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Karen Nichols

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  • A Murder of Quality: A George Smiley Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By John le Carre
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (99)

    Miss Ailsa Brimley is in a quandary. She's received a peculiar letter from Mrs. Stella Rode, saying that she fears her husband - an assistant master at Carne School - is trying to kill her. Reluctant to go to the police, Miss Brimley calls upon her old wartime colleague, George Smiley. Unfortunately, it's too late. Mrs. Rode has just been murdered. As Smiley takes up the investigation, he realizes that in life - as in espionage—nothing is quite what it appears.

    Darwin8u says: "Short break from le Carre's brilliant spy œuvre"
    "Well-crafted Murder Mystery with Quirky Humor"
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    If you could sum up A Murder of Quality in three words, what would they be?

    Lean. Logical. Engrossing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The down-to-earth humaness of all the characters coupled with the well-polished and logical plot.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Luck and Trouble: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2378)
    Performance
    (1524)
    Story
    (1506)

    Jack Reacher reunites with the survivors of his old Army investigative team, scrambling to raise the living, bury the dead, and connect the dots in a mystery that is growing darker by the day. In a world of bad luck and trouble, when someone targets Jack Reacher and his team, they'd better be ready for what comes right back at them.

    Patricia says: "Kept My Interest"
    "You do not mess with Special Investigations."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Bad Luck and Trouble to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely. Dick Hill's intonations and phrasings give more depth to the characters, underscore the dry humor -- and overall make the plot more interesting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The existential hero, who is steadfast in his loyalty and his retribution, creating a bit of fairness in our unfair world.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Soulless: An Alexia Tarabotti Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3047)
    Performance
    (2248)
    Story
    (2273)

    Victorian romance mixes seamlessly with elegant prose and biting wit—and werewolves—in Gail Carriger’s delightful debut novel. Soulless introduces Alexia Tarabotti, a parasol-wielding Londoner getting dangerously close to spinster status. But there are more important things than finding a husband. For Alexia was born without a soul, giving her the ability to render any vampire or werewolf completely powerless.

    Pamela I Greene says: "Amelia Peabody has competition"
    "Dry British Humor Rampant in Victorian Story"
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    If you could sum up Soulless in three words, what would they be?

    Hilarious. Proper. Demons.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Alexia Tarabotti -- a delightful mix of proper and unconventional perspectives.


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

    Her reading increases the entertainment factor by many times: accents, inflections, pauses & all.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unearthly

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Cynthia Hand
    • Narrated By Samantha Quan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (395)
    Performance
    (321)
    Story
    (328)

    Clara Gardner has recently learned that she's part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn't easy.

    Arwen says: "Engaging and Warm-hearted!"
    "Girl teen Angels don't have it easy either..."
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    What made the experience of listening to Unearthly the most enjoyable?

    Great plot and sensitive writing, particularly the internal dialog of teen angel and the smooth transition into ambiguous ending. Excellent reader, with minimal lapses of designated character Voices.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The layers of excellence: innovative plot, mother-daughter relationship details, character development, fullness of the Angel blood culture/history that unfolds as the plot does.


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

    The Voice she gives Clara. A wonderful example is when Clara is bringing forth Glory @ her mother's request, and she recalls the fish joke: Samantha Quan's inflection of "Damn!" has such an emotional punch.


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

    Oh yes!


    Any additional comments?

    High school proms didn't begin to be in "full swing" within the first hour of starting. At least, not when I was in high school. Nor even when my 20-year old daughter was! In fact, the prom scene was the most discordant to my experience.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Grave Peril: The Dresden Files, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6600)
    Performance
    (4826)
    Story
    (4823)

    Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden has had a rough couple of weeks. As the only openly practicing professional wizard in the Chicago area, he has squared off against a multitude of supernatural bad guys. Harry has won the day against demons, poltergeists, sorcerers, trolls, vampires, werewolves, and even an evil faerie godmother. You might think nothing could spook him. You would be wrong.

    Lakejewel says: "Spike makes good"
    "Urban wizard, True Knight, Vampires, Ghosts"
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    What did you love best about Grave Peril?

    Loved the action, wry wit, Scooby-Doo lunch pail, the True Knight, the twists and turns of the problems.


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

    Just as you think the problem is solved, another one crops up. And Harry fumbles and makes mistakes.


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

    He acts the part flawlessly, adding his interpretation to emotions & thoughts, thereby reinforcing the written narrative. He gives a fuller experience to the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Richard Rohr
    • Narrated By Richard Rohr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (182)

    In the first half of life, we are naturally preoccupied with establishing ourselves; climbing, achieving, and performing. But as we grow older and encounter challenges and mistakes, we need to see ourselves in a different and more life-giving way. This message of falling down - that is in fact moving upward - is the most resisted and counterintuitive of messages in the world's religions. Falling Upward offers a new paradigm for understanding one of the most profound of life's mysteries: how those who have fallen down are the only ones who understand "up".

    William says: "Life Changing Once You Are Ready"
    "Lightweight Thoughts about Life Beyond 50"
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    Would you try another book from Richard Rohr and/or Richard Rohr?

    No.


    Has Falling Upward turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Most pauses seemed random. Intonation was overly sweet.


    Any additional comments?

    I was looking for at least emotional depth if not also intellectual innovation and/or integration.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Highland Vow: Murray Daughters, Book 1 (Murray Family, Book 4)

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Hannah Howell
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    Overall
    (255)
    Performance
    (237)
    Story
    (237)

    Ten years ago, young Elspeth Murray rescued a wounded knight and lost her heart forever. Now a stunning beauty and gifted healer, she is reunited with Cormac Armstrong when he saves her from an unwanted suitor. But Cormac is promised to another, a woman who has blinded him to her ruthlessness. Now Elspeth must battle against the odds to claim a man and a love she will not be denied.Cormac is stunned by the desire Elspeth's kiss awakens - and cannot resist the temptation she offers.

    CAROLYN says: "Great start to a new Highland Clan"
    "Romance set in 1446 Scotland"
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    What disappointed you about Highland Vow?

    Appreciated the consistent pronunciation of Mother and Father.

    The narrator switched randomly between reading-the-narrative style and acting-the-characters style. Pauses didn't add to the listener's understanding.


    What was most disappointing about Hannah Howell’s story?

    The word-by-word repetitions of the characters' history or characteristics. Readers may need to be reminded of information first introduced earlier in the book -- however, other authors find ways to interweave that information.


    Any additional comments?

    I appreciated the candor of the characters to their kin and how the narrative showed the eventual positive outcome for the main characters and their kin.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • City of Thieves

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By David Benioff
    • Narrated By Ron Perlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1453)
    Performance
    (720)
    Story
    (716)

    A writer visits his retired grandparents in Florida to document their experience during the infamous siege of Leningrad. His grandmother won't talk about it, but his grandfather reluctantly consents. The result is the captivating odyssey of two young men trying to survive against desperate odds. Lev Beniov considers himself "built for deprivation." He's small, smart, and insecure, a Jewish virgin too young for the army, who spends his nights working as a volunteer firefighter with friends from his building.

    Paul says: "Stunning Tale. Great Narration."
    "Teen boy's story about surviving WWII in Russia"
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    Would you try another book from David Benioff and/or Ron Perlman?

    Tedious and emotionally distant narrative from David Benioff. Not a Go-To author for me. The reader was competent. Perhaps even excellent. The narrative did not allow for a more emotionally engaging style.


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

    Impatience. Disappointment.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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