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Martha

Marfa, TX, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • A Case of Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Adam Mitzner
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1528)
    Performance
    (1317)
    Story
    (1330)

    A high-profile attorney in the middle of a leave of absence following a personal tragedy is drawn back into the legal arena amidst a media firestorm when he agrees to represent a popular rap artist accused of brutally murdering his pop star girlfriend. With its powerful voice, pause-resisting tension, and strong cast of characters, Adam Mitzner’s novels are reminiscent of such best-selling authors as Scott Turow and John Grisham.

    cristina says: "Excellent"
    "Story might be good, but didn't like narration"
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    What did you like best about A Case of Redemption? What did you like least?

    The story seemed good, but I had to quit listening early into it because of the narration.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Didn't make it to the end.


    What didn’t you like about Kevin T. Collins’s performance?

    The performance was "over acted" and rushed. Not natural. Too many frequent short breaths. (I thought breaths were typically edited out of today's audio books? I can't listen to ones where they're not. I become conscious of the breaths and they distract me from the story.)


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Maybe


    Any additional comments?

    I think the narrator has potential -- I just wish he would *relax*.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • I Hear the Sirens in the Street: A Detective Sean Duffy Novel - The Troubles Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (603)
    Performance
    (535)
    Story
    (530)

    A torso in a suitcase looks like an impossible case, but Sean Duffy isn’t easily deterred, especially when his floundering love life leaves him in need of a distraction. So with detective constables McCrabban and McBride, he goes to work identifying the victim. The torso turns out to be all that’s left of an American tourist who once served in the U.S. military. What was he doing in Northern Ireland in the midst of the 1982 Troubles?

    Dave says: "Utterly brilliant"
    "Great story, great writing, great narration"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because it's intelligent, witty, engaging, and the narration is perfect.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The characters were sympathetic, so I cared what happened to them. Also the writing was so witty and fun that I wanted to keep going -- was sorry when the book ended.


    Have you listened to any of Gerard Doyle’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've listened to Doyle's performances of all Adrian McKinty's books. He has a beautiful voice and accent that make the performance a pleasure to listen to -- he makes each book come alive.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, because I wanted it to last a long time.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish all writers had McKinty's knack for knowing just how much blood-and-gore to include and how to draw characters that the reader cares about. He brings intelligence, wit, humor, and humanity to every book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Falling Glass

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (1302)
    Performance
    (1035)
    Story
    (1026)

    Richard Coulter is a man who has everything. His beautiful new wife is pregnant, his upstart airline is undercutting the competition and moving from strength to strength, his diversification into the casino business in Macau has been successful, and his fabulous Art Deco house on an Irish cliff top has just been featured in Architectural Digest. But then, for some reason, his ex-wife Rachel doesn’t keep her side of the custody agreement and vanishes off the face of the earth with Richard’s two daughters. Richard hires Killian, a formidable ex-enforcer for the IRA, to track her down before Rachel, a recovering drug addict, harms herself or the girls.

    Cheryl says: "Hold on to your seat!!!"
    "Another terrific thriller from McKinty"
    Overall

    I've listened to McKinty???s ???Dead??? trillogy (???Dead I Well May Be??? is my favorite), and ???Fifty Grand.??? ???Falling Glass??? is another winner. All McKinty???s books have multidimensional characters and intelligent plots. ???Falling Glass,??? like the others, pulls you along with a fast-paced story, all-too-human characters, and???a key ingredient missing from many thrillers???wit. This book is the first of a series with a new protagonist, Killian, a former enforcer for the IRA, and I can???t wait to listen to the next book in the series. I hope it will be read by Gerard Doyle, who is the reader for all the other McKinty books I???ve listened to. Doyle is a terrific reader, perfect in every way.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Meaning of Night: A Confession

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Michael Cox
    • Narrated By David Timson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (244)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (58)

    "After killing the red-haired man, I took myself off to Quinn's for an oyster supper." So begins the extraordinary story of Edward Glyver - booklover, scholar, and murderer. As a young boy, Glyver always believed he was destined for greatness, and a chance discovery convinces him that he was right. Greatness does await him, along with immense wealth and influence. Overwhelmed by his discovery, he will stop at nothing to win back a prize that he knows is rightfully his.

    Angie says: "Boring and predictable but great narrator"
    "Terrific"
    Overall

    Fascinating, witty, it-was-a-dark-and-stormy-night story; well-drawn world of London in the mid-1800s; interesting characters. And the reader is wonderful--made the characters come alive. One of those rare books that I think I probably enjoyed listening to more than I would have enjoyed reading.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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