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Ásdís

Siglufjörður, Iceland | Member Since 2012

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  • Jack of Diamonds

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (591)
    Performance
    (510)
    Story
    (507)

    Born and raised in a poor, working-class family in Toronto, Jack Spayd is the son of an unhappy marriage. After being taken under the wing of "Miss Frostbite", the owner of a local jazz club, Jack becomes a gifted musician, playing piano and harmonica. Fame and the allure of gambling takes him to Vegas, and prospects of fortune take him to the Belgian Congo, where he's heard it's possible to earn big money working in the most dangerous parts of the local copper mines.

    Brodie says: "On the Day we lost Bryce"
    "Very good storytelling."
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    All though I was almost ready to stop listening at times, I did not. Jack Spade did hold me interested through out and the narration helped much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Weight of Silence

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Heather Gudenkauf
    • Narrated By Jim Colby, Eliza Foss, Cassandra Morris, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (524)
    Performance
    (411)
    Story
    (409)

    It happens quietly one August morning. As dawn's shimmering light drenches the humid Iowa air, two families awaken to find their little girls have gone missing in the night. Now these families are tied by the question of what happened to their children. And the answer is trapped in the silence of unspoken family secrets.

    Sara says: "A jewel"
    "Good Story."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommen this book to those who like people.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Weight of Silence?

    Maybe the beginning of Callie's terrible journey with her father through the woods.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No one scene was a favorite but every person had his or hers moment and I liked the way everybody had a voice although I would have liked to get some insight into the mind of the father.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Weight of Silence and why?

    I almost think it was the wife of the sheriff who was the most memorable for her lack of empathy.


    Any additional comments?

    Only to thank all the narrators, I liked them all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death on a High Floor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Charles Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (519)
    Performance
    (454)
    Story
    (455)

    On the 85th floor of a glittering high-rise in Los Angeles, Robert Tarza steps into the lobby of the Marbury Marfan law firm to discover his partner Simon Rafer lying in a pool of blood - an ornate dagger plunged into his back. Robert had worked with Simon for decades, and their relationship was fraught with conflict. But he never imagined he would wind up as the prime suspect for his colleague’s murder. As the evidence stacks up against him with frightening speed, he quickly falls from his respected position to that of a criminal dragged through the tabloids.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Excellent Mystery, Brilliant Narration"
    "Fine criminal story"
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    Would you listen to Death on a High Floor again? Why?

    No, I would not listen to this book again. Some books are just one time books and this one is one of them


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The female partner of law, Gemma (that is what her name sounds to me) was my favorite although I suspected her at some point to be the killer.


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

    He is a very good narrator and made long courtroom sessions sound short.


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

    Almost but not quite.


    Any additional comments?

    If you want some fine law firm criminal story and a good narrator, pick this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    Overall
    (15538)
    Performance
    (14061)
    Story
    (14154)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "i did not finish listening."
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    What did you like best about Divergent? What did you like least?

    I never got in touch with this story which probably is because of me lacking understanding af this future language. So I cannot recommend it to anyone and have no more to say about it.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shady Palms

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Allen Dusk
    • Narrated By Rose Caraway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (290)
    Performance
    (260)
    Story
    (262)

    A sleazy motel, burrowed on the edge of town, is haunted by rumors of dead hookers found between mattresses and peep holes drilled through walls. When Special Agent Daniels targets the motel during an investigation, the nefarious owner, Sanjay, must scramble to conceal evidence of his own dark deeds. Just when he believes things can't get any worse, motel guests begin to vanish without a trace.

    Bill says: "What a fun ride!"
    "Not for me."
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    Would you try another book from Allen Dusk and/or Rose Caraway?

    No I would not.


    Has Shady Palms turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I would not be surprised at that at all!


    Did Rose Caraway do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    She did her best I am sure. I did sort af admire how calmly she read all this blunt violence.


    Do you think Shady Palms needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Some would like a follow-up book. I do not because I do not like all this unmasked cruelty.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14769)
    Performance
    (9152)
    Story
    (9025)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Really, really enjoyable!"
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    What did you love best about Outlander?

    I loved the story overall. Well written, likable people and the atmosphere is so that I almost long to be there.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Outlander?

    Perhaps one of the most memorable moments was when Jamie rescued Clair from being burn as a witch.


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

    Evarything. She is very good! And I learn the word "sasanach" a scottish word for an englishman. It sound so soft and Davina Porter makes the scottish sound so romantic.


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

    What Randell did to Jamie in prison was horrific and very saddening.


    Any additional comments?

    Just to say thanks for reading this fantastic story to me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3988)
    Performance
    (3562)
    Story
    (3558)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "Very good storytelling."
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    What made the experience of listening to Suspect the most enjoyable?

    The dog, Maggy talks and it believable. Maybe not the most enjoyable but added much.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Suspect?

    I don't know, Everything that involves the dog.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a good book. It moves and it is exciting police story. About a man and his dog and there struggle with bodily harm and hurtful happenings in there lives.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Husband's Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2611)
    Performance
    (2332)
    Story
    (2352)

    Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret - something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive....

    FanB14 says: "Soap Opera Digest"
    "I ended up liking this story."
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    Would you listen to The Husband's Secret again? Why?

    No, I never, well almost never read a story again, I do not like knowing the ending.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was undoubtedly the perfect tupperwear housewife mrs FitchPatrick. She is so perfect and jet so unbearable. Great.


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

    Caroline Lee brougth this story to life, absolutely I almost thing I would not have read this story for myself to the end.


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

    Secrets and narrow minded people never go well together.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breathing Water: A Poke Rafferty Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Timothy Hallinan
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (53)

    A late-night poker game in Bangkok nets American ex-pat writer Poke Rafferty the "opportunity" to write the biography of Khun Pan, a flamboyant, vulgar, self-made billionaire with a criminal past and far-reaching political ambitions. Within hours, Rafferty, his wife, Rose, their adopted daughter, Miaow, and Poke's best friend, honest Bangkok cop Arthit, have become disposable pawns in a brutal power struggle among some of Thailand's richest, most ruthless citizens.

    Bob says: "Thai mystery will take your breath away"
    "So, so good!"
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    What did you love best about Breathing Water?

    As before I love how there is good in all the bad in the world and I can almost taste it in these books about Rafferty, his family and adventures. Although incredible crimes and horrific are committed that make these stories both exciting and sad, there is always good people and resistant.


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

    Victor Bevine brings live to this story, I could not ask for one better.


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

    The children. They adapt to life unthinkable living conditions.


    Any additional comments?

    Just read/listen to these books. They are very good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Queen of Patpong: A Poke Rafferty Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Timothy Hallinan
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (127)

    American travel writer Poke Rafferty has seen - and survived - some of the worst Bangkok has to offer. But now, finally married to his longtime love, Rose, and raising the young daughter, Miaow, they adopted from the streets, Poke believes his life is stable at last. Then a nightmare figure from Rose's time as a Patpong dancer barges into their world, threatening their peace, their love, their home, their lives.

    David says: "The best thriller writer you have never heard of."
    "Glad to know this author."
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    What did you love best about The Queen of Patpong?

    It is so human and kindly written about a cruel world.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I believe this story and it moves me. Never a dull moment and it is full of humanity.


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

    He gives voice to the above, he is absolutely great!


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

    No idea.


    Any additional comments?

    Though It is so foreign it and has open my eyes wide up for my own fortune.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Nail Through The Heart: A Poke Rafferty Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Timothy Hallinan
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (100)

    Poke Rafferty was writing offbeat travel guides for the young and terminally bored when Bangkok stole his heart. Now the American expat is assembling a new family with Rose, the former go-go dancer he wants to marry, and Miaow, the tiny, streetwise urchin he wants to adopt. But trouble in the guise of good intentions comes calling just when everything is beginning to work out.

    Richard Delman says: "Ever been to Bangkok?"
    "Very good storytelling."
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    If you could sum up A Nail Through The Heart in three words, what would they be?

    Cruel, kind, thrilling.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Nail Through The Heart?

    I have to name all moments regarding the children, both "Mjá" Mia and Superman.


    Which character – as performed by Victor Bevine – was your favorite?

    He is a very good narrater. He is never at any fault with the character in the story.


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

    Maybe it is when Superman see the pitcures on the computer and thinks he has mislaid his trust in Rafferty. What rage he has felt!!


    Any additional comments?

    Good, good story, moving and jet so thrilling. So well read. Thank you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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