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Jolae

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  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    Overall
    (2757)
    Performance
    (2420)
    Story
    (2435)

    When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    cristina says: "I was surprised by how much I liked it"
    "I wanted more."
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Casual Vacancy to be better than the print version?

    unknown


    What did you like best about this story?

    depth of the characters


    Which character – as performed by Tom Hollander – was your favorite?

    Chrystal


    If you could take any character from The Casual Vacancy out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Guya, she has potential to be more.


    Any additional comments?

    Whis the book was longer.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Missing You

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    Overall
    (1416)
    Performance
    (1252)
    Story
    (1254)

    Number-one New York Times best-selling author Harlan Coben set huge sales records with last year’s Six Years - and he’s poised to do it again in his next breathtaking stand-alone thriller. Harlan Coben, author of six consecutive instant number-one New York Times best sellers and a total of 24 award-winning, best-selling, and internationally acclaimed novels, returns with another ripped-from-real-life thriller full of impossibly high emotional stakes and the real-to-life characters for which he has become famous.

    Susan says: "I Ain't Missing You"
    "Predictible"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Sure, it was ok the violence was somewhat overthe top did not add to the story


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The generational saga.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


    Do you think Missing You needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, it is over.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cryptonomicon

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (2005)
    Performance
    (1362)
    Story
    (1382)

    Neal Stephenson hacks into the secret histories of nations and the private obsessions of men, decrypting with dazzling virtuosity the forces that shaped this century.

    flaos says: "Finally Audible"
    "I could not finish it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A solid story line


    What was most disappointing about Neal Stephenson’s story?

    I could not keep track of the characters and the plot was elusive.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was good.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Cryptonomicon?

    I do not have a clue.


    Any additional comments?

    A wasted credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7412)
    Performance
    (6798)
    Story
    (6802)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Worth every moment"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Only my friends who can


    What did you like best about this story?

    character development


    What does David Pittu bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I think it was his ability to change his voice with narration with each character and remain consistent and believable


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

    Hobe, there is so much more to learn from him


    Any additional comments?

    More from this duo.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Harbor: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan
    Overall
    (2284)
    Performance
    (1949)
    Story
    (1935)

    In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.

    Amazon Customer says: "Best in the Series"
    "Needs a new story line"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Tana French and/or Stephen Hogan?

    I like French but she is getting too predictible, Hogan is a great.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Less transparent, afterall it is a mystery


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

    Consistently good.


    Do you think Broken Harbor needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Creole Belle: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1584)
    Performance
    (1368)
    Story
    (1332)

    Creole Belle begins where the last book in the Dave Robicheaux series, The Glass Rainbow, ended. Dave is in a recovery unit in New Orleans, where a Creole girl named Tee Jolie Melton visits him and leaves him an iPod with the country blues song “Creole Belle” on it. Then she disappears. Dave becomes obsessed with the song and the memory of Tee Jolie and goes in search of her sister, who later turns up inside a block of ice floating in the Gulf.

    Melinda says: "Burke & Patton -- Synergistic Phenomenon"
    "Burke never disapoints."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely if I thought they could deal with the violence.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I do not want to comment it could be a spoiler.


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

    Well done


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I have read them all and I the stories are always a mixture of currency and history.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Passage

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (157)

    Dr. Joanna Lander is a psychologist specializing in near-death experiences. She is about to get help from a new doctor with the power to give her the chance to get as close to death as anyone can.

    Aser says: "You Can't Get There From Here"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Passage?

    The story seemed to lack a plot.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Connie Willis again?

    I really like her time travel books


    What does Dina Pearlman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narration was the best part of this listening experience.


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

    The narration


    Any additional comments?

    I hope this is not a trend for Willis.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Likeness

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Heather O'Neill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2723)
    Performance
    (1634)
    Story
    (1642)

    Tana French's debut, In the Woods, hit the New York Times best-seller list and drew rave reviews from the Times (London) and Booklist. Picking up six months later, this riveting sequel finds Detective Cassie Maddox still scarred by her last case. When her boyfriend calls her to a chilling murder scene, Cassie is forced to face her inner demons. A young woman has been found stabbed to death outside Dublin, and the victim looks just like Cassie.

    Michael says: "Really on a Different Level"
    "Loved it!"
    Overall

    I can't wait for more by this author. I have listened to the all and all are captivating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Jefferson Key: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1159)
    Performance
    (701)
    Story
    (698)

    Four United States presidents have been assassinated - in 1865, 1881, 1901, and 1963 - each murder seemingly unrelated and separated by time. But what if those presidents were all killed for the same reason: a clause in the United States Constitution - contained within Article 1, Section 8 - that would shock Americans? This question is what faces former Justice Department operative Cotton Malone in his latest adventure. When a bold assassination attempt is made against President Danny Daniels in the heart of Manhattan, Malone risks his life to foil the killing....

    Eric says: "Great listen; great narration, worth the credit"
    "Failed to hook me"
    Overall

    Could not engage with this story it had so much promise but I kept getting lost in the movement between time periods.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Inner Circle

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1321)
    Performance
    (693)
    Story
    (693)

    When Clementine Kaye, archivist Beecher White's first childhood crush, shows up at the National Archives asking for his help, Beecher tries to impress her by showing her the secret vault where the president of the United States privately reviews classified documents. They accidentally happen upon a priceless artifact - and find themselves suddenly entangled in a web of deception, conspiracy, and murder.

    Joseph says: "VERY WELL DONE"
    "Could not put it down"
    Overall

    I love a mystery and in this the characters are developed and the story is unpredictable. I also enjoyed Bricks narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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