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Bonnie

bjreimann

SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA, United States | Member Since 2000

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  • 10 reviews
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  • A Grave Denied: A Kate Shugak Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (55)

    Everyone knew Len Dreyer, a handyman for hire in the Park near Niniltna, Alaska, but no one knew anything else about him. Even Kate Shugak, who was planning to ask him to help build a small second cabin on her property, knew him. But she, the Park's unofficial P.I., seems to have known less about him than anyone.

    Bonnie says: "Each book in the series seems to get better!"
    "Each book in the series seems to get better!"
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    I think I'm addicted to this series and only have 2 books per month on my subscription! The author seems to know just how much to give and how much to hold back to hook you on the next book. Good suspense regarding the story line as well as the character relationships!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Letter from Your Lover: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (195)

    A sophisticated, pause-resistant double love story spanning 40 years - an unforgettable Brief Encounter for our times. It is 1960. When Jennifer Stirling wakes up in the hospital, she can remember nothing - not the tragic car accident, not her husband, not even who she is. She feels like a stranger in her own life until she stumbles upon an impassioned letter, signed simply "B", asking her to leave her husband. Years later, a journalist named Ellie discovers the same enigmatic letter in a forgotten file in her newspaper's archives....

    Corinne says: "Wonderful book!"
    "Loved the story; loved the narrator!"
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    Classic love story - well read - great listen! Just as good as "Me Than You" - different, but just as well written and read. Thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Summer in Sonoma

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Kate Turnbull
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (259)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (190)

    A RITA Award winner, New York Times best-selling author Robyn Carr has garnered popular acclaim for her contemporary romances. Set in beautiful Northern California, A Summer in Sonoma follows the trials of four women who’ve been friends since seventh grade. As they teeter on the brink of 30, they learn that life can change in an instant—and having old friends to lean on may never be more important.

    susan says: "summer in sonoma"
    "Decent - not Virgin River - disliked narrator"
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    Overall, I enjoyed the story - at times I found it redundant - things were repeated unnecessarily. It's definitely not up there with Virgin River as far as I'm concerned. I had a tough time with the narrator - I never became immersed in the story because I felt she was just reading (rather than performing) most of the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Come Again: A Kate Shugak Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (64)

    Kate, a former investigator for the Anchorage D.A. and now a P.I. for hire, is missing after a winter spent in mourning. Alaska State Trooper Jim Chopin, Kate's best friend, needs her to help him work a new case. He discovers her hiding out in Bering, a small fishing village on Alaska's western coast, living and working under an assumed name, working hard, as 18-hour workdays seem to be her only justification for getting up in the morning.

    Bonnie says: "Another great Shugak novel!"
    "Another great Shugak novel!"
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    Any additional comments?

    There are a few books missing on audible between this one and the 2nd but I felt like the listener was brought up to speed well enough to figure out what happened to Kate during the gap. I got a bit lost with the Russian story line at times, but, overall, enjoyed this book. I actually really liked the twist between Kate and Jim and thought it added to the story!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Fatal Thaw

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (179)

    On her homestead in the middle of twenty million acres of national Park, Aleut P.I. Kate Shugak is caught up in spring cleaning, unaware that just miles away another Park rat is planning a massacre. When the sound of gunfire finally dies away, nine of his neighbors lie dead in the snow.But did he kill all nine, or only eight? The ninth victim was killed with a different weapon. It’s up to Kate and her husky-wolf sidekick Mutt to untangle the life of the dead blonde with the tarnished past and find her killer.

    Tracey says: "On Audible at Last!!!"
    "Another great mystery to the series!"
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    Any additional comments?

    I'm really starting to like the characters - great, easy listens while driving to and from work! Would recommend this series!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Cheryl Strayed
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2580)
    Performance
    (2249)
    Story
    (2247)

    At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

    Melinda says: "Amazing Undertaking--Good Book"
    "Didn't care for this book - wasn't able to finish"
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    I thought this would be one of my favorite books and I really wanted to like it - it had everything - outdoors, hiking, female lead character, etc. So why couldn't I finish it? First of all, there were a couple of instances where I thought my iPhone fast forwarded on its own - she was hiking the trail and all of a sudden it was several days later - I had no idea what happened in between when she started and felt like I had missed something. Then there was what I felt was a flippant reference to an abortion, however, I figured her decisions and struggles might be reconciled on the trail and the story would get back to that later (near the end). I was still "struggling" through until a scene involving a horse - I turned it off and never went back. Disappointing.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Woodcutter

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Reginald Hill
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1014)
    Performance
    (721)
    Story
    (717)

    Wolf Hadda's life was a fairytale - successful businessman and adored husband. But a knock on the door one morning ends it all. Universally reviled, thrown into prison, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later Wolf begins to talk to the prison psychiatrist and receives parole to return home. But there's a mysterious period in Wolf's past when he was known as the Woodcutter. Now the Woodcutter is back, looking for truth and revenge...

    Diana says: "One of my favorite Reginald Hill books!"
    "Well written, great read!"
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    Would you listen to The Woodcutter again? Why?

    yes, I found it that good


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters


    Any additional comments?

    This was an unexpected surprise for me and I loved the book - would highly recommend!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Christopher McDougall
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4345)
    Performance
    (2136)
    Story
    (2169)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Want to join the “superhumans”? Luckily you don’t have to run to catch up with them, thanks to McDougall’s and Sanders’ inspiring (and motivating) journey through history, science, physiology, health, entertaining characters and unlikely friendships. Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure.

    Corey says: "Amazing read - even for non-runners"
    "Life changing book!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen the most enjoyable?

    The stories about the people


    What did you like best about this story?

    The stories about the people and what changed them.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ending


    Any additional comments?

    I really feel this book can be life changing, not only as a runner, but in the ways one approaches life. There were a few parts that I felt were tedious and boring (some of the scientific parts regarding hunting antelopes), and I prefer stories about people, but my husband really enjoyed some of the scientific parts so there's something for everyone! I find myself eating better and trying to make a move towards minimalistic running.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Cold Day for Murder: A Kate Shugak Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (186)

    Eighteen months ago, Aleut Kate Shugak quit her job investigating sex crimes for the Anchorage DA’s office and retreated to her father’s homestead in a national park in the interior of Alaska. But the world has a way of beating a path to her door, however remote. In the middle of one of the bitterest Decembers in recent memory ex-boss — and ex-lover — Jack Morgan shows up with an FBI agent in tow.

    Tracey says: "You never go wrong with a Stabenow novel"
    "Enjoyed this mystery!"
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kate - she's independent and loves the outdoors, yet has needs like everyone else


    Any additional comments?

    I liked this book because I really grew to like Kate and I loved hearing about Alaska and the people and the customs - hearing in entertaining ways that were woven into the story. I ended and bought the 2nd in the series so that says something!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Stolen Life: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jaycee Dugard
    • Narrated By Jaycee Dugard
    Overall
    (1294)
    Performance
    (951)
    Story
    (949)

    "In the summer of 1991 I was a normal kid. I did normal things. I had friends and a mother who loved me. I was just like you. Until the day my life was stolen. For eighteen years I was a prisoner. I was an object for someone to use and abuse. For eighteen years I was not allowed to speak my own name. I became a mother and was forced to be a sister. For eighteen years I survived an impossible situation. On August 26, 2009, I took my name back. My name is Jaycee Lee Dugard. I dont think of myself as a victim. I survived...."

    Daniel says: "Terrific"
    "Book powerful, narration not so much"
    Overall

    I'm reluctant to criticize at all for fear of being beat up by other reviewers who seem to think any negative criticism is criticism against Jaycee herself - but here goes: I almost stopped listening on numerous occasions - her story is incredible on so many levels and I applaud Jaycee for writing it and for sharing her story. I kept reminding myself that if she could endure so many years of what she went through, I could withstand listening to it - it's tough to hear what she had to endure! I also find myself a little more aware and so many of us take for granted our safety in our cars or bedrooms as we're listening to this story - sadly, there are other young children with similar or worse fates than Jaycee. The criticism I have, and it's a strong one, is that I found the narration horrible and distracting from the story - I would highly recommend reading this book instead of listening to it.

    22 of 23 people found this review helpful

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