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SnideSide

SnideSide

Full time RV'er, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • 10 reviews
  • 92 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 13 purchased in 2014
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  • Trojan Gold: The Fourth Vicky Bliss Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (101)

    Adventure and romance enter Vicky Bliss' life in the form of a black-and-white photograph of a woman covered from head to toe in gold jewels. This "Trojan Gold" has an intriguing history, but it is the envelope that piques Vicky's curiosity. It is a grimy brown, with no return address, and it appears to have been soaked in blood.

    SnideSide says: "Couldn't Stop Listening"
    "Couldn't Stop Listening"
    Overall

    The setting is a German museum, where our sleuth gets a photo of an ancient treasure in the mail. The envelope is tinged with blood and on closer inspection, the treasure in shown being worn by a contemporary woman....and our sleuth is off to a ski chalet in the mountains of Germany chasing clues. Followed by a known jewel thief and an unknown treasure hunter, Vicky tries to track down the ancient gold of Troy. She also has to worry about keeping her boss, a funny litte Santa of a man who fancies he is Sherlock Holmes, and herself safe. Amongst all this treasure hunting, we are treated to a wonderful description of Christmas in a small German town, and a variety of characters that are fun to meet. As usual, Barbara Rosenblatt is an awesome reader.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Where the Mountain Casts Its Shadow: The Dark Side of Extreme Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Maria Coffey
    • Narrated By Gemma Dawson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Without risk, say mountaineers, there would be none of the self-knowledge that comes from pushing life to its extremes. For them, perhaps, it is worth the cost. But when tragedy strikes, what happens to the people left behind? Why would anyone choose to invest in a future with a high-altitude risk-taker? What is life like in the shadow of the mountain? Such questions have long been taboo in the world of mountaineering. Now, the spouses, parents and children of internationally renowned climbers finally break their silence, speaking out about the dark side of adventure.

    Marci says: "Interesting story but the narrator ruined it"
    "Good story,terrible reader"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Maria Coffey and/or Gemma Dawson?

    I would try another book by the author but not by the reader. The reader mispronounces far too many words. If you are going to read about a subject, you should familiarize yourself with the pronunciation.


    What other book might you compare Where the Mountain Casts Its Shadow to and why?

    Into Thin Air would be the closest. There really aren't many books like Where the Mountain casts its Shadow. Unusual viewpoint.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Gemma Dawson?

    Barbara Rosenblatt, or several other readers.


    Was Where the Mountain Casts Its Shadow worth the listening time?

    Yes, enthralling.


    Any additional comments?

    Please keep mountain climbing and other outdoor adventures coming.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Watchers

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By J. Charles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1834)
    Performance
    (1098)
    Story
    (1113)

    From a top-secret government laboratory come two genetically altered life forms. One is a magnificent dog of astonishing intelligence. The other, a hybrid monster of a brutally violent nature. And both are on the loose....

    Katie says: "Great book; so-so narrator"
    "Sci-Fi that's scary & unusual & possible?"
    Overall

    The Government has bred 2 animals for strength, speed, intelligence and the need to kill one another. A single girl is being stalked by a nasty repairman who duplicates the key to her house. A man is going for a walk thru the woods and is stopped by a dog with unusually high mentality. The 3 meet, join together, and try to outrun the other creature who always seems to find them. Kept me up reading. Beginning was a little slow til they get the stalker out of the way.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By J. Charles
    Overall
    (256)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (96)

    In picturesque Moonlight Cove, California, inexplicable deaths occur, and spine-tingling terror descends to this "edge of paradise". Growing numbers of residents harbor a secret so dark it is sure to cost even more lives.

    Peggy says: "Just a bit much for me"
    "Scary, exciting, yet heartwarming too."
    Overall

    This story is, first & formost a terrifying story of one mans ego changing a town into something unknowable and horrible. The cat & mouse between these "changed people" and the normal is very exciting, esp when an 8 yr old girl takes them on to save her life. Heartwarming when a detective, a woman there researching her sisters death and the little girl meet up with a paraplegic man to take on the Boogyman and his horrid, terrible henchman. I have re-reaad the book and re-listened to the audio book. Good science fiction that seems like it could happen. I loved it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Snake Charmer: A Life and Death in Pursuit of Knowledge

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jamie James
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    One of the most brilliant biologists of our time, and a charismatic daredevil, Dr. Joe Slowinski had been obsessed with venomous snakes since his youth. In 2001 Slowinski led a team of young scientists deep into the wilds of Burma on a final tragic expedition. Immediately after being bitten by the many-banded krait, the deadliest serpent in Asia, Joe knew his life was in grave and imminent peril.

    Roy says: "A Strike!"
    "Riveting end"
    Overall

    The story and the history of the snakes are both very interesting. I was riveted at the ending. I would reccommend this book to anyone who loves adventure. Plus I have been reading about others - esp mountain climbers--who do death defying jobs or hobbies. There seems to be a string of mental attitudes or frame of mind similar in most of them that is out of the main stream "norm". Interesting once you find that and can see that these are a different type of people that give us armchair adventurers just what we want.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Curse of the Pharaohs: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1301)
    Performance
    (726)
    Story
    (723)

    The sun rides high over the British Empire and the light still sparkles brightly in Amelia Peabody's eye as she returns for her second adventure in archaeology and romantic mystery as recounted in her lively journal, The Curse of the Pharaohs.

    Michelle says: "So much fun!"
    "I want to get lost in their world"
    Overall

    I love the world of the Emersons in the tales of their earlier archaeological adventures. By turns hilarious and intersting, with bits of history that actually teach you. Emerson, the Father of Curses, and his wife Amelia are people I would really like to meet. Barbara Rosenblatt is an excellent reader and has become The Voice of Amerlia as far as I am concerned.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Trace Evidence: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Becka
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    It's a cold Cleveland November day when forensic trace evidence expert Evelyn James is summoned to the scene of a bizarre crime. A young woman has been forcibly drowned, her feet chained and sunk in cement. When a second young victim is connected to a prominent family, all hell breaks loose, and the police, and Evelyn, are up against it to find the murderer. Evelyn just wants to get the job done but is pulled into a web of conflicting loyalties, unexpected relationships, and professional betrayal.

    Sharon says: "Trace Evidence"
    "Disappointed"
    Overall

    The story was ok if you could get past the parent/child angst, the old loves angst, and the racial angst. The narrator was so boring that I could hardly stand to listen --you would have to be pretty desperate to listen to this voice for long. I have listened to at least 60 audio books and this was one of the worst narrtors ever. I made it through 4 tapes and had to take a break and listen to something else to even be able to finish it. I could not completely buy the killers reasons for the crimes. The forensics was fairly well done.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Crocodile on the Sandbank: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (2686)
    Performance
    (1479)
    Story
    (1473)

    Amelia Peabody inherited two things from her father: a considerable fortune and an unbendable will. The first allowed her to indulge in her life's passion. Without the second, the mummy's curse would have made corpses of them all.

    Carrie says: "Nice break from the usual-"
    "Great book... Great Reader"
    Overall

    I love the Egypt of Amelia Peabody Emerson & family. The books are sprinkled with fact and fiction and the Egypt of that era is so totally pictured that you could almost believe you were there. I read the books years before the audio came out. I got the audio as soon as it was available and wore out the tapes. Barbara Rosenblatt makes the Amelia of my imagination come alive... she is the perfect embodiment of that formidable Englishwoman. I totally love this audio book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Alienist

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Caleb Carr
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (54)

    A new breed of evil has come to old New York. The horribly mutilated body of a young male prostitute turns up in the East River in 1896. Reporter John Moore and his mentor Laszlo Kreizler decide to investigate.

    S. Waite says: "Scary...."
    "Better than the book"
    Overall

    This condensation of the book moves faster and is much more interesting for it. I love Edward Hermanns voice....he makes the book come alive.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Tail of the Tip-Off

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Rita Mae Brown
    • Narrated By Kate Forbes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    When the dead body of building contractor H.H. Donaldson is found in the parking lot during a basketball game, felines Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, along with Tucker the Corgi, know just what will happen next. Harry Haristeen can't help but try to solve the puzzle. Who could be the killer? Is it a mistress, an archrival, or Donaldson's ailing wife? Leave it to Mrs. Murphy and her gang to lead Harry right to the missing piece.

    SnideSide says: "Good entry in the series"
    "Good entry in the series"
    Overall

    I love this series, which is obviously cozy. This book is not only a good mystery, but moves the characters foreward in their relationships with each other
    As usual. I enjoy Kate Forbes as narrator. She IS Harrys voice.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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