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Michelle

Danvers, MA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Anne Perry: The Murder of the Century

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Peter Graham
    • Narrated By Eric Brooks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    On June 22, 1954, teenage friends Juliet Hulme - better known as best-selling mystery writer Anne Perry - and Pauline Parker went for a walk in a New Zealand park with Pauline’s mother, Honora. Half an hour later, the girls returned alone, claiming that Pauline’s mother had had an accident. But when Honora Parker was found in a pool of blood with the brick used to bludgeon her to death close at hand, Juliet and Pauline were quickly arrested, and later confessed to the killing.

    Helen Poe says: "Horrible reader"
    "Very stitled"
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    Would you try another book from Peter Graham and/or Eric Brooks?

    I don't think I would listen to this narrator again. He is very stilted in his reading.


    What was most disappointing about Peter Graham’s story?

    The language was very stilted, which made it very hard to get interested in the story.


    What didn’t you like about Eric Brooks’s performance?

    The narration is uneven and the narrator seems to pause in the middle of sentences for no reason. The narrator has no flow and doesn't build any suspense. The uneven nature of the narration made it very difficult to listen to.


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

    Very disappointed


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Red Dragon

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Thomas Harris
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (503)
    Performance
    (459)
    Story
    (461)

    An innocent family are the latest victims of a grisly series of hideous sacrificial killings that no one understands, and no one can stop. Nobody lives to tell of the unimaginable carnage. Only the blood-stained walls bear witness. All hope rests on Special Agent Will Graham, who must peer inside the killer's tortured soul to understand his rage, to anticipate and prevent his next vicious crime. Desperate for help, Graham finds himself locked in a deadly alliance with the brilliant Dr. Hannibal Lecter, the infamous mass murderer.

    Molly says: "SERIAL Killer ~ how does he choose his victims?"
    "Needed a better narrator"
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    Would you try another book from Thomas Harris and/or Alan Sklar?

    I bought this book because I loved Silence of the Lambs. Red Dragon was good, but the narrator was terrible.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Narrator often lapsed into whiny tone, which made it really hard to like the characters or care about them. He also at times sounded very flippant, which again detracted from the story.


    Was Red Dragon worth the listening time?

    Red Dragon is mostly worth the listening time. It's a good story, but unless you love the narrator (and I did not) sometimes it's hard to stay with it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trotsky: Downfall of a Revolutionary

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bertrand M. Patenaude
    • Narrated By Matthew Waterson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (9)

    In Trotsky: Downfall of a Revolutionary, Stanford University lecturer Bertrand M. Patenaude tells the dramatic story of Leon Trotsky's final years in exile in Mexico. Shedding new light on Trotsky's tumultuous friendship with painter Diego Rivera, his affair with Rivera’s wife Frida Kahlo, and his torment as his family and comrades become victims of the Great Terror, Trotsky: Downfall ofa Revolutionary brilliantly illuminates the fateful and dramatic life of one of history's most famous yet elusive figures.

    Michelle says: "Interesting book"
    "Interesting book"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Trotsky the most enjoyable?

    I didn't know the details of Trotsky's story so it was really interesting to hear the details.


    Any additional comments?

    Waterson has a good voice and is easy to listen to, but at times it sounds like someone else's voice is dubbed in. It's a little jarring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jack the Ripper - Secret Service

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Tom Slemen
    • Narrated By RK Meier
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    In this groundbreaking investigation into the unsolved Whitechapel Murders case of 1888, Tom Slemen uncovers a shocking possibility - that the Jack the Ripper murders were executed by a military-trained assassin hired by the British Intelligence Service.

    Michelle says: "Farfetched and without evidence"
    "Farfetched and without evidence"
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    What disappointed you about Jack the Ripper - Secret Service?

    I've read a lot of books about Jack the Ripper and this was one of the worst. Everyone has a theory about who Jack really was and most have some plausibility. This one did not. The author repeatedly says "I believe" this or that, but never really backed it up. He never really made a case for why he believed Jack was a secret service agent killing women whom the author alleges were couriers for anarchists. I'm not sure where the author came up with his theory, but he did not convince me.


    What about RK Meier’s performance did you like?

    Overall the narrator had a pleasant voice and was easy to listen to. He didn't over-dramatize the material.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Jack the Ripper - Secret Service?

    I couldn't point to a scene I would have cut. I thought overall the author's argument was not convincing.


    Any additional comments?

    Good narrator, not a good book. Skip it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1st to Die: The Women's Murder Club

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1958)
    Performance
    (986)
    Story
    (999)

    There's a killer on the loose in San Francisco, and he's stalking newlyweds. When the usual procedures to stop him don't work, four women, each holding a piece of the puzzle, form a Women's Murder Club to collaborate outside the box and pursue the case. 1st to Die is the start of a new series of crime thrillers from James Patterson.

    Chuck says: "Skip the Prologue"
    "Horrible"
    Overall
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better plot, a better narrator


    What could James Patterson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The book flip-flopped between first and third person narration, which was jarring at times. Also at times it read more like a bad romance novel than a crime thriller.


    Any additional comments?

    This was the second James Patterson novel I listened to and both were horrible. I like crime novels and thrillers, but could not get into either of his books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Royal: A True Tale of Crime and Detection in Medieval Paris

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Eric Jager
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (63)

    On a chilly November night in 1407, Louis of Orleans was murdered by a band of masked men. The crime stunned and paralyzed France since Louis had often ruled in place of his brother King Charles, who had gone mad. As panic seized Paris, an investigation began. In charge was the Provost of Paris, Guillaume de Tignonville, the city's chief law enforcement officer - and one of history's first detectives. As de Tignonville began to investigate, he realized that his hunt for the truth was much more dangerous than he ever could have imagined.

    Robyn says: "historical true crime - great!"
    "Fascinating"
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    What made the experience of listening to Blood Royal the most enjoyable?

    Rene Auberjonois is a fantastic narrator for this book because he is able to pronounce the French names without stumbling.


    What other book might you compare Blood Royal to and why?

    Blood Royal reads almost like some of Ann Rule's true crime novels. It does a great job of laying the foundation for the crime and discussing the climate and culture of the times.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the book was very interesting. In some ways it was more like a thriller than a nonfiction work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Creation of Anne Boleyn: A New Look at England’s Most Notorious Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Susan Bordo
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (115)

    Part biography, part cultural history, The Creation of Anne Boleyn is a fascinating reconstruction of Anne’s life and an illuminating look at her afterlife in the popular imagination. Why is Anne so compelling? Why has she inspired such extreme reactions? What did she really look like? Was she the flaxen-haired martyr of Romantic paintings or the raven-haired seductress of twenty-first-century portrayals? (Answer: Neither.) And perhaps the most provocative questions concern Anne’s death more than her life.

    Roswatheist says: "Most Enjoyable Biography--Win!"
    "Very engrossing"
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    Where does The Creation of Anne Boleyn rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a very well written and researched novel. It presents a more balanced perspective of Anne Boleyn as well as how her legacy has been shaped by the culture not only of her time but of those that came after.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Look Behind You: And Other True Cases: Ann Rule's Crime Files, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ann Rule
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (59)

    Ann Rule, who shared her own nerve-jangling account of unknowingly befriending sadistic sociopath Ted Bundy in The Stranger Beside Me, chronicles other fateful encounters with the hidden predators among us in this riveting collection, fifteenth in the best-selling series drawn from her personal files. First in line is a stunning case that spanned thirty years and took a determined detective to four states - ending, finally, in Alaska - where he unraveled not one but two murders.

    Michelle says: "Another excellent book"
    "Another excellent book"
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    If you could sum up Don't Look Behind You: And Other True Cases in three words, what would they be?

    Gripping, compelling, fascinating


    What other book might you compare Don't Look Behind You: And Other True Cases to and why?

    Very similar to Ann Rule's other true crime novels. Cases are very engrossing and well researched and presented.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kitty Genovese: A True Account of a Public Murder and its Private Consequences

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Catherine Pelonero
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (158)

    Written in a flowing narrative style, Kitty Genovese: A True Account of a Public Murder and its Private Consequences presents the story of the horrific and infamous murder of Kitty Genovese, a young woman stalked and stabbed on the street where she lived in Queens, New York in 1964. The case sparked national outrage when the New York Times revealed that dozens of witnesses had seen or heard the attacks on Kitty Genovese and her struggle to reach safety but had failed to come to her aid or even call police until after the killer had fled.

    Wanda says: "Wow, read this only if details does not annoy you."
    "Good book, not so great narrator"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I thought the book was very interesting. It was well researched and thoughtful. The only downside was the narrator. She did not have a good cadence to her reading.


    18 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • The Terminal Spy: A True Story of Espionage, Betrayal and Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Alan S. Cowell
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    On November 1, 2006, Alexander Litvinenko sipped tea in London's Millennium Hotel. Hours later, the Russian former intelligence officer, who was sharply critical of Russian president Vladimir Putin, fell ill, and within days was rushed to the hospital. Fatally poisoned by a rare radioactive isotope slipped into his drink, Litvinenko issued a dramatic deathbed statement accusing Vladimir Putin himself of engineering his murder.

    stuartcw says: "Slow but gets there in the end."
    "Excellent"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up The Terminal Spy in three words, what would they be?

    I enjoyed the book very much. I like listening to Vance, he always does a great job.


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

    I have listened to many of his performances. This is an excellent one.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, great performance. Definitely recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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