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Mary

Bolingbrook, IL, United States | Member Since 2001

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  • Still Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1967)
    Performance
    (1325)
    Story
    (1335)

    Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it's nothing more than a tragic hunting accident, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods.

    Sydney says: "a gentle mystery"
    "Wonderful descriptive writing"
    Overall

    I'm glad I didn't read the other review before listening to this book! Perhaps, because I'm not a man I loved the writing. I bought and am currently listening to Ms. Penny's second book because the town she creates, along with the people who inhabit it, is so vividly described I want to go for a visit. (Except someone gets murdered in this tiny little village every couple of years!)

    If you like Englizh 'cozies' I think you'll like this book. If you want an action thriller, perhaps you should pick another writer.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Agatha Raisin and the Love from Hell

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Donada Peters
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    What Agatha expected to be a sparkling modern marriage in the middle of the romantic Cotswolds is turning out to be anything but. James Lacey, the love of her life, is proving to be a most irritated husband; he does not approve of her turning the laundry pink, and is equally censorious of take-away dinners. In turn, Agatha is quite put out by suggestions that James has been frequenting the company of his ex-lover, Melissa.

    Mary says: "Unlikely Heroine"
    "Unlikely Heroine"
    Overall

    I'm new to the Agatha Raisin Mysteries, but I'm glad Audible is now carrying them. This is for lovers of those mysteries called 'cozy'. Agatha Raisin is not a "sweet, sexy, young thing', she's a self-made business woman who has retired to the country and seems to rub everyone the wrong way with her personality - but you can't help liking her anyway! This book picks up in the middle of the series. The books can stand alone, but are more fun if read in order.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Raffles: The Amateur Cracksman

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By E.M. Hornung
    • Narrated By Walter Covell
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Raffles is Sherlock Holmes' polar opposite, a foil for great detectives and a man with all the immoral charms of a hero-thief, plus a remarkable ability at cricket. Raffles is the godson of Robin Hood, the model for Cary Grant in "To Catch a Thief," and the inspiration of Leslie Charteris' "The Saint." As the great reinvention of the trickster for the 20th century, Raffles convinces readers to throw away their scruples and follow along for wit, bold adventures, and thrilling suspense.

    Paul says: "Fairly good"
    "Not as engaging as Sherlock"
    Overall

    While trying to decide how many stars to give this book, I reread the publishers description. I don't think the book reaches the lofty heights described. I can't say the book is bad, nor is it really good -- just OK. I do not think it can be compared to Sherlock Holmes. It is not nearly as compelling.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Double Shot

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Diane Mott Davidson
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (95)

    New York Times best-selling author Diane Mott Davidson has taken readers by storm with clever mysteries filled with tantalizing plots and mouthwatering recipes. In her 12th novel, her tastiest tale yet, the ingenious storyteller whips up a rich soufflé of murder and mischief.

    Laurene says: "Narrator ruined this one..."
    "Wished I read other reviews"
    Overall

    I'm really sorry I did check out the reviews on this book before buying. I used to LOVE this series, but it has become somewhat repetitive. The reader was VERY distracting. The sucking, slurping, swallowing sounds were very irritating and I will never listen to anything read by her again. She has a very good voice, but seems to have a salivary impediment!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Snow Crash

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5696)
    Performance
    (2993)
    Story
    (3052)

    Neal Stephenson is a blazing new force on the sci-fi scene. With the groundbreaking cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, he has "vaulted onto the literary stage." It weaves virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility - in short, it is the gigathriller of the information age.

    A. Tuck says: "Classic Stephenson"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    During the first half of the book, I wondered why I was so detached from the story and the imaginative world the author was trying to create. Finally I realized that the story was merely a vehicle the author was using to espouse his own philosophies and prove he is well read. The characters were created and hung upon his ideas, instead of springing from the story itself. It's a real shame too, the world could have been so fascinating. I did manage to finish the book, but only because I refused to give up and hoped for something to redeem the work. Unfortunately, it never happened.

    5 of 15 people found this review helpful

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