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Catherine Ruckert

MILILANI, HI, US
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  • The Burning Girl

  • By: Claire Messud
  • Narrated by: Morgan Hallett
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 146

A bracing, hypnotic, coming-of-age story about the bond of best friends, from the New York Times best-selling author of The Emperor's Children. Julia and Cassie have been friends since nursery school. They have shared everything, including their desire to escape the stifling limitations of their birthplace, the quiet town of Royston, Massachusetts. But as the two girls enter adolescence, their paths diverge and Cassie sets out on a journey that will put her life in danger and shatter her oldest friendship.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Notable more for the ideas an insights than story.

  • By Edward J Bridge on 11-05-17

Meesud is a brilliant wordsmith but her storyline is too weak to support the complexity of the narrative.

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18

Beautifully constructed prose, carefully crafted characters but a weak plot.
The first person narrative with hints of tragedy to come doesn’t live up to expectations. With the exception of one unexpectedly deserving character ( and his dog), the characters don’t get to act out their possible parts in the drama. Left a feeling of something missing.

  • Influence

  • Mastering Life's Most Powerful Skill
  • By: Kenneth G. Brown, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Kenneth G. Brown
  • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,071
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 928
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 919

Don't just let influence just happen to you. Instead, take charge of your life by grasping the science behind how influence works and by strengthening your own skills at using it to your advantage. In this dynamic 12-lecture series, you'll discover how to tap into the hidden powers of influence - and use these powers to enhance your life in ways you never thought possible. Using clear and accessible language, Professor Brown teaches you how and why influence works.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW

  • By Marshall Peter Cline II on 04-02-15

Balanced and ethical take on the science of influence.

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

Reviewed: 04-28-17

Easy listening but fair scattering of scientific validation. Only criticism is there wasn't a final summary. Audio lectures don't allow for note taking, so summaries are crucial.

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  • The Dogs of Riga

  • A Kurt Wallander Mystery
  • By: Henning Mankell, Laurie Thompson - translator
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 740
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 497
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 490

On the Swedish coastline, the bodies of two victims of grisly torture and cold execution are discovered in a life raft. With no witnesses, no motives, and no crime scene, Detective Kurt Wallander is frustrated and uncertain that he has the ability to solve the case. After the victims are traced to Latvia, Major Liepa of the Riga police takes over the investigation. Thinking his work is done, Wallander slips back into his routine - until he is suddenly called to Riga and plunged into an alien world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • My first Mankell book

  • By Stevon on 12-17-06

Atmospheric novel. Recreates tension in Soviet satellite states in 1990's

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

Reviewed: 09-06-15

Gripping novel featuring Swedish detective Wallender. Shame the narrator made the male voices so creepy.

  • On Mystic Lake

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 566
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 460
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 462

On the day her daughter leaves for college, Anne Colwater's husband of 20 years announces he wants a divorce. Her roles of wife and mother suddenly gone, Annie retreats to her childhood home of Mystic, Washington, to heal. There she finds her old friend Nick, suddenly widowed and unable to cope with his emotionally scarred young daughter, Izzie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Winner

  • By Donna Cooley on 07-21-14

Sweet but predictable.

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

Reviewed: 04-29-15

Bought by mistake but listened out of curiosity. Loved the narrator but the romance novel just isn't my genre. Having said that, the book was well written. Language flowed, conveyed the intended emotions.

  • Heaven's Keep

  • A Cork O'Connor Mystery
  • By: William Kent Krueger
  • Narrated by: Buck Schirner
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 730
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 629
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 631

Every married couple knows you don't go to bed angry. The corollary, Cork O'Connor realizes, is that you also don't say goodbye when you're mad. When the charter plane Jo O'Connor is on crashes over the mountains in Wyoming in an early winter storm, Cork deeply regrets the heated argument he had with his wife just before she left. An intense search is launched, but bad weather and the steep terrain hinder the efforts and soon the search is abandoned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best so far!

  • By John Morgan on 10-21-16

Enjoy the storyline but not my favourite narrator

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

Reviewed: 04-18-15

True to form novel from Kent Krueger.
Some unexpected turns which kept my interest going till the end. Not my favourite narrator as earlier books have different guy.

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  • Mercy Falls

  • By: William Kent Krueger
  • Narrated by: David Chandler
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 697
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 607
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 603

Best-selling author William Kent Krueger thrills millions with this Anthony Award-winning entry in his compelling series that already includes Anthony Award winners Iron Lake and Blood Hollow. Still troubled by an ambush that leaves his deputy lingering near death, Sheriff Cork O'Conner must investigate the mutilation murder of a Chicago businessman. Soon Cork finds himself distracted by the lovely female shadowing him and the handsome man stalking his wife.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Series...

  • By Kitty on 09-05-13

Hate a book that doesn't have a clean conclusion

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

Reviewed: 03-23-15

Good until the end, then it leaves the listener hanging. I will have to read the next one, I suppose.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • From Doon with Death

  • A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 1  (Unabridged)
  • By: Ruth Rendell
  • Narrated by: Terrence Hardiman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 407
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 298
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 298

The first case for DCI Reg Wexford. When Margaret Parsons disappears, it's assumed that she's run off with another man. But then the missing woman's body is found and a startling discovery is made when Mr. Parsons lets the police into his home...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It's worth starting here

  • By connie on 03-12-11

Dated.

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

Reviewed: 02-19-15

Early Inspector Wexford. Dated attitudes hard to take even in an older novel. Just needed to adjust my own filters, then I enjoyed it more. Plot less complicated than later Wexfords, shorter and less absorbing. Will probably not listen to the whole sequence.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful