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Laura

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  • Death Angel: Alexandra Cooper, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Linda Fairstein
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (113)

    With Death Angel, Fairstein takes listeners into the storied history of New York's Central Park as Assistant DA Alex Cooper and Detective Mike Chapman race to track down a serial killer before yet another young woman is found dead. Is the body found in the Ramble the first victim of a deranged psychopath, or are other missing women in years past whose remains have never been found connected to this savage attack? Is this enormous urban park a sanctuary in the middle of the city - or is it a hunting ground for a killer with a twisted mind?

    J. Sindik says: "Worth the Wait!"
    "Disappointing."
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    What did you like best about Death Angel? What did you like least?

    No much. I found the performance irritating and the plot boring.


    What could Linda Fairstein have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I guess I would have rather had more procedure and less personality. Not that I don't love good character development - but this wasn't it.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Barbara Rosenblat’s performances?

    Meh.


    Did Death Angel inspire you to do anything?

    No


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Rick Atkinson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (123)

    In An Army at Dawn - winner of the Pulitzer Prize - Rick Atkinson provided a dramatic and authoritative history of the Allied triumph in North Africa. Now, in The Day of Battle, he follows the American and British armies as they invade Sicily in July 1943, attack Italy two months later, and then fight their way, mile by bloody mile, north toward Rome. The Italian campaign's outcome was never certain; in fact, President Roosevelt, Prime Minister Churchill, and their military advisors bitterly debated whether an invasion of the so-called soft underbelly of Europe was even wise.

    Robert says: "The utter waste and horror of war..."
    "George Guidall where art thou"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Day of Battle the most enjoyable?

    Length ( at two books a month this is an important criterion) -- and the history itself is memorable. Glad to see Bill Mauldin's excellent memoir cited.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Day of Battle?

    Bombing of Monte Cassino with nobody inside but monks and refugees


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jonathan Davis’s performances?

    Not unless he learns how to pronounce place names


    Any additional comments?

    Narrator's pronunciation of Passchendale (he seems to be saying Passindolly) is setting my teeth on edge. I guess George Guidall can't narrate everything but someone should at least make sure narrators can pronounce important place names.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Betty Smith
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (375)
    Performance
    (331)
    Story
    (329)

    Born in 1901 in the slums of Brooklyn, Francie Nolan has grown up under the burden of suffering that is the lot of the great city’s poor. Romantic like her father, an Irish singing waiter, yet pragmatic like her mother, a housecleaner and fierce survivor, Francie uses her imagination and tenacity to thrive in the world in spite of these harsh conditions.

    Sara says: "Childhood favorite revisited"
    "Just brilliant."
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    What did you love best about A Tree Grows in Brooklyn?

    The Nolan family. What a brilliant group. No whiners. I loved the scene where Francie tries to write about her father and her teacher, used to fluffy compositions about trees and other "pretty" subjects, calls her work sordid and gives her bad marks. Francie goes home and burns her pretty compositions. I am sorry to say that I have experienced this type of teacher myself in the past - and so have my children. It is frustrating to have teachers who seem to feel it is their obligation to stamp out any spark of originality as quickly as possible.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I am torn between Francie and Katie. In Francie I see some of myself in the past; in Katie I see a woman who is so unflinchingly honest that you have to admire her.


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

    No, but this performance was excellent.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I could barely stop! If I could have, I would have.


    Any additional comments?

    Why did I wait til I was 55 to read this book?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Caine Mutiny

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (844)
    Performance
    (731)
    Story
    (731)

    Having inspired a classic film and Broadway play, The Caine Mutiny is Herman Wouk's boldly dramatic, brilliantly entertaining novel of life—and mutiny—on a Navy warship in the Pacific theater. It was immediately embraced upon its original publication as one of the first serious works of American fiction to grapple with the moral complexities and the human consequences of the Second World War. In the intervening half century, this gripping story has become a perennial favorite, selling millions throughout the world, and claiming the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

    James says: "Even Better than the Movie"
    "Tale for modern times"
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    If you could sum up The Caine Mutiny in three words, what would they be?

    Growing up fast. In view of when this book was written, one gains courage for the youth of America that are described by their elders as whiney and pampered. Clearly this is nothing new. The lessons here about the differences between commanding and commanding respect, and the differences between competent authority and positional authority, are timeless for all individuals who work in a tiered organization.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Probably the part where Willy looks back on his service and realizes that the Navy may know what it is doing after all.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book I would recommend to individuals who are on the cusp of growing up. You kind of grow up yourself a little while listening to it - it really challenges your assumptions and justifications about your own behavior.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (5766)
    Performance
    (5242)
    Story
    (5256)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Vividly drawn characters"
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    Would you listen to The Cuckoo's Calling again? Why?

    Definitely would listen again - it was not only a well crafted story with a plot that hangs together in all its essential details, but the characters are appealing and interesting and the dialogue flows naturally. There is nothing stiff, formulaic or artificial about this book, unlike so many mysteries (even successful ones). The performance was also excellent - all the voices done differently and appropriately - reminiscent of Patrick Tull or Jim Dale or George Guidall (favorite audio performers)


    What other book might you compare The Cuckoo's Calling to and why?

    Some of Carolyn Graham's work - same type of great characters, intricate plotting


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Would be happy to read another Cormoran Strike book - this debut was a pleasure

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Plantation

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Chris Kuzneski
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    The first to disappear is a ski instructor in the secluded mountains of Colorado. Hours later, a pregnant woman is abducted from a crowded hospital. Two places, two incidents, a single motive. And so it begins....

    Char says: "Incredible Story"
    "audio performance cannot compensate for plot"
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    What would have made The Plantation better?

    Where to begin - a plot that makes sense? some character development? I know this was a first effort and I now can understand why it was rejected by so many book agents as "too novel." I could not finish listening and gave up after about an hour. It just made me squirm - maybe it was supposed to be ironic but if so I guess I am just not intellectual enough to go there.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Nothing by this author if this is representative.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None


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

    The audio performance was very good.


    Any additional comments?

    Please don't waste your credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Gregory Maguire
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4230)
    Performance
    (1921)
    Story
    (1945)

    Heralded as an instant classic of fantasy literature, Maguire has written a wonderfully imaginative retelling of The Wizard of Oz told from the Wicked Witch's point of view. More than just a fairy tale for adults, Wicked is a meditation on the nature of good and evil.

    Suzn F says: "I was not sure for a while then......."
    "Weird"
    Overall

    Okay, I have not seen the musical but can only conclude that a lot must have been omitted or changed to achieve a broadway hit. This book is just sort of weird and a little boring. I was more or less relieved when it was done.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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