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Celia Jackmauh

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  • All the Light We Cannot See

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Doerr
  • Narrated by: Zach Appelman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,456
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,906
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,913

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Afraid to Write a "Less-Than-Positive" Review

  • By Elizabeth on 08-06-14

A perfect book, beautifully narrated.

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

Reviewed: 01-23-15

I just loved it, such well crafted writing. The plot is intriguing, truly surprising and tight as a jigsaw puzzle. The characters are compelling, heart wrenching and memorable. I need to listen again, there is so much there.

2 of 3 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 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129,627
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114,391
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114,250

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

Neurotic women sadistic men, predictable plot

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

Reviewed: 01-23-15

Don't waste a credit on this one. The women characters are painfully weak and obsessive, the men are just awful, the plot is predictable, nothing clever or enlightening here .
The narrator was good.

31 of 45 people found this review helpful

  • The Bone Clocks

  • By: David Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Jessica Ball, Leon Williams, Colin Mace, and others
  • Length: 24 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,194
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,862
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,874

Following a scalding row with her mother, 15-year-old Holly Sykes slams the door on her old life. But Holly is no typical teenage runaway: A sensitive child once contacted by voices she knew only as "the radio people," Holly is a lightning rod for psychic phenomena. Now, as she wanders deeper into the English countryside, visions and coincidences reorder her reality until they assume the aura of a nightmare brought to life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I HEAR EVERY WRINKLE IN EVERY WORD

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 12-30-16

More a brainstorming session than a novel.

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

Reviewed: 09-18-14

Any additional comments?

David Mitchell is a masterful story teller whose plot and characters are woven together as neatly and ingeniously as a Swiss watch.
However this latest book is more like a brainstorming session then a completed work. The plot is strangely paced, confusing and at times down right boring. The characters are well drawn and interesting at times and oddly disjointed at others.
In his other books, David Mitchell's ideas are presented with subtle enigma, persuasively hinted at, leaving room for imagination and interpretation. Then the grand puzzles of all the plots and themes fit together at the end of the novel with a satisfying click.
This novel beats you over the head with it's political doctrine. OK!, you want to shout, We get it!<
This would make a fine first draft that might become a fine novel after many revisions.
However, I did persist to the end, why? Because DM is the man, no other writer like him, I will probably read whatever he writes.
But please David Mitchell, next time release a novel worthy of a writer of your talent -I look forward to it.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken

  • Vish Puri, Most Private Investigator, Book 3
  • By: Tarquin Hall
  • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 352
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313

When the elderly father of a top Pakistani cricketer playing in the multi-million-dollar Indian Premier League dies during a post-match dinner, it’s not a simple case of Delhi Belly. His butter chicken has been poisoned. To solve the case, Puri must penetrate the region’s organized crime, following a trail that leads deep into Pakistan - the country in which many members of the P.I.’s family were massacred during the 1947 partition of India. The last piece of the puzzle, however, turns up closer to home when Puri learns of the one person who can identify the killer. Unfortunately it is the one woman in the world with whom he has sworn never to work: his Mummy-ji.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful Delhi detective (see recipe too)

  • By Maine Colonial 🌲 on 07-23-12

Love this series, so funny!

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

Reviewed: 08-27-12

Any additional comments?

I just love this series, it is so funny: The characters, the setting, the descriptions of the food, the language and customs all bring the sights smells and sounds of India alive to the listener. Also there are some very real and interesting observations about the dilemmas and difficulties faced by modern Indian society. The narrator is spot on. I can't wait for the next installment!

  • The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing

  • By: Tarquin Hall
  • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 618
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 426
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 426

Dr. Suresh Jha, best known for unmasking fraudulent swamis and godmen, dies in a fit of giggles at his morning yoga class when goddess Kali appears from the mist and plunges a sword into his chest. The only one laughing now is the main suspect, a powerful guru named Maharaj Swami, who seems to have done away with his most vocal critic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun and entertaining

  • By Carolyn on 12-13-10

Funny!

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

Reviewed: 04-09-12

Any additional comments?

As a non-Indian who has spent a year in India I got such a kick out of these characters who are so unique and quirky, but also so typical of certain types that you meet there. I loved the way the author captured the special turns of phrase and expressions of Indian English.The sights and sounds, the smells and tastes of Delhi are so vividly expressed. The reader was excellent.Thoroughly enjoyable.

  • When Will There Be Good News?

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 887
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 566
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 563

On a hot summer day, Joanna Mason's family slowly wanders home along a country lane. A moment later, Joanna's life is changed forever....On a dark night 30 years later, ex-detective Jackson Brodie finds himself on a train that is both crowded and late. Lost in his thoughts, he suddenly hears a shocking sound.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mystery Series With Complexity & Depth

  • By Sara on 11-22-15

Wonderful story, cringe worthy accents

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

Reviewed: 12-05-11

If you could sum up When Will There Be Good News? in three words, what would they be?

The story is excellent, insightful sharp writing. The narrators accents are cringe worthy. Too bad!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful