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Churchill

arlington, va, usa | Member Since 2012

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  • A Beautiful Blue Death: Charles Lenox Mysteries Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Charles Finch
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (107)

    Charles Lenox, Victorian gentleman and armchair explorer, likes nothing more than to relax in his private study with a cup of tea, a roaring fire and a good book. But when his lifelong friend Lady Jane asks for his help, Lenox cannot resist the chance to unravel a mystery. Prudence Smith, one of Jane's former servants, is dead of an apparent suicide. But Lenox suspects something far more sinister: murder, by a rare and deadly poison.

    Sheryl says: "I like cozy"
    "not so much"
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    I felt it moved too slowly. Appropriate for the time portrayed, 19th century England. The formalities and speech patterns, dining habits and overall environment of a Britain poised before great change were pitch perfect. But at the end of the day, I was not very interested in either the story, (did not hold up) nor the characters.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Interestings

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Meg Wolitzer
    • Narrated By Jen Tullock
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (977)
    Performance
    (869)
    Story
    (872)

    The summer that Nixon resigns, six teenagers at a summer camp for the arts become inseparable. Decades later the bond remains powerful, but so much else has changed. In The Interestings, Wolitzer follows these characters from the height of youth through middle age, as their talents, fortunes, and degrees of satisfaction diverge. The kind of creativity that is rewarded at age 15 is not always enough to propel someone through life at age 30; not everyone can sustain, in adulthood, what seemed so special in adolescence.

    Tango says: "Needs a better title, but a good read (listen)"
    "Not so interesting"
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    These characters are self indulgent, living in a summer camp past that continues to shape their future. None of them have any redeeming qualities. They are self described "interestings" but only if you are interested in self absorbed characters. I think the lesson here is don't send your kids to camp--unless you want them to be totally incapable of living a life postcamp.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death of a Nightingale: The Nina Borg Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Lene Kaaberbøl, Agnete Friis
    • Narrated By Susan Boyce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    Natasha Doroshenko, a Ukrainian woman who has been arrested for murdering her Danish fiancé, escapes police custody on her way to an interrogation in Copenhagen's police headquarters. It isn't the first time Natasha has lost a partner to violent ends: her first husband was also murdered three years earlier, in Kiev, and in the same manner, his hands broken. At the same time, someone tries to abduct Natasha's eight-year-old daughter from the Red Cross center that has been caring for her while her mother, an illegal immigrant, was in jail.

    Churchill says: "Bring back Katherine Kellgrin"
    "Bring back Katherine Kellgrin"
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    This series is well researched and well written with compelling characters. However all of this is marred by the narrator who cannot do either male voices or accents. Everyone sounds the same so it is difficult to tell who is talking. This novel deserves better

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Just One Evil Act: A Lynley Novel, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Elizabeth George
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (340)
    Performance
    (295)
    Story
    (293)

    Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers is at a loss: The daughter of her friend Taymullah Azhar has been taken by her mother, and Barbara can't really help - Azhar had never married Angelina, and his name isn't on Hadiyyah's, their daughter's, birth certificate. He has no legal claim. Azhar and Barbara hire a private detective, but the trail goes cold. Azhar is just beginning to accept his soul-crushing loss when Angelina reappears with shocking news: Hadiyyah is missing, kidnapped from an Italian marketplace.

    Ruth Nielsen says: "Not a Fan Anymore!"
    "well written and well narrated"
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    This story has so many charactersit would be easy to confuse the listener. However Davina Porter is so masterful that each one comes alive with his or her distinct voice. If you are a fan of Elizabeth George Lynley mysteries be aware this novel fo cuses mostly on Barbara Havers.
    The trajectory follows one evil act by another and a series of bad if not evil acts by most of the characters. There is a lot of Italian which is not translated but adds to the story as a counter point to the constant miscommunication that occurs between/among all of the characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Six Years

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2701)
    Performance
    (2327)
    Story
    (2342)

    Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of hiding a broken heart by throwing himself into his career as a college professor. Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd. But six years haven’t come close to extinguishing his feelings, and when Jake comes across Todd’s obituary, he can’t keep himself away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd’s wife he’s hoping for...but she is not Natalie....

    Richard Delman says: "Mr. Coben has gotten waaaay too popular."
    "Not top Coben"
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    This book is a mish mash of teenage unrequited love except the protagonist is not a teenager. The narration is so breathy and dramatic it actually underscores the flaws in the story. By the time we weave to the end we actually hope the "hero" fails and, that the long lost Natalie stays lost. Further very little hangs together in this book or makes sense.
    After the third or fourth beating I wondered how Jake was still vertical or why he just did not find a new girlfriend. In this case, his persistence was not noble just annoying. Usually I love Harlon Coben;s books--for their humor, surprise endings, and semi believable characters. Nothing redeeming in this one.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Faithful Spy

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Alex Berenson
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2204)
    Performance
    (844)
    Story
    (838)

    John Wells is the only American CIA agent ever to penetrate al Qaeda. Since before the attacks in 2001, Wells has been hiding in the mountains of Pakistan, biding his time, building his cover.

    Margaret says: "Faithful Spy"
    "Riveting and thoughtful."
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    I have just discovered Reginald Hill and now am moving through his works via Audible. The Faithful Spy respects the reader/listener on so many levels. The characters are fully drawn, the conflicts real and set against the backdrop of September 11 when so many Americans were murdered and terrorism and Jihad, Al Queda became words of the realm. This could have been called the lonely spy as we watch the protaganist undercoverr in Afghanistan and America as the outsider in danger from real forces and his own emotions.
    Robertson Dean is a masterful narrator when it comes to dialects, tone, definition of the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5752)
    Performance
    (4978)
    Story
    (4972)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Does not deliver"
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    Perhaps I am the only person who has not fallen in love with Beautiful Ruins. The basic premise is that our lives and in fact, each of us, are/is a beautiful ruin. We lurch through our lives which comprise chaos, creativity and achievement, loss and sorrow. In this story the personal ruins are played out against the beautiful ruins represented by Italy following WWII. The story involves so many characters anchored by an unlikely premise: Richard Burton has an illegitimate son -- and never knows he has a son. We follow the life of his
    lover through many and not so interesting permutations. It is never really clear why she never told her troubled son about his parentage. The other characters are cardboard characters introduced to fill out the story. This was tedious.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Killing in the Hills

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Julia Keller
    • Narrated By Shannon McManus
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (45)

    What’s happening in Acker’s Gap, West Virginia? Three elderly men are gunned down over their coffee at a local diner, and seemingly half the town is there to witness the act. Still, it happened so fast, and no one seems to have gotten a good look at the shooter. Was it random? Was it connected to the spate of drug violence plaguing poor areas of the country just like Acker’s Gap? Or were Dean Streeter, Shorty McClurg, and Lee Rader targeted somehow?

    Joanne says: "A wonderful treat!"
    "Compelling"
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    West Virginia unvarnished, the communities ravaged by poverty and a meth invasion coupled with prescription drugs rampant. Compelling characters, narrator, two stories
    intertwining. Unexpected ending and overall job welldone.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Restless

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William Boyd
    • Narrated By Rosamund Pike
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1078)
    Performance
    (256)
    Story
    (251)

    It is the summer of 1976 in Oxfordshire, England, and someone is trying to kill Sally Gilmartin. The only person she can trust is her daughter, Ruth, a young single mother struggling with her own demons. Now Sally must tell her daughter the truth: She is actually Eva Delectorskaya, a Russian émigré recruited for the British Secret Service in 1939.

    Susianna says: "Favorite Book of 2007"
    "Boyd does it again"
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    If you have read William Boyd's novels you know you can relax and be taken away by the exceptional writing, the humor and the commentary artfully presented throughout the story.
    Restless is a novel you won't soon forget--if ever. Rosamund Pike is brilliant--really felt there were a cast of characters beyond one narrator. What is it about? A love story, a story of betrayal and intrigue. Restless--the state of not feeling at peace, always moving, either through one's thoughts or random or purposeful activities. The path we are all on with love, lonliness, and betrayals along the way. I am going to buy this book and add to my William Boyd library.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • March Violets

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Philip Kerr
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (473)
    Performance
    (256)
    Story
    (255)

    Hailed by Salman Rushdie as a "brilliantly innovative thriller-writer", Philip Kerr is the creator of taut, gripping, noir-tinged mysteries set in Nazi-era Berlin that are nothing short of spellbinding. The first book of the Berlin Noir trilogy, March Violets introduces listeners to Bernie Gunther, an ex-policeman who thought he'd seen everything on the streets of 1930s Berlin - until he turned freelance and each case he tackled sucked him further into the grisly excesses of Nazi subculture.

    King says: "Nazi Noir"
    "Narrator not right for this book"
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    I am a fan of all of the Phillip Kerr books but the narration of this book was wrong. Bernie Gunthere is a tough Berlin cop, now private investigator, navigating his way through an increasing dangerous and insane Nazi environment. The narrator gives Bernie an english accent which makes him sound like a Duke or Earl and not the gritty character we have come to know. The story is great but I could not get to the reality of the story because of the wrong notes of the narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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