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Sue Holmes

Peoria, AZ USA | Member Since 2004

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  • Blood Work

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2074)
    Performance
    (1296)
    Story
    (1306)

    Thanks to a heart transplant, former FBI agent Terrell McCaleb is enjoying a quiet retirement, renovating the fishing boat he lives on in Los Angeles Harbor. But McCaleb's calm seas turn choppy when a story in the "What Happened To?" column of the LA Times brings him face-to-face with the sister of the woman whose heart now beats in his chest.

    Andrew Stone says: "A Darn Good Book"
    "Mediocure"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Michael Connelly and/or Dick Hill?

    Would read another Connelly book, but not sure I'd like to listen to anything else narrated by Dick Hill. I like it when the narrator sounds like a real person rather than someone narrating a book. His delivery was way too dramatic for me.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I may have preferred to read this book rather than listen to it--that may have made it more enjoyable.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Much too dramatic a delivery. He sounded like he was reading rather than acting out the book. Not good with the voices either.


    Was Blood Work worth the listening time?

    Not really.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Light of the World: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 20

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1075)
    Performance
    (954)
    Story
    (944)

    In Light of the World, sadist and serial killer Asa Surrette narrowly escaped the death penalty for the string of heinous murders. But following a series of damning articles written by Dave Robicheaux’s daughter Alafair about possible other crimes committed by Surette, the killer escapes from a prison transport van and heads to Montana - where an unsuspecting Dave happens to have gone to take in the sweet summer air, accompanied by Alafair, his wife Molly, faithful partner Clete, and Clete’s newfound daughter, Gretchen Horowitz.

    Dave says: "Burke is still the best"
    "Too many extraneous words and descriptions."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Light of the World?

    The story was boring. The descriptions were too long. When you got rid of all of the extras, the story could've been one page long.


    Would you be willing to try another book from James Lee Burke? Why or why not?

    I've read others and liked them, but after reading this one, I won't be buying any more.


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    I like listening to the way he does the dialect and continues on after the end of a sentence to include part of the next. He's excellent, and I would listen to others he narrates.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The narration was excellent.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Blood of Flowers

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Anita Amirrezvani
    • Narrated By Shohreh Aghdashloo
    Overall
    (1210)
    Performance
    (659)
    Story
    (659)

    In 17th-century Persia, a 14-year-old woman believes she will be married within the year. When her beloved father dies, she and her mother find themselves alone and without a dowry. With nowhere else to go, they are forced to sell the brilliant turquoise rug the young woman has woven to pay for their journey to Isfahan, where they will work as servants for her uncle, a rich rug designer in the court of the legendary Shah Abbas the Great.

    Shaddi says: "I loved this book!"
    "Wonderful book."
    Overall
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Blood of Flowers the most enjoyable?

    The narrator couldn't have been better. She was able to give me the feeling of being right there. The story was also enlightening and also made me feel like I was living in that time.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Blood of Flowers?

    When they were all living in poverty and the heroine was able to bring them out of it with her skills and determination not to be beaten down.


    What about Shohreh Aghdashloo’s performance did you like?

    The softness with which she read the book. She seemed to immerse herself into the performance.


    If you could take any character from The Blood of Flowers out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would take the heroine to be able to talk to her about the admiration I have for her.


    Any additional comments?

    The book was outstanding and helped me to understand the culture and religion of the times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chomp

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By James Van Der Beek
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (181)

    Wahoo Cray lives in a zoo. His father is an animal wrangler, so he's grown up with all manner of gators, snakes, parrots, rats, monkeys, snappers, and more in his backyard. The critters he can handle. His father is the unpredictable one.

    Janet says: "Performance"
    "Not up to Hiaasen's usual standards.`"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, I would not. It seems to have been written quickly to produce a new book


    What could Carl Hiaasen have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Added more character to the characters.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narration was awful in the way the reader enunciated words, paragraphs, voices, the whole book. He sounded like he was reading rather than acting. Very poorly done.


    Did Chomp inspire you to do anything?

    Think about it before downloading another of Carl Hiaasen's books and to check on who is narrating if I do decide to buy it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mercy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (365)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (98)

    Police chief Cameron McDonald has lived in idyllic Wheelock, Massachusetts, for most of his life, as has his beloved wife, Allie. Their lives are thrown into tumult, however, when Cam's cousin, Jamie, arrives in town, along with his wife's dead body. Jamie admits to the murder: a mercy killing to end the pain caused by a ravaging cancer. And now Cam is torn by his oath to uphold justice and his family obligations. Meanwhile, another new arrival in town threatens to drive a dagger through Cam's marriage.

    Corinne says: "Her books are always good"
    "horrible"
    Overall

    I was extremely disappointed in both the book and the narration. It was a sappy story which went on way too long. The narration was over-the-top dramatic. I would not recommend this book to anyone.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sunshine and Shadow: A Benni Harper Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Earlene Fowler
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    First Benni and her husband find her pick-up truck spray painted with insults. Then, while organizing a quilt show at her gallery, a bullet whizzes by only inches from her head. Could this mystery shooter have something to do with her husband's past as an undercover police officer?

    Sue Holmes says: "Too syrupy"
    "Too syrupy"
    Overall

    This book contained dialogue that normal people would not use. The title character was so wonderful it was unbelievable. It was trite.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Life of Bees

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    Overall
    (2598)
    Performance
    (339)
    Story
    (343)

    Lily Owens has shaped her entire life around one devastating memory - the day her mother was killed. When she and her "stand-in-mother," a fierce-hearted black woman named Rosaleen, are taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters, Lily enters a secret world of bees and honey, and of the Black Madonna who presides over this household of strong, wise women.

    France says: "Secret Life of Bees"
    "Outstanding"
    Overall

    This is one of the best books and narrations I have ever heard. I am amazed at the author's poetry and at the narrator's interpretation. They were the perfect blend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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