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Ellenaeddy

Chesterton, IN, United States | Member Since 2018

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  • 172 reviews
  • 361 ratings
  • 616 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2018
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  • Finding Nouf

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Zoe Ferraris
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (134)

    Nayir al-Sharqi, known by his friends for religious piety and his Bedouin-like knowledge of the desert, lends his assistance to a wealthy family when their soon to-be-married daughter Nouf goes missing. After a short search, the girl is found dead, apparently drowned in the desert during a freak deluge. Something about her death doesn't sit well with Nayir, however, and he makes an uncomfortable alliance with a female coroner's technician to determine what really happened.

    Gail Kelleher says: "transported"
    "An Interesting View into Another Culture"
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    I find the best detective stories are often not about the crime. Instead they're about the world in which the crime happens.
    This is a view into the world of Muslim women that I suspect is neither romaticised or vilified. The whole premise turns on the men in this woman's life who have no idea who she is. It's not a quiveringly good book but it's a good read and a fascinating glimpse into another world.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Whose Body?: The Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Dorothy L. Sayers
    • Narrated By David Case
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (211)

    Enter the 1920s Golden Age of Detection with this first novel from Dorothy L. Sayers, featuring the debut of a dashing gentleman detective, one of the great characters of mystery fiction - Lord Peter Wimsey. An unidentified corpse is found in a bathtub, and the police are jumping to conclusions about its identity and that of the murderer. Lord Peter Wimsey steps in and, with the help of his friend, Inspector Parker; and his manservant, Bunter, solves the mystery.

    Meep says: "Thrilled to see Sayers appearing at Audible USA!!!"
    "Too supercillious"
    Overall
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    While I have no doubt that Lord Peter Wimsey is supposed to be a clown town 1920's dandy, the delivery on this book is almost unlistenable. Dorothy Sayers is a great author. It's hard to ruin a book of hers and this makes a very good try of that.
    The story is great fun but Peter blithering about the Body in the Bathtub is, in my humble opinion, overdone.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Invisible Man

    • UNABRIDGED (40 mins)
    • By G. K. Chesterton
    • Narrated By Walter Covell
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    In "The Invisible Man", a murderer manages to get in and out of a house, even though it is under constant observation. In some ways, the story parallels Poe's "The Purloined Letter" but adds its own unique touches, particularly in the character and methods of priest-sleuth Father Brown.

    Mej C. Buys says: "Invisible Man"
    "Charming"
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    Father Brown is a classic kind of read that, as murder and as mysteries go, is gentle and well thought out. This is all of that. It's not a pot boiler or page turner. But it's a quiet bed time kind of murder that doesn't really trouble anyone and is very entertaining. In a very British way. It's a treat

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Boardwalk Empire Free Bonus Material: The Speakeasy Guide to Prohibition Era Slang – Extended Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (14 mins)
    • By Kevin C. Fitzpatrick
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (901)
    Performance
    (753)
    Story
    (745)

    Oliver Wyman reads The Speakeasy Guide and captures the rich atmosphere and enduring cultural influence of the roaring ‘20s. While the anecdote about Audible staffers stumbling out of an anonymous casino might be in doubt, one thing’s for sure – this fun listen is the bee’s knees.

    Slim says: "okay"
    "Worth Precisely what I paid for it."
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    This was free, as well it should be because it was much about nothing. I don't believe dictionary lists make acceptable audio books. This certainly didn't
    It might be a treasure as a printed reference book. I've looked for that kind of information as a writer, and it would be much more helpful in that format.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hide Me Among the Graves

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Tim Powers
    • Narrated By Fiona Hardingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (65)

    Winter 1862, London. Adelaide McKee, a former prostitute, arrives on the doorstep of veterinarian John Crawford, a man she met once seven years earlier. Their brief meeting produced a child who, until now, had been presumed dead. McKee has learned that the girl lives - but that her life and soul are in mortal peril from a vampiric ghost. But this is no ordinary spirit; the bloodthirsty wraith is none other than John Polidori, the onetime physician to the mad, bad, and dangerous Romantic poet Lord Byron.

    Dave says: "One More Mortal Sin"
    "Not a best effort"
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    I'm normally a Tim Powers fan and adore Last Call and many others of his books. They do have a Hemmingway,/Hammet quality of starting every morning with liquid courage. This book suffers much from that. Worse still, it suffers from unbelievable characters. I was quite curious with what he would do with this and it went somewhere dreadful. Not fun, interesting, my that was intense dreadful. I mean grotty.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Creole Belle: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2333)
    Performance
    (2056)
    Story
    (2009)

    Creole Belle begins where the last book in the Dave Robicheaux series, The Glass Rainbow, ended. Dave is in a recovery unit in New Orleans, where a Creole girl named Tee Jolie Melton visits him and leaves him an iPod with the country blues song “Creole Belle” on it. Then she disappears. Dave becomes obsessed with the song and the memory of Tee Jolie and goes in search of her sister, who later turns up inside a block of ice floating in the Gulf.

    Mel says: "Burke & Patton -- Synergistic Phenomenon"
    "A Bit Too Much Testosterone."
    Overall
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    There's a nice legend quality to this book and the nun turned secretary is a treat. The principals are so deeply dipped in testosterone that you kind of need to clean them off to look at them. But it reads well, and it's that kind of book.
    I found the premise of the phone calls quite compelling and neat.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In a Dark, Dark Wood

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ruth Ware
    • Narrated By Imogen Church
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8308)
    Performance
    (7599)
    Story
    (7586)

    Leonora, known to some as Lee and others as Nora, is a reclusive crime writer, unwilling to leave her nest of an apartment unless it is absolutely necessary. When a friend she hasn't seen or spoken to in years unexpectedly invites Nora ( Lee) to a weekend away in an eerie glass house deep in the English countryside, she reluctantly agrees to make the trip. Forty-eight hours later, she wakes up in a hospital bed injured but alive, with the knowledge that someone is dead.

    Meg says: "Both entertaining and annoying"
    "weekends to miss"
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    This is an offensive novel through the first half. I can't say for the end because I quit due to the whining and yucky quality of the characters. Skip this one. It's unfortunate.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • When a Child Is Born: A Chronicles of St. Mary's Short Story

    • UNABRIDGED (32 mins)
    • By Jodi Taylor
    • Narrated By Zara Ramm
    Overall
    (1895)
    Performance
    (1707)
    Story
    (1704)

    The time-travel series that everyone's talking about.... Jodi Taylor's The Chronicles of St. Mary's is back with a short story. It's Christmas Day 1066, and a team from St Mary's is going to witness the coronation of William the Conqueror. Or so they think.... However, history seems to have different plans for them, and when Max finds herself delivering a child in a peasant's hut, she can't help wondering what history is up to.

    diana says: "Cute"
    "Silly, Silly, Silly but good though"
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    It's a treat. And a different Christmas than you can imagine. Lovely story.
    I haven't had a St. Mary's book I haven't enjoyed thoroughly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By William J. Mann
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1289)
    Performance
    (1168)
    Story
    (1172)

    By 1920, the movies had suddenly become America's new favorite pastime and one of the nation's largest industries. Never before had a medium possessed such power to influence; yet Hollywood's glittering ascendancy was threatened by a string of headline-grabbing tragedies - including the murder of William Desmond Taylor, the popular president of the Motion Picture Directors Association, a legendary crime that has remained unsolved until now.

    Steven says: "Everybody's a dreamer..."
    "Spellbinding!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Delighted by this glimpse into early Hollywood. It's history but it reads like a well crafted who done it and is mighty fun. Thoroughly enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hidden Child: Fjällbacka Mysteries, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Camilla Läckberg
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (459)
    Performance
    (411)
    Story
    (408)

    Crime writer Erica Falck is shocked to discover a Nazi medal among her late mother’s possessions. Haunted by a childhood of neglect, she resolves to dig deep into her family’s past and finally uncover the reasons why. Her enquiries lead her to the home of a retired history teacher. He was among her mother’s circle of friends during the Second World War but her questions are met with bizarre and evasive answers.

    Stevon says: "the author's best work so far"
    "Well written but weak plot"
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    I kept having high hopes for this book. It just never got better. The writing was quite fluid. But I could hear where the plot was going before half the book was through. And the protagonist's friends are monsters. Completely disgusting. Very disappointing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beauty Is a Wound

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Eka Kurniawan
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (157)

    The epic novel Beauty Is a Wound combines history, satire, family tragedy, legend, humor, and romance in a sweeping polyphony. The beautiful Indo prostitute Dewi Ayu and her four daughters are beset by incest, murder, bestiality, rape, insanity, monstrosity, and the often vengeful undead. Kurniawan's gleefully grotesque hyperbole functions as a scathing critique of his young nation's troubled past: the rapacious offhand greed of colonialism....

    nikki says: "Like nothing I've read (heard) before"
    "Ick"
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    Without spoiling the plot much I can say I found the main character completely unappealing. She's a hard luck tale who likes who she is, but it's just too nasty to repeat how she got there. It may redeem itself in the ending of the book, but I'm too grossed out to get there. It's not the sex in the novel, which is minimal. The characters are almost sociopathic, without the glitter. I'm returning this book.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful

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