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Jamie

WATERTOWN, MA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Blue Monday: Frieda Klein, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Nicci French
    • Narrated By Beth Chalmers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (442)
    Performance
    (394)
    Story
    (393)

    Frieda Klein is a solitary, incisive psychotherapist who spends her sleepless nights walking along the ancient rivers that have been forced underground in modern London. She believes that the world is a messy, uncontrollable place. The abduction of five-year-old Matthew Farraday provokes a national outcry and a desperate police hunt. And when his face is splashed over the newspapers, Frieda cannot ignore the coincidence: one of her patients has been having dreams in which he has a hunger for just such a child.

    William says: "Terrific!"
    "Couldn't stop listening"
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    What did you love best about Blue Monday?

    This book has so many layers...I can see how a series is developing and the characters are likeable and real. The good thing is although there are a lot of characters, there is enough development that I had no trouble remembering who was who.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Blue Monday?

    I thought it was great how Joseph enters the story


    What about Beth Chalmers’s performance did you like?

    Chalmers does a great job- right amount of emotion, love the different voices and the accent. I hope she reads the next one too!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Headhunters

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Steve West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (345)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (294)

    Roger Brown is a corporate headhunter, and he’s a master of his profession. But one career simply can’t support his luxurious lifestyle and his wife’s fledgling art gallery. At an art opening one night he meets Clas Greve, who is not only the perfect candidate for a major CEO job, but also, perhaps, the answer to his financial woes: Greve just so happens to mention that he owns a priceless Peter Paul Rubens painting that’s been lost since World War II - and Roger Brown just so happens to dabble in art theft.

    Matt says: "Dragon Tattoo(esque)....but......"
    "Excellent Nesbo!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Headhunters the most enjoyable?

    Narration is perfect for this story's perspective. Good plot, twists- liked the cocky & interestingly complex headhunter character. The only negative is the bit about the abortion. It was just unbelievable that a woman who wants children so badly would do that.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The outhouse scene is the best...


    Any additional comments?

    I love Jo Nesbo's style and the narration really shines- just the right amount of a-hole for this character! Love it!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Bed: Scarpetta, Book 20

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (848)
    Performance
    (702)
    Story
    (706)

    A woman has vanished while digging a dinosaur bone bed in the remote wilderness of Canada. Somehow, the only evidence has made its way to the inbox of Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta, over 2,000 miles away, in Boston. She has no idea why. But as events unfold with alarming speed, Scarpetta begins to suspect that the paleontologist's disappearance is connected to a series of crimes - much closer to home: a gruesome murder, inexplicable tortures, and trace evidence from the last living creatures of the dinosaur age.

    G. House Sr. says: "A tedious disappointment - Don't Bother!"
    "The first Iphone did not have VIDEO."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes- it's a nicely paced listen, well read. If you like Cornwell's books- you'll like this one. I think I preferred Red Mist...but this one is good too...less personal to the characters. I really think the Cambridge location is the best by FAR.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the science and technical parts...such as Luke the Dental Pathologist. He is a great character. Also I love the Leatherback and descriptions of how marine biologists rescued him. I used to rescue manatees- so I can relate.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The Leatherback rescue and body recovery scene with the helicopters...I felt like I was right there.


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

    Listening took a few days...but I listened every chance I got :)


    Any additional comments?

    It was kind of a weird solve. I actually missed it and had to re-listen to the chapter again because all the sudden I didn't know what was going on. The end is tied up with a convenient bow...
    One BIG message to Patricia Cornwell and her editors: The first Iphone did not have VIDEO. That was a big No No on Lucy's infallable computer skills...
    Narration for Lucy's character made her sound a little manly and bored. Narration was wonderful otherwise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Blackhouse

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Peter May
    • Narrated By Peter Forbes
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (99)

    A brutal killing takes place on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland: a land of harsh beauty and inhabitants of deep-rooted faith. Detective Inspector Fin Macleod is sent from Edinburgh to investigate. For Lewis-born Macleod, the case represents a journey both home and into his past. Something lurks within the close-knit island community. Something sinister. As Fin investigates, old skeletons begin to surface and soon, he, the hunter, becomes the hunted.

    dumbclub says: "Unputdownable"
    "Great listen and learn"
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    What did you love best about The Blackhouse?

    I really liked the narrator. He captured the darkness of the story. The mystery/crime to be sOlved was not coMpletely unpredictable, but this book has some twists and turns. I really liked Fin, the main character and really liked learning about island life.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Maybe not the edge...in the way the dragon tattoo series does...but I could not stop listening! I actually did extra laundry just to listen longer.


    What about Peter Forbes’s performance did you like?

    Excellent narration- great accents, dark, captured female voices without sounding strange or whiny.


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

    Scottish tale of murder on a remote island


    Any additional comments?

    I immediately bought the Lewis Man and can't wait for the third book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tears of the Giraffe: More from the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    Overall
    (961)
    Performance
    (400)
    Story
    (397)

    Now engaged to Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, Mma Ramotswe must contend with the hostility of her fianci's unscrupulous maid, who quickly begins plotting the disintegration of the arrangement. Then an American woman asks for help to learn the truth behind her son's disappearance in Africa, and Mma Ramotswe has all the troubles she can handle.

    Barbara says: "A tender tale, sweetly told"
    "Meh. First one was better- this one is just ok"
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    Would you try another book from Alexander McCall Smith and/or Lisette Lecat?

    Yes, I may try the next in the series


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I thought the end was a bit bland. I love it when there's a bit of humor. This book had less humor


    What about Lisette Lecat’s performance did you like?

    She is GREAT. I usually prefer male narrators, but she is fantastic.


    Could you see Tears of the Giraffe being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Well- it is a tv series. I watched several episodes after listening to the first book. It was just ok for me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Every BODY Is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Joe Navarro, Marvin Karlins
    • Narrated By Paul Costanzo
    Overall
    (2148)
    Performance
    (1813)
    Story
    (1791)

    Listen to this book and send your nonverbal intelligence soaring. Joe Navarro, a former FBI counterintelligence officer and a recognized expert on nonverbal behavior, explains how to "speed-read" people: decode sentiments and behaviors, avoid hidden pitfalls, and look for deceptive behaviors. You'll also learn how your body language can influence what your boss, family, friends, and strangers think of you.

    Jackie says: "I should have listen to the other reviewers"
    "Interesting listen- I did it twice!"
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    Would you listen to What Every BODY Is Saying again? Why?

    Sure- it's informative. Packed with little hints, it's easy to forget some cues and worth revisiting to remember details.


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

    He's a good narrator, good voice and tone for instructive writing


    Any additional comments?

    I was wondering what the pictures look like that are referred to in the narration. It's not a total loss to not have the pictures- as the description is very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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