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WESTFIELD, MA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Blue Monday: Frieda Klein, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Nicci French
    • Narrated By Beth Chalmers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (431)
    Performance
    (385)
    Story
    (385)

    Frieda Klein is a solitary, incisive psychotherapist who spends her sleepless nights walking along the ancient rivers that have been forced underground in modern London. She believes that the world is a messy, uncontrollable place. The abduction of five-year-old Matthew Farraday provokes a national outcry and a desperate police hunt. And when his face is splashed over the newspapers, Frieda cannot ignore the coincidence: one of her patients has been having dreams in which he has a hunger for just such a child.

    William says: "Terrific!"
    "Didn't see that coming!"
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    Where does Blue Monday rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is probably one of the best audiobooks I have listened to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Alan's character was one of my favorites because the turmoil he was experiencing was almost palpable and I found myself really feeling for him. This is not to say the others weren't memorable as well - Matthew drew me in and Freida herself was such a strong figure.


    What does Beth Chalmers bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator's voices for the different characters was so spot on...I could picture each of these characters as Chalmers moved in and out of them during conversations. She brought a different type of clarity to the book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Riveting all the way to the last word!


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend the story itself and- as an audiobook - OUTSTANDING! I am downloading the next in the series as soon as I finish this review!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Moonrise

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Cassandra King
    • Narrated By Jennifer James Bradshaw, Willow Hale, Elle Newlands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (110)

    When Helen Honeycutt falls in love with Emmet Justice, a charismatic television journalist who has recently lost his wife in a tragic accident, their sudden marriage creates a rift between her new husband and his oldest friends, who resent Helen's intrusion into their tightly knit circle. Hoping to mend fences, the newlyweds join the group for a summer at his late wife's family home in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.

    Philip Miller says: "Not sure what all the complaints are about..."
    "UGH!"
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    Horrible performance - so horrible I couldn't even finish the book. It was very hard to get past the grating narration. Don't often find a book I don't like, but I happened upon it this time!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23160)
    Performance
    (9795)
    Story
    (9866)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Why didn't I read this when it first came out??"
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    Loved this story and all its twists and turns. The narrator did an excellent job of giving each of the characters a voice. I was riveted to this story and can't wait to listen to the next book in this trilogy. Outstanding!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (6372)
    Performance
    (5805)
    Story
    (5813)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Nothng crazy about this Cuckoo!"
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    This book is INCREDIBLE! I love the author's style of writing and the narrator's many voices makes this riveting and dramatic. I have not even finished reading it and I wanted to review it because that is how strongly I feel about it. I would listen to this narrator and this author again in a minute! I can't wait for another piece of work from this author and I plan to seek out other work from this narrator to enjoy. Read this - you won't be disappointed, I guarantee it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Gatsby

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Jake Gyllenhaal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3121)
    Performance
    (2856)
    Story
    (2878)

    F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel of the Roaring Twenties is beloved by generations of readers and stands as his crowning work. This new audio edition, authorized by the Fitzgerald estate, is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain). Gyllenhaal's performance is a faithful delivery in the voice of Nick Carraway, the Midwesterner turned New York bond salesman, who rents a small house next door to the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby....

    Darwin8u says: "Simple, Beautiful, and Exquisitely Textured"
    "Meh"
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    Would you try another book from F. Scott Fitzgerald and/or Jake Gyllenhaal?

    I think it was the author's writing style that turned me off so I would probably not do another book by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I would give Gyllenhaal another shot at narration.


    Has The Great Gatsby turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not necessarily turned me off, but I will be more selective if I can.


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe I was just expecting more because of the upcoming movie trailers. This was just an OK (barely OK) experience for me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Harbor: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2348)
    Performance
    (2006)
    Story
    (1993)

    In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.

    Amazon Customer says: "Best in the Series"
    "New favorite!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Anybody who likes mysteries would love this book.


    What other book might you compare Broken Harbor to and why?

    All of Tana French's books address not only the murder mystery at hand but does a spectacular job of describing Ireland, it's characters and you feel as if you know them both very well


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

    No


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Get your fix!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angela's Ashes

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Frank McCourt
    • Narrated By Frank McCourt
    Overall
    (2513)
    Performance
    (1296)
    Story
    (1302)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: There’s no gentle way to put this – Frank McCourt’s performance of Angela’s Ashes is just better than the Pulitzer Prize-winning book. Frank McCourt shares his sometimes heartwarming, sometimes heartbreaking story of growing up poor, Irish, and Catholic in the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir Angela's Ashes.

    Karen says: "A classic book *and* a classic audiobook"
    "Angela would be proud!"
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    If you could sum up Angela's Ashes in three words, what would they be?

    Narration was brilliant


    What did you like best about this story?

    Narrator being the author made this a moving and powerful piece of work.


    What does Frank McCourt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The voice of the author is what made this story more than just a sad, tragic, often funny retelling of his youth. I don't think I would have enjoyed this book as much if I just read it or if someone else was narrating it. I purchased the CDs for my travelling friends just so they could experience this great piece of work.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The pervasiveness of poverty was very moving.


    Any additional comments?

    The highest of all audible recommendations I could give it! I look forward to listening to the sequel "'Tis".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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