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Solange

Mixed media artist, drummer, and Audible listener - 863 titles and counting!

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  • Likely to Die

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Linda Fairstein
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (134)

    New York City's oldest medical center is the scene of a ghastly attack: top neurosurgeon Gemma Dogen is found in her office, where she has been sexually assaulted and designated by the cops as a "likely to die." By the time assistant D.A. Alexandra Cooper has plunged into the case, it's a high-profile, media-infested murder investigation. As Alex's passion to find the killer intensifies, she discovers that she is the next target for lethal violence.

    Sandy says: "What?"
    "Likely to listen!"
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    Where does Likely to Die rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Hmmm...in the top 20%


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The rough, tough detective. He just tells it like it is and is always there to rescue Our Heroine.


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

    I love her phrasing and ability to do different voices. It makes the story come alive. She rocks! I know that some of the reviews said that she swallows too much...gee...I didn't notice enough of this to bother me.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Witless for the prosecution (sorry...I find the main character somewhat thin...)


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Saint Odd: Odd Thomas, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    Overall
    (694)
    Performance
    (627)
    Story
    (625)

    Odd Thomas is back where it all started…because the time has come to finish it. Since he left his simple life in the small town of Pico Mundo, California, his journey has taken him to places strange and wonderful, mysterious and terrifying. Across the land, in the company of mortals and spirits alike, he has known kindness and cruelty, felt love and loss, saved lives and taken them - as he's borne witness to humanity's greatest good and darkest evil.

    G. House Sr. says: "The Ends Justifies the Means"
    "Not very interesting"
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    I loved the beginning of the ODD series, but they have declined in interest in recent books. This one seemed like a tidy-up, not a fully developed story, kind of meandered along, and then...The End.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Human Remains Part 2: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Haynes
    • Narrated By Karen Cass
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Police analyst Annabel wouldn't describe herself as lonely. Her work and the needs of her aging mother keep her busy. But Annabel is shocked when she discovers her neighbor's decomposing body in the house next door, and she is appalled to think that no one, including herself, noticed the woman's absence. Annabel sets out to investigate, despite her colleagues' lack of interest, and discovers that such cases are frighteningly common in her hometown.

    Solange says: "A few nice twists"
    "A few nice twists"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Even though the villain is known from the start, the twists and turns make the sleuthing interesting. The main female character comes across as a bit thick and unemotional, which makes her descent into ... (no spoilers here)...somewhat unbelievable. The side bar stories from other victims add very little, and made it confusing at first to differentiate one from another. They did add necessary background info, however.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The House at Tyneford Part 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Natasha Solomons
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    It’s the spring of 1938 and no longer safe to be a Jew in Vienna. Nineteen-year-old Elise Landau is forced to leave her glittering life of parties and champagne to become a parlor maid in England. She arrives at Tyneford, the great house on the bay, where servants polish silver and serve drinks on the lawn. But war is coming, and the world is changing. When Kit, the son of Tyneford’s master, returns home, he and Elise strike up an unlikely friendship that will transform Tyneford - and Elise - forever. An irresistible World War II story of a forbidden romance in a great English country house.

    Solange says: "Nicely done period piece"
    "Nicely done period piece"
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    A different take on the usual wartime stories and refugees, and, bonus, a nice love story too! I recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ripley Underground Part 2

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Patricia Highsmith
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    The Buckmaster Gallery is staging another Derwatt exhibition, but now an American collector claims that the expensive masterpiece he bought three years ago is a fake. It is, of course, and he wants to talk to Derwatt, but Derwatt, inconveniently, is dead. Ripley needs the perfect solution to keep his role in the fraud a secret and his reputation clean, but not everyone's nerves are as steady as his. Especially when it comes to murder.

    Solange says: "What? Meandering story, ended abruptly"
    "What? Meandering story, ended abruptly"
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    I did not really enjoy this book, it was an interesting premise, but it just wandered about, the main character, you couldn't love him or hate him and few others had much to offer either. In other words, meh...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In Malice, Quite Close Part 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Brandi Lynn Ryder
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    French ex-pat Tristan Mourault is the wealthy, urbane heir to a world-renowned collection of art - and an insatiable voyeur enamored with Karen Miller, a 15-year-old from a working-class family in San Francisco. Deciding he must 'rescue' Karen from her unhappy circumstances, Tristan kidnaps her and stages her death to mask his true crime.

    Solange says: "Good story bit complicated."
    "Good story bit complicated."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Very well narrated! Switching from makmale to female, child to adult, and between accents was seamless, which made it easier to listen to this very complicated story. It was a little long and developed slowly, however it really was a good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cop Town Part 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Kathleen Early
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Atlanta, 1974: It's Kate Murphy's first day on the job, and the Atlanta Police Department is seething after the murder of an officer. Before the day has barely begun, she already suspects she's not cut out to be a cop. Her male uniform is too big, she can't handle a gun, and she's rapidly learning that the APD is hardly a place that welcomes women. Worse still, in the ensuing manhunt she'll be partnered with Maggie Lawson, a cop with her own ax to grind.

    Solange says: "An uncomfortable listen, but a good story overall"
    "An uncomfortable listen, but a good story overall"
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    This book is set in an era where discrimination of various kinds was common, if not rampant, in the workplace. I lived through that era and suffered from it so it was not easy to listen to.

    The story was good, though, I didnI didn't know who the killer was until the Verriand, always a bonus.

    However the narrator was relentless and it sounded more like she was doing the play-by-play for a exciting basketball game sometimes. There wasn't a lot of differentiation between the characters from time to time which made it kind of hard to figure out who was talking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Sleep Part 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Susie Breck
    Overall
    (224)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Jordan Glass, a photojournalist on a well-earned vacation, wanders into a Hong Kong art museum and is puzzled to find fellow patrons eying her with curiosity. Minutes later, she stumbles upon a gallery containing a one-artist exhibition called "The Sleeping Women", a mysterious series of paintings that has caused a sensation in the world of modern art.

    Solange says: "Wow! What a great read!"
    "Wow! What a great read!"
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    I love Greg Isles because he has a different story every time - different characters, different locales, but this one was outstanding.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Revival: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By David Morse
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2046)
    Performance
    (1879)
    Story
    (1892)

    In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs - including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession.

    Thug4life says: "Not fit for a King"
    "Grabs you by the nightmare and drags you away"
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    If you could sum up Revival in three words, what would they be?

    Slow creeping chills


    What did you like best about this story?

    The gradual change from mundane to mysterious


    What about David Morse’s performance did you like?

    Added weight and dimension to the main character


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Left a certain disquiet in my mind about whether the conclusion could actually be true...shiver...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Critical Mass: VI Warshawski, Book 16

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Sara Paretsky
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (174)

    V. I. Warshawski’s closest friend in Chicago is the Viennese-born doctor Lotty Herschel, who lost most of her family in the Holocaust. Lotty escaped to London in 1939 on the Kindertransport with a childhood playmate, Kitty Saginor Binder. When Kitty’s daughter finds her life is in danger, she calls Lotty, who in turn summons V. I. to help. The daughter’s troubles turn out to be just the tip of an iceberg of lies, secrets, and silence, whose origins go back to the mad competition among America, Germany, Japan, and England to develop the first atomic bomb.

    Paty says: "Shrillness...not for the faint of heat"
    "A very hostile listen"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The characters all seemed to be annoyed, hostile or defensive. Except Jake, who got two bedroom scenes and not much dialogue.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Sara Paretsky again?

    Probably not, although I have enjoyed "reading" her, "listening" to this book was painful.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Actually the narrator depicted the characters very well, but, they were aggressive and annoying, so it got a bit much, having that going on RIGHT IN YOUR EAR!


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

    Maybe.


    Any additional comments?

    I found the narration overwhelmed the story, although it was very well done and faithful to the (again..) constantly annoyed, defensive and belligerent characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Churchill's Secretary: A Maggie Hope Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Susan Elia MacNeal
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (826)
    Performance
    (724)
    Story
    (724)

    London, 1940: Winston Churchill has just been sworn in, war rages across the Channel, and the threat of a Blitz looms larger by the day. But none of this deters Maggie Hope. She graduated at the top of her college class and possesses all the skills of the finest minds in British intelligence, but her gender qualifies her only to be the newest typist at No. 10 Downing Street. Her indefatigable spirit and gifts for codebreaking, though, rival those of even the highest men in government, and Maggie finds that working for the prime minister affords her a level of clearance she could never have imagined....

    Katherine says: "Lovely"
    "A nice light read"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, if they like stories about a spunky femme proviing herself in adverse circumstances


    Would you be willing to try another book from Susan Elia MacNeal? Why or why not?

    Yes...


    Which scene was your favorite?

    A conversation between the Churchills.


    Could you see Mr. Churchill's Secretary being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Maybe a TV series. That sexy redhead cop from The Mentalist would be perfect.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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