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Norma A. Pierce

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  • In the Woods

  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 20 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,919
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,472
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,460

As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very mixed feelings (semi-spoilers included)

  • By Dottie B. on 02-14-13

Off to a slow start

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-11

Loved Tana French's latest mystery, so I set about to listen to them all starting with this first one. I'm just starting Part II, and I will say it's picking up. Part I was disappointing. The most distracting part was (1) the emphasis on the love interest between what's-his-name and Cassie and (2) the incredibly effeminate protagonist/narrator. I keep expecting him to finally discover he's gay -- but so far he is resolutely loving Cassie and he keeps referring to his past hetero affairs. The characterization either is badly flawed or there's a big "surprise" coming in Part III. Not that I mind a gay protagonist, and I'm not longing for torrid sex scenes. I just don't appreciate a heterosexual (or any other character) who isn't believable.

  • Confederates in the Attic

  • Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War
  • By: Tony Horwitz
  • Narrated by: Michael Beck
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

When prize-winning war correspondent Tony Horwitz leaves the battlefields of Bosnia and the Middle East for a peaceful corner of the Blue Ridge Mountains, he thinks he's put war zones behind him. But awakened one morning by the crackle of musket fire, Horwitz starts filing front-line dispatches again - this time from a war close to home, and to his own heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not a Book to be Kept in the Attic

  • By Dianna on 02-26-03

If only it was all there

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-16-10

The book is so great -- and more timely today than when it was first published. My only sadness is the abridgment. I wanted it all. Had to go buy the printed book to fill in the blank spots.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Crazy School

  • By: Cornelia Read
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

Madeline Dare has traded in the drudgery of life in backwoods Syracuse, New York, for work as a teacher at Santangelo Academy, a boarding school for emotionally disturbed teenagers in the Berkshires. Behind the ornate gates of the academy, she finds a disturbing realm where students and teachers must follow the dean's bizarre therapies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great narration

  • By Molly on 08-13-10

A good read and well read

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-16-10

A good story, and about that reader -- I guess you either love her or hate her. I find her story telling exactly right for the deadpan humor of the first person fictional narrator. I loved her in the first Cornelia Read I bought, so I was not dissuaded by the negative reviews. I suggest trying the samples.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Field of Darkness

  • By: Cornelia Read
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 33

Madeline Dare, a tough-talking, shotgun-toting ex-debutante, is not your average detective. Then again, not much about her life is what she expected. Born of old money into high society, she married into a Syracuse farming family and a bottom-of-the-food-chain job writing puff pieces for the local newspaper. Her emotional barometer these days ranges from dry irony to whining exasperation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Witty and a great mystery.

  • By Kathleen on 05-01-08

Great narration

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-29-10

This is a pretty good book, though rambling in Part II, but the narrator is smashing. Great timing. Numerous distinct voices. A new favorite for me.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Taming a Sea-Horse

  • A Spenser Novel
  • By: Robert B. Parker
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89

Robert B. Parker takes listeners into the murky big-city underground. Spenser undertakes an intense search for a beautiful, missing prostitute, and finds himself traveling amidst the sleaze of Times Square, where sex is a commodity, and young girls are the currency.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Parker and Prichard are always fun.

  • By Richard Delman on 01-11-13

Parker Perfect

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-16-10

Love Spenser as well as Jesse. All the books are fine, and this is no exception.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

  • The Millennium Series, Book 1
  • By: Stieg Larsson
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,975
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,052

Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic Mystery with Wonderful Characters

  • By Robert on 12-22-08

Wonderful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-28-09

I almost didn't buy this based on a couple of reviews that said it dragged at the beginning. Oh, my. Not for me. I love this almost as much as John Sandford, and that is saying a LOT.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful