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Kimberly Allen

New York
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A Spark of Light audiobook cover art

Disjointed, disappointing

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

I love Picoult, appreciate her controversial topics and that she always presents the human face behind both sides. And this is a topic particularly close to my heart. However, this story jumped around in time far too much for my taste. There are many point of view characters and all have compelling stories (I particularly loved Dr Ward), but all the people plus backstories on them (necessary and engaging), compounded by a timeline of a single day which bounced from the near end of the conflict to nearly every hour before that—in no order— was distracting and annoying. Picoult’s writing, as ever, is flawless but I felt this book had structural problems.

A Desperate Fortune audiobook cover art

Read this book, but don't listen to it

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

Reviewed: 08-24-18

The story, which bounces between a diary written in code in the 1730's, and the modern day woman who translates it, is interesting if somehow forced in spots. But the accents used in narrating the book -- English aristocracy, English Cockney, Scottish Lowlands, Scottish Highlands, and French were waaaaaaay too much. And the French and Scottish which predominated were read like the cartoon version of both languages -- the French sounded like that spoken by the cartoon skunk Pepe Le Peu. I toughed it out to find out how it ended, and then the author finished with a 15 minute soliloquy detailing all of her research, which I found a bit over the top. I may explore others by the author, but I won't listen to them read!

They Found Him Dead audiobook cover art

Tedious

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

Reviewed: 08-27-17

Read like someone who grew up a fan of Agatha Christie and wanted to write an old English drawing room murder. Almost every character was a caricature and all were tiresome and irritating. After the second murder I wanted them all murdered. Predictable silly plot with unreal police (who take a bus?). Don't waste your time v

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

The Lake House audiobook cover art

Too coincidental

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

Reviewed: 07-30-17

The beginning was a little rocky, written in the point of view of a rich, self absorbed love struck teenager in the 1930s, but as the book moved beyond that I quickly became absorbed in the story. I was thrown our of the story by what I thought were pointless chapters from the point of view of a year old child, and was disappointed in the ending--everything too neatly discovered and all wrapped up in a bow.

The Wreckage audiobook cover art

Did some editor tell Robatham to up the ante? Boo

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

Reviewed: 03-04-17

I love this series, but this was a disappointment. Vincent Ruiz is great and he was the primary protag, while Joe O'Loughlin sadly put in only a cameo appearance. There were just too many point of view characters in play, and way too much going on. Really hard to figure out what agenda each of the bad guys had and who we were supposed to be cheering for. I really don't think a thriller with world threats and world involvement is needed in this series. Please, let this be a one-off.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

A Little Life audiobook cover art

Powerful

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

Reviewed: 08-24-16

This is a book that will stay with me a long time. It is a finely drawn study of
Love and friendship and where it can, and cannot, redeem an extremely abusive childhood. I loved every single one of the characters and already miss them!!

Badlands audiobook cover art

Overwritten, overperformed

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

Reviewed: 04-04-16

I'm on my third Montenari book and while I find he has some of the most creative and complex villains I've ever read, I find his prose borders on purple...just too overwritten. Uses three similar phrases to drive home a point that he's made in one. And after three books performed by Scott Brick, I think I'll read my future Montenari mysteries in book form, rather than audible. He is So. Dramatic. Pause for Effect. Emphasize THAT point. This. Is. Important. While his overacting is probably a perfect match for the purple prose, it just drives me nuts. Gaaaaaah!!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Night Sins audiobook cover art

Seriously?!?!

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

Reviewed: 02-14-16

What? What kind of ending is that?! Way too much repetition of the inner angst of the characters and too little focus on the case.

Lost audiobook cover art

Good story but performance difficult

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

Reviewed: 07-29-15

Wish performance could have been equalized. Very difficult to hear sometimes as actor's voice dropped to a mutter etc. had to continually keep adjusting volume up and down.

Rose Under Fire audiobook cover art

Riveting

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

Reviewed: 07-10-15

"tell the world," the characters say, and this book helps do so...of the medical experiments performed on Polish women prisoners in the concentration camps in Germany during WWII, of the conditions therein as experienced by a young American female transport pilot. Compellingly!