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lynda

inEdinburgVA

ratings
193
REVIEWS
5
FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
3

  • In the Face of Jinn

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Cheryl Howard Crew
    • Narrated By Bryce Howard
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (43)

    Two American sisters, Christine and Elizabeth Shepherd, are on a silk-buying trip in India for their business in California. After Elizabeth mysteriously disappears, Christine is compelled to challenge the ineffectual U.S. and Indian bureaucracies and venture alone, with various strangers as guides, to find her sister. Disguised in the traditional female garb of some Islamic cultures, Christine continues her search in Afghanistan and Pakistan. She navigates the mysterious tribes of the Pashtuns, has a dangerous encounter with the Taliban, and learns to fear the "Jinn", the devils that dominate the superstitions of the people she must understand in order to survive.

    Lisa says: "Don't waste you time or money"
    "Hard to listen to"
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    The reader could do amazing voices for the various characters, but as for her reading of the story, it was so awful I was thinking of returning the book after only 2 chapters. On top of that, the audio had some bad noises at times that were startling. Luckily, there weren't many.

    I can't say I liked the main character. She put herself in one dangerous situation after another - raped, bloodied, nose broken, smelling of urine and…it just got worse and worse. Then there's the big switch from subservient trodden-on woman to a revengeful gun-toting mama. And with another change in personality, she falls in love, of course.

    I suppose the thing that kept me with the story was the peek into life in such a different part of the world. It's portrayal of the lives of women was especially disturbing for it seemed their only function was that of serving cruel husbands and bearing children. There was little to show how they deal with their daily lives and find some kind of solace, except one small mention of the pleasure of embroidering a scarf.

    The story reveals (if it's accurate, then it's really sad) a depth of hatred and distrust that people in that part of the world have for each other and this could explain the genocides and atrocities we hear of on the news.

    No, I didn't cry at the end, I was just happy it was over.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Skeleton Canyon: Joanna Brady Mysteries, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By J. A. Jance
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (49)

    A pretty, popular teenager never returned from her secret tryst in Skeleton Canyon. Perhaps it was a youthful rage or savage passion that ripped the life from a child of privilege and abandoned her broken body to the cold Arizona night. Or maybe she stumbled onto something terrible, something too dangerous to know. Now dark secrets about a future hideously destroyed are pulling Sheriff Joanna Brady of Cochise County into a lethal nest of lies and greed.

    lynda says: "Take back everything I said about the narrator"
    "Take back everything I said about the narrator"
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    Book 4 was not enjoyable - CJ Critt's narration just killed it. But book 5 shows that she's a master of voices. She completely changed the cadence and the voice of Joanna and the presentation of the story. It was quite wonderful to listen to and to realize how much control she has in her storytelling to do this! However, I see a review of book 6 that complains about her choice for the daughter's voice and that Joanna's voice changes also. So sometimes she misses the mark.

    Meanwhile, the first 3 books had such marvelous plots and although I don't think books 4-5 quite lives up to those mysteries, I enjoy the characters and want to continue following them!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead to Rights

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By J. A. Jance
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (45)

    A woman is cruelly cut down in a remote corner of Arizona, killed on her nineteenth wedding anniversary by a drunk motorist. A year later, the driver himself dies badly, and all suspicions point to the slain woman's still-grieving husband as his murderer. But the truth is rarely black and white in the long Southwestern shadows, and one law officer is not rushing to condemn the tragic widower so quickly - Joanna Brady, sheriff of Cochise County.

    jennifer says: "Dead to Rights"
    "What happened to the good plot?"
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    I started with book 1 in the series and the first 3 had such intriguing plots that I was looking forward to book 4. Great plots, wonderful mysteries with surprising endings. Perhaps I've caught on to her writing, but in book 4 I knew who-done-it way before Sheriff Joanna Bradly did. I've also come to despise how something is said and I immediately know the underlying message but she asks, "I don't understand..." - or something similar. She's either slow, or wants it spelled out for her, but that's not evident. This book was driven by dialogue and it was painstaking. I thought that I disliked the previous reader of the first three, Hillary Huber - her voices for men are high pitched and silly - but now I think she's great, compared with the cadence of C.J. Critt's narrative in book 4. It's so annoying and I almost didn't finish the book. I've already purchased book 5, so I'm hoping things improve.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Round House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Louise Erdrich
    • Narrated By Gary Farmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1077)
    Performance
    (920)
    Story
    (917)

    One Sunday in the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. The details of the crime are slow to surface as Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to relive or reveal what happened, either to the police or to her husband, Bazil, and 13-year-old son, Joe. In one day, Joe's life is irrevocably transformed. He tries to heal his mother, but she will not leave her bed and slips into an abyss of solitude. Increasingly alone, Joe finds himself thrust prematurely into an adult world for which he is ill prepared.

    Tony says: "MADE THE LISTS OF BEST BOOKS!"
    "good story, narrator not so bad"
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    At first the narrator drove me nuts and I didn't think I could finish the story. Either he got better as he read - and quit trying to be dramatic - or I got used to his cadence, I'm not sure. He excelled in reading narration as a true voice of a native American and for that alone, I appreciated his reading. Meanwhile the story was spellbinding.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Restless in the Grave

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (129)

    Alaska aviation entrepreneur Finn Grant died in the fiery crash of his Piper Super Cub. Someone sabotaged his engine, and virtually everyone in southwestern Alaska has a motive, including his betrayed wife, his bullied children, and Liam’s wife, bush pilot Wyanet Chouinard. With few places to turn, Liam asks his former mentor Niniltna post commander Sergeant Jim Chopin, for help, and Jim quickly brings Kate onto the case. Working undercover as - of all things - a waitress at Bill’s Bar and Grill, Kate learns over beer and burgers that Grant’s business had expanded meteorically over the last two years.

    Charlie says: "Kate Shugak plus Liam Campbell!"
    "Good story but recorded at wrong speed"
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    After reading others in this series, the characters are like family, the stories of Alaska along with a bit of mystery, usually great fun but this was hard to listen to and enjoy because of the speed. I know this reader and how she usually portrays these characters and I don't think she could possibly read this fast. The characters voices were distorted. Couldn't this be slowed down to a normal pace?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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