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Esther

Dryden, Ontario, Canada

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  • Devil in a Blue Dress: An Easy Rawlins Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Walter Mosley
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (438)
    Performance
    (259)
    Story
    (263)

    Los Angeles, 1948: Easy Rawlins is a black war veteran just fired from his job at a defense plant. Easy is drinking in a friend's bar, wondering how he'll meet his mortgage, when a white man in a linen suit walks in, offering good money if Easy will simply locate Miss Daphne Money, a blonde beauty known to frequent black jazz clubs.

    Jefferson says: "Beware of Mysterious Sexy Women with Big Suitcases"
    "A little violent for my taste"
    Overall

    Although I am a real mystery fan, I found this book to be a little to graphic for my taste. The story was a good story, I have seen this made into a movie so was already familiar with the story. I don't regret listening to this, but won't likely purchase another book by this author,

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Providence Rag: A Liam Mulligan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Bruce DeSilva
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (85)

    Edgar Award-winner Bruce DeSilva returns with Liam Mulligan, an old-school investigative reporter for a dying newspaper in Providence, Rhode Island. Mulligan knows every street and alley, every priest and prostitute, every cop and street thug. He knows the mobsters and politicians - who are pretty much one and the same. Inspired by a true story, Providence Rag finds Mulligan, his pal Mason, and the newspaper they both work for at an ethical crossroad.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Tremendous Series, great narration."
    "Listened straight through"
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    What did you love best about Providence Rag?

    I enjoyed the tightly knit plot of what happened when Kwami Diggs brutally murdered 2 women and 3 little girls before he was 16. Liam Mulligan, an investigative reporter for the Providence, Rhode Island, newspaper, identified him as the murderer and provided vital testimony to put him in jail, hopefully for life. However an antiquated R.I. law allowed Kwami who was charged as a minor, to be released once he reached the age of 21. Because of his heinous crimes and the glee he expressed in the original confession tape, the judicial system had been keeping him locked up by faking charges against him to keep him in jail. By this time, Kwami has been locked up for 18 years and his mother has hired a new lawyer to get him set free because she believes Kwami was framed for these horrible crimes. Mulligan's co-worker, Edward Mason, begins to dig into the charges that Kwami has been kept locked up for the previous 12 years due to trumped up charges and is horrified at the way the justice system has been perverted to keep this boy in prison-even though no one wants to release Kwami on the public.


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

    This story is based on a real life incident and arrived at a satisfactory conclusion even though Kwami did get released from prison in the story. One wonders how things turned out in the real life situation. The entire book kept me wondering what was going to happen next. I was sorry to reach the end.


    What about Jeff Woodman’s performance did you like?

    He did the voices of the various characters very well. Every person had his/her own voice. He brought Kwami Diggs' aging mother alive so well I could almost see her standing in front of me-a slim aging black woman who has grieved and cried over her son for many years and who has desperately believed him innocent of all charges right up until she is finally forced to watch the tape of Kwami's confession when he was arrested at the age of 15 and forced to face his lies.


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

    I found the opening chapters to be graphic enough that i almost quit listening to it. i continued because i was drawn into the story very quickly.i found the basic premise of this book, that a psychopathic monster can be released into the community simply because he grew up to be terrifying. But even more terrifying is the idea that a prisoner who is legally entitled to be set free can be shanghaied into staying in prison by perjurous guards.


    Any additional comments?

    Legislators need to pay attention to the laws they make so this does not happen again!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Homes: A Rivers of London Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    Overall
    (410)
    Performance
    (390)
    Story
    (391)

    My name is Peter Grant, and I am a keeper of the secret flame - whatever that is. Truth be told, there's a lot I still don't know. My superior Nightingale, previously the last of England's wizardly governmental force, is trying to teach me proper schooling for a magician's apprentice. But even he doesn't have all the answers. Mostly I'm just a constable sworn to enforce the Queen’s Peace, with the occasional help from some unusual friends and a well-placed fire blast.

    Cliff says: "Finally, it's out!"
    "Fantasy well done!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Broken Homes to be better than the print version?

    I have only listened to the audio edition but I very much enjoy having a story read to me as I drive or prepare to sleep.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Peter Grant, the hero of the story. Peter is a rookie constable with the London Police Force who in the first book of the series, discovered he could see ghosts. Because of this he has been recruited by Detective Thomas Nightingale who heads the department which investigates crimes done using supernatural means of some sort. Peter not only is a policeman, but Nightingale has begun teaching him magic which he is not very good at. What he excels in is getting involved with the Gods and Godesses of the many rivers of London and England and in this book, he, Nightingale and Leslie, his partner, all provide security for a meeting of the God & Godess of the upper and lower Thames. Leslie is his partner in police work, friendship and is also taking magic lessons from Nightingale. Peter has a good heart, good intentions but it is often Leslie or Nightingale who pulls him out of magical situations where Peter has gotten in over his head.


    What does Kobna Holdbrook-Smith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    This narrator brings a British ambience to this book that I would not experience reading it. He speaks with a British accent and brings the various characters to life. It would be very different to read the writings of Ben Aaronavitch after having listened to this narrator read them.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book very much. I usually do not listen to new books immediately, but I could hardly wait for this book to finish downloading. I can't wait until book 5.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Deep Blue Good-By: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1215)
    Performance
    (1019)
    Story
    (1029)

    He's a self-described beach bum who won his houseboat in a card game. He's also a knight errant who's wary of credit cards, retirement benefits, political parties, mortgages, and television. He only works when his cash runs out, and his rule is simple: he'll help you find whatever was taken from you, as long as he can keep half.

    Michael Cavacini says: "An Entertaining Start To A Classic Series"
    "The Deep Blue Good-by"
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    Would you listen to The Deep Blue Good-By again? Why?

    Intriguing story. I am trying to listen to it for the 3rd time because I listen when I go to bed and even though I set the app into sleep mode for the shortest time available (15 min), I still fall asleep and miss something crucial to the story. So I listen over and over again until I get the story. This one is worth listening to again and again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Travis McGee because he comes across as free and easy slacker but when somone needs his help, he helps anyway he can.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Helen Simonson
    • Narrated By Peter Altschuler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2425)
    Performance
    (1142)
    Story
    (1135)

    You are about to travel to Edgecombe St. Mary, a small village in the English countryside filled with rolling hills, thatched cottages, and a cast of characters both hilariously original and as familiar as the members of your own family. Among them is Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired), the unlikely hero of Helen Simonson's wondrous debut. Wry, courtly, opinionated, and completely endearing, Major Pettigrew is one of the most indelible characters in contemporary fiction.

    txkimmers says: "A great surprise"
    "Very enjoyable listen"
    Overall

    I wasn't sure about purchasing this audiobook as listening to a book is a major investment in time and some books don't translate well to being read aloud. However I did enjoy Major Pettigrew's individuality which was constantly at war with his stuffiness and ideas of what is right and proper. Although not a genre I normally read, Major Pettigrew's Last Stand was poignant, funny and altogether human. I recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jamie Ford
    • Narrated By Feodor Chin
    Overall
    (1934)
    Performance
    (864)
    Story
    (863)

    In the opening pages of Jamie Ford's stunning debut, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle's Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has made an incredible discovery: the belongings of Japanese families, left when they were rounded up and sent to internment camps during World War II. As Henry looks on, the owner opens a Japanese parasol.

    Christopher says: "Hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet"
    "Definitely worth the time to listen to this!"
    Overall

    I very much enjoyed the story of this book. Jamie Ford achieved the delicate balance between the past and the present while telling about this man's life during WW II and the events that affected him and his community and his present life during the time following his wife's death and his son's leaving the nest for university and imminent marriage. The Oscar Holden recording that he seeks during much of this book is symbolic of him both as a 12 yr old boy and a 57 yr old widower. At times, I laughed out loud with this book, but more often, I wept along with the characters as they struggled through a tumultuous time. This reader enhanced the story with his ability to add the slight Chinese accent at the right time and to pick up the southern drawl of his friend, Sheldon. I really enjoyed this and may even listen to it again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Desirable Residence

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Madeleine Wickham
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (40)

    The asking price for this house includes a stunning renovation of hearts and dreams....Liz and Jonathan Chambers were stuck with two mortgages, mounting debts, and a miserable adolescent daughter. Then realtor Marcus Witherstone came into their lives—and it seemed he would solve all their problems.

    Suzanne says: "Disappointed"
    "Disappointing."
    Overall

    I really loved the "Shopaholic" series as the light-hearted fluff they are meant to be so expected "A Desirable Residence" to be more of the escapist genre I have come to expect from this author. Instead I was treated to a rather pointless story of a woman's rather sordid, very tasteless affair. Although the story ended on 1 upbeat note, most of it was dull and uninteresting. I listened to the end because I kept expecting SOMETHING to happen, but nothing ever did. I am sure I will read more of this author's work, but I will not buy it in audiobook form.
    As for the reader, she did an excellent job of defining the various characters, I am sorry to say that she was wasted on this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Inspired By...The Bible Experience: New Testament

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Inspired By Media Group
    • Narrated By Angela Bassett, Cuba Gooding Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, and others
    Overall
    (680)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (250)

    Like never before, you can experience the beauty and life-changing power of the Bible. Unique among audio Bible productions, The Bible Experience is a captivating performance of the Bible presented by a stellar ensemble of today's top-name actors, musicians, clergy, directors, and award-winning producers. This historic production also features a cinematic musical score, unparalleled sound design, and the highest production value.The Bible Experience is truly theater of the mind and spirit.

    Kathleen says: "ANGELS not zombies"
    "Disappointing!"
    Overall

    I had hoped to find an audio version of the Bible that I could listen to on my walks. Instead I received a mish-mash of all the gospels shouted at me like a bad movie version of a "fire and brimstone" preacher. I would have preferred hearing all these wonderful actors reading the Bible as if they were the characters in it. I listened to about 15 min of the Part 1 and have never even downloaded Part 3. Try again, please. This is awful.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • U Is for Undertow: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Sue Grafton
    • Narrated By Judy Kaye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1332)
    Performance
    (383)
    Story
    (383)

    It's April, 1988, a month before Kinsey Millhone's 38th birthday, and she's alone in her office doing paperwork when a young man arrives unannounced. He has a preppy air about him and looks as if he'd be carded if he tried to buy booze, but Michael Sutton is 27, an unemployed college dropout. Twenty-one years earlier, a four-year-old girl disappeared, and a recent reference to her kidnapping has triggered a flood of memories.

    BSquared67 says: "A brilliant departure from the familiar"
    "Intricate plot and believable characters"
    Overall

    Grafton has crafted a gripping story. Kinsey Milhone is a savvy private eye from the late 80s who uses both her inquiring mind and desire for answers to pursue her client's investigation. Add a good dose of serendipity and she solves a 20 year old murder before the police have enough hard evidence to act, but not soon enough to stop a second murder. Well-written with plenty of plot twists, this book was worth listening to and will likely be listened to again. I have read a number of Grafton's books and look forward to "V".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nine Dragons: Harry Bosch, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    Overall
    (2316)
    Performance
    (941)
    Story
    (949)

    The one good thing in Bosch's life, the person he holds most dear, is taken from him and Bosch travels to Hong Kong in an all-or-nothing bid to regain what he's lost. In a place known as Nine Dragons, as the city's Hungry Ghosts festival burns around him, Bosch puts aside everything he knows and risks everything he has in a desperate bid to outmatch the triad's ferocity.

    Derek says: "Not Connelly's Best"
    "A dark mystery"
    Overall

    Once again, Harry Bosch has entered the dark side of life and not only solved the mystery, but emerged relatively unscathed. This is an well written story with a strong plot and numerous sub-plots. It reads well and was well read. Definitely a thumbs up!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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