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Michelle

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  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2872)
    Performance
    (2523)
    Story
    (2543)

    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 fa├žade 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"
    "Wished I waited for reviews"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I wished I waited for the reviews before I purchased. The amount of language is iritating. I listened to the first hour hoping it would improve. Then the reviews started to come in. I don't think it will be worth my time to continue. If this were a physical book, I would return it.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (6648)
    Performance
    (6045)
    Story
    (6053)

    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"
    "Excessive profanity ruins solid story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not. The detective story was solid enough, but if someone started a drinking game for every profanity uttered they'd probably need to be located in a brewery or winery (more like both) to get through the book. What made it worse --if that were possible -- there was little variation with the swearing. A little imagination would be appreciated.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    A Nelson Demille book...or maybe a history of Ivory soap.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't think I had a favorite.


    Do you think The Cuckoo's Calling needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I do hope the series would continue, and I hope the author gets over whatever inferior complex they are dealing with.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27218)
    Performance
    (21048)
    Story
    (21254)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    GS says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "Whirlpool of darkness"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This series spiraled further and further into a dark, disturbed ending. At first the series was a page-turner, but then it never went anywhere but horizontal before going down. The main character didn't grow, she degenerated (sans short, unsatisfying epilogue). There is no satisfying "victory" to the story, just a "she barely scraped by not being committed because she's famous."

    The reader and production is excellent. The writing is good, it's just the direction the writing took that i didn't care for.

    I often like to re-read or listen to books and series. Not this one. Once was enough.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (4214)
    Performance
    (2425)
    Story
    (2449)

    It is not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters start to gather, picking over the bones of the dead and fighting for the spoils of the soon-to-be dead. Now in the Seven Kingdoms, as the human crows assemble over a banquet of ashes, daring new plots and dangerous new alliances are formed, while surprising faces, some familiar, others only just appearing, are seen emerging from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges ahead.

    Aaron says: "No Roy Dotrice"
    "RE Narrator: use to direwolf, got chihuahua"
    Overall

    I don't mind a series changing narrators. There are many talented narrators, each bring new life and highlight new aspects with their performances. Only my desire to follow GRRM's tale and lack of reading time keeps me doggedly going.

    I think John Lee would be better suited to narrating books with only one voice (non-fiction, one character in multi-narrator book, etc.), multi-character narration is not his strong point.

    Bottom line: this book should carry a warning to not listen while driving or operating heavy equipment because it causes drowsiness.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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