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Liselyn

Ste-Catherine-de-Hatley, QC, Canada

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  • The Horse Dancer

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Julia Franklin
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (162)

    Sarah's grandfather was a horseman of rare talent - only the exceptional are allowed into France's elite riding academy, Le Cadre Noir. But life took an unexpected turn, and now from a council estate in east London, the Captain hopes to train his granddaughter towards a better life.

    Kaelin says: "Wow! Amazing story start to finish"
    "almost too much!"
    Overall

    This was a great listen, even though I frequently found myself groaning "oh no" when one more thing went wrong. The situations and characters were so well drawn, and the beauty shone through constantly in spite of the difficult situations. The narration is excellent, and the whole book very satisfying. Worth listening through the rough moments!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13988)
    Performance
    (12350)
    Story
    (12379)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Oof. I kept trying..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Gone Girl?

    The main characters are beyond irritating, which I suppose they were meant to be. I did not want to hear one more thing about either of them. The story had interesting twists and turns, but nothing could make me like anything about it.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Gillian Flynn again?

    Doubtful.


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

    The performance successfully portrayed the insipid annoying characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    Overall
    (265)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (96)

    Dave Robicheaux is dried out, back on the force, and remarried. When the ghost of a long-dead Confederate general begins to haunt his latest murder case, Dave's new found peace is threatened with mayhem and madness.

    Eva Gannon says: "Good, Although Not His Best"
    "Hard but amazing"
    Overall

    I can only rarely listen to James Lee Burke, due to the darkness and violence he portrays, but the writing is so rich, and the narrator so well-paced, that his books captivate in spite of the parts I find hard to endure. This is certainly one of the best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lethal Legacy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Linda Fairstein
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (46)

    When Assistant District Attorney Alex Cooper is summoned to Tina Barr's apartment on Manhattan's Upper East Side, she finds a neighbor convinced that the young woman was assaulted. But the terrified victim, a conservator of rare books and maps, refuses to cooperate with investigators. Then another woman is found murdered in that same apartment with an extremely valuable book, believed to have been stolen.

    A User says: "Love the history of New York"
    "a pleasure!"
    Overall

    I am not sure how anyone can find Barbara Rosenblat's narration to be a problem -- I always enjoy her, even through the short moments of over-enthusiasm. She has the characters, the accents, the voices and unless the audio set up favours too much the high end and it's coming through earphones rather than speakers, I cannot see how anyone would be bothered by extraneous noise.

    Linda Fairstein delivers a great story, lots of learning about New York, antique books and maps, and fabulous characters, as usual.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Faith Fox

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jane Gardam
    • Narrated By June Barrie
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    When sweet, healthy, hearty Holly Fox dies suddenly in childbirth, the Surrey village reverberates with shock. She leaves behind a helpless, silent husband and a tiny daughter, Faith. Everyone assumes Holly's loving and capable mother will look after Faith, but when she unaccountably deserts her newborn grandchild, the baby must be packed off to her father's peculiar family in the North...

    Liselyn says: "interesting and annoying"
    "interesting and annoying"
    Overall

    While the story and observations were often fascinating, the narrator was often annoying. Her cloying, whiny tone on some of the voices was just too much to take sometimes. Other voices she handled better, and the story was able to carry things through, but overall it was something I would have preferred to read rather than listen to.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Water Room: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Christopher Fowler
    • Narrated By Tim Goodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (273)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (122)

    Best-selling author Christopher Fowler has won a widespread following for his senior citizen detectives Arthur Bryant and John May. Here a woman is found drowned in her basement - with nary a drop of water to explain the crime.

    Cholmondeley says: "Baby Boomers Rejoice: This is a book for our time."
    "8 glasses a day!"
    Overall

    A wonderful listen - the narrator is flawless, making each character distinct and brilliantly conveying character. The story is compelling and filled with obscure London lore but never dull. I was a little worried at the beginning, which was not indicative of what develops right away, but sticking with it is well worth your while.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Swan Peak: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (1270)
    Performance
    (336)
    Story
    (336)

    Swan Peak finds Detective Robicheaux far from his New Iberia roots, attempting to relax in the untouched wilderness of rural Montana. He, his wife, and his buddy Clete Purcell have retreated to stay at an old friend's ranch, hoping to spend their days fishing and enjoying their distance from the harsh, gritty landscape of Louisiana post-Katrina.

    Deborah says: "Christmas/Birthday in July"
    "too much testosterone"
    Overall

    I have liked Burke's dark books in the past, but this one goes too far into the minds of the testosterone-driven, sick minds of very damaged men, and I am not enjoying it. I doubt I will listen to the rest of this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tin Roof Blowdown: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2372)
    Performance
    (540)
    Story
    (530)

    Dave Robicheaux returns in another Bayou adventure, this one more gruesome and gut-wrenching than any that have come before. Hurricane Katrina has ravaged New Orleans, leaving the streets and buildings flooded and the city awash with opportunists, looters, and vicious criminals. There is no order, no law. Police are shooting randomly at innocent people, prison guards have abandoned their posts, and bodies float through the streets and hang from trees.

    Deborah says: "How Does One Manage?"
    "amazing"
    Overall

    I cannot forget this book, and its brilliant narration. It's amazing -- and the descriptions that some reviews have complained about are so touching that the slow pace becomes one of the most wonderful things about the book. Better timing in general would be very hard to find.

    Bravo.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fifth Woman: A Kurt Wallander Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (690)
    Performance
    (296)
    Story
    (300)

    In an African convent, four nuns and an unidentified fifth woman are brutally murdered, and the death of the unknown woman is covered up by the local police. A year later in Sweden, Inspector Kurt Wallander is baffled and appalled by two strange murders with an elusive connection to the fifth woman.

    Rebecca says: "A new Henning Mankell fan is born"
    "better to read than listen"
    Overall

    Usually I prefer books by ear than by eye, but this one is one of the exceptions. The narration is banal, the story slow to develop. I like Mankell, and the book, but the audio format does not work on this one.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Of Rice and Men

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Richard Galli
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Spreading democracy takes more than cutting-edge military hardware. Winning the hearts and minds of a troubled nation is a special mission we give to bewildered young soldiers who can't speak the native language, don't know the customs, can't tell friends from enemies, and, in this wonderfully outrageous Iraq-era novel about Vietnam, wonder why they have to risk their lives spraying peanut plants, inoculating pigs, and hauling miracle rice seed for Ho Chi Minh.

    Michael says: "I really liked it"
    "anger transformed"
    Overall

    This book is a beautiful example of how anger and bitterness can be transformed into a gentle, often funny, but no less critical look at the insane historical fact of the Vietnam war. The characters, their relationships, their surprising depth -- all are rendered with a quiet push at our assumptions and a not-so-quiet poke at the ridiculous way the military approached this situation. Bravo.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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