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Emily J. Mills

Spofford, New Hampshire | Member Since 2011

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  • 6 reviews
  • 6 ratings
  • 108 titles in library
  • 17 purchased in 2014
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  • False Mermaid

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Erin Hart
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    Overall
    (377)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (263)

    American pathologist Nora Gavin fled to Ireland three years ago, hoping that distance from home would bring her peace. Though she threw herself into the study of bog bodies and the mysteries of their circumstances, she was ultimately led back to the one mystery she was unable to solve: the murder of her sister, Trona. Nora cant move forward until she goes backback to her home, to the scene of the crime, to the source of her nightmares and her deepest regrets.

    Lia says: "A good listen"
    "Worth listening to"
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    If you could sum up False Mermaid in three words, what would they be?

    Descriptive, Mystery, Legend


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was a bit predictable, but there was a twist.


    What about Rosalyn Landor’s performance did you like?

    She was able to switch from both Irish and American accents and also from female to male quite effectively.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I didn't have an extreme reaction. I liked the inclusion of the silkie legend in the story, which made me want to read more about the history.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was pretty good, although I thought it was a bit long, and the character development was a bit superficial. Its strengh was in the description of the Irish setting and the connection between the silkie legend and the contemporary story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Still Missing

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Chevy Stevens
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1328)
    Performance
    (705)
    Story
    (714)

    On the day she was abducted, Annie O’Sullivan, a 32-year-old Realtor, had three goals: sell a house, forget about a recent argument with her mother, and be on time for dinner with her ever-patient boyfriend. The open house is slow, but when her last visitor pulls up in a van as she’s about to leave, Annie thinks it just might be her lucky day after all.

    Richard Delman says: "A singular voice; a horrendous story."
    "Great Listen"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Still Missing to be better than the print version?

    I don't know, but my guess is that it would be, because of the reader's ability to convey realistic emotion.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Still Missing?

    When Annie was first abducted and woke up on the cabin.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Annie killed her abductor.


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

    No; I like breaking it up.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a very entertaining book from start to finish. If you like suspense, it's a really good choice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black Out: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Lisa Unger
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    On the surface, Annie Powers' life in a wealthy Floridian suburb is happy and idyllic. Her husband, Gray, loves her fiercely; together, they dote on their beautiful young daughter, Victory. But the bubble surrounding Annie is pricked when she senses that the demons of her past have resurfaced and, to her horror, are now creeping up on her.

    A User says: "A different kind of thriller"
    "Far fetched"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This book was entertaining enough, but the story was so convoluted that it was hard to tell what was real and what wasn't.


    Would you recommend Black Out to your friends? Why or why not?

    I can't say that it is that good that I would recommend it.


    Have you listened to any of Ann Marie Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't listened to any other of Ann Marie Lee's other performances, but I thought she did a good job with this one.


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

    I would, so that maybe I could get more clarity about the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I found the writing to be ok, but the story was confusing, and while a far-fetched story can be really good, this one was so wierd that I was losing interest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Faithful Place: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3669)
    Performance
    (2052)
    Story
    (2056)

    New York Times best-selling author Tana French has won the prestigious Edgar, Barry, Macavity, and Anthony awards. As her third novel featuring the Dublin Murder Squad opens, 19-year-old Frank Mackey is waiting in vain for Rosie, who he’s supposed to run away to London with. But when she doesn’t show, Frank leaves Dublin without her—thinking never to return.

    Buffalogal says: "Incredible"
    "Good writing, but story so-so"
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    Would you listen to Faithful Place again? Why?

    I wouldn't listen again, because I found the dialogue between the family members really off-putting.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have shortened the dialogue -- it was so tedious, long and negative, that it made me dislike the main character sometimes. I think a lot of it could have been cut out. Also, it was obvious to me from the beginning who the murderer was.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I didn't have one favorite scene, but I liked the way the narrator described the surroundings of the town.


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

    No -- way too long for that.


    Any additional comments?

    I think Tana French is a very good writer. It's just that in all three books, Irish people are depicted as very rough and basically screwed up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • V Is for Vengeance: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Sue Grafton
    • Narrated By Judy Kaye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1346)
    Performance
    (1110)
    Story
    (1104)

    A woman with a murky past who kills herself-or was it murder? A dying old man cared for by the son he pummeled mercilessly. A lovely woman whose life is about to splinter into a thousand fragments. A professional shoplifting ring racking up millions in stolen goods. A brutal and unscrupulous gangster. A wandering husband, rich and powerful. A spoiled kid awash in gambling debt thinking he can beat the system. A lonely widower mourning the death of his lover, desperate for answers that may be worse than the pain of his loss.

    Gayle says: "Worth The Wait!"
    "Average"
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    What made the experience of listening to V Is for Vengeance the most enjoyable?

    The best thing about Judy Grafton's audiobooks is the reader. She can say just about anything and it's funny. I really enjoy the way she tells the story. I've listened to most of them.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was ok.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was when Kinsey was posing as a public employee in a uniform on the street while doing surveillance.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There were a a lot of funny lines.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was ok. What makes it fun is the Kinsey character and the reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17301)
    Performance
    (15407)
    Story
    (15450)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    FanB14 says: "Amazing Amy"
    "Interesting plot"
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    What did you love best about Gone Girl?

    The story was engaging, and the characters were interesting and unpredictable.


    What other book might you compare Gone Girl to and why?

    This book was different; I don't think I've read anything similar.


    Have you listened to any of Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


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

    Where Weakness meets Devious OR Battle of the Nit Wit vs. the Witch.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was well written and really kept me interested -- couldn't wait to get back to it. However, the ending was totally disappointing to me. I wanted the main character to get revenge, and instead he succumbed to weakness. I think the author could have come up with a much more satisfying ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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