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carina

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OREGON CITY, OR, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Claire DeWitt and the Bohemian Highway

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Sara Gran
    • Narrated By Carol Monda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (68)

    When Paul Casablancas, Claire DeWitt’s ex-boyfriend and a popular musician in the Bay Area scene, is found dead in his apartment, his cherished guitars missing, the police are convinced it’s a simple robbery. But Claire knows that nothing is ever simple. With the help of her new assistant, Claude, Claire follows the clues, finding hints to Paul’s fate in her other cases - especially a long-ago missing girl in New York’s gritty East Village and a modern-day miniature-horse theft in Marin.

    Tavish McT says: "Suspend disbelief and enjoy the ride"
    "Not for the Weak at Heart"
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    What did you love best about Claire DeWitt and the Bohemian Highway?

    I don't know why I like the Claire DeWitt stories. This is a "Mystery" to me.There's unending over-the-top raunchy language, a drug culture foreign to me that nearly kills Claire, yet I'd immediately buy the next book (hopefully there will be a next one). Maybe it's just that I love Claire and her crazy profession and tough life. There must be a part of me drawn to the darkness of this story meaning "there but for fortune go you or I".


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the names Claire chooses for her case files and how this book has not forgotten the characters from New Orleans, the case of the Green Parrot. I also like the quotes from the book that brought Claire and her two friends into detective work. The case from Claire's past and her present case are woven together skillfully.


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

    I've only heard her read Sara's first book. I don't think anyone else could read Sara Gran's characters. Carol's rather rough and gravelly voice fits my idea of who Claire is, and the profanity sounds so natural. Not everyone could do that. I am amazed at how well Carol changes character voices. I have no problem following and believing in them.


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

    Yes. I didn't want it to end.


    Any additional comments?

    Please another book. We're left hanging as to Claire's fate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18719)
    Performance
    (16666)
    Story
    (16628)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Another Time"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book for to those who enjoy time travel stories.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The descriptions of American life in 1958.


    What about Craig Wasson’s performance did you like?

    This reader is INCREDIBLE. He does all voices perfectly so as it's difficult to believe only one man is reading. He deserves an award.


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

    Because the book takes 30 hours, it would be difficult to listen to in one setting. However I enjoyed returning to it again and again.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not a Stephen King fan, but I respect his outstanding ability to create details.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Unmarked Grave: A Bess Crawford Mystery, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (105)

    In the spring of 1918, the Spanish flu epidemic spreads, killing millions of soldiers and civilians across the globe. Overwhelmed by the constant flow of wounded soldiers coming from the French front, battlefield nurse Bess Crawford must now contend with hundreds of influenza patients as well. However, war and disease are not the only killers to strike. Bess discovers, concealed among the dead waiting for burial, the body of an officer who has been murdered.

    Kathleen says: "A Nurse Bess Crawford mystery"
    "The Perfect Crime"
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    Where does An Unmarked Grave rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's an overall GOOD story.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not exactly on the edge of my seat, but it kept me interested enough to want to continue listening, even when I needed to stop.


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

    She's very good at changing voices, from women to men, and from British to American.


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

    Hide a murder among the dead.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed hearing about the difficulties of WWI. What horror for those who fought and who tried to save the wounded. Kudos to the Nurses in France on the front lines.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Way Home: Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (864)
    Performance
    (784)
    Story
    (779)

    Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sûreté du Québec, has found a peace he'd only imagined possible. On warm summer mornings he sits on a bench holding a small book, The Balm in Gilead, in his large hands. "There is a balm in Gilead," his neighbor Clara Morrow reads from the dust jacket, "to make the wounded whole." While Gamache doesn't talk about his wounds and his balm, Clara tells him about hers. Peter, her artist husband, has failed to come home. Failed to show up as promised on the first anniversary of their separation. She wants Gamache's help to find him. Having finally found sanctuary, Gamache feels a near revulsion at the thought of leaving Three Pines. "There’s power enough in Heaven," he finishes the quote as he contemplates the quiet village, "to cure a sin-sick soul." And then he gets up. And joins her.

    David Walker says: "Back in 3 Pines"
    "An Artful Story"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Long Way Home the most enjoyable?

    The return of all the characters from previous Three Pines stories.


    What other book might you compare The Long Way Home to and why?

    This book is different from other Three Pines books, and I have read them all. Inspector Gamache doesn't take the lead until the very end. The story does make me think of the book, A Rule Against Murder, as the Morrow family is again featured.


    Which character – as performed by Ralph Cosham – was your favorite?

    Armand Gamache, of course, and Inspector Bouvoir.


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

    It was a difficult story for the characters I come to know and love. I didn't exactly cry, but felt sad for all of them.


    Any additional comments?

    This book goes into depth about the psychology of artists and the art world. It makes me wonder if Louise Penny is a visual artist as well as an artist of story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Princess Elizabeth's Spy: A Maggie Hope Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susan Elia MacNeal
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (356)
    Performance
    (322)
    Story
    (317)

    Susan Elia MacNeal introduced the remarkable Maggie Hope in her acclaimed debut, Mr. Churchill's Secretary. Now Maggie returns to protect Britain's beloved royals against an international plot - one that could change the course of history. As World War II sweeps the continent and England steels itself against German attack, Maggie Hope, former secretary to Prime Minister Winston Churchill, completes her training to become a spy for MI-5.

    A. Dyer says: "Bring back Wanda McCaddon as narrator"
    "Not the Best Maggie Hope story"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I didn't like the voice of Maggie Hope. She sounded like a teenager.


    What was most disappointing about Susan Elia MacNeal’s story?

    I was disappointed that the character, Maggie Hope, seemed weak. She missed clues, did not keep her full attention on the Princess at a critical moment. Over all, she seemed like a different character from the Churchill's Secretary story.


    Did Susan Duerden do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    She was ok with some of the characters, but Maggie Hope's voice did not fit the character.


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

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pirate King: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    Overall
    (501)
    Performance
    (441)
    Story
    (441)

    As Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes embark on their 11th adventure together, they find themselves immersed in the world of silent filmmaking. Here, the pirates are real—and unlike the shooting done with a camera, this sort can be deadly.

    Chris says: "Not my favorite Mary Russell"
    "Not for Everyone"
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    What did you like best about Pirate King? What did you like least?

    I liked that Mary Russell was featured and was the heroine. I didn't like so many details about a sailing ship and that one character, Senhor Pessoa, disappeared from the second half of the story.


    Has Pirate King turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. I love Laurie R. King stories, just not this one.


    What about Jenny Sterlin’s performance did you like?

    Jenny Sterlin is always the BEST for all of the Sherlock/Mary Russell stories.


    Was Pirate King worth the listening time?

    Yes, I listened while doing menial tasks at home. I didn't have to pay a lot of attention to either the many details of the story or to the task at hand. It was fine as a distraction.


    Any additional comments?

    Some might really enjoy the vocabulary and details describing a sailing vessel and the details of the British silent film industry in the 1930s. Ms King must have done A LOT of research to write this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Churchill's Secretary: A Maggie Hope Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Susan Elia MacNeal
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (800)
    Performance
    (703)
    Story
    (703)

    London, 1940: Winston Churchill has just been sworn in, war rages across the Channel, and the threat of a Blitz looms larger by the day. But none of this deters Maggie Hope. She graduated at the top of her college class and possesses all the skills of the finest minds in British intelligence, but her gender qualifies her only to be the newest typist at No. 10 Downing Street. Her indefatigable spirit and gifts for codebreaking, though, rival those of even the highest men in government, and Maggie finds that working for the prime minister affords her a level of clearance she could never have imagined....

    Katherine says: "Lovely"
    "War Within a War"
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    Would you listen to Mr. Churchill's Secretary again? Why?

    This is my second listen to this story. Enjoyed it the second time even more.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mr. Churchill's Secretary?

    A conversation between Maggy and Claire/Page when they are tied up together.


    Which character – as performed by Wanda McCaddon – was your favorite?

    Maggy, of course. However, I really liked David too.


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

    No extreme reaction to the overall book, but an emotional understanding of the bombing of London.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a good story about the trials of WWII and Londoners lives durning these years.
    I also learned more about the IRA issues.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mapping of Love and Death: A Maisie Dobbs Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Winspear
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (651)
    Performance
    (405)
    Story
    (405)

    In the latest mystery in the New York Times best-selling series, Maisie Dobbs must unravel a case of wartime love and death—an investigation that leads her to a long-hidden affair between a young cartographer and a mysterious nurse..... August 1914. Michael Clifton is mapping the land he has just purchased in California’s beautiful Santa Ynez Valley, certain that oil lies beneath its surface. But as the young cartographer prepares to return home to Boston, war is declared in Europe,,,,

    Helen says: "Didn't want it to end...best in series!"
    "Believable Story"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I feel all of the Jaqueline Winspear stories are well written and a good listen. Maisie Dobbs character grows on you through the books.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Mapping of Love and Death?

    The moments with Maise and Morrise are so tender.


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

    I equate Orlagh Cassidy with Maise Dobb's voice. I would miss Maise's voice.


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

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book for a second time. The ending made me smile.


    Any additional comments?

    I love how this series of books brings in characters from the very first Maise Dobbs book and carries them through time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Darker Place

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (72)

    Professor Anne Waverly teaches religious studies at a respected university. Middle-aged and slightly lame, she spends her days in lecture halls and offices. But occasionally, she works for the FBI. As Ana Wakefield, an eager seeker of higher truths, she infiltrates cults. Now, leaving the security of academia, she is on her way to Arizona in a battered VW bus.

    Donna says: "A Darker Place"
    "A Double Life"
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    Would you listen to A Darker Place again? Why?

    I just finished listening to this book for the second time. I'll listen again after a time.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Darker Place?

    When Ann meets a child with dark curly hair so like her own daughter, and Ann is lost to the task of saving the child from potential disaster.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The seen when Ann literally spills the beans after hearing the scream of pig being slaughtered. It shows how much on edge Ann is in her situation and the horror of how pigs are killed.


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

    Yes, I found it scary to delve deep into the minds and actions of the leaders of potential cults.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a most unusual story that takes the reader into a little known world of fanatical cults.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Locked Rooms

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (754)
    Performance
    (375)
    Story
    (376)

    New York Times best-selling author Laurie R. King has won sweeping critical acclaim and an impressive collection of awards for her writing. Although other writers have tried, no one has matched King's ability to capture the allure of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary sleuth, Sherlock Holmes.

    Melanie says: "Don't miss this jewel!"
    "A Favorite"
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    If you could sum up Locked Rooms in three words, what would they be?

    Mary's Mystery Solved


    What did you like best about this story?

    It tells the background of Mary Russell's life. I always wondered about the full story of how she was orphaned. I liked how Mary becomes more "human" in this story, has the same wounds and lost memories as all of us would have from serious traumas.


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

    I love Jenny Sterlin's voices. She can even do a Chinese- American accent that is believable. Holm's and Mary's voices remain the same throughout the series. This is remarkable. If I had only read these books, I would miss HEARING these familiar voices. Thank you Jenny.


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

    San Francisco Earthquake Mystery 1906


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of my favorite Sherlock Holmes/Mary Russell stories focused on one of my favorite cities, San Francisco. I was fascinated to hear details of the 1906 Earthquake and fires, the chaos afterwards, and the strength of the survivors. A most interesting time period and a story I will listen to again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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