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Mark

Englewood, CO, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Dark Places: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins, and others
    Overall
    (3158)
    Performance
    (2482)
    Story
    (2510)

    Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas". As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived, and famously testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who've long forgotten her.

    Glenda Jeffers says: "Riveting but brutal"
    "Great Writing!"
    Overall

    Gillian Flynn is just a fabulous writer. She has a knack with verisimilitude in her characters that makes me want to go back and track just how she built them up, piece by piece- but only after I get to the end of this engrossing mystery. I'd rate this among the best books I've read (or listened to) in quite a while. I loved Sharp Objects and this is even better. LIsten, you won't be sorry!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4414)
    Performance
    (4039)
    Story
    (4039)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Stupendous"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Goldfinch the most enjoyable?

    David Pittu is the perfect narrator.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Goldfinch?

    The Las Vegas vingette.


    What about David Pittu’s performance did you like?

    Each character he voiced had a personality.


    If you could rename The Goldfinch, what would you call it?

    Oliver Twist Potter


    Any additional comments?

    I listened in many short sequences over an extended period, not unlike a reader of 19th century literature might approach a serialized novel printed in in a newspaper.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Charlie Huston
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    Webster Fillmore Goodhue has found temporary work as one of the mop-up crew for the Los Angeles County crime division. In other words, he cleans up grisly crime scenes for the cops. When the daughter of a recent Malibu suicide victim asks for his help cleaning up after her brother has gotten into a little trouble, every cell in Web's brain is telling him to turn her down. But she's very attractive, and before he knows it, he's well on his way to getting his face kicked in.

    Alan says: "Funny!"
    "Hilarious"
    Overall

    If you are someone offended by the profligate use of curses, don't bother. If you accept irreverent humor, this is great!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dirty Job

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4003)
    Performance
    (1306)
    Story
    (1320)

    People start dropping dead around Charlie, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death.

    Janie says: "Great Listen!"
    "Man, did I laugh"
    Overall

    I am not an easy mark for humor, but I could not resist laughing out loud (while I was in some odd places too) while listening to this book. The narrator was superb, which elevated the audiobook experience up a notch. Well done!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spin

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert Charles Wilson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (3144)
    Performance
    (945)
    Story
    (950)

    One night when he was 10, Tyler stood in his backyard and watched the stars go out. They flared into brilliance, then disappeared, replaced by an empty black barrier. He and his best friends, Jason and Diane Lawton, had seen what became known as the Big Blackout. It would shape their lives.

    Robert says: "A Classic"
    "Tour De Force"
    Overall

    If you like your science fiction with believable characters, believable plots grounded in the real world, and plots that tie together, this is an engrossing listen. I wish there was more of Wilson's work on Audible.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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