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Annie H

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  • Dust: Kay Scarpetta, Book 21

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (885)
    Performance
    (769)
    Story
    (764)

    After working one of the worst mass killings in U.S. history, Scarpetta returns home to Cambridge, Massachusetts. Exhausted and ill, she's recovering at home when she receives an unsettling call. The body of a young woman has been discovered on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's rugby field. The victim, a graduate student named Gail Shipman, is oddly draped in ivory linen and posed in a way that is too deliberate to be the killer's first strike.

    MARRILEE says: "Part Great, Part Tired"
    "A Disappointed Fan"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend. The characters are the same and have not evolved. Kay is worried about Lucy; Kay is arguing with Marino; Kay loves Benton but he's distant. The plot is boring and flat and I had to listen to the first 10 chapters or so three times before I almost cared about the story line. Basically, it did not "grab" me like some of her prior books.


    What could Patricia Cornwell have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Have Kay do something other than "stew" and "worry" about what everyone else is doing. Come up with an intriguing story that makes me want to go on to the next chapter. Give the villain or killer some depth. Finally, the mention of Newtown was unnecessary and gratuitous.


    What aspect of Kate Reading’s performance would you have changed?

    I like the way Kate Reading changes accents and voices for each character and I've liked her performances in the past. She seems as bored performing this book as I was listening to it.


    Could you see Dust being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    In its present form? Absolutely not!


    Any additional comments?

    I was very disappointed in this book. Sometimes I re-listen certain books later on but I don't think I'll be doing that with "Dust." In fact, about half-way into the book I started to "dust" the furniture to amuse myself. A sign of a lackluster story for sure.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (9300)
    Performance
    (8386)
    Story
    (8402)

    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"
    "Fantastic Book"
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    If you could sum up The Cuckoo's Calling in three words, what would they be?

    I would say "fascinating" "intriguing" "funny"


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cormoran Strike tops my list. His character is written so well that you can visualize what he looks like. He's funny, irreverent, hard-nosed and clever. I like that in a PI.


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

    Robert Glenister gives all of the characters life. He is a terrific performer and is so enthusiastic about the material that I was caught up in the excitement of it all.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I had to put it down to go to sleep but did so reluctantly.


    Any additional comments?

    JK Rowling did a fabulous job with this book and I hope she has more of them up her sleeve!

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