This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery. Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series. West Cork is FREE through May 9, 2018.
Looking forward to more from these authors and readers. Story and performance are superb. You might as well take a day off and just listen to it from beginning to end!
A small town in Oregon has embraced a controversial way of playing football that can almost guarantee a winning season. To people who love this offensive strategy, the “The Double Wing” is a thing of beauty. To others, it is ugly, slow, and painful to watch. A real-life David vs. Goliath match-up puts it to the test.
There are only 10 of them! Life lessons appropriate for any age, they are beautifully presented.
Since Donald Trump's presidential nomination, Keith Olbermann has emerged as one of the web's most popular anti-Trump screedists - each installment of his GQ web series The Resistance receives nearly four million views, and his fiercely progressive monologues have garnered a new generation of fans and followers. In Trump Is F*cking Crazy, Olbermann takes our commander in chief and his politics apart with journalistic acuity and his classic in-your-face humor.
I am binging on Keith Olbermann's book, having forgotten just how analytic, how articulate, how eloquent, how passionate... and, unfortunately, in this case, what a visionary he is.
Listening to this book, you have to remind yourself that these editorials were composed in 2016 and 2017, because they are so relevant now, and will be even more relevant in the future.
If you are/were a fan of Olbermann's, you will love this book which pulls together his brilliant liberal political essays since before the 2016 election. For those of you who don't know him, listen to the book. Olbermann is a brilliant writer and a passionate voice in an age when there are very very few.
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From the internationally best-selling author of the acclaimed novel The Power of the Dog comes The Cartel, a gripping, ripped-from-the-headlines story of power, corruption, revenge, and justice spanning the past decade of the Mexican-American drug wars.
Why it was necessary to tell this story with such horror and gore is beyond me. There are scenes from the first half of this book that you can't erase from your mind, and you can't listen to the other half - at least I couldn't. This book is written for the sociopaths it is written about.
A victim killed with a single, precise stab to the heart appears at first glance to be a robbery gone wrong. A caring, upstanding social worker lost to a senseless act of violence. But for Detective Kim Stone, something doesn't add up. When a local drug addict is found murdered with an identical wound, Kim knows instinctively that she is dealing with the same killer. But with nothing to link the two victims except the cold, calculated nature of their death, this could be her most difficult case yet.
Books 1 through 4 of this series all managed to have a different story and tone. Book 5 is not as original; in fact, one of the most exaggerated fictional sociopaths in Book 4 shows up again in Book 5 without welcome to the heroine or the reader. I wanted to return this book (I couldn't even finish it), but I would not have been given the opportunity to write a review.
Beautiful, creative, a little wild...Edie was the kind of girl who immediately caused a stir when she walked into your life. And she had dreams back then - but it didn't take long for her to learn that things don't always turn out the way you want them to. Now, at 33, Edie is working as a waitress, pregnant, and alone. And when she becomes overwhelmed by the needs of her new baby and sinks into a bleak despair, she thinks that there's no one to turn to....
There are two major characters in the book, each portrayed by a different narrator. The narrator who plays "Heather" is totally inappropriate for the role. She's supposed to be a large, blond young woman from Wales, but sounds like anything but, with a strong accent from the West Indies. I really had difficultly getting through her sections, which were stacatto and sing songy.
That being said, the book is very well written and if you can get past the voice of one narrator, the characters are very well drawn, as is the plot. You will recognize the characters, the motives, and perhaps even some of the behavior, from your youth and maybe the book will help you fill the gaps in your understanding of persons you once knew.
I really recommend the book highly in print.
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Three stories concern the same woman - in the first, she escapes from teaching at a girls' school into a wild love affair; in the second, she returns with her child to the home of her parents, whose marriage she finally begins to examine; and in the last, her vanished child turns up caught in the grip of a religious cult. In these and other stories Alice Munro's understanding of the people about whom she writes makes their lives as real as our own.
These are wonderful stories, and I did enjoy listening to them.
The only problem for me was that the narrator used the same 'voice' in all the stories, so that there were few vocal characterization differences among characters in each story. This made the protagonists seem like carbon copies of each other. Also there is no pause, not even a bit of one, from story to story, and because the 'voice' is the same you're not sure that the past story has ended and the next one has begun.
A really annoying problem with the audiobook is technical. The 'chapters' are not set up by story, but randomly, so when returning to your listening, it is very hard to find your place.
Audie Award, Mystery, 2016. When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible - and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.
Three novels have been written in this series and they are all terrific. Great character development and lots of action and surprise. Turns out Robert Galbraith is a pen name. Okay, fine. But one gets an image of the author, especially after reading three of his books. If you don't want that image shattered yet, don't listen to the afterward. Shut off your player after the last word of the novel.
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No outsiders are ever admitted to the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, hidden deep in the wilderness of Quebec, where two dozen cloistered monks live in peace and prayer. They grow vegetables, they tend chickens, they make chocolate. And they sing. Ironically, for a community that has taken a vow of silence, the monks have become world-famous for their glorious voices, raised in ancient chants whose effect on both singer and listener is so profound it is known as “the beautiful mystery.”
I loved the story; it made me yearn to listen to Gregorian chants. It is a well-drawn story with some unexpected twists and turns and it is very well read. The only drawback, as I saw it, is the syrupy romance scattered through the book. It just doesn't fit in a mystery. Write a romance or write a mystery.
This is my first Louise Penny book and, generally, I enjoy her writing. But if her other mysteries include soppy romance stories woven through them, I think it will be my last book of hers.
In war-torn Yugoslavia, a beautiful young filmmaker and photographer - a veritable hero to her people - and a German officer have been brutally murdered. Assigned to the case is military intelligence officer Captain Gregor Reinhardt. Already haunted by his wartime actions and the mistakes he's made off the battlefield, he soon finds that his investigation may be more than just a murder, and that the late Yugoslavian heroine may have been much more brilliant - and treacherous - than anyone knew.
I love this period of historical novel and McCallin is the best I've read so far. In the beginning it's a bit hard to keep track of all the characters, but stick with it; the book is very well written and very suspenseful. Narration is great including a multitude of voices and quirks vocalic quirks for several characters. I just finished the book and purchased Book 2. Can't wait to keep up with Gregor Reinhardt.
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