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Celia

Topanga, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 31 reviews
  • 94 ratings
  • 476 titles in library
  • 39 purchased in 2014
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  • The Racketeer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By J.D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4042)
    Performance
    (3408)
    Story
    (3400)

    Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five.... Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new novel from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.

    Charles says: "Eh."
    "Awful"
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    Seriously, this book is crap. If John Grisham actually wrote this, he should either be ashamed or just quit writing. It's pedestrian, predictable and silly. I have vowed NEVER to buy another book by him as in addition to having no real story to tell, he appears to be adding useless details to increase his word count. If you like books in this genre read Gone Girl which actually has real twists and suspense. This has a dull, ponderous generic narrative. Don't bother.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Spin

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert Charles Wilson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (3299)
    Performance
    (1081)
    Story
    (1085)

    One night when he was 10, Tyler stood in his backyard and watched the stars go out. They flared into brilliance, then disappeared, replaced by an empty black barrier. He and his best friends, Jason and Diane Lawton, had seen what became known as the Big Blackout. It would shape their lives.

    Robert says: "A Classic"
    "Mediocre"
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    I hated the narration; heavy handed as usual by Scott Brick. WHY do authors hire him anyway? The characters are just not very engaging, the story not compelling despite the fact that it should have been, since the concept is moderately novel. It reminds me of a film that should work, but just doesn't somehow. Don't bother.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Boston Jacky: Bloody Jack, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By L. A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (154)

    Jacky Faber makes waves, even when docked in her adopted city of Boston to attend to the business of Faber Shipping Worldwide. With big dreams and perhaps too much exuberance for the Puritan populace, she quickly finds herself at odds with the Women's Temperance Union and a town roiling over the arrival of hundreds of Irish laborers, brought in on Jacky's Lorelei Lee.

    Aser Tolentino says: "How Much Farther Jacky?"
    "Finally over the top and done"
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    I've enjoyed all the books in this series, despite the silliness and impossible events. This one however, is just plain dull. All the characters and actions have happened before, they are just rehashes of old books, and old stories. It's almost insulting to those of us loyal to the series. The narration is great as always, she just has nothing to work with here. There's no plot as far as I can tell. Don't waste your credit. Count yourself lucky to have spent time with these characters in the past, get over it, and move on.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Brilliance

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Marcus Sakey
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1437)
    Performance
    (1276)
    Story
    (1279)

    In Wyoming, a little girl reads people’s darkest secrets. In New York, a man sensing patterns in the stock market racks up $300 billion. In Chicago, a woman can go invisible. They’re called "brilliants," and since 1980, one percent of people have been born this way. Nick Cooper is among them; a federal agent, Cooper has gifts rendering him exceptional at hunting terrorists. His latest target may be the most dangerous man alive, a brilliant drenched in blood and intent on provoking civil war. But to catch him, Cooper will have to violate everything he believes in.

    Benjamin says: "Predictable Thriller"
    "Much better than I expected"
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    This book is pretty good; better written than I expected, despite some cliches. The narration is fantastic, and the story moves along briskly. It's a little predictable, but surprisingly fun and not stuck in one particular genre. It's definitely worth a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Echo

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Minette Walters
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Best-selling author Minette Walters captivates mystery aficionados throughout the world with her evocative, multi-layered novels, which have been translated into 22 languages. In The Echo she spins a finely-wrought web of secrets and betrayals, love and guilt that entangles everyone who touches it. A homeless man has been found dead of starvation—huddled next to a food-filled freezer—in a London socialite’s garage.

    Celia says: "Cumbersome, dull and not worth the time"
    "Cumbersome, dull and not worth the time"
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    Walters is an excellent writer and Simon Prebble is perhaps the best narrator working. However, this is not their best work. I couldn't finish the book, despite hanging in there for most of it. I found the characters lacked motivations, and were continually doing things for very unclear reasons. Much of the book is dialogue meant to move the story forward, but I found it forced and heavy. Nothing was surprising in an interesting way, and I didn't really like anyone in the book. The main character is not particularly interesting, and he is untrue to what we are told is his character multiple times. Try one of her Walter's other books before you slog your way through this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Agent of Change: Liaden Universe Agent of Change, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Sharon Lee, Steve Miller
    • Narrated By Andy Caploe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (227)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (206)

    Fleeing the scene of his latest mission, Val Con yos'Phelium finds himself saving the life of ex-mercenary Miri Robertson, a young Tarren on the run from interplanetary assassins. Thrown together by circumstances, Val Con and Miri struggle to elude their enemies and stay alive without slaying each other - or surrendering to the unexpected passion that flares between them.

    Claire says: "At long last we have the Liadan stories on Audible"
    "Dated space opera"
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    As others have said, the narrator is not strong and the story is a bit flat. The motivation of the characters is murky and it's often unclear why things are even happening. There is plenty of other science fiction/space opera more worthy of anyone's time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Morning I'll Be Gone: Troubles Trilogy, Book 3 (Detective Sean Duffy, Book 3)

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (504)
    Performance
    (453)
    Story
    (443)

    It's the early 1980s in Belfast. Sean Duffy, a conflicted Catholic cop in the Protestant RUC (Royal Ulster Constabulary), is recruited by MI5 to hunt down Dermot McCann, an IRA master bomber who has made a daring escape from the notorious Maze prison. In the course of his investigations, Sean discovers a woman who may hold the key to Dermot's whereabouts; she herself wants justice for her daughter who died in mysterious circumstances in a pub locked from the inside.

    B.J. says: "Great conclusion to a terrific trilogy."
    "Excellent again"
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    I've read or listened to every word Mr. McKinty has published, and I was worried after his second "Troubles" novel. I found the second one perfunctory and a bit dull. This one, however, banished my fears as the writing is as good as ever. That means the writing is shockingly beautiful, poetic, evocative, and laced with violent action. For me, this creates one of the most potent fictional worlds that live today. If you haven't read McKinty before start with the first of this series, or even better start with the first in the Michael Forsythe series.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Robert Goddard
    • Narrated By Paul Shelley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (64)

    Harry Barnett, a middle-aged failure, leads a shabby existence. He is reduced to caretaking a friend's villa on the island of Rhodes and working in a bar to earn his keep. Then a guest at the villa - a young woman he had instantly warmed to - disappears on a mountain peak. Under suspicion of her murder, Harry becomes obsessed by the mystery that has changed his life and begins to trace back the movements and encounters that led to the moment where she vanished into the blue.

    John says: "Goddard never lets me down. Another great book."
    "Better than most, but not the best Goddard"
    Overall
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    Beautifully written as he always is, intricate and surprising as usual, but not his best book. If you are new to Goddard start with Painting the Darkness or Caught in the Light, which I think are better. Narration is wonderful as always. I wish every author could use narrators of this quality.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gabriel: Zero Point: The FREE Prequel Novella: Evan Gabriel Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Steve Umstead
    • Narrated By Ray Chase
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (360)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (327)

    Evan Gabriel wasn't always a feared and respected North American Federation Navy Commander. Before dangerous missions to the ice-bound planet of Poliahu, the deadly jungle world of Eden, and politically corrupt Mars, he was a simple recruit, fighting to make his mark in the elite Naval Special Forces…and was part of a top-secret military experiment that would change his life forever. Zero Point tells the tale of a young man faced with difficult choices and dangerous trials.

    karen says: "A big Thanks for this intriguing freebee"
    "Prosaic"
    Overall
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    Cliched and story line not very engaging. I like military SF with lots of action, but this action seems a bit pointless and dull. Too many cliched phrases just in the first few chapters, and really, I just don't care what happens to this guy. If I cared I might put up with the mediocre writing and narration, but as it is, I just can't make the effort.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Forever War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Joe Haldeman
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1332)
    Performance
    (764)
    Story
    (776)

    William Mandella is a soldier in Earth's elite brigade. As the war against the Taurans sends him from galaxy to galaxy, he learns to use protective body shells and sophisticated weapons. He adapts to the cultures and terrains of distant outposts. But with each month in space, years are passing on Earth. Where will he call home when (and if) the Forever War ends?

    John says: "A classic."
    "dull and dated"
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    Really dated story and yes, it's military science fiction, but so old school it's almost silly at this point. Kind of like watching really old episodes of Star Trek. The writing is only mediocre and the main character isn't particularly well developed. If you're looking for old school read almost anything by Heinlein, or these days read James S.A. Corey.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Luminaries

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eleanor Catton
    • Narrated By Mark Meadows
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (966)
    Performance
    (829)
    Story
    (847)

    It is 1866 and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of 12 local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.

    Melinda says: "Not So Luminous"
    "needlessly obscure"
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    7 hours in I still really didn't know who the characters were, and more importantly just didn't care. The non linear structure didn't bother me as much as the fact that there was no real protagonist. No one was really likable or all that interesting. I thought the story was needlessly complex and unjustifiably, self consciously obscure. If you're going to make something "hard to figure out" there has to be a payoff somewhere, and after 7 hours I still hadn't found one. So I just gave up. There are far better books around , despite the excellent writing.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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