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Andre

Ithaca, NY, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • Midnight's Children

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Salman Rushdie
    • Narrated By Lyndam Gregory
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (633)
    Performance
    (416)
    Story
    (406)

    Salman Rushdie holds the literary world in awe with a jaw-dropping catalog of critically acclaimed novels that have made him one of the world's most celebrated authors. Winner of the prestigious Booker of Bookers, Midnight's Children tells the story of Saleem Sinai, born on the stroke of India's independence.

    Marc-Fr says: "Outstanding book, superb narration"
    "Slightly flawed masterpiece"
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    The writing style is superb. The delivery is superb. The only problem is in the "plot"; a weird mixture of history and fantasy. Also, it goes on for too long in a number of places. But it is a real pleasure to listen to, and I could not imagine a better verbal rendition of it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Big Little Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3079)
    Performance
    (2819)
    Story
    (2818)

    Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

    Joanne M. McGowan says: "I didn't want to press the stop button!"
    "'Murder' Mystery?"
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    This book's description sounds like an exciting murder mystery. However, after 11 out of the 16 hour total for its reading, no murder has yet been committed; let alone the search for the murderer. Instead, it consists of a very long, tedious, soap opera. It is full of the concerns, antagonisms, agonies and politicking of mothers in a small town in Australia. For people addicted to daytime soaps, it might be a great listen. For others, it's a real bore.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Undone

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (757)
    Performance
    (600)
    Story
    (595)

    In her latest suspense masterpiece, Karin Slaughter weaves together moving, powerful human stories of characters as real as they are complex and unforgettable. At the same time she has crafted a work of dazzling storytelling and spine-tingling mystery - as three people, with their own wounds and their own secrets, are all that stand between a madman and his next crime.

    Kara says: "SERIES IN WRONG ORDER!!!!!!"
    "Overdone story"
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    This books is written very poorly, and read with unnecessary emphasis. The situations are gross exaggerations of items that might be used in a much better written story. I found it totally disgusting; a waste of time and money.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rebus: Strip Jack - Saturday Drama, Complete (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 54 mins)
    • By Ian Rankin, Chris Nolan (adaptation)
    • Narrated By Ron Donachie
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Ron Donachie stars in this two-part dramatisation of Ian Rankin's crime thriller set in Edinburgh and the Highlands in 1992. Inspector Rebus is investigating the death of an MP's wife when an Edinburgh man confesses to the murder of two women. Rebus, however, is not convinced. Much to his superior's dismay, Rebus ignores the confession and disappears north to investigate a wild party deep in the Scottish countryside.

    Andre says: "Radio drama"
    "Radio drama"
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    I found it hopeless to listen to this story. It was 'dramatized'; but it was impossible to tell who was speaking, or what was going on, at any one time. The plot might very well be a good one, but I was quite unable to find out what it was or how the detective ("Rebus") was going about his business.

    1 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
    (10223)
    Performance
    (9354)
    Story
    (9375)

    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"
    "Over-rated"
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    This is a novel with a reasonable plot, but is burdened by excessive descriptions of violence and dissolution. The protagonist acts abominably; and then is rescued into good deeds at the end by ridiculous connivance. The book also suffers from an enormous load of pseudo-philosophical twaddle at the end. I could hardly wait to finish it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Headhunters

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Steve West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (361)
    Performance
    (299)
    Story
    (302)

    Roger Brown is a corporate headhunter, and he’s a master of his profession. But one career simply can’t support his luxurious lifestyle and his wife’s fledgling art gallery. At an art opening one night he meets Clas Greve, who is not only the perfect candidate for a major CEO job, but also, perhaps, the answer to his financial woes: Greve just so happens to mention that he owns a priceless Peter Paul Rubens painting that’s been lost since World War II - and Roger Brown just so happens to dabble in art theft.

    Matt says: "Dragon Tattoo(esque)....but......"
    "A dreadul story"
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    This disgusting book is entirely about dysfunctional, abominable people. I was hoping that the protagonist (the head hunter) would meet his come-uppance at the end; but the author was not even kind in that regard. I cannot imagine how it came to be highly regarded by others.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Involuntary Witness: Guido Guerrieri Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Gianrico Carofiglio
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (794)
    Performance
    (693)
    Story
    (695)

    A nine-year-old boy is found murdered at the bottom of a well near a popular beach resort in southern Italy. In what looks like a hopeless case for Guido Guerrieri, a Senegalese peddler is accused of the crime. Faced with small-town racism, Guido attempts to exploit the esoteric workings of the Italian courts. The voice of Sean Barrett brings this gritty Italian detective series to life.

    dumbclub says: "Excellence"
    "Fascinating courtroom scenes"
    Overall
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    This book contains a fascinating courtroom drama, and is well worth listening to for that reason. However it also pays much too much attention to the psychological difficulties of the hero, his wife, and coming girlfriend Some listeners may enjoy the exposure of human weaknesses; I found it tedious and not interesting.
    In its favor, the reader does a superb job with accents and intonations.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Total Control

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Jonathan Marosz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (738)
    Performance
    (617)
    Story
    (632)

    Sidney Archer has the world. A husband she loves. A job at which she excels, and a cherished young daughter. Then, as a plane plummets into the Virginia countryside, everything changes. And suddenly there is no one whom Sidney Archer can trust.

    Rachel says: "Go back to your old narrator!!"
    "Reasonable plot, unbelievable people"
    Overall
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    The plot of this novel is interesting, and to a small extent believable. The big drawback is in presentation of the personalities of the heroine, and of others. The narrative flips rapidly between presenting her as a super-woman, able to fight and best some evil men, and a weak, emotional wife and mother. There is no real development of character in this story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Think of a Number: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By John Verdon
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (446)
    Performance
    (311)
    Story
    (311)

    Arriving in the mail over a period of weeks are taunting letters that end with a simple declaration: “Think of any number…picture it…now see how well I know your secrets.” Amazingly, those who comply find that the letter writer has predicted their random choice exactly. For Dave Gurney, just retired as the NYPD’s top homicide investigator and forging a new life with his wife, Madeleine, in upstate New York, the letters are oddities that begin as a diverting puzzle but quickly ignite a massive serial murder investigation.

    Kelley says: "Fresh and Frightening!"
    "Plot or Psychology"
    Overall
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    This novelists spends very much more time with murky, unbelievable "psychology" than with the plot as such. It is very hard to see where the story is going, while we are asked to agonize over the inner feelings and uncertainties of just about every character in the story. OK for compulsive worriers, but not much use for ordinary readers (listeners).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Case Histories: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Atkinson
    • Narrated By Susan Jameson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (559)
    Performance
    (379)
    Story
    (383)

    Case One: A little girl goes missing in the night. Case Two: A beautiful young office worker falls victim to a maniac's apparently random attack. Case Three: A new mother finds herself trapped in a hell of her own making - with a very needy baby and a very demanding husband - until a fit of rage creates a grisly, bloody escape.

    Carrie says: "Deftly written, completely original mystery"
    "Beautifully read murder mystery"
    Overall
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    While the story is read beautifully, in the end it is quite disappointing. Four disappearances/murders are carefully described. A hero appears who is determined to find the villains who did them, and the writeup promises that they will all be surprisingly related. But by the end of the book only one case is resolved, and no relationship is shown with any of the other cases. Basically, the writing just peters out, giving a very blah impression.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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