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Carolyn

Decatur, GA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Northwest Angle: A Cork O'Connor Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (115)

    During a houseboat vacation on the remote Lake of the Woods, a violent gale sweeps through unexpectedly, stranding Cork and his daughter, Jenny, on a devastated island where the wind has ushered in a force far darker and more deadly than any storm. Amid the wreckage, Cork and Jenny discover an old trapper’s cabin where they find the body of a teenage girl. She wasn’t killed by the storm, however; she’d been bound and tortured before she died. And from outside comes the soft wail of an infant, abandoned in the brush....

    karen says: "Not quite as riviting as others, but..."
    "Not a fan"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I know that the Cork O'Connor character has a following, but the book was just not a very satisfying read for me. Again, this is probably due to personal tastes, but I won't read this author again.


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

    It needed to start out with a bang. The first line didn't grab me and it got worse as it went on. I finally quit listening to it and decided that this writer is not for me.


    What aspect of Buck Schirner’s performance would you have changed?

    I thought that Buck Schirner's performance was too "down home." It lacked color. In the past couple of weeks I have listened to books narrated by readers who could do accents, change their voice to fit different characters, and provide depth into the characters. I didn't feel that Mr. Schirner's performance reached that level of proficiency.


    Was Northwest Angle worth the listening time?

    Not for me. I'm sure that many others enjoyed it, but it was not for me.


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe I started with the wrong book in this series. I can't recommend it and I cannot recommend to a listener who knows this character to forgo this book. It just did not work for me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Elegy for Eddie: A Maisie Dobbs Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Winspear
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (433)
    Performance
    (361)
    Story
    (367)

    To the costermongers of Covent Garden Eddie Pettit was a gentle soul with a gift for working with horses. When Eddie is killed in a violent accident, the grieving costers are skeptical about the cause of his death. Who would want to kill Eddie - and why? Maisie Dobbs' father, Frankie, had been a costermonger, so she had known the men since childhood. She remembers Eddie fondly and is determined to offer her help. But it soon becomes clear that powerful political and financial forces are equally determined to prevent her from learning the truth behind Eddie's death.

    Jean says: "A time of conflict--look for the deeper message"
    "Too meandering for my taste"
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    What did you love best about Elegy for Eddie?

    I really enjoyed this book, but would have liked it even better had it not taken on so many storylines that were unrelated to the events that needed to be resolved. I love the way that Jacqueline Winspear incorporates so many disparate ramblings into her books, but this particular novel went off-plot a bit too often. It was a bit too meandering for my tastes.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The opening segment was fascinating to me, but there was one to many social events in this book that did not advance the primary story. I was terribly interested in Eddie ad in Billy, but the explanation for what happened to them did not live up to my expectations.


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

    Orlagh Cassidy is the heart of these books. She's an excellent narrator/reader/actress. I cannot imagine these books being interpreted by someone other than her.


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

    Yes, the opening sequence.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this book to Maisie Dobbs fans, but not to newbies to this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Incomplete Revenge: A Maisie Dobbs Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Winspear
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (480)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (287)

    In the midst of the hop-picking season in the village of Heronsdene, Kent, Maisie Dobbs, Psychologist and Investigator, undertakes an assignment from James Compton, son of her long-time supporter, Lady Rowan Compton, to look into aspects of a land purchase on his behalf. Quickly drawn into the local community, Maisie soon becomes involved in an effort to discover the source of petty crime in the area as well as a spate of fires that has blighted Heronsdene for years.

    Amazon Fan says: "Good but not her best."
    "Love this writer; love this series"
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    Where does An Incomplete Revenge rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've grown to love this writer and this series. This particular book was sad, poignant, reflective, and mysterious. I've listened to many, many books, but this series is one of my favorites.


    What other book might you compare An Incomplete Revenge to and why?

    I really can't compare the Maisie Dobbs series of mysteries or this book to any other writer or character that I am familiar with. These books are more than mysteries, but in the end, they always solve a puzzle and resolve a case.


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

    This was my fourth or fifth encounter with Oriagh Cassidy's narration. I cannot think of a more fitting story teller for this series of books.


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

    This book was tinged with tragedy at it's heart and a loss that was unforgettable occurred. Sometimes there is no justice. This book touched upon that theme.


    Any additional comments?

    I was moved by this book as I often am by Jacqueline Winspear's other books in this series. Her reflections on how WW1 affected the British people is both eye opening and sad at times. However, there is always a mystery that must be resolved and Maisie and Billy always "get their man."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Second Honeymoon

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Howard Roughan
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder, Ellen Archer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (454)
    Performance
    (386)
    Story
    (388)

    A walk down the aisle, a resort hotel, a drink on the beach...for these unlucky couples, the honeymoon's over. A newlywed couple steps into the sauna in their deluxe honeymoon suite - and never steps out again. When another couple is killed while boarding their honeymoon flight to Rome, it becomes clear that someone is targeting honeymooners, and it's anyone's guess which happy couple is next on the list. FBI Agent John O'Hara is deep into solving the case, while Special Agent Sarah Brubaker is hunting another ingenious serial killer, whose victims all have one chilling thing in common....

    Marci says: "Fun ride, good twists"
    "Not the best; not the worse"
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    Would you try another book from James Patterson and Howard Roughan and/or Jay Snyder and Ellen Archer ?

    My favorite James Patterson writing partner is Maxine Paetro. I'm not totally sure that I would try another book by this team, but I won't rule it out. It will depend on the story.


    If you’ve listened to books by James Patterson and Howard Roughan before, how does this one compare?

    Second Honeymoon is my first audio book by this writing team.


    Did Jay Snyder and Ellen Archer do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The readers were fine, I just didn't find the characters to be very deep or very complex.


    Could you see Second Honeymoon being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No. It's too light weight to be a good TV show or movie.


    Any additional comments?

    The story definitely improved when the two major characters connected.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Birds of a Feather: Maisie Dobbs Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Winspear
    • Narrated By Kim Hicks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (817)
    Performance
    (511)
    Story
    (511)

    Maisie Dobbs is back, and this time she has been hired to find a wealthy grocery magnate's daughter who has fled from home. What seems a simple case at first becomes complicated when Maisie learns of the recent violent deaths of three of the heiress's old friends. Is there a connection between her mysterious disappearance and the murders? Who would kill such charming young women? As Maisie investigates, she discovers that the answers to all her questions lie in the unforgettable agony of The Great War.

    Linda P-C says: "Yikes! This is a problem."
    "Really enjoyed this book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have come to really enjoy the Maisie Dobbs series. I know that everyone has different tastes, but if you enjoy gentle stories, full of likeable characters, and a good mystery thrown in, then I would absolutely recommend this book to you.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite is Maisie herself, followed by Billie. These two share such a respectful and tender bond.


    What about Kim Hicks’s performance did you like?

    I love Kim Hick's interpretation of these stories. She IS Maisie Dobbs.


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

    I really just enjoyed it -- nothing extreme. It's like spending time with an old friend.


    Any additional comments?

    Try it, you might like it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tell No One

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Ed Sala
    Overall
    (649)
    Performance
    (541)
    Story
    (546)

    Tell No One is an irresistibly suspenseful thriller infused with nail-biting tension and packed with shocking plot twists. It has been eight years since Dr. David Beck’s wife, Elizabeth, was murdered by a serial killer. When Beck receives a message containing a phrase only Elizabeth should know, he is tormented to tears. Either someone is playing a sick joke, or the wife he’s never stopped loving is still alive. He’s been warned to tell no one, and as the desperation of his search for the truth intensifies, he heads straight toward a deadly secret.

    Patricia says: "Great Fun"
    "Not Coben's Best"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book to Coben fans, but with I would add a caveat. The resolution falters. It's not Coben's best.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting aspect of the story is the story itself -- until it ends. I enjoyed most of the characters -- especially his friend, Tyrese.


    Which character – as performed by Ed Sala – was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the rendering of David Beck, Shauna, and Tyrese. However, I thought the narration and characterizations were very good throughout.


    Could you see Tell No One being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It was made into a movie, but I did not see it.


    Any additional comments?

    The beginning and middle were far more logical than the ending, which to me, was somewhat of a let-down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Bed: Scarpetta, Book 20

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (885)
    Performance
    (733)
    Story
    (737)

    A woman has vanished while digging a dinosaur bone bed in the remote wilderness of Canada. Somehow, the only evidence has made its way to the inbox of Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta, over 2,000 miles away, in Boston. She has no idea why. But as events unfold with alarming speed, Scarpetta begins to suspect that the paleontologist's disappearance is connected to a series of crimes - much closer to home: a gruesome murder, inexplicable tortures, and trace evidence from the last living creatures of the dinosaur age.

    G. House Sr. says: "A tedious disappointment - Don't Bother!"
    "It could have been a contender, but wasn't"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This book contains some an interesting story line, but it is loaded with so much minutiae that it becomes difficult to see the big picture. I prefer more about characters and plot than I do about autopsy details.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Patricia Cornwell again?

    I have listened to Patricia Cornwell before and will again. This was just not her best book in my humble opinion.


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

    Kate Reading does a good job with pages of details. I've not listened to her before, but I'd definitely listen to her narration again.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Bone Bed?

    I would have ask the author to cut to the chase. The reader usually cares more about the characters and the twists than details that could have been excluded without sacrificing the science.


    Any additional comments?

    I really gave it a try -- just finally quit out of frustration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Royal Blood: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1923)
    Performance
    (1674)
    Story
    (1652)

    Penniless and 34th in line to the throne, Lady Georgiana Rannoch finds herself in a truly draining state of affairs. To escape her hateful brother, Georgie accepts an invitation from the Queen to represent the royals at a wedding in Transylvania. But at the macabre- looking castle, Georgie finds the bride with blood running down her chin, and a wedding guest is poisoned.

    BJG says: "A little predictable"
    "Welll narrated book without much substance"
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    What did you like best about Royal Blood? What did you like least?

    This book had very well drawn characters and an excellent narrator. It was somewhat like a radio play, but performed by one reader. I cannot say enough about how well Katherine Kellgren performed on this book.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Rhys Bowen? Why or why not?

    No, although she creates colorful characters, I prefer other genres.


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

    She's excellent. She was able to deliver the goods -- she understood these colorful and cooky characters and was able to impart their idiosyncrasies to the audience


    Do you think Royal Blood needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    For me, no, but I am sure she has fans. I can see a Masterpiece Theater production of this book, but it is not for everyone.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is fine, it is just not what I was looking for. However, it was well done and well written. I like a "thicker" plot in my mysteries.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leaving Everything Most Loved: Maisie Dobbs, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Winspear
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (429)
    Performance
    (368)
    Story
    (364)

    The year is 1933. Maisie Dobbs is contacted by an Indian gentleman who has come to England in the hopes of finding out who killed his sister two months ago. Scotland Yard failed to make any arrest in the case, and there is reason to believe they failed to conduct a thorough investigation. The case becomes even more challenging when another Indian woman is murdered just hours before a scheduled interview. Meanwhile, unfinished business from a previous case becomes a distraction, as does a new development in Maisie's personal life.

    C. Telfair says: "Mixed Feelings about Maisie"
    "Good characters; good story; good narrator"
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    Where does Leaving Everything Most Loved rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really enjoyed this book. It started off with a good mystery, but in solving the crime, our heroine revealed much about life in London following WW1 and leading up to WW2. I had never read a Jacqueline Winspear before, but I am really glad I found her.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Massie Dobbs was my favorite character because she was smart, kind, gracious, and independent. And she was good at her job. I am looking forward to my next encounter with Massie Dobbs.


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

    This was my first experience with Oriagh Cassidy's narration. She's excellent. I have no complaints.


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

    I would have listened to it all in one sitting, but there's never enough time for that.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend it. It was definitely my cup of tea.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death du Jour: A Temperance Brennan Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Bonnie Hurren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (184)

    Dr. Temperance Brennan, Forensic Anthropologist for the Province of Quebec, digs for a corpse where Sister Elisabeth Nicolet, dead for over a century and now a candidate for sainthood, should be lying in her grave. A strange, small coffin, buried in the recesses of a decaying church, holds the first clue to the cloistered nun's fate. The puzzle surrounding Sister Elisabeth Nicolet's life and death provides a welcome contrast to discoveries at a burning chalet, where scorched and twisted bodies await Tempe's professional expertise.

    RM says: "Disappointing"
    "Good, but too many "du jours""
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, I did enjoy listening to this book, but there were too many murders actually. A couple would have sufficed since two of the story lines had real possibilities. I would have liked them to have been further explored.


    If you’ve listened to books by Kathy Reichs before, how does this one compare?

    I like listening to Kathy Reichs's stories. For her, I think this is closer to a B- than an A+, but I still liked it.


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

    She's a good reader. I appreciate her work.


    Could you see Death du Jour being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes, I could see it being a movie.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend it for Kathy Reichs fans. I think they will enjoy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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