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Norma

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  • Seabiscuit: An American Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (473)
    Performance
    (352)
    Story
    (354)

    Seabiscuit was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history and the single biggest newsmaker in the world in 1938, receiving more coverage than FDR, Hitler, or Mussolini. But his success was a surprise to the racing establishment, which had written off the crooked-legged racehorse with the sad tail.

    K. Knutsson says: "Best book ever!"
    "Racing fan or not..."
    Overall

    Will move you, educate you, entertain you and make you feel part of this amazing adventure and the intriguing people involved. When finished, check UTube to watch actual footage of the races. The story of Seabiscuit will stay with you for a long time. More than worth your credits.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Retribution

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Val McDermid
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (89)

    World-class crime writer Val McDermid has sold millions of copies of her books worldwide. In The Retribution, clinical psychologist Tony Hill and detective Carol Jordan face a terrifying reality: Serial killer Jacko Vance has escaped imprisonment - and appears hell-bent on revenge against those who put him behind bars.

    Ruth says: "Very disappointed"
    "One of her best"
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    Where does The Retribution rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I am a fan of Val McDermid, and especially the Tony Hill, Carol Jordan works. This is one of her best, continuing the story of Tony, Carol and her team in Bradford.


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

    Tony makes one of the worst mistakes of his life!


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

    Wonderful mastery of the characters.


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

    Not your average serial killer, take a friend to see it with you.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Inquisitor's Key: A Body Farm Novel, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jefferson Bass
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (43)

    Miranda Lovelady, Dr. Bill Brockton's protégé, is spending the summer helping excavate a newly discovered chamber beneath the spectacular Palace of the Popes in Avignon, France. There she discovers a stone chest inscribed with a stunning claim: Inside lie the bones of none other than Jesus of Nazareth. Faced with a case of unimaginable proportions, Miranda summons Brockton for help proving or refuting the claim. Both scientists are skeptical but evidence for authenticity soon grows stronger.

    Norma says: "You go a long way before a story"
    "You go a long way before a story"
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    What disappointed you about The Inquisitor's Key?

    I love Jefferson Bass and always anticipate his new books. But-this is just too long, drawn out, and frankly you begin not to care. Tom Stechschute is as always great, but the French accent is grating.


    Would you recommend The Inquisitor's Key to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, try one of the prior books, they are wonderful.


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

    Great, except for the French accent. Ugh.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Inquisitor's Key?

    Stop going backwards and forwards.


    Any additional comments?

    Will await his next book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Rope: An Anna Pigeon Mystery, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Nevada Barr
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (449)
    Performance
    (370)
    Story
    (362)

    Thirty-five years old, fresh off the bus from New York City, and nursing a shattered heart, Anna Pigeon takes a decidedly unglamorous job as a seasonal employee of the Glen Canyon National Recreational Area. On her day off, she goes hiking into the park never to return. Her co-workers think she’s simply moved on - her cabin is cleaned out and her things gone. Anna herself wakes up, trapped at the bottom of a dry natural well, naked, without supplies and no clear memory of how she got into this situation. As she slowly pieces together her memory, it soon becomes clear that someone has trapped her there....

    karen says: "Great book, no question. But...."
    "If you like simile after simile..."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    You will like the book. Minimal dialogue, excessive filler.


    What was most disappointing about Nevada Barr’s story?

    Even though this is an


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance was good, just the material to work with.


    Any additional comments?

    Will listen to Blind Descent and Super Death again to get this out of my mind.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Vault: An Inspector Wexford Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (81)

    The impossible has happened. Chief Inspector Reg Wexford has retired. He and his wife now divide their time between Kingsmarkham and a coachhouse in Hampstead belonging to their actress daughter, Sheila. For all the benefits of a more relaxed way of life, Wexford misses being the law. But a chance meeting in a London street, with someone he had known briefly as a very young police constable, changes everything. Tom Ede is now a detective superintendent, and is very keen to recruit Wexford as an adviser on a difficult case.

    Norma says: "This said it is unabriged, but is it"
    "This said it is unabriged, but is it"
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    As usual, a good story by Ruth Rendell...but I recognize it from a much longer story in which we see the murders, the sealing up of the door, the artists and his girlg\friend 30 years before, and much more which I shall not give away. So, I am not sure what is going on.
    If you are a Ruth Rendell reader, I assure you - you have read this.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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