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Ginkgo

ratings
168
REVIEWS
10
FOLLOWING
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HELPFUL VOTES
13

  • Justice Hall

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (844)
    Performance
    (480)
    Story
    (482)

    A trail of ominous clues comprise a mystery that leads from an English hamlet to the city of Paris to the wild prairie of the New World. The trap is set, the game is afoot; but can Holmes and Russell catch an elusive killer, or has the murderer caught them?

    Mary Twain says: "Best Holmes since Arthur Conan Doyle"
    "Please, give us more!"
    Overall

    This was a wonderful listen! I keep waiting for audible to bring us the rest of the series. If you liked this, try listening to Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, by Suzannah Clarke.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Still Life with Murder: Nell Sweeney Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By P.B. Ryan
    • Narrated By Leigh Ryan
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (61)

    Boston, 1868: The dawn of the Gilded Age, an era of burgeoning commerce and invention, of unimaginable new fortunes and lavish excess—for some. Born into dismal poverty, young Nell Sweeney scratches by on her wits and little else until fortune blesses her with a position as nursery governess to the fabulously wealthy Hewitts. But she soon learns that ugly secrets lurk beneath the surface of their gold-plated world.

    Consequences Schmonsequences says: "Outstanding mystery and narration!"
    "This is a Romance Novel!"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I was expecting a good mystery, but this is just a standard romance novel, which would be okay, but the writing is not very good.

    0 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Chris Ewan
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (854)
    Performance
    (762)
    Story
    (766)

    Charlie Howard travels the globe writing suspense novels for a living. To supplement his income - and keep his hand in - Charlie has a small side business: stealing for a very discreet clientele on commission. When a mysterious American offers Charlie 20,000 euros to steal two small monkey figurines to match the one he already has, Charlie is suspicious; the job seems too good to be true, and of course, it is. He soon finds the American beaten nearly to death, while the third figurine has disappeared.

    adrienne says: "A delightful surprise!"
    "Read to me, Simon Vance!"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    What a hoot! I love our burglar/hero and his droll sense of humor, and I found myself chuckling even as I teased through the many threads of this intricate plot. In fact, I wasn't paying enough attention to the mystery here, and was surprised to find how many details I'd missed as I arrived at the final chapter.

    I look forward to the next in this series, and I promise not to let my puzzle mind get distracted by this charming thief!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7492)
    Performance
    (6913)
    Story
    (6917)

    In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

    Joyce says: "Love this style of King!!!"
    "Great characters, standard plot"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    Stephen King is a master storyteller, and his characters are always well drawn and fascinating. This novel is no exception, but I was disappointed with the plot. This story unfolds with very few surprises. I was hoping for more from The King.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Intervention

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Terri Blackstock
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (106)

    Barbara Covington has one more chance to save her daughter from a devastating addiction: staging an intervention. But when 18-year-old Emily disappears on the way to drug treatment and her interventionist is found dead at the airport where she was last seen, Barbara enters her darkest nightmare of all.

    Bernadette says: "Preachy and Predictable"
    "Read the reviews before you buy!"
    Overall
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    This started off as an interesting premise for a detective novel--a distraught mother investigates the disappearance of her drug addicted daughter. The twist? The daughter disappears as she's being escorted to rehab by the interventionist. As soon as the police detective appears, the whole thing degenerates into a thinly veiled Christian romance novel. Even he writing deteriorates as the author starts to develop the predictable attraction between the mom and the cop. Then, bible passages began to appear! Really?
    Don't waste your credit unless you're sure this is the kind of book you want!

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Land of Laughs

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jonathan Carroll
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (336)
    Performance
    (307)
    Story
    (304)

    Thomas Abbey is a man stuck in a rut. To kick-start his life, he takes a sabbatical to work on a biography of his favorite writer, the mysterious Marshall France. Although Abbey has been warned that France's daughter, Anna, has blocked all previous attempts at her father's biography, he is surprised to find her the soul of small-town hospitality and quite excited about Abbey's proposal. Even stranger than Anna's behavior, though, is the town itself. The people seem to know what their future holds - freak accidents and all - down to the hour.

    Daryl says: "It's Not You - It's Me"
    "Wierdly compelling and haunting."
    Overall
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    I'm not entirely sure that this book warrants a 4 star review, but if I rate it any lower, I'm afraid you'll pass it over. If you like stories where you know from the beginning that there is something that we're not being told, this is for you. Someone put this in the category of the "unreliable narrator" story, but I'm not sure that even quite describes it. I finished this book weeks ago, and i cant get it out of my head. Definitely worth the credit!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • L.A. Requiem

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (555)
    Performance
    (467)
    Story
    (468)

    Edgar Award nominee Robert Crais’ L.A. Requiem is a gritty, harrowing look into the minds of a serial killer and the men determined to stop him. Elvis Cole and former cop Joe Pike have been partners in a detective agency for 12 years. After an ex-girlfriend of Pike’s disappears, the girl’s father asks them to help the police with the search. When the missing persons case turns into a hunt for a killer who has been stalking victims in Los Angeles, Cole and Pike find themselves battling both a hostile police department and a madman.

    David says: "Equal to Bosch and Davenport"
    "Tough guys. Dirty Cops. Beautiful women."
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    When you put this all together, it's better than you might think. The story might appear to be far-fetched, but given the current news out of LA about a rogue cop on the rampage, it all becomes more plausible. We get some good back-story on these characters, and they become more than the stereotypical set of action figures. McLarty's narration is solid, and suitably hard boiled for the material. This was my first foray into the works of Robert Crais, and I want to hear more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Diane Ravitch
    • Narrated By Eliza Foss
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (56)

    In this best-selling expose of national policy gone wrong, America's foremost historian of education, Diane Ravitch, renounces her support for reform policies implemented over the past decade that she says are wrecking America's cherished tradition of public education.

    Mark says: "Finally, a reality check on teaching and learning"
    "So repetitive!"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If you really want to learn about this topic, get the book from the library and skim it. The information is great, but this effort needs a better editor!


    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Elegance of the Hedgehog

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Muriel Barbery
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat, Cassandra Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2261)
    Performance
    (1218)
    Story
    (1239)

    An enchanting New York Times and international best seller and award-winner about life, art, literature, philosophy, culture, class, privilege, and power, seen through the eyes of a 54-year-old French concierge and a precocious but troubled 12-year-old girl.

    Pyles says: "It surprised me"
    "Hang in there on this one!"
    Overall

    I read this for our book group, and would have quit half way through because of the annoying characters. Things come together toward the end, and all is redeemed.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Learning Spanish Like Crazy, Level 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Learning Like Crazy
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    The Learning Spanish Like Crazy method lets you learn Spanish quickly and easily. It was created by native Spanish speakers from Latin America to make sure you learn to speak Spanish just like a native. All speakers are native speakers from Latin America to make sure you develop an authentic Latin American accent. This is a fun method of learning Spanish - no tedious memory drills. You learn practical spoken Spanish that you can use in everyday situations.

    Jeanne says: "This is a good style for me."
    "Great review for intermediate students!"
    Overall

    I just completed one year of college level Spanish. The course covered basic vocabulary and all grammar, but we rarely had time to practice speaking. I've been looking for a way to keep the language in my mind without being tied to my computer or a book. I started with Level 2 of "Learning Spanish Like Crazy" and it is perfect for my abilities, as long as I set my player on slow speed. This program allows me to compose sentences aloud, followed immediately by the correct answer. The dialogues contain many useful phrases that I will use in daily life. I also was able to download the written text to use as a review. What a deal this is for 1 credit!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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