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Carol Lemelin

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St. Clair Shores, MI USA | Member Since 2005

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  • 218 titles in library
  • 26 purchased in 2014
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  • The Keep

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jennifer Egan
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner, Geneva Carr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (61)

    Two cousins, devastated by a childhood prank, reunite 20 years later to renovate a castle in Eastern Europe. The fortress has a bloody history that stretches back hundreds of years. Amid extreme paranoia and eerie silence, the men reenact the signal event of their youth, with even more catastrophic results.

    Christie says: "Wish I could read it for the first time again"
    "Better than Ruin"
    Overall

    As far as I'm concerned The Keep succeeds where Ruin failed miserably. It kept the mystery going from beginning to end and all was plausible at the final page. An altogether satisfying book.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Thomas

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    Overall
    (4632)
    Performance
    (2085)
    Story
    (2101)

    "The dead don't talk. I don't know why." But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn.

    Denise says: "No Doubting Thomas"
    "Creepy"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Just not my style. Way too creepy! The Reader was fine and the idea ok but brrrrr!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Man's Nightingale: An Inspector Wexford Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Nigel Anthony
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (60)

    A female vicar named Sarah Hussain is discovered strangled in her Kingsmarkham vicarage. Maxine, the gossipy cleaning woman who finds the body, happens to also be in the employ of former Chief Inspector Reginald Wexford and his wife. When called on by his old deputy, Wexford, who has taken to reading The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire as a retirement project, leaps at the chance to tag along with the investigators. Wexford is intrigued by the unusual circumstances of the murder, but he's also desperate to escape the chatty Maxine.

    Deborah says: "Perfect audiobook"
    "Rendell Never Misses"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I would seem that Ruth Rendell/Barbara Vine drinks from the same well
    as Agatha Christie did. How else to explain that she never misses? The story this time seemed almost ordinary but Queen Ruth never allows you to out-think her! Retired Inspector Wexford is the senior statesman of detectives, getting to the bottom of things without womanizing, drinking or suffering from some psychological malady. Love him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Purity of Vengeance: A Department Q Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (693)
    Performance
    (597)
    Story
    (608)

    International superstar Jussi Adler-Olsen, with more than fourteen million copies of his books sold worldwide, returns with the fourth book in his New York Times best-selling Department Q series, about a perplexing cold case with sinister modern-day consequences. In 1987, Nete Hermansen plans revenge on those who abused her in her youth, including Curt Wad, a charismatic surgeon who was part of a movement to sterilize wayward girls in 1950s Denmark.

    Charles Atkinson says: "It's a 5 Star Story of Revenge"
    "Another Winner"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story craft of this book is wonderful. I like the chemistry between Rose, Assad and Carl. I liked the way the story of Nete was woven throughout . The absolute evil of Curt Wad was chilling. Edge of my car seat all the way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Luminaries

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eleanor Catton
    • Narrated By Mark Meadows
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1041)
    Performance
    (898)
    Story
    (915)

    It is 1866 and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of 12 local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.

    Melinda says: "Not So Luminous"
    "Absorbing, Mystifying, Wonderful"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Luminaries to be better than the print version?

    I feel a little sorry for anyone who reads the print version because they would be deprived of the enjoyment of Mark Meadows brilliant work. So many varied characters and yet the listener knew exactly who was speaking every time.
    In addition, the wonderful language of the book, a vocabulary from the past made one feel that book had been written in 1865! That may not be everyone's cup of tea but I enjoyed it enormously.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Emory Stains, even though he appeared late was refreshingly gentle and open. His appearance seemed to light up the place.


    Which character – as performed by Mark Meadows – was your favorite?

    That would be impossible to say. All interpretations were wonderful.


    If you could take any character from The Luminaries out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Anna Weatheral because I would like to know more about life for women in that era.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • And the Mountains Echoed

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini, Navid Negahban, Shohreh Aghdashloo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2494)
    Performance
    (2203)
    Story
    (2195)

    Khaled Hosseini, the number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

    FanB14 says: "Does the End Justify the Means"
    "All Alone"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I guess I am the only reader/listener who was disappointed in this book. I was engrossed for the first 2/3 then not so much! I guess I am a romantic and while I realize real life is not easy, I want my novels to satisfy more than this one did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twenties Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (528)
    Performance
    (313)
    Story
    (316)

    When the spirit of Lara's great-aunt Sadie - a feisty, demanding girl with firm ideas about fashion, love, and the right way to dance - mysteriously appears, she has one last request: Lara must find a missing necklace that had been in Sadie's possession for more than 75 years, and Sadie cannot rest without it. Lara, on the other hand, has a number of ongoing distractions.

    Alison says: "Love this One of my Favorites of Sophie Kinsella's"
    "How I love this book!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book stands on a special virtual shelf in my library: the one of books I intend to listen to over and over again! I love Sadie. The reader makes her come alive and she is very much alive no doubt about that! I was sorry to end it but I promise myself to read it again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Pub Across the Pond

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Mary Carter
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (54)

    Carlene Rivers is many things. Dutiful, reliable, kind. Lucky? Not so much. At 30, she’s living a stifling existence in Cleveland, Ohio. Then one day, Carlene buys a raffle ticket. The prize: a pub on the west coast of Ireland. Carlene is stunned when she wins. Everyone else is stunned when she actually goes. As soon as she arrives in Ballybeog, Carlene is smitten, not just by the town’s beguiling mix of ancient and modern but by the welcome she receives.

    Kathy says: "a romance read, disappointing for me."
    "Disappointment"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The reviews for this book were good but I was disappointed. The continual use of THAT four letter word was overwhelming,. I actually didn't finish the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1956)
    Performance
    (923)
    Story
    (935)

    At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt's harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.

    Stephen says: "River of Doubt"
    "Doubt for sure"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I always have admired Teddy but this journey made me have some doubts.
    Fascinating accounts of the flora and fauna could almost stand alone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5240)
    Performance
    (3007)
    Story
    (3049)

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    avid reader says: "Hours of enjoyable, fun listening"
    "From Page One to the End"
    Overall

    I simply loved this book. Page one grabbed me so hard I actually thought I felt it.
    Every character was so beautifully drawn I can see them all in my mind.
    I almost hope they don't make a movie of it which could spoil my images.
    The garden, the coastline, the black rock, the house, the cottage, I have to keep
    reminding myself that I have never actually seen these places!
    Oh reader, enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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