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Katherine M. Hosch

Covington, LA USA
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Just ridiculous

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

Reviewed: 07-27-19

There were some amusing moments, but these were swamped by the absurd storyline. Some of the writing was pretty dopey too, in a way that is so obvious when you hear it rather than read it.

Not for me - that says it all.

The narration was spot-on though!

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What a stupendous book!

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

Reviewed: 06-29-19

This book is incredibly great. The writing and performance together do something quite rare - they make it possible to imagine that Circe and all the others are real.

Enthusiastically recommended without reservation.

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Spectacular reading of Dracula.

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

Reviewed: 11-06-18

I read this book many years ago,and had forgotten many of the details. The many movies made on the subject don't do it justice at all. The format of journal entries and letters lends itself particularly well to audio performance, and the actors employed to do the readings are all fantastic.

Highly recommended.

BTW, people who enjoy this kind of audiobook might be very interested in "The Exorcist" - read by the author. That is another terrific audiobook.

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sigh

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

Reviewed: 05-19-18

Ho boy - I must be in the minority here, but I don't get the hype about this book. I did keep thinking as I was listening, that it might be much better in print than via the spoken word. The chapters end abruptly in a way that might be amusing in print, but
not when narrated. The narrator is terrific - for some books I am sure. But not, in my opinion, for this one. He was just too calm and comforting, and made Arthur Less's foibles seem like so much simple bad judgement. I think this book needed someone a lot more manic and maybe a bit hysterical.

Honestly, I was so eager to get this book - the last comedic novel to win the Pulitzer was the incomparable Confederacy of Dunces. How is this thinly veiled autobiography (I could be wrong about this of course!) in the same league? In the end I was simply bored with Less's acute self-involvement and ridiculous preoccupation with aging. I am happy for the author but I really don't agree with the Pulitzer committee here.

If only Less were not so deserving of its title.

68 of 73 people found this review helpful

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Lucas rocks!

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

Reviewed: 04-30-18

Lucas Davenport goes up against his old nemesis Taren Grant and it is terrific. I love his Marshall sidekicks. The great thing about Lucas is that he isn't conflicted, and it is so refreshing. And if/when his family gets threatened, it is in the service of the story and not some ploy to pull in the reader. Also refreshing!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Perfect Orphan X novel

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

Reviewed: 03-07-18

I really liked the first Orphan X book, but I though the second one was a bit too much. Of course the whole thing is crazy, but the situation in the second book was really far-fetched, even by the Orphan X standards. However, this third volume is terrific. It is much funnier than the previous books, and the various situaions are engrossing without being (too) absurd. Scott Brick's melodramtic delivery is perfect for this book.

Hightly recommended.

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Ugh.

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

Reviewed: 12-22-17

I had already decided to stop listening about half way through because of the reprehensible way that the women were all portrayed. Then I read some spoiler reviews on Goodreads, and now I am VERY GLAD I stopped listening.

UGH.

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A must-read - deserves a Pulitzer

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

Reviewed: 10-01-13

I am from the New Orleans area and was one of the many thousands who evacuated for Hurricane Katrina. I was also one of the large population of locals who were offended and dismayed when then-Attorney General Charles Foti arrested a doctor and two nurses who had been at the flooded Memorial hospital during the disaster. Public opinion at the time was squarely behind the hospital staff, largely because we thought that the opportunistic former sheriff was blaming the very people, who saved so many lives, of not being even more heroic. This was my opinion, and that of everyone I talked to - until I read the ProPublica article about conditions at Memorial, published in 2009. That article convinced me that perhaps something very unsavory had happened at the hospital during the disaster.

And so it was with great interest that I read the reporter's more thorough examination of those days in this book. This book deserves a Pulitzer; it is an unbiased, well balanced and extremely thorough examination of the events at Memorial and the consequences of those events. I also have a Ph.D. in philosophy, and so I was hoping to see a studied examination of the ethical issues surrounding the events, and I was not disappointed. Ms. Fink clearly and accurately explained some of the most basic principles of ethics, and how they were (or were not) applied in this case.

The overall impression that I had of the medical professionals at Memorial was that they were so over-taxed, over-worked and under-prepared that they were not in a position to make truly rational choices about their sickest patients. To prevent this kind of tragedy in the future, our institutions must determine ahead of time how they will react in a disaster, and the people in those institutions need to cling to their moral principles, rather than abandon them in such a moment of crisis. The contrast of Memorial hospital with Charity hospital is most striking in this regard. Both hospitals were stranded in flood waters and lost power. But at Charity they were prepared and had practiced for just such an event. They evacuated the sickest patients first, not last, and they didn't give any patients lethal injections. Three people died at Charity, compared with forty-five deaths at Memorial, many of those in the last few hours, even as helicopters were arriving en masse to evacuate the hospital. Please read this book.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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wonderful procedural

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

Reviewed: 08-16-13

Would you consider the audio edition of Still Life to be better than the print version?

No idea about that.

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

The betrayal of Mr. Croft by his son was memorable, and hard to listen to.

Which scene was your favorite?

The scene describing the characters' first experience of the interior of Jane's house was delightful.

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

no

Any additional comments?

I think Chief Inspector Gamache is simply someone who any of us would love to know. I want to spend more time with him and I am thrilled that there are 9 volumes in this series.

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ugh - corrupt non-rational police

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

Reviewed: 08-09-13

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Too many things are wrong with this book and they would all have to be changed:
- policeman protagonist uses "intuition" to identify the killer.
- police plant evidence in order to aid conviction - this makes the case absurd "We follow the evidence" they say, but in fact they do not
- evidence requirements seem to range from non-existent to ridiculously stringent

Has Cold Killing turned you off from other books in this genre?

No.

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

I kept listening - I probably would have tossed the book down if I was reading it.

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

The general plot and the twist were interesting. They were just not enough to outweigh the absurd bits.

Any additional comments?

If cops identify suspects by imagination then they aren't using evidence. This undercuts the whole procedural story and makes it boring.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful