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  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "What a disappointment."
    What disappointed you about The Cuckoo's Calling?

    The style and "gritty" language was just not acceptabl- the author was intentionally crude and base in her use f vernacular. It was an obvious attempt to be " real" - but just ended up being offensive. I am very disappointed in this author- you woul/ expect more.
    Truly a disappointment.
    I would not recommend this book to anyone- the frequent/ common use of the F-Bomb as many as thirty times in one dialogue was just not god writing.
    I WANT MY MONEY BACK - this was horrible.

    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Terry Brooks

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    It wasn't the narrators fault - bad material

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?


    Any additional comments?

    What a sad work of drivel.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Gray Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Catherine Taber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer's career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track - until the recession hits and she gets downsized, furloughed, escorted out of the building. Samantha, though, is one of the "lucky" associates. She's offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay, after which there would be a slim chance that she'd get her old job back. In a matter of days Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady, Virginia, population 2,200, in the heart of Appalachia, a part of the world she has only read about.

    Jan says: "Sorry John... wanted to like it... love you anyway"
    "Not a complete book. He forgot to finish this one"
    What did you like best about Gray Mountain? What did you like least?

    Great beginning, he doesn't finish the story... It is only half there.

    What was most disappointing about John Grisham’s story?

    Not finished...

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

    Performance was fine

    Any additional comments?

    When will he finish the story?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Seekers: The Kent Family Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Jakes
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The end of the colonies' fight for independence ushers in a fresh and even more glorious struggle to build the new nation. It is an epoch ripe with the energy of a country in its springtime. Two young heirs to a family dynasty turn their eyes west - the frontier beckons. It took a special breed to give up the comfortable life along our eastern seaboard. Who knew what lay beyond? But when Abraham Kent fell in love with his beautiful stepsister, he knew that leaving was the only course open to him.

    Catherine says: "A little graphic at the end."
    "A little history and a lot of depraved sexual junk"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I enjoy historical fiction- I just get very tired of the incessant references to sexual deviancy- While every protagonist is a customer of the oldest profession- they are aghast that his/wife/mother sister might be raped or forced into the profession-
    John Jakes is a master at telling the historical fiction tale- but he seems to fixate on sexual deviancy and the details of each depressing episode get old and -to my mind- unnecessary to the story lines- That and the continuous writing about the abuses of alcohol- make me feel that he could do so much better- There were people of character and not all were alcoholics in our nations development and maturation.-
    People who have fallen into these oldest of traps might feel like these books are quality entertainment- I remain hopeful that the author will find something beautiful to include and protagonist that one can relate to and look up to. Maybe in book four...

    Would you ever listen to anything by John Jakes again?

    Yes- I do like the genre and the research that John Jakes - puts into his work- I just keep hoping that he might mature out of the need to write dark porn- and quit making all of of his main characters alcoholics

    Which character – as performed by Marc Vietor – was your favorite?

    I find them all to be lacking in moral fiber and there are no happy endings-

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Seekers?

    I would cut the explicit details of the rape scenes and the sexual arousal details- it seems like it is just for the authors need to delve into darkness.

    Any additional comments?

    I realize that these are older novels just brought to the audible stage- but maybe they should have some sort of warning that the content is sexually explicit and borders on dark porn.-
    It is too bad that the HF genre's major contributor is so fixated on dark and depressing details.-

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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