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Sharon in Surrey

Old Broad with Keyboard

Vancouver, Canada | Member Since 2006

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  • Pago Pago Tango: A Jungle Beat Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By John Enright
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Detective Sergeant Apelu Soifua knows firsthand how cops work in the big city; he spent seven years on the beat with the San Francisco PD. There, the job was just a job. But back home on American Samoa, it’s personal. On an island, there are no strangers. Secrets may be commonly known but they’re never discussed, and solving crimes requires a certain…finesse. Here, Apelu walks the line between two cultures: Samoan versus American, native versus new.

    John S. says: "Great narration and interesting setting"
    "Bored to Death"
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    What disappointed you about Pago Pago Tango?

    The lack of action & plot really disappointed me. Maybe I'm spoiled by the worlds of 'Private', Kay Scarpetta, Temperance Brennan, Poke Rafferty & Agent Penderghast, but I'd like a little action in my Thrillers & Mysteries. Right from the start, it was a slow mover & I lost interest so many times I was nodding off over my keyboard. I finally gave up about half-way through & deleted it from my 'play list'. I really tried hard to like this new series, really I did, but as far as I'm concerned, it's a stinker.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ophelia Cut: Dismas Hardy, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Lescroart
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (249)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (219)

    Moses McGuire has good reason to be concerned about his beautiful 23-year-old daughter, Brittany. She moves quickly from one boyfriend to the next, and always seems to prefer a new and mysterious stranger to a man she knows something about. But her most recent ex, Rick Jessup, isn’t willing to let her go, culminating in a terrible night when Brittany is raped. Within 24 hours, Rick Jessup is dead, Moses McGuire is the prime suspect in the investigation, and Dismas Hardy has been hired to defend his brother-in-law.

    Jane says: "Entertaining but unconvincing plot resolutions"
    "So??? Who Dunnit???"
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    Would you listen to The Ophelia Cut again? Why?

    Yes. I really enjoyed the Ophelia Cut. But, then, I like Thrillers. And Legal thrillers are great. There were more twists & turns & characters doing stupid things in this book but it was still enjoyable. It kept me listening into the wee hours because I couldn't figure out who the murderer was. Maybe I'll figure it out when I listen to it again. Dismas Hardy is one of my favorite characters - I've bought or read most of the books in the series. I'll keep on buying them as long as Audible keeps bringing them in.


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

    Yes. He performs a lot of the Lescroart books & does a very good job. I hope he becomes the ONLY performer in the rest of the series. His characters are believable & he's able to accurately pronounce all the technical terms & multisylabic words.


    Any additional comments?

    Bring em on!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Delayed Diagnosis: Rhea Lynch, M.D., Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Gwen Hunter
    • Narrated By Carol Hendrickson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (99)

    Dr. Rhea Lynch left a suffocating life in Charleston to practice medicine in the ER of a small South Carolina Hospital. Now, Dawkins County is her home, a place that holds the only real family she's ever known. But when she returns from vacation, Rhea is shocked to discover that her best friend, Marisa, is near death and unable to communicate. The official diagnosis: a paralyzing stroke. Despite the family's attempts to keep her away, Rhea is determined to make her own diagnosis.

    wanda says: "Good story, lousy performance"
    "Surprisingly Good"
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    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Lots of turns & twists in this story. They sure are mean & nasty in little Southern towns!!! There were so many things going on that I never did figure out who the really bad guy was.


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

    No. I've never read or listened to anything by this reader before but I like her style. She did a good job with the characters & pronounced all the medical terms properly.


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

    Yes. I was in my home office doing data entry & worked until dawn so I could finish the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll be buying more books in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Private India: City on Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Ashwin Sanghi
    • Narrated By Amerjit Deu, Raj Ghatak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (126)

    When Jack Morgan opens the Mumbai branch of Private, the world's most elite detective agency, he hands the reins to top agent Santosh Wagh. Now, in this teeming metropolis of over 13 million people where the guilty have everywhere to hide, Santosh goes on the hunt for one elusive killer. A killer who is targeting seemingly unconnected women and placing strange objects at their death scenes in a series of chilling rituals.

    Woody says: "Terrible narration makes for tedious listening"
    "Entertaining & No Problems With the Accents"
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    Where does Private India: City on Fire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    While not the best of the PRIVATE series, it certainly isn't the worst either. I found no problems with the Narrators - yeah, they have Indian accents but the book is Private - INDIA. I expect Indian accents. I expect Aussie accents in Private, Down Under too.


    Have you listened to any of Amerjit Deu and Raj Ghatak ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. This is actually the first time I've run into them. I thought they did a fair job although, it would've been far better if there had been a male & a female voice - not a man pretending to be female, badly. I had no problem with the accents themselves but often had problems distinguishing between characters. There was not enough difference between characters & the Narrators' voices & accents were too much alike.


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

    No. This book is not as good as some of the others in the series. Maybe it's the Author. There's a lot of ugly detail in this book that seems to be there simply to fill the space. Ashwin Sanghi is just not as good an author as Maxine Paetro.


    Any additional comments?

    I read a lot of the reviews about this book & really hesitated to buy it because of all the negativity about the Narrators. I bought it in the end because I didn't think any book with James Patterson's name on it could be that bad. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I had few problems with the narration & the accents were perfectly reasonable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christine Falls: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Benjamin Black
    • Narrated By Timothy Dalton
    Overall
    (918)
    Performance
    (456)
    Story
    (450)

    It's not the dead that seem strange to Quirke. It's the living. One night, after a few drinks at an office party, Quirke shuffles down into the morgue where he works and finds his brother-in-law, Malachy, altering a file he has no business even reading. Odd enough in itself to find Malachy there, but the next morning, when the haze has lifted, it looks an awful lot like his brother-in-law, the esteemed doctor, was in fact tampering with a corpse, and concealing the cause of death.

    Heather says: "Plodding, no plot, and incomplete characters"
    "I Really wanted to like this story"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I do like British Detective novels, it's all I seem to be buying these days. But this one took a lot of trying to like before I finally turned it off. The story was good enough. It had more twists & turns & evil with a little religion, some politics & corruption most high, but alas, it was too detailed, to wordy & put me to sleep too many times. Maybe it was the darkness of Quirk's character or the 'noir' of the atmosphere or maybe the tone of the Reader's voice?? I am done. I don't want to have to struggle through a book & this one was a struggle even though the story was a good one.


    Any additional comments?

    If you loved 'Death in Holy Orders' you will love this book. Same style of extreme detail.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Deep Blue Good-By: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1365)
    Performance
    (1150)
    Story
    (1162)

    He's a self-described beach bum who won his houseboat in a card game. He's also a knight errant who's wary of credit cards, retirement benefits, political parties, mortgages, and television. He only works when his cash runs out, and his rule is simple: he'll help you find whatever was taken from you, as long as he can keep half.

    Michael Cavacini says: "An Entertaining Start To A Classic Series"
    "In Love With Travis McGee"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Deep Blue Good-By the most enjoyable?

    I read the whole series - hell, I owed the whole series back in time. I loved McGee's lust for lost causes even back then when I was a teen. Hearing the first book in the old series with the perfect narrator was so much fun that I worked till 4:28AM to hear the ending. Good thing I was doing data entry in my home office.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    McGee has always been my favorite. I always thought he was MacDonald's alter ego. Knuckley, tanned, confident, old enough but still young enough to rescue the girl. Worldly wise but still grounded in common sense & fairness.


    What does Robert Petkoff bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Robert Petkoff makes the book come to life.


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

    Yup. It was. And I did.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nightmare in Pink: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (390)
    Performance
    (338)
    Story
    (328)

    Nina - a career girl living alone in Manhattan - offers Travis McGee companionship and the first loose thread in the elaborate fabric of a gigantic swindle. Now, she's leading McGee on a wild and tortuous chase into the decadent world of high society, the ruthless world of big money, and the weird world of hallucinatory drugs.

    Bonnie says: "Trav McGee just gets better"
    "Travis McGee, I love you."
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    What did you love best about Nightmare in Pink?

    Travis McGee is such an old fashioned boy - hey, I know it's from the 60s but I was there & men weren't as old fashioned as McGee. Why do bad things happen to such a decent guy??


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    McGee. He always has to rescue the wounded bird & fix the broken wings. But, I guess that's what the whole series was about in the end. Our hero. The man who tilts at windmills. And takes on lost causes. Good thing he usually gets paid - somehow.


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

    He's a good 'Voice' for the book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, but I'm not going to spoil this one for anybody else. McGee really gets himself in a 'bind' in this one.


    Any additional comments?

    I read the whole series w-a-a-a-a-a-y back but am enjoying them tremendously in audio.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Room Full of Bones: A Ruth Galloway Investigation, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Elly Griffiths
    • Narrated By Jane McDowell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (271)
    Performance
    (228)
    Story
    (223)

    It is Halloween night, and the local museum in King's Lynn is preparing for an unusual event - the opening of a coffin containing the bones of a medieval bishop. But when Ruth Galloway arrives to supervise, she finds the museum's curator lying dead beside the coffin. It is only a matter of time before she and DI Nelson cross paths once more, as he is called in to investigate. Soon the museum's wealthy owner lies dead in his stables, too. These two deaths could be from natural causes - but Nelson isn't convinced.

    Sires says: "Elly Griffith Is Back in Better Form"
    "Dead People Everywhere"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Room Full of Bones to be better than the print version?

    Didn't bother to buy the print version because I bought the Unabridged audio to listen to while I work.


    What other book might you compare A Room Full of Bones to and why?

    I think it's a lot like a Miss Marple mystery. Our Hero, Ruth, doesn't mean to find fresh dead bodies under very odd circumstances but she does. She's driven by curiosity, observation & the need for solitude.She tends to attract very odd people, dead & alive, who try to get her killed. There's enough twists, turns & spirits to keep the listener happy but none of the violence or destruction of most adventures. I'd say, more action than a cozy mystery but less than a thriller. A perfect book for a long drive or a few commutes to work.


    What does Jane McDowell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She does a good job of reading the story but has trouble with male regional British accents. Not a real failing on her part because I think it's impossible for a woman to do them justice.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to listen to the next one in the series. I like Ruth Galloway.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Have Space Suit, Will Travel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Will McAuliffe, the Full Cast Family
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (967)
    Performance
    (436)
    Story
    (442)

    A journey of 167,000 lights years begins with...a bar of soap? Fasten your zero gravity restraints for Robert Heinlein's novel of intergalactic adventure, a story that carries teenager Clifford "Kip" Russell from his job as soda jerk to space-suit winner to alien abductee! Along the way Kip is joined by a pint-sized genius named Peewee and an empathetic alien creature known as "the Mother Thing."

    Laura says: "My kids voted this one of the best"
    "Just A Really Good Space Oater"
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    If you could sum up Have Space Suit, Will Travel in three words, what would they be?

    Rollicking Good Fun


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved the spacesuit. Without it, Kip couldn't have gone to space & wouldn't have rescued PeeWee. I love the way it talked back to Kip too.


    What about Will McAuliffe and the Full Cast Family ’s performance did you like?

    A full cast is soooo much nicer than one actor. Some people - my hubby - have problems visualizing characters but have no problems with voices. They did a great job!!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I remember being so shocked that Earth was found guilty.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great kid/teen book. Heinlein 's young adult books have always been some of my favorites of all time. My paperback copies are tattered & worn. I love them as a 60something adult just as much as I did as a space happy pre-teen. Listen with your kids or grandkids, they'll all love it. If you don't have any handy, listen for yourself. It's easy listening & fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tin Roof Blowdown: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2544)
    Performance
    (706)
    Story
    (692)

    Dave Robicheaux returns in another Bayou adventure, this one more gruesome and gut-wrenching than any that have come before. Hurricane Katrina has ravaged New Orleans, leaving the streets and buildings flooded and the city awash with opportunists, looters, and vicious criminals. There is no order, no law. Police are shooting randomly at innocent people, prison guards have abandoned their posts, and bodies float through the streets and hang from trees.

    Deborah says: "How Does One Manage?"
    "I Sat Up All Night"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Lot's of action, a good story, believable characters, a ton of suspense & even a little humor. A great listen.


    What other book might you compare The Tin Roof Blowdown to and why?

    Similar in style to David Baldacci's Camel Club books


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    A very good performance!! Lot's of accents & very believable.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The drowning of New Orleans.


    Any additional comments?

    I sat up till 3:30 in the AM on a work night to listen to the ending of the book because I couldn't shut it off & go to bed!! It's one of those books that you need to listen to when you have lots of time. If you turn it off, you'll make yourself crazy wanting to get back to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Crossing Places

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Elly Griffiths
    • Narrated By Jane McDowell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (262)
    Story
    (259)

    When she's not digging up bones or other ancient objects, Ruth Galloway lectures at the University of North Norfolk. She lives happily alone in a remote place called Saltmarsh overlooking the North Sea and, for company; she has her cats Flint and Sparky, and Radio 4. When a child's bones are found in the marshes near an ancient site that Ruth worked on ten years earlier, Ruth is asked to date them.

    Sara says: "An atmospheric creepy mystery set in Saltmarsh"
    "Surprisingly good Thriller"
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    If you could sum up The Crossing Places in three words, what would they be?

    A spooky adventure.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Crossing Places?

    The moment that Ruth realized WHO the real bad guy was. The ending was a bit of a surprise too.


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

    Yes. In fact, I almost did but had to finally give it up & go to bed at 4 in the morning!!!


    Any additional comments?

    I liked it. I liked it so much I bookmarked the entire series. It was surprisingly good. Lots of action. Lots of suspense. Nothing unrealistic & everything was quite shockingly believable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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