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  • The Dogs of Riga: A Kurt Wallander Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (485)
    Performance
    (265)
    Story
    (260)

    On the Swedish coastline, the bodies of two victims of grisly torture and cold execution are discovered in a life raft. With no witnesses, no motives, and no crime scene, Detective Kurt Wallander is frustrated and uncertain that he has the ability to solve the case. After the victims are traced to Latvia, Major Liepa of the Riga police takes over the investigation. Thinking his work is done, Wallander slips back into his routine - until he is suddenly called to Riga and plunged into an alien world.

    Stevon says: "My first Mankell book"
    "first part was riveting, then unbeleivable"
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    What disappointed you about The Dogs of Riga?

    repeated telling us not showing us about the characters -- he wan't sure why he was doing what he was doing; she wasn't sure she could go on. Then thankfully there is a randomly introduced insider inside the police station who risks all... no mas!


    Has The Dogs of Riga turned you off from other books in this genre?

    not the genre -- the author maybe


    How could the performance have been better?

    avoid the sappy romance -- stick to the original idea of bodies in a lifeboat.


    What character would you cut from The Dogs of Riga?

    the Latvians


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Breakfast at Tiffany's

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Truman Capote
    • Narrated By Michael C. Hall
    Overall
    (687)
    Performance
    (635)
    Story
    (640)

    Golden Globe-winning actor Michael C. Hall (Dexter, Six Feet Under) performs Truman Capote's masterstroke about a young writer's charmed fascination with his unorthodox neighbor, the "American geisha" Holly Golightly. Holly - a World War II-era society girl in her late teens - survives via socialization, attending parties and restaurants with men from the wealthy upper class who also provide her with money and expensive gifts. Over the course of the novella, the seemingly shallow Holly slowly opens up to the curious protagonist.

    Michael says: "Subtle yet Extravagant"
    "When Truman was Truman not In Cold Blood cynical;"
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    What made the experience of listening to Breakfast at Tiffany's the most enjoyable?

    The writing and the narrator.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The perspective of the narrator as the straight man -- echoes of Nick in Gatsby.


    What does Michael C. Hall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He sounds like Truman telling the story to his in crows gathered around himself, with drinks and laughter, but basking in being the center of attention as the storyteller.


    If you could take any character from Breakfast at Tiffany's out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Truman Capote himself and I would just sit back and listen.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Tin Roof Blowdown: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2438)
    Performance
    (607)
    Story
    (595)

    Dave Robicheaux returns in another Bayou adventure, this one more gruesome and gut-wrenching than any that have come before. Hurricane Katrina has ravaged New Orleans, leaving the streets and buildings flooded and the city awash with opportunists, looters, and vicious criminals. There is no order, no law. Police are shooting randomly at innocent people, prison guards have abandoned their posts, and bodies float through the streets and hang from trees.

    Deborah says: "How Does One Manage?"
    "Katrina hits Burke's beloved New Orleans"
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    Would you listen to The Tin Roof Blowdown again? Why?

    No -- life is too short.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    No but characters were absorbing. Bit too much ranting / preaching about the government's failures leading up to, during and after Katrina.


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    perfect tone and timing for each character


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

    When the looter writes out his apology on a paper towel and tries to make amends.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Eric H. Cline
    • Narrated By Andy Caploe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (217)

    In 1177 B.C., marauding groups known only as the "Sea Peoples" invaded Egypt. The pharaoh’s army and navy managed to defeat them, but the victory so weakened Egypt that it soon slid into decline, as did most of the surrounding civilizations. After centuries of brilliance, the civilized world of the Bronze Age came to an abrupt and cataclysmic end. Kingdoms fell like dominoes over the course of just a few decades. No more Minoans or Mycenaeans. No more Trojans, Hittites, or Babylonians.

    Emily says: "But it was all going so well....."
    "LOTS and lots of trees, no forest in site = boring"
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    What disappointed you about 1177 B.C.?

    NOT a narrative but rather a long list of names of people and place and sites. I have a reasonable background in this time period and even then impossible to follow as an audio book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Eric H. Cline again?

    no


    What didn’t you like about Andy Caploe’s performance?

    overly dramatic reading doesn't match laundry list writing.


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

    boredom -- no mas!


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • We Need New Names: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By NoViolet Bulawayo
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (47)

    Darling is only 10 years old, and yet she must navigate a fragile and violent world. In Zimbabwe, Darling and her friends steal guavas, try to get the baby out of young Chipo's belly, and grasp at memories of Before. Before their homes were destroyed by paramilitary policemen, before the school closed, before the fathers left for dangerous jobs abroad. But Darling has a chance to escape: She has an aunt in America. She travels to this new land in search of America's famous abundance only to find that her options as an immigrant are perilously few.

    FanB14 says: "African Girl Does US"
    "Country -- which one is home; what is a country?"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes child narrator reminded me of Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird -- truth teller who is willing to really see what is around her. The reality and the metaphorical use of "country" is well developed. The Zimbabwe part with her friends seems better and less rushed than the US par but maybe that was because it was so new for me. So many perfect little sentences. Repetition used like a chant. The "names" are intriguingly important. The cataloging of details is perfect.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The games the kids play which carry throughout the novel.


    What does Robin Miles bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    exquisite timing and diction -- her accent reminded me this was an African's story but was very clear and understandable. Changed later in the story to reflect the American characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Snow Child

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Eowyn Ivey
    • Narrated By Debra Monk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1302)
    Performance
    (1138)
    Story
    (1125)

    Debut novelist Eowyn ivey’s experience living in the Alaskan wilderness brings a palpable authenticity to The Snow Child. Alaska in the 1920s is a difficult place for Jack and Mabel. Drifting apart, the childless couple discover Faina, a young girl living alone in the wilderness. Soon, Jack and Mabel come to love Faina as their own. But when they learn a surprising truth about the girl, their lives change in profound ways.

    Bonny says: "Magical, realistic and well worth listening to"
    "like waiting for snow to melt"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    flat narrator's voice was not invested in the magical fairy tale aspects. Good try on the story -- some creative interesting parts, too many boring parts. Ironically it was the "real" parts which did not seem believable to me. Time is not carefully consistent; money is scarce but pies are made with the last of flour -- but then more pies. Really boring if no edge/conflict to these problems.


    What could Eowyn Ivey have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Either MORE magical evocations -- or less. Like MacBeth she is half way across the commitment to the supernatural, but does not really trust her own construct of a fairy tale.Read Winter's Tale (NOT the movie!) for the lyrical use of fantasy and magic .Or even better 100 Years of Solitude.


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

    boredom -- interspersed with some really intersting parts.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Glass Rainbow: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (2192)
    Performance
    (807)
    Story
    (813)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: When it comes to author/narrator pairings, nobody tops James Lee Burke and Will Patton in the Robicheaux thrillers. Beloved Burke hero Detective Dave Robicheaux here returns to New Iberia to solve a series of grisly murders. Seven young women in neighboring Jefferson Davis Parish have been brutally murdered. While the crimes have all the telltale signs of a serial killer, the death of Bernadette Latiolais, a high-school honor student, doesn’t fit.

    Gardner says: "Best Yet... Almost"
    "Outstanding narrator"
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    What does Will Patton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I have tried a few times in the past to READ James Lee Burke's novels -- always too macho and too southern good ole boy for me. Will Patton absolutely elevates these books for me. He reveals the core of the characters, and now I want more. Finally get what all the rave reviews were about.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Debts: A Jack Irish Thriller, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Peter Temple
    • Narrated By Marco Chiappi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (89)

    Meet Jack Irish: criminal lawyer, debt collector, football lover, turf watcher, trainee cabinetmaker, and the best Australian crime character we've seen in years. When Jack receives a puzzling message from a jailed ex-client, he's too deep in misery over Fitzroy's latest loss to take much notice. Next thing Jack knows, the ex-client's dead and he's been drawn into a life-threatening investigation involving high-level corruption, dark sexual secrets, shonky property deals, and murder.

    Don says: "Quality Crime Fiction"
    "The narrator made me love listening"
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    What did you love best about Bad Debts?

    The characters and the narrator's timing, timbre and accent.


    What could Peter Temple have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    more complex, less obvious plot; the reviewers that say it was disjointed confuse me -- yes it moved from different settings and characters but it was too obvious for me. Redeemed again by the read aloud and the characters.


    Which character – as performed by Marco Chiappi – was your favorite?

    Jack


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

    Horses, houses and debts.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • John Adams

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 1 min)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1887)
    Performance
    (836)
    Story
    (845)

    McCullough's John Adams has the sweep and vitality of a great novel. This is history on a grand scale, an audiobook about politics, war, and social issues, but also about human nature, love, religious faith, virtue, ambition, friendship, and betrayal, and the far-reaching consequences of noble ideas. Above all, it is an enthralling, often surprising story of one of the most important and fascinating Americans who ever lived.

    Davis says: "An outstanding biography"
    "Adams character comes through despite narrator"
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    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator's voice was too Midwestern, and highly pitched overall, and ESPECIALLY when supposedly quoting Adams's own words -- one notch below chipmunk voice IMHO. The narrator certainly made no mistakes -- just the wrong tone and pitch for John Adams.

    The writing was interestingly organized,despite a lot of detail to track for a listeners. I loved the development of JA's character and the inclusion of Abigail (of course) and others less well known from history such as Benjamin Rush.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Box: Harry Bosch, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Michael McConnohie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1978)
    Performance
    (1679)
    Story
    (1662)

    In a case that spans 20 years, Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photographer during the L.A. riots. Harry originally investigated the murder, but it was then handed off to the Riot Crimes Task Force and never solved. Now Bosch's ballistics match indicates that her death was not random violence, but something more personal, and connected to a deeper intrigue. Like an investigator combing through the wreckage after a plane crash, Bosch searches for the "black box", the one piece of evidence that will pull the case together.

    Amazon Customer says: "Disappointing"
    "Central Valley Bosch"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Black Box the most enjoyable?

    The CA Central Valley tie-in of the title and the more police procedural type plot make this a slightly different Harry Bosch. Narrator was a tiny bit plodding -- but so was Harry in this one . Very good but not the best ever. Narrator mispronounces ManTEEca repeatedly which bugged me . Used detective Chiu as a sterotypical Asian tech geek, not as believable as most Michael Connelly characters. Mendenhall going "off reservation " is left unexplained, despite it being a significant subplot. Is Connelly saving Chiu and Mendenhall for a sequel? Otherwise has all the satisfactions of a Harry Bosch novel. Even at less than his best Michael Connelly tells a better story than most writers.


    What other book might you compare The Black Box to and why?

    Other Harry Bosch's -- same pacing and characters.


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

    It is ManTEEkah


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Persona Non Grata: A Novel of the Roman Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Ruth Downie
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (374)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (219)

    At long last, Gaius Petreius Ruso and his companion, Tilla, are headed home - to Gaul. Having received a note consisting only of the words "COME HOME!" Ruso has (reluctantly, of course) pulled up stakes and brought Tilla to meet his family. But the reception there is not what Ruso has hoped for: no one will admit to sending for him, and his brother Lucius is hoping he'll leave.

    Laurie says: "Well worth the wait!"
    "fun but obvious -- like a good bowl of popcorn"
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    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    more complex characters


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    smooth , very good tone and pacing


    Did Persona Non Grata inspire you to do anything?

    you are kidding, right?!


    Any additional comments?

    does what it does well -- and then you are done. snack food with some historical seasoning thrown in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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