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kenneth

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  • Cloudland: A Crime Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Joseph Olshan
    • Narrated By Eliza Foss
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (48)

    Cloudland is a stunning literary thriller set in rural Vermont from the much-praised author of Nightswimmer and Clara's Heart. Once a major reporter for a national newspaper, Catherine Winslow has retreated to the Upper Valley of Vermont to write a household hints column. While out walking during an early spring thaw, Catherine discovers the body of a woman leaning against an apple tree near her house. From the corpse’s pink parka, Winslow recognizes her as the latest victim of a serial killer.

    glamazon says: "Page-turner Upgraded!"
    "An good mystery- keeps you guessing to the end"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Cloudland the most enjoyable?

    The way the mystery unfolded - who dunnit


    What did you like best about this story?

    Puzzling which of the FEW seemingly "respectable characters " could be the perpertrator"


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

    Draws you into the scenes, creating them with her clever intonations,and draws you into every character . For me Its as good as watching a video.


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

    The person who found the body. she stayed around when most would have run.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was very cleverly crafted with, for me, a surprize ending. Unnecessary incidental "padding" was nearly always tolerable and did not detract from the story too much.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6674)
    Performance
    (5799)
    Story
    (5776)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Nicole says: "A great book"
    "Rivetting and compelling from start to finish"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Witness?

    The facinating characterizations and brilliant story line


    What did you like best about this story?

    Its 21st century story line and characters - suspensful with a great "twist" .
    Computer nerds and their knowledge around technology.


    Which character – as performed by Julia Whelan – was your favorite?

    Abigail a wonderful insightful performance of a "damaged" persona.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Neither It did leave me feeling more vunerable to trusting computerized technology.
    It encouraged my faith in human nature


    Any additional comments?

    It"s what would be called( if reading one's sel)f a "page turner" - made all the more enjoyable and suspensful by the brilliant "narrator"

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Long Summer Day

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By R F Delderfield
    • Narrated By Jonathan Oliver
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (9)

    Paul Craddock is still young when he is invalided out of the army after the Boer War and he discovers the neglected estate of Shallowford in a secluded corner of Devon.

    kenneth says: "Brilliant story read with skill"
    "Brilliant story read with skill"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Long Summer Day in three words, what would they be?

    Rivetting narrative Absorbing entertaining


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Long Summer Day?

    Eleanor's Codsell,s cart ride
    Ikey.s taming of the horse in the ironmongers
    Rescue of the German seamen


    What about Jonathan Oliver’s performance did you like?

    Par excellent His interpretation of the Devon brogue with all it's characters was believable


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

    Not really - the duration enhanced the expectation


    Any additional comments?

    Delighted me from go to woe

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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