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Erica Aitken

Santa Cruz, CA | Member Since 2009

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  • 33 reviews
  • 45 ratings
  • 399 titles in library
  • 37 purchased in 2014
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  • A Trick of the Light: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1143)
    Performance
    (984)
    Story
    (979)

    “Hearts are broken,” Lillian Dyson carefully underlined in a book. “Sweet relationships are dead.” But now Lillian herself is dead. Found among the bleeding hearts and lilacs of Clara Morrow's garden in Three Pines, shattering the celebrations of Clara's solo show at the famed Musée in Montreal.

    barbara says: "Amazing"
    "Such a pleasure to have her back!"
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    Louise Penny's Inspecteur Gamache stories are wonderful in their civility, humor, and consistency. The stories are always riveting and the characters have become good friends. She writes well and with a heart. The strength of her books are more in the conflicts between people than in graphic and violent scenes so often found in other mystery series. Just like kids who would give anything to go to Hogwart, I would give anything to live in Three Pines. A Trick of the LIght is as good as her previous novels and, as always, it will be difficult to put the earbuds down.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Place: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan, Lara Hutchinson
    Overall
    (973)
    Performance
    (874)
    Story
    (867)

    "The Secret Place", a board where the girls at St Kilda's School can pin up their secrets anonymously, is normally a mishmash of gossip and covert cruelty, but today someone has used it to reignite the stalled investigation into the murder of handsome, popular Chris Harper. Stephen joins forces with the abrasive Detective Antoinette Conway to find out who and why.

    Jim says: "CAN NOT UNDERSTAND HALF THE BOOK (AUDIO)"
    "Felt like a piece of the past!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Secret Place to be better than the print version?

    Several times, I considered giving up the audio version to go to print. There are some beautiful passages in the book that don't come across well when read, especially by the female voice. The dialog emulates teen speak and, hello, I tote would have been down to see what that looks like in print.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Aw, I'm a fan of Stephen Moran. I liked Holly very much and also Celina.


    What about Stephen Hogan and Lara Hutchinson ’s performance did you like?

    Stephen Hogan gives me the impression that he is Stephen Moran. He's very good, a great performer, and spares us the squeaky voices when he reads a woman's part. Lara Hutchinson was on the wrong side of creepy cute and that was annoying. But what a challenge, this book. She managed not to bug me too much with the teenspeak.


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

    No. Too long. But I came close. Picked up the buds at the slightest opportunity.


    Any additional comments?

    Tana French knows these girls. And so do I. I didnt' go to a boarding school but a lot of the issues, the way they support each other and the way they destroy one another, rang many many bells. Well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Emma's Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Steena Holmes
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (163)

    For two years, Megan, Peter, and their two older daughters, Alexis and Hannah, dream of nothing but being reunited with the family’s youngest child, Emma, who was kidnapped just before her third birthday. When Emma is miraculously found living with an elderly couple just miles from the family’s home, they are hopeful that her return will heal the wounds her disappearance created. But Emma is vastly different from the sunny toddler they remember. She barely remembers her parents or her older sisters. She is quiet and withdrawn, and, worst of all, longs for the very people who kidnapped her.

    Vickie says: "Too Dramatic!"
    "Whiny, empty, boring"
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    What would have made Emma's Secret better?

    A plot and better character development. The main person in the story, Megan, is shallow and annoying. The author uses the tired technique of going back in forth between protagonists none of which has anything to say.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I will not take a risk next time and listen to something from a familiar author and narrator.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Kate Rudd?

    I won't look for one but I won't avoid it either.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to the reviews. And if there are none, well, bite the bullet.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Desolation Row

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Kay Kendall
    • Narrated By Tatiana Gomberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    It's 1968. The Cold War is hot, the Vietnam War is raging, and the women's movement is beating a far-distant drum. When Austin Starr's husband decides to protest the war by emigrating from Texas to Canada, she goes along, with the biblical dictate of "whither-thou-goest I will go" ringing in her ears... No activist herself, Austin is homesick, drowning in culture shock, and now, her husband has been accused of murdering a fellow draft resister, the black-sheep son of a U.S. Senator.

    Kay Finch says: "Lots of Tension"
    "Fluffy story read by a 21st century valley girl"
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    This story is predictable and light, with a good dose of Canada bashing. Mostly, I cringed every time I had the earbuds in. Thanks to the bubbly reading, young women are all light-headed dingbats and foreign accents are indigestible.
    I'm surprised at the high marks this book and narrator have received. I can only say this: make sure you listen to the sample reading before you buy.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Round House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Louise Erdrich
    • Narrated By Gary Farmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1115)
    Performance
    (954)
    Story
    (953)

    One Sunday in the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. The details of the crime are slow to surface as Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to relive or reveal what happened, either to the police or to her husband, Bazil, and 13-year-old son, Joe. In one day, Joe's life is irrevocably transformed. He tries to heal his mother, but she will not leave her bed and slips into an abyss of solitude. Increasingly alone, Joe finds himself thrust prematurely into an adult world for which he is ill prepared.

    Tony says: "MADE THE LISTS OF BEST BOOKS!"
    "Bought the book instead"
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    Well written vintage Louise Erdrich. I loved the book, the story, about the very important issue of violence against Native American women. Written with sensitivity and also with Erdrich's characteristic humor, it's a book you can't put down.
    But the reader is awful. He was chosen I suppose because he is or sounds Native American (think Free Willie) which would have been nice. But this reader ends his sentences in the middle of a sentence. You can almost see the period. And then takes up again to finish. Ad he reads very slowly.
    I bought the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lace Reader

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Brunonia Barry
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (473)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (122)

    Towner Whitney, the self-confessed unreliable narrator of The Lace Reader, hails from a family of Salem women who can read the future in the patterns in lace, and who have guarded a history of secrets going back generations. But the disappearance of two women brings Towner home to Salem and the truth about the death of her twin sister to light.

    A User says: "Difficult but good"
    "Great story, good reading"
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    The ending will blow your mind. At least, I didn't expect it and enjoyed the whole book without more expectations than to have a good story. Turns out that it's more than that, unexpected and strong.
    I like how this book is written and I get a good sense of place and time. The characters are memorable and believable. It's tough to put down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mission to Paris

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Alan Furst
    • Narrated By Daniel Gerroll
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (257)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (199)

    At the center of the intrigue is Hollywood star, Frederic Stahl. September 1938. On the eve of the Munich Appeasement, Stahl arrives in Paris, on loan from Warner Brothers to star in a French film. He quickly becomes entangled in the shifting political currents of pre-war Paris - French fascists, German Nazis, and his Hollywood publicists all have their fates tied to him. But members of the clandestine spy world of Paris have a deeper interest in Stahl, sensing a potential asset in a handsome, internationally renowned actor.

    Darwin8u says: "Cary Grant Goes to Paris"
    "Average story with unexpected delights"
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    This is not Alan Furst's best novel, by any stretch. The plot and the characters are good but not unexceptional and, if it's not wasted money to buy this book, you probably will be able to put it down long enough for convenience breaks.
    I enjoyed Daniel Gerroll's reading very much. He doesn't act out the characters and scenes although he gives each character a different voice. What was unexpected and a great delight is to have the impression, very often, of hearing Peter Sellers' Pink Panther in many of the dialogues. Same tone, same inflection, same way to end a sentence by letting it die down.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Calico Joe

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Erik Singer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (827)
    Performance
    (724)
    Story
    (721)

    Whatever happened to Calico Joe? It began quietly enough with a pulled hamstring. The first baseman for the Cubs AAA affiliate in Wichita went down as he rounded third and headed for home. The next day, Jim Hickman, the first baseman for the Cubs, injured his back. The team suddenly needed someone to play first, so they reached down to their AA club in Midland, Texas, and called up a 21-year-old named Joe Castle. He was the hottest player in AA and creating a buzz....

    Carolyn Hathaway says: "Baseball fans only"
    "Really disappointing"
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    John Grisham used to be a writer who cared. He wrote well and his stories were surprising and full of unexpected twists. But he's getting lazy and complacent. Not with just his book but with most of the last five or six. Calico Joe is predictable, looooonnnng and booooooriiiiing. Even if you love baseball, you're going to see the old chestnuts piling up at every turn. It's not worth reading and it definitely is my last Grisham book. And that's sad because I used to like him very much.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • In One Person: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By John Benjamin Hickey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (548)
    Performance
    (458)
    Story
    (464)

    A compelling novel of desire, secrecy, and sexual identity, In One Person is a story of unfulfilled love—tormented, funny, and affecting—and an impassioned embrace of our sexual differences. Billy, the bisexual narrator and main character of In One Person, tells the tragicomic story (lasting more than half a century) of his life as a “sexual suspect,” a phrase first used by John Irving in 1978 in his landmark novel of “terminal cases,” The World According to Garp.

    Suzn F says: "Almost a Wonderful Book"
    "Courageous and rivetting"
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    This is another book that makes me wish that we had a book club for discussion. It's courageous, readable, passionate and it's difficult to put down. And, as always with John Irving, it's easy to read, familiar, intimate even.
    If I didn't give it a full 5-star rating, it's because I want the main character to be a straight arrow (pardon the unintended pun), an advocate for those who live non-heterosexual lives, someone who is unimpeachable. But Bill Abbott is a bit self-centered.... Here is a man for whom others have risked and lost a lot to fight for him and he makes no effort to see them again, to seek them out. Even at the bed side of a dying man, he will be the star.
    That said, many in his circle of friends and relatives are wonderful. They are the bricks of this powerful story.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • What Happens in London

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Julia Quinn
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (814)
    Performance
    (535)
    Story
    (539)

    When Olivia Bevelstoke is told that her new neighbor may have killed his fiancée, she doesn't believe it for a second, but, still, how can she help spying on him, just to be sure? So she stakes out a spot near her bedroom window, cleverly concealed by curtains, watches, and waits . . . and discovers a most intriguing man, who is definitely up to something. Sir Harry Valentine works for the boring branch of the War Office, translating documents vital to national security.

    Donna says: "Brilliant"
    "Boring, insipid, a waste of time"
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    This story is not a story. There's nothing there. It's kind of a Victorian bodice ripper that makes fun of a ghothic bodice ripper, set in the very boring life of an insipid Victorian bimbo. I'm sorry I stuck it out until the end. The reader does what she can but her style dragged this ordeal even more.
    I don't understand the high reviews at all.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Death Comes to Pemberley

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By P. D. James
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (913)
    Performance
    (763)
    Story
    (779)

    It is 1803, six years since Elizabeth and Darcy embarked on their life together at Pemberley, Darcy’s magnificent estate. Their peaceful, orderly world seems almost unassailable. Elizabeth has found her footing as the chatelaine of the great house. They have two fine sons, Fitzwilliam and Charles. Elizabeth’s sister Jane and her husband, Bingley, live nearby; her father visits often; there is optimistic talk about the prospects of marriage for Darcy’s sister Georgiana. And preparations are under way for their much-anticipated annual autumn ball.

    Michelle says: "Not As Interesting as Print Reviewers Suggested"
    "Like watching paint dry"
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    I miss Adam Dalgliesh and the beautiful, flawless style of the series. I imagine that Death Comes to Pemberly would have been okay if I had read it. The style is Jane Austen, and the story is okay. But the audio version is almost impossible to endure. Affected, drawn out, exaggerated. I listened to the end because I love PD James.....

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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