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Ásdís

Siglufjörður, Iceland | Member Since 2012

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  • 32 reviews
  • 34 ratings
  • 186 titles in library
  • 13 purchased in 2014
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  • Jack of Diamonds

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (545)
    Performance
    (471)
    Story
    (467)

    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
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3651)
    Performance
    (3260)
    Story
    (3259)

    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
    Overall
    (1887)
    Performance
    (1682)
    Story
    (1694)

    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
    (62)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (45)

    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
    (143)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (120)

    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
    (114)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (92)

    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 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
  • Joyland

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Michael Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2565)
    Performance
    (2378)
    Story
    (2381)

    Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. Joyland is a brand-new novel and has never previously been published.

    Cozy Mystery Reader says: "The sweest and creepiest coming of age story!"
    "Not the King I remember."
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    What did you love best about Joyland?

    Á good story but different from the some older once from King.


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

    The live in Joyland is interesting and exiting. Nothing was not interesting, just a little bit less. Young people finding place in on this earth and exploring murder and afterlife.


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

    No, I had not so I cannot compare him but he is good and pleasant to listen to.


    If you could rename Joyland, what would you call it?

    I dont know, never thought of that.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black Hills

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1060)
    Performance
    (498)
    Story
    (510)

    A summer at his grandparents' South Dakota ranch is not 11-year-old Cooper Sullivan's idea of a good time. But things are a bit more bearable now that he's discovered the neighbor girl, Lil Chance, and her homemade batting cage. Even horseback riding isn't as awful as Coop thought it would be. Each year, with Coop's annual summer visit, their friendship deepens from innocent games to stolen kisses, but there is one shared experience that will forever haunt them: the terrifying discovery of a hiker's body.

    A User says: "black hills"
    "My last Nora."
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    What did you like best about Black Hills? What did you like least?

    I am sorry ot say, I did not like this story at all. Much to long.


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

    The black hills are very beautiful I am sure and the cat as well but I got fed up rather soon and did not finish the story.


    Which character – as performed by Nick Podehl – was your favorite?

    I have already confessed that I could not finish the book so I say no more.


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

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Classic Chinese Short Stories, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lin Yu Tang, Feng Meng-lung, P'u Sung-ling, and others
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    China has been a wellspring of storytelling for over 2,000 years. Sadly, this fantastic literature is little known in the west outside the halls of academia, though a handful of recent 20th century authors have attained a respectable following. The stories in this volume date from the sixth century A.D. to the early part of the 20th century, and will give the listener a good feel for the subject. Astonishingly, the Chinese enjoyed from the earliest times many of the genres we take for granted today.

    Die Falknerin says: "Another great story collection"
    "Fine, fine stories!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this to anyone. These Chinese stories are very enjoyable.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Classic Chinese Short Stories, Volume 1?

    I forget names but the jade statue and its story is maybe the best but all are good.


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

    His narration is very good and with the music it became very mysterious and thrilling as well.


    If you could take any character from Classic Chinese Short Stories, Volume 1 out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would take Mr.Penn out and ask him to finish the story. I felt his story not finished.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Beggar King: A Hangman's Daughter Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Oliver Pötzsch, Lee Chadeayne (translated by)
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (199)

    1662: Jakob Kuisl, the hangman of a village in the Alps, receives a letter from his sister calling him to the imperial city of Regensburg, where a gruesome sight awaits him: her throat has been slit. When the city constable discovers Kuisl alongside the corpse, he locks him in a dungeon, where Kuisl will experience firsthand the torture he’s administered himself for years.

    Frank says: "Great Read!"
    "A great story."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Beggar King the most enjoyable?

    The feeling of the past, bad and good people, bad and good deed.


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

    Yes, it did keep me awake and listening intensely.


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    His lively and sincere reading is very much to my liking.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Beggar King and why?

    As before it is the hangman and his daughter who sit still with me.


    Any additional comments?

    Just to recommend this tales to anyone who likes past tales of these ages where evil thrived but good people lived as well. Endless battle of good and evil.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12677)
    Performance
    (5142)
    Story
    (5203)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Ever so good!"
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    Why did I not read this story before? I thoroughly enjoyed it and if you have not taken the time to listen, do it now! Marvellous! Thank you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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