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Helen

Rehoboth Beach, DE,United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Is Paris Burning?

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Larry Collins, Dominique Lapierre
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (31)

    Few moments in history are as stirring as the Allied liberation of Paris. Yet few people are aware of how narrowly, and how miraculously, the city escaped Hitler's secret plan to reduce it to ashes. Is Paris Burning? reconstructs, in meticulous and riveting detail, the network of fateful events, day by day, moment by moment, that saved the City of Light.

    David says: "A Heartwarming Story"
    "Difficult to follow"
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    Story
    What disappointed you about Is Paris Burning??

    I found the narrator's voice distracting. Plus the story jumped around so much with so many characters I felt lost quite often.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre again?

    Probably not


    What didn’t you like about Frederick Davidson’s performance?

    I found his voice very annoying.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    The topic is fascinating but unfortunately given how complicated it was a clearer story line would have been better.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Fatal Grace

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1016)
    Performance
    (671)
    Story
    (670)

    No one liked CC de Poitiers - certainly none of the residents of the village of Three Pines, each of whom CC had managed to offend. Therein lies the challenge for the Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Quebec, called in once again from Montreal to investigate murder in this hamlet. CC has been killed in an apparent electrical accident, and everyone in town has a motive, even the inspector's good friends.

    Patricia says: "Complex, but worthwhile...."
    "Wonderful writing, intriguing mystery"
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    Where does A Fatal Grace rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A Fatal Grace, along with the first entry in the Three Pines mystery series, is by far one of the best written, thought provoking mysteries I have read/listened to in the last several years.


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

    I had my suspicions about who was responsible but Ms. Penny kept me off balance to the very end.


    What about Ralph Cosham’s performance did you like?


    Ralph Cosham's narration was excellent. He gave each character a personality but he didn't over perform and risk undermining the beauty of the language.


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

    I actually wanted to prolong the listening because I loved the characters and the story and wanted to hang out with the folks of Three Pines as long as possible. When I finished A Fatal Grace I immediately ordered the third book in the series. I'll be interested to see if Ms. Penny can maintain the high quality of her writing and keep me interested in the wonderful characters she has created. Or will she, like other authors become too formulaic


    Any additional comments?

    I especially love the character of Ruth Zardo.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1750)
    Performance
    (1134)
    Story
    (1146)

    Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it's nothing more than a tragic hunting accident, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods.

    Sydney says: "a gentle mystery"
    "Literate murder mystery"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about Still Life?

    Louise Penny's writing is beautiful. Her observations about life were revealing and throughtful.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Still Life?

    The gentleness of the ending


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

    His narration was unobtrusiveness. He didn't take away from the beauty of the words.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me smile a great deal of the time as Penny skewered so many of the pretensions we find in modern day ife.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tehran Initiative

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (865)
    Performance
    (743)
    Story
    (758)

    The world is on the brink of disaster. Iran has just conducted its first atomic weapons test. Millions of Muslims around the world are convinced their messiah — known as the Twelfth Imam — has arrived on earth. Israeli leaders fear Tehran, under the Twelfth Imam’s spell, will soon launch a nuclear attack that could bring about a second Holocaust and the annihilation of Israel.

    Susan says: "Rosenberg does it again - couldn't put it down!"
    "Don't waste your time or money"
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    What disappointed you about The Tehran Initiative?

    The story was insipid. The plot was contrived and ther was very little to hold my attention.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Joel C. Rosenberg again?

    No


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

    The narrator was fine. The story was stupid.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Damage

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By John Lescroart
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (99)

    The Curtlees are a powerful force in San Francisco, unscrupulous billionaires who’ve lined every important pocket in the Bay Area in pursuit of their own ascent. So when the family’s heir, Ro Curtlee, was convicted of rape and murder a decade ago, the fallout for those who helped to bring him to justice was swift and uncompromising. The jury foreman was fired from his job and blacklisted in his industry. The lead prosecutor was pushed off the fast track, her dreams of becoming district attorney dashed.

    Helen says: "Falls far short"
    "Falls far short"
    Overall

    I have read/listened to several of John Lescroat's books, primarily the ones featuring Disma Hardy and enjoyed them. But this latest book falls short. The characters, many of whom will be familiar to readers of his previous works, are at best caricatures in this book. There is very little character development and the plot is flimsy at best. Don't bother with this one. Instead go back and listen to some of his earlier works.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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