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CatManda

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  • Broken Harbor: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2341)
    Performance
    (2000)
    Story
    (1986)

    In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.

    Amazon Customer says: "Best in the Series"
    "Discomfort ALL OVER"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes I would, because I really like Tana French as an author. I have been looking forward to reading this book as if being in withdrawal from her terrific stories and characters. I love the Dublinese which is probably easier to listen too for a foreigner than it would be to read. The narration forces me to really work at listening to unfamiliar idioms and the slang. But this story was so very disturbing to me as someone who is in the business of comforting people trying to help them sort through the devastation being wrought by the current economic climate, that I have been haunted since I finished it.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The author has written a story that was meant to be a window and a mirror at the same time. I kept longing for some kind of logical thread to weave through the story, but the author's intention is discomfort. The story is not enjoyable, it is a tragedy as poignant as, Hamlet, Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet. I kept hoping for there to be a demon, some toxic poison lurking in the air, carbon monoxide, poisonous fumes from the tainted brown harbor. I wanted a reasonable explanation for the tragedy, but the expectation of the reader/listener, in the end, is to share everyone's burden of pain and terrible grief.


    What three words best describe Stephen Hogan’s performance?

    Riveting. Commanding. Balanced.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes, probably because I want to meet Mick Kennedy.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a story that may well be true for too many people whose lives are being devastated everyday more and more by the greed and cowardice of a few. My hope and prayer is that the "banksters" who seduce and dupe the inexperienced dreamers will one day be forced to invest in the world's economic recovery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Calculating God

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1881)
    Performance
    (1281)
    Story
    (1293)

    In this Hugo-nominated novel, an alien walks into a museum and asks if he can see a paleontologist. But the arachnid ET hasn't come aboard a rowboat with the Pope and Stephen Hawking (although His Holiness does request an audience later). Landing at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, the spacefarer, Hollus, asks to compare notes on mass extinctions with resident dino-scientist Thomas Jericho.

    Ione says: "Interesting book, very enjoyable narration"
    "WONDERFUL LISTEN"
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    This challenged me on all fronts. I have lots of education, but learned something new with every chapter. When I recommended the book to our librarian she automatically thought it was a religious book and I assured her that this is a BOOK TO OPEN UP YOUR MIND.
    I am grateful to Robert Sawyer for his story of so many possibilities to consider and events to reflect on and visions to stimulate the imagination.

    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
    (6327)
    Performance
    (5762)
    Story
    (5770)

    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"
    "Wonderfully written"
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    When I finished this book I immediately went looking for another novel by Mr. Galbraith. Hopefully Mr. Glenister will be reading another adventure of Cormorant and Robin very soon. His verbiage slides gracefully over the ears and conjures a very precise picture in the mind. Mr Glenister's accented characterizations were perfection. Thank you. I couldn't put it down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Darkest Corner

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Elizabeth Haynes
    • Narrated By David Thorpe, Karen Cass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1135)
    Performance
    (953)
    Story
    (956)

    Catherine has been enjoying the single life for long enough to know a good catch when she sees one. Gorgeous, charismatic, spontaneous – Lee seems almost too perfect to be true. And her friends clearly agree, as each in turn falls under his spell. But there is a darker side to Lee. His erratic, controlling and sometimes frightening behaviour means that Catherine is increasingly isolated. Driven into the darkest corner of her world, and trusting no one, she plans a meticulous escape.

    Betty says: "AN OCD IS STALKED BY A PSYCHOPATH"
    "Couldn't Put it Down"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Into the Darkest Corner to be better than the print version?

    I don't know I haven't read the print version


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

    Yes. It took me a few minutes to get the pattern of going back and forth between the past and the present, but I couldn't put the book down and listened to it through an entire day.
    I thought Hayne's description of the OCD behaviors and the PTSD symptoms were very well done and I honestly believe that this book will be helpful to anyone who suffers from OCD and hasn't sought help.


    What about David Thorpe and Karen Cass ’s performance did you like?

    Loved to listen to Karen Cass's narration, I was continually engaged by her chracterizations and accents. Mr. Thorpe was not as prominent in the narrative, but did a fine job as well.


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

    YES


    Any additional comments?

    I am disappointed that she only has one other book and that it has been given a 3 star rating. I will listen to a sample and decide it it will live up to this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • As the Crow Flies: A Walt Longmire Mystery, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1379)
    Performance
    (1215)
    Story
    (1207)

    Craig Johnson has won multiple awards and earned starred reviews from Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and Kirkus Reviews for his New York Times best-selling Walt Longmire mysteries. Embarking on his eighth adventure in As the Crow Flies, Sheriff Longmire is searching the Cheyenne Reservation for a site to host his daughter’s wedding, when he sees a woman fall to her death. Teaming up with beautiful tribal chief Lolo Long, Walt sets out to investigate the suspicious death.

    B.J. says: "Simply one of my favorite series."
    "MORE MORE MORE PLEASE!"
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    Where does As the Crow Flies rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have listened to all 8 books in the series and found myself, laughing out loud, panting with exhaustion, and tearing up. At the end of this book, I was tearing up with Walt and basking in the goodwill presence of Standing Bear. I am planning on getting my brother started on the series with the first three books as a Christmas gift.


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

    Absolutely. The story is always moving somewhere, exploring some link. The listener is meeting new people, discovering new twists in the sequence of events, and there is that mysterious truck with the elk mounted on the hood.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    He has narrated all of the stories and he is wonderful. He has the nuanced humor of Standing Bear down pat. With his narration I am in the midst of everything that happens. I could practically smell the rotten beer on Mount Rainier.


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

    I read the series, one book right after another. And yes several of them I read in one sitting. This one took a couple of days. I do have to work.


    Any additional comments?

    I find Craig Johnson's characters some of the most winning characters I have ever met, and I am not just talking about Longmire and Standing Bear. It kind of reminds me of that great TV series "Northern Exposure." Every character has a story. Every story in the series has a distinct flavor and every flavor is tasty.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cold Dish: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3376)
    Performance
    (2503)
    Story
    (2500)

    Award-winning author Craig Johnson's critically acclaimed debut Western mystery takes listeners to the breathtaking mountains of Wyoming for a tale of cold-blooded vengeance. Four high-school boys were given suspended sentences for raping a Cheyenne girl. Now, two of the boys have been killed, and only Sheriff Walt Longmire can keep the other two safe.

    Dataman says: "Not Your Ordinary Western Novel (Series)"
    "Thinking of Moving to Wyoming"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I decided to buy the books when I saw the first ad for the TV series called "Longmire" back in May of this year. I sent the list of the books to my brother knowing he might find them interesting too, but having read the first two books and now being in the middle of the 3rd in just one week, I must recommend them. I am devouring the stories. Craig Johnson's prose is not only witty it is compelling, and adrenaline pumping. His characters are absolutely engaging, from sympathetic, to raw. I am just having fun getting to know their monikers. In many ways Longmire reminds me of several of my book heroes...which is just fine, because they are my heroes: Lucas Davenport, Virgil Flowers, Dave Robicheaux, and Hackberry Holland, but Longmire is surrounded by an even more colorful group of compatriots, deputies, potential lovers, living and mystical friends. I am enthralled. I actually thought about what it would be like to live in Wyoming as I read and walked this morning. Indeed I would recommend the series which I have only just begun, because George Guidall brings all these characters to life understanding just how to punch the humor that is so evident in Johnson's writing.


    What other book might you compare The Cold Dish to and why?

    I would compare Johnson's ability to create memorable characters to that of Charles Dickens. These are folks you want to remember. These are folks you want to know. Unlike Clive Cussler there is no sameness in these stories. The plot is immediately different; the characters that dress up the plot are different and even the inanimate objects become characters in the story...like the buffalo rifles in "The Cold Dish" and the old Kaiser automobile in "Death Without Company."


    Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    George Guidall's performance makes me not want to put the audiobook down, but I have to work and sleep sometime.


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

    STUFF REALLY DOES HAPPEN IN WYOMING. or LOOKING FOR MR. LONGMIRE


    Any additional comments?

    I love this series. I hope I don't run out after I read the 8th book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sidney Sheldon's Mistress of the Game

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Sidney Sheldon, Tilly Bagshawe
    • Narrated By Karen Ziemba
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (74)

    In a family rife with secrets - murder, hidden identities, perversions - and a depraved sense of honor, the player who wins the game may be the only one who will survive. Full of the late master's trademark elements - remarkable characters, dazzling plotting, and a page-turning narrative style - this sizzling sequel vividly captures the master's voice and irresistible magic.

    P. C..S. says: "I second the "Disaster" comment"
    "Sidney would turn over in his grave."
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    What would have made Sidney Sheldon's Mistress of the Game better?

    I read Master of the Game years ago and literally could not put the book down. I stayed up all night and read it. This book by Tilly Bagshawe is trash. The characters are petty and irredeemably broken, psychotic, sociopathic, neurotic. The story was anarchistic. The writing is awful.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Sidney Sheldon and Tilly Bagshawe again?

    Not anything by Tilly Bagshawe. I used to read quite a bit of Sidney.


    How could the performance have been better?

    She read too fast, like she was in a terrible hurry to get through the terrible writing. I guess I don't blame her.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Sidney Sheldon's Mistress of the Game?

    The rape and murder scene in South Africa was totally unnecessary. Obviously it was the only thing the author could think of to get her two heroes together. Actually I thought I was listening to an abridged version of the book, since there was really no development of much of anything, just jumping from one fortune made and lost to the next.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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