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Anne

Yellowknife, Northwest Terr, Canada | Member Since 2002

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  • Ethan Frome

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Edith Wharton
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (122)

    Ethan Frome, a poor, downtrodden New England farmer, is trapped in a loveless marriage to his invalid wife, Zeena.When Zeena's young cousin Mattie arrives to help care for her, Ethan is immediately taken by Mattie's warm, vivacious personality. They fall desperately in love as he realizes how much is missing from his life and marriage.

    Anne says: "A time capsule not to be missed"
    "A time capsule not to be missed"
    Overall

    I tried this book because of the narrator, and loved the story! It is a fascinating glimpse into another time and mindset, and has some unexpected turns and ironies. The characters develop through the story in such a way that the listener is thoroughly engaged. Scott Brick gives a brilliant portrayal of the regional accent and cadence of speech. A recommended listen!

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Cop Hater: 87th Precinct Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Ed McBain
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (114)

    When a sniper begins gunning down cops from the 87th Precinct in cold blood, it’s up to Detective Steve Carella to solve the case. With three cops already dead, Carella delves into the city’s underworld to search for the killer.

    PAR-TEE says: "1950's Noir..."
    "Ed McBain's First 87th Precinct novel"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Only for historic interest - his subsequent books are much better. But this was a new format for the times, having a group of protagonists, and it was interesting to hear the interview with the author.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dick Hill?

    I really like Dick Hill's narration, but his version of a New York area accent was painful to my ear. His normal accent would have been much nicer to listen to!


    Any additional comments?

    Listening was mildly entertaining, as a window on a past time, but the story unfolded rather predictably without being clever.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Inner Circle

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1354)
    Performance
    (722)
    Story
    (722)

    When Clementine Kaye, archivist Beecher White's first childhood crush, shows up at the National Archives asking for his help, Beecher tries to impress her by showing her the secret vault where the president of the United States privately reviews classified documents. They accidentally happen upon a priceless artifact - and find themselves suddenly entangled in a web of deception, conspiracy, and murder.

    Joseph says: "VERY WELL DONE"
    "Implausible, unfocused, needed abridging."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Brad Meltzer and/or Scott Brick?

    I greatly enjoyed a previous Meltzer book (The Millionaires), and Scott Brick is one of my favorite narrators. This weak offering discourages me from future Meltzer books.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Brad Meltzer again?

    Unlikely


    Did Scott Brick do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The vocal range was good, but a tendency to "over-emote".


    Any additional comments?

    The book had an interesting setting with the National Archives, and could have been greatly improved in the characterization. Reactions were dragged out, unlikely, and very few characters generated a sympathetic connection with the reader. The plot unfolded like a fish out of water flopping around, lacking cohesiveness as well as credibility. The ending came without a number of major story lines being resolved, as if the author didn't now how to wind up all the parts. I came very close to bailing on the book, and wouldn't have missed anything if I had - disappointing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You're Next

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2675)
    Performance
    (2274)
    Story
    (2261)

    Mike Wingate had a rough childhood  —  he was abandoned at a playground at four years old and raised in foster care. No one ever came to claim him, and he has only a few, fragmented memories of his parents. Now, as an adult, Mike is finally living the life he had always wanted  —  he’s happily married to Annabel, the woman of his dreams; they have a precocious eight-year-old daughter, Kat.

    Janice says: "Edge of my seat."
    "Entertaining but implausible!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a recommended listen for sure, with the caveat that the listener needs to be prepared to suspend disbelief and just enjoy the ride. The author is a great storyteller, and this is an action-packed tale which unfolds at breakneck speed, captivating the listener.


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Scott Brick is one of my favorite narrators, bringing characters to life!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Tell a Soul

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Erik Singer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (219)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (78)

    Tim Wallace's wife died in a New Jersey boating accident several months ago and the cops suspect Tim murdered her, though they have no real case against him. Now it's New Year's Eve, and Tim's life is about to go from bad to worse.

    Deborah says: "The weakest of David Rosenfelt's works"
    "A very slow start"
    Overall

    Rosenfelt's previous work had set my expectations high, and it was an exercise in perseverance to continue listening. The author was stingy with clues, so there was little opportunity for speculating solutions on the reader's part. When the denoument finally came it was a fair resolution, and interesting for the last part of the book. Not a bad listen overall, but lacking the entertainment value of the author's previous titles.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Three Shirt Deal: A Shane Scully Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen J. Cannell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (99)

    Truit Hickman is a small-time crook doing life in California's notoriously brutal Corcoran State Prison for the murder of his mother. He admitted to the crime, but now Hickman claims his confession was coerced by the cops. A beautiful Internal Affairs detective, Secada "Scout" Llevar, asks Shane Scully to help investigate.

    Anne says: "Plausibility problems"
    "Plausibility problems"
    Overall

    This was a barn-burner, as are all Cannell's novels, and I enjoyed the story. However, by about two thirds of the way through belief was stretched to the breaking point, and resolution was "Deus ex Machina" several times over - I actually wondered when it would end. Having read all of Cannell's previous novels and enjoyed them enormously, I expected better, and was disappointed in the lack of credibility in the plot of this novel.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Camel Died at Noon: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Susan O'Malley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (292)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (90)

    The last camel is dead, and Egyptologist Amelia Peabody, her dashing husband, Emerson, and precocious son, Ramses, are in dire straits on the sun-scorched desert sands. Months before, back in cool, green England, Viscount Blacktower had approached them to find his son and his son's new bride, who have been missing in war-torn Sudan for over a decade. An enigmatic message scrawled on papyrus and a cryptic map had been delivered to Blacktower, awakening his hope that the couple was still alive.

    Debra says: "Good Story, Painful Narration"
    "Worth a listen"
    Overall

    The other reviews expressing disappointment with Susan O'Malley's narration almost put me off buying this book, but it turned out to be a good listen. I found the plot development was slow for the first 5-6 hours of the book, and was happy enough that the narrator kept a good pace. Ms. O'Mallory's voice is easy to listen to, and as already noted, settled into a good rhythm and consistent characterization for each character. The plot definitely picks up before the halfway mark, and I very much enjoyed the richness of archaeological detail as well as the adventure!

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Lake of Sorrows: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Erin Hart
    • Narrated By Jennifer McMahon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (82)

    American forensic pathologist Nora Gavin has been called to an archaeological site in the bleak midlands west of Dublin to assist at an excavation where a well-preserved Iron Age body has been found buried in a peat bog. How many hundreds or thousands of years ago was the man killed? Was his a ritual death, some kind of human sacrifice? These academic questions are intriguing, but of much more urgent interest is the second body found nearby, of a man wearing a wristwatch, hardly an Iron Age accessory.

    Kathy says: "Wonderful!!"
    "A really good listen!"
    Overall

    As with "Haunted Ground", this novel started off slowly, and took a while to set the stage. It was well worth the wait though, as by about a third of the way through, I was totally engaged and couldn't wait to hear each development! This author does an excellent job of filling in details at just the right place and pace, and unfolding possibilities right until the denoument. The narrator is excellent. I'm looking forward to the next Erin Hart novel!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Echo Park: Harry Bosch Series, Book 12 Part 2

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    Overall
    (1229)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    In 1993, Marie Gesto disappeared after walking out of a supermarket. Harry Bosch worked the case but couldn't crack it, and the 22-year-old was never found. Now, more than a decade later, with the Gesto file still on his desk, Bosch gets a call from the district attorney. A man accused of two heinous murders is willing to come clean about several others, including the killing of Marie Gesto.

    Anne says: "Well worth a listen!"
    "Well worth a listen!"
    Overall

    Harry Bosch is at it again, a cop with a mission to speak for the dead, and leads the listener on a single-minded pursuit of a killer. Help comes from an unlikely source, with Rachael Walling making a reappearance in his life. The story takes several twists and turns, with all of them fairly set up by the author, and unfolds suspensefully to an ending that was plausible and well played out.
    I look forward to Bosch's next "cold case"!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • White Sister Part 2: A Shane Scully Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Stephen J. Cannell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Leaving L.A.'s Parker Center, Shane Scully and his wife, Alexa, agree to meet at home in one hour. Shane gets there; Alexa doesn't. In the middle of the night, he's called to a crime scene on Mulholland Drive: The African-American victim, who appears to be a Crip gangbanger, has been executed gangland style. Shockingly, the body is in Alexa's car and her gun is found nearby. But Alexa is missing.

    Anne says: "One of Cannell's best!"
    "One of Cannell's best!"
    Overall

    I've enjoyed all of Stephen Cannell's Shane Scully books, both in print and in audio formats, and this is my favorite to date, for several reasons. As always the story unfolds at a pace that kept me glued to the headphones; Cannell is at the top of his form with his ability to bring diverse and interesting characters to life; and, Scully is put in a very compromised position and looks at the criminal justice system from the underside. The story maintains a balance of suspense and unfolding detail, and weaves a complex plot to a satisfying conclusion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zipporah, Wife of Moses

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Marek Halter
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    In the time of the Pharaoh, a tiny infant is rescued from the banks of the Red Sea. She is named Zipporah, "the little bird". Although she is a Cushite by birth, one of the black people of the lands to the south, she is taken in by Jethro, high priest and sage of the Midianites. Jethro adores his adopted daughter, and she is an honored member of his family. But the blackness of Zipporah's skin sets her apart and will decide her future.

    Anne says: "A good listen!"
    "A good listen!"
    Overall

    This is one of those books where you're sorry they come to an end! The publisher's description provides a good summary of the story, and I was caught up in the daily life of the time of Moses. Old Testament characters were brought to life, and their humanity evoked empathy (and outrage!) as well as a renewed appreciation for what Moses accomplished. Zipporah is a wonderful protagonist, and Bernadette Dunne does justice to all the characters. I recommend this listen!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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