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Daryl

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  • Dead by Sunset: Perfect Husband, Perfect Killer?

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Ann Rule
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (176)

    Loni Ann, Cynthia, Lauren, Cheryl, and Sara seemed to have it all - beauty, wealth, children, and a husband who they believed to be this perfect man - Brad Cunningham. He was handsome, charismatic, and mysterious. They adored him and tried to give him all he wanted. But he wanted everything: sex, money, and it seemed, their very lives. How long would it take before he finally got what he deserved?

    Lily says: "My house is clean, my dogs are exhausted!"
    "Ann Rule's most understated work"
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    Over the years I have read many Ann Rule books - some I have liked more than others. I think this one has been somehow lost in the shuffle. It is not as emotionally gripping as Small Sacrifices, but is super suspenseful. How did this happen? How could this happen? And how can justice come to pass?
    This book seems to have been downplayed whenever anyone mentions Ann Rule, though I am not sure why. The hold that Brad Cunningham had over beautiful, successful - though obviously emotionally dependent - women is astounding. And yet....

    Richard Ferone's narration of this was fantastic! I have read several of his novel narrations and have had a hard time with them, but he was pitch-perfect here.

    If you like true crime with character study, this book is for you! Well, well worth the credit!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Place: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan, Lara Hutchinson
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (154)

    "The Secret Place", a board where the girls at St Kilda's School can pin up their secrets anonymously, is normally a mishmash of gossip and covert cruelty, but today someone has used it to reignite the stalled investigation into the murder of handsome, popular Chris Harper. Stephen joins forces with the abrasive Detective Antoinette Conway to find out who and why.

    Pamela says: "Well...I really liked 50% of it"
    "A misstep for French"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    As part of her series, this is by far the weakest story in it. It takes on too many rabbit trails (mysticism, high school girls), and uses a narrator plucked from a previous book. This all mixes together in a passable novel on its face, but French can do so much better


    Would you be willing to try another book from Tana French? Why or why not?

    yes. All authors have a not-so-strong book, so I will be reading French's next offering.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved Tana French's first four books in varying degrees, but this one seemed a bit out there. Stephen hogan is a talented narrator, but he was the voice of Scorcher Kennedy in "Broken Harbor" , so it threw me for a loop. His teenaged girls' voices were really nasal and quite grating, and Lara Hutchison was neither a strong nor weak narrator.
    For fans of Tana French, this is only good so far as to complete your library; for those who are new to her, read any of her other books... this one isn't in the same league.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Harbor: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2376)
    Performance
    (2031)
    Story
    (2019)

    In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.

    Amazon Customer says: "Best in the Series"
    "Tana French has outdone herself"
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    Where does Broken Harbor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Quite high. Tana French is one of my favorite authors, and this book paired with Stephen Hogan's narration is superb! I never saw the end coming!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I can't say I have a favorite character; all characters were flawed and fractious and well-drawn.


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

    No, I haven't, but I want to get my hands on more!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were many. Tana French depicts the chaos of mental illness with realism and chilling accuracy, and while I couldn't accept some of the decisions that were made, I grew to empathize with many of the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was a thrillride, woven around itself again and again and again, and I loved the sheer messiness of it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Faithful Place: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3634)
    Performance
    (2022)
    Story
    (2025)

    New York Times best-selling author Tana French has won the prestigious Edgar, Barry, Macavity, and Anthony awards. As her third novel featuring the Dublin Murder Squad opens, 19-year-old Frank Mackey is waiting in vain for Rosie, who he’s supposed to run away to London with. But when she doesn’t show, Frank leaves Dublin without her—thinking never to return.

    Buffalogal says: "Incredible"
    "French just keeps getting better and better!"
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    I was thrilled when this book became available for a short time on Audible in Canada, and scooped it up as fast as I could. Tana French has a gift for language and dialogue that is second to none.
    Frank mackey both engaged and aggravated me in French's "The Likeness", and his voice and pitch and ghosts in this novel are drawn by a master's hand. A light happy read, this is not, and in fact the first couple of hours detailed such a dysfunctional family that I almost gave up. I am glad I kept on going, and was rewarded with a smartly written novel with complex characters (even the ones I hated) and a setting so true to life that I could feel the rickety stairs beneath my feet and hear the goings-on of Faithful Place's inhabitants.
    Tim Gerard Reynolds became Frank Mackey. Though his voice differentiation was not very strong, his dialogue - funny, sad, singing Irish wake songs - was superb!
    All round, this is a welcome addition to French's booklist, and is a smartly written character-driven story of the ties that bind a man, a family, a neighborhood, and the wounds that tear them apart.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Likeness

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Heather O'Neill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2808)
    Performance
    (1713)
    Story
    (1721)

    Tana French's debut, In the Woods, hit the New York Times best-seller list and drew rave reviews from the Times (London) and Booklist. Picking up six months later, this riveting sequel finds Detective Cassie Maddox still scarred by her last case. When her boyfriend calls her to a chilling murder scene, Cassie is forced to face her inner demons. A young woman has been found stabbed to death outside Dublin, and the victim looks just like Cassie.

    Michael says: "Really on a Different Level"
    "Tana French: Storyteller"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Likeness the most enjoyable?

    I love Tana French's gift of language. She can turn a phrase so well that you can feel the grass under your feet, see the moonlight in the night sky, and feel every emotional detail.This book relies on the most unlikely of premises, but Tana French carries it off with ease. This novel is tangled and messy and wonderful.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Likeness?

    The solving of the mystery, of course, though I found it was a bit drawn out... the descriptions of the parties, the five friends.


    What about Heather O'Neill’s performance did you like?

    She did a fantastic job with this one, even singing! Most narrators are not strong singing vocalists, but heather O'Neill was fantastic!


    Any additional comments?

    Other reviewers were not able to get past the unlikely premise and the length of this book. Don't let this stop you! I was able to get past the first, and the length of the book twists and turns around other parts, so any shortening may have detracted from the punches the story was meant to deliver.Chilling, tragic, well-crafted.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rest of Her Life

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Laura Moriarty
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (26)

    Leigh is the mother of high-achieving, popular high school senior Kara. Their relationship is already strained for reasons Leigh does not fully understand when, in a moment of carelessness, Kara makes a mistake that ends in tragedy, the effects of which not only divide Leigh's family, but polarize the entire community.

    Joan says: "Obnoxious musical interludes ruin the story"
    "Talented author; good character drama"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Rest of Her Life to be better than the print version?

    Hard to say. the audio version was much more readable, if for no other reason than the book is much moreof a character-driven novel than a plot-driven one. It moseys along nicely, but can be hard to get through.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the character developemtn, how the characters themselves changed, even as their relationship changed with them.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Julia Gibson is an OK narrator; she is not my favorite because she can read very flatly on occasion. But she does a good job with the emotions in this book.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved Moriarty's first novel, The Center of Everything, and her most recent offering, The Chaperone; this is not as strong as either offering, but Moriarty has a wonderful knack of depicting the everydayness of her characters' lives.
    A worthwhile read for her fans, but definitely not her strongest offering.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Scott Stossel
    • Narrated By Michael Goldstrom
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (90)

    Drawing on his own long-standing battle with anxiety, Stossel presents an astonishing history, at once intimate and authoritative, of the efforts to understand the condition from medical, cultural, philosophical, and experiential perspectives. He ranges from the earliest medical reports of Galen and Hippocrates, through later observations by Robert Burton and Søren Kierkegaard, to the investigations by great nineteenth-century scientists, such as Charles Darwin, William James, and Sigmund Freud, as they began to explore its sources and causes.

    Ryan says: "A must read for anxiety suffers"
    "Complex, informative, personal"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely. I have a relative who struggles with depression and anxiety, and this book gives me much more empathy and understanding for people living with these afflictions.

    make no mistake, this book is not just a clinical treatise; it is very personal in its depiction of finding relief from debilitating anxiety of flying, vomiting, and performance.


    What does Michael Goldstrom bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I enjoyed this narration immensely. It neither added unnecessary "pep" nor lulled me to sleep. It was just a good straight-up reading of this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth your time and credit!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Destined to Witness: Growing Up Black in Nazi Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Hans Massaquoi
    • Narrated By Peter Jay Fernandez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    What would life be like for a black boy growing up in Nazi Germany? This unprecedented autobiography answers that question with the spellbinding true story of Hans J. Massaquoi’s life in Hamburg during the height of Hitler’s regime. Hans is the son of a black Liberian diplomat father and a white German mother. His father returns to Africa at the beginning of the war, leaving them behind in poverty without the means to flee. Within this tense atmosphere, increasingly violent Nazi policies and Allied bombing raids make Hans and his mother’s lives a day-to-day survival struggle.

    Robert says: "A Well Told of a Life in the Head Winds"
    "Destined to Witness - a Gripping biography"
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    What made the experience of listening to Destined to Witness the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed Mr. Massaquoi's introspection, and his willingness to acknowledge his mistakes without beating himself up or excusing them. Things were the way they were, and- good, bad or ugly - everyone had to try and survive in nazi Germany even if one's race made them an obvious potential target.


    What does Peter Jay Fernandez bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I have never listened to his performances, but I will definitely check them out soon. His German is a little awkward, but this is a minor quibble in a stellar performance.


    Any additional comments?

    This book made me think about how any culture views race. Even as a white person, my lack of acknowledgement of race is, by itself, a comment on my racial views. I will pick up this book again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 3MPH: The Adventures of One Woman’s Walk Around the World

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Polly Letofsky
    • Narrated By Polly Letofsky
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    On August 1, 1999, Polly Letofsky left her Colorado home and headed west. She traveled across 4 continents, 22 countries, and over 14,000 miles by foot to become the first woman to walk around the world. As an awareness campaign for breast cancer, survivors and wellwishers around the world came out to walk with her. Every day strangers welcomed her into their homes and shared meals. Across four continents she had dinner conversations with poets, politicians, country singers, olive growers, pig farmers and the female bomb maker in Australia.

    Daryl says: "The prologue alone makes this book worthwhile!"
    "The prologue alone makes this book worthwhile!"
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    If you could sum up 3MPH in three words, what would they be?

    Hilarious, inspiring, eye-opening


    What does Polly Letofsky bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her narration has shades of brilliance! I laughed out loud in places. It's not polished, especially with accents in the beginning, but no one can describe their haircut from hell better than themselves!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Saying goodbye to her friend in Thailand, reconnecting to friends and family in Minnesota.


    Any additional comments?

    The prologue alone is worth the money and/or credit. The rest of the book is fantastic, detailing some of the hardships along the way: unreliable crew, repeated questions, the constantly having to be "on," and more.
    I laughed and cried - mostly laughed - and will take on thing away from this book:

    Commitment:
    When you find a way over every hurdle in your path and nothing but success is an option.
    Commitment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 99 Jobs: Blood, Sweat, and Houses

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Joe Cottonwood
    • Narrated By Joe Cottonwood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Joe repairs homes. With each job, he enters somebody's private world. Revealing a life. Or changing it. The life of a craftsman has its challenges, such as collecting an overdue bill from an irate psychopath - and its charms, such as the blonde in the hot tub. Joe has made every mistake and met every kind of homeowner - the good, the bad, the profoundly weird.

    Daryl says: "Lighthearted introspections on houses, family, lif"
    "Lighthearted introspections on houses, family, lif"
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    Where does 99 Jobs rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    it is a very unique read. All 99 stories are reflections on home repair, society, life, growing older, gaining experience, and the people that populate our world - the kind, flighty, sad, funny, and just plain weird. I normally don't like this style of book, but joe Cottonwood is so humorous - and I've lived through hellish home repairs - that I gobbled this boo's bite-sized portions in two gulps!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the accessible writing of Joe Cottonwood. he is just the type of construction worker I would want working on my house! he is streetsmart, witty, and introspective, and seems to learn from each new experience over the years.


    What about Joe Cottonwood’s performance did you like?

    I loved it! it is not polished and professional, but just like a great-uncle is telling me stories of his glory days.


    Any additional comments?

    this book is great! it flows, in a manner of speaking, but each of the 99 stories of home repairs, relationships, moving on and growing up stand on their own, so you can either - as I did - flip the pages speedily or pick it up and put it down. Well worth the nearly 12 hours and the credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • While We’re Far Apart

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Lynn Austin
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (88)

    Five-time Christy Award winner Lynn Austin is acclaimed as “one of the genre’s best historical fiction novelists” (Library Journal). Set in Brooklyn, New York, during World War II, While We’re Far Apart is a brilliant blend of captivating characters, heart-tugging emotions, and vivid spiritual truths. While a motherless girl longs for her daddy and a young lady hopes for a second chance at love, this poignant tale explores the uncertainty that stalks the homefront as the “War to End All Wars” rages in Europe.

    Sara says: "Love, forgiveness and growth"
    "Not Austin's best, but a solid work"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I wouldn't introduce a friend to her work with this book, but it's a good book that I would recommend.


    Which character – as performed by Suzanne Toren – was your favorite?

    Jacob Mendel. Toren's accent is perfect in this role!


    Any additional comments?

    this book moves along more as a character development rather than a plot-driven book. I enjoyed the growth of characters, particularly Esther's complex process of growing up and Penny coming out of her shell.
    The elements of Judeo-Christian faith are incorporated, for the most part, realistically. In some ways, most characters wrestle with real questions about God's existence, whether they doubt him or are angry with him.
    While some of the writing is simplistic - more so than Austin's other works - many characters tackle with real issues of growing up, facing painful truths, holding on to unnecessary baggage, and separation from loved ones.
    Suzanne Toren is a good narrator for Jacob Mendel, the letters from Hungary, and portions of penny's story; however, Esther is a young character, and her story might have been better served by another narrator. This is, however, a preference, and not a reflection of Toren's talent.
    A worthwhile read for inspirational fiction fans.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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