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J. Hasley

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  • 23 reviews
  • 195 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2014
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  • Emma

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (822)
    Performance
    (528)
    Story
    (532)

    One of Jane Austen's most popular novels. Arrogant, self-willed, and egotistical, Emma is her most unusual heroine.

    H. CRODDICK says: "Wonderful listen"
    "Emma revisited"
    Overall

    I always thought I would never like anyone reading Emma, but Flo Gibson. I was wrong. Juliet Stevenson does a wonderful job.
    "Badly done Emma." Well done Juliet!!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Nine Dragons: Harry Bosch, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    Overall
    (2266)
    Performance
    (894)
    Story
    (904)

    The one good thing in Bosch's life, the person he holds most dear, is taken from him and Bosch travels to Hong Kong in an all-or-nothing bid to regain what he's lost. In a place known as Nine Dragons, as the city's Hungry Ghosts festival burns around him, Bosch puts aside everything he knows and risks everything he has in a desperate bid to outmatch the triad's ferocity.

    Derek says: "Not Connelly's Best"
    "9 Dragons"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Nine Dragons isn't a strong entry for Connelly. The story goes along well enough, but not great. I found myself less than absorbed. At the end--the who done it and why left me disappointed. Good writing couldn't convince me this this ending was plausible. I don't believe the characters would have acted as they did. One can't just pick a murderer when writing a mystery. The psychology has to be there. And in 9 Dragons, it's missing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Columbine

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dave Cullen
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1769)
    Performance
    (804)
    Story
    (814)

    Over the course of this gripping narrative, Dave Cullen approaches his subjects with unrivaled care and insight. What emerges are shattering portraits of the killers, the victims, and the community that suffered one of the greatest - and most socially and historically important - shooting tragedies of the 20th century.

    Book reader says: "Truth and heartache"
    "Perspective"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The only thing that got in the way of listening to this book was stopping to look up the news articles and youtube videos I had never paid attention to at the time of the tragedy. Bullies in high school, road rage on the highway--these are things in our world, but not things I want to focus on. Then I read review about this book--about how the media had tried to drive our interpretations of this event. How the real stories was quite different. That got my attention. This is one compelling story. We are often curious about the reason for crimes. The media fed this frenzy. The finger pointing didn't point to the truth. The writing and the narration were both excellent. Anyone reading this book will imagine what it would have been like to be huddled under one of the library tables--and be moved....maybe even changed by it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9805)
    Performance
    (9123)
    Story
    (9123)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "Ready reader one"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I would have bet against liking a book about video games...and I would have lost the bet.
    This book didn't draw me in with the history of the games, but with the current knowledge of what happens when our world is regulated. I read it because I like after Amergeddon-type chaos books. For me those stories are about survivors. It does not come across as a fantasy as much as a what could happen. It is not whiney about it. It's just the way it is. After that comes survival.
    This book was one of my best reads of the year...in fact I voted it my best read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14590)
    Performance
    (8993)
    Story
    (8864)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Maybe it's me?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I've heard so much about the Outlander for so long, I thought this was a sure thing.
    I've listened to Davina Porter's narrations in the past, and enjoyed every one. I like the idea of time travel. Maybe I was expecting too much---but this book just didn't come together for me. I didn't find the heroine likable...and the further into I went, the more annoying she became. Jamie was interesting, but Claire's compass was too selfish. I see the numbers of people who just adore this book. All I can say is I tried, but could not get lost in the story.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Hallowe'en Party

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By John Moffatt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    Mystery writer Ariadne Oliver chaperones a Halloween party for a group of teenagers, one a talkative lass known for telling tall tales. In fact, Ariadne hears Joyce Reynolds brag that she has witnessed a murder. But when Joyce is found drowned in an apple-bobbing tub, Ariadne wonders if the girl was too close to the truth, and too close to a killer. Unmasking the culprit is a job for Hercule Poirot.

    Thomas says: "An Excellent Piorot Mystery"
    "Good stuff!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Agatha Christie is one of the best....if not the best "Who Done It" writers who uses the common village and neighbors as both the background and foreground of her mysteries. I enjoy mysteries set in places with a cast of characters that all have a familiarity about them. Some place we could go...someone we might know---and yet throw a murder into the mix...and its actually wonderful to curl up in a chair with low lights and listen the story unfold.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Vincent Bugliosi, Curt Gentry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1367)
    Performance
    (1194)
    Story
    (1197)

    Prosecuting attorney in the Manson trial Vincent Bugliosi held a unique insider's position in one of the most baffling and horrifying cases of the 20th century: the cold-blooded Tate-LaBianca murders carried out by Charles Manson and four of his followers. What motivated Manson in his seemingly mindless selection of victims, and what was his hold over the young women who obeyed his orders? Now available for the first time in unabridged audio, the gripping story of this famous and haunting crime is brought to life by acclaimed narrator Scott Brick.

    Larry says: "What a great book."
    "Best inside scoop to a trial"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is an amazing story. The fact that it is true...never quite reaches believable. But it is. I was only 9 when the murders happened. I remember the pervasive fear. This book doesn't explain it all---How could it? Not even a book by Manson himself would accomplish that. But this book is as close the mark as we can get. It adds to the horror if one has actually heard Manson speak and realize how charismatic he could be. The authors turn the array of clues and facts into a compelling story. I think it's one of the best True Crime books out there and the audiobook is a job well done.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Murder on the Orient Express: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By David Suchet
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (959)
    Performance
    (555)
    Story
    (549)

    Savor one of the most clever of Christie's suspenseful classics. An American businessman is stabbed to death aboard a luxury train, the Orient Express, snowbound in the middle of Europe. Nothing escapes the eagle eye and quick intelligence of the great Hercule Poirot, and clues abound. Sorting through a dozen perfectly respectable passengers, all suspects, Poirot is tenacious in his pursuit of the truth.

    Glenda Fuller says: "Great Story and Well Read"
    "Really?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I love Agatha Christie and I'm very fond of David Suchet---He is Poirot! However in this book, and this book alone, I felt like he was doing a caricature. I know that's a fine line-because one even gets the sense that Dame Christie meant him to be over the top--but the voice grated as well as the similar voice of the Railroad Director. On the other hand, I laughed every time I heard Mrs. Humphries voice. He outdid himself. Excellent. This isn't a bad book by any means...but nor was it one of the best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Sudden, Fearful Death

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (120)

    Anne Perry's Victorian murder mysteries have enthralled millions with their evocative atmosphere and finely-crafted suspense. Now, in this mesmerizing best seller, the star of these mysteries, Inspector William Monk, returns to solve the most heartbreaking case of his career.

    Nina says: "Oh, yummy, yummy -- another great Anne Perry"
    "Sudden, Fearful Death"
    Overall

    Anne Perry writes a good murder mystery. I love all of the William Monk and Hester stories.
    There is a kind of progression, but each can stand alone. If you don't like the first four, you won't like the next four. This book is one of the best of the series. Great characters. Compelling story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dangerous Mourning: A William Monk Novel #2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (303)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (197)

    When the beautiful daughter of Sir Basil Moidore is stabbed to death in her bed, Inspector Monk and Nurse Latterly uncover a tale of shame and scandal that threatens to destroy a powerful London dynasty.

    gwennieg says: "A Dangerous Mourning"
    "William Monk"
    Overall

    I like Charlotte and Thomas--but I love William Monk and Hester Laterly books. Well done Anne Perry. I like their banter and reluctant respect.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Still Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1861)
    Performance
    (1236)
    Story
    (1245)

    Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it's nothing more than a tragic hunting accident, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods.

    Sydney says: "a gentle mystery"
    "Merci!"
    Overall

    I downloaded this book as part of promotion for first books of new writers. By the end of chapter two, I was downloading all of the available Louise Penny books and subscribing to her newsletter. She is amazing. You can't have murder without humor and to use French to further create an intimacy of location for this fictional village is a genius touch. I am fond of many audiobooks, but Louise Penny's books are all favorites.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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