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portland, OR, United States | Member Since 2006

  • 111 reviews
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  • Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Billy Crystal
    • Narrated By Billy Crystal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Billy Crystal is 65, and he's not happy about it. With his trademark wit and heart, he outlines the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old, from insomnia to memory loss to leaving dinners with half your meal on your shirt. In humorous chapters like ""Buying the Plot"" and ""Nodding Off,"" Crystal not only catalogues his physical gripes, but offers a road map to his 77 million fellow baby boomers who are arriving at this milestone age with him. He also looks back at the most powerful and memorable moments of his long and storied life, from entertaining his relatives as a kid in Long Beach, Long Island, and his years doing stand-up in the Village, up through his legendary stint at Saturday Night Live, When Harry Met Sally, and his long run as host of the Academy Awards. Listeners get a front-row seat to his one-day career with the New York Yankees (he was the first player to ever ""test positive for Maalox""), his love affair with Sophia Loren, and his enduring friendships with several of his idols, including Mickey Mantle and Muhammad Ali. He lends a light touch to more serious topics like religion (""the aging friends I know have turned to the Holy Trinity: Advil, bourbon, and Prozac""); grandparenting; and, of course, dentistry. As wise and poignant as they are funny, Crystal's reflections are an unforgettable look at an extraordinary life well lived.

    Pamela says: "Growing up with Billy Crystal"
    "Disarmingly Honest"

    I enjoyed this book, and as expected, I laughed out loud multiple times. I can't imagine "reading" this book when you have the opportunity to listen to Billy Crystal read it to you. Having his voice truly made all the difference and brought the laughs.
    The insights into the sports figures were especially interesting and getting a peek behind the scenes of movies like When Harry Met Sally and City Slickers was a treat.
    Going back and forth between Crystal reading the book and reading it live in front of an audience was a really nice touch, I especially loved that.
    Because Crystal is reading it to you, it feels intimate. So occasionally he drops facts, or lines, that are surprising, like how rich he is, or how much he dislikes someone, things that were really, very honest. I loved it. I love being surprised, and I love being surprised that I'm surprised.
    I recommend this book.

    36 of 38 people found this review helpful
  • Personal: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    "You can leave the army, but the army doesn’t leave you. Not always. Not completely," notes Jack Reacher - and sure enough, the retired military cop is soon pulled back into service. This time, for the State Department and the CIA. Someone has taken a shot at the president of France in the City of Light. The bullet was American. The distance between the gunman and the target was exceptional. How many snipers can shoot from three-quarters of a mile with total confidence? Very few, but John Kott - an American marksman gone bad - is one of them...

    Jeffrey says: "Lee and Dick seem tired"
    "A Note to Jack Reacher"

    Dear Jack,

    I just finished listening to the story of your last unintentional adventure. You know, the one where you get called in to fix an international crisis because from your past, you are the only one that can save the day? ...Yeah, that one.

    I loved it. It seemed like this story and the last couple of your adventures have been solved with more cerebral effort than just 100% violence. I appreciate that about you. You are not only a big guy, trained in every possible fighting technique, but you are also generally smarter than everyone else in the room. The humor in this story was what I especially loved. I laughed out loud at least a dozen times. You've become snarky and funny as you've gained wisdom. I'm not used to laughing during your stories, it adds a great dimension--well played.

    Don't get me wrong, I loved the action in this story. It was all there. You haven't lost your step, your cunning, or your speed. And you threw in some surprises which made it especially fun. The bad guys don't have a chance with you on the case.

    I liked your relationship with the female in this story too. In your younger years, I flinched at the occasional sexist moments. You guys were great together on this adventure. You were supportive, and taught her a bunch, and helped her along--it was another very satisfying part of the story.

    We've been through 19 stories now together. They haven't all been 5-star worthy, you've had your ups and downs. This one has the depth, the surprises, the pace, the relationship development, and a little bit of fun that made it a full 5-stars--well played.

    As for Dick Hill being your narrator, as always he's the right choice. His accents and voice changes are smooth, and he captures the spirit of your stories every time.

    I'll recommend it to friends.

    Well played.

    12 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Place: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan, Lara Hutchinson

    "The Secret Place", a board where the girls at St Kilda's School can pin up their secrets anonymously, is normally a mishmash of gossip and covert cruelty, but today someone has used it to reignite the stalled investigation into the murder of handsome, popular Chris Harper. Stephen joins forces with the abrasive Detective Antoinette Conway to find out who and why.

    Pamela says: "Well...I really liked 50% of it"
    "OMG, Totes Lame"

    Does the title of my review make you feel like some of your brain cells are dying? Well, be prepared for 20 hours worth of that kind of scintillating conversation in "The Secret Place." (By the way "totes" is short for "totally" in case you aren't up on high school girl vernacular.)

    I love Tana French. I devoured her first four novels in this series. I loved each one and I recommended them to several people. This book was a complete disappointment.

    The story is of a murder that happened a year ago near an girls' school, and two Dublin police-people get a reason to go back to try again to solve the case. The entire book is about eight high school girls--did one of them commit the murder, and why.

    90% of the content of the book is conversations between the girls and the girls and detectives. It gets tedious to the point of annoying. It was filled with squealie "OMG!!" and "Totes Amaze-Balls!!" and "Duh!!" A major part of the detectives job is to determine who had a motive, so that leads to literally hours of discussion about who had a crush on whom, and which girl doesn't like the other girl because she said her thighs were fat.

    There is also this underlying theme that some of the girls have slight magical powers, which just made zero sense, had no actual bearing on the story, and was never explained. I kept waiting for that to be explained, but it ended up just being another annoying distraction.

    The story reads like a really bad novel written for tweens. The content and dialogue were shallow, overly-simple, and embarrassingly cliche. It was like listening to a 20 hr "Keeping up with the Kardashians" marathon.

    Concerning the narrators--the female narrator was great. The male narrator had a terrible time with the high school girls voices, they were bad. Luckily, he didn't speak as them very often.

    A LOT of people are still going to listen to this book no matter what I say in this review, because it's Tana French, I don't blame you, I would have too. But I feel burned by this book. I will now hesitate before I listen to another Tana French. I will certainly wait until it has been thoroughly reviewed.

    34 of 37 people found this review helpful
  • One Kick: Kick Lannigan, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Chelsea Cain
    • Narrated By Heather Lind
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    From the author of the critically acclaimed New York Times best-selling Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell thrillers: The first in a nail-biting new series featuring Kick Lannigan, a young woman whose complicated past has given her a very special skill set. Famously kidnapped at age six, Kick captured America’s hearts when she was rescued five years later. Now, twenty-one, she finds herself unexpectedly entangled in a missing child case that will put her talents to the test.

    Marci says: "Good book. I hope the series gets better."
    "Good book. I hope the series gets better."

    The premise, the story, and the characters were all good. Kick, the main character, is a great herione, and the potential of where this series can go is very intriguing. But there were some flaws in the development.

    The character development was odd to me. There's a difference between giving the character some depth and history and making the character someone the reader cares about and believes in. There was a lot of energy and detail around Kick. She has a lot of history, and a lot of emotions that go into her solving mysteries--all of that was really interesting. But there were some contradictions in her development that I had a hard time with, so I was taken out of just enjoying the story by stopping and thinking "hmmm, that didn't make sense."

    Kick's relationships with the other characters weren't developed very well. I didn't buy the relationship with the other action hero Bishop, or her friend James, or the man from her past, Mel. She liked them then hated them, then trusted them, then pointed her gun at them, then cried over them, then cared more about her dog then she did her friends, it was just too contradictory to be real.

    With all that said, I WILL read the next one, with hope that the bumpy writing smooths out. The potential is that good.

    The narrator was great, she was perfectly invisible, I didn't notice her and could just concentrate on the story.

    I recommend this book, but would say keep expectations low. Think of it like watching the pilot of a show that could be really great, once the kinks are worked out.

    21 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Big Little Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

    Marci says: "Great story. Genius writing"
    "Great story. Genius writing"

    I've never experienced a book quite like this one. I'm exhausted from listening to it. I was on the edge of my seat through the entire story. As each new fact was revealed I was impatient to see what happened next.
    I laughed and laughed dozens of times. And I cried once, standing in the grocery store holding my breath waiting to see what happened. I was totally invested in the character and story development.
    What makes the writing truly genius was that all of the reactions I listed above came from small, simple things that happened in the story. There weren't big, unbelievable action scenes or sweeping romances, just daily, simple, life-happenings that added up in just the right (or wrong) way.
    And the ending...perfect. It was worthy of the rest of the story. The ending was long and satisfying.
    I loved the narrator. I think she really added to it. Her voice squeaked and cracked and felt very real.
    I loved, loved, and enthusiastically recommend this book.

    51 of 55 people found this review helpful
  • Wayfaring Stranger

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It is 1934 and the Depression is bearing down when 16-year-old Weldon Avery Holland happens upon infamous criminals Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow after one of their notorious armed robberies. A confrontation with the outlaws ends as Weldon puts a bullet through the rear window of Clyde’s stolen automobile. Ten years later, Second Lieutenant Weldon Holland and his sergeant, Hershel Pine, escape certain death in the Battle of the Bulge and encounter a beautiful young woman named Rosita Lowenstein hiding in a deserted extermination camp.

    Marci says: "Near perfect. One of Burke's Best."
    "Near perfect. One of Burke's Best."

    Wow this book was great. I found myself holding my breath several times during the last two hours. The ending was awesome. The ending was the best ending of any of Burke's books. Whew!
    I'm a big fan of Burke. His Robicheaux series is great, and "The Lost Get-Back Boogie" is one of my favorite books of all times by any author.
    Wayfaring Stranger though, is different and better than most of his previous. It feels like Burke stretched during this book and it paid off.
    The amazing level of detail that Burke usually brings was all there: descriptions of the scenery, the smells, the appearance of the different characters so you feel like you are there. And it's done with a poetry and smoothness that is beautifully artful.
    The cadence, the twists, and the unexpected turns that made me hold my breath were what took this story to the next level. I was on the edge of my seat for so much of this book that it almost felt exhausting. I'm sad it's over.

    The one thing that makes this store only "near perfect" for me was the character of Linda Gail. I didn't like her. I probably wasn't suppose to like her, but she was in the story a lot and a couple times I wished he would get back to Weldon and Rosita and Hershel, because she just wasn't very interesting to me.

    Will Patton is flawless as usual. He and Burke make the perfect pair. I think as Audible listeners we get a bonus over reading this book, Patton makes the whole experience just that much better. .

    29 of 30 people found this review helpful
  • To Kill a Mockingbird

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Harper Lee
    • Narrated By Sissy Spacek
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Harper Lee’s Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south - and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred, available now for the first time as a digital audiobook. One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than 40 languages, sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the 20th century by librarians across the country.

    Alan says: "Stunning"
    "A gift to be treasured"

    The perfect book and the perfect narrator come together here to create an American treasure. I don't have the vocabulary to speak highly enough of how special this book is on Audible.
    Sissy Spacek's narration of this story is genius. She goes beyond even the great narrators like Patton, Hill, and Hurt. Her performance is not just technically perfect, it's illuminating. She's so smooth between characters. I can't even detect how she changes her voice and tone between Jim and Scout, but she does, just ever so slightly. It's hard to explain how amazing it is. I can see the dirt road, I can smell the dirty kid next to Scout in her class, I can feel the summer breeze on the back porch where they sleep. Yes, it's Harper Lee that creates that amazing imagery, but Spacek makes it an intimate experience that I felt honored to be a part of.
    The book and story of course are above being "reviewed." It's a beautifully crafted story where every word is so intentional. The writing is dense with meaning while flowing perfectly.
    It's a shame that Harper Lee only had one book published. Or maybe Mockingbird is such a gift that maybe it needs to stand alone.

    42 of 47 people found this review helpful
  • Denali's Howl: The Deadliest Climbing Disaster on America's Wildest Peak

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Andy Hall
    • Narrated By Jim Manchester
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In 1967, 12 young men attempted to climb Alaska's MountMcKinley - known to the locals as Denali - one of the most popular and deadly mountaineering destinations in the world. Only five survived. Journalist Andy Hall, son of the park superintendent at the time, investigates the tragedy. He spent years tracking down survivors, lost documents, and recordings of radio communications. In Denali's Howl, Hall reveals the full story.

    Erik says: "A study in human behaviour"

    I loved the fact that the author was the son of the ranger. I just loved that point of view. The story started really strong. I was really interested to see where it was going to go.
    The character development for the first half of the book was really interesting. Then the action and details around the key part of the story just never unfolded.
    It was disappointing. I listen to a lot of non-fiction and the key seems to be how much information the author can get their hands on. It's seems like Hall didn't get as much information as he needed to tell a comprehensive story.
    It just really fizzled.
    The narrator was just ok too. He stumbled over words, he mispronounced words, and several times it was obvious he was just reading from a script. There was no flow or naturalness to his narration.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • How the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Diana Rowland
    • Narrated By Allison McLemore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It’s zombie versus zombie as the Saberton Corporation declares war against the Zombie Mafia, kidnapping several of their party. It falls to Angel to lead the remnants of her gang halfway across the country to claw their way through corporate intrigue, zombie drugs, and undead trafficking to rescue her friends - and expose the traitor responsible for their abduction.

    Marci says: "Can I give it six stars?"
    "Can I give it six stars?"

    This series is going strong and book number four does not disappoint. With each book, I kinda hold my breath, waiting for it to be bad and to be a let down, but "Groove Back" is awesome.
    The story line is good; the complications, the twists, the who-done-it-ness, are all great. What's even better though, is the continued character development, that is the real genius of Rowland.
    Angel is a flawed, reluctant hero, that makes me laugh with her and root for her. I love how she is growing and learning in her new life. I like her better maybe than any other character I've ever followed. I love the complexities of her relationships with her boss, her work peers, and her ex-boyfriend.
    The ending of this one was the best ever. It was just really good.
    If this is your introduction to this series, Rowland does a nice job of catching readers up, but she also gives away a lot, so you can't really go back and read them out of order because there are spoilers. This series really is read (listened-to) best in order.
    People who are reading this series instead of listening to it are missing out on McLemore as the narrator. She really brings Angel's character alive, I mean, she is a real treasure, she takes this story from 5 star to a 6 star.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • A Swollen Red Sun

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Matthew McBride
    • Narrated By John McLain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In Gasconade County, Missouri - once called the meth capital of the world - Deputy Sheriff Dale Banks discovers $52,000 hidden in the broken-down trailer that Jerry Dean Skaggs uses for cooking crystal. And he takes it. Banks knows what he did was wrong, but he did it for all the right reasons. At least, he thinks so. But for every wrong deed, there is a consequence.

    Marci says: "A gritty good time"
    "A gritty good time"

    To start with, the narrator, McLain, did not do the book justice. He was dead-pan and monotone and there was some seriously twisted action to get excited about, yet his voice remained in a tone as if he was reading the phone book.

    With that said, I liked the story, the writing, the characters, and especially the twists. I gasped out loud more than once, saying "no way" to anyone around me. The unexpected action was great.

    I loved the character development. Many authors don't take the time to develop the characters of the "bad guys," but McBride clearly loved his bad guys. They were dirty, and smelly, and just fun to hate. And the "hero" of the story was flawed, and on the edge, and real.

    I recommend.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with All the Gifts

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By M. R. Carey
    • Narrated By Finty Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

    Share Faerber says: "Read This Book!"
    "It was good, not great"

    Upon reading the other reviews of this book on Audible, I'm apparently going to be a slightly dissenting voice. This book was good, it was entertaining, but it was predictable, and sloppy in places and didn't stretch my mind and imagination as much as I'd wished it would.
    During the big "action" scenes of the book, the characters did some dumb things that made me roll my eyes--obvious set-ups for big confrontations to come.
    The attempt at creating depth of the characters was poorly done and felt pasted-in by an editor, there were several scenes that just didn't fit with the rest of the story.
    I enjoyed the ending, it wrapped up in a creepy, ominous way, but I even it was a little predictable.
    The book was good. It was a fun ride, and worth four stars. But don't expect a mind blowing new look at a post-apocalyptic story.

    Do I recommend? Meh, yeah, I guess.

    21 of 24 people found this review helpful

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