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Cynthia Curran

Minneapolis, MN

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REVIEWS
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HELPFUL VOTES
15

  • Before I Go to Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By S. J. Watson
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (547)
    Performance
    (446)
    Story
    (448)

    "As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I'm still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me...." Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love - all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may be telling you only half the story. Welcome to Christine's life.

    Tim says: "Couldn't put this book down!"
    "absorbing and unique"
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    The narrative concept of this novel is unique and clever in execution. It is rare that an epistolary style can be maintained without becoming intrusive and artificial. Having said that, though, the ending disappoints and feels rather rushed. Most works in this genre have this problem but I don't know the answer. I would be angry if authors didn't tie up the questions with a plot conclusion but I am rarely satisfied. This ending was no exception--a bit too neat and unlikely--but the book itself I really enjoyed enhanced by a talented reader.

    It may be that the novel works so well because the author clearly is taken with the definition of self. Are we the sum of our memories or is personality something contained and separate?

    It is rare that I get so caught up in a novel that I listen to it straight through like I did this one. My final opinion is that this novel is sort of like life: absorbing in spots and at times terrifying but ultimately unsatisfying. :)

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Spinning Heart: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Donal Ryan
    • Narrated By Wayne Farrell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    In the aftermath of Ireland's financial collapse, dangerous tensions surface in an Irish town. As violence flares, the characters face a battle between public persona and inner desires. Through a chorus of unique voices, each struggling to tell their own kind of truth, a single authentic tale unfolds. The Spinning Heart speaks for contemporary Ireland like no other novel. Wry, vulnerable, all-too human, it captures the language and spirit of rural Ireland and with uncanny perception articulates the words and thoughts of a generation.

    Cariola says: "21 Distinct Voices Beautifully Crafted"
    "Original and heartbreaking"
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    Any additional comments?

    This is a searing look at the economic collapse in Ireland through its effects on the lives of individuals. Creative, different and totally absorbing. The reader is first-rate as well and intensifies the emotional punches.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ladies of Class

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Marjorie Owen
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Livingstone Wallner
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (2)

    Murder is no respecter of persons. Richard Hayward's promotion and move from the big city life to the sleepy town of Burshill, England has been shattered. Sir John Bury needs a murder solved. The results of Richard's investigation cause a ruckus when several ladies of a particular "class" become part of the inquiry. As the facts begin to unfold, they not only amaze Richard and the community of Burshill but extend all the way to the top brass of Scotland Yard.

    Cynthia Curran says: "Dazed and confused"
    "Dazed and confused"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I am completely bemused as to why Audible which has such high standards has offered this book to its discriminating readers. I don't know about the plot since I had to abandon the book because the production values were so poor. I could actually hear the pages being turned! And the reader stumbles quite frequently over pronunciations and all these errors are left in. After wincing for the tenth time or so in the first few pages, I thought perhaps this was a joke on the reader but when I skipped ahead to random points, the stumbling and page turning continued. Save your credit for anything else.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Jewels of Paradise

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Donna Leon
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (56)

    Caterina Pellegrini is a native Venetian, and like so many of them, she’s had to leave home to pursue her career elsewhere, mostly abroad. With a doctorate in baroque opera from Vienna, she lands in Birmingham, England, as a research fellow and assistant professor. Birmingham, however, is no Venice, so when she gets word of a position back home, Caterina jumps at the opportunity. The job is an unusual one.

    Ruth says: "A "mystery" of a different sort, . ."
    "jewel of a book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have followed Leon through the Brunetti series and--dare I say it--she and I seemed to be getting a bit tired of his problems. This new stand-alone, though, was a delight. There are all the same insider tidbits about Venetian life and the historical references woven into the story were superb. The reader Cassandra Campbell is clearly a fluent speaker of Italian and it showed; no halting pronunciations as have made me wince in other books. Leon is supremely understanding and forgiving about the foibles and obsessions of human beings and this wonderful quality is clearly evident in this academic puzzle focusing on Caterina and her sisters. Brava!


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Footprints in the Butter: An Ingrid Beaumont Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Denise Dietz
    • Narrated By Evy Todd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    In her own mind, Ingrid is the quintessential amateur sleuth. She enjoys riddles, but has never solved a real mystery in her life. From books to television to movies, Ingrid always guesses wrong. But now Ingrid must unriddle the death of her childhood friend, world renowned artist Wylie Jamestone. A note tacked to his latest canvas read: "Give this to Ingrid. Let the treasure hunt begin." Now whether she wants to play detective or not, Ingrid has no choice. The killer is after her!

    Lara G. Galindo says: "Unlistenable; terrible writing"
    "Theater performance?"
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    To be fair, I don't know how to rate this book on the story or overall. The 'theater performance' which is how the reading is described is so dreadful on the ears that I couldn't get through more than 5 minutes. The background music causes one to strain to hear the reader and then the 'action' switches to a ball game with cheering crowds. Some listeners may enjoy the distracting (and unnecessarily loud) background sounds but I subscribe to Audible in order to listen to the author's words. This book was described as light and amusing and it may be but I couldn't bear the production.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Trail of the Spellmans: Document #5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Lisa Lutz
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (124)

    For the first time in Spellman history, Isabel Spellman might be the most normal member of her family. Mom has taken on an outrageous assortment of extracurricular activities. Dad has a secret. Her brother and sister are at war, but neither will reveal the source of the conflict. While domestic disturbances abound, there is one source of sanity in the Spellman household: Demetrius Merriweather, employee of the month for 18 months straight. Things aren't any simpler on the business side of Spellman Investigations....

    John S. says: "There's a payoff, albeit a weak one"
    "Back to form"
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    I was a fan of this series from the first book. The witty comments which overlaid the sometimes dark corners of the characters' lives offered just my sort of entertainment. But I became a bit disillusioned around the third book; it seemed to be rote and mechanical and the jokes seemed too familiar. I almost didn't buy this one but I would have missed out because this one is as good as the first. I also love the way that the characters grow (or not) and make life-changing decisions in each of the books. If you have fallen off the Lutz train, make it to the next station in order to climb aboard.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Available Dark

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Hand
    • Narrated By Carol Monda
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    As this riveting tour-de-force opens, the police already want to talk to Cass about a mysterious death she was involved with previously, but before they can bring her in, Cass accepts a job offer from overseas and hops on a plane. In Helsinki, she authenticates a series of disturbing but stunning images taken by a famous fashion photographer who has cut himself off from the violent Nordic music scene where he first made his reputation. Paid off by her shady employer, she buys a one-way ticket to Reykjavik, in search of a lover from her own dark past.

    Laurene says: "Love Cass Neary!"
    "Distinctly different"
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    I read so many books and my tastes are catholic that it is rare that I come across a novel that is startlingly original with a protagonist who is unique. Keep with it even if you aren't intrigued in the beginning. I almost stopped listening because I thought the narrator was just goth with no real reason for being so miserable. Thankfully, I stayed with it because I would have missed out on a little gem. The characters are fully fleshed individuals, even the minor ones and this is the true pleasure offered here.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • One Moment, One Morning

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sarah Rayner
    • Narrated By Alison Reid
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    The 07.44 am train from Brighton to London: The carriages are packed with commuters. One woman occupies her time observing the people around her. Opposite, a girl applies her make-up. Across the aisle, a husband strokes his wife's hand. Further along, a woman flicks through a glossy magazine. Then, abruptly, everything changes: A man collapses, the train is stopped, an ambulance called. And for three passengers that particular morning, life will never be the same again.

    Cynthia Curran says: "Meh"
    "Meh"
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    This book opened with an arresting scene but unfortunately the rest of the novel could never match the beginning. I enjoy introspective works but there must be some sort of insight to fill the lack of a plot. This novel offers only pedestrian observations: it takes time to recover from an unexpected death; an alcoholic partner needs to be turned out in order for him to reform. Ummm, okay. The reader is excellent but she is far better than her material this time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Expats: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Chris Pavone
    • Narrated By Mozhan Marno
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (390)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (326)

    Kate Moore is a working mother, struggling to make ends meet, to raise children, to keep a spark in her marriage... and to maintain an increasingly unbearable life-defining secret. So when her husband is offered a lucrative job in Luxembourg, she jumps at the chance to leave behind her double-life, to start anew. She begins to reinvent herself as an expat, finding her way in a language she doesn’t speak, doing the housewifely things she’s never before done - playdates and coffee mornings, daily cooking and never-ending laundry....

    Ariel says: "You Will Need to Pay Attention"
    "unusual story, well-written"
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    This book definitely does not follow predictable plot lines and is well-written and beautifully read. I would characterize this work as intelligent entertainment and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. The jumps in time, however, are frequently sudden and if you are not paying attention (or have fallen asleep!) you may be a bit confused about what is taking place.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Damage Control: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Denise Hamilton
    • Narrated By Vanessa Hart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (15)

    Maggie Silver does her best to scramble up the ladder at an exclusive, high-powered PR firm in Southern California whose clients are movie stars and famous athletes.

    Cynthia Curran says: "Poor narration does affect a book"
    "Poor narration does affect a book"
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    I have to agree with the previous review on the poor quality of the narration. The reader sounded as if she has downed a quart of whiskey with her two packs of smokes a day for years. She did seem to even out over the course of the book, but she is particularly irritating in the beginning. My advice is to soldier on because the story is terrific with many unexpected twists in the plot. This is one of the rare instances where I will recommend listening to this book despite the narration.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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