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Kandi

ruckersville, VA, USA | Member Since 2003

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  • The Devil's Workshop: Scotland Yard's Murder Squad, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Alex Grecian
    • Narrated By John Curless
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (58)

    London, 1890: Four vicious murderers have escaped from prison, part of a plan gone terribly wrong, and now it is up to Walter Day, Nevil Hammersmith, and the rest of Scotland Yard's Murder Squad to hunt down the convicts before the men can resume their bloody spree. But they might already be too late. The killers have retribution in mind, and one of them is heading straight toward a member of the Murder Squad, and his family.

    Kandi says: "Violent and Lacks Coherence"
    "Violent and Lacks Coherence"
    Overall
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    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I liked the first book very much, and the second one was good. They had good plots and were interesting for what they showed of the day. I liked the Doctor who was pushing the edge of forensic science. But this one was violent for the sake of shock value. The violence was so far unrealistic, especially for the medical capabilities of the day, that they lost all connection with reality. I am so sorry.


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

    It was as if he brought in new threads at the end just to leave them loose. Nothing was finished. This one isn't worth reading. Good guys are bad, bad guys are over the top, and the motivations of everyone are absurd.


    What didn’t you like about John Curless’s performance?

    The reader did the best he could with the book.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Almost none.


    Any additional comments?

    I am sorry that I discovered a new author I liked only to be disappointed so much with this book. I seldom write reviews, but I hope the author reads this and gets back to the great book he started with.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Valley of Amazement

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Amy Tan
    • Narrated By Nancy Wu, Joyce Bean, Amy Tan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1074)
    Performance
    (950)
    Story
    (966)

    Shanghai, 1912. Violet Minturn is the privileged daughter of the American madam of the city's most exclusive courtesan house. But when the Ching dynasty is overturned, Violet is separated from her mother in a cruel act of chicanery and forced to become a "virgin courtesan." Half-Chinese and half-American, Violet grapples with her place in the worlds of East and West - until she is able to merge her two halves, empowering her to become a shrewd courtesan who excels in the business of seduction and illusion, though she still struggles to understand who she is.

    Pamela says: "Just could NOT get past the ugliness"
    "Sorry about the Sappy ending"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    A lot to like, but I did get tired of the main characters whining that their mother's didn't love them. Lots of good parts, I couldn't put it down, but I felt let down by the sappy ending.


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

    Too much wallowing about past pain. We have all been hurt, most of us try to move forward, which the characters did in the early parts of the novel, but when things turned out well, they went on like they were in a bad romance novel.


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

    I LOVE Amy Tan and the readers were great, but this one was a disappointment.


    Could you see The Valley of Amazement being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I hope not


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dreaming in English: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Laura Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (98)

    Knowing she could never be happy in Iran, Tamila Soroush took her mother’s advice to “Go and wake up your luck” and joined her sister in the United States, where amazing freedoms awaited her. Now, after a spur-of-the-moment exchange of “I do’s” with her true love, Ike Hanson, Tami is eager to start her new life. But not everyone is pleased with their marriage, and Tami’s happily-ever-after is no sure thing.

    Linda Hensens says: "Wow, what a book this turned out to be!"
    "Read this!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I seldom write reviews, but this is a GREAT book. Everyone has got to read "Dreaming in English by Laura Fitzgerald." It's a love story, it's all about what it means to be an American, what FREEDOM means. It will warm your heart and make you look at your life, and think again about what the meaning of HOPE is. Man or woman, it fills your heart.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Moonlit Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Christopher Rice
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    From award-winning New York Times bestselling author Christopher Rice comes an evocative psychological thriller about a woman who must try to save her brother’s reputation and life when he is accused of being involved in a terrorist act.

    Artur says: "Over-analyzed characters and their actions."
    "This book was a grab bag of plots!"
    Overall
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Slow, vague and whinnie! This plot is suppose to be complex, but in the end it just doesn't make sense. It ran an hour past the climax with people just talking and whinning, going over and over one of the plotlines. By that time I couldn't keep it straight, but I didn't care. And then in the end, two characters appear out of nowhere, one gets killed, the other doesn't seem to care. It is assumed a specific "bad guy" did the killing, though why is not clear, and then the friend announces he killed the "bad guy" 5 days ago. So who killed the poor guy on the park bench!

    To answer what could have made this a 4 or 5 star listening experience for me? A story line that wasn't so impressed with itself and so self indulgent.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Christopher Rice again?

    Never. I like to try new authors when Audible runs a sale and I bought this one a year ago. I've found some real treasures with these unknown pick-ups. This was definately not one of them!


    How could the performance have been better?

    Had something better to read.


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

    Most of them.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Appeal

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2036)
    Performance
    (438)
    Story
    (447)

    In a crowded courtroom in Mississippi, a jury returns a shocking verdict against a chemical company accused of dumping toxic waste into a small town's water supply, causing the worst "cancer cluster" in history. The company appeals to the Mississippi Supreme Court, whose nine justices will one day either approve the verdict or reverse it.

    teresa says: "no wonder it was on sale"
    "The Appeal"
    Overall

    TERRIBLE ending. Really not worth the hours it took to listen to it. The ending just wandered. I ended up just feeling cheated by an author who can weave a story, but this one had no reason for the struggle.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Templar

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Raymond Khoury
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (861)
    Performance
    (400)
    Story
    (406)

    As the burning city of Acre falls from the hands of the West in 1291, a young Templar knight, his mentor, and a handful of others escape to the sea carrying a mysterious chest. In present day Manhattan, four masked horsemen dressed as Templar Knights steal a strange device. In the aftermath, an FBI investigation is led by anti-terrorist specialist Sean Reilly. Soon, he and archaeologist Tess Chaykin are drawn into the dark, hidden history of the crusading knights.

    Ed says: "A Good Listen"
    "From horses to sewers"
    Overall

    This is a practice in moving cardboard characters around without motive. From the opening scenes when he describes the horses as grey and chestnut with black manes (By defination chestnuts have RED manes, if they have black manes they are BAY) through the pointless trip through the sewers, this was a book written by a novice. You can't get involved with romance style characters who do dumb things without reason. This one REALLY didn't grab me! Things came up, then were let drop. How did they get the horses INTO the park? Later they had the insight that they were probably police horses. Fine, doesn't it seem likely that a police department would NOTICE their horses missing??? And maybe a police department would report them!!! If they HAD the horses they certainly didn't get returned and someone would have noticed them missing. The rest doesn't get any better. There are so many loose ends I could weave a blanket!

    9 of 17 people found this review helpful

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