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kiwi bookaholic

kiwi bookaholic

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  • Bones Are Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    A new-born baby is found wedged in a vanity cabinet in a rundown apartment near Montreal. Dr Temperance Brennan, forensic anthropologist to the province of Quebec, is brought in to investigate. While there, she discovers the mummified remains of two more babies within the same room. Shocked and distressed, Tempe must use all her skills and inner strength to focus on the facts.

    kiwi bookaholic says: "Solid addition to long running series"
    "Solid addition to long running series"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Bones was dumb enough to get kidnapped yet again. I would like Cathy to explore a different device for the dark moment prior to the finale.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    For me the most interesting aspect of this book was the medical condition of the dead childrens' mother. The least interesting was the degree of minutiae about diamond mining.


    Which character – as performed by Linda Emond – was your favorite?

    Bones. She makes the Bone's character warm and real, portraying the sadness of Bone's personal conflicts with warmth, understanding and sincerity.


    Do you think Bones Are Forever needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes. There needs to be resolve in the relationship between Bones and Andrew Ryan. I will feel cheated without a happy resolve to their relationship.I wouldn't mind reading continuing entries in this storyline. Is Bones too old to be surprised by a late pregnancy?I love the forensic detail, but Cathy must remember that we don't need to know everything she has researched about such things as diamond mining and in her previous book, racing circuits.


    Any additional comments?

    It's almost as if someone else wrote the bits in this book about diamond mining and in the last book (racing cars/circuits) for Kathy.The factoids are dumped in, in indigestable chuncks and I wonder if Kathy even did most of the research herself. This would explain the unevenness of the last couple of books. I'd rather see one book every two years and have it recapture the sparkle of the earlier books in the Bones series.I picked up the first Bones novel I ever read in a slush pile. It was Fatal Voyage and it was not many months after 9/11. I was hooked. I found all the back copies and siphoned them up. I've followed Kathy ever since.Keep on writing "Bones" Kathy, but don't spread yourself too thin.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • And Then the Roof Caved In: How Wall Street's Greed and Stupidity Brought Capitalism to Its Knees

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By David Faber
    • Narrated By Dennis Holland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (50)

    And Then the Roof Caved In lays bare the truth of the credit crisis, whose defining emotion at every turn has been greed, and whose defining failure is the complicity of the U.S. government in letting that greed rule the day. Written by CNBC's David Faber, this book painstakingly details the truth of what really happened with compelling characters who offer their first-hand accounts of what they did and why they did it.

    Jonnie says: "Best book explaining the recent economic collapse"
    "Sub Prime Disaster for Dummies"
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    What made the experience of listening to And Then the Roof Caved In the most enjoyable?

    The Sub Prime Disaster has impacted, financially and emotionally, on the entire world. However just how this came about has proved almost inexplicable for the lay person to understand in its complexity. I have worked in banking for 25 of the last forty years, off and on. I had worked with securitisation and understood reverse mortgages but had no understanding of sub prime lending. My Bank didn't do that sort of thing.
    This book is written with great clarity by a Newsman, with a Wall Street background, reporting directly on financial matters.
    Being a New Zealander I have never seen David Faber's television newscasts. I would like to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The telling of this story could have been dry and uninteresting. After all it is fact, not fiction and basically has to do with that thorny topic - finance.
    The telling was vital and the story alive with interest. Not a dull moment.
    When I was finished listening, I listened again and then I was able to discuss the topic intelligaby with family and friends.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Narvick Norway - the town that went bankrupt by buying a CDO that they didn't understand. It took the author to research their loan and discover it was made up of business rather than private mortgages, a fact that Narvick didn't know.


    If you could give And Then the Roof Caved In a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Understanding Sub Primes


    Any additional comments?

    They should teach this book in High Schools.

    It is also highly recommended for the rest of the world.

    American politics, finances and their tax system can be hard for us to follow. This book is written so that an outsider can follow it, with all the terms understood and explained.

    Perhaps I should mention here that there are tax breaks for Americans who sell their family home after first living in it, that don't exist for someone buying and selling a rental property. I'm not sure how large the difference is, but I suspect it's vast. This difference is not covered in the book, but helps explain some of the behaviours of the punters whose stories are told.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Beekeeper's Apprentice

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1778)
    Performance
    (1107)
    Story
    (1109)

    In 1914, a spirited American girl named Mary Russell meets a retired Sherlock Holmes in the English countryside. Instantly realizing that Mary is gifted with astonishing deductive powers, the Great Detective emerges from retirement to join her as she tracks down a fiendish assassin.

    Marie-Elizabeth Finamore says: "Best of British restraint"
    "Wonderful Story"
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    Where does The Beekeeper's Apprentice rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Impossible to rank as different books elicit different responses.
    Top notch story faultlessly read. Only a few weeks have gone by and I'm ready to listen again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Apprentice surely. Mary's character brought back vividly those days of being a girl on the verge of womanhood. Her struggles easily became mine. I only wish I had her fine mind.


    What about Jenny Sterlin’s performance did you like?

    A sympathetic performance. No growly male voices - which I hate when a woman reads.


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

    Sherlock meets his match.


    Any additional comments?

    The Beekeeper's Apprentice and A monstrous Regiment of Women are superb works of fiction.They are both read beautifully by Jenny Sterling. Some of the later books in the series split up the partnership between Holmes and Mary too much.These first two novels sparkle with repartee. They are luminous reads. Highly satisfying both to read and listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nice Girls Don't Bite Their Neighbors: Jane Jameson, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2914)
    Performance
    (2644)
    Story
    (2651)

    Just as Jane Jameson’s unlife seems to be stabilizing, fate sinks its fangs firmly into her butt. Despite her near-phobia of wedding planning, her no-frills nighttime nuptials to her sexy boyfriend, Gabriel, are coming along smoothly. That is, until she turns a fatally wounded teenage acquaintance, and the Council pronounces her responsible for the newborn vamp until he can control his thirst.

    Kirstin says: "Molly Did it Again!!!"
    "the final Jane Jameson?"
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    If you could sum up Nice Girls Don't Bite Their Neighbors in three words, what would they be?

    A fangfilled finale


    What did you like best about this story?

    It gave a wam sense of completion.


    Which character – as performed by Amanda Ronconi – was your favorite?

    Grandma Ruthie


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

    It made me laugh


    Any additional comments?

    I would love to read more novels set in this background. I very much enjoyed the novella Driving Mr Dead.I loved Jane and her dysfunctional family but next time I want them to be background characters. I would hate their lives to be sufficiently upheaved to be the focus of another novel.Amanda Ronconi is the perfect narrator, with her warm Southern drawl and Molly Harper spins a lively yarn; witty, biting and charming

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Fine and Private Place

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Peter S. Beagle
    • Narrated By Peter S. Beagle
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    For 19 years, Jonathan Rebeck has hidden from the world within the confines of the Bronx’s enormous Yorkchester Cemetery, making an abandoned mausoleum his secret home. His life is not an empty one. He can speak with the newly dead - as they pass from life to wherever spirits truly go - providing comfort, an ear, understanding, and even the occasional game of chess.

    Jefferson says: "A Witty & Romantic Psychological Urban Ghost Story"
    "Wow! Read by the author!!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Fine and Private Place to be better than the print version?

    No.I Love them both equally. I finnished listening and rushed straight off to reread the book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Apart from being a classic luminous fantasy and a joy to read for that alone, the book has as many layers as an onion. It is a book about need. About the need to give and the need to receive. About the need to give love and to receive love - and the need to be able to do both these things.
    The raven is the easiest example, he needs a human to look after and while Rebeck is happy to be on the receiving end the relationship works well.Rebeck has retreated to a cemetary 20 years ago, because all his relationships have failed. His love life withered on the stem and his need to give a little extra in his chemist shop ended in rejection & bankruptcy. He feels useless and alone.When the story opens his need to give is satisfied by his fleeting relationships with the recent dead whom he helps adjust to the after life.
    Mrs Klapper needs to give big time. She needs to give sustinance, in the manner of the raven and she also needs to give love. She has been so long without either love or sustenance, she has forgotten that she also needs to receive both these things. Rebeck who has his ghosts and the raven, is in a better place than she is for love and companionship.Mrs Klapper has had a childless marriage to a man who revealed more of himself to his workmates than his own wife. The basic structure of the marriage failed so badly, that in the end all she could do was look after her husband's physical comfort. Don't get me wrong, it was a comfortable marriage, but there was no communication. If Mrs Klapper had died first, Mr Klapper would have hired a housedkeeper and contentedly enjoyed his evenings without the buzz of a wife in the background.Klapper was a sinple man. He wanted a simple funeral and a small headstone. His wife built him a mausoleum so she could keep him as comfortable in death as she did in life.
    Mrs Klapper discovers in Rebeck a man who needs her company, her sustenance and her love. In the few weeks of their meetings in the cemetary she learns to know him better than she ever did her husband, in all the years of their marriage.Rebeck has to learn to receive what Klapper has to give, to be able in the end to leave the cemetary and take up the threads of a normal life again. There is hope in this reader's heart that they can have a fulfilled relationship both giving and receiveing love and companionship.
    There is also the tender love story of the ghosts, each with their need for love and mutual acceptance.
    This is a book for all ages. When I was young I loved the ghosts' story best. Now I'm older I best enjoy Rebeck & Klapper's romance.


    What about Peter S. Beagle’s performance did you like?

    I imagined I was back in Victorian days, in a theatre in Boston, listening to Dickens reading aloud from his own stories.Seriously, Peter reads like my parents and grandfather read to me. He gets into the character of the players without putting on silly voices. I want to imagine the voices in my own head. When men squeak and squeal pretending to be women and when women grunt and growl pretending to be men, it cuts across my concentration and takes me out of the experience, dumping me back into the real world with a nasty taste in my mouth.Peter didn't do this. Also because it is his own work he read it with great understanding.


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

    I cried for the ghosts, having to leave behind love almost beforethey had found it. I laughed with Klapper and Rebeck as they fumbled their way to a new relationship. I also laughed at the antics of the Raven as he hitched a ride and chatted with a squirrel. I wanted to know what happened to the Raven, but he flew out of the story and perhaps he didn't give a toss anyway.


    Any additional comments?

    I first read this book in the late 1970's, when my husband was given a copy of The Fantasy Worlds of Peter Beagle as a Christmas present. I have reread this and the other stories therein on a bi-anual basis ever since. Usually I don't really think about the meanings. I just enjoy; letting the fantasy and the glorious prose flow over me and I wallow, happy as a pig in mud.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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