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J. Mcgill Winston

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  • The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Deborah Blum
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1331)
    Performance
    (867)
    Story
    (854)

    In The Poisoner's Handbook, Blum draws from highly original research to track the fascinating, perilous days when a pair of forensic scientists began their trailblazing chemical detective work, fighting to end an era when untraceable poisons offered an easy path to the perfect crime.

    Aaron - Audible says: "CSI eat your heart out"
    "started off well"
    Overall

    started off well, but i did find the 'time line' could have been clearer in the stories. still overall interesting to listen to.
    also, i had to redownload at one point early on and i could have sworn the first version had a male reader. but that could be the wood alcohol talking.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Room: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Emma Donoghue
    • Narrated By Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4623)
    Performance
    (2092)
    Story
    (2080)

    To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, but what she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

    Kathleen says: "A truly memorable read"
    "the sound of children..."
    Overall

    it's been a rarity, that the sound of narration in a childs voice hasn't made me skin crawl (most prominently in "the road') and i was a bit nervous going into this, but it was done flawlessly. the ending was the 'right' resolve, but still wanted a bit more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Child 44

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tom Rob Smith
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1824)
    Performance
    (702)
    Story
    (701)

    It is a society that is, officially, a paradise. Superior to the decadent West, Stalin's Soviet Union is a haven for its citizens, providing for all of their needs: education, health care, security. In exchange, all that is required is their hard work, and their loyalty and faith to the Soviet State. But now a murderer is on the loose.

    Melvin says: "Terror from all sides."
    "not great. but i've listened to worse..."
    Overall

    1st half started off well, but really got dull, then 2nd half started off strong and gave me hope, but got dull again. ending was predictable, and the fact that a story point about a character was not revealed as it would have clearly been part of the characters motivation be it conscious or not, was not 'clever' on the part of the writer.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18329)
    Performance
    (8488)
    Story
    (8528)

    Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority.

    B.J. says: "Perfect."
    "closure..."
    Overall

    though books 1 & 2 have more 'action' in them, and i admit to knowing what the last chapter would deal with, i still very, very much enjoyed the ride and sincerely felt a sense of closure for these amazing characters. stieg larsson is missed, but for what it's worth left a fantastic legacy. kudos to simon vance as well.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Road

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5984)
    Performance
    (2572)
    Story
    (2608)

    America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

    Taryn says: "Will touch your soul"
    "nice and grey, but..."
    Overall

    i liked the dark grey tone of this novel, but to be perfectly honest, the Stechschulte's reading the boy character, drove me out of my mind and was constantly hoping the kid would get 'offed' as early as possible. his choice to read this character came off so annoying, it made the listening difficult.
    that said, i enjoyed the simple story of a bleak outlook.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18802)
    Performance
    (8653)
    Story
    (8685)

    Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

    David says: "irritatingly engrossing"
    "as good as the the first!"
    Overall

    what more can i say other than i can not wait for the last installment!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9192)
    Performance
    (3407)
    Story
    (3487)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    Frank says: "Not his best"
    "really?"
    Overall

    to me this was clearly written with screenplay and money in mind. obvious to get this out fast to coincide for advance sale with the A&D movie. it did not have the intrigue as the DaVinci or A&D. it was completly telegraphed. that said, Paul Michael is a wonderful narrator.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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