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Connie

DURHAM, NC, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • A Sight for Sore Eyes

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    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"
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    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
    Overall
    (3124)
    Performance
    (2450)
    Story
    (2477)

    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."
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    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.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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