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Beth

PENSACOLA, FL, United States

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  • Asta's Book

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Barbara Vine
    • Narrated By Harriet Walter
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (39)

    It is 1905. Asta and her husband, Rasmus, have come to East London from Denmark with their two little boys. With Rasmus constantly away on business, Asta keeps loneliness and isolation at bay by writing a diary. These diaries, published over 70 years later, reveal themselves to be more than a mere journal. For they seem to hold the key to an unsolved murder and to the mystery of a missing child. It falls to Asta's granddaughter, Ann, to unearth the buried secrets of nearly a century before.

    James says: "Brilliant Reading of a Classic Novel"
    "A Long story--Not Vine's best. Plot drags."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I can't imagine anyone who would not find this book tedious.


    What could Barbara Vine have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    There could be fewer characters and generations; speedier, tighter plot development; more suspense instead of the promise of it.


    Did Harriet Walter do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The narrator was excellent.


    What character would you cut from Asta's Book?

    All of them.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crisscross: A Repairman Jack Novel, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By F. Paul Wilson
    • Narrated By Christopher Price
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (63)

    Repairman Jack is back! Jack can fix any problem, natural or supernatural, for a price. Now, in his next gripping adventure, he takes on two cases at once. The first involves a nun being blackmailed. What’s in those photos, she won’t say, but with her meager savings just about exhausted, she hires Jack to help her. The second: an elderly woman needs Jack to find her missing son. Jack must infiltrate the inner reaches of the Dormentalist Church, a secretive, globe-spanning cult whose members include some of the biggest and most powerful names in entertainment, sports, and politics.

    shelley says: "Repairman Jack doing what he does best"
    "Doublecrossed"
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    Story
    What would have made Crisscross better?

    The writing was plodding, the story tedious, the characters uninteresting. Repairman Jack needs an overhaul. I blame myself for purchasing a book whose two major plots focused on such obvious themes: a nun having an affair (old fashioned--she would have left the convent if she had half a mind) and a dubious cult modeled after Scientology. Better would be less flatulent, detailed writing (give me a break--a fat villain with a taste for liverwurst and onion sandwiches), a heroine on the verge of a miscarriage, and some dubious racial slurs, whether or not intended. I intend to request a refund.


    Would you ever listen to anything by F. Paul Wilson again?

    Never!


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

    No redeeming qualities other than the blurb promoting the book and the five star rating other readers gave it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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