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John

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  • The Jewels of Paradise

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Donna Leon
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (60)

    Caterina Pellegrini is a native Venetian, and like so many of them, she’s had to leave home to pursue her career elsewhere, mostly abroad. With a doctorate in baroque opera from Vienna, she lands in Birmingham, England, as a research fellow and assistant professor. Birmingham, however, is no Venice, so when she gets word of a position back home, Caterina jumps at the opportunity. The job is an unusual one.

    Ruth says: "A "mystery" of a different sort, . ."
    "Jewels are what you make them."
    Overall
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    The authors, true to form, twists and turns and delivers an ending as entertaining as it was unexpected. I generally like to guess the endings of stories and have to admit I didn't see it coming. In this way, she is true to form. It took a while to get to know and like - or dislike! - the characters, a burden not present in the Commissario Brunetti works, after the 1st couple, anyway. But now that I have, I'd like to see them, or some of them, again.

    It's not a typical mystery, there are not heinous crimes to solve. But it is a mystery in that events of some centuries past come to dwell in the present in the form of two chests full of documents, and it's up to the main character, a scholar in the form and content of the documents, to figure out where the jewels are, and who owns them now after all that time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Zeitoun

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Dave Eggers
    • Narrated By Firdous Bamji
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (792)
    Performance
    (381)
    Story
    (387)

    When HurricaneKatrina struck New Orleans, Abdulrahman Zeitoun - a prosperous Syrian-American and father of four - chose to stay through the storm to protect his house and contracting business. In the eerie days after the storm, he traveled the flooded streets in a secondhand canoe, passing on supplies and rescuing those he could. A week later, on September 6, 2005, Zeitoun abruptly disappeared.

    Darwin8u says: "Something bold, ebullient, yet quiet"
    "A ground view of Hurricane Katrina"
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    Hurricanes and other natural disasters are often designated 'Acts of God" by insurance and other authorities... but how those authorities and victims react is very much driven by people. Zeitoun is a victim of Hurricane Katrina, and he decides do what he can to alleviate the suffering of other victims since he is strong and has some resources. So he sends his family away to safety and proceeds to paddle around in his canoe to check up on things. He finds that not all of those who are helping, including first responders, are doing much helping. He becomes victimized a 2nd time at the hands of "Authority" as he is accused of looting.

    It's a fascinating story, told from the vantage point of someone who was there, lived through it, and suffered the consequences. Did the experience change him and those around him? How could it not? Read it and find out how. And maybe you will be motivated to voluntary community services.

    Nicely written, well read. It was a spellbinding story, the story of Hurricane Katrina that the media missed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fatal Vision

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Joe McGinniss
    • Narrated By Christopher Reeve
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    The true crime tale of Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald, who murdered his pregnant wife and two young daughters and blamed it on hippies.

    Sauncelery says: "Disappointed"
    "True Crime! Made for TV? Except it really happened"
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    The story of a military officer, a medical doctor, who committed a heinous crime, and his legal efforts to exonerate himself. Did he do it? Is he innocent, a victim himself of this crime? The case spans 10 years. The author gives you all the facts as they were uncovered and documented by the courts. Listen carefully. Then decide.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blame: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Michelle Huneven
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (36)

    Patsy MacLemoore, a history professor in her late 20s, has a brand-new Ph.D. from Berkeley and a wild streak. She wakes up in jail after an epic alcoholic blackout. "Okay, what'd I do?" she asks her lawyer and jailers. In fact, two Jehovah's Witnesses, a mother and daughter, are dead, run over in Patsy's driveway, and Patsy will spend the rest of her life trying to atone. She goes to prison, gets sober, and upon her release finds a new community (and a husband) in AA.

    Rex says: "Amazing character study!"
    "Blackout drinking"
    Overall
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    If you ever drank so much you had to ask your friends and family how much fun you had because you honestly don't remember, then this story will cause a queasy feeling in your gut. Forget running out to look at your car - if you even remember where you left it, hoping it's in the garage! - to see if there are any new dents on it, you woke up in the drunk tank. Again. This is the picture of untreated alcoholism and what its consequences might be. It's also a great little slice of life in upper-crust Los Angeles in the early to mid 1980s. The author is spot on in terms of prison life, and in terms of AA culture. The story has a very real feel to it, a sense of having been there, known the players, been part of it. You may not enjoy this story... IF you are an untreated alcoholic. It will be uncomfortable for you.

    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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2413)
    Performance
    (1026)
    Story
    (1033)

    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"
    "Harry's gettin' old"
    Overall

    I kept thinking, Harry is getting too old for this. Classic Connelly, classic risk taking, the stakes are high = the life of his daughter. I am so interested to see where it goes from here.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Given Day

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Dennis Lehane
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (422)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (186)

    The Given Day explores the crippling violence and irrepressible exuberance of a country at war with, and in the thrall of, itself. As Danny, Luther, and those around them struggle to define themselves in increasingly turbulent times, they gradually find family in one another and, together, ride a rising storm of hardship, deprivation, and hope that will change all their lives.

    D Jay says: "As Good As It Gets"
    "Boston, Babe Ruth, and the Police Strike"
    Overall

    Whether you are a baseball fan, union member, or just enjoy a good story, this book will appeal to you. You will like - and dislike! - the characters, become enraged at the unfairness of it all, and go 'hmmm...' as you learn of the molasses disaster.

    As with other works, Lehane does his homework. You may think the cops were out of line to strike, and maybe they were. But that is only half the story. How it came to happen, and the treatment of the cops by the politicians, is the other half. Meantime, what would drive The Babe into the outfield from the picher's mound, and then into the arms of The Hated Yankees is another story, to give it historical context.

    As with his other works, I enjoyed the sense of history and of being there at the time. I felt like I knew the characters as if they lived next door. And I was glad I wasn't actually there for the molasses disaster.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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