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A. D. Mcrae

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Chicago, IL United States | Member Since 2010

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34

  • The Weird Sisters

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Eleanor Brown
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (426)
    Performance
    (236)
    Story
    (233)

    There is no problem that a library card can't solve. The Andreas family is one of readers. Their father, a renowned Shakespeare professor who speaks almost entirely in verse, has named his three daughters after famous Shakespearean women. When the sisters return to their childhood home, ostensibly to care for their ailing mother, but really to lick their wounds and bury their secrets, they are horrified to find the others there. See, we love each other.

    Sabrina says: ""I am not bound to please thee with my answers.""
    "I'm Sure I've read this someplace before"
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    When I got to the end of this book (luckily it was so short), I felt extremely ripped off. I was such an uneventful story and cliche to boot. The only thing that was weird about these stories was how boring they were in the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fires of Nuala

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Katherine Eliska Kimbriel
    • Narrated By James Patrick Cronin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    On the planet Nuala, the scam that beguiling free-trader Silver has come to join has just been blown to the skies, along with the throne lines of three sovereign nations. The last male heir of one throne line, Sheel Atare, is unprepared to rule, but he's quick to seize allies wherever he can - like the beautiful and dangerous Silver.

    Connor says: "Not Bad, But Not Great"
    "Hard to Get into"
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    I had a difficult time getting into this story, so difficult in fact that I decided not to continue after five hours of listening. The narrator also did nothing for me, no variation in voices. I tried but no luck this time.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Invisible Murder: A Nina Borg Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lene Kaaberbøl, Agnete Friis, Tara Chace (translator)
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (56)

    In this feverishly anticipated follow-up to 2011’s critically acclaimed The Boy in the Suitcase, Danish Red Cross nurse Nina Borg doesn’t realize she is putting life and family on the line when she tries to treat a group of sick Hungarian gypsies who are living illegally in a Copenhagen garage. Nina has unwittingly thrown herself into a deadly nest of the unscrupulous and the desperate, and what is at stake is much more terrifying than anyone had realized.

    Avid Reader and Listener says: "Lots of thrills!"
    "Production Values Off Here"
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    I purchased this because it part of the Soho Crime Press catalog and I usually enjoy international stories. The story was a bit confusing and was not helped by what were obvious production glitches. Once would have been ok but they kept happening, as if the editors forgot to delete mistakes of narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10964)
    Performance
    (9949)
    Story
    (9970)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Starts with a bang, carries on then fizzes"
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    The performance was wonderful. I was engaged and eager throughout entire listen. I really enjoyed the building of community in the first 3/4 of book. I cared about the characters and their macinations. Unfortunately, the story spiralled out of control in terms of believability in the last hour or so, as if the writer ran out of speed and wanted to get something down. It is definitely worth a listen though I would have appreciated a better ending.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kill Decision

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2783)
    Performance
    (2490)
    Story
    (2499)

    Linda McKinney is a myrmecologist, a scientist who studies the social structure of ants. Her academic career has left her entirely unprepared for the day her sophisticated research is conscripted by unknown forces to help run an unmanned - and thanks to her research, automated - drone army. Odin is the secretive Special Ops soldier with a unique insight into the faceless enemy who has begun to attack the American homeland with drones programmed to seek, identify, and execute targets.

    Madeleine says: "What's that droning sound?"
    "Kill this book: it droned on and on"
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    Sure, there's some action in the book. Definitely. And hi-tech gear, and explosions. But not enough to make me care about the characters, especially when they are doing pretty outrageous stuff. Not sure what I expected, but it did not live up to all the rave reviews it received.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9102)
    Performance
    (8354)
    Story
    (8396)

    Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

    Pi says: "Jarring change in Dotrice's performance"
    "Still A Fan"
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    While this book did not move with the same quickness as the first three, I am still quite a fan of the series. I think Mr Martin is doing something a bit different or expected with the storyline and the characters. I have read many reviews from disappointed readers of the book and do not agree that the book is not up to par with the previous ones. I think it is simply different. Mr Martin has gotten us very used to a thrill ride, this one is a bit slower though no less useful if we want real characters. I look forward to listening to the fifth installation as well as those to follow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (10515)
    Performance
    (7974)
    Story
    (8020)

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    Lore says: "Wow - 45 hours long and leaves you wanting more!"
    "Slow start though fully delivers Sanderson style"
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    As usual, Brandon Sanderson fully exceeded my expectations for storytelling. Though it took me a little while to get ignited to the story, once I did I was again intrigued and delighted. I want to know these characters more and want to explore their world with more depth. He weaves a pretty excellent environment worthy of my listening time. The Way of Kings, like the Mistborn series, steeped as it is in theology, is masterfully done and thought provoking. I await the second book here on Audible...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Wanted Man: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2357)
    Performance
    (2014)
    Story
    (2004)

    Four people in a car, hoping to make Chicago by morning. An hour behind them, a man lies stabbed to death in an old pumping station. He was seen going in with two others, but he never came out. He has been executed, the knife work professional, the killers vanished. Within minutes, the police are notified. Within hours, the FBI descends, laying claim to the victim without ever saying who he was or why he was there. All Reacher wanted was a ride to Virginia. All he did was stick out his thumb. But he soon discovers he has hitched more than a ride.

    Bill says: "Wanted Man is Wanting ~ And I Want 14 Hours Back"
    "Disppointed"
    Overall
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    I am a pretty big fan of this series. Unfortunately, I was disappointed in this one, first time since I found Reacher in my local library. Performance was good as usual but the story felt flat, like it never really got going and when it did, mid-way through it couldn't keep pace with itself. The ending was so anti-climatic that I actually believe it was over. Maybe next book will prove better. Also, not looking forward to Tom Cruise as Reacher in the theatres.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Rook: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Daniel O'Malley
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1957)
    Performance
    (1775)
    Story
    (1775)

    Myfanwy Thomas awakes in a London park surrounded by dead bodies. With her memory gone, her only hope of survival is to trust the instructions left in her pocket by her former self. She quickly learns that she is a Rook, a high-level operative in a secret agency that protects the world from supernatural threats. But there is a mole inside the organization - and this person wants her dead.

    Ethan M. says: "Harry Dresden meets English bureaucracy"
    "Fresh, Funny, Fast"
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    This book was refreshing from start to finish. The performance superb, story fun and easy to listen to. Glad I read it. Would love to have more from the author, continuation of the Rook perhaps...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Trick of the Light: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1045)
    Performance
    (900)
    Story
    (893)

    “Hearts are broken,” Lillian Dyson carefully underlined in a book. “Sweet relationships are dead.” But now Lillian herself is dead. Found among the bleeding hearts and lilacs of Clara Morrow's garden in Three Pines, shattering the celebrations of Clara's solo show at the famed Musée in Montreal.

    barbara says: "Amazing"
    "A Great Community in these stories"
    Overall
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    I wandered into Louise Penny by accident of adventure and have not looked back since. I found in her stories an exquisite writer who paints fleshly characters that have evolved continually over the series. I want to move to Three Pines, regardless of the murder rate. I am glad Ms Penny decided to continue the series. I loved the questions she weaves through the narratives: here she asks about the play of light in life, in a painting that really offers food for thought. The mysteries are also wonderful. The narrator has never failed to deliver an excellent performance either. Treat yourself to this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Woodcutter

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Reginald Hill
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1166)
    Performance
    (864)
    Story
    (858)

    Wolf Hadda's life was a fairytale - successful businessman and adored husband. But a knock on the door one morning ends it all. Universally reviled, thrown into prison, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later Wolf begins to talk to the prison psychiatrist and receives parole to return home. But there's a mysterious period in Wolf's past when he was known as the Woodcutter. Now the Woodcutter is back, looking for truth and revenge...

    Diana says: "One of my favorite Reginald Hill books!"
    "Couldn't stop listening"
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    Really liked this book. I appreciated the quality of the reader and the narrative; the pace of the story- both reading and narrative; as well as the way it dealt with class issues among the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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