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Constance

Cruz Bay, Virgin Islands (U.S.) | Member Since 2010

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  • One Fearful Yellow Eye: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (158)

    How to you extort $600,000 from a dying man? Someone had done it very quietly and skilfully to the husband of Travis McGee's ex-girlfriend. McGee flies to Chicago to help untangle the mess and discovers that, although Dr. Fortner Geis had led an exemplary life, there were those who'd take advantage of one "indiscretion" and bring down the whole family. McGee also discovers he likes a few members of the family far too much to let that happen....

    Constance says: "It seems over but then it gets REALLY interesting!"
    "It seems over but then it gets REALLY interesting!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! It's flawlessly constructed.


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

    Travis McGee is brutish and intuitive.


    Which character – as performed by Robert Petkoff – was your favorite?

    Well, this series is all about Travis McGee--a very interesting fellow.


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

    Cant tell you--it would spoil it. :-)


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoy!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Creation in Death: In Death, Book 25

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (755)
    Performance
    (513)
    Story
    (521)

    Eve has seen this crime scene before: the artfully arranged body of a young brunette, arms spread, palms up, body marked by the signs of prolonged and painful torture. Carved into her torso is the time it took her to die - in hours, minutes, and seconds. And on the third finger of her left hand has been placed a silver ring.

    Mary Kelley Oakley says: "Fantastic as usual."
    "Sickening, not entertaining."
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    Would you try another book from J. D. Robb and/or Susan Ericksen?

    Yes. I've been listening to the series & enjoyed it up until now. This one stands out as, well, gruesome.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not for me. The others in the series posed interesting puzzles. This one is something I can't stand to contemplate.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 44 Scotland Street

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Robert Ian Mackenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (527)
    Performance
    (296)
    Story
    (295)

    The brilliant Alexander McCall Smith became an international sensation with his New York Times best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency novels. His award-winning wit, made famous through that series, is fully on display in 44 Scotland Street.

    J. Rogers says: "Smith's answer to Maupin"
    "Dull, laborious & the reader seemed to be eating!"
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    Would you try another book from Alexander McCall Smith and/or Robert Ian Mackenzie?

    I enjoyed Ladies Detective Agency, but this one provoked the question "Why was this written?"


    What was most disappointing about Alexander McCall Smith’s story?

    Didn't care about any of the characters. I found them all dull.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He sounded like he had food in his mouth & was chewing!


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

    Boredom.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a joyous relief to hear the words "The End"!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Keeper of Lost Causes: Department Q, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1542)
    Performance
    (1335)
    Story
    (1334)

    Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award-also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo. Now, Dutton is thrilled to introduce him to America.

    Ted says: "Dark, Cold, and Danish"
    "Complex & disturbing"
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    Would you listen to The Keeper of Lost Causes again? Why?

    Yes, but not right away. Once I started listening, I couldn't stop--eager for the many unsettling threads to somehow resolve. I need a little time & distance from the story. It cast a dark shadow over the mood around me while I was listening to it. I kept thinking, What are they going to do??


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

    The characters are well developed & even though their struggles are not at all commonplace, their situations are easy to relate to. Being shaped by major events in our lives is what gives us all resources & limitations that we may have opportunities to become familiar with.


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

    First one...very good narrator.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It didn't make me laugh or cry but it made me feel constantly unsettled from the first moment I started listening to it.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great read for a time when you really want to get lost in a book--while traveling or on vacation. You won't want to stop.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Postmortem: A Scarpetta Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (879)
    Performance
    (720)
    Story
    (724)

    Four young women have been found murdered—tortured and strangled in their own beds—all victims of the same brilliant monster. Using a skilled hand and the latest technology in forensic medicine, Kay Scarpetta begins the process of gathering the microscopic clues the latest battered body has to give.

    Wayne says: "Serial killer vs Dr. Scarpetta"
    "Relentlessly Gruesome"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Who knows what I would have been doing if I hadn't been listening to this.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Thank God it ended.


    Which character – as performed by C. J. Critt – was your favorite?

    Kay Scarpetta, naturally.


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

    I hope not.


    Any additional comments?

    Well written. I enjoyed the problem-solving attitude throughout. But it was really too detailed, horrible, relentless & frightening for me.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • War and Remembrance

    • UNABRIDGED (56 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    Overall
    (1896)
    Performance
    (1604)
    Story
    (1590)

    Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II, which begins with The Winds of War and continues here in War and Remembrance, stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

    aaron says: "What can I say that hasn't already been said??"
    "A Hard Act to Follow ... now what?"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of War and Remembrance to be better than the print version?

    I only listen to books now.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Pug Henry...He had by far the most interesting life of all...


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

    Well, certainly, he does the heavy lifting of bringing it to life!


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

    ...an interesting family in an interesting time...


    Any additional comments?


    I'm not attracted to war stories. What I love about both Winds of War & War & Remembrance is that the history of WWII plays out as a subtext to personal relationships--family, military, professional, romantic, power, control, individual & global.

    I did not come to this book with curiosity about the details of war, yet many were presented. I don't want to even think in the most general sense that the Holocaust could ever have happened, never mind become immersed & involved with a detailed account of HOW it may have come to pass...what it may have been like to be a Jew in Germany then. Anne Frank told what it was like to experience hiding. Here we have a more explicit account of what went on when one was found. Here we can have a little bit of an idea about the thousand tiny moments that took a Jew from living a normal life to that last moment—naked, with hundreds of others, hearing the bolt on the door. I didn't want to know any of that and it was sickening to contemplate, difficult to get through. I appreciate it as an irrepressible reminder of the cowardice that is complacency & what could be its result. And there is so much more to the story than that!

    This is a work of multidimensional genius. I hate the fact that I've finished it. Now what?? This book makes so many other things I may listen to seem simply trivial.

    28 of 28 people found this review helpful

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