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Kathryn

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  • The Sugar House: A Tess Monaghan Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Laura Lippman
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (262)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (113)

    Laura Lippman won the Nero Wolfe Award for this powerful mystery. Former journalist turned P.I. Tess Monaghan thought she knew Baltimore like the back of her hand - but what she doesn't know just might kill her in this grim yet irresistible novel.

    Janet says: "One of Lippman's best"
    "Mixed bag"
    Overall

    I liked the character, setting, and premise, but towards the end, it felt as if the author got fed up and tied up all the loose ends and punished the wicked, toot sweet. Perhaps another book of Lippman's would be a better option.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Book of Souls

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Glenn Cooper
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (512)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (207)

    Former FBI Special Agent Will Piper solved and survived the "Doomsday Killer" case, and his reward was a forced early retirement. But the shattering truths he learned about the government's most covert operations won't let him rest and now he's on the trail of a mysterious volume that's been lost for six centuries.

    Brian says: "Must Read!"
    "I had high hopes."
    Overall

    I heard this author was popular in Europe and under-appreciated in the U.S. This novel didn't help me to turn that tide. A great beginning and premise tapered to a somewhat unlikable main character and a silly Hollywood ending.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Astronomer: A Novel of Suspense

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Lawrence Goldstone
    • Narrated By Robert Vaughn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    Paris, 1534. A student at the Catholic Collge de Montaigu, serving as a courier for the Inquisition, is murdered by members of an extreme Lutheran sect for the packet of letters he is carrying. His friend and fellow classmate Amaury de Faverges, the illegitimate son of the Duke of Savoy and an expert in astronomy and natural science, is recruited as his replacement and promised a decree of legitimacy if he can uncover the secret that threatens to overturn Catholicism and the reign of Franois I.

    Christi says: "At the edge of change"
    "Dull"
    Overall

    I like historical mysteries. This one fell flat for me in all respects: plot, characters, and setting. Given the premise, I expected much more.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34568)
    Performance
    (25684)
    Story
    (26043)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Well, my friends love it"
    Overall

    Overall, I enjoyed this story, but found the main character a little aggravating and some parts predictable.

    There is some sleight of hand as well: the characters are being watched for entertainment by others in their society, including their romance, which perhaps points a subtle, suggestive finger at the inquisitiveness or voyeurism of the reader. Aren't we interested in their "lives" as entertainment, too, even if we know that they are fictional? "Reality" TV is a closer example, but the book still made me wonder if the author were laughing up her sleeve.

    I would read the next story to find out what happens, but with some reluctance. If you can overlook these flaws, you will enjoy a fast-paced plot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elegance of the Hedgehog

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Muriel Barbery
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat, Cassandra Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2067)
    Performance
    (1055)
    Story
    (1076)

    An enchanting New York Times and international best seller and award-winner about life, art, literature, philosophy, culture, class, privilege, and power, seen through the eyes of a 54-year-old French concierge and a precocious but troubled 12-year-old girl.

    Pyles says: "It surprised me"
    "Memorable"
    Overall

    The passages on philosophy can get a bit wheezy, but I loved the characters and their relationships, and enjoyed the narrator. Not much plot, but a lot of heart and soul.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Faithful Place: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3583)
    Performance
    (1977)
    Story
    (1980)

    New York Times best-selling author Tana French has won the prestigious Edgar, Barry, Macavity, and Anthony awards. As her third novel featuring the Dublin Murder Squad opens, 19-year-old Frank Mackey is waiting in vain for Rosie, who he’s supposed to run away to London with. But when she doesn’t show, Frank leaves Dublin without her—thinking never to return.

    Buffalogal says: "Incredible"
    "Great writer"
    Overall

    I have enjoyed all of Tana French's books. Interesting characters, fast paced, great use of language at time.s

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Swan Peak: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (1321)
    Performance
    (381)
    Story
    (380)

    Swan Peak finds Detective Robicheaux far from his New Iberia roots, attempting to relax in the untouched wilderness of rural Montana. He, his wife, and his buddy Clete Purcell have retreated to stay at an old friend's ranch, hoping to spend their days fishing and enjoying their distance from the harsh, gritty landscape of Louisiana post-Katrina.

    Deborah says: "Christmas/Birthday in July"
    "Good narration"
    Overall

    Overall, I liked it, but I would not choose this book as an introduction to the author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Keepsake: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Deirdre Lovejoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (658)
    Performance
    (256)
    Story
    (263)

    For untold years, the perfectly preserved mummy had lain forgotten in the basement of Boston's Crispin Museum. Its sudden rediscovery by museum staff is both a major coup and an attention-grabbing mystery. The mummy - to all appearances, an ancient Egyptian artifact - seems a ghoulish godsend for the financially struggling institution. Medical examiner Maura Isles soon discovers a macabre message hidden within the corpse - horrifying proof that this "centuries-old" relic is instead a modern-day murder victim.

    Joe says: "Decent Listen - I'll Keep Coming Back"
    "Absurd"
    Overall

    I thought the whole premise was silly, the characters mostly dull, and the writing tepid.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1173)
    Performance
    (351)
    Story
    (353)

    Julia Hamill has made a horrifying discovery on the grounds of her new home in rural Massachusetts: a skull buried in the rocky soil � human, female, and, according to the trained eye of Boston medical examiner Maura Isles, scarred with the unmistakable marks of murder.

    Book and Movie Lover says: "Back and forth through time"
    "Good listen"
    Overall

    I liked the juxtaposition of the story lines in the present and past. Good tension. Some of the characters were a touch flat, others quite memorable. Entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Prisoner of Birth

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Roger Allam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2448)
    Performance
    (474)
    Story
    (482)

    One evening, Danny, an East End cockney who works as a garage mechanic, takes his girlfriend up to the West End to celebrate their engagement. He crosses the path of Spencer Craig, a West End barrister tipped to be the youngest Queen's Counsel of his generation. A few hours later Danny is arrested for murder and later is sentenced to 22 years in prison.

    Debbie McKelvey says: "Very Entertaining"
    "Good basic listen"
    Overall

    While I've heard books with stronger characterization, this one had fun cliff-hangers and a good pace. Not great literature, but a fun listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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