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Dale C. Farran

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  • 10 reviews
  • 52 ratings
  • 222 titles in library
  • 15 purchased in 2014
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  • Collusion

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stuart Neville
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (308)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (178)

    Jack Lennon is a Detective Inspector trying to track down his former lover, Marie McKenna, and their daughter -- but his superiors tell him to back off. Bull O'Kane is a bitter old man who will stop at nothing for vengeance. The Traveller is an assassin without pity or remorse, who stalks Belfast, tying up loose ends. Forced into the center of it all is former IRA paramilitary Gerry Fegan, who must confront his past -- and The Traveller -- for the fight of his life.

    Moku says: "Gripping Irish noir"
    "Terrific narrator; weaker sequel"
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    Gerard Doyle makes this book just as he did the first novel in this series, The Ghosts of Belfast. He is simply superb. He manages Irish accents, differentiates characters and keeps the story moving brilliantly. Thirteen was an incredible book. It would be hard for Neville to match it. This is a good book but not quite as good as the first one. And for readers who are unfamiliar with the intricacies of the plot of The Ghosts of Belfast this novel will be uninterpretable. Almost all of the action in Collusion stems from incidents and characters in the first book, and not a lot of explanation is provided for the novice reader. Neville is the best at writing short, action packed chapters that switch points of view among characters. He is a pleasure to listen to. If Doyle reads his next one, I will for sure be a listener.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Incidents in the Life of Markus Paul

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By David Adams Richards
    • Narrated By Allen Robertson
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Highly charged and profoundly important, Incidents in the Life of Markus Paul is a new masterpiece from one of Canada’s greatest writers. On a bright morning in June 1985, a young Micmac man starts his first day of work—but by noon he is dead, killed mysteriously in the fourth hold of the cargo ship Lutheran. Hector Penniac had been planning to go to university, perhaps to study medicine. Roger Savage, a loner who has had to make his own way since his youth, comes under suspicion of killing Hector over a union card and a morning’s work.

    Dale C. Farran says: "Hidden gem of a writer"
    "Hidden gem of a writer"
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    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Richards is an amazing writer all but unknown in the US. He should be much better known. His characters are complex and fascinating. The situations are presented with all the nuances and overlapping realities of actual life. This is a book of powerful forces and counterforces; a single incident unleashes a cascade of events that eventually has little to do with the original event. Richards explores moral behavior and integrity in a world of shadows and compromise. This is a story with implications and applications far beyond the events it portrays.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Snow White Must Die

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Nele Neuhaus
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1363)
    Performance
    (1182)
    Story
    (1178)

    On a rainy November day, police detectives Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein are summoned to a mysterious traffic accident: a woman has fallen from a pedestrian bridge onto a car driving underneath. According to a witness, the woman may have been pushed. The investigation leads Pia and Oliver to a small village, and the home of the victim, Rita Cramer. On a September evening eleven years earlier, two seventeen-year-old girls vanished from the village without a trace.

    C. Vincent says: "Great narrator, unbelievable, never-ending story"
    "Lost in translation perhaps"
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    Would you try another book from Nele Neuhaus and/or Robert Fass?

    I am not sure that I would. The prose is wooden and it could be a translation issue. On the other hand the plot was convoluted and seemed to take forever to resolve all the different threads, and not always very convincingly.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Faithful Place: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3827)
    Performance
    (2199)
    Story
    (2204)

    New York Times best-selling author Tana French has won the prestigious Edgar, Barry, Macavity, and Anthony awards. As her third novel featuring the Dublin Murder Squad opens, 19-year-old Frank Mackey is waiting in vain for Rosie, who he’s supposed to run away to London with. But when she doesn’t show, Frank leaves Dublin without her—thinking never to return.

    Amazon Customer says: "Incredible"
    "Phenomenal performer carries the story"
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    This is a good, interesting, complex story about family history and the way it draws a person back years later. What made the story incredibly compelling was the performer. I have seldom listened to a reader as perfect for the story as Reynolds was. He was so good, it is hard to evaluate the story apart from his rendition. An award performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Walk Across the Sun

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Corban Addison
    • Narrated By Soneela Nankani
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (64)

    Corban Addison’s riveting suspense debut pulls back the veil on one of the most profound human rights issues of our day: human trafficking. After their coastal town in India is wiped out by a tsunami, two sisters are abducted and sold into the global underground sex trade. Meanwhile, half a world away, a D.C. attorney makes it his life’s work to end this dehumanizing practice.

    Elaine says: "Soneela takes her reading and characters seriously"
    "Perhaps better read than listened to"
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    This is a thriller -- or at least a suspense novel. The premise is interesting, current and important -- sex trafficking in young girls in India (and other countries). It is the kind of book I would often pick up at the airport before a trip. I could then read it quickly, propelled by the story, which would allow me to ignore the illogicality and poor writing that abound in this novel. But the narrator of this novel reads it ponderously, solemnly, forcing the listener to attend to all the little things that don't actually make sense and preventing the story from developing any energy. A third of the way through I abandoned the effort. Perhaps if the narrator had been different, I might have stayed with it, but the combination of a questionable story and a very poor narrator made the enterprise very unsatisfying.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Shantaram

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (3305)
    Performance
    (1640)
    Story
    (1640)

    This mesmerizing first novel tells the epic journey of Lin, an escaped convict who flees maximum security prison in Australia to disappear into the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The keys to unlock the mysteries that bind Lin are held by two people: his mentor Khader Khan, mafia godfather and criminal-philosopher; and the beautiful, elusive Karla, whose passions are driven by dangerous secrets.

    Jamie says: "Do Not Miss This"
    "Great adventure, mesmerizing!"
    Overall

    This is a long book but it actually seemed short. The adventures are remarkable and come tumbling one after another. The narrator is terrific, having brilliantly captured the variety of dialects and voices in Bombay at that time. I am sure this was far better to listen to than read though I have now recommended the published version to many people.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cousin Bette

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Honore de Balzac
    • Narrated By Johanna Ward
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    The Bette referred to in this magnificent novel's title is Lisbeth Fischer, an excruciatingly cunning poor relation who both depends upon and nurses a terrible grudge against the family of her beautiful cousin, Adeline. That family is slowly being ruined by the uncontrollable sexual appetites of Adeline's husband, Baron Hulot - appetites that will, in time, give Cousin Bette opportunity to exact her vengeance.

    Alain says: "Narrator!"
    "Does not stand the test of time"
    Overall

    The writing is strong and it is easy to see why Balzac is still read. However, the society about which he writes is so unlikeable and Balzac is not writing ironically about it (so it is not clear he knew how narrow minding it was) that listening became quite tiresome. I did not finish it.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Mike

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Benedict Freedman, Nancy Freedman
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (75)

    A moving love story set in the Canadian wilderness, Mrs. Mike is a classic tale that has enchanted millions of readers worldwide. It brings the fierce, stunning landscape of Canada to life and tenderly evokes the love that blossoms between Sergeant Mike Flannigan and beautiful young Katherine Mary O'Fallon.

    Laurie says: "Lovely version of an old favorite..."
    "How could I have missed this all these years?"
    Overall

    This is a riveting book, a great one to listen to. The descriptions of the Canadian Northwest and living conditions are in great and realistic detail. Although it has some aspects of a novel for Young Adults, the complexities of the life and the ordeals faced by the main characters take it beyond that genre. Highly recommended.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Glass of Time: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Michael Cox
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (51)

    Nineteen-year-old orphan Esperanza Gorst arrives at Evenwood to become a lady's maid to the 26th Baroness Tansor. But she is no ordinary servant. She has been sent by her guardian, the mysterious Madame de l'Orme, to uncover the secrets that her new mistress has sought to conceal and to set right a past injustice in which her own life is bound up. At Evenwood, she meets Lady Tansor's two dashing sons, Perseus and Randolph.

    Laura says: "Satisfying and Engaging"
    "Soap opera but well narrated"
    Overall

    Having invested many hours listening to the first half of this novel, I persisted and finished it, but am pretty sure that was not worth it. This is a silly, contrived, artificial story that ceases to ring even a little possibly true half way through. Of course, in fiction readers (or listeners) need to "suspend disbelief," but the suspension required in Glass of Time is beyond my willingness or ability.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Stone's Fall

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Iain Pears
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice, John Lee, Simon Vance
    Overall
    (297)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (141)

    Iain Pears tells the story of John Stone, financier and arms dealer, a man so wealthy that in the years before World War One he was able to manipulate markets, industries, and indeed entire countries and continents. A panoramic novel with a riveting mystery at its heart, Stone's Fall is a quest to discover how and why John Stone dies, falling out of a window at his London home.

    Marilyn Scher says: "Iain Pears-Always more than you bargained for."
    "Great plot, great narrators"
    Overall

    The structure of this book is unusual and very interesting, making an excellent audio book. The book is told backwards, in a sense, with different sections of the book being told by different narrators. The story is never completely resolved until the last few pages of the last installment. What seems initially simple becomes more and more complex and thus interesting.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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