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C

newport beach, CA, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • 15 reviews
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  • 662 titles in library
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  • A Quiet Belief in Angels

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By R. J. Ellory
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (21)

    In 1939 in the small, rural community of Augusta Falls, Georgia, 12-year-old Joseph Vaughan learns of the brutal assault and murder of a young girl, the first in a series of killings that will plague the community over the next decade. Joseph and his friends are determined to protect the town from the evil in their midst and they form "the Guardians" to watch over the community.

    Patricia says: "One my Top 5 Audio listens of all time."
    "For god's sake tell the story"
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    Literary pretensions, endless internal dialogue, does not make for easy listening. If you want to be Joyce or Faulkner then please inform us up front. But, if you are going to tell a story, then this endless, boring,ridiculous, psychologizing,self-spelunking internal discourse is just plain annoying. This would have made an excellent story at one- third its length.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (5564)
    Performance
    (5057)
    Story
    (5069)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "boring"
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    Performance
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    Endless dialogue,unpleasant unlikable characters.Thin plot and by the end I found myself fast-forwarding to get to an end that I really didn't care about

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6906)
    Performance
    (6321)
    Story
    (6326)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Too many words"
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    There should be a limit!! This book (and also The Luminaries) are so long and tortuous as to be unbearable. After an hour of listening I am still perplexed as to the storyline. Perhaps its just me (or perhaps the difference between reading and listening) but these two books tax my patience. Both books could be cut in half and lose nothing (and maybe find the reader!). I can understand War and Peace being a lengthy read but these young modern writers make me want to scream outloud..."get on with the g.....nm story"! Life is just too short

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Luminaries

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eleanor Catton
    • Narrated By Mark Meadows
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (801)
    Performance
    (687)
    Story
    (701)

    It is 1866 and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of 12 local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.

    Melinda says: "Not So Luminous"
    "boring"
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    I tried! The characters are cardboard stick figures and utterly unsympathetic. The author is in love with her own cleverness and is too busy constructing a "Rashomon" type narrative. Stories can be interesting when viewed from different perspectives but twelve perspectives are too many. I just got bored and didn't care enough about the characters to stick it out. Another disappointing Booker Prize read

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9395)
    Performance
    (8528)
    Story
    (8593)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    linda says: "Well, I don't know what I was expecting"
    "too awful for words"
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    This is one of the all-time bad books. The story line is preposterous,,written in the breathless mode of "the Hardy Boys". And ,of course, there is AMNESIA, that disorder beloved of hack writers of pulp fiction. This book is so stupefyingly awful that it scarcely merits a review. In the innermost circle of Dante's hell ,there resides the most terrifying punishment of all, having to read Dan Brown for all eternity!

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By John M. Barry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1212)
    Performance
    (569)
    Story
    (579)

    No disease the world has ever known even remotely resembles the great influenza epidemic of 1918. Presumed to have begun when sick farm animals infected soldiers in Kansas, spreading and mutating into a lethal strain as troops carried it to Europe, it exploded across the world with unequaled ferocity and speed. It killed more people in 20 weeks than AIDS has killed in 20 years; it killed more people in a year than the plagues of the Middle Ages killed in a century.

    Nancy says: "Gripping and Gory"
    "disappointing"
    Overall
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    The portion of the book actually dealing with the Great Flu could be squeezed into 20 pages. If I had wanted a history of turn-of -the-century American medicine this book would have been of some interest. But that was not why I bought it, so, very disappointing

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Dog Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Peter Heller
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (959)
    Performance
    (854)
    Story
    (855)

    Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. His wife is gone, his friends are dead, he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life exists beyond the airport.

    Melinda says: "Absolutely Stellar!"
    "self indulgent"
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    Thin story line with numerous irritating segues into self-spelunking and moronic philosophizing and remembrances. Finally, a little action but wait...ten pages of reflection and trips down memory lane . By the time we return to the action, I really don't give a hoot. The main character is probably the most annoying fellow I have encountered in some time. One wishes he would just die gracefully and spare us yet another paean to his departed dog

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mission to Paris

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Alan Furst
    • Narrated By Daniel Gerroll
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (188)

    At the center of the intrigue is Hollywood star, Frederic Stahl. September 1938. On the eve of the Munich Appeasement, Stahl arrives in Paris, on loan from Warner Brothers to star in a French film. He quickly becomes entangled in the shifting political currents of pre-war Paris - French fascists, German Nazis, and his Hollywood publicists all have their fates tied to him. But members of the clandestine spy world of Paris have a deeper interest in Stahl, sensing a potential asset in a handsome, internationally renowned actor.

    Darwin8u says: "Cary Grant Goes to Paris"
    "Furst is never second"
    Overall
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    Furst is a good writer, especially in this genre.He knows how to create a mood; I can almost feel the cigarette butts crunching underfoot on a dank Parisian street. The plot was a little thin but good writing overcomes that deficiency

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Sins of the Father: Clifton Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings, Emilia Fox
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (786)
    Performance
    (642)
    Story
    (636)

    Only days before Britain declares war on Germany, Harry Clifton, hoping to escape the consequences of long-buried family secrets, and forced to accept that his desire to marry Emma Barrington will never be fulfilled, has joined the Merchant Navy. But his ship is sunk in the Atlantic by a German Uboat, drowning almost the entire crew. An American cruise liner, the SS Kansas Star, rescues a handful of sailors, among them Harry and the third officer, an American named Tom Bradshaw.

    Margaret Campbell says: "Can';t Wait for the Next One!!!"
    "puerile"
    Overall
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    Story

    This book brought me back to childhood when characters like Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys were my heroes. Harry is "plucky"and thoroughly likeable; Hugo is"evil" and utterly detestable. All the characters in this wretched story are plastic,unidimensional and so stereotypical as to be laughable, the "plot", so predictable that it could have been computer generated....Hmmm,

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Redbreast

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    Overall
    (1026)
    Performance
    (793)
    Story
    (795)

    It is 1944: Daniel, a soldier, legendary among the Norwegians fighting the advance of Bolshevism on the Russian front, is killed. Two years later, a wounded soldier wakes up in a Vienna hospital. He becomes involved with a young nurse, the consequences of which will ripple forward to the turn of the next century. In 1999, Harry Hole, alone again after having caused an embarrassment in the line of duty, has been promoted to inspector and is lumbered with surveillance duties. He is assigned the task of monitoring neo-Nazi activities....

    David says: "Bravura writing"
    "too convoluted"
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    ludicrous,overwrought story with the usual hollywoodesque standard...THE SPLIT PERSONALITY.Just silly and at the end I couldn't give a hoot about who was who

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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