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Pamela

AUSTIN, TX, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10176)
    Performance
    (9313)
    Story
    (9332)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Beautiful words, exceptional narration"
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    The author's beautiful word pictures about an errant painting are wonderfully shared via David Pittu's narration. I wondered how likely some of the events could be, but I won't spoil it for you.
    Listen, enjoy, and spend the next days and perhaps weeks pondering the morality tale.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Still Life with Crows: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1977)
    Performance
    (1688)
    Story
    (1677)

    For the first time in unabridged audio! A small Kansas town has turned into a killing ground. Is it a serial killer, a man with the need to destroy? Or is it a darker force, a curse upon the land? Amid golden cornfields, FBI Special Agent Pendergast discovers evil in the blood of America's heart.

    Polly says: "SCARY, WEIRD, ENGAGING"
    "Magnificent narrator!"
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    This was my first, but not last, Preston & Child book. Thanks to Audible for bringing it to my attention. The narrator, Scott Brick. is exceptional, turning a good book into a fascinating listen. As a result, I've purchased another four, beginning with the first of the series, although I'm so curious about what happens next after Still Life With Crows.

    Every time I thought the tale was becoming predictable, Preston & Child surprised me with a very unpredictable twist.

    Great book! You'll enjoy it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In Big Trouble: A Tess Monaghan Novel, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Laura Lippman
    • Narrated By Deborah Hazlett
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (62)

    First as a reporter and then as a PI, Tess Monaghan has learned how to survive and thrive on the streets of Baltimore. But a new case will force her to confront her own past, and a man she loved and lost. It starts when she gets a newspaper photograph of her old boyfriend with a tantalizing shard of headline attached: In Big Trouble. The answers lie far from Baltimore, deep in a world of good-time music, old-fashioned ambition, and rich people's games. For Tess must find out what happened to a man she thought she knew, to a woman who may have changed him forever, and to the victims of a killer who dances to a different - and deadly - drummer.

    C. Telfair says: "Tess on the Road"
    "A surprising change of scenery"
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    Former journalist Tess strays from Baltimore to, of all places, my stomping ground. So I was particularly excited to listen to one of my most favorite mystery writers. The story is as intricate as the others, and I'm accustomed to Deborah Hazlett's voice. I assume her various Baltimore dialects are spot on, but she missed it big time trying to replicate a Spanish-speaking Texan's dialect. Plus, it grated on me when locations were mispronounced, or at least they were not spoken as the locals would.I also felt like Lippman tried too hard to prove a knowledge of the new location. Looking up her bio I was surprised to see she had reported from San Antonio and does know the area well beyond what a visitor would know. Do Audible authors have the opportunity to approve the recorded version of their books?
    Beyond my parochial comments about Tex-Mex dialect and the way we pronounce certain Spanish locales, I love Lippman's Tess and Hazlett's voice. I can't wait to listen to the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Charm City

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Laura Lippman
    • Narrated By Deborah Hazlett
    Overall
    (252)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (143)

    PI Tess Monaghan knows and loves every inch of her native Baltimore. It's a quirky city where baseball reigns, but lately homicide seems to be the second most popular sport. Business tycoon Wink Wynkowski is trying to change all that by bringing pro basketball to town--until a devastating expose appears in the Baltimore Beacon Light. The newspaper's editors thought they'd killed the piece. Instead, the piece killed Wink, who's found dead in his garage. Tess is hired to find the unknown hacker who planted the lethal story.

    BJG says: "On of my favorites"
    "A fully plausible mystery."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I already recommended this to my friends in Baltimore, to my fellow dog-lovers, to reporter friends and to mystery lovers.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    There is never a slow moment in this book. It takes one from one emotion to another, from laughing out loud to sharing the ache of a lost love.


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

    This is the second book in the series, and Hazlett is definitely the voice of Tess. Her Baltimore dialect for other characters is a hoot.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm already listening to the third in the series and it's just as good as the first two.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Baltimore Blues

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Laura Lippman
    • Narrated By Deborah Hazlett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (404)
    Performance
    (228)
    Story
    (221)

    Unemployed at 29, Tess Monaghan is willing to take any freelance job to pay the rent - including a bit of unorthodox snooping for her rowing buddy, Darryl "Rock" Paxton. In a city where someone is murdered almost every day, attorney Michael Abramowitz's death should be just another statistic. But the slain lawyer's notoriety - and his noontime trysts with Rock's fiancée - make the case front page news...and point to Rock as the likely murderer.

    connie says: "I'm on #8 - This series is almost unique"
    "This is a 'real time' mystery."
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    Where does Baltimore Blues rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the best I've listened to in many months. Perhaps because I once was a reporter, I really identified with Tess and her predicament when her newspaper folded. I liked the fact that this is a real mystery, not a disguised "romance" novel.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Baltimore Blues?

    SPOILER ALERT! I held my breath, knowing what was coming when the car started up without its headlights. But the details, the word pictures, were not so predictable. The entire book kept me spellbound.


    Any additional comments?

    I immediately took advantage of the sale and bought the next three in the series. I know I'll buy the others as well.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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