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Marne

Seattle, WA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Garment of Shadows: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin, Robert Ian Mackenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (358)
    Performance
    (307)
    Story
    (311)

    In a strange room in Morocco, Mary Russell is trying to solve a pressing mystery: Who am I? She has awakened with shadows in her mind, blood on her hands, and soldiers pounding on the door. Out in the hivelike streets, she discovers herself strangely adept in the skills of the underworld, escaping through alleys and rooftops, picking pockets and locks. She is clothed like a man, and armed only with her wits and a scrap of paper containing a mysterious Arabic phrase. Overhead, warplanes pass ominously north.

    connie says: "for this series fan, a disappointment"
    "Not so bad. . . ."
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    Other reviews seemed less than enamored with this Mary and Sherlock mystery. I must say it was distinctly better than the Pirates story, although I'm not all that crazy about the history of Morocco. The second voice, for Sherlock, didn't bother me as much as some other listeners. I won't give King up just yet.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Just One Evil Act: A Lynley Novel, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Elizabeth George
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (289)
    Story
    (286)

    Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers is at a loss: The daughter of her friend Taymullah Azhar has been taken by her mother, and Barbara can't really help - Azhar had never married Angelina, and his name isn't on Hadiyyah's, their daughter's, birth certificate. He has no legal claim. Azhar and Barbara hire a private detective, but the trail goes cold. Azhar is just beginning to accept his soul-crushing loss when Angelina reappears with shocking news: Hadiyyah is missing, kidnapped from an Italian marketplace.

    Ruth Nielsen says: "Not a Fan Anymore!"
    "Not her best"
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    Would you try another book from Elizabeth George and/or Davina Porter?

    Yes, I have read all of Elizabeth George's Inspector Linley books. And Davina Porter is excellent.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Elizabeth George? Why or why not?

    Naturally.


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    She is usually just "spot on" in depicting what's happening. I feel like I really know the characters.


    Could you see Just One Evil Act being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    NO!


    Any additional comments?

    This is a story that started out well but then devolved into a story that seemed to be searching for a "point". George has used lots of Italian in the text which is often not translated, [or other wise made clear] so I felt like I was missing the "flavor" of so many lines. And sadly it just ended. It was clear that more was to come re Linley, but B. Havers and Azhar were just left. It was so disappointing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Beautiful Mystery: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1119)
    Performance
    (973)
    Story
    (963)

    No outsiders are ever admitted to the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, hidden deep in the wilderness of Quebec, where two dozen cloistered monks live in peace and prayer. They grow vegetables, they tend chickens, they make chocolate. And they sing. Ironically, for a community that has taken a vow of silence, the monks have become world-famous for their glorious voices, raised in ancient chants whose effect on both singer and listener is so profound it is known as “the beautiful mystery.”

    Sparkly says: "Engaging, entertaining, and heartbreaking."
    "Oh, oh, oh"
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    How long must we wait to learn more? Louise Penny is such a marvelous story teller and she has me totally "hooked" by the end of the book. So leaving quite so many loose ends made me want to just cry and yell. I kept hoping that things might resolve, as I watched the minutes tick down to the ending. I hope she won't keep us waiting long.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Trick of the Light: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (971)
    Performance
    (831)
    Story
    (823)

    “Hearts are broken,” Lillian Dyson carefully underlined in a book. “Sweet relationships are dead.” But now Lillian herself is dead. Found among the bleeding hearts and lilacs of Clara Morrow's garden in Three Pines, shattering the celebrations of Clara's solo show at the famed Musée in Montreal.

    barbara says: "Amazing"
    "Another Stellar Performance"
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    What did you love best about A Trick of the Light?

    It is complicated and approachable all at the same time. Her stories are are written on multiple levels and keep you fully engrossed.


    What about Ralph Cosham???s performance did you like?

    His performance is clear and without being exaggerated, very exciting. His presentation of the French makes it clear even to me - a non-French speaker.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, because Penny makes you want to know more and more. Instead it is wonderful to dole it out in smaller bits and make it last longer.


    Any additional comments?

    I can hardly wait for her next book - especially because she left so many loose ends (which I don't think she did in previous stories)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bury Your Dead: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1006)
    Performance
    (663)
    Story
    (664)

    Chief Inspector Armand Gamache has come to Winter Carnival - not to join the revels but to recover from an investigation gone hauntingly wrong. But violent death is inescapable, even in the apparent sanctuary of the Literary and Historical Society - where an obsessive historian’s quest for the remains of the founder of Quebec, Samuel de Champlain, ends in murder. Could a secret buried with Champlain for nearly 400 years be so dreadful that someone would kill to protect it?

    Judy says: "Another great tale!"
    "Fabulous"
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    Where does Bury Your Dead rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    Louise Penny just improves with each book. Each of her characters becomes more human, more complex and thus more approachable with each story. With essentially three story lines going at one time you do have to pay attention, but it becomes just gripping with a couple of hours left to listen. Dinner, television - everything got put on hold to finish up and hear the resolutions.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    How will it all resolve itself? And what really happened all those years ago? Penny leaves clues along the way but you must become engaged in the whole affair.


    What about Ralph Cosham???s performance did you like?

    He does a stellar job - moving seemingly effortlessly from French to English. I associate him totally with Inspector Gemache, so should find something else he has done and compare.


    0 of 0 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
    (265)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (160)

    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"
    "I want to go to BallyBuckleBo"
    Overall

    A charming glimpse at an Irish village - filled with characters and curmudgeons - people whom I would love to know in person. Spend some time in BallyBuckleBo (sp?) - you won't regret it.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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