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Ann Arbor, MI, United States | Member Since 2009

  • 5 reviews
  • 8 ratings
  • 168 titles in library
  • 18 purchased in 2014

  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Smart page turner"

    I downloaded this book because of the buzz and stayed because I literally couldn't put it down. First of all, I cared about the main characters...they were complex, interesting and not the least bit cliched. Strike, the main character has a fascinating history and an equally interesting present. Others are likewise intriguing. I wanted to sit down with them, have a good dinner and knew I would be assured of good conversation. The plot is sophisticated and the process of moving through the puzzle is drawn in great detail.
    I also thought the descriptions of place and people were very well done.
    The narration was excellent.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • TransAtlantic: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Colum McCann
    • Narrated By Geraldine Hughes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the National Book Award-winning Let the Great World Spin, Colum McCann thrilled readers with a marvelous high-wire act of fiction that The New York Times Book Review called "an emotional tour de force". Now McCann demonstrates once again why he is one of the most acclaimed and essential authors of his generation with a soaring novel that spans continents, leaps centuries, and unites a cast of deftly rendered characters, both real and imagined.

    Annie M. says: "Too breathtaking to read just once..."
    "Moments in history"

    This is a compelling, action packed book which highlights moments in history that stand as individual stories in their own right but are connected through their transatlantic history. Starting with the first plane flight from Canada to Ireland and concluding with George Mitchell and his work on the Irish peace process it is well written and fascinating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Indian Givers: How the Indians of the Americas Transformed the World

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Jack Weatherford
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    After 500 years, the world's huge debt to the wisdom of the Indians of the Americas has finally been explored in all its vivid drama by anthropologist Jack Weatherford. He traces the crucial contributions made by the Indians to our federal system of government, our democratic institutions, modern medicine, agriculture, architecture, and ecology, and in this astonishing, ground-breaking book takes a giant step toward recovering a true American history.

    Lou says: "Eye Opening..."
    "Graduate dissertation, collection of articles or ?"

    The most frustrating thing about this book was it's jumping from one topic to another and one group of Indians to another. The author would also make generalizations on the one hand and then pepper the listener with facts some of which were confusing and poorly connected to the topic.

    There was no story line to speak of.

    There was also no balance in the presentation. I am convinced that many groups made significant contributions to in a number of ways. However, there were also groups who were not contributors.

    Overall I was disappointed in this book and would not recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Songs of the Kings

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Barry Unsworth
    • Narrated By Andrew Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A thoroughly modern tale of politics, spin-doctoring, and media manipulation. As the harsh wind holds the Greek fleet trapped in the straits at Aulis, frustration and political impotence turn into a desire for the blood of a young and innocent woman - blood that will appease the gods and allow the troops to set sail. And when Iphigeneia, Agamemnon's beloved daughter, is brought to the coast under false pretences, it looks as if the ships will soon be on their way.

    susan says: "The politics of power haven't changed."
    "The politics of power haven't changed."
    If you could sum up The Songs of the Kings in three words, what would they be?

    atmosphere, scheming and misogyny

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Songs of the Kings?

    The scene in which Iphigenia and her slave were discussing which of them would be the human sacrifice and why.

    What about Andrew Sachs’s performance did you like?

    He captured the unique qualities of the different characters...there was no mistaking one from the other

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


    Any additional comments?

    Unsworth has become one of my favorite authors. He explores large themes in his fiction with fully developed characters who are compelling in their own right. His psychological insights are astute.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mad River

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Bonnie and Clyde, they thought. And what's-his-name, the sidekick. Three teenagers with dead-end lives, and chips on their shoulders, and guns. The first person they killed was a highway patrolman. The second was a woman during a robbery. Then, hell, why not keep on going? As their crime spree cuts a swath through rural Minnesota, some of it captured on the killers' cell phones and sent to a local television station, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator Virgil Flowers joins the growing army of cops trying to run them down.

    Bill says: "Good. Not Great. But Virgil is Hard to Skip."
    What disappointed you about Mad River?

    Not as intriguing and smart as Sandford usually is and a good performance did not make up for the slog.

    What was most disappointing about John Sandford’s story?

    Basically this was a throw away by Sandford whom I normally find gripping. I could easily put the story down.

    What aspect of Eric Conger’s performance would you have changed?

    what he had to read

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

    disappointment. I hardly remember it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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