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Greenville, SC, USA

  • 4 reviews
  • 8 ratings
  • 356 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2014

  • Grave Secrets

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Katherine Borowitz

    Powerful entertainment from the crime fiction superstar who combines riveting authenticity with witty, elegant prose. Best selling author Kathy Reichs "keeps the twists coming, and by the novel's climax, she has skillfully interwoven her many subplots and red herrings into a satisfying puddle of sex, sleaze, greed and gore," says Publishers Weekly.

    Don says: "Good story"
    "Much better than expected!"

    This was my first Kathy Reichs book, and given other reviewers' comments I was braced for a gross disappointment that never came. I should know by now that the longer reviews of books one normally finds are sour in nitpicky ways, regarding either an author's style or that of the narrator.

    I enjoyed Reichs' writing. The lengthy descriptions of people and places painted vivid scenes. Her clever use of metaphors and turns of phrase often had me laughing out loud. Also, the sarcasm among the characters was delicious. There were some gaps in background story here and there, but I easily ascribed it to this being my first read of her series, of which this is the fifth. (I started here because it's the earliest of her books on audio that is unabridged.)

    A narrator can make or break a book. One reviewer here was right in suggesting that an author should approve one before the project proceeds. This narrator was pretty good. She has some flat moments here and there, but on the whole she gave life to the characters and was pleasant to listen to.

    I'm off to download the next unabridged Reichs book, Bare Bones. Reviewers trashed it, more the narrator than the book itself, but I'll just have to see.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Bare Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Michele Pawk

    Dr. Temperance Brennan looks forward to her first vacation in years. She's almost out the door when the bones start appearing. Most puzzling of all are the bones discovered at a remote farm outside Charlotte. The remains seem to be of animal origin, but Tempe is shocked when she gets them to her lab. Why are the X rays and DNA so perplexing? Who is trying to keep Tempe from the answers? Someone is following her, and must be stopped before it's too late.

    Sara says: "Not as good"
    "not quite up to par"

    I like Ms. Reichs works, but this one... not so much. There seemed to be a few too many characters and threads, making it hard to follow at times. Also, the ending is rather anti-climactic and unsatisfying.

    What REALLY drops the stock is the narrator. The Southern accent she tries to affect is horrible! It sounds more like a mockery than an effort to imitate it. In fact, it's absolutely grating.

    So I gave the book a 4, but the narration a 2.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Fanny Herself

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Edna Ferber
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren

    A timeless coming-of-age story that could well have been plucked from today's headlines, Fanny Herself is about gender prejudice, sexual awakening, the plight of the working classes, down home anti-Semitism and the life and loves of an irrepressible charming girl who gains the world and almost loses her true self.

    Richard says: "doh!"

    This is a great book and I was SO looking forward to hearing it! Unfortunately, this recording is so muddy that the reading is often unintelligible. Let's hope another reading will be offered one day. This one is horrid! I'm very disappointed. :-(

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Alienist

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Caleb Carr
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Best-selling author Caleb Carr deftly combines historical detail with spine-tingling chills. The year is 1896, and a serial killer is loose in New York City. His targets are poor young boys working as transvestite prostitutes. The general public has little interest in the victims, but Chief of Police Theodore Roosevelt wants the murderer stopped. He assembles a clandestine group of amateur detectives to track the killer, but there are powerful forces at work who don't want the crimes solved.

    Julie says: "Excellent historical thriller"
    "a must.. for certain folk"

    You'll be all about this novel if you are interested in post-Civil War stuff, or serial killers, or the origins of forensics, or the origins of psychology, or the stirrings of the birth of women's rights, or have an interest in child labor or street kids or prostitution, or, in particular, street children forced into prositution, or general social history of the 1890s, or like the recent movie 'The Gangs of New York', this is the novel for you. The man (Carr) has done his research.

    I'm interested in all of the above, and this thing knocked my socks off! Of everything though, my greatest kudos to the author come from his use of language as spoken at that time. (e.g. 'electrical chair' VS 'electric chair').

    As an historical novel? Yeah, buddy! As a novel? Yeah buddy!

    Excuse me while I download the sequel.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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