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Ina

Orlando

ratings
47
REVIEWS
10
FOLLOWING
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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • Collusion

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stuart Neville
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (334)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (201)

    Jack Lennon is a Detective Inspector trying to track down his former lover, Marie McKenna, and their daughter -- but his superiors tell him to back off. Bull O'Kane is a bitter old man who will stop at nothing for vengeance. The Traveller is an assassin without pity or remorse, who stalks Belfast, tying up loose ends. Forced into the center of it all is former IRA paramilitary Gerry Fegan, who must confront his past -- and The Traveller -- for the fight of his life.

    Moku says: "Gripping Irish noir"
    "Somewhat boring"
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    I was a little bit disappointed by this book. The story is banal and the writing is not very elegant sometimes even monotone in style. I don't think that I will buy an audio book by this author again.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8028)
    Performance
    (7382)
    Story
    (7392)

    In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

    Joyce says: "Love this style of King!!!"
    "Stephen King - as always brilliant"
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    The plot is - surprisingly - no horror story, but a "simple" crime story full of suspense and tension from the first word to the last! And the best - almost a reliable feature in Stephen King's novels: a real narrative, to some extend with freakish but nevertheless convincing characters. Just brilliant! I appreciate his narrative structure which is subtle and never pretentious. I started with "Dead Zone" decades ago in a very arrogant and snotty attitude - originally I wanted to proof that this kind of writing has nothing to do with literature. But I proved to be completely wrong! I am not an English native speaker but I can totally appreciate King's verbal skills, his empathy and extend of psychological identification with his characters and - most of all! - his sense of humour that he broadcasts thriftily but with considerable impact! Great to listen to - first-class performance, too! A treat!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Luminaries

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eleanor Catton
    • Narrated By Mark Meadows
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1196)
    Performance
    (1035)
    Story
    (1053)

    It is 1866 and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of 12 local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.

    Mel says: "Not So Luminous"
    "Couldn't get into the story"
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    I wouldn't say, it's a stupid story but in my opinion it's not apt for an audiobook. Usually after at most 1-2 hours of listening to a story, I get drawn into it and can't wait to get back to it. In this case I listened on and on for hours on end until I finally decided to resign - which I have only done once before. I just couldn't cope any longer! So boring! Such a rigmarole! I really do enjoy lenghty descriptions and dialogues when they are well written, but this was just unbearable. Sorry! It is just as well that I didn't waste a credit for this book but bought it as a bargain for $ 4,95. Otherwise I would have been really disappointed!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Place of Hiding

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Elizabeth George
    • Narrated By Michael Tudor Barnes
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    The sudden death of Guy Brouard after his morning swim shocks the residents of Guernsey. A generous patron and benefactor of the island since his arrival there a decade ago, his demise puts a question mark over many cherished projects. When a young American woman is charged with the murder, her brother seeks help from the only contact he has in the UK - Deborah St James. Deborah is horrified to find that her old friend has been arrested and persuades her husband Simon to accompany her to Guernsey to avert this miscarriage of justice. There they find a tangled web of deceit and betrayal....

    Ina says: "Great Story"
    "Great Story"
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    Not difficult to be utterly taken by Elizabeth George - she is one of the best crime novel writers ever. And I really appreciate the audio productions of her books hence would be delighted to find the earlier E. George novels (that I have all read) soon as audio books. I surely would buy them all!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Believing the Lie: An Inspector Lynley Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Elizabeth George
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (465)
    Performance
    (368)
    Story
    (361)

    Inspector Thomas Lynley is mystified when he's sent undercover to investigate the death of Ian Cresswell at the request of the man's uncle, the wealthy and influential Bernard Fairclough. The death has been ruled an accidental drowning, and nothing on the surface indicates otherwise. But when Lynley enlists the help of his friends Simon and Deborah St. James, the trio's digging soon reveals that the Fairclough clan is awash in secrets, lies, and motives.

    Joanne says: "Not Elizabeth George's best..."
    "Suspense and character"
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    Not difficult to be utterly taken by Elizabeth George - she is one of the best crime novel writers ever. And I really appreciate the audio productions of her books hence would be delighted to find the earlier E. George novels (that I have all read) soon as audio books. I surely would buy them all!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Careless in Red

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Elizabeth George
    • Narrated By Crispin Redman
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    It is barely three months since the murder of his wife and Thomas Lynley takes to the South-West Coast Path in Cornwall, determined to walk its length in an attempt to distract himself from his loss. On the 43rd day of this walk, he sees a cliff climber fall to his death, apparently witnessed by a surfer in a nearby cove. Shortly afterwards, Lynley encounters a young woman from Bristol whose personal history is a blank before her 13th year. These events propel him into a case that brings Barbara Havers from London....

    Ina says: "One of the best"
    "One of the best"
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    Not difficult to be utterly taken by Elizabeth George - she is one of the best crime novel writers ever. And I really appreciate the audio productions of her books hence would be delighted to find the earlier E. George novels (that I have all read) soon as audio books. I surely would buy them all!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Human Stain

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Phillip Roth
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    Overall
    (407)
    Performance
    (349)
    Story
    (351)

    It is 1998, the year in which America is whipped into a frenzy of prurience by the impeachment of a president, and in a small New England town, an aging classics professor, Coleman Silk, is forced to retire when his colleagues decree that he is a racist. The charge is a lie, but the real truth about Silk would have astonished even his most virulent accuser.

    Darwin8u says: "Spooky how Roth bends the edge of the possible"
    "Very good!"
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    What can I say? This is Philip Roth, and this is one of his most famous novels. A very intricate, intriguing story which absorbs the reader (in this case the listener) without any fail. The reader is somewhat restrained but in a positive way. He doesn't try to imitate too many characters as some audio book performers use to. I really enjoyed this audio book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
    (5508)
    Performance
    (3482)
    Story
    (3483)

    As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

    Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

    Dottie B. says: "Very mixed feelings (semi-spoilers included)"
    "Simply wonderful!!"
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    This is a breathtaking and thrilling novel full of suspense and "real" characters! A plausible story yet very unusually composed. Very, very good! I can only recommend this audio book! The performance is also flawless!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Little Friend

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By Karen White
    Overall
    (398)
    Performance
    (301)
    Story
    (301)

    From the author of The Secret History comes a dark, suspenseful novel of lost childhood. Harriet Dusfresnes is a child in Mississippi, haunted by the murder of her brother when she was just a baby. He was found hanging from a tree in their backyard; his killer was never identified, nor did the family ever recover. Only Harriet's teenage sister might have seen what happened that day, and she has blocked it out from her memory.

    Sam says: "Couldn't put it down"
    "Good story, bad reading"
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    Sadly, the long and somewhat complicated story is boycotted by the overly pronounced performance by Karen White. At first I actually thought I couldn't go on with the book because of the unnatural and mannered way of accentuating the words and phrases. It irritated me so much that in future I will carefully avoid books read by her.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Carrion Comfort

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Mel Foster, Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (536)
    Performance
    (486)
    Story
    (488)

    The Past...Caught behind the lines of Hitler’s Final Solution, Saul Laski is one of the multitudes destined to die in the notorious Chelmno extermination camp. Until he rises to meet his fate and finds himself face-to-face with an evil far older, and far greater, than the Nazis themselves...

    Marci says: "So worth the commitment"
    "Interesting Experience"
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    I agree with other reviews, that the story has its lengths. But it is never boring, even if sometimes the crude fighting scenes might not add to neither the understanding nor to the atmosphere of the plot. Anyway: a fascinating story, a very good idea and an excellent performance. I daresay that I am not the only listener to audiobooks who is mostly drawn in by a good performance of the readers. This is absolutely the case in this recording.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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