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Stacey

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  • The Hearts of Horses: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Molly Gloss
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    The irresistible tale of 19-year-old Martha Lessen, a female horse whisperer trying to make a go of it in a man's world. It was thought that the only way to break a horse was to buck the wild out of it, and broken ribs and tough falls just went with the job. But over several long, hard winter months, many of the townsfolk in this remote county of eastern Oregon witness Martha's way of talking in low, sweet tones to horses believed beyond repair---and getting miraculous, almost immediate results.

    Julie W. Capell says: "Simple, Honest, Wonderful"
    "Disappointing and poorly written"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I don't normally write reviews for books I don't care for but this one had so many positive reviews that I felt it necessary to add my opinion.
    First, the author writes the book from the perspective of almost every character in the book, which is not necessarily bad, but she often switches from one person to another in mid sentence. This is annoying and very hard to follow. She also has a tendancy to be talking about an event or thought that is currently taking place and then goes on to explain stuff that WILL happen in the future and then add "but she didn't think of that now" or "but that wouldn't happen for years". If it didn't happen or wasn't thought of, don't bring it up. It's distracting from the story.
    As for the story, I was excited to read a "Horse Whisperer" style novel with a female as the main character however she isn't really the main character and the story is pretty much pointless and doesn't really have anything to do with the horses. A story should have a beginning middle and end. The beginning of this book brings the young girl to a ranch and gets her hired on to break some horses. At this point characters should be developing so that we begin to understand who they are and why they do what they do. The author falls short on this. You get a vague sense of who each of them are but nothing more.
    The middle is just a long rambling of events, none of which REALLY matter. Even the romance between the girl and guy is underwhelming and you keep expecting something to happen but it never does. In fact NOTHING really happens. People die and bones are broken but none of them are written as the main pivot point of the story.
    The end is just a rushed wrap up as if the author got just as bored writing it as I got reading it.
    The last complaint I have is the narrator. She was horrible. The book was read as if to a class full of school kids. The performance was overly dramatic and at times I stopped paying attention to the words because her performance was annoying me to the point of distraction. I will avoid listening to books read by her from now on.


    What was most disappointing about Molly Gloss’s story?

    Poorly written, poor story development, poor character development


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Renée Raudman?

    Anyone


    What character would you cut from The Hearts of Horses?

    Any of them could have been cut. Not one character was developed enough to be pivotal to the non existent story line.


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  • Why Kings Confess: A Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By C. S. Harris
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (86)

    The gruesome murder of a young French physician draws aristocratic investigator Sebastian St. Cyr and his pregnant wife, Hero, into a dangerous, decades-old mystery as a wrenching piece of Sebastian' s past puts him to the ultimate test. Regency England, January 1813: When a badly injured Frenchwoman is found beside the mutilated body of Dr. Damion Pelletan in one of London' s worst slums, Sebastian finds himself caught in a high-stakes tangle of murder and revenge.

    Denise of NY says: "Great addition to the series!"
    "Interesting story and great performance."
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    I love this series and absolutely anything read by Davina Porter. The St Cyr series is very well thought out and intriguing but above all it is well written. It is the kind of mystery that you are trying to solve all the way to the end. And the personal drama is evolving nicely. Great read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5450)
    Performance
    (2308)
    Story
    (2326)

    For the three years Shadow spent in prison, all he wanted was to get back to the loving arms of his wife and stay out of trouble for the rest of his life. But days before his release, he learns that his wife has been killed in an accident, and his world becomes a colder place.

    Joseph says: "Amazing, powerful book about America."
    "Interesting concept not fully realized"
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    Where does American Gods rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a good story and interesting concept but the story leaves something missing in the end. It kept me engaged all the way through but was not as fulfilling as other similar type books I have read.


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

    Yes the plot was engaging and exciting but disjointed. It was as if there were 3 separate book ideas forced into one storyline. Each idea was good and kept me engaged but distracted from the overall plot of the book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The best scenes were of Shadow on the tree but I kept hoping for more revelation and some "a ha" moment that never really came.


    Any additional comments?

    From the very beginning I was fascinated by the concept of old gods vs new gods and the main character's interaction with them both. Unfortunately the book never really reached the concepts full potential. The whole book is a build up to a battle that just never happens. Even though the story leaves the reader wanting something more the story is a good one. I had hope for an intellectual question and was expecting some thought provoking ideas. Throughout the book I believed that was where the author was taking us but then he just didn't.

    The narration is wonderful as is the norm for George Guidall. He is a narrator you either love or don't and I am firmly in the love him camp. He captures Shadow's character in a believable way and his secondary voices are always consistent so you always know who is speaking even if the author doesn't tell you right away.

    All in all I would recommend American Gods as a good and interesting story but don't expect thought provoking philosophical questions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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