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S. Sarabasha

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West Danby, NY USA | Member Since 2008

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  • 42 reviews
  • 284 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 19 purchased in 2014
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  • Brava, Valentine: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Adriana Trigiani
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (83)

    Adriana Trigiani’s best-selling novels, called “dazzling”* and “tiramisu for the soul,” are beloved by millions of readers around the world. From the Big Stone Gap series to Lucia, Lucia, each is a sumptuous treat as Trigiani tells hilarious and romantic stories that we want to return to again and again.

    Taryn says: "You have to understand NY Italians"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    He loves me he loves me not is the theme of this one. I have enjoyed most of Trigiani's books but this one is more like teenage angst than anything else. Too bad as it has many elements which would make it great - taking over a business, finding lost relatives but the greatest part of the story is about how lonely the main character is and the agita stirred up by her family.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5462)
    Performance
    (5194)
    Story
    (5202)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold ""human error"" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "LOVED IT!"
    Overall
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    Fantastic all the way around. Great narrator. Actually stupendous narrator. Wonderful story. So well written. Kept me up listening way past when I should have gone to bed.
    If you like science or math and have any interest in space travel, this is the book to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • W Is for Wasted: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Sue Grafton
    • Narrated By Judy Kaye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1203)
    Performance
    (1059)
    Story
    (1056)

    Two dead bodies changed the course of my life that fall. One of them I knew and the other I'd never laid eyes on until I saw him in the morgue. The first was a local PI of suspect reputation. He'd been gunned down near the beach at Santa Teresa. It looked like a robbery gone bad. The other was on the beach six weeks later. He'd been sleeping rough. Probably homeless. No identification. A slip of paper with Millhone's name and number was in his pants pocket. The coroner asked her to come to the morgue to see if she could ID him.

    karen says: "Well worth waiting for...."
    "A new low"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I thought R was poor but this one beats it. Depressingly read too. In R Kinsey just followed along with the idiot ideas of a young woman even though she knew they were off and would be trouble. Not a bright thing for a seasoned detective to be doing.
    In W she goes further, being fleeced when she could stand up for herself and say no. Letting people dump all over her. The characters in this book are the worst yet. I have no call to get to know them better or to listen to more of this negativity. Seems like the alphabet should have ended before R. This series is dead for me.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • R is for Ricochet: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Sue Grafton
    • Narrated By Judy Kaye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (431)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (123)

    Reba Lafferty was a daughter of privilege, the only child of an adoring father. Over the years, he quietly settled her many scrapes with the law, but he wasn't there for her when she was convicted of embezzlement and sent to the California Institute for Women. Now, at 32, she is about to be paroled, having served 22 months of a four-year sentence. Nord Lafferty wants to be sure she stays straight, stays at home and away from the drugs, the booze, the gamblers.

    Bill says: "Kinsey in Love?"
    "Lost respect for Kinsey"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Why an adult with Kinsey's reputation and experience would continually follow an immature ex con is beyond me. Yes it made for some exciting scenes but Kinsey should have stopped agreeing with this woman's antics after the first mistake, especially since most of the time she was doing what this woman wanted without even knowing why or how things were supposed to turn out.
    I lost a lot of respect for the Kinsey in this book. I hope future books are more mature and responsible otherwise it is just filling up space hoping to get to Z.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Critical Mass: VI Warshawski, Book 16

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Sara Paretsky
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (140)

    V. I. Warshawski’s closest friend in Chicago is the Viennese-born doctor Lotty Herschel, who lost most of her family in the Holocaust. Lotty escaped to London in 1939 on the Kindertransport with a childhood playmate, Kitty Saginor Binder. When Kitty’s daughter finds her life is in danger, she calls Lotty, who in turn summons V. I. to help. The daughter’s troubles turn out to be just the tip of an iceberg of lies, secrets, and silence, whose origins go back to the mad competition among America, Germany, Japan, and England to develop the first atomic bomb.

    S. Sarabasha says: "POWERFUL"
    "POWERFUL"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book is not for the faint of heart. It tells in graphic detail what happened to Jews in Nazi Germany and elsewhere during that period. This book also tells about how the US accepted known Nazi criminals into this country in order to help build a nuclear reactor and bomb and gave them US Citizenship.
    I enjoyed the science and the interactions especially Lotte, Max and Vic's.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Heavenly Pleasures: A Corinna Chapman Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated By Louise Siverson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (105)

    Corinna Chapman likes the quiet life: good food, good company, and her daily work as a baker. She doesn't really want mystery and intrigue in her life. Unfortunately for her, she doesn't have much choice. Corinna's apartment building seems to be a magnet for mystery and mayhem and, with her new lover, Daniel, a private investigator, Corinna seems destined to be involved in solving these mysteries.

    Sires says: "Second Outing for Corinna Chapman"
    "Good story, uneven narration"
    Overall
    Performance
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    A good follow-up to the opening book but why did the narrator decide to have Daniel, John and Mrs Dawson whispering all the time? Very disconcerting when others talked at normal levels. Almost shut it off several times but the story line kept me going. If she can't do men then she shouldn't be narrating. All the young boys sound the same too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Earthly Delights: Corinna Chapman Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated By Louise Siversen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (185)

    Baking is an alchemical process for Corinna Chapman. At four am she starts work at Earthly Delights, her bakery in Calico Alley. But one morning Corinna receives a threatening note saying "The wages of sin is death" and finds a syringe in her cat's paw. A blue-faced junkie has collapsed in the dark alley and a mysterious man with beautiful eyes appears with a plan for Corinna and her bread. Then it is Goths, dead drug addicts, witchcraft, a homeless boy and a missing girl and it seems she will never get those muffins cooked in time.

    S. Sarabasha says: "Don't know why I waited so long."
    "Don't know why I waited so long."
    Overall
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    I have read and listened to all the Phryne Fisher novels and just didn't think another series by the same author could be so good. WRONG. This one is modern, lusty, funny, and again has a heroine who asserts herself and grows. If you have an aversion to the occult or good sex then stay away. Neither overpowers the story but are interwoven well. The narrator, Ms Siversen, does a great job with all the voices too. Looking forward to listening to more.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Another Man's Moccasins: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (1592)
    Performance
    (1199)
    Story
    (1182)

    Craig Johnson's mystery stories have earned him an esteemed position in the pantheon of contemporary crime novelists. In this fourth installment, Longmire is called to investigate a dead Vietnamese girl found along the Wyoming highway.

    Patroo says: "The best writer and the best reader get together"
    "The best series and narrator combo going"
    Overall
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    Story

    I love the narrator. He makes it all so alive. Of course Walt's voice is perfect.
    I love the thinking involved and self examination of Walt by Walt and his friends. I love the Cheyenne Nation too.
    have listened to several in this series but out of order. Am now filling in.
    Thank you Mr Johnson and Mr Guidall.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • If You Could See What I See

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Cathy Lamb
    • Narrated By Amy McFadden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    For decades, the women in Meggie O’Rourke’s family have run Lace, Satin, and Baubles, a lingerie business that specializes in creations as exquisitely pretty as they are practical. The dynamic in Meggie’s family, however, is perpetually dysfunctional. In fact, if Meggie weren’t being summoned back to Portland, Oregon, by her grandmother, she’d be inclined to stay away all together. Since her husband’s death a year ago, Meggie’s emotions have been in constant flux, and so has her career as a documentary filmmaker. Finding ways to keep the family business afloat - and dealing with her squabbling sister and cousin - will at least give her a temporary focus.

    Amazon Customer says: "Couldn't listen!"
    "Fast Forward on this one."
    Overall
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    I usually like Cathy Lamb's books but this one misses on many levels.
    Most of the characters sound either 4 or 14 years old. How such infantile behavior can be running a corporation is beyond me.
    Then add in nightmares told in graphic detail, histories that are horrific and constantly reiterating past bad experiences and I just gave up. I was fast forwarding to the next chapter way too often.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Queen of the Flowers: A Phryne Fisher Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated By Stephanie Daniel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (157)

    With more than a dash of glamour and serious helpings of style, the witty and courageous Phryne Fisher returns. In 1928 St Kilda’s streets hang with fairy lights. Magic shows, marionettes, tea dances, tango competitions, life-saving demonstrations, lantern shows, and picnics on the beach are all part of the Flower Parade. And who else should be chosen to be Queen of the Flowers but the gorgeous, charming and terribly fashionable Hon Phryne Fisher?

    Denise Barker says: "always enjoy a Phryne tale!"
    "The best series."
    Overall
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    I adore this series and all the characters. So well written, so well read.
    Phryne continues to lead by example, astonishing some and influencing many. One of her adopted daughters is the main focus but we also see some circus action and a couple of so called gentlemen brought to justice. I can listen to these books endlessly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unseen: Will Trent, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Kathleen Early
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (702)
    Performance
    (613)
    Story
    (611)

    Bill Black is a scary guy: a tall ex-con who rides to work on a Harley, and trails an air of violence wherever he goes. In Macon, Georgia, Bill has caught the eye of a wiry little drug dealer and his cunning girlfriend. They think Bill might be a useful ally. They don’t know that Bill is a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent named Will Trent. Or that he is fighting his own demons, undercover and cut off from the support of Sara Linton - the woman he loves, who he dares not tell he is putting himself at such risk.

    Kim Venatries says: "Another Win!"
    "Gratuitous Violence"
    Overall
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    Only gave it a 3 because the narration is good, other wise it would have been a 1 or 2.
    Ultra graphic descriptions and gratuitous violence do not make a good book. People being nasty to each other does not make a good book. People rehashing old hurts over and over do not make for positive experiences in a book. All in all I should have passed on this one and any other of Slaughter's latest novels. Dark books like these help us to become inured to real violence.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful

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