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Disjointed and Incomplete

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

Reviewed: 05-15-19

Upon completion of this book it is almost as much of a puzzle now as it was at the beginning. Very few loose ends were pulled together...it simply ends with hanging threads. The author even introduces a new character in the last 5 minutes! What??!! It reminded me of listening to my 5 year old daughter make up her own bedtime stories, pulling disjointed snippets here and there from her day and droning on and on....

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Still Guessing to the Last Minute

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

Reviewed: 09-01-18

This stand-alone book is proof positive of Michael Connelly great writing skills.

Well researched with a compelling, yet complex, story, this book will keep you on the edge of your seat through the last chapter.

I enjoy the way Me Connelly seamlessly weaves interesting facts and information into his stories. While enjoying the journey, I always learn a few things as well.

If you want to experience Michael Connelly’s writing without following a series, this book is a great place to start.

I judge a reader’s skill by how unaware I am of their presence. L.J.Ganser was exceptional. The story moved along seamlessly. The characters were easily identified and the diction was perfect! I give Mr Ganser Five Stars!

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Predictable But Fun

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

Reviewed: 02-24-18

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This was a fun, lighthearted, and sometimes silly, but entertaining book to listen to. It is a romance with a nice message near the end.

The reader was excellent and her voice enhanced the story.

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Another Great One!

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

Reviewed: 01-31-18

If you have not yet been introduced to Sargent DC Smith before now, you are in for a treat. Once again Peter Grangier unfolds a mystery that proceeds at a pace to keep the reader/listener involved and on the edge of your seat, eager to know what comes next.

Mr. Grainger does all of this without wallowing in ugly scenes and profanity. He is a master of his craft and I am anxiously awaiting the next installment.

Although “Time And Tide” stands on it’s own as a great read, the experience is enhanced by having read the previous books in this series. All of the Sargent DC Smith’s build from the place where the previous book ended.

The reader’s performance is absolutely perfect for this series.

I highly recommend this book!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Still a Great Book

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

Reviewed: 01-06-18

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September is one of my all-time favorite Rosamunde Pilcher books. I started listening to audio books in the 1990s and Rosemunde Pilcher was one of my favorite authors. Listening to this story again 20 years later, I find that the book has not become dated and it it was just as enjoyable the second time around (with one small exception).

The characters are well developed and you feel as if they are people you have always known and have always liked in spite of their weaknesses. The descriptions of the landscape of Scotland and the various homes of the many characters made me feel as if I were there seeing them for myself.

When listening to an audio book that has many characters, such as September, I sometimes make a written list of the characters as a reference to keep me from becoming confused about who is in the current scene. But there is no need with this one---or any of Ms. Pilcher's books for that matter. She does such a fine job of slowly introducing and developing each character that there is no need to make a list. Each character is fully developed, memorable and easy to recall in every scene throughout the book.

Beautifully written, enjoyable to ready, and ever entertaining, September is a book I will revisit again and again.

My one dissatisfaction with this audio version of September was the reader. After listening to the first recorded version I had a certain expectation of excellence from the reader and this version definitely does not measure up. The voices the reader uses for the older women and the young boy became so high pitched and somewhat "schreechy," that in the beginning I almost gave up and went looking for the original version that had been recorded on cassette tapes. But I was so eager to hear this story again that I stayed with it and after a while I stopped cringing when I heard those voices and overlooked this weakness.

All things considered, I still highly recommend this book!

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Implausible Characters and Storyline

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

Reviewed: 01-06-17

But I did stick with the book to the very end. I liked the message, but at times I found myself thinking that the characters were clearly "made up". When my own thoughts invade a book while listening, the author is clearly not keeping the book real. I enjoy fiction but I also like it to be believable...this storyline was not. It felt like the author was often reaching to carry her plot along. That said, there were beautiful passages in the book, but maybe not worthy of spending that many hours to find them

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It is a Rare Book that Makes One Laugh Outloud

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

Reviewed: 04-29-16

From start to finish this engaging tale kept my attention. The characters were well developed and the story engrossing, to say nothing of the great reader who kept it all authentic.

But best of all was the author 's skill in presenting a story that tastefully crosses lines of culture in an engaging and delightful way.

It is one of the best books I've listened to in a very long time!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A Great Read

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

Reviewed: 08-18-15

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Someone once said that to visit new places you must travel or read a book. I enjoyed the story a great deal, but traveling to the Shetland Islands in this book is even better. The descriptions are great, the characters believable, and feel of the place is appealing.

The reader enhanced the experience of both the story and the visit. Events and characters are depicted well without unnecessary profanity or gruesome detail.

I enjoyed this book and look forward to listening to the others in this series.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Mrs Pollifax Forever

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

Reviewed: 01-12-13

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The Mrs. Pollifax mysteries are an old favorite of mine. I first heard them when I checked them out from the library in the 1990s. I was new to audio books back then and I did not fully appreciate what good writing and what a great performance I was experiencing.

Ms Gillman's writing is entertaining, concise, and fast moving. The stories are full of action and suspense. And, for me, now and forever Ms Rosenblat is the voice of Mrs. Pollifax.

I am collecting them all and I am pleased to have this great collection in my library permanently. Hearing them again is like having a great visit from a long lost friend. This is truly a classic mystery series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A Story Going Nowhere

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

Reviewed: 11-30-12

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This book was off to a great beginning with many intriguing unanswered questions posed by the story. I expected these questions to be resolved in the end so I stuck with it. But, NO, the story merely stops after more than 32 hours of violence, unnecessary sex scenes, and more stress than any two people could expect to encounter over several lifetimes.

The hero is assaulted and recovers so many times that his body could not have a single patch of skin without scars. I found myself fast forwarding through many, many unnecessary sex and violence scenes, which was annoying because there could be a fragment of the story continuation embedded in them...but if it was there I missed it.

This is the first review I have ever written. I write it because if someone else had written this same review for me to read it would have prevented me wasting a valuable credit on this foolish book. But mostly I am annoyed that I wasted so many hours on this book.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful