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Marge

Alexandria, VA, United States | Member Since 2008

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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"
    "Terrific, dark mystery"
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    Another great Hanne Wilhelmsen book. This is a terrific book with a quirky Norwegian bent but it is compelling and very entertaining. The performance is very good and the overall experience highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bring Up the Bodies: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (1095)
    Performance
    (934)
    Story
    (942)

    Though he battled for seven years to marry her, Henry is disenchanted with Anne Boleyn. She has failed to give him a son and her sharp intelligence and audacious will alienate his old friends and the noble families of England. When the discarded Katherine dies in exile from the court, Anne stands starkly exposed, the focus of gossip and malice. At a word from Henry, Thomas Cromwell is ready to bring her down.

    Darwin8u says: "Mantel Pulls the History out of the History"
    "Brilliant writing!"
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    This is a great historical novel and guides the listener through the maze of Henry VIII's life with Ann Boleyn after the birth of Elizabeth. Fascinating, particularly since the story is told by Thomas Cromwell.

    Wolf Hall was terrific and this is a worthy follow-on but can also stand alone. I kept asking myself how the author could fashion such complex yet entertaining dialogue.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mission to Paris

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Alan Furst
    • Narrated By Daniel Gerroll
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (188)

    At the center of the intrigue is Hollywood star, Frederic Stahl. September 1938. On the eve of the Munich Appeasement, Stahl arrives in Paris, on loan from Warner Brothers to star in a French film. He quickly becomes entangled in the shifting political currents of pre-war Paris - French fascists, German Nazis, and his Hollywood publicists all have their fates tied to him. But members of the clandestine spy world of Paris have a deeper interest in Stahl, sensing a potential asset in a handsome, internationally renowned actor.

    Darwin8u says: "Cary Grant Goes to Paris"
    "OK but not great"
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    Would you try another book from Alan Furst and/or Daniel Gerroll?

    Probably would.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I was disappointed. It just ended and there was much missed opportunity for the author to add something more.


    What about Daniel Gerroll’s performance did you like?

    Nicely done and fitting for the material.


    Was Mission to Paris worth the listening time?

    Yeah, I guess so. Some interesting perspective on the political atmosphere of the era.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1222: The Hanne Wilhelmsen Novels, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Anne Holt
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (54)

    A train on its way to the northern reaches of Norway careens off the track during a massive blizzard, 1,222 meters above sea level. The passengers abandon the train for a nearby, century-old hotel that is practically empty except for the staff. With plenty of food and shelter from the storm, the passengers think they are safe - until one of them turns up dead. With no sign of rescue and the storm continuing to rage, retired police inspector Hanne Wilhelmsen is asked to investigate. Paralyzed by a bullet lodged in her spine, Hanne has no wish to return to police work.

    Tracey says: "A Norwegian homage to Agatha Christie"
    "I loved this book"
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    If you could sum up 1222: The Hanne Wilhelmsen Novels, Book 8 in three words, what would they be?

    Chilling mystery.


    What other book might you compare 1222: The Hanne Wilhelmsen Novels, Book 8 to and why?

    None come to mind. This book was unique.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Most of the scenes take place in a hotel, but the psychological aspect is gripping.


    Any additional comments?

    Please, Audible, get more of Wilhelmsen's work.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Jonathan Aris, Paula Wilcox
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1418)
    Performance
    (650)
    Story
    (648)

    In 1799, the artificial island of Dejima lies in Nagasaki Harbor as Japan’s outpost for the Dutch East Indies Company. There, Jacob de Zoet has come to make a fortune large enough to return to Holland and marry the woman he loves.

    Darwin8u says: "A NEAR Perfect Novel."
    "Starts slowly . . ."
    Overall

    but wait it out. A good book about an interesting time. It does scream for a good editor in the early part, and but the book does eventually move and the story is very interesting.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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