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San Jose, CA, United States | Member Since 2012

  • 3 reviews
  • 85 ratings
  • 265 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2015

  • Into the Darkest Corner

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Elizabeth Haynes
    • Narrated By David Thorpe, Karen Cass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Catherine has been enjoying the single life for long enough to know a good catch when she sees one. Gorgeous, charismatic, spontaneous – Lee seems almost too perfect to be true. And her friends clearly agree, as each in turn falls under his spell. But there is a darker side to Lee. His erratic, controlling and sometimes frightening behaviour means that Catherine is increasingly isolated. Driven into the darkest corner of her world, and trusting no one, she plans a meticulous escape.

    "Excellent and chilling story"
    Would you listen to Into the Darkest Corner again? Why?

    Yes, I'm sure I'll listen to it again in the distant future. I found the story really compelling, and the fact that this kind of thing happens in life made it somehow scarier.

    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot kept me engaged from the first minute. Though we already knew certain things weren't happen, I still kept hoping against all hope that they would. The heroine in this story is thoroughly sympathetic, and this was the first time I felt like I could really understand how somebody could get sucked into an abusive situation. The leaps between present and past also kept the pace really fast.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "A memorable and excellent read/listen"

    This book really stands out because the characters are so well written and interesting. The mystery itself was also quite absorbing, even if the murderer was especially stupid. As with most of my favorite mysteries, though, the actual case seems secondary to the detective's process, and that is true for me with this book. Cormorant Strike and Robin are both compelling characters, and I found myself as eager to know more about them as I was to know what happened with the case. I hope that J.K. Rowling or Robert Galbraith (or whatever she's going to call herself now that the secret's out) continues with these characters, since they deserve more stories.

    As to the performance, Robert Glenister was the perfect choice. I am often bothered by the Narrator, especially when he or she is voicing the opposite gender, but I thought Glenister's voice blended seamlessly into the story and actually probably enhanced it in some ways. It was very natural and never obtrusive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Engaging and well-read"
    Where does Beautiful Ruins rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    "Beautiful Ruins" is among my favorite audiobooks. It ranks in my top 10 of the audiobooks I've listened to thus far.

    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was very well-paced. The way Jess Walter switched back and forth from the past to the present kept up the intrigue and engaged me completely. I also loved the well-developed characters and their interactions with each other.

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

    He has an excellent lyricism to his voice that makes you forget you're listening to a narrator at all. He also has an excellent command of Italian, so his accents were well done. A poor accent can take me right out of a story, but Ballerini's ability to shift effortlessly from woman to man, Italian to American, and young to old made his narration completely effortless.

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

    I loved the early scenes set in Porto Vergonia, especially those featuring the American writer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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