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Anne

WARWICK, NY, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (9272)
    Performance
    (8362)
    Story
    (8377)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Great Mystery"
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    What did you love best about The Cuckoo's Calling?

    I loved the characterization of each person, the plots with it's twists and turns, and the intelligence with which it was rendered.


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

    The plot was intriguing because many different facets of the mystery were exposed amidst the sub plots which included the personal lives of the main characters.


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

    Each character had a different voice and it was easy to tell who was speaking even without the written clues. There was no difficulty understanding the ends of sentences like other novels I have listened to and despite the unfamiliar accents I could understand every word. The orator definitely brings a level of excitement and authenticity to the story, as if you are living inside it.


    9 of 11 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
    (12478)
    Performance
    (11293)
    Story
    (11319)

    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"
    "One of the Best Books I've Read!"
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    Where does The Goldfinch rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This would have to be #1 because of it's unusual subject matter, the absorbing manner in which is was written and the driving plot.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hobie was my favorite character. In the midst of chaos, sadness, and uncertainty, he was always loving, caring, and stalwart.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were so many terrific scenes but I would have to pick the one where Theo is in the hotel room ill, confused, and contemplating suicide and his sudden revelation which led to his decision to change the way he perceived his life.


    Any additional comments?

    There is action for the plot junkies, philosophy for the thinkers, colorful characters for the romantics, and vivid descriptions for the poets, enabling one to have an all absorbing,unforgettable experience

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7247)
    Performance
    (6484)
    Story
    (6490)

    Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliff-hanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens. Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries.

    Hallie says: "Even better than A Discovery of Witches"
    "Intriguing"
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    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed feeling like I was back in Medieval times and how the author described the complexities of the relationships between the different "creatures." It was interesting to see how the plot unraveled and it constantly kept my attention. I am looking forward to the final book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Theft of Swords: Riyria Revelations, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6404)
    Performance
    (5878)
    Story
    (5879)

    Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

    AudioAddict says: "And I didn't think I liked fantasies..."
    "Lots of dashing good fun!"
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    What did you love best about Theft of Swords?

    Story was fun and a good escape from reality.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Theft of Swords?

    I loved when Riyria met the monk and later found out they displaced him for the night to a totally burned out building.


    Which character – as performed by Tim Gerard Reynolds – was your favorite?

    The monk


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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