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Sherri

Minnetonka, MN, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 9 reviews
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  • As the Crow Flies: A Walt Longmire Mystery, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1108)
    Performance
    (966)
    Story
    (960)

    Craig Johnson has won multiple awards and earned starred reviews from Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and Kirkus Reviews for his New York Times best-selling Walt Longmire mysteries. Embarking on his eighth adventure in As the Crow Flies, Sheriff Longmire is searching the Cheyenne Reservation for a site to host his daughter’s wedding, when he sees a woman fall to her death. Teaming up with beautiful tribal chief Lolo Long, Walt sets out to investigate the suspicious death.

    B.J. says: "Simply one of my favorite series."
    "Walt and the Bear"
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    This is a rustically charming series with a delightful cast of characters. George Guidall is picture-perfect in the many voices, especially the Bear, Walt's Best friend, a Cheyanne. As always there's mystery, mysticism and plenty of action. Just an enjoyable listen!

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Dry Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Peter May
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (87)

    What happened to Jacques Gaillard? The brilliant teacher at the École Nationale d’Administration, who trained some of France’s best and brightest as future prime ministers and presidents, vanished ten years ago, presumably from Paris. This ten-year-old mystery inspires a bet—one that Enzo Macleod, a biologist teaching in Toulouse, France, instead of pursuing a brilliant career in forensics back home in Scotland, can ill afford to lose.

    adrienne says: "Delightful find! First of the Enzo Files"
    "Enzo solves another cold case in France"
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    Enzo McLeod, a big Scott who now lives and teaches forensic science in France, has a bet with a friend that he can solve a number of cold cases using modern forensic science. He tackles one case per book. Naturally, lots of people do not want them solved and so mayhem ensures.

    Enzo has a cast of interesting recurring characters and is written with good humor. Entertaining and interesting books.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Snack Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Andrea Camilleri
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    When an elderly man is stabbed to death in an elevator and a crewman on an Italian fishing trawler is machine-gunned by a Tunisian patrol boat off Sicily's coast, only Inspector Montalbano, with his keen insight into human nature, suspects the link between the two incidents. His investigation leads to the beautiful Karima, an impoverished housecleaner and occasional prostitute, whose young son steals other schoolchildren's midmorning snacks.

    Kelly Howard says: "Pretty good series"
    "A Snack Thief??"
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    I really love these quirky little books by Andrea Camilleri. His protagonist, Salvo Montobano (forgive spelling, I have onlly listened to his books) is the kind of funny, flawed character I love. Then he surrounds Salvo with a cast of hilarious characters, some of whom he loves and some of whom he hates.

    The exceptional narrator, Grover Gardner, really makes these books with his reading. He actually acts them out, including the normal little pauses, sighs, gasps, etc. of a real conversation. Don't expect italian accets, however, the only character who gets that treatment is Salvo's long-suffering housekeeper.

    I started with this book, because the title intrigued me, but I quickly listened to all in the series and now wait with baited breath for the next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Devices and Desires: An Adam Dalgliesh Mystery, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By P. D. James
    • Narrated By Penelope Dellaporta
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Commander Dalgliesh of Scotland Yard has just published a new book of poems and has taken a brief respite from publicity on the remote Larksoken headland on the Norfolk coast. A psychotic strangler of young women is at large in Norfolk, and getting nearer to Larksoken with every killing. And when Dalgliesh discovers the murdered body of the Acting Administrative Officer on the beach, he finds himself caught up in one of the most baffling murder cases of his career.

    Sharon says: "Great Interesting Read, Good Performance"
    "Another book ruined"
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    Yet another book ruined by an ill-chosen narrator. I usually, always, listen to the preview of the book because the narrator can make or break the book for me. This time I realized instantly that I did not. While Ms. Dallaporta's normal voice can be characterized as 'fingernails on a chalkboard,' when the characters become emotional, she squawks like an hysterical myna bird. Ugh. I made it two-thirds of the way through before I concluded that the victim probably committed suicide to avoid listening to Ms. Dellaporta any longer. Listen only if you have an extremely insensitive ear to unattractive female voices.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Curse of the Spellmans

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Lisa Lutz
    • Narrated By Ari Graynor
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (60)

    When Izzy Spellman, PI, is arrested for the fourth time in three months, she writes it off as a job hazard. She's been (obsessively) keeping surveillance on a suspicious next door neighbor (suspect's name: John Brown), convinced he's up to no good - even if her parents (the management at Spellman Investigations) are not.

    Sherri says: "What a difference the narrator makes"
    "What a difference the narrator makes"
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    I listened to these books out of sequence, I first listened to the later books ready by Christina Moore. The story and maybe more importantly the performance of these books was hilarious. Ms. Moore;s dead pan deliver is spot on for this character. Now, we come to Ari Graynor, who sounds like a high school English Lit student reading her paper aloud to the class. No inflection, no dramatic performance, just....blah. i made the mistake of purchasing these two books without listening to her. Lesson learned. I don't know if I'll be able to finish them.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Chalk Girl: A Mallory Novel, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Carol O'Connell
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (341)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (273)

    New York Times best-selling author Carol O’Connell has won a wide fan base with her popular novels starring NYPD detective Kathy Mallory. In The Chalk Girl, a little girl is abandoned in Central Park—with her uncle’s body in a tree not far away. Recognizing a kindred spirit in the girl, Mallory takes the case. But her investigation soon leads to a trail of murder and blackmail spanning 15 years.

    shopper from Playa del Rey says: "More, More, More!"
    "Depressing and Violent"
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    Yikes, this book is unrelenting in it's violence. I usually like Barbara Rosenblat, but her monotone delivery of the young boy's dialogue at the beginning of each chapter was so depressing I had to start fast forwarding through them. I find nothing redeeming in the character of Mallory. I was just a real chore to get through this book and it left me feeling empty and sad. I don't think I'll try this author again.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Lights

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Lydia Millet
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    Hal is a mild-mannered IRS bureaucrat who suspects that his wife is cheating with her younger, more virile coworker. At a drunken dinner party, Hal volunteers to fly to Belize in search of Susan's employer, the protagonist of Lydia Millet's much-lauded novel How the Dead Dream, who has vanished in a tropical jungle, initiating a darkly humorous descent into strange and unpredictable terrain.

    Sherri says: "funny?"
    "funny?"
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    What would have made Ghost Lights better?

    Better story, pacing and less angst.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Lydia Millet again?

    PROBABLY NOT.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Not. Top notch narrator but miles ahead of Scott Brick.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    It is not funny in the least, filled with squalid descriptions of adultery, he's not a likable protagonist. Awfully dull.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Instruments of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Thomas Cook
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Thomas H. Cook’s mesmerizing novels have attracted many Edgar Award nominations, and his "Chatham School Affair" won the Edgar Award for Best Novel. Filled with the haunting characters that have become Cook’s trademark, Instruments of Night creates a fusion between past and present that is unique and chilling.

    L. bonanno says: "Good read"
    "Dark and Brutal"
    Overall

    I have only made it through a few chapters and may not be able to listen to this book. It's unrelentingly dark and brutal. The protaganist is haunted by a horrific event in his past that fills his every thought. There are lots of sickening descriptions of torture and death. Beware if you don't have a cast iron stomache and psyche.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6511)
    Performance
    (2906)
    Story
    (2903)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "Yawn...."
    Overall

    Very slow paced, jumps around likely crazy with too many sub-plots going on at once, hard to keep it straight. The narrator has the most annoying cadence, most sentences bhild toward the middle, then trail off at the end with the last word ending in a depressing drawn out sigh. I don't unerstand the hype for this book.

    8 of 17 people found this review helpful

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