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  • The Rook: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Daniel O'Malley
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1993)
    Performance
    (1809)
    Story
    (1809)

    Myfanwy Thomas awakes in a London park surrounded by dead bodies. With her memory gone, her only hope of survival is to trust the instructions left in her pocket by her former self. She quickly learns that she is a Rook, a high-level operative in a secret agency that protects the world from supernatural threats. But there is a mole inside the organization - and this person wants her dead.

    Ethan M. says: "Harry Dresden meets English bureaucracy"
    "Slow to start...but picks up and gets interesting."
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    What did you love best about The Rook?

    I loved the twists and turns that kept you listening. Occasionally, it would start to slow but just when you thought about giving up listening...it pulls you back in. The narrator does an amazing job of exploring the characters and finding just the right voice for everyone.


    What other book might you compare The Rook to and why?

    It's hard to draw comparisons to this book...but it often conjured up similarities of Harry Potter, albeit with adult language. The fantasy aspect of the book reminded me of the Harry Potter series.


    What about Susan Duerden’s performance did you like?

    She is such a versatile vocalist. Looking forward to listening to her again!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Likeness

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Heather O'Neill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2903)
    Performance
    (1801)
    Story
    (1809)

    Tana French's debut, In the Woods, hit the New York Times best-seller list and drew rave reviews from the Times (London) and Booklist. Picking up six months later, this riveting sequel finds Detective Cassie Maddox still scarred by her last case. When her boyfriend calls her to a chilling murder scene, Cassie is forced to face her inner demons. A young woman has been found stabbed to death outside Dublin, and the victim looks just like Cassie.

    Michael says: "Really on a Different Level"
    "Imagery for DAYS...but a smidge hard to believe."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Likeness to be better than the print version?

    Unless you take the time to REALLY REALLY read this book, I think you don't get the beautiful dexriptions you hear from the audio version. The Irish accent is key to a good portion of the story.


    What about Heather O'Neill’s performance did you like?

    She's brilliant. An amazing ability to make each character unique with the Irish accent is amazing.


    Any additional comments?

    The only thing I find hard to believe is the main premise of the story is hard to believe. I had 4 roomates in college and I would know, without a doubt if he was a "stand in"....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black Irish: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Stephan Talty
    • Narrated By David H. Lawrence XVII
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (39)

    Absalom “Abbie” Kearney grew up an outsider in her own hometown. Even being the adopted daughter of a revered cop couldn’t keep Abbie’s troubled past from making her a misfit in the working-class Irish American enclave of South Buffalo. And now, despite a Harvard degree and a police detective’s badge, she still struggles to earn the respect and trust of those she’s sworn to protect. But all that may change, once the killing starts. When Jimmy Ryan’s mangled corpse is found in a local church basement, this sadistic sacrilege sends a bone-deep chill through the winter-whipped city.

    Deborah says: "VERY GOOD first effort!"
    "A look into Irish in the US during The Troubles"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Black Irish to be better than the print version?

    I think having the book read to you lets you hear all the details that you may miss if you were reading quickly or have a hard time picking up on nuances.


    What does David H. Lawrence XVII bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I would've prefered a female narrator as the main character is a woman. I think having the book read by a woman would've


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

    I listent to my books on my hour commute into work 4 times a week. I found myself listening at night before bed while I finished chores around the house and began looking forward to my commute!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (18324)
    Performance
    (14145)
    Story
    (14089)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "INEXCUSABLE!"
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    Would you listen to Bossypants again? Why?

    This is a book you could listen to over and over and never tire of the hilarity. A great glimpse into the world of a nerdy kid who made it to the show....and is now running it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bossypants?

    The chapters on her father, Don Fey are some of the most honest, forthright and hilarious I have ever heard. Her devotion to the gay community is heartwarming and her candor about her relationships, both platonic and romantic are muddled with humor and reality.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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