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E.D.

Goldenthreads

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  • 38 reviews
  • 194 ratings
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  • 39 purchased in 2014
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  • Honor's Splendour

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (840)
    Performance
    (537)
    Story
    (535)

    In the feuding English court, gentle Lady Madelyne suffered the cruel whims of her ruthless brother, Baron Louddon. Then, in vengeance for a bitter crime, Baron Duncan of Wexton—the Wolf—unleashed his warriors against Louddon's domain. Exquisite Madelyne was the prize he catured...but when he gazed upon the proud beauty, he pledged to protect her with his life.

    Jordy says: "Julie Garwood writes the best Highlander books!"
    "Grocery check out rack, good summer read"
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    This is not going to be an easy go for anyone who is familiar with history, especially medieval life. At all. OK, no one actually pulled out a cell phone, but it was a little difficult to suspend disbelief some times. It's a Romance, nothing more, not a history lesson, and it IS entertaining. Which can certainly be enough. I'd be cruising along in a medieval mind set and then run into something a few centuries too modern and it would sort of stop me in my tracks. I'd have to tell myself to get over it or pretend I didn't read it, and go on and enjoy the story. Which was possible because it IS an enjoyable story.

    SCA beware, or get past it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Falling Glass

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (1263)
    Performance
    (999)
    Story
    (991)

    Richard Coulter is a man who has everything. His beautiful new wife is pregnant, his upstart airline is undercutting the competition and moving from strength to strength, his diversification into the casino business in Macau has been successful, and his fabulous Art Deco house on an Irish cliff top has just been featured in Architectural Digest. But then, for some reason, his ex-wife Rachel doesn’t keep her side of the custody agreement and vanishes off the face of the earth with Richard’s two daughters. Richard hires Killian, a formidable ex-enforcer for the IRA, to track her down before Rachel, a recovering drug addict, harms herself or the girls.

    Cheryl says: "Hold on to your seat!!!"
    "Ick, especially if you're not fond of Joyce."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story sounded intriguing. Plots do begin to boil down to elements, if not handled properly. A well written book is one that contains these elements, but the story is told with such talent and grace that one doesn't notice and doesn't care. It's the TELLING that makes the difference. This isn't one of those. Like music, where there are only so many notes, but look what the talented can do with them! This is not one of those.
    Unfortunately the narrator was part of the problem. The lilt of an Irish accent can only enthrall for a page of two, then you've got to read for the STORY. This one only rose to the occasion a few times. Perhaps it's inexperience. If you have nothing in the story and the narrator can't add anything to it, it gets worse!
    By the end of the book, I didn't care. When it was over, my comment was "whatever." Mostly I was glad it was OVER.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Captain Vorpatril's Alliance

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (890)
    Performance
    (801)
    Story
    (813)

    Captain Ivan Vorpatril is happy with his relatively uneventful bachelor's life as a staff officer to a Barrayaran admiral. Cousin to imperial troubleshooter Miles Vorkosigan, Ivan is not far down the hereditary list for the emperorship. Thankfully, new heirs have directed that headache elsewhere, leaving Ivan to enjoy his life on Komarr, far from the Byzantine court politics of his home system. But when an old friend in Barrayaran intelligence asks Ivan to protect an attractive young woman who may be on the hit list of a criminal syndicate, his chivalrous nature takes over. It seems danger and adventure have once more found Captain Vorpatril.

    Barbara M. Sullivan says: "We are finally allowed to see Ivan without Miles."
    "I wish I'd discovered the series earlier!"
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    I wasn't sure what I was getting myself into, this is a long book. I'm glad I did, in fact it doesn't seem very long now. I hope the others are as much fun as this one! Grover Gardner's narration was wonderful!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Locked On

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3597)
    Performance
    (3077)
    Story
    (3060)

    Although his father had been reluctant to become a field operative, Jack Ryan Jr. wants nothing more. Privately training with a seasoned Special Forces drill instructor, he’s honing his skills to transition his work within The Campus from intelligence analysis to hunting down and eliminating terrorists wherever he can—even as Jack Ryan Sr. campaigns for re-election as President of the United States. But what neither father nor son knows is that the political and the personal have just become equally dangerous.

    Joseph says: "Give me more! Loved it!"
    "Buried in tedius detail and partisan politics."
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    The Narrator was good. It's down hill from there. After a very short time I really did not care how many of what kind of ammunition the weapon could fire within how many tenths of a second at what speed that would do whatever very specific damage to which of each entry points on the human body, trees, hillsides, trucks, cars, buildings, goats, sheep, dogs ad nauseam! Sheesh. Then dealing with all the partisan propaganda, good grief, blaming everything since Adam and Eve on anyone who has ever had a liberal or non-greedy, pro-human rights thought in their head! Ick.
    "Nuff Said."

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Death of a Bore

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (86)

    When John Heppel, a visiting writer to Lochdubh, first proposes forming a writers' circle, the idea is met with much enthusiasm from local residents. However, once the classes get underway, attendance quickly falters due to one undeniable fact: John Heppel is a long-winded, consummate bore. But is dullness a motive for murder? Hamish Macbeth wouldn't ordinarily think so. So when Heppel is found dead, Hamish begins looking for deeper meaning in the writer's stories.

    E.D. says: "Lochdubh rides again"
    "Lochdubh rides again"
    Overall
    Performance
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    This is a really great series, you can become a member of the community. The tall, lanky copper is like an orange lollipop, but there is much more to him. I had read this before, but for the life of me, I couldn't remember who did it, even as things unfolded! The victim is the sort you'd like to eliminate yourself, but the killer is worse, so you don't feel ambivalent about Hamish taking him/her down. This makes it a cozy

    The narrator is excellent, he sounds English, but does well with dialects and accents without making in unintelligible to Americans and Canadians.

    There was a short lived TV series with Robert Carlyle, who is quite short. I wish they'd do it again, but with David Tennant. He would also be another good narrator. IMHO

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Tomorrow: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2036)
    Performance
    (1025)
    Story
    (1026)

    In a novel that slams through one hairpin surprise after another, Lee Child unleashes a thriller that spans three decades and gnaws at the heart of America...and for Jack Reacher, a man who trusts no one and likes it that way, it's a mystery with only one answer the kind that comes when you finally get face-to-face and look your worst enemy in the eye.

    Laura says: "Child Needs an Editor"
    "Fine Reacher, get some background"
    Overall
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    Of course some of this plot is implausible, it's a Jack Reacher story, for Heaven's sake. There is some good back ground stuff, you get to meet people who already know Reacher better than you do, his peers. It's a whole different view of him. I got lost a couple of times during the plot, I'm not sure why but I was not sure where we were at some moments. Perhaps I should have kept a score card.
    The narration was wonderful, Dick Hill's characterizations were clear, and there was an excellent sense of drama at just the right moments.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deep Storm

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2075)
    Performance
    (687)
    Story
    (692)

    Former naval doctor Peter Crane is summoned to a remote oil platform in the North Atlantic to help diagnose a bizarre medical condition. But when he arrives, Crane learns that the real trouble lies far below on "Deep Storm", a stunningly advanced science-research facility built two miles beneath the surface on the ocean floor. The top-secret structure has been designed for one purpose: to excavate a recently discovered undersea site that may hold the answers to an ancient mystery.

    Tom says: "Must Read"
    "It's The Abyss with a negative ending"
    Overall
    Performance
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    This is pretty good summer reading. If you like adventure and science fiction, this is alright. Some things didn't make any sense at all, but who cares, it's not great literature (apologies to the author) but it is fiction, an adventure, a mystery, not prose or a monograph. I got a little bored during some of the lengthy pseudo-techincal descriptions, some didn't sound plausible or possible. Just don't look to deep and you'll be fine.
    As for narration, I know Scott Brick is very popular, but his vocal rhythms get too repetitive for me. I would have liked some vocal variety.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On What Grounds

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Cleo Coyle
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gibel
    Overall
    (371)
    Performance
    (318)
    Story
    (320)

    Clare Cosi used to manage the historic Village Blend coffeehouse…until she opted for quieter pastures and a more suburban life. But after ten years and a little friendly cajoling from the owner (a fresh pot of Jamaican Blue Mountain was all it took), she's back to the grind. With a sprawling rent-free apartment directly above the Village Blend, her cat Java by her side, and plenty of coffeehouse redecorating ideas, Clare is thrilled to return to work. Until she discovers the assistant manager unconscious in the back of the store, coffee grounds strewn everywhere.

    Pam says: "Stands out"
    "Way too much coffee."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The mystery part of this was good, very good. The coffee addiction is out of hand. I stopped listening twice because I just couldn't stand another cup of coffee as a metaphor for life. The worship of coffee became a little annoying. The story was worth slogging through all those wet grounds though.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Box: Harry Bosch, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Michael McConnohie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1940)
    Performance
    (1645)
    Story
    (1628)

    In a case that spans 20 years, Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photographer during the L.A. riots. Harry originally investigated the murder, but it was then handed off to the Riot Crimes Task Force and never solved. Now Bosch's ballistics match indicates that her death was not random violence, but something more personal, and connected to a deeper intrigue. Like an investigator combing through the wreckage after a plane crash, Bosch searches for the "black box", the one piece of evidence that will pull the case together.

    Amazon Customer says: "Disappointing"
    "Wowie Kazowie, He's back!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Another great Harry book, well worth the wait. The narrator was great, I don't see any problem getting used to him, he underplays sometimes, but so did Len Cariou. It took longer to adjust from Dick Hill to Cariou than it will to McConnohie, the quality of the voice is excellent for these books. The energy in his voice and the timbre is right.

    This one has lots of twists and turns, although none of them are really dead-ends but seem to be, for a while. Eventually it comes together for him. I'm not so sure we've ever come this close to losing him!

    Maddie is growing up and teaching Harry about parenting. He is doing very well, especially for someone who hasn't much experience on either side. I'd like to see a little more contact with Mickey's daughter. I guess there isn't time to hit on everything.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kindness Goes Unpunished: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (1787)
    Performance
    (1342)
    Story
    (1328)

    Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire mysteries are critically acclaimed. Longmire's third outing takes him from Wyoming to Philadelphia to investigate a brutal assault on his daughter, Cady. Walt believes her ex-boyfriend is behind the crime and searches him out. But when he turns up dead, Walt is back to square one.

    TravisD says: "Wyoming Fun-- in Philadelphia"
    "Discovering Walt"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I discovered these these books this year, about the same time they started filming them. I don't have premium cable, so I've seen one episode at a family member's house. I like the books best, especially the characters. This one is really good. I'm not putting in any spoilers, so don't look for plot points here.
    Like all well written books, the plot is half and the characters are half. Both are 100%. The wit and humour and the plot tension will keep you transfixed until you finish it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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