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Linda

Longview, TX, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Jar City

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Arnaldur Indridason
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (323)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (275)

    Gold Dagger Award winner Arnaldur Indridason’s novels featuring Inspector Erlendur Sveinsson became international sensations on their way to selling millions of copies worldwide. The debut of morose detective Sveinsson finds the inspector and his team delving into the murder of a retiree with horrifying secrets.

    Tracey says: "Great Icelandic police procedural"
    "Sound Mystery with good characters"
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    I almost stopped this book at the beginning as it starts harshly. I'm glad I kept going as the issue resolved itself. The plot is interesting and sufficiently tangled to hold interest but not so tangled as to be difficult to follow. I like the personality of police detective, Erlendur Sveinsson.

    There are details of Icelandic life and character that make the story come alive. I will listen to more books by this author.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Ritual Bath: The First Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Faye Kellerman
    • Narrated By Mitchell Greenberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (814)
    Performance
    (436)
    Story
    (433)

    Detective Peter Decker of the LAPD is stunned when he gets the report. Someone has shattered the sanctuary of a remote yeshiva community in the California hills with an unimaginable crime. One of the women was brutally raped as she returned from the mikvah, the bathhouse where the cleansing ritual is performed.

    Eva Gannon says: "Good Read"
    "enjoyable - more romance than crime"
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    I found this an enjoyable listen. I would say the story is- more romance than crime but not insipid romance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alan Turing: The Enigma

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Andrew Hodges
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin
    Overall
    (440)
    Performance
    (378)
    Story
    (386)

    It’s only a slight exaggeration to say that the British mathematician Alan Turing (1912-1954) saved the Allies from the Nazis, invented the computer and artificial intelligence, and anticipated gay liberation by decades--all before his suicide at age forty-one. This classic biography of the founder of computer science, reissued on the centenary of his birth with a substantial new preface by the author, is the definitive account of an extraordinary mind and life.

    Sara says: "A Fantastic Biography For The Patient Listener"
    "Mixed Review"
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    This seems to me to be two stories, one technical, the other human. The human story makes my guts hurt. The technical story is in my opinion quite flawed. Perhaps the author tries to overwhelm with words what is not quite understood. The book is very long. There are endless technical discussions that more often than not poorly tied to any underlying thread or understanding of Alan Turing.

    I am technical and I long suspected that subjects described in length and with which I was not so familiar were gummed up, not quite on the mark and poorly related to telling us of the genius of A. Turing. When the topic turned to one with which I am quite familiar, this indeed proved to be the case.

    There are endless passages where there is no "thread". Topics are jumped back and forth through time with little coherency.

    The confusion of the story is increased by the faltering delivery of the reader. The reading is quite bad in the first 1/3 or so. The reader often hesitates where he should continue and continues which he should pause. You can try this yourself by reading a few sentences with the wrong inflections, pauses, etc and simple english will be rendered into nonsense. I found myself often jolted as sentence delivery was just "off".

    Thankfully, the reader got much better by the end. Of course, he had lots and lots and lots of practice.

    I think what I learned in this book will help me to quickly go to other sources and get a better understanding of Turing's technical contributions.

    However, it seems to me that the author misses almost completely the incredibly important point that Turing cut his way through previously unknown jungles of ideas. Many of the ideas discussed, at length, are long now, a daily reality of people's lives, so much so, that the ideas no longer seem remarkable. The book needed not just a discussion but a creative device to not just explain this but to make the innovative thought and problem solving significant to the twenty-firth century reader.

    Perhaps that's the most damning thing to say about this book, with its endless pages about the work of a truly creative man, is that the book showed no creativity in it's delivery of a very very long story.

    This book, with all its words, is not all bad. It just doesn't inspire - at least it did not inspire me.

    34 of 41 people found this review helpful
  • Winter Solstice

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Rosamunde Pilcher
    • Narrated By Lisa Burgett
    Overall
    (315)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (156)

    Elfrida Phipps tries to exorcise the pain of the past and find peace, taking refuge in a rambling Scottish house called Corrydale. Almost like a magnet, Corrydale attracts various waifs and strays, each of them escaping difficult personal pasts. As the holidays approach and the weather turns foul, it seems a perfect recipe for disaster.

    Sara says: "Atmospheric winter tale"
    "Romance not Contemporary Fiction"
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    This is a romance. If you like romance fiction, this is probably one of the better ones.

    I thought it was predictable and insipid, but I abhor the genre.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Legendarium

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Kevin G. Summers, Michael Bunker
    • Narrated By Robert Rossmann
    Overall
    (436)
    Performance
    (397)
    Story
    (399)

    In every generation, certain writers are chosen to be protectors of The Legendarium, a metaphysical library that exists at the nexus of the multiverse. Inside this library are doorways that lead to every world ever created in literature. There are forces of evil constantly at work to destroy the library and send the world back into an age of darkness. Now, in a time of growing illiteracy, two heroes are chosen to defend The Legendarium.

    Elizabeth Hauris says: "If Butcher & Fforde had a child, this would be it."
    "I think this is supposed to be funny"
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    Might as well listen to a random word generator. So much gibberish. I think there is supposed to be a plot, but you could have fooled me and I have listened to 90 % of it.
    There may be little left, but it's too much more for me to listen.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22221)
    Performance
    (16011)
    Story
    (15917)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Sara says: "The Time Travel VS Romance Quandary"
    "blubbering"
    Overall
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    A bunch of blubber, chick lit disguised. I really resent this type of blubber being passed off as general fiction.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Fire and Ice: A Liam Campbell Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (604)
    Performance
    (530)
    Story
    (524)

    In this mystery series by Dana Stabenow, the Edgar Award-winning author returns to the Alaskan setting she's famous for, with a wonderful character - state trooper Liam Campbell. Liam's just been transferred from Anchorage to the small fishing village of Newenham, Alaska - where a local pilot seems to have lost his head.

    Dr. Daniel Chapman says: "A quick heads up!"
    "Junk"
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    I didn't finish it. But as most of the later books by this author, it's just junk.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Revelation: A Matthew Shardlake Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
    (521)
    Performance
    (353)
    Story
    (351)

    C.J. Sansom's Matthew Shardlake mysteries whisk listeners back in time to the tumultuous court of King Henry VIII. Shardlake has his hands full this time defending a young religious fanatic who has been thrown into Bedlam. On top of that, Shardlake's friend is murdered, and the quest to find the killer leads Shardlake right to the steps of the king's latest romantic conquest, Catherine Parr.

    Fara says: "Great entertainment!"
    "Just gets better"
    Overall
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    I enjoy this series very much. The historical background is interesting and still pertinent in today's world. The stories are well written and well performed. I look forward to more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Norwegian by Night

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Derek B. Miller
    • Narrated By Sean Mangan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (573)
    Performance
    (521)
    Story
    (522)

    Sheldon Horowitz - 82 years old, impatient, and unreasonable - is staying with his granddaughter's family in Norway when he disappears with a stranger's child. Sheldon is an ex-Marine, and he feels responsible for his son's death in Vietnam. Recently widowed and bereft, he talks to the ghosts of his past constantly. To Norway's cops, Sheldon is just an old man who is coming undone at the end of a long and hard life. But Sheldon is clear in his own mind.

    Sara says: "Don't Miss This Amazing Book"
    "Exceptional writing and story"
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    It took a while to sort out the story, for my ears to recognize and understand the shifts in time and voice. The complexity of the telling is integral to the story. Once my ears became accustomed I was able to follow the scrambled tale of extraordinary events taking place.

    I am so glad I hung in there. This is one of the best books to which I've listened. This is an exceptionally gifted author.

    42 of 45 people found this review helpful
  • Secret Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Shilpi Somaya Gowda
    • Narrated By Soneela Nankani
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (373)
    Performance
    (286)
    Story
    (291)

    Debut novelist Shilpi Somaya Gowda pens this compelling tale about two families, worlds apart, linked by one Indian child. After giving birth to a girl for a second time, impoverished Kavita must give her up to an orphanage. The baby, named Asha, is adopted by an American doctor and raised in California. But once grown, Asha decides to return to India.

    Stephanie says: "A Must Read"
    "I call this a Publishers Book"
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    The story is engaging but poorly written. The writing is mixed with some parts well written and some poorly written, much of it maudlin. When I read a book like this I think a new author has a good idea but gets a publisher that puts a team of mediocre writers on it to get it out the door. Overall amateurish. Toward the end, I just started skipping over sections trying to miss the poorly written stuff. Much of the ending is just so much mush.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Adversary

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Penelope Dellaporta
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (12)

    In 1919, young couple Tommy Beresford and Tuppence Cowley form a partnership, hiring themselves out as "young adventurers". Their first case, which involves finding documents, is more of an adventure than they expect, however. Tommy and Tuppence know that Jane Finn was carrying top secret documents when she disappeared five years ago. What they don't know is that a killer is targeting a sinister older woman because she knows all about Jane. And soon Tommy and Tuppence are themselves in grave danger.

    Linda says: "Vintage Intrique Romp"
    "Vintage Intrique Romp"
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    I enjoyed the story and had no problem with the narration. Think of this one as RETRO! Anglophile style. It's also nice to read an early Agatha Christie story.

    The story is pleasantly convoluted. The naiveté of the principals is charming.

    This is not today's hard-edged mystery.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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