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  • Long Time No See: An 87th Precinct Mystery, Book 32

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Ed McBain
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    When a blind couple is murdered, Steve Carella’s only clue is the 10-year-old dream one of the victims had. This dream will lead him to a killer whose secret is worth murder. This lastest installment in the 87th Precinct series is a labyrinthine thriller that will leave listeners breathless.

    HarperNaidoff says: "Narration Spoils Book."
    "Narration Spoils Book."
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    What would have made Long Time No See better?

    I have read almost all 87th Pct Police novels when they were first in print.
    Over time, after reading all the novels as they are published, I have created a minds eye view of all the characters. Much to my chagrin the narrator of this installment of the series bears no similarity to my mental image. The difference between what I have created in my mind, over the years, and what I hear on this download is completely incompatible. The voices I hear on the audio book bear no similarity to the voices of the characters I have created in my mind. So much so that after 5 minutes I could no longer listen to this audio book. As a born Brooklynite the accent is totally unrecognizable as from an Earthly city. What a waste of money!


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dick Hill’s performances?

    Never ever.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Total disappointment.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Language A to Z

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, John McWhorter
    • Narrated By Professor John McWhorter
    Overall
    (384)
    Performance
    (346)
    Story
    (335)

    Linguistics, the study of language, has a reputation for being complex and inaccessible. But here's a secret: There's a lot that's quirky and intriguing about how human language works-and much of it is downright fun to learn about. But with so many potential avenues of exploration, it can often seem daunting to try to understand it. Where does one even start?

    Jacobus says: "A genious Miscelany of linguistic topics"
    "Entertainment not Education."
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    What was most disappointing about The Great Courses’s story?

    In Language A to Z John McWhorter entertains rather than educates. He gaily skips across a bed of quick-sand (language and grammar). McWhorter neither stumbles nor falls. N’ere even gets a toe wet. I don’t want to drown in a sea of grammar but would have liked to, at least, get ankle deep or even knee deep. Every time I reached for a pencil to take a note I found that McWhorter had changed direction and was forging forward on a different train of thought. McWhorter is bright, knowledgeable and witty. Perfect for a cocktail party not for a Great Course!


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Truth-Stained Lies: Moonlighter, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Terri Blackstock
    • Narrated By Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (83)

    Cathy Cramer is a former lawyer and investigative blogger who writes commentary on local homicides. When she finds a threatening note warning her that she’s about to experience the same kind of judgment and speculation that she dishes out in her blog, Cathy writes it off as mischief…until her brother is caught in the middle of a murder investigation - the victim is his ex-wife. As her brother is tried and convicted in the media, and bloggers have a field day, Cathy wonders if she should have taken the threat more seriously.

    Susan Fryman says: "Truth Stained Lies"
    "Religion Add-on"
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    What disappointed you about Truth-Stained Lies?

    The mystery is quite nice BUT once the mystery is solved Christian theology is added. There is no reason to add Christian theology to this story. It does not add to the story nor is it necessary to understand the conclusion. For me to read "let's pray" as part of the story is completely OK but to make the request to pray to a Christian G-d excludes me and all the readers who have faith but are not Christians.


    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mark Haddon
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4052)
    Performance
    (1764)
    Story
    (1783)

    Fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone has Asperger's Syndrome, a condition similar to autism. He doesn't like to be touched or meet new people, he cannot make small talk, and he hates the colors brown and yellow. He is a math whiz with a very logical brain who loves solving puzzles that have definite answers.

    Robert says: "Endearing. Pathos, humor, reality, and insight."
    "Far beyond Good"
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    Where does The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    There was really nothing about this book that attracted me except the sale price. So - I bought it, put it aside for later, and started to listen to it when my internet cable was down (out of shear boredom ). What a wonderful surprise! I found everything about this book, the story, the main protagonist, the reader, and the pace and sound of the language to be beyond my wildest expectation. Please get this book. Just sit back and listen and just say ahhhhh.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Harbinger: The Ancient Mystery that Holds the Secret to America's Future

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Jonathan Cahn
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cahn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (945)
    Performance
    (837)
    Story
    (854)

    Is it possible that there exists an ancient mystery that holds the secret of America's future? That this mystery lies behind everything from 9/11 to the collapse of the global economy? That ancient harbingers of judgment are now manifesting in America? That God is sending America a prophetic message of what is yet to come? Before its end as a nation, there appeared in ancient Israel nine specific warnings and omens of national destruction - these same Nine Harbingers are now manifesting in America with profound ramifications.

    Ryan says: "Makes you think..."
    "Totally A Waste of Time"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I had expected an interesting story in line with Dan Brown's quasi historic pot boilers. Alas, this book is total hog-wash -- Blaming America for 9/11 --
    Drawing parallels between the fall of the first Temple in Jerusalem and the fall of WTC is beyond contempt. One would have to be a rather dim bulb to see these happenings as G-d's punishment for the deeds of the victims rather than the actions of evil men.


    9 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Jujitsu Rabbi and the Godless Blonde: A True Story

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Rebecca Dana
    • Narrated By Rebecca Dana
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    A child who never quite fit in, Rebecca Dana worshipped at the altar of Truman Capote and Nora Ephron, dreaming of one day ditching Pittsburgh and moving to New York, her Jerusalem. After graduating from college, she made her way to the city to begin her destiny. For a time, life turned out exactly as she’d planned: glamorous parties; beautiful people; the perfect job, apartment, and man. But when it all came crashing down, she found herself catapulted into another world....

    Janet H. Maddox says: "a story so good it can only be true"
    "It's not all it could be!"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story was great but each event, thought, or experience was retold without - who, what, when, where, &/or how.


    What could Rebecca Dana have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    A possibly marvelous story would have made the grade if the 5 questions above were written into the story.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The characters and setting were almost interesting. If only reasons, background, history, or internal dialog were included. This book could have been so much more than it was. I was very disappointed


    Any additional comments?

    Chasidic Crown Heights is so different, interesting, and rife with stories and history I wanted this book to be more than it was. The storyteller was, for me, just the person to fill in all the blanks. Her non-observant Jewish background would have really been ideal for this but, I guess, it would have been a ten book tome rather than a single book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9025)
    Performance
    (3252)
    Story
    (3329)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    Frank says: "Not his best"
    "The Lost Symbol"
    Overall

    Found The Lost Symbol to be totally boring. With the help of Google I did see the wonderful painting on the dome and the sculpt of Washington as Zeus but the setting lacks the exoticism of the settings in his other books. Trying to demonize the Masons is like re-writing Mozart's Magic Flute - it has all been said before and de-bunked.
    I am sorry to have wasted my book credit on this book and feel cheated by an author from whom I had expected new ideas, tantilizing plots, and a roaring good read.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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