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Jeanette

Lincoln, New Zealand | Member Since 2012

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  • Patrick Hedstrom and Erica Falck (7) – The Lost Boy

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Camilla Lackberg
    • Narrated By Robin Bowerman
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    No. 1 international bestseller and Swedish crime sensation Camilla Lackberg’s new psychological thriller – irresistible for fans of Stieg Larsson and Jo Nesbo. On a late summer’s night, a young woman jumps in her car, her hands slippery with blood on the steering wheel. Taking her five-year-old son, Nathalie flees to the only safe haven she knows: the island of Gråskär off the coast of Fjällbacka…

    Jeanette says: "disappointing"
    "disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Patrick Hedstrom and Erica Falck (7) – The Lost Boy better?

    I wonder if the translation to English lost much of the impact. I found the constant use of common similes and metaphors childish and infuriating.

    The story itself was gripping - but I struggled to continue listening as the writing constantly annoyed me.

    I also did not like the narration - the tone varied between condescending and pathetic - not enough variation for other compex characters again - most annoying


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The relationship between the "now" and "then" - which had me trying to work out the connection.

    Re reference to parts already told. Did the writer think I couldn't remember?


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Robin Bowerman?

    Sean Barratt


    What character would you cut from Patrick Hedstrom and Erica Falck (7) – The Lost Boy?

    The Super - time he went!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Pilgrim, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Terry Hayes
    • Narrated By Christopher Ragland
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    Pilgrim is the code name for a man who doesn’t exist. The adopted son of a wealthy American family, he once headed up a secret espionage unit for US intelligence. Before he disappeared into anonymous retirement, he wrote the definitive book on forensic criminal investigation. But that book will come back to haunt him. It will help NYPD detective Ben Bradley track him down. And it will take him to a rundown New York hotel room where the body of a woman is found facedown in a bath of acid, her features erased, her teeth missing, her fingerprints gone.

    Tony says: "Where is the rest of the story"
    "Can't wait for the rest and the ending"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up I Am Pilgrim, Volume 1 in three words, what would they be?

    Tension suspense intrigue


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

    Totally involved in the how why and what happens next


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

    No first time


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Who is pilgrim?


    Any additional comments?

    When will volume 2 be released

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Americanah

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    • Narrated By Adjoa Andoh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (136)

    As teenagers, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love in a Nigeria under military dictatorship. The self-assured Ifemelu departs for America, where Obinze hopes to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, after so long apart and so many changes, will they find the courage to meet again, face to face?

    Bruce Whitehouse says: "Provocative and occasionally maddening"
    "An amazingly perceptive piece of writing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Americanah the most enjoyable?

    1. The narration - so beautifully read in so many voices - and everyone of them sounding so authentic
    2. the story itself was a 'cannot put down'
    3. the way it made me feel uncomfortable, angry embarrassed and challenged - yet told without seeming accusatory.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the challenge of listening to and reacting to how it is for other races living in a country where bigotry and prejudice are so deep seated - both subversive and overt


    Which character – as performed by Adjoa Andoh – was your favorite?

    Ifemelu


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

    many many moments!


    Any additional comments?

    this should be a must read for everyone

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chessmen

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Peter May
    • Narrated By Peter Forbes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    Fin Macleod, now head of security on a privately owned Lewis estate, is charged with investigating a spate of illegal-game hunting taking place on the island. This mission reunites him with Whistler Macaskill - a local poacher, Fin's teenage intimate, and possessor of a long-buried secret. But when this reunion takes a violent, sinister turn and Fin puts together the fractured pieces of the past, he realizes that revealing the truth could destroy the future.

    Jeanette says: "check mate"
    "check mate"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Chessmen rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    top 20%


    Would you recommend The Chessmen to your friends? Why or why not?

    yes - but only after reading the first two - the endfing needs to be told


    Which scene was your favorite?

    none in particular


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

    no - not as much as the first two


    Any additional comments?

    I felt slightly disappointed - it was a good enough ending but ,,, something didn't gel as much as tghe first two for me

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dry Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Peter May
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (87)

    What happened to Jacques Gaillard? The brilliant teacher at the École Nationale d’Administration, who trained some of France’s best and brightest as future prime ministers and presidents, vanished ten years ago, presumably from Paris. This ten-year-old mystery inspires a bet—one that Enzo Macleod, a biologist teaching in Toulouse, France, instead of pursuing a brilliant career in forensics back home in Scotland, can ill afford to lose.

    adrienne says: "Delightful find! First of the Enzo Files"
    "Great listening intensely told"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Dry Bones rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    right up the top


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    enzo - he is clever but so vulnerable


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    enzo


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    love - the power and the poison


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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