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Elizabeth

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  • Guilt: An Alex Delaware Novel, Book 28

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated By John Rubinstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (600)
    Performance
    (507)
    Story
    (503)

    A series of horrifying events occur in quick succession in the same upscale L.A. neighborhood. A backyard renovation unearths an infant's body, buried 60 years ago. And soon thereafter in a nearby park, another disturbingly bizarre discovery is made not far from the body of a young woman shot in the head. Helping LAPD homicide detective Milo Sturgis to link these eerie incidents is brilliant psychologist Alex Delaware. But even the good doctor's vast experience with matters both clinical and criminal might not be enough.

    Jane Markhorst says: "boring and slow"
    "Not up to Kellerman's standard"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, it was a disappointing read compared to his previous novels. The plot was tired and uninspiring, and the language seemed trite and over the top. I don't remember feeling this way about his previous books (I've read or listened to them all).


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

    No surprises.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I absolutely hated the way the voice over talent read Milo Sturgis. It made him sound like a cheap Brooklyn detective. The rest of the read was okay but I found that part of the listening experience very irritating.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    This wasn't really a mystery. I've read Jonathan Kellerman's books for years and he generally writes an entertaining book. The language in this book was trite. Too many metaphors, too corny. It's almost like someone wrote this one for him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Iron Lake: Cork O'Connor, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    Overall
    (686)
    Performance
    (565)
    Story
    (562)

    Anthony Award-winning author William Kent Krueger crafts this riveting tale about a small Minnesota town’s ex-sheriff who is having trouble retiring his badge. Cork O’Connor loses his job after being blamed for a tragedy on the local Anishinaabe Indian reservation. But he must set aside his personal demons when a young boy goes missing on the same day a judge commits suicide—and no one but O’Connor suspects foul play.

    Mel says: "Who came first - Wm Krueger or CJ Box ???"
    "Did not live up to the reviews"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I read a lot of mysteries and this one was just okay. I paid $4.95 for the privilege of listening to it and that was about what it was worth -- if i'd used a credit or paid full price I would have returned it. The characters are okay but somewhat cliched. I never felt connected to Cork or any of the other main characters (before this I read one of Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache books, which I loved). I found the writing a bit stilted and the confrontation scene implausible. Based on the reviews I read here, I had expected something much more compelling. With a good mystery, I can barely stop listening; this one I had to force myself to finish. This author was compared to Tony Hillerman by other reviewers but I don't see that, myself.


    Has Iron Lake turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I love mysteries but probably won't read any more from this author.


    What about David Chandler’s performance did you like?

    The read was just fine.


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

    It wasn't terrible, it just wasn't particularly good. I would have loved to find another series to read.


    0 of 0 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!"
    "Only mildly enterntaining"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I love the Barbara Havers character and would have liked to love the book but I found it to be overly long and under edited. I think that Havers is marginally within character and I welcomed her chance to bloom, but I found the plot to be contrived and trite (I figured out pretty quickly what had happened).

    I suppose the bottom line is that Elizabeth George was not able to develop the plot and the characters enough to give Barbara the leading role. She still seems more like a secondary character and wasn't enough to carry the book for me. Sure, she's headstrong but I find it difficult to imagine her getting so intertwined with Mitchell Corsico and Isabelle Audry did an about face that was a bit too convenient.

    Unlike some, I didn't mind the Italian as it wasn't too hard to follow the plot. I enjoyed the scenes in Lucca, as I've actually been there and can picture it.

    I agree that the book is way too long. not enough happened to justify it. A tighter edit could have helped it a lot.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Elizabeth George again?

    Sure, I would listen to some of her earlier novels as they were captivating. Will I listen to future books? No, I'll wait until I can get them free from the library until I'm convinced they are worth purchasing again. I only slogged through this one because I kept hoping it would get better.


    What three words best describe Davina Porter’s performance?

    fine, not great


    Any additional comments?

    Like many authors with long-running series I fear that Elizabeth George has run her course with these characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mary Coin

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Marisa Silver
    • Narrated By Eva Kaminsky, Alison Fraser, Mark Zeisler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (67)

    In her first novel since The God of War, critically acclaimed author Marisa Silver takes Dorothea Lange’s "Migrant Mother" photograph as inspiration for a breathtaking reinvention - a story of two women, one famous and one forgotten, and of the remarkable legacy of their singular encounter. In 1936, a young mother resting by the side of a road in Central California is spontaneously photographed by a woman documenting the migrant laborers who have taken to America’s farms in search of work....

    Paula says: "Engaging, Inventive . . . Still I Wanted More!"
    "Mary Coin brings the historic photo alive"
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    Where does Mary Coin rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a very enjoyable book, well written and with an interesting premise. The story is based on real-life FSA photographer Dorothea Lange, Vera Dare in the novel, and the subject of her most famous photograph, the Migrant Mother -- Florence Owens Thompson (Mary Coin).Silver does an excellent job of bringing the two women alive and giving listeners a window both into their lives which were quite different but which were influenced profoundly by this image.I could have done without the Walter Dodge part of the story -- it didn't ring as true as the relationship and lives of Vera Dare and


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Vera Dare/Dorothea Lange -- she was one of the few of the women photographers who worked for the Farm Service Administration. Her life story is fictionalized in the book but is based on real life events.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely worth listening to!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dick Francis' Refusal

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Felix Francis
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (80)

    Six years ago, investigator Sid Halley retired for good. He'd been harassed, beaten, shot, even lost a hand to his investigating business, and enough was enough. For the sake of his wife and new daughter he gave up that life of danger and uncertainty, and he thought nothing would ever lure him back into the game. He thought wrong. Sir Richard Stewart, chairman of the racing authority, begs Sid to investigate a series of dodgy races. Sid adamantly refuses, but the following day, Sir Richard is found dead under suspicious circumstances. And then a man with an Irish accent contacts Sid, telling him to deliver a whitewashed report about the suspected race-fixing...or else.

    Jean says: "Sid Halley is back"
    "Felix Francis pens a worthy sequel"
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    What did you love best about Dick Francis' Refusal?

    Unlike many long term series, which run out of steam, the Dick Francis franchise continues to gallop along. Francis' son, Felix, does a very credible job or bringing Sid Halley back into dectecting. Sure, there are some weak point to the plot, but it's still an enjoyable romp.


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

    This is a book that I looked forward to listening to and which ended far too soon.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • W Is for Wasted: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Sue Grafton
    • Narrated By Judy Kaye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1232)
    Performance
    (1083)
    Story
    (1081)

    Two dead bodies changed the course of my life that fall. One of them I knew and the other I'd never laid eyes on until I saw him in the morgue. The first was a local PI of suspect reputation. He'd been gunned down near the beach at Santa Teresa. It looked like a robbery gone bad. The other was on the beach six weeks later. He'd been sleeping rough. Probably homeless. No identification. A slip of paper with Millhone's name and number was in his pants pocket. The coroner asked her to come to the morgue to see if she could ID him.

    karen says: "Well worth waiting for...."
    "W is for Waste of Time"
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    What disappointed you about W Is for Wasted?

    This is a shadow of Grafton's previous books -- it's tedious, wordy, the mystery is not very compelling . . . the characters are flat.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Sue Grafton again?

    Maybe. I am a long time fan. In the past, I've been quick to purchase her mysteries.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from W Is for Wasted?

    The scene where the lawyer strips in her office and then dresses in business attire. Why? If a lawyer walked into her office and took off all her clothes I'd run for the hills!


    Any additional comments?

    I hope Ms. Grafton wakes up and writes a better book next time!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
    • Narrated By Paul Baymer, Susan Duerden, Roselyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3144)
    Performance
    (1321)
    Story
    (1321)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The best book club you’ve never heard of – but will be eager to join, courtesy of a full cast of true characters. January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb....

    Kent says: "MUCH better than I ever expected! Give it a try!"
    "Charming book that draws you in"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Loved listening to this book. The audiobook format works really well here as the full cast gives a lot of depth and nuance to the story. This is a book that draws you into the story and makes you care about the characters. The way each of them is revealed through the correspondence to and from Juliette works very well.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How the historical details were revealed in the context of each character's life.


    If you could take any character from The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Isila. I love her desire to be Miss Marple


    Any additional comments?

    This is a case where the audio book is a much better way to "read" the book than the printed copy. I love performances with a full cast and each of the narrators here rings true to their characters.

    1 of 1 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
    (15797)
    Performance
    (14012)
    Story
    (14050)

    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!"
    "Not nearly as good as the reviews indicated"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Perhaps if there hadn't been quite so much hype I would have enjoyed this book more. It didn't live up to my expectations. The plot was predictable, the characters were unsympathetic and it was not the best psychological thriller I've listened to this year.


    What was most disappointing about Gillian Flynn’s story?

    How unsympathetic ALL the characters were. you couldn't like any of them.


    Which character – as performed by Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne – was your favorite?

    None


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Admission

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jean Hanff Korelitz
    • Narrated By Colleen Werthmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    For years, 38-year-old Portia Nathan has avoided the past, hiding behind her busy (and sometimes punishing) career as a Princeton University admissions officer and her dependable domestic life. Her reluctance to confront the truth is suddenly overwhelmed by the resurfacing of a life-altering decision, and Portia is faced with an extraordinary test. Just as thousands of the nation's brightest students await her decision regarding their academic admission, so too must Portia decide whether to make her own ultimate admission.

    Elizabeth says: "Entertaining listen, a bit slow in parts"
    "Entertaining listen, a bit slow in parts"
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    What did you love best about Admission?

    The insight into college admissions -- it was an interesting hook for the book and gave a real sense for the pressures experienced by admissions officers. It's interesting to watch Portia Nathan grow from an "adult" who had cut off so much of her emotional life into a person who is ready for a more rewarding chapter, even though her actions may not be morally defensible. It's amazing how much a person can repress.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Admission?

    Portia's decision at the end turned her into a "parent" who was more extreme than any of the parents she criticized.


    What does Colleen Werthmann bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I wish the narrator would have correctly pronounced Bryn Mawr!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was a tear jerker, for sure.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Undercurrents: A Lou Boldt - Daphne Matthews Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Ridley Pearson
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (42)

    Police Sergeant Lou Boldt heads a special task force within Seattle’s Homicide bureau. His job: find and stop the Cross Killer, a twisted, perverse serial murderer who has eluded police for six months and paralyzed the city. But when a body washes up on the shore of Puget Sound, Boldt thinks the killer has finally made a mistake. This body shows some of the work of the Cross Killer - but a job badly botched. Did this woman die while trying to escape? Did she knowingly jump in the water to preserve a clue? And is she now desperately trying to tell Boldt something?

    Elizabeth says: "Waste of a credit"
    "Waste of a credit"
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    Would you try another book from Ridley Pearson and/or Jeff Cummings?

    Cliched writing, unsympathetic character, uninspired plot. Some of the writing made me wince. This book got good reviews but there are so many more & better mysteries out there. I was hoping to find another series that I would enjoy, but I only listened to the whole book because I paid for it.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ridley Pearson again?

    no


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jeff Cummings?

    He was fine as the main character but when he gave voice to some of the others his voice was high pitched and grating.


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

    No


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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