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Beth M. Provencher

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marlow, nh, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • Shooter: The Autobiography of the Top-Ranked Marine Sniper

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jack Coughlin, Casey Kuhlman, Donald A. Davis
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (389)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (154)

    Now Coughlin has written a highly personal story about his deadly craft, taking readers deep inside an invisible society that is off-limits to outsiders. This is not a heroic battlefield memoir but the careful study of an exceptional man who must keep his sanity while carrying forward one of the deadliest legacies in the U.S. military today.

    Loyd Phillips says: "Definately worth reading"
    "Excellent!"
    Overall

    A wonderful depiction of the evolution of Marine sniper tatics. A good blend of historical data, with enough yarn to keep the story moving, and interesting.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Winter's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Mark Helprin
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (538)
    Performance
    (359)
    Story
    (367)

    One night, Peter Lake - orphan, master-mechanic, and master second-story man - attempts to rob a fortress-like mansion on the Upper West Side. Though he thinks the house is empty, the daughter of the house is home. Thus begins the affair between the middle-aged Irish burglar and Beverly Penn, a young girl who is dying. Because of a love that at first he cannot fully understand, Peter, a simple and uneducated man, will be driven "to stop time and bring back the dead".

    David says: "Great book and narrator - bad technical glitch"
    "Endless self-indulgent word dump"
    Overall
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A discernible plot, compelling characters that were more than just archetypes, Sentence structure instead of nonsensical word vomit.


    What was most disappointing about Mark Helprin’s story?

    The story aimlessly flits from event to event with no narrative thread to follow. The imagery is scatty, at times downright absurd: "Across the river was an eighteenth-century knoll with trees standing upon it like peasant women with arms akimbo, and the spotlight of the sun firing their green tops, while black shadows below suggested a grove of infinite proportions." What? The word dumps never end. I love words, I adore an original turn of phrase; I just think that they are best as a seasoning for the story, not as the ENTIRE book. If you prize random word pops and crazy-quilt imagery over story itself, this is the book for you.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bastard Out of Carolina

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Dorothy Allison
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Evans
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (139)

    Greenville County, South Carolina, is a wild, lush place that is home to the Boatwright family - a tight-knit clan of rough-hewn, hard- drinking men who shoot up each other's trucks, and indomitable women who get married young and age too quickly. At the heart of this story is Ruth Anne Boatwright, known simply as Bone, a bastard child who observes the world around her with a mercilessly keen perspective.

    Carolyn says: "Not for the Faint of Heart"
    "Gut Punch"
    Overall
    Performance
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    This is not a story for the faint of heart. There is beauty, love, and hope etched in the story of Ruth Anne Boatwright (Bone), there is also tragedy, senseless violence, and hate. I laughed for her, I cried for her, I raged at her suffering. This book stands as a true testament of the resilience of the human spirit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (5910)
    Performance
    (5476)
    Story
    (5495)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "Dr. Sleep"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    After waiting so long for this book, and after all of the hype, I feel very let down. I wouldn't go as far as to say that I didn't enjoy it at all, or that it was a waste of my time, or my money. What I will say is that this book lacks much of what I have come to expect in a King book.
    Where is the rich character development that I have come to expect and anticipate? Where are the fabulous descriptions of scene and detail that I rely on to transport me into a world apart from my own? Where is the diabolical villain, whom I can come to identify with, thus adding a new dimension to the fear? The True Knot did not frighten me, no thrill, no chill, and no shivers.
    I was excited to see where Danny ended up, yet his character arc was decidedly banal, almost as if he was living out a predestined existence. Danny became a raging alcoholic, yadda, yadda, yadda… I guess I just wanted something more from this story, something unexpected, something new. The story felt incredibly rushed, with no time for the listener/reader to come to grips with the action, before the next story point was croquet mallet-ed in. There was a distinct “What just happened?” feeling for me, for much of the novel, such as I have not experienced with King’s other novels. Why was the book so short? It felt like there was a large story to be told here, but it reads like it was either over-edited, or the author lost interest midway through the draft.
    The narrator was vile. His voice was nearly unbearable at times, as a native New Hampshire resident; the accents struck me as an atrocious caricature. The voices he used were horrible to listen to, and any emotionally fraught scene was absolute torture on my ears.
    Like I said, I’m not sorry I read it, I’m just sorry it didn't live up to my expectations.

    5 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2740)
    Performance
    (2404)
    Story
    (2419)

    When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    cristina says: "I was surprised by how much I liked it"
    "Great Story!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was entirely caught up in the lives of the people of Pagford. I enjoyed their stories immensely and I was sad when it was over. How can anyone say it's boring? If you like Maeve Binchy, then this is the book for you, it has a similar way of placing you into the center of the lives being played out before you. The way that each person's actions, no matter how small, triggered the actions and reactions of all of the players was perfectly executed. I am glad I gave it a try, I hope she keeps it up in this vein of storytelling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rook: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Daniel O'Malley
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1885)
    Performance
    (1706)
    Story
    (1707)

    Myfanwy Thomas awakes in a London park surrounded by dead bodies. With her memory gone, her only hope of survival is to trust the instructions left in her pocket by her former self. She quickly learns that she is a Rook, a high-level operative in a secret agency that protects the world from supernatural threats. But there is a mole inside the organization - and this person wants her dead.

    Ethan M. says: "Harry Dresden meets English bureaucracy"
    "The reader ruins this"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I didn't enjoy the premise of the heroine informing herself through letters to her 'future self'. It felt overly contrived and hard to believe at best. The reader's cadence throughout really turned me off though. I only got through part 1, I couldn't take anymore. Her voice wasn't unpleasant, but her delivery was 'off', like each sentance was a juicy bit of gossip that she was telling to someone. Honestly, the story didn't grab be either. I gave it a good try, I like the genre, just not this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rotters

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Daniel Kraus
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (28)

    Grave-robbing. What kind of monster would do such a thing? It's true that Leonardo da Vinci did it, Shakespeare wrote about it, and the resurrection men of 19th-century Scotland practically made it an art. But none of this matters to Joey Crouch, a 16-year-old straight-A student living in Chicago with his single mom. For the most part, Joey's life is about playing the trumpet and avoiding the daily humiliations of high school. Everything changes when Joey's mother dies in a tragic accident and he is sent to rural Iowa to live with the father he has never known....

    Beth M. Provencher says: "Meh"
    "Meh"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I really wanted to like this story, I love a good dark tale, dead bodies and all that happy stuff. The beginning was great, but as the story dragged into the second half he lost me. I left off right after the whole scene with Baby and the french fries, I just couldn't finish it. I have over 200 titles in my library, this is the first time that I haven't been able make myself finish an audiobook.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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