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  • The Keeper of Lost Causes

  • Department Q, Book 1
  • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • Narrated by: Erik Davies
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,402
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,939
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,922

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

5 stars despite my annoyance at the end

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

Reviewed: 07-14-17

Where does The Keeper of Lost Causes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is a very talented author. In my view, rivaling Lee Child at his best. No problem building out characters, a riveting plot that moves right along. Their styles are quite different but my enjoyment is the same.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

I thought the start of the book was slow. But once I was into it I was hooked. The author is very observant. And, he makes interesting observations and reflections. I also liked that the plot make sense, nothing too unbelievable up until the end where I became frustrated.

Which character – as performed by Erik Davies – was your favorite?

Well the lead character and star investigor Mork.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes I was so annoyed at the end it almost overshadowed my previous enjoyment. To clarify without spoiling the book for you I just disagreed with the actions of the main character(s) at the end. I hate it when seemingly bright characters do things that I feel are obviously, well stupid. I also got the sense that the ending seemed a little sloppy and hastily wrapped up. I just didn't enjoy it. And, it is so nice to finish a book you've enjoyed so much on a high note (happy with the writing). Then again, maybe the ending is consistent with the fact that while clearly a bright guy, he's flawed and he makes mistakes that he sometimes regrets.

Any additional comments?

If you enjoy thrillers I very highly recommend. As another audible reader put it it's the best I've heard in a while in this genre. I feel like a lot of great authors' work goes down hill with celebrity status. Lee Child has gone downhill. Preston & Child ditto. Karen Marie Moning went way downhill after a great start to her Fever series (not exactly the same genre). I also have enjoyed Michael Conelly. I enjoyed Police at the Station and they don't look friendly. Nelson de Mille is great. Also I really enjoyed The First Deadly Sin by Lawrence Sanders... So that's what I like. If you like what I like, try this series!!!

  • Strangers in Their Own Land

  • Anger and Mourning on the American Right
  • By: Arlie Russell Hochschild
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,092
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 986
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 975

In Strangers in Their Own Land, the renowned sociologist Arlie Hochschild embarks on a thought-provoking journey from her liberal hometown of Berkeley, California, deep into Louisiana bayou country - a stronghold of the conservative right. As she gets to know people who strongly oppose many of the ideas she famously champions, Hochschild nevertheless finds common ground and quickly warms to the people she meets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Informative, entertaining, and, yes, life-changing

  • By Alexandra Hopkins on 07-22-17

Sounds like a caricature, but she's dead serious

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

Reviewed: 04-21-17

The great paradox: Why doesn't everyone think like her. Extremely incompetent analysis, biased, narrow in scope, extremely prejudiced and well she sounds a bit stupid. She only bothers to inquire, elaborate and take a small stab at analysis in areas that support her biases. Repeatedly there is either no analysis or it is extremely prejudiced and subpar. She sounds programmed and misinformed herself and regurgitates what she's heard or discussed with a very narrow sample of interviewees that help her to paint her grossly misguided caricature. For the record, I am extremely well educated with post graduate degrees, traveled extensively, and in a nutshell I am the extreme opposite in every way from her 'far right' specimens. But there are just SO MANY things wrong with this piece of work. I'm going to try to finish the book but SHE IS SO FAR GONE, she seems to think that politics are about feelings and empathy walls as opposed to rational, objective analysis of the issues (she focuses almost exclusively on the environment) and I have lost more respect for the liberals of her ilk.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Crossing

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Titus Welliver
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,597
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,483
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,434

Detective Harry Bosch has retired from the LAPD, but his half brother, defense attorney Mickey Haller, needs his help. The murder rap against his client seems ironclad, but Mickey is sure it's a setup. Though it goes against all his instincts, Bosch takes the case. With the secret help of his former LAPD partner, Lucia Soto, he turns the investigation inside the police department. But as Bosch gets closer to discovering the truth, he makes himself a target.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I just loved this book; every last bit of it

  • By Michele B on 11-10-15

Engaging and suspenseful

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

Reviewed: 01-01-16

My husband and I listened to this together in the car while on a 10 hour drive. We both enjoyed this one. I recommend this book to listeners who enjoy thrillers. There are new twists and turns throughout. The only small gripe I have is that the characters could be a little more fleshed out. The narrator is excellent.

  • The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep

  • A New Way of Getting Children to Sleep
  • By: Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin
  • Narrated by: Monte Reid
  • Length: 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 970
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 798
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 781

The bedtime story The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep has been called an entirely new type of sleep method to get children to sleep and has quickly become a success. Translated into several languages​​, this revolutionary story has helped thousands of parents around the world to put their children to sleep. By using psychological techniques and the specific way the book is written the children will often fall asleep, even before the story ends.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Edit the beginning!

  • By Jen S on 09-02-15

Helped me fall asleep last night

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

Reviewed: 08-28-15

I am an adult! Narrator is very calming. Story uses many words suggestive of sleep (sleep, tired, etc.) w/in a story about a young rabbit who doesnt want to sleep.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • I Feel Bad About My Neck

  • And Other Thoughts On Being A Woman
  • By: Nora Ephron
  • Narrated by: Nora Ephron
  • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,300
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 807
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 796

With her disarming, intimate, completely accessible voice, and dry sense of humor, Nora Ephron shares with us her ups and downs in I Feel Bad About My Neck, a candid, hilarious look at women who are getting older and dealing with the tribulations of maintenance, menopause, empty nests, and life itself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Don't make me get out of the car...

  • By Kestrel on 10-09-06

She's candid and entertaining

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

Reviewed: 05-09-15

Even though I am much younger than 60, I liked her old age musings and tips. I also felt that I could relate because I used to live in the NYC area, so I know the city. In the end she talks about starting her career, getting older, her parents, celebrities she knew, her apartments, her neighbors, her friends, her relationships, staying in shape, looking good... in short, humorous sections. Mini-essays. She's is not too cynical. She's very open. I'm kind of reminded of Amy Poehler's Yes Please. However, Nora has her own irreverent style and she says just what she thinks. I really like that she narrates herself. She has passed away so I was mindful of this while listening to her talk.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Husband's Secret

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,450
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,148

Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret - something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but a little too much hand-wringing

  • By Regina on 08-18-13

Slooow start, great narrator, worthwhile read

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

Reviewed: 05-06-15

I read this book because I loved Big Little Lies. If I had to choose, I would pick the latter. Couldn't really relate to the plot. If you do read both, read this one first then Big Little Lies and you won't be disappointed. This cast of characters is not as well developed. And, the plot is a bit hard to believe at times. The author is suggesting that good people sometimes do bad things during momentary lapses of judgement.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130,582
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115,252
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115,118

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The Girl on The Train

  • By BookReader on 12-30-15

I really liked it

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

Reviewed: 05-06-15

Read this for my book club. I didn't pick it and I had low expectations going in. So I was very happily surprised when I found that the plot is fast-paced overall with twists and turns. I did not guess the ending. In fact, I liked the book given that indeed, the characters are not charismatic. The heroine however, possesses traits that make her very human.

  • The Silkworm

  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,537
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,252
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,225

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

Brutally...boring.

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

Reviewed: 05-06-15

I have tried to listen again and again and it is incredibly slow and uninteresting. I know that Robert Galbraith is J.K. Rowling which is chiefly why I gave this a chance. I never read any of the Harry Potter books but I loved the movies. Overall, I am extremely bored with the story and the character development and the plot. The pace is excruciating and plodding. And, now I find out from the book summary above a major, major spoiler which is incredibly inconsiderate given that I have been listening for hours and have not yet reached the twist in the story where Quine is discovered murdered. My interest in this book just went down some more. I have no idea why this book gets a 5 star rating. That is unbelievable. I am probably not going to finish it. Might as well read something that I actually enjoy. It's too bad that Lee Child's recent books have been a let down.

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 43,147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,765
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,693

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

Humorous and engaging, w some seriousness woven in

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

Reviewed: 03-19-15

I only read this book for a book club. After reviewing several possible books to vote for I voted for none, including not this one. This book won and so I listened to it.

Well it really exceeded my expectations. The story flows in a conversational way, that is hugely engaging.

There is a police investigation into a recent event, seemingly a murder at a Trivia Night event for the parents of a local Kindergarten...

The story is light, engaging, sincere and often humorous. At the same time it ever so subtly brings up a handful of more serious issues such as domestic violence, which the author stresses -occurs more often than we suspect in Australia. From other reviews I had not been expecting this.

Liane Moriarty does a great job penning her characters to life. There are a lot of characters since the plot takes place in a small beach community with a Kindergarten.

I did not anticipate the story progression and the twists at the end!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Aviator's Wife

  • A Novel
  • By: Melanie Benjamin
  • Narrated by: Lorna Raver
  • Length: 16 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,449
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,266
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,285

For much of her life, Anne Morrow, the shy daughter of the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, has stood in the shadows of those around her, including her millionaire father and vibrant older sister, who often steals the spotlight. Then Anne, a college senior with hidden literary aspirations, travels to Mexico City to spend Christmas with her family. There she meets Colonel Charles Lindbergh, fresh off his celebrated 1927 solo flight across the Atlantic. Enthralled by Charles’s assurance and fame, Anne is certain the celebrated aviator has scarcely noticed her. But she is wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Megalomaniac's Wife

  • By Audrey on 01-19-13

Slow start but it keeps getting better

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

Reviewed: 02-05-15

I didn't always care for Anne's personality or her choices. I thought that it was a very slow start. The beginning seemed almost absurd... as in why am I even listening about this woman? I did not choose this book. I read it for a book club assignment. Even though this is fiction based on real life, the author stays very close to real life. It was in making notes for the book club meeting that I realized how much the book got me to thinking about love, marriage, loyalty, choosing a partner, living life fully and wanting more. I also recently visited the Smithsonian and I saw the Lindbergh exhibit there as well as Charles Lindbergh's plane. After seeing that plane it is fairly astounding that he undertook a 33 hour flight in it. Visiting the Air & Space museum when I did really reinforced the degree of courage and adventure that this husband and wife shared. Personally I was not well aware of the Lindbergh's story but I will say that I was touched by the bipolarity of the highs and lows in their lives...If you get this definitely listen to the author's discussion at the end. I think that Melanie Benjamin is a good storyteller and I would not hesitate to try another one of her books, this being my first.