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Melinda

Orinda, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Thérèse Raquin

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Emile Zola
    • Narrated By Kate Winslet
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (869)
    Performance
    (797)
    Story
    (787)

    Once upon a time, a teenaged Kate Winslet (The Reader, Titanic, Revolutionary Road) received a gift that would leave a lasting impression: a copy of Emile Zola’s classic Thérèse Raquin. Six Academy Award nominations and one Best Actress award later, she steps behind the microphone to perform this haunting classic of passion and disaster.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Winslet, Satisfactory Story"
    "Wow! What a reader!"
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    Where does Thérèse Raquin rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Kate Winslet is so wonderful. Her voice is warm caramel and she just reads without any frills or gimmicks. Zola is so darkly romantic, that I hesitated to buy this book, but Ms. Winslet imbued the story with the dour thrill and suspense that it intended to convey with no histrionics. Never hit a wrong note. I certainly hope she reads more. I rank it in the top 3 of my audiobook listening and I have listened to many books.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The reading.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The book is fairly compelling ,so I don't have a favorite scene, although the description of finding the shop in the Pont Neuf was great.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Just enjoyment.


    Any additional comments?

    Really delightful.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Celebrity in Death: In Death, Book 34

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1706)
    Performance
    (1493)
    Story
    (1483)

    Her career in homicide has taken her into the darkest depths of New York City’s underground - and sometimes Lieutenant Eve Dallas feels more comfortable in those kinds of places than in the high-rise, high-society world of her billionaire husband, Roarke. But while she’s no party girl, she’s managing to have a reasonably good time at the celebrity-packed bash celebrating the debut of The Icove Agenda. This time it’s Eve, not Roarke, who’s a guest of honor, since the film is based on one of her famous cases. Her partner, Peabody, is practically giddy....

    Amy Huber says: "Susan Ericksen is amazing!"
    "What illiterate drivel!"
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    What would have made Celebrity in Death better?

    A plot, character development, a vocabulary, some, any literary intelligence.


    Has Celebrity in Death turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I will be more wary of best sellers of this genre certainly. Certainly this author. This is a brilliant genre when written by intelligent, less manipulative authors.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    To put it delicately, when I first began listening I thought the reader had some cognitive deficiency.


    What character would you cut from Celebrity in Death?

    All were just comic book figures.


    Any additional comments?

    I was misled by all the star reviews. Honestly I think people should expect more than this regurgitated TV series drivel.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Snow Child

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Eowyn Ivey
    • Narrated By Debra Monk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1339)
    Performance
    (1169)
    Story
    (1156)

    Debut novelist Eowyn ivey’s experience living in the Alaskan wilderness brings a palpable authenticity to The Snow Child. Alaska in the 1920s is a difficult place for Jack and Mabel. Drifting apart, the childless couple discover Faina, a young girl living alone in the wilderness. Soon, Jack and Mabel come to love Faina as their own. But when they learn a surprising truth about the girl, their lives change in profound ways.

    Bonny says: "Magical, realistic and well worth listening to"
    "Pallid"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I listened while engaged in a project so it was fine. Too dull for just listening.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Predictable from the first introduction of the protagonist.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The wedding scene.


    Could you see The Snow Child being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Movie. Written with screen play in mind, no doubt.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was so boring because the character development remained on the level of fairy tale dwellers. It is one thing to write a novel as a fable derivative , quite another to make it as undeveloped as one. It just went for emotional pull, but not from the depth of the story itself, rather from the expectation of stereotyped responses from the reader.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • I'd Know You Anywhere

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Laura Lippman
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (981)
    Performance
    (300)
    Story
    (304)

    In the summer of 1985, when she was fifteen, Eliza was kidnapped by Walter and held hostage for almost six weeks. He had killed at least one girl and Eliza always suspected he had other victims as well. Now on death row in Virginia for the rape and murder of his final victim, Walter seems to be making a heartfelt act of contrition as his execution nears. Though Eliza wants nothing to do with him, she's never forgotten that Walter was most unpredictable when ignored.

    Susan says: "I found the reason compelling"
    "Lifetime movies presents................"
    Overall

    This book was a complete waste of a credit. I make a point of listening to a book even if I feel I have made the choice in error but it was hard to adhere to my principle with this one. The characters are so amorphously developed and the narrative so sophomoric, the ethics so mushy, both in sentiment, and expression, I could have been watching a day time "women's" movie. This was chick lit at it's basest.

    12 of 18 people found this review helpful

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