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Sherri

Stamford, CT, USA | Member Since 2002

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  • Death in Holy Orders

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By P.D. James
    • Narrated By Charles Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (527)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (122)

    Atop a sweep of low cliffs stands the small theological college of St. Anselm's. Not far away, smothered beneath a fall of sand, lies the body of one of the school's young ordinands. When Commander Adam Dalgliesh is called to investigate the death, the college is torn apart by another death, a sacrilegious and horrifying murder.

    Jannice says: "Death in Holy Orders - good PBS"
    "Get a better narrator!"
    Overall

    I listened to this unabrigded audiobook during my daily commute back and forth to work. The story started out slowly and took me awhile to really get caught up in it. Part of that, I think, was due to the narrator. His voice never really drew me in and almost seemed irritating at times. Eventually, though, the plot started to move more quickly and I was sucked into the mystery. I really wanted to find out "whodunit" by the end, and there were so many reasonable possibilities!

    This was my first Inspector Adam Dalgliesh novel. I didn't love the characters, but they were intriguing enough that I'll probably search out more in this series. With a different narrator, I think I would have enjoyed this book more and felt more involved with the characters. Next time I'll try a text version and see if that makes a difference.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Kite Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini
    Overall
    (6594)
    Performance
    (1908)
    Story
    (1929)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Never before has an author’s narration of his fiction been so important to fully grasping the book’s impact and global implications. Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of its monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them.

    Joseph says: "A storyteller's story"
    "Brilliant"
    Overall

    I listened to the audiobook of this novel and was completely blown away. The story was incredibly moving - heartbreaking at times, uplifting at others, and definitely gave me a view of things in Afganistan that I wouldn't have had otherwise. The characters were incredibly rich and fleshed out. I felt like I knew them, like I would recognize them if I passed them on the street.

    This audiobook was narrated by the author and I'm glad that I got to hear the correct pronounciations of many words that I would have stumbled across in the text edition. I think having the author read the book definitely added an extra element to the story that wouldn't have been there otherwise. The audio version had made me even more eager to read the text version of this novel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Deja Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    Filled with disturbingly authentic crime scenes, Deja Dead is a stunningly original thriller. Forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs blends mesmerizing true-to-life details with a haunting plot to create a novel so viscerally real it will take your breath away. It's June in Montreal, and Tempe Brennan, Quebec's director of forensic anthropology, is looking forward to a relaxing weekend. Her plans take an unexpected turn when a meticulously dismembered and stored body turns up in a downtown park.

    Lawrence says: "Suspenseful and Intriguing"
    "The narrator almost ruined this one for me"
    Overall

    I received a couple of other novels in thie series and wanted to read them in order, so I decided to listen to this one during my daily commute. The narrator annoyed me almost from the beginning, but despite that I really enjoyed listening to this. I've heard others compare this series to the Kay Scarpetta novels by Patricia Cornwall and I can see why. Temperance Brennan was a very strong character, smart and stubborn, and remarkably real. I really enjoyed her, as well as the other characters, primarily the investigative officers.

    The plot of this novel moved well, keeping me interested and throwing enough curves at me that I was always second guessing my assumptions. The clues were laid out without being obviously flagged, so I was able to make some accurate deductions about "whodunit", but not enough to give the story away.

    I'll be looking forward to more of this series (probably in text format, so I don't have to put up with that awful narrator again!)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 2nd Chance: The Women's Murder Club

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Andrew Gross
    • Narrated By Melissa Leo, Jeremy Piven
    Overall
    (1030)
    Performance
    (321)
    Story
    (326)

    Master of suspense James Patterson continues the Women's Murder Club series with this nail-biter of a sequel to 1st to Die. Four women - a police detective, an assistant D.A., a journalist, and a medical examiner - combine their efforts, risking everything, to catch a serial killer. "As with Patterson's best novels," Booklist says, "the surprises keep coming until the final pages."

    Jean says: "Painful pastime"
    "An Enjoyable Return of the Women's Murder Club"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed the 2nd installment in this series, and I'll be looking forward to the next one. The narrators were great and definitley added to my enjoyment of the story.

    I really like these characters - Lindsay, Claire, Jill and Cindy - strong, professional women who usually manage to have lives outside their jobs as well as fascinating careers. I admit to having a soft spot for this type of character.

    The plot was great - an intriguing mystery with enough twists and turns to keep me engaged. I guess wrong about "whodunit" and was quite surprised at the final resolution. There were a few trite moments, but they were outweighed by the rest of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Summons

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1103)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (174)

    The long-awaited new legal thriller from John Grisham is here. In The Summons, law professor Ray Atlee and his black-sheep brother are called home by their ailing father, the Judge, for a family meeting that never takes place. The Judge dies too soon, and in doing so leaves behind a shocking secret known only to Ray. And perhaps someone else.

    Michelle says: "Unremarkable"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    This was not Grisham at his finest, unfortunately. The plot dragged in places and seemed quite repetitive at times. It didn't suck me in the way his earlier novels did, and didn't have the tension that I used to love in his stories. I suspected the "culprit" almost from the first, despite the various plot twists and red herrings thrown around. All in all, it was a disappointment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stalker

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Faye Kellerman
    • Narrated By Jay O. Sanders
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Perennial New York Times best selling author Faye Kellermen has enthralled readers for more than a decade with masterworks of riveting suspense, featuring dedicated cop Peter Decker and his wise and giving soul mate, wife Rina Lazarus. With Stalker, Kellerman ratchets up the tension when a new generation dons the blue.

    Nina says: "Terrible narrator!! What a shame"
    "Not up to Ms. Kellerman's usual standards"
    Overall

    I wasn't crazy about this book, probably because I've never been fond of the character of Cindy Decker in this series and she played a central role in this installment. Rina, who has always been my favourite, had a very small part in this story, and the other kids were pretty much invisible. I never managed to get worried about Cindy, or scared for her; mostly I just wanted to give her a good shake and tell her to smarten up. It difficult to get into a story when you feel that way about the central character.

    They mystery itself seemed a little thin in this volume of the series too. It seemed like I never really cared about "whodunit" in this one, and didn't really try to figure it out from the clues scattered throughout the story.

    I hope Mrs. Kellerman's next book in this series goes back to focusing on Peter/Rina. I enjoyed those stories a lot more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fatal

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By Michael Palmer
    • Narrated By Henry Leyva
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (0)

    From Michael Palmer, best selling author of The Patient, comes the breathtaking medical thriller Fatal. Bizarre events are happening all over the country, and for one doctor and the two women drawn into his life, finding the link between them could prove fatal.

    Lynn says: "fine medical thriller"
    "Entertaining"
    Overall

    This was a fun book to listen to. The narrator did a good job with the characters and added a lot to the story through his telling of it. They mystery was entertaining and the cast of characters were interesting - doctors, miners, cops, moonshiners, bikers, musicians, hillbillies, politicians and a grandmother all thrown together in a way that required some suspension of disbelief but was thoroughly entertaining. I was rooting for the good guys and cursing the bad guys throughout. The plot twists at the end were good and I really didn't suspect the villain at all. Palmer came through with a roller coaster ride of a medical thriller with this one! I only wish that I'd paid more attention to what I was ordering and had gotten the unabridged version rather than the abridged. I keep wondering what I missed in the abridgement.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pride and Prejudice

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1568)
    Performance
    (706)
    Story
    (721)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It is a truth universally acknowledged that anyone looking for a great listen won’t be able to resist Jane Austen’s delightful classic of love and manners in Regency England. Jane Austen's story of Mrs. Bennet's finding husbands for her daughters is told with wit and charm. A must for lovers of good literature. Commuters Library presents Pride and Prejudice read by Kate Reading.

    Victoria says: "loved it."
    "Wow...just...wow."
    Overall

    I can't believe I've never read Jane Austen. This was a remarkable book, full of incredibly rich characters and a wonderful story. The narrator was excellent and made listening to this book a pleasure, but I can't wait to have the actual pages in my hands. I loved the strong female characters, their willingness to speak their minds even during a time when this wasn't particularly approved of, and their support of each other. This is a story that I'll read again and again, and I'm looking forward to more of Jane Austen's novels as well.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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