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Andrea

UPTON, MA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Never Let Me Go

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Kazuo Ishiguro
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1762)
    Performance
    (578)
    Story
    (583)

    From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans, comes an unforgettable edge-of-your-seat mystery that is at once heartbreakingly tender and morally courageous about what it means to be human.

    Christopher says: "Moving, haunting, but slow developing"
    "Painfully long"
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    I could not get into this book. It just seemed to go on and on. When you finally find out what the secret of the students are, you are so ready to put the book down. If the secret was revealed sooner in the book, I think I might have been more interested.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dance of Death

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1286)
    Performance
    (477)
    Story
    (483)

    Agent Pendergast has become one of crime fiction's most endearing characters. His greatest enemy is one who has stalked him all of his life, his cunning and diabolical brother Diogenes. And Diogenes has thrown down the gauntlet. Now, several of the people closest to Pendergast are viciously murdered, and Pendergast is framed for the deeds. On the run from federal authorities, with only the help of his old friend NYPD Lieutenant Vincent D'Agosta, Pendergast must stop his brother.

    Lu says: "Need to read earlier books in series"
    "Excellent read"
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    Would you listen to Dance of Death again? Why?

    Yes, and I did. It was so intriguing and it really showed Aloysius in a whole different light. The introduction of his brother was fantastic.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The introduction of Aloysius' brother, Diogenes.


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

    Yes, the authors present information in a way that is interesting and insightful by their description of the setting, the development of the characters and by the revelation of the plot.


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

    Nothing. I very much enjoyed the narration.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brimstone

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    Overall
    (882)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (213)

    Behind the gates of a fabulous Hampton estate, FBI Special Agent Pendergast discovers the carnage of a gruesome crime, a nightmare of seemingly supernatural origin. The smoldering remains of infamous art critic Jeremy Grove, a melted cross branding his chest, are found in a locked, barricaded attic. The hoofprint singed into the floorboards and the smell of brimstone recall the legendary horrors that befall those who make a pact with the Devil.

    Jody R. Nathan says: "Couldn't put it down"
    "Doesn't stand up to the rest"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I'm not sure what type of reader would enjoy this book more than I did.


    Has Brimstone turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Absolutely not. Brimstone was not bad, but it wasn't as good as the other Pendergast novels that I've read.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator did not detract from the book. It was more of the storyline.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Brimstone?

    I don't know if there was one particular scene as opposed to some of the descriptions that seemed to drag on and lose my attention.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Life with Crows

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    Overall
    (814)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (200)

    Medicine Creek, Kansas, has been slowly dying for the last century. In a town where nothing changes, the community is terrified after a series of grisly murders takes place. Even more alarming, the bodies are displayed in bizarre tableaus. With the entire town in shock, FBI Agent Pendergast arrives from New Orleans to investigate. From the fields to the local caves, Pendergast discovers the remnants of a Prohibition-era moonshine operation and the truth behind one of the town's greatest mysteries.

    Venice says: "So Exciting! Like watching a film!"
    "Storyline pulled me in from the beginning..."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was time well-spent. The hours flew by as I listened because the story was so intriguing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favourite character was Aloysius Pendergast. His demeanor and subtleties are fascinating. He stuck out like a soar thumb in the town, however it did not distract him from the case on hand.


    Which character – as performed by Rene Auberjonois – was your favorite?

    Aloysius Pendergast. Rene Auberjonois' Louisiana drawl is wonderful. He is by far the best performer of the Pendergast performers.


    Did Still Life with Crows inspire you to do anything?

    It inspired my to begin reading the Pendergast series.


    Any additional comments?

    Fantastic read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cabinet of Curiosities

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    Overall
    (1400)
    Performance
    (471)
    Story
    (471)

    In lower Manhattan, a charnel pit of horror is uncovered: the remains of 36 people murdered and gruesomely dismembered over 130 years ago by an unknown serial killer. Just as a museum archaeologist and an enigmatic FBI agent begin to unravel the clues to the killings, a fresh spree of copy-cat murders and surgical mutilation erupts around them. Mixing science and terror in a way only they can, Preston and Child deliver a novel that's as gruesome as it is enthralling.

    Dianna says: "This Book is a True Curiosity!!"
    "Not the Greatest Novel in the Series"
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    What disappointed you about The Cabinet of Curiosities?

    I got lost in the story line. It took me a while to get into the story.


    What could Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Made the beginning of the novel as exciting as the end of the novel.


    What aspect of Rene Auberjonois’s performance would you have changed?

    Nothing, really. I thought he did a good job.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Cabinet of Curiosities?

    The reading of the letter that was found bored me although I realize it was a crucial part of the novel.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reliquary: Pendergast, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2602)
    Performance
    (1673)
    Story
    (1672)

    Hidden deep beneath Manhattan lies a warren of tunnels, sewers, and galleries, mostly forgotten by those who walk the streets above. There lies the ultimate secret of the Museum Beast. When two grotesquely deformed skeletons are found deep in the mud off the Manhattan shoreline, museum curator Margo Green is called in to aid the investigation.

    Anastasia says: "Should have made this one into a movie..."
    "Great continuation of Relic"
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    What did you like best about Reliquary? What did you like least?

    I loved the story line. I also loved the description of the setting. I felt as though I was in NYC the whole time I was reading.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    There were a lot of characters as protagonists. Would have been better to have a main one or two.


    What three words best describe Dick Hill’s performance?

    Believable, engaging, spot-on


    Did Reliquary inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, as a matter of fact it did. I looked up information on the NYC people who inhabit the tunnels. I never knew of their existence and took the NYC subways everyday.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Relic: Pendergast, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4309)
    Performance
    (2738)
    Story
    (2767)

    Just days before a massive exhibition opens at the popular New York Museum of Natural History, visitors are being savagely murdered in the museum's dark hallways and secret rooms. Autopsies indicate that the killer cannot be human. But the museum's directors plan to go ahead with a big bash to celebrate the new exhibition, in spite of the murders. Museum researcher Margo Green must find out who - or what - is doing the killing.

    Snoodely says: "Non-Perishable"
    "An average read"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who enjoys scientific details. At a point in the book it started to drag on.


    What could Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not go into as much of the scientific details as they had.


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

    Story development was very good. The best part of the book was the ending which was very thrilling. The character descriptions were excellent as well.


    Any additional comments?

    Would have liked to see more of Agent Pendergast.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Fatal Grace

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1147)
    Performance
    (787)
    Story
    (786)

    No one liked CC de Poitiers - certainly none of the residents of the village of Three Pines, each of whom CC had managed to offend. Therein lies the challenge for the Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Quebec, called in once again from Montreal to investigate murder in this hamlet. CC has been killed in an apparent electrical accident, and everyone in town has a motive, even the inspector's good friends.

    Patricia says: "Complex, but worthwhile...."
    "Very good read"
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    I thought that this book was a very good read. The characters, although simply stated in nature, were very enjoyable. The setting for the story was ideal and it was great to read about a small community of folks and become familiar with that lifestyle. The mystery of the crime was captivating. I'd recommend this book to those who are looking for a simply delightful crime story.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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