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victoria

New York, NY, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • 26 reviews
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  • Black Cherry Blues

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (822)
    Performance
    (531)
    Story
    (522)

    Dave Robicheaux had begun to put the pieces of his broken life together again when an old friend turned up on his doorstep, dredging up old memories and new threats.

    Geoff says: "Fantastic"
    "Dandy JLB BUT"
    Overall

    ... Mark Hammer's narration doesn't hold a candle to that of Will Patton. Patton captures the lyrical quality of Burke's prose -- truly takes me to Louisiana (or, in this case, Montana).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Blood Spilt

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Asa Larsson
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (17)

    It's midsummer in Sweden, when the light lingers through dawn as winter finally ends. In this magical time, a brutal killer strikes, and the murder of a female priest sends shock waves through the community. Though she has no cause to get involved, attorney Rebecka Martinsson cannot help herself. And the further she is drawn into a mystery that will soon claim another victim, the more the dead woman's world consumes her - a world of hurt and healing, sin and sexuality, and above all, of lethal sacrifice.

    Susan says: "Could not stop listening"
    "NARRATION RUINS IT!!!"
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    I'm only 2 hours in, and not sure if I'll finish this book. The reader couldn't be more wrong: American at its worst. Sort of casual, no sense of Scandinavia, no differentiation of characters, no differentiation of anything! I will return to this review if I do finish the book, as this probably isn't fair to the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadows in the Street

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Susan Hill
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (108)

    Simon Serrailler has just wrapped up a difficult case for SIFT--Special Incident Flying Taskforce--and is on a sabbatical on a far-flung Scottish island when he is called back to Lafferton. Two local prostitutes have gone missing and are subsequently found strangled. By the time he gets back, another girl has disappeared. Is this a vendetta against prostitutes by someone with a warped mind? Or a series of killings by an angry punter?

    Shaliali says: "Not Much Mystery, but Still Listenable"
    "THIS FILE IS BROKEN"
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    Sound is fine when I start listening, but audio freezes and freezes my iPod. Tried a second download. No luck. I've been listening to this series with no problem. Went to the next in the series and it works fine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To the Top of the Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Arne Dahl
    • Narrated By David Thorpe
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    After the disastrous end to their last case, the Intercrime team – a specialist unit created to investigate violent, international crime – has been disbanded, their leader forced into early retirement.The six officers have been scattered throughout the country.

    victoria says: "What a disappointment!"
    "What a disappointment!"
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    After John Lee's masterful narration of the first two books in this series, with his subtle but clear differentiation of the characters' voices and personalities, I couldn't finish this. What a disappointment! I found this performance confusing and hard to follow -- and not worth the effort.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moscow Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1357)
    Performance
    (641)
    Story
    (643)

    In the new thriller from the New York Times best-selling author of The Secret Servant, the death of a journalist leads Gabriel Allon to Russia, where he finds that, in terms of spy craft, even he has something to learn. He's playing by Moscow rules now.

    Lucie says: "Change of narrator"
    "Narrator Rules"
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    I fully agree with other reviewers about sub-standard narration for this and several other Gabriel Alon books. The faulty pronunciation of French, Russian, Hebrew, and British English detracts from Silva's lovely settings. Makes the whole thing seem kind of mundane. From here on out I'll skip this narrator's renditions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Identical

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Scott Turow
    • Narrated By Henry Leyva
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (391)
    Performance
    (318)
    Story
    (319)

    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 Nesbø, Don Bartlett (translator)
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (492)
    Performance
    (428)
    Story
    (424)

    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
    (1157)
    Performance
    (1001)
    Story
    (992)

    G.Monie says: "Top 3 out of his 23 Davenport Novels"
    "YET ANOTHER BROKEN FILE!"
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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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (555)
    Performance
    (487)
    Story
    (489)

    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.

    chris says: "Not my favorite Mary Russell"
    "Broken File!"
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    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
    (42)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (34)

    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).

    Brian Datnow says: "Banville at his best"
    "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 2 people found this review helpful

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