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Madeleine

Canada | Member Since 2010

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  • 1 titles in library
  • 30 purchased in 2014
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  • When the Bough Breaks: An Alex Delaware Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated By Alexander Adams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (299)
    Performance
    (260)
    Story
    (256)

    Dr. Morton Handler practiced a strange brand of psychiatry. Among his specialties were fraud, extortion, and sexual manipulation. Handler paid for his sins when he was brutally murdered in his luxurious Pacific Palisades apartment. The police have no leads, but they do have one possible witness: seven-year-old Melody Quinn.

    Leigh says: "Enjoyable...."
    "Mixed feelings."
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    When I started listening to this book, I was delighted that, finally, someone with an analytical eye was creating interesting and believable characters; of course, he is a psychologist, so that figures. However, the descriptions of sex scenes just left me cold. What had started out as an interesting and engrossing mystery got diverted into cheap, gratuitous soft porn that added nothing to the story and only killed off the momentum of the mystery. Too bad, as the topic of child exploitation and abuse is such a horrific ongoing problem in the world and does not need to be ignored while we are subjected to graphic descriptions of the protagonist's own sexual encounters; an uncomfortable juxtaposition under the circumstances. Despite that, I MIGHT listen to another one of his books, but probably free from the library rather than paying for it. We'll see....

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Somebody Killed His Editor: Holmes & Moriarity, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Josh Lanyon
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (201)

    Thanks to an elderly spinster sleuth and her ingenious cat, Christopher Holmes has enjoyed a celebrated career as a bestselling mystery writer. Until now. Sales are down and his new editor is allergic to geriatric gumshoes. On the advice of his agent, he reinvents his fortyish, frumpy, recently dumped self into the sleek, sexy image of a literary lion, and heads for a Northern California writers conference to try and resurrect his career.

    Donald says: "And the killer is..."
    "Amusing......but........."
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    The story was a cute twist on fireside mysteries, well performed and wittily written in parts. However, the sex scenes were so graphic, I felt as if I was intruding into their privacy and just wanted to tip-toe away and leave them to it. These scenes were so vivid they completely overwhelmed the story for me and drowned out the humor (no pun intended).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Uninvited Ghost

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By E. J. Copperman
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (193)

    Alison and her resident gumshoe ghost are on their next case when the deceased Scott MacFarlane floats in worried that he accidentally killed a prominent local woman. Turns out she's still alive...that is, of course, until she's murdered - in Alison's house. Now, between the demands of her guests and the arrival of a reality television crew, Alison must find the killer before she sees reality from the other side.

    Suzanne says: "Absolutely loved it!!!"
    "Puerile!"
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    I was thoroughly disappointed as the other reviews were so positive. It was dull, uninspired and a waste of a good credit. The only smile that touched my lips was when I came to the end of the book, and that was a smile of relief! I have absolutely no idea how others could have found the book even faintly amusing, let alone hilarious. For a book that is supposed to deal with 'other dimensions' it was remarkably 2-dimensional. Even the supposed satirical take on 'Reality TV' was predictable. However, having said that, it would be a safe book to let your children read in bed and they would probably drop off to sleep in no time!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Atrocity Archives: A Laundry Files Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Charles Stross
    • Narrated By Gideon Emery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (522)
    Performance
    (410)
    Story
    (409)

    Bob Howard is a computer-hacker desk jockey, who has more than enough trouble keeping up with the endless paperwork he has to do on a daily basis. He should never be called on to do anything remotely heroic. But for some reason, he is.

    Ethan M. says: "A great techno-spy-Lovecraftian-horror-comedy"
    "Disappointed"
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    I was more than a little disappointed with this book as I was hoping to find another series as gripping, amusing and imaginative as The Dresden Files or even as funny and exciting as The Rook, by Daniel O'Malley (by far the most original and entertaining book I have listen to this year). Sadly, it read like a wet Sunday with just the same amount of tension and excitement. Gideon Emery, the narrator, was certainly competent, but was not able to inject any air of mystery or suspense into this less than thrilling piece of writing. I would have hoped, with a title like 'The Atrocity Archives' to have had a much darker and emotionally charged story - silly me! The only upside to this story, for me, was the mildly satirical dig on British bureaucracy, that aspect of my country of origin that reinforces my relief at not living there anymore. I guess I won't be buying the rest of the series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stealing Shadows

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Kay Hooper
    • Narrated By Cristine McMurdo-Wallis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (205)

    From best-selling author Kay Hooper comes a thrilling tale with a paranormal bent and a touch of romance. Cassie Neill has a powerful but troubling gift. She can see inside the minds of serial killers as they are planning their crimes. Tormented by her ability, she takes refuge in a secluded North Carolina town. But there’s no escaping her visions, and when a body surfaces just where she predicted, Cassie is suddenly a suspect.

    MEOWx4 says: "Good story, bad narration"
    "Utter waste of money and time!"
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    Nothing short of girly twaddle, read by a narrator straight from the cheese factory!

    I kept listening as I was short of a decent book to listen to and my favorite authors just can't write fast enough to keep me happy; however, I could barely make it to the last sappy sentence. That's the first and last Kay Hooper book I'm going to listen to and also the last one read by that narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Harvest

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By S J Bolton
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    NOW YOU SEE HER.... Gillian is haunted by the disappearance of her little girl two years ago. A devastating fire burned down their home, but she remains convinced her daughter survived. NOW YOU DON’T... Ten-year-old Tom lives by the town’s neglected churchyard. Is he the only one who sees the strange, solitary child playing there? And what is she trying to tell him?

    Madeleine says: "Loved it!"
    "Loved it!"
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    Creepy as heck. Reminded me of classic horror movies set in creepy country settings where, for sure, there would be 'something nasty in the woodshed'. However, twists and turns abound and lead to a satisfying ending, but hungry for more. Great prequel to the Detective Lacey Flint series. The Narrator is great! Having lived in England most of my life, I'm impressed with her ability to narrate all the different accents and flip from one to the other with ease.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Graveyard Book

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6312)
    Performance
    (3097)
    Story
    (3113)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Gaiman’s not just an award-winning author, but a narrator who earns rave reviews – and fields requests from other authors to perform their books, too! Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead....

    Guillermo says: "Masterful Fantasy for the Jaded Heart"
    "I loved, loved, loved this book!"
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    This is one book I never wanted to finish. Neil Gaiman is a genius! He takes us into a world of adventure and mystery with burlesque characters mingling with the endearingly normal spirits of the dead . A world where anything could happen and often does. The book is thoroughly scary at times but wonderfully satisfying. Neil Gaiman not only creates rich and elaborate worlds with his writing, but brings his characters to life with his brilliant narration. I was sad to have to say goodbye to Nobody Owens and his friends. If Neil wants to bring them back in a future adventure that would be just fine with me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Among the Mad: A Maisie Dobbs Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Winspear
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (492)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (262)

    On the way to see a client, Maisie Dobbs witnesses a man commit suicide on a busy London street. The following day, the prime minister's office receives a letter threatening a massive loss of life if certain demands are not met - and the writer mentions Maisie by name. After being questioned and cleared by Detective Chief Superintendent Robert MacFarlane of Scotland Yard's elite Special Branch, she is drawn into MacFarlane's personal fiefdom as a special adviser on the case.

    Peter says: "Maisie Dobbs Series - Fabulous"
    "Going mad listening to this narrator!"
    Overall

    I purchased this audiobook as I enjoyed the last few books in the series. I was able to overlook Orlagh Cassidy's amateurish reading style in the previous books as the writing was so engrossing; however, her narration is so poor that I am tempted to just delete the rest of the book. Orlagh Cassidy has no ear for accents; in fact, her dreadful attempts to reproduce regional accents is akin to being completely tone deaf. Not only is her cockney riddled with northern vowels ('oop' instead of 'up'), but her embarrassing 'Scottish' is beyond laughable. I cringe whenever I listen to her ghastly Northern Irish/posh English mishmash served up with a few long rolling R's - supposedly to ensure that we know it's Scots she is mimicking. It would have been better if she had just narrated without trying to do accents. Why oh why did they go with her for the rest of the series when the first two narrators were just fine? What a way to ruin a good series!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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