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Keenan

Anchorage Alaska | Member Since 2014

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  • Dead I Well May Be

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1982)
    Performance
    (1360)
    Story
    (1353)

    Young Michael, an illegal immigrant escaping the troubles in Northern Ireland is strong and fearless and clever, just the fellow to be tapped by Darkey, a crime boss, to join a gang of Irish thugs struggling against the rising Dominican powers in Harlem and the Bronx. The time is pre-Giuliani New York, when crack rules the city, squatters live furtively in ruined buildings, and hundreds are murdered each month.

    Starbuck says: "What an amazing book"
    "An epic story."
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    Where does Dead I Well May Be rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The production quality of the first one-third of the book is not as good and affects the performance.


    What other book might you compare Dead I Well May Be to and why?

    The protagonist develops during the course of the book into someone similar in humor and perspective as Sean Duffy, but this is noir whereas the Troubles series is mystery.


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

    Gerald Doyle and Adrian McKinty seem to some spooky telepathic flow. It's not like Doyle is reading the text. It's like Michael Forsythe is speaking through him.


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

    There's a flashback mid-way through the book of an argument between Michael Forsythe and his brother when they are little that is endearing.


    Any additional comments?

    I finished this book last night and I just bought the next in the series this morning.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Big Little Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40841)
    Performance
    (36691)
    Story
    (36622)

    Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

    L. O. Pardue says: "Oh, Calamity!"
    "Powerful story beautifully narrated"
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    I read the book a couple of years ago and liked it; however, this narrator is able to develop the characters and the story line in such a powerful way that I came away with a new appreciation for Ms. Moriarty's storytelling. And I'll consider buying any book narrated by Caroline Lee.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • West Cork

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
    • Narrated By Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
    Overall
    (15721)
    Performance
    (13997)
    Story
    (13990)

    This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery. Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series. West Cork is FREE through May 9, 2018.

    Ilia says: "EXCELLENT."
    "High quality news presentation"
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    It is really well done. Not your typical reality crime show we have on American TV. Intelligently organized and fairly presented with enough information to form your own conclusions. I highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Days Without End: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Sebastian Barry
    • Narrated By Aidan Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1052)
    Performance
    (966)
    Story
    (967)

    Thomas McNulty, having fled the Great Famine in Ireland and now barely 17 years old, signs up for the US Army in the 1850s and with his brother in arms, John Cole, goes to fight in the Indian Wars - against the Sioux and the Yurok - and, ultimately, in the Civil War. Orphans of terrible hardships themselves, they find these days to be vivid and alive, despite the horrors they see and are complicit in. Moving from the plains of Wyoming to Tennessee, Sebastian Barry's latest work is a masterpiece of atmosphere and language.

    Donna Deal says: "Stunning, disturbing, amazing"
    "I will read anything Sebatian Barry writes. "
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    Teenaged Irish boy, famine survivor, end up in USA and sees it all: the frontier, Indian wars and the Civil War. I lack the capacity to do this work justice, except to say that having listened to the audio, my life is richer for it. Aidan Kelly loves every word he speaks. It makes you homesick to listen to him.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction

    • ORIGINAL (19 hrs and 1 min)
    • By The Great Courses, David Schmid
    • Narrated By Professor David Schmid Ph.D
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (134)

    Great mystery and suspense writers have created some of the most unforgettable stories in all of literature. Even those who don't consider themselves fans of this intriguing genre are familiar with names such as Hercule Poirot, Sam Spade, Hannibal Lecter, and Robert Langdon, and understand the deep and lasting impact this writing has had on literature as a whole.

    Amazon Customer says: "Eye Opening and Enjoyable"
    "Mixed feelings"
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    The professor has a large fund of information available to him, and, as a result, I have been introduced to intriguing authors and works. However, he tends to draw unsupported inferences regarding features and developments of various subgenres, so many that I lost count. And I wonder if he is as familiar with seminal works as he should be. For instance, in one lecture, he posed the question, Why did Agatha Christie only write about murders? The answer is, professor, she didn't.

    Finally, he redefines cozy to include Golden Age and implies that the modern cozy subgenre is a devolution of mystery writing. Golden Age and cozies are two distinct genres, distanced by time and geography. Golden Age is what the rest of us call traditional mystery and is the trunk of the mystery family tree. As for cozies: they may not be literature, sir, but the fact that, it has an audience shows that it serves a purpose.

    On the plus side, he has a very nice voice.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Seagull: A Vera Stanhope Mystery, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated By Janine Birkett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (251)
    Performance
    (235)
    Story
    (232)

    A visit to her local prison brings DI Vera Stanhope face to face with an old enemy: former detective superintendent and now inmate John Brace. Brace was convicted of corruption and involvement in the death of a gamekeeper - and Vera played a key part in his downfall. Now Brace promises Vera information about the disappearance of Robbie Marshall, a notorious wheeler-dealer who disappeared in the mid-'90s, if she will look out for his daughter and grandchildren.

    Valerie says: "Major mystery mistake - good character development"
    "Good puzzle, fair play."
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    I very much enjoyed the audio version of this book. Ms. Cleeves has a gift for dialogue that carries the story seamlessly. The narrator is able to do a fair imitation of Brenda Blethyn's Vera which instantly invokes the imagery from the television show. A very good puzzle, played fair, with a surprise ending.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Midwinter Break: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Bernard MacLaverty
    • Narrated By James Cameron Stewart
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    Gerry, once an architect, is forgetful and set in his ways. Stella is tired of his lifestyle and angry at his constant undermining of her religious faith. Things are not helped by memories that resurface of a troubled time in their native Ireland. As their vacation comes to an end, we understand how far apart they are - and can only watch as they struggle to save themselves.

    Keenan says: "Profound study of a marriage."
    "Profound study of a marriage."
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    If you could sum up Midwinter Break in three words, what would they be?

    Profound, tender, moving.


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

    Yes. The book sets up the conflict quite early and the characterization deepens at the same rate as the story develops always leaving one asking the question: what happened to these people and what will happen next.


    Which character – as performed by James Cameron Stewart – was your favorite?

    Gerry was my favorite. Stella sounded a little bit like Marge Simpson with an Ulster accent.


    Who was the most memorable character of Midwinter Break and why?

    Ultimately, Stella has the most dramatic arc.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first book I've read or listened to by this author and I have since TBR'd all his books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Murder on the Orient Express: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Dan Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7920)
    Performance
    (7337)
    Story
    (7314)

    Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Edward Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer. Isolated by the storm, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer among a dozen of the dead man's enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again....

    Michael Andrew Kinkead says: "My first Christie"
    "Christie's Masterpiece read masterfully."
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    Where does Murder on the Orient Express rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The puzzle structure is so intricate yet holds together.


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

    He is amazing. It sounded like he enjoyed every word of it. His range is vast that he actually sounded liked different people. The characterizations were crisp and it was easy to tell which character he was reading even though there were 17 characters who had dialogue, by my count. He could read children's books. I'd just love hearing him do the Big Bad Wolf. And he could read Raymond Chandler. His American is quite good.


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

    Christie's masterpiece.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm going to go straight to audible and wishlist everything Dan Stevens has read.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Poets: Robert Burns

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 19 mins)
    • By Robert Burns
    • Narrated By Forbes Masson
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    The 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns (1759 - 1796), one of the most popular of poets, was celebrated in 2009. A pioneer of the Romantic movement, works such as "A Red, Red Rose", "A Man’s a Man for a’ That", and the ubiquitous "Auld Lang Syne", have made him an international figure. Naxos AudioBooks’ popular Great Poets series marked the anniversary with this audio, bringing together all the key works.

    ESK says: "'Bard of passion'"
    "Amazing reading."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Great Poets: Robert Burns the most enjoyable?

    I only caught every 4th word but it's worth studying so I'll read the poems and listen again. The actor who narrated it had such a good time bringing these works to life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    NA


    Which scene was your favorite?

    NA


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

    NA


    Any additional comments?

    NA

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • You'll Never Know, Dear: A Novel of Suspense

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Hallie Ephron
    • Narrated By Amy McFadden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Seven-year-old Lissie Woodham and her four-year-old sister Janey were playing with their porcelain dolls in the front yard when an adorable puppy scampered by. Eager to pet the pretty dog, Lissie chased after the pup as it ran down the street. When she returned to the yard, Janey's precious doll was gone...and so was Janey. Forty years after Janey went missing, Lis - now a mother with a college-age daughter of her own - still blames herself for what happened.

    Joley Hidaka says: "Pretty good story! Some twists and turns..."
    "Creepy story about doll makers and missing girls"
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    Where does You'll Never Know, Dear rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Fair.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Liz. Her story resonates.


    Did Amy McFadden do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    No. A couple of the voices were indistinguishable. Two of her characterizations were annoying.


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

    Not really. The book has a insidious creepiness throughout.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Underground Airlines

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ben Winters
    • Narrated By William DeMeritt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2660)
    Performance
    (2466)
    Story
    (2463)

    It is the present day, and the world is as we know it: smartphones, social networking, and Happy Meals. Save for one thing: The Civil War never occurred. A gifted young black man calling himself Victor has struck a bargain with federal law enforcement, working as a bounty hunter for the US Marshal Service. He's got plenty of work. In this version of America, slavery continues in four states called "the Hard Four". On the trail of a runaway known as Jackdaw, Victor arrives in Indianapolis knowing that something isn't right - with the case file, with his work, and with the country itself.

    Mark says: "Original and disturbing novel"
    "This should be taught in high schools and colleges"
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    Would you listen to Underground Airlines again? Why?

    No. It's too emotionally draining. It's like having broken glass forced through your brain. I almost quit but I was nearly done so I finished it.


    What other book might you compare Underground Airlines to and why?

    Farhenheit 451. It's been so long since I read that book that I can't compare structure or voice but it had the same impact upon me.


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

    I would not have imagined the voices the way he did.


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

    What would have happened if there was no Civil War.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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