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HeLEN

tucson, Azerbaijan | Member Since 2009

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  • Salvation of a Saint

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Keigo Higashino, Alexander O. Smith (translator)
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    Yoshitaka, who was about to leave his marriage and his wife, is poisoned by arsenic-laced coffee and dies. His wife, Ayane, is the logical suspect - except that she was hundreds of miles away when he was murdered. The lead detective, Tokyo Police Detective Kusanagi, is immediately smitten with her and refuses to believe that she could have had anything to do with the crime. His assistant, Kaoru Utsumi, however, is convinced Ayane is guilty. While Utsumi’s instincts tell her one thing, the facts of the case are another matter.

    Patricia says: "Appealing but not Compelling"
    "unbelievable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Keigo Higashino and Alexander O. Smith (translator) and/or David Pittu?

    no


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something by David Matthew


    What three words best describe David Pittu’s voice?

    easy, clear, adequate


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was disappointed that the characters' motivations were so unbelievable


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Clocks

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Jessica Ball, Leon Williams, Colin Mace, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (357)
    Performance
    (321)
    Story
    (319)

    Following a scalding row with her mother, 15-year-old Holly Sykes slams the door on her old life. But Holly is no typical teenage runaway: A sensitive child once contacted by voices she knew only as "the radio people," Holly is a lightning rod for psychic phenomena. Now, as she wanders deeper into the English countryside, visions and coincidences reorder her reality until they assume the aura of a nightmare brought to life.

    Melinda says: "Not Short Listed, This Time"
    "Not Mitchell's best work"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about The Bone Clocks? What did you like least?

    I liked the multiple characters and the long time span of the novel

    I disliked most of the characters who seemed too similar


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The end was OK, but it seemed like two endings


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no sure


    Could you see The Bone Clocks being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    Read something else by Mitchell

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jennifer Haigh
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (110)

    It is the spring of 2002, and a perfect storm has hit Boston. Across the city's archdiocese, trusted priests have been accused of the worst possible betrayal of the souls in their care. In Faith, Jennifer Haigh explores the fallout for one devout family, the McGanns. Estranged for years from her difficult and demanding relatives, Sheila McGann has remained close to her older brother, Art, the popular, dynamic pastor of a large suburban parish. When Art finds himself at the center of the maelstrom, Sheila returns to Boston, ready to fight for him and his reputation.

    Monica says: "Stick with it, especially if you've been Catholic"
    "Sympathetic treatment"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Faith in three words, what would they be?

    Priests, catholic families, victims, and even those trying to exploit the molestation crisis in the Catholic church are all treated with empathy and insight.


    What could Jennifer Haigh have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    A less melodramatic ending


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Therese Plummer?

    while it was OK, especially the Boston accents, overall the narration was only fair


    Who was the most memorable character of Faith and why?

    Father Art because is is a mixture of genuine generosity and stunted humanity


    Any additional comments?

    Topical and a good antidote to knee jerk conclusions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Invisible

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Paul Auster
    • Narrated By Paul Auster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (33)

    Sinuously constructed in four interlocking parts, Paul Auster's 15th novel opens in New York City in the spring of 1967, when 20-year-old Adam Walker, an aspiring poet and student at Columbia University, meets the enigmatic Frenchman Rudolf Born and his silent and seductive girlfriend, Margot. Before long, Walker finds himself caught in a perverse triangle that leads to a sudden, shocking act of violence that will alter the course of his life.

    David and Shoshana Cooper says: "One of Auster's Best"
    "Not a fan"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Invisible?

    I do not like Paul Auster's writing although I expected to enjoy it


    Has Invisible turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I guess I do not like the genre


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Move variation in voices


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

    I liked revisiting Columbia University in the 1960s


    Any additional comments?

    noo

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black Swan Green

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    Overall
    (351)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (132)

    From award-winning writer David Mitchell comes a sinewy, meditative novel of boyhood on the cusp of adulthood and the old on the cusp of the new. Black Swan Green tracks a single year in what is, for 13-year-old Jason Taylor, the sleepiest village in muddiest Worcestershire in dying Cold War England, 1982. But the 13 chapters, each a short story in its own right, create an exquisitely observed world that is anything but sleepy.

    Angie says: "Captivating"
    "Good for all ages"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It captures adolescence, and is at the same time appealing to any story lover


    What does Kirby Heyborne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He sounds young and captures different accents nicely


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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