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Rosemary

Retired teacher then social worker living in Spain.. have three grown up children 7 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

Member Since 2011

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  • 17 reviews
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  • 144 titles in library
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  • The Lost Years: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mary Higgins Clark
    • Narrated By Jan Maxwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (109)

    In her long career as America's most beloved suspense writer, Mary Higgins Clark's The Lost Years is her most astonishing and dramatic work to date. At its center is a discovery that, if authenticated, may be the most revered document in human history - the holiest of the holy - and certainly the most coveted and valuable object in the world.

    Joanne Kane says: "Not quite what I thought it would be..."
    "Disappointed"
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    What did you like best about The Lost Years? What did you like least?

    I found it dull and predictable


    If you’ve listened to books by Mary Higgins Clark before, how does this one compare?

    I have always loved M:H:C's books before and was surprised to find myself disappointed i this one


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jan Maxwell’s performances?

    I found her voice shrill and irritating


    Did The Lost Years inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, go and lie down in a dark room


    Any additional comments?

    Sorry M.H.C. not up to your usual standard

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4787)
    Performance
    (4359)
    Story
    (4369)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Riveting read"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Cuckoo's Calling the most enjoyable?

    Definitely the Narrator, brilliant rendition


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Cuckoo's Calling?

    No particular moment, the whole book is memorable


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

    Robert Glenister is my new hero, I will purchase any books that he has narrated


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

    Not really


    Any additional comments?

    An excellent story, believable characters made more so by the excellent portrayal of them by the narrator Robert Glenister. Will listen to it over and over again, just in case I missed something first time around.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8452)
    Performance
    (7684)
    Story
    (7744)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "Not entirely unexpected tale from this author."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Inferno to be better than the print version?

    I have not read this book but the narrator was brilliant, and kept me listening.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Dan Brown? Why or why not?

    I have read all his books, that is why it was rather predictable.


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

    Brilliant portrayal his interpretation, accents, and narration were extremely good.


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

    NO. became rather tedious.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Conflict of Interest: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Adam Mitzner
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1980)
    Performance
    (1602)
    Story
    (1615)

    Alex Miller is a criminal defense lawyer leading the life he always imagined. At thirty-five, he is the youngest partner at New York City's most prestigious law firm, with a beautiful wife and a perfect daughter. When Alex's father suddenly passes away, Alex is introduced to Michael Ohlig, a rich and powerful man who holds an almost mythical place in his family lore. But Alex is surprised when Ohlig admits that he's in serious legal trouble, accused of crimes involving hundreds of millions of dollars.

    Melinda says: "My 2 Cents"
    "A good listen but predictable"
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    Would you listen to A Conflict of Interest again? Why?

    Yes, I thought it was well written, if a little predictable, but enjoyed the Courtroom scenes and the ramifications of the accused and the accuser. Well written and well narrated.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The House at Riverton

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2142)
    Performance
    (1275)
    Story
    (1266)

    Summer 1924: On the eve of a glittering Society party, by the lake of a grand English country house, a young poet takes his life. The only witnesses, sisters Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other again....Winter 1999: Grace Bradley, 98, one-time housemaid of Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making a film about the poet's suicide. Ghosts awaken, and memories, long consigned to the dark reaches of Grace's mind, begin to sneak back through the cracks.

    Cathy says: "superbly written mystery"
    "A step into the past"
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    Where does The House at Riverton rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    about six out of ten.. Entertaining and absorbing. One becomes involved with the characters and wants to know how they faired.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The old lady who was once a maid servant


    Which character – as performed by Caroline Lee – was your favorite?

    Again, the maid servant, both as a young girl and as an old lady


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

    A peep into the lives of people from different backgrounds and experilences


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twilight of the Gods: The Mayan Calendar and the Return of the Extraterrestrials

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Erich von Daniken
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (179)

    "Something here really stinks to high heaven," writes Erich von Däniken. "In Twilight of the Gods," says von Däniken, "I document precisely what it was that left the first visitors breathless as they stood before the mighty stone blocks some 400 years ago. I will show you what archeologists discovered hundreds of years ago and demonstrate how much has been destroyed over the centuries. Intentionally.

    Chuck says: "So very logical it makes me shiver!"
    "Thought provokng"
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    What made the experience of listening to Twilight of the Gods the most enjoyable?

    I have read many of Erich Von Danikens books. This one is typical of his work. Thought provoking, leads one to read many of the references in the Bible, and to understand how thousands of years ago, people interpreted things they did not understand into miracles, or acts of the "Gods". Very plausible in parts and obviously very well researched.


    What about Kirby Heyborne’s performance did you like?

    His practical interpretation of the work


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

    not particularly


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Water

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Diane Fanning
    • Narrated By Thomas M. Hatting
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    The nice guy next door was hiding a dark secret - a homicidal obsession with young girls. It didn't end until his final victim, still bound in handcuffs, escaped while he slept. She recounted the details of a night of horror spent with an elusive serial killer. Neither family nor friends saw Richard Marc Evonitz's dark side - he saved that for his victims - until his double life came undone by a courageous, resourceful 15-year-old. The authorities had questions about many unsolved cold cases, but Evonitz had one more shocking surprise in store for everyone. Into the Water is a cautionary tale about the vulnerability of our children.

    Debi Catamero says: "Performance a killer"
    "Dlisappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What did you like best about Into the Water? What did you like least?

    I felt that this was more a series of case histories, almost a documentary.


    Would you recommend Into the Water to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, not particularly entertaining. A bit like reading old newspapers.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Confessions of a Murder Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (117)

    On the night Malcolm and Maud Angel are murdered, Tandy Angel knows just three things: 1) She was the last person to see herparents alive. 2) The police have no suspects besides Tandy and her three siblings. 3) She can't trust anyone-maybe not even herself. Having grown up under Malcolm and Maud's intense perfectionist demands, no child comes awayundamaged. Tandy decides that she will have to clear the family name, but digging deeper into her powerful parents' affairs is a dangerous game.

    Rosemary says: "A tale with a difference"
    "A tale with a difference"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Confessions of a Murder Suspect? What did you like least?

    I love James Patterson and the fact that his many publications are so eclectic and original.
    The narrations were brilliant. The story unexpected, and I thoroughly enjoyed it


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Not exactly surprised.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The children finding out about their medication.


    Did Confessions of a Murder Suspect inspire you to do anything?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    No

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The History of Harry Nile, Box Set 6 (Dramatized): Vol. 21-24, May 1956 - Summer 1958

    • ORIGINAL (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jim French
    • Narrated By Jim French
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    On New Year's Day, 1976, radio listeners were introduced for the first time to a former Chicago cop turned hard-luck private detective named Harry Nile, the brainchild of mystery fan Jim French, who created the 1940s-50s-era character for a one-time-only broadcast. But audiences wanted more, and so began 26 years of episodes. Here are 24 dramas covering Harry Niles' cases from May 1956 to Summer 1958. These are full-cast audio dramatizations.

    Linda says: "Great Series"
    "sADLY dated"
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    What did you like best about The History of Harry Nile, Box Set 6 (Dramatized)? What did you like least?

    A little bit of nostalgia, but sadly does not stand up to the test of time


    What could Jim French have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I think he did the best he could with outdated material. Reminded me of the old radio sessions of Dick Barton


    How could the performance have been better?

    The performance was good, but i reiterate, the material was too old fashioned


    Did The History of Harry Nile, Box Set 6 (Dramatized) inspire you to do anything?

    Yes! to write this review and say how sorr I am that Harry Nile does not stand the test of time


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Deep Blue Good-By: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1093)
    Performance
    (921)
    Story
    (932)

    He's a self-described beach bum who won his houseboat in a card game. He's also a knight errant who's wary of credit cards, retirement benefits, political parties, mortgages, and television. He only works when his cash runs out, and his rule is simple: he'll help you find whatever was taken from you, as long as he can keep half.

    Michael Cavacini says: "An Entertaining Start To A Classic Series"
    "Rosemary in Spain"
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    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Deep Blue Good-By rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Excellent, one of the best ever


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

    Absolutely, riveting, the writing was beautiful, descriptions vivid, and for once, the love scenes were poetic, tender and did not contain any crudeness as is so regrettably depicted in many other books


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

    I loved his voice and admired the way he was able to portray the women, very realistic and gritty


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

    indeed, I bought it yesterday and listened to it all night. Could not switch it off without finding out what happened next.


    Any additional comments?

    I have fallen head over heels for Travis McGee and cant wait to find more books by James. D. MacDonald, especially if they contain the adventures of Travis McGee.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Judge & Jury

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Andrew Gross
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1004)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (91)

    Senior FBI agent Nick Pellisante is closing in on the notorious mob boss "The Electrician", when the scheduled sting goes spectacularly awry. Two FBI agents are dead, the boss is wounded, and Pellisante vows the Electrician's next move will be from a jail cell.

    Julie says: "Judge and Jury"
    "Rosemary in Spain"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Judge & Jury again? Why?

    Yes indeed, I have a whole collections of James Patterson books and often re-read them


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

    As always James Patterson keeps one guessing, right up until the end


    What three words best describe Joe Mantegna’s performance?

    Good, gravelly, listenable


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

    Yes when the jury bus was blown up and the child was killed


    Any additional comments?

    An overall good listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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