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SONDRA

Provo, UT, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 5 reviews
  • 6 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 19 purchased in 2014
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  • The English Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (893)
    Performance
    (468)
    Story
    (459)

    Israeli art restorer and occasional secret agent Gabriel Allon has a problem. He finds a prominent Swiss banker dead in front of his Raphael, and he's the prime suspect. After some diplomatic intervention, Allon is freed. However, the banker's daughter tells him that her father's French Impressionist paintings, acquired under dubious circumstances during WWII, have been stolen by the murderers. Once Allon knows about the wartime misdeeds, he is pursued by a shadowy killer known only as "the Englishman."

    Oxi says: "I'm hooked..."
    "A page turner"
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    This book would have kept me up all night turning pages. BecauseI listen only when I'm doing "mindless" tasks (cooking, cleaning, gardening) I found myself finding many more "mindless" tasks so I could keep on reading. Had to force myself to stop so I could get "real" work done! Only issue with this book is that the voices of characters are not always distinctly different.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Anthony Horowitz
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
    Overall
    (1027)
    Performance
    (892)
    Story
    (900)

    Sherlock Holmes is the greatest detective in literary history. For the first time since the death of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a new Holmes story has been sanctioned by his estate, whetting the appetites of fans everywhere. Information about the book will be revealed as deliberately as Holmes himself would unravel a knotty case, but bestselling novelist and Holmes expert Anthony Horowitz is sure to bring a compelling, atmospheric story to life.

    GP says: "A disapointment"
    "Sherlock at his best"
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    As a fan of Sherlock Holmes mysteries--whether written by Arthur Conan Doyle or not--I found this to be a great addition to the collection. Well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Illustrious Dead: Napoleon, Typhus, and the Dream of World Conquest

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Stephan Talty
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    In a masterful dual narrative that pits the heights of human ambition and achievement against the supremacy of nature, New York Times best-selling author Stephan Talty tells the story of a mighty ruler and a tiny microbe, antagonists whose struggle would shape the modern world.

    Joshua Kim says: "Captivating"
    "Need the hard copy in my library now!"
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    A fascinating look at Napoleon's invasion of Russia; adds new depth and understanding. It also adds to the historical context of how disease affected history (there are many examples out there--this was especially well done). Great insight into medical practice of the period. As a historian I now want to purchase the hard copy to place in my library to review the details.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Affair: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3281)
    Performance
    (2710)
    Story
    (2711)

    Everything starts somewhere. For elite military cop Jack Reacher, that somewhere was Carter Crossing, Mississippi, way back in 1997. A young woman is dead, and solid evidence points to a soldier at a nearby military base. But that soldier has powerful friends in Washington. Reacher is ordered undercover - to find out everything he can, to control the local police, and then to vanish. Reacher is a good soldier. But when he gets to Carter Crossing, he finds layers no one saw coming, and the investigation spins out of control. Local sheriff Elizabeth Deveraux has a thirst for justice - and an appetite for secrets.

    Melinda says: ""All Aboard!""
    "Edge of your seat"
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    Performance
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    Reacher is Reacher--great prequel that takes you back to the beginning. Thoroughly enjoyed this book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Right Attitude to Rain: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (257)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (76)

    Isabel's life is thrown for a few loops when her cousin Mimi arrives from Dallas with her husband Joe. Through Mimi and Joe, Isabel meets Texas hotshot Tom Bruce, who is about to marry someone Isabel suspects of gold-digging. Further complicating matters, Tom seems to have an unusual level of interest in Isabel. Meanwhile, Isabel has her own feelings to deal with, not to mention those of her beloved niece Cat, whose romantic interest may not be up to snuff.

    Marija says: "brain candy"
    "Disappointing"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    While I enjoyed listening to the reader and characters ...


    What could Alexander McCall Smith have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    ...I kept waiting for something to happen. It didn't. I thoroughly enjoy the stories in Smith's other series (Ladies Detective) this story went nowhere.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None


    Any additional comments?

    Very disappointed in this book. After listening to his Ladies Detective series, I was expecting much more. It just went nowhere, The reader was fine; story was not. Boring.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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