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K. Odegard

Issaquah, WA USA | Member Since 2008

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  • Naked in Death: In Death, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4414)
    Performance
    (2655)
    Story
    (2671)

    Eve Dallas is a New York police lieutenant hunting for a ruthless killer. In over 10 years on the force, she's seen it all - and knows that her survival depends on her instincts. And she's going against every warning telling her not to get involved with Roarke, an Irish billionaire - and suspect in Eve's murder investigation. But passion and seduction have rules of their own, and it's up to Eve to take a chance in the arms of a man she knows nothing about - except the addictive hunger of needing his touch.

    Felicity Fairchild says: "Don't Judge the Series by the First Book!"
    "ARE YOU KIDDING ME?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I bought this book based on the reviews. I am pretty easy to please and was just looking for a fun, well written thriller. For example - I love Georgette Heyer. THAT is just how easy I am. But I digress: this book is banal, annoying and predictable. The fact that I am taking time to write a review (which I almost never do) just shows how irritated I was with this book. I knew who the bad guy was the first time he was introduced into the story.

    The best thing I can say is that this book would make an excellent drinking game! Read the book and take a shot every time Eve says "I'm a cop, dammit". You'll be drunk by the third chapter. If you are under 35m in excellent physical shape and a heavy drinker, add the additional challenge of taking a shot every time Rork gets horny just from looking at the prickly Eve. You'll be in the hospital with an IV drip for alcohol poisoning by half way through the book. Enough said.

    I started the second book because all the reviews told me not to judge the series by the first book but I was so annoyed by the same old "I'm a cop, dammit" stuff that I could not get beyond the third chapter. The only interesting part about these books is the fact that the author sets them in the future. It's fun to see how a guy as rich as Rork spends his money on luxuries.


    What could J. D. Robb have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not insult my intelligence and stay away from cliches


    Would you be willing to try another one of Susan Ericksen’s performances?

    Nope. Her nasal, unemotional voice made me crazy.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Naked in Death?

    I would tell the author that the idea is sound but the characters need to be fleshed out and three dimensional.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Enchantment

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (1506)
    Performance
    (793)
    Story
    (798)

    As one of the most consistently exciting writers to emerge in the last 25 years, Orson Scott Card has been honored with numerous awards, while immersing readers in dazzling worlds only he could create. Now, in Enchantment, Card works his magic as never before, transforming the timeless story of Sleeping Beauty into an original fantasy brimming with romance and adventure.

    Annette says: "Enchanting"
    "Very original"
    Overall

    This is the first book by Orson Scott Card I've read and I will definitely be reading more in the future. A fun spin on the old Sleeping Beauty story told with humor and depth. The narrator did a wonderful job with the characters and accents. It starts a bit slow but keep going -- definitely worth the wait once the story gets going.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23666)
    Performance
    (10253)
    Story
    (10334)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Fabulous"
    Overall

    Unusual, gripping and well narrated. I love this book and have purchased the two sequels as well. Highly recommended!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4985)
    Performance
    (1859)
    Story
    (1872)

    All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

    PA Law says: "Haunting and beautiful tale"
    "Gothic and gripping"
    Overall

    Diane Setterfield puts a new spin on the gothic novel genre and the result is excellent. The mystery behind the story is well thought out and I can honestly say that I didn't anticipate the conclusion to this one. Stormy nights, wind swept moors and a mad woman in the hidden room. Perfect. The herione is young,thin and overly sensitive in the style of a classic gothic narrator and the references to gothic novels like Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights show that the author is acting with intention. One of the few humorous moments is when the doctor gives the heroine a Sherlock Holmes book and basically tells her to lighten up and stop immersing herself in gloomy liturature. All in all, an excellent read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Graveyard Book

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6718)
    Performance
    (3483)
    Story
    (3505)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Gaiman’s not just an award-winning author, but a narrator who earns rave reviews – and fields requests from other authors to perform their books, too! Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead....

    Guillermo says: "Masterful Fantasy for the Jaded Heart"
    "Unusual and good"
    Overall

    I like most Neil Gaiman stories and enjoyed this one. Nice atmosphere and story. The author does an excellent job of narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Frederica

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Clifford Norgate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (740)
    Performance
    (439)
    Story
    (439)

    Rich and handsome, the hope of ambitious mothers and despair of his sisters, the Marquis of Alverstoke sees no reason to put himself out for anyone. But when a distant connection applies to him for help, he finds himself far from bored.

    Carol says: "Frederica"
    "Classic Heyer"
    Overall

    If you like Georgette Heyer, you'll love this one. I was a bit surprised when I saw that the narrator is a man but his characterizations fit the story well and he did a very nice job of it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Naked Once More: A Jacqueline Kirby Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Grace Conlin
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    She may be a best-selling author, but ex-librarian Jacqueline Kirby's views on the publishing biz aren't fit to print. In fact, she's thinking of trading celebrity for serenity and a house far away from fiendish editors and demented fans, when her agent whispers the only words that could ever make her stay: Naked in the Ice.

    R. R. Roth says: "Great Narrator bad recording"
    "Fun"
    Overall

    Elizabeth Peters is one of my favorite authors and she almost always delivers. Naked is entertaining and the ending is a surprise, which is always fun.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18898)
    Performance
    (8738)
    Story
    (8768)

    Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

    David says: "irritatingly engrossing"
    "Gripping story"
    Overall

    This is the sequel to the The Girls with the Dragon Tatoo. It starts slow and takes a while for the story to mesh but its a great read. The narrator does a fabulous job with all the characters and accents.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bonfire of the Vanities

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Tom Wolfe
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1087)
    Performance
    (639)
    Story
    (641)

    Tom Wolfe's best-selling modern classic tells the story of Sherman McCoy, an elite Wall Street bond trader who has it all: wealth, power, prestige, a Park Avenue apartment, a beautiful wife, and an even more beautiful mistress - until one wrong turn sends Sherman spiraling downward into a humiliating fall from grace. A car accident in the Bronx involving Sherman, his girlfriend, and two young lower-class black men sets a match to the incendiary racial and social tensions of 1980s New York City.

    JOHN says: "TEN STARS"
    "Wonderful"
    Overall

    It is always such a treat when a great book is read by a talented narrator. The book is a brilliantly cynical parody of the 80's and Joe Barrett is one of the best narrators I've heard. He vocalizes each character so distinctly that sometimes it's hard to believe it is the same man. One of the best recorded performances I've ever heard and as soon as I finish this review, I'm going to see what else he's narrated and buy them all.

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • First Comes Marriage: Huxtable Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Mary Balogh
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (692)
    Performance
    (353)
    Story
    (350)

    Against the scandal and seduction of Regency England, New York Times best-selling author Mary Balogh introduces an extraordinary family - the fiery, sensual Huxtables. Vanessa is the second daughter, proud and daring, a young widow who has her own reason for pursuing the most eligible bachelor in London. One that has nothing to do with love. Or does it?

    mia says: "A great introduction to the Quintet"
    "Painfully Bad"
    Overall

    I cannot decide which I hated more: the plodding, pedantic narration or the plodding pedantic writing. I usually love Regency romances and I was looking forward to a series but this one is horrible and absolutely humorless. It is as if the Author tried to lengthen the book by stating the obvious over and over again -- And just in case you didn't get it the first time, she repeats what the characters are thinking a chapter later. No one can be as stupid in real life as the shallow characters Balough has concocted for this book. Save your money!! This book makes Georgette Hyer seem like Shakespeare.

    21 of 25 people found this review helpful

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