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cristina

Somerville, MA, United States | Member Since 2018

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  • Nano

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robin Cook
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (406)
    Performance
    (346)
    Story
    (349)

    Pia Grazdani, the embattled medical student from Death Benefit, decides to take a year off from her medical studies and escape New York City. Intrigued by the promise of the burgeoning field of medical technology and the chance to clear her head, Pia takes a job at Nano, LLC, a lavishly funded, security-conscious nanotechnology insititute in the picturesque foothills of the Rockies. Nano, LLC is ahead of the curve in the competitive world of molecular manufacturing, including the construction of microbivores, tiny nano-robots with the ability to gobble up viruses and bacteria. But the corporate campus is a place of secrets.

    Quilt Crazy says: "First time review"
    "Nano-talent"
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    Avoid, avoid, avoid!!! A definite waste of a credit and of the way-too-many hours I spent trying to finish this trash. In the end, despite attempts at double speed and even fast-forwarding, I could not find a reason to get past the final hour. It was just too BORING!

    The first three quarters of the book go kind of like this: protagonist believes something (she has absolutely no idea what and neither do you) is amiss in her place of employment. She tries implausible plot A to find out what that might be (involving this Columbia Med School graduate to act like a stripper); plot A fails (at least the outcome was realistic!); she tries implausible plot B (involving Columbia Med School graduate to act like a stripper yet again); plot B fails....She elicits the aid of handsome medical doctor who finds her annoying (also understandable) but, for some incomprehensible reason, irresistible...She gets kidnapped for the second time in her implausible life (she was apparently kidnapped in the previous book...The lover from the previous novel makes many appearances -- which seem merely pathetic and do not advance this story at all). But, alas, I am giving the "story" away. Maybe something amazing happened in the last hour of this novel. I doubt it.

    This is the third novel in a row I have downloaded (#1 The Racketeers, #2 Two Graves) where it seems that the best-selling authors are paid "by the word." Please, sirs, you have developed a fan base. Do not abuse it. I pledge to stay away from "best-selling" authors for the time being.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • The Dry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jane Harper
    • Narrated By Stephen Shanahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4636)
    Performance
    (4279)
    Story
    (4272)

    After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke. Twenty years ago when Falk was accused of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk and his father fled under a cloud of suspicion, saved from prosecution only because of Luke’s steadfast claim that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now more than one person knows they didn’t tell the truth back then, and Luke is dead.

    green ice cream garden says: "Nothing dry here!"
    "Flawless"
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    Meticulously crafted plot, where you discover clue by clue along with the protagonist. Great character development. Excellent narration. Five stars without doubt.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Flight Attendant: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Chris Bohjalian
    • Narrated By Erin Spencer, Grace Experience, Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (522)
    Performance
    (483)
    Story
    (482)

    Cassandra Bowden is no stranger to hungover mornings. She's a binge drinker, her job with the airline making it easy to find adventure, and the occasional blackouts seem to be inevitable. She lives with them and the accompanying self-loathing. When she awakes in a Dubai hotel room, she tries to piece the previous night back together, counting the minutes until she has to catch her crew shuttle to the airport. She quietly slides out of bed, careful not to aggravate her already pounding head, and looks at the man she spent the night with.

    Spice says: "Good"
    "It kept my attention"
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    Unfortunately (because I really enjoyed "The Guest Room"), that is about the best thing I can say: The Flight Attendant "kept my attention." In the end, the pieces came together quite haphazardly. The potential problems resolved (or did not resolve) out of nowhere. Some characters were left out of the ending altogether....Disappointing after her last novel, but I will read/Listen to her next one just to make sure. (Although not "Broadway," the voices were pretty good--even excellent-- except for the woman sitting next to meh who read Miranda's part: talk about strident! It felt like totally wrong casting.)

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Unraveling Oliver: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Liz Nugent
    • Narrated By Sam O'Mahony
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (140)

    Oliver Ryan, handsome, charismatic, and successful, has long been married to his devoted wife, Alice. Together they write and illustrate award-winning children's books; their life together is one of enviable privilege and ease - until, one evening after a delightful dinner, Oliver delivers a blow to Alice that renders her unconscious and subsequently beats her into a coma.

    felicia jones says: "Wow!!!!"
    "Disturbing...but I could not stop listening."
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    This is one of those books where the performances really add to the experience. There are several voices (unless Sam O'Mahony is the best actor I have ever listened to! :) ) but each and every one is superb. Excellent performances.

    The story is disturbing because the main character is so incredibly cold. But the way the author lets you in on what happened and why to each of the characters is mesmerizing. I really couldn't wait to get back to it when I was forced to put it down.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Chalk Man: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By C. J. Tudor
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1174)
    Performance
    (1117)
    Story
    (1114)

    In 1986, Eddie and his friend are just kids on the verge of adolescence. They spend their days biking around their sleepy little English village and looking for any taste of excitement they can get. The chalk men are their secret code; little chalk stick figures they leave for each other as messages only they can understand. But then a mysterious chalk man leads them right to a dismembered body, and nothing will ever be the same.

    Aquakittie says: "Sufficiently interesting and fast paced "
    "What a plot!"
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    It starts off like a pretty average mystery: two time lines, 1986 when the protagonist was 12, and his present day at 40 or so. But, oh, how the pieces come together! A flawless puzzle.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Tuscan Child

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble, Katy Sobey
    Overall
    (1035)
    Performance
    (960)
    Story
    (955)

    In 1944, British bomber pilot Hugo Langley parachuted from his stricken plane into the verdant fields of German-occupied Tuscany. Badly wounded, he found refuge in a ruined monastery and in the arms of Sofia Bartoli. But the love that kindled between them was shaken by an irreversible betrayal. Nearly 30 years later, Hugo's estranged daughter, Joanna, has returned home to the English countryside to arrange her father's funeral. Among his personal effects is an unopened letter addressed to Sofia. In it is a startling revelation.

    Anne says: "Knocked this one out of the park"
    "Juvenile"
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    Silly plot (fortuitous earthquakes and coincidences; characters who appear so briefly you'll wonder why they were included at all; abandoned sub plots). Poor character development (passionate man turns into cold hearted father for no reason; class conscious man is conscious of class on and off; intelligent heroine behaves like an idiot). Amazed I finished it.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Traitor: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Jonathan de Shalit
    • Narrated By Jacques Roy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    When a young Israeli walks into an American embassy and offers to betray his country for money and power, he has no idea that the CIA agent interviewing him is a Russian mole. Years later, the Israeli has risen in the ranks to become a trusted advisor to Israel's prime minister, and throughout his career, he's been forced to share everything with the Kremlin. Now, however, a hint that there may be a traitor in the highest realms of power has slipped out....

    cristina says: "Too many shortcuts"
    "Too many shortcuts"
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    The special intelligence team sets out to investigate...and boy are they lucky! First clues (which require giant leaps of faith) pay off. Disgruntled ex-spies talk (more than once).....The writing wasn't terrible, but the author was a tad lazy when explaining how the puzzle pieces came together.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Marathon: A Jonathan Stride Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Brian Freeman
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (90)

    On a rainy June morning, tens of thousands of people crowd into Duluth for the city's biggest annual event: the Duluth Marathon. Exhausted runners push to reach the finish line and spectators line the streets to cheer them on. Then, in a terrifying echo of the Boston bombing, there is an explosion along the race course, leaving many people dead and injured. Within minutes, Jonathan Stride, Serena Dial, and Maggie Bei are at work with the FBI to find the terrorists behind the tragedy.

    cristina says: "Stop with the preaching!!!"
    "Stop with the preaching!!!"
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    I actually AGREE with the author's message, but pleeeease: don't LECTURE! I listen to audiobooks to escape what is currently going on in this country (the demonizing of immigrants being just one of the catastrophes). If the author had managed to convey his point in a less plodding and obvious way, it would have been "a novel." THIS was unbearable. Obvious and manipulative ( I could not finish it, hard as I tried simply because I have been a fan of the author). Love this series and hope the author gets back on track. This one was just plain lazy.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Verdict

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Nick Stone
    • Narrated By David Thorpe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5467)
    Performance
    (5072)
    Story
    (5052)

    Terry Flynt is a struggling legal clerk desperately trying to get promoted when he is given the biggest opportunity of his career: to help defend a millionaire accused of murdering a woman in his hotel suite. The only problem is that the accused man, Vernon James, is not only someone he knows but someone he loathes. This case could potentially make Terry's career, but how can he defend a former friend who betrayed him?

    Sarah says: "One of THE best audiobooks ever!"
    "Wow"
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    Loved it from start to finish. Drama, mystery and some humor. Great character development. Great plot, with plenty of twists and turns. Was sad when it was over. Excellent reader.
    (Surprised and disappointed that this author's other books, some award-winning, are not available on Audible.)

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Anatomy of a Scandal: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Sarah Vaughan
    • Narrated By Julie Teal, Luke Thompson, Esther Wane, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (209)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (191)

    Sophie's husband, James, is a loving father, a handsome man, a charismatic and successful public figure. And yet he stands accused of a terrible crime. Sophie is convinced he is innocent and desperate to protect her precious family from the lies that threaten to rip them apart. Kate is the lawyer hired to prosecute the case: an experienced professional who knows that the law is all about winning the argument. And yet Kate seeks the truth at all times. She is certain James is guilty and is determined he will pay for his crimes.

    cristina says: "Very satisfying "
    "Very satisfying "
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    Having just read "The Verdict," I was ready to be disappointed by another British courtroom drama. Not so. Well done. Well read. Not as unexpected as The Verdict, but still recommend.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Jekyll Revelation

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Robert Masello
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2199)
    Performance
    (2030)
    Story
    (2030)

    While on routine patrol in the tinder-dry Topanga Canyon, environmental scientist Rafael Salazar expects to find animal poachers, not a dilapidated antique steamer trunk. Inside the peculiar case, he discovers a journal, written by the renowned Robert Louis Stevenson, which divulges ominous particulars about his creation of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. It also promises to reveal a terrible secret - the identity of Jack the Ripper.

    Genevieve Paquette says: "pleasantly surprised"
    "Could not get into it"
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    Love this genre, but found the story way too slow. Kept trying simply because the narrator is so good, but life is too short and I gave up.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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