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Helene

An older (70) avid audio reader, I enjoy all kinds of books. Frequently will audio-read a book that I wouldn't spend the time to print-read...especially classics that were read in high-school or college. I'm a Ph.D. Industrial Psychologist, intelligent with a genuine appreciation for good writing in almost any genre.

Washington Island, WI, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • A Reliable Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Robert Goolrick
    • Narrated By Mark Feuerstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (924)
    Performance
    (310)
    Story
    (311)

    When a wealthy man first meets his mail-order bride in 1907, he realizes this statuesque beauty is anything but a "simple missionary's daughter." But he doesn't know of her devious plan to leave Wisconsin as a rich widow. Nor does she know of the furious demons he longs to unleash during the lonely months of snowbound isolation.

    Richard says: "Intriguing story but only average writing"
    "An All Time Favorite"
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    Story

    This is, perhaps, my favorite audio book of all time (and I've been listening for years). The language is lyrical, the story is dark, but redeeming. The narrator does such a fabulous job giving this story the passionate delivery that it deserves. I've read "A Reliable Wife," as a print book twice, listened to it five times, and never tire of this incredible book. The story takes place in early 20th century rural Wisconsin where a rich man advertises for "a reliable wife." Katherine Land responds to his ad and brings to Ralph Truitt all that he has hungered for, all that he has feared, and all that his longing has sought - but will he survive it??? A marvelously done story, well written, well read, and well worth your time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Trick of the Light: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1054)
    Performance
    (906)
    Story
    (901)

    “Hearts are broken,” Lillian Dyson carefully underlined in a book. “Sweet relationships are dead.” But now Lillian herself is dead. Found among the bleeding hearts and lilacs of Clara Morrow's garden in Three Pines, shattering the celebrations of Clara's solo show at the famed Musée in Montreal.

    barbara says: "Amazing"
    "Just Keeps Getting Better"
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    Performance
    Story

    Louise Penny has developed a series and a set of characters that keep on becoming deeper, more interesting, more compelling. And Ralph Cosham does a masterful job of conveying these characters and their foibles. I've listened to or read each book in the Inspector Gamache series, and have enjoyed each one more than the one before. The Quebec setting, the plot lines, and again, the characters, are all so real, and their dramas are all intriguing. Love this series, this author and this reader!!!!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Things Happen

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Harry Dolan
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    The man who calls himself David Loogan is leading a quiet, anonymous life in the college town of Ann Arbor, Michigan. He's hoping to escape a violent past he would rather forget. But his solitude is broken when he finds himself drawn into a friendship with Tom Kristoll, the publisher of the mystery magazine Gray Streets - and into an affair with Laura, Tom's sleek blond wife. What Loogan doesn't realize is that the stories in Gray Streets tend to follow a simple formula: Plans go wrong.

    Fritz says: "Potential, but too mechanical"
    "Bad Things Happen - and this is one of them"
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    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Bad Things Happen better?

    A less contorted story line; much better editing, and a far better reader. Every cliche in the literary world was used in this book, especially, "if this was a story in Graystone," the mystery magazine used as an anchor.


    What was most disappointing about Harry Dolan’s story?

    Most disappointing was that the book had been so well reviewed - must have been Dolan himself or his best friends writing the reviews. The story line stretched on beyond far beyond where it should have stopped and put us out of our misery.


    What didn’t you like about Erik Davies’s performance?

    At first I thought I was listening to an amateur - perhaps the author - reading the book. Davies' articulation of sentence structure was awkward at best; his accents - of African American and Asian American characters - were terrible. He took a bad book and made it worse.


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

    Disappointment - if I had had anything else to listen to at the time, I wouldn't have wasted 10+ hours on this.


    Any additional comments?

    Please, better, more honest reviews; LISTEN to the book yourselves - this was so far below the usual Audible standards that I was astonished it got by.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Aimee Bender
    • Narrated By Aimee Bender
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (358)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (113)

    On the eve of her ninth birthday, unassuming Rose Edelstein, a girl at the periphery of schoolyard games and her distracted parents' attention, bites into her mother's homemade lemon-chocolate cake and discovers she has a magical gift: she can taste her mother's emotions in the cake. She discovers this gift to her horror, for her mother - her cheerful, good-with-crafts, can-do mother - tastes of despair and desperation.

    Victoria says: "I'm Going to Read the Actual Book"
    "The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake"
    Overall

    If I could rate this book and it's author reader below a one, I would. The last good thing is the title. That this book is being pushed is a tribute not to publishing, but to marketing and placement gurus who know how to sell even the worst kind of junk. The author needs better editing ... he said, I said, she said ... we get it. The audio edition needs a better narrator. The worst book I've ever ordered from Audible. What's your refund policy?????

    Helene/Washington Island, WI

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Angel's Game

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    • Narrated By Dan Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (407)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (242)

    In an abandoned mansion at the heart of Barcelona, a young man, David Martin, makes his living by writing sensationalist novels under a pseudonym. The survivor of a troubled childhood, he has taken refuge in the world of books and spends his nights spinning baroque tales about the city's underworld. But perhaps his dark imaginings are not as strange as they seem, for in a locked room deep within the house lie photographs and letters hinting at the mysterious death of the previous owner.

    bluebelle says: "My Favorite Book!"
    "Mystery and intrigue win again"
    Overall

    Zafron's 2nd book is another great foray into that narrow land between intrigue and fantasy ... who is "the boss," what is the nature of and limit to friendship? Stevens' narration was a disappointment after hearing the rich narration of Shadow of the Wind read by Jonathan Davies - I wish Davies had narrated Angel's Game as well. But, narrator aside, the book is magic. I loved it - read it page by page once, as an audio book once, and will listen again.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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