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Hagatha

Houston, TX | Member Since 2012

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  • Running Blind: Jack Reacher, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Jonathan McClain
    Overall
    (932)
    Performance
    (827)
    Story
    (818)

    Across the country women are being murdered by a killer who leaves no evidence, no fatal wounds, no signs of struggle, and no clues to a motive. They are, truly, perfect crimes. In fact, the only thing that links the victims is the man they all knew: Jack Reacher.

    GyAzJRD says: "Could have been much better"
    "Not Lee Child's best"
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    What would have made Running Blind better?

    Take out the annoying nasal narration for some of the characters.


    Has Running Blind turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. I think just a one off for Child. Maybe he had a balloon mortgage payment coming up and dashed this one out.


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan McClain – was your favorite?

    Reacher - but he was overly sarcastic at times.


    Any additional comments?

    **SPOILER ALERT!!!** **SPOILER ALERT!!!****SPOILER ALERT!!!** Too easy to solve. Got it in the first 3rd. I think I may have liked better if I had read it instead of listening. The narrator's soft voice and genderless personal pronouns gave away that the killer was a woman. The robotic responses of the victims responses indicated that they were hypnotized.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Various Haunts of Men: A Simon Serrailler Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Susan Hill
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (186)

    A woman vanishes in the fog up on "the Hill", an area locally known for its tranquility and peace. The police are not alarmed; people usually disappear for their own reasons. But when a young girl, an old man, and even a dog disappear, no one can deny that something untoward is happening in this quiet town. Young policewoman Freya Graffham is assigned to the case; she's new to the job, compassionate, inquisitive, and dedicated to the task of unraveling the mystery behind this gruesome sequence of events.

    karen says: "Best of the best...."
    "Steven Pacey is a magnificent narrator"
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    What did you love best about The Various Haunts of Men?

    The narrator/actor. The beginning of the story was slow but I keep listening because of the narrator.


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

    His perfect pace.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Grave Witch: Alex Craft Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Kalayna Price
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (551)
    Performance
    (449)
    Story
    (449)

    Not even death can save her now. As a grave witch, Alex Craft can speak to the dead---she's even on good terms with Death himself. As a consultant for the police, she's seen a lot of dark magic, but nothing has prepared her for her latest case.

    Christopher says: "Excellent Story Narrator needs alot more practice"
    "I never read fantasy. This hooked me."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Its just fun and the author did a great job of describing the fantasy world.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Grave Witch?

    Too many! The description of Alex in the Etheric was delightful.


    What about Emily Durante’s performance did you like?

    I found she performed all the characters with sufficient differentiation to identify. Even performs male characters well.


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

    There's another world out there!


    Any additional comments?

    I was looking for something other than mysteries and thrillers. I never read or watch vampire or witch stories. The first fantasy book I bought was poor in character and background. This one hooked me from the beginning.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Greywalker: Greywalker, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Kat Richardson
    • Narrated By Mia Barron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (578)
    Performance
    (328)
    Story
    (330)

    Kat Richardson excels at creating vivid, fast-moving novels that blend urban fantasy with paranormal mystery. In Greywalker, Seattle P.I. Harper Blaine is viciously attacked and murdered - but after exactly two minutes, somehow she returns to life. Now she's seeing strange things all around her - dark visions from the shadow world - and living a normal life may no longer be possible no matter how hard she tries.

    Nathan says: "A fun take on the paranormal ..."
    "Hard to get a feel for the "grey world""
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    What did you like best about Greywalker? What did you like least?

    I liked the premise of "The Grey" world but didn't think the author gave a sufficient description.


    What could Kat Richardson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Work on descriptive background.


    Did Mia Barron do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Not really. Sounded like a 12 year old and cannot perform male characters.


    Was Greywalker worth the listening time?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Likeness

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Heather O'Neill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2569)
    Performance
    (1487)
    Story
    (1497)

    Tana French's debut, In the Woods, hit the New York Times best-seller list and drew rave reviews from the Times (London) and Booklist. Picking up six months later, this riveting sequel finds Detective Cassie Maddox still scarred by her last case. When her boyfriend calls her to a chilling murder scene, Cassie is forced to face her inner demons. A young woman has been found stabbed to death outside Dublin, and the victim looks just like Cassie.

    Michael says: "Really on a Different Level"
    "Brings you right into the story."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Likeness to be better than the print version?

    Always listen to books in the regional accent!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I listened to the last chapter 3 times. It was a very moving closing. And I needed closure after being brought so deep into the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I had purchased the book in print, then decided I wanted to hear the story in the Irish accent. An excellent decision.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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