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Alice

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  • Vertigo 42: A Richard Jury Mystery, Book 23

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Martha Grimes
    • Narrated By Steve West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (87)

    Richard Jury is meeting Tom Williamson at Vertigo 42, a bar on the 42nd floor of an office building in London’s financial district. Despite inconclusive evidence, Tom is convinced his wife, Tess, was murdered 17 years ago. The inspector in charge of the case was sure Tess’ death was accidental - a direct result of vertigo - but the official police inquiry is still an open verdict and Jury agrees to re-examine the case.

    Alice says: "As always, Martha Grimes comes through"
    "As always, Martha Grimes comes through"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. The author always weaves an interesting story, and this time it has a great twist, in an extended reference to a classic movie.


    Have you listened to any of Steve West’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to others, but I certainly will. His presentation enhanced the story. I kept forgetting that the same person was reading all the different characters' lines!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Profiler's Daughter: Sky Stone, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By P. M. Steffen
    • Narrated By Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (897)
    Performance
    (803)
    Story
    (804)

    The Profiler's Daughter is a psychologically haunting thriller that combines murder mystery, love triangle, and family intrigue in one satisfying page burner. Sky Stone was born into the wealth and privilege of Boston's oldest Brahmin family but chooses instead to follow in the footsteps of her deceased father, legendary FBI profiler Monk Stone. In the chilly morning hours before the Boston Marathon, when a beautiful university student is found strangled and mutilated, her body left at the base of Heartbreak Hill, Sky returns from self-imposed exile to investigate.

    Irene L. Culkeen says: "What a great find"
    "Incredibly Disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could P. M. Steffen have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The main character was incredibly rich, incredibly beautiful, took incredible risks, and was surrounded by men who had nothing better to do than spend their lives catering to her every need. I felt manipulated; I'm not so shallow that I can't read a book unless I can fantasize being rich and beautiful! In addition, the main character was incredibly bull-headed and stupid - you know those ridiculous horror movies where you say, "DON'T OPEN THAT DOOR, YOU IDIOT!!"? She kept doing that kind of thing, over and over. The author also introduced plot threads that went nowhere and introduced major "bad guys" out of the blue near the end of the book. I think the whole book needed a rewrite. Or an editor with a big red pen.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I have bought many books from Audible and have never had a purchase where the narrator's only voice was archly saying "Dahling." The female characters sounded like snooty women and the male characters sounded like gay guys in drag! I did not like the narrator's limited range of emotion, and I don't need a presentation in hushed tones to know that something important is happening. Let the book speak for itself. The presentation grated on me until I couldn't even pay attention to the actual words.


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

    By half way through the book, I was irritated beyond belief, and very disappointed. I heartily dislike the heroine and her boyfriend. My experience with Audible books has been that both the books and the narrators are excellent - until now. This is a first.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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