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Julie

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  • Swag

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Elmore Leonard
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (104)

    The smallest of small-time criminals, Ernest Stickley Jr. figures his luck's about to change when Detroit used-car salesman Frank Ryan catches him trying to boost a ride from Ryan's lot. Frank's got some surefire schemes for getting rich quick - all of them involving guns - and all Stickley has to do is follow "Ryan's Rules" to share the wealth. But sometimes rules need to be bent, maybe even broken, if one is to succeed in the world of crime, especially if the "brains" of the operation knows less than nothing.

    D. Sevener says: "Fun tale, well told, great narration"
    "Characters you hope die"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Elmore Leonard and/or Frank Muller?

    No


    Has Swag turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes


    What aspect of Frank Muller’s performance would you have changed?

    He should learn how people fom Detroit pronounce the street names. And he just sounds so sarcastic all the time. The characters are lousers enough, then his interpretations makes them worse.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I tried and tried with this book. I kept thinking it would get better. But the characters and their attitudes and activities are repulsive in a way. Boring, for certain. Couldn't finish it. A waste of money and time. I listened to one Leonard book and enjoyed it. Then a second which was just ok. But this one, yuk. I'm from Detroit, so the narrator's mispronunciations of the streets and areas was annoying. Would it be so hard to get it authentic?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How the Light Gets In: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1043)
    Performance
    (940)
    Story
    (939)

    Shadows are falling on the usually festive Christmas season for Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. When Gamache receives a message from Myrna Landers that a longtime friend has failed to arrive for Christmas in the village of Three Pines, he welcomes the chance to get away from the city. Gamache soon discovers the missing woman was once one of the most famous people not just in North America, but in the world, and now goes unrecognized by virtually everyone. As events come to a head, Gamache is drawn ever deeper into the world of Three Pines.

    Nancy J says: "Welcome Home!"
    "Maybe her best yet"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It is a well plotted, intriguing story linked to Canadian history told in a way that unfolds realistically but still surprisingly. No gimmicks.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of How the Light Gets In?

    The ending, when the plot takes a turn you don't expect, but still follows perfeclly from the story elements.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Setting up the intrusion into the Surete's computer system. All the characters' reactions were so authentic -- true to their personalities and characters. And the tension is palpable.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Deception and corruption, loyalty and family secrets.


    Any additional comments?

    Superb narration of a large group of characters; you get to know them all....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wolf Hall

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Slater
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1894)
    Performance
    (1170)
    Story
    (1176)

    In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII's court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king's favor and ascend to the heights of political powerEngland in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years, and marry Anne Boleyn.

    S. Marie says: "A unique perspective of history"
    "History that reads like a great novel"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Wolf Hall in three words, what would they be?

    Superb history story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cromwell, of course. The author and narrator combine to humanize him and the mid 1500s as no other account I have ever read.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Slater’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first time I have heard him. But now I will look for him.


    If you could take any character from Wolf Hall out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I like to take Cromwell out, but he might be bored.


    Any additional comments?

    This should be required reading in any college English or Western European history course.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How the Irish Saved Civilization

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Thomas Cahill
    • Narrated By Donal Donnelly
    Overall
    (348)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (97)

    Thanks to Thomas Cahill, the pivotal era called the "dark ages" is brought back to vibrant life, its personages portrayed in all their seemingly contemporary humanity, its issues simply and compellingly spelled out. How the Irish Saved Civilization will change forever the way we look at our past, and ourselves.

    P says: "Fascinating book"
    "Difficult to enjoy"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend this version -- the reader is overly dramatic and the author too self indulgent. The story is interesting and deserves a good editor and better reader.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Donal Donnelly?

    no


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I like long books, so I chose the 8 hour version and regretted it the first day. Still, in the long slog thru this there are fascinating facts and perspectives.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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