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Elizabeth

Fairfax, VA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (6598)
    Performance
    (6002)
    Story
    (6009)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Outstanding!"
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    Would you listen to The Cuckoo's Calling again? Why?

    Yes I would. There were so many pieces to this puzzle, I know I missed details and the narrator was perfect. I will definately listen to this one again.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Cuckoo's Calling?

    There were so many, but one of my favorite scenes was when Strike took Robin shopping and she pretended to be his sister. You get your first real glimpse of Robin's charachter and realize what an asset she will be to Strike outside of organizing his office.


    What does Robert Glenister bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I've never listened to a book narrated by Robert Glenister and I will now be searching him out. He was brilliant. Each charachter was clearly defined. I cannot imagine reading the book now that I have listened to his magic.


    Any additional comments?

    I have to admit I was one of those people that bought the book after J.K. Rowling was outed as the author. However, it took me some time to actually listen to it as I was in the middle of a long series when I purchased it. By the time I started listening I had completely forgotten who the author was and did not recall until I was a few hours in. I hope we will see more of Cormoran Strike and Robin from Ms. Rowling or Mr. Gilbraith.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie: Highland Pleasures, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jennifer Ashley
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    Overall
    (1510)
    Performance
    (1375)
    Story
    (1376)

    It was whispered all through London society that he was a murderer, that he'd spent his youth in an asylum and was not to be trusted - especially with a lady. Any woman caught in his presence was immediately ruined. Yet Beth found herself inexorably drawn to the Scottish lord whose hint of a brogue wrapped around her like silk and whose touch could draw her into a world of ecstasy.

    Lupdilup says: "FANTASTIC BOOK, NICELLY PERFORMED."
    "Loved this book"
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    Would you listen to The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie again? Why?

    I am listening to it again as I type this. I have a very short list of books that I consider better on audio than I think I would enjoy by actually "reading" and I've just added The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie to that short list. I thought the narrator did an excellent job of distinguishing voices without overwhelming the story. I thought the scottish burr was very subtle and in my opinion just right, not too strong or over done as some narrators tend to do. I'm not sure I would have the same feeling if I had actually read the book. I fell in love with Ian Mackenzie and am just a little hesitant in reading the rest of the books in this series because I'm not sure I will love the rest of the brothers as much as I do Ian.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ian, without a doubt, although I loved Beth too. He was a very special charachter with a horrific childhood, but he manages to hold onto his humanity.


    Any additional comments?

    Definately worth the credit. buy this book, you will not be sorry!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You Belong to Me

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Karen Rose
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (115)

    Baltimore Homicide Detective J. D. Fitzpatrick has seen a lot of horrific violence, both as a cop and during his deployment in Afghanistan, but nothing like the trail of tortured bodies that are turning up throughout the city. He’s up against a brutal killer with a very personal vendetta, and now J. D. is beginning to suspect that his medical examiner may be shielding some crucial evidence linked to the case.

    Nikki says: "Not the right narrator"
    "I may have to buy the book"
    Overall

    I am a huge fan of Karen Rose's books, the audio productions in particular. I am about 2 hours into this one and I am tempted to go to the book store and buy the book to read instead. The story line is already very good very typical Karen Rose, however, the narrator is terrible. Hard to understand and her fake southern accents are like nails on a chalkboard. Very distracting to the storyline.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • An Echo in the Bone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5599)
    Performance
    (3782)
    Story
    (3789)

    Jamie Fraser knows from his time-traveling wife Claire that, no matter how unlikely it seems, America will win the Revolutionary War. But that truth offers little solace, since Jamie realizes he might find himself pointing a weapon directly at his own son - a young officer in the British army. And Jamie isn't the only one with a tormented soul - for Claire may know who wins the conflict, but she certainly doesn't know whether or not her beloved Jamie survives.

    Charles says: "Read all of Gabaldon's stuff before this one"
    "I must admit to being disappointed"
    Overall

    I am a huge fan of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series. I have enjoyed each of the books in this series immensely. However An Echo in the Bone was a disappointment to me. There were too many charachters, the entire book was very disjointed and seemed to have no direction. Entire sections could have been left out with no effect on the story line. I find it curious and inconsistant that Jamie's debilitating sea sickness has played such a major part in previous books, but in this book he crosses the ocean twice, once without Claire and her needles, with no apparent problems. I kept expecting everything to come together and it never did. Three cliffhangers at the end of this book was just too much as it seemed that she just stopped writing and walked away from her computer. I am hoping that the next book ties everything together. Diana Gabaldon needs to take an example from Sara Donati. This story is getting too long and should probably come to an end.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Endless Forest

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sara Donati
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (307)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (195)

    The spring of 1824 is a challenging one for the inhabitants of Paradise N.Y. when a flood devastates the village. But for Nathaniel and Elizabeth Bonner, it's also a time of reunion as their children return from far-off places: Lily and her husband from Italy, and Martha Kirby, the Bonners ward, from Manhattan. Although Lily is nursing her own grief, it is Martha, fleeing a crushing humiliation, who brings with her trouble that will reverberate in all their lives.

    Linda says: "Well Worth The Wait"
    "Sara Donati is brilliant!"
    Overall

    I must say I am a huge fan of Sara Donati's Into the Wilderness series and this final book did not disappoint. She has an amazing way of incorporating multiple charachters with their varying stories, and not losing the close weave of the story. I feel a little hearbroken that the story has come to an end. I appreciate the epilogue as I was not left hungering for information about these characters that I feel close to, although it brought tears to my eyes. Kate Reading is a master. You don't feel as though someone is reading a story. A different, disctinct and realistic voice for each charachter whether male, female, young or old. A true delight. I will gladly listen to the entire series again and know I will not grow tired of it.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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