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Lisa Minarovich

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  • The Word Is Murder

  • A Novel
  • Written by: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

New York Times best-selling author Anthony Horowitz has yet again brilliantly reinvented the classic crime novel, this time writing a fictional version of himself as the Watson to a modern-day Holmes. One bright spring morning in London, Diana Cowper - the wealthy mother of a famous actor - enters a funeral parlor. She is there to plan her own service. Six hours later she is found dead, strangled with a curtain cord in her own home. Enter disgraced police detective Daniel Hawthorne, a brilliant, eccentric investigator....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Sad Offering from Horowitz

  • By Lisa Minarovich on 2019-04-11

Sad Offering from Horowitz

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

Reviewed: 2019-04-11

It was an interesting idea, but at least 30 percent of this book is simply an annotated CV of Horowitz's accomplishments which adds nothing to the plot of the mystery. This book is mostly a sad brag by the author about what he's worked on and who he's worked with. His "character" s" involvement in "the mystery" was unnecessary entirely.

  • A Traitor to Memory

  • Inspector Lynley, Book 11
  • Written by: Elizabeth George
  • Narrated by: Donada Peters
  • Length: 28 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

"To listen is to be, but to play is to live...." So believes Gideon Davies, 28-year-old musical wunderkind, a virtuoso violinist whose talents are internationally celebrated. When Gideon finds himself center stage, unable to play, his tortured search for his music - and for the truth behind the appalling event that shaped his life - will lead him to the very heart of love's darkest manifestations. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • better on paper

  • By Lisa Minarovich on 2019-02-08

better on paper

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

Reviewed: 2019-02-08

Although the story is a good one, it is probably best read in book form and not listened to on Audible. It jumps about chronologically, and where that might be clear on paper, it is not while listening, which led to confusion. There also seems to be a few strings left dangling, aside from a purposeful one. Otherwise a good story. As with the others in the series, the editing is abominable - lots of mistakes, as they were rushing to release. This also lessens the enjoyment, at least for me.

  • A Little Life

  • A Novel
  • Written by: Hanya Yanagihara
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 32 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Pull out your hanky

  • By Bryan on 2019-03-09

A must read for anyone with a heart!

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-13

This was recommended to me by a friend, who always recommends great books and "A Little Life" did not disappoint. It did come with the caveat of "prepare to cry". I'm not much of a crier, but he was absolutely right. This book show you the joy, the despair, the kindness and the cruelty that infuses all our lives. It's heart-breaking and uplifting at the same time. The main characters are relatable whether you're gay or straight, male or female. It's one of those books you don't want to end, but can't wait to finish. I will never forget these characters. I feel like I'm gushing, but it really didn't disappoint in any sense. The narrator was also wonderful. He was able to create a separate voice for each character, and never read in the dreaded monotone . I've recommended A Little Life to everyone I know, and now to everyone I don't. Best book I've read or listened to in years. #Audible1