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DURHAM, NC, United States | Member Since 2014

  • 3 reviews
  • 26 ratings
  • 644 titles in library
  • 2 purchased in 2015

  • Natchez Burning: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By David Ledoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Raised in the historic southern splendor of Natchez, Mississippi, Penn Cage learned all he knows of honor and duty from his father, Dr. Tom Cage. But now the beloved family doctor has been accused of murdering Viola Turner, the African-American nurse with whom he worked in the dark days of the 1960s. Penn is determined to save his father, but Tom, stubbornly invoking doctor-patient privilege, refuses to even speak in his own defense.

    Carolyn says: "Can't get past reader"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Natchez Burning to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version, so I can't make a comparison. But I feel in almost all cases, the audio version of a book is superior because you get to feel the characters. Their fear. Their suspicion. Their strength.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Caitlin was my favorite character because of her doggedness, conviction, and search for justice.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was when Henry proves to be a true hero.

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

    This book will never make you laugh. I did find myself tearing up quite frequently. I had such an extreme emotional reaction to Natchez Burning - it gripped my heart, no, it gripped my whole soul. I don't see how anyone could read this book and not be moved. 35 hours went like lightning for me. Pure suspense, utter terror, and wondering all the while, will justice be done?

    Any additional comments?

    This was my favorite book ever. And I'm pretty old, and have read a lot of books. I saw that many people didn't like the narration. I thought it was perfect. He performed with such raw emotion that I felt I could have been there with the characters. My advice? Use your credit on Natchez Burning. It will do things to your insides.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Sight for Sore Eyes

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Having published 45 books, Ruth Rendell is an internationally popular mystery writer. She has won four Gold Dagger and three Edgar awards. She has been presented with the Commander of the British Empire honor, and named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America. In A Sight For Sore Eyes, Ruth Rendell’s exceptional literary talent shines from each word. Teddy Brex is a handsome young man. Raised by parents who never loved him, he has grown to put his trust in objects.

    Connie says: "Full circle"
    "Full circle"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I wish Teddy had had just an ounce of humanity in him. But he was a pure psycho.

    What was most disappointing about Ruth Rendell’s story?

    The depravity of Teddy. And the ending was unsatisfying. I usually adore Ruth Rendell's books, but this one, not so much. The whole story just made me feel very sick and sad inside.

    What about Jenny Sterlin’s performance did you like?

    She was actually very good.

    Was A Sight for Sore Eyes worth the listening time?

    I wish I hadn't read it. It was so disturbing to me.

    Any additional comments?

    I loved Francine. If there was anyone who could've been Teddy's polar opposite, it was she.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Places: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins, and others

    Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas". As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived, and famously testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who've long forgotten her.

    Glenda Jeffers says: "Riveting but brutal"
    "This one will keep you guessing till the very end."
    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Libby, of course. She was narrated just right, with just exactly the right amount of hopelessness, desperation, and then determination.

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

    I wanted to but couldn't. I would sit in my car an extra several minutes after arriving at work, though, just listening and trying to figure out who done it.

    Any additional comments?

    I've never written a review before. Never felt compelled. But after finishing this book tonight, felt I had to. This book kept me hopping from one suspect to the next, and just when I thought I had it figured out...I didn't. I've never given a book 5 stars before, even in my head. This one deserved every last little bit of stars.

    16 of 20 people found this review helpful

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