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Susan

Oakland, CA, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • Ghostwalk

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Rebecca Stott
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    A Cambridge historian is found drowned, clutching a glass prism in her hand. The book she was writing about Isaac Newton's involvement with alchemy remains unfinished. When her son, Cameron, asks his former lover, Lydia Brooke, to ghostwrite the missing final chapters of his mother's book, Lydia agrees and moves into Elizabeth's house. Soon Lydia discovers that the violence that has fallen across present-day Cambridge may have its origins in the troubling evidence that Elizabeth's research has unearthed.

    txkimmers says: "More of a stroll"
    "Disappointed"
    Overall

    Based on the description and subject matter, I had high hopes for this book. Is it historical mystery, modern romance, or supernatural thriller? It suggests all, but never satisfies any of these genres. Unfortunately, by using the past tense throughout, the author fails to build and maintain any suspense for the romance, the mystery, or the thriller. The "historical" context of the story is given short shrift and is presented fairly academically. Much of the story focuses on the relationship between the narrator and her former lover, but it is hard to care what happens to them because we always know the relationship is not going anywhere. All of the important facts necessary to solve the "mystery" tumble out in the last few chapters. So, skip the middle. Aw heck, skip the whole thing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Underground City

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Jules Verne
    • Narrated By John Bolen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    How can humans survive and prosper 1,500 feet below the earth's surface? Jules Verne successfully weaves a dark yet magnificent story into this equally dark world.

    Susan says: "A Middling Tale"
    "A Middling Tale"
    Overall

    As a longtime Jules Verne fan, I was looking forward to this story. I was happy with the tale itself, although the narrative structure could have been more active. Unfortunately, I was not impressed by the reader's lack of a decent Scots accent.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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