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Wanda

Creuse, France | Member Since 2004

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  • 28 reviews
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  • 299 titles in library
  • 14 purchased in 2014
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  • Inkheart

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Cornelia Funke
    • Narrated By Lynn Redgrave
    Overall
    (1890)
    Performance
    (719)
    Story
    (722)

    Imagine it were possible to bring the characters from a book to life. Not like when you listen to an audiobook with such enchantment that the characters seem to jump off the pages and into your bedroom...but for real. Imagine they could actually climb out of the pages and into our world. Then imagine if those characters brought their world into ours.

    Cynthia Lee Reneau says: "EXCELLENT!!"
    "Ok, but..."
    Overall

    I quite enjoyed the book especially for the first couple of hours. Unfortunately I kept on waiting for something else to happen. The idea certainly had potential but I found it wasn't developed enough. The characters were believable, I only wish the plot lived up to their characterisations.
    Basically my review is 'good, but...'

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Lake

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (142)

    Stuart Woods, the best-selling author of L.A. Times and Heat, has created a haunting thriller full of ghostly images, murder and old family secrets. Part detective story, part ghost story, part Southern gothic - this absorbing novel will fascinate listeners as a small town’s present, past and future converge.

    Ted says: "You like the mystical? Maybe this is for you."
    "First 'lad lit' I've ever experienced."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I had to search on the Internet for the male equivalent of 'chick lit'. The definition should have had this book as an example.
    I've not even finished the book, but I felt that I really had to write this review. (I will finish it if only because other reviewers have said there's something interesting at the end).
    The main character falls in and out of relationships and beds like changing books at a library. The spooky bit's confusing and slotted into descriptions of marathon sex sessions. The cliffhangers are... there. Often.
    Under the Lake? I'm merely underwhelmed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stonecutter

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Camilla Läckberg
    • Narrated By Eamonn Riley
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    The remote resort of Fjällbacka has seen its share of tragedy, though perhaps none worse than that of the little girl found in a fisherman's net. But the post-mortem reveals that this is no case of accidental drowning…. Local detective Patrik Hedström has just become a father. It is his grim task to discover who could be behind the methodical murder of a child both he and his partner, Erica, knew well. He knows the real question - and answer - lies with why.

    jacqueline says: "Bad writing and bad narration"
    "Almost every clichéd character under the sun!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Note - there may be some spoilers in this review.
    I listened to the end and I quite enjoyed the story - it was an agreeable way to pass the time.
    Was it a great listen? No.
    Was I waiting with bated breath for the denouement? No.
    Will I get another book by this author? Probably not.
    Why?
    There were an awful lot of clichés with the characters: the mother with postnatal depression, the religious fanatic, the controlling mother, the abused child, the bumbling policeman, the mentally challenged young man, the child abuser (nothing to do with the abused child), the battered wife...
    Need I go on?
    There were also bits of the story that seemed totally disconnected. Maybe they related to an earlier book so then they would make sense? I got the feeling they were there to pad out the book or make way for a sequel.
    Finally, the narration was good except for some pauses that to me, seemed to be in the wrong places.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Blood of Crows

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Caro Ramsay
    • Narrated By James MacPherson
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    DI Colin Anderson is having a bad week. His conviction of paedophile Skelpie Fairbairn is declared unsafe, putting Fairbairn back on Glasgow's streets. Then a succession of strange crimes - a gangster torched alive; a teenage boy tortured then dropped off a bridge; a police suicide; a young girl tied to the river bank and left for the tide – leave Anderson with his hands full and questioning whether this array of evils are all, somehow, linked.

    Wanda says: "Gruesome - unfortunately."
    "Gruesome - unfortunately."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book is gruesome, not only because of what happens in the story, but also because it's a comment on the world we now live in.
    I can't say it was enjoyable - it was gripping though.
    I wouldn't recommend it to the fainthearted, but it isn't a horror book in the classic sense.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Moon Pool

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Max McCoy
    • Narrated By Reed McColm
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Time is running out for Jolene. She's trapped by a madman, held captive, naked, waiting only for her worst nightmares to become reality. Her captor will keep her alive for 28 days, hidden in an underwater city 400 feet below the surface. Then she will die horribly, just like the others. Jolene's only hope is Richard Dahlgren, a private underwater crime scene investigator. He has until the next full moon before Jolene becomes just another hideous trophy in the killer's surreal underwater lair.

    Fran B says: "Outstanding"
    "A good way to pass the time"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I wouldn't say that this book's outstanding. However, it was a very enjoyable listen, especially when driving.
    The subject matter was new to me, but not once did I get lost in the technical details.
    I'll read more by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Canticle: The Psalms of Isaak, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Ken Scholes
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, William Dufris, Eliza Foss, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (57)

    It is nine months after the end of Lamentation. Many noble allies have come to the Ninefold Forest for a Feast in honor of General Rudolfo's first-born child. Jin Li Tam, his wife and mother of his heir, lies in childbed. As the feast begins, the doors of the hall fly open and invisible assassins begin attacking. All of Rudolfo's noble guests are slain, including Hanric, the Marsh Queen's Shadow. And on the Keeper's Gate, which guards the Named Lands from the Churning Waste, a strange figure appears.

    James says: "Encore, Encore"
    "Too much thinking going on!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I enjoyed the first book immensely, so looked forward to listening to the second.
    The same characters are there with a few new ones. The narrations are interesting and relevant. The plots thickens. And yet... I found myself fast forwarding through passages as characters - well - just thought too much.
    There was too much introspection to my taste and especially when some of the characters started thinking the same things!
    I may go for the abridged version for the next one, which is normally not something I do.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Earth, Air, Fire and Custard

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Tom Holt
    • Narrated By Ray Sawyer
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    J.W. Wells seemed to be a respectable establishment, but the company now paying Paul Carpenter's salary is in fact a deeply sinister organisation with a mighty peculiar management team. Paul thought he was getting the hang of it (particularly when he fell head over heels for his colleague Sophie), but death is never far away when you work at J.W. Wells, unlike the stapler - that's always going AWOL. Our love-struck hero is about to discover that custard is definitely in the eye of the beholder. And that it really stings.

    Wanda says: "Entertainingly nuts"
    "Entertainingly nuts"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Another totally off the wall story with a serious undertone.

    I found it amusing rather than outright comical and the reader was on top form.

    It was probably just a tad too long.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • City of Veils

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Zoe Ferraris
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    In the maze of narrow streets, a faceless killer hides... The burkha-clad body of a young woman is discovered on the grimy sands of Jeddah beach. Investigating policeman Osama Ibrahim, forensic scientist Katya Hijazi and her friend, the strictly devout Bedouin guide Nayir Sharqi join forces to search out the truth in the scorching city streets and the vast, lethal emptiness of the desert beyond.

    Sarah says: "enjoyable read"
    "Another good one"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Once again the author managed to transport me to a country and culture that I know very little about.
    I love the two main characters and how the classic 'who done it' and secondary 'romantic interest' play out with all the differences that a strict Muslim grime can create.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deity

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Steven Dunne
    • Narrated By Gareth Armstrong
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    A brilliant new serial killer thriller from a hugely talented British author to rival the best from Mark Billingham, Peter James and Peter Robinson. When four Derby College students are reported missing, few in Derby CID, least of all DI Damen Brook, pay much attention. But then a film on the internet is discovered purporting to show the students committing mass suicide. If it's real, why did they kill themselves when they had such bright futures ahead of them?

    Wanda says: "Different"
    "Different"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Enjoyable listen with well-rounded characters and a good plot.
    It's always a good book when I don't fast forward a bit because the part I'm listening to doesn't hold my interest. This one held my interest right to the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Happy Days

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Graham Hurley
    • Narrated By Tim Pepper
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Bazza Mackenzie, Pompey’s top criminal, is now beyond reach of DI Joe Faraday. Hungry for power and profile, Bazza decides to stand for Portsmouth North in the general election. And his campaign is taking the city by storm. But politics is an expensive business and so Bazza turns to ex-cop Paul Winter to call in a multi-million pound drug debt. Winter, though, is facing a nightmare of his own and knows his time with Bazza has to end.

    Wanda says: "Frustrating - in a good way"
    "Frustrating - in a good way"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I didn't want to get this book because of what happened at the end of the last one in the series, but then I had to for the very same reason - if that makes sense!
    The end was satisfying, but I also feel slightly cheated for some reason and I think that's due to the story line reflecting life rather than bad writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death's Door

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Jim Kelly
    • Narrated By Roger May
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    On a hot August day in 1994, 76 holidaymakers travel to an island off the North Norfolk coast. Only 75 return alive - a young man is murdered, the case left unsolved. Twenty years later, using state-of-the-art forensics, the DNA results of a blood-soaked towel prompt DI Peter Shaw to summon all 75 original suspects to a mass screening. But one of them is found dead in her bed. Is there a link to the 1994 murder? DI Shaw and DS Valentine become immersed in the secrets of an isolated community.

    Wanda says: "Enjoyable if somewhat confusing"
    "Enjoyable if somewhat confusing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I tend to listen to my books in the car, so only do so with half an ear. A couple of times I had to go back as I was certain I'd missed something because what I was hearing didn't quite make sense. I learnt that in fact, it was they way the story's written that means having to listen further for everything to fall into place.
    The descriptive passages were excellent and I could feel myself there.
    The detective's disability (I won't mention it here for obvious reasons) almost seemed like an afterthought and didn't add anything to the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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