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Nancy

nancyni

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Tigerlily's Orchids: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Nickolas Grace
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    When Stuart Font decides to throw a house-warming party in his new flat he invites everyone in his building. The party will be one everyone remembers. But not for the right reasons....

    Kathleen Rogers says: "Not as grimly creepy as many other Rendell titles"
    "Typical Rendell twisty story"
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    Would you try another book from Ruth Rendell and/or Nickolas Grace?

    I have read most of her work already and always enjoyed the character and plotting and peeks at that British day-to-day stuff.


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

    I could see the ending a mile off, but the characters were so fun I did not mind too much. It's one of those house party Agatha formulas, but this time it is an apartment building.


    Could you see Tigerlily's Orchids being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It could be one of those Masterpiece mysteries, In fact it might be better than the book since the characters would be the highlight.


    Any additional comments?

    Rendell is always a safe bet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Where Shadows Dance

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By C. S. Harris
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (114)

    Drawing upon her background in ancient history and her experiences on archaeological digs, author C.S. Harris crafts authentic, compelling novels that appear regularly on best-seller lists and have won numerous awards. In 1812, surgeon Paul Gibson discovers a stiletto wound in the base of a corpse’s skull and immediately contacts Sebastian St. Cyr. And when another body turns up with the same injury, the lives of St. Cyr’s family are threatened if he doesn’t back off. Now, the pressure’s on to find the culprit before anyone else gets killed.

    myNameHere says: "Mystery with a little romance"
    "boring historical romance"
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    The idea behind this series is terrific. Free thinking woman meet atypical royal in early 1800s coupled with very competent historical research. Unfortunately when you take this conceit and marry to the romance novel pot boiler plot you get this book. I tried another in the series and so wanted it to work I tried another. All the characters "swallow hard" before uttering every fifth line of dialogue. The sure sign of terrible writing. If you like romance novels you might like this so don't let me deter you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sacred Games

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Vikram Chandra
    • Narrated By Anil Margsahayam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    Vikram Chandra's novel draws the reader deep into the life of Inspector Sartaj Singh - and into the criminal underworld of Ganesh Gaitonde, the most wanted gangster in India. Sartaj, one of the very few Sikhs on the Mumbai police force, is used to being identified by his turban, beard and the sharp cut of his trousers. But "the silky Sikh" is now past 40, his marriage is over, and his career prospects are on the slide.

    Alberta says: "The book is fantastic, but the reading isn't great"
    "Great characters but requires patience"
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    Could not get thru the whole book since I got lost in the narrative. Lots of sudden shifts in viewpoint and many separate stories that must connect at some point. Really great intro to Indian culture, history, and caste system however.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ratlines

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stuart Neville
    • Narrated By Alan Smyth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (100)

    Ireland 1963. As the Irish people prepare to welcome President John F. Kennedy to the land of his ancestors, a German national is murdered in a seaside guesthouse. Lieutenant Albert Ryan, Directorate of Intelligence, is ordered to investigate. The German is the third foreigner to die within a few days, and Minister for Justice Charles Haughey wants the killing to end lest, a shameful secret be exposed: the dead men were all Nazis granted asylum by the Irish government in the years following World War II.

    Susianna says: "Complex Crime Tale in Compelling Time and Place"
    "Did not live up to Neville standard"
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    I have only read Lost Souls but I was expecting the same high quality narration, character building and plotting skills. This book has a fascinating topic, Nazi's harbored in Ireland after WWII, but the predicable yet confusing plot could have been placed in any thriller setting. We never got to know any of the characters so they stayed flat and the book hung itself on the story, which had many twists (good IMO) but little intrigue. I will keep trying Neville however.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Envy

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Victor Slezak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1543)
    Performance
    (703)
    Story
    (702)

    New York book editor Maris Matherly-Reed knows a best seller when she sees one - even if it is just a tantalizing partial manuscript submitted by a writer identified only as P.M.E., with the return address of an obscure island off the Georgia coast. Maris is intrigued enough to search for him.

    DMHVetSurveyor says: "Envy"
    "In two words, cliched and predictable"
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    What would have made Envy better?

    I finished listening to this book because I bought it and the reviews were positive. But the language is unbearable stale, e.g. she softly/huskily/gently answered, he felt rage/passion/revenge rise in his throat. Also the plot is completely obvious frm the the beginning. A waste of a credit.


    0 of 0 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
    (6701)
    Performance
    (5964)
    Story
    (5964)

    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 Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "First audio book I ever listened to twice"
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    If you could sum up The Night Circus in three words, what would they be?

    Intricate, evocative, seductive


    Have you listened to any of Jim Dale’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Excellent capture of the various accents.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Which side of the dream would you chose?


    Any additional comments?

    I was able to better follow the twisty plotting on the second listen. And keep track of the various characters. Also I could better enjoy the lushious descriptions of the circus and its various denizens. And I was bothered less by the fact that some of the languague was a bit cliched, e.g.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Revelation: A Matthew Shardlake Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
    (463)
    Performance
    (298)
    Story
    (296)

    C.J. Sansom's Matthew Shardlake mysteries whisk listeners back in time to the tumultuous court of King Henry VIII. Shardlake has his hands full this time defending a young religious fanatic who has been thrown into Bedlam. On top of that, Shardlake's friend is murdered, and the quest to find the killer leads Shardlake right to the steps of the king's latest romantic conquest, Catherine Parr.

    Fara says: "Great entertainment!"
    "Absolute fan of Shardlake"
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    Would you listen to Revelation again? Why?

    Yes, If I was confined to bed I would listen to the entire series again. Why? The stories areso intriguing that the first listen is devoted to just finding out what is going to happen and to solving the various mysteries the author introduces. The next time around I would listen the delicious historical details.


    What other book might you compare Revelation to and why?

    Similar to Connie Willis, the author packs in both grand historical era and the details and characters that bring them to life. Both authors are fastidious researchers and take a year or more do do their research.


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

    The narrator introduces the various accents and pronunciations the undoubtedly set apart the various classes although of course we don't know what they actually sounded like.


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

    Yes, but of course the book is far too long for that. Many a time I lingered late into the night, not wanting to


    Any additional comments?

    The Shardlake books make a marvelous series and the people that write about the books being boring just don't get it. It is well worth sticking through the extensive set up Sansom walks us through at the beginning of his novels, introducing or reintroducing his characters, setting up several plot lines, etc. Revelation is not the strongest in the series, a bit contrived with the all the Book of Rev. symbolism and gruesome murders. But I still loved listening to it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Sense of an Ending

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Julian Barnes
    • Narrated By Richard Morant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (856)
    Performance
    (718)
    Story
    (713)

    Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumour, and wit. Maybe Adrian was more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life. Now Tony is retired. He’s had a career and a single marriage, a calm divorce. He’s certainly never tried to hurt anybody. Memory, though, is imperfect. It can always throw up surprises, as a lawyer’s letter is about to prove.

    Melinda says: "'Something Happened'..."
    "Would have been a great short story"
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    Would you try another book from Julian Barnes and/or Richard Morant?

    Yes


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    In spite of all the good reviews, I found the build up to the


    What about Richard Morant’s performance did you like?

    He made it sound very interesting even when it wasn't.


    Could you see The Sense of an Ending being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes. It might make a great movie since there would be lots of room for the characters to be fleshed out.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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