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Galadriel

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  • NOS4A2: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Kate Mulgrew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3800)
    Performance
    (3525)
    Story
    (3527)

    Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

    Jacqueline says: "Finish to Start Excellent is Novel This"
    "Terrific from beginning to end"
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    What made the experience of listening to NOS4A2 the most enjoyable?

    The wonderful characters and rich descriptions. And the "can't stop listening" level of suspense.


    Any additional comments?

    Very early on in this book I wondered "WOW, who the heck is this guy and why haven't I heard of him before? He could give Stephen King a solid run for his money" having no idea in the world that he was, in fact, a chip off the old King block until I looked him up online. As an author Joe Hill stands firmly on his own even though this acorn didn't fall far from the tree. Hill's style is in no way a lesser imitation of his fathers' work, although the writing is clearly influenced by it in all of the best possible ways. If you loved "It" or any of King's best, you really must read this one. Personally I can't wait to read more of his work.

    Also: be sure to listen right through the credits where Hill sneaks in a creepy little plot epilogue, followed by an interesting author's commentary on audiobooks, the wonderful Kate Mulgrew, and his experience of growing up in a family of writers.

    24 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • Into Thin Air

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Philip Franklin
    Overall
    (2458)
    Performance
    (1206)
    Story
    (1222)

    The definitive, personal account of the deadliest season in the history of Everest by the acclaimed journalist and author of Into the Wild. Read by the author. Also, hear a Fresh Air interview with Krakauer conducted shortly after his ordeal.

    David says: "Being There"
    "Haunting and horrifying"
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    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I think I managed to listen to the whole thing in two days, and it's a pretty good length.


    Any additional comments?

    I read this shortly after reading about the heroic Shackelton Expedition, and the two books are somewhat comparable. There was so much that I didn't know about climbing in general (for instance that the worst danger one faces is losing your mind from lack of oxygen at great heights, or that it is nearly impossible to rescue a fellow fallen climber on Everest and why). I have to applaud Krakauer for facing this disastrous, tragic experience head-on, so shortly after it occurred in an effort to exorcise his terrible survivor's guilt. I'd read other books by him before never realising that this was in his background. Spellbinding reading.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alfred Lansing
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (3325)
    Performance
    (2547)
    Story
    (2552)

    In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

    David says: "Superb in so many ways"
    "Very Moving"
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    A story of truly spectacular heroism and, well, endurance of the deepest kind. An amazing read. A heads-up for animal lovers like myself: some passages are painful to hear. Once I got past that the book was enthralling.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Schreiber's Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Roger Radford
    • Narrated By Nigel Patterson
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Crime reporter Mark Edwards and his colleague Danielle Green wade deep in red herrings and a twisting and turning plot as they seek to discover the terrible secret of a Nazi sadist who has continued his murdering ways in modern London.

    Galadriel says: "Good setup but . . ."
    "Good setup but . . ."
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    Any additional comments?

    Very good setup, had me interested throughout. Was a bit let down by the unresolved ending though. Well read by Nigel Patterson.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Deliver Us: Three Decades of Murder and Redemption in the Infamous I-45/Texas Killing Fields

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Kathryn Casey
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (21)

    Over a three-decade span, more than 20 women - many teenagers - died mysteriously in the small towns bordering Interstate 45, a 50-mile stretch of highway running from Houston to Galveston. The victims were strangled, shot, or savagely beaten.

    Galadriel says: "Creepy creepy creepy"
    "Creepy creepy creepy"
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    Well researched and bleeping chilling, this was very hard to put down. These stories very scary and terribly heartbreaking. After reading this one I'm inclined to watch my back, never park next to a van, never go running alone or EVER accept road assistance from a stranger. Lock the car doors and call AAA.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1859)
    Performance
    (1570)
    Story
    (1560)

    On May 1, 1915, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were anxious. Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone, and for months, its U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic.

    L. O. Pardue says: "What a Ride!"
    "Fascinating, haunting"
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    Yet another extraordinary Erik Larson book that proves that history can be as dramatically riveting as any work of fiction, especially in the hands of a brilliant storyteller. I've not been a Scott Brick fan in the past, but he does a fine, understated reading here. This is on par with Larson's best previous work (Devil in the White City, In the Garden of the Beasts). Well worth the credit!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Inspector of the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By David Morrell
    • Narrated By Matthew Wolf
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    The year is 1855. The Crimean War is raging. The incompetence of British commanders causes the fall of the English government. The empire teeters. Amid this crisis comes opium-eater Thomas De Quincey, one of the most notorious and brilliant personalities of Victorian England. Along with his irrepressible daughter, Emily, and their Scotland Yard companions, Ryan and Becker, De Quincey finds himself confronted by an adversary who threatens the heart of the nation.

    Marcheta says: "Haunting and Fascinating Crime in Victorian London"
    "Great historical detail"
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    What I really enjoy about this series is the way the author's thorough research into the life and times of Quincy enriches and actually propels the plot, not just providing atmosphere. As described, you get the feeling that this story could only have happened in that time and place, that moment in history. The plot twists and dovetailing of fact and fiction are wonderfully entertaining. Very good read.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Cop Town

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Kathleen Early
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1120)
    Performance
    (945)
    Story
    (952)

    Atlanta, 1974: It's Kate Murphy's first day on the job, and the Atlanta Police Department is seething after the murder of an officer. Before the day has barely begun, she already suspects she's not cut out to be a cop. Her male uniform is too big, she can't handle a gun, and she's rapidly learning that the APD is hardly a place that welcomes women. Worse still, in the ensuing manhunt she'll be partnered with Maggie Lawson, a cop with her own ax to grind.

    Ronna says: "Women cops in bigoted 1974 Georgia"
    "Good Read"
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    Solid police yarn with good characters and a decent plot. Held my interest. Well done. Not Shakespeare, but a very solid mystery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Poisonwood Bible

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Dean Robertson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3900)
    Performance
    (2622)
    Story
    (2650)

    The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them all they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it - from garden seeds to Scripture - is calamitously transformed on African soil.

    Lynda Rains Bonchack says: "A long time coming..........."
    "Magnificent"
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    One of the best books I've ever read/listened to. One of those rare books that for me, illuminated a new vision of the world I live in and my place in it. Would give more stars if I could. Powerful, deeply moving, inspiring, and a classic on par with the likes of "To Kill a Mockingbird". I know I'll sit with this one for a time and will absolutely have to read it again when I'm ready.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mystery on the Isle of Shoals: Closing the Case on the Smuttynose Ax Murders of 1873

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By J. Dennis Robinson
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    For the first time, the full story of a crime that has haunted New England since 1873. The cold-blooded ax murder of two innocent Norwegian women at their island home off the coast of New Hampshire has gripped the region since 1873, beguiling tourists, inspiring artists, and fueling conspiracy theorists. The killer, a handsome Prussian fisherman down on his luck, was quickly captured, convicted in a widely publicized trial, and hanged in an unforgettable gallows spectacle.

    Galadriel says: "Excellent read"
    "Excellent read"
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    Well-researched and chilling, the author goes to great lengths to place the reader in the time and unique place of this awful crime while raising important questions about the death penalty, the role of literature and the existence of evil.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gun Street Girl: A Detective Sean Duffy Novel, The Troubles, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (379)
    Performance
    (345)
    Story
    (345)

    Belfast, 1985. Amid the Troubles, Detective Sean Duffy, a Catholic cop in the Protestant Royal Ulster Constabulary, struggles with burnout as he investigates a brutal double murder and suicide. Did Michael Kelly really shoot his parents at point-blank range and then jump off a nearby cliff? A suicide note points to this conclusion, but Duffy suspects even more sinister circumstances.

    Top of Mind says: "Another McKinty Gem"
    "Sean Duffy is Back!!!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Gun Street Girl the most enjoyable?

    What a gift. More Duffy? I'm a huge fan of a handful of "Celtic Noir" writers, and Adrian McKinty is one of the very, very best. McKinty, Stuart MacBride, Stuart Neville, Tana French . . .


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Sad, unexpected ending.


    Any additional comments?

    I had read interviews with McKinty where he said he was not going to return to this character, and I was really sad to hear it. Jumped out of my skin when I saw this in New Releases. Even if the subject of the Troubles has been well-explored in the previous three novels, I'm there for the beautiful writing, so full of wit, rich with atmosphere and 3-D characters. Hope Adrian isn't done with Sean yet. I'm not. There's still more to see through Duffy's eyes.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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