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Bill

Redmond, WA, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Whispering Rock

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (926)
    Performance
    (598)
    Story
    (608)

    In Robyn Carr's Whispering Rock, wounded LAPD Sergeant Mike Valenzuela finds the help and healing he needs in Virgin River. Now he longs for the marital bliss his Marine Corps buddies enjoy. And he thinks he's found the right woman. But after she's brutally attacked, Mike must show her how to trust again.

    Julie says: "Special stories"
    "Sorry Couldn't Finish"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This story did nothing for me and I could not finish it. The performance was fine but the story lacked punch.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dust: Kay Scarpetta, Book 21

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (513)
    Performance
    (449)
    Story
    (443)

    After working one of the worst mass killings in U.S. history, Scarpetta returns home to Cambridge, Massachusetts. Exhausted and ill, she's recovering at home when she receives an unsettling call. The body of a young woman has been discovered on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's rugby field. The victim, a graduate student named Gail Shipman, is oddly draped in ivory linen and posed in a way that is too deliberate to be the killer's first strike.

    MARRILEE says: "Part Great, Part Tired"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    True Scarpetta fans.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Patricia Cornwell again?

    No. Her characters are not broken. I do not like any of them.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Kate Reading?

    Yes


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. Again I did not like any of the characters. They are all so broken.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5803)
    Performance
    (4175)
    Story
    (4196)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Shannon says: "Word Thief"
    "One of the Best Books I've Read in a long time"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    One of the best books I've read. Wonderfully engaging, super well written with great use of the language. The narration was right on. I did the combination of Kindle and Audible and it worked very well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Richard Castle
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (122)

    From Tokyo, to London, to Johannesburg, high-level bankers are being gruesomely tortured and murdered. The killer, caught in a fleeting glimpse on a surveillance camera, has been described as a psychopath with an eye patch. And that means Gregor Volkov, Derrick Storm's old nemesis, has returned. Desperate to figure out who Volkov is working for and why, the CIA calls on the one man who can match Volkov's strength and cunning - Derrick Storm.

    Cris says: "Love the show..The book--Not so much."
    "Way too far over the top"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I like some believability in my stories. There was none here. While the performance was OK, it was overshadowed by a musical background for the first few minutes. What genius thought up the idea of music in a audiobook read? All in all an unsatisfactory purchase. And I'm a Castle fan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Risking It All: A Fran Varady Crime Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Ann Granger
    • Narrated By Kim Hicks
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    When Fran Varady is approached by Private Detective Clarence Duke, she mistrusts him on instinct, but she can't ignore what he has to say. Her mother, Eva, who walked out on Fran when she was only seven, has hired Clarence to find her daughter. And for good reason. Eva is dying.

    Bill says: "Enjoyable Listen"
    "Enjoyable Listen"
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    This is one of the better read books I've had the pleasure of listening to on Audible. It's a good story--well written and exciting. But the key is in the read. I was excited when I should have been, scared when necessary, and truly enjoyed the listen. Kim Hicks is up there with the best of them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    Overall
    (2630)
    Performance
    (2336)
    Story
    (2337)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "I wish I could Give this Book 6 stars"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry?

    You can immediately identify with Harold and get so involved in his pilgrimage that you are swept away. Jim Broadbent reads this to perfection. It was my best audible experience by far.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is so engrossing that you are with Harold every step of the way.


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

    No


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I Loved it!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6402)
    Performance
    (4414)
    Story
    (4403)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "Can't get it out of my head"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Kitchen House to be better than the print version?

    The narration by two different people gave a unique view of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    On a couple of accasions I found myself yelling "Don't do that" at my car radio. Such was my absorption with this book. When it was all over I realized that to be that involved with the charecters is the mark of a great book. The narration was spot on and I recommend this book without reservation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Expats: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Chris Pavone
    • Narrated By Mozhan Marno
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (354)
    Performance
    (295)
    Story
    (295)

    Kate Moore is a working mother, struggling to make ends meet, to raise children, to keep a spark in her marriage... and to maintain an increasingly unbearable life-defining secret. So when her husband is offered a lucrative job in Luxembourg, she jumps at the chance to leave behind her double-life, to start anew. She begins to reinvent herself as an expat, finding her way in a language she doesn’t speak, doing the housewifely things she’s never before done - playdates and coffee mornings, daily cooking and never-ending laundry....

    Ariel says: "You Will Need to Pay Attention"
    "Great Book but hard to follow"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Expats in three words, what would they be?

    Intracate Story


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Expats?

    The final scene where all is pretty much revealed


    Which character – as performed by Mozhan Marno – was your favorite?

    Kate was very well done. I really connected with her.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a great book but the flittling back and forth in time made it difficult to listen to. The reader did a good job of catching the mood but it might be a book that is better read than heard.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Arcadia Falls

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Carol Goodman
    • Narrated By Jen Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (365)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (226)

    In debt after her husband's unexpected death, Meg Rosenthal secures a job as a teacher at an upstate New York boarding school. Leaving suburban Long Island, Meg and her teenage daughter, Sally, embark on a new life in Arcadia Falls, a beautiful but isolated small town and the inspiration for a number of magically eerie fairy tales.

    Lenne says: "Decent book...horrible reader"
    "Longer Than I would have liked"
    Overall

    I thought this went on too long. The only saving grace for me was that I thought it was narrated extremely well by Jen Taylor.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Alas, Babylon

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Pat Frank
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3534)
    Performance
    (2547)
    Story
    (2546)

    This true modern masterpiece is built around the two fateful words that make up the title and herald the end - “Alas, Babylon.” When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness....

    Noe says: "Outstanding story of post-apocalyse."
    "Brings me back to my childhood"
    Overall

    Which is worse, being a teenager when the world could end in a holocaust of nuclear flame or fearing to get on an airplane because of the possibility of a terrorist attack?
    I'm really not sure, but I do know this book took me back to my baby boomer childhood when the threat of nuclear war did exist. I think I read it 4 or 5 times when I was a teenage boy. I was pleased to see it on audible this month and snapped it up. I loved it as much as I did as a kid. I was immediately taken back to the atmosphere of 1960. Will Patton read the book exquisitely, drawing me into the world of my childhood.
    I highly recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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