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  • Curious Minds

  • A Knight and Moon Novel
  • By: Janet Evanovich, Phoef Sutton
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,376
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,150
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,148

Emerson Knight is introverted and eccentric and has little to no sense of social etiquette. Good thing he's also brilliant, rich, and (some people might say) handsome, or he'd probably be homeless. Riley Moon has just graduated from Harvard Business and Harvard Law. Her aggressive Texas spitfire attitude has helped her land her dream job as a junior analyst with megabank Blane-Grunwald. At least Riley Moon thought it was her dream job, until she is given her first assignment: babysitting Emerson Knight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Next book please!!!!

  • By Lionelle on 08-19-16

Way too "deus ex machina"

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

Reviewed: 08-18-16

Totally unbelievable, not unlike a romance novel where a young, pretty girl lawyer meets a quirky BILLIONAIRE and then there is a life threatening chase cross country

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Little Life

  • A Novel
  • By: Hanya Yanagihara
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 32 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,470
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,803
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,812

When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I had to call in SAD to work

  • By Angela on 10-17-15

Not a recommendation for a depressed person

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

Reviewed: 08-05-16

Over whelming, deeply sensitive, insightful, and so very very intimate and sad. The protagonist is a victim beyond all victims. And, he is also extremely intelligent and surrounded, in his adulthood, by loving friends.

But its continuous downward spiral into the deepest circle of hell, I found myself wishing and hoping for his death. After listening to 24 hours of this book, I could not go any further. Too much pain and suffering, described in a detailed and realistic way.Too realistic for me. I have had to give up.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Where Roses Never Die

  • Varg Veum
  • By: Gunnar Staalesen
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,103
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,095

September 1977. Mette Misvãr, a three-year-old girl, disappears without trace from the sandpit outside her home. Her tiny, close middle-class community in the tranquil suburb of Nordas is devastated, but their enquiries and the police produce nothing. Curtains twitch, suspicions are raised, but Mette is never found.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, Interesting characters...Its a sequel

  • By Lizzystick on 12-12-16

Groundhog Day repeated in this awful book

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

Reviewed: 08-01-16

I gave up on this book at the halfway mark, picked it back up, and then stopped 70% of the way through. It is tedious, the story is repetitive. In his efforts to help a mother find her kidnapped daughter from 30 years back, the detective (also an alcoholic) goes from one person to another asking the same questions and getting nowhere. The plot is stuck in a swamp of never-ending drinking and searching.

45 of 54 people found this review helpful

  • The Troubled Man

  • A Kurt Wallander Mystery
  • By: Henning Mankell, Laurie Thompson - translator
  • Narrated by: Robin Sachs
  • Length: 16 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 695
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 433
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 444

Håkan von Enke, a retired naval officer, disappears during a walk in a forest near Stockholm. Wallander is not officially involved in the investigation, but he is personally affected—von Enke is his daughter’s father-in-law—and Wallander is soon interfering in matters that are not his responsibility. He is confounded by the information he uncovers, which hints at elaborate Cold War espionage.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • "Somebody is not telling me the truth ..."

  • By Brendan on 08-02-12

Oh So Troubled...

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

Reviewed: 03-22-16

I love this author but this book was a total downer. The story of a loner who had purposely isolated himself from friends etc. Lives on the tip of a peninsula in Norway, where he is only guy on the mailman's route. VERY slow moving. Pulling teeth.

Mankell is a master at painting the picture, but the subject of this picture is a big yawner

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl in the Spider's Web

  • A Lisbeth Salander Novel, Continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series
  • By: David Lagercrantz
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,374
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,671
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17,637

In this adrenaline-charged, up-to-the-moment political thriller, Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist are back. The troubled genius hacker and crusading journalist thrilled the world in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, which have sold more than 80 million copies worldwide.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • All the hallmarks of a good story but...

  • By The Fett Man on 07-16-16

This was a terrific follow up to the Lizbeth story

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

Reviewed: 09-16-15

I couldn't put this book down. I was hesitant to buy it since I thought that it was bound to be a disappointment. But it wasn't. I still got mixed up with all the Scandinavian names, but it sorted itself out. This book introduced a new character, Lizbeth's long lost sister, who is her nemesis. I am hoping since that relationship was not resolved, another book may be in the offing.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Alphabet House

  • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
  • Length: 15 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,398
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,284
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,288

British pilots James Teasdale and Bryan Young have been chosen to conduct a special photo-reconnaissance mission near Dresden, Germany. Intelligence believes the Nazis are building new factories that could turn the tide of the war. When their plane is shot down, James and Bryan know they will be executed if captured. With an enemy patrol in pursuit, they manage to jump aboard a train reserved for senior SS soldiers wounded on the eastern front.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Don't start Adler-Olsen here

  • By Tango on 04-08-15

Depressing but well written WWII book

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

Reviewed: 03-03-15

What did you like best about The Alphabet House? What did you like least?

well written, good character development

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

least interesting is that it covers 10+ months of a person in captivity... excruciating but very powerful

Do you think The Alphabet House needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

The last few chapters seemed very deus ex machina

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The President's Pilot

  • By: Robert Gandt
  • Narrated by: Thomas Block
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 775
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 705
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 694

A year and a half into her first term as President of the United States, Libby Paulsen is in a world of trouble. Her controversial agenda has placed her in a doomsday clash with a right wing cabal led by an enigmatic Air Force general. The conspirators will stop at nothing - including assassination - to remove Libby Paulsen from office. When the cabal targets Air Force One, Libby's Presidency - and her life - rest in the hands of a maverick pilot named Pete Brand, a man with whom the President shares a long-smoldering secret.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Is everyone drunk?

  • By Mike on 02-06-15

Just misses being a thriller

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

Reviewed: 01-12-15

What would have made The President's Pilot better?

the author attempted to be Tom Clancy including very long, very detailed, very boring descriptions of long distance flight (including every button the pilots pushed). The intricate details just got to be too much very quickly.

What do you think your next listen will be?

A Ken Follet.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Narrator was a bit marble-mouthed but definitely tried to keep the listener listening

What character would you cut from The President's Pilot?

none

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Last Goodbye

  • By: J. A. Jance
  • Narrated by: Alison Fraser
  • Length: 1 hr and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 96

Ali Reynolds is finally getting married to her longtime love B. Simpson. They wanted a simple Christmas Eve wedding, but nothing is ever simple with Ali. Even as a motley crew of her friends—Leland Brooks, Sister Anselm, and others—descend on Vegas, the bride-to-be finds herself juggling last-minute wedding plans and a mystery in the form of a stray miniature dachshund. Ali’s grandson rescues the little dog, but Ali’s not in the market for a new pet right before her honeymoon, and leaves no stone unturned in hunting for the dog’s owner.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Entrancing

  • By Jean on 12-06-14

Big disappointment from this author

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

Reviewed: 11-27-14

What did you like best about A Last Goodbye? What did you like least?

I thought it would be a mystery from this author. Instead it is a melodramatic story about a woman and a dog

Would you ever listen to anything by J.A. Jance again?

Yes, because I know this author does write good mysteries

What does Alison Fraser bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

nothing much

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

no

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Long Way Home

  • Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 10
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,281
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,004
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,983

Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sûreté du Québec, has found a peace he'd only imagined possible. On warm summer mornings he sits on a bench holding a small book, The Balm in Gilead, in his large hands. "There is a balm in Gilead," his neighbor Clara Morrow reads from the dust jacket, "to make the wounded whole." While Gamache doesn't talk about his wounds and his balm, Clara tells him about hers. Peter, her artist husband, has failed to come home. Failed to show up as promised on the first anniversary of their separation. She wants Gamache's help to find him. Having finally found sanctuary, Gamache feels a near revulsion at the thought of leaving Three Pines. "There’s power enough in Heaven," he finishes the quote as he contemplates the quiet village, "to cure a sin-sick soul." And then he gets up. And joins her.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointment in the series

  • By Vermonter on 09-29-14

Pulling my hair out, one strand at a time

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

Reviewed: 08-30-14

Would you try another book from Louise Penny and/or Ralph Cosham?

I have listened to many Louise Penny and have found them to be an easy listen with a cozy feel. This one is soooo cozy that it is really difficult to follow. A real snoozer and definitely not worth the effort

Would you ever listen to anything by Louise Penny again?

No

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No, her other books set the scene in the little Canadian village quite nicely, and described the characters well too. I wonder if adding this guy Ralph is the problem. I never thought that L Penny's books could get sleepier but this one did. Her other novels did entertain.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Heft

  • By: Liz Moore
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne, Keith Szarabajka
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,355
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,997
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,995

Forrmer academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career - if he can untangle himself from his family drama.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing--Captivating--Altering

  • By Mel on 04-19-12

Nice Narration, interesting plot

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

Reviewed: 07-30-14

What did you love best about Heft?

Rank it solidly in good novels

Who was your favorite character and why?

Arthur Oh
The professor who is a recluse and morbidly obese and his latina housekeeper

Any additional comments?

really liked the relationship between Arthur and Yolanda

2 of 2 people found this review helpful