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Marianne

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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
    (74)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (55)

    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..."
    "Dull, couldn't make it past 3rd chapter"
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    What would have made Killed at the Whim of a Hat better?

    1) A more interesting story - i love this author, but, after 3 chapters, nothing happened except a continuous repetition of the main characters whining.

    2) The narrator not good - if this was a good book, she made it into a bad one.
    I had to quit after 3rd chapter.


    Has Killed at the Whim of a Hat turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She made it duller than it seemed to be. Her accent was very artificial, she kept giggling - it was really sad, how the narrator became the problem.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Killed at the Whim of a Hat?

    2 of the first 3 chapters, they seemed very repetitious.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Beautiful Mystery: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1320)
    Performance
    (1161)
    Story
    (1150)

    No outsiders are ever admitted to the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, hidden deep in the wilderness of Quebec, where two dozen cloistered monks live in peace and prayer. They grow vegetables, they tend chickens, they make chocolate. And they sing. Ironically, for a community that has taken a vow of silence, the monks have become world-famous for their glorious voices, raised in ancient chants whose effect on both singer and listener is so profound it is known as “the beautiful mystery.”

    Sparkly says: "Engaging, entertaining, and heartbreaking."
    "The Gamache Books just get better"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Beautiful Mystery in three words, what would they be?

    Each book is better than the last, more character development, plot twists, more development of the entire experience.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • State's Evidence: A Beverly Mendoza Legal Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By R. Barri Flowers
    • Narrated By Judith West
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Assistant District Attorney Beverly Mendoza appears to have an open and shut case when she prosecutes Rafael Santiago for the murder of a judge and the sexual assault of his wife in Eagles Landing, a town in Northern California. Santiago was recently released from prison and had a grudge against the judge. But her case against the suspect is put in jeopardy when career criminal Manuel Gonzalez, arrested for the murder of a young woman, also confesses to killing the judge.

    Shirley Young says: "Narrating is Horrible"
    "Not a legal thriller"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing. Book not a legal thriller, it's a sex book. First 30 minutes have 2 sex scenes and a jogger being attacked - Booooring. Reader poor. Would not read anything of hers again.


    What was most disappointing about R. Barri Flowers???s story?

    not a legal thriller


    Would you be willing to try another one of Judith West???s performances?

    no


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

    anger that I paid for this book!!!


    Any additional comments?

    see above

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Italian on the Go

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Marcel Danesi
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (1)

    On the Go programs, long popular in audiocassette format, are now available as digital downloads. This updated program emphasizes Italian speaking and listening comprehension on a fundamental level, which makes it an ideal self-teaching tool for learning in a car, for international travelers, or as supplementary material in school language labs.

    Marianne says: "Poor sound, poor learning"
    "Poor sound, poor learning"
    Overall

    This is not a good learning tool, and sound is terrible. Pimsleur is much better, sound quality is outstanding,

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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