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Pamela

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  • The English Girl: Gabriel Allon, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1278)
    Performance
    (1098)
    Story
    (1099)

    Daniel Silva delivers another spectacular thriller starring Gabriel Allon, The English Girl. When a beautiful young British woman vanishes on the island of Corsica, a prime minister’s career is threatened with destruction. Allon, the wayward son of Israeli intelligence, is thrust into a game of shadows where nothing is what it seems...and where the only thing more dangerous than his enemies might be the truth.…

    Janels says: "Gabriel's story takes huge strides"
    "This is not my idea of a good listen"
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    Performance
    Story

    I have always been a DS fan but this book has me yawning and wanting it to be over. How much time was spent rehashing the whole series? And the step by step drama. I'm going to return this book if they let me. Not up to DS's standards.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Not My Father's Son: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Alan Cumming
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1216)
    Performance
    (1120)
    Story
    (1118)

    With ribald humor, wit, and incredible insight, Alan seamlessly moves back and forth in time, integrating stories from his childhood in Scotland and his experiences today as the celebrated actor of film, television, and stage. At times suspenseful, at times deeply moving, but always incredibly brave and honest, Not My Father's Son is a powerful story of embracing the best aspects of the past and triumphantly pushing the darkness aside.

    Angie says: "If You've Been Through Something Similar..."
    "Wonderful"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I am not usually a fan of memoirs, however Alan Cummings' story is rich, provocative and full of life events. His narrative is soothing, easy to listen too and his voice resonates emotion without self pity or self discrimination.

    I highly recommend this book and if you are already a fan of Alan Cummings then you are 'doubly' fortunate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Helene Wecker
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4787)
    Performance
    (4379)
    Story
    (4373)

    Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

    Janice says: "What does it mean to be human?"
    "A bit long but I persevered "
    Overall

    I would recommend this audible version. Narrator is good, easy to listen too. Story is a bit convoluted but pieces fall together. A good listen and a long listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7460)
    Performance
    (5357)
    Story
    (5350)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "Predictable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I found the story enjoyable but with a predictable storyline. There were gaps in the story that left me wondering 'what happened' [her brother for instance]. I felt there could have been more in depth character development but for the most part it was fine.

    The narrator lost her 'Irish lilt' throughout the narration and I found that disappointing. It took something away from the story and narration.

    It was a good story with historical information that I found lacking in details. Again, it was predictable but enjoyable and I would recommend it as a 'beach' listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shock Wave

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1688)
    Performance
    (1405)
    Story
    (1402)

    The thrilling new Virgil Flowers novel from the #1 New York Times best-selling author. The superstore chain PyeMart has its sights set on a Minnesota river town, but two very angry groups want to stop it: local merchants, fearing for their businesses, and environmentalists, predicting ecological disaster. The protests don't seem to be slowing the project, though, until someone decides to take matters into his own hands.

    aaron says: "Not the best Virgil ~ but it is still Virgil!"
    ""Boring" Wave"
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    This is definitely NOT up to Sanford's past standards. I wish I waited until the $4.95 special. It is unimaginative, characters are lame, too much from the narrator -"he said ' she said'. The flow of the reading is choppy and irritating to listen to. Thumbs down for JS this time.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Likeness

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Heather O'Neill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3507)
    Performance
    (2346)
    Story
    (2351)

    Tana French's debut, In the Woods, hit the New York Times best-seller list and drew rave reviews from the Times (London) and Booklist. Picking up six months later, this riveting sequel finds Detective Cassie Maddox still scarred by her last case. When her boyfriend calls her to a chilling murder scene, Cassie is forced to face her inner demons. A young woman has been found stabbed to death outside Dublin, and the victim looks just like Cassie.

    Michael says: "Really on a Different Level"
    "Long, long... YAWN"
    Overall

    I love when a book 'captures' me and I do not want to get to the end... I have my listening device on 2x the normal rate. I always try to finish the book even if I do not care for the content or narrator. This plot is minimized by it's long narration and incidental 'fluff.' It's a 'whodunit' with a long winded narration. The narrator however keeps pace [or lack of pace] with the drama that keeps trying to unfold. Only 2 stars for Tana this time around.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Port Mortuary: A Scarpetta Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Burton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (916)
    Performance
    (380)
    Story
    (391)

    In this fast-paced story, a treacherous path from Scarpetta's past merges with the high tech highway she now finds herself on. We travel back to the beginning of her professional career, when she enlisted in the Air Force to pay off her medical school debt and found herself ensnared in a gruesome case of what seemed to be vicious, racially motivated hate crimes against two Americans in South Africa.

    Terry says: "once again angry"
    "Irritating and negative"
    Overall

    The narrator dictates the mood and pulse of this book. What could have been a caring, thought-provoking Kay Scarpetta, turned into a negative, psychological twist that was irritating to listen to and not the intent of the author. Kay may be going through a life changing experience but not necessarily in the negative interpretation that the narrator displayed. I will think twice before listening to this narrator again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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