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Patricia

pjlyon

Auburn, CA, United States

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  • Salvation of a Saint

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Keigo Higashino, Alexander O. Smith (translator)
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (60)

    Yoshitaka, who was about to leave his marriage and his wife, is poisoned by arsenic-laced coffee and dies. His wife, Ayane, is the logical suspect - except that she was hundreds of miles away when he was murdered. The lead detective, Tokyo Police Detective Kusanagi, is immediately smitten with her and refuses to believe that she could have had anything to do with the crime. His assistant, Kaoru Utsumi, however, is convinced Ayane is guilty. While Utsumi’s instincts tell her one thing, the facts of the case are another matter.

    Patricia says: "Appealing but not Compelling"
    "Appealing but not Compelling"
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    Nice narration by David Pittu, however the characters in "Salvation of a Saint," tended to be without much depth, even one dimensional. The book was still interesting enough to listen to. I never felt the need to stop in disgust, but was able to listen all the way through. Just not a first class work of fiction and not much mystery there either.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Drunk with Blood: God's Killings in the Bible

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Steve Wells
    • Narrated By Brendan Littlefield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (68)

    You've probably heard of a few of God's killings. Noah's Flood, Sodom and Gomorrah, David and Goliath, maybe. But there are over 150 others that are unknown to pretty much everyone, believer and nonbeliever alike.

    Harry says: "More die at the hand of God than by Satan"
    "No Blood for Me, Thanks"
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    I enjoyed the way our author gave a good (tongue in cheek) rendition of Bible verses before reading out loud the actual verses.

    It did get a bit long winded, but it was worth it. I wish Christians spent more time researching what it is they truly believe and why. This book could be a great start.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Understanding Literature and Life: Drama, Poetry and Narrative

    • ORIGINAL (32 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Arnold Weinstein
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    The major texts of Western culture are a gateway to wisdom that can widen your views on self and society in enduring ways. And now you can examine its most important works - whether drama, poetry, or narrative - in this series of 64 penetrating lectures that reveal astonishing common ground.

    Saud says: "Could have been more"
    "What a PrivilegeTyp"
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    I wasn't the best student, so the hallowed halls of the Ivy League wouldn't be open to someone like me. That makes this series of lectures so profound. It's as if I met a whole new world of depth and thought. All I really want to say is thank you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Private Practices

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen White
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (51)

    Dr. Alan Gregory is a practicing psychologist with a few little problems to work through. He has an office filled with bloody corpses. He has a teenage patient who may be a sad victim or a savage killer. He has a beautiful estranged wife who wants him back in the worst way, and a lovely lover doing her best to keep him. He has a cop who wants him off the case, and an unknown enemy who wants him permanently out of action.

    karen says: "Oldie but goodie..."
    "Just an Average Mystery"
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    Sometimes it feels as if the author is trying a little to hard to stuff this novel with drama. Too many breakins, several attempts at murder, a few successful, but our main characters, after spending some time in emergency, or the hospital itself, seem to come out a little too seemlessly.

    Then there are the almost car crashes, and one overturned car in snow, with it's too easy rescue. And what's with all the touchy, feely relationships with so many different women, not to mention the strange relationship between psychologist and police detective, which, for me, is one of the more pleasing aspects to the novel.

    I found Dick Hill's voice and style to be distracting, rather than pleasing. The main character seems to be in his late 30's, maybe early 40's, since he is still hankering after fatherhood. Dick Hills voice, with it's odd pauses, sounded too old for our main character.
    I have heard many narrations by Dick Hill and usually enjoy his style, but for this one, he just didn't work.

    I wouldn't kick the book to the curb. It was interesting enough, but not one you will remember for long.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Child 44

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tom Rob Smith
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2173)
    Performance
    (996)
    Story
    (996)

    It is a society that is, officially, a paradise. Superior to the decadent West, Stalin's Soviet Union is a haven for its citizens, providing for all of their needs: education, health care, security. In exchange, all that is required is their hard work, and their loyalty and faith to the Soviet State. But now a murderer is on the loose.

    Melvin says: "Terror from all sides."
    "The Beginning of Light"
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    Even though the story is dated, Stalin era and after his death, it is still a powerful story with many insights into the mind set in the Soviet Union.

    The story of the murders was fascinating and well done. I throughly enjoyed the listening experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Raven Black: Book One of the Shetland Island Quartet

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin
    Overall
    (442)
    Performance
    (397)
    Story
    (398)

    It is a cold January morning, and Shetland lies beneath a deep layer of snow. Trudging home, Fran Hunter's eye is drawn to a splash of color on the frozen ground, ravens circling above. It is the strangled body of her teenage neighbor, Catherine Ross. The locals on the quiet island stubbornly focus their gaze on one man - loner and simpleton Magnus Tait.

    MxH says: "Couldn't find a weak point."
    "A Cunning & Inventive Murder"
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    Not quite spellbinding, but well done none the less.

    I was very entertained by the reader's voice. A perfect old man's voice, and had an easy to absorb manner when speaking the thoughts of different male & female characters.

    Some twists & turns and a clever ending I hadn't expected.

    Overall a very engaging story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10736)
    Performance
    (9635)
    Story
    (9640)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "And So it Continues, Sort of"
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    John Grisham is such a great writer that even a slow book like Sycamore Row has its good moments. The narrator, Michael Beck, was the perfect voice, but even so the story dragged, with a very predictable outcome, where the good guys and gals win in the end, and all is right with the world once more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bat: The First Inspector Harry Hole Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (515)
    Performance
    (465)
    Story
    (474)

    Before Harry took on the neo-Nazi gangs of Oslo, before he met Rakel, before The Snowman tried to take everything he held dear, he went to Australia. Harry Hole is sent to Sydney to investigate the murder of Inger Holter, a young Norwegian girl who was working in a bar. Initially sidelined as an outsider, Harry becomes central to the Australian police investigation when they start to notice a number of unsolved rape and murder cases around the country. The victims were usually young blondes. Inger had a number of admirers, each with his own share of secrets, but there is no obvious suspect.

    Old Hippy says: "Glad I read the all the other Nesbo books first"
    "Not So Good"
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    I'm glad that "The Bat" was not the first of this series I've read, or it would have been the last. In general I have enjoyed the Harry Hole series by Jo Nesbo, but this one, for me, was laborious to listen to. The characters lacked the form and depth the other novels have, and again, another deep love affair begins and ends in a week.

    The narrator was Ok, but nothing special. Some voices were well done and others not as well done. Over all it was a good try but no banana.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gun Church

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Reed Farrel Coleman
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett, John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (65)

    Kip Weiler is a self-destructive, washed-up, middle-aged professor. Once a superstar of the literary set, he has bottomed out after years of drinking and not writing anything worth a damn. As the novel begins, he’s teaching classes at a small, rural community college. Kip's talent, money, and chances have just about run out, when he rescues a classroom full of his students from a deranged student gunman who opens fire and takes the class hostage. Things then begin to change for Kip - seemingly for the better....

    Karen says: "Glad I took the chance"
    "Unlikely Place of Worship"
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    "Gun Church" kinda says it all. Bizarre but intriguing. I hung on till the end, but can only mildly recommend. The characters were not the inspiring sort, rather short on morals while creating their own unlikely principles, sense of community and belonging, while devaluing life in general. Sort of a William Tell with guns, and much deadlier.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Prisoner of Birth

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Roger Allam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2538)
    Performance
    (565)
    Story
    (573)

    One evening, Danny, an East End cockney who works as a garage mechanic, takes his girlfriend up to the West End to celebrate their engagement. He crosses the path of Spencer Craig, a West End barrister tipped to be the youngest Queen's Counsel of his generation. A few hours later Danny is arrested for murder and later is sentenced to 22 years in prison.

    Debbie McKelvey says: "Very Entertaining"
    "Tall order."
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    A modern day rewrite of Dumas should find any book writer quaking in his boots, but Archer does a good enough job of it. I wouldn't award him any prizes for insite, and his version of vengence and justice was rather feeble, but all in all you might not want to pass it up completely. It was decent, but bland entertainment.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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