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Diane

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  • First to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (2815)
    Performance
    (1934)
    Story
    (1927)

    When you're the best at what you do, it's not always easy to walk away. Nathan McBride was retired. The trained Marine sniper and covert CIA operative had put the violence of his former life behind him. But not anymore. A deep-cover FBI agent has disappeared along with one ton of powerful Semtex explosive, enough to unleash a disaster of international proportions. The U.S. government has no choice but to coax Nathan out of retirement.

    Ed says: "Sniper thriller par excellence"
    "Did not live up to reviews for me"
    Overall

    I have to agree with others who disliked the narration by Dick Hill. He ruins books for me. All characters seem to speak in a kind of nasal drawl with no change in tempo, pitch, whatever. Other male narrators are able to portray female voices in a more realistic, less irritating manner.

    The story itself was disappointing, especially after having recently listened to DeMille, Clancy and Baldacci. Despite all the "action", it was a tedious plot. The characters and their relationships were not believable. The gorgeous female head of the Sacramento FBI office (supposedly in charge of 500 people) gushed at least 4 times to the protagonist, Nathan McBride, that "she had never known a man like him". Oh please. He believed his father, a senator, hadn't done enough to rescue him from horrible torture in NIcaragua over a decade ago. They had never talked about this before? I cannot believe that security at an FBI office is so lax, especially post 9/11. I am willing to suspend credibility to enjoy a good story, but this just was too predictable.

    Some of the technical info on being a sniper was interesting.


    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Hypothermia: A Reykjavik Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Arnaldur Indridason
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (261)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (204)

    Iceland’s best-selling novelist and a winner of the CWA Gold Dagger Award, Arnaldur Indridason is an international phenomenon highly regarded for his engrossing crime fiction. In Hypothermia, Inspector Erlendur contends with personal demons while investigating a woman’s suicide. Although there are no signs of foul play, Erlendur gradually exposes a sinister plot.

    Bill says: "More, please"
    "I kept trying to like this"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I think I expected something different after reading some of the Wallender series and the Girl of the Dragon Tatoo. I realize this is stereotyping (Scandinavian) but I found this book totally boring. I am halfway through and have given up. The plot drags and the characters are uninteresting.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Fatal Grace

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    Overall
    (1103)
    Performance
    (750)
    Story
    (749)

    No one liked CC de Poitiers - certainly none of the residents of the village of Three Pines, each of whom CC had managed to offend. Therein lies the challenge for the Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Quebec, called in once again from Montreal to investigate murder in this hamlet. CC has been killed in an apparent electrical accident, and everyone in town has a motive, even the inspector's good friends.

    Patricia says: "Complex, but worthwhile...."
    "I don't care for the narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    As much as I may enjoy the stories, I seem to be the only one to criticize the narration. I find the narrater's tone oddly nasal and monotone. I realize how subjective this is, but after listening to several of Louise Perry's Inspector Gamache novels, this is my biggest criticism. It keeps me from downloading another.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Places: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins, and others
    Overall
    (3711)
    Performance
    (2997)
    Story
    (3020)

    Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas". As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived, and famously testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who've long forgotten her.

    Glenda Jeffers says: "Riveting but brutal"
    "This is unrelentingly dark and graphic"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I don't object to dark or graphic on principle. Have read all of James Lee Burke (love his work), as well as other crime and war novels and non-fiction of the genre. I found this to be unrelentingly dark. The description of vomit nearly made me vomit. Killing animals and children. It bothered me, I am obviously an outlier on this, but simply cannot understand all the 5 star reviews. Realism itself does not make good writing in my humble opinion.

    Although there structure of this book has worked well in other books I have enjoyed, in this one I found it somewhat forced and unnecessary . I kept wanting the pace to pick up. It dragged for me.

    Wish I had not wasted my credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tuscan Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Belinda Alexandra
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (304)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (230)

    A mysterious stranger known as 'The Wolf' leaves an infant with the sisters of Santo Spirito. A tiny silver key hidden in her wrappings is the only clue to the child's identity and so begins a story as intriguing and beautiful as the city of Florence itself. Belinda Alexandra's new novel, Tuscan Rose, is set in Italy during the time of Mussolini. This richly woven tale of passion, love, longing, witchcraft and magic promises to be everything her readers love and more.

    Ashley says: "Such a beautiful listen...."
    "Boring"
    Overall

    Somehow I was led to this book after reading and thoroughly enjoying Kate Morton's book The House at Riverton. But there is no comparison. The beginning is intriguing. An infant girl, Rosa, is left at a nunnery. She is raised by the sisters and fifteen years later she leaves to become governess for the daughter of a wealthy Italian family at the time when Mussolini is coming into power. That she has some connection to this family is immediately obvious. From there on it is amazingly contradictory. While she displays seemingly great knowledge of child rearing, Pythagoras, music, language and philosophy, she is apparently ignorant of how babies are conceived and born. This becomes obvious after Rosa is wrongly jailed because of an accusation that Rosa aided another servant in aborting her child, by the evil step mother (an Italian noble woman by marriage) of her charge . Rosa is in jailed for ,over a year and is raped by one of her jailers. She doesn't realize she is pregnant until another inmate clues her in. This is 3 hours into the story. I kept trying but was so bored an irritated by both the writing and the plot I had to stop. For me a wasted credit. I prefer more subtlety and realism..

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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