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Serra55

Sally B.

Baltimore, MD | Member Since 2006

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REVIEWS
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HELPFUL VOTES
49

  • Liberty Falling: An Anna Pigeon Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Nevada Barr
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (82)

    In Liberty Falling, Anna leaves the rugged countryside of Colorado to face the concrete wilds of New York City. As soon as she hears her older sister is gravely ill, Anna rushes to the Big Apple to sit at her bedside. Between hospital visits, she relaxes at the park service quarters on Liberty Island and explores the crumbling ruins of Ellis Island where thousands of immigrants once were processed.

    Serra55 says: "Just not up to par"
    "Just not up to par"
    Overall

    I typically enjoy Nevada Barr stories with Ann Pigeon, but this one dragged for me. Too much of describing what she didn't like about New York, not enough to the plot. Much time was spent in the Hospital with her sister and former boyfriend...now interested in her sister. Only at the very end did any action get started. I love the reader, Ms. Rosenblatt.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Your Heart Belongs to Me

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (961)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (170)

    At 34, Internet entrepreneur Ryan Perry seemed to have the world in his pocket - until the first troubling symptoms appeared out of nowhere. Within days, he's diagnosed with incurable cardiomyopathy and finds himself on the waiting list for a heart transplant; it's his only hope, and it's dwindling fast. Ryan is about to lose it all...his health, his girlfriend Samantha, and his life.

    Serra55 says: "Dangerous Waters"
    "Dangerous Waters"
    Overall

    I can't imagine a Mystery/Suspense reader being disappointed in this book. The action grabs you fast, right up front and pins you until the end. It's exceptionally well written; Koontz has the talent to emotionally hook the reader, then, like the undertow in the ocean, you discover how dangerous the waters really are. To put it more plainly, the human condition is revealed in much of its nakedness and readers are left affected and possibly somewhat disturbed. I will read it again, and soon.

    36 of 39 people found this review helpful
  • Raising Atlantis

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Thomas Greanias
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (740)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (184)

    A secret U.S. military dig has uncovered ancient ruins two miles beneath the ice of Antarctica and activated the ultimate weapon. Now rogue American archaeologist Conrad Yeats and beautiful Vatican linguist Serena Serghetti must team up to unlock the secret origins of human civilization before a global cataclysm ends it.

    Autumn says: "Stargate+Da Vinci Cod= Raising Atlantis"
    "An awful book...don't buy it."
    Overall

    This book isn't worth a credit. I got it only because it was read by Scott Brick, one of my favorite readers. If you like rehashed flim-flam "New Age" theorist goop, this is the book for you. A bunch of mythological and pagan mumbo-jumbo...it's all in here, folks!...thrown together into a nonsensical supposedly alter-reality that will just make everybody stand up in attention and say, "Oh, Wow! No way! So that is how it's been all through history! How could I have been so duped??" It's bad, stale, and has mold on it. Toss it in the waste-bin.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Pride and Prejudice

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Irene Sutcliffe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (15)

    Pride and Prejudice, the best known of Jane Austen's novels, reveals the acerbic and amusing critique of manners and morals in 19th-century England. Hear how the daughters of the bookish and indolent Mr. Bennet search for husbands...and how the family reacts when one of the daughters marries a scoundrel!

    Serra55 says: "Read this one!"
    "Read this one!"
    Overall

    I listened to the samples of many of the readers for Pride and Prejudice. The problem, I believe, which turns people away from this book is the narrator. I love Kate Reading, in general, and had previously bought and listened to that version. The problem is that the Mother is loud, screechy and whiney. Many of the narrators take this to the hilt, to the point that she (the Mother) is screaming in your ear! That's not enjoyable.

    This book is truly a classic and deserves its five stars. A wonderfully written book that entertains and holds interest throughout.

    This narrator, Irene Sutcliffe, performs each role gently, but each character comes across beautifully.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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