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Alison

essex jct, VT, United States | Member Since 2015

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  • 32 reviews
  • 219 ratings
  • 605 titles in library
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  • The Wycherly Woman: A Lew Archer Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Ross Macdonald
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (23)

    Phoebe Wycherly was missing two months before her wealthy father hired Archer to find her. That was plenty of time for a young girl who wanted to disappear to do so thoroughly—or for someone to make her disappear. And before he could locate the Wycherly girl, Archer had to reckon with the Wycherly woman, Phoebe’s mother, an eerily unmaternal blonde who kept too many residences, had too many secrets, and left too many corpses in her wake.

    Alison says: "Classic (not boring) Gumshoe"
    "Classic (not boring) Gumshoe"
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    I really enjoyed this book. It was slow moving but in a good way. I haven't read any of his other novels but it worked well as a freestanding read. Decent character development. The narrator was pretty good but I wish he would have differentiated more between characters. Definitely not boring...subtle.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16715)
    Performance
    (13922)
    Story
    (13917)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    L. O. Pardue says: ""Rear Window" Meets "Gone Girl""
    "Winner!"
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    I enjoyed the heck out of this book!

    It is creepy and twisty in all the right ways.

    The main character is very relatable-- a great portrait of a life coming apart at the scenes due to a set of misfortunes and character flaws.

    This isn't just a great mystery. It is really well written and well narrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Special Topics in Calamity Physics

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Marisha Pessl
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (643)
    Performance
    (265)
    Story
    (269)

    This is a darkly hilarious coming-of-age novel and a richly plotted suspense tale told through the distinctive voice of its heroine, Blue van Meer. After a childhood spent moving from one academic outpost to another with her father, Blue is clever and possessed of a vast lexicon of knowledge. But when a drowning and the shocking death of a teacher lead to a confluence of mysteries, Blue is left to make sense of it all with only her gimlet-eyed instincts and cultural references to guide - or misguide - her.

    Jeanie says: "Over 21 Hours of Bliss..."
    "Spectacular"
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    This book blew me away. It is a slow satisfying burn with great character development.

    The main character, Blue, is very compelling. And her father's character is super engaging if not likable.

    The book is formatted as a course curriculum and it really works. It is full of interesting, fun, and obscure citations and references-both fictitious and non.

    The narration of this book is brilliant. Perhaps the best I've heard and I listen to several audiobooks a week. I think the narrator is both talented and superbly cast.

    If you are looking for a fast paced and action packed listen, this isn't for you. But if you are looking for rich character development and a story that unfolds at a natural pace, give this a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Boleyn King: Boleyn Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Laura Andersen
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (61)

    Just seventeen years old, Henry IX, known as William, is a king bound by the restraints of the regency yet anxious to prove himself. With the French threatening battle and the Catholics sowing the seeds of rebellion at home, William trusts only three people: his older sister Elizabeth; his best friend and loyal counselor, Dominic; and Minuette, a young orphan raised as a royal ward by William’s mother, Anne Boleyn.

    S. D. Ristick says: "Great idea, bad story"
    "not great...or even decent"
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    I've listened to the entire series. I normally enjoy historical fiction. But this series just didn't do it for me.

    I did, however, find the narrator to be fabulous. I think I could listen to him read the phonebook. Without Simon Vance, I never would have gotten through.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Still Life: Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (535)
    Performance
    (482)
    Story
    (484)

    Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surêté du Québec 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 a tragic hunting accident and nothing more, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods, and is soon certain that Jane Neal died at the hands of someone much more sinister than a careless bowhunter.

    R. Pontiflet says: "An Easy Listen...."
    "not a fan"
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    This is the second Louise Penny book I've listened to. I know they are wildly popular.

    But I just can't get into them. I've been bored by both and had to force myself through.

    Another case of me wanting to like the books but not being able to for some reason. I feel like I should as it has all of the elements of a book that I would like. But it just doesn't come together for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadows in the Street

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Susan Hill
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (100)

    Simon Serrailler has just wrapped up a difficult case for SIFT--Special Incident Flying Taskforce--and is on a sabbatical on a far-flung Scottish island when he is called back to Lafferton. Two local prostitutes have gone missing and are subsequently found strangled. By the time he gets back, another girl has disappeared. Is this a vendetta against prostitutes by someone with a warped mind? Or a series of killings by an angry punter?

    Shaliali says: "Not Much Mystery, but Still Listenable"
    "Brilliant"
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    This is the exact type of mystery I love. I quickly flew through this entire series.

    The character development is phenomenal. And while they move slowly, they are far from boring.

    I highly highly recommend the series and the narration it top!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Share in Death

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Deborah Crombie
    • Narrated By Michael Deehy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (653)
    Performance
    (558)
    Story
    (560)

    A week's holiday in a luxurious hotel is just what Scotland Yard's Superintendent Duncan Kincaid needs. But his vacation ends dramatically with the discovery of a dead body in the whirlpool bath. Despite a suspicious lack of cooperation from the local constabulary, Kincaid's keen sense of duty won't allow him to ignore the heinous crime, impelling him to send for his enthusiastic young assistant, Sergeant Gemma James. But the stakes are raised significantly when a second murder occurs....

    connie says: "series readers, start here"
    "dated?"
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    I just did not enjoy this. It felt dated and I found it to be quite boring and difficult to get through.

    I just didn't care about the characters. I didn't find them interesting or compelling.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dry Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Peter May
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (184)

    What happened to Jacques Gaillard? The brilliant teacher at the École Nationale d’Administration, who trained some of France’s best and brightest as future prime ministers and presidents, vanished ten years ago, presumably from Paris. This ten-year-old mystery inspires a bet—one that Enzo Macleod, a biologist teaching in Toulouse, France, instead of pursuing a brilliant career in forensics back home in Scotland, can ill afford to lose.

    adrienne says: "Delightful find! First of the Enzo Files"
    "slow but pretty decent"
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    Normally, I don't mind a slow moving mystery. I actually quite enjoy many. I'm not entirely sure why this book didn't totally do it for me. The character development was pretty good. It was fairly clever. The narration is fabulous.

    But something about it just fell a little bit short. I'm currently listening to the second book because I feel like I should enjoy this writer more than I did based on my typical preferences.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leaving Time

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Abigail Revasch, Kathe Mazur, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3333)
    Performance
    (2964)
    Story
    (2959)

    Refusing to believe that she would be abandoned as a young child, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice's old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts. Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest.

    Jan says: "Pickiest Reader Would Be Willing to Give 6 Stars"
    "enjoyable but not great"
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    This book was enjoyable for the most part to me. I loved learning about elephants.

    I did not love the supernatural element in the book; although, it didn't ruin it for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Raven Black: Book One of the Shetland Island Quartet

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin
    Overall
    (348)
    Performance
    (309)
    Story
    (310)

    It is a cold January morning, and Shetland lies beneath a deep layer of snow. Trudging home, Fran Hunter's eye is drawn to a splash of color on the frozen ground, ravens circling above. It is the strangled body of her teenage neighbor, Catherine Ross. The locals on the quiet island stubbornly focus their gaze on one man - loner and simpleton Magnus Tait.

    Rachel says: "HEY AUDIBLE!!! Get more Ann Cleeves!! good stuff!"
    "Excellent"
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    This book is excellent! Great character development. More Ann Cleeves on Audible please!

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • A Murderous Procession: A Mistress of the Art of Death Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ariana Franklin
    • Narrated By Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (372)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (213)

    National best-selling author Ariana Franklin resumes her Mistress of the Art of Death series with A Murderous Procession. In 1176, King Henry II’s daughter is set to marry the king of Sicily. But when several wedding guests are murdered during the procession, Adelia must uncover who is behind the killings and who is the killer’s real target.

    Betty says: "The end of a fantastic series?"
    "Captivating"
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    I've listened to all of the books in this series and was pleasantly surprised by how engaging they really are. I loved hearing a different perspective than the typical of Henry II--although he played a relatively minor role in the books. I never knew much more about him than that of his involvement in Beckett's death. Hearing about him from this perspective sheds a new light on his important role in history. Similarly, it is always nice to read about a woman pushing the the feminist envelope centuries ago...even if she is a fictional character, one has to believe that such women had to exist. I was really disappointed to learn that this would be the last novel in the series due to the death of the author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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