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Diane

Mill Valley, CA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • The Bartender's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Ivan Doig
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (398)
    Performance
    (352)
    Story
    (354)

    The Bartender' s Tale stars Tom Harry and his 12-year-old son, Rusty, who live alone and run a bar in a small Montana town in the early 1960s. Their lives are upended when Proxy, a woman from Tom's past, and her beatnik daughter, Francine, breeze into town. Is Francine, as Proxy claims, the unsuspected legacy of her and Tom’s past? Without a doubt she is an unsettling gust of the future, upending every certainty in Rusty’s life and generating a mist of passion and pretense that seems to obscure everyone’s vision but his own.

    B.J. says: "If you love a good story ..."
    "What a gem!"
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    Characters you won't likely forget. Language that stays with you and you wish you could replicate. Ivan Doig is a wonder.

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  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (7426)
    Performance
    (6750)
    Story
    (6761)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "J. K. Rowling Rocks!"
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    I'm (sort of) ashamed to admit I never read the Harry Potter series, even though I know that the books are deservedly beloved, but I'm just not a fan of fantasy. But I am a fan of non-gory mysteries, and Rowling's eye for detail and the ability to convey that detail in elegant writing is a delight. Also, her characters (at least the main ones) are smart, and she makes the reader feel smart and not-talked-down-to as well. Cuckoo's Calling is a fine whodunit and even if you think you know the killer early on, you're never really sure until Cormorant Strike (how terrific is a name like that?) -- a wonderful, fully realized character, by the way -- confronts the evildoer. I usually just listen to books on hikes or in the car, but this time I couldn't stop listening.

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