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Robie

Haiku, HI, USA

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  • Broken Harbor: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2584)
    Performance
    (2221)
    Story
    (2208)

    In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.

    barbara says: "Stunned"
    "Great story, GREAT NARRATION"
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    If you could sum up Broken Harbor in three words, what would they be?

    Better than the typical murder mystery. Looks at character flaws in all of the characters. Brilliant bitter sweet ending.


    What other book might you compare Broken Harbor to and why?

    dunno


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

    voice, inflection, adding him to my list of fav narrators.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    bit of emo there


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Cheryl Strayed
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3655)
    Performance
    (3222)
    Story
    (3235)

    At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

    FanB14 says: "Glad I Took the Trip"
    "Martha Stewart hikes the PCT"
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    Would you try another book from Cheryl Strayed and/or Bernadette Dunne?

    no


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    less trivia about herself, less whiney crap


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

    I get to close my eyes and still read


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    some bits were amusing


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10279)
    Performance
    (7723)
    Story
    (7768)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    haesel says: "Where was this woman's editor?"
    "Romantico Novela the sequel starter"
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    What would have made A Discovery of Witches better?

    More to the plot than boy meets girl, fights dragon and flees to the past.


    What was most disappointing about Deborah Harkness’s story?

    lack of depth to storyline


    What about Jennifer Ikeda’s performance did you like?

    Ability to keep reader listening


    What character would you cut from A Discovery of Witches?

    none


    Any additional comments?

    Is it possible to find out the genre of a book? I am not big on romantic stories that give little of substance re the plot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blackout

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2121)
    Performance
    (1370)
    Story
    (1378)

    In her first novel since 2002, Nebula and Hugo award-winning author Connie Willis returns with a stunning, enormously entertaining novel of time travel, war, and the deeds - great and small - of ordinary people who shape history. In the hands of this acclaimed storyteller, the past and future collideand the result is at once intriguing, elusive, and frightening.

    Monica says: "Double review - Blackout and All Clear"
    "cheap shot"
    Overall

    the first book was great. Beginning, middle, resolution. I enjoy reading books in a series. One of my fav authors, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, writes over and over again about the same character BUT she had a beginning, middle and end. This book sucks. it is just a REALLY long intro to the 2nd half. Hold off & read the 2nd half.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Amber Spyglass: His Dark Materials, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Philip Pullman, full cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3162)
    Performance
    (1126)
    Story
    (1145)

    Lyra and Will, the two ordinary children whose extraordinary adventures begin in The Golden Compass and The Subtle Knife, are in unspeakable danger. With help from Iorek Byrnison the armored bear and two tiny Gallivespian spies, they must journey to a dank and gray-lit world where no living soul has ever gone.

    Anita says: "an exceptional story that's had bad press"
    "Superb story - superb reading"
    Overall

    The final book of the Dark Material trilogy is the best of the three. I like the quotes in front of each chapter. This book does for fantasy what DaVinci Code did for it's genre.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful

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