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Richard

Woodland Hills, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Spider Bones: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (773)
    Performance
    (315)
    Story
    (312)

    John Lowery was declared dead in 1968—the victim of a Huey crash in Vietnam, his body buried long ago in North Carolina. Four decades later, Temperance Brennan is called to the scene of a drowning in Hemmingford, Quebec. The victim appears to have died while in the midst of a bizarre sexual practice. The corpse is later identified as John Lowery. But how could Lowery have died twice, and how did an American soldier end up in Canada?

    Richard says: "Couldn't see the forest for the (dry) trees"
    "Couldn't see the forest for the (dry) trees"
    Overall

    I was expecting a thrilling page-turner, but was greatly disappointed as the plot continually got bogged down by constant explanations of dry minutiae. The narrator tried hard to keep one's interest, but fought a losing battle when pitted against endless expositions on such trivia as the chain of command on reporting naval deaths in the Pacific, battles fought by various ancient Hawaiian kings, and much more. To me, it was as if Ms. Reichs worked harder to impress us with her brilliance and research abilities rather than treat us to a breathtaking ride through the pages of her novel.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Maisie Dobbs

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jacqueline Winspear
    • Narrated By Rita Barrington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1467)
    Performance
    (890)
    Story
    (887)

    Maisie Dobbs isn't just any young housemaid. Through her own natural intelligence - and the patronage of her benevolent employers - she works her way into college at Cambridge. After the War I and her service as a nurse, Maisie hangs out her shingle back at home: M. DOBBS, TRADE AND PERSONAL INVESTIGATIONS. But her very first assignment soon reveals a much deeper, darker web of secrets, which will force Maisie to revisit the horrors of the Great War and the love she left behind.

    A User says: "A delightful discovery"
    "Instantly Magnetic"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Maisie Dobbs?

    Her character is fully three-dimensional, not only in life, but in time as well. She is vulnerable and fallible, making her someone I wanted to know more about.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters are seamlessly woven into the World War I era and are caught up in its happenings and aftermath.


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

    Ms. Barrington gives us the flavor of what the era in Britain was like at that time - the transmutation of the culture from Victorian mores to a more progressive and permissive time, and the resulting change of how women were viewed and how they viewed themselves.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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