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Alisha

Silver Spring, MD, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Still Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    Overall
    (1883)
    Performance
    (1257)
    Story
    (1265)

    Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it's nothing more than a tragic hunting accident, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods.

    Sydney says: "a gentle mystery"
    "Another great French Canadian Winner"
    Overall

    This is such a great series of books. The writing, the character depth, the town becomes a character, the language is a character, the narration is prestine. You really love the Inspector and his crew. Wonderfully done. This is my third.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Doctor's Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Brundage
    • Narrated By Ellen Archer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    Michael is a rising OB/GYN at a prominent private practice in Albany, New York; he also moonlights at a local women’s health clinic. But Annie, his wife, has become tired of her workaholic husband’s absences, and the soccer-mom lifestyle has worn thin. She begins a passionate love affair with bad-boy, fading celebrity painter Simon Haas—an affair that quickly goes awry when Simon’s wife, Lydia, who is also the model upon whom he built his career, discovers the truth.

    Alisha says: "Its a Novel, Not a Mystery"
    "Its a Novel, Not a Mystery"
    Overall

    Its not gripping in any way, though the narration is good. It reminds one of the movie Unfaithful, a bored wife who is unfulfilled with her perfect life goes to far and there are horrible twists and turns. Its just ok. I wouldn't buy it again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26743)
    Performance
    (13381)
    Story
    (13426)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Amazing journey"
    Overall

    The narration is perfect - you feel you are with each of the readers.

    The book itself is so difficult to stomach because of its journey - the anger, disbelief, illness you will feel. But that is what good writing should do - give you an experience.

    The "afterward" in the author's voice is a perfect addition. You will not be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Look Again

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lisa Scottoline
    • Narrated By Mary Stuart Masterson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (706)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (179)

    When reporter Ellen Gleeson gets a "Have You Seen This Child?" flyer in the mail, she almost throws it away. But something about it makes her look again, and her heart stops - the child in the photo is identical to her adopted son, Will. Her every instinct tells her to deny the similarity between the boys, because she knows her adoption was lawful. But she's a journalist and won't be able to stop thinking about the photo until she figures out the truth.

    Elaine says: "Excellent Book"
    "Great narration, Book about mothers"
    Overall

    The narration is steller. There is no real mystery here but the investigation is interesting. The is a story about women and mothers. And mother's choices. And that is what makes the book facinating. Throughout the book you ask yourself - what would you do and why is she doing this. That's the rub.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Places: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins, and others
    Overall
    (3711)
    Performance
    (2997)
    Story
    (3020)

    Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas". As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived, and famously testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who've long forgotten her.

    Glenda Jeffers says: "Riveting but brutal"
    "Excellent narration, Suspenseful"
    Overall

    More suspenseful than Sharp Objects due to the subject matter. Here, you are dealing with a gripping "who done it" and you are really eager to get to the end.

    At the same time, the narration is fantastic since there are multiple voices and perspectives to fill in the gaps.

    And we are flipping between current time and the 1980s and we are hearing from the characters in their youth and adult views.

    Well done. Well done.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22959)
    Performance
    (9598)
    Story
    (9670)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Get the Abridged Version"
    Overall

    The unabridged version is very dull and unfulfilling, particularly in the beginning when laying out the history of the family most of which is unnecessary. I almost always get the unabridged versions but in this case, it was 4 hours of unnecessary listening.

    There are very graphic rape scene that drop in out of nowhere at a few points in the book.

    The narration is great.

    I don't care for books where there are things that have to be explained by the narrator because they were not clear in the story telling. This is one of those books. Overall, this book is highly overrated and not all all mysterious. Its one of those high-brow intellectual reads that is not fun at all when you are listening to it.

    Its overly complex with too many characters and too many storylines so the narrator has to break in a clean it all up for you during the breaks or "parts". A better written book would lead you to this through clean plots and good characters.





    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Philip Franklin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1301)
    Performance
    (516)
    Story
    (519)

    In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself.

    Craig Mitchell says: "A Book that Never Left Me"
    "Narration errors"
    Overall

    The book is typical of the author but it is a particularly bad narration. Lines are repeated in the beginning of the chapters so often that I began to wonder if that was the way the book was written. Its very distracting and not expected from such a known author.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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