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Brigid

Waltham, MA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Hypnotist

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By M. J. Rose
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    Haunted by a 20-year-old murder of a beautiful young painter, Lucian Glass keeps his demons at bay through his fascinating work as a special agent with the FBI’s Art Crime Team. Currently investigating a crazed art collector who has begun destroying prized masterworks, Glass is thrust into a bizarre hostage negotiation that takes him undercover at the Phoenix Foundation — dedicated to the science of past-life study — where, in order to maintain his cover, he agrees to submit to the treatment of a hypnotist.

    Brigid says: "decent story, didn't love the narration"
    "decent story, didn't love the narration"
    Overall

    The story is interesting, but predictable. When the narrator does the women's voices, it is really annoying.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Lock Artist

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Steve Hamilton
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (955)
    Performance
    (654)
    Story
    (665)

    Marked by tragedy, traumatized at the age of eight, Michael, now 18, is no ordinary young man. Besides not uttering a single word in 10 years, he discovers the one thing he can somehow do better than anyone else. Whether it's a locked door without a key, a padlock with no combination, or even an eight hundred-pound safe...he can open them all. It's an unforgivable talent. A talent that will make young Michael a hot commodity with the wrong people.

    G. Sabin says: "A decent story, a little slow"
    "Made me want to learn to pick locks!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Lock Artist again? Why?

    The narrator of this story does not speak. That makes listening to the book so interesting, because you are hearing the voice that no one else in the story does. And that voice describes the inner workings of locks in a manner that is so compelling that it made me want to learn to pick locks, just so that I could feel the way that the pins react to just the right pressure and tension. Hearing the narrator describe how he picked a lock, or cracked a safe just never got old for me.
    Then there was the story line. The story is told primarily in the past, but from two past perspectives that are moving closer and closer to the moment where they intersect, and where in an intense moment of climax, all is revealed.
    This is part mystery, part thriller, part love story. The end will not disappoint.


    What other book might you compare The Lock Artist to and why?

    In the sense that the narrator's voice is only heard by the listener, this book reminded me of The Art of Racing in The Rain.


    What about MacLeod Andrews’s performance did you like?

    MacLeod Andrews brought the narrator to life. He also did a great job of playing the gritty gangster roles. I found myself looking for other books that he narrates just to keep hearing his voice!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sudhir Venkatesh
    • Narrated By Reg Rogers, Sudhir Venkatesh, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (754)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (243)

    The story of the young sociologist who studied a Chicago crack-dealing gang from the inside captured the world's attention when it was first described in Freakonomics. Gang Leader for a Day is the fascinating full story of how Sudhir Venkatest managed to gain entree into the gang, what he learned, and how his method revolutionized the academic establishment.

    DanO says: "Listen to this one first"
    "Who cast this narrator?"
    Overall

    The content of this book is interesting and excellent. But, who cast this narrator? The story is in the first person, and the author is a young, Indian-American grad student. The main characters are young black men. Who decided an older sounding narrator with an aristocratic voice was the best choice to read this book????

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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