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Carol

Elk City, OK, United States

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REVIEWS
9
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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • All Tomorrow's Parties

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By William Gibson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (69)

    Rydell is on his way back to near-future San Francisco. His job has him convinced that his career is going nowhere, but his friend Laney, phoning from Tokyo, says there's more interesting work for him in Northern California. And there is, although it will eventually involve his former girlfriend, a Taoist assassin, the secrets Laney has been hacking out of the depths of DatAmerica, the CEO of the PR firm that secretly runs the world and the apocalyptic technological transformation of, well, everything.

    Laura says: "Worth several listenings."
    "Intriguing, if . . ."
    Overall

    I love science fiction but it can be hard to find good abstract descriptions along with an engaging story. I have started this book several times and drifted away—sort of lost--looking for the plot. However, I’ll give it a good try. Many years ago I gave myself ‘permission’ to stop reading any book that I could not ‘engage' with. That does not mean that it might not appeal to someone else, or to me when I’m in a different mood. I am going to try "All Tomorrow’s Parties" again. I wanted to read more customer comments about it. I just reread one of my first downloads and this time I really ‘heard’ and enjoyed it.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Child Thief: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Dan Smith
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (121)

    A troubled World War I veteran races across the frozen steppe of 1930's Ukraine to save a child from a shadowy killer with unthinkable plans. Luka is a war veteran who now wants nothing more than to have a quiet life with his family. His village has, so far, remained hidden from the advancing Soviet brutality. But everything changes the day a stranger arrives, pulling a sled bearing a terrible cargo. In the chaos, a little girl has vanished, and Luka is the only man with the skills to find the stolen child and her kidnapper.

    David says: "Brilliant--both the writing and the narration"
    "I will never forget this book . . ."
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    Like many readers I enjoy a good thriller and I’ve listened to many genres—lots of bang and chase; government espionage and spy tales that seem to be from today’s world news Yet, I don’t understand why this book has not received many more reader reviews.* The Siberian setting is totally barren—but not the story. The main character, Lutka, becomes a man on a mission, struggling through the isolation of deep drifts and scattered stands of snow-heavy trees. The landscape is a character in and of itself. However, the story is never barren. I found myself forging through the snow and blood trails. I can’t describe the mystery without spoiling the story, but I can safely say that this is a non-stop thriller of the highest order and I can’t forget it.
    *I think that the problem might be the similarity between book titles—both promoted on Audible at the same time—“The Book Thief” and this book “The Child Thief”. I read both but consider Smith’s book to be literature!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Night of the Living Deed

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By E.J. Copperman
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (518)
    Performance
    (484)
    Story
    (483)

    Newly divorced Alison Kerby wants a second chance for herself and her nine-year-old daughter. She's returned to her hometown on the Jersey Shore to transform a Victorian fixer-upper into a charming-and profitable guest house. One small problem: the house is haunted, and the two ghosts insist Alison must find out who killed them.

    Zeny says: "So Happy I Found E.J. Copperman"
    "I almost read the title wrong . . ."
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    because I thought it was—‘Night of the Living Dead”. I would have missed a charming and chuckle-funny kind of light thriller about a struggling single mom and her teenage daughter. It’s got lots of sinister twists and turns. Thought I read it alone I can imagine my Mom and I listening to it on a car trip. Also, I didn’t find myself trapped in teen lit trash. She has a great *other* name for her not-great ex-husband. The writer is new to me but I liked her wry sense of humor and the narrator delivers her lines in perfect mode. I now see it is a series but this was a whole read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rich and the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille (editor)
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean, Sandra Burr, David Colacci, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (37)

    The rich are very different from you and me. Blessed by great wealth, they can get what they want, even what they shouldn’t have. Cursed by great wealth, they become the targets of others who will risk everything to become affluent. Nelson DeMille introduces twenty original tales by today’s most elite mystery writers who explore the life (and death) styles of the rich and infamous.

    Boyce says: "Short stories various authors"
    "Nelson DeMille only introduces these stories . . ."
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    and it seems to me that he only had a walk-on part. I expected exciting and fresh stories from good writers. To be fair—a few of them are—but otherwise they went in one ear and out the other. I’m not able now to even tell you which tales made a strong impression on me. The performances varied, but they were acceptable. Maybe I’ve seen too much junk media or read too many hot thrillers from DeMille. This left me with buyer’s remorse.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Timothy Egan
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (844)
    Performance
    (484)
    Story
    (486)

    In The Worst Hard Time, Timothy Egan put the environmental disaster of the Dust Bowl at the center of a rich history, told through characters he brought to indelible life. Now he performs the same alchemy with The Big Burn, the largest-ever forest fire in America, a tragedy that cemented Teddy Roosevelt's legacy.

    P. Bergh says: "A fascinating history of early Forest Service"
    "Beyond History 101 . . ."
    Overall
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    I enjoyed all the ways this book worked: the rage of an American west wildfire, a graphic description of fighting fire amidst the politics and technology of the times. I was grateful for the bits of personal and family drama that Egan wove into the story. Such touches make History come to life. The only reason that I didn’t give this book 5 stars across the board was that once in a while I felt that there were too many dreary political bits. Lapses like those long lectures we’ve all endured. I wanted much more on Teddy R’s adventures because there is no doubt that he was the ‘Big Burn’ of his time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wolf Hall

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Slater
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2035)
    Performance
    (1292)
    Story
    (1299)

    In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII's court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king's favor and ascend to the heights of political powerEngland in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years, and marry Anne Boleyn.

    S. Marie says: "A unique perspective of history"
    "Me three . . ."
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    I almost never give up and do not imagine myself so totally ignorant of Henry’s time and court. I felt that the author left the pivotal personality of Henry VIII almost out, which left me feeling that the myriad characters were operating in a vacuum. Like others I needed a print version to see who said or did what, so don’t play this for a friend who is new to audio. (Regarding the narrator: How many ways can one person pronounce Boleyn?) I seldom feel I’ve totally wasted my credit, but with four (4) restarts—while I listened all the way to the middle—is too much! I came, I tried, I quit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Barbara Demick
    • Narrated By Karen White
    Overall
    (1614)
    Performance
    (1025)
    Story
    (1031)

    Barbara Demick's Nothing to Envy follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years - a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung and the unchallenged rise to power of his son, Kim Jong-il, and the devastation of a far-ranging famine that killed one-fifth of the population. Taking us into a landscape never before seen, Demick brings to life what it means to be an average Korean citizen, living under the most repressive totalitarian regime today.

    Gohar says: "The man who wants to be GOD"
    "I told everyone I know . . ."
    Overall

    I read historical fiction, trying to bring to my mind’s eye what history studies left to wither on the vine. China, which was closed to me during my traveling life started my interest in such cultures. Perhaps it is a morbid fascination, but we do need a jolt of reality about Totalitarianism. North Korea is a country where they can tell citizens that the rest of the world is a cesspit and that they "have nothing to envy". Meanwhile people literally freeze, starve and die on the streets. This is a riveting story with no self-pity and no whining. The writer’s courage glows—and this book stays with you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Reliable Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Robert Goolrick
    • Narrated By Mark Feuerstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (930)
    Performance
    (317)
    Story
    (318)

    When a wealthy man first meets his mail-order bride in 1907, he realizes this statuesque beauty is anything but a "simple missionary's daughter." But he doesn't know of her devious plan to leave Wisconsin as a rich widow. Nor does she know of the furious demons he longs to unleash during the lonely months of snowbound isolation.

    Richard says: "Intriguing story but only average writing"
    "That’s the way people are . . ."
    Overall

    I thought that someone might mention this coincidence, but I don’t see it. First, I personally enjoyed—with some cringes—the language, mood and style of this story. Goolrick takes us to a winter in 1907 that’s so isolated and remote that we find it totally bizarre; unreal. This kind of isolation really existed or still exists. Look for a copy of "Wisconsin Death Trip". It samples a collection of old glass photo plates found in a very old home. The real descriptions are gone--lost to time. They are simply combined with excerpts from the county newspaper. The clippings are real incidents like the stories in this book. That book was real--because, as Ralph keeps saying, "That’s just the way people are. . ." That book gave me a chill and now, through fiction, I know the rest of the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Between Two Worlds: Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Zainab Salbi, Laurie Becklund
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    Zainab Salbi was 11-years-old when her father was chosen to serve as Saddam Hussein's personal pilot, her family often forced to spend weekends with Saddam where he watched their every move. As a palace insider, Zainab offers a singular glimpse of what it is like to come of age under a dictator and provides an intimate portrait of the man she was taught to call "uncle". She watched as Saddam pitted friends, spouses, and even children against each other to compete for his approval.

    Ella says: "An excellent history lesson"
    "Near true evil . . ."
    Overall

    This is as close as most of us may ever come to understanding Saddam Hussain, and the culture that bred him. Told in first person it has a strong mother-daughter theme that shows how similar we are to women of the East; yet how disparate. From her childhood to her 20s; it is heart-wrenching and enlightening. Like Hitler, Hussain was an evil despot. In simply telling her life story, she reveals 'Uncle' and those trapped close to him.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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