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Nola

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  • The Lewis Man

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Peter May
    • Narrated By Peter Forbes
    Overall
    (136)
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    (121)
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    (119)

    An unidentified corpse is recovered from a peat bog on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland. News of the discovery soon reaches Fin Macleod. However, since swapping his life in Edinburgh for a quiet existence on Lewis, such mysteries are no longer a concern for the former Detective Inspector. Or so he thought. The sequel to the Blackhouse which was selected for the WH Smith Richard and Judy Bookclub, and the second book in the Lewis triology.

    dumbclub says: "Visit the Outer Hebrides"
    "Great plot, strong characters, excellent narrator"
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    This is Peter May's second novel in his Lewis trilogy -- and certainly is a strong sequel to 'The BlackHouse'. This one is quite complex in the telling, with Tormod's account in first person cleverly interweaving with the third person investigation by Fin McCloud. Intriguing from the start to the final minutes!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Blackhouse

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Peter May
    • Narrated By Peter Forbes
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (97)

    A brutal killing takes place on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland: a land of harsh beauty and inhabitants of deep-rooted faith. Detective Inspector Fin Macleod is sent from Edinburgh to investigate. For Lewis-born Macleod, the case represents a journey both home and into his past. Something lurks within the close-knit island community. Something sinister. As Fin investigates, old skeletons begin to surface and soon, he, the hunter, becomes the hunted.

    dumbclub says: "Unputdownable"
    "Riveting!"
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    Peter Forbes' narration brings Peter May's brilliant, dark mystery to life. The setting, the island of Lewis in northern Scotland, was fascinating. I couldn't put it down!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hardball

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Sara Paretsky
    • Narrated By Liza Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    When V. I. Warshawski is asked to find a man who’s been missing for decades, a search she thought would be futile turns lethal. Old skeletons from the city’s racially charged history rise up to force her back – a nun who marched with Martin Luther King Jr. dies without revealing crucial evidence, and the elderly sisters who hired her are also keeping important information to themselves. Then V.I. finds that her family is keeping secrets of its own. Afraid to learn that her adored father might have been a bent cop....

    Nola says: "For those who love well-plotted crime fiction"
    "For those who love well-plotted crime fiction"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I thoroughly enjoyed Paretsky's novel, which forces V.I. back unwillingly to investigate a crime which happened in the 60s and may have involved her father. Unlike most detectives, Vic has a well-established social network and strong relationships which enrich the story considerably. Apart from the cleverly plotted story, Paretsky always intrigues me by bringing the city of Chicago itself to life.


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

    Paretsky's novels are always very satisfying, as she chooses different social/political issues to investigate in each novel. In 'Hardball', police corruption in the 60s is the focus, and so Vic's life is under constant threat to the point where she finds it difficult to determine who she can trust. Maybe that sounds a bit cliched, but the strong characterisation and competing loyalties of many of the characters certainly held my interest.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I really enjoyed Liza Ross's ability to recreate characters with distinctive voices, particularly any scene with Vic's excitable, breathy niece Petra who is a nice foil for Vic's witty and sarcastic voice. By the end, there's a lot going on, but Ross is able to build to a riveting climax and also establish some thoughtful and rather poignant touches as she exposes many dark family secrets and decades-old injustices.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I found myself looking forward to my daily commute, knowing that I would be able to reconnect with V.I. in her often dangerous pursuit of truth.


    Any additional comments?

    Reading V.I. Warshawski novel is like catching up with a much-loved old friend -- so many of the characters reappear and are brought in to each story in different capacities. I was pleased to see that Vic has entered the computer age with a vengeance, yet still ultimately exercised her native intelligence and superior skills of detection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34165)
    Performance
    (25322)
    Story
    (25665)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Reality TV runs amuk in Collins' sci fi treat!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Hunger Games the most enjoyable?

    Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games is a rivetting story and Carolyn McCormick's narration is excellent. She gives the many different characters very different accents and voices.I hadn't planned to continue to read the rest of the trilogy, but I find it irresistible now!


    What other book might you compare The Hunger Games to and why?

    It's a little like 'The Truman Show', in that the spectacle of the victim/s is televised, and those in power manipulate events to create a spectacle and keep control of the world they oversee.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The last 2/3 of the novel is constantly exciting . The moment when she returns to the cornucopia in the central arena in a desperate bid to save Peeta's life is unforgettable.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    With a 16 year old heroine, this story will undoubtedly appeal to all teen readers. What is fascinating is the way that Collins has created a sense of Panem as a complex futuristic world, in which the Hunger Games have become a horrifying yet tragically feasible element. As the media becomes more and more intrusive and powerful, it is just possible that it will be manipulated by powerful corporations and governments, to the detriment of individuals.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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