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Stephen Hagen


Portland, OR | Member Since 2010

  • 2 reviews
  • 28 ratings
  • 439 titles in library
  • 24 purchased in 2015

  • The Gods of Gotham

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Lyndsay Faye
    • Narrated By Steven Boyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It is 1845. New York City forms its first police force. The great potato famine hits Ireland. These two seemingly disparate events will change New York City. Forever.... Timothy Wilde tends bar near the Exchange, fantasizing about the day he has enough money to win the girl of his dreams. But when his dreams literally incinerate in a fire devastating downtown Manhattan, he finds himself disfigured, unemployed, and homeless. His older brother obtains Timothy a job in the newly minted NYPD, but he is highly skeptical of this new "police force".

    Joanne says: "A wonderful book"
    "i never write reviews but!!!!!"
    Would you listen to The Gods of Gotham again? Why?

    silly question

    What other book might you compare The Gods of Gotham to and why?

    Caleb Carr- stunning attention to detail.

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

    seems to embed himself unto the book, the actors: and might I also add how appreciative I am that the female characters are not caricatured with that odd light breathy high whispery voice that most narrators use.

    Who was the most memorable character of The Gods of Gotham and why?

    Thrilled to admit that ALL these characters are memorable.

    Any additional comments?

    I am consistently disappointed by most everything I read. No meat. Watery... BORING...and the worst?!?!
    Easy outs from the author in those last two chapters... nothing pisses me off more than hearing that odd music at the end of an audible book..."we hope you have enjoyed"...yadda yadda,.
    Authors I beg of you....WRITE GREAT ENDINGS! PLEASE!!!!!
    Forgive me... I digress...
    This is a STRONG book... from beginning to end.
    This has legs! And the prose is wonderful. All characters are detailed, developed.
    And wonderfully balanced.....
    Pace is joyous. Meticulous by way of historic background.

    i am angry again! why?
    heavy sigh....
    I know that I will not find another diamond like this for a while!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Maisie Dobbs

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jacqueline Winspear
    • Narrated By Rita Barrington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Maisie Dobbs isn't just any young housemaid. Through her own natural intelligence - and the patronage of her benevolent employers - she works her way into college at Cambridge. After the War I and her service as a nurse, Maisie hangs out her shingle back at home: M. DOBBS, TRADE AND PERSONAL INVESTIGATIONS. But her very first assignment soon reveals a much deeper, darker web of secrets, which will force Maisie to revisit the horrors of the Great War and the love she left behind.

    Lori says: "A delightful discovery"
    What disappointed you about Maisie Dobbs?

    The story is so sophomoric. Characters are hollow. Reads like a scooby doo cartoon. Give me back the 10 hrs I gave to this book.

    What could Jacqueline Winspear have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Dimensional characters. Or write for teens. This is a teen book. Like the Secret Seven or the Famous Five.

    What do you think the narrator could have done better?


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?


    Any additional comments?

    I want my credit back! They say all you have to do is click to re-credit when you want to return an audible. But, they actually make it tough. Instead of re-credit, we have to call and explain. Then we get the "apology".
    Audible folks; if you do not wish to honor this offer, well.... don't offer.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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