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Thomas

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FARMINGTON, NM, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Land of Laughs

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jonathan Carroll
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (310)
    Performance
    (283)
    Story
    (279)

    Thomas Abbey is a man stuck in a rut. To kick-start his life, he takes a sabbatical to work on a biography of his favorite writer, the mysterious Marshall France. Although Abbey has been warned that France's daughter, Anna, has blocked all previous attempts at her father's biography, he is surprised to find her the soul of small-town hospitality and quite excited about Abbey's proposal. Even stranger than Anna's behavior, though, is the town itself. The people seem to know what their future holds - freak accidents and all - down to the hour.

    Acacia says: "It's Not You - It's Me"
    "Clever plot, well performed"
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    Where does The Land of Laughs rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a very entertaining mix of the mystery and fantasy genres, and translates well to audio format.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Land of Laughs?

    The most memorable moment comes when the protagonist, Thomas Abbey, realizes that the small town of Galen, Missouri, is not as it appears. The plot, which had been developing in an apparently predictable course, as Abbey struggles to write his first book, the biography of his favorite childhood author, suddenly takes on unexpected


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

    This is the first of Edoardo Ballerini's performances I have heard. I was deeply impressed. None of his characters are annoying, they are all clearly identified as he read his way along. It reminded me of an old radio play more than listening to someone read a book out loud.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Fatal Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Marie Force
    • Narrated By Felicity Munroe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (588)
    Performance
    (479)
    Story
    (488)

    Washington, D.C., Metro Police Detective Sergeant Sam Holland needs a big win to salvage her career - and her confidence - after a disastrous investigation. The perfect opportunity arises when Senator John O’Connor is found brutally murdered in his bed, and Sam is assigned to the case. Matters get complicated when Sam has to team up with Nick Cappuano, O’Connor’s friend and chief of staff...and the man Sam had a memorable one-night stand with years earlier. Their sexual chemistry still sizzles, and Sam has to fight to stay focused on the case.

    Lia says: "Wow! Suspenseful mysteries keep you riveted"
    "The narrator outshines the quotidian plot"
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    What did you love best about Fatal Affair?

    The narrator's voice breathed life into a bunch of somewhat flat characters. She gave them such emotional range and personality that they were interesting.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Marie Force? Why or why not?

    No. I did not realize that the genre of this book is erotic crime fiction Everyone was so aroused by so many of the other characters that I felt it detracted from the main plot. The plot was not all that densely woven and the big reveal at the end felt forced. It was hard to suspend disbelief.


    What about Felicity Munroe’s performance did you like?

    Munroe went beyond the text to give the characters more depth than the author did. She must be a gifted actress. There's a lot of dialogue in this book, and Munroe made it feel like you were listening to a radio play.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    An erotic thriller with all the traditional roles and body parts.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sign of the Cross: A Collins-Burke Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Anne Emery
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (118)

    Monty Collins is a sharp-tongued public defender who just wants to represent an upstanding character for a change. A priest with something to hide isn't quite what he had hoped for, but when the literate, arrogant, and tight-lipped Father Brennan Burke is implicated in the strange murder of a young woman, Monty doesn't just take the case - the case takes him. When Burke won't come clean, Monty is forced to play private detective, traveling into his client's past. Things look good for the case until another body is found....

    connie says: "Hybrid Mystery"
    "A Classic in the tradition of Dick Francis"
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    What did you love best about Sign of the Cross: A Collins-Burke Mystery, Book 1?

    The plot was well thought out and gripping. It kept me listening until 2:00 am to find out whodunnit.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoy Dick Francis because all of his characters have a backstory and motivation, even the villains. This was similar. Anne Emery wants you to understand why the crimes happened, and I found the motivations credible and even moving.


    Which character – as performed by Christian Rummel – was your favorite?

    Fr. Burke. Rummel has a great range and does children and women well, too. But the slight Irish accent and clipped intonation he gave Burke were perfect for the character.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The revelation of who the killer was and why did bring tears to my eyes. I bought it; it did not seem forced or manipulative.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Story Time

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Linell Jeppsen
    • Narrated By Amy Gramour
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    In the not-too-distant future, a young woman bears witness to the end of her world. Earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions rock the planet, reducing cities to smoking rubble, burying entire islands and coastlines beneath cataclysmic waves. Religious fervor and human evil erupt and entwine, becoming a maelstrom of madness in the days after, bringing with it the horror of apocalyptic war.

    John says: "Oh...My...God...Becky...."
    "Fun story - distracting narration"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The story is entertaining, but not very sophisticated. Pople have the stock reactions of so many fantasy novels: They receive bad news by getting angry at the messenger; they spend pages telling each other there's no time to waste; and men need to be violent to each other to maintain their self respect. An editor could have helped.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Story Time?

    There are fun moments, as when a character comes to meet an alien race and dubs their repreentatives "Uncle" and "Aunty."


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I seriously checked to see if the narration was some sort of AI experiment. The cadence and emphasis is not quite human. "She ran her hands over her face" is renderedd "She ran, her hands over her face." And thousand of more odd line readings. Voices and accents are okay. It was in the paragrpahs of that the odd, inhuman rhythm sometimes became distracting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Harbor: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2380)
    Performance
    (2034)
    Story
    (2023)

    In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.

    Amazon Customer says: "Best in the Series"
    "Classic and Perfect - Narrator deserves a Tony"
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    Where does Broken Harbor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I am blown away by this book. This is the third "Dublin Murder Squad" novel. The first, In The Woods, is an intense and wild ride. The next, The Likeness, is sort of difficult to take but well-built and intriguing, This one is the payoff. It may be the best audiobook I have ever listened to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Broken Harbor?

    The way the plot unfolds is like taking a walk and rounding the corner to show you a new panorama. You forget it's a book. I have a hard time picking just one of these moments.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator is a talented actor and his line reading is perfect. Every character has such a distinct sound you don't need to wait for the author to identity him or her. This is one of those books that pulls you in so completely that you can't do much else while listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Policeman

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ben H. Winters
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (533)
    Performance
    (479)
    Story
    (482)

    What’s the point in solving murders if we’re all going to die soon, anyway? Detective Hank Palace has faced this question ever since asteroid 2011GV1 hovered into view. There’s no chance left. No hope. Just six precious months until impact. The Last Policeman presents a fascinating portrait of a pre-apocalyptic United States. The economy spirals downward while crops rot in the fields. Churches and synagogues are packed. People all over the world are walking off the job - but not Hank Palace. He’s investigating a death by hanging.

    Amazon Customer says: "There was trepidation ..."
    "Fun hybrid story, very well told"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Last Policeman to be better than the print version?

    Peter Berkrot's acting skills add more to this book than the print version can deliver. I don't "hear" characters' voices when I read. Berkrot gives everyone a distinctive voice, and reads brilliantly. Absolutely perfect. I was completely captivated.


    What other book might you compare The Last Policeman to and why?

    This reminded me a little of "Land of Laughs," where there is a very straight narrative going on that's just a little tongue-in-cheek. "The Last Policeman" has a nice, light touch and is lots of fun to listen to. Ben Winters has avoided the irritating aspects of the police genre, while having fun with many of the conventions - In some respects, this reminded me of Ed McBain, only set in Concord, NH, as the world starts to end. In other respects, it reminded me of "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy."


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It was a minor scene, but when Detective Henry Palace sends a message to his old girlfriend via the barrista at a pirate Starbucks, that was classic. You'll see why when you hear it.


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

    I did.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dead Yard

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (802)
    Performance
    (378)
    Story
    (375)

    In this exciting sequel to the acclaimed Dead I Well May Be, the mercenary Michael Forsythe is forced to infiltrate an Irish terrorist cell, confronting murder, mayhem, and the prospect of his own execution.

    Rebecca says: "A more mature Michael..."
    "Brilliant plot twists, fresh voice"
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    Would you listen to The Dead Yard again? Why?

    I expect I will listen again. The pace of the action is great, and the twists are so unexpected that I spent most of the first listen just following the thread. McKinty has created a couple of really great characters, and this merits a second listen so I can pay closer attention to them.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I found the main character, Michael Forsyth, very interesting. The author took more time drawing Michael in a convincing way than most mystery/thriller heroes. Michael is full of contradictions, but his actions are completely believable. There was never a time I said "Oh, come on." Everything that happened, everything he did, was exactly what a real Michael would have done.


    Which character – as performed by Gerard Doyle – was your favorite?

    Doyle has a bunch of good characters. His voice is very versatile. Michael is so much the dominant character of the novel that I have to choose him.


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

    It was hard to take breaks. I found myself listening into the night.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fifth Woman: A Kurt Wallander Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (734)
    Performance
    (339)
    Story
    (343)

    In an African convent, four nuns and an unidentified fifth woman are brutally murdered, and the death of the unknown woman is covered up by the local police. A year later in Sweden, Inspector Kurt Wallander is baffled and appalled by two strange murders with an elusive connection to the fifth woman.

    Rebecca says: "A new Henning Mankell fan is born"
    "Clever story, but maybe a bit too clever"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Fifth Woman to be better than the print version?

    Yes, I think the reader brings the characters to life more than I would be able to in my head. I often feel that a good audio book with a gifted reader is more like a radio play than a novel. This book is no exception. The reading makes it feel very alive and immediate.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The killer was revealed in a very interesting manner, felt three-dimensional and believable. I thought that character was the best in the book, next to the ongoing unraveling of Kurt Wallander, who is a bit of a crumpled mess by this point in the series.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    A man out jogging at night in preparation for some sort of orienteering event stumbles on the corpse of a victim. It was told well, quite exciting.


    Any additional comments?

    Mankell's work is not translated into English very fluidly. It messes up the story a bit, I think. For example, "It was 6 a.m. in the morning" and similar clunky phrases recur and distract.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Coyote: Harry Bosch Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2416)
    Performance
    (1331)
    Story
    (1319)

    Harry attacked his commanding officer and is suspended indefinitely, pending a psychiatric evaluation. At first he resists the LAPD shrink, but finally recognizes that something is troubling him and has for a long time. In 1961, when Harry was 12, his mother, a prostitute, was brutally murdered with no one ever accused of the crime.

    Dan says: "Bosch's past revealed"
    "Great mystery; great performance"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The Last Coyote is a brilliant mystery with many twists and turns, but as weird as it was, I never found myself saying "Oh, come on." Connelly makes you want to believe the story and keeps you rooting for his hero, Harry Bosch, even as the whole world around Bosch is ready to turn its back. The reader has an incredible range of voices that also do not sound forced or exaggerated. It kept me on my iPod for hours after I was done with my day's driving.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bosch is the center of the story, of course. But the supporting cast is full of interesting "cameos."


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

    Dick Hill has an extraordinarily versatile voice. I have listened to his other Connelly interpretations and think he hands in consistently strong performances. I have to admit, it was listening to the Bosch stories, rather then reading them, that made me realize what a good ear for dialogue the author has. Credit goes to Mr. Hill for this.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    One troubled loner after another.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are not sure whether to get into the 18 or 19 Harry Bosch books, this is a good one to start with. Listen to Last Coyote and Trunk Music, then start at the first book, Black Echo.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Redbreast

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1089)
    Performance
    (848)
    Story
    (852)

    It is 1944: Daniel, a soldier, legendary among the Norwegians fighting the advance of Bolshevism on the Russian front, is killed. Two years later, a wounded soldier wakes up in a Vienna hospital. He becomes involved with a young nurse, the consequences of which will ripple forward to the turn of the next century. In 1999, Harry Hole, alone again after having caused an embarrassment in the line of duty, has been promoted to inspector and is lumbered with surveillance duties. He is assigned the task of monitoring neo-Nazi activities....

    David says: "Bravura writing"
    "Great Crime Novel"
    Overall

    This is a really exciting crime novel. I think the audio format was especially good for this book. The plot jumps around in time a bit. Chapter one happens before the next several chapters, and so on. Listening, instead of reading, heightened the sense of suspense.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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