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A User

Danville, IN, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 11 reviews
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  • 126 titles in library
  • 23 purchased in 2014
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  • Pied Piper

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (73)

    John Howard is determined to brighten up his old age by taking a fishing trip to France, but during his stay the Nazis invade. Howard must try to escape back to England with the two small children of some friends who are forced to stay behind in order to help the Allied war effort. As the conflict grows closer, the roads become impassable and Howard also comes across five more children who need his help. He ends up leading this motley group of youngsters through the French countryside, constantly beset by danger yet heroically protecting his charges.

    A User says: "My favourite Nevil Shute book"
    "Loved this book!"
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    I have discovered (or rediscovered perhaps) Nevil Shute, and I am enthralled. First was A Town Like Alice and now Pied Piper. It is hard to express the mix of emotions, pleasure, laughter, exquisite heartache and tears that you will experience while listening to this truly wonderful story. (Note: It does help to know French for this book.) Shute was an engineer and an amazing, creative, and masterful story teller. David Rintoul's narration is perfect. The characters are ordinary people caught up in extraordinary circumstances, and at the heart of it all is the beauty and strength and the very best of human nature. What an uplifting message these days! Thank you Audible for making these wonderful stories available. And now on to Trustee From The Toolroom. Can't wait!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Confession: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (386)
    Performance
    (329)
    Story
    (330)

    Declaring he needs to clear his conscience, a dying man walks into Scotland Yard and confesses that he killed his cousin five years earlier during the Great War. When Inspector Ian Rutledge presses for details, the man evades his questions, revealing only that he hails from a village east of London. With little information and no body to open an official inquiry, Rutledge begins to look into the case on his own. Less than two weeks later, the alleged killer’s body is found floating in the Thames, a bullet in the back of his head.

    Judith A. Weller says: "Most exciting by Todd Yet"
    "10 hours seemed more like 20"
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    The Inspector Ian Rutledge mysteries are certainly that- mysterious. They are dark, plodding, gloomy, and at times tedious. I love an intricate plot, and these books do have very entangled plots. But sometimes it seems the Charles Todd makes the story so complex and entangled that it strains credulity... and not in a good way. The police procedural details that I usually enjoy following are slow, slow and slow. And did I say slow? I wanted to stop listening several times, but stuck with it just out of curiosity as to just which unlikely character would turn out being the murderer. Simon Prebble does a good job with his narration, and much of the descriptive writing is quite good. The whole post WW1 historical background is also interesting. But I can't either read or listen to another one of these books. Whew!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Town Like Alice

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Robin Bailey
    Overall
    (1315)
    Performance
    (789)
    Story
    (792)

    Wanting to repay a wartime debt to the Malays, Jean Paget returns. There she hears a story which leads her to Australia.

    Barbara says: "Better still in Audio form"
    "Wonderful story with fantastic narration"
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    I loved everything about this book! I am coming late to Nevil Shute's works, but I started with a great one. The story is rich and Robin Bailey does a masterful job with all of the accents. What an absolute treat. I hope the other works by Shute are as well done!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spirit of Steamboat: A Walt Longmire Story

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (583)
    Performance
    (526)
    Story
    (521)

    "It' s a question of what you have to do, what you have to live with if you don't." Sheriff Walt Longmire is reading A Christmas Carol in his office on December 24th when he's interrupted by the ghost of Christmas past: a young woman with a hairline scar across her forehead and more than a few questions about Walt' s predecessor, Lucian Connally. Walt doesn' t recognize the mystery woman, but she seems to know him and claims to have something she must return to Connally.

    C. Telfair says: "Welcome Holiday Diversion"
    "An Early Christmas Present!"
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    I have listened to and enjoyed immensely all the books in the Walt Longmire series, and, as much as this makes me sound a little pathetic, I have really missed all the wonderful characters, the bittersweet stories of life and death, love and loss, the basic gentle kindness of the main characters, the laugh out loud dialog and wonderful sense of humor, and of course, the best narrator ever, George Guidall. And then comes this all too brief but wonderful story! Merry Christmas to me! I only hope there will be more to come. They just get better and better!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cold Dish: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3354)
    Performance
    (2482)
    Story
    (2479)

    Award-winning author Craig Johnson's critically acclaimed debut Western mystery takes listeners to the breathtaking mountains of Wyoming for a tale of cold-blooded vengeance. Four high-school boys were given suspended sentences for raping a Cheyenne girl. Now, two of the boys have been killed, and only Sheriff Walt Longmire can keep the other two safe.

    Dataman says: "Not Your Ordinary Western Novel (Series)"
    "Simply the BEST!"
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    What a great series! Craig Johnson and George Guidall are a match made in a book-listener's heaven. I have enjoyed each and every one of these stories of Sheriff Longmire and the wonderful characters who surround him. I am already sad that I will be done very soon with the last book, and none in the queue. Not yet anyway! Do your self a favor and start with The Cold Dish, then follow each book in order. Each book builds on what has come before.

    Craig Johnson is a wonderful writer and he creates characters who are believable and very human. These are no comic book heroes, but there is courage, kindness and endearing strength to all. They all add to the rich fabric of these stories, and they populate Walt Longmire's life as part of his family. The stories are intriguing, complex enough, many times laugh-out-loud funny, set in the backdrop of a remarkable part of the US. The author knows his setting, material and procedures well, and the details are excellent. And the narrator Guidall makes it all happen like no other narrator can do!

    I have watched an episode or two of "Longmire" on TV, and I have to say I was supremely disappointed. Don't bother with the TV show. Listen to these books and enjoy!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Panther

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2028)
    Performance
    (1709)
    Story
    (1702)

    Anti-Terrorist Task Force agent John Corey and his wife, FBI agent Kate Mayfield, have been posted overseas to Sana'a, Yemen - one of the most dangerous places in the Middle East. While there, they will be working with a small team to track down one of the masterminds behind the USS Cole bombing: a high-ranking Al Qaeda operative known as The Panther. Ruthless and elusive, he's wanted for multiple terrorist acts and murders - and the U.S. government is determined to bring him down, no matter the cost.

    Parusski says: "Good Corey Story"
    "Just OK"
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    I was looking forward to revisiting a favorite character in the sarcastic ex-NYPD John Correy, but this book was a let down. It is a "been there done that" for the John Corry and evil terrorist genre. Maybe DeMille has run out of ideas? Different country, same kind of cartoon characters and bloody finale. Interesting factoids about Yemen, but overall not enough to get this book above 3 stars for me. And if I heard Corry's trademark "Riiight!" one more time, I was ready to shut 'er down. Sorry but in my opinion, DeMille has done better than this one with Correy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crusader's Cross: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (837)
    Performance
    (321)
    Story
    (319)

    Critically acclaimed and best-selling crime writer James Lee Burke returns to Louisiana where his ever-popular hero, Dave Robicheaux, sleuths his way through a hotbed of sin and uncertainty.

    Suzn F says: "Another delicious book from JLB"
    "Doesn't get any better than this one"
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    Without a doubt, David Lee Burke and Will Patton make the best team, and this episode in the life of New Iberia Parish, LA detective Dave Robicheaux is one the best in the series. It has all the usual characters, twists and turns, and horrific violence typical of a Burke story. But Burke always celebrates what is good in human nature, and his stories invariably leave us with a sense of hope and satisfaction. The best Robicheaux stories take place in Louisiana, and this one (in my humble opinion) is the best of the best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2978)
    Performance
    (2653)
    Story
    (2656)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "Loved this book!"
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    I loved this book. The writing, the characters, the voice were all spot on. I laughed out loud, I wept and I loved the characters. Jim Broadbent was perfect. This is an uplifting story without fantasy, a story we all can identify with in one way or another. It is rare to listen to a story that reveals such tenderness, happiness, humor, a sense of loss and regret but also the courage of the human spirit to keep on. Thank you for this gem of a book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dead Yard

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (792)
    Performance
    (369)
    Story
    (365)

    In this exciting sequel to the acclaimed Dead I Well May Be, the mercenary Michael Forsythe is forced to infiltrate an Irish terrorist cell, confronting murder, mayhem, and the prospect of his own execution.

    Rebecca says: "A more mature Michael..."
    "Intense and bloody"
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    I enjoyed the Cold Cold Ground by McKinty very much, so I was looking forward to another work by this author in partnership with this excellent reader. However The Dead Yard let me down with shallow, formulaic violent characters who were not believable nor particularly likeable. I am not squeamish about murder and mayhem books as a rule, but in this case I would have enjoyed more character development and less gore.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The End of the Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Colin Firth
    Overall
    (2501)
    Performance
    (2301)
    Story
    (2291)

    Graham Greene’s evocative analysis of the love of self, the love of another, and the love of God is an English classic that has been translated for the stage, the screen, and even the opera house. Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, A Single Man) turns in an authentic and stirring performance for this distinguished audio release.

    Emily - Audible says: "Colin Firth Kills It"
    "Beautifully read but tedious story"
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    What did you like best about The End of the Affair? What did you like least?

    Colin Firth was the best part. The story, the endless dithering and paralyzing angst were tedious. However, I might have thought differently when I was 15.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not sure but it will not one in this genre for a while anyway. I hope Firth will narrate more in the future.


    What about Colin Firth’s performance did you like?

    His voice, his inflection, his talent.


    Did The End of the Affair inspire you to do anything?

    Not read another Greene book for a while.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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