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Zendegy

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  • The Nightmare: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Lars Kepler
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (105)

    On a summer night, police recover the body of a young woman from an abandoned pleasure boat drifting around the Stockholm archipelago. Her lungs are filled with brackish water, and the forensics team is sure that she drowned. Why, then, is the pleasure boat still afloat, and why are there no traces of water on her clothes or body?.... After spellbinding audiences in The Hypnotist, Detective Inspector Joona Linna is back in The Nightmare, an internationally best-selling Swedish thriller published to critical acclaim in dozens of countries.

    Amanda says: "A Tale of Two Authors"
    "just excellent"
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    Where does The Nightmare rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    it is right up there in the top few.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Nightmare?

    it's more an overall thing. keplar builds characters slowly and realistically, weaves in lots of careful detail, keeps the action going, keeps you guessing and anxious to know what comes next. the narrator is terrific!!! he doesn't sound silly when he shifts his voice to represent a woman or child, is expressive and dynamic, but never overwhelming. he becomes part of the story just perfectly.


    Which character – as performed by Mark Bramhall – was your favorite?

    They're all done very well, but I like the main character, Joona Linna, best. He gives the character a certain gravitas with his performance.


    If you could rename The Nightmare, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't.


    Any additional comments?

    Get this book. You won't regret it. I started on these Nordic detective books through The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I have listened to more different authors than I can easily rattle off. This book is the best of the bunch - better than Larsson's series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8642)
    Performance
    (6211)
    Story
    (6247)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    Barbara says: "A feast for the mind and imagination"
    "This book was SOOOO boring!!"
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    What would have made A Discovery of Witches better?

    Is there an award for most boring book? This book would win hands-down. How can so many people have enjoyed it? The characters, one-dimensional as they are, are pretentious in the extreme: brilliant, athletic, beautiful. Sadly, they are boring, boring, boring!!! I never knew so much about characters - for instance, exactly how they take their tea and why - without finding anything to like. If the two main characters dropped dead, I could not have cared less. And the vampire love interest. What is there to love? Ugh. This author really has no ability to create characters OR to create an interesting plot.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Deborah Harkness again?

    NEVER!!


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

    I'm not sure, but she was the only decent thing in this offering.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Discovery of Witches?

    The ones from the first page to the last. Really. I cannot tell you how completely boring this was. I had to keep fighting to listen and often lost.


    Any additional comments?

    Just do not waste your time and money. Also, I wish I could figure out what the listeners who liked it found to enjoy....

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Playing with Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kerry Wilkinson
    • Narrated By Becky Hindley
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Seven years ago Martin Chadwick set fire to a Manchester pub, not knowing a teenager was sleeping inside. Chadwick's release from prison is imminent, with journalists gearing up for a good old-fashioned media lynching. With the victim's father telling the papers he is out for revenge, DS Jessica Daniel is left to keep an eye on Chadwick and his fiery 18-year-old son. If that's not enough to keep her occupied, a private investigator is doing a fine job sticking his oar in.

    Zendegy says: "This book was SOOOO boring!!"
    "This book was SOOOO boring!!"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I don't know what else to say but that this book was utterly devoid of action or clever clues that lead you astray so that you can be surprised when you finally learn whodunnit. You just don't care whodunnit.
    i wish I could get my credit back.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Becky Hindley?

    Someone who gives you some indication when there is a change of speaker in a dialogue between characters. I kept getting confused.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Playing with Fire?

    Um, just the stuff between the front and back covers.


    Any additional comments?

    Save your money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Police: A Harry Hole Novel, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (434)
    Performance
    (372)
    Story
    (373)

    The police urgently need Harry Hole…. A killer is stalking Oslo's streets. Police officers are being slain at the scenes of crimes they once investigated but failed to solve. The murders are brutal, the media reaction hysterical. But this time, Harry can't help.... For years, detective Harry Hole has been at the center of every major criminal investigation in Oslo. His dedication to his job and his brilliant insights have saved the lives of countless people. But now, with those he loves most facing terrible danger, Harry is not in a position to protect anyone. Least of all himself...

    Charles Atkinson says: "Simply the Best Detective Series In any Language"
    "how does he do it?!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Jo Nesbo just gets better and better!!! If you like Nesbo's Harry Hole series, then you must read this one. It is a ride and a half. I kept thinking that I couldn't take it anymore, but you just cannot stop listening.
    A word about John Lee: I am in love with this man as a narrator. Absolutely the best.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Police?

    Several, but all would be spoilers, so...I will keep them to myself.


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

    SO many!! And this is as perfect as all the others. He is the best.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen. You will not regret it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Invisible Murder: A Nina Borg Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lene Kaaberbøl, Agnete Friis, Tara Chace (translator)
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (50)

    In this feverishly anticipated follow-up to 2011’s critically acclaimed The Boy in the Suitcase, Danish Red Cross nurse Nina Borg doesn’t realize she is putting life and family on the line when she tries to treat a group of sick Hungarian gypsies who are living illegally in a Copenhagen garage. Nina has unwittingly thrown herself into a deadly nest of the unscrupulous and the desperate, and what is at stake is much more terrifying than anyone had realized.

    Avid Reader and Listener says: "Lots of thrills!"
    "very poorly edited"
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    Would you try another book from the authors and/or Katherine Kellgren?

    So, I have to say up front that I really hate the way this woman performs a book. Her voice is grating and she will suddenly increase her volume the moment anything is meant to be getting dramatic. If you are listening with earbuds, it's especially awful! I just cannot listen to any more books read by her.
    This production, though, was worse than usual because of all the editing errors. What the hell?! On many occasions she says something over and over, I suppose trying to get it right, but the wrong ones were never edited out. She even makes an aside or two. Very confusing and so annoying. Maybe if it had been free, I could have overlooked these, but it is unprofessional to put a book so poorly edited out for people to purchase.
    The story...seriously, I got so annoyed with the grating voice and the poor editing that my experience of the book was just ruined. I do think it is a good story line. But I won't be reading any more Nina Borg books because of this poorly produced one.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She detracted SO much, as I stated. I can just never listen to a book read by her, I guess. Hate her voice and way of reading.


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

    A desire to have my money back.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight's Children

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Salman Rushdie
    • Narrated By Lyndam Gregory
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (484)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (279)

    Salman Rushdie holds the literary world in awe with a jaw-dropping catalog of critically acclaimed novels that have made him one of the world's most celebrated authors. Winner of the prestigious Booker of Bookers, Midnight's Children tells the story of Saleem Sinai, born on the stroke of India's independence.

    Marc-Fr says: "Outstanding book, superb narration"
    "a complete masterpiece"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would - and do - wholeheartedly recommend it!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There are SOOOO many simply fabulous, unique, entertaining characters, but, as it is told from the perspective of Saleem, and he is funny, smart, clever, confused, curious and every other appealing adjective you can think of, he wins my deepest affection.


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

    No, but you can bet I will now! He performs this book as if he were channeling it - as if he were creating it. His different voices are wonderful. I really can't say enough about how terrific he is, so I won't even try.


    Who was the most memorable character of Midnight's Children and why?

    Again, Saleem. Though, again, the 'pages' are peopled with such rich, fleshy, funny, sad characters that one could easily compile a list.


    Any additional comments?

    I really cannot recommend this highly enough. It is a world to get lost in - a world that often feels more real than the real world. I had heard so much about Rushdie's masterful writing, but I could not have imagined just how worthy he is of that praise. This book will last forever and I know I will listen again and again. Don't pass it up!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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