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Isabella Piestrzynska

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  • Until It's Over

  • By: Nicci French
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 99

Astrid Bell has known most of her roommates for years, but while they have a history together - romantic pairings, one-night stands, friendships - each of them also has a past. Astrid is on her way home one day when her neighbor knocks her off her bike. Seeing she is bruised but not broken, her roommates help her home. The next day, they learn that same neighbor was beaten to death hours later. Each of them tells the police what they know and are dismissed - until Astrid stumbles over another body.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By CnhCody on 01-21-15

An allegory of modern Britain

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

Reviewed: 03-14-19

One loses sympathy for the vapid, feckless, thoughtless “victims” and wonders if there is any resolution or redemption. The killer is a fun character.

  • Death of Mrs. Westaway

  • By: Ruth Ware
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,929
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,611
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,587

On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person - but also that the cold-reading skills she's honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money. Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased...where it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the center of it. Full of spellbinding menace and told in Ruth Ware's signature suspenseful style, an addictive thriller.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Death of Mrs. Westaway

  • By Debbie De on 06-03-18

A tale of senseless victimhood

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

Reviewed: 01-25-19

And crushingly boring fecklessness that I can’t finish. A penniless, orphaned and lonely heroine who places her day’s earnings into the slot of a plastic charity blind dog does not deserve my attention.

  • The Secret Place

  • A Novel
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hogan, Lara Hutchinson
  • Length: 20 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,062
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,662
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,655

"The Secret Place", a board where the girls at St Kilda's School can pin up their secrets anonymously, is normally a mishmash of gossip and covert cruelty, but today someone has used it to reignite the stalled investigation into the murder of handsome, popular Chris Harper. Stephen joins forces with the abrasive Detective Antoinette Conway to find out who and why.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Well...I really liked 50% of it

  • By Pamela on 09-11-14

I could not finish

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

Reviewed: 11-27-18

I so don’t care who did it. OMG. Like, I have to listen to more BS about 8 teenage girls and their textual ramblings and crushes and hates? LOL. But if you’re, like, into adolescent angst, go for it. Smiley face. Upward inflection.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • I Remember You

  • A Ghost Story
  • By: Yrsa Sigurdardottir
  • Narrated by: Lucy Paterson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 200
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 180

In an isolated village in the Icelandic Westfjords, three friends set to work renovating a run-down house. But soon they realize they are not as alone as they thought. Something wants them to leave, and it's making its presence felt. Meanwhile, in a town across the fjord, a young doctor investigating the suicide of an elderly woman discovers that she was obsessed with his vanished son. When the two stories collide, the terrifying truth is uncovered. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely terrifying web of misfortune

  • By jksullycats on 06-10-18

Cleverly ceeepy

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

Reviewed: 11-21-18

But the three townies who set out in winter to fix up an old cottage in a deserted hamlet are such feckless idiots, that one actually relishes the violent haunting they endure. Come on, evil sprite, concoct the next spectral assault! That’s what I kept thinking.

  • The Bat

  • The First Inspector Harry Hole Novel
  • By: Jo Nesbø
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,864
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,689
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,695

Before Harry took on the neo-Nazi gangs of Oslo, before he met Rakel, before The Snowman tried to take everything he held dear, he went to Australia. Harry Hole is sent to Sydney to investigate the murder of Inger Holter, a young Norwegian girl who was working in a bar. Initially sidelined as an outsider, Harry becomes central to the Australian police investigation when they start to notice a number of unsolved rape and murder cases around the country. The victims were usually young blondes. Inger had a number of admirers, each with his own share of secrets, but there is no obvious suspect.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • First Harry Hole finally translated into English!!

  • By Byron on 09-07-13

Hole in my memory

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

What an astonishing bore. What is this? An anthropological study of Australia? A portrait of an insufferable drunk? A bunch of dead ends and deadly characters? I’ve read some later Nesbo books and they were more fun. But I dislike Harry so much now that I will never pick up another book about him.

  • The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock

  • A Novel
  • By: Imogen Hermes Gowar
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 301
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 279

In 1780s London, a prosperous merchant finds his quiet life upended when he unexpectedly receives an unusual creature - and meets a most extraordinary woman - in this much-lauded, atmospheric debut that examines our capacity for wonder, obsession, and desire. One September evening in 1785, Jonah Hancock hears an urgent knocking on his front door near the docks of London. The captain of one of Jonah’s trading vessels is waiting eagerly on the front step, bearing shocking news. On a voyage to the Far East, he sold the Jonah’s ship for something rare and far more precious: a mermaid.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Gave up

  • By Isabella Piestrzynska on 10-27-18

Gave up

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

Reviewed: 10-27-18

Although initially promising and witty, the novel began to grate and bore. Overwrought and strangely stilted, almost like an academic assignment... no, I wonder if it is perhaps just too long. When I realised I no longer cared about any of the characters, I gave up.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Silent Child

  • Audible's Thriller of 2017
  • By: Sarah A. Denzil
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,848
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,995
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,953

In the summer of 2006, Emma Price watched helplessly as her six-year-old son's red coat was fished out of the River Ouse. It was the tragic story of the year - a little boy, Aiden, wandered away from school during a terrible flood, fell into the river, and drowned. His body was never recovered. Ten years later Emma has finally rediscovered the joy in life...until Aiden returns.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Absurd!

  • By K. Dale on 09-13-18

Brilliant performance...

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

Reviewed: 10-23-17

...much more than a reading.
But I could not blame the child remaining silent. He left one hell for another: a fragile
home barely tended by a self-indulgent, needy, hysterical mother who, rather than patiently devote herself to her son's well being, thrashed around trying to discover who had hurt him. Her lack of control made me long for more punishment--in the hope that she'd finally grow up. The plot, otherwise, was well crafted.

  • The Forgotten Garden

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 20 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,433
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,678
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,715

Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enchanting, intriguing, mysterious, and beautiful

  • By Joseph on 12-10-08

Morbid and derivative

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

Reviewed: 10-19-17

Cornwall should not sound like Ireland. The French word for doll should not sound like the baby word for excrement. Do your research and don't attempt accents you can't deliver.

The labyrinthine and strained plot had me hoping that all the characters would come to no good! And that's about what happened to most.

  • Emma in the Night

  • By: Wendy Walker
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer, Julia Whelan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,807
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,684
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,673

One night three years ago, the Tanner sisters disappeared: 15-year-old Cass and 17-year-old Emma. Three years later Cass returns without her sister, Emma. Her story is one of kidnapping and betrayal, of a mysterious island where the two were held. But to forensic psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winter, something doesn't add up. Looking deep within this dysfunctional family, Dr. Winter uncovers a life where boundaries were violated and a narcissistic parent held sway.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Could not stop listening

  • By Pamela (@SpazP) on 08-23-17

Thrillingly clever

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

Reviewed: 08-13-17

Deliciously perceptive and labyrinthine. Complicated and three-dimensional characters.
Can't wait to read her other books.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Judas

  • By: Amos Oz
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174

Jerusalem, 1959. Shmuel Ash, a biblical scholar, is adrift in his young life when he finds work as a caregiver for a brilliant but cantankerous old man named Gershom Wald. There is, however, a third, mysterious presence in his new home. Atalia Abravanel, the daughter of a deceased Zionist leader, a beautiful woman in her 40s, entrances young Shmuel even as she keeps him at a distance. Piece by piece, the old Jerusalem stone house, haunted by tragic history and now home to the three misfits and their intricate relationship, reveals its secrets.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully written atmospheric

  • By Tom on 01-14-19

Incandescent

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

Reviewed: 05-22-17

A sublime experience. Absolutely shattering and yet funny, profoundly sophisticated and majestic in scope and understanding.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful