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Pamela Murphy

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  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23111)
    Performance
    (9750)
    Story
    (9821)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    Overall

    I digested this book slowly over a number of weeks; I couldn't put it down, but I didn't want the story to end. This was one of the most interesting, original, imaginative works of fiction I have read in years. Before I was finished I had order my own "to keep" copy of the hardback. Yes, the author delved into the dark side of life, but that dark side of the characters was necessary to drive the plot. I would recommend this book to anyone who can keep an open mind, enjoys great character development and appreciates a realistic ending.

    30 of 31 people found this review helpful
  • False Prophet: A Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Faye Kellerman
    • Narrated By Mitchell Greenberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (52)

    LAPD Detective Peter Decker doesn’t know quite what to make of Lilah Brecht. The beautiful, eccentric spa owner and daughter of a faded Hollywood legend, Lilah was beaten, robbed, and raped in her own home - and claims to have psychic powers that enable her to see even more devastating events looming on the horizon. With his heart and mind on his pregnant young wife, Rina Lazarus, at home, Peter finds it hard to put much credence in the victim’s outrageous claims, or to become too deeply involved....

    Kelly says: "getting to know Marge Dunn"
    "Can't even finish the listen.."
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    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about False Prophet?

    I am half-way through the first download and I can't listen to more. I have NEVER stopped a book in the middle; I give authors a chance to improve. The plot is uninteresting and is full of a lot of nonsense detail. The characters are not interesting. The read is terrible. Yesterday, I pulled the plug, put the iPod in the armrest and turned on the radio.

    Save your time.


    What could Faye Kellerman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Started with something more interesting than a beating.. of a rich, simpering you-know-what.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    His alternate voices are almost funny - like someone telling a joke.


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

    Very much disappointment. I have only read Faye before, in a pinch, but the listen is not up to Audible standards.


    Any additional comments?

    May I have my credit back?

    3 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Marriage Plot

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1726)
    Performance
    (1427)
    Story
    (1418)

    It’s the early 1980s—the country is in a deep recession, and life after college is harder than ever. In the cafés on College Hill, the wised-up kids are inhaling Derrida and listening to Talking Heads. But Madeleine Hanna, dutiful English major, is writing her senior thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot, purveyors of the marriage plot that lies at the heart of the greatest English novels.

    FanB14 says: "Esoteric, Vapid, Trite"
    "It's a true 5 star book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Marriage Plot rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is at the top of my list


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mitchell - he had the most to learn


    Which character – as performed by David Pittu – was your favorite?

    Mitchell


    Who was the most memorable character of The Marriage Plot and why?

    Leonard and his manic depression was extraordinary


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book - kept my attention each and every minute.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Judas Strain: A Sigma Force Novel, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By James Rollins
    • Narrated By Peter J. Fernandez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1111)
    Performance
    (299)
    Story
    (308)

    From the depths of the Indian Ocean, a horrific plague has arisen to devastate humankind - a disease that's unknown, unstoppable, and deadly. But it is merely a harbinger of the doom that is to follow. Aboard a cruise liner transformed into a makeshift hospital, Dr. Lisa Cummings and Monk Kokkalis, operatives of SIGMA Force, search for answers to the bizarre affliction. But there are others with far less altruistic intentions.

    JoAnn Marcon says: "A fun book"
    "More particple phrases than action"
    Overall

    Having read only two-thirds of the book, I am ready to scream. Seeing the length of the rest, I have given up.
    Telling you of the many particple phrases used, I hope that you don't read this book.

    Really, folks, listening to this book is pure torture. Having read too many books that week, some editor was in a hurry to get this one published.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1323)
    Performance
    (686)
    Story
    (683)

    Toru Okada is going through a difficult time. He is without a job, his cat has disappeared, and his wife is behaving strangely. Into this unbalanced world comes a variety of curious characters, a young girl sunbathing in a nearby garden; sisters who are very peculiar indeed; an old war veteran with a violent, disturbing story. Okada retreats to a deep well in a nearby house. And the story unfolds.

    Shelley says: "Bizarre"
    "Magnificant tale told"
    Overall

    The author takes us into a world of bizarre characters, strange happenings and tells a wonderul tale with all the twists and turns of a complex mystery. Allow your expectations to stay outside of this world. Just step in and enjoy a magnificant tale of human weakness and strength.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Exile

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Richard North Patterson
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1139)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (182)

    David Wolfe's life is approaching an exhilarating peak: a successful San Francisco lawyer, he's about to get married and has been primed for a run for Congress. But when the phone rings and he hears the voice of Hana Arif, the Palestinian woman with whom he had a passionate affair in law school, he begins a completely unexpected journey. The day after Hana's call, the prime minister of Israel is assassinated by a suicide bomber - and soon Hana is accused of being the mastermind behind the murder.

    John says: "Exile"
    "Dialogue Pain"
    Overall

    Rick Patterson took a wonderful subject, a big chunk of modern day history and turned it into a monster of a read. He admits in his interview that he left nothing out. If he traveled there, he included his location in the book. He included too much to be easily readable!

    Second, Patterson's editor needs to be more vigilant in editing. I heard at least three 'he or she said sardonically' in this book and at least dozens more of the dialogue attributions. Everyone spoke quietly, earnestly, softly and sardonically until the nails on the blackboard screeched in my ears each time someone spoke.

    If you saw a lone woman driving down the interstate day after daylistening to her audio tape but screaming in a silent pain, I confess, it was me, slugging my way through the book.

    I was rewarded at the end with a great court room scene. I wish we would've gotten there about 100,000 words sooner.

    If you have an I-pod and can listen in fast mode and skip forward every chapter or so, you too can slug through the jungle of words.

    If you want great writing that tingles your toes, look elsewhere. This is a history lesson wrapped with painful dialogue. The characters are rather enteraining, at times.

    Mr. Patterson needs to read Stephen King's "On Writing." Could someone tell him it's available on audio? "I learned from the King book," she said earnestly but softly in that sweet manner.

    27 of 40 people found this review helpful
  • The Guardian

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sparks
    • Narrated By Isabel Keating
    Overall
    (375)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (189)

    Julie Barenson's young husband left her two unexpected gifts before he died - a puppy named Singer and the promise that he would always be watching over her. Now, four years later, 29-year-old Julie is far too young to have given up on love. She may be ready to risk caring for someone again. But who?

    Pamela Murphy says: "The Guardian is all washed up..."
    "The Guardian is all washed up..."
    Overall

    What can one say about a novel in which the main characters are weak and unable to solve any problems? I listened to the whole book just to see if it could get any worse, and unamazingly, it did. There were no heroes in this book, a slight heroine who rides out of the darkness a little late, but only very stupid people who hold inane conversations and unimaginative characters who get seriously injured.

    And then Sparks had the nerve to thank everyone in the world for this book, like it was an Academy award.

    Don't even waste your time on this one!

    91 of 96 people found this review helpful

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