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D

Aliso Viejo, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Art Forger

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By B. A. Shapiro
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (706)
    Performance
    (611)
    Story
    (616)

    Making a living reproducing famous artworks for a popular online retailer and desperate to improve her situation, Claire is lured into a Faustian bargain with Aiden Markel, a powerful gallery owner. She agrees to forge a painting - a Degas masterpiece stolen from the Gardner Museum - in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery. But when that very same long-missing Degas painting is delivered to Claire's studio, she begins to suspect that it may itself be a forgery. Her desperate search for the truth leads Claire into a labyrinth of deceit where secrets hidden since the late 19th century may be the only evidence that can now save her life.

    Cynthia says: "The Art Forger"
    "Engrossing forage into art forgery and intrigue"
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    This a page turner throughout: a fascinating, imperiled protagonist, plenty of twists, and good pacing. The background on art forgery, Boston, and museum politics is enlightening and never extraneous to the character's perspective. As an oil painter, I also appreciated the artistic vision of the characters, as well as the personal history of famous painters which wove throughout the story.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8675)
    Performance
    (7958)
    Story
    (7964)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "A Pulitzer??????????????"
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    What is the story line? A 9/11 parallel of a boy orphaned in a New York explosion? A Holden Caulfield coming of age? A John Travolta story of drugs, foul language, and Russian mafia? A Thelma & Louise adventure across several continents? And at the end, deep philosophical insight from a main character whom 700 pages revealed as totally shallow?
    The sole constant throughout was a stolen painting, which made cameo appearances at the beginning, middle, and end. It could never served as a connecting theme or driving force. I didn't find any such structure.
    Would it have worked as a picaresque novel? That requires a main character of consistent or believable evolution of personality, with a spark that captures our interest. The closest this book came was Boris, a lesser figure who showed life and led the action (nearly the only action) when he appeared.
    Because of the beginning, I kept listening, hoping to find a consistent theme, character development, or some explanation for the book's high esteem. I wish I had pulled the plug when I first questioned investing my time on this work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Class Action: The Landmark Case That Changed Sexual Harassment Law

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Clara Bingham, Laura Leedy Gansler
    • Narrated By Gabrielle De Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    When the local iron mine began hiring women in 1975, Lois Jenson, a single mother on welfare, didn't think twice about accepting the grueling but well-paid job. What she hadn't considered was that she was entering a male-dominated society that fiercely resisted the inclusion of women, a prejudice born out in the brutal harassment of every female miner.

    Ron says: "infuriating"
    "Women's struggle to be safe at work and in courts"
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    This is a detailed history of the abuse of the first women mineworkers by their fellow workers and then by the court system. Thanks to the women who brought legal action, sexual and physical abuse of women is far less rampant in the workplace. But the legal system remains abusive. Just ask injured workers who file for workers comp and are harassed, denied care for years, and further injured by insurance carriers, who control the "legal" system.
    Society owns a great debt to the women who sacrificed their lives to eliminate physical, sexual, and financial abuse from the workplace.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Watching You

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (382)
    Performance
    (345)
    Story
    (346)

    Marnie Logan often feels like she's being watched: A warm breath on the back of her neck, or a shadow in the corner of her eye that vanishes when she turns her head. She has reason to be frightened. Her husband Daniel has inexplicably vanished, and the police have no leads in the case. Without proof of death or evidence of foul play, she can't access his bank accounts or his life insurance. Depressed and increasingly desperate, she seeks the help of clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin.

    bernadette says: "Wow!"
    "Psychologically Fascinating"
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    The psychological theme and twists throughout kept me engrossed, even though the story was a Perils of Pauline. What is the reality? Each major character has a very different interpretation. In the end, the creepy explanation was somewhat farfetched, but it made for good reading nonetheless.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Janus Stone

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Elly Griffiths
    • Narrated By Jane McDowell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (181)

    Forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway is called in to investigate when builders, demolishing a large old house in Norwich to make way for a housing development, uncover the bones of a child beneath a doorway - minus the skull. Is it some ritual sacrifice or just plain straightforward murder? DCI Harry Nelson would like to find out - and fast.

    Sara says: "Return to Salt Marsh & Mysterious Archeology"
    "Modern Mythology"
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    This mystery combines mythological history, anthropology, and intriguing setting with fascinating characters. Extremely well-written, it is hard to put down. The theme is certainly unusual, as is the heroine, a forensic anthropologist.
    I found it thoroughly enjoyable and on par with mysteries by Louise Penny and Dorothy Sayers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cricket on the Hearth

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    Overall
    (2853)
    Performance
    (2394)
    Story
    (2420)

    The holidays are upon us, and this year Audible is very happy to present to our members one of Charles Dickens’ most popular Christmas stories, The Cricket on the Hearth. This holiday classic (original subtitle: “A Fairy Tale of Home”) tells the innocent, picturesque, and charming story of a poor family and their would-be guardian angel; in short, a delightful vision of Victorian Christmas. As always, a great story calls for a great voice, so we’ve brought in legendary actor and record-breaking Audie and Grammy award-winning narrator Jim Dale (The Night Circus). Happy holidays and happy listening!

    Benedict says: "One of the best stories about Men and Women ..."
    "Sheer Delight"
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    Thank you, Audible, for this Christmas membership gift.
    I don't recall reading such lyricism from Dickens before. His poetry sings. I couldn't refrain from smiling. His words bubbled forth with such joy.
    I shall listen to this several times: The gift that keeps on giving.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dangerous Fortune

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2459)
    Performance
    (1157)
    Story
    (1173)

    In 1866 tragedy strikes at the exclusive Windfield School when a mysterious accident takes the life of a student. Among the student's circle of friends are Hugh Pilaster; Hugh's older cousin Edward, dissolute heir to the Pilaster banking fortune; and Micky Miranda, the handsome son of a brutal South American oligarchy. The death and its aftermath begin the spiraling circle of treachery that will span three decades and entwine many lives.

    Rebecca says: "Predictable Fun"
    "Not His Usual Page Turner"
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    This is not his usual mystery or international spy thriller. It is part parlor intrigue,part romance novel. I kept reading, expecting bigger action. A third of the way through, that hasn't happened yet. I gave it three stars based using the genre I hoped it would be when I chose it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adam

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Ted Dekker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (363)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (115)

    FBI behavioral psychologist Daniel Clark has been made famous by his argument that religion is one of society's greatest antagonists. What Daniel doesn't know is that his obsessive pursuit of a serial killer - known only as "Eve" - will end in his own death at Eve's hand. Twenty minutes later Daniel is resuscitated, only to be haunted by those 20 missing minutes.

    Roy says: "Adam"
    "Wild & Disconnected"
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    Even in fantasies I want some reality. I can embrace Near Death Experiences(NDEs) and exorcism, but I want the everyday to be connected. When out of cell tower range so that the heroine can't call for help, how can she call a priest? There were many such discrepancies. And locating the killer by means of the hero's having several NDEs was over the top. And then we have his possession by the Devil in the killer.
    To me, the book lacked unifying flow of story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Farthing: Small Change, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jo Walton
    • Narrated By John Keating, Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (169)

    One summer weekend in 1949 - but not our 1949 - the well-connected "Farthing set", a group of upper-crust English families, enjoy a country retreat. Lucy is a minor daughter in one of those families; her parents were both leading figures in the group that overthrew Churchill and negotiated peace with Herr Hitler eight years before....

    Nancy J says: "It Couldn't Happen Here, Right? RIGHT?"
    "No Tea Cozy!"
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    "Farthing" starts like a tea cozy. As it continues, World political influences come into play as Hitler, fear of Jews and Bolsheviks play out on the British upper class potentates. As it ends, Farthing becomes a commentary on all of us, on morality, on the tradeoffs we make- while still retaining the book's character as a period mystery. It is so much more. And so beautifully transitioned

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10616)
    Performance
    (5850)
    Story
    (5893)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "One of the best novels of all time"
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    This is one of the richest, deepest, most beautifully written novels I've ever read. It is quirky, amusing, works on various levels, about truth, zoology, coping gracefully with the difficulties of life, different cultures, etc. It is so rich in so many ways & so delightful I hardly know what to say.
    Like many of us, Pi is a student of both science & religion. When his parents object to his becoming a Christian, a Hindu & a Muslim simultaneously, he simply says, "I just want to love God."
    Pi is about Truth, which is not absolute, but which as quantum physics has documented, is a matter of one viewer's perspective at one moment in time. Pi's life is narrated in an engaging, delightful, a deeply meaningful manner.
    I will be thinking this book over for a long time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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