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Cindy

Gunnison, CO, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • When the Stars Fall to Earth: A Novel of Africa

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Rebecca Tinsley
    • Narrated By Holly Villaire
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (68)

    When the Stars Fall to Earth is the story of five young Darfuris trying to make sense of their changing world in a time of war. Their lives come together in a tale of love and loss, self-reliance and courage, fear and violence. They overcome the ultimate challenge: to become proud survivors with a future rather than defeated victims, despite the tragedy enveloping them.

    P. Burdge says: "International Disgrace: Our Disinterest in Darfur"
    "Important Story - Poorly Written"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Too bad the entire book doesn't read like the author's afterword. The story is incredibly important, but the writing is amateurish and unbelievable. The dialogue reads like a public service announcement for "Save Darfur." On the other hand, the afterward is heartfelt, authentic, and beautiful. Much as I did not appreciate the writing, I'm glad I listened because I learned a lot about an important subject. I wish Tinsley had written a memoir of her experiences fighting to end genocide.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Losing Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Adam Mitzner
    • Narrated By Andy Caploe
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (51)

    Aaron Littmann, the chairman of one of the country's most prestigious law firms, has just been contacted by a high-profile defense attorney whose client is Nikolai Garkov, a Russian businessman arraigned on terrorism charges for pulling the financial strings behind recent treasonous acts. The attorney informs Aaron that Garkov is looking to switch representation and will pay $100,000 just to take the meeting.

    Monika says: "Great story ruined by the worst narration"
    "A HUGE disappointment!"
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    Would you try another book from Adam Mitzner and/or Andy Caploe?

    Andy Caploe did a fine job narrating this book, but the plot was the most predictable, boring story I have ever read or listened to -- I will not give Adam Mitzner another chance!


    Which character – as performed by Andy Caploe – was your favorite?

    The women's voices were ridiculous!


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

    DISAPPOINTMENT!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miramont's Ghost

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Hall
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (97)

    Miramont Castle, built in 1897 and mysteriously abandoned three years later, is home to many secrets. Only one person knows the truth: Adrienne Beauvier, granddaughter of the Comte de Challembelles and cousin to the man who built the castle. Clairvoyant from the time she could talk, Adrienne's visions show her the secrets of those around her.

    Kathleen says: "Just not good."
    "Disappointing and Unbelievable"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The characters in this book are all unlikeable, from heartless aunt to the pathetic and weak main character - there is no one to get attached to.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Emily Durante’s performances?

    NO! The narraration is over dramatized.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21598)
    Performance
    (17973)
    Story
    (17961)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    L. O. Pardue says: ""Rear Window" Meets "Gone Girl""
    "If you liked Gone Girl, read this!"
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    The narrator is perfect for this smart thriller. A unique, unexpected protagonist whose perspective from the train shows her a dark, violent world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thunder Bay: A Cork O'Connor Mystery #7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (172)

    The promise, as I remember it, happened this way. Happy and content in his hometown of Aurora, Minnesota, Cork O'Connor has left his badge behind and is ready for a life of relative peace, setting up shop as a private investigator. But his newfound state of calm is soon interrupted when Henry Meloux, the Ojibwe medicine man and Cork's spiritual adviser, makes a request: Will Cork find the son that Henry fathered long ago?

    Patti says: "Needs another narrator"
    "What happened to Narrator, David Chandler?!?!"
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    Would you listen to Thunder Bay again? Why?

    This is another great installment in the Cork Connor series.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Is it because we all are accustomed to the fabulous voice of David Chandler? Maybe. But the dramatization of the characters is not done well - especially the women.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    The mysteries are pretty addictive!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Boundary Waters

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (552)
    Performance
    (466)
    Story
    (469)

    Drawing strong comparisons to the work of James Lee Burke and Tony Hillerman, William Kent Krueger’s Cork O’Connor mysteries never fail to please fans. Here Cork joins the search for a country-western singer who has disappeared in the wilderness along the American/Canadian border.

    adrienne says: "Another unusual adventure"
    "I'm so happy to have discovered this series!"
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    The characters are believable, interesting, and compelling. The author's eye for Minnesota's Iron Range is perfect. The mystery was compelling. Love it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Way Home: Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1202)
    Performance
    (1071)
    Story
    (1068)

    Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sûreté du Québec, has found a peace he'd only imagined possible. On warm summer mornings he sits on a bench holding a small book, The Balm in Gilead, in his large hands. "There is a balm in Gilead," his neighbor Clara Morrow reads from the dust jacket, "to make the wounded whole." While Gamache doesn't talk about his wounds and his balm, Clara tells him about hers. Peter, her artist husband, has failed to come home. Failed to show up as promised on the first anniversary of their separation. She wants Gamache's help to find him. Having finally found sanctuary, Gamache feels a near revulsion at the thought of leaving Three Pines. "There’s power enough in Heaven," he finishes the quote as he contemplates the quiet village, "to cure a sin-sick soul." And then he gets up. And joins her.

    Sharon says: "Louise, what were you thinking?"
    "Could it best the best one yet?!?!"
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    Where does The Long Way Home rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the most enjoyable mystery series I've listened to! Inspector Gamache and the villagers of Three Pines are funny, quirky, smart, and so lovable!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Big Little Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7251)
    Performance
    (6362)
    Story
    (6362)

    Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

    horslovr says: "Very entertaining!"
    "A Great Story with a Fantastic Narrator!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Moriarty brilliantly weaves the sensational and the everyday to create a great story,


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters are women you will recognize.


    Have you listened to any of Caroline Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Caroline Lee is my favorite narrator - she breathes real life into every character.


    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Nemesis

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Thor Knai
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (632)
    Performance
    (471)
    Story
    (457)

    Captured on closed-circuit television: A man walks into an Oslo bank, puts a gun to a cashier’s head, and tells her to count to 25. When he doesn’t get his money fast enough, he pulls the trigger. The young woman dies—and two million Norwegian kroner disappear without a trace.

    Richard says: "What a difference a narrator makes"
    "Disappointing Narrator!"
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    Where does Nemesis rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a great story - like all the Harry Hole books are. But, the narrator is amateurish and flat. He's such a disappointment compared to Robin Sachs and John Lee who narrate the other books in this series.


    What didn’t you like about Thor Knai’s performance?

    It's flat, unbelievable and forced. At times, it actually makes the story difficult to understand.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth the listen in the context of the series - thank goodness he doesn't read any of the others!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10653)
    Performance
    (9565)
    Story
    (9572)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "This is the only way to read Grisham!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audiobook to anyone looking for an unpredictable, entertaining listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrator's southern accent is musical and brings the characters to life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Invisible Murder: A Nina Borg Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lene Kaaberbøl, Agnete Friis, Tara Chace (translator)
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (62)

    In this feverishly anticipated follow-up to 2011’s critically acclaimed The Boy in the Suitcase, Danish Red Cross nurse Nina Borg doesn’t realize she is putting life and family on the line when she tries to treat a group of sick Hungarian gypsies who are living illegally in a Copenhagen garage. Nina has unwittingly thrown herself into a deadly nest of the unscrupulous and the desperate, and what is at stake is much more terrifying than anyone had realized.

    Avid Reader and Listener says: "Lots of thrills!"
    "Narrator Mistakes - Where is the Editor!?!?"
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    Any additional comments?

    Katherine Kellgren's voice is easy to listen to and appropriate for this story, but where the heck was the editing and quality control??? There are many examples of a line being repeated, and at 11:50 of chapter 11 we are subjected to hearing the narrator stumble and exclaim with frustration. DISTRACTING!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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