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Jodi Herzig

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Long Island, NY | Member Since 2012

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  • Murder Below Montparnasse: An Aimee Leduc Investigation, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Cara Black
    • Narrated By Madeleine Lambert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    A long-lost Modigliani portrait, a grieving brother’s blood vendetta, a Soviet secret that's been buried for eighty years - Parisian private investigator Aimée Leduc's current case is her most exciting one yet. When Aimée’s long-term partner and best friend Rene leaves their detective agency for a new job in Silicon Valley, Aimée knows she can handle the extra workload. At least, that what she tells herself...repeatedly. But all bets are off when Yuri Volodya, a mysterious old Russian man, hires Aimée to protect a painting.

    Muriel says: "Narration horrible!"
    "Mon dieu, quelle disappointment"
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    What disappointed you about Murder Below Montparnasse?

    Bland story with a particularly weak read. Sorry, but these characters, even when somewhat differentiated, came off as very cliche as an audiobook. I wonder if this is the case where the written word would have been better


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    It isn't obvious whodunnit and the setting is of course interesting, Paris loving francophiles are surely the target audience here and I consider myself one.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Murder Below Montparnasse?

    The whole silicon valley angle is atrocious, it is so trite that I cringed through each stereotypical moment.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Yard

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Alex Grecian
    • Narrated By Toby Leonard Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (542)
    Performance
    (475)
    Story
    (471)

    Victorian London is a cesspool of crime, and Scotland Yard has only 12 detectives - known as “The Murder Squad” - to investigate thousands of murders every month. Created after the Metropolitan Police’s spectacular failure to capture Jack the Ripper, The Murder Squad suffers rampant public contempt. They have failed their citizens. When Walter Day, the squad’s newest hire, is assigned the case of the murdered detective, he finds a strange ally in the Yard’s first forensic pathologist, Dr. Bernard Kingsley.

    Debra says: "Enjoyable annoying book"
    "Scenic mystery in the early days of Scotland Yard"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Yard to be better than the print version?

    Indeed, the narration is excellent and the use of slightly different accents truly helps the listener keep track of the myriad characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The historical elements were of the most interest to me, very good description of the living environments, both good and bad.


    Which character – as performed by Toby Leonard Moore – was your favorite?

    I liked the accent Mr. Moore uses for Hammersmith best, it has a bit of brogue to it versus the more refined London accents. His use of a softer touch voice for the big, brutish Blackleg was also a terrific, ironic choice.


    Any additional comments?

    I thoroughly enjoyed the book, not for the mystery so much as for the journey..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A History of the World in 6 Glasses

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Tom Standage
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1161)
    Performance
    (982)
    Story
    (983)

    Throughout human history, certain drinks have done much more than just quench thirst. As Tom Standage relates with authority and charm, six of them have had a surprisingly pervasive influence on the course of history, becoming the defining drink during a pivotal historical period. A History of the World in 6 Glasses tells the story of humanity from the Stone Age to the 21st century through the lens of beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and cola.

    Stoker says: "Fun and Informative"
    "I'll drink to that"
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    Would you listen to A History of the World in 6 Glasses again? Why?

    I don't think it is that kind of book, no. But I would recommend it. Very interesting and satisfying


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A History of the World in 6 Glasses?

    I loved the "Guns, Germs and Steel" like reference to the role alcohol played in preventing certain water borne disease. I especially liked the story behind the slang term "limey" for Englishmen, which I had never heard before


    What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

    Understatement and poise, it was not a bombastic read, appropriately in my view


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

    We are what we drink


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heirs and Graces: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (982)
    Performance
    (887)
    Story
    (882)

    As 35th in line for the throne, Lady Georgiana Rannoch may not be the most sophisticated young woman, but she knows her table manners. It's forks on the left, knives on the right - not in His Majesty's back….

    Nancy says: "Enjoyable light murder mystery"
    "Easy on the ears"
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    Where does Heirs and Graces rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Guilty pleasure, great literature it is not but an easy breezy story and oh, the narrator. So good.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Like a nap on a summer day, easy and a bit indulgent


    Have you listened to any of Katherine Kellgren’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This the fourth in this series and I am a huge fan, especially her Irish brogue


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

    None intended, none taken - so to speak


    Any additional comments?

    Probably a better audio book than written book but so be it (and I am not sure I will ever find out).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (3765)
    Performance
    (3184)
    Story
    (3174)

    Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

    Coffee Lover says: "Joy, Joy, Joy!"
    "An Audible pleasure"
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    If you could sum up Her Royal Spyness in three words, what would they be?

    Easy on the ears


    What other book might you compare Her Royal Spyness to and why?

    To me it was a combination of Nora from the Thin Man meeting the cast from the film Gosford Park


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

    It is not a super suspenseful story, it is an audible pleasure of UK accents from Scotland, Ireland and English upper and lower classes. A story to savor rather than a page turner


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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