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P. Bowen

Chally

New York, NY United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Locked Rooms

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (738)
    Performance
    (361)
    Story
    (363)

    New York Times best-selling author Laurie R. King has won sweeping critical acclaim and an impressive collection of awards for her writing. Although other writers have tried, no one has matched King's ability to capture the allure of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary sleuth, Sherlock Holmes.

    Melanie says: "Don't miss this jewel!"
    "OK, Just Ok"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Locked Rooms?

    I've read several of Laurie King's Holmes novels, and while entertaining, they are not as clever as they think they are. The problem with creating a novel with Holmes in it, you have to be as smart and sharp as Doyle.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Betrayal of Trust: A Chief Superintendent Simon Serrailler Mystery, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Susan Hill
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (94)

    Simon Serrailler is faced with that most complicated of investigations - a cold case. Freak weather and flash floods have hit southern England. The small cathedral town of Lafferton is underwater, and a landslip on the moor has closed the roads. As the rain slowly drains away, a shallow grave - and a skeleton - is exposed; 20 years have passed, and the remains of missing teenager Joanne Lowther have finally been uncovered. Joanne, an only child, had been on her way home from a friend's house that night.

    Janet H. Maddox says: "Love the series; this one not my favorite"
    "Truly engaging"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Betrayal of Trust the most enjoyable?

    I've listened to all of the Susan Hill/Simon Serrailler novels. I can't say what makes them so engaging, but they are. They are not the best mysteries, but it hardly matters, since the characters are so real and engaging, that I'm happy to follow them along as they do their day-to-day activities -- be that cooking meals for their families or solving murders. They are like those long BBC detective series that are long on detail w/o much action, which for me are a great pleasure to watch.


    What other book might you compare The Betrayal of Trust to and why?

    Any P.D. James


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • To Say Nothing of the Dog: Or How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump at Last

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
    (1910)
    Performance
    (1113)
    Story
    (1115)

    In this Hugo-winner from Connie Willis, when too many jumps back to 1940 leave 21st century Oxford history student Ned Henry exhausted, a relaxing trip to Victorian England seems the perfect solution. But complexities like recalcitrant rowboats, missing cats, and love at first sight make Ned's holiday anything but restful - to say nothing of the way hideous pieces of Victorian art can jeopardize the entire course of history.

    Sara says: "A fun read"
    "Loved this"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This was such a delight to listen to. I love how wonderfully Ms. Willis captured the exuberance and fun of the period without ever sounding like pastiche.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Absolutist

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By John Boyne
    • Narrated By Michael Maloney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (113)

    It is September 1919: Twenty-one-year-old Tristan Sadler takes a train from London to Norwich to deliver a package of letters to the sister of Will Bancroft, the man he fought alongside during the Great War. But the letters are not the real reason for Tristan's visit. He can no longer keep a secret and has finally found the courage to unburden himself of it. As Tristan recounts the horrific details of what to him became a senseless war, he also speaks of his friendship with Will - from their first meeting on the training grounds at Aldershot to their farewell in the trenches of northern France.

    Dennis says: "A Thin Red Line Between Love and Hate"
    "Lovely"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up The Absolutist in three words, what would they be?

    Wasn't expecting to be so moved by this book, but I was. Very sweet, tender and sad.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Gulliver Takes Manhattan

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Justin Luke Zirilli
    • Narrated By Cole Ferguson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    When Gulliver Leverenz abandons LA to make a fresh start in New York, he leaves behind his family, his friends - and one bastard ex-boyfriend. It’s certainly an impulse move: Gully has no job, no money, and no direction. What he does have is a former fraternity brother with a posh apartment, a crew of incredibly hot friends, and a reputation as a rising star in the gay nightlife scene. As luck would have it, Gully soon snags a job with a talent agent and even finds himself a new boyfriend. There’s just one catch...

    Matthew says: "Dirty delight!"
    "Stupid"
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    Would you try another book from Justin Luke Zirilli and/or Cole Ferguson?

    As a gay man, this book made me utterly depressed. Hey, i'm all for shallow fun. But when your shallowness - and wit -- is paper-thin, what's the point.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Sense of an Ending: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Julian Barnes
    • Narrated By Richard Morant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (875)
    Performance
    (746)
    Story
    (749)

    Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumor, and wit. Maybe Adrian was a little more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life. Now Tony is retired. He’s had a career and a single marriage, a calm divorce. He’s certainly never tried to hurt anybody. Memory, though, is imperfect. It can always throw up surprises, as a lawyer’s letter is about to prove.

    Chris Reich says: "Stunning. I'm Guilty. Are You?"
    "Genius"
    Overall
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    Where does The Sense of an Ending rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    What of the most delightful experiences, listening to this sad, sweet and smart story of one man look back on his life. Melancholy and marvelous.


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Savage Detectives: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Roberto Bolaño
    • Narrated By Eddie Lopez, Armando Durán
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (73)

    The late Chilean writer Roberto Bolaño has been called the García Marquez of his generation. The Savage Detectives is a hilarious and sexy, meandering and melancholy, companionable and complicated road trip through Mexico City, Barcelona, Israel, Liberia, and finally the desert of northern Mexico. It is the first of Bolaño's two giant works, with 2666, to be translated into English and is already being hailed as a masterpiece.

    Rebecca Lindroos says: "Started slow but ended great"
    "Great listen"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up The Savage Detectives in three words, what would they be?

    I've read Bolano, but I think his novels work even better read out loud. The long lists of esoteric knowledge, the rambling thoughts and literary analysis, and the internal observations flow beautifully when read.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Final Curtain

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (42)

    Beautiful Troy Alleyn, artist wife of Inspector Alleyn, had been warned about the famed old Shakespearean actor, and his eccentric household. But she was not prepared for their acts of malice and mischief.

    Lynne Phelps says: "Visit Troy & Roderick Alleyn near the end of WWII"
    "Classic"
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    Where does Final Curtain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Ngaio Marsh writes such classic stories that it reminds me why I like reading mysteries to begin with.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Christie


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Jeremy Scahill
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (467)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (145)

    A largely untold facet of the war on terror is the widespread outsourcing of military tasks to private mercenary companies. Accountable neither to the citizenry nor to standard military legal codes, these largely unregulated corporate armies are being entrusted with ever-greater responsibilities on behalf of the nation.

    Stanley says: "Truly frightening"
    "Scary"
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    Would you listen to Blackwater again? Why?

    although we hear less and less about the privatization of the American military, this books provides a great reminder of what is going on behind the scenes.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Barchester Towers

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    Barchester Towers, Trollope's most popular novel, is the second of the six Chronicles of Barsetshire. Trollope continues the story, begun in The Warden, of Mr Harding and his daughter Eleanor.

    connie says: "comfortable listening"
    "Trollope packs a wallop"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Trollope is really the perfect novelist for audio books -- graceful, leisurely, comic, and human. Such a pleasure to float in his world.


    What other book might you compare Barchester Towers to and why?

    Dickens


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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