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  • The Shining Girls: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Lauren Beukes
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam, Peter Ganim, Jay Snyder, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (234)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (212)

    Harper Curtis is a killer who stepped out of the past. Kirby Mazrachi is the girl who was never meant to have a future. Kirby is the last shining girl, one of the bright young women, burning with potential, whose lives Harper is destined to snuff out after he stumbles on a House in Depression-era Chicago that opens on to other times. At the urging of the House, Harper inserts himself into the lives of the shining girls, waiting for the perfect moment to strike. He's the ultimate hunter, vanishing into another time after each murder, untraceable - until one of his victims survives.

    L. O. Pardue says: "You will either love it or hate it"
    "Engaging, yet the end lacks payoff"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I couldn't recommend this book to a friend. I was engaged throughout, but entirely confused by the ending. The storyline is unique and absorbing; the characters are interesting and unusual; but the end left me thinking "What just happened here?"


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Never Look Back

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Clare Donoghue
    • Narrated By Karl Prekopp, Imogen Church
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (79)

    Three women have been found brutally murdered in south London, the victims only feet away from help during each sadistic attack. And the killer is getting braver.... Sarah Grainger is rapidly becoming too afraid to leave her house. Once an outgoing photographer, she knows that someone is watching her. A cryptic note brings everything into terrifying focus, but it’s the chilling phone calls that take the case to another level. DI Mike Lockyer heads up the regional murder squad. With three bodies on his watch, and a killer growing in confidence, he frantically tries to find the link between these seemingly isolated incidents.

    Janice Zacher says: "Great story, unexpected twists"
    "Reads exactly like a BBC mystery script"
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    It seems the author has decided she wants to write a book that can go straight to BBC mysteries. Character information is parsed out in tiny threads--the reader must stay tuned to get more information. The description of the detective was something like this: looks like a movie-star from Hollywood but a bit rougher. This wasn't meant to read, it was meant to be made for TV--especially because the very simple basic crime isn't worth a full-length novel.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Theories of Human Development

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Malcolm W. Watson
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (27)

    In these 24 lectures, probe the field of "human development"; the science that studies how we learn and develop psychologically, from birth to the end of life. This very young science not only enables us to understand children and help them develop optimally, but also gives us profound insights into who we are as adults. Professor Watson introduces you to the six theories that have had perhaps the greatest influence on this field

    Sparrow says: "Exceptional; Entertaining; Comprehensive"
    "A basic first year course in human development"
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    Would you listen to Theories of Human Development again? Why?

    Great if you're a psych student and want to review first-year material on Freud, Erikson and Piaget. Or good if you're just interested in psychology and don't know much about the topic


    What does Professor Malcolm W. Watson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Makes the concepts clear with apt analogies.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Clockwork Princess: Infernal Devices, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Daniel Sharman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1392)
    Performance
    (1261)
    Story
    (1273)

    Don't miss The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, soon to be a major motion picture, in theaters August 2013. Danger intensifies for the Shadowhunters as the New York Times best-selling Infernal Devices trilogy comes to a close. If the only way to save the world was to destroy what you loved most, would you do it? The clock is ticking. Everyone must choose. Passion. Power. Secrets. Enchantment. Danger closes in around the Shadowhunters in the final installment of the best-selling Infernal Devices trilogy.

    Amazon Customer says: "I Completely Enjoyed It"
    "Finally, a perfect ending that will satisfy all"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    Often with young adult series, I feel cheated by not having been given the full novel experience. But with this trilogy, the waiting was worth it, because the ending was absolutely perfect and satisfying.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ghost Riders of Ordebec: A Commissaire Adamsberg Novel, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Fred Vargas
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    "People will die," says the panic-stricken woman outside police headquarters. She has been standing in blazing sunshine for more than an hour, and refuses to speak to anyone besides Commissaire Adamsberg. Her daughter has seen a vision: ghostly horsemen who target the most nefarious characters in Normandy. Since the middle ages there have been stories of murderers, rapists, those with serious crimes on their conscience, meeting a grizzly end following a visitation by the riders.

    A says: "Love the well-written weirdness of Vargas"
    "Love the well-written weirdness of Vargas"
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    If you could sum up The Ghost Riders of Ordebec in three words, what would they be?

    Odd, engaging and imaginative.


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

    Vargas always gets me in the end. Although I'm rather astute at guessing who did it, I never quite get it right with Vargas--there's always a twist that catches me unawares. I can't recommend her books highly enough.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23161)
    Performance
    (14497)
    Story
    (14646)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "Beautiful story about a child prodigy"
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    What did you love best about Ender's Game?

    The reader will empathize with a young boy manipulated into becoming what adults believe he should be. I don't usually read science fiction, but I found this book entirely engaging because of the main character and his two unique siblings. This book is definitely a science fiction classic.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Speaker for the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By David Birney, Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8487)
    Performance
    (4919)
    Story
    (4975)

    In the aftermath of his terrible war, Ender Wiggin disappeared, and a powerful voice arose: the Speaker for the Dead, who told the true story of the Bugger War. Now, long years later, a second alien race has been discovered by Portuguese colonists on the planet Lusitania. But again the aliens' ways are strange and frightening...again, humans die. And it is only the Speaker for the Dead, who is also Ender Wiggin the Xenocide, who has the courage to confront the mystery...and the truth.

    Joe says: "The Enderverse"
    "Very different from Ender's Game"
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    If you’ve listened to books by Orson Scott Card before, how does this one compare?

    Unlike Ender's Game, this book goes beyond childhood and ponders quite heavy, philosophical issues. Although I found it worth reading, I didn't find it as engaging as Ender's Game. Although a mystery is woven throughout the narrative, the payoff may not be worth it to the listener. If you like to ponder life's heavier issues, you'll love this book. If you're looking for the tension and excitement that was found in Ender's Game, you won't find it here.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Redbreast: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (127)

    Harry Hole, drunkard, loner and brilliant detective is reassigned to surveillance after a high profile mistake. He’s bored by his new job until a report of a rare and unusual gun being fired sparks his interest because of its possible links to Neo Nazi activity. Then a former soldier is found with his throat cut. Next Harry’s former partner is murdered. Why had she been trying to reach Harry on the night her head was smashed in?

    Ian C Robertson says: "Better Still!"
    "Fantastic addition to the series"
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    If you could sum up The Redbreast: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 3 in three words, what would they be?

    Fascinating, intriguing, complex.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Redbreast: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 3?

    Learning about Norway's role in WWII was a great historical bonus.


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

    His Norwegian accent and pacing bring authenticity to the reading.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Bat: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (974)
    Performance
    (838)
    Story
    (828)

    Harry is out of his depth. Detective Harry Hole is meant to keep out of trouble. A young Norwegian girl taking a gap year in Sydney has been murdered, and Harry has been sent to Australia to assist in any way he can. He's not supposed to get too involved. When the team unearths a string of unsolved murders and disappearances, nothing will stop Harry from finding out the truth. The hunt for a serial killer is on, but the murderer will talk only to Harry. He might just be the next victim.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Probably the best of this remarkable series."
    "First in series--good, not great"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I love the Harry Hole series and was pleased to see the first in the series finally available. This story isn't as macabre as the other Harry Hole books, but it provides glimpses into Harry's life before he becomes completely jaded. Worth the listen for Nesbo fans.


    If you’ve listened to books by Jo Nesbo before, how does this one compare?

    I prefer the latter books but was glad I read this one.


    Which character – as performed by Sean Barrett – was your favorite?

    All the Australian accents were spot on.


    Do you think The Bat needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Definitely written as a part of a series.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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