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Heather

Brentwood, MO, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Shantaram

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (3237)
    Performance
    (1577)
    Story
    (1576)

    This mesmerizing first novel tells the epic journey of Lin, an escaped convict who flees maximum security prison in Australia to disappear into the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The keys to unlock the mysteries that bind Lin are held by two people: his mentor Khader Khan, mafia godfather and criminal-philosopher; and the beautiful, elusive Karla, whose passions are driven by dangerous secrets.

    Jamie says: "Do Not Miss This"
    "Absolutely awful, a waste of time"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story is awful, the writing is awful. The reader was ok but had bad material to work with


    What could Gregory David Roberts have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not written this book


    What didn’t you like about Humphrey Bower’s performance?

    Many times his reading sounded like there should be Big Hollywood Music swelling up in the background. False emotion.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cutting for Stone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Abraham Verghese
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4808)
    Performance
    (2215)
    Story
    (2224)

    Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

    Mary Lynn says: "Brilliant story, pitch perfect narration"
    "Don't miss this recording"
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    Would you listen to Cutting for Stone again? Why?

    No, only because there are so many audio books and so little time


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    ShivaMarion The one who becomes two who become one again. Their story is told in simple words conveying complicated relationships, a very human history, and a world I have never known.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I will spell the characters' names wrong: when Hayma and Goesh are taking turns watching over the infant Shiva. Their love and respect for each other take root.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Goesh's return to his home from prison was one of many moments in the book that moved me to tears. There is nothing trite about any parts of this novel; nothing overstated or overdramatized. The characters ring true. Their lives are full of moments, large and small. All these moments add up to a powerful story


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When Will There Be Good News?: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Kate Atkinson
    • Narrated By Ellen Archer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (512)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (228)

    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.

    Richard says: "Kate Atkinson pleases again."
    "Kate Atkinson is a fun read"
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    Would you listen to When Will There Be Good News? again? Why?

    Probably not. It's not that deep. But it is fun


    What was one of the most memorable moments of When Will There Be Good News??

    none in particular


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None in particular


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

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jonathan Safran Foer
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Barbara Caruso, Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (2187)
    Performance
    (1350)
    Story
    (1358)

    Jonathan Safran Foer's best-selling debut novel, Everything Is Illuminated, wowed critics on its way to winning several literary prizes, including Book of the Year honors from the Los Angeles Times. It has been published in 24 countries and will soon be a major motion picture. Foer's talent continues to shine in this sometimes hilarious and always heartfelt follow-up.

    Peter J says: "Suffused my being..."
    "Heartbreaking and heartwarming"
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    What made the experience of listening to Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close the most enjoyable?

    The characters, whether improbably or realistic, came alive throughout the narrative.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Oscar was my favorite character for his simplicity and brilliance


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Mr. Black the upstairs neighbor was well performed


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

    No. It was much too intense to listen to all at once. In addition, it was so well written and narrated I wanted to savor it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Case Histories: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Atkinson
    • Narrated By Susan Jameson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (487)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (317)

    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.

    Carrie says: "Deftly written, completely original mystery"
    "Great fun read"
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    What made the experience of listening to Case Histories the most enjoyable?

    The author has a technique of telling the story then letting the characters tell the REAL story that is refreshing and entertaining.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Case Histories?

    Learning the truth about the father of the four girls was a sad unexpected twist.


    Have you listened to any of Susan Jameson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my first listen to Susan Jameson. She is an excellent reader.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death Comes to Pemberley

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By P. D. James
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (857)
    Performance
    (715)
    Story
    (733)

    It is 1803, six years since Elizabeth and Darcy embarked on their life together at Pemberley, Darcy’s magnificent estate. Their peaceful, orderly world seems almost unassailable. Elizabeth has found her footing as the chatelaine of the great house. They have two fine sons, Fitzwilliam and Charles. Elizabeth’s sister Jane and her husband, Bingley, live nearby; her father visits often; there is optimistic talk about the prospects of marriage for Darcy’s sister Georgiana. And preparations are under way for their much-anticipated annual autumn ball.

    Michelle says: "Not As Interesting as Print Reviewers Suggested"
    "Charming, imaginative, refreshing"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Death Comes to Pemberley to be better than the print version?

    I can't say. I only know I thoroughly enjoyed the audio edition


    What about Rosalyn Landor’s performance did you like?

    She had a comforting tone and cadence that was perfect for this novel


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Happily every after's next chapter


    Any additional comments?

    I loved it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Doc: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Mary Doria Russell
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (487)
    Performance
    (356)
    Story
    (351)

    The year is 1878, peak of the Texas cattle trade. The place is Dodge City, Kansas, a saloon-filled cow town jammed with liquored-up adolescent cowboys and young Irish hookers. Violence is random and routine, but when the burned body of a mixed-blood boy named Johnnie Sanders is discovered, his death shocks a part-time policeman named Wyatt Earp. And it is a matter of strangely personal importance to Doc Holliday, the frail 26-year-old dentist who has just opened an office at No. 24, Dodge House.

    Dennis says: "Great writing and narration"
    "fascinating, moving, delicious"
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    What did you love best about Doc?

    A lovely story blending fact and fiction, tightly written, succinct in character development and local color


    What other book might you compare Doc to and why?

    can't think of any


    Have you listened to any of Mark Bramhall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not yet. He is a wonderful narrator and I will look for other books read by him.


    If you could rename Doc, what would you call it?

    Doc is the perfect name


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Leftovers

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Tom Perrotta
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    Overall
    (558)
    Performance
    (471)
    Story
    (477)

    What if—whoosh, right now, with no explanation—a number of us simply vanished? Would some of us collapse? Would others of us go on, one foot in front of the other, as we did before the world turned upside down?That’s what the bewildered citizens of Mapleton, who lost many of their neighbors, friends and lovers in the event known as the Sudden Departure, have to figure out. Because nothing has been the same since it happened—not marriages, not friendships, not even the relationships between parents and children.

    glamazon says: "The title is the best part"
    "Did not meet the media hype"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    My issues are with the story, not the audio. I was disappointed with the story itself


    What could Tom Perrotta have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not a thing. He was fine


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Nothing. My issues are with the story, not the audio


    What character would you cut from The Leftovers?

    All of them


    Any additional comments?

    I will rely more on reader/listener reviews in the future and less on NPR book reviews

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mansfield Park (Naxos Edition)

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (322)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (246)

    At the tender age of 10, Fanny Price is 'adopted' by her rich relations and is removed from the poverty of her home in Portsmouth to the opulence of Mansfield Park. The transplantation is not a happy one. Dependent, helpless, neglected and forgotten, Fanny struggles to come to terms with her new life until, tested almost to the limits of endurance, she assumes her rightful role....

    Neil Chisholm says: "Oh such felicity, such gaiety, such rapture!"
    "Terribly disappointed"
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    What disappointed you about Mansfield Park?

    The sarcasm of the book did not come through in the audio with sufficient depth to overcome what has become a very predictable plot


    What was most disappointing about Jane Austen’s story?

    Narration


    How could the performance have been better?

    I don't know. Perhaps a gentler voice.


    What character would you cut from Mansfield Park?

    I couldn't finish the audio. I can't answer this


    Any additional comments?

    I will probably read the book at some point but I cannot recommend this audio

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Oil!

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Upton Sinclair
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (306)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (151)

    As he did so masterfully in The Jungle, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Upton Sinclair interweaves social criticism with human tragedy to create an unforgettable portrait of Southern California's early oil industry. Enraged by the oil scandals of the Harding administration in the 1920s, Sinclair tells a gripping tale of avarice, corruption, and class warfare, featuring a cavalcade of characters, including senators, oil magnates, Hollywood film starlets, and a crusading evangelist.

    Gregory says: "an outstanding book"
    "Some things just don't change"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It is hopelessly dystoptian. It would be nice to have one uplifting moment somewhere in the book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Oil!?

    The section describing Paul's experiences in Russia after WW I. I assume it is based in fact, and I was not aware of US involvement at that time.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator was excellent


    Did Oil! inspire you to do anything?

    It made me look at the current world oil industry in a more comprehensive light


    Any additional comments?

    Don't expect anyone in the novel to resolve anything in this parade of dismal events in any way that approaches optimism

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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