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SarahHouston

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  • The Secret Place

  • A Novel
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hogan, Lara Hutchinson
  • Length: 20 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,623
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,259
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,251

"The Secret Place", a board where the girls at St Kilda's School can pin up their secrets anonymously, is normally a mishmash of gossip and covert cruelty, but today someone has used it to reignite the stalled investigation into the murder of handsome, popular Chris Harper. Stephen joins forces with the abrasive Detective Antoinette Conway to find out who and why.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Well...I really liked 50% of it

  • By Pamela on 09-11-14

I think the narration was fine

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

Reviewed: 02-18-15

What did you love best about The Secret Place?

Frank Mackey being reintroduced even though it came late in the book. I love that character

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

It was an interesting plot, but as always with Tana French, leaves you sad

Would you listen to another book narrated by Stephen Hogan and Lara Hutchinson ?

Yes. I felt Lara Hutchinson has been unfairly criticized by other reviewers. Her voice fit the book and I could understand every word. My one criticism is actually of Stephen Hogan, who for the most part I liked but when he was doing voices for the teenage girls they didn't work for me.

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

I wanted to listen for as long as I could each day. As always I want more from Tana French, I like her books they are quirky and compelling.

Any additional comments?

Please write another Dublin Murder Squad book soon Tana French!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Paris Wife

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula McLain
  • Narrated by: Carrington MacDuffie
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,481
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,725
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,735

Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a quiet 28eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness—until she meets Ernest Hemingway and her life changes forever. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile group—the fabled “Lost Generation”—that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting and entertaining, well read

  • By SarahHouston on 10-24-11

Interesting and entertaining, well read

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

Reviewed: 10-24-11

I really enjoyed this book and find it hard to understand why so many reviewers criticize the reader. I think she does an excellent job and her voice for Hadley and others in the book fits the time period perfectly. The story is fiction but appears to be very much based on fact. It's a fascinating look at an era and many famous characters, such as F Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein etc.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Informant

  • A Butcher's Boy Novel
  • By: Thomas Perry
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 965
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 957

Married and living in England under the name Michael Schaeffer, the assassin known as the Butcher's Boy is the target of a Mafia hit team sent to exact revenge for his deadly campaign against the Balacontano family years earlier. Schaeffer kills all three attackers, but he knows more will come and needs to find whoever sent them to end it once and for all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • sucker for anything that's the butcher's boy

  • By Ms. Carson on 05-14-11

Not as good as first two

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-18-11

I loved Butcher's Boy and Sleeping Dogs but this one was a bit disappointing. The first half of the book spends too much time describing events from the earlier books and the current events are not given as much depth as they should. The story just seemed a bit flat and the ending had some really unbelievable details in an already unbelievable story! Of course you will want to listen to it if you have read the first two, but it isn't as good.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Case Histories

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Susan Jameson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,000
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,002

Case One: A little girl goes missing in the night. Case Two: A beautiful young office worker falls victim to a maniac's apparently random attack. Case Three: A new mother finds herself trapped in a hell of her own making - with a very needy baby and a very demanding husband - until a fit of rage creates a grisly, bloody escape.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • captivating story

  • By tinaswfl on 02-01-09

Not a typical mystery

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-11-11

I got this book despite some negative reviews because many people said it was really good. The story was good and eventually I did become engaged in it, despite the fact that the first chapter was really quite annoying. I think the narration harmed the book rather than helped it, the narrator was fine when just reading but as soon as she did dialogue her voice became very grating and men and women took on a strange high pitched tone which made many characters very unlikeable. I think this book would be better in paper form and I do plan on getting the next one but will probably read it myself although I might listen carefully to the audible preview to see if the different narrators do a better job.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Down to the Wire

  • By: David Rosenfelt
  • Narrated by: Matt Wolfe
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 310
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 172
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 173

As a small-town reporter for the Bergen News, Chris Turley could never measure up to his father, Edward--one of the last great investigative journalists. With his father's legend ever-present, Chris dreams of his own Pulitzer, as he bides his time covering press conferences and town hall meetings. Then one day his fortunes turn.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good

  • By Kaye E Steeno on 06-05-10

Waste of credits

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-10-11

Having just finished the Andy Carpenter series of books I was looking for some more similar entertainment. I should have paid attention to the one very negative review - it is really hard to believe this is written by the same author! The plot is shallow, the characters are unlikeable and not believable, and the narrator probably made it all worse with stagey bad guy voices that sounded the same as old lady voices. There is no humor in this book either.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl Who Played with Fire

  • The Millennium Series, Book 2
  • By: Stieg Larsson, Reg Keeland - translator
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 18 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,813
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,072
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,087

Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • addicted

  • By Cynthia on 05-12-10

Awesome narration, great story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-26-10

I enjoyed this a lot more than Girl with a Dragon Tatoo. The story becomes interesting quickly and holds your attention. Lisbeth is a very intriguing and endearing character. There are sexual references but they don't become too graphic (I've read worse in romances) although yes, there is a small section about two girls having a friendship that includes sleeping together now and again. Simon Vance does a superb job with the various characters, I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to listening to Girl and Hornet's Nest.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

  • By: Garth Stein
  • Narrated by: Christopher Evan Welch
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,478
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,667
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,671

Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enzo (because he's so wize) for president.

  • By Lora on 06-17-08

An enjoyable listen

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-15-10

I was a bit worried because of some of the reviews focusing on the sadness of this book but I loved it, it is not all sadness, the narration is great, the dog's personality is awesome, very lovable, tough and clever. There are some frustrating parts but overall this is a good listen, not uplifting, but not depressing either.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Oogy

  • The Dog Only a Family Could Love
  • By: Larry Levin
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109

In the best-selling tradition of Rescuing Sprite comes the story of a puppy brought back from the brink of death, and the family he adopted. Heartwarming and redemptive, Oogy is the story of the people who were determined to rescue this dog against all odds, and of the family who took him home, named him "Oogy" (an affectionate derivative of ugly), and made him one of their own.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Oogy: The dog everyone will love

  • By SarahHouston on 11-15-10

Oogy: The dog everyone will love

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-15-10

This is a sweet story full of antropomorphisms but if you're a dog lover you probably won't care about that, I didn't! I listened to this book in two sessions. I like Joe Barrett's voice it is kind and gentle and I felt fitted the story well.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Beach Music

  • By: Pat Conroy
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Marosz
  • Length: 26 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,557
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,294
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,291

Pat Conroy is without doubt America's favorite storyteller, a writer who portrays the anguished truth of the human heart and the painful secrets of families in richly lyrical prose and unforgettable narratives. Now, in Beach Music, he tells of the dark memories that haunt generations, in a story that spans South Carolina and Rome and reaches back into the unutterable terrors of the Holocaust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Memorable

  • By Ella on 03-14-10

Sweeping, multigenerational story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-13-10

I love Pat Conroy and this book is no exception. It took me a good long time to not be distracted by the narrators flat unemotional reading - however, he got much better as the book went on and I ended up thinking he had done a really good job. The main story has many shorter stories within as it goes back to look at the lives of many of the more minor characters. The book is full of Conroy's usual beautiful women and wisecracking characters.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Water Is Wide

  • By: Pat Conroy
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 913
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 801
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 801

The island is nearly deserted, haunting, beautiful. Across a slip of ocean lies South Carolina. But for the handful of families on Yamacraw island, America is a world away. For years the people here lived proudly from the sea, but now its waters are not safe. Waste from industry threatens their very existence – unless, somehow, they can learn a new life. But they will learn nothing without someone to teach them, and their school has no teacher.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Conroy's early autobiography

  • By SarahHouston on 10-22-10

Conroy's early autobiography

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-22-10

Conroy describes and quotes the students from Yamacraw Island in such an amusing and endearing way that it's hard not to fall in love with them. Dan John Miller, who did such an amazing job narrating Lords of Discipline, once again brings each characther to life with his superb narration. I found this book fascinating as it describes Conroy's early life as a teacher and touches on many of the stories that he used in later novels. He also describes some real life characters (including himself) who are recognizable from his other books.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful