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Nancy

WESTON, MO, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Sick Puppy

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Edward Asner
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    When Palmer Stoat notices the black pickup truck following him on the highway, he fears his precious Range Rover is about to be carjacked. But Twilly Spree, the man tailing Stoat, has vengeance, not sport-utility vehicles, on his mind. Idealistic, independently wealthy and pathologically short-tempered, Twilly has dedicated himself to saving Florida's wilderness from runaway destruction. He favors unambiguous political statements -- such as torching Jet-Skis or blowing up banks -- that leave his human targets shaken but re-educated.

    Amazon Customer says: "Not Hiaasen's Best, But Worth A Listen"
    "Another good Hiaasen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Hiaasen is always entertaining. Yes, his books are predictable overall, but full of lively and unexpected dialogue and small plot twists.


    What about Edward Asner’s performance did you like?

    Asner was great - very versatile voice that illustrated the characters well.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Standing in Another Man's Grave

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Ian Rankin
    • Narrated By James Macpherson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (201)

    For the last decade, Nina Hazlitt has been ready to hear the worst about her daughter's disappearance. But with no sightings, no body, and no suspect, the police investigation ground to a halt long ago, and Nina's pleas to the cold case department have led her nowhere. Until she meets the newest member of the team: former Detective John Rebus. Rebus has never shied away from lost causes - one of the many ways he managed to antagonize his bosses when he was on the force. Now he's back as a retired civilian, reviewing abandoned files.

    susan says: "Rebus is back!"
    "Another strong Ian Rankin"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Good characters, believable plot, solid writing. Narration good. Really like the novel.
    Ian Rankin is always worth reading.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Call for the Dead: A George Smiley Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By John le Carre
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (188)

    George Smiley is no one's idea of a spy - which is perhaps why he's such a natural. But Smiley apparently made a mistake. After a routine security interview, he concluded that the affable Samuel Fennan had nothing to hide. Why, then, did the man from the Foreign Office shoot himself in the head only hours later? Or did he? The heart-stopping tale of intrigue that launched both novelist and spy, Call for the Dead is an essential introduction to le Carre's chillingly amoral universe.

    Darwin8u says: "Subtle story of friendship, espionage, guilt, etc"
    "John leCarre is just a darn good writer"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Intriguing plot, very well written. I'm not crazy about spy novels in general, but leCarre is always good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Harbor: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2355)
    Performance
    (2011)
    Story
    (1999)

    In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.

    Amazon Customer says: "Best in the Series"
    "Strong writing, could use some editing"
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    What did you love best about Broken Harbor?

    Interesting story, Tana French is a very good popular writer, with nice visual images and strong writing. This was a VERY long book, which is not a bad thing in my opinion, but there's a lot of main character reflection (done in the first person, which is fine), which I found a little tedious. Still kept my interest, though.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cut: Spero Lucas, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By George Pelecanos
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (116)

    Spero Lucas has a new line of work. Since he returned home after serving in Iraq, he has been doing special investigations for a defense attorney. He's good at it, and he has carved out a niche: recovering stolen property, no questions asked. His cut is 40 percent. But is any cut worth your family, your lover, your life?

    Cori says: "So entertaining and surprising!"
    "Strong, typical Pelecanos."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Cut the most enjoyable?

    Pelecanos' characters are always good - believable, lively, unpredictable.


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

    Good reading. Best readers are those who do such a good job you don't notive them, and Mr. Graham met that criterion.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Vine in the Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Leighton Gage
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    It is the eve of the FIFA World Cup, the globe's premier sporting event. The host country is Brazil. All eyes are on the country's principal striker, Tico "The Artist" Santos, the greatest player in the history of the sport. All the politicians in Brasilia, from the President of the Republic on down, have their seats squared away for the finale, when they hope to see Argentina, Brazil's bitterest rival, humbled by the Brazilian eleven.

    Nancy says: "Another great Mario Silvo mystery"
    "Another great Mario Silvo mystery"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to A Vine in the Blood again? Why?

    No, even though I enjoyed it, there are too many other good books.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, enough action to keep you interested. Mostly this series has great characters.


    Which character – as performed by Peter Berkrot – was your favorite?

    They are all good. Very believable and likable.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mortal Mischief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Frank Tallis
    • Narrated By Richard Burnip
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (14)

    Vienna, 1902: A beautiful medium has been found shot dead, and Dr Max Liebermann, a young disciple of Sigmund Freud, is called upon to help his friend Detective Inspector Oskar Rheinhardt investigate her death. The room containing the body has been locked from the inside, and a cryptic note suggests a malevolent supernatural power is at work. Using the new science of psychoanalysis, Liebermann probes the minds of the suspects in an attempt to unravel this bewildering crime.

    Jessica says: "It left me hungry for pastry and Strauss."
    "Ho-hum Victorian mystery"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Frank Tallis and/or Richard Burnip?

    No.


    What could Frank Tallis have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The main characters (doctor and detective) were not well drawn - Doctor was a know-it-all, perfect type, the inspector was just dumb - and he wasn't supposed to be. A really lame plot.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The problem I had with the narrator was I couldn't distinguish who was saying what in dialogue. No enough differentiation. Besides that he was good.


    What character would you cut from Mortal Mischief?

    All of them - all were predictable and not that interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first book in the series; maybe the following ones are better.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Available Dark

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Hand
    • Narrated By Carol Monda
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    As this riveting tour-de-force opens, the police already want to talk to Cass about a mysterious death she was involved with previously, but before they can bring her in, Cass accepts a job offer from overseas and hops on a plane. In Helsinki, she authenticates a series of disturbing but stunning images taken by a famous fashion photographer who has cut himself off from the violent Nordic music scene where he first made his reputation. Paid off by her shady employer, she buys a one-way ticket to Reykjavik, in search of a lover from her own dark past.

    Laurene says: "Love Cass Neary!"
    "Good writing, fair plot."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Good writing, really interesting characters who definitely aren't sugar-coated. It started out more interesting than it ended, but overall a strong thriller.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Didn't keep me on the edge of the seat, but kept my interest.


    What about Carol Monda’s performance did you like?

    The best narrators make you forget someone's reading the book, and this narrator did this. She made the story prominent, not her performance.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Ending needs to be snappier. Not a good tag line, I know.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Robert D. Hare
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (457)
    Performance
    (399)
    Story
    (402)

    Most people are both repelled and intrigued by the images of cold-blooded, conscienceless murderers that increasingly populate our movies, television programs, and newspaper headlines. With their flagrant criminal violation of society's rules, serial killers like Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy are among the most dramatic examples of the psychopath. Individuals with this personality disorder are fully aware of the consequences of their actions and know the difference between right and wrong....

    Douglas says: "When I gave up on books that supposedly would..."
    "Interesting, but one perspective"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed this book; it was an interesting look at the topic of psychopathology. However, it focused nearly all on his research and not broad look at the state of research in the field. So it's hard for a layperson like me to see if this is just his view from his research perspective, or if this is really state-of-the-art. Worth reading if you're interested in the topic, but probably not the definitive source.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Robert D. Hare? Why or why not?

    Sure.


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

    He did a fine job. I didn't really notice the narrator, which is a compliment.


    Could you see Without Conscience being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No, it's a nonfiction book.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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