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Dr Doug

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  • Broken Harbor: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2460)
    Performance
    (2103)
    Story
    (2092)

    In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.

    Amazon Customer says: "Best in the Series"
    "More emotionally volatile stuff from TF"
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    Performance
    Story

    Tana French again brings together imperfect beings trying to do their best in a difficult world. Her characters remain very unique and well drawn, thrown into situations that stretch them to the breaking point and beyond. Lots of good things to make you think about and test one's own ideas about how you might behave in the same situation. The reader is Fantastic! All charaacters have a perfectly realized voice, and the wide emotional swings are fully portrayed. I was speaking in dialect all week just from listening!
    The book opens mostly as a procedural, and takes a while to get going, but it's woth the wait. Not quite as good as Faithful Place, but still a great listen.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Faithful Place: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3715)
    Performance
    (2092)
    Story
    (2096)

    New York Times best-selling author Tana French has won the prestigious Edgar, Barry, Macavity, and Anthony awards. As her third novel featuring the Dublin Murder Squad opens, 19-year-old Frank Mackey is waiting in vain for Rosie, who he’s supposed to run away to London with. But when she doesn’t show, Frank leaves Dublin without her—thinking never to return.

    Buffalogal says: "Incredible"
    "What a ride!"
    Overall

    This may be the most emotionally charged book I have ever heard, as the main characters are all pissed off with one another at some point, and the strength of the love that drives the novel is so powerful that it supercharges those emotions further. Then too, the emotions are all suppressed...you know that whatever you're hearing there's much more under the surface. French does a great job of maintaining the energy and gives us a good mystery, to boot.
    The reader is as good as the readers get, and you will feel that you are in Dublin, and that every one of those voices he has belongs to a distinct individual.
    My wife hadn't listened to it, and I was glad to listen to it again with her on a long car ride...it was as good the second time through!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Digital Barbarism: A Writer's Manifesto

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Mark Helprin
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (7)

    World-renowned novelist Mark Helprin offers a ringing Jeffersonian defense of private property in the age of digital culture, with its degradation of thought and language, and collectivist bias against the rights of individual creators.

    mosselyn says: "Ranting, raving, and rambling"
    "An writer makes his own case"
    Overall

    This book is written with all of the brilliance in language and turn of phrase thak characterizes his fiction. Good thing, too, because as such it is an illustration of the improtance of supporting literary creativity. More than simply advancing his cause, he makes you think about where we are headed with the digital revolution. Now that I've read it, I'm going to get the book so I can slowly savor some of his brillaint insights.
    Listen to your Grandpa, you might learn something.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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