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Brien

Ballston Spa, NY, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Ghost in Love

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jonathan Carroll
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    Just after a man falls in the snow and hits his head on a stone curb, a ghost arrives to take his soul to the afterlife. But something strange occurs: the man doesn't die. Flabbergasted, the ghost appeals to his boss for further direction and is instructed to stay with the man until the strange "problem" is worked out.

    Brien says: "Interesting writing style, complex story"
    "Interesting writing style, complex story"
    Overall

    I enjoyed the author's writing style, but the plot relies upon many quickly presented details that I sometimes missed. The story demands rather intense concentration. Unfortunately, my player doesn't let you back up a few seconds for a brief replay. My main objection is that the male narrator's attempt at female voices was distracting right up to the end. I just couldn't get used to it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Fatal Grace

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1018)
    Performance
    (673)
    Story
    (672)

    No one liked CC de Poitiers - certainly none of the residents of the village of Three Pines, each of whom CC had managed to offend. Therein lies the challenge for the Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Quebec, called in once again from Montreal to investigate murder in this hamlet. CC has been killed in an apparent electrical accident, and everyone in town has a motive, even the inspector's good friends.

    Patricia says: "Complex, but worthwhile...."
    "Didn't get it; didn't enjoy it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Louise Penny and/or Ralph Cosham?

    If this is typical Penny material, it's my last book of hers.


    What was most disappointing about Louise Penny’s story?

    It just wasn't enjoyable and none of the characters were likeable or interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    I regret this purchase. It's a book I will never consider finishing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Accused: Rosato & Associates, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lisa Scottoline
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (134)

    New York Times best-selling and Edgar Award-winning author Lisa Scottoline revolutionized crime fiction when she introduced her all-female law firm of Rosato & Associates, thrilling listeners with her twisty, fast-paced plots and capturing their hearts with her cast of strong and relatable female characters. Now Bennie Rosato, Mary DiNunzio, Judy Carrier, and Anne Murphy are back with all cylinders firing in Accused.

    Amazon Customer says: "narration annoying in part, but a decent story"
    "Very enjoyable and difficult to put down"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    As each new clue was uncovered I tried to guess the killer and motive. The author kept me in suspense until near the end. Well done.


    Which character – as performed by January LaVoy – was your favorite?

    I thought January did a great job with the teenager's voice, but she did well overall. A couple of voices seemed similar, but it wasn't very distracting.


    Any additional comments?

    I have trouble following some audio books because the details are so critical to the story and I'm distracted now and then. I had no trouble with this story.

    I believe one reviewer stated that the description of the law office's procedures wasn't realistic. Maybe or maybe not. However, I find that irrelevant to my enjoyment of the book.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8493)
    Performance
    (7722)
    Story
    (7782)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "More art and architectural history than plot"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Inferno?

    I admired the amount of detail in descriptions of locations. How much research did the author do in advance?


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

    My strongest reaction was a wish that I had previously visited the locations so that I could picture them in my mind as they were described. Still, I enjoyed the verbal descriptions.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the book on the whole but somehow the ending let me down. It was a long build up to a pretty tame ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Thomas

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4091)
    Performance
    (1579)
    Story
    (1595)

    "The dead don't talk. I don't know why." But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn.

    Denise says: "No Doubting Thomas"
    "struggled to read, didn't finish"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Dean Koontz and/or David Aaron Baker?

    Enjoyed Koontz (Lightning) in the past so maybe.


    What could Dean Koontz have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not sure, I really disliked the character.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointed in the main character


    Any additional comments?

    I struggled so hard to read this and in the end, could not finish it. I really disliked this book but have enjoyed other Koontz books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hickory Dickory Dock: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    An outbreak of kleptomania at a student hostel is not normally the sort of crime that arouses Hercule Poirot's interest. However, the warden of the hostel is his secretary Miss Lemon's sister, and efficient Miss Lemon is less than efficient when worried. To set her mind at ease, and decrease the number of mistakes in her typing, he agrees to meet with Mrs. Hubbard.

    Peggy says: "Miss Lemon's Sister?"
    "Fun and Easy Listen"
    Overall

    This is my first Agatha Christie and I enjoyed it. I liked the fact that I could be distracted for a moment and not be terribly derailed from the development of the plot. There was one minor problem: the narrator seemed to do well with British accents, but the foreign accents all sounded like Transylvania, no matter the nationality of the character. It wasn't horrible; just slightly distracting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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