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  • Treachery In Death: In Death, Book 32

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2023)
    Performance
    (1294)
    Story
    (1290)

    In a New York City fifty years in the future, Detective Eve Dallas tracks down those who break the law - including the ones sworn to uphold it. Eve Dallas and her partner, Peabody, are following up on a brutal, senseless crime - an elderly grocery owner killed by three stoned punks for nothing more than kicks and snacks. And for the first time, Peabody is primary detective on the case, which means she has to get used to a new level of authority and responsibility. Good thing she learned the ropes from a master like Eve. But after rounding up the perps, Peabody stumbles upon a much trickier situation.

    Jean says: "Treachery in Death"
    "Bad Bad Bad"
    Overall

    This is the first book of J.D Robb that I read. Already around the the first part of the book I felt the book is bad, but I went on listening to it just in case my initial impression will be changed. However, I got to the end and proved that it was a great waste of time. The book is staged in the "future" but nothing in the plot calls for such futuristic staging, besides probably to market the book. The goods are extremely good. The heroine is a great leader to her team, has a great husband and great sex life. The villain is bad through the beginning. No sophistication in the plot, no twist. Bottom line - good only maybe for long and dull flights.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Case of Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Adam Mitzner
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1613)
    Performance
    (1391)
    Story
    (1404)

    A high-profile attorney in the middle of a leave of absence following a personal tragedy is drawn back into the legal arena amidst a media firestorm when he agrees to represent a popular rap artist accused of brutally murdering his pop star girlfriend. With its powerful voice, pause-resisting tension, and strong cast of characters, Adam Mitzner’s novels are reminiscent of such best-selling authors as Scott Turow and John Grisham.

    cristina says: "Excellent"
    "Only if you are terribly bored"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is the 2nd book of Mitzner I am reading. I kind of liked his previous book, and reading several praising reviews, especially talking about the shocking end, I started listening to the book. I actually read it to the end but almost at the middle I already knew how its going to end. I am sorry to say but it is a just another John Grisham wanna'be but not close to the sophistication of Grisham's novels. Readable and page turner but nothing more. At the end I was quite disappointed and thought I should balance the other readers enthusiastic reviews.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Potato Factory: The Australian Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3513)
    Performance
    (2511)
    Story
    (2516)

    Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

    karen says: "Best audiobook of the year!"
    "Excellent for both the history part and the story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    An excellent portrait of the 19th era both depicting the criminal life of Dickensian London and then the new life at the Australian colony. Well intertwine real historical figures and believable fictitious characters. The narration is one of the best performance experience I had on audible

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4271)
    Performance
    (3733)
    Story
    (3702)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "Nov 2011 - the month I will never forget"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I listened to this book for the entire month. What an experience had it been. I have read several critics saying that the book is too long. It indeed like reading 3 books, but what an experience it was. I felt that I was pulled into this fascinating stpory, to this amazing world of 1q84, never wishing to leave this world.

    A quote which will probably become eternal - "if you can't understand it with out explanation you will not understand it with an explanation".

    This is a rare masterpiece, but is very accessible. No dull moment and still leaves you with so much to absorb and think.

    I only regret I could not listen to it in its native language. However the narration is superb. One of the most exciting experiences of any audible book I listened to was when the narrator started to sing from a Bach Passion (if my memory does not betray me).

    To summarize, highly recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Prestige

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Christopher Priest
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (1082)
    Performance
    (516)
    Story
    (518)

    In 1878, two young stage magicians clash in the dark during the course of a fraudulent séance. From this moment on, their lives become webs of deceit and revelation as they vie to outwit and expose each other. In the course of pursuing each other's ruin, they will deploy all the deception their magician's craft can command. Their rivalry will take them to the peaks of their careers, but with terrible consequences.

    Andrew says: "One of a Kind."
    "A lot of potential wasted on a "twisted" twist"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    First a spoiler alert. If you read this to the end the surprising twist in the book might be some how spoiled.

    This book has a lot of potential. The subject is very interesting and the historical background, as other pointed out was done very thoroughly. The story takes you into the life and rival of those who hold the magician craft in the 2nd half of the 19th century. This is the most interested part. The narration by Simon Vance is great (as always) and all in all this is not a bad book to read.

    However, the author has chosen to take the book toward the end into the non realistic world. I find it unnecessary and kind of "breaking" the contract between the author and the reader as how to resolve the mystery.

    Its like reading a detective story where a body was found in a locked room. with the key inside the door and with no one that had an access to it. You expect some kind of creative solution to the mystery, but if the author's solution is that a ghost entered the room and left the body there than one may consider the book to be childish at the best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Copper Bracelet

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Lee Child, David Corbett, Jeffery Deaver, and others
    • Narrated By Alfred Molina
    Overall
    (964)
    Performance
    (300)
    Story
    (295)

    Two years after the events of the Audiobook of the Year - The Chopin Manuscript - former war crimes investigator Harold Middleton and his Volunteers once again must crack a secretive conspiracy that not only threatens their lives, but the stability of the world. Their race against time will take them from London to the U.S. to Russia and beyond. And at the heart of it all is one question: What is the secret of the Copper Bracelet?

    Reg says: "Excellent Read!!!"
    "BAD BAD BAD"
    Overall

    I took this book because I was curious how a "book written by a comittee will look like. Although at sometimes I wanted to throw this book (and it rarely happens to me), I decided to "suffer to the end" just to give it a full chance. I was very disappointed and especially from the way it is being marketed, which in my mind is somehow a mislead. So I started with low expectations, but the end result is unfortunately much worse than I could imagine.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Child 44

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tom Rob Smith
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1834)
    Performance
    (713)
    Story
    (712)

    It is a society that is, officially, a paradise. Superior to the decadent West, Stalin's Soviet Union is a haven for its citizens, providing for all of their needs: education, health care, security. In exchange, all that is required is their hard work, and their loyalty and faith to the Soviet State. But now a murderer is on the loose.

    Melvin says: "Terror from all sides."
    "George Orwell couldn't have put it better"
    Overall

    I enjoyed so much listening to this audiobook. This is a great thriller by all means, but what sets it aside is the settings of the plot in the end-of-Stalin reign era in the USSR. The author succeeds to take you back to those awful years and let you feed like you have witnessed this your self. True that the plot has its own weakness in some of the twists, but all in all, experiencing the communist era in such deepness makes this a great novel. But go read George Orwell famous 1984 after this book if you had not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shack

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Wm. Paul Young
    • Narrated By Roger Mueller
    Overall
    (4068)
    Performance
    (1695)
    Story
    (1749)

    Mackenzie Allen Philips' youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare.

    Renato says: "much more than I expected"
    "Beware of this book"
    Overall

    While the book is well written, it is like a ferry tale told about the holy trinity. This is a very christian oriented book and probably will appeal to christian people, or any one that wonders what's behind the christian way of thinking.
    It is amusing to watch the type of emotional manipulation played by the author on the reader, as if directed by an Hollywood 3rd degree film director. For anyone really interested I highly recommend follow the reading of the book by Richard Dawkins' best seller God Delusion book.

    12 of 31 people found this review helpful

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