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Greg

Newton, MA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • An Irish Country Doctor: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Patrick Taylor
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (581)
    Performance
    (401)
    Story
    (401)

    Barry Laverty, M.B., can barely find the village of Ballybucklebo on a map when he first sets out to seek gainful employment there, but already he knows that there is nowhere he would rather live than in the emerald hills and dales of Northern Ireland. The proud owner of a spanking-new medical degree and little else in the way of worldly possessions, Barry jumps at the chance to secure a position as an assistant in a small rural practice.

    Lavonne says: "Delightful Entertainment"
    "Fantastic"
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    I read a lot of action-based fiction with fast moving plots, but decided to try something a bit different. This was a fantastic read that really makes you feel like part of the small town in Northern Ireland where it is set. The characters are interesting, different, and well developed and there is just enough of plot to keep you going to the end. The narrator does a terrific job with all the different Irish accents.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Harbor: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2344)
    Performance
    (2003)
    Story
    (1989)

    In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.

    Amazon Customer says: "Best in the Series"
    "Great story and performance....best in series"
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    After listening to Faithful Place, I was hesitant to get this book because I didn't think I would like the character of Scorcher Kennedy. Recall that in Faithful Place Frank Mackey was the hero and Kennedy was the jerk out to get him. But French does a great job making Kennedy real and likeable in his own way.

    Good plot with several twists and turns, great characters, and wonderful performance.

    0 of 0 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
    (1295)

    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"
    "Great story, awful narration"
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    The story is gripping and enjoyable, and not predictable nor totally unbelievable. However, the narration significantly detracted from my enjoyment of this book. The narrator portrayed each character as if they were speaking in English with a heavy Dutch or other accent. Thus, each character speaks very slowly and deliberately. This was a continual distraction.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (26967)
    Performance
    (13596)
    Story
    (13644)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Fantastic"
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    I was hesitant to get this for a long time, assuming that it wouldn't really appeal to me. However, all the other reviews were so positive and the ratings so uniquely favorable, that I had to give it a chance. I am so glad I did. This is a great story, so well written and beautifully read by a cast of 4 narrators. Give it a try....you won't regret it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Likeness

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Heather O'Neill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2775)
    Performance
    (1685)
    Story
    (1693)

    Tana French's debut, In the Woods, hit the New York Times best-seller list and drew rave reviews from the Times (London) and Booklist. Picking up six months later, this riveting sequel finds Detective Cassie Maddox still scarred by her last case. When her boyfriend calls her to a chilling murder scene, Cassie is forced to face her inner demons. A young woman has been found stabbed to death outside Dublin, and the victim looks just like Cassie.

    Michael says: "Really on a Different Level"
    "Not as good as the first book"
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    I really like Tana French's first book "In the Woods", which I found to be a great mix of action and depth. In contrast, "The Likeness" was much more about character and scene description with relatively little action throughout. This is mostly ok, but the exhaustive descriptions of scenes or what a character is thinking occasionally get tedious. I found the first couple of hours particularly slow to get through. I stuck with it and in the end thought the book had been worth the credit, but I don't think I'll be looking to read the third book any time soon.

    The narration was very well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Falling Glass

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (1301)
    Performance
    (1034)
    Story
    (1025)

    Richard Coulter is a man who has everything. His beautiful new wife is pregnant, his upstart airline is undercutting the competition and moving from strength to strength, his diversification into the casino business in Macau has been successful, and his fabulous Art Deco house on an Irish cliff top has just been featured in Architectural Digest. But then, for some reason, his ex-wife Rachel doesn’t keep her side of the custody agreement and vanishes off the face of the earth with Richard’s two daughters. Richard hires Killian, a formidable ex-enforcer for the IRA, to track her down before Rachel, a recovering drug addict, harms herself or the girls.

    Cheryl says: "Hold on to your seat!!!"
    "Great story, fast read"
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    This book was terrific on all counts. The story was fast paced but with enough detail to provide vivid mental pictures. The characters were all very original, as was the plot line. Very enjoyable. I only wish the book had been a bit longer.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • An Irish Country Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Patrick Taylor
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (276)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (171)

    Barry Laverty, M.B., is looking forward to his first Christmas in the cozy village of Ballybucklebo, at least until he learns that his sweetheart, Patricia, might not be coming home for the holidays. That unhappy prospect dampens his spirits somewhat, but Barry has little time to dwell on his romantic disappointments. Christmas may be drawing nigh, but there is little peace to be found on earth, especially for a young doctor plying his trade in the emerald hills and glens of rural Ireland.

    Sara says: "A wonderful christmas listen"
    "Not as good as the first two stories in this serie"
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    An Irish Country Doctor was fresh and new and different and a real pleasure to listen to. An Irish Country Village provided a solid sequel to the first book. Unfortunately, this book doesn't rank up there with the first two. The quirks of the town and characters now seem more like tired cliche's and I found little new in the story. Also, the author spends too much time recapping events from the first two books. Not horrible, but a bit of a disappointment after the first two books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Buried Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1859)
    Performance
    (1128)
    Story
    (1115)

    A house demolition provides an unpleasant surprise for Minneapolis - the bodies of two girls, wrapped in plastic. It looks like they've been there a long time. Lucas Davenport knows exactly how long.In 1985, Davenport was a young cop with a reputation for recklessness, and the girls' disappearance was a big deal. His bosses ultimately declared the case closed, but he never agreed with that. Now that he has a chance to investigate it all over again, one thing is becoming increasingly clear: It wasn't just the bodies that were buried. It was the truth.

    Stevon says: "good story"
    "Good murder mystery."
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    I found this a little slow to get into, but really enjoyed the middle and end of the book. Great balance of character development while keeping the story moving.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hell's Corner

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2486)
    Performance
    (1106)
    Story
    (1114)

    John Carr, aka Oliver Stone-once the most skilled assassin his country ever had-stands in Lafayette Park in front of the White House, perhaps for the last time. The president has personally requested that Stone serve his country again on a high-risk, covert mission. Though he's fought for decades to leave his past career behind, Stone has no choice but to say yes. Then Stone's mission changes drastically before it even begins. It's the night of a state dinner honoring the British prime minister.

    Ramon says: "Great story with nice twists"
    "Worst Baldacci yet"
    Overall

    I've read (or heard) a lot of books and have always been a fan of David Baldacci's work. However, this has got to be his worst book yet! I'm about 4 hours into the book and I'm not sure I can take any more. The characters are totally flat, the narration is clumsy and the plot is not very suspenseful. There are 2 narrators on this recording, one male and one female. The back and forth between them is stilted and awkward at times. Do yourself a favor and pick a different book.

    14 of 21 people found this review helpful

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