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Daniela

Monza, Italy | Member Since 2010

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  • 19 reviews
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  • 16 purchased in 2014
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  • Misery Bay

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Steve Hamilton
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (117)

    On a frozen January night, a young man loops one end of a long rope over the branch of a tree. The other end he ties around his neck. A snowmobiler will find him 36 hours later, his lifeless eyes staring out at the endless coldwater of Lake Superior. It happens in a lonely corner of the Upper Peninsula, in a place they call Misery Bay, a good 250 miles west of Paradise.

    Marci says: "Boring"
    "Terrific reader, good story"
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    Steve Hamilton is, as usually, very skilled in crafting yet another Alex McNight story. Not THE best Alex but always engaging; and the terrific reader makes it definitely worthwhile.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hypothermia

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Arnaldur Indridason
    • Narrated By Saul Reichlin
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    One cold autumn night, a woman is found hanging from a beam at her holiday cottage. At first sight, it appears like a straightforward case of suicide; María had never recovered from the death of her mother two years previously and she had a history of depression. But then the friend who found her body approaches Detective Erlendur with a tape of a séance that María attended before her death and his curiosity is aroused. Driven by a need to find answers, Erlendur begins an unofficial investigation into María's death.

    Daniela says: "Chilling. What else?"
    "Chilling. What else?"
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    Let the gloomy world of Idridason chill you. Life can be bleak, it seems. Thankfully, we have good books and terrific readers. Like this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Bruce Locke
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (231)
    Story
    (230)

    The new novel - a book that sold more than a million copies the first week it went on sale in Japan - from the internationally acclaimed author, his first since IQ84. Here he gives us the remarkable story of Tsukuru Tazaki, a young man haunted by a great loss; of dreams and nightmares that have unintended consequences for the world around us; and of a journey into the past that is necessary to mend the present. It is a story of love, friendship, and heartbreak for the ages.

    Pamela J says: "We're all victims of our youth"
    "A bit colourless indeed."
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    Being a huge Murakami fan, I expected the best.
    This book disappointed me a little. A quiet story, some plot twists left unresolved, not much energy overall.
    What I enjoyed the most though, was Bruce Locke's excellent reading. It really makes the difference and gives true colour to the colourless Tsukuru.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jar City

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Arnaldur Indridason
    • Narrated By Saul Reichlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    A man is found murdered in his Reykjavik flat. There are no obvious clues apart from a cryptic note left on the body and a photograph of a young girl's grave. Delving into the dead man's life Detective Erlendur discovers that 40 years ago he was accused of an appalling crime, but never convicted. Had his past come back to haunt him? As Erlendur struggles to build a relationship with his unhappy daughter, his investigation takes him to Iceland's Genetic Research Centre, where he uncovers disturbing secrets that are even darker than the murder of an old man.

    Daniela says: "Perfect Icelandic Thriller"
    "Perfect Icelandic Thriller"
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    Dark and grim like the autumnal October rain falling relentlessly on the poor souls that try to live their life as best they can...But maladies, evil and life's cruel surprises await them
    Masterfully written and narrated. It will give you just the tiniest ray of hope in the finale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Thing Around Your Neck

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    • Narrated By Adjoa Andoh
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    From Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the Orange Prize-winning author of Half of a Yellow Sun, come 12 dazzling stories in which she turns her penetrating eye on the ties that bind men and women, parents and children, Nigeria and the West. Searing and profound, suffused with beauty, sorrow and longing, this collection is a resounding confirmation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's prodigious storytelling powers.

    Daniela says: "Great stories from a country we hardly know"
    "Great stories from a country we hardly know"
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    "Africa" for us western readers is a great unknown, with few exceptions. Chimamanda's powerful voice can be a great introduction to a whole world. Between a mythical, at times painful, past and a complex, nuanced present her characters - especially the courageous proud women, struggle to conquer happiness, self-esteem and respect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Gatsby

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Jake Gyllenhaal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (147)

    F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel of the Roaring Twenties is beloved by generations of readers and stands as his crowning work. This new audio edition, authorized by the Fitzgerald estate, is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain). Gyllenhaal's performance is a faithful delivery in the voice of Nick Carraway, the Midwesterner turned New York bond salesman, who rents a small house next door to the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby. There, he has a firsthand view of Gatsby’s lavish West Egg parties - and of his undying love....

    Jorge Curiel Lopez says: "Nice voice, terrible voice acting."
    "Gleaming prose and flawless reading"
    Overall
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    If you are in for a treat give yourself 4 hours of delightful entertaining.
    Gatsby's sad but scintillating story is told by Fitzgerald perfect prose, with Gyllenhaal wonderful reading.
    Whether you - like me - read it long ago and want to reread it now, or for the first time approach it, maybe because the movie brought it back under the spotlight, do not miss it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cloud Atlas

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Cassandra Campbell, Kim Mai Guest, and others
    Overall
    (3376)
    Performance
    (2555)
    Story
    (2566)

    A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan's California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified "dinery server" on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation: the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other's echoes down the corridor of history.

    Elizabeth says: "thoroughly enjoyed"
    "Dazzling!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Deeply original, complex and very audacious. Six different stories that span continents and ages, told by a polyphonia of very good readers.
    Don't worry though, you won't get lost. Mr. Mitchell keeps all his strings well together, despite changing style and protagonists in every section of the novel.
    An amazing feat. Don't miss it if you like digging your teeth in something really savoury.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Die a Stranger: Alex McKnight #9

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Steve Hamilton
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (46)

    Late one night, a plane lands on a deserted airstrip. Five dead bodies are found there the next morning. And now Vinnie LeBlanc is missing. Vinnie is an Ojibwa tribal member, a blackjack dealer at the Bay Mills Casino, and he just might be Alex McKnight’s best friend. He’s come through for Alex more than once in the past, and he never ever misses a day of work. So Alex can’t help but be worried.

    Mystery Addict says: "Alex is back"
    "A little weak in the plot, enjoyable nonetheless"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Not the best of the McNight's mysteries, but the skill of its author and the wonderful reader make it a pleasant experience nonetheless.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Robin Sloan
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2693)
    Performance
    (2424)
    Story
    (2411)

    The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone - and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything....

    Susan says: "Fun, thought-provoking, mysterious.... and FUN !"
    "Light, well-crafted and entertaining."
    Overall
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    Some clever ideas, a very modern setting with an ancient mysterious flavour, a plot that could have been written (and maybe was written) for a good movie.
    Very readable, witty, curious, it just lacks that deepness and clarity that only the truly great writers possess.
    Forget the Murakami comparison, and enjoy what the book can give.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Track of the Cat

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Nevada Barr
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (595)
    Performance
    (304)
    Story
    (311)

    From the vivid opening vista, high in craggy mountains, to the final haunting glimpse of a moonlit canyon, Nevada Barr's first mystery, Track of the Cat, instantly caught the attention of readers and reviewers. Its popularity gained it both an Agatha and an Anthony Award.

    Ilze says: "A Trek through the Guadalupes"
    "Go, Anna!"
    Overall
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    An engaging story in a beautiful wild setting. Anna Pigeon is a wonderful character, tough and abused by life, tender to her beloved animals, complex in her relationship with men, wonderfully witty in her duets on the phone with her NewYorkese sister.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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