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Sixty Some

Chico, CA | Member Since 2008

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  • The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Alan Bradley
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1541)
    Performance
    (1006)
    Story
    (1008)

    It is the summer of 1950 and a series of inexplicable events has struck Buckshaw, the decaying English mansion that Flavia's family calls home. A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath. For Flavia, who is both appalled and delighted, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw.

    Midi says: "Terrific story...spot-on narration"
    "Opposing Viewpoint"
    Overall

    In choosing this book I broke my own two important rules. #1- Read ALL the reviews #2 LISTEN to the sample. The reviewer who said the narrator was annoying was so right. Unfortunately I read a few of the positive comments and clicked "buy". I disliked the narrator from the first chapter and could not get through even 2 hours before quitting. I understand that she is trying to sound like a young girl and it really misses the mark. To me, the narrator makes Flavia sound like a brat.
    I'm glad this book has such a great following, for it is clever and amusing, but do listen before you buy. I don't even want to read the print version now as I would "hear" that voice. Flavia is ruined for me. And only myself to blame.

    32 of 38 people found this review helpful
  • The Burn Palace

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Stephen Dobyns
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    The sleepy community of Brewster, Rhode Island, is just like any other small American town. But recently, something out of the ordinary - perhaps even supernatural - has been stirring in Brewster. While packs of coyotes gather on back roads and the news spreads that a baby has been stolen from Memorial Hospital (and replaced in its bassinet by a snake), a series of inexplicably violent acts begins to confound Detective Woody Potter and the local police - and inspire terror in the hearts and minds of the locals.

    Sixty Some says: "Outside my box"
    "Outside my box"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is not my usual genre, but I enjoyed the story mainly because of the narrator
    who did such an outstanding job on several of Carl Hiassen's books. There is way too much information for me on all things supernatural and cremation, but the narration moves along at a rapid pace which kept my interest. I did try reading this on kindle and couldn't finish the sample, but the narrator really hooked me on finding out where this was going.
    The action is told through multiple characters -- some more believable than others, but all totally interesting. Who can resist kids, dogs and hot romance? The plot seems somewhat contrived and, although often gruesome, still entertaining, and a good listen.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3125)
    Performance
    (2548)
    Story
    (2519)

    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"
    "Exhausting"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Resolving not to let the slow pace deter me, I kept plodding on to the end and felt exhausted by the narrator, by the plot, and by the characters.


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

    More action! More intrigue! Less introspection! Less police procedure tutorial. I understand Bosch is having some kind of mid-life crisis, but nothing in the story made me care.I kept expecting that the two different cases would somehow get interesting, or even connect but it never happened.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration contributed greatly to the old and tired theme. His voice made Bosch seem a very old man and I felt like we should all take a nap. He cannot do female characters at all and should not have tried.


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

    No, the ending left me not caring about any of the characters or finding out about the obvious unresolved plot-lines.


    Any additional comments?

    No more Bosch....bring me another Lincoln Lawyer!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • This Body of Death: An Inspector Lynley Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Elizabeth George
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (423)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (172)

    Thomas Lynley is called back to Scotland Yard when the body of a woman is found stabbed and abandoned in an isolated London cemetery. His former team doesn't trust the leadership of their new department chief, Isabelle Ardery, but Lynley may be the sole person who can see beneath his superior officer's hard-as-nails exterior to a hidden and possibly attractive vulnerability.

    Rebecca says: "Interesting Mix for Elizabeth George Fans"
    "Outstanding"
    Overall

    Reasons to love this 2 credit book:
    **Excellent narration**
    Intricate and captivating plot**
    Havers vs. Arderey**
    Ending that makes you want to have the next book ---now!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Revelation: A Matthew Shardlake Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
    (438)
    Performance
    (277)
    Story
    (276)

    C.J. Sansom's Matthew Shardlake mysteries whisk listeners back in time to the tumultuous court of King Henry VIII. Shardlake has his hands full this time defending a young religious fanatic who has been thrown into Bedlam. On top of that, Shardlake's friend is murdered, and the quest to find the killer leads Shardlake right to the steps of the king's latest romantic conquest, Catherine Parr.

    Fara says: "Great entertainment!"
    "Incredibly Slow"
    Overall

    20 hours? Seemed like 40. Yes, there is interesting historical perspective; yes, there are a variety of interesting characters; yes, there is a plot line of continuing killings( very gruesome) and the mystery of who is doing the killing, but it takes forever for the story to move along and even when the killer is revealed I was disappointed to see there was another hour until the end. I kept listening, convinced that it would surely get more engaging....never did. I was well into 6 hours before anything at all happened. Previously I listened to "Company of Liars" and "Mistress of the Art of Death", which I found much more interesting and suspenseful. The narrator was excellent, but the novel, while well written, is just too slow for my taste.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Just After Sunset: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King, Jill Eikenberry, Holter Graham, Geor
    Overall
    (1025)
    Performance
    (371)
    Story
    (375)

    Just After Sunset - call it dusk, call it twilight, it's a time when human intercourse takes on an unnatural cast, when nothing is quite as it appears, when the imagination begins to reach for shadows as they dissipate to darkness and living daylight can be scared right out of you. It's the perfect time for Stephen King.

    J says: "King scores another coup"
    "Not the usual"
    Overall

    I'm not a SK reader, but was intrigued by the short story premise and was not disappointed. Some were better than others, as is usual in a collection, but makes it easy to move on if you don't like one. Particularly enjoyed Things They Left Behind, Cat from Hell, Reststop, and the last one is not to be missed. The different readers provide variety and help separate the stories. If you want the usual SK, don't get this...if you want something different, give it a try. This is very long, so don't expect a quick listen. It is more a journey than a destination.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Dying Breed

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Declan Hughes
    • Narrated By Stanley Townsend
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Even the best private eye needs more than a name to find a missing person, but that's all that Father Vincent Tyrrell, the brother of prominent racehorse trainer F. X. Tyrrell, will offer Loy when he comes to him for help. A dwindling bank account convinces Loy to delve into the deadly underworld of horse racing, but fortune soon smiles on him: while working another case, he discovers a phone number linked to F. X. on a badly beaten body left at an illegal dump.

    Sixty Some says: "Irish Angst"
    "Irish Angst"
    Overall

    I read both of Declan Hughes books - The Wrong Kind of Blood and the Colour of Blood and enjoyed both. They are not for the delicate reader as there is violence and brutality and profanity and much, much drinking. But there is also an insight into the Irish soul...and for those of us who have an Irish heritage, a comforting insight into our dark side. It is not necessary to have read the two previous books to enjoy Dying Breed, which apparently is not in print yet in the US. I'm not a particular fan of horse racing, but the information in this story was interesting and informative. There is a lot of sorrow in the story, but also vindication. Well worth your time.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • When Will There Be Good News?: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Kate Atkinson
    • Narrated By Ellen Archer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (515)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (231)

    On a hot summer day, Joanna Mason's family slowly wanders home along a country lane. A moment later, Joanna's life is changed forever....On a dark night 30 years later, ex-detective Jackson Brodie finds himself on a train that is both crowded and late. Lost in his thoughts, he suddenly hears a shocking sound.

    Richard says: "Kate Atkinson pleases again."
    "Plucky Teenage Heroine"
    Overall

    Steven King listed this on his "Best Books of 2008" list and I borrow my title from his review. Reggie, the teenage heroine, is my favorite character, but all characters are wonderfully portrayed. There is a wonderful dog in the story and happily, the dog does not die! It is amazing how it all comes together in the end and quite satisfying. I had no problem with the narrator and thought she did an excellent job. I will be listening to her other books.Highly recommended.

    6 of 6 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
    (23157)
    Performance
    (9792)
    Story
    (9863)

    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"
    "Not over until it's over"
    Overall

    At times, my eyes (ears?) glazed over at what I thought were meaningless details...but do not quit. Salander is the spice that will keep you going and just when you think the mystery is over, there will be more. Some of the details are confusing, especially the financial details, but it doesn't matter, because the overall story is amazing and I look forward to the next book in the series which apparently will involve Salander. Sadly, the author has passed away. Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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