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  • A Steep Price

  • (Tracy Crosswhite, Book 6)
  • By: Robert Dugoni
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,933
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,645
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,635

Called in to consult after a young woman disappears, Tracy Crosswhite has the uneasy feeling that this is no ordinary missing-persons case. When the body turns up in an abandoned well, Tracy’s suspicions are confirmed. Estranged from her family, the victim had balked at an arranged marriage and had planned to attend graduate school. But someone cut her dreams short. Solving the mystery behind the murder isn’t Tracy’s only challenge. The detective is keeping a secret of her own: she’s pregnant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent character driven mystery!

  • By shelley on 06-27-18

Hardly a PC Story

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

Reviewed: 02-05-19

This book is highly racist, with ethic slurs and profiling, and pro gun toting. Disturbing. And even more so in retrospect. The narrator is mostly ok, but uses some terrible accents for certain characters that are grating.

  • The Orchardist

  • By: Amanda Coplin
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,397
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,226
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,223

At the turn of the 20th century, in a rural stretch of the Pacific Northwest, a reclusive orchardist, William Talmadge, tends to apples and apricots as if they were loved ones. A gentle man, he's found solace in the sweetness of the fruit he grows and the quiet, beating heart of the land he cultivates. One day, two teenage girls appear and steal his fruit from the market; they later return to the outskirts of his orchard to see the man who gave them no chase. Feral, scared, and very pregnant, the girls take up on Talmadge's land and indulge in his deep reservoir of compassion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful, rich, sweeping tale, not a fairy tale.

  • By Marcia on 08-26-12

A too long tale of little substance

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

Reviewed: 12-23-18

Story dragged on and on, could have used some judicious editing. Too much repetition, like you were too dumb to remember earlier parts of the story. Little character development so characters are shallow. I got to the end but not sure why I bothered. The ending is such that it seemed the author also tired of the story and just wanted to get it over with. The narrator was good enough.

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  • Generation Loss

  • By: Elizabeth Hand
  • Narrated by: Carol Monda
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 78

Cass Neary made her name in the 70s as a photographer embedded in the burgeoning punk movement in New York City. Her pictures of the musicians and the hangers-on, the infamous, the damned, and the dead, earned her a brief moment of fame. Thirty years later she is adrift, on her way down, and almost out when an old acquaintance sends her on a mercy gig to interview a famously reclusive photographer who lives on an island in Maine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Patricia Highsmith meets Patti Smith

  • By RB on 01-31-12

Proceed at Your Own Risk

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

Reviewed: 01-13-12

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A good editor.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Anything NOT from this author.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Avoid trying to do a Maine accent.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Generation Loss?

I would have tossed the manuscript in the trash and never let it go to print.

Any additional comments?

Possibly the most, insipid, pathetic excuse for a book that I have ever had the misfortune to download (and I have about 400 in my library). The main character is a miserable, depraved, contentious, pill-popping alcoholic, with a warped world view whose apparently limited vocabulary makes her swear like a sailor. There is absolutely nothing about the woman that is redeeming or worthy of empathy. Even a single star is an over-rating of this story.

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