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Linnie Karnaugh

Ossining NY
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  • Las Vegas Crime: A Gripping Mystery Thriller

  • By: Leslie Wolfe
  • Narrated by: Gwendolyn Druyor
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

A teenage girl is boldly kidnapped from her school, minutes after her mother dropped her off. While a frenzied search begins, bringing together the entire police force of the city that never sleeps, for Detectives Baxter and Holt, this isn’t a crime like any other - it is personal. Detective Holt is faced with an inconceivable decision: Sacrifice everything he holds sacred or jeopardize the life of an innocent girl. But the man holding all the cards in this game of life and death isn’t willing to negotiate; he’s only willing to kill.    

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing

  • By flow on 04-18-19

Nonstop action, timely themes

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

Reviewed: 03-19-19

Six months ago I had never heard of Leslie Wolfe. Now after listening to her three books, I sure hope the Baxter/Holt series will continue.

I'm 77 and have been legally blind for four years. I listen to MANY books each month but don't recall a series set in the seamy underside of Las Vegas.

These books are tough and graphic, but deal with real-world problems such as human trafficking, drug cartyels, amongst other burgeoning problems.

My only real complaint is about the way Lesley Baxter, one if the two main characters, is played. She is supposedly a transplanted Brit working fir the Las Vegas P.D. The female narrative is in an American voice, but Lesley sometimes sounds English. This left me somewhat confused for the first two books, but this one wasn't quite as bad. I still think the transitionb between dialectsus somewhat confusing.

I do hope Holt and Baxter will return in a fourth book. This odd-duck team has is well delineated. They certainly add an bit of vigilante justice to traditional law enorcement!

  • Team of Vipers

  • My 500 Extraordinary Days in the Trump White House
  • By: Cliff Sims
  • Narrated by: Daniel Thomas May, Cliff Sims - introduction
  • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 562
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 519
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 521

After standing at Donald Trump’s side on Election Night, Cliff Sims joined him in the West Wing as special assistant to the president and director of White House message strategy. He soon found himself pulled into the president’s inner circle as a confidante, an errand boy, an advisor, a punching bag, and a friend. This is the story of what it was really like in the West Wing as a member of the president’s team. It's a story of power and palace intrigue, backstabbing and bold victories, as well as painful moral compromises, occasionally with yourself.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Underwhelming and OMG - the performance?

  • By Mark Lipscombe on 01-29-19

Bleeped words! What the @#%#$?

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

Reviewed: 02-02-19

All expletives in this audiobook are bleeped, just like network tv. I stooped counting at 50.

Nothing really new here. lackluster narration. sanctimonious tone.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Our Man in Havana

  • By: Graham Greene
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Northam
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 480
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 432

In a legendary novel that appears to predict the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, Graham Greene introduces James Wormold, a vacuum cleaner salesman whose life in transformed when he is asked to join the British Secret Service. He agrees, and finds himself with no information to offer, so begins to invent sources and agencies which do not exist, but which appear very real to his superiors.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Classic British spy novel

  • By Dennis on 07-25-12

Wonderful book. Horrendous, intrusive music!

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

Reviewed: 01-14-19

I've always loved this book, which is a black comedy involving a vacuum cleaner salesman recruited as a spy by MI6. It is set in pre-Castro Cuba and is quite prescient. It was followed by a movie with Alec Giiness around 1959.

I am now legally blind and can't go back to a Kindle version if I don'tl like the Audible version.

I would have given Jeremy Northam five stars for performance. Unfortunately, the performance was marred by the addition of blaring, pseudo-Latino riffs added at intervals, many decibels loude than Northam's narration.

This sounds as if it may have been recorded as a radio program. This is not what I want in my Audible books. I love music and I love listening to books. I do NOT want them combined.

  • I Never Promised You a Rose Garden

  • By: Joanne Greenberg
  • Narrated by: Amanda Leigh Cobb
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

Enveloped in the dark inner kingdom of her schizophrenia, 16-year-old Deborah is haunted by private tormentors that isolate her from the outside world. With the reluctant and fearful consent of her parents, she enters a mental hospital where she will spend the next three years battling to regain her sanity with the help of a gifted psychiatrist. As Deborah struggles toward the possibility of the "normal" life she and her family hope for, the listener is inexorably drawn into her private suffering and deep determination to confront her demons.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful...unless you can't deal with mental illness.

  • By Linnie Karnaugh on 05-20-18

Wonderful...unless you can't deal with mental illness.

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

Reviewed: 05-20-18

I bought this book when it came out in the 1960s. It really ,resonated with me as I was raised (?) by a schizophrenic parent. I still have my copy although I am now legally blind so I bought the Audible version.

The narration was horrendous, but the book still had an impact on me. Fifty years ago, mental illness of any kind was not a common topic. for novels, especiallyy ones dealing with adolescent schizophrenia and hospitalization. Mental illness still isn't a popular topic as our tolerance for the "different" has regressed some fifty years .

The book was semi-autobiographical. Dr. Fried was really Dr. Frieda Fromm-Reich stein and the facility was probably Chestnut Lodge in Rockville, Maryland.

The only other novel I recall from that period about a tren schizophrenic was J.R. Salamanca's Lilith, which is not available on Audible.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Woman in the Window

  • A Novel
  • By: A. J. Finn
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21,570
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19,833
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19,777

Anna Fox lives alone - a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times...and spying on her neighbors. Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, mother, their teenaged son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn't, her world begins to crumble. And its shocking secrets are laid bare.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • An excruciating listen.

  • By Debra on 01-12-18

Like watching grass grow!

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

Reviewed: 01-11-18

My main objection to this book was that it was SLOW, I had a good deal figured out several hours before the audio concluded.

The narrator kept me from returning the book.

I enjoy psychological thrillers. I understand
the need for drawing out of suspense, but I think at least two hours could have been knocked off the length of the book.

At first I could identify with Anna--agoraphobia, panic disorder, depression--but I found her inactions tiresome after awhile.

For a first novel, it is good, but since I'm blind now, I find I like my thrillers a bit less rambling.

  • The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye

  • A Lisbeth Salander Novel, Continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series
  • By: David Lagercrantz
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,037
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,507
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,493

Lisbeth Salander, the girl with the dragon tattoo, the brilliant hacker, the obstinate outsider, the volatile seeker of justice for herself and others - even she has never been able to uncover the most telling facts of her traumatic childhood, the secrets that might finally fully explain her to herself. Now, when she sees a chance to uncover them once and for all, she enlists the help of Mikael Blomkvist, the editor of the muckraking investigative journal Millennium. And she will let nothing stop her.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not up to par

  • By cristina on 10-03-17

Ugh!

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

Reviewed: 10-24-17

Awful, incoherent mess with Simon Vance mumbling his way through this dud!

I loved the Larson trilogy

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • King Solomon's Curse

  • Wilde/Chase 13
  • By: Andy McDermott
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

Now a presenter of her own documentary show, Nina Wilde is in Jerusalem. Clues found at the Ark of the Covenant recovery site have led her to the ruins of the First Temple, buried beneath Temple Mount. Within them, Nina discovers a hidden chamber - a map room which contains a model of a mysterious city thought to contain a great power hidden by King Solomon himself. Analysing the clues, Nina believes that the city is located in the Democratic Republic of Congo, one of the most dangerous locations on Earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fast-paced Chase and Wilde adventure

  • By Linnie Karnaugh on 10-08-17

Fast-paced Chase and Wilde adventure

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

Reviewed: 10-08-17

I enjoyed listening to this latest Chase/Wilde adventure. Reminds me of the Saturday matinee cliffhangers I used to go to during my childhood.

I did start to get annoyed by Eddie repetitively referred to as the Yorkshireman. He was described as such at the beginning of the book and for those who have followed the series, we know Eddie is a Yorkshire man.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Late Show

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Katherine Moennig
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,525
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8,768
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,730

Renée Ballard works the night shift in Hollywood, beginning many investigations but finishing none, as each morning she turns her cases over to day shift detectives. A once up-and-coming detective, she's been given this beat as punishment after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor. But one night she catches two cases she doesn't want to part with: the brutal beating of a prostitute left for dead in a parking lot and the killing of a young woman in a nightclub shooting. Ballard is determined not to give up at dawn.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, the narration!

  • By Destry on 07-20-17

Horrible narration, good story

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

Reviewed: 07-30-17

This mostly gripping story was totally ruined by the monotonous narration.

I'm blind and the narration can make or break an audiobook for me.
I could have bought the Kindle version and used the synthesized text-to-speech feature which sounds just as wooden as this performance,.

Before I was blind, I read and enjoyed many Connelly books. I thought a new series might be interesting. I think Renée Ballard, narrated by someone who didn't sound as if they took too much Ambuen, , would have come across as a feisty and interesting detective

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Trump Revealed

  • An American Journey of Ambition, Ego, Money, and Power
  • By: Michael Kranish, Marc Fisher
  • Narrated by: Campbell Scott
  • Length: 15 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 598
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 540
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 535

Trump Revealed offers the most thorough and wide-ranging examination of Donald Trump's public and private lives to date, from his upbringing in Queens and formative years at the New York Military Academy to his turbulent careers in real estate and entertainment to his astonishing rise as the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination. The book is based on the investigative reporting of more than two dozen Washington Post reporters and researchers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Trump Truth

  • By Mark on 09-03-16

A must-read,

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

Reviewed: 08-25-16

Trump Revealed is must reading during this horrendous cycle! Much of Trump's financial, business and legal hassles are examined in. a seemingly straightforward manner. Some of the info has already appeared elsewhere, but a great deal was a real eye-opener to me (and I'm a native Manhattanite).

12 of 17 people found this review helpful