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Robin Nystrom

Chicago IL | Member Since 2003

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  • 355 titles in library
  • 15 purchased in 2014
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  • Mistletoe Man

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Susan Wittig Albert
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    As the Christmas decorating season approaches, Thyme & Seasons proprietor China Bayles feels overwhelmed. While she tries to balance her new roles of wife and step-mom with the demands of her thriving herbal shop, her business partner and best friend, Ruby, mysteriously disappears. Soon China's cantankerous mistletoe supplier Carl turns up dead. With Ruby missing and friends suspected of murder, China must investigate before tragedy strikes again.

    Robin Nystrom says: "Drab reading"
    "Drab reading"
    Overall

    This book never clicked with me, mostly because the reading left me cold. It's not just a case of the accent or voice, but the delivery seems flat and the story wasn't compelling enough to rescue it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Eyre Affair: A Thursday Next Novel

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Sastre
    Overall
    (821)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (134)

    Great Britain, circa 1985: time travel is routine, and literature is taken very, very seriously. England is a virtual police state where an aunt can get lost (literally) in a Wordsworth poem and forging Byronic verse is a punishable offense. All this is business as usual for Thursday Next, Special Operative in literary detection. But when someone begins kidnapping characters from works of literature and plucks Jane Eyre from the pages of Bronte's novel, Thursday is faced with the challenge of her career.

    Susan says: "What a gem!"
    "Delightful, whimsical"
    Overall

    From the minute Elizabeth Sastre takes off describing the world of Thursday Next, Literatec, you're off on a fascinating jaunt into a world jumbled with memories of distant English lit classes, bold characterizations, and imaginative story-telling. Ms. Sastre imparts the perfect tone, light-hearted and tongue-in-cheek without being too cute. Her reading led me to listen (and enjoy) the other titles in the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lost

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Ray Lonnen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (613)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (266)

    Michael Robotham's Suspect, hailed as "a lightning-paced debut" by Entertainment Weekly, was an international best seller that raised the bar for thrillers. Now two characters from that acclaimed novel, Detective Vincent Ruiz and psychologist Joe O'Loughlin, return for the electrifying Lost. When Detective Ruiz is pulled from the Thames, he has a bullet in his leg, a photograph of a missing (and presumed dead) girl in his pocket, and absolutely no memory of what happened.

    Lauren says: "EXCELLENT"
    "Gripping from opening lines"
    Overall

    This is an example of the perfect match between narrator and spoken word. The tension and intrigue is there from the minute the book gets underway and I look forward to hearing more from both the author and narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heavenly Date and Other Flirtations

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By various
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Alexander McCall Smith, the New York Times best-selling author of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency and the recipient of two Booker Judges' Special Recommendations, delivers an intriguing collection of stories about dating. The emotions in these tales run from the thrill of finding happiness to the humiliation and loneliness of rejection.

    Robin Nystrom says: "Not expected"
    "Not expected"
    Overall

    Those looking for the more lighthearted writing of McCall Smith (Mma Ramotswe series, et al) might be surprised by the relatively dark tone of these short stories. Note, they're also frankly sexual in tone, usually dealing with failures and unhappiness, with a few exceptions.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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