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East Kingston, NH, United States | Member Since 2013

  • 6 reviews
  • 10 ratings
  • 170 titles in library
  • 11 purchased in 2015

  • Three Seconds

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Anders Roslund, Börge Hellström, Kari Dickson (translator)
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane

    In this dark and gripping novel from number-one best-selling Swedish writing duo Roslund and Hellström, Piet Hoffman is the Swedish police’s most valuable secret operative. His cover is that of a lieutenant inside the ruthless Polish mafia, trying to take over amphetamine distribution within Sweden’s prison system. With this, his most dangerous assignment, success will mean a new identity and the freedom to start a new life with his wife and young sons.

    Howard says: "Forget the comparision - enjoy the read"
    "OMG STOP!"

    Great concept of a time worn "good guy trapped in a prison"plot. Well thought out in terms of premise. Unforturnately the execution is horrible. First the authors tell us what will happen. Then they tell us what is happening. Then they tell us what just happened. And if we didn't get it the first three times, they come back and run through the series again! This book needed an editior badly, but then it would only be a third as long. It's a shame because you really care about the characters. It is just glacial....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Keeper of Lost Causes: Department Q, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award-also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo. Now, Dutton is thrilled to introduce him to America.

    L. O. Pardue says: "Fantastic New Scandinavian Series!!"
    "What are people thinking?"

    Either the bar is very low or folks can't recognize hackneyed plot lines and "oh, no, don't go in there" cliched literary devices. Wished that this book was over many times during the narration and stayed in it only to see how the author wound up the book. What the author needed was a very good editor. Cut this book down from 15 plus hours to a solid 9 would do wonders for the story. And lose the danish accents - distracting at best and insulting at worse.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Anthony Horowitz
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Sherlock Holmes is the greatest detective in literary history. For the first time since the death of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a new Holmes story has been sanctioned by his estate, whetting the appetites of fans everywhere. Information about the book will be revealed as deliberately as Holmes himself would unravel a knotty case, but bestselling novelist and Holmes expert Anthony Horowitz is sure to bring a compelling, atmospheric story to life.

    Debra says: "PLEASE tell me there are MORE !"
    "Cheesy plot devices"
    What did you like best about The House of Silk? What did you like least?

    The narration - Derek Jacobi is very good, though his portrayal of Holmes was his weakest characterization. Very whiny.

    Would you recommend The House of Silk to your friends? Why or why not?

    No - Not very Holmesian. The characters are there, the setting is there but the heart of what makes Holmes is missing.

    Did The House of Silk inspire you to do anything?

    Ran some sections of the narration at triple speed - just too cheesy to listen to.

    Any additional comments?

    The book jumped the shark for me when Horowitz resorted to the lamest of plot devices: putting the protagonist out on the highest of tree limbs. He has Holmes set up for murder in the most unHolmesian way - the old "don't be an idiot and go in that door, Oh he went in that door" type of set up. Holmes would never go into that circumstance without utilizing all of his resources, having worked out plans B though F. Horowitz instead had Holmes acting as an B movie idiot. Very disappointing.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The White Lioness: A Kurt Wallander Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The execution-style murder of a Swedish housewife looks like a simple case, except that there is no obvious suspect. Wallander follows a lead on a determined stalker. But when his alibi turns out to be airtight, Wallander begins to realize that what seemed a simple crime of passion is actually far more complex and dangerous. Eventually, his search uncovers an assassination plot, and Wallander soon finds himself in a tangle with the secret police and with a ruthless foreign agent.

    Amelie says: "Great boo."
    "Plodding Tedious Poorly Crafted"
    What disappointed you about The White Lioness?

    From the tedium of the writing to the plotting of the character arcs to the silly insipid contrivances to advance the plot. Writer lacks the basic imagination to go from plot point A to plot point B. Then the repetitive peachiness of the political situation at the time of Mandela and DeClerk. The Author ruined what could have been a first rate thriller..

    Has The White Lioness turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, only this author

    How could the performance have been better?

    Take some acting lessons.

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The White Lioness?

    Too numerous to mention. This work could have be done in 20 chapters.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Carrie's Run: A Homeland Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Andrew Kaplan
    • Narrated By Penelope Rawlins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Expert in recognizing and anticipating behavioral patterns - a skill enhanced by her bipolar disorder she keeps secret to protect her career - Carrie is increasingly certain that a terrorist plot has been set in motion. She risks a shocking act of insubordination that helps her uncover secret evidence connecting Nightingale with Abu Nazir, the leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq. Determined to stop the terrorist mastermind, she embarks on an obsessive quest that will nearly destroy her.

    Gina says: "Hugely disappointing!"
    "Trying to capitalize on the TV series"
    What would have made Carrie's Run better?

    A different writer and narrator. Penelope Rawlins sounds like she is 14, didn't research the narrative - misprounouced Patron and Acela (it's long "O" on Patron, and A-cel-a, not Ace-la). Her male characterization are laughable. The writing is simply lame, again high schoolish, with long redundant descriptions that seems to be written towards word count only.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Andrew Kaplan again?


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    How didn't she. Never use her again, please.

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

    It was cheap.

    Any additional comments?

    Do I need to?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Pirate King: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    As Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes embark on their 11th adventure together, they find themselves immersed in the world of silent filmmaking. Here, the pirates are real—and unlike the shooting done with a camera, this sort can be deadly.

    chris says: "Not my favorite Mary Russell"
    "Why? For the love of God, Why???"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    There is no possible way this deviation from the norm could have been a 4-5 star book. From the boring, laborous extremely long set up to the cardboard cutout supporting characters, the author indeed, to use Holmes words in the being of this drivil, "conducted an experiment". It failed miserably. It got to the point where I was daydreaming, missed some plot, and DIDN'T CARE. Just wanted it to end.

    And end it did, with a abysmal Hollywood wrapup, shallow and contrived. This was simply a "pay the mortgage" piece of work, done purely for revenue or to sastify a contractual obligation.

    What could Laurie R. King have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not write it. That being said, Russell on her own is simply not a strong enough character to carry a plot for such an extended time. It is her interplay with Holmes, much like Nick and Nora, and other detective couples of note, that makes the work have legs. Too little Holmes and all the rest of the trappings sag into tedium. Russell's independence streak becomes annoying, the exigious on the historical milieu become irritating and the pacing become lumbering. Stay true to your original muse, Ms. King and you will create a portfolio to rival and yea, surpass Robert Parker. "Experiment" at your peril.

    Which character – as performed by Jenny Sterlin – was your favorite?

    Holmes. But even he could not save this work.

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Pirate King?

    A third of the first 2/3rds. But then it would have become a short story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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