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Joan

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Hillsboro, OR, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Lost Years: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mary Higgins Clark
    • Narrated By Jan Maxwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (109)

    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.

    Joanne Kane says: "Not quite what I thought it would be..."
    "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 0 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
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    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
  • 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
    (92)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (36)

    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
  • 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
    (541)
    Performance
    (300)
    Story
    (298)

    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 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
    (989)
    Performance
    (857)
    Story
    (845)

    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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