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Palo Alto, CA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • A Death in the Small Hours

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Charles Finch
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    Charles Lenox is at the pinnacle of his political career and is a delighted new father. His days of regularly investigating the crimes of Victorian London now some years behind him, he plans a trip to his uncle's estate in the expectation of a few calm weeks. When he arrives in the quiet village of Plumley, however, what greets him is a series of strange vandalisms upon the local shops.

    F. says: "Details Matter"
    "Details Matter"
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    Story
    What disappointed you about A Death in the Small Hours?

    The book opens in 1874, and yet by the third chapter the characters have referred to Jack the Ripper who didn't do his deeds for another fourteen years. When the author makes a mistake as glaring as that early on, I'm distracted with listening for other anachronisms and errors throughout. Which is all the odder as the book staggers along beneath a burden of English legal and trade trivia, with all the entertainment value of a 6th grade text book. I love books with gobs of historical trivia (I'm a great lover of the Aubrey-Maturin series for example) but Mr. Finch seems incapable of delivering his load of information in any manner that could pass as story telling. I wish Mr. Finch had stuck to telling his story, as derivative of other and better detective fiction though it is.


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden: A Bone Secrets Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kendra Elliot
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (578)
    Performance
    (515)
    Story
    (511)

    Eleven years ago, the Co-Ed Slayer murdered nine female college students on the Oregon State University campus. Lacey Campbell barely survived his attack, but he killed her best friend, Suzanne, whose body was never found. Now a forensic odontologist analyzing teeth and bones for the state medical examiner, Lacey is devastated when she identifies Suzanne’s remains at a crime scene. She finds comfort in the arms of ex-cop Jack Harper, and sparks fly between them.

    English Teach says: "Okay"
    "21st Century Damsel in Distress"
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    What would have made Hidden better?

    I suppose, on some Venn diagram somewhere, there is a bizarre overlap of people who enjoy the police procedural and romance novels too. I really can't explain why I listened to even the 90% of the book that I did. The whole damsel-in-distress thing annoyed me no end. The story opens with a female dental forensics specialist arriving on a crime scene. You'd think in those opening paragraphs that she was going to be a strong female type (perhaps not unlike Kay Scarpetta), but within moments Lacey Campbell has gone all woozy, and been caught up in the arms of a strong handsome man. Bleh!


    What could Kendra Elliot have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Where has Ms. Elliot spent the last 40 years? Doesn't she know that the damsel-in-distress went out with the advent of feminism? At one point our hero muses to himself that he needs "another male on his side" to keep the putative heroine safe.


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

    The narrator, Ms. Rudd, did what she could with this mess of a story.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll skip the rest of this series; I don't have time to wait around for Kendra Elliot to evolve.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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