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Bruce

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada | Member Since 2002

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  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Joanne Fluke
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    Overall
    (287)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (162)

    In her first foray into the sleuthing game, resourceful, red-headed Hannah Swensen must find the right ingredients to solve two perplexing murders. One chilly morning on her way to The Cookie Jar, Hannah discovers Ron, the dairy delivery man, shot dead in his truck. When she begins to investigate, she suspects the dairy owner. But when he, too, is murdered, Hannah must look further afield for the culprit.

    Kay says: "so disappointed ..."
    "Funny, inoffensive, light murder"
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    What did you love best about Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder?

    It's hard to pin it down to one or two things. I like Ms. Fluke's fun, inoffensive style. Even though there's murder involved (and I'm a big murder mystery fan), this series of books provides a light, enjoyable, good-natured read. It's nice, too, to read a book that doesn't resort to five expletives on every line. As a guy, I'm surprised I like this book as much as I do, but there's no denying it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder?

    I think that would be the lead-up to, and the finding of the second body. You kind of know it's about to happen, but you're still caught up in how exactly it does happen.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I think any scenes involving the child Tracey are my favorite.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The Antedote to Low-Fat Gore


    Any additional comments?

    The narration in this book is also terrific. My only complaint is that the narrator has a slight problem keeping her different voices consistent. But that's okay, she still does a terrific job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Time and Again

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs)
    • By Jack Finney
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (384)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (302)

    Transported from the mid-twentieth century to New York City in the year 1882, Si Morley walks the fashionable "Ladies' Mile" of Broadway, is enchanted by the jingling sleigh bells in Central Park, and solves a 20th-century mystery by discovering its 19th-century roots. Falling in love with a beautiful young woman, he ultimately finds himself forced to choose between his lives in the present and the past. A story that will remain in the listener's memory, Time and Again is a remarkable blending of the troubled present and a nostalgic past....

    Mark says: "Best time travel novel; my very favorite audiobook"
    "A Gripping Time Travel Saga with a Few Weak Elemen"
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    Where does Time and Again rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would put this book in the top twenty percent of the audiobooks I've listened to so far, though just where in that twenty percent might vary from day to day. Once I really got into it, I couldn't put the book down. And the narrator is incredibly easy to listen to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Time and Again?

    I've often wondered what someone from the past would think of our modern world. The telling of Julia's experiences in the twentieth century does a nice job, I feel, of dealing with that question, and that had to be the most memorable moment for me.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    See my answer to the previous question as, in this case, "most memorable" equals "favorite".


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A Time Traveler with Ethics


    Any additional comments?

    My only gripe with the plot is that I fel the idea of time travel through hypnosis is a bit corny. It almost had me thinking unfavorably about the book at first: I was going to finish it because I wanted to know how it ended. But once I got past that issue, I found myself carried away by the story, and I can understand why Stephen King, in his comments at the end of 11/22/63, praised this book as much as he did. I highly recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17692)
    Performance
    (15731)
    Story
    (15683)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Would Changing the Past Improve the Future?"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is superb. If you like science fiction, it has it; if you're into romance, it has that, too; if you're into philosophy, it delivers. If you like action, it's not nonstop but it's there. And if you like humor, it's got some of that too.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Where does one start? I like King's attention to detail, I like his making the characters very human, and I love stories about time travel, paradoxes and temporal conflict.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The narrator is a very good reader, and he clearly understand the material, which is important in good narration. I hate to publicly criticize someone for their voice, because it seems like a hugely unfair criticism, but this narrator's voice is difficult for me to get used to.


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

    The very ending of the book was moving to me. I don't want to give it away, so all I'll say is that King had originally planned a different ending, but he took his son's advice and changed it. I think this was a very wise decision, and I very much liked the result.


    Any additional comments?

    This book has me very hungry for more books like it. In my view, if a book can do that, it's a winner. King depicts the "land of Ago", as he calls it, very interestingly, pointing out its good and its bad points. I also was fascinated by the portrayal (I won't go into any detail) of what the world would be like had JFK not been murdered. I also like the fact that the main character, writing in the first person, is an English teacher. Being a grammar freak, this means I could read more of the book without cringing over improper usage in the narration itself, something all to common in modern writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (6379)
    Performance
    (5810)
    Story
    (5818)

    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"
    "A Very Good Mystery"
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    Would you listen to The Cuckoo's Calling again? Why?

    I would. The narration is excellent, the plot is gripping, and the story is well-told. It's also complex enough that, in time, I'll have forgotten much of it so will enjoy it again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Robin: smart, funny, tactful, very human.


    What about Robert Glenister’s performance did you like?

    A good narrator understand the material he or she is reading. This was very much in evidence in this book. If you come away from a good read feeling that many of the characters actually ahve the voices the narrator has given them, it speaks volumes for the narrator.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Beware of Falling Bodies


    Any additional comments?

    Some have compared this book to the work of P.D. James. I don't think this is at all an appropriate comparison. The heroes are very different, as is the writing style.

    My only gripe with this book is that if feels as though the author, not able to use profanity in the Harry Potter books, is trying to make up for list time in this book. I'm no prude, but I do feel that more profanity is used in this book than is necessary for realism.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Because I Said So!: The Truth Behind the Myths, Tales, and Warnings Every Generation Passes Down to Its Kids

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Ken Jennings
    • Narrated By Ken Jennings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (106)

    Ken Jennings is here to tell us that mother and father didn't always know best. Yes, all those years you were told not to sit too close to the television (you'll go blind!), or swallow your gum (it stays in your stomach for seven years!), or crack your knuckles (arthritis!) are called into question by our country's leading trivia guru. Jennings separates myth from fact to humorously debunk a wide variety of parental edicts: no swimming after meals, sit up straight, don't talk to strangers, you'll get worms from cookie dough, and so on.

    Kelsey says: "Loved this book!"
    "A very fun read."
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    Where does Because I Said So! rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the most fun books I've read in a long time, I'd call it informingly entertaining.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the fact that the book was well-researched without taking itself too seriously.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    This not being a novel, there were no scenes as such. It's difficult to pick a favorite section.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    You paid eight bucks to see an informational video?


    Any additional comments?

    Since this isn't a novel, a lot of the questions don't really apply. But this really was a tremendous book. Jennings reads his own book very well, if slightly more quickly than I would have liked. Clearly, he has done careful research to be as accurate as he can be, so while I wouldn't regard the book as a textbook, it is still, I think, a good secondary source. Children will get a sense of why parents say the things they do, and parents may be able to laugh at themselves a little and be a little more realistic in their pronouncements. If you are neither parent or child, this book will still put a smile on your face.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Naked in Death: In Death, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4101)
    Performance
    (2370)
    Story
    (2386)

    Eve Dallas is a New York police lieutenant hunting for a ruthless killer. In over 10 years on the force, she's seen it all - and knows that her survival depends on her instincts. And she's going against every warning telling her not to get involved with Roarke, an Irish billionaire - and suspect in Eve's murder investigation. But passion and seduction have rules of their own, and it's up to Eve to take a chance in the arms of a man she knows nothing about - except the addictive hunger of needing his touch.

    Felicity Fairchild says: "Don't Judge the Series by the First Book!"
    "Lots of Hormones Held Together with a Weak Plot"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A stronger plot that wasn't so easy to dissect, removing the hormonal passages that didn't move the story forward


    Has Naked in Death turned you off from other books in this genre?

    If the genre were steamingly meaningless sex, I was never onto it in the first place. If the genre is mystery thrillers, the book is a very poor example.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Susan Ericksen?

    Yes. The narration was very good, though it exhibited some examples of sloppy editing.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. My girlfriend is big on the series, so I had been hoping for some good mystery that we could enjoy together.


    Any additional comments?

    If what you're looking for is a lot of meaningless sex, I suppose this book is as good as any. I can't imagine women being attracted to books where an aggressive, domineering male who refuses to take no for an answer is just what the female lead has wanted, but then again, I'm not a woman.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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