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S. Liskey

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  • Beautiful Animals

  • A Novel
  • By: Lawrence Osborne
  • Narrated by: Tim Campbell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 100

On a hike during a white-hot summer break on the Greek island of Hydra, Naomi and Samantha make a startling discovery: a man named Faoud, sleeping heavily, exposed to the elements, but still alive. As the two women learn more about the man, a migrant from Syria and a casualty of the crisis raging across the Aegean Sea, their own burgeoning friendship intensifies. But when their seemingly simple plan to help Faoud unravels, all must face the horrific consequences they have set in motion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • please offer more of this author's books

  • By S. Liskey on 07-20-17

please offer more of this author's books

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

Reviewed: 07-20-17

I read this because I caught an NPR review of it. It's been a while since I have listened to a book so well written and well-narrated. I thought of Paul Bowles crossed with Patricia Highsmith. The narrator was superb. I would like to hear all of this author read by this narrator.

The only reason I did not give it a 5 is that the story itself was not as powerful as I felt it might be - but getting there was very engaging. To me, an ideal summer read - a compelling story with actual characters. This story is dark - but not near the pitch black of Paul Bowles. I enjoy this author's comfort with portraying the point of view of locals and the visitors/intruders from outside this island, as well as a refugee.

This one captured me.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Woman in Cabin 10

  • By: Ruth Ware
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,136
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,034
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,996

Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. The sky is clear, the waters calm, and the veneered, select guests jovial as the exclusive cruise ship, the Aurora, begins her voyage in the picturesque North Sea. At first Lo's stay is nothing but pleasant: The cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, and gray skies fall.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Hours and hours of tired...

  • By ROBIN on 07-28-16

Whiny and Neurotic

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

Reviewed: 11-15-16

What disappointed you about The Woman in Cabin 10?

The whole thing is written and narrated in a melodramatic way that almost caused me to stop listening...in hindsight, I should have.

Would you be willing to try another one of Imogen Church’s performances?

yes, although the whining on this one turned me off.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment



  • A Head Full of Ghosts

  • By: Paul Tremblay
  • Narrated by: Joy Osmanski
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,403
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,239
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,236

The lives of the Barretts, a normal suburban New England family, are torn apart when 14-year-old Marjorie begins to display signs of acute schizophrenia. To her parents' despair, the doctors are unable to stop Marjorie's descent into madness. As their stable home devolves into a house of horrors, they reluctantly turn to a local Catholic priest for help. Father Wanderly suggests an exorcism; he believes the vulnerable teenager is the victim of demonic possession.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Page turner

  • By E.C. on 07-31-15

would have enjoyed it more with better narration

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

Reviewed: 01-16-16

Any additional comments?

As others have mentioned, the male voice impersonations were gratingly awful. I almost gave up because of it. I think I may have really enjoyed this if there had been a more effective narrator. She was find with little girl parts, but needed to ease off trying to sound like a man. A serious voice would have sufficed. If I had noticed that in the sample, I would have skipped this one.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Bazaar of Bad Dreams

  • Stories
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Stephen King, Dylan Baker, Brooke Bloom, and others
  • Length: 20 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,502
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,821
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,811

A master storyteller at his best - the O. Henry Prize winner Stephen King delivers a generous collection of stories, several of them brand-new, featuring revelatory autobiographical comments on when, why, and how he came to write (or rewrite) each story. Magnificent, eerie, utterly compelling, these stories comprise one of King's finest gifts to his constant fan. "I made them especially for you," says King. "Feel free to examine them, but please be careful. The best of them have teeth."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • HE'S A CUP OF COFFEE

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 12-10-15

expected better

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

Reviewed: 11-21-15

Would you try another book from Stephen King and/or the narrators?

I have bought many books from S. King, and might again. Disappointed in much of his work in past 20 years though

What was most disappointing about Stephen King’s story?

the stories drag

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Ghost Story

  • By: Peter Straub
  • Narrated by: Buck Schirner
  • Length: 22 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,284
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,170
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,169

For four aging men in the terror-stricken town of Milburn, New York, an act inadvertently carried out in their youth has come back to haunt them. Now they are about to learn what happens to those who believe they can bury the past - and get away with murder. Peter Straub's classic best seller is a work of "superb horror" ( Washington Post Book World) that, like any good ghost story, stands the test of time - and conjures our darkest fears and nightmares.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story! The Best of Peter Straub

  • By Jaimie on 07-17-12

Too Long

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

Reviewed: 05-03-15

What would have made Ghost Story better?

If he had cut the novel by half the size and focused it much more.

Would you recommend Ghost Story to your friends? Why or why not?

No. There are some interesting passages, but overall it drags and drags, repetitive and filled with stuffing of little intrigue.

How could the performance have been better?

I hated the voices for the older women. If Stella was supposed to be a glamorous woman, she sounded here like a goony grandma.

What character would you cut from Ghost Story?

Cut it down by several. The film was on a good path as to what was the most compelling part of the story.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Big Little Lies

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,641
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,025
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,950

Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, Calamity!

  • By L. O. Pardue on 10-07-14

Fun light listen

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

Reviewed: 11-11-14

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

A few too many issues with believability

Which scene was your favorite?

I like the witty charm of the author's overall writing.

Do you think Big Little Lies needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

no

Any additional comments?

Great narration - charm of narrator matches charm of inner dialogues, but tends to lump women together (the characters sometimes seem to bleed into one another) and has some plot points I did not really find satisfying, although it was an entertaining listen - it is forgettable.

  • The Silkworm

  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,684
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,243
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,213

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Elizabethan Revenge Tragedy In Contemporary London

  • By Gretchen SLP on 08-24-16

Enjoyable escape into mystery

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

Reviewed: 08-15-14

Where does The Silkworm rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

among the best for sheer engaging storytelling and developed characters. I will definitely check out all that come from this series.

What other book might you compare The Silkworm to and why?

I would compare it to the Harry Hole series in the sense that it has an engaging British male narrator, and a fascinating lead detective character with rough edges. It also has in common that it has a very contemporary feel, with cultural references I enjoy relating to.

Which character – as performed by Robert Glenister – was your favorite?

Strike

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

That would be impossible, unless I was on a long drive!

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Lady of Ashes

  • Lady of Ashes, Book 1
  • By: Christine Trent
  • Narrated by: Polly Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 328
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 302
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 305

Only a woman with an iron backbone could succeed as an undertaker in Victorian London, but Violet Morgan takes great pride in her trade. While her husband, Graham, is preoccupied with elevating their station in society, Violet is cultivating a sterling reputation for Morgan Undertaking. She is empathetic, well-versed in funeral fashions, and comfortable with death's role in life - until its chilling rattle comes knocking on her own front door.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Most Unusual Book!

  • By Sara on 07-09-14

Could not finish

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

Reviewed: 08-15-14

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

The story needed more focus. It was diffused by unbelievable detours into brushes with historic figures. I think the story held promise, but it was just too dry for me to finish. I bought this with a hope of distraction, and it felt like work. I liked the main character, and much of the premise, but it kept veering into uninteresting matters (in my opinion.)

Would you ever listen to anything by Christine Trent again?

Perhaps

What three words best describe Polly Lee’s performance?

Staid, British

What character would you cut from Lady of Ashes?

Royalty

Any additional comments?

I am not against learning a bit of history while reading, but this one bogged down a bit too much in playing with history for my taste.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Keeper of Lost Causes

  • Department Q, Book 1
  • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • Narrated by: Erik Davies
  • Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,528
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,055
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,033

Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award-also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo. Now, Dutton is thrilled to introduce him to America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic New Scandinavian Series!!

  • By L. O. Pardue on 09-12-12

Narration too slow

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

Reviewed: 05-08-14

What would have made The Keeper of Lost Causes better?

Different narrator who did not do strange accents and talk too slowly.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

More compelling characters

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Slow talking with bad accents.

Any additional comments?

I have really tuned in and out and almost given up many times....I think I am spoiled from the more compelling characters and better narrators of Jo Nesbo's books.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful