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  • A Monstrous Regiment of Women: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes: The Mary Russell Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (210)

    It is 1921 and Mary Russell - Sherlock Holmes's brilliant apprentice, now an Oxford graduate with a degree in theology - is on the verge of acquiring a sizable inheritance. Independent at last, with a passion for divinity and detective work, her most baffling mystery may now involve Holmes and the burgeoning of a deeper affection between herself and the retired detective.

    Sonja says: "Hang in there"
    "Hang in there"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you liked the first one, you may like this one. It's more ... um ... intellectual? There's a lot of theological debate about women, which I really enjoyed but I can also see why some people would find it tedious. I thought it was fun and interesting, though it caused the plot to drag a bit. But I think I will listen to this again. There was a lot I think I might have missed the first time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    As with the first book, I can especially envision Robert Downey Jr. as Holmes. Which is ironic as that movie was made after the book was written. Either way, I think she captures the essence of SH.


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

    No. The first half is slow and I found I needed to put it down occasionally.


    Any additional comments?

    Spoiler alert. The "romance" between the heroine and SH is ridiculous, IMO. He's what, 40 years her senior? I feel like maybe the author confused herself with her character.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (7049)
    Performance
    (6414)
    Story
    (6423)

    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"
    "Not as dark as the summary suggests"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Not as dark as the summary sounds, this is a fun modern, murder mystery with great characters. Definitely worth the listen, but watch out, I didn't get much else done while listening (well, I did a lot of cleaning).


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18782)
    Performance
    (16784)
    Story
    (16837)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Loved the crazy, bored with having it spelled out"
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    What did you love best about Gone Girl?

    The unexpected twist. Well done, but not completely original. Still delicious, and very worth the read for that alone. Trust me.... no really. You'll like it. Or at least you'll know what everyone's talking about at parties. It ain't no 50 shades nonsense.


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

    The author spelled everything out, like she was so proud of the plot she created, and she should be, but sometimes it's better to let the imagination work a little. And the author did such an amazing job of making the crazy believable, but some of the circumstances worked out just a little too well. This made the book start to fall apart in the second part. While I agree that it was nice to see how the pair were perfect for each other, I think it would have been more interesting, and more likely, if things didn't work out for our lady quite so nicely. I don't say that because I love to hate her, I enjoyed her a lot, I just got bored with how miraculously everything turned out. I think I actually rolled my eyes a few times.


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

    Definitely. Especially the first part, after that, their cover is blown and its a little less suspenseful, and more excruciating.


    Any additional comments?

    Recommended because it's a great yarn, and strays off the beaten path of a lot I've read lately. Not your typical mystery, and thank god there's no vampires or werewolves or anything like that. This story could actually happen (yeah, right...).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chaperone

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Laura Moriarty
    • Narrated By Elizabeth McGovern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2293)
    Performance
    (2022)
    Story
    (2009)

    >The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

    Amanda says: "Perfection."
    "Great book"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    The main character is lovely, and her evolution while in New York is a charming story. It just should've ended there. Still highly recommended.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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