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JMom

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  • The Chalk Girl: A Mallory Novel, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Carol O'Connell
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (366)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (296)

    New York Times best-selling author Carol O’Connell has won a wide fan base with her popular novels starring NYPD detective Kathy Mallory. In The Chalk Girl, a little girl is abandoned in Central Park—with her uncle’s body in a tree not far away. Recognizing a kindred spirit in the girl, Mallory takes the case. But her investigation soon leads to a trail of murder and blackmail spanning 15 years.

    shopper from Playa del Rey says: "More, More, More!"
    "Terrific narration!"
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    What does Barbara Rosenblat bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She brought the characters to life. I think I've read all the Mallory books, and I hesitated about downloading this one because I was getting tired of the repeating elements of the stories--Mallory's personality and relationships. Listening to Barbara Rosenblat read the book, it all felt fresh and often very funny. She was perfect!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sun Is God

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    Colonial New Guinea, 1906: A small group of mostly German nudists lives an extreme back-to-nature existence on the remote island of Kabakon. Eating only coconuts and bananas, they purport to worship the sun. One of their members, Max Lutzow, has recently died, allegedly from malaria. But an autopsy on his body in the nearby capital of Herbertshöhe raises suspicions about foul play.

    Carrie Arnold says: "Fascinating story!"
    "Read the book"
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    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I had to do it in small doses.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this because it was Adrian McKinty and Gerard Doyle. I've enjoyed all of their work on Audible. However, I think I would have enjoyed this one a lot more if I had read the book instead of listening to it. It's a fascinating story but for some reason it didn't work well as an audiobook.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ordinary Grace

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated By Rich Orlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (647)
    Performance
    (580)
    Story
    (575)

    Award-winning author William Kent Krueger has gained an immense fan base for his Cork O’Connor series. In Ordinary Grace, Krueger looks back to 1961 to tell the story of Frank Drum, a boy on the cusp of manhood. A typical 13-year-old with a strong, loving family, Frank is devastated when a tragedy forces him to face the unthinkable - and to take on a maturity beyond his years.

    Ronna says: "best book to come along this year!!"
    "mediocre"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really. It was a trite story about tedious characters. I would have stopped listening except that the narrator was really good, and I had already given up on the other sale books I had bought.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Obvious. Every single plot development was obvious.


    Any additional comments?

    I like the author's Cork O'Conner series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Monday: Frieda Klein, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Nicci French
    • Narrated By Beth Chalmers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (473)
    Performance
    (420)
    Story
    (421)

    Frieda Klein is a solitary, incisive psychotherapist who spends her sleepless nights walking along the ancient rivers that have been forced underground in modern London. She believes that the world is a messy, uncontrollable place. The abduction of five-year-old Matthew Farraday provokes a national outcry and a desperate police hunt. And when his face is splashed over the newspapers, Frieda cannot ignore the coincidence: one of her patients has been having dreams in which he has a hunger for just such a child.

    William says: "Terrific!"
    "Dull exposition; awful narrator"
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    Would you be willing to try another one of Beth Chalmers’s performances?

    No, her voice and accents were grating. The whiny, nasal voices given to a couple of the male characters were especially bad.


    Any additional comments?

    The amount of time devoted to the philosophy and methods of psychoanalysis was excessive and deadly boring. The main character was apparently meant to be intriguing, with hints of family secrets to be revealed later in the series, but was not in the least an interesting person. Too much description of long walks, biting wind and sleet, and Freida's inexplicable love of London. Irrelevant cardboard romance that is supposed to show us Freida's proud independence and need for solitude (and, of course, love of London) but is just icky. Irrelevant and irritating plot interruptions by niece and sister-in-law. Cutesy relationship with Joseph that seems to have been inspired by Murphy Brown and her painter, Elden. If I sound excessively negative, it's because I was expecting a much better book on the basis of reviews, etc. I was looking forward to listening to it on a long car trip and it turned out to be like driving with someone that is kind of okay, but you can't stand being trapped in a car with for 12 hours.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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