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Helen Shin

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  • The Secret of the Old Clock: Nancy Drew Mystery Stories 1

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Carolyn Keene
    • Narrated By Laura Linney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (85)

    Nancy Drew's keen mind is tested when she searches for a missing will.

    Deena says: "I love Nancy Drew!"
    "Charming!"
    Overall

    I never read Nancy Drew books growing up (I'm 42) but I had always been curious about them. I thought the audiobooks were a fun way to get to know them, especially with Laura Linney as the narrator. It's true that the writing is quite old-fashioned and not so "politically correct" as another reviewer mentioned, but I found it to be charmingly quaint, not offensive. I was surprisingly absorbed by the twists and turns of the plot. I cannot say enough about Laura Linney! She is wonderful. Overall, this was a fantastic light & easy listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Monk Goes to the Firehouse

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Lee Goldberg
    • Narrated By Laura Hicks
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (27)

    Monk's house is being fumigated, and he has nowhere to go. Fortunately, his assistant Natalie and her daughter are kind enough to welcome him into their home. Unfortunately, their home is not quite up to Monk's standards of cleanliness and order. But while Monk attempts to arrange his surroundings just so, something else needs to be put straight. The death of a dog at the local firehouse - on the same night as a fatal house fire - has led Monk into a puzzling mystery.

    Russell says: "Enjoyable listen"
    "Light and Fun Listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I like to alternate between a serious book and a light, "fluffy" book. This fit the second category perfectly. I found it surprisingly funny. I giggled out loud several times listening to this book in public, which I haven't done since the last David Sedaris book. It was also quite touching in some parts, much like the TV show. Overall a very satisfying listening experience. I will be buying more in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Big Little Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7312)
    Performance
    (6413)
    Story
    (6413)

    Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

    horslovr says: "Very entertaining!"
    "Satisfying!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Big Little Lies the most enjoyable?

    I resisted this book for a long time. I didn't think I wanted to listen to a story about competitive and superficial suburban parents, which is the impression I had of this book. I'm really glad I decided to try it. I was hooked from the very first minute. It was light and fun listen with just the right amount of drama. The only word I have for the narration is "special". It made me care about the characters way more than I would have if I had just read their words. The writing moves fast. I felt like I was watching a movie in my head. Maybe not a serious and important Oscar winning movie but very entertaining and surprisingly complex. I found it unpredictable without being farfetched. I don't know when was the last time I actually stopped in my tracks and said "oh my god!" out loud during a book. I did it a few times toward the end, once startling the person next to me on the subway!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • On Target: A Gray Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3294)
    Performance
    (2715)
    Story
    (2717)

    Four years ago, assassin Court Gentry was betrayed by his handlers in the CIA. Now, an old comrade returns to haunt him - and to force him on a mission against his will. With his ruthless employers on one side, his former friends on the other, and a doomed mission ahead, Court Gentry would kill to get out of this one alive.

    Clayton says: "really impressive"
    "a total deviation from the first book"
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    Performance
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    What disappointed you about On Target?

    I absolutely loved the fast paced, no-nonsense action and the gripping suspense of The Grey Man. This sequel does have a lot of action but the plot is meandering and uninteresting. I am more than half way into the book right now and, after giving it many chances, I have decided to stop listening and return it. I rarely return books even when I am not completely delighted with the reading. In addition to the weak story, what really made me turn it off in the middle of a sentence and delete it from my iphone is that I just couldn't go on listening to the author's portrayal of the only female character Ellen (a main character) as being consistently stupid, illogical, helpless, and whiny. None of the characters in the first or second book are exactly subtle, but I was disturbed that even a six-year-old child character speaks and thinks more intelligently in this book than Ellen, an adult female lawyer.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Artemis Fowl: Artemis Fowl, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Eoin Colfer
    • Narrated By Nathaniel Parker
    Overall
    (2197)
    Performance
    (1140)
    Story
    (1149)

    Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is a millionaire, a genuis, and, above all, a criminal mastermind. But even Artemis doesn't know what he's taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. These aren't the fairies of bedtime stories, they're dangerous! Full of unexpected twists and turns, Artemis Fowl is a riveting, magical adventure.

    JHawk 77 says: "Artemis Fowl (unabridged)"
    "Original and Absorbing"
    Overall

    I've listened to the entire series and loved the experience. I felt myself completely transported to another world. The action is super exciting and the characters are unforgettable. The narration is perfect. It is very different from the Harry Potter books but if you are an adult (like me) who enjoy well-written young adult books, you will enjoy the fun and the originality of this series. I didn't reallly like Artemis Fowl after the first book... I wasn't sure if I wanted to read the second one but I'm glad I continued because seeing Artemis develop as a character is what made me truly love the series. I often laughed out loud listening to the books and even cried a few times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21824)
    Performance
    (15653)
    Story
    (15562)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Couldn't finish"
    Overall

    It started off great with an interesting premise and fascinating historical details. I liked the narrator's voice and her various accents. About half way through, however, the story loses steam (both in action and in romance) and just meanders on and on in a very repetitive way. With about 2 hours left, I realized that I just didn't care anymore what happened to the characters so I stopped listening. I'm glad I bought the book on a major sale because I would have been upset that I wasted my credit on it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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