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Joan

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Hillsboro, OR, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • O Jerusalem: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (661)
    Performance
    (407)
    Story
    (407)

    It is 1918. Coming out of retirement, an aging Sherlock Holmes travels to Palestine with his 19-year-old partner, Mary Russell. There, disguised as ragged Bedouins, they embark on a dangerous mission. If they fail, the holy city goes up in flames.

    connie says: "if you like Russell as theologian"
    "Phoning it in."
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    Any additional comments?

    This book wasn't just slow, the story line was non-existent. One would be hard put to come up with a point other than "Mary and Sherlock wander in the wilderness." Very disappointing book. I hope Ms. King isn't as out of ideas as this story suggests.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Profiler's Daughter: Sky Stone, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By P. M. Steffen
    • Narrated By Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1070)
    Performance
    (957)
    Story
    (960)

    The Profiler's Daughter is a psychologically haunting thriller that combines murder mystery, love triangle, and family intrigue in one satisfying page burner. Sky Stone was born into the wealth and privilege of Boston's oldest Brahmin family but chooses instead to follow in the footsteps of her deceased father, legendary FBI profiler Monk Stone. In the chilly morning hours before the Boston Marathon, when a beautiful university student is found strangled and mutilated, her body left at the base of Heartbreak Hill, Sky returns from self-imposed exile to investigate.

    Irene L. Culkeen says: "What a great find"
    "Just okay - a time passer."
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    Would you try another book from P. M. Steffen and/or Gabrielle de Cuir?

    Possibly - but only after reading reviews carefully - although most reviews that were negative about this one focused on the narrator who wasn't a bother to me at all.


    Would you recommend The Profiler's Daughter to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not in a hundred years. I would be embarrassed for anyone to know I actually finished this thing. How many times can a person hear about Sky's "astonishing" beauty? I'd think any author worth his salt would avoid the repetition of all the stumbling awe her looks inspire. It is insulting - as though we didn't get it the 1st 15 times. Also, men-haters could have a field day with the sheer silliness with which men are portrayed.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any that had the dog in it - it broke the monotony of all the worship Sky induced. The "bad guy" was fun, but predictable.


    Was The Profiler's Daughter worth the listening time?

    It must have had some merit, because I finished it, though I honestly can't say what. I think my major reaction was disappointment. There were so many possibilities with the plot line which were left undeveloped.


    Any additional comments?

    Perhaps the next book will be better?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1681)
    Performance
    (1536)
    Story
    (1546)

    >When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them. In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

    Tango says: "Beautiful story, beautifully written"
    "Storytelling at its best."
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    If you could sum up The Elephant Whisperer in three words, what would they be?

    Just simply outstanding.


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

    Yes, and he has always been first rate.


    Any additional comments?

    I found myself hanging on every word. Continuous action and interest, nothing superfluous. This writer is a natural storyteller as well as a conservationist. Thank God he decided to share his experiences with mere mortals, smile. I would like to know how much his co-writer contributed and am looking forward to his other book about rhinos. I really didn't want the story to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Race for the Dying: A Dr. Thomas Parks Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Steven F. Havill
    • Narrated By Chris Andrew Ciulla
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    A newly minted graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Medical School in 1890, Dr. Thomas Parks heads to the big timber country of Puget Sound to practice trauma medicine. An hour after stepping off the boat, he's nearly crushed to death by a less-than-sure-footed mule and finds himself a patient rather than a physician. As he convalesces, he discovers that his host, a venerable physician friend of his father's, is running an elaborate medical scam, selling worthless concoctions nationwide, with enormous sales.

    Michael says: "Good Story, Energetically Told"
    "Great beginnings!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Race for the Dying the most enjoyable?

    Understated action and a brash young Doc moving into the 20th century - what's not to like? Am looking forward to next in series. This is my kind of book.


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

    Pure pleasure.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hemingway: The Paris Years

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Michael Reynolds
    • Narrated By Allen O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    The 1920s in Paris are the pivotal years in Hemingway's apprenticeship as a writer, whether sitting in cafés or at the feet of Gertrude Stein. These are the heady times of the Nick Adams short stories, Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, and the writing of The Sun Also Rises. These are also the years of Hemingway's first marriage to Hadley Richardson, the birth of his first son, and his discovery of the bullfights at Pamplona.

    Joan says: "Slow down narrator, slow down."
    "Slow down narrator, slow down."
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    What did you like best about Hemingway: The Paris Years? What did you like least?

    Actually very good information and lots of interest for the diehard Hemmingway fan. Author seems to have a good working knowledge of Hem's life and times.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    This guy thinks he has a fire to put out. He is actually breathless trying to race through - too sad. Repeating "kway" for quay didn't endear him much to me either.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Years: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mary Higgins Clark
    • Narrated By Jan Maxwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (126)

    In her long career as America's most beloved suspense writer, Mary Higgins Clark's The Lost Years is her most astonishing and dramatic work to date. At its center is a discovery that, if authenticated, may be the most revered document in human history - the holiest of the holy - and certainly the most coveted and valuable object in the world.

    Amazon Customer says: "Mary delivers yet again!"
    "And lost characters?"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Could have been ok, but "heroine" is vapid, insipid, weak, and annoying. "Please, God, I just couldn't bear it..." When she was kidnapped, I kept hoping the guy would just off her.


    Any additional comments?

    Clark's constant supply of 5th Avenue socialites gets pretty old. She writes a good enough story, but wish she were able to give us some normal people.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Web of Evil: A Novel of Suspense

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By J.A. Jance
    • Narrated By Karen Ziemba
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (49)

    As she passes the site of a horrifying accident, Ali is grateful that it's no longer her job to report the news, until she finds out that the news is her own: the victim is Ali's cheating husband. And soon she'll find herself the prime suspect at the center of a terrifying web of evil.

    Cheryl says: "Disappointed in you, Judy!"
    "Repetition breeds contempt."
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    Any additional comments?

    An hour into this story and every character and action of the last story is being retold. This isn't just boring and irritating, it says to me that the author - or editor - doesn't trust her story to stand alone.
    It is my experience that if an author is good, I'll find previous books to help me understand something I want to know.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Beautiful Mystery: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1320)
    Performance
    (1161)
    Story
    (1150)

    No outsiders are ever admitted to the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, hidden deep in the wilderness of Quebec, where two dozen cloistered monks live in peace and prayer. They grow vegetables, they tend chickens, they make chocolate. And they sing. Ironically, for a community that has taken a vow of silence, the monks have become world-famous for their glorious voices, raised in ancient chants whose effect on both singer and listener is so profound it is known as “the beautiful mystery.”

    Sparkly says: "Engaging, entertaining, and heartbreaking."
    "The tired old "police corruption" plot again??"
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    What did you like best about The Beautiful Mystery? What did you like least?

    I've not missed a single book by Penny and have enjoyed every word - well, almost. The only thing that didn't seem well crafted was the conspiracy and corruption at "the highest levels" in a previous book. And, of course, what does she return to in this could have been brilliant story? You've got it. The setting and characters here are delightful. The story line is, if not unique, nearly so. But instead of flushing out these possibilities, she falls back into the old police corruption surrounding Gamache. Such a waste - I'm writing this instead of finishing what promised to be a great read (listen).


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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