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Jane M.

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  • The Library of Lost and Found

  • By: Phaedra Patrick
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

Librarian Martha Storm has always found it easier to connect with books than people - though not for lack of trying. She keeps careful lists of how to help others in her superhero-themed notebook. Yet it feels like she’s invisible. All of that changes when a book of fairy tales arrives on her doorstep. Inside, Martha finds a dedication written to her by her best friend - her grandmother Zelda - who died under mysterious circumstances years earlier. When Martha discovers a clue within the book that her grandmother may still be alive, she becomes determined to discover the truth.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fine Line between quirky and ludicrous.....

  • By Jane M. on 04-10-19

Fine Line between quirky and ludicrous.....

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

Reviewed: 04-10-19

...was crossed. The characters started in the familiar dysfunctional family storyline: Everybody Hurting But Some Characters Try To Cope, Understand, Forgive, Grow-up, Move-on, Etc. Despite the cliched plot the lead characters and general writing were very charming- largely due to an EXCELLENT narrator! But, as the story progressed and more was revealed the ending became a political statement leaving the characters reactions and behaviors .....rather absurd....Silly.

Postscriptrant: Bet I’m older than many (okay, most) of y’all. I’ve read many books (NOT most). I am rising out of the walker to say “I am tired of all the political agendas often crudely shoved into endings to explain/justify all the dysfunction we just read (even if I agree). No subtlety. They have become the new ‘Deus Ex Machina’.
Just sayin’....”
(All done, thanks.....I’m taking my C-PAP to bed!)

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Waste of Space

  • By: Stuart Gibbs
  • Narrated by: Gibson Frazier
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136

Tensions are running high when multibillionaire Lars Sjoburg is poisoned and demands to go home, and everyone is looking to Dash Gibson to solve the case in this third and final book in the New York Times best-selling Moon Base Alpha series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Roger Jones on 08-07-18

Blatant political agenda becomes focus.

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

Reviewed: 03-13-19

Book one in the trilogy was charming and just plain fun. This last book was very disappointing with repetitive, overworked plots and characters becoming cartoonish.
Even more egregious, I have never appreciated political agendas being forced into the plot- even if I agree.

  • The Bear and the Nightingale

  • A Novel
  • By: Katherine Arden
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Gati
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,028
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,781
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,774

At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year, and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn't mind - she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse's fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was swept away

  • By Crystal Midkiff on 02-04-17

Good story -seemed long as the Russian winter!

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

Reviewed: 02-08-19

Excellent story but even with rich descriptions, the moments of mystery and suspense, and fantasy action- it was slow.

  • The Spies That Bind

  • A Gallagher Girls Prequel
  • By: Ally Carter
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
  • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,766
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,739

The first day at a new school is tough for any kid, but it's especially scary when you're going to a school for spies. Cammie Morgan has spent her whole life dreaming of becoming a Gallagher Girl, but she has no idea what she’ll face when she arrives at The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women. Secret passages? Check. Lab experiments that might make you lose your eyebrows (and other body parts)? Check. Classmates who are the smartest, strongest, most intimidating girls in the world? Double check. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fun listen

  • By RThompson on 01-08-19

Just Plain Fun AND...

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

Reviewed: 02-08-19

.....mother and daughter relate, get along, love and believe the best of each other! AND they believe their husband/father is missing spymaster rather than a “derelict Dad”.
Kinda refreshing.......

  • Death Wears a Beauty Mask and Other Stories

  • By: Mary Higgins Clark
  • Narrated by: Jan Maxwell, Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 66

A collection of short stories from the number-one New York Times best-selling "Queen of Suspense" Mary Higgins Clark, including the never-before-published novella Death Wears a Beauty Mask.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must have while driving on short or long trips.

  • By rhonda on 08-02-15

Early works by developing author equals....

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

Reviewed: 01-06-19

.....SOME great plots but more often simplistic, even juvenile. The characters are painfully cliched: with names of John, Michael, Carol, etc. (was there a Betty?...), have professional and/or cool careers (lawyer, journalist, airline pilot, top model), are good looking (of course) and in love (also, of course!). Also the settings can be dated. Ex: When was smoking last allowed on airplanes?
IN ALL FAIRNESS one can see the author’s potential in some good plots.

  • The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository

  • By: John Connolly
  • Narrated by: Eric Yves Garcia
  • Length: 1 hr and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145

Mr. Berger has spent 34 years keeping his life as empty as possible. His job title as a “Closed Accounts Registrar” doesn’t spark much interest, and his cautious flirtation with a woman at his company was cut short upon her engagement to another man. This doesn’t bother him, however, as he much prefers the company of books to that of people. His serene life is rendered strange when he witnesses a tragedy chillingly reminiscent of Anna Karenina as a woman flings herself before a train.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A note on narration....

  • By Ashley on 09-12-15

Absolutely wonderful-all my favorite bits including

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

Reviewed: 12-30-18

-a good British mystery draped in a ‘believable’ fantasy, charming characters with witty dialogue, hint of romance, and a clever ending.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Murder of Crows

  • By: Ian Skewis
  • Narrated by: Ian Skewis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 261
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 240
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 234

The most violent thunderstorm in living memory occurs above a sleepy village on the West Coast of Scotland. A young couple take shelter in the woods, never to be seen again.... DCI Jack Russell is brought in to investigate. Nearing retirement, he agrees to undertake one last case, which he believes can be solved as a matter of routine. But what Jack discovers in the forest leads him to the conclusion that he is following in the footsteps of a psychopath who is just getting started.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • EXCELLENT

  • By Perplexed in Texas on 11-09-18

Like peering through a smudged window...

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

...I had a difficult time mentally “shelving” the book...a murder, police procedural, a psychological study of dysfunctional minds and relationships, even a touch of the paranormal? Half way through the read I found myself checking other reviews - was I the only one confused?
Pros: Mr. Skellis has a lovely voice and excellent narration. As a first book he has captured the essence of a good mystery. I’m certain he will improve!
The plot is creative and unpredictable until the last chapter. Good storyline! Easily keeps you guessing!

Cons: ... But I believe that was part of my problem. There was too much left hidden for too long in too many aspects of the storyline. Everything remained a secret making the actions of the characters or story senseless. Ever played a guessing game with clueless clues? Where one player says, “I’m thinking of an animal...a dark animal....with teeth...BIG teeth...”
In the final chapters explanations are given and everyone shares but the end seemed out of harmony with the beginning.
Overall, I’d give the book a C plus or B minus.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • The Innocent: A Novel

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,329
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,669
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,645

Will Robie may have just made the first - and last - mistake of his career.... It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target unusually close to home in Washington, D.C. But something about this mission doesn't seem right to Robie, and he does the unthinkable: He refuses to kill. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and must escape from his own people.

Fleeing the scene, Robie crosses paths with a wayward teenage girl, a 14-year-old runaway from a foster home. But she isn't an ordinary runaway....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disliked all the Sound Effects.

  • By Stan on 07-16-14

Enjoyable....in a "cred-pack machismo" style

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

Reviewed: 07-03-16

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Light, easy listening. Perfect for summer vacation, folding laundry, etc.

What other book might you compare The Innocent: A Novel to and why?

Book? No....but the redemption of a jaded, dangerous man and angry, lost child set into an espionage thriller is hard to resist!

Did Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Basically...yes. It was easy to distinguish character change.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yes.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful