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Karen

Bordentown, NJ, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 12 reviews
  • 44 ratings
  • 1289 titles in library
  • 24 purchased in 2015
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  • A Textbook Case: A Lincoln Rhyme Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 43 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By January LaVoy, Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (71)

    From Jeffery Deaver comes an original short story featuring Lincoln Rhyme. When a young woman is found brutally murdered in a parking garage, with a veritable mountain of potential evidence to sift through, it may be the most challenging case former NYPD detective Lincoln Rhyme has ever taken on.

    Jacqueline says: "Great narration---Story just average"
    "Producers, please listen - stop the madness!"
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    I left a similar comment about another book by another one of my favorite authors. As with that one, because of the way the book is produced, I can't listen and plan to return it. (I love Jeffery Deaver and Lincoln Rhyme, so I'm sure it's great and sure hope it's available on Kindle.) So I gave the story 5 even though I couldn't get through it. So back to the rant - unless a book is meant to be a PLAY, please do not have several 'actors' inject quotes when another person is narrating. It's jarring and just unlistenable. I just finished a book entirely narrated by Edoardo Ballerini and it was great (Speaks the Nightingale, Robert McCammon, book 1, Matthew Corbett series). In some cases, it works to use multiple narrators if there are whole sections coming from the point of view of a certain character and one narrator does all the quotes in a section. Still, my first choice would be Eduardo Ballerini or Colin Firth telling me the whole story....

    Producers, please please stop - don't let this annoying style of production become a trend!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Susan Jane Gilman
    • Narrated By Susan Jane Gilman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (69)

    In 1913, little Malka Treynovsky flees Russia with her family. Bedazzled by tales of gold and movie stardom, she tricks them into buying tickets for America. Yet no sooner do they land on the squalid Lower East Side of Manhattan, than Malka is crippled and abandoned in the street. Taken in by a tough-loving Italian ices peddler, she manages to survive through cunning and inventiveness. As she learns the secrets of his trade, she begins to shape her own destiny. She falls in love with a gorgeous, illiterate radical named Albert, and they set off across America in an ice cream truck.

    Toby says: "Don't sue me! I loved every minute of this novel"
    "More, please"
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    I listened to this over the summer and just loved it, author-narrator and all. I sneak up on this Audible page every so often, hoping to find something new by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Kim Jong-Il Production: The Extraordinary True Story of a Kidnapped Filmmaker, His Star Actress, and a Young Dictator's Rise to Power

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Paul Fischer
    • Narrated By Stephen Park
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Before becoming the world's most notorious dictator, Kim Jong-Il ran North Korea's Ministry for Propaganda and its film studios. Conceiving every movie made, he acted as producer and screenwriter. Despite this control, he was underwhelmed by the available talent and took drastic steps, ordering the kidnapping of Choi Eun-Hee (Madam Choi) - South Korea's most famous actress - and her ex-husband Shin Sang-Ok, the country's most famous filmmaker.

    BowedBookshelf says: "Completely riveting and stupefyingly informative."
    "Absolutely terrifying"
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    The book is fascinating and well narrated, but I am shell-shocked. It's not just the heartbreaking story of Madame Choi and Shin Sang-Ok. Though I am appalled by the way their lives and those of so many others were so tidily snatched away by that despicable despot. My heart really goes out to the ordinary citizens who are held captive and controlled every day of their lives in that backward country. How can this stuff go on? Because you know it does. Excuse me while I go kiss the ground again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Alice

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Lisa Genova
    • Narrated By Lisa Genova
    Overall
    (1411)
    Performance
    (976)
    Story
    (977)

    Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At 50 years old, she's a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned expert in linguistics with a successful husband and three grown children. When she begins to grow disoriented and forgetful, a tragic diagnosis changes her life - and her relationship with her family and the world - forever.

    Ira says: "Incredibly stimulating and thought-provoking"
    "They made it a movie so it must be good"
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    But for me, the narration ruined the book. Authors who are not trained actors should not be narrating their books. It took me back to sixth grade when we had to listen to our classmates read aloud, and this was not only due to the apparent youthfulness of the author. Almost every sentence started in the same sing-songy way, the characters voices couldn't be distinguished from one another, and the bland delivery made all the characters seem shallow (were they, in fact?). I didn't even like Alice, much less her husband and children. I wanted to give the book four stars because it is well-written and discusses a worthwhile topic, but it just didn't move me. Too bad Julianne Moore didn't narrate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • New Year Island

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Paul Draker
    • Narrated By Teri Schnaubelt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (110)

    Ten strangers, recruited by an edgy new reality show and marooned on an abandoned island overrun by wildlife. One dies in a horrible accident. Nine realize they are all past survivors, alive only because they've beaten incredible odds once before. One by one, their hidden secrets are revealed. Eight discover they are trapped. Caught in a game so deadly that the most terrifying experiences of their lives were only its qualifying round, they must now face the greatest danger on the island... each other.

    Terri B. says: "Wow, just wow!"
    "Narrator was very good..."
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    And the beginning chapter drew me in. After that, it just didn't work for me. Wishy-washy, unlikeable characters, implausible plot, and too many words. I love a long book that I can get lost in and really tried to plug along, but this one just didn't interest me. Maybe I'm too old - I don't like 99% of the reality shows out there - and younger readers may love it. All that said, the writing itself was good, and the narrator did a great job.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Final Silence

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stuart Neville
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (173)

    Rea Carlisle has inherited a house from an uncle she never knew. It doesn't take her long to clear out the dead man's remaining possessions, but one room remains stubbornly locked. When Rea finally forces it open, she discovers inside a chair, a table - and a leather-bound book, its pages filled with locks of hair, fingernails: a catalogue of victims. Horrified, Rea wants to go straight to the police but her family intervenes, fearing that scandal will mar her politician father's public image.

    Karen says: "Outstanding all around - story, author, narrator"
    "Outstanding all around - story, author, narrator"
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    Stuart Neville is one of the few authors I buy "review unseen" - especially if narrated by the Gerard Doyle. The story pulled me in from the first word to the last. Get this book - you will love it.

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • The Keeper of Lost Causes: Department Q, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    Overall
    (1841)
    Performance
    (1604)
    Story
    (1600)

    Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award-also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo. Now, Dutton is thrilled to introduce him to America.

    Kelli N. Perkins says: "Maximum Thrill and Fabulous Characters"
    "Where have I been?"
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    Yay! Is there anything better than finding a great author and series a few years late so you can read one book right after the other? It's all there - great characters, story, writing, narrator, etc. I'm about to start book 2 and a little worried that there's a different narrator. I really liked the way Erik Davies could pull out that Danish lilt and then flip back to yankee. I hear a lot of Danish accents at work and thought he did a great job. Authors and Audible - pair up a great author and narrator for an entire series and you will have us for the duration. Examples: Adrian McKinty/Gerard Doyle; Diana Gabaldon/Davina Porter.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Cold, Cold Ground

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1469)
    Performance
    (1276)
    Story
    (1270)

    Adrian McKinty was born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. He studied politics and philosophy at Oxford before moving to America in the early 1990s. Living first in Harlem, he found employment as a construction worker, barman, and bookstore clerk. In 2000 he moved to Denver to become a high school English teacher and it was there that he began writing fiction.

    Alan says: "What a stunning book"
    "Love that Irish, and no mistake!"
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    Adrian McKinty's writing style and stories are magic, and Gerard Doyle is the perfect narrator for them. Every sentence has rhythm, the characters are complex and real, and the plots draw you in. Plus there's a lot of great comedy. Doyle is the perfect channel for McKinty's withering insults, and you'll be laughing (and wincing) even as something very unpleasant is happening to some unfortunate thug. I just finished the "dead" trilogy (had already listened to 'cold, cold ground' and the others), and now I want more. Only the Lighthouse series is left, and while it's not might favorite genre, it's Adrian McKinty so I'll give it a try. (McKinty's books are as good as Stieg Larsen's; they should be movies too.)

    1 of 1 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
    (462)
    Performance
    (366)
    Story
    (359)

    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..."
    "Great stuff; I just don't get the negative reviews"
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    It was just what I would expect from Elizabeth George - delectable. Wonderful, complex characters you've come to know and love. Intriguing multiple storylines. (Audible, PLEASE offer more of this author's UNABRIDGED past works.) And Davina Porter's narration, as always, is perfect.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Four Feet Tall & Rising: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Shorty Rossi, S. J. Hodges
    • Narrated By Shorty Rossi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    Luigi Francis "Shorty" Rossi, the tough-talking, fedora-wearing star of Animal Planet's hit show Pit Boss, may stand only four feet tall, but that hasn't stopped him from living large, becoming a successful businessman and an outspoken advocate for pit bulls, the most misunderstood dog breed in the world.

    Karen says: "Great book, truly good person"
    "Great book, truly good person"
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    I was already a fan of Shorty from watching Pit Boss, but now I'm over the top. Buy this book - you will be touched, impressed, and highly entertained. Shorty is an actor, so his performance is just as good as your favorite narrators. He will have you either laughing out loud or crying. Without a whiff of sentimentality, he makes you want to change the world and, even better, shows you that you can. Thank you, Shorty!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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