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Marianne

CALIFON, NJ, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Snow Angels

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By James Thompson
    • Narrated By T. Ryder Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    The first book of James Thompson’s Inspector Vaara series won immediate critical acclaim for a sterling tale set in the brutal cold and soul-testing isolation of kaamos, Finland’s two weeks of utter darkness. Even as the unrelenting winter conditions tighten their grip on the residents of the Lapland town, a lovely Somali movie star is found murdered, a racial slur cut into her chest.

    Susan says: "Good Read"
    "Darkness, prejudice and punishments."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Snow Angels to be better than the print version?

    Can't compare as I haven't literally read the book. Though if I had to read all the books I listen to I wouldn't get anything else done.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Snow Angels?

    The fire on the ice.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    So many of the scenes are great ......I have read a many books since and haven't got a clear picture of one specific at this time.


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

    No, I actually enjoy getting back to my book and the characters several times. Like meeting old friends again.


    Any additional comments?

    The freezing daytime darkness is a memorable visual for the human prejudice and sexual frustrations that underlies this particular plot.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ordinary Grace

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated By Rich Orlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (381)
    Performance
    (347)
    Story
    (345)

    Award-winning author William Kent Krueger has gained an immense fan base for his Cork O’Connor series. In Ordinary Grace, Krueger looks back to 1961 to tell the story of Frank Drum, a boy on the cusp of manhood. A typical 13-year-old with a strong, loving family, Frank is devastated when a tragedy forces him to face the unthinkable - and to take on a maturity beyond his years.

    Ronna says: "best book to come along this year!!"
    "Amazingly captivating and eye-opening."
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    If you could sum up Ordinary Grace in three words, what would they be?

    Transformative, gracious and enlightened.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The stuttering younger brother with his down to earth honesty and sensibility.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The fathers sermon after the death of his daughter.


    Any additional comments?

    The reader did a magnificent job distinguishing the different characters and lending honesty to the description of people in distress and confusion without ever over dramatizing any one person or event. Well done.

    It was a pleasure to listen to.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Six Years

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2701)
    Performance
    (2327)
    Story
    (2342)

    Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of hiding a broken heart by throwing himself into his career as a college professor. Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd. But six years haven’t come close to extinguishing his feelings, and when Jake comes across Todd’s obituary, he can’t keep himself away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd’s wife he’s hoping for...but she is not Natalie....

    Richard Delman says: "Mr. Coben has gotten waaaay too popular."
    "Much a do about nothing."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    A love story wrapped in old crime paper told by a whiny over-dramatizing voice.


    What could Harlan Coben have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    cut out the many "love-sick" cliche's and added some new and interesting twists and turns.
    The story is predictable and far to long.


    Any additional comments?

    A big disappointment and waste of a credit.
    Harlan Coben can do so much better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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