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Rita

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  • Gone Too Far

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Suzanne Brockmann
    • Narrated By Deborah Hazlett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (463)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (294)

    Lt. Sam Starrett, one of America's elite warriors, shows up at his ex-wife's home only to discover that his daughter is gone and a woman's body lies brutally murdered on the floor. FBI agent Alyssa Locke, who once was involved with Sam, is assigned to the case, and soon explosive information surfaces that links Sam to an unsolved assassination plot. With her reputation hanging in the balance, Alyssa must arrest a man she believes to be innocent or risk her career.

    Aurora says: "Oh Sam!"
    "Romance is dominant"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better writer.


    What was most disappointing about Suzanne Brockmann’s story?

    Simplistic romance novel. Not a great mystery.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Deborah Hazlett?

    I think the writing is the problem, so the narrator didn't have much to work with.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I didn't finish it. It bored me.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish there were a way to screen out romance books.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Eye: A Gray Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2213)
    Performance
    (1976)
    Story
    (1995)

    Ex-CIA master assassin Court Gentry has always prided himself on his ability to disappear at will, to fly below the radar and exist in the shadows - to survive as the near-mythical Gray Man. But when he takes revenge upon a former employer who betrayed him, he exposes himself to something he’s never had to face before. A killer who is just like him. Code-named Dead Eye, Russell Whitlock is a graduate of the same ultra-secret Autonomous Asset Program that trained and once controlled Gentry.

    Julius Butcher says: "Fits well into the series"
    "Lingusitic inaccuracies and a bad reader."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A narrator who can pronounce the foreign words (and some English ones) correctly, or at least close to correct. And an author who checks basic facts. He claimed a major character could understand the jist of a Farsi conversation because he spoke Arabic, which is similar. Wrong. Farsi (the language of Iran and Afghanistan, i.e. Persian) is Indoeuropean, like Sanskrit, German, Greek, and Latin. Arabic is in a completely different language family and is a Semitic language like Hebrew, Aramaic, and Syriac.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I thought it drug on a bit, milking the suspense.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jay Snyder’s performances?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    The first book by this author I listened to was OK. He's a mediocre writer with shallow, stock characters, but offers decent suspense. This one started to feel repetitive and did not sustain my interest as much as the first one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Darker Shade of Sweden

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By John-Henri Holmberg
    • Narrated By Carol Monda, Scott Brick, Adam Grupper, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (117)

    Ever since Stieg Larsson shone a light on the brilliance of Swedish crime writing with his acclaimed and best-selling Millennium trilogy, listeners around the world have sought out and devoured the crime fiction of his countrymen (and women), many of whom have proved to be some of the greatest masters of the genre. In this landmark and unique publication, Sweden's most distinguished and best-loved crime writers have contributed stories to an anthology that promises to thrill even the most jaded mystery listener.

    Alcairha says: "Very uneven collection with some gems (see below)"
    "Flat and predictible"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Found the padding about biographies repetitious and too long, as if the editor had to sell the writers as good. Stories were too predictible with shallow characters. If this is the best of Swedish crime fiction, it is mostly mediocre.


    Would you ever listen to anything by John-Henri Holmberg again?

    Probably not.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Robert Garland
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Garland
    Overall
    (1046)
    Performance
    (943)
    Story
    (932)

    Look beyond the abstract dates and figures, kings and queens, and battles and wars that make up so many historical accounts. Over the course of 48 richly detailed lectures, Professor Garland covers the breadth and depth of human history from the perspective of the so-called ordinary people, from its earliest beginnings through the Middle Ages.

    Mark says: "Tantalizing time trip"
    "Boring history 101"
    Overall
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you know nothing at all about ancient history and like a slow paced, laboriously academic lecture style, this is a decent intro.


    What could The Great Courses have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I don't like this canned approach to subjects, so I doubt I will try any more of these. /found the applause noise and loooong introductions to content tedious. Prefer well written books instead.


    Any additional comments?

    So basic as to be pretty boring if you've studied any archaeology, prehistory, or ancient history.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Birchbark House

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Louise Erdrich
    • Narrated By Nicolle Littrell
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    With exquisite care, National Book Critics Circle Award winner Louise Erdrich has fashioned a story rich in the way of life and heritage of the Ojibwa people, a story that begs to be told out loud. As each season in a year of Omakayas' life is lovingly portrayed, the satisfying rhythm of her days is shattered when a stranger visits the lodge one night, bringing with him an invisible enemy that will change things forever.

    Mary says: "My children loved listening to this story with me"
    "For Children"
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    What disappointed you about The Birchbark House?

    I love Erdrich's writing. This is clearly not for adults, but for chidlren. I didn't finish it. Got too explanatory and simple.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The End of the Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Colin Firth
    Overall
    (2716)
    Performance
    (2502)
    Story
    (2489)

    Graham Greene’s evocative analysis of the love of self, the love of another, and the love of God is an English classic that has been translated for the stage, the screen, and even the opera house. Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, A Single Man) turns in an authentic and stirring performance for this distinguished audio release.

    Karen Downes says: "Colin whispers in my ear, and I melt"
    "Great Writer Is Made Better By a Great Actor"
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    Where does The End of the Affair rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The morally agonizing moment when Bendrix reads Sarah's entry about why she had to give him up. It is one of the most emotionally complex moments in any novel, and Firth's understated reading made it perfect and powerful.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. And relisten to.


    Any additional comments?

    Firth managed to disappear into the story, so that I cannot separate the two in my memory anymore. I've read other Bellow books, but the reading made this one especially memorable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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