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Seabrook, SC, USA | Member Since 2003

  • 4 reviews
  • 7 ratings
  • 510 titles in library
  • 24 purchased in 2014

  • Bad Business

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When Marlene Cowley hires Spenser to see if her husband Trent is cheating on her, he encounters more than he bargained for: not only does he find a two-timing husband, but a second investigator as well, hired by the husband to look after his wife. As a result of their joint efforts, Spenser soon finds himself investigating both individual depravity and corporate corruption.

    Jennifer says: "This is pure Parker"
    "This is pure Parker"

    I have listened to part of this book and Parker's "Backstory"-- also read by Mantegna. For me, his reading captures the style and pace of Spenser. The "I said" "she said" is all Parker and is integral to the Spencer prose of factual, enlightened skepticism. You might not like Parker's style, but to say that he can't write dialogue is contrary to the opinions millions who have read him in print and enjoy the books on audio. Maybe Spenser isn't for you, but as a Spenser fan-- I think it's great.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Hitch-22: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Christopher Hitchens
    • Narrated By Christopher Hitchens

    Over the course of his 60 years, Christopher Hitchens has been a citizen of both the United States and the United Kingdom. He has been both a socialist opposed to the war in Vietnam and a supporter of the U.S. war against Islamic extremism in Iraq. He has been both a foreign correspondent in some of the world's most dangerous places and a legendary bon vivant with an unquenchable thirst for alcohol and literature.

    Laura says: "Truth, the whole truth and nothing but."
    "A nice insight..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Hitch-22 to be better than the print version?

    Couldn't say. I must say of the books of his that I did read first, I really enjoyed the audio version better.

    What other book might you compare Hitch-22 to and why?

    Apples and oranges.

    Which character – as performed by Christopher Hitchens – was your favorite?

    Himself, since it was a memoir.

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

    Hitchens always makes me laugh. He has a self-effacing British style that is not really humble. A great wit and unique thinker that is missed.

    Any additional comments?

    There are a few parts of this book that are mildly tedious, but his life is worth understanding, and the book does provide some insight to his writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Creole Belle: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Creole Belle begins where the last book in the Dave Robicheaux series, The Glass Rainbow, ended. Dave is in a recovery unit in New Orleans, where a Creole girl named Tee Jolie Melton visits him and leaves him an iPod with the country blues song “Creole Belle” on it. Then she disappears. Dave becomes obsessed with the song and the memory of Tee Jolie and goes in search of her sister, who later turns up inside a block of ice floating in the Gulf.

    Melinda says: "Burke & Patton -- Synergistic Phenomenon"
    "Dave's back!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This was better than the last few, but I have liked them all. I feel in love with the region when I attended USL. I think I've listened to all the books in the series. A little bit of a stretch on the level of evil in the bad guys (no spoiler, but he threw the genetic/political/conniving-businessman/historical book into the pot on this group of baddies).Will Patton is a good narrator, but he should ask folks from that area how they pronounce Cypremort (Si-pra-more) Point. At least he didn't have to say pirogue (pea-row, not pi-rogue).

    What did you like best about this story?

    Delved into Cleet a little more, and his and Dave's ongoing enabling relationship.

    Which character – as performed by Will Patton – was your favorite?


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

    That would spoil the surprise.

    Any additional comments?

    Maybe not the best one to start on, if you've never read a D.R. series novel. Purple Cane Road was the first...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 206 Bones: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    There are 206 bones in the human body. Forensic anthropologists know them intimately, can read in them stories of brief or long lives and use them to reconstruct every kind of violent end. 206 Bones opens with Tempe regaining consciousness and discovering that she is in some kind of very small, very dark, very cold enclosed space. She is bound, hands to feet. Who wants Tempe dead, or at least out of the way, and why? Tempe begins slowly to reconstruct...

    M. Chinander says: "Wow, pretty sure this is the in the series"
    "Did I read a different book?"

    I listened to this book of Reichs' despite several ho-hum reviews. All I can say is I found it engaging although a little predictable. I thought other reviewers comments were way off base. First the story is of a forensic anthropologist being gaslighted by someone, so there has to be some level of detail about the situation explained to the reader. I thought that she did a good job in doing that and potentially educating the public about good and bad forensics. As for the French, well merde, it does take place in Quebec, and I guess it was excessive, if you're a second grader. No greater than one word in 1000 was in French, and most were immediately translated. Probably would raise complaints from the native Quebecois about not having enough to make it authentic! I like this for the light escape that I expect from Reichs' books. I would rate it better than many of her others.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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