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Judie Cosentino

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Scottsdale, AZ USA | Member Since 2004

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  • 67 ratings
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  • 5 purchased in 2014
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  • Hard Truth

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Nevada Barr
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (246)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (72)

    New York Times best-selling author Nevada Barr continues her award-winning Anna Pigeon series with this riveting mystery that features the puzzling plot twists, deft characterizations, and sparkling dialogue that have become Barr's trademarks, and which her ever-growing fan base can't get enough of.

    Stacey A. says: "No idea there was room for improvement"
    "Angst Redux"
    Overall

    Please understand -- I love Nevada Barr's books: I am mesmerized by the descriptions of the National Parks to which she is sent; I am fascinated by the characters she creates -- usually very timely and timeless; I identify with the difficulties her (and my) aging costs.
    For a first time reader I think her books would be fascinating, illuminating, exciting and a multitude of other "ing"s. But I've read them all. At this point I'm almost ready for a description of Anna's and Paul's honeymoon someplace very unexciting. After all Anna Pigeon's near-death experiences I wonder what part of her body remains scarless; how she retains the energy to go to yet another National Park to await further indigities to her body and soul; when does she get the time to speak to her sister to have her explain the latest weirdness of the moment.
    Applause for the insight into the "handicapped"ed psyche's, the publicity for the "handicamp", of which many might not have been aware, the emphasis on the importance of helper dogs such as "Wylie", and the damange that can be done by well-meaning god-fearing souls.
    I couldn't stop listening, but I'm a fan and not that discerning a listener.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Institute of Antiquities: Message from Atlantis

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Barbara Goldstein
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    In an "archeological emergency", the government hijacks a group of scientists who discover advanced ancient civilizations. After making astounding finds, they then have to find a way to get out of the government's clutches.

    Judie Cosentino says: "one star to get to write"
    "one star to get to write"
    Overall

    The only reason I have this 'production' one star was to get to write a review. This is probably the worst example of what an audio book should be: a lousy narrator, a ridiculous plot, and a childish format. I'm surprised at you, Audible, for accepting this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Mermaid Chair

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Eliza Foss
    Overall
    (435)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (99)

    Sue Monk Kidd's stunning debut, The Secret Life of Bees, has transformed her into a genuine literary star. Now, in her much-anticipated new novel, Kidd has woven a transcendent tale that will thrill her legion of fans and cement her reputation as one of the most remarkable writers at work today.

    Reid says: "Such a disappointment"
    "Why Bother?"
    Overall

    Is it bother or "Oh Brother!"? If you can put up with the inane music between undefined parts, this hysterical woman who needs to make a pact with herself to treat herself like her husband hasn't, the angst of an Anne Rivers Siddons heroine, a spectre of The Thorn Birds ecclesiastical hero -- well then, this is the book for you. To make it worse, the reader, Ms Eliza Foss, doesn't seem to know the Celtic is pronounced with a "K" sound (not like the Boston basketballers), and that conch is prounounced "konk", small but grating irritations. Where was her director? Or more important, what do directors of these audio books do? if anything? Alas, I listened to the whole thing. Probably because I loved The Secret Life of Bees. I'll be very wary or Ms. Kidd's next sojourn into the literature of the South.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 21: The Final Unfinished Voyage of Jack Aubrey

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (81)

    Best-selling author Patrick O'Brian became a legend with his beloved Aubrey-Maturin seafaring tales. O'Brian received further attention with the critically acclaimed film adaptation, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, which was nominated for 10 Academy Awards┬┐ and won two.

    Casey says: "A Sad Farewell"
    "Tull - Captain of the Pause"
    Overall

    The book is what it says it is -- first writing, unedited, fresh from the since departed master of the seafaring novel. Parts are exciting, parts informative, many parts disjointed, but this is what we bought into by listening to this last work of O'Brian.
    Then there is the narrator. Mr. Tull is past his prime. He never has been able to finish more than a phrase with feeling, but with this last reading of O'Brian the syntax is so disjointed that one looses the action in the attempt to understand the context of the sentence. BooksonTape has begun re-recording the O'Brian books read by John Lee -- a real step in the right direction. Too bad Audible didn't wait for a Lee reading before offering this unfinished gem.

    0 of 32 people found this review helpful
  • The Guineaman

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Richard Woodman
    • Narrated By Joe Dunlop
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    When William Kite runs away to sea to escape a charge of murder, he finds himself aboard the Enterprize, a Liverpool Guineaman, or slave ship, destined for the Guinea coast of West Africa. Having loaded the slaves, the ship prepares to cross the Atlantic, bound for the sugar plantations of the West Indies.

    Judie Cosentino says: "A Good Read"
    "A Good Read"
    Overall

    The Guineaman is an old fashioned good read, from start to finish. Nothing fancy; just a good tale that keeps your attention. There's a little of everything: a whodunit (did our hero do it?) adventures on the high seas; the tragedy of mid-eighteenth century slavery and slavers; pieces of English history in the Antilles before the American Revolution; a reluctant hero; an African princess... And the best part is the narrator. Joe Dunlop plays the parts with all the voices necessary in a deep rich baritone. Even his women are believable. Listen to it -- you'll like it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Metro Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By C.J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (264)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (61)

    Buckle your seat belts. New York Times best-selling author Janet Evanovich is moving into the fast lane with Metro Girl, a thrilling, high-octane misadventure with high stakes, hot nights, cold-blooded murder, sunken treasure, a woman with a chassis built for speed, and one very good, very sexy NASCAR driver who's along for the ride.

    Judie Cosentino says: "what metro?"
    "what metro?"
    Overall

    OK, I'm pretty used to Evanovich's other novels (?), (the non- 'other' being the Stephanie Plum type), and this one is not worse nor better than the others. Even if I don't understand the title (although Barney does state several times that she's from Baltimorewhich is a metro area), the premise is typical Evanovich. However...the reader! I keep trying to hear my own head-reading and it's nothing like what my ears are hearing. Sorry, but she should never read a man part; nor a Spanish-Cuban part. She's very distracting. So distracting that I can't even remember her name, which was, I think, mentioned at the start of the book. It should remain unmemorable -- except for remembering not to read her books again.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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