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Anita

Riegelsville, PA, United States

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  • Room: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Emma Donoghue
    • Narrated By Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and others
    Overall
    (4366)
    Performance
    (1848)
    Story
    (1838)

    To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, but what she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

    Kathleen says: "A truly memorable read"
    "Must be me..."
    Overall

    I tried, but I couldn't like this book. Might have been better to read it. Relentlessly precocious childlike voices annoy me. It's an unusual story, hence two credits, but I was so aware of the adult logic and sophistication behind the cuteness of Jacks narration, that it felt hopelessly mawkish to me.
    Normally I wouldn't comment if I didn't like the book, but reviews often drive my selection, and if you don't like movies with wise little kids speaking quasi-adult dialog,give it a pass.

    48 of 51 people found this review helpful
  • A Serpent's Tooth: A Walt Longmire Mystery, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1167)
    Performance
    (1044)
    Story
    (1042)

    In this ninth installment in the award-winning and New York Times best-selling Walt Longmire mystery series, the Wyoming sheriff follows his cowboy code of ethics in a religious range war that strikes a little too close to home.

    Dave says: "Craig Johnson's best!"
    "Superb storytelling"
    Overall
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    I can't add much to all of the reviews here, except to say a heartfelt thank you to Mr. Johnson and Mr. Guidall for a truly enjoyable experience. I've read many of the Walt Longmire mysteries and have enjoyed them all, but this one was somehow darn near perfect in my opinion.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Gargoyle

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Andrew Davidson
    • Narrated By Lincoln Hoppe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (111)

    An extraordinary debut novel of love that survives the fires of hell and transcends the boundaries of time. The narrator of The Gargoyle is a very contemporary cynic, physically beautiful and sexually adept, who dwells in the moral vacuum that is modern life. As the book opens, he is driving along a dark road when he is distracted by what seems to be a flight of arrows.

    Rodney says: "The Gargoyle"
    "Engrossing, Unusual, and well written"
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    This was a "wild card" download for me. The title has been languishing in my wish list for some time and the premise looked interesting. I found the story,( which is really a collection of stories woven together), fascinating and frequently very moving. I appreciated the different messages- of tolerance, redemption, human fraility, loyalty, forgiveness but the deeper themes don't detract from an all around good read. If you are looking for something completely different, here's your book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • State of Wonder: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3965)
    Performance
    (2825)
    Story
    (2819)

    Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past.

    F. B. Herron says: "Do yourself a favor and listen to this book!"
    "Aww, Really?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was flowing along, listening to the story, the jungle, the "mission". The narration was fine. The set up looked promising... Slow, but promising. Then, well, somebody might have snacked on the mushrooms! This just got silly I tried to stay connected with the story and the author. Searching for the "Wonder", I found not much more than: "Huh"?
    I don't regret listening to this. I do wish I had that credit back though.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Rock Candy Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Wallace Stegner
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (527)
    Performance
    (313)
    Story
    (307)

    Bo Mason, his wife, and his two boys live a transient life of poverty and despair. Drifting from town to town and from state to state, the violent, ruthless Bo seeks his fortune in the hotel business, in new farmland, and, eventually, in illegal rum-running throughout the treacherous back roads of the American Northwest.

    Heimo says: "deeply moving rollercoaster ride"
    "Big Rock Family Saga"
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    I enjoyed this book a lot. For some reson it reminded me of The Great Santini, which I read years ago and loved. I found the precarious balance between the mother and father facinating and all too common. However, It was easy to care about all these people. The story provided an interesting view of another time , and kept me engaged and entertaind for, um, how many hours was that?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nemesis

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Thor Knai
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (493)
    Performance
    (345)
    Story
    (335)

    Captured on closed-circuit television: A man walks into an Oslo bank, puts a gun to a cashier’s head, and tells her to count to 25. When he doesn’t get his money fast enough, he pulls the trigger. The young woman dies—and two million Norwegian kroner disappear without a trace.

    Janet says: "Great writer! WORST narrator in all of Audible!"
    "hyperbolic criticism?"
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    I'm a Nesbo fan. Have been from the first. I also think Robin Sachs is a great narrator. I am often guided by my fellow listener's reviews, and therefore didn't download Nemesis after reading...."tragic" "worst narrator in all of audible" and a number of equally heated condemnations of Thor Knai"s efforts for many months.
    But now, having listened to it, I wonder if these reviews were written by Mr. Sach's kids? Whatever happened to "I prefer Mr. Sach's narration, but Mr. Knai is good also"? I suspect that Knai may have pronounced the unfamiliar words more accurately. But I could deal with that.
    I loved the book. The story rules, as always, Mr. Nesbo. You are inventive, suprising and a heck of a lot of fun to listen to.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Victims: An Alex Delaware Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated By John Rubinstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (629)
    Performance
    (494)
    Story
    (501)

    Unraveling the madness behind L.A.’s most baffling and brutal homicides is what sleuthing psychologist Alex Delaware does best. And putting the good doctor through his thrilling paces is what mystery fiction’s #1 bestselling master of psychological suspense Jonathan Kellerman does with incomparable brilliance. Kellerman’s universally acclaimed novels blend the addictive rhythms of the classic police procedural with chilling glimpses into the darkest depths of the human condition. For the compelling proof, look no further than Victims....

    Jennifer says: "ALEX DELAWARE IS BACK & IN FINE FORM!!!!!"
    "lackluster"
    Overall
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    I honestly don't know if I'm just tired of him, or if he's tired of us. I've read nearly all of the AD stories, usually enjoyed them, but Victims seemed unfocused and predictable to me. Rich woman calls about kitty up a tree? Come on! I like these characters but would like them to "grow" a little. Robyn keeps cutting the same piece of Rosewood, Milo eats junk food....I didn't understand the apparent shame at the ending either. Why not gratitude? Guess I'll take a break for a while.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (16033)
    Performance
    (14191)
    Story
    (14138)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Once again, King brings it."
    Overall
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    Mr. King is a true story teller. I have read or listened to nearly all, if not all of his books and feel a kind of personal gratitude to him for many hours of enjoyment. Craig Wasson does a great job. All in all, another seamless, fascinating, exciting gift from the King.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Feast Day of Fools: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1073)
    Performance
    (887)
    Story
    (873)

    Celebrated crime master and two-time Edgar Award winner James Lee Burke returns with a gorgeously crafted, brutally resonant chronicle of violence along the Texas-Mexico border. Sheriff Hackberry Holland patrols a small Southwest Texas border town, meting out punishment and delivering justice in his small square of this magnificent but lawless land. When an alcoholic ex-boxer named Danny Boy Lorca begs to be locked up after witnessing a man tortured to death by a group of bandits, Hack and his deputy, Pam Tibbs, slowly extract the Indian man’s gruesome tale.

    Melinda says: "Shoot Out at the More-Than-OK Corral"
    "Burke and Patton? Yes, and thank you"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    No fair! 2 days before credits, and you release the new JLB. King of the simile, a writer so good you can smell the bait on the dock and feel the heat of the sand through the soles of your shoes. Mr. Burke is a true master, and Mr. Patton is perfect every time.
    I resisted the impulse to buy it (without credits) for about 3 seconds.
    In short, you had me at James Lee Burke.

    21 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • The Snowman

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1885)
    Performance
    (1245)
    Story
    (1247)

    Oslo in November. The first snow of the season has fallen. A boy named Jonas wakes in the night to find his mother gone. Out his window, in the cold moonlight, he sees the snowman that inexplicably appeared in the yard earlier in the day. Around its neck is his mother’s pink scarf. Hole suspects a link between a menacing letter he’s received and the disappearance of Jonas’s mother - and of perhaps a dozen other women, all of whom went missing on the day of a first snowfall. As his investigation deepens, something else emerges: he is becoming a pawn....

    Anita says: "many layered thriller"
    "many layered thriller"
    Overall

    Excellent story telling. Great narration. I love Michael Connelly's books, and his reccomendation of this author contributed to my decision to buy The Snowman. The story is complicated - full of twists and unexpected turns. Characters have a lot of depth. I'll listen to more Jo Nesbo.

    36 of 37 people found this review helpful
  • A Town Like Alice

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Robin Bailey
    Overall
    (788)
    Performance
    (318)
    Story
    (316)

    Wanting to repay a wartime debt to the Malays, Jean Paget returns. There she hears a story which leads her to Australia.

    Laurie says: "great story!"
    "delightful"
    Overall

    Good story, told well. I appreciate the other reviews, because I might never have bought this without them.
    No axes to grind, no hidden agendas, clean and well written. Thanks.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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