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BertrangeLuxembourg | Member Since 2015

  • 6 reviews
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  • 35 purchased in 2015

  • When Will There Be Good News?: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Kate Atkinson
    • Narrated By Ellen Archer

    On a hot summer day, Joanna Mason's family slowly wanders home along a country lane. A moment later, Joanna's life is changed forever....On a dark night 30 years later, ex-detective Jackson Brodie finds himself on a train that is both crowded and late. Lost in his thoughts, he suddenly hears a shocking sound.

    Richard says: "Kate Atkinson pleases again."
    "Destroyed by the Reader"

    This is a wonderful story that has been destroyed by the Reader. Anne Archer is a competant reader who is unable to give a realistic Scottish or Irish accent. Shame the story is set in Scotland with Irish and Scottish characters. Her attempts would be amusing if they were not so irritating.

    The story itself is Kate Atkinson at her best. Complex themes are interwoven around interesting, believable characters in an enthralling plot.

    Well worth the read, but it may be better to buy the book rather than plough through Miss Archer's narrative.

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Alibi in High Heels

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Gemma Halliday
    • Narrated By Caroline Shaffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When Europe's designer du jour, Jean Luc LeCroix, invites Maddie to show her creations at Paris Fashion Week, Maddie's sure she's died and gone to heaven. That is, until Jean Luc's top model is found dead on the runway, stabbed with a familiar stiletto heel. Sure someone is trying to frame her, Maddie enlists the help of her friends, including the sexy Detective Jack Ramirez, to uncover a daring jewel heist, a devious blackmailer, and even a few skeletons lurking in the closets of those closest to her.

    Nikeya says: "I'm done ... No more Maddie Springer for me!"
    "What a disappointment"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    As somebody who loved the Stephanie Plum novels, I bought the first six of this series based on the reviews. Where Janet Evanovich has created a likeable character in Stephanie and surrounded her with larger than life characters, Gemma Halliday has created a female character in Maddie Springer who is two dimensional, predictable and not very likeable. She is clearly following an Evanovich style formula with the love interest being a Latin policeman (Spanish not Italian origin) and a series of ridiculous and uninteresting characters.

    It may be an LA thing, but if I was a woman, I would not want to be portrayed as being so superficial. Had a man written this story, he would have been pilloried for viewing women as being so shallow.

    I would be very surprised if people would enjoy this as a caricature of LA life. As a thriller/mystery story, the plot was poor, the dialogue worse and my interest diminished to non-existent.

    What was most disappointing about Gemma Halliday’s story?

    Of the six books I have bought, I have listened to one and a half, and will not listen to the rest.

    What didn’t you like about Caroline Shaffer’s performance?

    Well read, but could not hide the lack of quality in the prose.

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

    Irritation and disappointment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catch Me: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Charlene Rosalind Carter Grant believes that she will be murdered in four days. And she wants Boston’s top detective to handle her death investigation. It will be up close and personal. No evidence of forced entry, no sign of struggle. Charlie tells a chilling story: Each year at 8:00 p.m. on January 21, a woman has died. The victims have been childhood best friends from a small town in New Hampshire; the motive remains unknown. Now only one friend, Charlie, remains to count down her final hours.

    Vanessa says: "OK but not her best by a long shot"
    "An Unbelieveble End"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This is a classic case of a complex plot which cannot be sustained to a credible ending. The story was always interesting, and brought together interesting and current themes such as child abuse, Münchausen syndrome by proxy, paedophilia in younger adults and memory loss in children as a defence against abuse. This contained within a fast moving and well developed set of plotting.Yet the ending was so unrealistic and unbelievable, my enjoyment of the whole book was in the end tainted by cringing for the last hour or so.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Lisa Gardner again?

    I have listened to four or five of Lisa Garner's books. Whilst she has pushed the barrier of credibility before, I have always been able to accept the ending. This one I have not. I will try others, but I will be reluctant to do so without having read the reviews carefully.

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

    An excellent reader who kept the story moving forward. I doubt I would have read the story to the end had I been reading the book.

    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Not a chance

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Honourable Schoolboy

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By John le Carre
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson

    The preceding novel in the George Smiley series (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) ended with the devastating unmasking of a double agent at the heart of the British Secret Service. Now, in The Honourable Schoolboy, George Smiley, who has assumed the unenviable job of restoring the health and reputation of his demoralized organization, goes on the offensive. He searches for a whisper, a hint, a clue that will lead him back to his opposite number: Karla, a Soviet officer in Moscow.

    Iain says: "A wonderful cold war thriller"
    "A wonderful cold war thriller"

    A fascinating novel of intrigue and cunning set in the time when the West feared it could lose the cold war. George Smiley sends the flawed Jerry Westerby to Hong Kong to research, stir-up and then entrap the Russian spy who is playing a dangerous game with the Chinese.
    The novel encompasses the end of the Vietnam, the dieing breed of flawed British public school patrician leadership, the petty territory disputes between the US and British spooks and the wonderful cleverness of George Smiley and his pals. Delicious intrigue and ultimate betrayal, the book flies past.
    I had no problems with the sound, and wonder if work has been done to improve it.
    In my view this is the finest LeCarre.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Churchill

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Roy Jenkins
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield

    In this magisterial book, Roy Jenkins' unparalleled command of the political history of Britain and his own high-level government experience combine in a narrative account of Churchill's astounding career that is unmatched in its shrewd insights, its unforgettable anecdotes, the clarity of its overarching themes, and the author's nuanced appreciation of his extraordinary subject.

    Karen says: "Best of British Political Soap Opera"
    "A Brilliant Biography"

    A long, thorough and insightful biography of a fascinating and charismatic British politician, though when compared to the multiple tombs completed by Martin Gilbert and Randolf Churchill this is a brief summary of Churchill?s life.
    Jenkins? insights are particularly fascinating for his own experience of later British Government.
    I would agree with those, presumably American who find this dry. Much of his life is tied up in the UK parliamentary system, so unless you have a keen knowledge of the subject, the terminaology and characters can appear obscure.
    As a Brit, I find this absolutely fascinating, and I believe that I will return to this book once every five years or so. A wonderful book!!!

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Hide & Seek

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ian Rankin
    • Narrated By Ewan Stewart

    A junkie lies dead in an Edinburgh squat, spread-eagled, cross-like on the floor, a five-pointed star daubed on the wall above. Just another dead addict, until John Rebus begins to chip away at the indifference, treachery, deceit, and sleaze that lurks behind the facade of the Edinburgh familiar to the tourists.

    Michael Harding says: "Great Listen"
    "Hide and Seek"

    A well crafted thriller set in the less well known part of Edinburgh. Well plotted, with lots of twists and turns. Good value.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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