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I am an audio book addict. Love staging the drama in my head, especially psychological intrigue and mysteries.

Los Angeles, CA, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • A Town Like Alice

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Robin Bailey
    Overall
    (1896)
    Performance
    (1307)
    Story
    (1316)

    Jean Paget is just twenty years old and working in Malaya when the Japanese invasion begins. When she is captured she joins a group of other European women and children whom the Japanese force to march for miles through the jungle. While on the march, the group run into some Australian prisoners, one of whom, Joe Harman, helps them steal some food, and is horrifically punished by the Japanese as a result.

    Amazon Customer says: "Better still in Audio form"
    "Continental adventure worth the ride"
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    This is the second book that I have listened to by Nevil Shute, and it inspired me, once again to follow his work. Shute’s stories are both entertaining and informative; simple and grand at the same time. It is so easy to picture the narrative and dialogue, excellently narrated by Robin Bailey. This story, written in the 1950’s, would have been the “Indiana Jones and How the West Was Won” type of story for the time. It is about personal struggle, character, adventure, and romance across continents and countries that included, England, Malaya and Australia during WWII. Great storytelling!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16096)
    Performance
    (13416)
    Story
    (13411)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    L. O. Pardue says: ""Rear Window" Meets "Gone Girl""
    "Dark, Edgy, Worth the Ride"
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    Paula Hawkins really put the capitals in the word THRILLER. This is really well done in ambiance, character development, and pacing. Nothing trite here! No fillers or drag; this is just a well- crafted tale with suspense down to the last sentence. If you read and think “Gone Girl” is edgy, wait until you check out this Novel. It was worth the ride.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Night Women

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Marlon James
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (486)
    Performance
    (257)
    Story
    (261)

    The story of Lilith, born into slavery on a Jamaican sugar plantation at the end of the 18th century. Even at her birth, the slave women around her recognize a dark power that they - and she - will come to both revere and fear. The Night Women, as they call themselves, have long been plotting a slave revolt, and as Lilith comes of age and reveals the extent of her power, they see her as the key to their plans.

    Emily says: "read now to understand the past"
    "Slavery, Love, Treachery as Never Witnessed Before"
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    You may have heard stories about slavery in the past and feel like you have heard it all, but chances are you have not heard or witnessed a story with this level of originality, beauty and nuance as the Book of Night Women. This story takes place in Jamaica in the 18th century, with the central protagonist being a slave named Lilith. There is no stereotypical sentiment or political correctness in this tale. The author, Marlon James, skillfully compels the reader, not only to see the action, but to feel, smell and hear the characters and the place, intensely. There is never a lull in this action packed narrative of complicated relationships, social and personal conflicts and contradictions, human exploitation, romance and treachery, on a plantation where slaves outnumber their persecutors three to one. The novel is exceedingly well written;… this story will not disappoint.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Leopard: A Harry Hole Novel, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø, Don Bartlett (translator)
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1227)
    Performance
    (1019)
    Story
    (1012)

    Two young women are found murdered in Oslo, both drowned in their own blood. Media coverage quickly reaches fever pitch: Could this be the work of a serial killer? The crime scenes offer no coherent clues, the police investigation is stalled, and the one man who might be able to help doesn't want to be found. Traumatized by his last case, Inspector Harry Hole has lost himself in the squalor of Hong Kong's opium dens. Yet when he is compelled, at last, to return to Norway - his father is dying - Harry's buried instincts begin to take over. Then a female MP is discovered brutally murdered.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Simply Fantastic! A great buy!"
    "Hole holds your attention to the end"
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    This was the first book I have read of the Harry Hole series, but definitely will not be the last. Hole is a flawed hero, no superman but definitely engaging in his quests to solve the flaws of society and his own life. Robin Sachs does an outstanding portrayal of Hole.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • And the Mountains Echoed

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini, Navid Negahban, Shohreh Aghdashloo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2697)
    Performance
    (2378)
    Story
    (2372)

    Khaled Hosseini, the number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

    FanB14 says: "Does the End Justify the Means"
    "A place and people you can hear and see vividly"
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    Outstanding story of people, place (Kabul, Afghanistan). and the interaction of individuals, especially among family members; living in the turbulent environment over decades of social and political wars and change. The narration is exquisite. The story progresses like a well developed and directed film that showcases a stellar cast. I thought that Hosseini could not top himself after the Kite Runner and A thousand Splendid Suns. How wrong I was! Hosseini just gets better and better. I can hardly wait to read his next book.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Little Bee: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Chris Cleave
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1658)
    Performance
    (916)
    Story
    (915)

    British couple Andrew and Sarah O'Rourke, vacationing on a Nigerian beach in a last-ditch effort to save their faltering marriage, come across Little Bee and her sister, Nigerian refugees fleeing from machete-wielding soldiers intent on clearing the beach. The horrific confrontation that follows changes the lives of everyone involved in unimaginable ways.

    Katerina says: "Good book, well told"
    "Little Bee: A little underwhelming"
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    The author had a great idea but the story had too many cliches and at times unbelievable or poor logic. However, the narration was excellent.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • My Korean Deli: Risking It All for a Convenience Store

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Ben Ryder Howe
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (270)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (205)

    This sweet and funny tale of a preppy editor buying a Brooklyn deli with his Korean in-laws is about family, culture clash, and the quest for authentic experiences. It starts with a gift. When Ben Ryder Howe’s wife, the daughter of Korean immigrants, decides to repay her parents’ self-sacrifice by buying them a store, Howe, an editor at the rarefied Paris Review, agrees to go along.

    lesley says: "Absolutely delightful!"
    "Less than delicious tale"
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    Ben Ryder Howe seems not to know what story he wants to tell, consequently a novel that had great potential turns out to be a self indulgent diary with chatter about a guy opening a store with his Korean wife and mother-in-law and his experience in a struggling magazine publishing business. The experiences with the Korean mother-in-law, was fun and insightful. Too bad, the author did not trust his ability to expand this story and instead meandered between story lines that provided neither dramatic or comic satisfaction. The narrator, is as excellent I look forward to hearing him narrate another novel). However, the story is anything but delicious.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1381)
    Performance
    (735)
    Story
    (733)

    Toru Okada is going through a difficult time. He is without a job, his cat has disappeared, and his wife is behaving strangely. Into this unbalanced world comes a variety of curious characters, a young girl sunbathing in a nearby garden; sisters who are very peculiar indeed; an old war veteran with a violent, disturbing story. Okada retreats to a deep well in a nearby house. And the story unfolds.

    Shelley says: "Bizarre"
    "Intriguing almost to the end"
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    Haruki Murakami never fails to be intriguing and an original. I have listened for four of his books and weather they were "great" or not there are always elements about them, they make them work the experience. Murakami is a master at delivering side stories about seemingly minor characters in the plot. At times these asides seem irrelevant to the plot, but Haruki Murakami is not interest in delivering a linear story line. His modern approach is a tapestry of surrealism, social and historical commentary, humor, irony, and suspense. His message and observations are universal. Wind-up Bird was one of my least favorite because there was so much detail in the subplots that should have resulted in a more satisfying or intriguing ending. The ending felt flat.

    Still there is enough in this winding tale to capture your attention and appreciation of Murakami story telling skills. I have learned that the best way to approach his work is as in empty vessel; to have no preconceived expectation about the beginning, middle or the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Before I Go to Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By S. J. Watson
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (840)
    Performance
    (698)
    Story
    (696)

    "As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I'm still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me...." Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love - all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may be telling you only half the story. Welcome to Christine's life.

    Sara says: "A terrifying story"
    "A psychological journey through the maze"
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    Where does Before I Go to Sleep rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the more intriguing books I have read so far.


    What other book might you compare Before I Go to Sleep to and why?

    Very reminiscent of the 2000, neo-noir psychological thriller, Memento, about a man with a mental inability to store memories, so he writes notes to himself..


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

    No. Orlagh Cassidy is outstanding.


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


    Well, at least in two settings.


    Any additional comments?

    Watson offered an entertaining tale full of intrigue and surprises, flawed only by the author’s over confidence in the reader’s desire to suspend ones’ imagination. The catalysts in solving the mystery, the psychiatrist and the use of cell phone (that never need charging) were paramount to solving the mystery, yet these dramatic technical details lacked credibility.
    Nevertheless, the story, pace and dramatic tension my attention to the end. The narrator, Orlach Cassidy did an outstanding job of delivering the drama. If you liked the 2000, neo-noir psychological thriller, Memento, about a man with a mental inability to store memories, you will love this novel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Light

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Joseph O'Connor
    • Narrated By Marcella Riordan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    Dublin 1907, a city of whispered rumours. An actress still in her teens begins an affair with a damaged older man, the leading playwright at the theatre where she works. Rebellious, irreverent, beautiful, flirtatious, Molly Allgood is a girl of the inner city tenements, dreaming of stardom in America. Witty and watchful, she has dozens of admirers. But in the backstage of her life, there is a secret.

    g says: "Too slow paced in intrigue to hold one's interest"
    "Too slow paced in intrigue to hold one's interest"
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    What would have made Ghost Light better?

    Arrive at the conflict of the story sooner. Plot unreveles too slowly


    Has Ghost Light turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


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

    didn't care for the story


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    better luck next read

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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