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Carvaleen

Gardnerville, NV, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Cloudland: A Crime Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Joseph Olshan
    • Narrated By Eliza Foss
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (51)

    Cloudland is a stunning literary thriller set in rural Vermont from the much-praised author of Nightswimmer and Clara's Heart. Once a major reporter for a national newspaper, Catherine Winslow has retreated to the Upper Valley of Vermont to write a household hints column. While out walking during an early spring thaw, Catherine discovers the body of a woman leaning against an apple tree near her house. From the corpse’s pink parka, Winslow recognizes her as the latest victim of a serial killer.

    glamazon says: "Page-turner Upgraded!"
    "A Solidly Good Book"
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    I usually shy away from books, that have consistant 3 star ratings, but after reading a few reader reveiws that I trust, I went with it. And I am so glad I did. I only rated it 4 stars because 5 stars for me is what I consider blockbuster. The character, Katherine, and the story reminded me of Jacqueline Winspear and Louise Penny books. Cloudland is a good mystery that keeps you guessing, has a great narrater, and has characters you would might like to know in real life. I could see a serios here, so I hope the Author gives us more of Katherine and Vermont.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Faithful Spy

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Alex Berenson
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2270)
    Performance
    (903)
    Story
    (896)

    John Wells is the only American CIA agent ever to penetrate al Qaeda. Since before the attacks in 2001, Wells has been hiding in the mountains of Pakistan, biding his time, building his cover.

    Margaret says: "Faithful Spy"
    "Once You've Listened to Vince Flynn, well......."
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    I really wish I had found Vince Flynn AFTER listening to a number of other authors, including this one. Of course the Bourne Identity rates right up there too. But everything else I've listened to pales in comparison. Based on the reviews, I am going to listen to one more book from Alex Berenson, and I have not tried Barry Eisner yet, but to those who really like Spy thrillers, who have not read Vince Flynn yet, try these first. You might find less disappointment when you finally get to Vince Flynn.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Separation of Power: Mitch Rapp Series

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Ken Kilban
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1762)
    Performance
    (1488)
    Story
    (1486)

    Newly appointed CIA director Dr. Irene Kennedy is the target of an inside plot to destroy her and prematurely end the American President's term. To make matters worse, Saddam Hussein is close to entering the nuclear arms race - something Israel has vowed to stop. With the haunting specter of World War III looming, the president calls on his secret weapon: top counter-terrorism operative Mitch Rapp. But with only two weeks to take out the nukes, Rapp is up against a ticking clock - and impossible odds.

    Renda says: "Horrible Narration"
    "Why change narrators in mid-stream???!!!"
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    This is an excellent series. I have lost a lot of sleep because it is really hard to put down. I tried the first book because George Guidall was the narrator. He is just so good and one of my favorites. The second book was also narrated by George. Then the third book came along. Not a good narrator, but now, yet another narrator with book 5 -- the worst ever! I don't understand why Audible changes narrator's especially when they have found a narrator that is pitch perfect like George. It is so annoying.

    I will "suffer" through book 5 because I love the series so much. And finally.... George will be back on the horizon with book 6. Something to look forward to. By the way, it is important to read the series in order.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Butcher's Boy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Thomas Perry
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (591)
    Performance
    (382)
    Story
    (378)

    Thomas Perry's Edgar Award-winning debut novel follows a professional hitman on the run from both the mafia and the government.

    richard says: "A writer with extreme talents."
    "The first of a wonderful series"
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    Unfortunately, I read the Informant first because I didn't know that it was the last in a series. To get the most entertainment, it's best to start with the Butcher Boy, then move to Sleeping Dogs, and then The Informant. People rave about the Informant and I agree. It was a phenomenal book. The first two books have had mixed reviews, but taken all together this is one of the best series I have listen to. The narration could have been better, but the story sweeps you in. If you like Tana French, Henning Mankel, and Jo Nesbo, you should give this a listen. It's one of those series of books that is hard to put down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4847)
    Performance
    (2890)
    Story
    (2891)

    As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

    Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

    Amazon Customer says: "A near-flawless audiobook (but for one thing...)"
    "Amazing Writer"
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    I love mystry thrillers of all kinds: Jennifer Winspear, Agatha Christi, the Mrs. Pollifax series, and even Jack Reacher and Pendegast, but the very best are the Swedish writers and TANA FRENCH! I read the last in the series first because I didn't realize it was a series. It was such a good book too. And I just finished "In The Woods". Beautfiul language, rich characters that are real people you can relate to, and realistic twists and turns that can't allow you to stop listening. I am so looking forward to listening to "The Likeness" which I just down loaded but I am already feeling sad that there are no more. Yes, dounload this book! It is fantastic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Roseanna: A Martin Beck Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (224)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (116)

    On a July afternoon, the body of a young woman is dredged from Sweden's Lake Vättern. Three months later, all that Police Inspector Martin Beck knows is that her name is Roseanna, that she came from Lincoln, Nebraska, and that she could have been strangled by any one of 85 people. As Beck narrows down the list of likely suspects, he is drawn increasingly to the enigma of the victim, a free-spirited traveler with a penchant for the casual sexual encounter.

    Patty B says: "Skip the audiobook and read the book..."
    "BORING, BORING NARRATOR."
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    Ahhhh, how a narrator can make or break a good book! I am totally hooked on Swedish Authors. I've listened to all of Steig Larson, Henning Mankell, and Joe Nesbo. I was so excited when I listened to Henning Mankell's forward on this book. But alas, the narrator offered NOTHING. Sometimes, I am annoyed when the narrator over dramatizes a book and have thought to myself, "please, just read it." But this reader was so boring that I considered stopping. Narrators are so important. They really can either add to or detract from a well written book. This book is worth listening to, but you have to get passed the narrator. If you like someone to simply read the book. Then Tom Weiner is your man.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Before the Frost: A Kurt and Linda Wallander Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (101)

    Just graduated from the police academy, Linda Wallander returns to Skane to join the police force, and she already shows all the hallmarks of her father - the maverick approach, the flaring temper. Before she even starts work she becomes embroiled in the case of her childhood friend, Anna, who has inexplicably disappeared.

    Anthony says: "Worst Narration Style EVER"
    "Not so good this time"
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    I have read most of Henning Mankell's books and gave all of them a five star. The problem with this book was the reader. Most unfortunate. She did a fine job with the character, Linda but just couldn't pull off Wallender. I liked Walleneder in former books. And the main reason is because he's human. He deeply cares about people, and particularly his daughter. Although he can be impatient, he's not mean. The reader's depiction of Wallender was that he was mean and unlikable. He loves his daughter and yes, they have a conflicted relationship, but in previoius books, you feel the soft spot and he has for her. The story is good, but if people don't read the other books, they might be quite disappointed in this one and not read more of his books. I can really see how a reader can make or break a book. I stayed with it because the story was good. If I hadn't read so many of his other books, I wouldn't have finished it. She ruined Wallender as I've come to know him.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • My Soul to Take: Soul Screamers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Rachel Vincent
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (922)
    Performance
    (578)
    Story
    (574)

    Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest guy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about her need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who'll be next.

    Bethany says: "A true page-turner..."
    "Delightful, but...."
    Overall

    This is a delightful story with excellent narration, however, I must agree with another writer that this should be labeled a teen novel. I also understand that teenagers are often very insecure. But every other sentence of self deprecation became annoying. I stayed with it though, and all in all a very delightful story with characters I easily became fond of.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Invisible Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Carolina De Robertis
    • Narrated By Christine Avila
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    On the first day of the millennium, a small town gathers to witness a miracle and unravel its portents for the century: the mysterious reappearance of a lost infant, Pajarita. Later, as a young woman in the capital city - Montevideo, brimming with growth and promise - Pajarita begins a lineage of fiercely independent women. Her daughter, Eva, survives a brutal childhood to pursue her dreams as a rebellious poet and along the hazardous precipices of erotic love.

    Carvaleen says: "Nothing uplifting about this book"
    "Nothing uplifting about this book"
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    I hate to waste credits, but I read the reviews on this book and decided to give it a go. First of all the narration was just awful. Talk about pathos. One after the other. All you heard in her voice was pity. Pathetic powerless women, who never get it together. And it continued right to the end. I kept waiting for a high moment in one of their lives. But not a chance. I stuck with it, but couldn't wait for it to end. Ugh. Pass on this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cutting for Stone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Abraham Verghese
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4924)
    Performance
    (2314)
    Story
    (2328)

    Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

    Mary Lynn says: "Brilliant story, pitch perfect narration"
    "Outstanding! My second most favorite of 2009"
    Overall

    I absolutely loved this book. You can't get better: An amazing story, beautifully written, with superb narration. I didn't want it to end. And the characters stayed with me for days. Truly a memorable listen. Please don't hesitate on this one.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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