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  • The Tuscan Child

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble, Katy Sobey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,764
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,401
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,383

In 1944, British bomber pilot Hugo Langley parachuted from his stricken plane into the verdant fields of German-occupied Tuscany. Badly wounded, he found refuge in a ruined monastery and in the arms of Sofia Bartoli. But the love that kindled between them was shaken by an irreversible betrayal. Nearly 30 years later, Hugo's estranged daughter, Joanna, has returned home to the English countryside to arrange her father's funeral. Among his personal effects is an unopened letter addressed to Sofia. In it is a startling revelation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Knocked this one out of the park

  • By Anne on 02-22-18

Entertaining mediocrity

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

Reviewed: 01-30-19

A gentle, well narrated bit of fluff. A book that is good for the times you want a pleasant story but don't want to be bothered to concentrate on the content. Rhys checks all the boxes: travel journal setting, cooking and food porn, budding romance, tragic family loss and a bit of a mystery to keep you from loosing interest. Not deep but effectively distracting.

  • The Fountainhead

  • By: Ayn Rand
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hurt
  • Length: 32 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,926
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,146

One of the 20th century's most challenging novels of ideas, The Fountainhead champions the cause of individualism through the story of a gifted young architect who defies the tyranny of conventional public opinion. The struggle for personal integrity in a world that values conformity above creativity is powerfully illustrated through three characters: Howard Roarke, a genius; Gail Wynand, a newspaper mogul and self-made millionaire; and Dominique Francon, a devastating beauty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Fountainhead

  • By Zachary on 06-04-10

Still a timely classic

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

Reviewed: 12-31-18

Revisited Fountainhead. Twenty years since my last read. The themes and underlying storyline are as or more relevant than when she wrote them - over half a century ago. Long but so worth the time.

  • Wrecked

  • An IQ Novel
  • By: Joe Ide
  • Narrated by: Sullivan Jones
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 600
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 556
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 552

Isaiah Quintabe - IQ for short - has never been more successful or felt more alone. A series of high-profile wins in his hometown of East Long Beach have made him notorious. Dodson, once his sidekick, is now his full-fledged partner, hell-bent on giving IQ's PI business some legitimacy. So when a young painter approaches IQ for help tracking down her missing mother, it's not just the case Isaiah's looking for but the human connection. And when his new confidant turns out to be connected to a dangerous paramilitary operation, IQ falls victim to a threat even a genius can't see coming.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointment for this once promising series

  • By Terry on 10-27-18

IQ still has the best new series around

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

Reviewed: 12-31-18

I love Joe Ide's take on modern "detective" writing. Characters, situations and observations are fresh and interesting beyond the basic plot points. Felt Wrecked started slow and never reached the heights of his first two IQ novels but still cut above his competition. Again, hope he writes fast because I want to see where he takes IQ next.

  • Crazy Rich Asians

  • By: Kevin Kwan
  • Narrated by: Lynn Chen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,196
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,715
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,665

Crazy Rich Asians is the outrageously funny debut novel about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just Okay

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-06-18

Light fun

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

Reviewed: 08-28-18

Read it because of all the buzz around the book and movie. Thought it was a fun snapshot of a slice of Asian monied society. Lost me when it turned serious and self reflective. Without the buildup I would have called it a good summer beach read. With all the buildup left me wondering - so what?

  • Macbeth

  • William Shakespeare's Macbeth Retold: A Novel
  • By: Jo Nesbo
  • Narrated by: Euan Morton
  • Length: 17 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 352
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 320

Set in the 1970s in a run-down, rainy, industrial town, Jo Nesbo's Macbeth centers around a police force struggling to shed an incessant drug problem. Duncan, chief of police, is idealistic and visionary, a dream to the townspeople but a nightmare for criminals. The drug trade is ruled by two drug lords, one of whom - a master of manipulation named Hecate - has connections with the highest in power and plans to use them to get his way.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, listen to the sample first

  • By stuartjash on 04-12-18

Dark, Dull, Derivative (duh)

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

Reviewed: 08-28-18

Jo Nesbo is a brilliant author. I think I have read most all of his books that have been translated to English. Thought Son was terrific.

But Macbeth? What was the point? I guess to build his police story on the frame of the classic. Use a few quotes, character names, plot devices and presto Jo Shakespeare- modern master. Except, it does not work.

Most of Mr. Nesbo's characters in previous books are deeply flawed but have a spark of humanity you can grab onto. Not here. All of characters are deeply flawed, unlikable and unrepentant. After a while you loose interest in the fate and you already know the general outcome if you have make it past 11th grade.

This work feels like an assignment given in an advance writing course. I am sure it is worthy of a good grade from a college professor but, as a interested reader and Nesbo fan, I am left cold and disappointed.


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  • The Right Time

  • By: Danielle Steel
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,358
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,185

Abandoned by her mother at age seven, Alexandra Winslow takes solace in the mysteries she reads with her devoted father - and soon she is writing them herself, slowly graduating to dark, complex crime stories that reflect skill, imagination, and talent far beyond her years. After her father's untimely death, at 14 Alex is taken in by the nuns of a local convent, where she finds 26 mothers to take the place of the one she lost, and the time and encouragement to pursue her gift.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to understand the five star ratings given this book

  • By Karyn Mazzeo on 10-21-17

EZ weightless and dated

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

A good listen for the times when you don’t want to have to pay attention. Well mannered and lightly plotted. Story doesn’t age well and feels like A bit like it was taken out of a time capsule. But a diverting way to pass time.

  • The 17th Suspect

  • By: James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,904
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,894

A series of shootings exposes San Francisco to a methodical yet unpredictable killer, and a reluctant woman decides to put her trust in Sergeant Lindsay Boxer. The confidential informant's tip leads Lindsay to disturbing conclusions, including that something has gone horribly wrong inside the police department itself. The hunt for the killer lures Lindsay out of her jurisdiction, and gets inside Lindsay in dangerous ways. She suffers unsettling medical symptoms, and her friends and confidantes in the Women's Murder Club warn Lindsay against taking the crimes too much to heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fabulous

  • By Sharon L. Plett on 06-12-18

Out of energy and ideas. Time to retire?

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

Reviewed: 07-09-18

In the past I was big fan of the Women's Murder Club series. The first dozen in this series built on interesting plots and the interaction of the "club" to help each other solve a problem. Now the stories are feel like two short stories fused together to make a book. No relationship of one to the other and the Club only seems to get together to make food jokes. Plus both plots are shallow unimaginative "ripped from the headlines" themed.

I keep hoping the series will be reenergized but now it may just be time for the Club to have a burger and a retirement party.

  • The President Is Missing

  • By: Bill Clinton, James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Dennis Quaid, January LaVoy, Peter Ganim, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,317
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12,208
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,165

The White House is the home of the president of the United States, the most guarded, monitored, closely watched person in the world. So how could a US president vanish without a trace? And why would he choose to do so? An unprecedented collaboration between President Bill Clinton and the world's best-selling novelist, James Patterson, The President Is Missing is a breathtaking story from the pinnacle of power.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Wanted it to be so much better

  • By K. Moeller on 06-18-18

Vapid Vanity Project

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

Reviewed: 06-24-18

The OG Narcissist President pairs with the King of Pop Pulp purveyors to achieve a new high (low?) water mark in name brand ego inflation. Mr. Clinton, now 20 years removed from basking in public adulation, turns to fiction to settle some scores and trot out his enduring self-image—smart, loyal, heroic, intuitive, strong. A man of boundless endurance and steady under pressure. This is made clear in the first few chapters. But, he is also a man under attack. The evil opposition party is relentless and ruthlessly trying to bring him down. Of course, they are using lies and half truths to immorally get their way.
Mr Patterson is his enabler here. Using his story telling template honed over hundreds (thousands?) of weightless thrillers. He fashions Mr. President into a mythical but flawed human super hero. Filled with self-doubt but always making the right choice under pressure.
This is unfortunately narrated by another famous brand name – Dennis Quaid. The performance is stilted and halting. Is he having trouble pronouncing the big words? Or was he handed the prose for the first time and told to start reading. The delivery undermines any momentum the story might possess.
Like a summer blockbuster movie, this book will have a huge opening. One can only hope that it’s lack of credible characters and plotline will have it remembered along with Ishtar as the vapid vanity project it really is.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Radiant Angel

  • By: Nelson DeMille
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,645
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,322
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,318

After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, John Corey has left the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City, taking a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Although Corey's new assignment with the DSG - surveilling Russian diplomats working at the UN Mission - is thought to be "a quiet end", he is more than happy to be out from under the thumb of the FBI and free from the bureaucracy of office life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another John Cory Success

  • By R. Warren on 05-31-15

John Corey goes out with a wimper

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

Reviewed: 04-25-18

I am actually a fan of DeMille's John Corey. Looked forward to the last book in the series. Unfortunately, this is a weak imitation of the better work in the series. In fact, DeMille has lifted several devices and story elements from previous books. Most disappointing is the lack of originality in the central plot premise. Think James Bond pulled of the same feat in the '60. Even Scott Brick, the voice of DeMille, is overwrought and lacks the trademark smart-mouth delivery. Too bad that this is how I will remember the series. Fades away in this weak and unoriginal manner.

  • Righteous

  • By: Joe Ide
  • Narrated by: Sullivan Jones
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,079
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,936
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,927

For 10 years something has gnawed at Isaiah Quintabe's gut and kept him up nights, boiling with anger and thoughts of revenge. Ten years ago, when Isaiah was just a boy, his brother was killed by an unknown assailant. The search for the killer sent Isaiah plunging into despair and nearly destroyed his life. Even with a flourishing career, a new dog, and near-iconic status as a PI in his hometown, East Long Beach, he has to begin the hunt again - or lose his mind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Joe Ide can write!

  • By 6catz on 10-20-17

Innovative, beautifully written and fun!

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

Reviewed: 03-22-18

I really love this new IQ series and the writing of Joe Ide. He blends a fresh take on procedurals with social commentary and humor in a way that adds up to more than the sum of its parts.

I just hope he writes quickly because I want to see where he takes his characters next.