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Judith

Cherry Hill, NJ, USA | Member Since 2007

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  • 6 reviews
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  • 11 purchased in 2014
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  • Flashpoint

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Richard Aellen
    • Narrated By Bill Weideman
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    Katherine Cahill's life is shattered forever when her three young children are killed on an airplane that is blown to pieces by a terrorist bomb in the skies over Italy. Determined to make the terrorists pay for this savagery, Katherine circumvents the frustrating bureaucracy of the State Department and heads for Syria in search of their leader, Tayib.

    Rick says: "More of a romance novel than an espinage thriller"
    "Depends on what you're looking for"
    Overall

    I purchased this audiobook looking for an adventure/suspense story maybe enhanced with a little romance. What I got was a Harlequin Romance with some extra adventure. If you are looking for primarily a romance novel, you will probably like this story. One other note - I thought that using the 2 different narrators somewhat randomly was distracting, rather than enhancing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Corduroy Mansions: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (354)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (237)

    In London’s Pimlico neighborhood lies a tenement described in architectural guides as “a building of no interest whatsoever.” But the residents of Corduroy Mansions—including a literary agent, a wine merchant, a thoroughly unpleasant member of Parliament, and a vegetarian dog—are a rather fascinating lot.

    connie says: "Oedipus Snark, MP"
    "I loved this book!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Corduroy Mansions was just a fun book. It was upbeat and quick-moving. I quickly came to be interested in each character and found them to be varied and mostly likeable - except for the ones that weren't supposed to be. When the book was over I was tempted to use my next credit immediately on the next book, but I resisted because I don't want them all to be done too quickly. Simon Prebble did a wonderful job with the narration, with good pacing, enunciation, and emphasis. All in all, an excellent choice!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Language of Bees: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    Overall
    (711)
    Performance
    (389)
    Story
    (385)

    New York Times best-selling author Laurie R. King has won or been nominated for every major award in mystery writing. King's beloved sleuth Mary Russell here attempts to reverse her legendary husband, Sherlock Holmes', greatest failure.

    mike says: "To all Holmes buff's,"
    "Good, but not as good as others"
    Overall

    I eagerly read each of the Mary Russell books, and have also ventured into reading others of Laurie R King's books which are also good, but I was a little disappointed in this one. I thought that the narration was superb. Overall, definitely a book not to miss if you like Mary Russell, but not one I'd recommend to someone new to the series, even if it wasn't chronologically near the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Swan Thieves

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Treat Williams, Anne Heche, Erin Cottrell, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (796)
    Performance
    (248)
    Story
    (251)

    Psychiatrist Andrew Marlowe has a perfectly ordered life--solitary, perhaps, but full of devotion to his profession and the painting hobby he loves. This order is destroyed when renowned painter Robert Oliver attacks a canvas in the National Gallery of Art and becomes his patient. In response, Marlowe finds himself going beyond his own legal and ethical boundaries to understand the secret that torments this genius, a journey that will lead him into the lives of the women closest to Robert Oliver.

    Sara says: "Such Potential Wasted"
    "dragged on and on"
    Overall

    This book had some good points - I was interested in knowing what made the artist tick - but it dragged on so long that I just wanted it to be over. I hung on until the bitter end, though, and there continued to be good mixed with bad. I wasn't too fond of the psychiatrist, which didn't help, and I found the resolution to the artist's portion of the story to be just ridiculous. I thought the narrators did a good job and it helped bring out the story that there were different narrators for different characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bel Canto

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1701)
    Performance
    (873)
    Story
    (879)

    Somewhere in South America at the home of the country's vice president, a lavish birthday party is being held in honor of Mr. Hosokawa, a powerful Japanese businessman. Roxanne Coss, opera's most revered soprano, has mesmerized the guests with her singing. It is a perfect evening, until a band of terrorists breaks in, taking the entire party hostage.

    Brian says: "Surprisingly engrossing"
    "Boring"
    Overall

    I never felt invested in the characters, and the end was largely given away at the beginning, so there was no sense of suspense and little drama. I listened until the end out of a sense of duty more than anything. Mostly I felt like this audiobook was a waste of my time.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (27145)
    Performance
    (13766)
    Story
    (13813)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "fantastic"
    Overall

    I didn't really expect to like this despite all the other good reviews, since I like my audiobooks on the light side, but it was wonderful! Well-written and well-narrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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