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Linda

My reviews are rather simple but only because I want to convey my impressions of a story. I leave summaries to the publisher. LOVE Audible!

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  • The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4833)
    Performance
    (4343)
    Story
    (4374)

    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    Emily - Audible says: "My Top Pick for 2012"
    "Claire Danes brings this story to life!"
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    I have been a fan of this tale for many years. I was excited when the Claire Danes narration became available. I was not disappointed.

    Margaret Atwood has managed to tell a futuristic tale in such a way that it almost remains timeless. The technology mentioned in the book is just detailed enough as to its sophistication but not detailed enough to lend itself to dating the story.

    To imagine a world where women essentially become brood stock is unthinkable but yet, is it? Changes don't happen overnight. Ideas creep into our society and our world views slowly adapt until we normalize the outrageous.

    This story really makes you think.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Treatment

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Mo Hayder
    • Narrated By Damien Goodwin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (90)

    In a quiet residential area in London, a couple is discovered bound and imprisoned in their own home. Savagely battered and severely dehydrated, the worst revelation is yet to come: their eight-year-old son has been abducted. But when the body is found and forensic evidence turns the case on its head, revealing disturbing parallels to events in Detective Caffery's own past, Caffery realizes he's dealing with much more sinister forces than he'd anticipated - and finds it increasingly difficult to maintain his distance.

    Alcairha says: "INTENSE MASTERPIECE"
    "Absolutely Incredible . . . That's all I Can Say"
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    I listened to this book while cleaning out my cold room and I say this simply because it had such an impression on me that I will never forget doing that mundane task. I was mesmerized by this story that made me want to cry, to vomit, to scream. It was one of those books where I wanted so badly to interfere and guide the main character in the right direction, but would that be better? Mo Hayder's ability to visit the minds of characters who are abhorrent human beings was astounding. To say I loved this story as much as I was sickened by it seems odd but there is just no other way to put it. This story drove home the point that ignorance is bliss. Damien Goodwin was an outstanding narrator. I still get a cold shiver when I think of this novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Crucible of Souls: The Sorcery Ascendant Sequence, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Mitchell Hogan
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1635)
    Performance
    (1480)
    Story
    (1484)

    When Caldan’s parents are brutally slain, he is raised by monks and taught the arcane mysteries of sorcery. Vowing to discover for himself who his parents really were, and what led to their violent end, he is thrust into the unfamiliar chaos of city life. With nothing to his name but a pair of mysterious heirlooms and a handful of coins, he must prove his talent to earn an apprenticeship with a guild of sorcerers. But he soon learns the world outside the monastery is a darker place than he ever imagined, and his treasured sorcery has disturbing depths. As a shadowed evil manipulates the unwary and forbidden powers are unleashed, Caldan is plunged into an age-old conflict that brings the world to the edge of destruction.

    Isaac says: "Good, but... Something is missing"
    "Magic Rings and Sinister Things..."
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    This story was my first introduction to Mitchell Hogan and it did not disappoint. Sorcery and adventure are always fun but only if it is actually believable. When an author does it right, the magic makes sense and the world created does not contradict itself. There are rules and "culture" within which the characters make decisions and choose to act. The world feels real and the characters have substance.
    Oliver Wyman as narrator makes the story even better. It was a win! Thanks Audible!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Faceless Killers: A Kurt Wallander Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (881)
    Performance
    (466)
    Story
    (459)

    It was a crime of senseless violence. On a cold night in a remote Swedish farmhouse, an elderly farmer was bludgeoned to death, his wife left to die with a noose around her neck. As if this didn't present enough problems for Ystad police inspector Kurt Wallander, the dying woman's last word, his only tangible clue, were foreign. If publicized, they could be the match that would inflame Sweden's already smoldering anti-immigrant sentiments.

    Joanna says: "A new favorite detective series!"
    "Kurt Wallender - I like you..."
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    I really enjoyed this story. It was relatable and didn't seem far fetched. The main character Kurt has some depth and although some of his behaviour is questionable (when it comes to the ladies), it doesn't come out of nowhere - he has reasons for his actions that are also relatable.
    I will give the next in this series a try for sure.
    Thx Audible!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (9209)
    Performance
    (8303)
    Story
    (8320)

    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"
    "No Nonsense Detective - I like him!!"
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    I was curious to see what kind of detective story Harry Potter's creator came up with and I thought it was brilliant!!
    The narrator was terrific and really drew me into the story.
    Another win! Thanks Audible!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jar City

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Arnaldur Indridason
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (319)
    Performance
    (270)
    Story
    (271)

    Gold Dagger Award winner Arnaldur Indridason’s novels featuring Inspector Erlendur Sveinsson became international sensations on their way to selling millions of copies worldwide. The debut of morose detective Sveinsson finds the inspector and his team delving into the murder of a retiree with horrifying secrets.

    Tracey says: "Great Icelandic police procedural"
    "Liked the Main Character, the story...not so much"
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    Looking for more authors in the style of Stieg Larrson and Jussi Adler-Olson, I stumbled across this book. Although the narrator was fantastic, I was disappointed with the story. The characters, other than the main detective, didn't make me want to invest in the plot. I may try another book by this author, but not for a while.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Alphabet House

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    Overall
    (408)
    Performance
    (366)
    Story
    (366)

    British pilots James Teasdale and Bryan Young have been chosen to conduct a special photo-reconnaissance mission near Dresden, Germany. Intelligence believes the Nazis are building new factories that could turn the tide of the war. When their plane is shot down, James and Bryan know they will be executed if captured. With an enemy patrol in pursuit, they manage to jump aboard a train reserved for senior SS soldiers wounded on the eastern front.

    John S says: "Leaped before I looked. Happy I did."
    "Wow!"
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    I wrote a few titles for this review, but none of them seemed to fit. It was unlike any other book I've listened to set in WWII. The soldiers hide in plain site desperate to survive Nazi Germany, but at what cost?
    Fantastic story, superb narrator - Jussi Adler-Olson knocks it out of the park. Another winner. Thanks audible!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood of Innocents: The Sorcery Ascendant Sequence, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Mitchell Hogan
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1603)
    Performance
    (1413)
    Story
    (1415)

    Anasoma, jewel of the Mahruse Empire, has fallen. As Caldan and his companions flee the city, horrors from the time of the Shattering begin to close in. With Miranda's mind broken by forbidden sorcery, Caldan is forced to disobey the most sacrosanct laws of the Protectors if he is to have any chance of healing her. But when one of the emperor's warlocks arrives to take control of him, he begins to suspect his burgeoning powers may be more of a curse than a blessing.

    Joe says: "Must consider to read!"
    "Another Magical Adventure"
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    This series is just fantastic. There are many layers to Hogan's characters and that's what makes them feel so real. The narrator was outstanding. If you are looking for a series packed full of magic, intrigue, action and deception, this is for you! Another winner! Thanks audible!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Marco Effect: Department Q, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    Overall
    (716)
    Performance
    (637)
    Story
    (642)

    All fifteen-year-old Marco Jameson wants is to become a Danish citizen and go to school like a normal teenager. But his uncle Zola rules his former gypsy clan with an iron fist. Revered as a god and feared as a devil, Zola forces the children of the clan to beg and steal for his personal gain. When Marco discovers a dead body - proving the true extent of Zola's criminal activities - he goes on the run. But his family members aren't the only ones who'll go to any lengths to keep Marco silent - forever.

    Robert says: "So Well Written, So Well Narrated"
    "Jussi Adler Olsen Keeps Department Q Busy!"
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    The Marco Effect is another superb story from Department Q. I love the guys that work this department. They are so ordinary but yet so interesting I just can't wait to hear what they are investigating next.
    This is a terrific detective story with excellent narration. The whole series is excellent if you are a fan of this genre. It is smart and fun.
    Another win! Thanks audible!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Edge of Eternity: The Century Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3736)
    Performance
    (3291)
    Story
    (3296)

    Throughout these books, Follett has followed the fortunes of five intertwined families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they make their way through the twentieth century. Now they come to one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the enormous social, political, and economic turmoil of the 1960s through the 1980s, from civil rights, assassinations, mass political movements and Vietnam to the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution - and rock and roll.

    Elisa says: "Some good, some bad"
    "Wow! There is no other way to put it!"
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    Ken Follett has knocked this one out of the park! I loved this book for so many reasons. The characters, the stories, the narration.....everything. If you have followed this trilogy you will love this instalment. If you haven't explored this series or this author and historical fiction interests you, this is a must read!!
    Big win!! Thanks audible!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Evil Seed

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Joanne Harris
    • Narrated By Nicolette McKenzie, Michael Tudor Barnes
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    It's never easy to face the fact that a man you once loved passionately has found the girl of his dreams, as Alice discovers when Joe introduces her to his new girlfriend Ginny. Jealous, Alice is repelled by Ginny - an ethereal beauty with a sinister group of friends. Then Alice finds an old diary hidden away in Ginny's room and reads about a mysterious, bewitching woman, Rosemary Virginia Ashley, buried in Grantchester churchyard half a century ago - buried but far from forgotten.

    Linda says: "Can't Do It"
    "Can't Do It"
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    I have tried twice to listen to this book but I just can't do it. Joanne Harris is one of my favourite authors with the Chocolat series but this story doesn't interest me at all. It has plenty of intrigue and the characters are fleshed out well but it is the general theme that I just don't like. I feel like this story has been told a million times and I am sick of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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