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  • A Trick of the Light: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (969)
    Performance
    (829)
    Story
    (822)

    “Hearts are broken,” Lillian Dyson carefully underlined in a book. “Sweet relationships are dead.” But now Lillian herself is dead. Found among the bleeding hearts and lilacs of Clara Morrow's garden in Three Pines, shattering the celebrations of Clara's solo show at the famed Musée in Montreal.

    barbara says: "Amazing"
    "Another keeper"
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    As indicated in a previous review, I "discovered" Louise Penny by happenstance - and have been hooked ever since. The characters are well defined, plots are always interesting but it is her masterful prose that makes her novels vibrate. I listen and re-listen to chapters, not wanting the listening experience to end.
    Ralph Cosham's narration is "spot on". I can't imagine listening to any Louise Penny work without him. Dynamite combination.
    Looking forward to the next book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Serpent's Tooth: A Walt Longmire Mystery, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1495)
    Performance
    (1333)
    Story
    (1331)

    In this ninth installment in the award-winning and New York Times best-selling Walt Longmire mystery series, the Wyoming sheriff follows his cowboy code of ethics in a religious range war that strikes a little too close to home.

    Dave says: "Craig Johnson's best!"
    "Perfect marriage of author and performer"
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    If you could sum up A Serpent's Tooth in three words, what would they be?

    Story, performance, anticipation


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    With exception of the "bad guys" I enjoy all Longmire characters - especially Vic. Such a mouth.


    Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to so many Guidall performances, I can't recall them all. His performances are always spot on. This one does not disappoint.


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

    I have laughed out loud listening to all Longmire tales. Craig Johnson's dialogue is infused with humor, yet the depth of plot and depiction of the human condition is never diminished because of it.
    Truly enjoy the Longmire series.


    Any additional comments?

    I regret listening takes so much less time than writing the next Longmire release. Awaiting that occurrence with much anticipation.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Dorothy Gilman
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (709)
    Performance
    (603)
    Story
    (607)

    Mrs. Virgil (Emily) Pollifax of New Brunswick, New Jersey, was a widow with grown children. She was tired of attending her Garden Club meetings. She wanted to do something good for her country. This first in the series sends Emily on her first case after she successfully persuades a skeptical CIA recruitment officer that she is the best person for the job.

    Linda says: "Miss Julia Does Bond"
    "Surprisingly delightful"
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    What did you love best about The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax?

    Enjoyed all the main characters. Mrs Pollifax is the mother, granny, neighbor and "spy" with whom I would like to interact. Quite a character.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not edge of seat exactly but certainly entertaining. Significant perils to keep one listening yet none of the superhuman theatrics depicted within many current thrillers.


    What does Barbara Rosenblat bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Purchased this book initially because Ms Rosenblat was the performer. I would probably listen to her narrate a dictionary. Each character is easily recognizable. Her pauses, inflections and vocal distinctions all contribute to an overall pleasant listening experience.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Touch & Go: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2076)
    Performance
    (1746)
    Story
    (1757)

    Justin and Libby Denbe have the kind of life you’d find in the pages of a glossy magazine: A beautiful 14-year-old daughter. A gorgeous brownstone on a tree-lined street in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. A great marriage, admired by all. A perfect life. When investigator Tessa Leone arrives at the crime scene in the foyer of the Denbes’ home, she finds scuff marks on the floor and a million tiny pieces of bright green Taser confetti. The family appears to have been abducted.

    lisa says: "Wait for it to go on clearance!"
    "Another good Gardner thriller"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Touch & Go to be better than the print version?

    Given I listen to more books than I read, I would say so!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Delighted Tessa was resurrected following Love You More. Good character development. Hope to hear more of her and her burgeoning relationship.


    What about Elisabeth Rodgers’s performance did you like?

    Ably handled the myriad of characters. New England accent came and went but overall I think she did quite well


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Can't say it moved me but I enjoyed the endings twisted justice and personal triumph. Had the same final impression listening to Love You More.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to Lisa Gardner's next thriller.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Petals on the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By V. C. Andrews
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (202)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (182)

    After several terrifying years of captivity, the three surviving Dollanganger children have found a way to escape their prison, but they have been scarred forever. Petals on the Wind follows these children into adulthood. Although they find success and fame, they are led deeper into the curse that still haunts their family. As the three struggle to lead normal lives, revenge draws them back to the one who turned the key in the lock so long ago.

    Donna says: "Terrible Ending..."
    "Too weird for me"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anyone able to deal with incestuous and "lolita-like" relationships.


    Has Petals on the Wind turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes. Book description does not adequately address content. Thought I was purchasing a mystery thriller.


    Did Alyssa Bresnahan do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes. I do enjoy Ms Bresnehan's narrations. She is adept at projecting varied tone qualities for individual characters.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Petals on the Wind?

    Way too many. It would end up a short story.


    Any additional comments?

    Mysteries and thrillers are my preferred listening genre. I try to avoid thin writing infused with gratuitous sex and/or extraneous filler. I blew it on this selection.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Burning Soul: A Charlie Parker Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John Connolly
    • Narrated By George Guidall, Tony Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (61)

    Randall Haight has a secret: He is a convicted murderer, a man with the blood of a young girl on his hands. He has built a new life for himself in the small Maine town of Pastor's Bay, but someone has discovered the truth about him. He is being tormented by anonymously sent reminders of his crime. He wants private detective Charlie Parker to make them go away.

    Marian says: "Great plot, Narration not so great"
    "Intriguing plot diminished by Tony Ward"
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    Where does The Burning Soul rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    High up there in John Connolly releases.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Any character portrayed by Mr Guidall.


    What three words best describe George Guidall and Tony Ward ’s performance?

    George Guidall- pleases my ears. Tony Ward - character identification difficult.


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

    Something evil this way comes.


    Any additional comments?

    Purchased this book expecting more George Guidall - hoping for less Tony Ward. Would have been a more enjoyable listening experience had that been the case. Good plot nevertheless.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dance of Death: Pendergast, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (566)
    Performance
    (503)
    Story
    (501)

    Two brothers. One, top FBI Agent Aloysius Pendergast. The other, Diogenes, a brilliant and twisted criminal. An undying hatred between them. Now, a perfect crime. And the ultimate challenge: Stop me if you can.

    Nancy says: "Excellent story!"
    "Brick - a no show"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    With the narration, can't think of anyone who is not a fervent Scott Brick fan.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Enjoy the Pendergast series - not the narration.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Preferred Rene Auberjonis(?) narration.Brick seems overly dramatic on this recording.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Dance of Death?

    Have no comment. Didn't listen to entire book.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Racketeer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By J.D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3829)
    Performance
    (3231)
    Story
    (3213)

    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.

    Ed says: "Grisham Light"
    "Try abridged version"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Pedestrian plot. Difficult to care about principal characters. Agents as well alleged aggrieved main character left me not caring a wit about their respective agendas.


    Would you recommend The Racketeer to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, I would not. No redeeming qualities in any character. Each "side"is equally cruel, uncaring and self serving.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Plodding narration. His pacing lulls one into mind freeze.


    Do you think The Racketeer needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Please, no follow up. Unless one suffers from insomnia.Can't imagine subjecting myself to further ennui.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Beautiful Mystery: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1115)
    Performance
    (969)
    Story
    (959)

    No outsiders are ever admitted to the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, hidden deep in the wilderness of Quebec, where two dozen cloistered monks live in peace and prayer. They grow vegetables, they tend chickens, they make chocolate. And they sing. Ironically, for a community that has taken a vow of silence, the monks have become world-famous for their glorious voices, raised in ancient chants whose effect on both singer and listener is so profound it is known as “the beautiful mystery.”

    Sparkly says: "Engaging, entertaining, and heartbreaking."
    "Not Three Pines but very well done"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Beautiful Mystery to be better than the print version?

    Yes, I do - because of Ralph Cosham. His interpretations of Louise Penny's characters are flawless. His readings have been spot on from book 1.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    For this book it's Gamache, for the depth of his feeling for Jean-Guy as well as the respect and reverence shown the friars,Abbe and history of the monastery.
    Yet I enjoy all the Three Pines characters. Looking forward to their return.


    What does Ralph Cosham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    As previously stated, can't imagine an audio version without his narration. Mr Cosham's performances allow the listener to always identify which character is speaking or musing.
    Were I to read the book, I suspect I would hear Ralph Crosham's voice.


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

    No, I love to savor Louise Penny's books. I have all her books on my IPOD. I don't listen to them just once. Frequently replay them. They are that good.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In Session: Dr. Morgan Snow with Steve Berry's Cotton Malone, Lee Child's Jack Reacher & Barry Eisler's John Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 44 mins)
    • By M. J. Rose
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross, Phil Gigante, Scott Brick, and others
    Overall
    (1016)
    Performance
    (830)
    Story
    (853)

    As a therapist specializing in sexual issues, psychiatrist Dr. Morgan Snow isn't easily shocked, or shaken, as readers of the popular "Butterfield Institute" novels know. There are times, however, when the need for her services leads her out of the office... and into unfamiliar worlds. In these stories, the therapist matches her wits -and her training - against three men of mystery: Jack Reacher, John Rain, and Cotton Malone.

    Rose says: "Thank you for the free story, however........"
    "Fun peeks at known protagonists."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of In Session: Dr. Morgan Snow with Steve Berry's Cotton Malone, Lee Child's Jack Reacher & Barry Eisler's John Rain to be better than the print version?

    Have not read the print version but liked the audio. Interesting glimpses into the psyches of familiar "heroes." Quick listen. Enjoyed the diversion.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Shattered

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Karen Robards
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (643)
    Performance
    (388)
    Story
    (398)

    With an ailing mother to care for, Lisa Grant takes the first job she can find: research assistant to District Attorney Scott Buchanan. What Lisa expects to be a mind-numbingly boring task turns into anything but when a missing-persons case draws her attention. The details of the case are engrossing: an entire family — father, mother, and two children — disappeared without a trace more than 28 years ago. Except that’s not all: the mother in a photo Lisa finds could be her own twin.

    SassiKassi says: "All that's promised and more."
    "Okay plot but...."
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    Fairly decent plot read ably by Susan Ericksen. However, three chapters of unending sex - seriously????? It's as though author ran out of plot, deciding to fill pages with mindless sex. Disappointing and totally unnecessary. Won't listen to another Robards novel

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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