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mindusq

Typical cat lady: lazy, sings off-key, craves spicy bloody marys.

san francisco | Member Since 2008

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  • 56 reviews
  • 387 ratings
  • 554 titles in library
  • 27 purchased in 2014
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  • A Visit from the Goon Squad

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jennifer Egan
    • Narrated By Roxana Ortega
    Overall
    (1292)
    Performance
    (874)
    Story
    (884)

    Jennifer Egan brings her unique gifts as a novelist and short story writer to a compulsively listenable narrative that centers on Bennie Salazar, an aging punk rocker and record executive, and the beautiful Sasha, the passionate, troubled young woman he employs.

    Laurene says: "Excellent, subtle, moving"
    "Listened, then started again from the beginning"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was mesmerized by the blase sexiness of this story. Ms. Egan's lyrical attention to detail perfectly describes the complex yet recognizable modern life of the handful of people we get to know from the Goon Squad. Great silliness and sadness--and Roxana Ortega is excellent as the narrator...truly speaks right into your ear.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Dead Room

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Robert Ellis
    • Narrated By Jim McCance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (71)

    A young woman is found, brutally murdered and left on gruesome display in the "safety" of her own home. The atrocity kicks off an investigation into a bizarre string of increasingly disturbing murders, all believed to be perpetrated by someone of unprecedented savagery and cunning.

    Jennifer says: "Wow! Refreshingly Different!"
    "Oh, c'MON, maaaan"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Jim McCance, as the narrator, did a decent job telling this tale of serial killing, attorneys, childhood trauma with a dollop of art and romance but the story is really far-fetched, hackneyed and ridiculously unrealistic. Not hateful but pretty disappointing.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Genesis Code: A Thriller of the Near Future

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jamie Metzl
    • Narrated By Andy Caploe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Blue Magic, the latest designer drug linked to a rash of overdoses, might explain the needle mark on the arm of a young woman found dead in her Kansas City apartment. But when star reporter Rich Azadian digs deeper, the clues point to a far more explosive story: MaryLee Stock was a special protege of evangelical megapastor and power broker Cobalt Becker, who is poised to deliver his followers and the presidency to a firebrand right-wing senator in the next election.

    McDawn says: "Terrible Narration - Mediocre Story"
    "Narration so distracting I can't finish!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story is intriguing--I *think*--but I'm so annoyed by the over dramatized style of the narrator that I can't find a toe hold. Giving up half way into it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Order Dog: Jeri Halston, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By C. T. Wente
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Tending bar at the ancient saloon on old Route 66 seems like the perfect way to sort things out.

    At least, that was the plan. But then the letters started arriving. Funny, rambling confessions of love from an unknown admirer, postmarked from every corner of the world. A Polaroid photo in each letter reveals a tantalizing glimpse of their sender, but never his true identity. And always the same strange sign off - Don't order dog. Jeri can't help but be intrigued.

    mindusq says: "Silly with a 'made for TV' sensibility"
    "Silly with a 'made for TV' sensibility"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This may end up being one of your favorite new series but it was just fluff to me. I really enjoyed the narrator and liked that it takes place in Flagstaff, AZ but that's about the extent of it. It reads like a light version of The Blacklist or some other TV show where a woman finds out how strong she really is under the guidance of a man who is not who he appears to be. Oh, and throw in the current but stale theme in screenplays, corporate greed, add a little romance, sprinkle with some between-girls banter and you've got Don't Order Dog. Yawn.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Place: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan, Lara Hutchinson
    Overall
    (994)
    Performance
    (890)
    Story
    (883)

    "The Secret Place", a board where the girls at St Kilda's School can pin up their secrets anonymously, is normally a mishmash of gossip and covert cruelty, but today someone has used it to reignite the stalled investigation into the murder of handsome, popular Chris Harper. Stephen joins forces with the abrasive Detective Antoinette Conway to find out who and why.

    Jim says: "CAN NOT UNDERSTAND HALF THE BOOK (AUDIO)"
    "Friendship, loyalty and a desire to be different"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    There were fleeting moments when I was listening intently, gripped by mystery and eager to hear each word--but they weren't very often. To me, the book came *this close* to sounding "preachy" and if it wasn't Tana French I don't think I would have had the patience to listen through the coming-of-age story of girlhood, being part of a clan and exploring the differences between the sexes and the classes. More of a YA novel than a mystery...definitely not as arresting as her first three books.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Grave Instinct

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert W. Walker
    • Narrated By J. Rodney Turner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    A horrifying series of murders has shocked a stretch of America's southern heartland. Not only are women turning up dead, but the killer has removed their brains with chilling surgical precision. A new murder has sent FBI medical examiner Jessica Coran to Jacksonville, Florida, on a search for answers to the most appalling murder spree she has ever encountered. But even she can't anticipate the twist her investigation is about to take - one that will give millions of people a front-row seat for the next victim's death.

    mindusq says: "J. Rodney Turner--the narrator--makes this book"
    "J. Rodney Turner--the narrator--makes this book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    With a hint of Matthew Mcconaughey in there, J. Rodney Turner's voice is startlingly arresting, not only because of its charming accent but because Mr. Turner's warm tone just makes you want to hear what he's gonna say next.

    The story? Reedonkulous. But listening to Mr. Turner suspended my disbelief for 12 hours.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Those Who Wish Me Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Michael Koryta
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (303)
    Performance
    (272)
    Story
    (274)

    When 13-year-old Jace Wilson witnesses a brutal murder, he's plunged into a new life, issued a false identity and hidden in a wilderness skills program for troubled teens. The plan is to get Jace off the grid while police find the two killers. The result is the start of a nightmare. The killers, known as the Blackwell Brothers, are slaughtering anyone who gets in their way in a methodical quest to reach him.

    Jen says: "Best Bad Guys EVER!"
    "I give it a C-"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The narration is okay but the story is so far-fetched that it's ridiculous. There are also some good moments where Koryta teaches us about survival and Montana and fire fighting but even then it's pretty preach-y and ham-fisted. All in all, not my favorite 11 hours.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Eyes of Prey: The Lucas Davenport Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (738)
    Performance
    (634)
    Story
    (638)

    The “Prey” novels by Pulitzer prize-winning journalist John Sandford consistently make the best-seller lists, but they are not for the faint of heart. Featuring Minneapolis Lieutenant Lucas Davenport, these thrillers are raw, graphic, and impossible to put down. In Eyes of Prey, a depressed and unfocused Davenport takes on a macabre case, tracking down a serial killer who maims the eyes of his victims after he has murdered them.

    mindusq says: "Sí. Oui. Yup. Uh huh. Oh hell yeah.Yes."
    "Sí. Oui. Yup. Uh huh. Oh hell yeah.Yes."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    What a fun, scary romp through Lucas Davenport's chase to catch his creepiest arch enemy. Highly recommend!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Galveston: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Nic Pizzolatto
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (644)
    Performance
    (550)
    Story
    (554)

    From the creator, writer, and executive producer of the HBO series True Detective and soon to be a major motion picture comes a dark and visceral novel set along the wastelands of Galveston. On the same day Roy Cady is diagnosed with a terminal illness, he learns that his employer has put a hit out on him. After narrowly escaping an attempt on his life, Cady goes on the run with a young prostitute named Rocky and her three-year-old sister, from New Orleans to Galveston, Texas. But though they run, they cannot hide in this explosive, atmospheric, impossible-to-pause thrill ride.

    Stephanie says: "Richly Layered"
    "Butcher's Boy + Nobody Move + True Detective"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Southern, ooze-y, boozy and bleak with the kind of protagonist we love to root for. Michael Kramer is pitch perfect, confessing a hit man's philosophy through a story of botched redemption.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Oryx and Crake

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1961)
    Performance
    (1101)
    Story
    (1114)

    As the story opens, Snowman is sleeping in a tree, mourning the loss of his beloved Oryx and his best friend Crake, and slowly starving to death. How did everything fall apart so quickly? Why is he left with nothing but his haunting memories? Alone except for the green-eyed Children of Crake, he explores the answers to these questions in the double journey he takes - into his own past, and back to Crake's high-tech bubble-dome, where the Paradice Project unfolded and the world came to grief.

    Doug says: "Very Scary Stuff"
    "Razor sharp, chilling and bleak"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Campbell Scott's narration blends serious doom with contemporary snark in a story about the end of the world that left me wanting to work backwards and change events for a hopeful finish. So cinematic and way before its time...before The Walking Dead, before Avatar, before I Am Legend...with a heartbreaking longing for the things we take for granted on planet Earth.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Woodcutter

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Reginald Hill
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1208)
    Performance
    (901)
    Story
    (897)

    Wolf Hadda's life was a fairytale - successful businessman and adored husband. But a knock on the door one morning ends it all. Universally reviled, thrown into prison, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later Wolf begins to talk to the prison psychiatrist and receives parole to return home. But there's a mysterious period in Wolf's past when he was known as the Woodcutter. Now the Woodcutter is back, looking for truth and revenge...

    Diana says: "One of my favorite Reginald Hill books!"
    "Characters you'll care about in a story of revenge"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Exquisite writing and excellent narration make The Woodcutter a must-listen for those of us who love a mystery fraught with human foibles.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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