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  • Live Wire: A Myron Bolitar Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (822)
    Performance
    (421)
    Story
    (429)

    Myron Bolitar has always dreamed about the femme fatale walking into his office and asking for help. The woman standing in his doorway has killer curves all right: She’s eight months pregnant, which kind of ruins the fantasy. Former tennis star Suzze T and her rock star husband, Lex, are both clients, and over the years Myron has negotiated his share of contracts for the power pair. But now Lex has disappeared and Suzze is in tears, fearing the online rumors questioning the baby’s paternity have driven away Lex.

    Donald says: "The narrator is important"
    "A real downer"
    Overall

    First off....I love the Myron Bolitar books and eagerly awaited this one. But what a downer. The humor one expects in a Bolitar tale was greatly lacking and the ending left me with a "What?????" I think this must be the swan song for this character or that Mr. Coben is just simlpy tired of this series. It ended, 'not with a bang, but only a whimper.' I can't even begin to imagine how he will come back and in what form and, even, now, "WHY?" I am soooooo disappointed.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Dinner: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Herman Koch, Sam Garrett (translator)
    • Narrated By Clive Mantle
    Overall
    (1031)
    Performance
    (903)
    Story
    (912)

    It's a summer's evening in Amsterdam, and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner. Between mouthfuls of food and over the polite scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse - the banality of work, the triviality of the holidays. But behind the empty words, terrible things need to be said, and with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened. Each couple has a 15-year-old son. The two boys are united by their accountability for a single horrific act; an act that has triggered a police investigation and shattered the comfortable, insulated worlds of their families.

    Jane says: "Dining at its most distubing"
    "Ponderous and pretentious"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    When I complained about this book to my sister, who had already read it, she said, "Stay with it, you'll love it." Well I did and I didn't. I kept waiting for it to get better, but the characters were totally unlikeable (and not in a good way) . I did really like the narrator, particularly when he said, "Serrrge" which sort of told me what he thought of Serge, too!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skeletons at the Feast

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Chris Bohjalian
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (78)

    In January 1945, in the waning months of World War II, a small group of people begin the longest journey of their lives: an attempt to cross the remnants of the Third Reich, from Warsaw to the Rhine if necessary, to reach the British and American lines.

    Among the group is 18-year-old Anna Emmerich, the daughter of Prussian aristocrats. There is her lover, Callum Finella, a 21-year-old Scottish prisoner of war who was brought from the stalag to her family's farm as forced labour.

    glamazon says: "War from the inside out"
    "A well constructed story from beginning to end."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The subject matter (near end of WWII) is not a fun plot, but the sensitivity and compassion shown in Chris Bohjalian's accounting is memorable. The charcters all had three dimensions and were memorable, no matter how small their parts. The trek accross Germany by the central family was arduous but brought out the strengths and yes, some of the weaknesses they embodied. Uri was the quintiesstial survivor,& the love story between Collum and Anna rang touchingly true. Mutti was the Mother Courage of the group. The story of the Jewish girls being marched from one camp to another was brutal, but leant a realism and a contrast to all the refugees fleeing. I loved this book. I have 'read' Double Bind by this author (which was very different but nonetheless compelling) and look forward to listening to his other ones. The book was finely crafted and extremely well written.....This guy really knows how to write!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silkworm

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4174)
    Performance
    (3852)
    Story
    (3851)

    When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

    H James Lucas says: "A well-worn genre enlivened with fresh characters"
    "Not for the faint hearted...including me!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I loved the first Cormoran Strike mystery and eagerly looked forward to this one. It failed totally. Gone was the endearingm fkaw-filled hero and in came the most grizzly descriptions I've encountered of late. The death scene was overdrawn, word-painted for effect and so disturbing, Likewise, the reading of the manuscript bordered on the obscene and did nothing to enhance the story. I finally had to just stop lietening to it. I've loved her writings up until this book and I'm afraid I will be very leery of trying another Cormoran Strike book. I am so disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6214)
    Performance
    (5381)
    Story
    (5375)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Reviews were overly enthusiastic -"
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    In spite of the wonderful reviews this book seemed to get from everyone, I found it fair to middling at best. There were too many characters and stories and that just muddied up what could have been a good story, but I'm not sure which of the stories was the good one! ....and Richard Burton? PLEASE. I did finish it because I kept hoping it would get better, but it never did.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4362)
    Performance
    (3735)
    Story
    (3734)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Kelli N. Perkins says: "Still Thinking About This Tale Weeks After"
    "One of the most riveting books I've listened to."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Such a wonderfully constructed novel. It wasn't until the end that I realized that the testimony between Andy and Loguidice did not refer to Jacob, but was the testimony at the end concerning what his wife did. Also, other things were not spelled out comlpletely adding to the spine tingling 'creepiness...such as Andy and Laura hearing a cat screaming and not even beginning to understand what might be going on. This was better than having an explanation the next day. Jacob's actions were so consistent with the diagnosis of antisocial personality disorderand yet no one picked up on it, including the psychologist . Andy's blind spot for his son was tragic, particularly as he could NEVER come to grips with it. Laura's conflict of loving her son but feeling that he might be guilty was a terrible conflict fo her until the end she could see no other choice. The psyschological implications and symtpoms were superb. One of the best books I've listened to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Uninvited Guests: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Sadie Jones
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    One late spring evening in 1912, in the kitchens at Sterne, preparations begin for an elegant supper party in honor of Emerald Torrington's twentieth birthday. But only a few miles away, a dreadful accident propels a crowd of mysterious and not altogether savory survivors to seek shelter at the ramshackle manor - and the household is thrown into confusion and mischief. The cook toils over mock turtle soup and a chocolate cake covered with green sugar roses, which the hungry band of visitors is not invited to taste. But nothing, it seems, will go according to plan.

    Cidney says: "And You Think You’re Haunted By Your Past!"
    "I can't believe I listened to this whole book!!"
    Overall
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    What disappointed you about The Uninvited Guests?

    There were really three books in this one book....and none of them had any real effect on the other. There was the 'romance' part, there was the 'ghost part, and there was the little girl with the pony part. And they flipped back and forth so it was hard to hold a thought.

    The writing was ponderous and at times pretentious and rather than move the plot along, it slogged, and slogged. The use of similies became overpowering and useless....again, dragging the plot down. I think I kept reading it hoping it would turn out better, but it never did and at the end it was so bad, it was almost good in its badness.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'm looking forward to Beautiful Ruins


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kate Reading’s performances?

    Possibly


    What character would you cut from The Uninvited Guests?

    Oh dear.....which ones? The pony perhaps? None of the characters were at all likeable, but not so unlikeable that they were interesting


    Any additional comments?

    I think I've said it all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lifeboat: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Charlotte Rogan
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gibel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (149)

    Grace Winter, 22, is both a newlywed and a widow. She is also on trial for her life. In the summer of 1914, the elegant ocean liner carrying her and her husband, Henry, across the Atlantic suffers a mysterious explosion. Setting aside his own safety, Henry secures Grace a place in a lifeboat, which the survivors quickly realize is over capacity. For any to live, some must die. As the castaways battle the elements, and each other, Grace recollects the unorthodox way she and Henry met and the new life of privilege she thought she'd found.

    Amazon Customer says: "Lord of the Flies on the Water"
    "Lots of hype that didn't deliver"
    Overall
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    Story
    What didn???t you like about Rebecca Gibel???s performance?

    She had a somewhat annoying voice and her delivery didn't add to the story at all.


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

    Disappointment. There had been lots of press hype on this book, so i was looking forward to it. The story was quite disjointed and the frequent time shifts didn't help that at all. I kept waiting for background information on the characters, the ship, etc., but all I got were a lot of dangling ends that never got tied up....one or two of those are OK, but a long series of them left me "at sea". I never really developed an affinity to any of the people on the life boat.....they were so one dimensional and I really didn't care who went overboard when. It could have been a fantastic story, but as it was it was just mediocre.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stay Close

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2016)
    Performance
    (1673)
    Story
    (1680)

    Three people living lives they never wanted, hiding secrets that even those closest to them would never suspect, will find that the past never truly fades away. Even as the terrible consequences of long-ago events crash together in the present and threaten to ruin lives, they will come to the startling realization that they may not want to forget the past at all.

    Robin says: "Why did I think I liked Harlan Coben novels?"
    "Riveting story, sleep producing narration."
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I'm a long time fan of both Harln Coben and Scott Brick, but I had to check the web site again to check on the narrator (thought I had been mistaken). This was not up to his usual skills in narration....so much of the time he read in a breathy style that really began to get on my nerves. What changed? Actually, as the story gained more momentum and suspense, I was bothered less by the narration. The story was good (although a little confusing at first until I got everyone straight) anf then it got better and better. What a VAST improvement over his last Myron Bolitar story, which left me quite angry at him! A pretty good 'sit-longer in-the-parking-lot, drive-around -the-block-twice thriller

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thérèse Raquin

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Emile Zola
    • Narrated By Kate Winslet
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (921)
    Performance
    (842)
    Story
    (830)

    Once upon a time, a teenaged Kate Winslet (The Reader, Titanic, Revolutionary Road) received a gift that would leave a lasting impression: a copy of Emile Zola’s classic Thérèse Raquin. Six Academy Award nominations and one Best Actress award later, she steps behind the microphone to perform this haunting classic of passion and disaster.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Winslet, Satisfactory Story"
    "Superlative in every way"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Th??r??se Raquin the most enjoyable?

    This is my favorite 'classic' and I have read it many times, but hearing it in this recording made the characters really come to life. One could almost smell the Seine and hear the cacophony of sounds coming from the Arcade.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I don't think any of the characters were particularly likeable, but all were full blown, flawed human beings and as such were interesting and tragic.


    What does Kate Winslet bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Kate's reading of this conveyed her love for the novel and her various intonations, rhythm and emotion for the words and the story really brought it to life. She really drew me in to the story and made me feel a part of the novel. She truly breathed life into these tragic characters.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of best read books I have bought from Audible. I can't wait to listen to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pyramid and Four Other Kurt Wallander Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (328)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (151)

    The Pyramid is the long-awaited addition to Henning Mankell's critically celebrated and internationally best-selling Kurt Wallander mystery series: the book of five short mysteries that takes us back to the beginning. Here are the stories that trace, chronologically, Wallander's growth from a rookie cop into a young father and then a middle-aged divorcé, illuminating how Wallander became a first-rate detective and highlighting new facets of a now canonical character.

    Corinne says: "Pyramid story is extraordinary"
    "The Narrator spoils the story"
    Overall

    I have loved the PBS Wallander series and eagerly anticipated starting from the beginning to learn more about Wallander. While the story was intriguing, the narrator was so off putting that I had a hard time continuing to listen to it. His monotone recitations were sleep inducing (not a good thing when listening while driving) and his inflections never changed no matter what was happening to the plot. There was little difference in the character voices and his female voice was downright disparaging. Although I have other Wallander books on my 'wish list' I doubt I'll get them based on what I foound to be horrible narration. I'd rather 'read' them. Very disappointing.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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