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Chris

Greenwich CT 06830 | Member Since 2008

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  • The Beekeeper's Apprentice

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1818)
    Performance
    (1141)
    Story
    (1142)

    In 1914, a spirited American girl named Mary Russell meets a retired Sherlock Holmes in the English countryside. Instantly realizing that Mary is gifted with astonishing deductive powers, the Great Detective emerges from retirement to join her as she tracks down a fiendish assassin.

    Marie-Elizabeth Finamore says: "Best of British restraint"
    "Ok...not Sherlock..."
    Overall

    I really wanted to enjoy this book. Being an avide fan of Sherlock for many years I would love to see his legacy live on. However, this is not the work. I liked the concept. But somehow an arrogant teen girl takes on and surpasses Sherlock. Watson is a nice bumbling idiot (more the portrayal of some movies than in the book). The book read like a feminist taking on Sherlock and winning. I didn't get the warmth of the relationship though the words tried to bring them. There were adventures but mainly to bring out the wonder and uniqueness off the young lady rather than a walk as an apprentice Sherlock. They are equals far too quickly. So I did not even finish...odd for me...

    13 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • The Johnstown Flood

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (859)
    Performance
    (368)
    Story
    (365)

    At the end of the last century, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, was a booming coal-and-steel town filled with hardworking families striving for a piece of the nation's burgeoning industrial prosperity. In the mountains above Johnstown, an old earth dam had been hastily rebuilt to create a lake for an exclusive summer resort patronized by the tycoons of that same industrial prosperity, among them Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, and Andrew Mellon.

    Susan K Donley says: "A page-turner! HIstory that reads like a novel"
    "Wonderful integration of history and characters"
    Overall

    This is my third book by McCullough and each one has been wonderful. Though not classics, his historical books provide an exceptional look at history while understanding the people and times. He has an excellent ability to weave historical details, character analysis, and politics in an entertaining and enjoyable manner. I finished listening to the book feeling as though I had been an eye witness and enjoyed every minute of the journey. Nice audible version, Hermann does a great job.

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