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B. Picard

HawksPoint

Florida, USA | Member Since 2008

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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • A Trick of the Light: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1022)
    Performance
    (877)
    Story
    (871)

    “Hearts are broken,” Lillian Dyson carefully underlined in a book. “Sweet relationships are dead.” But now Lillian herself is dead. Found among the bleeding hearts and lilacs of Clara Morrow's garden in Three Pines, shattering the celebrations of Clara's solo show at the famed Musée in Montreal.

    barbara says: "Amazing"
    "Welcome back to the Village of 3 Pines"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I've listened to well over 200 audiobooks and I like a good detective story. Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache ranks for me far above the jaded, violent, tormented creations in modern detective fiction that seem so much to be the current fashion.
    The Inspector Gamache stories have evolved to be about more then just "the case". The lives of the villagers in 3 Pines have become as much part of any new installment of the series then the hunt for the murderer, especially in this installment. That gives the books an additional dimension, no silly filler stuff, no gratuitous violence or almost laughable sexual encounters to keep the readers interested between the different steps of the investigation, but sweet, sad, intelligent, stupid, infuriating, and because of all that interesting characters, exist in the space "between" and around the actual case story.
    Ralph Cosham has become, at least in my ears, very much the voice of Gamache. In a way he has become as much the voice of the stories then George Guidall simply is Walt Longmire in the Craig Johnson series (another series that, while it is a very different environment, I believe you will like if you like Inspector Gamache) .

    52 of 54 people found this review helpful
  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood: Outlander, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2255)
    Performance
    (2120)
    Story
    (2111)

    Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to 1743 Scotland, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for a young soldier, James Fraser.

    G. House Sr. says: "Eloquent Fabulous Historical - Grand Continuation"
    "I beg to disagree, somewhat"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I love the series, obviously, I own all in book and audio format. However, this time I can not wholeheartedly agree to a 5 star rating. Davina Porters performance is flawless, as usual, but the storyline has become a bit, well, forced, and some of the many (entertaining, for sure) soft porn additions seem to serve as a page filler; in addition, this time there are a couple of (I admit small), inconsistencies that got by the editor.
    In all it is a good story, but I will not wait with quite as much anticipation for the next book in the series.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Keeper of Lost Causes: Department Q, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1501)
    Performance
    (1296)
    Story
    (1294)

    Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award-also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo. Now, Dutton is thrilled to introduce him to America.

    Ted says: "Dark, Cold, and Danish"
    "Good story, questionable form of narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story is really good and held my attention. Being of northern European origin I enjoyed especially the quite realistic portrait of the danish police force. However, the attempt to use danish accents was very odd to put it mildly, especially since it obviously caused Erik Davies quite an effort to do so, which left him narrating while running out of breath and getting a bit squeaky with the female voices.
    On the other hand, the narration made me giggle a couple of times at places in the story that weren't funny, and that wasn't bad at all since the story has otherwise very little humor.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Summer Tree: The Fionavar Tapestry, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Guy Gavriel Kay
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (371)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (225)

    The Summer Tree is the first novel of Guy Gavriel Kay's critically acclaimed fantasy trilogy, The Fionavar Tapestry. Five university students embark on a journey of self-discovery when they enter a realm of wizards and warriors, gods and mythical creatures - and good and evil...

    Nissa says: "Obviously the first book of three"
    "Not sure what happened on the way to Fionavar"
    Overall

    The Tapestry Trilogy was the only story by Guy Gavriel Kay that I had not read yet.
    Because I really like all his other stories I own them in hardcover as well as audio, I don't quite understand what has happened to me with this one. It started with a figure rising out of a lake ... the description of the situation and the figure itself struck me as so, well, ludicrous, that I started to giggle. Then in the middle of a dramatic scene (tragic young man suffering heroically while tied to a tree) I found myself laughing out loud.
    I don't know if it is intended, but the story is in part so ridiculously overdrawn that it strikes me almost, but not quite, like a parody of the fantasy genre ... the names are hilarious, the people behave a little strange and two dimensional, and the story hurtles forward with evil on steroids in the background (he does not burst forth, crumbles the mountain, or darkens the sun, or any such ... no, it blows the top off the world when evil makes its entrance into the story!).
    I will finish it, and I probably will purchase the other two parts also ... just because.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6946)
    Performance
    (3313)
    Story
    (3316)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "Worth the credit."
    Overall

    I liked it, and I will purchase the next one in the series when it comes out. With that Justin Cronin has done what he likely enough, set out to do when he wrote this book, he hooked a reader into his story.
    I usually do not read vampire books because I do not like the genre and I purchased this one (like other reviewers) because of Stephen King's recommendation. While I do not like all of Stephen King's books, he is still one of my all time favorite writers, and his opinions on the writings of another author appear rarely enough to still matter to me.
    The book could have benefited from some additional editing, some passages were a bit very drawn out in my opinion (but there is that handy double speed button on my IPod for such instances), that is why I deducted one star. But the characters are well fleshed out and engaging, and I for one want to know how the story continues.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Light of the Sun

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Guy Gavriel Kay
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (90)

    From the multiple award-winning author of Tigana, A Song for Arbonne, and the three-book Fionavar Tapestry that "can only be compared to Tolkien's masterpiece" (Star-Phoenix), this powerful, moving saga evokes the Celtic, Anglo-Saxon, and Norse cultures of a thousand years ago.

    David says: "A Real Writer"
    "Wonderful story"
    Overall

    A wonderful, terrifying and yet magical world wrapped in a engaging story of one long summer. It kept the earphones glued to my head for a whole weekend. The narration does the book justice; the characters and the storyline come fully alive. Well worth your credit!

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful

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