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Claudia

Reston, VA, USA | Member Since 2002

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  • Justice Hall

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (762)
    Performance
    (406)
    Story
    (408)

    A trail of ominous clues comprise a mystery that leads from an English hamlet to the city of Paris to the wild prairie of the New World. The trap is set, the game is afoot; but can Holmes and Russell catch an elusive killer, or has the murderer caught them?

    Mary Twain says: "Best Holmes since Arthur Conan Doyle"
    "Great listen!"
    Overall

    After The Beekeeper's Apprentice I was hooked and wanted more. Just be advised that there are other books in between Beekeeper and Justice Hall, and some important things happen that you may wish you'd found out in the "correct" order. The reader does a great job of capturing the different personalities - so good in fact that I went right to Locked Rooms after finishing JH. What great characters Ms. King has both created and made to live on. I think these books would make such fun movies (Liam Neson as Holmes and Kiera Knightly as Russell - that's who my mind conjures up). Enjoy!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Freeman

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Leonard Pitts
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (107)

    Freeman, the new novel by Leonard Pitts, Jr., takes place in the first few months following the Confederate surrender and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Upon learning of Lee's surrender, Sam - a runaway slave who once worked for the Union Army - decides to leave his safe haven in Philadelphia and set out on foot to return to the war-torn South. What compels him on this almost-suicidal course is the desire to find his wife, the mother of his only child, whom he and their son left behind 15 years earlier on the Mississippi farm to which they all "belonged".

    Chrissie says: "After the Civil War"
    "Can't Say Enough About This One"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What did you love best about Freeman?

    The characters, the history, the journey..... After one chapter I was hooked. I generally read a lot of fast-paced spy novels, but this book had me just as engrossed. I couldn't wait to get back to it, and I didn't want it to end. Everything I love about books (transporting me to another world, teaching me things, making me a part of the character's lives) is contained in this book. I had just finished reading Michael Shaara's Killer Angels, so this was a nice follow-on.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sam. He endured so much, yet he never lost his humanity.


    What about Sean Crisden’s performance did you like?

    When I first started to listen I thought "oh no, this guy's voice is really going to bug me" but then I started thinking, "wow, he can really do women's voices well." To say he can do voices well is an understatement. This is one of the best performances I have listened to - at times I was sure I was hearing the actual characters and not just someone reading. Well done!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A long forgotten slice of history.


    Any additional comments?

    So well written! The way the different stories were ultimately woven together was excellent. At times a very tough story to listen to, but I was immersed and am so glad to have had the experience!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • NOS4A2: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Kate Mulgrew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2972)
    Performance
    (2754)
    Story
    (2759)

    Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

    Jacqueline says: "Finish to Start Excellent is Novel This"
    "Creepy, but it won me over!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to NOS4A2 again? Why?

    Although this book creeped me out in the beginning, the characters were so well developed and so believable that after I got over the yuck factor I was hooked.


    What other book might you compare NOS4A2 to and why?

    I listen more to crime drama and thrillers, not so much to horror, but I am now looking at other Joe Hill books to listen to.


    Have you listened to any of Kate Mulgrew’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I was captivated by Kate Mulgrew’s narration. I have been listening to audiobooks for at least 20 years and I can comfortably say that this performance is among the best I have EVER heard. Unfortunately, she doesn't have a vast library of narrated books yet, I hope that changes as I would consider almost any book just for her narration.


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

    I had to stop listening for a few days when I was alone in my house. After that, I couldn't put it down!


    Any additional comments?

    I was aware throughout the book of the quality of writing, and that made it even more enjoyable. Not sure how I will feel about Christmas this year, Charlie Manx will surly enter my mind....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Maze: FBI Thriller #2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Catherine Coulter
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (535)
    Performance
    (277)
    Story
    (279)

    Lacey Sherlock's life is forever changed when her older sister's body is discovered in an abandoned warehouse. She is the fourth victim of the String Killer, the name given by the media to a murderer who leads his victims into a maze with a ball of twine. Seven years after Belinda's death, Lacey, now an FBI agent, is paired up with computer whiz Dillon Savich, who has developed a predictive program to aid in the apprehension of serial killers.

    Lori says: "Too much detail, not enough flow"
    "I'd pass on this one"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This book kept me both listening and wondering why I was still listening. The story was just intriguing enough that I stuck with it, but still found myself saying "oh please, really?, c'mon". I agree with others, WAY too many other good books out there to spend time (and money) on this one.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Joseph J. Ellis
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (650)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (189)

    A New York Times best seller, Founding Brothers is an engrossing work of nonfiction from National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize winner Joseph J. Ellis. It is a book that uncovers the substance behind many of our most cherished historical tales. Here are six fascinating, well-researched chapters involving such icons as George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison.

    Vernon says: "Remarkably moving book"
    "Reads More Like a Textbook"
    Overall

    I love the subject and I've seen the author speak and was impressed, but this book reads much more like a textbook than a story. Not bad, as long as you are anticipating this style - I was expecting something more along the lines of John Adams (which I loved). There were WAY too many "salient" points.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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