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Barbara

Berndorf, Austria | Member Since 2008

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  • The Resurrectionist

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jack O'Connell
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Sweeney is a druggist by trade; Danny, his son, is in a persistent coma, the victim of an accident. Hoping for a miracle, they have come to the Peck Clinic, a fortress-like haven in a post-industrial city overrun by gangs. Doctors there claim to have resurrected two patients who were similarly lost in the void.

    Andrew says: "Perfect in every way."
    "neither fish nor fowl"
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    I could not make either head or tail of that story. the premisses did sound very interesting, a bit noir, a bit fantasy, like, for example, christopher priests "the prestige", but the story did not really blend the different parts together. very many loose ends and a very unsatisfactory ending. the narrator is good, though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Monkey

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Arte Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (890)
    Performance
    (786)
    Story
    (795)

    Andrew Yancy - late of the Miami Police and soon-to-be-late of the Monroe County sheriff’s office - has a human arm in his freezer. There’s a logical (Hiaasenian) explanation for that, but not for how and why it parted from its shadowy owner. Yancy thinks the boating-accident/shark-luncheon explanation is full of holes, and if he can prove murder, the sheriff might rescue him from his grisly Health Inspector gig (it’s not called the roach patrol for nothing). But first - this being Hiaasen country - Yancy must negotiate an obstacle course of wildly unpredictable events with a crew of even more wildly unpredictable characters.

    James says: "Disappointed"
    "to be young and unaware again!"
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    If I had never discovered Carl Hiaasen before I could now read all his books for the first time. But, alas, it is not so and so I have to wait in dire anticipation for his new book.Which I liked, but which didn`t make me embarrass my boyfriend by laughing out loud on a plane. That there is my judgement, Okay, I gotta be fair, maybe Mr. Hiaasen doesn`t want to do Skink anymore and aims for something gapping the bridge between his "hard-boiled" stuff (the co-authored books with Bill Montalbano) and his goofy books, which works well, and if i didn`t long for the utter entertainement of reading, say, "native tongue" for the first time again, well, then, firstly beggars could be choosers and secondly, I would recommend reading/listening to/spending a credit on "Bad Monkey" in a heartbeat. Enjoy!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (6737)
    Performance
    (6129)
    Story
    (6138)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "The world and his grandma and now me too!"
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    A lot of people reviewed "The Cuckoo's Calling" already, I guess, but I was so impressed that I feel I have to join their ranks now. I have to admit, a big part of the pleasant surprise listening to this book gave me derived from it being not at all like harry potter. Don't get me wrong, i practically ate the potter books, but they were just a phase in one`s live that passes. This book, and it would, contentwise, have ended up on my wishlist anyway really makes me want to cheer britain`s wealthiest women (it's true, isn`t it?) for providing me (us listeners, or readers at that) with a very british, very modern yet very very classic private eye detective novel. The narrational flow is very smooth yet keeps you on your toes, and the characters are real, and feel real (sorry, dumbledore, you were just too good to be true..) If i hadn`t known that this was a book by rowling, I would still recommend it. Cormoran Strike, the P.I. in question, is a very likeable character and a very able detective, his "sidekick", Robin, is very well crafted and reminded me of Jasmine in Christopher Brookmyres "Where the bodies are buried" (very recommendable, btw). It's true, in a way, The Cuckoo`s Calling might be a bit of a pastiche, but if it is, it's a good one. I`ve read that Rowling is planning a sequel, and I'm frankly looking forward to it. I think it's a bit sad that whoever leaked Galbraith`s identity force-pushed the book into the bestsellers`, because I believe it would have found it`s way into being recommended by readers to readers in its own good time. And it isn't as if she`d need the extra money, is it?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Aloha from Hell

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Richard Kadrey
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (845)
    Performance
    (772)
    Story
    (762)

    In Sandman Slim Stark came back from hell for revenge. Once again all is not right in L.A. Lucifer is back in Heaven, God is on vacation, and an insane killer mounts a war against both Heaven and Hell. Stark’s got to head back down to his old stomping grounds in Hell to rescue his long lost love, stop an insane serial killer, prevent both Good and Evil from completely destroying each other, and stop the demonic Kissi from ruining the party for everyone. Even for Sandman Slim, that’s a tall order. And it’s only the beginning.

    Bonnie says: "Book 3 in the Sandman series The best yet"
    "trapped in a genre"
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    unfortunately, not everyone who strings together magic and PI is able to hold a candle to Harry Dresden. Please correct me if I am injustly prejudiced, in as far as I started on "Aloha from Hell", which is the third(?) of the series, and maybe I just lack the immersion that the first story captures you in. But really, I find it quite tedious. The narrator does his best, and he is very good. But for the rest, well, let me say, it seems to be something for the initiated only. If you like that kind of genre, as I do, you're far better off with Simon R.Green`s "Nightside", or you might like to check out Benjamin Jacka (don`t know if he`s on audibe yet). Have fun!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11181)
    Performance
    (10147)
    Story
    (10169)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "smart and captivating"
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    I agree with audible`s Emily, who featured "14" on "what we`re listening to".This one is definitely worth spending money or a credit on. The story is totally plausible (I`m always looking for Sci-Fi or Fantasy that don`t just make up worlds of their own but try to attach their stories to our 20 or 21st century world and rules, and scepticisms.) "14" is a very smart story, with well crafted characters and a gripping story. the narrator is very good. I am looking forward to checking out other of Peter Clines` novels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Faithful Place

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Gerry O'Brien
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    The course of Frank Mackey's life was set by one defining moment when he was 19. The moment his girlfriend, Rosie Daly, failed to turn up for their rendezvous in Faithful Place, failed to run away with him to London as they had planned. Frank never heard from her again. Twenty years on, Frank is still in Dublin, working as an undercover cop. He's cut all ties with his dysfunctional family. Until his sister calls to say that Rosie's suitcase has been found....

    Barbara says: "predictable ending"
    "predictable ending"
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    written in the first person, the main character tends to repeat himself and his feelings quite a lot. it is a bit rambling, and by the time it gets interesting, you`ve very likely managed to work out the guilty party for yourself. also, the story and the cast are not coherent or harmonious. I would not recommend buying it, although i liked tana french`s "in the woods" a lot.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Spellbound: Book II of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3827)
    Performance
    (3564)
    Story
    (3563)

    Dark fantasy goes hardboiled in Book II of the hard-hitting Grimnoir Chronicles by the New York Times best-selling creator of Monster Hunter International. The Grimnoir Society’s mission is to protect people with magic, and they’ve done so—successfully and in secret—since the mysterious arrival of the Power in the 1850s, but when a magical assassin makes an attempt on the life of President Franklin Roosevelt, the crime is pinned on the Grimnoir.

    Paulette says: "Spellbound is Pure Magic"
    "noir meets fantasy meets thriller"
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    If you are looking for an audiobook that`s long, captivating, engaging, well narrated and so on, you definitely have to check out mr.correia`s grimnoir series. Perfect entertainement!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Where the Bodies are Buried

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Chris Brookmyre
    • Narrated By Sarah Barron
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    In Glasgow, aspiring actress Jasmine Sharp is reluctantly - and incompetently - earning a crust working for her Uncle Jim's private investigation business. When Jim goes missing, Jasmine has to take on the investigator mantle for real. Soon she stumbles into a web of corruption and decades-hidden secrets that could tear apart an entire police force - if she can stay alive long enough to tell the tale...

    Gideon says: "Brookmyre for beginners"
    "perfect package!"
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    Great story! I don't know why mr. brookmyre lost the topher to his chris, but i was delighted to find a new book by him, as i`ve read and hugely enjoyed his previous ones. The characters are, as usual, very rich and the storyline comes together nicely. the narrator did, in my humble opinion, an excellent job of giving life to the story, with a nice bit of scottish inflection, not so thick that non-native-speakers like me don't get it, but adding a nice bit of authenticity to a story set in glasgow. an extra bonus to this recording is its length. with a little more than 11 hours, it isn`t over too fast and gives the plot enough time to tighten to the end. and the ending is great, by the way. it ends on a sentence that isn't there....
    enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Woodcutter

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Reginald Hill
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1168)
    Performance
    (866)
    Story
    (860)

    Wolf Hadda's life was a fairytale - successful businessman and adored husband. But a knock on the door one morning ends it all. Universally reviled, thrown into prison, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later Wolf begins to talk to the prison psychiatrist and receives parole to return home. But there's a mysterious period in Wolf's past when he was known as the Woodcutter. Now the Woodcutter is back, looking for truth and revenge...

    Diana says: "One of my favorite Reginald Hill books!"
    "a great pleasure"
    Overall

    People who are already familiar with Reginald Hill won't need to be told what they already know: that he is a master storyteller, mixing a suspense story with deep insights into the human psyche and a powerful ability to make the landscapes come alive. The Woodcutter is thoroughly enjoyable, and at a lenght of 15+ hours it really draws you into the cleverly plotted story. Enjoy!

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Gone-Away World

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Nick Harkaway
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (162)

    There couldn't be a fire along the Jorgmund Pipe. It was the last thing the world needed. The Pipe was what kept the Livable Zone safe from the bandits, monsters, and nightmares the Go-Away War had left in its wake. Enter Gonzo Lubitsch and the Haulage & HazMat Emergency Civil Freebooting Company, a team of troubleshooters who roll into action when things get hot.

    David says: "Awesome style, kickin' story with many tangents"
    "at long last"
    Overall

    i read the online reviews for the gone away world, and they seemed rather discouraging. what was intriguing though was it`s length. what else do you look for in an audiobook book but maximum envelopment in a story? and this one is really really worth it. I did not read the printed book but listened to the audiobook and I think it is a perfect audio story. its mulitlayered, which can be tiring when youread it,but it works perfectly as an audiobook. the narration - and the narrator - make it come alive, and instead of a lengthy story you get lively narrative of a guy`s incredible journey. it is inventive, suggestive, sometimes hilarious and sometimes very sad too. anyone who likeslong (i.e. elaborate, detailled storytelling) epics, should look no further. it`s science fiction, so it`s a bit on the inventive side, but not unbelievably so. if you`re looking for a holiday companion,"the gone away world" is perfect for a long stretch of days. you`ll love it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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