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Daryl

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  • Dead by Sunset: Perfect Husband, Perfect Killer?

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Ann Rule
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (263)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (211)

    Loni Ann, Cynthia, Lauren, Cheryl, and Sara seemed to have it all - beauty, wealth, children, and a husband who they believed to be this perfect man - Brad Cunningham. He was handsome, charismatic, and mysterious. They adored him and tried to give him all he wanted. But he wanted everything: sex, money, and it seemed, their very lives. How long would it take before he finally got what he deserved?

    Lily says: "My house is clean, my dogs are exhausted!"
    "Ann Rule's most understated work"
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    Over the years I have read many Ann Rule books - some I have liked more than others. I think this one has been somehow lost in the shuffle. It is not as emotionally gripping as Small Sacrifices, but is super suspenseful. How did this happen? How could this happen? And how can justice come to pass?
    This book seems to have been downplayed whenever anyone mentions Ann Rule, though I am not sure why. The hold that Brad Cunningham had over beautiful, successful - though obviously emotionally dependent - women is astounding. And yet....

    Richard Ferone's narration of this was fantastic! I have read several of his novel narrations and have had a hard time with them, but he was pitch-perfect here.

    If you like true crime with character study, this book is for you! Well, well worth the credit!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dear Leader: Poet, Spy, Escapee - A Look inside North Korea

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jang Jin-sung
    • Narrated By Daniel York
    Overall
    (355)
    Performance
    (327)
    Story
    (331)

    As North Korea's State Poet Laureate, Jang Jin-sung led a charmed life. With food provisions (even as the country suffered through its great famine), a travel pass, access to strictly censored information, and audiences with Kim Jong-il himself, his life in Pyongyang seemed safe and secure. But this privileged existence was about to be shattered. When a strictly forbidden magazine he lent to a friend goes missing, Jang Jin-sung must flee for his life.

    David says: "Stop browsing and get this Book"
    "Important look at North Korea"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dear Leader?

    When Jang Jin-Sung went back to his home town and saw how everyday Koreans were living. It was so hard to read about a privileged man being shown a side of his country so openly threatening to its people.


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

    I haven't. He was a good narrator, but some of his dialogue had this loud gravelly quality that was quite obnoxious. But overall it was a good performance


    Any additional comments?

    An important look at one man's coming to terms with his country and his leader, how he survived, both alone and aided by others.

    I hope he writes a subsequent book about his life after the escape.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Fifty-Year Silence: Love, War, and a Ruined House in France

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Miranda Richmond Mouillot
    • Narrated By Miranda Richmond Mouillot
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    In 1948, after surviving World War II by escaping Nazi-occupied France for refugee camps in Switzerland, the author's grandparents, Anna and Armand, bought an old stone house in a remote, picturesque village in the South of France. Five years later, Anna packed her bags and walked out on Armand, taking the typewriter and their children. Aside from one brief encounter, the two never saw or spoke to each other again, never remarried, and never revealed what had divided them forever.

    Kelly says: "a delightful brilliant young author and narrator.
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    "A Great read"
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    I enjoyed this book. The coming-of-age of the author as she tries to understand why her grandparents refused to speak to each other for over 50 years was both moving and unique. I laughed and cried in places, and loved that the author narrated this book herself. I could picture Both of Miranda's grandparents, their feisty desire for her to both remember and let go, to love and to hold at arm's length. The dilapidated house was a terrific symbol of hope, of ruin, of renewal and disappointment.

    A well-written, well-read biography, both of the author and of her grandparents themselves.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Too Late to Say Goodbye

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Ann Rule
    • Narrated By Barbara Caruso
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (109)

    Jenn Corbin appeared to have it all: two dear little boys, a posh home in one of the upscale suburbs of Atlanta, expensive cars, a plush houseboat, and a husband - Dr. Bart Corbin, a successful dentist - who was tall, handsome, and brilliant. But gradually, their seemingly idyllic life together began to crumble. Bart was distraught and Jenn seemed disenchanted. Then, just a few weeks before Christmas 2004, Jenn was found dead with a bullet in her head, an apparent suicide....

    Martha says: "True Crime Goodness"
    "A welcome addition for Ann Rule Fans"
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    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book by Ann Rule. She did a good job putting the pieces together and kept me interested, even though I pretty much knew what happened and why. The ending was disappointed, but that wasn't Ms. Rule's fault.

    Barbara Caruso did an excellent job narrationg this book; she is normally a hit-or-miss narrator, but this one was well-narrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Testament

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Performance
    (847)
    Story
    (856)

    Troy Phelan is a self-made billionaire, one of the richest men in the United States. He is also eccentric, reclusive, confined to a wheelchair, and looking for a way to die. His potential heirs, to no one's surprise - especially Troy's - are circling like vultures. But Troy shocks them all when he leaves his fortune to an estranged, illegitimate daughter.

    Richard says: "Best Grisham Ever"
    "A solid departure for Grisham"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Testament to be better than the print version?

    Probably not. This is not Frank Muller's best Grisham performance (I reserve that for "The Runaway Jury" or "The Rainmaker"), but it is a good audiobook nonetheless. This performance doesn't really enhance or detract from the story itself


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I found many of the characters unlikeable, but I did like Nate and Jevvy, two people trying to gain or regain their footing and discover their place in the world. I found Rachel a bit too good to be true, but that's just me.


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

    Yes! As stated above, "The Runaway Jury" and "The Rainmaker" really displayed his talents much better than this book. That being said, Frank Muller on a bad day is better than many narrators at their "best".


    Any additional comments?

    This is a good light read, a bit of a departure from Grisham's tales with FBI agents and coverups. But it was still a good read with an interesting setting. It doesn't move as quickly as some of his other books, but is still worth your time and credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gallipoli

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated By Robert Meldrum
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
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    (18)

    On 25 April 1915, Allied forces landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula in present-day Turkey to secure the sea route between Britain and France in the west and Russia in the east. After eight months of terrible fighting, they would fail. Turkey regards the victory to this day as a defining moment in its history, a heroic last stand in the defence of the nation's Ottoman Empire.

    Daryl says: "Terrific WWI Narrative"
    "Terrific WWI Narrative"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely! I know many who are greatly interested in WWI history, and this book is a comprehensive look at Gallipoli. In my part of the world, much is made of the Canadian involvement in WWI itself, but I had only heard of Gallipoli and Anzac Day from Australian novels that I have read.
    The performance was also welcome. It was neither monotone nor over-dramatic, and I do hope to check out more from Mr. Meldrum.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't let the length of this book deter you! It is a highly compelling, well-rounded narrative, by turns personal and universal. Well worth the read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Michelle Alexander
    • Narrated By Karen Chilton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (655)
    Performance
    (574)
    Story
    (572)

    In the era of colorblindness, it is no longer socially permissible to use race, explicitly, as a justification for discrimination, exclusion, and social contempt. Yet, as legal star Michelle Alexander reveals, today it is perfectly legal to discriminate against convicted criminals in nearly all the ways that it was once legal to discriminate against African Americans.

    Jeremy says: "An essential read. A horrifying reality."
    "An important read"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    This book describes in many ways why American race relations are the way they are. With the most recent actions in Ferguson and New York City, I found myself confused why race was being made such an issue. Ms. Alexander describes how easily racial discrimination still exists. She does not excuse criminal behavior itself, but does explain how racial profiling and racial inequality have lead to a disproportionate number of people of colour in the prison system. Small offenses of drug possession can literally ruin a black man's life with a criminal conviction leading to homelessness or joblessness, but his white compatriot is more likely to receive preferential treatment.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I almost did. This book changed my outlook on racial relations. I now have a better understanding of people in poor black communities, and why there is so much anger.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is well worth the read. I am a white Canadian, so have very little exposure to the racial politics present in this book. It details all the complicated ways in which black men and women are searched, charged and convicted of crimes, which often lead to joblessness ("have you ever been convicted of a crime?") and homelessness (no crims in public housing), and how the cycle continues. The author, I believe, is a lawyer, so she presents her case convincingly, occasionally repetitive, but ultimately compeling and readable.
    And to say nothing of the narrator! I discovered Karen Chilton initially when I read "I've got A Home IN Glory Land", and was thrilled to discover that she narrates "The New Jim crow" (a book I purchased months before Glory Land).
    This book and performance are well worth the read, and - if you have an open mind - will change the way you view the American criminal justice and political systems.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World through Islamic Eyes

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Tamim Ansary
    • Narrated By Tamim Ansary
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (615)
    Performance
    (453)
    Story
    (443)

    Until about 1800, the West and the Islamic realm were like two adjacent, parallel universes, each assuming itself to be the center of the world while ignoring the other. As Europeans colonized the globe, the two world histories intersected and the Western narrative drove the other one under. The West hardly noticed, but the Islamic world found the encounter profoundly disrupting.

    David says: "A history of the world before the West mattered"
    "A readable look at Islamic and world History"
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    Would you listen to Destiny Disrupted again? Why?

    I would. It is important to understand the origins of Islam, especially with so many fringe groups claiming to "get back to the basics" of the faith. Tamim Ansary takes a critical look at the history of the world, particularly as it pertains to the faith he claims as his own. He neither justifies some of the brutal acts perpetrated nor entirely demonizes the West, but explains in compulsively readable prose how we have reached the point we're at in world history.


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

    I felt like we were sitting across a Starbucks table, discussing faith and life. His voice was perfectly suited to this volume.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book. While I do not share his faith, I have nothing but respect for the author's conclusions. Unfortunately it does not seem to offer any solutions for the current political climate in which we find ourselves (the news in Canada is nearly daily describing families whose relatives are traveling abroad to fight with ISIS in Syria and Iraq). But perhaps if we understand how we have reached this point, we can welcome our peace-loving Muslim neighbors, coworkers and teammates with open arms.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Story Hour

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Thrity Umrigar
    • Narrated By Sneha Mathan
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    An experienced psychologist, Maggie carefully maintains emotional distance from her patients. But when she meets a young Indian woman who tried to kill herself, her professional detachment disintegrates. Cut off from her family in India, Lakshmi is desperately lonely and trapped in a loveless marriage. Moved by her plight, Maggie treats Lakshmi in her home office for free, quickly realizing that the despondent woman doesn't need a shrink; she needs a friend.

    Daryl says: "A stellar performance almost carried the book..."
    "A stellar performance almost carried the book..."
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    What would have made The Story Hour better?

    I found the shifts back and forth quite confusing. First-person, third-person, Maggie, Lukshmi, Peter... and with one narrator - even one as talented as Sneha Mathan - it was just too hard to follow.

    I also found that not only did I not like any of the characters, I couldn't wrap my head around their motivations.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    "Rose Under Fire" by Elizabeth Wein


    Any additional comments?

    I tried to like this book, and in some ways I did, but at the end of the day I just lost interest and didn't care anymore.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fragile World

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Paula Treick DeBoard
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, Will Damron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    The Kaufmans have always considered themselves a normal, happy family. Curtis is a physics teacher at a local high school. His wife, Kathleen, restores furniture for upscale boutiques. Daniel is away at college on a prestigious music scholarship, and 12-year-old Olivia is a happy-go-lucky kid whose biggest concern is passing her next math test. And then comes the middle-of-the-night phone call that changes everything.

    LD82 says: "SO glad I heeded Audible's Recommendation!"
    "A fragile excursion of Self-discovery"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Fragile World to be better than the print version?

    Not really. The narrators were good, but did not elevate this audiobook to epic status


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the growth of the characters. The things that bound them together ultimately tore them apart. But they grew over the course of the book, growing and stretching and expanding their horizons and their ideas about each other and about Daniel's death.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked this book a lot! Books where characters grow and change make me happy to be a reader. I didn't see the end coming!

    I think I prefer DeBoard's other novel, "The Morning Hours", but this book is a great literary work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Unknown Americans: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Cristina Henríquez
    • Narrated By Various
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (119)

    A boy and a girl who fall in love. Two families whose hopes collide with destiny. An extraordinary novel that offers a resonant new definition of what it means to be American. Arturo and Alma Rivera have lived their whole lives in Mexico. One day, their beautiful fifteen-year-old daughter, Maribel, sustains a terrible injury, one that casts doubt on whether she’ll ever be the same. And so, leaving all they have behind, the Riveras come to America with a single dream: that in this country of great opportunity and resources, Maribel can get better.

    Beth Anne says: "interesting view into the immigrant experience"
    "Beautiful look at the Immigrant experience"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Book of Unknown Americans the most enjoyable?

    I loved this look into the lives of several Latin American immigrants to the United States. It is primarily about two families, with stories of friends and neighbors adding depth and complexity to their tale. Someone described it as "teen lit", but I disagree; it addresses universal themes of identity, belonging, finding home, and expectations. It can appeal to teenagers, as two of the main characters are 15-16 years old, but it is by no means strictly targeted at teenagers.


    If you could take any character from The Book of Unknown Americans out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would take Alma out to dinner. She obviously loves Maribel so much, but her love can sometimes be viewed as stifling. I would give her a big hug and tell her that Maribel may not be able to process things "normally", but she is a woman, with dreams and hopes, who just may not be able to articulate them.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is beautiful, with threads of hope, despair, love, and belonging. the narration is wonderful, with some narrators stronger than others.
    A well worthwhile read!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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