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Havana, FL, USA

  • 12 reviews
  • 34 ratings
  • 434 titles in library
  • 2 purchased in 2014

  • Two Dollar Bill

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Tony Roberts

    Two-Dollar Bill delivers all the storytelling twists and whip-smart banter readers have come to love in Stuart Woods's thrillers. In this latest, Stone Barrington, the suave Manhattan cop-turned-lawyer, is back on his home turf facing down a brilliant Southern flimflam man.

    Bill says: "Wonderful example to Stuart Woods' books"
    "Wonderful example to Stuart Woods' books"

    I have been waiting for some time for Audible to carry one of Stuart Woods' books. It has been well worth the wait. This book holds your attention from the beginning to the end. The characters are well defined and since the author has interwoven characters from his other books, they are brought in as an enhancement to his regular readers but they are also incorporated into the story in such a way that new readers aren't left out. I hope Audible will continue to provide more books by this author.
    The major difficulty I had with the book was the narration. I like Tony Roberts as an actor and I have thoroughly enjoyed him before when he read non fiction. However, his reading of this piece of fiction was deplorable. He attempts to do voices that all come out the same.A reader needs to do voices only if they are capable to doing them or just read the book without embellishments. Jonathan Marosz, who is usually chosen to read books by Stuart Woods does such a much better job.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Star Island

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Meet 22-year-old Cherry Pye (nee Cheryl Bunterman), a pop star since she was 14 - and about to attempt a comeback from her latest drug-and-alcohol disaster.Now meet Cherry again: in the person of her undercover stunt double, Ann DeLusia. Ann portrays Cherry whenever the singer is too indisposed - meaning wasted - to go out in public. And it is Ann-mistaken-for-Cherry who is kidnapped from a South Beach hotel by obsessed paparazzo Bang Abbott.

    Suzn F says: "Laugh Out Loud"
    "Leave it on the shelf"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Much better writing on the part of Carl Hiaasen.

    What was most disappointing about Carl Hiaasen’s story?

    Very poor writing. I got the impression that the author got up one morning and decided to write a story. Since he had no real purpose in writing beyond satisfying his publisher, he just wrote and wrote bringing in earlier characters to fill the pages. At the end of the day he was able to mail the finished manuscript and have it published. If Carl Hiaasen was an unknown writer, this book would have been refused by every publisher that it was submitted to.

    What does Stephen Hoye bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Stephen Hoye is a very professional reader. He always brings books alive with his reading.

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


    Any additional comments?

    Publishers should not accept books from a known writer with a lower criteria than an unknown writer

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Narrated By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty is a powerful saga of three generations of women, plagued by hardships and torn by a devastating secret, yet inextricably joined by the bonds of family. Fifteen-year-old Mosey Slocumb-spirited, sassy, and on the cusp of womanhood-is shaken when a small grave is unearthed in the backyard, and determined to figure out why it's there. Liza, her stroke-ravaged mother, is haunted by choices she made as a teenager. But it is Jenny, Mosey's strong and big-hearted grandmother....

    Janice says: "I wanted to cheer out loud!"
    "Could have been read much better"
    What did you like best about A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty? What did you like least?

    The book was very well written. All of the requirements of a good book were all there. There was lots of humor and suspense. The book was a very fast and exciting read. The writer wrote from several perspectives.

    I did not like the reading. Just because the writer can create a wonderful book it does not easily follow that she can also read it for a listening reader. The book was read in a monotone which might have been good for a scientific non fiction book but not a multi-faceted beautiful piece of fiction.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty?

    Mosey continually tests herself with a pregnancy test to assure herself that she was not pregnant.

    What didn’t you like about Joshilyn Jackson’s performance?

    I am writing a review of an audio book. The performance was not in any way professional. Most professional readers have several voices that they use when reading a book. This book was written from the viewpoint of three women. The writer/reader should have created three voices for the three women. There were several other characters that should have a different voice, two or three of them were men. An audio book is not the same as a book in print. Audible has several very good professional readers that have up to ten male and female voices as well as children's voices.

    Could you see A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No! It is a wonderful story and although it has action, the real beauty of the book is the thoughts and concerns of the three main characters.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Trade Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By M.M. Kaye
    • Narrated By Rosemary Davis

    The year is 1859 and Hero Hollis, beautiful and headstrong niece of the American consul, arrives in Zanzibar. It is an earthly paradise; it is also the last outpost of the Slave Trade. A passionate opponent of slavery, Hero is swept into a turmoil of royal intrigue, abduction, piracy, smuggling, and a virulent cholera epidemic. There in Zanzibar, the most cruelly beautiful island of the Southern Seas, she must choose her love and unravel her destiny.

    Barry says: "Response to reviews"

    This is a book that cannot be put down. The book converts to 28 CDs but you are kept spellbound from beginning to the end. The vocabulary is phenomenal. The ending of the book is predictable but having said this, I need to explain. The heroine (Hero) is very straight laced and very opinionated while the hero is a blaggard and as the story progresses these two continually come closer and closer together. A truly remarkable book.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Atossa Leoni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

    David says: "Somber but gripping"

    This is truly a magnificent book. Having read the Kite Runner, I was expecting the book to be good, and I was not disappointed. The main character in Kite Runner was not an exemplary character although his character takes a turn for the better in the latter part of the book. In A Thousand Splendid Suns, the characters are true throughout. This was a book that I could not put down, once I had started. I would not recommend that this book be read in the abridged format. Reading the abridged version of this book would cause the reader to lose too much.

    20 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Ten Things Your Minister Wants to Tell You (But Can't, Because He Needs the Job)

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Oliver Thomas
    • Narrated By Oliver Thomas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    "How did it all begin?" "What happens when we die?" These are just two of the questions Reverend Oliver "Buzz" Thomas hears centrist Christians asking as he travels across the United States, and he knows that their voices are not being heard. They're people of faith, not of politics, and they want more from their religion than a voter's guide.

    John says: "If your faith troubles you, please read"
    "An Absolute Must Read"

    The author explains the source of those perplexing oddities that beset us everyday. He attacks many of the myths of Christianity and in a quiet and unassuming way he explains many of the sources of our current belief system. I could not determine from the book, the author's sect in Christianity. He needs to be brought in whenever there is religious strife so that he can explain the truth. I would recommend the book to everyone. This is not a book for Christians alone but for everyone. My only objection was that it was too short. His mother should convince him to write another but longer book.

    9 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Nature Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Lee Adams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Honey Santana, impassioned, willful, possibly bipolar, self-proclaimed "queen of lost causes", has a scheme to help rid the world of irresponsibility, indifference, and dinnertime sales calls. She's taking rude, gullible Relentless, Inc., telemarketer Boyd Shreave and his less-than-enthusiastic mistress, Eugenie, into the wilderness of Florida's Ten Thousand Islands for a gentle lesson in civility. What she doesn't know is that she's being followed by her Honey-obsessed former employer.

    Pamela Faber says: "Well worth the wait!"

    I am disappointed with all of the negative reviews. This is one of his first that did not make fun of Florida Tourism. I think that Hiaasen is a fabulous writer that uses Satire to show us where we fail. This book may not have been on a par with Skinny Dip (His best book), but it was up there very close. If you have ever dealt with telephone call centers or telephone solicitors or telephone scams, this is a MUST READ.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Sugar and Spice

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 3 mins)
    • By Lynette Kent
    • Narrated By Elenna Stauffer

    Dr. Ian Baker needs a life outside of the hospital; is take-charge Cass Stuart just what the doctor ordered?

    Bill says: "Cute"

    Very cute little love story. Might have been better if it had been lengthened. Unfortunately the author uses too many adverbs and adjectives. Perhaps this was to lengthen the story, but the message can be put across much better by using something other than a menagerie of adverbs.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Afghan

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Frederick Forsyth
    • Narrated By Robert Powell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When British and American intelligence catch wind of a major Al Qaeda operation in the works, they instantly galvanize, but to do what? They know nothing about it: the what, where, or when. They have no sources in Al Qaeda, and it's impossible to plant someone. Or is it?

    BobInWA says: "Slow Part 1 - Great Part 2"
    "A Definite Page Turner"

    Definitely a must read. The author appears to have done extensive research and brings all of the cities of Pakistan and Afghanistan to life. I was not able to put it down until it was finished. I found myself sitting in the car waiting to turn off the motor so that I would not be kept in suspense. Unfortunately, as soon as one suspense drama was completed, another started, so, as I said, I couldn't put it down

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Memoirs of a Geisha

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Arthur Golden
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In a voice both haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri describes her life as a geisha. Taken from her home at the age of nine, she is sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. Witness her transformation as you enter a world where appearances are paramount, virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder, women beguile powerful men, and love is scorned as illusion.

    Stephanie says: "Best Book in a while"

    This is a book that you absolutely do not want to miss.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fat Ollie's Book: A Novel of the 87th Precinct

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Ed McBain
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty

    Following the exploits of one of Ed McBain's most beloved detectives, this lively and complicated tale - the 52nd in the award-winning 87th Precinct series - is McBain at his best. "Wonderful entertainment," says Booklist.

    Buster Brown says: "Leave it Lay."
    "A must read for any and all aspiring writers"

    This is one of the funniest books. It is a detective novel and meant to be a detective novel but unlike other such novels, Detective Ollie has decided to write a book and attempts to fictionalize the cases he is working on until a major part of the manuscript is stolen and causes all kinds of strange turns in the plot. I couldn't stop laughing all the way through the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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