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victoria

New York, NY, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • 22 reviews
  • 374 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 38 purchased in 2014
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  • The Man of Property: The Forsyte Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Galsworthy
    • Narrated By David Case
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (42)

    The Man of Property, the first novel in Galsworthy's epic social satire The Forsyte Saga, introduces us to Soames Forsyte, a solicitor and prominent man of his important family. Accustomed to getting whatever he wants, he sets his sights with absolute determination on the beautiful Irene, in spite of her pennilessness and her indifference to him.

    victoria says: "Five stars aren't enough..."
    "Five stars aren't enough..."
    Overall

    ... for this masterpiece of writing and narration. Galsworthy's tender, wicked irony is perfectly captured and conveyed by David Case, who is THE master among book readers. Each character has his or her distinctive voice which perfectly expresses the personality Galsworthy intended. The richness of the relationships, the vivid social commentary, the HUMOR, are indeed Nobel Prize material.

    I'm now listening to the whole series of nine novels for the third time, and the experience is as rich this time as it was the first. It's more than just fiction. It's a poem, an opera, a feast.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Identical

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Scott Turow
    • Narrated By Henry Leyva
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (312)
    Performance
    (256)
    Story
    (256)

    Identical, based loosely on the myth of Castor and Pollux, is the story of identical twins, Paul and Cass Giannis, and the complex relationships between their family and their former neighbors, the Kronons. The audiobook focuses principally on events in 2008, when Paul is a candidate for Mayor of Kindle County, and Cass is released from the penitentiary, 25 years after pleading guilty to the murder of his girlfriend, Athena Kronon.

    Jacqueline says: "Courtroom Drama Takes a Back Seat"
    "Couldn't finish it"
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    .... because the narration was so inane. Probably not fair to Turow, who has a great track record of publishing good legal procedurals.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Redeemer: Harry Hole, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbo, Don Bartlett (translator)
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (334)
    Performance
    (289)
    Story
    (285)

    Christmas shoppers stop to hear a Salvation Army concert on a crowded Oslo street. An explosion cuts through the music and the bitter cold: One of the singers falls dead, shot in the head at point-blank range. Harry Hole - the Oslo Police Department’s best investigator and worst civil servant - has little to work with: no suspect, no weapon, and no motive. But Harry’s troubles will multiply. As the search closes in, the killer becomes increasingly desperate, and Harry’s chase takes him to the most forbidden corners of the former Yugoslavia. Yet it’s when he returns to Oslo that he encounters true darkness....

    Charles Atkinson says: "Best Modern Detective Series on Audible!"
    "Less violent, but less compelling"
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    I found the plot development somewhat forced -- hard to believe -- but enjoyed it nonetheless. Fascinating look behind the scenes of the Salvation Army. Harry seemed somehow less vested in the problems he was solving.

    As for the narrator. The loss of Robin Sachs is huge. I especially missed his distinguishing voices for each character. Much as I like John Lee -- his nicely dark voice and his delivery -- his reading here made the book more difficult to follow, and more difficult to keep the characters straight. It's probably because the names are unfamiliar, but also may be because the voice of each character was less than distinctive. But what are you going to do?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (787)
    Performance
    (685)
    Story
    (673)

    G.Monie says: "Top 3 out of his 23 Davenport Novels"
    "YET ANOTHER BROKEN FILE!"
    Overall
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    This is a very irritating experience: to just get going with what you know will be a great listen, then have it freeze over and over.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pirate King: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    Overall
    (442)
    Performance
    (384)
    Story
    (384)

    As Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes embark on their 11th adventure together, they find themselves immersed in the world of silent filmmaking. Here, the pirates are real—and unlike the shooting done with a camera, this sort can be deadly.

    Debra says: "Very disappointing"
    "Broken File!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It froze my iPod right at the beginning -- over and over again. Too bad -- I love this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mantis

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Richard La Plante
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    In recent weeks, three young women have been brutally assaulted and murdered in the city of Philadelphia. Lt. William Fogarty, a time-toughened cop, hardened by personal tragedy, is shocked by the brutality of the crimes. His only lead comes from medical examiner Josef Tanaka. Half Japanese and half American, Tanaka, a skilled practitioner of the martial arts, claims to recognize the method used in the attacks: a karate strike known as nukite, or spear hand. Fogarty has nowhere else to turn.

    victoria says: "WOW!!!"
    "WOW!!!"
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    I actually bought this book for the narrator. Robin Sachs is, for my money, the best, now that David Case/Frederick Davidson is no longer with us. Found Sachs reading the Jo Nesbo books. Definitely value-added.

    But the book!. The villain is one of the creepiest since Hannibal. And the good guys are complicated, beautifully developed characters. Talk about driveway moments. I actually did absolutely nothing the whole day that it took to listen. Zoos, insects, martial arts, police procedurals. It's all there.

    I googled Richard La Plante, and see that he has two more books in this series. Hard to decide whether to just buy the books, or wait for them to appear on Audible. I HOPE the publisher will bring back Robin Sachs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ancient Light

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Banville
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    Is there any difference between memory and invention? That is the question that fuels this stunning novel, written with the depth of character, the clarifying lyricism, and the heart-wrenching humor that have marked all of John Banville's extraordinary works. And it is the question that haunts Alexander Cleave as he plumbs the memories of his first - and perhaps only - love (he, just 15, the woman more than twice his age, the mother of his best friend; the situation impossible, thrilling, devouring, and finally devastating).

    victoria says: "Gorgeous!"
    "Gorgeous!"
    Overall
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    Robin Sachs is one of those few who can read the phone book and be captivating. And when he reads Banville's rich and graceful prose it's just the best. The story flows seamlessly from past to present to past again. Each character is developed just fully enough to make the book sing; nothing extra. The physical descriptions of places and persons are vivid and convey the sight, sound and smell of them. I will surely come back to this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Red Door: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (472)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (252)

    June 1920. In a house with a red door lies the body of a woman who has been bludgeoned to death. Rumor has it that two years earlier, she'd painted that door to welcome her husband back from the Front - only he never came home. Meanwhile, in London, a man suffering from a mysterious illness first goes missing and then just as suddenly reappears. He is unable to explain his recovery. Inspector Ian Rutledge must solve the cases.

    Linda Lou says: "AN ADDICTIVE SERIES!"
    "File is broken"
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    Performance
    Story

    This file would not play properly on my iPod. It would start out, then freeze. I tried downloading other Formats, and did a Concierge on-line chat -- to no avail. Irritating.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stagestruck

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Peter Lovesey
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    Pop diva Clarion Calhoun has packed the house with a celebrity appearance in Bath's Theatre Royal production of I Am a Camera. But within moments of her much-anticipated onstage appearance, she's pulled out of character as she screams and claws at her face. When tainted stage makeup is found to have caused the disfiguring burn, fingers point to her makeup artist. Detective Peter Diamond investigates when the makeup artist is found dead, pushed from a catwalk far above the stage.

    victoria says: "Book is damaged"
    "Book is damaged"
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    Starts out fine, then freezes my iPod. Too bad -- it sounds like a good book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Panther

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1991)
    Performance
    (1678)
    Story
    (1673)

    Anti-Terrorist Task Force agent John Corey and his wife, FBI agent Kate Mayfield, have been posted overseas to Sana'a, Yemen - one of the most dangerous places in the Middle East. While there, they will be working with a small team to track down one of the masterminds behind the USS Cole bombing: a high-ranking Al Qaeda operative known as The Panther. Ruthless and elusive, he's wanted for multiple terrorist acts and murders - and the U.S. government is determined to bring him down, no matter the cost.

    Parusski says: "Good Corey Story"
    "Endless and tedious"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I've listened to, and enjoyed, most of DeMille's previous books. But I'm not at all sure I'll make it to the end of this one -- despite Scott Brick's good narration. Seems to be mostly conversation, with more of DeMille's wise guy asides than needed. Too bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Innocent: A Vanessa Michael Munroe Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Taylor Stevens
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (269)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (218)

    Eight years ago, a man walked five-year-old Hannah out the front doors of her school and spirited her over the Mexican border, taking her into the world of a cult known as The Chosen. For eight years, followers of The Prophet have hidden the child, moving her from country to country, shielding the man who stole her. Now, those who’ve searched the longest know where to find her.

    Melinda says: "The Sequel That Isn't Equal"
    "What a shame!"
    Overall
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    The first Taylor Stevens promised a good series. This was a disappointment -- weak plot, uninteresting characters. Too bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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