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  • Broken Harbor: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2385)
    Performance
    (2037)
    Story
    (2027)

    In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.

    Amazon Customer says: "Best in the Series"
    "Very Well Put Together"
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    If you could sum up Broken Harbor in three words, what would they be?

    Suspenseful, intricate, sad.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It did actually - and that doesn't happen very often. She did a good job with her twists, keeping you guessing about what was going on, and working the tension in the subplots so you couldn't quite relax. I listened to this whenever I got a chance, wanting to know what would happen next.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The book is kind of enormous - hard to pick one. I liked the scenes with Mike and his sister, getting to see a sweet side and an insecure side of this guy who seems kind of hard. His scenes with Richie are also good. French built good characters through a lot of good dialogue here.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The gradual reveal of events in Mike's childhood was effective. He becomes much more human through the course of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I like Faithful Place better, but this was a good read. French gets very involved in melancholy, which wears me out a little, but she's a very good storyteller ultimately.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shards of Honor

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1323)
    Performance
    (805)
    Story
    (818)

    I>Shards of Honor is the novel in which Lois McMaster Bujold introduced the science-fiction world to Barrayar and Aral Vorkosigan, Beta Colony and Cordelia Naismith. From this beginning the author has created a multigenerational saga spanning time as well as space. Bujold is generally recognized as the current exemplar of the character-based science-fiction adventure story.

    Lifelong Reader says: "First story in the Miles Vorkosigan series"
    "Start at the Beginning"
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    I loved Bujold's Chalion and Sharing Knife books, but had tried a couple of the Vorkosigan books and just couldn't get into them. Thanks to Audible's new series view, I was able to start at the beginning of the series, which made all the difference. I loved this book, and the sequel, Barrayar, which set the scene for the whole Vorkosigan series, and I ended up hooked and running through the books as fast as I could. This first book is a little awkward in spots - not as well done as her later stuff, but was fun and absorbing, and I adore Cordelia Naismith through these first two books!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4719)
    Performance
    (2774)
    Story
    (2775)

    As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

    Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

    Barbara says: "A near-flawless audiobook (but for one thing...)"
    "Author Mistakes Misery for Meaning"
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    What disappointed you about In the Woods?

    The first half of the book was well set up, but after that, the main character became a horrible human being. I have a really hard time with books when I can't stand the main character. Also, there are multiple mysteries in the book, and one of them is simply never resolved, with a kind of "well, that's life."


    Has In the Woods turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. Not even the author - I read this book because I do like her newer work.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not sure of a favorite scene. She does a good job in the first part of the book setting the scene and giving you interesting characters.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment, mostly. The book was way too long. She got really stuck on the melancholy, "gosh his life was really ruined by this event." Wasted a lot of time.


    Any additional comments?

    I really like Tana French's later work, but she does seem to get stuck on "it's miserable and it can't change" sometimes, and I have a hard time with that - don't see much point spending time on it. Although it's still there in her later books, I think she handles it better there. She just doesn't make good choices with this book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kidnapped

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Robert Louis Stevenson
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    Young David Balfour is the rightful heir but his uncle has other plans. This story recounts Master Balfour's escape on the high seas and his adventures making his way back across Scottish Highlands.

    Michael says: "Can't wait to get back in the car"
    "I Love This Story!"
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    Would you listen to Kidnapped again? Why?

    Absolutely! I have loved this book since I was a kid. Full of adventure and fascinating characters and places, with an inexperienced but heroic main character.


    What other book might you compare Kidnapped to and why?

    I have recently read Lois McMaster Bujold's Miles Vorkosigan books, and for some reason they came to mind. Perhaps because of a young, well-intentioned but somewhat hapless young man plunging from one scrape into another.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Ralph Cosham is such a brilliant narrator - I loved his reading of Watership Down and all of the Louise Penny books, and I thought if anyone could handle all those Scottish accents it would be him. But the reading was a little disappointing. He does do a reasonable Scottish accent, but there's very little differentiation among characters, and a lot was in a kind of monotone. Clear, understandable and not hard to listen to - I just had kind of high expectations. I'm not sure when this recording was made, but he sounds younger.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! Even having read it several times when I was younger.


    Any additional comments?

    Fun adventure story with an interesting and well-drawn friendship at its heart.

    1 of 1 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
    (17016)
    Performance
    (15139)
    Story
    (15181)

    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!"
    "Surprisingly Effective, but Overlong"
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    What did you like best about Gone Girl? What did you like least?

    The characters were vivid - there's a considerable amount of detail on them. I found them outrageous, but consistent, and believable enough within the story. I wasn't sure I'd be able to finish - the book is so long, and I normally can't tolerate a book where I don't like any of the characters. But I didn't get really impatient until the last few hours. Overall, I found the story intriguing, but was not very satisfied with how it worked out.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Gillian Flynn? Why or why not?

    Possibly.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The plot does some major twists and turns, and the scenes where these were revealed were usually quite fun. The author sometimes exhibits a sense of glee in turning a situation on its head, and it did make me laugh at times.


    Did Gone Girl inspire you to do anything?

    Stay single.


    Any additional comments?

    Interesting, but too long.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Anne Heche
    Overall
    (309)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (107)

    Anne Heche reads The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, the story of nine-year-old Trisha McFarland who gets lost in the woods while on a walk with her family. Boston Red Sox closing pitcher Tom Gordon becomes Trisha's imaginary companion - and the key to her survival against an unidentified someone (or something) leaving death and destruction in its wake.

    Kim says: "Terrific storytelling"
    "Loved This"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon to be better than the print version?

    Don't know - the reader was very good.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon?

    The book is full of memorable moments - watching Tricia work through one obstacle after another is pretty amazing. As a former 9-year-old girl, I found myself pretty astonished that Stephen King did such an amazing job with Tricia's character. She is very completely and lovingly drawn. It was fun to hang out with her through this entire book.


    Have you listened to any of Anne Heche’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I don't think I've ever heard her before. She did a wonderful job on this.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon and why?

    Well, it's pretty much just us and Tricia through this book. She is a remarkable character, and watching her cope with her situation was fascinating. She was talking to Tom Gordon throughout the book - I found myself talking to HER throughout the book, cheering or commiserating or giving advice.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't read any Stephen King for a long time - I'm just not much of a horror fan, although his stories are fascinating. I've been catching up lately on his later work, which seems more thoughtful and interesting to me than his earlier, pure horror stuff. He is an amazingly skillful writer, and this book was a great pleasure!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Girl Missing

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (433)
    Performance
    (267)
    Story
    (262)

    She's young. She's beautiful. And her corpse, laid out in the office of Boston medical examiner Cat Novak, betrays no secrets - except for a notebook clutched in one stiff hand, seven numbers scrawled inside. When a second victim is discovered, Cat begins to fear that a serial killer is stalking the city streets: a shadowy madman without mercy or apparent motive. The police are sceptical. The mayor won't listen. And Cat's chief suspect is one of the city's most prominent citizens.

    Debbie Woodruff says: "You Should Know..."
    "Good Early Work"
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    Where does Girl Missing rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Slightly above average. The story was interesting, but not as substantial, and the characters were not as clearly drawn as the ones in the Rizzoli and Isles books.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Somewhat. The story was interesting and I did not know what to expect from it.


    What about Susan Ericksen’s performance did you like?

    She's always good. She does a nice job with both male and female characters.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    There is an interesting note from the author about her early writing experiences. Still a little too much of the romance left in this one - that made it a bit less enjoyable for me. But the plot was intricate and interesting. I liked the main characters, although they seemed a bit sketchy - not as clear as her later characters. Overall, I enjoyed the book very much, although I do like her more recent books more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17879)
    Performance
    (15896)
    Story
    (15853)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Nearly Perfect"
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    Where does 11-22-63 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very high. The narrator was brilliant - believable voices for all characters, and the story was gripping for it's entire considerable length.


    What other book might you compare 11-22-63 to and why?

    I can't really - i don't think I've ever encountered a book I could compare it to.


    What does Craig Wasson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His pacing was marvelous. Slower and faster in the right places, and, again, they were perfect and the emotions seemed perfectly portrayed.


    Any additional comments?

    I think Stephen King is a brilliant storyteller and an incredibly skilled writer, but I'm careful about which of his books I pick up, because his more gruesome horror isn't really my thing. This book was frightening, but I had no problem with it at all. The historical detail was fascinating, the background hum of something very frightening made it impossible to stop reading. Although the book is based on an incredible premise, the people were completely believable. This book was completely enjoyable!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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