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Barbara

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  • Blind Goddess: A Hanne Wilhelmsen Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Anne Holt, Tom Geddes (translator)
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (33)

    A small-time drug dealer is found battered to death on the outskirts of the Norwegian capital, Oslo. A young Dutchman, walking aimlessly in central Oslo covered in blood, is taken into custody but refuses to talk. When he is informed that the woman who discovered the body, Karen Borg, is a lawyer, he demands her as his defender, although her specialty is civil, not criminal, law. The young man is adamant: he will speak to Karen Borg, and to her alone.

    Shaliali says: "Not Sure Why I Didn't Like It"
    "I so wanted this to be the start of a great series"
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    Would you try another book from Anne Holt and Tom Geddes (translator) and/or Kate Reading?

    I don't believe I can listen to another book by this author. It would probably be easier to actually read than listen to. It took until the second half of the book to clarify the characters, their roles, and how the plot would eventually come together. Entirely too disjointed for me.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Whiskey Beach

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1254)
    Performance
    (1088)
    Story
    (1093)

    For more than 300 years, Bluff House has sat above Whiskey Beach, guarding its shore - and its secrets. But to Eli Landon, it’s home.… A Boston lawyer, Eli has weathered an intense year of public scrutiny and police investigations after being accused of - but never arrested for - the murder of his soon-to-be-ex wife. He finds sanctuary at Bluff House, even though his beloved grandmother is in Boston recuperating from a nasty fall. Abra Walsh is always there, though.

    Kim Venatries says: "Not So Good"
    "Poor reading."
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    While I thought the story was engaging and Eli was a likable and realistic character, I can't get over the reading of the book. I should have read it rather than listen because Luke Daniels' interpretation of the characters' reactions and personalities was so exaggerated and irritating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winter of the World: The Century Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4900)
    Performance
    (4137)
    Story
    (4151)

    Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, Welsh - enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion.

    Tim says: "Brilliant Sequel"
    "Even better than the Fall of Giants"
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    What made the experience of listening to Winter of the World the most enjoyable?

    The continuation of the family characters from the first book. The character development is great.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like that Follett's characters grew, yet their basic personalities did not change drastically. They remained themselves, entirely believable.


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

    John Lee is just great to listen to.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Step Behind: A Kurt Wallander Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (509)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (180)

    On Midsummer's Eve, three role-playing teens dressed in 18th-century garb are shot in a secluded Swedish meadow. When one of Inspector Kurt Wallander's most trusted colleagues, someone whose help he hoped to rely on to solve the crime, also turns up dead, Wallander knows the murders are related. But with his only clue a picture of a woman no one in Sweden seems to know, he can't begin to imagine how.

    Joanna says: "Definitely Recommend"
    "Another good detective story."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of One Step Behind to be better than the print version?

    I don't believe I would read these stories. Of course, that is why I listen to books. I will always listen to books that I wouldn't pick up to read.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not exactly on the edge of my seat, but Henning does write a good story. I find the contrast between his writing style and most American authors interesting. I believe that American authors are more into the action and violence, while Henning seems to want us to know Wallender as a human being as well as a detective.


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    I am not a great fan of Dick Hill but will listen to him because of the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deeper Than the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Tami Hoag
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1402)
    Performance
    (794)
    Story
    (788)

    Three children, running in the woods behind their school, stumble upon a partially buried female body, eyes and mouth glued shut. Close behind the children is their teacher, Anne Navarre, shocked by this discovery and heartbroken as she witnesses the end of their innocence. What she doesn't yet realize is that this will mark the end of innocence for an entire community, as the ties that bind families and friends are tested by secrets uncovered in the wake of a serial killer's escalating activity.

    John says: "A pleasant surprise"
    "If not in Horror section, it should be."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Only if the friend likes horror stories.


    Has Deeper Than the Dead turned you off from other books in this genre?

    As far as I am concerned this book should be placed in the horror genre and is misplaced in the mystery section.


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

    I found the reader's voice to be rather flat.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I would place this book along side some of the Stephen King and Dean Koontz books. I do not enjoy them. Horror is not my genre. I am glad I only wasted 4.95 on this book and not a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Man in the Wooden Hat

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jane Gardam
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (173)

    The New York Times called Sir Edward Feathers one of the most memorable characters in modern literature. A lyrical novel that recalls his fully lived life, Old Filth has been acclaimed as Jane Gardam's masterpiece. And now that novel has been joined by a companion that also bursts with humor and wisdom: The Man in the Wooden Hat. As a portrait of a marriage, with all the bittersweet secrets and surprising fulfillment of the 50-year union of two remarkable people, this novel is a triumph.

    Michele says: "The Other Half"
    "Just okay"
    Overall
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    What did you like best about The Man in the Wooden Hat? What did you like least?

    It was better than Old Filth


    Has The Man in the Wooden Hat turned you off from other books in this genre?

    It hasn't


    How could the performance have been better?

    I am not interested in reading anything more by this author. I only read the second book to see if it could shed any light on the first.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    The narrator was just fine.


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Old House on the Corner

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Maureen Lee
    • Narrated By Maggie Ollerenshaw
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Victoria Macara is 27 and lives alone in the old house on the corner that was once home to the family removal business. When the land is sold, she finds herself surrounded by a small estate of new properties called Victoria Square. The newcomers who move in around her bring with them their own dramas.

    Joan says: "Warm book with many interesting characters"
    "This book got me started on Maureen Lee"
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    If you could sum up The Old House on the Corner in three words, what would they be?

    Great Story!!


    What other book might you compare The Old House on the Corner to and why?

    None


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

    Good characterization


    Who was the most memorable character of The Old House on the Corner and why?

    All of them


    Any additional comments?

    This book was so good that I need to listen to it again - it has been a long time. I recommended it to several people which is something I don't often do. I even gave a couple away for gifts to readers rather than listeners.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Old Filth

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jane Gardam
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (431)
    Performance
    (341)
    Story
    (333)

    FILTH is a lawyer with a practice in the Far East. A few remember that his nickname stands for Failed In London Try Hong Kong. But Old Filth is not as pompous as people imagine, and his past contains many secrets and dark hiding places.

    Michele says: "A Great Read, matched by a Great Reader"
    "Hard to follow"
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    Would you try another book from Jane Gardam and/or Graeme Malcom?

    I have the other one - will hope it is better.


    What was most disappointing about Jane Gardam’s story?

    Dull


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Dull


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Old Filth?

    Can't remember much about the book


    Any additional comments?

    None

    0 of 2 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
    (2822)
    Performance
    (1727)
    Story
    (1735)

    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"
    "Great Story"
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    I am listening to this book for the third time. I love Heather O'Neill's voice and this is a great story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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