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Norma A. Pierce

Mysterious Grace

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5

  • Taming a Sea-Horse: A Spenser Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    Robert B. Parker takes listeners into the murky big-city underground. Spenser undertakes an intense search for a beautiful, missing prostitute, and finds himself traveling amidst the sleaze of Times Square, where sex is a commodity, and young girls are the currency.

    Richard Delman says: "Parker and Prichard are always fun."
    "Parker Perfect"
    Overall

    Love Spenser as well as Jesse. All the books are fine, and this is no exception.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • In the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4551)
    Performance
    (2607)
    Story
    (2608)

    As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

    Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

    Barbara says: "A near-flawless audiobook (but for one thing...)"
    "Off to a slow start"
    Overall

    Loved Tana French's latest mystery, so I set about to listen to them all starting with this first one. I'm just starting Part II, and I will say it's picking up. Part I was disappointing. The most distracting part was (1) the emphasis on the love interest between what's-his-name and Cassie and (2) the incredibly effeminate protagonist/narrator. I keep expecting him to finally discover he's gay -- but so far he is resolutely loving Cassie and he keeps referring to his past hetero affairs. The characterization either is badly flawed or there's a big "surprise" coming in Part III. Not that I mind a gay protagonist, and I'm not longing for torrid sex scenes. I just don't appreciate a heterosexual (or any other character) who isn't believable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Tony Horwitz
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (40)

    When prize-winning war correspondent Tony Horwitz leaves the battlefields of Bosnia and the Middle East for a peaceful corner of the Blue Ridge Mountains, he thinks he's put war zones behind him. But awakened one morning by the crackle of musket fire, Horwitz starts filing front-line dispatches again - this time from a war close to home, and to his own heart.

    Dianna says: "Not a Book to be Kept in the Attic"
    "If only it was all there"
    Overall

    The book is so great -- and more timely today than when it was first published. My only sadness is the abridgment. I wanted it all. Had to go buy the printed book to fill in the blank spots.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Crazy School

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Cornelia Read
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (20)

    Madeline Dare has traded in the drudgery of life in backwoods Syracuse, New York, for work as a teacher at Santangelo Academy, a boarding school for emotionally disturbed teenagers in the Berkshires. Behind the ornate gates of the academy, she finds a disturbing realm where students and teachers must follow the dean's bizarre therapies.

    Molly says: "Great narration"
    "A good read and well read"
    Overall

    A good story, and about that reader -- I guess you either love her or hate her. I find her story telling exactly right for the deadpan humor of the first person fictional narrator. I loved her in the first Cornelia Read I bought, so I was not dissuaded by the negative reviews. I suggest trying the samples.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Field of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Cornelia Read
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (23)

    Madeline Dare, a tough-talking, shotgun-toting ex-debutante, is not your average detective. Then again, not much about her life is what she expected. Born of old money into high society, she married into a Syracuse farming family and a bottom-of-the-food-chain job writing puff pieces for the local newspaper. Her emotional barometer these days ranges from dry irony to whining exasperation.

    Jovanna says: "A lot of fun"
    "Great narration"
    Overall

    This is a pretty good book, though rambling in Part II, but the narrator is smashing. Great timing. Numerous distinct voices. A new favorite for me.

    1 of 1 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
    (22923)
    Performance
    (9568)
    Story
    (9642)

    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"
    "Wonderful"
    Overall

    I almost didn't buy this based on a couple of reviews that said it dragged at the beginning. Oh, my. Not for me. I love this almost as much as John Sandford, and that is saying a LOT.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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