officer Gabriel McQueen is ordered by his father; the county sheriff to look in on a neighbor woman who lives secluded in the mountains to ensure her safety before a big ice storm is going to hit the town.  Gabriel is hostile about making this trip and worried about getting stuck in the terrible ice storm that is coming.

The girl he is going to look in on is none other than Lolly Helton, the mayors daughter that Gabriel has known since high school and neither have ever been on good terms with each other.  However when he gets to Lolly's house Gabriel senses something is not right and discovers Lolly's home has been invaded by gunmen, resulting in her kidnapping, Gabriel must rescue Lolly all alone without backup to rescue this long lost girl he knew growing up.

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Its that time of year again-check out these fun gift ideas!

For the younger kids this is a Really fun book and truly unique from any other kids book I have seen before.  On the cover and Each page when you turn the page it has a flip-book effect where the pictures on the page seem to come to life.  Very cool and even for the kid thats hard on their toys the cover and pages of this book are very well made! Click on the link to the left and there is a video with Rufus Butler Seder (author) showing how the book works!

I absolutely Love this!!! It is the pefect gift that adds the personal touch to whoever you are giving it to.  The "book" listed in example to left is replaced with your own personal last name or last name of gift recipient.

Product Description
This book is part of the Our Name in History series, a collection of fascinating facts and statistics, alongside short historical commentary, created to tell the story of previous generations who have shared this name. The information in this book is a compendium of research and data pulled from census records, military records, ships' logs, immigrant and port records, as well as other reputable sources. Topics include:
  • Name Meaning and Origin
  • Immigration Patterns and Census Detail
  • Family Lifestyles
  • Military Service History
  • Comprehensive Source Guide, for future research
Plus, the Discover Your Family section provides tools and guidance on how you can get started learning more about your own family history.

About the Series
Nearly 300,000 titles are currently available in the Our Name in History series, compiled from Billions of records by the world's largest online resource of family history,

This Cookbook was just relased at the end of last month and is the cookbook of all cookbooks.  It offers over 900 pages of recipes that have been collected over the past 150 years; giving this book a nostalgic but also current feel to it. 

There is something for everone in this book; including recipes of varying difficulty so everyone will be able to make things out of it! 

There are recipes from many regions all over the world which is perfect when trying to recreate those recipes our mothers and grandmothers made when we were little.

Monday, November 8, 2010


Author: John Grisham
Read by: John Grisham

High school all-American Neely Crenshaw was probably the best quarterback ever to play for the legendary Messina Spartans. Fifteen years have gone by since those glory days, and Neely has come home to Messina to bury Coach Eddie Rake, the man who molded the Spartans into an unbeatable football dynasty.
Now, as Coach Rake’s “boys” sit in the bleachers waiting for the dimming field lights to signal his passing, they replay the old games, relive the old glories, and try to decide once and for all whether they love Eddie Rake – or hate him. For Neely Crenshaw, a man who must finally forgive his coach – and himself – before he can get on with his life, the stakes are especially high.

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Double Cross

Double Cross
Author: James Patterson
Read by: Jay Fernandez & Michael Stuhlbarg
Alex Cross Series

Alex Cross rejoins the DC police force to confront two of the most diabolical killers he's ever encountered.

Just when Alex Cross's life is calming down, he is drawn back into the game to confront a criminal mastermind like no other. The elaborate murders that have stunned Washington, DC, are the wildest that Alex Cross and his new girlfriend, Detective Brianna Stone, have ever seen. This maniac adores an audience, and stages his killings as spectacles in public settings. Alex is pursuing a genius of terror who has the whole city on edge as it waits for his next move. And the killer loves the attention, no doubt–he even sets up his own Web site and live video feed to trumpet his madness.

And in Colorado, another criminal mastermind is planning a triumphant return. From his supermaximum-security prison cell, Kyle Craig has plotted for years to have one chance at an impossible escape. If he has to join forces with DC's Audience Killer to get back at the man who put him in that cell–Alex Cross–all the better.

From the author Time magazine has called "the man who can't miss," Double Cross has the pulse-racing momentum and electrifying thrills that have made James Patterson a #1 bestselling storyteller all over the world.


"Patterson never, and I mean never, disappoints." (USA Today Larry King )

"James Patterson is king of the bestseller hill." (Publishers Weekly )

"Patterson has mastered the art of writing page-turning bestsellers." (Chicago Sun-Times )

"The Man Who Can't Miss." (Time Lev Grossman )

"When it comes to construction a harrowing plot, author James Patterson can turn a screw all right." (New York Daily News )

"America's #1 storyteller." (Forbes )
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Marley & Me

Marley & Me
Author: John Grogan
Read by:  John Grogan
The heartwarming and unforgettable story of a family in the making and the
wondrously neurotic dog who taught them what really matters in life
John and Jenny were just beginning their life together. They were young and in love, with a perfect little house and not a care in the world. Then they brought home Marley, a wiggly yellow furball of a puppy. Life would never be the same.
Marley quickly grew into a barreling, ninety-seven-pound streamroller of a Labrador retriever, a dog like no other. He crashed through screen doors, gouged through drywall, flung drool on guests, stole women's undergarments, and ate nearly everything he could get his mouth around, including couches and fine jewelry. Obedience school did no good—Marley was expelled. Neither did the tranquilizers the veterinarian prescribed for him with the admonishment, "Don't hesitate to use these."
And yet Marley's heart was pure. Just as he joyfully refused any limits on his behavior, his love and loyalty were boundless, too. Marley shared the couple's joy at their first pregnancy, and their heartbreak over the miscarriage. He was there when babies finally arrived and when the screams of a seventeen-year-old stabbing victim pierced the night. Marley shut down a public beach and managed to land a role in a feature-length movie, always winning hearts as he made a mess of things. Through it all, he remained steadfast, a model of devotion, even when his family was at its wit's end. Unconditional love, they would learn, comes in many forms.
Is it possible for humans to discover the key to happiness through a bigger-than-life, bad-boy dog? Just ask the Grogans.

Praise for Marley & Me
"...a very funny Valentine ... full of tail-thumping enthusiasm."
—   Janet Maslin, The New York Times
"What Grogan beautifully conveys in this book is the way a dog works himself into the texture of our lives, to the point that - for better or for worse - we can no longer imagine the day dawning without him. ... I defy any reader - friend or foe of dogs - to remain dry-eyed as Grogan tells how he and his family watched an aging Marley falter and realized that this irreplaceable friend would soon be taking his exit." —The Christian Science Monitor

"A funny, touching tribute to [a] 97-pound Lab who was as loyal and loving as he was disobedient." —People

"Grogan's book reminds me of Yorkshire veterinarian James Herriot's All Creatures Great and Small in the way that it gets at the heart of the animal-human bond, with humor and with pathos, in a deeply personal manner. Like Herriot, Grogan is a born storyteller." —The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Dog lovers will devour this hilarious, heartwarming story of a family and a family pet." —San Antonio Express-News

"A lively romp of a book... [Marley] showed others how to love fiercely and give freely, even as he barreled through life sniffing crotches and spewing drool. By digging deeper, you see that Marley's tale is really the story of a family in the making, with all the happiness and hurts that go with it." —The South Florida Sun-Sentinel

"Grogan tells a simple story of one family's life, a mostly typical family. But he does it so beautifully and the reader is drawn in by his voice until you become a part of his tale, shaking your head at Marley, laughing at his next indiscretion, delighting in his high points and worrying when things aren't going well. You'll understand the gift that Marley was to this family... Grogan has crafted a loving but unsentimental memory of his dog and what he meant to him, his wife and his children. And that's his gift to us." —The Birmingham News

"Marley & Me is an unvarnished look at the joys and tribulations of sharing your life with a dog. Grogan's account of his young family's first alfresco dining experience with Marley in tow had me laughing so hard I was afraid I'd wake the neighbors."—Asheville Citizen-Times

"As the owner of a 90-pound Bouvier who as a puppy routinely had me screaming on all fours in front of our entire obedience class, I laughed out loud reading John Grogan's hilarious description of his attempts to train his Lab Marley. As they say, No pain, no gain. Grogan's gain —and the reader's too —is Marley, a Hall of Fame dog if there ever was one."    --  John Burnham Schwartz, author of Reservation Road and Claire Marvel

"Expect to laugh, cry and shake your head as you read this book … Marley is a great and memorable dog, and in the hands of a writer as observant, unsentimental and piercing as Grogan, this is a human-canine journey dog lovers will want to take."    --  Jon Katz, bestselling author of A Dog Year and Dogs of Bedlam Farm

"Labrador retrievers are generally considered even-tempered, calm and reliable--and then there's Marley, the subject of this delightful tribute to one Lab who doesn't fit the mold. ... Grogan's chronicle of the...overly energetic but endearing dog is delivered with great humor. Dog lovers will love this account of Grogan's much loved canine." —Publisher's Weekly

"Grogan … offers a humorous and loving tribute to Marley (after Bob Marley), his late 100-pound yellow Labrador … Readers will delight in this tribute; recommended." —Library Journal


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Sunday, November 7, 2010


Authors: James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
Read by: Christian Rummel
6 compact discs

A breathtakingly beautiful supermodel disappears from a swimsuit photo shoot at the most glamorous hotel in Hawaii. Only hours after she goes missing, Kim McDaniels's parents receive a terrifying phone call. Fearing the worst, they board the first flight to Maui and begin the hunt for their daughter.

Ex-cop Ben Hawkins, now a reporter for the L.A. Times, gets the McDaniels assignment. The ineptitude of the local police force defies belief—Ben has to start his own investigation for Kim McDaniels to have a prayer. And for Ben to have the story of his life.

All the while, the killer sets the stage for his next production. His audience expects the best—and they won't be disappointed. Swimsuit is a heart-pounding story of fear and desire, transporting you to a place where beauty and murder collide and unspeakable horrors are hidden within paradise.


"Patterson never, and I mean never, disappoints." (USA TODAY Larry King )

"James Patterson is king of the bestseller hill." (Publishers Weekly )

"Patterson has mastered the art of writing page-turning bestsellers." (Chicago Sun-Times )

"The Man Who Can't Miss." (Time Lev Grossman )

"When it comes to construction a harrowing plot, author James Patterson can turn a screw all right." (New York Daily News )

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Fire Sale

Fire Sale
Author: Sara Paretsky
Read by: Sandra Burr
General Fiction
15 hours -12 discs

V.I. Warshawski may have left her old South Chicago neighborhood, but she learns that she cannot escape it.  When V.I. takes over coaching duties of the girls' basketball team at her former high school, she faces an ill-equipped, ragtag group of gangbangers, fundamentalists, and teenage moms, who inevitably draw the detective into their family woes.

Through young Josie Dorrado, V.I. meets the girl's mother, who voices her worries about sabotage in the little flag manufacturing plant where she works.  The biggest employer on the South Side, discount-store behemoth By-Smart, pays even less, and Ms. Dorrado doesn't know how she'll support her four children if the flag plant shuts down.

The elder Dorrado's fears are realized when the plant explodes; V.I. is injured and the owner is killed.  As V.I.  beings to investigate, she finds herself confronting the Bysen family, who own the By-Smart company.  When Billy Bysen runs away with Josie Dorrado, V.I. is squeezed between the needs of two very different families.  As she tries to find the errant teenages, and to track down a particularly cruel murderer, her own life is almost forfeit in the swamps that lie under the city of Chicago.

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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Second Chance

Second Chance
Author: Jane Green
Read by: Rosalyn Landor
General Fiction
11 hours, 41 minutes - 10 Compact Discs

A group of friends sit around a half-cleared dinner table.  Now in their late thirties, most haen't seen on another for years.  Paul, a handsome freelance journalist, is happily married to a grogeous fashion entrepreneur, but they're struggling-unsucessfully so far-t have children.  Saffron lives in Los Angeles; she's had many roles but is hoping for that one big break as she navigates a secret love affair with one of the most famous men in the world.  Olivia, always the wallflower of the group, runs an animal shelter in London and finds herself single afer her longtime lover walked ot.  And the hostess, Holly, is married to the perfect man, has two perfect children, and lives in the perfect house... or does she? 

When their friend Tom is killed in a terrorist attack the group gathers to morun, and as they do they rediscover the power of friendship, the politics of change, and the true meaning of a mid-life crisis.  Engrossing, mesmerizing and deliciously appealing, Second Chance will strike a chord with anyone who is still trying to figure life out. 

The Pelican Brief

The Pelican Brief
By John Grisham
(2999-CD) 9 compact Discs
Read by Alexander Adams

Late one October night, Justice Abe Rosenberg, at 91 the Supreme Court's liberal legend, is gunned down in his Georgetown home. Two hours later Myron Jensen, the court's youngest and most conservative justice, is strangled.  The country is stunned.  The FBI has no clues.

But Darby Shaw, a brilliant young law student and Tulane University, thinks she has the answer, She prepares a meticulous though very speculative brief that builds a strong case against a surprise suspect --  a suspect with very powerful friends who want Darby and "the pelican brief" she wrote out of the way for good!

"Takes suspense past the legal limit." (The New York Times)