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  • The Jewels of Paradise

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Donna Leon
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (58)

    Caterina Pellegrini is a native Venetian, and like so many of them, she’s had to leave home to pursue her career elsewhere, mostly abroad. With a doctorate in baroque opera from Vienna, she lands in Birmingham, England, as a research fellow and assistant professor. Birmingham, however, is no Venice, so when she gets word of a position back home, Caterina jumps at the opportunity. The job is an unusual one.

    Ruth says: "A "mystery" of a different sort, . ."
    "A modern morality tale."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Jewels of Paradise the most enjoyable?

    Although the pace was slow, the unfolding tale was engaging, character development was excellent, and the setting was well painted.


    What about Cassandra Campbell’s performance did you like?

    The fluent accent added a sense of reality to the cultural setting. The melodious tone of the narrator was hypnotic. Several times I found that I had to replay a portion because I had been too engrossed in the " music" to attend properly to the words.


    Any additional comments?

    Not typical of the mysteries/thrillers I usually read but all in all a nice change of pace. I enjoyed the book.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Spilled Blood: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Brian Freeman
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (183)

    Linked by the Spirit River, the two towns couldn’t be more different: in affluent Barron, a powerful and secretive scientific research corporation enriches its residents, while downriver in blue-collar St. Croix, victims of that company’s carcinogenic waste struggle to survive. The bad blood between the communities escalates into open warfare when the beautiful Ashlynn, daughter of the corporation’s president, is found shot dead—and a St. Croix girl, Olivia Hawk, is accused of the crime.

    cristina says: "Excellent story"
    "A New Favorite Author!"
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    What does Joe Barrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His narration rachets up the intensity as the story emerges.


    Any additional comments?

    Must read ALL his other books...soon. Wonderful story teller. Excellent plot development. Tied all the threads together in the end without being predictable. I liked the emphasis on character and ethics in the face of a very difficult set of circumstances. Even the "bad guys" had moments of opportunity for insight and redemption and even the "good guys" had crucial temptations with which to wrangle. I LOVED THIS BOOK.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • If Not for the Dawn

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Dane St. John
    • Narrated By David DeBoy
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (80)

    AltaMira Pharmaceuticals releases Vigorex, a drug that allows people to sleep and experience R.E.M. while they're awake. A colorful cast of characters begin to take the drug, which if not taken properly will have hazardous consequences. But each of these people has undergone a deeply traumatic episode in their formative years, which will affect them in differing ways; murder, arson, kidnapping, vigilantism, among other crimes, will characterize their nightly personalities and send them crashing into one another.

    Maika says: "Captivating... you'll stay up late listening!"
    "A Cautionary Tale"
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    What didn’t you like about David DeBoy’s performance?

    droning pace. Might well have been narration of a turtle race.


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    Intriquing premise. Well researched. Character development very shallow. Characters not likeable. Author tried to tell too many stories. Became quite preachy in section about research scientist. Ending suggests this could be a continuing saga....PLEASE no sequels for this one!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Patient

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Michael Palmer
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    His name is ARTIE, a miracle of bio-engineering that is about to transform the field of neurosurgery. Dr. Jessie Copeland knows him better than anyone else at Eastern Mass Medical Center- and knows it's too soon to be using the tiny robot on a living patient's brain. But, Jessie's department chief is too busy to worry about such ethics. And neither of them has any idea that ARTIE will attract a patient from their worst nightmares.

    Madalyne says: "Palmer never fails to please!"
    "Palmer never fails to please!"
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    Story flows well...medical procedures are accurately described without forays into irrelevant details just to fill space. Characters are well developed and believable. Tension is intense and sustained.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Palmer always spins his tales in the context of thought provoking ethical issues...this one is no exception. The race to launch newly developed technology ahead of competitors, the pressure to secure scarce funding, and the ever present drive to feed the ego combine to create this tale of medical hubris and human desperation for a cure.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    If Michael Palmer wrote it...I recommend you read it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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