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Cynthia

Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

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  • Dressed for Death

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Donna Leon
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (139)

    Commissario Guido Brunetti's hopes for a refreshing family holiday in the mountains are once again dashed when a gruesome discovery is made in Marghera--a body so badly beaten the face is completely unrecognizable. Brunetti searches Venice for someone who can identify the corpse but is met with a wall of silence. He then receives a telephone call from a contact who promises some tantalizing information.

    Tom says: "marvelous duo"
    "Nice change."
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    The change of location (other than Britain or U.S.) made the book more interesting. Unique for me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • River of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Rennie Airth
    • Narrated By Christopher Kay
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (83)

    In 1921, the bloodied bodies of Colonel Fletcher, his wife and two staff are found in a manor house in Surrey. The police have put the murders down to a violent robbery, but Detective Inspector Madden from Scotland Yard has his own suspicions. In the meantime the killer is plotting his second strike.

    Nancy J says: "New Mystery Written in 1920's Style-What A Thrill!"
    "Story could lose the romance."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you like romances with a bit of detective work thrown in you would probably enjoy this book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Rennie Airth again?

    No.


    Have you listened to any of Christopher Kay’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    First time, he was adequate.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I though it was trying to ride the fence between romance and mystery/war in order to interest a broader audience. Failed.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The 9th Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Tami Hoag
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (663)
    Performance
    (576)
    Story
    (587)

    On a frigid New Year’s Eve in Minneapolis, a young woman’s brutalized body falls from the trunk of a car into the path of oncoming traffic. Questions as to whether she was alive or dead when she hit the icy pavement result in her macabre nickname, Zombie Doe. Unidentified and unidentifiable, she is the ninth nameless female victim of the year, and homicide detectives Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska are charged with the task of not only finding out who Zombie Doe is but who in her life hated her enough to destroy her. Was it personal? Or could it just have been a crime of opportunity?

    Sires says: "Not Fond of Narrator, Characters Sterotypical"
    "Extremely violent against children."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I can't imagine anyone enjoying this book unless they are clinical professionals or violent and ill people.


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

    Expected it to be a more intricate plot


    Have you listened to any of David Colacci’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He is always good.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The 9th Girl?

    The tedious dialogue. We can get the drift of police procedure and family debate without listening to 6 hours of it. Other authors get the idea across much more succinctly and then get on to the next scene. This dialogue was TEDIOUS. It was like listening to 3 hours of police tape and then a 2 hour family argument.


    Any additional comments?

    Boring and horrible at the same time. The constant referral to the victim as zombie girl was demeaning. A tortured child is not a joke.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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