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Atlanta, GA, United States | Member Since 2007

  • 8 reviews
  • 123 ratings
  • 446 titles in library
  • 21 purchased in 2014

  • A Rule against Murder: A Three Pines Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When wealthy, cultured Irene Finney and her four grown-up children arrive at the Manoir Bellechasse in the heat of summer for a memorial for her late husband, the staff springs into action. But as a heat wave gathers strength, old secrets and bitter rivalries begin to surface. And the morning after the ceremony, a body is found. The family now has another member to mourn.

    Sara says: "A Summer Mystery"

    Louise Penny is an obviously skilled writer, but many of her characters' actions require much credulity of the reader. I regret I cannot be as enthusiastic as previous reviewers.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Aimee Bender
    • Narrated By Aimee Bender
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    On the eve of her ninth birthday, unassuming Rose Edelstein, a girl at the periphery of schoolyard games and her distracted parents' attention, bites into her mother's homemade lemon-chocolate cake and discovers she has a magical gift: she can taste her mother's emotions in the cake. She discovers this gift to her horror, for her mother - her cheerful, good-with-crafts, can-do mother - tastes of despair and desperation.

    Victoria says: "I'm Going to Read the Actual Book"
    "Thoughtful novel; clear reader"

    Unlike other reviewers, I liked the author's reading. She speaks clearly and does not over-act the characters. This leaves more to the listener's imagination and calls more attention to the carefully crafted words. However, I advise other customers to try the audio preview to decide for themselves.

    The novel itself is one of the best I've read/heard in the past year.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Cert

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Dick Francis
    • Narrated By Tony Britton

    Three jockeys warned not to win their races turned into also-rans. Bill died when the sure-footed Admiral fell, Joe was scared rotten, and Alan York became the target of a vicious gang. But he wanted revenge and to hell with the risk.

    Holly says: "excellent"
    "A decent mystery novel"

    This is a well-written mystery, and I will likely try the next book by this author.

    Unlike the previous reviewer, I thought Tony Britton reads rather well. The "crying, drunken man" character is perhaps excessive, but it is a tiny fraction of the total narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Heaven

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By C. J. Box
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A 12-year-old girl and her younger brother go on the run in the woods of northern Idaho, pursued by four men they have just watched commit murder - four men who know exactly who the children are, and where their desperate mother is waiting patiently by the phone for news of her children's fate.

    Holly Helscher says: "Interesting Mystery"
    "Flawed but entertaining"

    The plot has a brisk tempo and kept me interested. However, there are some flaws that may deter me from buying more books by this author.

    The chief problem is that the characters' actions are simply illogical. When confronted with problems, they do not try the most obvious solutions that normal people would attempt. (I must be vague to avoid revealing any plot.) This makes the characters less believable and the story unrealistic.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Entertaining story, but nothing special."

    It kept me amused during a long drive. I don't regret buying this audiobook, but will not buy anything else by this author.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Sharpe's Tiger: Book I of the Sharpe Series

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    1799. As the British Army fights its way through India toward a diabolical trap, the young and illiterate private Richard Sharpe must battle both man and beast behind enemy lines, in an attempt to push the ruthless Tippoo of Mysore from his throne and drive his French allies out of India.

    Angela says: "Believe the Hype!"
    "Good story; bad reader"

    It's unfortunate that there is not an alternate recording of this novel. Frederick Davidson has done excellent readings of other novels. But in this one, he is a serious detriment to the story.

    It may not be so apparent from the sample recording, but Davidson chooses an oily, languid, effete tone for the third person narrator. He lazily draaaaws out syllables and ends phrases with rising inflections, making them sound like questions?

    Perhaps he intends to portray some cynicism of the main character, but he really goes too far. An otherwise gripping first battle scene sounds almost satirical.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John le Carre
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson

    George Smiley, one of the most brilliant spies in the world, is chosen to dig out a mole and destroy him. And so Smiley embarks on his blind night walk, retracing path after path into his own past - its aliases, covers, sleights of hand - burrowing into the dust of unresolved episodes.

    Valerie says: "Wonderful story that exercises the intellect"
    "Bad audio quality for the first hour or so"

    Audio quality is terrible for the first hour or so, but it is acceptable for the rest of the book.

    The story itself is excellent -- le Carre at his best.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Highest Tide: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Jim Lynch
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    One moonlit night, 13-year-old Miles O'Malley slips out of his house, packs up his kayak, and goes exploring on the flats of Puget Sound. But what begins as an ordinary hunt for starfish, snails, and clams is soon transformed by an astonishing sight: a beached giant squid. As the first person to ever see a giant squid alive, the speed-reading, Rachel Carson-obsessed insomniac instantly becomes a local curiosity.

    J. Huebert says: "13 going on 30"
    "Okay story, but disappointing reader"

    I usually don't pay too much attention to the readers of audiobooks, but this one almost ruined the experience for me. He speaks with exaggerated, unnatural inflections. At times he sounds like a TV commercial (one can imagine him saying,"Try new FlavorFresh(TM)!"). At other times, he sounds like he is telling camp stories to first graders ("and THEN, the scaaaaary monster JUMPED out of the closet!!").

    I found this reading strangely incongruous because the narrator in the novel is supposed to be an introspective and thoughtful thirteen year old.

    The novel was otherwise enjoyable, so I was almost tempted to just buy the paperback version.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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