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Beachnut

ratings
69
REVIEWS
5
FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
23

  • A Monstrous Regiment of Women

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    Overall
    (698)
    Performance
    (453)
    Story
    (451)

    Followers of the New Temple of God - all well-bred, well-heeled young women - are becoming targets for murder. With Sherlock Holmes at her side, Mary Russell plunges headlong into a dangerous investigation of life behind the sinister temple walls.

    Karen says: "A Monstrous Regiment of Women"
    "Elementary"
    Overall

    King is a good writer but does not tell an interesting story. I read "Beekeepers Apprentice" and thought that the "case" was weak but chalked that up to using half the book to introduce the characters and build the relationship. That was not necessary in this book but still takes 5 hours to get to a crime. Once again, the case is resolved on its own and all that the detectives had to do was wait until the end and the bad guys reveal themselves. It seems as though the ending would not be any different if the two just sat and drank tea until the last chapter. Their intellects and skill sets change things very little. Even though the idea of a female partner for Holmes is an intriguing idea, a detective story needs both detection and story. This will be my last King.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6117)
    Performance
    (5431)
    Story
    (5429)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des RĂªves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "My least favorite book from Audible"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Audible promoted this book and since I enjoy books about that period and stories about magic, I thought I might like this one. I was bored throughout the book. There was no suspense, no drama and no surprises. It took willpower not to give up on it. It might make a visually interesting movie, but as a book - lackluster.
    The reader did a nice job, but who cares?

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Room: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Emma Donoghue
    • Narrated By Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4484)
    Performance
    (1962)
    Story
    (1952)

    To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, but what she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

    Kathleen says: "A truly memorable read"
    "A good book to listen to"
    Overall

    I got this book on the strength of other reviews and am glad I did. Most of the reviewers were women so I wasn't sure if I would be to my taste. It's much different from my usual books, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm not sure I would have loved it if I read it, but the narrators really sold the characters and involved me. Very original tale.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Tom Robbins
    • Narrated By Keith Szarabajka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (787)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (196)

    In Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates, the wise, witty, always gutsy Tom Robbins brings onstage the most complex and compelling character he has ever created. But to describe a Robbins plot does not begin to describe a Robbins novel - you must hear it for yourself! Browse other Tom Robbins at audible.com.

    Rupa says: "Wildly entertaining-excellent naration!"
    "Clever and funny!"
    Overall

    I read this book years ago but I think I enjoyed it even more listening to it. The witty illiterations are more effective when heard than read, and I don't have to stop reading to laugh. In fact, I'm going to but another Robbins' book as soon as I finnish this review.
    Robbins' criticisms of organized religions have lost some of their venom since "Another Roadside Attraction," and feel almost as if he is disappointed that they haven't done something more spiritual with all of the faithful followers they have.
    Don't be dissuaded by some of the reviews here that are shocked and appalled by the sexuality of the book. As Sailor Boy the Parrot would tell them, "People of the World, Relax!"

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Invisible Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1420)
    Performance
    (423)
    Story
    (431)

    In the richest neighborhood of Minneapolis, two elderly women lie murdered in their home, killed with a pipe, the rooms tossed, only small items stolen. It is clearly the random work of someone looking for money to buy drugs. But as Davenport looks more closely, he begins to wonder whether the items are actually so small and the victims so random; if there might not be some invisible agenda at work here. Gradually, a pattern begins to emerge, and it leads him to...certainly nothing he ever expected.

    Sheryl Baumgart says: "Another great read"
    "Least Liked Lucas"
    Overall

    I've read or heard all of the "Preys" and this one is my least favorite. I didn't dislike it, but found it too full of coincidences and missing the interesting Lucas friends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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