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S. Pleasant

Roxboro, NC
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  • 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 17,130
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15,747
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15,697

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
  • STAY AWAY!!!

  • By Susan Olson on 06-02-18

Sad, sad, and more sad

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

Reviewed: 02-07-18

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I just am one of those readers who keeps on plugging through a book even when it is driving me crazy or not going anywhere fast. I just have to finish, and I have hope that it will get better somewhere along the way. Sadly it did not. I was glad to end it.

If you’ve listened to books by A. J. Finn before, how does this one compare?

No.

What three words best describe Ann Marie Lee’s voice?

Clear, edgy, okay

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

Definitely not

Any additional comments?

This book was disjointed, and the main character's drinking drove me to distraction. I would not recommend this book. It was a depressing story and a disappointing ending. I have empathy for anyone who suffers from agoraphobia. My issue was that the woman was a mental health professional, was on major medications, had agoraphobia, and was an alcoholic. She consumed enough wine to be passed out throughout the book. I get that she was having a rough time, but really. Chunk in a major depression and you have a crazy cocktail. This story needs work. I listened to the author at the end of the tape. He sounded depressed too.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Slip of the Knife

  • By: Denise Mina
  • Narrated by: Jane Macfarlane
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 255
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 133

Paddy Meehan is no stranger to murder - as a reporter she lives at crime scenes - but nothing has prepared her for this visit from the police. Her former boyfriend and fellow journalist Terry Patterson has been found hooded and shot through the head. Paddy knows she will be of little help - she had not seen Terry in more than six months. So she is bewildered to learn that in his will he has left her his house and several suitcases full of notes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another winner

  • By Lehua of Pacifica on 04-10-08

Couldn't Finish this One

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

Reviewed: 03-18-17

Would you try another book from Denise Mina and/or Jane Macfarlane?

No. But I might read the book rather than listen to it on tape. The story was draggy but maybe reading it would be different.

Would you recommend Slip of the Knife to your friends? Why or why not?

No. But I also wouldn't keep them from listening to it for themselves. As they might have liked the accent of the narrator and enjoyed the story. It just wasn't for me.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jane Macfarlane?

Not sure. I've listened to many English narrators as well as American, but this one just didn't work for me.

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

Sorry, but no. I could not stand to listen to the narrator. The swear words turned me off in the beginning and I put it down. The story did not grab me and the voice of the narrator almost put me to sleep.

Any additional comments?

I usually finish a book, even if it is not particularly good. But this one was not one I could bear to listen to for another second. I like to drive and listen to books. But this one I couldn't finish listening to.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Whistler

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,407
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12,050
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,979

Lacy Stoltz is an investigator for the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct. She is a lawyer, not a cop, and it is her job to respond to complaints dealing with judicial misconduct. After nine years with the board, she knows that most problems are caused by incompetence, not corruption. But a corruption case eventually crosses her desk. A previously disbarred lawyer is back in business with a new identity. He now goes by the name Greg Myers, and he claims to know of a Florida judge who has stolen more money than all other crooked judges combined.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • It's John Grisham, right?

  • By Elle on 10-30-16

Great Read

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

Reviewed: 01-19-17

What did you love best about The Whistler?

I never want a book by John Grisham to end. I can't wait for another one to hit the stands. His writing is wonderful, his story so real, I almost believe it's happened and not from the imagination of this great author. Keep them coming!!!

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

Yes.

  • How It All Began

  • By: Penelope Lively
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 385
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 327
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 331

When Charlotte Rainsford, a retired schoolteacher, is accosted by a petty thief on a London street, the consequences ripple across the lives of acquaintances and strangers alike. A marriage unravels after an illicit love affair is revealed through an errant cell phone message; a posh yet financially strapped interior designer meets a business partner who might prove too good to be true.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful and beautifully written

  • By Molly-o on 02-15-12

Couldn't Finish This One

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

Reviewed: 06-18-16

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

The voice of the narrator was grating. I had to stop listening to it.

Has How It All Began turned you off from other books in this genre?

Not at all.

What didn’t you like about Katherine Kellgren’s performance?

The voice was to high pitched and it just grated and detracted from the book itself. Maybe I'll just read the rest of the story.

What character would you cut from How It All Began?

None.

Any additional comments?

Besides the reading performance, the story didn't seem to be going anywhere. Being an avid reader and listener of books of all types, I have seldom stopped listening to a book before. This one was a first and I just couldn't continue. And maybe if the story had been more compelling, I would have forced myself to go on.