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Fairfieldwizard

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  • 22 purchased in 2014
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  • Eternity in Death: In Death, Book 24.5

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    Overall
    (540)
    Performance
    (359)
    Story
    (362)

    When club-hopping bad girl Tiara Kent is found dead in her plush Manhattan apartment, the killing has all the earmarks of a vampire attack. The ever-practical Lieutenant Eve Dallas has to deal with superstitious cops carrying garlic and stakes, as well as the ever-hysterical press.

    delennn says: "A Good Mini "In Death""
    "For the fifth-grade listener..."
    Overall

    I am a seasoned audio-book listener with a library of over 75 audiobooks in this genre. I can tell you that this book, if the curse words were removed, would be better placed in the children's section. It's written on a fifth-grade level (if that); the plot is flat and the reader turns the lead character's side-kick into an audible version of Gomer Pile.
    The female lead character lacks just that- character. She's curt, bossy, and one-dimensional. Her love interest is even less developed; leaving one to believe the author used Johnny Bravo as inspiration. His character is transparent, self-centered and exudes machismo.
    I keep expecting the side-kick to say, "Aw, golly gee; I thought the amusement park was haunted by a real ghost, not the former owner in a Halloween Mask."
    Bottom Line: Wasted Money, Angry Listener. I'd laugh if I hadn't just spent $30 for two of these audiobooks.

    3 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6174)
    Performance
    (5485)
    Story
    (5483)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "Vibrant imagery brought to live in silken tones"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Although I'm not an ardent fan of fantasy, this story pulled me in with its grounding in reality and human emotion. The touches of fantasy provide an interesting subtext to a rich experience of inner sight and sound. I found the story to be a vicarious adventure of the "what if" variety - having myself, never quite fit into the banal real world. I would rank this story easily within the category of soon-to-be classics.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Brass Verdict: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4163)
    Performance
    (1725)
    Story
    (1715)

    Things are finally looking up for defense attorney Mickey Haller. After two years of wrong turns, Haller is back in the courtroom. When Hollywood lawyer Jerry Vincent is murdered, Haller inherits his biggest case yet: the defense of Walter Elliott, a prominent studio executive accused of murdering his wife and her lover. But as Haller prepares for the case that could launch him into the big time, he learns that Vincent's killer may be coming for him next.

    Jeff says: "Five Star Book; Three Star Narration"
    "Agonizing, painful voice talent..."
    Overall

    I love this author and will suffer through lousy voice talent for a great story. I'm sorry to say that after listening to literally hundreds of audio books, I only made it through 15 minutes of this book. I don't wish to be rude, but to be honest, I'm blown away that the author would choose to have the book performed by someone with a lisp. I'm hearing impaired, the sounds of "s" & "th" are particularly difficult to hear. Despite this challenge I experienced every one of his maddeningly wet sepentine embellishments until I felt like he'd given me a wet willy. Don't waste your money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1169)
    Performance
    (348)
    Story
    (350)

    Julia Hamill has made a horrifying discovery on the grounds of her new home in rural Massachusetts: a skull buried in the rocky soil � human, female, and, according to the trained eye of Boston medical examiner Maura Isles, scarred with the unmistakable marks of murder.

    Book and Movie Lover says: "Back and forth through time"
    "Excellent Listen"
    Overall

    This book is intelligently written, engaging and keeps you listening. I thought the past and future vignettes were well done; never jarring. While I often wish for deeper character development, I was not disappointed by this book and the plot was intelligent and historically-oriented. I appreciated the multiple layers of crime, historical reference, and character relationships. Excellent listen.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22963)
    Performance
    (9601)
    Story
    (9673)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Highly Recommended"
    Overall

    I highly recommend this audiobook. After several poor choices on my part, this book was a refreshing and faith-restoring listen. The plot is interesting and the characters are well developed and anything but cookie-cutter versions of societal norms and values.
    The author does a fantastic job of portraying the lead female character as potentially suffering from Asperger's syndrome and/or some version of sociopathy. The lead male engages in a version of consensual polyamory.
    I particularly enjoyed the premise of a journalist haphazardly working through a puzzle that would normally be the purview of a detective. This seems to have given the author permission to develop characters with a good dose of humanness and fallibility. I look forward to listening to another audiobook by this author.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Haunted in Death: In Death, Book 22.5

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    Overall
    (526)
    Performance
    (368)
    Story
    (367)

    Number 12 is an urban legend in 2060 New York City. The hot club in the 1960s, it is now reported to be haunted...and cursed. Lieutenant Eve Dallas is called there to investigate the apparent murder of Radcliff Hopkins, its new owner and the grandson of the man who made Number 12 a cultural icon.

    Pagan Picnic says: "You'll hate yourself in the morning"
    "Save Your Money!!"
    Overall

    I just forced myself to listen all the way through "Eternity in Death," and made myself try to listen to this book because I paid for it. Let me save you time and aggravation: Save your money!!
    I am a seasoned audio-book listener with a library of over 75 audiobooks in this genre. I can tell you that this book, if the curse words were removed, would be better placed in the children's section. It's written on a fifth-grade level (if that); the plot is flat and the reader turns the lead character's side-kick into an audible version of Gomer Pile.
    The female lead character lacks just that- character. She's curt, bossy, and one-dimensional. Her love interest is even less developed; leaving one to believe the author used Johnny Bravo as inspiration. His character is transparent, self-centered and exudes machismo.
    I keep expecting the side-kick to say, "Aw, golly gee; I thought the amusement park was haunted by a real ghost, not the former owner in a Halloween Mask. "
    Bottom Line: Wasted Money, Angry Listener. I'd laugh if I hadn't just spent $30 for two of these audiobooks.

    4 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Christine Falls: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Benjamin Black
    • Narrated By Timothy Dalton
    Overall
    (730)
    Performance
    (299)
    Story
    (294)

    It's not the dead that seem strange to Quirke. It's the living. One night, after a few drinks at an office party, Quirke shuffles down into the morgue where he works and finds his brother-in-law, Malachy, altering a file he has no business even reading. Odd enough in itself to find Malachy there, but the next morning, when the haze has lifted, it looks an awful lot like his brother-in-law, the esteemed doctor, was in fact tampering with a corpse, and concealing the cause of death.

    Vivienne says: "Engaging debut."
    "Not Reccomended"
    Overall

    I have been an avid Audible listener for three years now. Having paid for this book, I tried to force myself through listening to it, but finally had to give up. This is a first for me and felt like sheer punishment to hear.
    I suggest listening to the sample. If you think you can tolerate the monotonous reader and colloquial language, you’ve still yet to get through meticulous detail described in all the live-action color of someone reading a phone book. I do not recommend this book.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Silent Sleep of the Dying

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Keith McCarthy
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (37)

    When Mark Hartmann is asked to perform a post-mortem on a lab assistant killed by cancer, everything looks straightforward. But his initial findings are surprising: Millicent Sweet appears to have died of several different, aggressive tumours. Before he can discuss this with colleagues, he's called to a conference in Scotland. A serious error of judgement gives a pharmaceutical company a handle on him, and they threaten to expose his excesses unless he falsifies his report on Sweet.

    Debbie says: "The narration makes it worth the listen."
    "Not Reccomended"
    Overall

    DON?T WASTE YOUR $$$$!!
    I am a four-book-a-month listener mostly of thrillers and medical suspense books. I was stuck in an airport with only this book left on my IPod. It was worse listening to this book than listening to the overtired and screaming children running around. The kids won.
    The narrator has a heavy English accent and a slow cadence. The book is rife with English colloquialisms and is written from the good-old-boy perspective with much chuffing and grumbling. I never did get to have a taste of plot when more than 45 minutes in, I turned off the book. I was so irritated with it I wanted a refund and wished there was an "on the go" delete button for my IPod. It would have given me pleasure to flush the book away as quickly as possible.

    9 of 20 people found this review helpful

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