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Seattle, WA, United States

  • 4 reviews
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  • Before the Poison

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Peter Robinson
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons, Toby Lennet Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Chris Lowndes built a comfortable career composing scores for films in Hollywood. But after 25 years abroad, and still quietly reeling from the death of his beloved wife, he decides to return to the Yorkshire dales of his youth. To ease the move, he buys Kilnsgate House, a rambling old mansion deep in the country. Although Chris finds Kilnsgate charming, something about the house disturbs him, a vague sensation that the long-empty rooms have been waiting for him - feelings made ever stronger when he learns that the house was the scene of a murder....

    Susie says: "Wow, what book did the other folks listen to?"
    "Drivel . . . utter drivel"
    What disappointed you about Before the Poison?

    I have enjoyed all of the Inspector Banks books and find it hard to believe this is written by the author of that series.

    The plot is less than compelling and entirely predictable. And, why oh why do we have to know what every character orders every time they eat at a pub or restaurant? Not only are we told the name of a wine they drink, we also learn that it tastes of currents with an undertone of tobacco. When the protagonist shops for CD's in South Africa, we are given a list of all of his purchases. Each course of every meal eaten at home is also detailed. All of this information does nothing to advance the plot or to give us a deeper understanding of the characters.

    Although I've never read a romance novel, I suspect that the love scenes in this book are better suited to a book from that genre. Here, they are just icky.

    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I just hope it's better than the last two I've listened to.

    Would you be willing to try another one of Susan Lyons and Toby Lennet Moore ’s performances?

    I'll never listen to a Toby Lennet Moore narration again. The story is told from a first-person perspective, and his voicing of the protagonist only makes him more annoying.

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Severe disappointment.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Mathias Malzieu, Sarah Ardizzone (translator)
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A fantastical novel, a wildly inventive tale—by turns poignant and funny, lusty and wrenching—about love and heartbreak. Edinburgh, 1874: Born with a frozen heart, Jack is nearly dead when his mother abandons him to the care of Dr. Madeleine—witch doctor, midwife, protector of orphans—who saves Jack by placing a cuckoo clock in his chest. It is in her orphanage that Jack grows up, amid tear-filled flasks, eggs containing memories, a man with a musical spine.

    Grace says: "Fantasticly Engulfing"
    "My favorite narrator"

    I would pay to listen to Jim Dale read the phone book.

    Oh, and the book is great, too.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Life

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Keith Richards, James Fox
    • Narrated By Johnny Depp, Joe Hurley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Now at last Keith Richards pauses to tell his story in the most anticipated autobiography in decades. And what a story! Listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records in a coldwater flat with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones, building a sound and a band out of music they loved. Finding fame and success as a bad-boy band, only to find themselves challenged by authorities everywhere....

    Jesse says: "Ins and outs"
    "I just can't listen anymore"

    I've been a Stones fan forever, but I'm not sure I'll be able to enjoy their music after listening to the first two installments of this book. (I don't plan to ever listen to the third.) Richards' misogyny is all the worse because he is either unaware of it or utterly unapologetic for it. Women are either b*tches, chicks or birds and seem to exist only to be f***ed by Richards. Even if I could ignore his treatment of women, I doubt that I would finish the book - it is very badly written.

    I'm not sure why Johnny Depp narrates the beginning and Joe Hurley the rest. It seems bizarre.

    21 of 62 people found this review helpful
  • Plain Truth

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Christina Moore, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The discovery of a dead infant in an Amish barn shakes Lancaster County to its core. But the police investigation leads to a more shocking disclosure: circumstantial evidence suggests that 18-year-old Katie Fisher, an unmarried Amish woman believed to be the newborn's mother, took the child's life.

    Susan says: "Plain good!"

    So maybe not every reader will be an attorney and a quilter and will cringe at how poorly the author understands the construction and execution of both a criminal defense and a quilt, but any reader can appreciate how badly this novel is written. Her thouroughly unlikable characters are consistent in being completely inconsistent. Why would a seemingly strong, smart and independent woman realize the love of her life is a man who becomes angry with her when she refuses to sleep with him, after he becomes sexually aroused, because she has left him with, and I quote, "blue balls"? This same man tries to order her not to continue with a trial when she doesn't feel well when she is a few weeks pregnant with his child. Just the kind of guy every intelligent and self-reliant woman wants.

    It was torture to listen to this all the way to the end, but I was hoping the author would somewhat redeem herself with a suprising yet logical solution to the book's mystery. Sadly, she did not. I have dozens of audiobooks on my hard drive; this is the first one I've permanently deleted.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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