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Molly Gordon

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Suquamish, WA, USA

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  • Salvation of a Saint

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Keigo Higashino, Alexander O. Smith (translator)
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    Yoshitaka, who was about to leave his marriage and his wife, is poisoned by arsenic-laced coffee and dies. His wife, Ayane, is the logical suspect - except that she was hundreds of miles away when he was murdered. The lead detective, Tokyo Police Detective Kusanagi, is immediately smitten with her and refuses to believe that she could have had anything to do with the crime. His assistant, Kaoru Utsumi, however, is convinced Ayane is guilty. While Utsumi’s instincts tell her one thing, the facts of the case are another matter.

    Patricia says: "Appealing but not Compelling"
    "Love Higashino's work"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Salvation of a Saint to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the book, so I can't say. I can say that the narrator brought the story to life.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Hmmm. Edge of my seat? Engaged would be a better word, and I was thoroughly engaged throughout.


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

    Nope. Though I did spend hours at a time listening quite happily. It's a longish listen, so the idea of one sitting (or, more accurately, one puttering) is daunting. I do think I finished it in less than three days.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Daughters of Cain

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Colin Dexter
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (57)

    Little progress had been made by the Thames Valley Police since the discovery of a corpse in a North Oxford flat. The victim had been killed by a single stab wound to the stomach. The police had no weapon, no suspect, no motive, but within days of taking over the investigation, Chief Inspector Morse and Detective Sergeant Lewis uncover startling new information about the life and death of the victim, Dr. Felix McClure, late of Wolsey College, Oxford.

    A P says: "A different Morse"
    "I can't bear this narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anyone who isn't put off by the narrator's monotone.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I didn't get past the first 30 minutes.


    How could the performance have been better?

    If there had been any life in the reading at all.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • War and Peace

    • UNABRIDGED (61 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (1200)
    Performance
    (659)
    Story
    (651)

    Often called the greatest novel ever written, War and Peace is at once an epic of the Napoleonic wars, a philosophical study, and a celebration of the Russian spirit. Tolstoy's genius is clearly seen in the multitude of characters in this massive chronicle, all of them fully realized and equally memorable.

    Diana says: "Glad I finally decided to read it"
    "The narrator made it impossible to listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about War and Peace? What did you like least?

    I have to answer this based on having read the book years ago, for I could not listen for more than 30 minutes to this narrator. I loved the story. The scope. The characters. The drama.


    How could the performance have been better?

    This narrator speaks in an unbearable, unbroken monotone. Any variation in pitch and emphasis would have improved the performance.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm returning this book and one other by the same narrator. He may work for some, but not for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Malice of Fortune

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Michael Ennis
    • Narrated By Adrian Paul, Carlotta Montanari, John Lee, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (34)

    Against a teeming canvas of Borgia politics, Niccolò Machiavelli and Leonardo da Vinci come together to unmask an enigmatic serial killer, as we learn the secret history behind one of the most controversial works in the western canon, The Prince. Traveling across an Italy torn apart by war, they will enter a labyrinth of ancient superstition and erotic obsession to discover at its center a new face of evil - and a truth that will shake the foundations of western civilization.

    Molly Gordon says: "Female narrator is impossible to listen to."
    "Female narrator is impossible to listen to."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I have no idea. I could not get past the narration after the first hour, so I can't really comment on the story. If I could have left the Story and Overall categories unstarred, I would have.


    What was most disappointing about Michael Ennis’s story?

    Not able to comment.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

    I would have cast someone whose accent was less intrusive and who did not speak in a monotone.


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

    Honestly, I couldn't tell.


    Any additional comments?

    I hate to be such a cranky pants, but it's very frustrating to have to miss an entire book because one of the narrators is so grating.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Philip Pullman, full cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5115)
    Performance
    (1619)
    Story
    (1640)

    When Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon decide to spy on a presentation her uncle, the commanding Lord Asriel, is making to the elders of Jordan College they have no idea that they will become witnesses to an attempted murder, and even less that they are taking the first steps in a journey that will lead them into danger and adventure unlike anything Lyra's unfettered imagination has conjured up.

    Arnold says: "A Terrific Book"
    "Ends in the middle of the story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about The Golden Compass? What did you like least?

    I liked the idea of and relationship between humans and their demons.


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

    Most interesting: humans and demons. Least interesting: the faculty at Oxford.


    What about Philip Pullman and full cast ’s performance did you like?

    Performance was vivid, fast-paced, and engaging. The cast did a great job without overacting.


    Could you see The Golden Compass being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes, it could be made into a movie. No idea who should be cast.


    Any additional comments?

    I felt cheated at the end. The story ended abruptly in the middle of an episode. This is not a trilogy so much as one story broken into three for, one guesses, book sales.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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