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Michele

Fresno, CA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Roses: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Leila Meacham
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (51)

    Spanning the 20th century, the story of Roses takes place in a small East Texas town against the backdrop of the powerful timber and cotton industries, industries controlled by the scions of the town's founding families. Cotton tycoon Mary Toliver and timber magnate Percy Warwick should have married but unwisely did not, and now must deal with the deceit, secrets, and tragedies of their choice.

    Laurie says: "Stinkweed"
    "These Roses Have Aphids"
    Overall

    This book is awful. Maybe Coleen Marlo is a good narrator and she got an awful product to narrate, but her southern drawl of men and the women, is grating...but then so is the dialogue. Unless you want a predictable droning story of Texas cotton and rich folk, avoid this book. This is one I'll delete from my iPod without finishing.

    1 of 2 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
    (3974)
    Performance
    (2834)
    Story
    (2828)

    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!"
    "Poor story; poor reader"
    Overall

    First, listening to this is like having a voice mail machine or Kindle voice read it to you....flat, dull and boring.

    Then, the book is so absurd, and boring that I have given up and gone to something else for fear I'll have road rage listening and driving at the same time.

    Fortunately this is a "cyber" book or I'd throw it out the car window...but then my iPod would be gone. It really doesn't rate one star but there are no half stars

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Island Beneath the Sea: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Isabel Allende
    • Narrated By S. Epatha Merkerson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (548)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (203)

    Born a slave on the island of Saint-Domingue, Zarit - known as Tt - is the daughter of an African mother she never knew and one of the white sailors who brought her into bondage. Though her childhood is one of brutality and fear, Tt finds solace in the traditional rhythms of African drums and in the voodoo loas she discovers through her fellow slaves.

    Madelaine says: "good story, ok narration"
    "Don't Overlook This Book"
    Overall

    My favorite listen of the summer. It makes you start to understand why Haiti is the doormat of the world and hard to embrace...why they are what they are now in total impoverishment.

    I love historical novels as it is a great way to get the history down. And this book does not disappoint.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Innocent

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Scott Turow
    • Narrated By Edward Hermann, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1413)
    Performance
    (408)
    Story
    (408)

    The sequel to the genre-defining, landmark best seller Presumed Innocent, Innocent continues the story of Rusty Sabich and Tommy Molto who are, once again, 20 years later, pitted against each other in a riveting psychological match after the mysterious death of Rusty's wife.

    Suzn F says: "Terrific Book"
    "Rusty Returns"
    Overall

    Since Rusty and I are the same age, I feel like I checked in with my acquaintance from 20 or so years ago and got an update on his life. It was a great read and I enjoyed it all the way to Oregon. Then we parted company yet again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Objective

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Eric Van Lustbader
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (287)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (93)

    Facing down mercenaries in Africa, Jason Bourne witnesses the death of an art dealer named Tracy Atherton. Her killing dredges up snatches of Bourne's impaired memory, in particular the murder of a young woman on Bali who entrusted him with a strangely engraved ring­­ - an artifact of such powerful significance that people have killed to obtain it. Now he's determined to find the ring's owner and purpose. But Bourne never knows what terrible acts he'll discover he committed when he digs into the past.

    Philip says: "The Bourne Inanity"
    "Put Jason Out of His Misery"
    Overall

    I loved the Ludlum books and the Jason Bourne character. But it's gone too far. Locked in a car with this and my iPod, craving the sound of the reader's voice, I switched to music to put this to an end. I came back, tried again. The characters are muddled, Jason can't think straight...I'm sick of thinking "duh, dude, don't you remember?" yet again. Then miracle of miracles he manages to somehow remember what he needs to know. Let Jason go home; the first book ended the way it should have frankly.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Brooklyn: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Colm Tóibín
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    Overall
    (263)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (90)

    It is Enniscorthy in the southeast of Ireland in the early 1950s. Eilis Lacey is one among many of her generation who cannot find work at home. Thus when a job is offered in America, it is clear to everyone that she must go. Eilis heads for unfamiliar Brooklyn to a crowded boarding house. Slowly, the pain of parting is buried beneath the rhythms of her new life - until she begins to realize that she has found a sort of happiness.

    A. Cohen says: "Maturing in Brooklyn"
    "Better Use of Time"
    Overall

    I can't believe I actually listened to this entire book. Shallow, vapid, and predictable. But, when driving for hours it was better than nothing.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Whiskey Rebels

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By David Liss
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (420)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (152)

    At his most desperate moment, Ethan Saunders is recruited to find his ex-fiancée's missing husband. Meanwhile, Joan Maycott and her Revolutionary War veteran husband distill whiskey on the western Pennsylvania frontier. As their causes intertwine, Joan and Saunders - both patriots in their own way - find themselves on opposing sides of a daring scheme that will forever change their lives and their new country.

    Lulu says: "In My Top 10 - Maybe Top 5 At Audible"
    "Very Entertaining"
    Overall

    At times the story telling line was blurred...but the main character's narcissistic view of himself and the world's perception of him was great. Good story, that I enjoyed listening to very much

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Sleeping Doll: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Anne Twomey
    Overall
    (947)
    Performance
    (317)
    Story
    (317)

    Ten years ago in California, Daniel Pell, a self-styled Charles Manson, was sentenced to life in prison for murdering an entire family: husband, wife, and two children, plus one of his young male followers. He is brought to Salinas, California, to interview with Kathryn Dance after he is implicated in yet another killing. Things go terribly wrong during an interview break, and Pell escapes, intent on killing again.

    Paige says: "A decent listen"
    "Kind of spread out..."
    Overall

    I haven't followed this character set...and it was easy to pick up the thread. But, the story line was all over the place and there was really no "thriller" attachment to who did what, or why. It was interesting listening, but I wouldn't walk far to get another book in this series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Echelon Vendetta: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By David Stone
    • Narrated By Firdous Bamji
    Overall
    (919)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (103)

    When CIA "fixer" Micah Dalton's friend and mentor turns up dead, he's put on a collision course with a killer who has a penchant for intricate knife-work and Native American mysticism, a sadist who is killing ex-CIA agents. The victims are hard-nosed field men whose only link to one another seems to be a global surveillance operation called Echelon. The murders appear to be acts of retribution. But for what?

    Carmela08 says: "Excellent spy tale"
    "It's Ok...."
    Overall

    This is an okay book, nothing to write home about or even spend much time doing this review....it kills time to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Battle for the Rhine 1944: Battle of the Bulge and the Ardennes Campaign, 1944

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Robin Neillands
    • Narrated By James Adams
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    The post-Normandy battles that the Allies fought as they struggled for seven months to advance from the Seine to the Rhine were complex and controversial. Even after 60 years, the questions remain of who was responsible for the failure at Nijmegen, the destruction of the British First Airborne Division at Arnhem, and the failure of Operation Market Garden. Could the war in Europe have been won in 1944 with better strategies?

    nancy says: "Biased view of D-Day and Battle of the Bulge"
    "Paint Drying"
    Overall

    This has to be the MOST boring book I have ever been exposed to. I am a real fan/historian of WWII... I know men, I respect from being in the Battle of The Bulge; I've been there in a driving, January snow storm...But this is like listening to someone say that Private Smith was standing on the corner of 5th and WhoCares Blvd and the 517th failed to show up to pick him up or something and why didnt Ike and Patton make it right and why didn't FDR step in, etc.... It is awful.

    This was like listening to paint drying.

    Save your credits, money and your precious time, don't try to listen to this unless you enjoy listening to paint drying.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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