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Maureen

West Roxbury, MA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Habits of the House

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Fay Weldon
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (139)

    As the Season of 1899 comes to an end, the world is poised on the brink of profound, irrevocable change. The Earl of Dilberne is facing serious financial concerns. The ripple effects spread to everyone in the household: Lord Robert, who has gambled unwisely on the stock market and seeks a place in the Cabinet; his unmarried children, Arthur, who keeps a courtesan, and Rosina, who keeps a parrot in her bedroom; Lord Robert’s wife, Isobel, who orders the affairs of the household in Belgrave Square; and Grace, the lady’s maid who orders the life of her mistress.

    Cindy says: "A Downtonlike story read by my favorite narrator?"
    "Hilarious!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Habits of the House in three words, what would they be?

    hilarious rendering of life below and above stairs in a Victorian society household.


    What other book might you compare Habits of the House to and why?

    Same time, different social strata in many books by Anne Perry.


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    Her voices were priceless.


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

    This book made me laugh out loud.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Profiler's Daughter: Sky Stone, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By P. M. Steffen
    • Narrated By Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (936)
    Performance
    (838)
    Story
    (840)

    The Profiler's Daughter is a psychologically haunting thriller that combines murder mystery, love triangle, and family intrigue in one satisfying page burner. Sky Stone was born into the wealth and privilege of Boston's oldest Brahmin family but chooses instead to follow in the footsteps of her deceased father, legendary FBI profiler Monk Stone. In the chilly morning hours before the Boston Marathon, when a beautiful university student is found strangled and mutilated, her body left at the base of Heartbreak Hill, Sky returns from self-imposed exile to investigate.

    Irene L. Culkeen says: "What a great find"
    "OBSESSED"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Profiler's Daughter again? Why?

    Listened to this audiobook three times in a row to catch all the nuance.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story had mystery, psychological thrills and romance.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I did not care for the performance, but I am from Boston which is the setting for the book. some of the pronunciations were off. The reader made a caricature of Kyle O'Toole and poor Axelrod.


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

    I can't wait for the next book in the series!


    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Blind Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (118)

    In Blind Justice, mystery abounds in London as Hester Monk, wife of Thames River Police Commander William Monk, questions Abel Taft - a charismatic preacher accused of extortion. Taft appears guilty as sin, but his trial explodes when a star witness drops a bombshell that has the Monks scrambling to save their dear friend Oliver Rathbone.

    Nancy J says: "Excellent Victorian Mystery /Legal Thriller"
    "Best Perry Ever!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Blind Justice?

    I have either read or listened to the entire Monk and Esther series; this book, with Sir Oliver's career, reputation and freedom in the balance was by far the best...and Davina Porter is perfect, as always.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Live by Night

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Dennis Lehane
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (288)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (245)

    Boston, 1926. The ‘20s are roaring. Liquor is flowing, bullets are flying, and one man sets out to make his mark on the world. Prohibition has given rise to an endless network of underground distilleries, speakeasies, gangsters, and corrupt cops. Joe Coughlin, the youngest son of a prominent Boston police captain, has long since turned his back on his strict and proper upbringing. Now having graduated from a childhood of petty theft to a career in the pay of the city's most fearsome mobsters, Joe enjoys the spoils, thrills, and notoriety of being an outlaw.

    Richard Delman says: "Lehane shows off his skills."
    "Great Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Live by Night again? Why?

    The story, the characters, the period detail


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Live by Night?

    On the boat with Albert White


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

    Voices subtle, but the protagonist was easily identifiable.


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

    The relationship between Joe and his father.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nine Dragons: Harry Bosch, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    Overall
    (2334)
    Performance
    (955)
    Story
    (963)

    The one good thing in Bosch's life, the person he holds most dear, is taken from him and Bosch travels to Hong Kong in an all-or-nothing bid to regain what he's lost. In a place known as Nine Dragons, as the city's Hungry Ghosts festival burns around him, Bosch puts aside everything he knows and risks everything he has in a desperate bid to outmatch the triad's ferocity.

    Derek says: "Not Connelly's Best"
    "Classic Bosch!"
    Overall

    The Hong Kong scenes were so descriptive that I could smell the food, see the smoke and feel the humidity.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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