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Sandrine

Nicely tall and intelligently open-minded

Differdange, Luxembourg | Member Since 2012

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  • The Halo Effect

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By M. J. Rose
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante, Natalie Ross
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (116)

    Dr. Morgan Snow is a well-known sex therapist who is treating Cleo Thane, a beautiful business owner...and prostitute. Cleo caters to the wealthy and powerful and after delivering a tell-all manuscript to Dr. Snow, she disappears. A serial killer is murdering street hookers and using the book, Morgan desperately searches for clues to stop the killer before Cleo becomes his next victim.

    Katherine says: "Wonderful thriller, even better narrators!"
    "Not a great start for a series."
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    What would have made The Halo Effect better?

    I didn't notice that listening first to the Delilah Complex there was a series and that there was a first book. As I rather enjoyed the Delilah Complex, I have to admit that I'm glad I didn't listen to the Halo Effect as book 1.
    As a first book in a series, the author (regarding the story) and the performers need to find their voice. Which for the Delilah Complex they had. I didn't like the whining tone for Dr. Morgan Snow character in the Halo Effect.
    A somehow good main plot and a very mediocre side plot, not very well knitted together don't become a good book nor a good listen.


    Would you recommend The Halo Effect to your friends? Why or why not?

    I did recommend the second book in the series, as I enjoyed that one, now I'm waiting for my friends reaction do the Halo Effect. But I do believe they are not going to be rocked from their socks.


    Did Phil Gigante and Natalie Ross do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    They did a good job with the differentiating, yes. I really enjoyed the parts where Phil Gigante speaks the "woman" parts.
    Natalie Ross was a bit too whiny sometimes and possibly also because the story let to the whining ...


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

    I liked the jazz evening with Noah Jordain ... who wouldn't ?


    Any additional comments?

    Too many lost girls ...

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18764)
    Performance
    (12872)
    Story
    (12765)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "I've made it through"
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    What did you like best about Outlander? What did you like least?

    First, it was a long ride. Second, it was up and down. Third, it left you with a fuzzy warm feeling (well mostly if you are a woman). Fourth, may I also step through the portal and meet a Jamie Fraser?


    Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

    Mrs Porter gave a remarkable performance. I really enjoyed listening to her voice and how she gave those characters life.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    They would probably censor out most of the good graphic stuff ...


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tilt-a-Whirl

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Chris Grabenstein
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1500)
    Performance
    (894)
    Story
    (888)

    There isn't much fun in the sun when a billionaire real estate tycoon is found murdered on the Tilt-a-Whirl at a seedy seaside amusement park in the otherwise quiet summer tourist town of Sea Haven. John Ceepak, a former MP just back from Iraq, has just joined the Sea Haven police department. The job offer came from an old Army buddy who hoped to give Ceepak at least a summer's worth of rest and relaxation to help him forget the horrors of war. Instead, Ceepak will head up the murder investigation.

    Bryan says: "A Guilty Pleasure"
    "A popcorn novel that pops"
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    Any additional comments?

    I call these type of books popcorn novels, they are light, enjoyable, fun and you munch through the big bucket without noticing and then can easily toss them aside without feeling guilty.
    As many listeners have commented, it's not the deep drama. It has some twists and turns, the somewhat serious issues are however taken a bit too lightly for my taste.

    You want to enjoy a quick listen, go for it. Might even be a good first listen to get into the audible mood.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Second Deadly Sin

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Lawrence Sanders
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (336)
    Performance
    (272)
    Story
    (271)

    Lawrence Sanders's masterpiece, The First Deadly Sin, set a standard for today's novels of psychological suspense. Now, retired Captain Ed Delaney returns to a distinctly urban milieu of paranoia and impulsive violence to solve a brutal murder that shocks New York's unshockable art world. The victim is Victor Maitland. Long-considered one of the world's greatest artists, he excelled in capturing the beauty of life on canvas. In private, he destroyed whomever he pleased: his wife, his son, his mistress, his dearest friends and family.

    John says: "Really Really Good!"
    "Too procedural, too honkey dorey"
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    What disappointed you about The Second Deadly Sin?

    I was waiting to be transported again into the mind of a killer, like in the first book. It didn't happen. The whole story turns around Chief Edward and his new sidekick. I am aware that the book is dated but a good crime story is timeless. This story is very forgettable.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Mote in God's Eye

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By L J Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3982)
    Performance
    (2414)
    Story
    (2448)

    The Mote In God's Eye is their acknowledged masterpiece, an epic novel of mankind's first encounter with alien life that transcends the genre. No lesser an authority than Robert A. Heinlein called it "possibly the finest science fiction novel I have ever read".

    J. Rhoderick says: "A great read!"
    "Solid and believable Sci-Fi"
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    Where does The Mote in God's Eye rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The book has not become an instant favorite. I sometimes like to be shipped to other worlds and roam around the universe. This book as achieved this very well. Although at the beginning one can get lost a little bit in the technicalities of Hawkin' Drive and Langston Field but these details enhance the believable aspect of this Sci-Fi story. I also enjoyed the fact that the crew on the ship is working as an actual ship crew.
    Funny that Hollywood has not yet taken a liking to motion picture this tale.


    Have you listened to any of L J Ganser’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    In the comments section one gathers that some listeners were not happy with Mr Ganser's performance, however I have nothing against it. I enjoyed listening to Mr Ganser and thought he did a very good performance, especially with the Scottish and Russian accents.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Brian Selznick
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    Overall
    (313)
    Performance
    (234)
    Story
    (241)

    Orphan, clock keeper, and thief, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the station, Hugo's undercover life and his most precious secret are put in jeopardy.

    Jolie says: "engaging story for the whole family"
    "Dare to follow your dreams!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Invention of Hugo Cabret the most enjoyable?

    It's a quick listen but well worth the credit. Although it is a children's story and simple in it's construction, it has a nice flow and strong character development. I fully enjoyed to escape into this little world and follow Hugo through his escapades.


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

    Mr Woodman's performance was excellent and I thoroughly enjoyed his voice.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fall of Hyperion

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2511)
    Performance
    (1558)
    Story
    (1589)

    In the stunning continuation of the epic adventure begun in Hyperion, Simmons returns us to a far future resplendent with drama and invention. Onthe world of Hyperion, the mysterious Time Tombs are opening. And the secrets they contain mean that nothing - nothing anywhere in the universe - will ever be the same.

    Darwin8u says: "Hyperion is FALLEN, am I too to fall?"
    "A very long fall"
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    What did you like best about The Fall of Hyperion? What did you like least?

    I was just curious on how the epic tale of Hyperion was going to be continued. I listened through it and I found it just a little bit too long. The story does however develop nicely and a new things come up just like in a good series.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll need a little break before listening to the next book. ;o)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Emperor's Edge

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lindsay Buroker
    • Narrated By Starla Huchton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (54)

    Imperial law enforcer Amaranthe Lokdon is good at her job: She can deter thieves and pacify thugs, if not with a blade, then by toppling an eight-foot pile of coffee canisters onto their heads. But when ravaged bodies show up on the waterfront, an arson covers up human sacrifices, and a powerful business coalition plots to kill the emperor, she feels a tad overwhelmed. Worse, Sicarius, the empire's most notorious assassin, is in town. He's tied in with the chaos somehow, but Amaranthe would be a fool to cross his path. Unfortunately, her superiors order her to hunt him down.

    Sandrine says: "Indiana Jane leaving a bloody trail"
    "Indiana Jane leaving a bloody trail"
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    What did you like best about The Emperor's Edge? What did you like least?

    The story is somewhat a classic "cloak and dagger" plot. The pace between the highs and lows is just about right. The character development is solid and knitted nicely into the flow of the story.
    The heroine was caught and escaped a few too many times for my taste. I even lost rack at one stage and was surprised that she somehow got out and I did not even understand how. Nearly every time she does get out, there is a bloody trail left. With that trail I got fed up with and think the writer could have let a few of these unfortunate very minor characters off the hook instead off a cut throat.


    Has The Emperor's Edge turned you off from other books in this genre?

    It hasn't, I would actually have liked to read more about the setting of the world. How it works and a little bit more of descriptions of the scenery. Not that my imagination fails me but it would just have rounded the story a tad more.


    What three words best describe Starla Huchton’s performance?

    Personnally, I did not like her performance, I put up with it to finish the story. The different voices she tried to give to the different characters where not sufficiently distinctive to be recognizable or "good" for that matter. Sometimes it's best not to impersonate a character and just tell the story as it goes.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hyperion

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor, Allyson Johnson, Kevin Pariseau, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4234)
    Performance
    (2722)
    Story
    (2754)

    On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all.

    aaron says: "A LESSON in How to Write Smart, Dark, ADULT SciFi"
    "Makes one to want to know about Keats"
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    Any additional comments?

    It's a long listen and at times felt tedious but I persisted and was not put off by the experience. The story took me to delve into the incredible large imaginative world of Dan Simmons whom I applaud to have ingeniously patched six different story lines into one big story about Hyperion.
    I am currently listening to the sequel and can't wait for the outcome.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Crewel World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Monica Ferris
    • Narrated By Susan Boyce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (273)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (225)

    When Betsy Devonshire arrived in Excelsior, Minnesota, all she wanted was to visit her sister Margot and get her life in order. She never dreamed her sister would give her a place to stay and a job at her needlecraft shop. In fact, things had never looked so good - until Margot was murdered. In a town this friendly, it's hard to imagine who could have committed such a horrible act, but Betsy has a few ideas. There's an ex-employee who wants to start her own needlework store. And there's the landlord who wanted Margot out. Now Betsy's putting together a list of motives and suspects....

    Sara says: "British style mystery set in America"
    "Knit Purl Knit Purl can get tedious"
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    What was most disappointing about Monica Ferris’s story?

    As an avid handcrafter myself, I thought let's see if you can solve a crime by knitting. Well, they kind of did in the story but that took ages to develop. It was like never seeing in the end of a tube knitted scarf. I would have loved a bit more spunk and fun.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Haunted

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Marc Cashman, Erik Davies, and others
    Overall
    (656)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (281)

    Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk is a novel made up of stories: 23 of them, to be precise. Twenty-three of the most horrifying, hilarious, mind-blowing, stomach-churning tales you'll ever encounter, sometimes all at once. They are told by people who have answered an ad headlined "Writers' Retreat: Abandon Your Life for Three Months", and who are led to believe that here they will leave behind all the distractions of "real life" that are keeping them from creating the masterpiece that is in them.

    Dominique says: "True Horror -- Not for the faint of heart, stomach"
    "I could not even finish..."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I certainly could not understand the story that was supposed to thread all the short stories together. Some of these short stories were ... very strange but not strange or witty enough for me to like them.

    I certainly was haunted ... I could not even finish to listen to the book, mainly haunted in a sense of bored and not intriguing enough to stay tuned.

    Nonetheless, the performance by the narrators was good.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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