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Pashminky

Melbourne, VICTORIA Australia | Member Since 2004

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  • Sharp Objects

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Liza Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (53)

    When two girls are abducted and killed in Missouri, journalist Camille Preaker is sent back to her home town to report on the crimes. Long haunted by a childhood tragedy and estranged from her mother for years, Camille suddenly finds herself installed once again in her family's mansion, reacquainting herself with her distant mother and the half sister she barely knows - a precocious 13-year-old who holds a disquieting grip on the town.

    S. Brown says: "A sharp beginning"
    "Not her best"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn???t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I bought this on the strength of Gone Girl, but struggled with a turgid storyline that didn't have the trajectory of her more recent work. Also, it relishes in the nastiness of some of the characters (much like Gone Girl) that does little to make the story any richer or involving.


    Has Sharp Objects turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What three words best describe Liza Ross???s voice?

    Pleasant older female


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

    Disappointment


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Roseanna: Martin Beck Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    On a July afternoon, the body of a young woman is dredged from Sweden's beautiful Lake Vättern. Three months later, all that Police Inspector Martin Beck knows is that her name is Roseanna, that she came from Lincoln, Nebraska, and that she could have been strangled by any one of 85 people.

    Pashminky says: "A real find"
    "A real find"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Roseanna to be better than the print version?

    Detective fiction pared back to its simplest elements yet absolutely gripping plot. We have another depressed Scandinavian cop but this would be the original as it dates back to the mid 60s before mobile phones or any kind of modern technology. How refreshing!


    What other book might you compare Roseanna to and why?

    The girl with the dragon tattoo - similar methods used


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Live to Tell: A Detective D. D. Warren Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter, Rebecca Lowman, Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (963)
    Performance
    (556)
    Story
    (563)

    On a warm summer night in one of Boston’s working-class neighborhoods, an unthinkable crime has been committed: Four members of a family have been brutally murdered. The father—and possible suspect—now lies clinging to life in the ICU. Murder-suicide? Or something worse? Veteran police detective D. D. Warren is certain of only one thing: There’s more to this case than meets the eye.

    Erin says: "Live To Tell - 3.5 stars"
    "Excellent for all the right reasons"
    Overall

    I've listened to so many audio books over the years and this one in particular stands out. Lisa Gardner's short, clipped sentences work very well in audio format. The story moves at a cracking pace with just the right amount of detail. The other vital component is the excellent narrators, particularly the main voice who has a delivery that is crisp, wry and absolutely perfect. One of the best I've listened to.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Success Built to Last: Creating a Life that Matters

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jerry Porras, Stewart Emery, Mark Thompson
    • Narrated By Jerry Porras, Stewart Emery, Mark Thompson
    Overall
    (261)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (51)

    Imagine discovering what successful people have in common, distilling it into a set of simple practices, and using them to transform your company, your career, and your life. Written by three thought leaders in organizational development and self-improvement, including Built to Last co-author Jerry Porras, Success Built to Last challenges conventional wisdom at every step. It draws on face-to-face, unscripted conversations with hundreds of remarkable human beings from around the world.

    Don says: "Find your passion"
    "I lost interest fast"
    Overall

    Not much substance to this one idea - do what you love or you are doomed - which is delivered in a hard sell style which is a big turn off. I turned it off after hearing one of the writers attribute the term " irrational exuberance" to Alan Greenspan. Life's too short to listen any further

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Moo: Stop Trying to Be Perfect and Start Being Remarkable

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Seth Godin, The Group of 33
    • Narrated By Seth Godin
    Overall
    (448)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (39)

    The Big Moo is a simple audiobook in the tradition of Fish and Don't Sweat the Small Stuff. Instead of lecturing you, it tells stories that stick to your ribs and light your fire. It will help you to create a culture that consistently delivers remarkable innovations.

    Evgeny says: "Be remarkable? This isn't."
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    Although I find Seth Godin's writings useful and always provocative, this concept may sound appealing but the audio version is a fairly bland collection of forgettable sound-bite sized statements. Nothing stood out or was memorable in any way. Godin's more recent works are definitely more worthwhile.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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