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Catherine

Chester, NJ, USA | Member Since 2006

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  • Back Spin

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Jonathan Marosz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (366)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (137)

    The boy was born and raised on the Main Line, but he vanished on Philadelphia's mean streets, last seen in a downtown cheater's hotel. The boy's mother, Linda Coldren, is a golf superstar and Myron Bolitar's client. When he goes after the missing boy, presumed kidnapped, he crashes through a crowd of lowlifes, blue bloods, and liars on both sides of the social divide. Meanwhile, Linda's husband is trying to stage a comeback at the U.S. Open, only to be found dead in a sand trap.

    Catherine says: "More motives than ever..."
    "More motives than ever..."
    Overall

    I enjoy Harlan Coban's mysteries and have just finished this gem set during the US Open for golf. The plot is loaded with twists and turns and it seems everyone has a motive to kill or kidnap! While the ending is a bit of an all too quick wrap up I enjoyed the story and was disappointed that there was no more.
    The narrator excels on all the parts except the sidekick Esmerelda (Esmee) where the accent falls short.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Known World

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Edward P. Jones
    • Narrated By Kevin Free
    Overall
    (468)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (85)

    Henry Townsend, a black farmer, bootmaker, and former slave, has a fondness for Paradise Lost and an unusual mentor, William Robbins, perhaps the most powerful white man in antebellum Virginia's Manchester County. Under Robbins's tutelage, Henry becomes proprietor of his own plantation, as well as of his own slaves. When he dies, his widow Caldonia succumbs to profound grief, and things begin to fall apart.

    Rachel says: "wonderful and highly recommended"
    "Too long - too confusing"
    Overall

    I am not the only one (there are three of us who listened to this book) who found this too long and too confusing. The circuitous nature of the story, why did we keep coming back to Henry? The interesting historical references to anchor the ideas helped a bit.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Detection

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan, Robert Ian Mackenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (235)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (61)

    The Art of Detection is another spellbinding tale starring San Francisco homicide inspector Kate Martinelli. The victim is Sherlock Holmes aficionado Philip Gilbert, whose collection of priceless memorabilia is definitely worth killing for. It's up to Kate and her trusted partner Al Hawkin to follow the clues and bring a rather peculiar murderer to Justice.

    Jean says: "A story within a story"
    "Story within a Story"
    Overall

    An inventive device of a story within a story defines "The Art of Detection". Enjoyable characters and a good narration make for a very entertaining murder mystery.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • DNA: The Secret of Life

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By James Watson, Andrew Berry
    • Narrated By Dan Cashman
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (51)

    James Watson, co-discoverer of DNA structure, gives this authoritative yet personal account of the course of modern genetic research and the technological and ethical challenges unleashed by it.

    Amazon Customer says: "A view from within."
    "Great Overview"
    Overall

    For the general interest listener, this book surveys DNA and its resulting technologies and applications. It provides historical context and a better feel for emerging biotechnology applications. There are a section or two where the justification for support of the science appears a bit "preachy", however this is easy to overlook in the broad sweep of topics treated fairly SNP's and all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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