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margaret

gentle reader

ratings
34
REVIEWS
12
FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
21

  • Empire Falls

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Richard Russo
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (92)

    Dexter County, Maine, and specifically the town of Empire Falls, has seen better days, and for decades, in fact, only a succession from bad to worse. One by one, its logging and textile enterprises have gone belly-up, and the once vast holdings of the Whiting clan (presided over by the last scion’s widow) now mostly amount to decrepit real estate. The working classes, meanwhile, continue to eke out whatever meager promise isn’t already boarded up. Miles Roby gazes over this ruined kingdom from the Empire Grill, an opportunity of his youth that has become the albatross of his life.

    margaret says: "Hugely Enjoyable"
    "Hugely Enjoyable"
    Overall
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    This is one of those books that holds your interest because you grow to care about the characters and just can't wait to find out what happens to them.
    The reader does a marvelous job.
    I took it from the car to the house and back to the car and I wish it had gone on longer.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Harbor: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan
    Overall
    (2117)
    Performance
    (1812)
    Story
    (1794)

    In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.

    Amazon Customer says: "Best in the Series"
    "Completely satisfying"
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    I have read or listened to all of Tana French's Murder Squad series. They are all wonderful and Broken Harbor is as good as I had hoped it wold be. Enthralling, engaging, riveting, heartbreaking. I took my mp3 everywhere, I couldn't bear to turn it off.
    The mystery is well-plotted and complex enough that I was stunned by the resolution. But really, it is French's characters, their emotional depth and richly detailed lives, feelings, relationships, that grab and hold you.
    If you enjoy Kate Atkinson's books, you will probably like Tana French's even more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (733)
    Performance
    (560)
    Story
    (559)

    A young woman is murdered in her Oslo flat. One finger has been severed from her left hand, and behind her eyelid is secreted a tiny red diamond in the shape of a five-pointed star - a pentagram, the devil’s star. Detective Harry Hole is assigned to the case with his long-time adversary Tom Waaler and initially wants no part in it. But Harry is already on notice to quit the force and is left with little alternative but to drag himself out of his alcoholic stupor and get to work. A wave of similar murders is on the horizon....

    J.R. says: "New Steig Larsson? Hah! The new Raymond Chandler!"
    "Another great listen"
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    This is the second Jo Nesbo I have listened to and both are wonderful. Smart and well-paced, it really kept my interest. If you like Jo Nesbo you might also like the Roy Grace series by Peter James.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Places: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins, and others
    Overall
    (3130)
    Performance
    (2456)
    Story
    (2483)

    Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas". As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived, and famously testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who've long forgotten her.

    Glenda Jeffers says: "Riveting but brutal"
    "not too dark, but really grabs you"
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    I came to this after reading Gone Girl, and while it isn't that good, it is very good--interesting and compelling. There is a mystery which was cleverly plotted and not at all obvious, and then there is also the story of the survivors and their lives and how they develop. The writer doesn't shy away from the psychological thrills. It wasn't too dark, (not even close to some of Nevada Barr's later books) but there were a few disturbing scenes. That said, they didn't last long and the characters were well developed enough that there was always nuance and subtlety. I was always happy to get back in the car and hear more. When I had finished, I kept thinking about the main character. The book stays with you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Man's Grip

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Peter James
    • Narrated By Jamie Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (46)

    Carly Chase is still traumatized 10 days after being in a fatal traffic accident that kills a teenage American student from Brighton University. Then she receives news that turns her entire world into a living nightmare. The drivers of the other two vehicles involved have been found tortured and murdered. Now Detective Superintendent Roy Grace of the Sussex Police force issues a stark and urgent warning to Carly: She could be next.

    margaret says: "I with there were more"
    "I with there were more"
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    This is a wonderful series. Great narrative drive within each novel and compelling characters that keep me coming back for each new book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • America America: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs)
    • By Ethan Canin
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (9)

    In the early 1970s, Corey Sifter, the son of working-class parents, becomes a yard boy on the grand estate of the powerful Metarey family. Soon, through the family's generosity, he is a student at a private boarding school and an aide to the great New York senator Henry Bonwiller, who is running for president of the United States.

    Martha says: "elegant and thought-provoking"
    "compelling, moving, memorable"
    Overall
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    This is a very interesting book, well written and fascinating about people and power and politics. I thought about the characters long after I finished listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deal Breaker

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Jonathan Marosz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (762)
    Performance
    (316)
    Story
    (317)

    Sports agent Myron Bolitar is poised on the edge of the big-time. So is Christian Steele, a rookie quarterback and Myron's prized client. But when Christian gets a phone call from a former girlfriend, a woman who everyone, including the police, believes is dead, the deal starts to go sour. Suddenly Myron is plunged into a baffling mystery of sex and blackmail.

    Lisa says: "Deal Breaker"
    "very enjoyable"
    Overall
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    Not deep or terribly compelling, but enjoyable. Likable characters, good plot, good dialogue. A fun series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Glass Castle: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jeannette Walls
    • Narrated By Jeannette Walls
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (844)
    Performance
    (612)
    Story
    (611)

    Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children's imagination. Rose Mary painted and wrote and couldn't stand the responsibility of providing for her family; she called herself an "excitement addict."

    Elisabeth says: "Like peeping through your fingers at a car wreck"
    "such a disappointment!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Why do authors read their own work?? I was really looking forward to this book. It is a wonderful story and a great book. Unfortunately, the "performance" is intolerable. I couldn't get past the first hour. Every sentence ends on a down beat and is followed by a too lengthy pause. It is as if she is reading poetry in a late night coffee house.
    I wish I had listened to a sample before I wasted a credit.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Middlesex

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori
    Overall
    (5715)
    Performance
    (1929)
    Story
    (1947)

    In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

    Chris says: "Great Pulitzer Winning novel!"
    "everything you want in an audio book"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Fascinating, involving, moving. I got completely caught up in the story. The narrative style is wonderful and imaginative. This book is satisfying from start to finish.
    The reader is the best there is. He is without peer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fools Die

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Mario Puzo
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    Set within America's golden triangle of corruption and excess—New York, Hollywood, Las Vegas—the novel plunges into the glittering and ruthless worlds of gambling, publishing, and the film industry, where greed, lust, and violence hold sway. As high rollers, hustlers, and scheming manipulators use power, sex, and betrayal to win, the strongest survive—but fools die.

    Barry says: "Excellent Performance Of A Total Mess Of A Novel"
    "some good, some tedious"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Parts of this are interesting and move right along, and other parts, particularly the parts where the narrator is perseverating about women, get extremely tedious. The reader is wonderful. The best reader I've ever heard. I actually chose this book partially because he was the reader.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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