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J. Mott

arizona living

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  • The Tin Roof Blowdown: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2551)
    Performance
    (713)
    Story
    (700)

    Dave Robicheaux returns in another Bayou adventure, this one more gruesome and gut-wrenching than any that have come before. Hurricane Katrina has ravaged New Orleans, leaving the streets and buildings flooded and the city awash with opportunists, looters, and vicious criminals. There is no order, no law. Police are shooting randomly at innocent people, prison guards have abandoned their posts, and bodies float through the streets and hang from trees.

    Deborah says: "How Does One Manage?"
    "James Lee Burke tell a great story"
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    This was a tough read. The story about New Orleans takes place during and after hurricane Katrina and plunges the reader into the horror that took place. Tho fiction, much of the story is true. Burke gets to the heart of all the things we do to one another because of fear, pain and ignorance.

    There were gripping story line and those far less compelling in this book. As in previous books following the primary characters, we've come to know their strengths and foibles. Even the characters new in this story, I had people who I rooted for but far more who were not likable. Burke somehow makes them interesting as they make decisions likely to do damage to themselves and those around them.

    We want to be hopeful. We want things to be better. We may even want to be better people. Burke always tells a tale both cautionary and moral. He may be preaching to the choir, but I'll continue to listen to the song.

    As always, we can count on Will Patton to make the written words come alive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (10463)
    Performance
    (8376)
    Story
    (8415)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Amazon Customer says: "Word Thief"
    "Beautifully Written"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you love beautiful writing and a story well told, you may enjoy enjoy this book as much as I did. Death tells his story and it is somewhat discomfiting as he goes about collecting those who died during World War II in one German town. It tells of both hope and despair as well as the human drive for survival.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Karen Abbott
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (73)

    Karen Abbott illuminates one of the most fascinating yet little-known aspects of the Civil War: The stories of four courageous women - a socialite, a farmgirl, an abolitionist, and a widow - who were spies. After shooting a Union soldier in her front hall with a pocket pistol, Belle Boyd became a courier and spy for the Confederate army, using her charms to seduce men on both sides. Emma Edmonds cut off her hair and assumed the identity of a man to enlist as a Union private, witnessing the bloodiest battles of the Civil War.

    Sheesha says: "Shockingly Bad Narrator"
    "An Untold Story"
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    What was a brilliant concept fell short for this listener. This may have been a book enjoyed more in print. I frequently wished I could easily look back to reread something about a character as they were being developed. Perhaps my difficulty began with the actress who did little to help me discern the difference between them bi has to restart many chapters to make sure I was focused on which story was being told.

    Was the author's Intent that I understand and feel compassion for all the women who worked to support what they believed was right? I hope not because, if so, that didn't happen for me. If the intent was to make clear that each was motivated by something different but all died very much alone, yes.

    Of course that is gross oversimplification. There was much to be reminded of about our country's struggle for human rights. Having finished this book on Martin Luther King Day, it reminded me that while we have come a very long way, there is still far to go.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    Overall
    (671)
    Performance
    (590)
    Story
    (594)

    Precious Ramotswe has taken on two puzzling cases. First, she is approached by the lawyer Mma Sheba, who is the executor of a deceased farmer’s estate. Mma Sheba has a feeling that the young man who has stepped forward may be falsely impersonating the farmer’s nephew in order to claim his inheritance. Mma Ramotswe agrees to visit the farm and find out what she can about the self-professed nephew. Then the proprietor of the Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon comes to Mma Ramotswe for advice.

    C. Telfair says: "Comfort, Comfort, Comfort"
    "Comfort food for the brain!"
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    Would you listen to The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon again? Why?

    Yes. At bedtime. To read me to sleep.


    Would you recommend The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon to your friends? Why or why not?

    For followers of this lovely series, it's another little interlude to enjoy. For others? Probably not.


    Which character – as performed by Lisette Lecat – was your favorite?

    Each of the primary characters are so familiar now that they seem perfectly read.


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

    The ladies of Botswana are at it again!


    Any additional comments?

    You don't read these books for great adventure. You read them because they are gentle stories that give your heart a place to rest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gold: The Race for the World's Most Seductive Metal

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Matthew Hart
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (40)

    Since the 2008 financial crisis, the price of gold has skyrocketed - in three years, it has more than doubled from $800 an ounce to $1,900. This massive spike kicked off an unprecedented global gold-mining and exploration boom, much bigger than the Gold Rush of the 1800s. InGold, acclaimed author Matthew Hart takes you on an unforgettable journey around the world and through history to tell the incredible story of how gold became the world's most precious commodity.

    Lance says: "Really enjoyed several chapters but ..."
    "My Head Aches Thinking About This Book"
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    Would you try another book from Matthew Hart and/or David Drummond?

    No


    Would you ever listen to anything by Matthew Hart again?

    No


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of David Drummond?

    Nothing could make this better.


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

    Yes, my book club made the decision after a few of us read it to not put the rest of the readers through the agony. We ditched it for Willa Cather. Pure heaven.


    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Signature of All Things: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1797)
    Performance
    (1625)
    Story
    (1635)

    In The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction, inserting her inimitable voice into an enthralling story of love, adventure and discovery. Spanning much of the 18th and 19th centuries, the novel follows the fortunes of the extraordinary Whittaker family as led by the enterprising Henry Whittaker - a poor-born Englishman who makes a great fortune in the South American quinine trade, eventually becoming the richest man in Philadelphia.

    Molly-o says: "Don't miss this one"
    "Gilbert redeemed herself to me."
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    What did you love best about The Signature of All Things?

    I was hesitant to read another book by this author. Her cop out ending in her best selling previous book convinced me to never read anything else she wrote. This was so completely different in term of the woman she wrote about. No cop out here. The woman was strong and certainly unusual. She led her life according to no one's rules other than her own and accepted the consequences of each decision.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Signature of All Things?

    There were many but the end was a perfect reflection of the life she led.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There are many that come to mind - her luggage being stolen; her uncle and the dog; the moss cave; the end.


    If you could rename The Signature of All Things, what would you call it?

    A Woman Defined


    Any additional comments?

    While tedious in some parts, this is still a very enjoyable book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10804)
    Performance
    (9696)
    Story
    (9700)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Highly enjoyable but predictable read."
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    Where does Sycamore Row rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I enjoyed it but not among the top books I've listened to so far.


    Would you be willing to try another book from John Grisham? Why or why not?

    Perhaps some day. Not soon.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Beck – was your favorite?

    Many were well drawn. This was probably the strongest part of this book Weakest is probably the plot. You could see the end from the beginning - right at the end on Sycamore Row.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Grisham does a good job of evoking emotions along the way. He is good at showing many dimensions of his characters which allows the reader to react to them.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Given Day

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Dennis Lehane
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (471)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (224)

    The Given Day explores the crippling violence and irrepressible exuberance of a country at war with, and in the thrall of, itself. As Danny, Luther, and those around them struggle to define themselves in increasingly turbulent times, they gradually find family in one another and, together, ride a rising storm of hardship, deprivation, and hope that will change all their lives.

    D Jay says: "As Good As It Gets"
    "Exhausting Read"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I can take violence and I can take vulgarity but the amount used in this book was exhausting.


    If you’ve listened to books by Dennis Lehane before, how does this one compare?

    Far from my favorite. In fact, my least favorite.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Handled the Irish accents pretty well although after a bit, they all began to sound the same.


    Did The Given Day inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, it inspired me to listen to the third part at warp speed and skip sections altogether. I did do some research as I was reading to learn more about some of the events referenced and found out more about how wretched people can be to one another.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29424)
    Performance
    (25963)
    Story
    (26035)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Over Rated!"
    Overall
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    What disappointed you about Gone Girl?

    This book wouldn't quit! I wanted it over from early on. Insipid characters and annoying readers prolonged the agony. Not sure why it struck me as so poorly but perhaps it was the sense that the author was simply jerking us around - the joke is on you, dear reader! Perhaps if any of the characters possessed a shred of likability it may have helped but I can't be certain of even that. It wasn't even the old 'he said vs she said' conundrum of how each of us sees things with a different perspective. As far as I was concerned, it was a waste of time. Except for the author who has made a tidy sum on this thing.

    Everyone liked it. I wanted to like it. I hated it. And I never say that about an author's effort.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Gillian Flynn? Why or why not?

    No. I would anticipate the worst and likely find it.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s performances?

    Oh my no. Overwrought performances and the constant whine was worse than living near an airport.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Surprise that I finished the silly thing hoping that it would pull me in at the last minute.


    Any additional comments?

    Yep. I never completely delete a book. Until now. Gone Girl is gone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (23332)
    Performance
    (18236)
    Story
    (18175)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Fun"
    Overall

    There is little doubt that Tina Fey is one of the funniest women in America. This book was just too short for me to get enough of her to fill out my understanding of what makes her so good at what she does. Maybe she is planning a "Pants2" and "Pants3" and felt she had to hold back.

    None-the-less, it was enjoyable to listen to her read her own book as I walked the dog. She has an easy way of playing off what could have been traumatic experiences for lesser folk. She is a feminist without being strident and doesn't demure from the fact that it's better to be the boss than to be the bossed. I like that Tina. What she doesn't do is attack - even with a sharp tongue - those who have stood in her way. I'm not sure if this is pure Tina or Tina holding back. The book left, perhaps, more questions about who she is than it answered. I'll look forward to the book she writes 15 years from now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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