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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
    (171)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (125)

    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.

    Maria says: "Very Entertaining"
    "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
  • Critical Mass: VI Warshawski, Book 16

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Sara Paretsky
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (153)

    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.

    S. Sarabasha says: "POWERFUL"
    "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
    (735)
    Performance
    (645)
    Story
    (645)

    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
  • Two Graves

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1935)
    Performance
    (1692)
    Story
    (1697)

    After his wife, Helen, is brazenly abducted before his eyes, Special Agent Pendergast furiously pursues the kidnappers, chasing them across the country and into Mexico. But then, things go terribly, tragically wrong; the kidnappers escape; and a shattered Pendergast retreats to his New York apartment and shuts out the world. But when a string of bizarre murders erupts across several Manhattan hotels, NYPD Lieutenant D'Agosta asks his friend Pendergast for help.

    G. House Sr. says: "Whiplash from the emotional rollercaster"
    "I agree with P. Giorgio's review!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Two Graves the most enjoyable?

    Another installment in a much-appreciated series is always welcome.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child ? Why or why not?

    I think I have read them all! So, I am invested in the next one. Would like to see one with the Cory character featured, in fact. She could be interesting with the Pendergast connection to add flavor.


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

    Characters are always more fully fleshed-out when you can hear them speak rather than having to create the voice in your head. I do like Rene, and this was a challenging book with so many characters. He did a great job.


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

    Yes, and I listened to it while I was doing some serious decluttering so I was able to listen to long stretches at a time. I skipped forward through the Brasil piece pretty fast...I think it would have played better in a movie, but was too long for listening. The pace seemed glacial for such an action part of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a fan, then you will read this whether or not it's the best in the series. In fact, I am now going to go back and re-listen to the rest of the series. I did find this rather like a sandwich made with tasty leftovers, though. A little D'Agosta, a spice of Caroline, a dollop of Cory, a layer of Helen (past her best-by date), and some lashings of Pendergast. His Japanese maid and his chauffeur/bodyguard were kind of like pickles, though. Interesting up to a point, but ultimately did not add much flavor.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • In Bed with the Devil

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Lorraine Heath
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen, Antony Ferguson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (941)
    Performance
    (829)
    Story
    (826)

    They call him the Devil Earl - a scoundrel and accused murderer who grew up on the violent London streets. A proper young lady risks more than her reputation when consorting with the roguishly handsome Lucian Langdon, but Lady Catherine Mabry believes she has no choice. To protect those she loves, she would do anything-even strike a bargain with the devil himself. Lucian desires respectability and a wife above all else, but the woman of his choosing lacks the social graces to be accepted by the aristocracy.

    SIMARA says: "Exceeded my expectations..."
    "An unremarkable book"
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    Would you try another book from Lorraine Heath and/or Susan Ericksen and Antony Ferguson ?

    No, well, maybe, if it was on sale...


    Would you recommend In Bed with the Devil to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. I don't have any friends that like this kind of story.


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

    The narrator had a good voice, but I didn't like the story overall...so that detracted from my rating. It's just not my genre...was trying out something new, and I am sure that if you like this genre you will love the book.


    Could you see In Bed with the Devil being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes, perhaps it could be a historical reality show with really, really stupid or vapid ex stars. I hesitate to mention who they should be, but the initials LL come to mind. Also Danny B.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Yard

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Alex Grecian
    • Narrated By Toby Leonard Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (697)
    Performance
    (607)
    Story
    (606)

    Victorian London is a cesspool of crime, and Scotland Yard has only 12 detectives - known as “The Murder Squad” - to investigate thousands of murders every month. Created after the Metropolitan Police’s spectacular failure to capture Jack the Ripper, The Murder Squad suffers rampant public contempt. They have failed their citizens. When Walter Day, the squad’s newest hire, is assigned the case of the murdered detective, he finds a strange ally in the Yard’s first forensic pathologist, Dr. Bernard Kingsley.

    Debra says: "Enjoyable annoying book"
    "Great listen!"
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    If you could sum up The Yard in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging, authentic, compelling


    What other book might you compare The Yard to and why?

    To some degree, the Anne Perry series set in a similar (maybe a bit later) era. This one was deeper, though, and really made you feel you were in at the start of a great series, and at the start of modern forensics.


    Which character – as performed by Toby Leonard Moore – was your favorite?

    The main guy, of course! Walter!


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

    Ahhhh....nothing! Very enjoyable listen. I like strong voices that handle different characters and accents well - male or female.


    Any additional comments?

    Hope to see more from this author!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Scarecrow

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2539)
    Performance
    (920)
    Story
    (917)

    Forced out of the Los Angeles Times amid the latest budget cuts, newspaperman Jack McEvoy decides to go out with a bang, using his final days at the paper to write the definitive murder story of his career. He focuses on Alonzo Winslow, a 16-year-old drug dealer in jail after confessing to a brutal murder. But as he delves into the story, Jack realizes that Winslow's so-called confession is bogus. The kid might actually be innocent.

    P. Giorgio says: "Depth & Breadth"
    "All the news that fits..."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I thought it was complex enough to keep me listening, and nice, tight storyline, ditto for the listening effect.


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

    It rolled along nicely, wasn't predictible, but wouldn't say it kept me on the edge of my seat.


    Which character – as performed by Peter Giles – was your favorite?

    The main character.


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

    No, but then, this wasn't meant to be a tearjerker.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Anthony Horowitz
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
    Overall
    (1052)
    Performance
    (914)
    Story
    (921)

    Sherlock Holmes is the greatest detective in literary history. For the first time since the death of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a new Holmes story has been sanctioned by his estate, whetting the appetites of fans everywhere. Information about the book will be revealed as deliberately as Holmes himself would unravel a knotty case, but bestselling novelist and Holmes expert Anthony Horowitz is sure to bring a compelling, atmospheric story to life.

    GP says: "A disapointment"
    "Not a good listen..."
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    What would have made The House of Silk better?

    Perhaps because I have been watching the new TV show Sherlock Holmes, I have become accustomed to a lighter more contemporary voice from Sherlock and Dr. Watson. The reader is true to the era of the original story, though, but a bit hard to listen to for any length of time.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    To be honest, I couldn't finish it. Kept falling asleep.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Meh...maybe...good voice, nice reading, but very sloooooowwwwww and snoozy.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The House of Silk?

    If I had been able to finish it, I could answer this question!


    Any additional comments?

    A true Sherlock Holmes fan would probably like this book. I am only a TV/Film follower, so another listener may be really happy with it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Royal Flush: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2016)
    Performance
    (1750)
    Story
    (1725)

    With its posh clientele in the country for the summer, Georgie's housecleaning business has fizzled. So she tries hiring herself out as a dinner and theatre companion. But her first client has quite the wrong idea. To avoid further scandal, Georgie's shipped home to Castle Rannoch, where her summer plans include honoring a promise to Her Majesty to keep Castle Rannoch's divorcedhouseguest from seducing the Prince of Wales.

    Coffee Lover says: "The joy continues!"
    "Light but still entertaining"
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    If you could sum up Royal Flush in three words, what would they be?

    Fluffy, fun, frivolous


    If you’ve listened to books by Rhys Bowen before, how does this one compare?

    I have enjoyed the whole series except the Queenie character (maid). Really, the woman is as stupid as a ton of bricks and so Georgiana must be too, to keep her.


    Which character – as performed by Katherine Kellgren – was your favorite?

    Georgiana herself, star of her own life, and also Belinda - love that breathy little voice.


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

    No extremes...good listening for when you don't want to be challenged or intrigued too deeply.


    Any additional comments?

    I listen to this kind of book in between longer, darker or deeper historical and crime novels. It's a great balance! I have to admit that I have fallen asleep to most of these books, but because I intended to, not because they were boring!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6302)
    Performance
    (5599)
    Story
    (5595)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "Wonderful, captivating, mysterious love? story!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Night Circus to be better than the print version?

    n/a


    What other book might you compare The Night Circus to and why?

    Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere and American Gods - beautiful imagery and alternate reality with one foot in the here and now and one in the now and then.


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

    n/a


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

    Yes, and I pretty much did, over a two-day period


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to this author's next audio book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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