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Diana

Charlotte, ME, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • The Templar Legacy

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    Overall
    (991)
    Performance
    (476)
    Story
    (472)

    The ancient order of the Knights Templar possessed untold wealth and absolute power over kings and popes until the Inquisition, when they were wiped from the face of the earth, their hidden riches lost. But now two forces vying for the treasure have learned that it is not at all what they thought it was, and its true nature could change the modern world.

    Jane says: "Overall, a good read"
    "Berry mailed this one in"
    Overall

    I bought this title because I liked Berry's Third Secret. Nowhere near as good! Unbelievable plot turns (it would take a top secret agent that long to think about and discover a transponder?? come now, Steve!) Corny accents (French is French, not strange sounding English). Character and plot inconsistencies making me realize that Berry did NOT do his history homework before writing this (the Gnostics were the absolute opposites of the smug sexists he makes the Templars out to be, and yet they were supposedly inspired by the Gnostics??)
    And the narration---does no one at Audible make sure pronounciations are correct? Every time I hear the narrator mispronounce Cassiopeia, I cringe---she's too important a character to have her (well known) name tortured so.
    After my enjoyment of the Third Secret (which also stretched credulity, but in a kinder, gentler way..), this was a real disappointment.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Faithful Place: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3719)
    Performance
    (2095)
    Story
    (2098)

    New York Times best-selling author Tana French has won the prestigious Edgar, Barry, Macavity, and Anthony awards. As her third novel featuring the Dublin Murder Squad opens, 19-year-old Frank Mackey is waiting in vain for Rosie, who he’s supposed to run away to London with. But when she doesn’t show, Frank leaves Dublin without her—thinking never to return.

    Buffalogal says: "Incredible"
    "French does it again!"
    Overall

    Tana French is one of our great new writers. Although her novels are mysteries, they are also very good fiction in their character development (you actually get to know and care about her people), their intricate and unusual plots, and their capture of real neighborhoods and real police politics. These are the type of books you hate to put down and are really sorry to see the end of. Read all three, and then you will be impatient for the next one to come out, as am I!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All Through the Night: A Troubleshooter Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Suzanne Brockmann
    • Narrated By Michael Holland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (110)

    It's Christmastime in Boston, and this year the silver bells will be wedding bells as FBI agent Jules Cassidy ties the knot with the man of his dreams, Hollywood heartthrob Robin Chadwick.

    Kathy says: "A little less talk, please"
    "Utterly disappointing!"
    Overall

    Do not waste your time on this book, seemingly written by someone with the skills and hormonally driven mindset of a fourteen year old. Poorly written (with valley girl type lingo instead of good, varied English), obsessed with sex (one of the reasons it sounded like a young teen) and not at all researched---the author did not even bother to find out what the FBI, as opposed to the CIA or foreign service, has as duties. Until I heard the author's note at the end, I honestly thought it was written by someone at most 20. When she said it was a part of a successful series, I had a hard time believing my ears!
    If you value a) the English language, b) a plausible plot, c) believable characters who are more than one dimensional, and d) even decent, not to say good, writing, skip this one.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • In the Shadow of the Glacier

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Vicki Delany
    • Narrated By Carrington Macduffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Trouble is brewing in the small town of Trafalgar. Constable Smith nearly stumbles over a body, the victim of a murder. The deceased was a highly unpopular newcomer who had big plans for developing a luxury resort outside of town.

    CoquinaBlue says: "Left in the cold"
    "The book is O.K., but the narrator is awful!"
    Overall

    Perhaps the bad reviews of this book are a product of the most unfortunate narrating I've ever heard on an audiobook. As one reviewer says, she makes everyone sound 10 years old--no, SHE sounds 10 years old! No inflection, no nuances. Why on earth did anyone hire her to read books? If there is a sequel to this book, please, please, get one of the many narrators who can actually narrate!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Family Blessings

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Fern Michaels
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Fern Michaels, the New York Times best-selling author of Late Bloomer and Crown Jewel, presents a passionate and heartwarming novella that will delight and inspire listeners every holiday season.

    Diana says: "Stepford wives, anyone??"
    "Stepford wives, anyone??"
    Overall

    This is the first--and last--Fern Michaels book I'll read. The plot is tortured and overwrought, and the sex roles are worse than the 50's---insipid women and self-absorbed men. The premise of the book---that triplets might need to do some work on becoming separate individuals--might have made an interesting novel in someone else's hands, but the boat plot is unbelievable. Other details, like rebuilding an entire house in a day, also strain credulity.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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