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Alice

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  • A Sight for Sore Eyes

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    Having published 45 books, Ruth Rendell is an internationally popular mystery writer. She has won four Gold Dagger and three Edgar awards. She has been presented with the Commander of the British Empire honor, and named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America. In A Sight For Sore Eyes, Ruth Rendell’s exceptional literary talent shines from each word. Teddy Brex is a handsome young man. Raised by parents who never loved him, he has grown to put his trust in objects.

    Connie says: "Full circle"
    "Gets you hooked right off"
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    I was so interested and drawn into Teddy's pschy. Being an artist I am sympathetic to his dislike for ugliness. It is chilling when the sympathy and understanding turns into pity and then disgust. It is a very good writer/performer that can make you feel so in tune like that. All in all, it seemed pretty believable to me the way ones enviroment can shape their future self.
    I agree with one of the other reviewers about the ending, I liked it, but it was somewhat off...maybe just cut short a bit? Somehow It was a tad lazy or lacking, after the build up to it. If not for that, this could be a 5 start book, for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Too Perfect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Julie Ortolon
    • Narrated By Jane Cramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (59)

    Maddy, Christine and Amy are thrilled that their old college suite-mate has written a bestselling book, How to Have the Perfect Life - until they realize she used them as examples of how women let fear screw up their lives. The worst part is…it's sort of true. Together they make a pact: they each have one year to face down their fears - and maybe show Miss Perfect a thing or two! Book Three: Too Perfect. Defying the terrible sense of direction that's scared her away from traveling, Amy sets sail as a nanny on a Caribbean cruise and promptly gets lost when they stop at the island of St. Barts.

    A. Perrett says: "Best series ever"
    "Barely entertaining"
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    What would have made Too Perfect better?


    More characters, more mystery, more adventure and no goofy fake accents.

    I should have know this is what this was. It was a boring, flat romantic novel, no mystery or adventure as it sounded like, by it's description. I only finished because I don't have anything else to read now. Good thing I got this one on sale. It was a total waste of money. The story was lame and there was absolutely no action except in the bedroom which came off as totally ridiculous.
    Basically only two characters, one with a horrible goofy French accent and the other so annoying and naïve it was hard to imagine any of it was real.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Julie Ortolon again?

    No it's not my thing.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Jane Cramer?

    Yes, if there weren't any foreign accents or men's voices. She comes off very light and female.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Too Perfect?

    It would be easier to say which ones I would keep. The ending was the only bearable part. I would cut out all the bedroom scenes for sure, and make the heroine much smarter. She was too naïve to be believable.


    Any additional comments?

    Sorry, I couldn't appreciate it more, I tried. Not too perfect story.

    0 of 0 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
    (21598)
    Performance
    (17973)
    Story
    (17961)

    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""
    "Many Stars"
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    Where does The Girl on the Train rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    5 Star, need I say more? It's a page turner. Very well written with a really interesting story line if you like psychological thriller type books. This is the kind of book you listen to in the car and don't even want to take out the ear buds to go into the grocery store.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The depth of the characters. No one is as flat and simple as you would think. A bum can turn into a hero and the other way around. No one is safe from evil, and things aren't always what they seem.


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

    No I don't think so. I loved having the 3 different narrator's. One that played Megan had a beautiful voice with the inflection in her voice like Kira Nightly.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Megan's story. When she reveals it to her therapist. I could imagine it completely.


    Any additional comments?

    I will be looking for other books by Paula Hawkins now for sure.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Broadchurch

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Erin Kelly, Chris Chibnall
    • Narrated By Carolyn Pickles
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (74)

    In the sleepy British seaside town of Broadchurch, Detective Ellie Miller has just returned from vacation, only to learn that she’s been passed over for a promotion at work in favor of outsider Alec Hardy. He, escaping the spectacular failure of his last case, is having trouble finding his way into this tight-knit community wary of new faces. But professional rivalry aside, both detectives are about to receive some terrible news: 11-year-old Danny Latimer has been found murdered on the beach.

    Alice says: "Amazingly visual experience"
    "A "who done it", that is a drag"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. It is a little too syrupy with way too possibilities of who "did it". Almost to the point of not having a real plot. I guess I can appreciate the character development and Ms. Pickles performance but the story line was drudgingly hard to get through, for me. More action less soap.


    What about Carolyn Pickles’s performance did you like?

    Her voice is nice on the ears.


    Did Broadchurch inspire you to do anything?

    ? Sleep?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Marco Effect: Department Q, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    Overall
    (704)
    Performance
    (626)
    Story
    (631)

    All fifteen-year-old Marco Jameson wants is to become a Danish citizen and go to school like a normal teenager. But his uncle Zola rules his former gypsy clan with an iron fist. Revered as a god and feared as a devil, Zola forces the children of the clan to beg and steal for his personal gain. When Marco discovers a dead body - proving the true extent of Zola's criminal activities - he goes on the run. But his family members aren't the only ones who'll go to any lengths to keep Marco silent - forever.

    Robert says: "So Well Written, So Well Narrated"
    "Bullet Train!!!"
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    Where does The Marco Effect rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    If you like J. Adler-Olsen then you must get this one!!! It's easily a 10 and on the very top of my list of favorites.It is fast paced, hurdling along the whole way with non-stop action and suspense.


    What other book might you compare The Marco Effect to and why?

    I am not sure if I have read anything so full of suspense and excitement- Maybe Gone Girl (?)but this story is much different, so incomparable at the moment.


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

    Graeme's reading voice brings out the person you want to care for in Marco. In addition because of the great variation in his voice, the character's play out like more in a movie or real life, than a book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Too many to count. When Marco was thrown out, by those he thought loved him, or when a stranger on the street asked if he was ok. There was much emotion but the graphic and suspenseful parts, moved me too in an edge of the seat way.


    Any additional comments?

    If it isn't already in the works, The Marco Effect would make an incredible movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wicked Girls

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Alex Marwood
    • Narrated By Anna Bentinck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1392)
    Performance
    (1232)
    Story
    (1226)

    On a fateful summer morning in 1986, two 11-year-old girls meet for the first time. By the end of the day, they will both be charged with murder. Twenty-five years later, journalist Kirsty Lindsay is reporting on a series of sickening attacks on young female tourists in a seaside vacation town when her investigation leads her to interview carnival cleaner Amber Gordon. For Kirsty and Amber, it's the first time they've seen each other since that dark day so many years ago. Now with new, vastly different lives - and unknowing families to protect - will they really be able to keep their wicked secret hidden?

    Tina says: "Really my rating is 4 1/2 stars."
    "Didn't want to stop"
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    What did you love best about The Wicked Girls?

    Very well narrated and written. This book is multilayered, and unfolds with spot on timing. The writing is detailed enough to engage you, without being "overwritten" and tiring.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, It does jump back and forth and several times I had to replay back parts when I wasn't listening as closely as I should have, because of listening while housecleaning. It has enough suspicious characters to keep you second guessing the whole way through. It has suspense and mystery. You want to uncover every layer to find out more about the girls and how they ended up in the current day lives. They are easy to associate with. Even though their lives are very separate.


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

    No, but I think she is spot on for this book. I will look for her name again in the future.


    If you could rename The Wicked Girls, what would you call it?

    Maybe, "The Mistake" ?


    Any additional comments?

    The only thing that left me a little mixed up was the girls voices. I kept forgetting which one was which. Their specific English accents had changed so much when they were older. I think one was Cockney when she was young, and when she was older sounded like the other girl when she was young. Perhaps this was done on purpose, but I felt it a flaw and made the book a little disconnected for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Angel of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Caleb Carr
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (202)

    In The Angel Of Darkness, Caleb Carr brings back the vivid world of his bestselling The Alienist but with a twist: this story is told by the former street urchin Stevie Taggert, whose rough life has given him wisdom beyond his years. Thus New York City, and the groundbreaking alienist Dr. Kreizler himself, are seen anew. It is June 1897. A year has passed since Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, a pioneer in forensic psychiatry, tracked down the brutal serial killer John Beecham with the help of a team of trusted companions and a revolutionary application of the principles of his discipline.

    Gail says: "Birth Forensics+Super Court Scene Clarence Darrow"
    "Wow, so boring, lost me on this one?"
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    I keep trying to get into this book, to no avail. I am really disappointed, because of all the 4 star reviews, I thought this would be a great book. To me it just drools on, and on, and I can't seem to stay connected. It's actually hard work to read it. The style of writing is very complex and meander's all around without a point.
    After half way into the first chapter I couldn't really tell you where it's headed, or clearly what it's about. My mind looses the connection of what the writer is trying to convey in feeling and thought, from the beginning of every sentence to the end. The monotone voice of the narrator doesn't help.
    I love period pieces and also love most long books, so that has nothing to do with it.
    In fact the style and descriptions do not make me feel like I am in the early 1900's at all, but a very complex current day, with antique objects
    just thrown in for effect. This book should be re-written and condensed into 10 or 11 hours, with no sentences longer than 15 words, and then it might work? That is of course, with a more expressive narrator.
    I hope I didn't loose a credit on this one!
    Bummed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12252)
    Performance
    (11096)
    Story
    (11122)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Golden!"
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    Well worth length. It's got everything, and more, including - vivid characters, love, sex, friendship, suspense, sweetness, sadness and mostly
    truth. I loved it.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Night Film: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Marisha Pessl
    • Narrated By Jake Weber
    Overall
    (1569)
    Performance
    (1400)
    Story
    (1424)

    On a damp October night, beautiful young Ashley Cordova is found dead in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Though her death is ruled a suicide, veteran investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise. As he probes the strange circumstances surrounding Ashley’s life and death, McGrath comes face-to-face with the legacy of her father: the legendary, reclusive, cult-horror-film director Stanislas Cordova - a man who hasn’t been seen in public for more than thirty years.

    Amanda says: "What's Real?"
    "Chillingly Captivating"
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    Each bit of beautifully written information, you get while listening to this book is one more jeweled puzzle piece that you think will fit to make what you think is the whole picture, but if you are like me, you'll find the piece doesn't fit no matter where you think it may belong. It goes somewhere else.
    I loved this book and wish I could paint, like Marisha writes. It's a real life mystery. The performance was right on and the story one of my favorites. I will definitely be looking up more titles from Ms. Pessl in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joyland

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Michael Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3662)
    Performance
    (3377)
    Story
    (3377)

    Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. Joyland is a brand-new novel and has never previously been published.

    Cozy Reader says: "The sweest and creepiest coming of age story!"
    "Over too soon"
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    Sweet and touching story, poetic descriptions in a fun
    venue. I loved Michael Kelly's strong but silky voice . Stephen King doesn't disappoint, but like a just a spoonful of some decadent creamy dessert it left me wanting more, with maybe a few more layers? I try not to read stories less than 10 hours, because when they are good like this one, I tend to feel cheated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Painting the Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Robert Goddard
    • Narrated By Michael Kitchen
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (181)

    On a mild autumn afternoon in 1882, William Trenchard sits smoking his pipe in the garden of his comfortable family home. When the creak of the garden gate heralds the arrival of an unexpected stranger, he is puzzled but not alarmed. He cannot know the destruction this man will wreak on all he holds most dear.

    Janice says: "Skeletons in every closet"
    "A Must Have Classic"
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    Really well done! Great performance and imaginative story, done in the style of Sherlock Holmes.
    It will keep you guessing all the way, and even though it is a period piece the feelings, desires, actions of the charactures could all apply in a current day situation just as well. This book really makes you take a look at human emotions and what they can cause us to believe, and do. It keeps you on your toes, because whom is the protaganist, or antagonist is not always so black and white throughout the story. This goes in the Best of Audible list for me
    .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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