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Michael

New York, NY, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 4 reviews
  • 24 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2014
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  • The Hidden Oasis

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Paul Sussman
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (60)

    Egypt 2153 BC: 80 priests set out under cover of darkness with a mysterious object.... Albania, 1986: A plane takes off bound for the Sudan. Somewhere over the Sahara it disappears.... The present: a mummified corpse is discovered in the dunes with a roll of camera film and a clay obelisk inscribed with a hieroglyphic sign.... Three unconnected events - or so it seems.

    Matthew says: "Hot and Heavy in Egypt"
    "Well read. Implausible last third of book."
    Overall

    While the first half to two-thirds of The Hidden Oasis develops an interesting dual plot, the rest of the book contains scene after scene of last minute near-death escapes by the hero and/or heroine. Couple that with science fiction goings-on in an imaginary Egyptian tomb, I imagine it must have been difficult for the narrator to keep a straight face as he trudged through to the end of the story, despite his excellent effort to keep the reader's attention.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sanctuary: A Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Faye Kellerman
    • Narrated By Mitchell Greenberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (151)

    A diamond dealer and his entire family have mysteriously disappeared from their sprawling Las Angeles manor, leaving the estate undisturbed and their valuables untouched. Investigating detective Decker is stumped - faced with a perplexing case riddled with dead ends. Then a second dealer is found murdered in Manhatten, catapulting Decker and his wife, Rina, into a heartstopping maze of murder and intrigue that spans the globe... only to touch down dangerously in their own backyard.

    karen says: "Best of the series"
    "Good listen if you're a young teenager"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If a lot more had been left to the imagination, including facial expressions, plot development, translation of foreign expressions, etc


    What didn’t you like about Mitchell Greenberg’s performance?

    Reading was too simplistic - perhaps meshing with the story


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Irritation


    Any additional comments?

    Keep out the little foul language there is in the book and market it as a mystery book for young teens.

    0 of 0 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
    (15645)
    Performance
    (13877)
    Story
    (13911)

    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!"
    "Perfect mystery to listen to"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Gone Girl the most enjoyable?

    the two narrators were excellent and gave their individual characters to the two protagonists


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

    Close - but probably Amy because of all her twists and turns


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Taste for Death

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By P. D. James
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (101)

    When two men are discovered, with their throats cut, in the vestry of St Matthew’s Church, the police are faced with an intriguing challenge for one of the victims was ex-Government minister Sir Paul Berowne, the other, Harry Mack, a local tramp and alcoholic.

    connie says: "one of her best"
    "A Taste for Detail"
    Overall

    If you enjoy intricate descriptive detail of every scene - whether relevant or not - this one's for you.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful

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