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Thomas

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  • Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jenny Lawson
    • Narrated By Jenny Lawson
    Overall
    (1967)
    Performance
    (1799)
    Story
    (1813)

    For fans of Tina Fey and David Sedaris - Internet star Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, makes her literary debut. Jenny Lawson realized that the most mortifying moments of our lives - the ones we'd like to pretend never happened - are in fact the ones that define us. In Let's Pretend This Never Happened, Lawson takes readers on a hilarious journey recalling her bizarre upbringing in rural Texas, her devastatingly awkward high school years, and her relationship with her long-suffering husband, Victor.

    D. S. Smith says: "How the Bloggess almost made me crash my car!"
    "Jenny was raised in the Sedaris house !"
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    Would you listen to Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) again? Why?

    Absolutely. There are more misadventures here than one can absorb in a first trip through this "mostly true" memoir.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The taxidermist lends a lot of credibility to the story. You can't make this stuff up.


    Which character – as performed by Jenny Lawson – was your favorite?

    Jenny


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

    You're not going to believe this but ...


    Any additional comments?

    Great fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Intern's Handbook: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Shane Kuhn
    • Narrated By Pete Simonelli
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (127)

    John Lago is a very bad guy. But he’s the very best at what he does. And what he does is infiltrate top-level companies and assassinate crooked executives while disguised as an intern. Interns are invisible. That’s the secret behind HR, Inc., the elite “placement agency” that doubles as a network of assassins for hire who take down high-profile targets that wouldn’t be able to remember an intern’s name if their lives depended on it.

    Douglas says: "started with great expectations, but a huge bust"
    "Everyman working for the domestic Anti-CIA"
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    Where does The Intern's Handbook rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a fun book to listen to on the treadmill or elliptical at the gym. It totally takes one away from the everyday life and sets up interesting and insightful conflicts. If you do not like lawyers it is high on the list of good reads. If you are one, well thats a different story. Good story and pace, not Shakespeare.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The family line in the story gives it some heart.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There is a Ninja like scene in the later third of the book that is Rom -Com plausible and risky at the same time.


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

    Not a moving book, pure fantasy.


    Any additional comments?

    Fun summer or workout read, definitely worth the price.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angel: Maximum Ride, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Rebecca Soler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (107)

    In the seventh book in the best-selling series, evil scientists are still trying to convince Max that she needs to save the world, this time by providing the genetic link in speeding up the pace of evolution. Worse, they're trying to convince her that her perfect mate is Dylan, the newest addition to the flock. The problem is that, despite herself, Max is starting to believe it.

    K. A. Monson says: "It is what it is."
    "You will love the series if you are tween girl"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I had no idea from promotional material that this was a teen girl novel.
    Unfamiliar with the writer I decided to try the book rather than the series.
    The writing is far to simple and the plot lines far too predictable for adult tastes.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Anything else, probably Heart of Darkness to shake off the simple sugar of this book.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Rebecca Soler?

    Possibly


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Angel?

    All of them.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an unfinished book I will definitely return.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Keeper of Lost Causes: Department Q, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1623)
    Performance
    (1407)
    Story
    (1406)

    Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award-also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo. Now, Dutton is thrilled to introduce him to America.

    Ted says: "Dark, Cold, and Danish"
    "An engaging listen"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The engaging lead characters take you through obstacles we all face in every day
    life at the office to solve a very complex cold case mystery.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Assad is the classic foil to Karl's determined and calculating police work.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Near the end of the book, Assad shows his true colors in a few flashes of brilliance.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Hard to stop listening to this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sanibel Flats: Doc Ford #1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Randy White
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (389)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (196)

    Its cool gulf breezes lured him from a life of danger. Its dark undercurrents threatened to destroy him. After 10 years of living life on the edge, it was hard for Doc Ford to get that addiction to danger out of his system. But spending each day watching the sun melt into Dinkins Bay and the moon rise over the mangrove trees, cooking dinner for his beautiful neighbor, and dispensing advice to the locals over a cold beer lulled him into letting his guard down.

    ShySusan says: "Author seems to have a sexual double standard."
    "This was my first Doc Ford, now I need the series"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Sanibel Flats to be better than the print version?

    The action seems to move fluidly with this narrator.


    What did you like best about this story?

    He is a troubled character who always seems to do the right thing, even if it is not in his best interest.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene with the porcupine fish was very inventive. I had just seen two of these the previous day to hearing the episode.


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

    No. the book is not moving in that way, it is more male like.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was so good that I want to listen to the entire series.
    Hopefully the narration remains consistent .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tiger Shrimp Tango: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Tim Dorsey
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (112)

    All just another day in Serge Storms' sun-splashed paradise! Thanks to the growth of the Internet, America finds itself plagued by a noxious epidemic of ruthless scam artists. Where do they all come from? If you guessed 110 percent of them are spawned in Florida, you win the cigar.…When a new digital scheme goes horribly awry - causing innocents to die and a young woman to go missing - only one person can set things right: obsessive Florida trivia buff and reluctant serial killer Serge Storms.

    Thomas says: "This isn't Shakespeare, except for his comedies."
    "This isn't Shakespeare, except for his comedies."
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Tiger Shrimp Tango to be better than the print version?

    Yes the narrator adds a lot to the story


    What did you like best about this story?

    Once one gets used to Serge Storm's character from other books, this one moves fast and in very unpredictable ways . (Just like Serge).


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any of the scenes involving Serge's "experiments" and his potential escapes.


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

    To laughter, yes, emotionally -- its not one of those touchy feely books.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a GREAT book to listen to while on a caribbean beach with wind and water and fresh warm air.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Wolf: Bodenstein & Kirchhoff, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Nele Neuhaus
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (118)

    On a hot June day the body of a 16-year-old girl washes up on a river bank outside of Frankfurt. She has been brutally murdered, but no one comes forward with any information as to her identity. Even weeks later, the local police have not been able to identify her. Then a new case comes in: a popular television reporter is attacked, raped, and locked in the trunk of her own car. She survives - barely - and is able to supply certain hints to the police having to do with her recent investigations into a child welfare organization and the potential uncovering of a child pornography ring with members from the highest echelon of society.

    Melinda says: "A Grim Tale"
    "Very slow for the genre"
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    Would you try another book from Nele Neuhaus and/or Robert Fass?

    No. More like Pride and Prejudice than justice and Jo Nesbo.


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

    n/a


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Yes. Unusual voices for the characters


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Bad Wolf?

    Most of the slow scenes describing ineffective characters at parties.


    Any additional comments?

    Won't get fooled again

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Threat Vector

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3691)
    Performance
    (3232)
    Story
    (3248)

    Jack Ryan has only just moved back into the Oval Office when he is faced with a new international threat. An aborted coup in the People's Republic of China has left President Wei Zhen Lin with no choice but to agree with the expansionist policies of General Su Ke Quiang. They have declared the South China Sea a protectorate and are planning an invasion of Taiwan. The Ryan administration is determined to thwart China’s ambitions, but the stakes are dangerously high as a new breed of powerful Chinese anti-ship missiles endanger the US Navy's plans to protect the island.

    Jean says: "Spies and a counter espionage"
    "A Real Page Turner"
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    Where does Threat Vector rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Fast Action and intrigue from Jack Ryan . True to life story and execution of the plot add to the readability.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jack is everyman who falls into difficult situations and uses everything at his disposal to rectify matters.


    Have you listened to any of Lou Diamond Phillips’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Good reading.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Makes one wonder if the Super Bowl Lights Out episode was more than a simple power outage.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Coyote Blue

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By James Jenner
    Overall
    (750)
    Performance
    (308)
    Story
    (312)

    With New York Times best-sellers like Bloodsucking Fiends to his credit, Christopher Moore has developed a devoted cult following. Coyote Blue introduces Samuel Hunter, a young man who's running from his past while being tormented by an ancient Crow God with a talent for mischief.

    Mari says: "You Can't Go Wrong with Moore"
    "An escapist romp."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Coyote Blue to be better than the print version?

    There is nothing more fun than a beach, free time, loss of ambition, imbibition , and a Christopher Moore tome. It is so hard to hold one's neck and arm up (old sports injury) and read a great work of literature in the blazing sun, so I plug in my ear buds and listen to that great fellow


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The coyote gets to do anything he wants, and I mean ANYTHING. Don't we all want that, plus the supernatural powers. What a combo.


    What about James Jenner’s performance did you like?

    He took the work right out of my rotator cuff arm while recovering.


    Any additional comments?

    First read and given to friends in book form, with type on paper, it is still a great

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hell: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Robert Olen Butler
    • Narrated By Robert Olen Butler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Hatcher McCord is an evening news presenter who has found himself in Hell and is struggling to explain his bad fortune. He's not the only one to suffer this fate - in fact, hes surrounded by an outrageous cast of characters, including Humphrey Bogart, William Shakespeare, and almost all of the popes and most of the U.S. presidents. The question may be not who is in Hell but who isn't.

    Thomas says: "What a piece of literary genius."
    "What a piece of literary genius."
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    What did you love best about Hell?

    Not only do we see an update of Dante here, we get to meet the denizens up close and personal. To paraphrase Walt Kelly


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hell?

    The part I tell everyone about is the visit to Satan's hunting lodge. To say any more would suck the fun right out of the experience.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Who can pass up a succubus ?


    If you could rename Hell, what would you call it?

    Thank You for Burning.


    Any additional comments?

    A must read for all who believe in hell, and a must read for all who don't. If you think you are going to heaven, you have another think coming.
    I would love to see the movie, but I am sure only HBO could put this together.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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