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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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  • The Emperor of Ocean Park

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Stephen L. Carter
    • Narrated By Peter Francis James
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    An extraordinary fiction debut: a large, stirring novel of suspense that is, at the same time, a work of brilliantly astute social observation. Publishers Weekly predicts this "will be the talk of the political in-crowd this summer," and Booklist's starred review calls it "a roman à clef with fascinating insights into the behind-the-scenes machinations of racial and power politics." Don't miss this one!

    Mark says: "An Extradordinary Story"
    "Too Dull"
    Overall

    Not enough action or character development to hold my interest. Scott Turow or John Grisham are better choices for those looking for behind the scene court room drams.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3524)
    Performance
    (2451)
    Story
    (2450)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Alan says: "Outstanding"
    "Like a really long story from Lake Woebegone"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have always been confused about John Irving's books. I love his easy writing style, but his plots are overworked and his characters are undeveloped stereo types. This one deals with the trials and tribulations of a small town in New Hampshire. Irving clearly drew on his personal experiences to create the town of Gravesend, but there is too much philosophy, and not enough charm to support the entire novel. It's charming, but just goes on too long without saying enough. The conciet of time shifting throughout the book gets rather annoying. I found myself wondering why I would want to know what an old guy thought about his religion. I was far more interested in the actions of the youngsters. I also think that the time shifting was an easy way to avoid having to make the characters evolve into adulthood.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8239)
    Performance
    (7550)
    Story
    (7557)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "A really long, long and troubled boyhood story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Terrific narration and fascinating characters throughout this very long novel. However, the ending, while realistic, didn't need such a long build-up. The tragedies endured and the abuses suffered reminded me of Candide or Oliver Twist and I think that the story could have been told with fewer side plots -- especially since the side plots are not resolved or even of any consequence in the end. Beautiful prose that extends for hour upon hour must have been the basis for the Pulitizer, but I found character development uneven (but interesting) and the plot somewhat meandering.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • House Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mark Turetsky, Nicole Poole, Andy Paris, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3087)
    Performance
    (1295)
    Story
    (1303)

    One of America’s most popular authors, Jodi Picoult has earned a reputation for crafting riveting, topical fiction. In House Rules she examines how being different can have dire consequences. Teenager Jacob Hunt has Asperger’s syndrome. A forensic science wizard, he follows his scanner to show up at crime scenes and give law enforcement officials his advice.

    Charlotte says: "Great book until the ending"
    "Brilliant Characters and good plot"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I like Jodi Picoult because I never know what to expect next from her. Every book is different. Here she presented a world where Asperger's Syndrome rules everyone. I loved the narration and the character development -- and the plot started out really strong, but by the end -- it just sort of ended, without a real resolution. Yes, Picoult likes to do the "twists", but this wasn't so much of a twist as a frayed knot.

    0 of 0 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
    (75)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (50)

    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
    (1757)
    Performance
    (1602)
    Story
    (1616)

    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?

    Amazon Customer 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 6 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
    (1849)
    Performance
    (1714)
    Story
    (1709)

    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".

    Marvin says: "New diet trend, become a zombie!"
    "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.

    2 of 2 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
    (30)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (24)

    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
    (79)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (69)

    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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10778)
    Performance
    (9778)
    Story
    (9798)

    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
    (16495)
    Performance
    (14662)
    Story
    (14704)

    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

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