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Ann

Provo, UT, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Search

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2801)
    Performance
    (1549)
    Story
    (1558)

    To most people, Fiona Bristow seems to have an idyllic life — a quaint house on an island off Seattle’s coast, a thriving dog-training school, and a challenging volunteer job performing canine search and rescue. Not to mention her three intensely loyal Labs. But Fiona got to this point by surviving a nightmare.

    A User says: "Not very exciting"
    "Search Failure"
    Overall

    It might make it as a dog training manual if you leave out all the human parts. It goes on and on with no story but lots of crude language and unfunny "jests". Both the author and the characters deserve to do a better job of telling the story!

    9 of 9 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
    (1159)
    Performance
    (1036)
    Story
    (1034)

    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!"
    "Are there negative numbers in reviews?"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Do a little research and cut out the stereotyping.


    What was most disappointing about Craig Johnson’s story?

    The inaccuracy of the religious descriptions and the crude, jarring language of the deputy made it impossible to get into the story.


    Did George Guidall do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Not even George could save this one! He is one of my favorites.


    What character would you cut from A Serpent's Tooth?

    Just give us the old Walt with his wisdom and humor.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4547)
    Performance
    (2562)
    Story
    (2557)

    For LAPD homicide cop Harry Bosch - hero, maverick, nighthawk - the body in the drainpipe at Mulholland Dam is more than another anonymous statistic. This one is personal. The dead man, Billy Meadows, was a fellow Vietnam "tunnel rat" who fought side by side with him in a nightmare underground war that brought them to the depths of hell.

    Daniel Mcafee says: "What a Terrific Book"
    "Couldn't Finish"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Leave out all the gratuitous violence and soft porn.


    Has The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1 turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Certainly from this series - I love a good mystery but this one was offensive.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Marriage Bureau for Rich People

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Farahad Zama
    • Narrated By Tania Rodrigues
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (147)

    Farahad Zama's debut novel transports listeners to faraway India for a story brimming with endearing characters, homespun wisdom, and blossoming love. After Mr. Ali retires, he launches a matchmaking service that helps an array of clients arrange marriages. But he's unaware of his able assistant's dire need for his marriage bureau.

    Lorriee says: "The Marriage Bureau for Rich People"
    ""Comfort Food""
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    What made the experience of listening to The Marriage Bureau for Rich People the most enjoyable?

    The story was interesting and varied but the details about the customs and philosophy of the people added an extra element of interest


    Have you listened to any of Tania Rodrigues’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't heard this reader before - the voice was perfect.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Marriage Bureau for Rich People and why?

    The characters were very balanced so there were many lines of interest in their stories.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a quiet book with some deep underlying philosophy and cultural information. Curl up in front of the fire and forget the stress of your day! Marriage Bureau... belongs among the best "comfort food" stories I have listened to this year.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hiss and Hers: An Agatha Raisin Mystery, Book 23

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (75)

    Agatha has fallen head over heels in love - again. This time, she has her eye on the local gardener, George Marston, but so do other women in their little Cotswold village. Shamelessly determined, Agatha will do anything to get her man - including footing the bill for a charity ball just for the chance to dance with him. And then George doesn't even show up. Only partly deterred, Agatha goes looking for him, and finds his dead body in a compost heap. Murder is definitely afoot, but this killer chose no ordinary weapon: A poisonous snake delivered the fatal strike.

    Maureen says: "Pity for the narration but story also lacking"
    "Fun Fluff"
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    Where does Hiss and Hers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I needed something to rest my brain after The Guns of August and The Zimmerman Telegram. Agatha Raisin doesn't require any deep concentration or involvement so she made a good change. As usual - you have to suspend belief so the story holds together.


    What does Davina Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Davina Porter is the "voice" of Agatha - the books would not be so fun without her.


    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Winter of the World: The Century Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4196)
    Performance
    (3514)
    Story
    (3524)

    Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, Welsh - enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion.

    Jimmy says: "Epic, Remarkable, Easy & Enjoyable!"
    "Such a disappointment - I was looking for history!"
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    Any additional comments?

    I liked the first book in the series enough to buy the second but this one is a pile of trash.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • As the Pig Turns

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Penelope Keith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (162)

    The picturesque Cotwsold village of Winter Parva has decided to warm the post-Christmas season by roasting a pig in the town square. Agatha, always one for a good roasting, organizes an outing to enjoy the merriment. But as the rotary spit is placed over a bed of fiery charcoals and the pig is carried toward its final resting place, Agatha realizes that things are not as they seem... Stop!" she screams suddenly. The "pig," in fact, is Gary Beech, a policeman not exactly beloved by the good people of the village. Although Agatha has every intention of leaving matters to the police....

    nancy says: "Who wrote this book?"
    "Too big a leap!"
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    Would you try another book from M. C. Beaton and/or Penelope Keith?

    I have listened to many of both and liked most.


    What was most disappointing about M. C. Beaton’s story?

    A human body mistaken for a pig is just too00000 much!!!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13447)
    Performance
    (7928)
    Story
    (7783)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "What a waste of time!"
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    Would you try another book from Diana Gabaldon and/or Davina Porter?

    I wouldn't try another book in the series. The action is totally unbelievable. Two prison escapes from Scottish Castles. More bodice ripping than anything else. Davina Porter is a great narrator, she must have been falling under the table from boredom.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Diana Gabaldon again?

    Nothing would induce me to listen to another book in the series. Scotland and it's history have been insulted.


    Have you listened to any of Davina Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to several Davina Porter's performances. Her performance is good in spite of repetative, revolting content.


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

    It might make a great short story.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Elegance of the Hedgehog

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Muriel Barbery
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat, Cassandra Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1829)
    Performance
    (852)
    Story
    (866)

    An enchanting New York Times and international best seller and award-winner about life, art, literature, philosophy, culture, class, privilege, and power, seen through the eyes of a 54-year-old French concierge and a precocious but troubled 12-year-old girl.

    Pyles says: "It surprised me"
    "Overstuffed"
    Overall

    I really did try to listen. Someone is trying too hard to impress. Like being trapped in a corner at a party by a first-year philosophy student.

    21 of 28 people found this review helpful

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