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Victoria van Breda

Northern Canada | Member Since 2012

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  • 7 reviews
  • 7 ratings
  • 55 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2014
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  • Tell No One

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Ed Sala
    Overall
    (481)
    Performance
    (395)
    Story
    (399)

    Tell No One is an irresistibly suspenseful thriller infused with nail-biting tension and packed with shocking plot twists. It has been eight years since Dr. David Beck’s wife, Elizabeth, was murdered by a serial killer. When Beck receives a message containing a phrase only Elizabeth should know, he is tormented to tears. Either someone is playing a sick joke, or the wife he’s never stopped loving is still alive. He’s been warned to tell no one, and as the desperation of his search for the truth intensifies, he heads straight toward a deadly secret.

    Patricia says: "Great Fun"
    "Great Story, never boring"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend it. It's a page turner as they say. It's my first audible book so I guess I was a virgin. I loved it.


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

    Yes. I listen to audio books on the treadmill. If it keeps my mind off of the total boredom of the treadmill then it is a good book.


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

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7699)
    Performance
    (6952)
    Story
    (6952)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Old fashion John Grisham. Loved it!"
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    Performance
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. John Grisham like used to love. Page turner.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Good pace


    What about Michael Beck’s performance did you like?

    Good. Not annoying.


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

    I could never listen to a book in one sitting. But this one comes closest.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6883)
    Performance
    (6301)
    Story
    (6307)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "I tried, really I did...."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    My goodness what a wordy story. It took pages to hear the description of the backseat of a cab or an empty hallway. The first half was ok but when Theo gets back in NYC it really gets boring.
    I read on amazon and goodreads that a lot of people kinda skimmed through the wordy parts to get on with it but the problem is that you cannot do that with an audio book.

    I did finish it. Oh and one thing. The narrator is ok but reading the Dutch characters with a German accent is just wrong. But then again I am originally from Amsterdam so I guess I'm biased.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Distant Hours

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (78)

    Edie Burchill and her mother have never been close, but when a long lost letter arrives with the return address of Milderhurst Castle, Kent, printed on its envelope, Edie begins to suspect that her mother’s emotional distance masks an old secret. Evacuated from London as a 13-year-old girl, Edie’s mother is chosen by the mysterious Juniper Blythe, and taken to live at Milderhurst Castle with the Blythe family.

    Tinker says: "Not enough hours ....."
    "Little disappointing..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I had just finished The Forgotten Garden, also by Kate Morton. I was so in love with that story that I didn't want it to end. So I bought The Distant Hours and in all honesty it was a bit disappointing.

    It is a beautiful story but soooo loooooong. It takes forever for the first 2 parts to finish and especially when you listen to a story that can get boring. I usually start skimming over a few pages if that happens when I read a hard copy but in this case I was trapped.

    The story is beautiful though, very nice narration (however if an Australian accent that pronounces schedule as shedule annoys you when the setting is in a castle in Britain then you are warned right now). It didn't bother me that much.

    Once I struggled through part 1 and 2 it got better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (5539)
    Performance
    (5034)
    Story
    (5046)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "LOVED this book."
    Overall
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    I don't usually write reviews but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It has everything. Kind of an old fashioned detective story, cool personalities and celebrities. It's very British but contemporary.

    I listen to audio books on my runs, I did not even want my 18 miler to end because of this book. But now it's done and there is no next title yet. What to do?

    I wish I was you and could still start this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7081)
    Performance
    (6166)
    Story
    (6149)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great book"
    "Loved the suspense story, hated the love story!!!"
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    I picked this book because I really liked the other comments and it seemed like a book I would enjoy. I have never read anything of Nora Roberts before.
    I was pleasantly surprised the first few chapters. But the love story between the main character and Brooks became EXTREMELY annoying and cheesy after a while. The descriptions of their love making were lame and never ending.

    I listened to audio books while I run on the treadmill in winter to pass the boredom but seriously I really wanted to stop the treadmill and just skip over those lame love interactions. It's worse than a Harlequin romance book.

    The other story line is quite good but I do think the best part of the book is the beginning.
    The end is not a surprise.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Brave: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Nicholas Evans
    • Narrated By Michael Emerson
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (27)

    When Tom's sister Diane, a rising star of stage and screen, falls in love with one of his idols, the suave TV cowboy Ray Montane, Tom's life is transformed. They move to Hollywood and all his dreams seem to have come true. Soon, however, the sinister side of Tinseltown casts its shadow and a shocking act of violence changes their lives forever. What happened all those years ago remains a secret that corrodes Tom's life and wrecks his marriage.....

    glamazon says: "Evans at his Best!"
    "OK book, not as good as his other books"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up The Brave in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining but not great.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Brave?

    I liked the story and characters but I already knew pretty early in the story how it was going to end. Did not like that.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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