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  • Kissed a Sad Goodbye: A Duncan Kincaid / Jemma James Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Deborah Crombie
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (116)

    A stunningly beautiful young woman is found strangled in London's Mudchute Park, her clothing carefully arranged to preserve her modesty. With that unusual detail in mind, Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and his partner Sergeant Gemma James suspect the crime was more than a simple assault gone awry. As they collect the strange facts surrounding her death, they discover the victim's life was a mystery even to those who knew her best.

    Constance says: "Complex, compelling mystery"
    "Captivating series, well read"
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    Would you listen to Kissed a Sad Goodbye again? Why?

    Perhaps, though I don't tend to read books more than once


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Love the interplay between Kincaid and James


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

    Yes. I try to save my Audible books for my thrice-weekly walks, as its an investment for me on my limited income, but I had to discipline myself not to listen to this one start to finish in one listen.


    Any additional comments?

    Deborah Crombie is, in my opinion, right up there with Sue Grafton, Dana Stabenow, Daniel Silva and Ken Follett in her/their ability to catch me up into their stories and hold my attention from beginning to end. And the reader of Crombie's books for Audible, Jennie Sterlin, is the perfect voice for her novels.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Deadlocked: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3637)
    Performance
    (3222)
    Story
    (3229)

    Growing up with telepathic abilities, Sookie Stackhouse realized early on there were things she'd rather not know. And now that she's an adult, she also realizes that some things that she knows about, she'd rather not see—like Eric Northman feeding off another woman. A younger one. There's a thing or two she'd like to say about that, but she has to keep quiet—Felipe de Castro, the Vampire King of Louisiana (and Arkansas and Nevada), is in town.

    pewter says: "Who, What, and Why"
    "Did we all read the same book?"
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    If you could sum up Deadlocked in three words, what would they be?

    Terrific plot build


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Why, Sookie, of course! A strong woman who's not afraid to be vulnerable, and fiercely loyal to those she loves. An independent, pragmatic woman who somehow manages to roll with the myriad types of punches she's hit with. Without her, no story!


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

    Johanna Parker's dynamic reading of all the Sookie books, but especially this one, brings the characters to life and holds my attention to the end. She really does justice to Sookie and to the stories. I never thought I would enjoy listening to books as much as I do reading them, but I have to say not having a physical book, and hearing the story as if watching a play, brings a whole new dimension to literature I hadn't expected, freeing my imagination to develop a mental picture quite different than when reading the physical book. Ms Parker is one of the best readers that Audible has. I don't remember learning how to read, I think I was born doing it and have always been a voracious reader, and prior to joining Audible thought of recorded books as somehow inferior. But performances like Ms. Parker's have broadened my reading horizons and, in a way, given me a taste of what vision-impaired or learning disabled individuals experience when they "read" audiobooks, a very freeing way to access literature (though I would understand they might disagree with me). It's just a very rich experience. I will look for other audio books read by Johanna Parker, and can't wait to start listening to the last book in the Sookie Stackhouse series.


    If you could take any character from Deadlocked out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Tough choice, but if I had to choose one besides Sookie, I'd have to say Bill Compton. If a vampire can be empathetic, sympathetic and ruthless at the same time, that describes him. His appreciation for history and culture also bring great depth to his character. I'd love to hear him talk about the transitions he experienced in our country's history, plus his emotional pain at having to leave his wife and children behind when he was turned moved me deeply. Having lost my spouse way too soon, I could identify with his pain. How does one survive that and not go crazy? Grief and survival have made him a very complex character, to say nothing of his continuing love for Sookie.


    Any additional comments?

    This book starts out slow, and I don't mean that in a negative way. Yes, Sookie's day to day activities dominate the first part of the book; after all, no one could constantly live at the frenetic pace some readers have come to expect in the series. Even for vampires, werewolves and fairies, life has its day-to-day requirements to survive. Nevertheless, I feel it was evident early on that there was going to be a slow but relentless build to the climax of this book, and I was not disappointed. Without being a "spoiler," I just want to say that the end of this book left me breathless. It paved the way perfectly for the last book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Servant

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (822)
    Performance
    (414)
    Story
    (411)

    Gabriel is summoned once more by his masters to undertake what appears to be a routine assignment: travel to Amsterdam to purge the archives of a murdered Dutch terrorism analyst who also happened to be an asset of Israeli intelligence. But once in Amsterdam, Gabriel soon discovers a conspiracy of terror festering in the city's Islamic underground.

    Dan says: "One of the very best"
    "One of my favorite series"
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    If you could sum up The Secret Servant in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, suspenseful, with a healthy dose of sadness in regards to Gabriels life struggles and the ongoing struggle for peace in the Middle East


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gabriel, as always. He's a fascinating, complex character who walks a fine line between righteousness and ruthlessness, inherent in the work he does


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

    Yes, as always with Daniel Silva"s books


    Any additional comments?

    I've read half the series so far and look forward with great anticipation to each adventure. I do, however, get frustrated at times with how the readers mangles Hebrew words!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9162)
    Performance
    (3569)
    Story
    (3608)

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "Rrepetitive and boring"
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    What disappointed you about World Without End?

    boring and depressing


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ken Follett again?

    yes, i generally like his writing, so this poor example was a big disappointment


    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

    none, but I love John Lee's reading


    What character would you cut from World Without End?

    where to begin? Better to not have written than to leave it so badly unedited


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed Pillars of the Earth and genuinely wanted to find out what happened to each character. Unfortunately, "World..." was boring without end! If I have to work that hard to get into a story, the author has failed. I did not finish. Wish the return policy had been in place before I realized I'd wasted my credits.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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