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Stephen

Kamuela, HI, USA | Member Since 2001

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  • Sweetheart: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Chelsea Cain
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (311)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (158)

    When the body of a young woman is discovered in Portland's Forest Park, Archie is reminded of the last time they found a body there, more than a decade ago: it turned out to be the Beauty Killer's first victim, and Archie's first case. This body can't be one of Gretchen's - she's in prison - but after help from reporter Susan Ward uncovers the dead woman's identity, it turns into another big case.

    Elle in the Great NorthWest says: "Another average mystery from Cain. Meh....."
    "Slow, Tedious, Annoying"
    Overall

    I found the characters unbelievable, they behaved stupidly, and for the most part seemed quite contrived. The story line was slow, tedious, and annoying. I kept listening just to see if by chance it would improve---it did not. All in all---a formulaic written book and an author I will avoid.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Human Stain

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Philip Roth
    • Narrated By Arliss Howard, Debra Winger
    Overall
    (453)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (45)

    It is 1998, the year in which America is whipped into a frenzy of prurience by the impeachment of a president, and in a small New England town, an aging classics professor, Coleman Silk, is forced to retire when his colleagues decree that he is a racist. The charge is a lie, but the real truth about Silk would have astonished his most virulent accuser. Browse other Philip Roth on audible.com.

    David says: "Delve into the characters"
    "Perspectives"
    Overall

    The Human Stain is a great work of literature with complex characters that leave the reader curious as to each individual?s motivation for his or her actions. Through a writing technique in which most characters are initially presented in third person, the reader might develop an initial impression of a certain character, only to get an entirely new perspective when that character tells his/her own story later in the book. There are a lot of surprises!

    This book easily makes my top-ten list. It is a novel you will wish to discuss with others long after you have finished it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • No Defense: A Barbara Holloway Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kate Wilhelm
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (59)

    Barbara Holloway is a trial lawyer who tends to take on difficult cases, but this time it seems there's no defense at all. It appears that Vinny Jessup died when his car rolled over on a bad curve on Lookout Mountain. Then the sheriff finds the gunshot wound. With a large insurance policy as her motive, could his much younger wife have staged the death?

    Kay M says: "Terrific Plot"
    "No Defense - impressions"
    Overall

    One of the few books I could not put down (okay, take my headphones off). Perhaps a slow start, but turns into a very engaging mystery and interesting legal battle. Good Oregon regional color. (A small point: either the reader mis-pronounces "Spokane" and "Willamette" or everyone in Portland gets it wrong.) I look forward to listening to more books by Kate Wilhelm.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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