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Tell us about yourself! I am gainfully employed as a language teacher. I love a good murder mystery along the lines of Gilman, Connelly, etc

Monterey, CA, United States | Member Since 2012

  • 3 reviews
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  • 803 titles in library
  • 20 purchased in 2015

  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    cristina says: "I was surprised by how much I liked it"
    "Judge not a book by its covers but in its contents"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    HIghly recommended

    What did you like best about this story?

    The book is a tapestry of human lives and how it is interconnected, directly or indirectly.
    The author had successfully woven a connection between families centering to the death of one of its members and how this death affected everyones opinions of themselves and others around them. It exposes hidden agendas, quest for power, misconceptions, and hidden fears. The author is quite adept in using dark humor to show a point about its characters.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    When one of the character's son posted in the internet to prevent his father from running for the city council position. The author's construction of the event leading up to the posting of the abusive father's dirty laundry was well laid out. You really feel sorry for Andrew's family situation, and how the whole event mushroomed to the consternation of the affected people.

    The author excellently put everything together to its sad conclusion: the death of Krystal and her baby brother. There you see the conflicts, anger, loyalty, forgiveness, remorse, and other human emotions at play, and the lessons learned from the events that had just unfolded.

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

    I listened and read the story simultaneously, and yes it was hard to put down.

    Any additional comments?

    To all who commented that this book is boring, perhaps not enough attention is put in order to really grasp the essence of the book. I did not find it boring, as a matter of fact I loved it! This book has social issues, ie. healthcare, drug addictions, and political issues, i.e. budget cuts in education, jobs, healthcare, that are at play in our government and cities today. Though the author concentrated on the small town of Pagford, the financial woes it faces is as true today in our current economic situations. I would say that it is relevant in what is happening today in our government and how it deals with our economic and social problems. Thank you, J.K. Rowling for writing about social and political issues in the form of a novel.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Shopper24 says: "Laughed so hard, I nearly coughed up a lung!!"
    "Nay sayer, Put hair on!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Fifty Shades of Grey the most enjoyable?

    As I read and listened to the series, I soon realized that the BDSM parts of the book was not the central point of the book but rather the romance between a naïve young girl and a highly conflicted successful young man. The author succeeded in carefully weaving the tapestry of events that helped a conflicted young man to come to terms with his demons, while at the same time, the young mousy girl found her inner strength and proceeded to be the source of strength for both of them and guided each other to see the beauty of life in each others company.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I, of course loved the characters of Christian and Anastasia, as well as Kate, Elliot and Mia.

    What about Becca Battoe’s performance did you like?

    I wrote to Becca Battoe to tell her that I loved her performance. I didn't like it at first, but the more I listened, the more I realized that she was indeed the perfect narrator for these books. She captured the nuances of each characters to the tea as well as the sensual parts of the book. I loved her interpretation of Anastasia and Christian specially.

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

    I read many negative reaction to this book by other readers. I don't share their feelings. Many complained about the sex scenes, but those are just the icing in the cake. The way the author described the sex scenes is no more offensive as any articles written in Playboy, or Hustle magazine. It was artfully and tastefully done. I thought the book was very self contained, because it has comedy, drama, and mystery. The parting of Christian and Ana in the first book brought tear into my eyes. The scene when Christian showed up unannounced in her apartment was humorously done--the reference to the snake and bird, and the bible. Their reconciliation in the second book, as well as the hospital scene in the third book was a tear jerker too. The author's use of both formal and informal language, and commonly used expletives in some of the scenes was very good, it made it very realistic!

    Any additional comments?

    The influence of Twilight series by Stephenie Mayer was quite palpable through out the series, from which 50 shades was based from. The characters in 50 Shades distinctly parallels that of Twilight. I thought that was a great variation, from vampire to entrepreneur. I have read and listened to this book umpteen times and find it very enjoyable! I love the love angle in this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Drop: Harry Bosch, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou

    Harry Bosch has been given three years before he must retire from the LAPD, and he wants cases more fiercely than ever. In one morning, he gets two. DNA from a 1989 rape and murder matches a 29-year-old convicted rapist. Was he an eight-year-old killer, or has something gone terribly wrong in the new Regional Crime Lab? Then Bosch and his partner are called to a death scene fraught with internal politics....

    Joanne says: "A completely satisfying listen"
    "Harry Bosch Rule!!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Drop to be better than the print version?

    I prefer the audio version because if the reader is good the story comes alive. Len Cariou narrated this book perfectly. He gave life to the characters. The printed edition cannot do that.

    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the juxtoposition of the two crimes -- they were different yet the author was able to blend the stories together well.

    What about Len Cariou’s performance did you like?

    It was Len's ability to enliven the characters in the book. As you listen along, it seems that you are watching a play.

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

    Everyone count or none at all -- Harry Bosch

    Any additional comments?

    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. Len Cariou's narration was perfect (and he does not have a lisp either), and the story is full of twist and turns typical of Connolly, that you really need to focus so as not to miss anything. Harry's relationship with his daughter is further developed in this story and it was done very well. Maddie is already displaying a sharp sense of observations and maturity, inherited from Eleanor Wish, her mother and Harry, her father. I can't wait until Maddie follows in Harry's footstep. She'll make a great detective!

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful

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