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  • Galveston: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Nic Pizzolatto
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (589)
    Performance
    (505)
    Story
    (508)

    From the creator, writer, and executive producer of the HBO series True Detective and soon to be a major motion picture comes a dark and visceral novel set along the wastelands of Galveston. On the same day Roy Cady is diagnosed with a terminal illness, he learns that his employer has put a hit out on him. After narrowly escaping an attempt on his life, Cady goes on the run with a young prostitute named Rocky and her three-year-old sister, from New Orleans to Galveston, Texas. But though they run, they cannot hide in this explosive, atmospheric, impossible-to-pause thrill ride.

    Stephanie says: "Richly Layered"
    "Ingenious! C. McCarthy w/his own originality! Yes!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Galveston the most enjoyable?

    I couldn't put this down! It's been a long while since I've listened/read a book this good. Please write, and write, and.... The number one best thing on HBO this year has been "True Detective" written by Nic Piaaolatto. This sequence, with Matthew McConaughey & Woody Harrelson, was written by Mr. Pizzolatto, and is like nothing I've ever seen before, so I was thrilled there was a book by the same writer who wrote the show. "Galveston" is so good, I had to check the author out on the internet and the good news is, he's just getting started.
    Today, it seems we only have writers that can pen an imaginary/make-believe world, with a demon of sorts, coming down to terrorize the people on earth. No, now we have what we all know to be a man who can sit down and tell a story.Thank you Mr. P.
    As for "Galveston", each scene takes you there, the characters he uses, and the locations are dead-on. The only problem with this book: it ends with the protagonist in his later years, suggesting there will be no sequels.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Galveston?

    I'm from central Texas, and lived in New Orleans, so I'm familiar with the area of the book. For me, because of this, it was all memorable. He paints the hotel, where they live and you feel as if you, too, are a tenant, interacting with the people staying there. Some of the scenes like when they go to Rocky's home. You see it so clearly. And oh, when she's telling about the rabbits.....oh my....


    Which character – as performed by Michael Kramer – was your favorite?

    Michael Krammer is Roy Cody; nabbed him dead on. The perfect reader for the part! Do not change him if Roy Cody shows up again some where in another book. Please!!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending, along with the rest of the book, is SO WELL DONE!!


    Any additional comments?

    I also have to thank the publishers/Audible for using Micheal Krammer, the reader of the book. He, with his voice, makes you believe you're listening to the real Roy Cody, the main character of the book. This is the first time I've listened to any of the books he's written. After the book was finished, I immediately checked him out.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Survivors Club

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (618)
    Performance
    (298)
    Story
    (294)

    The rapist left an indelible mark on their lives; now three women must live with the consequences of his violent brutality. But when he's murdered on his way to trial, the police investigation takes a scorching new focus. All three women had a reason to hate him. All three wanted him dead. But which one of them murdered him? Explosively plotted and unnervingly suspenseful, The Survivors Club sizzles from beginning to end.

    Kathleen says: "Wow! Get this one!"
    "Amazingly Bad!"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Having been raped, back when a girl went through hell to get the guy prosecuted (1973 - U of MN; Middle Brook Hall, Spring Break), I don't remember buying a $900 Channel suit, or getting amnesia and proceeding to behave like an infant, or drinking Champagne when he was given a whole 18 months. I kept wondering why the author didn't even speak to a woman who'd been raped? I realize all women respond differently, but I think I'm safe to say that she wasn't even near the ball park on this one Just amazing! I couldn't like any of the characters, yet the author apparently assumed the reader would be head over hills in love with them - why? Shallow and obnoxious women and brainless cops....don't bother.


    Has The Survivors Club turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I love a good "Who Done It" but expect more from the author: ie.: Research maybe?


    What about Anna Fields’s performance did you like?

    Anna Field did an excellent job, but ironically, the better she did, the worse the writing seemed!


    What character would you cut from The Survivors Club?

    Jillian


    Any additional comments?

    First...and last Lisa Gardner book for me...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • And Then You Dye: A Needlecraft Mystery, Book 16

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Monica Ferris
    • Narrated By Susan Boyce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (63)

    At Crewel World - the needlework shop in Excelsior, Minnesota, run by Betsy Devonshire - an array of beautifully hand-dyed yarns are supplied by Hailey Brent, an avid hand-dyer as well as a customer. But shortly after her most recent delivery of yarn, Hailey is found dead in her home, with a gunshot wound to the head. Betsy can't imagine who might have killed Hailey, but she is determined to find out.

    Cheryl says: "And Then You Dye"
    "My first by this author......and last...."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I bought this book because I like "Who done its" and because I'm from Minneapolis, but I wouldn't recommend it to Mpls people, for the reader doesn't know how to pronounce the names of the suburbs. Also, beyond that, I am a knitter and thought is sounded fun. It turned out to be agony just listening to the whole thing. Her characters were incorrectly portrayed; ie.: One may have a head injury but they don't go through such a dramatic personality change. (I'm a physician). Character development was ....Where?? These people were no more intelligent enough, especially the oh so sweet protagonist, to solve a crime and it's very doubtful the police would have appreciated the woman taking over the case. Utter nonsense! I finally just skipped the second half, to the very predictable ending. Don't waste your time. Agatha Christie the author is NOT.


    What was most disappointing about Monica Ferris’s story?

    The plot


    How could the performance have been better?

    A different author


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Discust


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lethal Outlook: Psychic Eye Mysteries, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Victoria Laurie
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Michaels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (333)
    Performance
    (293)
    Story
    (293)

    When a mysterious client approaches Abby Cooper with a cryptic message about a young mother who has vanished, Abby is more than willing to get involved. After all, it’s the perfect distraction from dealing with the headache of her sister Cat – who has flown into town and turned Abby and Dutch’s impending nuptials into Weddingpalooza.

    Beatrice says: "I was not disappointed"
    "Embarrassed I bought it"
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    What disappointed you about Lethal Outlook?

    I’m embarrassed I bought this thing. How did she get published and who is reading her? I feel sorry for them. The reader sounds and purposely talks like a little girl throughout the whole book. Don’t believe me? Listen to her. The author would do herself, and the naive reader a favor and look at good ‘who done its’ and see the placement of characters who sound and act like people, not, “Oh goody! I’m living in happy land!” Yuk! The reader purposely sounds like a little girl. The writer: OK, her grammar was correct, but that doesn't mean she should be published. Nauseating


    What could Victoria Laurie have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not become a writer


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Her high pitched voice and the tone she assumes, as if she lives in a Happy Land too!


    What character would you cut from Lethal Outlook?

    All


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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