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Eileen

Montclair, NJ, USA

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  • S is for Silence: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Sue Grafton
    • Narrated By Judy Kaye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (702)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (170)

    Thirty-four years ago, Violet Sullivan put on her party finery and left for the annual Fourth of July fireworks display. She was never seen again. In the small California town of Serena Station, tongues wagged. Some said she'd run off with a lover. Some said she was murdered by her husband.

    Jeanne says: "A Good Read"
    "Good, as expected"
    Overall

    This was a good Sue Grafton book. I've read all but 1 of them over the years, and found this one to be particularly satisfying. It's what you'd expect from a good Grafton novel, with a little extra thrown in, in my view. I thought the characters were particularly well formed in this book, and enjoyed the relationships that Kinsey formed with the women involved in this small-town mystery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Restless Evil

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Ann Granger
    • Narrated By Judith Boyd
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    It sends a shiver down Detective Superintendent Alan Markby's spine when he hears that a rambler has stumbled across human bones in Stovey Woods in the heart of the Cotswolds. Twenty-two years earlier, as a fresh-faced young inspector, he had a rare failure, in the hunt for a brutal serial rapist preying on local women. After the third rape, the attacker went to ground, never to be heard of again.

    Donna K. Ford says: "Great Addition to Series"
    "Old school but fun"
    Overall

    This was my first listen to books in this series, and it has turned out to be my favorite. The story is downright fascinating when compared with the others, although it's pretty tame and gives a grotesquely quaint view (at times) of a very sickening crime that occurred far too often. I don't think I even want to feel burlap again, never mind smell it. I've been listening to "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" trilogy, and for those of you who've read them and this book, you'll appreciate my desire to see Lisbeth Salander come to Stovey Woods (excuse all typos -- typing from memory only).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shades of Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ann Granger
    • Narrated By Judith Boyd
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    The two elderly sisters of the Oakley family live in poverty in an ancient mansion and have decided to sell up to live comfortably from the profits. However, things become more complicated when a young Polish man appears claiming rights to half the fortune. When he dies in circumstances familiar to the Oakley family, the sisters are haunted by the shadow of crime, and Superintendent Markby must look back at the events of a century ago to find the killer.

    Margaret Hildebrand says: "Delicious Murder Mystery"
    "A quiet story in a quiet place"
    Overall

    I've listened to 3 stories by this author, and this was in the middle in terms of my pleasure in it. The story itself is fairly tame, with a mystery that's interesting without being compelling. I enjoyed getting to know some of the characters. I have problems with this narrator -- find the voice hard to follow, and a bit too distracting, and I didn't care for her accent when reading the villain's parts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Amateur Marriage: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Anne Tyler
    • Narrated By Blair Brown
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    They seemed like the perfect couple: young, good-looking, made for each other. The moment Pauline, a stranger to the Polish Eastern Avenue neighborhood of Baltimore (though she lived only twenty minutes away), walked into his mother's grocery store, Michael was smitten. And in the heat of World War II fervor, they are propelled into a hasty wedding. But they never should have married.

    Lisa says: "Disappointing"
    "Technicalities got in the way"
    Overall

    I really disliked the narrator's voice in this recording, and it seriously affected my view of the book. Despite the fact that I found the voice grating, I listened to the end, because the story was engrossing and gave a glimpse of life at a time that I remembered from my youth. While the main character wasn't someone I could relate to, I enjoyed following her progression through life, and found myself wanting to know more about her later life. She wasn't as interesting early on and was often trite and lacked depth. On a final, and maybe trivial, note: I strongly disliked the moody musical accompaniment to the concluding sentences of the story -- way too intrusive for me, made me feel manipulated, like I'd watched a Hallmark movie. I'd prefer just the writer's words, and nothing but the words.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18433)
    Performance
    (8327)
    Story
    (8353)

    Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

    David says: "irritatingly engrossing"
    "The middle isn't always the choice part"
    Overall

    I reviewed the last of these books first, which was a tactical error on my part since I spent much of my enthusiasm in that review. Suffice it say here that I really liked the 3 "Girl" books by this author. I gave the last 5 stars, and will do the same for the first in a few minutes, but gave this book 4 only because it was a bit less excellent in relation to the other 2. That's largely because its ending wasn't as satisfying as the others' -- almost as though someone decided, "Let's cut this here, and begin part 3 now" -- which may be what happened given this book's somewhat unique author history. In conclusion, listen to this book -- if only because you need to in order to get from Part 1 to Part 3, but also because it's a good read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Cat: A Richard Jury Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Martha Grimes
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (49)

    Three months have passed since Richard Jury was left bereft and guilt- ridden after his lover's tragic auto accident, and he is now more wary than ever. He is deeply suspicious when requested on a case far out of his jurisdiction in an outlying village, where a young woman has been murdered behind the local pub. The only witness is the establishment's black cat, who gives neither crook nor clue as to the girl's identity or her killer's.

    Brad says: "Thoroughly Enjoyed Latest Edition to Series"
    "Hard to follow"
    Overall

    In fairness to this book, let me say that I'm writing this awhile after listening to it. I recall that I didn't care for the story much, that it was too difficult to follow and nearly always not very interesting. I disliked the sections of the book that were told in the cat/dog voice -- it really seemed silly, but I found myself wondering if I was becoming too jaded in my middle age. The narrator, who I believe is the same as in another recording of a book by this same author, is hard to follow at times and somehow irritating. All this being said, I listened to the book till the end -- in fact, I seem to recall that the story picked up in terms of interest and focus as it reached its conclusion. I also hope to never read another book about designer shoes -- a topic in which I have absolutely no interest.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17952)
    Performance
    (8151)
    Story
    (8182)

    Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority.

    B.J. says: "Perfect."
    "A great finale"
    Overall

    I've listened to all 3 of the books in this series and have enjoyed each one, with this last being my favorite -- a very satisfying end to the story. From the narration perspective, the reading is in the same vein as the previous 2 books. With book 1 I sometimes found myself groaning a bit at the narrator's voices, but any objections faded over time, and by the end they were old friends. The story is very compelling on many levels -- a little gruesome at times, but unfortunately, no more so than the nightly news.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Let the Great World Spin

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Colum McCann
    • Narrated By Richard Poe, Gerard Doyle, Carol Monda, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1189)
    Performance
    (521)
    Story
    (532)

    A Pushcart Prize-winning author and contributor to the New Yorker, the Atlantic Monthly, and GQ, Colum McCann is renowned for his carefully constructed character studies. No exception, Let the Great World Spin follows the fortunes of a menagerie of New Yorkers through a day in 1974 - the day of Philippe Petit's death defying tightrope walk between the newly built Twin Towers.

    Robert says: "An essential addition to your Audible library."
    "A performance"
    Overall

    I'll preface this review by saying that I'm relatively new to audiobooks, and prefer reading to listening, especially since I usually listen when I'm commuting to work. I enjoyed this book, although I don't care for "staged" readings, but prefer instead to imagine characters' voices. The narrators in this book were very good, though, and I didn't find them at all distracting or out of agreement with my own sense of the voices. The book itself is terrific, with wonderful writing and a story that keeps you moving toward the end. I'd like to read the hard copy some day, though -- I found myself wanting to go back and pick up threads and view the events and characters in light of one another.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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