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Rick

Thornbury, Australia | Member Since 2009

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  • True Believers: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated By Vanessa Hart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (56)

    Karen Hollander is a celebrated attorney who recently removed herself from consideration for appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. Her reasons have their roots in 1968 - an episode she’s managed to keep secret for more than 40 years. Now, with the imminent publication of her memoir, she’s about to let the world in on that shocking secret - as soon as she can track down the answers to a few crucial last questions. A resonant coming-of-age story and a thrilling political mystery, True Believers is Kurt Andersen’s most ambitious novel to date, introducing a brilliant, funny, and irresistible new heroine to contemporary fiction.

    connie says: "very listenable political mystery/ romance"
    "Interesting from beginning to end"
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    What did you love best about True Believers?

    I enjoyed the historical detail about a time which I was just a bit too young to remember clearly and the rather dynamic juxtaposition of scenes from then and a just slightly future "now" that plausibly imagines what will come out of today's trends.


    Any additional comments?

    I very much liked the character of the protagonist, Karen Hollander and the way she was voiced by the narrator, Vanessa Hart.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 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"
    "A well-told, intriguing story."
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    What did you love best about The Beekeeper's Apprentice?

    This story is so well researched and rich in detail. It takes an unlikely proposition and makes it completely believable. The characters of Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell are explored with depth and subtlety. The writing evokes (just) post-Victorian England both in style and plentiful historical detail.


    What about Jenny Sterlin’s performance did you like?

    Ms Sterlin read eloquently and with good command of accents and voice characterisation.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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