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Warren

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  • The Absent One

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (952)
    Performance
    (829)
    Story
    (830)

    In The Keeper of Lost Causes, Jussi Adler-Olsen introduced Detective Carl Mørck, a deeply flawed, brilliant detective newly assigned to run Department Q, the home of Copenhagen’s coldest cases. The result wasn’t what Mørck - or readers - expected, but by the opening of Adler-Olsen’s shocking, fast-paced follow-up, Mørck is satisfied with the notion of picking up long-cold leads. So he’s naturally intrigued when a closed case lands on his desk: A brother and sister were brutally murdered two decades earlier....

    Librarian says: "Who knew?"
    "Great story, great characters, wrong narrator"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to The Absent One the most enjoyable?

    The story was very original and dark. There was no formula.


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

    Yes. By being different than the typical crime novel in making the despicable protagonist a sympathetic character


    How could the performance have been better?

    The first book was narrated by a guy with an accent from the area where the story takes place. This narrator was doing some sort of bad Eliza Doolittle impression. If a book is based in another country, the narrator should be striving to put us in that country. This narrator put us in 19th century London.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not so much.


    Any additional comments?

    I like this author a lot. I like these characters a lot.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20933)
    Performance
    (18772)
    Story
    (18839)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Couldnt finish the book. Wanted to care but why?"
    Overall
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Format was lame. Bouncing back and forth in time. Tedious and excruciating.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Gillian Flynn again?

    Maybe. Her last book was a better story with an intereting premise.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Because he reads like the beatles played music. With three chords. Puts you to sleep. Didnt want to finish. I hope everyone who finishes this triathlon for the senses gets a big sexy reward at the end. Im of the belief that the end will make my ass hurt.


    What character would you cut from Gone Girl?

    Amy


    Any additional comments?

    Waste

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winter of the World: The Century Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5364)
    Performance
    (4539)
    Story
    (4550)

    Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, Welsh - enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion.

    Tim says: "Brilliant Sequel"
    "Dreadful"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This might be enjoyed by people who have an unshakable faith in Ken Follet. Other than that its just drivel.


    What was most disappointing about Ken Follett’s story?

    The seed of a great story that was planted in the first book was ruined by the absurd coincidental proximity that these players all seem to have to famous historical figures and events. The fine line that must be walked in historical fiction just became extremely cheesy because of the ridiculous ubiquity of these moments occurring for all of the players. It was done backwards. Instead of telling a story that included true historical events, historical events were used as a crutch to create a terrible story with terrible dialogue.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The performance wasnt the problem.


    What character would you cut from Winter of the World?

    Adolph Hitler


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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