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Paul J.

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  • A Reason to Believe

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Diana Copland
    • Narrated By Jack LeFleur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (251)
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    (240)
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    Detective Matthew Bennett doesn't believe in ghosts. So when the spirit of a murdered child leads him to her body, he's shaken to the core - and taken off the case. Unable to explain his vision, or to let go of the investigation, Matthew turns to renowned medium Kiernan Fitzpatrick. Though he has doubts about Kiernan's claims to communicate with the dead, Matt is nevertheless drawn to the handsome psychic, who awakens feelings he thought were long-buried.

    Christine says: "Skin Crawling"
    "Superb in every way."
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    What made the experience of listening to A Reason to Believe the most enjoyable?

    The story was both exciting, suspenseful, romantic, and beautifully written. I was on the edge of my seat.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Along with a crackling good plot, I loved the four main characters. These were people you can really care about, each in their own way - people I would welcome into my life in a heart beat.


    Which character – as performed by Jack LeFleur – was your favorite?

    Not an easy question, because they were all so engaging. I loved Kiernan, for his boyishness & mischievous qualities, but also for his empathy & caring, and a wisdom beyond his years. But equally strong cases could be made for the loyalty, courage and endearing qualities of the other three main characters: Matt and his sister in law, and Kiernan's sister Aiden.

    The author's ability to bring out the essence of her characters is uncanny - even in small things like the quirky humorous tee shirts that Kiernan loves to wear. I found myself laughing out loud in a number of spots, but also needing the kleenex at some of the more moving passages. Other times I was ready to cheer.


    If you could take any character from A Reason to Believe out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    It would be either Matt or Kiernan. That's a tough choice; they're both terrific characters for different reasons.


    Any additional comments?

    This is just an all around brilliant book. Truly first rate, with engaging characters you wish you knew, and a story line that never lets up. Many passages I simply had to listen to twice, or even three times, before allowing myself to go on. You just want to savor them. It's really that good.

    I hope Ms. Copland comes out with many more books. There's such a lot of mediocrity out there; we need more writing on this level. Finally, I can't imagine a more perfect dramatization than that delivered by Mr. LeFleur. He did justice to this wonderful, suspenseful, feel-good story.

    So I say again . . . just brilliant!

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  • Blue Days

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Mary Calmes
    • Narrated By Greg Tremblay
    Overall
    (63)
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    (62)
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    (62)

    Falling for a coworker is rarely a good idea, especially for a man getting a last chance at salvaging his career. But from the moment Dwyer Knolls sees the beautiful but socially awkward Takeo Hiroyuki, he seems destined to make bad decisions. Takeo's life is a string of failed attempts to please his traditional Japanese father. Unfortunately, succeeding in business turns out to be just as difficult for Takeo as changing from gay to straight.

    Heather K says: "Ehh on the story, but a great narration."
    "Such a Delight!"
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    This was a wonderfully written, feel good story with characters that leap from the page. In less than three hours of listening time I was completely transported to Dwyer and Takeo's lives, and happily so. At times I laughed out loud, and who would've thunk I'd need the kleenex by the end?

    I love the quirks in their characters that tell so much about them: i.e. how awkward Takeo is with people in his office, stiff and formal and honest to a fault - the proverbial wet blanket - even as he can't figure out why people don't seem to like him. And I was charmed by Dwyer's childish antics revealing his affection for him, like the time he sailed a paper airplane into Takeo's office - such great detail - he's still a boy at heart. That Takeo hasn't a clue what a truly good, lovable person he is was also painfully endearing.

    The setting of the story was written with conviction, forming the perfect backdrop for these two wonderful characters. Mary Calmes just nails the world of office politics with its assorted (and sometimes dubious and backstabbing) cast of characters and egos. But while a keen observer of the corporate world's harried, competitive side, Ms. Calmes doesn't give in to stereo-typically trashing it as a lesser writer might, but also perfectly describes the excitement and creativity that that world can also sometimes embody. Of course this is only the background for her romance, but for me a convincing setting is part of what makes a great story, and the setting here is fascinating in its own right, the perfect backdrop for drama.

    Finally, I'd be remiss not to acknowledge the truly stellar performance of the narrator, Greg Tremblay, who's inflections, accents, timing and obvious love for the characters made the story leap from the page. No overacting here - just the breath of life. He so completely "became" these characters that I can't imagine them being narrated by anyone else.

    This book is already one of my favorite listens, and I'll be returning to it again for sure. My thanks to Mary Calmes, Mr. Tremblay and all involved!

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