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Charles

Fairfield, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • A Fistful of Collars: A Chet and Bernie Mystery, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Spencer Quinn
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (391)
    Performance
    (339)
    Story
    (339)

    Hoping to bring some Tinseltown money to the Valley, the mayor lures a movie studio to town to shoot their next production, a big-budget Western in the classic tradition. The star is none other than ruggedly handsome—and notoriously badly behaved—Thad Perry. When the mayor decides that someone needs to keep an eye on Thad so that he doesn’t get into too much trouble, Bernie and Chet are handpicked for the job. The money is good but something smells fishy....

    Doreen says: "I love Chet!"
    "great fun"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Fistful of Collars the most enjoyable?

    love Chet!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    great to hear from Chet's point of view


    What about Jim Frangione’s performance did you like?

    very good


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Chet and Bernie, need I say more!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Beekeeper's Apprentice, or On the Segregation of the Queen: Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (767)
    Performance
    (691)
    Story
    (687)

    In 1915, Sherlock Holmes is retired and quietly engaged in the study of honeybees when a young woman literally stumbles into him on the Sussex Downs. Fifteen years old, gawky, egotistical, and recently orphaned, the young Mary Russell displays an intellect to impress even Sherlock Holmes - and match him wit for wit. Under his reluctant tutelage, this very modern 20th-century woman proves a deft protégée and a fitting partner for the Victorian detective.

    Steph says: "A fabulous new take on Sherlock Holmes"
    "A great find!"
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    Having been a Sherlock fan for years, I was so happy to find this gem. The story held me, the performance of Jenny Sterlin was very well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Butler: A Witness to History

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Wil Haygood
    • Narrated By Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (174)

    When acclaimed Washington Post writer Wil Haygood had an early hunch that Obama would win the 2008 election, he thought he'd highlight the singular moment by exploring the life of someone who had come of age when segregation was so embedded in the culture as to make the very thought of a black president inconceivable. He struck gold when he tracked down Eugene Allen, a butler who had served eight presidents, from Harry Truman to Ronald Reagan. Forest Whitaker narrates the story of this remarkable man who, while serving tea and supervising buffets, was also a witness to history.

    Cris says: "Not what I was expecting"
    "ugh!"
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    While I was very excited to listen to this book, words can not begin to tell you how bad it was. I wanted to hear about Cecil Gaines, not the reporter. The story held so much promise, yet it failed. The narration was not well done, what I listened to. He just sort of droned on and on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Two Headed Dragon: A Short Story for Dreamers of All Ages

    • UNABRIDGED (18 mins)
    • By D. C. Morehouse
    • Narrated By J.M. Ford
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Everyone in the kingdom of Bimmelburg fears the Two Headed Dragon. It lives in a cave nearby and flies over the kingdom everyday, terrorizing the people there. One day a small boy makes his way to the Two Headed Dragon’s cave to defeat it and to free Bimmelburg of fear. But the feat the boy achieves by confronting the dragon is far greater.

    Charles says: "nice message"
    "nice message"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Two Headed Dragon the most enjoyable?

    It was bought for my grandson to listen to, but I really enjoyed the story:0)


    What other book might you compare The Two Headed Dragon to and why?

    none that I can think of.


    Which character – as performed by J.M. Ford – was your favorite?

    The two headed dragon


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    That the dragons kept saying they were sorry, and the people of the town could not understand, that they wanted to be friends, but because of the language barrier, people were afraid of them.


    Any additional comments?

    GREAT short story! Get it! You will be pleased

    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
    (1305)
    Performance
    (1146)
    Story
    (1143)

    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...."
    "W is for Wow!"
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    If you could sum up W Is for Wasted in three words, what would they be?

    A good story


    What did you like best about this story?

    an easy listen, liked the flow


    Which character – as performed by Judy Kaye – was your favorite?

    Kinsey :0)


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Kinsey talked about Ed the cat sleeping on the pillow


    Any additional comments?

    A light, fun book. Give it a try.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lonesome Dove

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By Lee Horsley
    Overall
    (3229)
    Performance
    (1694)
    Story
    (1725)

    Larry McMurtry's American epic, set in the late 19th century, tells the story of a cattle drive from Texas to Montana, a drive that represents not only a daring foolhardy adventure, but a part of the American Dream for everyone involved.

    Richard Delman says: "A masterpiece. An epic western story."
    "takes you back in time"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Lonesome Dove to be better than the print version?

    I never read the print version


    What did you like best about this story?

    Gus


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Gus on the porch talking to his pigs


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

    No, it is too long, but I did listen while doing other things


    Any additional comments?

    give it a try, much better then the film, and the film was very good

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Life of Bees

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1374)
    Performance
    (901)
    Story
    (894)

    Sue Monk Kidd's ravishing debut novel has stolen the hearts of reviewers and readers alike with its strong, assured voice. Set in South Carolina in 1964, The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed.

    Laura says: "It's hard to stop listening..."
    "Wonderful book"
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    If you could sum up The Secret Life of Bees in three words, what would they be?

    kindness always matters


    What did you like best about this story?

    It took me into the story


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When she runs away from home, and sleeping by the creek


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    It is a film, I have not seen it, but I will.


    Any additional comments?

    You will enjoy this book, give it a try.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Psalms

    • ORIGINAL (16 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Dr. Bill Creasy
    • Narrated By uncredited
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    The Psalms have been the prayer book of Israel for the past 3,000 years and the prayer book of the church for the past 2,000 years. The Psalms explore every possible response we can have to God, from the highest awe to the deepest love, from the darkest despair to icy anger. In the Psalms, we join David as we plumb the very depths of our hearts in our relationship with God. Join Logos Bible Study as Dr. Bill Creasy explores the Psalms, a journey through the poetry of experience.

    Janice says: "The stories behind the songs"
    "I love the PSALMS!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Psalms the most enjoyable?

    It is true


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    David, because he is so human


    Which character – as performed by the narrator – was your favorite?

    Bill, because his teaching is wonderful


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Psalms, it has some thing for everyone.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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