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Charlottesville, VA, USA

  • 18 reviews
  • 43 ratings
  • 758 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2015

  • A Life of Crime

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Darlien C. Breeze
    • Narrated By Beth Richmond
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    Straight arrow lawman Josh Cummings retrieves over a million dollars from a snow filled gorge…and keeps it. As he relates his most interesting cases from 50-plus years in law enforcement to two young reporters, Steve Simon and George Smitts, he conveniently leaves this part out. Each chapter is a complete story running the gamut from dark comedy to crime thriller.

    Daniel says: "Not what I expected."
    "Not what I expected."

    Unlike Tana French or Louise Penny, this author does not capture males at all. I knew I was in trouble when I heard one guy describing another guy as "ruggedly handsome." Ummmm...not even close.

    Sadly, it was made even worse by the narration, which was soap opera level overwrought and trapped in the all to well known problem of the female narrator trying to capture guys by talking slow and deep, and ending up making them sound stupid.

    With over 800 audiobook listens, I do not think I have found a more disappointing download. The best I can compare it to is a James Patterson book read by an overacting female Jim Carrey.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Rule against Murder: A Three Pines Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When wealthy, cultured Irene Finney and her four grown-up children arrive at the Manoir Bellechasse in the heat of summer for a memorial for her late husband, the staff springs into action. But as a heat wave gathers strength, old secrets and bitter rivalries begin to surface. And the morning after the ceremony, a body is found. The family now has another member to mourn.

    Sara says: "A Summer Mystery"
    "PD James comes to Canada?"

    A great listen. Ms. Penny continues to capture the "male voice" as well as any female author, while providing a great view into another culture that is still North American.VERY interesting. I want to go to Quebec! Characters a fully fleshed out and the mystery itself, while somewhat straining credibility, is really almost secondary to the characters and their relationships.
    I strongly urge you to start at the beginning of this series. The characters will become old friends.

    If PD James where to put something together in Canada this is what you might get.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Fragile Beasts: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Tawni O'Dell
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer, Laural Merlington
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    When their hard-drinking but loving father dies in a car accident, teenage brothers Kyle and Klint Hayes face a bleak prospect: leaving their Pennsylvania hometown for an uncertain life in Arizona with the mother who ran out on them years ago. But in a strange twist of fate, their town's matriarch, an eccentric, wealthy old woman whose family once owned the county coal mines, hears the boys' story and takes them in.

    bette says: "Tawni O'Dell Fan"
    "Both character driven and plot driven."

    The first little bit of the listen seems off, until you get into the story. A great listen that will be good for those who like simpler easy reads (Grisham etc) and those who like a little more "meat" in their books (Richard Russo).

    Both narrators are top notch.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By R. J. Ellory
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
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    Twenty years ago, John Costello and his girlfriend, Nadia, became victims of the deranged “Hammer of God”, a serial killer who went after young courting couples in an attempt to “save their souls”. Nadia was killed by the first blow of the hammer. John survived but was physically and psychologically scarred to an extent that few people could comprehend. He withdrew from society and hid in his apartment and emerges now only to work as a crime researcher for a major newspaper.

    Daniel says: "Different from "Angels," but great."
    "Different from "Angels," but great."

    Ellory captures his characters wonderfully, with essential nuances while still putting together a great plot. This book is not as elegantly written as "Angels," but it is a different type of book. More murder mystery and in a shorter time period.

    Think James Lee Burke meeting Ian Rankin somewhere in New York City.

    Great narration. Nicely paced and captures the mood of the novel and the characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Crossing to Safety

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Wallace Stegner
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
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    One of the finest American authors of the 20th century, Wallace Stegner compiled an impressive collection of accolades during his lifetime, including a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, a National Book Award, and three O. Henry Awards. His final novel, Crossing to Safety is the quiet yet stirring tale of two couples that meet during the Great Depression and form a lifelong bond.

    Rebecca says: "Amazing Stegner and his beautiful last book"
    "Love the book"

    Lush and beautifully written, this story covers many years of two couples. If you like Richard Fords stuff, or Russo, then you will be very happy with this book.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Through Black Spruce

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Joseph Boyden
    • Narrated By James Jenner
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    Joseph Boyden's first novel, Three Day Road, was a Today Show Book Club selection. Through Black Spruce is the exceptional follow-up to his acclaimed debut. Cree bush pilot Will Bird lies comatose in a hospital, while his wayward niece Annie arrives to sit in silent vigil by his side. Slowly their stories reveal two people previously separated by great distances, beaten and broken, and searching for some sense of where they belong in the world.

    Ruth says: "A pleasure to listen to"
    "Great Listen"

    A slow start to this listen had me close to moving on to another book. I am glad to stick it out as the book slowly grabbed and held me more and more the longer I listened.

    Two great narrators, and a great blend of characters and plot that leaves you guessing what will happen. I connected with many of the characters.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Lay of the Land: Frank Bascombe, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Richard Ford
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
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    With The Sportswriter, in 1986, Richard Ford commenced a cycle of novels that, 10 years later, after Independence Day won both the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award, was hailed by The Times of London as "an extraordinary epic [that] is nothing less than the story of the 20th century itself." Now, a decade later, Frank Bascombe returns, with a new lease on life (and real estate), and more acutely in thrall to life's endless complexities than ever before.

    Daniel says: "Richard Ford, get out of my mind!"
    "I loved it, but realize what your getting."

    If you like Richard Russo style musings of a story that tends to slowly unveil through the eyes of a middle age male (of which I am...) then this is a great book. I loved it and was not happy when, at first, this was the only Audible Richard Ford book.

    My daughter is all about Jodi Picoult and the new Twilight books. Clearly they meet her needs as a teenage reader, although I find them overwritten, melodramatic tripe.

    And this is my point: This book met me where i was at, and is a great read for those looking to see how a big segment of middle age white guy thinks and sees much of the world. I suppose for many, this would seem silly...but I loved the writing and the narration was great.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Killing Frost

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By R. D. Wingfield
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne

    The discovery of two teenage girls' bodies and a video of a snuff movie showing the death of one of the victims leaves Detective Inspector Jack Frost in a race against time before the killer can strike again.

    Loreen says: "This is a favorite"
    "Tops of the list..."

    For those who like a fully fleshed out set of characters, narration, multiple layers of action, drama/mystery/crime you are set. It like PD James has an affair with Ian Rankin who collaborated with Adrian Mckinty and was proofread by James Lee Burke.

    Top 5 out of the over 500 audiobooks I have listen too.


    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Uncharted

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Angela Hunt
    • Narrated By Alma Cuervo

    Every year for two decades, David Payne invites his five closest college friends to travel with him on a weeklong humanitarian mission. And each year, they are too busy. This year, however, when David's funeral reunites them, they decide to fulfill his mission to a far-flung Pacific island. But something unplanned and mind-boggling occurs.

    Ienjoyreading says: "A Movie"
    "A soap opera."

    A soap opera with unattractive characters that were more caricatures than unique. The writing banged me over the head rather than treating me as someone with imagination. The "inner voices" of the characters came off as simplistic and naive.

    The narration was overwrought.

    Obviously some like this type of book, but for myself, who loves Richard Russo, James Lee Burke or TC Boyle I was left feeling like I watched a soap opera rather than a good movie.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • On the Wrong Track

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Steve Hockensmith
    • Narrated By William Dufris

    Gustav "Old Red" Amlingmeyer is an old-fashioned kind of guy: He prefers a long trail ride even when a train ticket can get him where he's going in one-tenth the time. So when it's Old Red who insists on guarding the Pacific Axpress, despite a generations-old family distrust of the farm stealin', cattle-killin', money-grubbing' railroads, Big Red is flummoxed. But as usual, he'll follow his ornery brother just about anywhere.

    Onora says: "Excellent!!!!"
    "Good book with a bit off narration"

    I enjoyed the characters, plot, twists and detials in the book, but found myself often distracted by the narration, which smacked of cartoonish qualities and undigestable speech for characters.

    For example, Big Red is a large, strong man more than willing to mix it up with several bad guys at a time, yet his "voice" is squeaky, excited and over exaggerated. Its like a Clint Eastwood guy talking with an Urkel accent.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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