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Bokworm

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  • Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Bill Dedman, Paul Clark Newell Jr.
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
    Overall
    (817)
    Performance
    (719)
    Story
    (725)

    When Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bill Dedman noticed in 2009 a grand home for sale, unoccupied for nearly 60 years, he stumbled through a surprising portal into American history. Empty Mansions is a rich mystery of wealth and loss, connecting the Gilded Age opulence of the 19th century with a 21st-century battle over a $300 million inheritance. At its heart is a reclusive heiress named Huguette Clark, a woman so secretive that, at the time of her death at age 104, no new photograph of her had been seen in decades.

    Branden says: "Almost Great..."
    "I still don't know much about Huguette Clark"
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    It is a key to understanding this book to focus on the title: "the spending of a ...fortune." Primarily it seems H. Clark is only know through her expenditures. Who the money went to. What the money went to. But Huguette Clark was a mystery to EVERYONE and still is. Besides long descriptions of what money was spent on--she remains a mystery. The history of her father and mother is interesting and more detailed. I am not sure how I felt about what this book discussed...more like a shopping list and a list of those who 'used' her to get rich off her fortune. Interesting--but the book left me 'frustrated'

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • West Cork

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
    • Narrated By Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
    Overall
    (15891)
    Performance
    (14151)
    Story
    (14145)

    This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery. Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series. West Cork is FREE through May 9, 2018.

    Ilia says: "EXCELLENT."
    "Pleasant Surprise"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of West Cork to be better than the print version?

    When I was offered this book for FREE on Audible, I thought what can I lose??? Obviously I didn't expect much....and was really pleased with the production and content. It was well organized, narrated. I loved the 'taped interview' segments. Hearing voices of the 'real' people. IT does say 'true crime' series...so am assuming these 'real interviews' were truly real. In this digital world, I can question that......


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Alienist

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Caleb Carr
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3477)
    Performance
    (3141)
    Story
    (3135)

    The year is 1896, the place, New York City. On a cold March night New York Times reporter John Schuyler Moore is summoned to the East River by his friend and former Harvard classmate Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, a psychologist, or "alienist." On the unfinished Williamsburg Bridge, they view the horribly mutilated body of an adolescent boy, a prostitute from one of Manhattan's infamous brothels.

    Jim N says: "An Enjoyable Procedural"
    "Excellent Book"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Alienist the most enjoyable?

    All aspects of this presentation were good. Great book. Great narrative, story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Alienist?

    None specifically. The book moved smoothly from start to finish and all was interesting.


    Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I listen to all of George Guidall--as usual this is an excellent performance.


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

    The violence was descriptive.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Father: Made in Sweden, Part I

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Anton Svensson, Elizabeth Clark Wessel - translator
    • Narrated By Richard Coyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    How does a child become a criminal? How does a father lose a son? An epic crime novel with the excitement of Jo Nesbo's Headhunters and the narrative depth of We Need to Talk About Kevin, The Father is inspired by the extraordinary true story of three brothers who committed 10 audacious bank robberies in Sweden over the course of just two years. None had committed a crime before. All were under 24 years old. When their incredible spree had come to an end, all of them would be changed forever as individuals and as a family.

    Bokworm says: "This Book Was Okay---"
    "This Book Was Okay---"
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    Would you try another book from Anton Svensson and Elizabeth Clark Wessel - translator and/or Richard Coyle?

    Probably


    Would you recommend The Father to your friends? Why or why not?

    No--I only recommend books for which I give 5 stars on all.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Okay....is not good enough?


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By J. D. Vance
    • Narrated By J. D. Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32749)
    Performance
    (29449)
    Story
    (29383)

    Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis - that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over 40 years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

    Gotta Tellya says: "Enlightening!"
    "Hesitated to Purchase this Book--Good Book"
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    Would you listen to Hillbilly Elegy again? Why?

    No. Once is enough.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Primary character of course.


    What does J. D. Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    J.D. Vance as author brings his own voice to his own creation. And...he has a great voice.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Tidbit? The focus was on "hillbilly'....but the reality of general social behavior represented i this book is certainly reflective of all of America. I liked this....and thought of some of the issues facing bigger cities and towns in current times. A very thought provoking piece ...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow District

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Arnaldur Indridason
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (298)
    Performance
    (270)
    Story
    (270)

    A 90-year-old man is found dead in his bed, smothered with his own pillow. On his desk, the police find newspaper cuttings about a murder case dating from the Second World War, when a young woman was found strangled behind Reykjavik's National Theatre. Konrad, a former detective, is bored with retirement and remembers the crime. He grew up in "the shadow district", a rough neighborhood bordered by the National Theatre. Why would someone be interested in that crime now?

    Rosemary says: "A slow burn!"
    "New Author for Me--and Enjoyed the book!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Shadow District to be better than the print version?

    Because I love listening to Guidall, I would always opt for audio.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Plot and writing.


    Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

    All performances by Guidall are excellent.


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

    ......


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Silent Treatment

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs)
    • By Michael Palmer
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (152)

    In Silent Treatment, best-selling author Dr. Michael Palmer crosses the line between medicine and murder with a heart-pounding thriller guaranteed to satisfy fans of medical suspense.

    When his wife mysteriously dies the night before she is scheduled for surgery, Dr. Harry Corbett realizes a killer is moving through the wards of Good Samaritan Hospital - a killer so sophisticated and silent that he can only be a doctor.

    Cynthia says: "A cautionary tale for healthcare reform"
    "Enjoyed this book cover to cover"
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    What made the experience of listening to Silent Treatment the most enjoyable?

    This was well written. Suspense from start to finish. I also enjoyed the possibility of the plot...and 'villians'. I think that made it even more plausible...to think, this could happen. May already be happening in our insurance world.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Silent Treatment?

    Moved naturally. Most memorable?


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    I love listening to George Guidall and actually select books narrated by him simply for this reason--why I selected this book.


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

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rough Country: A Virgil Flowers Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2057)
    Performance
    (1446)
    Story
    (1445)

    Virgil's always been known for having a somewhat active, er, social life, but he's probably not going to be getting too many opportunities for that during his new case. While competing in a fishing tournament in a remote area of northern Minnesota, he gets a call from Lucas Davenport to investigate a murder at a nearby resort.

    Ruby says: "Extraordinary Plot Twists"
    "Listening was like slugging through deep mud "
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story line was slow, diverted multiple and irrelevant times...Although I love Sandford, this was not a favorite by far. I also found some of Virgil's side comments were ones that could have been deleted as they were assumed by reader and useless fluff.


    What could John Sandford have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not written it. I finished all the Lucas Davenport books. I find Virgil a bit tedious at this point although I've read several of them. Virgil's 'sex drive' continually gets in the way of what is happening. Too many conversations that are fluff...etc.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Performance was better than the book....


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment in the whole book


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Surrender, New York

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Caleb Carr
    • Narrated By Tom Taylorson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1178)
    Performance
    (1087)
    Story
    (1087)

    In rural, impoverished Burgoyne County, New York, a pattern of strange deaths begins to emerge: Adolescent boys and girls are found murdered, their corpses left hanging in gruesome, ritualistic fashion. Senior law enforcement officials are quick to blame a serial killer, but their efforts to apprehend this criminal are peculiarly ineffective.

    Mark says: "Wanted to love this but..."
    "The narrator messed up my listen"
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    Would you try another book from Caleb Carr and/or Tom Taylorson?

    I will never purchase another book with Tom Taylorson as narrator. His voice moans/whines. Which means I can't really focus on the actual book. Sorry, Tom.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Shadow District, Indridason and 12 Strong, Stanton and love John Standord for fast moving and good character development.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Tom Taylorson?

    I adore George Guidall. Also enjoy all listens with Len Cariou. Dick Hill, R Ferrone, John Lee as narrators.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Brought awareness to 'Throw Away Kids".


    Any additional comments?

    At least one character's development was so off, I found it hard to listen to words and actions of this person... Even though I got the point it was too skewed to make this person even a little plausible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kane and Abel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
    Overall
    (1602)
    Performance
    (1317)
    Story
    (1307)

    William Lowell Kane and Abel Rosnovski, one the son of a Boston millionaire, the other a penniless polish immigrant-born on the same day near the turn of the century on opposite sides of the world-are brought together by fate and the quest of a dream. Two men - ambitious, powerful, ruthless - are locked in a relentless struggle to build an empire, fueled by their all-consuming hatred.

    Dee says: "Another great one ...."
    "Predictable"
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    What disappointed you about Kane and Abel?

    Well-written but very predictable. This is my second Archer book. A test to see if it resulted in me forming the same opinion as first. Yes. Predictable. Unfortunately, made me think it suitable for Hallmark t.v.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jeffrey Archer again?

    No.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Jason Culp?

    Jason Culp is a good narrator.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Prisoner of Birth

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Roger Allam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3311)
    Performance
    (1295)
    Story
    (1299)

    One evening, Danny, an East End cockney who works as a garage mechanic, takes his girlfriend up to the West End to celebrate their engagement. He crosses the path of Spencer Craig, a West End barrister tipped to be the youngest Queen's Counsel of his generation. A few hours later Danny is arrested for murder and later is sentenced to 22 years in prison.

    Ant the Limey says: "His best since before he went to prison"
    "A Modern "Count of Monte Cristo""
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    What would have made A Prisoner of Birth better?

    This was well-written, but obvious (even via comments in book) that it ran parallel to the classic "Count of Monte Cristo." Predictable.


    Has A Prisoner of Birth turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What aspect of Roger Allam’s performance would you have changed?

    Good narrative


    Any additional comments?

    A rehash of a classic, even well-written, is still a rehash of a classic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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