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Kate

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  • Killed at the Whim of a Hat

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Colin Cotterill
    • Narrated By Jeany Park
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (63)

    Jimm Juree was a crime reporter for the Chiang Mai Daily Mail with a somewhat eccentric family. When she is forced to follow her family to a rural village on the coast of Southern Thailand, she’s convinced her career—maybe her life—is over. So when a van containing the skeletal remains of two hippies is inexplicably unearthed in a local farmer’s field, Jimm is thrilled. Shortly thereafter an abbot at a local Buddhist temple is viciously murdered.

    Bobbie says: "delighted..."
    "Culturally Savy Mystery Story- Fun Thai Character"
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    Where does Killed at the Whim of a Hat rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is my favorite Cotterill novel so far. I enjoyed his two first mysteries involving the Laoation Coroner, the lead in this mystery set in Thailand is a 30-something, crime reporter Jim Jurree, who is forced by circumstance to relocate to a small southern village in Thailand.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Every character is surprising and delightfully original. Quite an accomplishment. The reporter's older brother, turned sister, Sissy, a Transgender beauty queen, might just be my favorite for her inventive schemes.


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

    It took a bit to get used to Park's accent - story told in first person - used for the Thai reporter. However, her ability to depict a wide range of unbelievably diverse characters won me over. I have not listened to other Jeany Park's performances.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Child 44

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tom Rob Smith
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2166)
    Performance
    (990)
    Story
    (990)

    It is a society that is, officially, a paradise. Superior to the decadent West, Stalin's Soviet Union is a haven for its citizens, providing for all of their needs: education, health care, security. In exchange, all that is required is their hard work, and their loyalty and faith to the Soviet State. But now a murderer is on the loose.

    Melvin says: "Terror from all sides."
    "Compelling protrait of life in Communist Russia"
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    What made the experience of listening to Child 44 the most enjoyable?

    A page turner enhanced by the author's detailed description of life in Communist Russia.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Leo and his wife are both multi-dimensional characters each faced with complex choices and challenges in life.


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

    The narrator's accents and dramatic tempo heighten the experience of the drama.


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

    One of the most heart wrenching openings to a novel. You have to keep reading.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Family's Century of Art and Loss

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Edmund de Waal
    • Narrated By Michael Maloney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (442)
    Performance
    (362)
    Story
    (365)

    The Ephrussis were a grand banking family, as rich and respected as the Rothschilds, who “burned like a comet” in 19th-century Paris and Vienna society. Yet by the end of World War II, almost the only thing remaining of their vast empire was a collection of 264 wood and ivory carvings, none of them larger than a matchbox. The renowned ceramicist Edmund de Waal became the fifth generation to inherit this small and exquisite collection of netsuke. Entranced by their beauty and mystery, he determined to trace the story of his family through the story of the collection.

    Amazon Customer says: "A vagabond through history, clutching a tiny carvi"
    "One of the BEST Audible books ever!"
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    Would you listen to The Hare with Amber Eyes again? Why?

    Beautifully written. Maloney's performance is excellent. I could definitely listen to this book more than once.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Faithful Place: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4244)
    Performance
    (2557)
    Story
    (2566)

    New York Times best-selling author Tana French has won the prestigious Edgar, Barry, Macavity, and Anthony awards. As her third novel featuring the Dublin Murder Squad opens, 19-year-old Frank Mackey is waiting in vain for Rosie, who he’s supposed to run away to London with. But when she doesn’t show, Frank leaves Dublin without her—thinking never to return.

    Amazon Customer says: "Incredible"
    "Faithful Place"
    Overall

    This is the worst title I have ever listened to from audible. The story was potentially okay but the long drawn out repetititve tale drove me crazy and the narrator didn't have any way to improve this dismal story. Dont bother.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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