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Ásdís

Siglufjörður, Iceland | Member Since 2012

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  • 42 reviews
  • 44 ratings
  • 242 titles in library
  • 39 purchased in 2014
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  • Jack of Diamonds

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (606)
    Performance
    (522)
    Story
    (519)

    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 Heist: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1083)
    Performance
    (960)
    Story
    (966)

    FBI Special Agent Kate O’Hare is known for her fierce dedication and discipline on the job, chasing down the world’s most wanted criminals and putting them behind bars. Her boss thinks she is tenacious and ambitious; her friends think she is tough, stubborn, and maybe even a bit obsessed. And while Kate has made quite a name for herself for the past five years the only name she’s cared about is Nicolas Fox - an international crook she wants in more ways than one.

    Janels says: "Evanovich, no longer trite--entertaining romp"
    "I did not finish this book, could not."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Another performer, maybe.


    What was most disappointing about Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg ’s story?

    I cannot say as I did not /could not finish listening to it.


    Any additional comments?

    Sorry about this. not all books are good and not all performers are good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Threat Vector

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3545)
    Performance
    (3102)
    Story
    (3117)

    Jack Ryan has only just moved back into the Oval Office when he is faced with a new international threat. An aborted coup in the People's Republic of China has left President Wei Zhen Lin with no choice but to agree with the expansionist policies of General Su Ke Quiang. They have declared the South China Sea a protectorate and are planning an invasion of Taiwan. The Ryan administration is determined to thwart China’s ambitions, but the stakes are dangerously high as a new breed of powerful Chinese anti-ship missiles endanger the US Navy's plans to protect the island.

    Jean says: "Spies and a counter espionage"
    "Underworld of war."
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    What did you like best about Threat Vector? What did you like least?

    I did listen to the end but it was almost difficult for my follow all ends end odds of everybody. Jet, I did and think I got it all, well almost all.


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

    The plot is complex and many threads laid all over the world almost and it kept my tension awake but not quite on the edge of my seat, no.


    Have you listened to any of Lou Diamond Phillips’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I honestly don't remember if I have listen to him before, but he is good and I would listen to him again for sure.


    Was Threat Vector worth the listening time?

    Well, I have to say it might have been shorter for my liking at least.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mastered by Love: A Bastion Club Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephanie Laurens
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (163)

    As the mysterious leader of the Bastion Club, known as “Dalziel,” Royce Varisey, tenth Duke of Wolverstone, served his country for decades, facing dangers untold. But as the holder of one of England’s most august noble titles, he must now take on the gravest duty of all: marriage. Yet the young ladies the grande dames would have him consider are predictably boring. Far more tempting is his castle’s willful and determinedly aloof chatelaine, Minerva Chesterton. Beneath her serene façade lies a woman of smoldering sensuality, one who will fill his days with comfort....

    Ramona says: "Don't Miss this Super Ending to the Series"
    "Never again."
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    Would you try another book from Stephanie Laurens and/or Steven Crossley?

    No and yes the narrator is good.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Stephanie Laurens? Why or why not?

    No, I would not. I never quite got the hang of this story,


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Tale for the Time Being

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Ruth Ozeki
    • Narrated By Ruth Ozeki
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    Ruth discovers a Hello Kitty lunchbox washed up on the shore of her beach home. Within it lies a diary that expresses the hopes and dreams of a young girl. She suspects it might have arrived on a drift of debris from the 2011 tsunami. With every turn of the page, she is sucked deeper into an enchanting mystery. In a small cafe in Tokyo, 16-year-old Nao Yasutani is navigating the challenges thrown up by modern life. In the face of cyber-bullying, the mysteries of a 104-year-old Buddhist nun and great-grandmother, and the joy and heartbreak of family, Nao is trying to find her own place - and voice - through a diary.

    Rochelle says: "Being Now"
    "Very unusual for my but enjoyable"
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    If you could sum up A Tale for the Time Being in three words, what would they be?

    Three words? Truth, time, tears.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I cannot name one character and say he or she was a favorite. The old grandma I feel I did not get to know well and the mothers are a little unclear and fogy. But still all equally important,, and made the story.


    Which character – as performed by Ruth Ozeki – was your favorite?

    She, Ms. Ruth Ozeki read all character equally good, I hope she reads more book as well as her own and maybe she has?


    If you could rename A Tale for the Time Being, what would you call it?

    I don't know. Is this a story of two parallel worlds or times. Is it a story of her self. Is this a story of what??? Now I am writing and now I am not and then what??


    Any additional comments?

    Beautiful story, wonderfully read. Thank you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Queen of Bedlam: A Matthew Corbett Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1165)
    Performance
    (1060)
    Story
    (1049)

    Robert McCammon brings the hero of his previous novel, Matthew Corbett, to 18th-century New York, where a killer wields a bloody and terrifying power over a bustling city carving out its identity - and over Matthew's own uncertain destiny.

    The unsolved murder of a respected doctor has sent ripples of fear throughout a city teeming with life and noise and commerce. Who snuffed out the good man's life with the slash of a blade on a midnight street? The local printmaster has labeled the fiend "the Masker," adding fuel to a volatile mystery...

    Kathy says: "Addicting"
    "Really, really enjoyable!"
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    Would you listen to The Queen of Bedlam again? Why?

    No, I would not listen to it again or at least not in the very near future. I very nearly do read books twice.


    What other book might you compare The Queen of Bedlam to and why?

    Maybe the books about the Hangman's daughter by Oliver Potzsch or the Bryce Cortenay's stories about Solomon the London thief. not so very similar apart from the timeframe. I do like stories from the 16th and 17th hundred.


    What about Edoardo Ballerini’s performance did you like?

    Edoardo Ballerini is absolutely great!


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

    This story made my stay awake longer than was health for me and my work!


    Any additional comments?

    Now that I have read/listen to Speaks the Nightbird and the Queen of Bedlam, I will take a brake from Matthew Corbett. But I will com back to him after awhile for sure.

    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
    (608)
    Performance
    (480)
    Story
    (478)

    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
    (646)
    Performance
    (568)
    Story
    (571)

    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
    (16701)
    Performance
    (15115)
    Story
    (15233)

    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
    (334)
    Performance
    (301)
    Story
    (304)

    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
    (15704)
    Performance
    (10026)
    Story
    (9907)

    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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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