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Mynt

Mynt

Washington, DC | Member Since 2005

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  • The Savage Detectives: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Roberto Bolaño
    • Narrated By Eddie Lopez, Armando Durán
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (68)

    The late Chilean writer Roberto Bolaño has been called the García Marquez of his generation. The Savage Detectives is a hilarious and sexy, meandering and melancholy, companionable and complicated road trip through Mexico City, Barcelona, Israel, Liberia, and finally the desert of northern Mexico. It is the first of Bolaño's two giant works, with 2666, to be translated into English and is already being hailed as a masterpiece.

    Rebecca Lindroos says: "Started slow but ended great"
    "Stopped reading without guilt. Skip this book"
    Overall

    No one in book club finished the book. Despite high reviews (NY Times, Washington Post) every one of the voracious readers in my book club stopped reading it - myself included. You know that guilt you sometimes feel when you don't finish something you started. I didn't feel that guilt. There are too many better books out there to read.

    Why didn't I like it?

    1) It was a wandering and rambling trail of thought without an apparent plot line in the spirit of "On the Road", "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" and to a certain extent "Walden Pond".

    2) I didn't care one bit for any of the characters. They could have dropped down the bottom of a well as far as I was concerned. It might even do them some good - teach those fancy, dreamy poets to live in the real world.

    3) The book was also complicated by the Spanish words - It was harder for me to connect to the book and get the swing of it with all of the foreign names and words.

    On the plus side - our book club's consensus is that the book wasn't 100% bad but we just didn't get it/ connect with it. I actually thought the racy sex scenes were the more intriguing part of the 2 hours that I listened to - the emotions of sexual wonder, desire, and exploration seems more real to me than discussions of young Mexican surrealist poets trying to establish a magazine.

    2 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9168)
    Performance
    (6693)
    Story
    (6733)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    Tim says: "True Blood PG13"
    "Lose yourself in a great story and superb narratio"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    One of the best narrations I've ever had the pleasure of listening to in almost 10 years of listening to audiobooks. Usually I petter out on even the best books after 16 hours and have to slow down and take a break. But I went straight onto the second, equally delightful book and was completely bummed that the next one isn't out yet. It's very well written book - rich characters and plot line and as I mention the narration is devine. I love the different voices she uses - they are distinct and always stay this side of being overacted. well written, well produced as an audiobook. More please!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5583)
    Performance
    (5005)
    Story
    (4998)

    Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliff-hanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens. Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries.

    Hallie says: "Even better than A Discovery of Witches"
    "Fantastic Story and One of the best Narrations"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you like gripping, well planned plot and developed characters including witches and vampires, and if you like your books suberbly performed - then this is your book. Normally after 16 hours I get tired of an audibook but I went straight onto the second book and was so disappointed when it ended. I would have started pacing myself if I had known the 3rd book wasn't out yet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Woman in White

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated By Roger Rees, Rosalyn Landor, John Lee, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (308)
    Performance
    (235)
    Story
    (238)

    Secrets, mistaken identities, surprise revelations, amnesia, locked rooms and locked asylums, and an unorthodox villain made this mystery thriller an instant success when it first appeared in 1860, and it has continued to enthrall ever since. From the hero's foreboding before his arrival at Limmeridge House to the nefarious plot concerning the beautiful Laura, the breathtaking tension of Collins's narrative created a new literary genre of suspense fiction, which profoundly shaped the course of English popular writing.

    JGrace says: "Another multi-cast winner"
    "Slow and a Little Clunky"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I managed my way through this period work full of over zealous manners and sensibilities. I was hoping for a much better and gripping mystery but alas I found myself wishing ill on the main characters for the book to end. I wish I'd stopped and switched to Jane Austin.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fixer Upper

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Mary Kay Andrews
    • Narrated By Isabel Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (391)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (213)

    After a political scandal, fledgling lobbyist Dempsey Jo Killebrew is left almost broke, unemployed, and homeless. She reluctantly accepts to refurbish Birdsong, the old family place in Guthrie, Georgia. But, oh, is Dempsey in for a surprise. "Bird Droppings" would more aptly describe the moldering Pepto Bismol - pink dump. There's also a murderously grumpy old lady who has claimed squatter's rights and isn't moving out. Ever.

    Karen M. McGrady says: "Enjoyable Listening"
    "Enjoyable light Chicklit - well narrated"
    Overall
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    I picked this book out from a list of recommended chicklit beach reading and it was exactly what I was lookig for. Light, fun, and well written story. In addition the narration was perfectly done as well. Good story, endearing characters and not too deep.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2466)
    Performance
    (1003)
    Story
    (1002)

    Mma "Precious" Ramotswe sets up a detective agency in Botswana on the edge of the Kalahari Desert, making her the only female detective in the country. At first, cases are hard to come by. But eventually, troubled people come to Precious with a variety of concerns. Potentially philandering husbands, seemingly schizophrenic doctors, and a missing boy who may have been killed by witch doctors all compel Precious to roam about in her tiny van, searching for clues.

    Gene says: "Transcends its Genre"
    "Disappointed, a bit formularic and at time clunky"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    After I heard so much about this series I was expecting a lot more. The writing could be formularic and clunky - I could predict outcomes chapters in advance. The best part was the personal history but the detective stories could use work.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Chelsea Handler
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1011)
    Performance
    (501)
    Story
    (511)

    You've either done it or know someone who has: the one-night stand, the familiar outcome of a night spent at a bar, sometimes the sole payoff for your friend's irritating wedding, or the only relief from a disastrous vacation. Often embarrassing and uncomfortable, occasionally outlandish, but most times just a necessary and irresistible evil, the one-night stand is a social rite as old as sex itself and as common as a bar stool.

    Kathryn says: "Chelsea, You are HYSTERICAL!"
    "Hilarious - bawdier than Bridget Jones Diary"
    Overall
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    It all started with getting weird looks from people on the airplane and I was shaking, wheezing, and crying while reading "Are You There Vodka? It's Me Chelsea" Bawdier than Bridget Jones Diary. I love her obsession with midgets. I've recommended this book to multiple other friends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Snowman

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1999)
    Performance
    (1346)
    Story
    (1349)

    Oslo in November. The first snow of the season has fallen. A boy named Jonas wakes in the night to find his mother gone. Out his window, in the cold moonlight, he sees the snowman that inexplicably appeared in the yard earlier in the day. Around its neck is his mother’s pink scarf. Hole suspects a link between a menacing letter he’s received and the disappearance of Jonas’s mother - and of perhaps a dozen other women, all of whom went missing on the day of a first snowfall. As his investigation deepens, something else emerges: he is becoming a pawn....

    Anita says: "many layered thriller"
    "Gripping from Start to Finish"
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    Any additional comments?

    A dark Swedish detective story..but less sensational than the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I've past this book on to multiple other people. It has been a while since I've enjoyed the whole of a book so much. Gripping plot line, clever murder schemes (important for a murder mystery/crime novel.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8813)
    Performance
    (3044)
    Story
    (3117)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    Frank says: "Not his best"
    "Read it in print (Liked it despite myself)"
    Overall

    There is snobby part of me that really wanted to be above this "pop" literature and gimmicks. But I tore through this book and enjoyed every fast paces, whiz bang, gee whiz part of it. The pacing is better than "The Da Vinci Code" which I thought dragged in the end. I liked the science, DC landscape (I'm a native), puzzles, gimmicks, spectacular scenes, and plot twists. This will make a great movie (I could certain parts were written with a movie in mind - long exciting action bits).

    However, try it in print form because he prints the puzzle cubes.



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (7310)
    Performance
    (2087)
    Story
    (2074)

    In his landmark best seller The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell redefined how we understand the world around us. Now, in Blink, he revolutionizes the way we understand the world within. Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant, in the blink of an eye, that actually aren't as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept?

    Reney says: "Be careful with logical leaps"
    "Disappointing after "The Tipping Point""
    Overall

    I really enjoyed Malcolm Gladwell's "The Tipping Point" but was disappointed by this book. For starters, the ideas presented in here aren't new to me. I've heard other, better pieces about inuitative thinking and his reasoning falls down a little as he stretches the handful of ancedotes to the breaking point. I would have prefered more qualification and discussion of exception along the lines of "Inutiative thinking doesn't work in these circumstances."

    On the positive note, Malcolm Gladwell did a good job as his own narrator.

    I'd pass.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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