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  • Is Paris Burning?

  • By: Larry Collins, Dominique Lapierre
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 182
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115

Few moments in history are as stirring as the Allied liberation of Paris. Yet few people are aware of how narrowly, and how miraculously, the city escaped Hitler's secret plan to reduce it to ashes. Is Paris Burning? reconstructs, in meticulous and riveting detail, the network of fateful events, day by day, moment by moment, that saved the City of Light.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Is Paris Burnning

  • By Ruth on 03-25-08

Difficult to follow

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-04-13

What disappointed you about Is Paris Burning??

I found the narrator's voice distracting. Plus the story jumped around so much with so many characters I felt lost quite often.

Would you ever listen to anything by Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre again?

Probably not

What didn’t you like about Frederick Davidson’s performance?

I found his voice very annoying.

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

The topic is fascinating but unfortunately given how complicated it was a clearer story line would have been better.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • A Fatal Grace

  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,317
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 946
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 942

No one liked CC de Poitiers - certainly none of the residents of the village of Three Pines, each of whom CC had managed to offend. Therein lies the challenge for the Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Quebec, called in once again from Montreal to investigate murder in this hamlet. CC has been killed in an apparent electrical accident, and everyone in town has a motive, even the inspector's good friends.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Complex, but worthwhile....

  • By danpri on 01-10-10

Wonderful writing, intriguing mystery

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-27-13

Where does A Fatal Grace rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

A Fatal Grace, along with the first entry in the Three Pines mystery series, is by far one of the best written, thought provoking mysteries I have read/listened to in the last several years.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

I had my suspicions about who was responsible but Ms. Penny kept me off balance to the very end.

What about Ralph Cosham’s performance did you like?


Ralph Cosham's narration was excellent. He gave each character a personality but he didn't over perform and risk undermining the beauty of the language.

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

I actually wanted to prolong the listening because I loved the characters and the story and wanted to hang out with the folks of Three Pines as long as possible. When I finished A Fatal Grace I immediately ordered the third book in the series. I'll be interested to see if Ms. Penny can maintain the high quality of her writing and keep me interested in the wonderful characters she has created. Or will she, like other authors become too formulaic

Any additional comments?

I especially love the character of Ruth Zardo.

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  • Still Life

  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,248
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,586
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,598

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it's nothing more than a tragic hunting accident, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a gentle mystery

  • By Sydney on 08-26-07

Literate murder mystery

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-29-12

What did you love best about Still Life?

Louise Penny's writing is beautiful. Her observations about life were revealing and throughtful.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Still Life?

The gentleness of the ending

What does Ralph Cosham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His narration was unobtrusiveness. He didn't take away from the beauty of the words.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me smile a great deal of the time as Penny skewered so many of the pretensions we find in modern day ife.

  • The Tehran Initiative

  • By: Joel C. Rosenberg
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,831
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,605
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,621

The world is on the brink of disaster. Iran has just conducted its first atomic weapons test. Millions of Muslims around the world are convinced their messiah — known as the Twelfth Imam — has arrived on earth. Israeli leaders fear Tehran, under the Twelfth Imam’s spell, will soon launch a nuclear attack that could bring about a second Holocaust and the annihilation of Israel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rosenberg does it again - couldn't put it down!

  • By Susan on 10-21-11

Don't waste your time or money

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-29-12

What disappointed you about The Tehran Initiative?

The story was insipid. The plot was contrived and ther was very little to hold my attention.

Would you ever listen to anything by Joel C. Rosenberg again?

No

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The narrator was fine. The story was stupid.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Damage

  • By: John Lescroart
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 352
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 200

The Curtlees are a powerful force in San Francisco, unscrupulous billionaires who’ve lined every important pocket in the Bay Area in pursuit of their own ascent. So when the family’s heir, Ro Curtlee, was convicted of rape and murder a decade ago, the fallout for those who helped to bring him to justice was swift and uncompromising. The jury foreman was fired from his job and blacklisted in his industry. The lead prosecutor was pushed off the fast track, her dreams of becoming district attorney dashed.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Falls far short

  • By Helen on 01-17-11

Falls far short

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-17-11

I have read/listened to several of John Lescroat's books, primarily the ones featuring Disma Hardy and enjoyed them. But this latest book falls short. The characters, many of whom will be familiar to readers of his previous works, are at best caricatures in this book. There is very little character development and the plot is flimsy at best. Don't bother with this one. Instead go back and listen to some of his earlier works.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful