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Fern Richardson

Fern Richardson

California | Member Since 2005

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  • 96 ratings
  • 600 titles in library
  • 41 purchased in 2014
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  • The Reversal: Harry Bosch, Book 16 (Mickey Haller, Book 3)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3856)
    Performance
    (1980)
    Story
    (1991)

    Longtime defense attorney Mickey Haller is recruited to change stripes and prosecute the high-profile retrial of a brutal child murder. After 24 years in prison, convicted killer Jason Jessup has been exonerated by new DNA evidence. Haller is convinced Jessup is guilty, and he takes the case on the condition that he gets to choose his investigator, LAPD Detective Harry Bosch.

    Andrew Pollack says: "Brilliantly executed"
    "Part of Chapter 29 is missing."
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    I'm really enjoying this book, that is, the parts that are actually available for me to listen to. But the later half of chapter 29 is missing. Annoying!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Murder Book

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated By John Rubinstein
    Overall
    (411)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (100)

    In 17 consecutive best selling novels, Jonathan Kellerman has proven himself the master of the psychological thriller. Now, in Kellerman's most compelling novel yet, L.A. psychologist-detective Alex Delaware confronts a long-unsolved murder of unspeakable brutality - an ice-cold case whose resolution threatens his survival and that of longtime friend, homicide detective Milo Sturgis.

    Lynn says: "I liked it"
    "Minor gripes with the narration"
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    The narrator gives a gay cop from Los Angeles a hard edge New Yorker type voice. Not really a believable voice. Also, the narrator mispronounces Some words that a native Californian would never get wrong. For example, the narrator pronounced Camarillo (a city) as "cama-rill-oh," when the correct pronunciation is "cama-ree-oh."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Civilization: The West and the Rest

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Niall Ferguson
    • Narrated By Niall Ferguson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (848)
    Performance
    (713)
    Story
    (707)

    The rise to global predominance of Western civilization is the single most important historical phenomenon of the past five hundred years. All over the world, an astonishing proportion of people now work for Western-style companies, study at Western-style universities, vote for Western-style governments, take Western medicines, wear Western clothes, and even work Western hours. Yet six hundred years ago the petty kingdoms of Western Europe seemed unlikely to achieve much more than perpetual internecine warfare. It was Ming China or Ottoman Turkey that had the look of world civilizations.

    F. Ribeiro says: "Niall Ferguson's Most Enjoyable Book"
    "Authors Should Not Read Their Own Books"
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    There's a reason why professional actors read audio books. This was a great book that because very annoying because of the author's poor ability to narrate his own book. His ethnic accents were the worst and borderline insulting. Read this one, don't listen to it.

    9 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Jodi Long
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (27)

    Lily is haunted by memories of who she once was, and of a person, long gone, who defined her existence. She has nothing but time now, as she recounts the tale of Snow Flower and asks the gods for forgiveness.

    Fern Richardson says: "Fantastic Story, Total Tear Jerker!"
    "Fantastic Story, Total Tear Jerker!"
    Overall

    Wow. What can I say, other than I LOVED this audiobook?! The narrator was fantastic and the story was a fresh look at common themes: womanhood, friendship, regret, hardship...The historical details were beautifully woven into a touching story that everyone can relate to, even those of us that never lived in 19th Century China and cringe at the mere thought of foot binding. Really, I can't recommend this book any more highly. I cried for the last hour.

    As a bonus, the author talks about the book and her writing process at the end of the audiobook.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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