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Sarah

willimantic, CT, United States

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  • The Mark of a Murderer

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Susanna Gregory
    • Narrated By Andrew Wincott
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    February 1355: Oxford explodes in one of the most serious riots of its history. Fearing for their lives, the scholars flee, and some choose the University at Cambridge as their temporary refuge. But they don't remain safe for long. Within hours of their arrival, the first of their number dies, followed quickly by a second. When Matthew Bartholomew begins to investigate the deaths, he uncovers evidence that the Oxford riot was not a case of random violence, but part of a carefully orchestrated plot.

    Judith A. Weller says: "Great Historical Mystery"
    "The Mark of a Murderer"
    Overall

    I had high hopes for this book, as I read a lot of historical mysteries, but I found it extremely slow and boring and the narration was ridiculously melodramatic. It was a struggle to get through it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Swan Thieves

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Treat Williams, Anne Heche, Erin Cottrell, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (803)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (256)

    Psychiatrist Andrew Marlowe has a perfectly ordered life--solitary, perhaps, but full of devotion to his profession and the painting hobby he loves. This order is destroyed when renowned painter Robert Oliver attacks a canvas in the National Gallery of Art and becomes his patient. In response, Marlowe finds himself going beyond his own legal and ethical boundaries to understand the secret that torments this genius, a journey that will lead him into the lives of the women closest to Robert Oliver.

    Sara says: "Such Potential Wasted"
    "Boring & tedious"
    Overall

    I loved the Historian and I was excited for Kostova's second book, but I hated this story! It's too long, incredibly boring and I really dissliked most of the characters who were uniformly obsessive, needy and self-absorbed. On top of all of that, Treat Williams is a really dull narrator, although maybe he's just a good actor, because his performance fit this novel perfectly!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kushiel's Dart

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Carey
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1143)
    Performance
    (734)
    Story
    (743)

    The land of Terre d'Ange is a place of unsurpassing beauty and grace. It is said that angels found the land and saw it was good...and the ensuing race that rose from the seed of angels and men live by one simple rule: Love as thou wilt.

    Glen Gaines says: "The Kushiel series in order"
    "A beautiful read (or listen)!"
    Overall

    This book is amazing in its scope, detail and complexity. It is also beautifully and intelligently written and researched. Carey's alternate world is detailed and believable, with clear parallels to our world. Anne Flosnik also does a fantastic job of narrating it. While it has sexual content of the more adventurous variety and is clearly not a book for those uptight about sexuality, the sex is never gratutious. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes fanstasy, or just good literature.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Soulless: An Alexia Tarabotti Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3147)
    Performance
    (2335)
    Story
    (2362)

    Victorian romance mixes seamlessly with elegant prose and biting wit—and werewolves—in Gail Carriger’s delightful debut novel. Soulless introduces Alexia Tarabotti, a parasol-wielding Londoner getting dangerously close to spinster status. But there are more important things than finding a husband. For Alexia was born without a soul, giving her the ability to render any vampire or werewolf completely powerless.

    Pamela I Greene says: "Amelia Peabody has competition"
    "A really fun book."
    Overall

    While by no means high literature, this is a really fun book. It's witty and outrageous and will make you laugh out loud. I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a light, enjoyable read.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10339)
    Performance
    (5247)
    Story
    (5281)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Venita says: "Lenghtly but good, ending was rushed"
    "Good book, lousy narrator"
    Overall

    The story was good, not Stephen King's best but good nonetheless. However, the narrator was pretty awful. I'm not sure where the deep south and California skater dude accents came from as the book takes place in Maine. His few attempts at genuine Maine accents are pretty lame. He also does a poor job job of maintaining characters' voices in various scenes.

    Also, despite several reviews from very confused readers who though the story line was right-wing and were surprised to see sex and profanity in a Stephen King book, the book has a clearly leftist bent and no more sex or profanity than other King books.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Bone by Bone

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Carol O'Connell
    • Narrated By Benjamin Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (505)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (205)

    In the northern California town of Coventry, two teenage brothers go into the woods one day, but only one comes back. No one knows what happened to the younger brother, Josh, until 20 years later, when the older brother, Oren, now an ex-investigator for the Army CID, returns to Coventry for the first time in many years. His first morning back, he hears a thump on the front porch. Lying in front of the door is a human jawbone, the teeth still intact. And it is not the first such object, his father tells him.

    Paige says: "A good, solid listen"
    "Okay story, lousy reader"
    Overall

    This story kept my interest, although I wouldn't say it was good. At times it bordered on ridiculous, but it was mostly enjoyable. The reader was the big problem. His voices were awful - either overly pompous, overly dramatic or they just sound plain crazy. He is particularly bad at reading women. Evelyn sounded like a drag queen and Sally like a creepy midwestern lunatic. Probably better to read this one in hard copy.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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