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Frances

Little Rock, Ar, United States | Member Since 2015

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  • 18 reviews
  • 97 ratings
  • 906 titles in library
  • 41 purchased in 2015
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  • Split Second

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Cath Staincliffe
    • Narrated By Julie Maisey
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    On a winter’s evening, a trio of unruly teenagers board a bus, ganging up on Luke Murray, threatening to kill him. No one intervenes until Jason Barnes, a young student, challenges the gang. Luke seizes the chance to run off the bus, but he’s followed. Andrew Barnes is dragged from the shower by his wife Valerie: there’s a fight in the garden and Jason’s trying to break it up. As Andrew rushes to help, the gang flees. Jason shouts for an ambulance for Luke, but it is he who will pay the ultimate price.

    Frances says: "This is a truly moving story."
    "This is a truly moving story."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Staincliffe writes perceptively and compassionately about the damage sustained by the still living victims of murder, the families of two young men left to try to come to terms with devastating loss, yet her treatment of the survivors treats their grim struggle so respectfully that the reader is moved rather than depressed by entering their world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stolen Souls: A Jack Lennon Investigation

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stuart Neville
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (153)

    Galya Petrova travels to Ireland on a promise that she will work for a nice Russian family, teaching their children English. Instead, she is dragged into the world of modern slavery, sold to a Belfast brothel, and held there against her will. She escapes at a terrible cost - the slaying of one of her captors - and takes refuge with a man who offers his help. But her savior is not what he seems....

    Deborah says: "Strong Third Chapter"
    "Just can't decide"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I learn a lot here, and I like the characters, but I don't feel that either the main character grew in this novel, nor did my understanding of him deepen. And after awhile the sheer number of insane sadists over and over in this series just gets old.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bertie's Guide to Life and Mothers: A 44 Scotland Street Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Robert Ian Mackenzie
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (134)

    Newlywed Angus Lordie has been booked by his bride into what he must not call the loony bin; Bruce’s first encounter with hot wax brings more anguish than he bargained for; and Bertie's birthday dreams of scout camp and a penknife look set to be replaced by a game of Royal Weddings and a gender-neutral doll. But fate, an amorous Bedouin, and the Dubai Tourist Authority conspire to transport Bertie's mother, Irene, to a warmer--if not a better--place.

    Lynne says: "Bertie turns seven!!!!"
    "Such good company"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    McCall Smith shows how-though we're all flawed-some of us are more flawed than others, and yet we all deserve to be treated kindly, if not uncritically. I love these people and their city.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The World According to Bertie

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Robert Ian MacKenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (277)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (161)

    i>The World According to Bertie is the fourth in the series and revolves around the many colorful characters that come and go at No. 44 Scotland Street. McCall Smith handles the characters with his customary charm and deftness - the stalwart Tory chartered surveyor, the pushy mother, and, most importantly in this novel, the beleaguered Italian-speaking prodigy, Bertie. This is classic McCall Smith - clever, witty and entertaining - and beautifully illustrated.

    glamazon says: "Great visit to 44 Scotland Street"
    "Lovely"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    These people are just great company-wry, charming and curiously and kcuriously moral. And even those shown as deeply flawd are shown thus with a comic, kindly eye. If you're looking for heart-pounding plot twists, go elsewhere.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunting Dogs

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jørn Lier Horst
    • Narrated By Saul Reichlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

    Seventeen years ago William Wisting led the investigation into one of Norway's most notorious criminal cases, the murder of young Cecilia Linde. When it is discovered that evidence was falsified, he is suspended from duty. It looks like a man has been wrongly convicted, and suddenly the media are baying for blood. Wisting, who has spent his life hunting criminals, is now the hunted.

    L. K. says: "Excellent, thoughtful police procedural"
    "New for me"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a great story. At the end all that action seemed a little formulaic. I'd rather have had more on the characters and less wild adventure, but I may be in the minority there. Effective narrator.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Until Thy Wrath Be Past: A Rebecka Martinsson Investigation

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Asa Larsson, Laurie Thompson (translator)
    • Narrated By Gabrielle Glaister
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    In Until Thy Wrath Be Past, the body of a young woman surfaces in the River Torne, in the far north of Sweden. Meanwhile, Rebecka Martinsson is working as a prosecutor in nearby Kiruna. Her sleep has been disturbed by haunting visions of a shadowy, accusing figure. Could the body be connected to the ghostly young woman in her dreams?

    Frances says: "I loved this"
    "I loved this"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The psychological (& sociological) complexity and empathy she shows to her characters and her extraordinary sensitivity to nature make me love Larrson's work. The narrator is more than competent, but her take on the characters conflicted with my own and thus caused me to try to more or less ignore her. This is just a personal taste and others may obviously react otherwise to her reading.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • A Fine Summer's Day: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (121)

    On a fine summer's day in June, 1914, Ian Rutledge pays little notice to the assassination of an archduke in Sarajevo. An Inspector at Scotland Yard, he is planning to propose to the woman whom he deeply loves, despite intimations from friends and family that she may not be the wisest choice.

    C. Telfair says: "A Welcome Earlier View of an Old Friend"
    "Nice lead in to pre-Hamish life"
    Overall

    While Jean's vapidness got a little old, I loved getting more of characters like Frances, and I'd love to get more of early Hamish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16465)
    Performance
    (14398)
    Story
    (14443)

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    Dianne Houston says: "OH NO ROY!!!! NOT DENARIS!!!!!!!"
    "Reader adopts annoying voices at random"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Great story.


    What other book might you compare A Dance with Dragons to and why?

    The other Martin books, The Name of the Wind, but-for me-not the Tolkien books.


    What didn’t you like about Roy Dotrice’s performance?

    Stupid, cartoony voices that make no sense in terms of the author's characterization. The reader just seems pleased with his ability to twist his tongue around. Well educated people sound like yokels and the women sound like the Olive Oil of the old Popeye cartoons. I am really baffled by why, since when he just doesn't do these voices, Dotrice is good.


    Any additional comments?

    Great story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Winter of Dani Lancing: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By P. D. Viner
    • Narrated By Various
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    For fans of Tana French and The Silent Wife, The Last Winter of Dani Lancing is a chilling debut thriller hailed by Sophie Hannah as "brilliant" about one murder's devastating ripple effects.

    Twenty years ago, college student Dani Lancing was kidnapped and brutally murdered. The killer was never found. Dani's family never found peace.

    Thrust into an intense devastation that nearly destroys their marriage, Patty and Jim Lancing struggle to deal with their harrowing loss. Patty is fanatically obsessed with the cold case; consumed by every possible clue or suspect no matter how far-fetched, she goes to horrifying lengths to help clarify the past. Meanwhile, Jim has become a shell of his former self, broken down and haunted - sometimes literally - by his young daughter's death. Dani's childhood sweetheart, Tom, handles his own grief every day on the job - he's become a detective intent on solving murders of other young women, and hopes to one day close Dani's case himself.

    Then everything changes when Tom finds a promising new lead. As lies and secrets are unearthed, the heartbreaking truth behind Dani's murder is finally revealed.

    The Last Winter of Dani Lancing is a shockingly disturbing and deeply powerful debut, and P.D. Viner immediately joins the ranks of Tana French, A. S. A. Harrison, and Gillian Flynn.

    Amazon Customer says: "Narration was over the top"
    "Horrible performance"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I found it impossible to get to the end. The obtrusive, melodramatic performance made me cringe.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Just read the book and quash the sound effects and melodrama.


    What didn’t you like about Various’s performance?

    Nothing.


    Do you think The Last Winter of Dani Lancing needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I can't say.


    Any additional comments?

    This was gut wrenchingly awful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Buzzard Table

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Margaret Maron
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (114)

    Margaret Maron's mysteries starring Judge Deborah Knott have built a loyal following since debuting with the Edgar Award-winning The Bootlegger's Daughter. The series' 18th entry finds Deborah and her husband, Deputy Sheriff Bryant, teaming up with Lt. Sigrid Herald to track down a killer on the loose in their small North Carolina town. But as the hunt for the culprit gets more intense, they uncover long-hidden secrets that cast their investigation in a whole new light.

    C. Telfair says: "It's A Turkey"
    "Worst reader possible"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend paper. I can't conceive of how they chose this reader


    What did you like best about this story?

    I've always liked the characters in this series, and I love Maron's sense of place.


    Would you be willing to try another one of C. J. Critt’s performances?

    Not in a million years.


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

    Couldn't take the reader in long sessions.


    Any additional comments?

    The buzzard info is great.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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