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Moire

Life long fan of the mystery story. I like books where something actually happens, so history and biography are favorites of mine also. I also think that even good books are improved tremendously when an actor performs the narration.

Linden, VA, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • A Walk in the Woods

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    Overall
    (2239)
    Performance
    (497)
    Story
    (510)

    After 20 years in Britain, Bryson returned to the U.S. and decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. This is his humorous, inspiring account.

    Jeff says: "Wonderful book, but hardly abridged"
    "Dead Tree was better"
    Overall

    A wonderfully funny adventure of the middle-aged and the restless, but Bryson's humor translates better on the written page, or when a professional does the reading. His soft slightly British, slightly midwestern voice lacked the punch of the written word. Also, the abridgement left out way too many funny adventures along the way.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • All the Pretty Girls: Taylor Jackson Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By J. T. Ellison
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (44)

    When a local girl falls prey to a sadistic serial killer, Nashville homicide lieutenant Taylor Jackson and her lover, FBI profiler Dr. John Baldwin, find themselves in a joint investigation pursuing a vicious murderer. The Southern Strangler is slaughtering his way through the Southeast, leaving a gruesome memento at each crime scene – the prior victim’s severed hand.

    Ed says: "Distracting subplot and uninteresting characters"
    "Happy to discover a new mystery series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    As Sue Grafton's alphabet is nearing and end, I'm looking for detective novels featuring strong women to keep me entertained. J.T. Elison's Taylor Jackson seems to meet this need. A clever plot, interesting characters, and I want to know where Taylor and S.A. Baldwin end up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John Dies at the End

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David Wong
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1299)
    Performance
    (1180)
    Story
    (1193)

    STOP. You should not have touched this flyer with your bare hands. NO, don't put it down. It's too late. They're watching you. My name is David Wong. My best friend is John. Those names are fake. You might want to change yours. You may not want to know about the things you'll read on these pages, about the sauce, about Korrok, about the invasion, and the future. But it's too late. You touched the book. You're in the game. You're under the eye. The only defense is knowledge. You need to read this book, to the end. Even the part with the bratwurst. Why?

    Cassandra says: "Vulgar Funny. 4.95 Sale Win."
    "No point, no plot, just rambled"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Narration is boring, plot is non-existent, seemingly no end to this long, long, long winding road.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • My Life as a White Trash Zombie

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Diana Rowland
    • Narrated By Allison McLemore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1081)
    Performance
    (1007)
    Story
    (1008)

    Teenage delinquent Angel Crawford lives with her redneck father in the swamps of southern Louisiana. She's a high school dropout, addicted to drugs and alcohol, and has a police record a mile long. But when she's made into a zombie after a car crash, her addictions disappear, except for her all-consuming need to stay "alive".

    Noell says: "I want more and so will you!! *Spoilers*"
    "More of a Mystery than Zombie Horror"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Allison McLemore's narration was so charming that I couldn't resist using a credit and I was so pleasently surprised. Yes, there are zombies in the book, but mostly they're pretty nice folks. This is really more of a "cosy" mystery -- who's doing what to whom in small town Louisiana.

    Don't know whether readers looking for zombie horror will like this, but those who want a southern style mystery will be delighted.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Ballad of Tom Dooley: A Ballad Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Sharyn McCrumb
    • Narrated By Shannon McManus, Eric Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (20)

    The Kingston Trio’s folk song “Tom Dooley” tells the story of the murder of Laura Foster, a simple country girl involved with returning Confederate soldier Tom Dula. But Tom was also engaged in a passionate affair with his childhood sweetheart, the beautiful - and married - Ann Melton. One May morning in 1866, Laura Foster stole her father’s horse and left home, telling a neighbor that she was eloping to Tennessee. Three months later, her body was found in a shallow grave only a few hundred yards from where she was last seen.

    Scott E. Walters says: "Disappointing"
    "I expected much more"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Sharon McCrumb is so talented, and I was hoping for some insight into the ballad, but this gave me no more than the song, really. I don't understand the reason for the two narrators. I was originally intrigued by Pauline, but she quickly dissolved into a one dimensional villain. Zebulon Vance provided history of the 1860's, but didn't provide any information or insight. I don't know what his purpose in the story was supposed to be.
    We all know that the South lost the Civil War, that rural life is hard in the 19th Century, and that Tom Dooley dies, I wanted a better back story than this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Run Before the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Rick Holmes, John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (58)

    Will Lee ran from a life of Southern wealth and privilege to spend a peaceful summer on the coast of Ireland. But there is no peace in this beautiful, troubled land … Restless and dissatisfied, Will dreams of shipbuilding and sailing on crystal-blue waters. Then an explosion of senseless violence drags the young American drifter into a lethal game of terror and revenge. Now Will Lee must run for his life from a bloody past that is not his own.

    Jean says: "Trip to Ireland"
    "A minor dissapointment"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Well narrated, but I have no love of sailing and my knowledge of 1970's Irish rebellion is spotty. But even in all my ignorance, I found the plot lines predictable and pretty dull. I chose this book because I was delighted to find that Woods had written a series on Will Lee. This one focuses on a year during law school where Will hangs out in Ireland and goes from being a boy to a man. Romance and tragedy about, but he comes out stronger for it all in the end.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (9768)
    Performance
    (8872)
    Story
    (8884)

    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!!"
    "Almost . . ."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Almost a mystery, almost science fiction/fantasy. Overall well performed, in fact, I think that narrator helped keep the characters separate for me, but it seemed to go for a very long time in an investigative phase, and then, all of a sudden, the world changes, and it's over. It almost feels like there was a really good outline for the novel, but due to deadlines, the characters and plot could not be fully realized.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13844)
    Performance
    (12217)
    Story
    (12245)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Pay close attention to the details"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Good characters and more twists than a pretzel factory working overtime. The long exposition is well worth the wait, but toward the end the story starts getting bogged down in feelings and thoughts rather than moving the action along. Well executed performances, story just needed a little less conversation and a little more action at the end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • And When She Was Good

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Laura Lippman
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (366)
    Performance
    (311)
    Story
    (310)

    Heloise considers it a blessing to be a person who seldom attracts attention. In her suburb, she's just a mom, the young widow with the forgettable job, who somehow never misses a soccer game. In the state capital, she's the redheaded lobbyist with a good cause and a mediocre track record. But in discreet hotel rooms throughout the area, she's the woman of your dreams - if you can afford the hourly fee. For more than a decade, Heloise believed she was safe, managing to keep up this rigidly compartmentalized life. But her secret life is under siege. One county over, another so-called suburban madam has been found dead in her car, an apparent suicide.

    C. Telfair says: "And When She Was Bad..."
    "Bard of Baltimore shines again!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Clever story -- sort of June Cleaver meets Xaviera Hollander, and right in Maryland! Linda Emond is a jewel. She takes Lippman's perfect prose to the level of high art. This is one winning combo, especially for those who remember Maryland in the '70s.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (15823)
    Performance
    (11804)
    Story
    (11735)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "We are each the hero of our own story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I expected better audio quality and that the anecdotes would be funnier. I did get to learn just how far apart Liz Lemon and Tina Fey really are as people. Never noticed the scar on Tina Fey's face -- now I keep looking for it. Amusing, but I wanted more from an award winning comedy writer and actress that blue liquid into a maxi-pad.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • My Cousin Rachel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Daphne du Maurier
    • Narrated By Jonathan Pryce
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (113)

    Ambrose Ashley, Philip's cousin, guardian, and god, married Rachel in Italy and died there. Jealous of his marriage and grief-stricken by his death, Philip prepares to meet his cousin's widow with hatred in his heart.

    Diane says: "The best audio book I ever listened to"
    "Perfect Narration/Dissappointing Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    DuMaurier spends way to much time inside the head of the idiot Phillip, which is the only way to justify the length of this book. Fortunately, Johnathan Pryce's perfect narration makes this a delightful listen, even though the story is kinda lame.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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