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Christine

Seattle, WA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • NYPD Red

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Marshall Karp
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini, Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (834)
    Performance
    (698)
    Story
    (703)

    It's the start of Hollywood on Hudson, and New York City is swept up in the glamour. Every night, the red carpet rolls out for movie stars arriving at premieres in limos; the most exclusive restaurants close for private parties for wealthy producers and preeminent directors; and thousands of fans gather with the paparazzi, hoping to catch a glimpse of the most famous and beautiful faces in the world. With this many celebrities in town, special task force NYPD Red is on high alert - and they can't afford to make a single mistake.

    Ann M. Lambert says: "one of the best, if not the best audio books ever"
    "Strong Narration, formuliac and predictable story"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If a friend was looking for a quick, easy read without any plot or character challenge, this would be an option.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Beautiful Mystery: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1255)
    Performance
    (1099)
    Story
    (1090)

    No outsiders are ever admitted to the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, hidden deep in the wilderness of Quebec, where two dozen cloistered monks live in peace and prayer. They grow vegetables, they tend chickens, they make chocolate. And they sing. Ironically, for a community that has taken a vow of silence, the monks have become world-famous for their glorious voices, raised in ancient chants whose effect on both singer and listener is so profound it is known as “the beautiful mystery.”

    Sparkly says: "Engaging, entertaining, and heartbreaking."
    "Beautiful and surprising"
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    Where does The Beautiful Mystery rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Beautiful Mystery ranks high on my list of favorite reads/listens of the past two years.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Beautiful Mystery left me breathless with surprise. I've read a number of Inspector Gamach stories. Louise Penny likes to pace her stories with great detail that pulls the reader though the details of most of the main characters lives. Though the Inspector is the dominating force of the series, it is the supporting characters that drive the plot. Beautiful Mystery is no exception.

    In this case the Deputy (sorry, I don't have his name at the moment, I am away from the book right now) and the workings of his inner life serve to create enormous empathy towards him. The Deputy's confusion and moments of clarity create conflict and confusion for all involved.


    Which character – as performed by Ralph Cosham – was your favorite?

    The Deputy


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Beautfiful, Stunning


    Any additional comments?

    I believe that this is a book to be savored. Louise Penny is an author who insists that the reader appreciate the nuances of life. the reader who insists on a quick jolt of excitement and drama may become frustrated. This can lead to moments where the book seems to drag. One might ask, "do I really need that much detail?". However, when the book draws to a close (with a truly stunning end), most will appreciate the time the spent with each character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 206 Bones: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (627)
    Performance
    (277)
    Story
    (277)

    There are 206 bones in the human body. Forensic anthropologists know them intimately, can read in them stories of brief or long lives and use them to reconstruct every kind of violent end. 206 Bones opens with Tempe regaining consciousness and discovering that she is in some kind of very small, very dark, very cold enclosed space. She is bound, hands to feet. Who wants Tempe dead, or at least out of the way, and why? Tempe begins slowly to reconstruct...

    M. Chinander says: "Wow, pretty sure this is the in the series"
    "Ms. Reichs delivers on the continuing Tempe saga"
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    Where does 206 Bones rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Like millions of others, I enjoy following a character through their trials and tribulations. Therefore execution and delivery on continuing story line actually begins to feel personally important to enjoyment. When that doesn't happen, it is a let down.At this point in the series' cycle, Ms. Reichs writing could use some fresh perspective. Tempe is clearly a bit depressed. While she and her handsome on and off beau, Ryan, travel to the beyond of Yellow Knife, their respective lives seem to lack purpose and direction. They meander through the plot solving crimes, but not enjoying themselves very much.Most of us hope that our own lives have meaning. The series risks losing its appeal, when characters whom we follow seem to have become lost in their own life. The books fails to deliver the sufficient dramatic tension to entice the reader forward. Why bother wondering what will happen with Tempe and Ryan and Co. when they don't seem they are all that interested themselves?


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have thrown in a plot device that might force Tempe to make important life decisions. This could provide inspiration for the books to take on a new direction. For example, transfer Tempe to...England (or other British Empire colony, e.g. Hong Kong) for a year of research, introduce some new characters, make Ryan jealous, give the book new scenery and direction.


    Which character – as performed by Linda Emond – was your favorite?

    Ms. Edmond always does a great job. Beautiful voice and great tempo.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no.


    Any additional comments?

    Despite this, I still greatly admire Ms. Reichs and know that she has the chops to continue delivering in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mister Slaughter: A Matthew Corbett Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (954)
    Performance
    (872)
    Story
    (865)

    . Mister Slaughter opens in the emerging metropolis of New York City in 1702, and proceeds to take both Matthew and the reader on an unforgettable journey of horror, violence, and personal discovery. The journey begins when Matthew, now an apprentice problem solver for the London-based Herrald Agency, accepts an unusual and hazardous commission. Together with his colleague, Hudson Greathouse, he agrees to escort the notorious mass murderer Tyranthus Slaughter from an asylum outside Philadelphia to the docks of New York.

    Cheryl says: "Fantastic series!"
    "A strong close and a decent opening"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Despite or perhaps because of the sometimes overlong descriptive passages, I felt compelled to listen to all three books of the current McCammon series. Mister Slaughter is designed to close the New York chapter of Matthew Corbet's detective career, put his pending love life (but not his sex life) on hold and launch him into new territory, emotionally, socially and professionally.Mister Slaughter continues the series' creepy fascination with lusty, violent and faceless sex as well as the detailed descriptions of the infliction and receipt of pain and suffering. As a reviewer of the first book notes, this is not a series you want children, including teenagers, to over hear while you might thrill in the sordid details.


    What other book might you compare Mister Slaughter to and why?

    I might actually compare this book to MacBeth. Flowing descriptive phrasing, the character's desire to understand himself through violence and conflict (absent the obsession with a mother figure) serve to keep the reader engaged through McCammon's internal dialogue and occasionally over-wrought prose.


    Which character – as performed by Edoardo Ballerini – was your favorite?

    Sky Walker, the Native American whose sad life poignantly reflects the past two hundred and fifty years of destruction of the North American Indians was beautifully interpreted by Edoardo Ballerini.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    The book is best heard over a few days, but not too many. There are a lot of characters, many twists and turns all of which require some time to absorb.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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