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Lisa Althoff

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  • The Paris Architect

  • By: Charles Belfoure
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,848
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,631
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,626

Like most gentiles in Nazi-occupied Paris, architect Lucien Bernard has little empathy for the Jews. So when a wealthy industrialist offers him a large sum of money to devise secret hiding places for Jews, Lucien struggles with the choice of risking his life for a cause he doesn't really believe in. Ultimately he can't resist the challenge and begins designing expertly concealed hiding spaces - behind a painting, within a column, or inside a drainpipe - detecting possibilities invisible to the average eye. But when one of his clever hiding spaces fails and the immense suffering of Jews becomes incredibly personal, he can no longer deny reality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting

  • By C. B. Schindel on 08-23-15

Loved this book!!

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

Reviewed: 01-26-17

Outstanding! I enjoyed this book so very much!! I would recommend to anyone who loves historical fiction!!

  • The Hanging Girl

  • A Department Q Novel
  • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
  • Length: 15 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,194
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,010
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,999

In the middle of his usual hard-won morning nap in the basement of police headquarters, Carl Mørck, head of Department Q, receives a call from a colleague working on the Danish island of Bornholm. Carl is dismissive when he realizes that a new case is being foisted on him, but a few hours later he receives some shocking news that leaves his headstrong assistant, Rose, more furious than usual.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gasp! This is marvelous!

  • By Ted on 11-21-16

Carl, Assad and Rose at it again!!

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

Reviewed: 09-10-15

Would you consider the audio edition of The Hanging Girl to be better than the print version?

Graeme Malcolm makes all of the characters in Department Q come alive. I just finished this book, and can't wait until the next installment to find out this trio's next adventure. So much more to know about Assad and Rose....

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The basement is where the real crimes are solved!

Any additional comments?

I have listened to all of the Department Q books as well as The Alphabet House.
Adler-Olsen is top on my list of outstanding writers and hope he continues for a long time to come!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Jump

  • A Novel of World War II
  • By: John E. Nevola
  • Narrated by: Mike Ortego
  • Length: 23 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138

The Last Jump is a war story, a mystery, a love tale, and a tribute to the people who won World War II. Fact and fiction intermix seamlessly to unravel a secret passionately guarded by four aging soldiers. The reader is transported back in time to an imperfect America, with all is incredible virtues and vexing shortcomings struggling with racial and gender issues while fighting for its very survival. It was time when Americans stood shoulder to shoulder to free the world from tyranny.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story, Too Preachy

  • By Michael Brown on 09-15-17

Incredible!!!

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

Reviewed: 06-15-15

Best story I have read in such a very long time. By far one of the best to convey the feelings and emotions of a soldier. Such vivid words of the actual events from WW II even if these characters were fictional. Every person who now enjoys the benefits of the freedom that these men and women fought for must read this book. You will be changed forever and your head will raise a little higher to know they did it for each and every one of us that came after them!!!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Son

  • A Novel
  • By: Jo Nesbø
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 17 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,741
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,573
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,562

Sonny Lofthus is a strangely charismatic and complacent young man. Sonny’s been in prison for a dozen years, nearly half his life. The inmates who seek out his uncanny abilities to soothe leave his cell feeling absolved. They don’t know or care that Sonny has a serious heroin habit - or where or how he gets his uninterrupted supply of the drug. Or that he’s serving time for other peoples’ crimes. Sonny took the first steps toward addiction when his father took his own life rather than face exposure as a corrupt cop. Now Sonny is the seemingly malleable center of a whole infrastructure of corruption....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Break From The Harry Hole Series Is a Hit

  • By Russell on 09-04-14

A must read. Couldn't stop listening!!!

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

Reviewed: 05-31-14

Would you listen to The Son: A Novel again? Why?

Yes. So detailed and twisting, would still love it the second time around!

What did you like best about this story?

The way Nesbo weaves a story about a character that you feel so much empathy for and want his life to end up right.

Which character – as performed by Gildart Jackson – was your favorite?

Sonny

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Sonny finally experienced a true connection with another person after being emotionally desolate for so long!

Any additional comments?

The reader was so good and added such a soft touch to Sonny's voice that you could actually picture him in your mind as you listened. I really love Jo Nesbo, the Harry Hole books have always been some of my favorites. Anyone who likes his novels, will really love this new one!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful