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Anet

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  • The Mystery of Mercy Close

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Marian Keyes
    • Narrated By Niamh Daly
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    Meet Helen - youngest of the Walsh sisters and a law unto herself. She’s easily bored, has an inability to filter her thoughts and was fired from every job she ever had before she found her true calling as a private investigator. But times are tough for PIs, and Helen’s had no choice but to take on the search for AWOL boyband has-been Wayne Diffney: The Wacky One.

    Brenda says: "Dark, Light and Altogether Wonderful"
    "Depression and Recession in Ireland"
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    Very well narrated, this novel gives a chilling insight into depression, and how the Irish experienced their fall from grace. While the plot was a little light, the narrative and wit, and the downward spiral of the heroine more than made up for it and perhaps that is ok. I loved the ending, and it wasn't that predictable after all! We are reminded that happiness it not a permanent state even if you don't suffer from depression.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deliverance

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By James Dickey
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1323)
    Performance
    (1171)
    Story
    (1172)

    The setting is the Georgia wilderness, where the state's most remote white-water river awaits. In the thundering froth of that river, in its echoing stone canyons, four men on a canoe trip discover a freedom and exhilaration beyond compare. And then, in a moment of horror, the adventure turns into a struggle for survival as one man becomes a human hunter who is offered his own harrowing deliverance.

    Katherine says: "excruciatingly vivid, marvelously written and read"
    "Even better than the movie"
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    The book highlights the desire to get away from the mundane that we all feel, and the way in which people change under stress. I was listening to this book as I ran through a patch of trees on the mountain and I had to turn around, it was so chilling. The narration is superb, and if you know the story, it is totally worth a listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Opposite of Hallelujah

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Anna Jarzab
    • Narrated By Leslie Bellair
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Caro Mitchell considers herself an only child - and she likes it that way. After all, her much older sister, Hannah, left home eight years ago, and Caro barely remembers her. So when Caro's parents drop the bombshell news that Hannah is returning to live with them, Caro feels as if an interloper is crashing her family. To her, Hannah's a total stranger, someone who haunts their home with her meek and withdrawn presence, and who refuses to talk about her life and why she went away.

    Anet says: "The cost of misplaced guilt is high"
    "The cost of misplaced guilt is high"
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    My ten year old daughter relates to being an only child. She loved this book. It draws you in from the first chapter and covers so many issues that follow us from childhood into our adult life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2810)
    Performance
    (1930)
    Story
    (1922)

    When you're the best at what you do, it's not always easy to walk away. Nathan McBride was retired. The trained Marine sniper and covert CIA operative had put the violence of his former life behind him. But not anymore. A deep-cover FBI agent has disappeared along with one ton of powerful Semtex explosive, enough to unleash a disaster of international proportions. The U.S. government has no choice but to coax Nathan out of retirement.

    Ed says: "Sniper thriller par excellence"
    "A "lone ranger with soul" thriller"
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    Peterson's Nathan McBride is scarred (emotionally and physically), dangerous, rich (but he only flaunts it when necessary), kind to women (unless they are trying to kill him)...and he has a BF that shoots up stuff and flies a helicopter when pressed...what's not to love?

    A great compelling read, nothing too heavy, look forward to reading the rest of the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Offkey Murders

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Beverly Enwall
    • Narrated By Beverly Enwall
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    All of Melissa Brewter's cousins have to take music lessons from domineering Aunt Alicia, but only Melissa, a senior in high school, really likes them, not because she is her Aunt's star pupil but because she loves filling a room with music. Just as they are all getting ready for the annual recital, Melissa's Uncle Hank, long gone from their hometown and his three brothers and their families, pays them a surprise visit, which pleases all of them except Aunt Alicia, who is seldom pleased with anything. Then, the day after the recital Aunt Alicia is found dead....

    Anet says: "A fab read"
    "A fab read"
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    My ten year old daughter LOVED this book and has listened to it several times. The musical theme is great for young kids who take lessons, and the music at the end of each chapter is wonderful. We'll just skip over the fact that it is a murder mystery!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Monday: A Frieda Klein Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Nicci French
    • Narrated By Beth Chalmers
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Monday, the lowest point of the week. A day of dark impulses. A day to snatch a child from the streets.... The abduction of five-year-old Matthew Farraday provokes national outcry and a desperate police hunt. And when his face is splashed over the newspapers, psychotherapist Frieda Klein is left troubled: one of her patients has been relating dreams in which he has a hunger for a child. A child he can describe in perfect detail, a child the spitting image of Matthew. Detective Chief Inspector Karlsson doesn't take Frieda's concerns seriously until a link emerges with an unsolved abduction twenty years ago....

    Anne says: "**Stunning! Brilliant! Fabulous All Round!**"
    "A gripping book, expertly read"
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    What did you love best about Blue Monday?

    Everything. The characters, how the story flows and unfolds, and the disfunctionality of Frieda's circle.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    A toss-up between Frieda and Joseph. Frieda because she is so unrelenting in her work, and Joseph because he just knows what needs to be done and gets to it, from food to ceilings and paint colours.


    What about Beth Chalmers’s performance did you like?

    The earnestness and range of voices, and her accents are not bad either.


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

    It made me want to drive the long way around.


    Any additional comments?

    I cannot wait for the next instalment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tuesday's Gone: A Frieda Klein Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nicci French
    • Narrated By Beth Chalmers
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    For psychotherapist Frieda Klein, the days get longer, the cases darker…. She thought she was done with the police. But once more DCI Karlsson is knocking at her door. A man’s decomposed body has been found in the flat of Michelle Doyce, a woman trapped in a world of strange mental disorder. The police don’t know who it is, how he got there, or what happened - and Michelle can’t tell them. But Karlsson hopes Frieda can get access to the truths buried beneath her confusion.

    Eva says: "so well perfomed, makes up for a complicated story"
    "Riveting"
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    If you could sum up Tuesday's Gone in three words, what would they be?

    Riveting, engaging, empathic


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

    She captures each character's personality perfectly. I could listen to her for hours! Her accents are also very convincing.


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

    But he's still out there


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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