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Author: Mary Higgins-Clark

Another great book by Mary Higgins-Clark. She keeps you interested throughout and does such a good job of always making the book suspenseful right up until the end.

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Author: James Mahaffey

Nuclear Physics has always interested me.  I studied it in college, but thankfully did not go into that field.  That said when I came across this new book, I was hooked immediately.  The sheer number of atomic accidents that have occured since scientists have studied this field astounds me.  They are small, large and many that the general public never heard about.  The author passes on an understanding of the design and history of reactors and  the scientists and engineers that created them.  If you have an interest in nuclear power, weapons and energy take the time to read this book. Very entertaining to the scientifically inclined.

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Title: Wolf Hall
Author: Hilary Mantel

Henry VIII wants a divorce and will stop at nothing to get it, although he needs reassurance that his eternal soul is not at risk. In steps Thomas Cromwell. The conflicts between politics and religion, the nobility and commoners, and logic and blind faith are at work throughout this vast novel. The central character of the book is Thomas Cromwell, who rises to power because of his shrewdness and ability to understand human nature. His relationship with Henry VIII is both rewarding and dangerous in a society where enemies of the king and the church are routinely burned at the stake, hanged, and beheaded. It's a complicated story with many characters, settings, and conflicts, but readers with an interest in English history and the people who shaped the 16th century will appreciate it.

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Author: Laura Griffin

This was my first Laura Griffin book and I will try more. This was a quick read and held my attention.  An unerring mix of suspense, police procedures, and romance, THREAD OF FEAR had vivid, interesting characters that made for a very satisfying romance.

Forensic artist Fiona Glass is the best in the business-- which is why she's quitting, or at least trying to.  She hates the drawbacks of being a police sketch artist and really just wants to retire so she can concentrate on her own painting.  Then the next phone call comes and the pleading and begging and the desperation she hears in the voices of the law enforcement officials sends her resolve crashing to the ground and she’s right back in the middle of another investigation. Graingerville Police Chief Jack Bowman needs Fiona and he's certain she's the only one who can help solve an 11 yr old rape case that has similarities to a new crime in his district involving a missing girl. No matter how nicely Fiona turns down his request, Jack will not take no for an answer. Jack can be very determined when he puts his mind to it.

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Title: Bossypants
Author: Tina Fey

In need of some humor, I listened waiting to get my fill. There were some laugh out loud moments (her responses to comments made online about her) but was definitely expecting more from the Saturday Night Live star. The real surprise was her reveal about her facial scar. I hadn't noticed it and thought it showed some strength for her discuss it and weave it into her humor.

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Author: Bob Saget

Bob Saget has two personas. The first is the sweet neurotic television father in the 90's tv show Full House and the other is a colorful standup comedian. Bob writes about his life before he was famous, his road to stardom and all the personal losses in his life. This is a great book for Bob Saget fans. I love the behind the scenes stories.

Author: Bill O'Reilly

I am a self-proclaimed history buff, and so I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  I thought that I knew all that there was to know about the Kennedy Assassination, but I still learned some new facts in reading this book.  It is a non-fiction book, written as fiction, and I personally thought that it was fantastic.  I could't put it down, and was up way to late many nights reading (even though I knew how the book was going to end.)  If you enjoy non-fiction history books, this is a definite must read, if you don't, I would still recommend it, it's that good. 

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Title: Allegiant
Author: Veronica Roth

Allegiant is the third and final book in the 'Divergent' Series.  I loved the first two books, Divergent and Insurgent, the final book of the series, however, was a little disappointing to me.  I don't want to give anything away, in case any of you reading this review have not made it to the end of the series yet . . . But, I just felt that the series could have ended differently.  It was still a good book, and the series is definitely worth it, I was just disappointed in the ending. 

Author: Emily Giffin

Baby Proof is a quick read about the perfect couple who were happily married and truly in love.  Claudia and Ben didn't want children, and that made, among other things, made them perfect for each other.  Then, their close friends have a baby, and Ben decides that he wants one too, Clauida still doesn't, and the couple divorces.  After months of being sinlge and back on the dating scene, Claudia realizes that she still loves Ben, so much, that she is willing to do anything to get him back, including having a baby.  Ben also realizes that he loves Claudia enough to give up his dream of having a child, if it means being with her. 

This was a read-in-one-weekend kind of book that I really enjoyed.  Emily Giffin has a way of taking so called 'chic-lit' and making it just a little bit deeper and have a little bit more substance. 

The Quest

Audiobook Review
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Title: The Quest
Author: Nelson DeMille

Loooong book. 16 discs. There were parts of it that I thoroughly enjoyed and other parts that were really off the storyline and very long in unnecessary detail. Not my favorite Mr. DeMille book.