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Galadriel

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  • The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Charles Graeber
    • Narrated By Will Collyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (463)
    Performance
    (416)
    Story
    (413)

    After his December 2003 arrest, registered nurse Charlie Cullen was quickly dubbed "The Angel of Death" by the media. But Cullen was no mercy killer, nor was he a simple monster. He was a favorite son, husband, beloved father, best friend, and celebrated caregiver. Implicated in the deaths of as many as 300 patients, he was also perhaps the most prolific serial killer in American history.

    FanB14 says: "More Chilling than Murder?"
    "True crime at it's best"
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    What other book might you compare The Good Nurse to and why?

    The Mad Sculptor, The Stranger Beside Me


    What about Will Collyer’s performance did you like?

    Pretty good reader, fine overall. As some health professionals have said his pronunciation of "dig" as an abbreviation is annoying to even me, (should sound like dijj, not dig like digging a hole and I'm not even a nurse) but otherwise he does a fine job.


    Any additional comments?

    Creepy and fascinating, well reported and especially gripping when it comes to Amy's point of view in the second half of the book.The author does his very best to delve into the mind of Charlie Cullen, to answer the unanswerable question: why why why? One of the better true crime stories I've read.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    Overall
    (1786)
    Performance
    (1503)
    Story
    (1506)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    Paula says: "Mind Boggling Thrilling Mystery! Don't Miss It!"
    "Wow!"
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    Gripping from start to finish. I'll be keeping an eye on this author. Oh, and if you listen to this one, don't plan on doing much else that day. You won't be able to put it down. Excellent.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dr. Sam Sheppard on Trial: The Prosecutors and the Marilyn Sheppard Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jack P. DeSario, William D. Mason
    • Narrated By Elliott Walsh
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (5)

    Marilyn Sheppard, four months pregnant and mother of a toddler son, was bludgeoned to death in her Bay Village, Ohio, home in the early morning of July fourth, 1954. The cause of death was 27 blows to the head with a heavy instrument. Who took her life so brutally has been the subject of much controversy and debate for nearly half a century.

    Galadriel says: "Fascinating case, but -"
    "Fascinating case, but -"
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    Any additional comments?

    This is a fascinating case. It's unfortunate that the book was so poorly edited. There is a great deal of repetition and unnecessary detail to wade through, and it's the first time ever I wished I'd had an abridged version (which I normally avoid like the plague). The reader is careful to articulate clearly, but is pretty bland. This is, nevertheless, an interesting document of the case from the point of view of the prosecution. If this story interests you, you'll hang in there as I did just to sift through the facts, which are not organized for literary value, but do give you plenty of info with which to form your own opinion on whether the guy was guilty or not. And it is good to see someone step up and speak for the real victim of this awful crime.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Sun Is God

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (43)

    Colonial New Guinea, 1906: A small group of mostly German nudists lives an extreme back-to-nature existence on the remote island of Kabakon. Eating only coconuts and bananas, they purport to worship the sun. One of their members, Max Lutzow, has recently died, allegedly from malaria. But an autopsy on his body in the nearby capital of Herbertshöhe raises suspicions about foul play.

    Carrie Arnold says: "Fascinating story!"
    "Fascinating! McKinty always blows my socks off."
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    Would you listen to The Sun Is God again? Why?

    I have listened to his two trilogies more than once already. I always find something new in a second listen if the book is well written.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Sun Is God?

    Loved the twist in heroics near the end. No spoilers from me, just read it.


    Any additional comments?

    Of course this book sent me on a research binge to try to get a hint at what was or wasn't true, and what might have really happened. I can see how the sketchy clues in the true story must have fired McKinty's estimable imagination, and I'm so glad it did. Still one of my very favorite authors.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Marco Effect: Department Q, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    Overall
    (519)
    Performance
    (457)
    Story
    (462)

    All fifteen-year-old Marco Jameson wants is to become a Danish citizen and go to school like a normal teenager. But his uncle Zola rules his former gypsy clan with an iron fist. Revered as a god and feared as a devil, Zola forces the children of the clan to beg and steal for his personal gain. When Marco discovers a dead body - proving the true extent of Zola's criminal activities - he goes on the run. But his family members aren't the only ones who'll go to any lengths to keep Marco silent - forever.

    Robert says: "So Well Written, So Well Narrated"
    "A very good read!"
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    Well worth the credit. No spoilers here, and I hate reviews that spell out the plot like a book report. I'll just say that this is the author's best yet, and I'll be on the lookout for more. Great characters, good plot, suspenseful and not clichéd. Hope the missing book #3 in the series gets recorded soon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Conspiracy of Faith: Department Q, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (847)
    Performance
    (749)
    Story
    (761)

    Detective Carl Morck has received a bottle that holds an old and decayed message written in blood. It's a cry for help from two young brothers, tied and bound in a boathouse by the sea. After floating in the ocean for years before turning up, the bottle sat forgotten, unopened, on a police department windowsill, before the seal was cracked and the gruesome message, written in Danish, was analyzed. Could it be real? Who are these boys, and why weren't they reported missing? Could they possibly still be alive?

    John S says: "Alternative to Nesbo/Harry Hole Novels"
    "Best yet from this author"
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    Very good page turner, far better than his previous work. I've long been on the fence with Adler-Olsen, but he gets better and better and this one really left me wanting more. Unlike some readers I have no issue with the use of a British reader, since the book was so clearly translated by a Brit: expressions like "mate" "blimey" and "bollocks" sprinkled throughout, would sound odd read any other way. He still manages to say a lot about the way each character is drawn by the author through his infections and various accents. A great story, well told, well worth the credit.
    On to the next Dept Q -

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By A. J. Hartley, David Hewson
    • Narrated By Richard Armitage
    Overall
    (823)
    Performance
    (769)
    Story
    (764)

    It is a tale of ghosts, of madness, of revenge - of old alliances giving way to new intrigues. Denmark is changing, shaking off its medieval past. War with Norway is on the horizon. And Hamlet - son of the old king, nephew of the new - becomes increasingly entangled in a web of deception - and murder. Beautifully performed by actor Richard Armitage ("Thorin Oakenshield" in the Hobbit films), Hamlet, Prince of Denmark takes Shakespeare’s original into unexpected realms, reinventing a story we thought we knew.

    Madeleine says: "The Devil's In the Details"
    "Outstanding in every way"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    The fresh interpretation of this well-known plot, enriched with fully fleshed out characters and an absolutely terriffic reading by Richard Armitage.


    Which character – as performed by Richard Armitage – was your favorite?

    Loved all of them, but have a huge soft spot for Yorick.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, but it's (believe it or not) a spoiler.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd read the author's treatment of MacBeth and was very impressed with the way that the modern novelization enriched my understanding of the play, humanizing the characters. This interpetation of Hamlet was even better, a very moving take on material I have read and seen performed countless times. What guts it takes to re-work Shakespeare in this way, and what a surprise that it not only works but reveals new layers within the original material. A VERY BIG 5 stars.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dead Room

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Robert Ellis
    • Narrated By Jim McCance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (95)

    A young woman is found, brutally murdered and left on gruesome display in the "safety" of her own home. The atrocity kicks off an investigation into a bizarre string of increasingly disturbing murders, all believed to be perpetrated by someone of unprecedented savagery and cunning.

    Jennifer says: "Wow! Refreshingly Different!"
    "Not my cup of tea"
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    What would have made The Dead Room better?

    A bit more realism, character definition and a bit of humor. Humans have a way of dealing with the worst things they see with a bit of dark humor as a defense mechanism. The suspense authors I love best are able to include some of that as a way of humanizing their heroes and avoiding the pitfall of droning melodrama (see Stuart MacBride, Adrian McKinty, even Steven King).


    Has The Dead Room turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not at all.


    What didn’t you like about Jim McCance’s performance?

    Rather one-note and melodramatic. Nice voice though.


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

    Meh


    Any additional comments?

    I don't mind a story that gets a bit grisly if I love the characters and can identify with them, and if the crimes are anchored in some kind of reality. This book left all those qualiies in the rear view mirror and started to just feel silly at some point. I found the characters kid of flat. Like I said, it's just not for me, although I see that others have enjoyed it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Paw and Order: A Chet and Bernie Mystery, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Spencer Quinn
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (214)

    In the seventh book in the brilliant New York Times best-selling mystery series, canine narrator Chet and P.I. Bernie journey to Washington, DC, and the dog-eat-dog world of our nation’s capital. Stephen King has called Chet "a canine Sam Spade full of joie de vivre". Robert B. Parker dubbed Spencer Quinn’s writing "major-league prose". Now the beloved team returns in another suspenseful novel that finds Chet sniffing around the capital city and using his street smarts to uncover a devilish plot.

    Tracey says: "The Guinea Pig Did It!!"
    "I needed that!"
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    Any additional comments?

    So refreshing to be back in Chet's head again, which is what I love most about this series. For me it's never about the plot, always about Chet's world view: if something is bad, he's good at forgetting it - ooo look! A squirrel! Smell that! Isn't life awesome?

    Now if I can just master his thought process I'd be a lot happier. Oooo guinea pigs!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In Dublin's Fair City: Molly Murphy Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    Overall
    (292)
    Performance
    (255)
    Story
    (258)

    Molly Murphy's beau Captain Daniel Sullivan may be out of jail on bail, but he's still a ways from clearing his name, and his foul mood has Molly in search of a little breathing room when providence steps in in the form of a proposition from New York City's renowned theatrical impresario Tommy Burke. America has been very good to Tommy, and now that he's getting on in years, he'd like to pass some of that good fortune on to his family back in Ireland.

    Simone says: "Such a Fun Series!"
    "I Surrender!!! Best yet."
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    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Got choked up near the end.


    Any additional comments?

    Okay, I'm not a fan of so-called "cozy" mysteries. My tastes run to darker writers in the Celtic Noir vein: Stuart MacBride, Adrian McKinty, Stuart Neville, Tana French, etc. I gifted my sister a McKinty novel, she gifted me the first Molly novel. I thought I wouldn't like it, and the reading of male voices annoyed the heck outta me so I kept thinking I'd read one and say thanks and stop. or two and stop. Or maybe three or four. But the central character is so bleeping engaging (and well read) I'd even say inspiring that I can't stop reading these. And now that she's gotten into the Irish fight for self-rule . . . This is her best yet. Sooooo hooked, despite the "light reading-ness" of the books, I do find something more substantial lurking in the writing, in the main character's bravery, her choice of friends, her open mind . . . A lot to admire and aspire to!!! So I surrender. I'm officially a Molly Murphy fan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moon Over Soho: Peter Grant, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (863)
    Performance
    (795)
    Story
    (793)

    Body and soul. The song. That's what London constable and sorcerer's apprentice Peter Grant first notices when he examines the corpse of Cyrus Wilkins, part-time jazz drummer and full-time accountant, who dropped dead of a heart attack while playing a gig at Soho's 606 Club. The notes of the old jazz standard are rising from the body - a sure sign that something about the man's death was not at all natural but instead supernatural.

    Tango says: "Very Entertaining"
    "Very smart, funny and entertaining"
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    What does Kobna Holdbrook-Smith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    This young actor couldn't be better: wonderfully convincing as so many characters, sliding effortlessly from accent to accent and making the most of the author's stylish wit. It just wouldn't be the same without his warm cockney baseline narrative as Peter, the fledgling magician/cop or his plummy professorial tones as Nightingale, his mentor.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laughed out loud a number of times.


    Any additional comments?

    Very witty writing, very human hero and wonderful descriptions of the darker corners of London (not for kids - sort of like Torchwood was to Dr Who, same DNA but meant for a mature audience) make this a fast and furious read, even better than the first of this clever series. Great fun! I'm a fan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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