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Thoroughly Modern Cozy

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

Reviewed: 04-07-18

What did you love best about Magpie Murders?

A British cozy with a fun twist by taking the usual formula and putting it into a modern frame whodunnit. The multilayered plot fits together like a set of Troika dolls; Inside the manuscript of a mystery novel, lies an even greater mystery, including the answer of who killed the author. The two settings, the modern here and now, and the life inside the book, converge.

Any additional comments?

A fun listen.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Forgotten Women of the Southwest

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

Reviewed: 04-07-18

What made the experience of listening to Ladies of the Canyons the most enjoyable?

At a time when women were relegated to marriage and little else, these women of means left the comforts of wealth behind to pursue their art, passion, and longing for adventure, in the austere and unforgiving wilderness of the American Southwest. Largely forgotten, or ignored, their individual stories, all unique, are brought to life.

Any additional comments?

One caveat is that the book is heavily researched, and the author mainly has a scholarly writing style, but veers randomly from that bent to sudden attempts at a more intimate style which I found confounding. Overall though a well written and well done production and tribute to these female trailblazers.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Well done but Oddly Written

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

Reviewed: 04-17-17

Any additional comments?

If you have an interest in Spielberg there are some gems to be gleaned. The writing style is a bit stilted which might make the audio an acquired taste. The book is narrated by Johnny Heller, who does a great job of making the text accessible. Noticed another review here mentioning a problem with "her" on the audio ??? There is a few minute intro by narrator Perrin which is Ms. Haskell's intro, which is fine, although again, the text is not fluid, but the entire book is read only by Heller. Again, I think it's an acquired taste.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Devilishly Clever

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

Reviewed: 09-15-13

Would you listen to Gone Girl again? Why?

While I enjoyed the audio, I think once was enough. It is a devilishly clever read and a guilt free way to partake of completely amoral situations but I find with thrillers, at least for me, I rarely have a need to revisit. I will say, that while I did guess the outcome and major twist/s, it didn't detract from my enjoyment of the listening. The pacing is so well done, that it keeps you listening, even when that listening is akin to watching a pile up on a highway--you just can't seem to help yourself.
The basic plot has already been addressed by others, but suffice it to say the plot revolves around a once happily married couple, Nick and Amy, whose marriage and livelihood have taken a decided downturn. Now Amy is missing. Kidnapped, dead or alive, a victim of her husband's tattered ego...? Well, you will just have to follow the cleverly placed breadcrumbs and red herrings and listen to the audio for yourself.

What did you like best about this story?

That Nick and Amy are possibly the two least sympathetic fictional characters I have encountered in recent history. Yet, I followed their story because the writing is that good. What I liked least was the ending. It just sort of hung there, as if after an intricate plot, the author just ran out of steam.

Statistic Overload.Grateful to the Narrator.

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

Reviewed: 09-12-13

What made the experience of listening to Fate of the States the most enjoyable?

I actually tried to read the hardcover version of this book first and decided to try the audiobook to see if it improved my perspective. I didn't finish reading the actual hardcover because there are so many statistics that I began to feel I was reading a scientific journal. I was happiest with the audio book. The book is a compendium of dry facts and figures which might have made my head explode if not for the expertise of the narrator. Ms. Whitney's book is part topical and part historical which makes reading it in book form a little jarring and slow. It seems she can't decide if she should be the statistician she is, or rope us in by colloquial banter. It often times feels as if it is 2 books. All that being said, when Ms. Whitney is less formal, she presents an interesting look at how the corridor states, the fly-over states, have survived the economic downturn since 2008 in much better condition than the rest of the country. Is she right? Thought provoking, I felt. Time will tell.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I would have had Ms. Whitney drop some of the statistical double-speak.

What does Jo Anna Perrin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Clarity! She did an excellent job of keeping the dry material going, and switching in and out of the statistics with ease.One paragraph alone, had at least 6 sets of trillion dollar figures.

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

No, way too much to digest.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Not my cuppa

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

Reviewed: 09-12-13

What did you like best about A Curtain Falls? What did you like least?

I felt the story was really slow moving so I had to work hard to keep my attention focused.

Would you be willing to try another book from Stefanie Pintoff? Why or why not?

Possibly.

Any additional comments?

Lots of interesting and well researched detail regarding old New York. The story was therefore quite atmospheric. Guess it just was not my cup of tea.

Delightful light who dunnit

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

Reviewed: 04-18-13

What made the experience of listening to Death of a Cozy Writer the most enjoyable?

Anything by G. M. Malliet is generally a treat. She's cornered the market at instilling a modern sensibility on the standard cozy. Enter greed, sex, and old wounds revisited, and well, who doesn't like a dysfunctional family to make all ours seem perfectly normal...

What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

Ms. Porter shines! She pulls out the stops, and even the over-the-top seems just quite right after all.

Any additional comments?

If you like a well done mystery in a cozy setting, with a sense of the sublimely satiric thrown in, this should definitely please.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Parody of slasher/horror films

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

Reviewed: 04-18-13

What did you like best about Scream Queen? What did you like least?

I enjoyed the satire of it all, the skewering of all the Hollywood clichés. From the oily producers to the nipped and tucked starlet and wanna be action hero to the official scream queen. Unfortunately, the story was inconsistent as written and for me, the writing did not continually hold up. This is a take off on horror films so the premise, unctuous and greedy producers try to turn their lackluster horror films into a reality show and end up in a real haunted house/horror film, was interesting at first, but the plot began to wear on me.

Which character – as performed by Jo Anna Perrin – was your favorite?

I enjoyed them all and credit her wry tongue-in-cheek performance for keeping me interested even when the story did not.

Do you think Scream Queen needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No. But with the right satiric style, it might actually make an interesting film. That is, on a par with the multitude of Scream parodies that are out there.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Fun and enjoyable listen

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

Reviewed: 04-10-13

If you could sum up Outtakes from a Marriage in three words, what would they be?

Entertaining, literate and wry.

What about Cassandra Campbell’s performance did you like?

The narrator was very natural and made the content even more engaging.

Any additional comments?

The book is a lighthearted romp through the lives of Julia and her tv star husband Joe. He is nominated for a Golden Globe and Julia is ecstatic until she starts to believe that Joe is having an affair. Is he or isn't he, and what exactly is the price of fame on home and hearth? No pretensions here; this is light reading. But the author writes so well, she makes the content infectious.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

Quirky, sophisticated listen

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

Reviewed: 02-18-12

Any additional comments?

A sophisticated and dryly funny look at the cut-throat world of ART in Manhattan. A cautionary tale about acquiring it, selling it, and using it to move up the ladder of success. The narration by Campbell Scott is first rate, and the story, by Steve Martin, is superb.