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Sharon

Seattle, WA USA | Member Since 2007

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  • 26 reviews
  • 258 ratings
  • 637 titles in library
  • 40 purchased in 2014
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  • And Sons: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By David Gilbert
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (72)

    Who is A. N. Dyer? & Sons is a literary masterwork for readers of The Art of Fielding, The Emperor’s Children, and Wonder Boys - the panoramic, deeply affecting story of an iconic novelist, two interconnected families, and the heartbreaking truths that fiction can hide.

    Doug P. says: "Full of brilliant bits and pieces"
    "Sorry"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Couldn't get beyond the first half hour. Fell asleep. Slow, rambling, dull. Poor start to the story by a poor reader. Oh well.....

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Hanging in the Hotel: A Fethering Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Simon Brett
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    The Hopwicke Country House Hotel once hosted a rich clientele. But hard times have forced Suzy Longthorne to open her doors to the Pillars of Sussex, a group of elitist businessmen. Suzy recruits Jude to help out, but the next morning, Jude discovers the body of a supposed initiate of the Pillars hanging from the beam of a bed. The police rule the death a suicide. The Pillars deny that the victim was an initiate. Jude knows both parties have something to hide, and she's determined to uncover the truth.

    Rod says: "Another Carol and Jude winner"
    "How about Jude and Carole without a murder?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Characters rich and substantial. Language marvelous. But the murders are getting old. Would be welcome to have all of Simon Brett's engaging characters in another sort of story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Scandal in Belgravia

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Robert Barnard
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    This unique murder mystery is both a penetrating analysis of a decaying social class and a deeply moving personal story of two men: Peter Proctor, recently retired as a senior British cabinet minister, and Timothy Wycliffe, a young aristocrat who was bludgeoned to death more than 30 years ago. Once close friends, their relationship had gradually faded; even Wycliffe's shocking murder caused relatively little impact on his friends and the national press, who were distracted that week by more momentous events.

    Patricia says: "Not typical but the only one available"
    "Splendid!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Highly recommended listen! A kind of minor British author with lots of books. This is the only one recorded so far. Frederick Davidson's upper-class voice is a perfect match. The story is complex and the ending very, very unexpected. Characters elegant, carefully drawn. This book will evoke plenty of sympathy, empathy, and, of course, disgust (at the end) thrown in. Give it a try!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Room Farce: A Charles Paris Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Simon Brett
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Charles Paris' old friend Mark, who runs a recording studio in Bath where Charles is making a talking book, has a drinking problem that amounts to a death wish. But it's not the drink that kills Mark, it's somebody in the cast of Charles' play who has a dirty little secret that Mark must not be allowed to reveal...

    Sharon says: "A miss"
    "A miss"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    What a wonderful series but this one. The elegant author becomes ickky. Worth a skip and on to the next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Discoverers: A History of Man's Search to Know His World and Himself

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Daniel J. Boorstin
    • Narrated By Christopher Cazenove
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    Daniel J. Boorstin, former librarian of the Library of Congress, gives a fascinating history of world civilization. From astronomical development, microscopes, telescopes, medicine, vaccines, genetics and map-making, the author delves into the discoveries of our world and the freedoms those discoveries bestowed.

    David says: "This One has Good Audio"
    "Dreary"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I remember reading this book years ago and rather liking it. Listening is another matter. Seems to jump around a lot, no full telling of any story. Maybe its best to just remember how nice something was in the past and enjoy nostalgia and save credits!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Library: An Unquiet History

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Matthew Battles
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    For rare-books librarian Matthew Battles, libraries represent a compelling paradox. On the one hand, they exist to collect and preserve knowledge. On the other hand, they have been used to control, restrict, and sometimes obliterate knowledge.

    inquiryetc says: "Fascinating and Timely"
    "Don't bother"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Awful. Awful. A fine writer who is completely disorganized. Skips from topic to topic, era to ear and back again. What a shame. The reader is just fine but that doesn't' compensate for a truly terrible mess of a book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cousin Henry

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Flo Gibson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    The timid and cowardly Henry Jones alone knows the whereabouts of a second will, which disinherits him from his uncle's property. During his guilt throes he arouses the suspicions of all around him.

    Sharon says: "Trollope not at his best"
    "Trollope not at his best"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Thin story. Seems to go on and on and it become a rehash. Should be limited to one rather than six hours.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Yiddish: A Nation of Words

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Miriam Weinstein
    • Narrated By J. L. Glick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Here is the remarkable story of how this humble language took vigorous root in Eastern European shtetls and in the Jewish quarters of cities across Europe; how it achieved a rich literary flowering between the wars in Europe and America; how it was rejected by emancipated Jews; and how it fell victim to the Holocaust. And also how, in yet another twist of destiny, Yiddish today is becoming the darling of academia. Yiddish is a history as story; a tale of flesh-and-blood people with manic humor.

    Sharon says: "Good book, great reader"
    "Good book, great reader"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A nice Jewish history book written with information about Yiddish as the common thread. Well worth the listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Second Watch: A J. P. Beaumont Novel, Book 21

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By J. A. Jance
    • Narrated By J. R. Horne
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (125)

    J. P. Beaumont is finally taking some time off to have knee-replacement surgery. But instead of taking his mind off work, the operation plunges him into one of the most perplexing and mind-blowing mysteries he's ever faced. A series of dreams takes him back to his early days on the force with the Seattle PD. When tugging on those threads from long ago leads to present-day murders, Beau's suspicions are confirmed. Some bodies from the second watch just won't stay buried.

    Jean says: "a unique idea"
    "Not her best..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    First part of the story is forced. Trying too hard to create a plot. Characters quite nice though. Mystery turns out interesting. J.A. Jance: keep trying!

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Time to Dance

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated By James Faulkner
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    A Time to Dance charts the consequences of a relationship between a man of 54 and a girl of 18. The gap in their backgrounds, expectations, and experience proves to be as wide as that between their ages.

    Sharon says: "Ugh!"
    "Ugh!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made A Time to Dance better?

    A ghost writer.


    What was most disappointing about Melvyn Bragg’s story?

    It starts out as soft porn. I could only assume that it continues along the same lines. Why bother...unless you're looking for this kind of stuff.


    What didn’t you like about James Faulkner’s performance?

    Arrogant, ponderous. What's there to like?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Beast: Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus, Book 21

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Faye Kellerman
    • Narrated By Mitchell Greenberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (117)

    Throughout his years with the LAPD, Peter Decker has handled a number of tough cases and strange killers. But few of his previous assignments compare to his latest case. When Hobart Penny is found dead in his apartment, the cops think that his pet cat - an adult female tiger - attacked the reclusive elderly billionaire. But it soon becomes clear that the beast that killed the eccentric inventor is all too human.

    Think about this says: "Lacking"
    "Don't bother with this one"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    There's always been a certain charm to Faye Kellerman's books: family relationships, interesting mysteries, good characters. She really misses on this book. It feels as if she's run out of stories so goes for the gross to keep her readers. Result? A rather disgusting disaster. Save your credits!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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