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Michael Greenstein

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Dobbs Ferry, NY | Member Since 2008

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  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4093)
    Performance
    (3648)
    Story
    (3646)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "Disappointing..."
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    Not up to the standards set by other Robert Crais novels. A rather simple story, drawn out, with storybook characters I did not relate to. If you would enjoy stretching your imagination to what a police dog might be thinking, give it a chance. Otherwise, steer clear.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8233)
    Performance
    (7545)
    Story
    (7552)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Homage to Dickens. But worh the effort?"
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    Story

    You are in the hands of a wonderful writer. And he characters are sharper drawn. But I found myself wishing that this marathon of a book would simply come to an end. (Was Tartt paid by the word?) I read the other reviews which were glorious. I simply was not bowled over.

    I recently saw the painting of the Goldfinch displayed at The Frick in NYC. It gave me a better appreciation of the book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bury Your Dead: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1053)
    Performance
    (710)
    Story
    (709)

    Chief Inspector Armand Gamache has come to Winter Carnival - not to join the revels but to recover from an investigation gone hauntingly wrong. But violent death is inescapable, even in the apparent sanctuary of the Literary and Historical Society - where an obsessive historian’s quest for the remains of the founder of Quebec, Samuel de Champlain, ends in murder. Could a secret buried with Champlain for nearly 400 years be so dreadful that someone would kill to protect it?

    Judy says: "Another great tale!"
    "Another winner from Louise Penny"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Inspector Gamache in Quebec City: a nice change from Three Pines and a fine novel. If you are new to the series, start with book one, you will soon get hooked as so many of us are.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joyland

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Michael Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3017)
    Performance
    (2789)
    Story
    (2791)

    Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. Joyland is a brand-new novel and has never previously been published.

    Cozy Reader says: "The sweest and creepiest coming of age story!"
    "Is Stephen King your friend?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Well, if he is, read this book. Certainly not one his best, but it was nice to hear his familiar voice and wry observations.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Season

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Samantha Shannon
    • Narrated By Alana Kerr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1439)
    Performance
    (1322)
    Story
    (1324)

    The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people's minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant, and in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.... It is raining the day her life changes forever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford - a city kept secret for 200 years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race.

    linda says: "Engaging, Room for Improvement"
    "A surprisingly good book"
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    I usually read mysteries, spy stories, Stephen King and a sprinkling of non-fiction. I'm not sure what made me pick this book, perhaps the search for something new. It is not great writing but I found myself wondering, "what is going to happen next?" I wasn't disappointed. Half way through i was firmly rooting for our hero, and my interest was sustained till the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Conspiracy of Faith: Department Q, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (664)
    Performance
    (586)
    Story
    (596)

    Detective Carl Morck has received a bottle that holds an old and decayed message written in blood. It's a cry for help from two young brothers, tied and bound in a boathouse by the sea. After floating in the ocean for years before turning up, the bottle sat forgotten, unopened, on a police department windowsill, before the seal was cracked and the gruesome message, written in Danish, was analyzed. Could it be real? Who are these boys, and why weren't they reported missing? Could they possibly still be alive?

    Robert says: "Jussi's Stories Just Get Better- Need More Dept Q!"
    "Another winner from Adler-Olsen"
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    If you were hooked by the first two books in the series, you won't want to miss this one. All the regulars are back and as the story progresses, you get to know the main characters a bit better. The story is compelling; good police work with a bit of intuition. I'm ready for number 4!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16492)
    Performance
    (14661)
    Story
    (14702)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Good plot twists, but ultimately not satisfying"
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    This is not a spoiler alert. I see why others really liked this book. It draws you in. You get involved and care what happens. And that's the first two thirds of the book. As the plot unfolds and there is essentially no more to learn about the main characters I could not wait for the book to end. With the right direction, would probably be a better movie.

    Great readers.

    Your choice.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Keeper of Lost Causes: Department Q, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1501)
    Performance
    (1296)
    Story
    (1294)

    Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award-also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo. Now, Dutton is thrilled to introduce him to America.

    Ted says: "Dark, Cold, and Danish"
    "Read this!"
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    If you could sum up The Keeper of Lost Causes in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging, well-written, good thriller


    Have you listened to any of Erik Davies’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I read some comments criticizing the performance of the reader. I think these comments do a disservice to this excellent mystery.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beat the Reaper: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Josh Bazell
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1142)
    Performance
    (434)
    Story
    (433)

    Meet Peter Brown, a young Manhattan emergency room doctor with an unusual past that is just about to catch up with him. His morning begins with the quick disarming of a would-be mugger, followed by a steamy elevator encounter with a sexy young pharmaceutical rep, topped off by a visit with a new patient - and from there Peter's day is going to get a whole lot worse and a whole lot weirder.

    Chuck says: "Great book and great narrator"
    "A fun ride"
    Overall

    Fast paced and quirky. Purely light fare. A good distraction if if you don't think too much about the twists and turns in the plot.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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