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A. Wright

Member Since 2015

  • 11 reviews
  • 106 ratings
  • 570 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2015

  • Lonesome Dove

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By Lee Horsley

    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.

    A. Wright says: "Inspired reading of a great book"
    "Inspired reading of a great book"

    I was thoroughly engaged in this story within minutes. The characters are so finely drawn and their individual stories, while often sad are unique and interesting. But what I REALLY loved was the reading by Lee Horsley. --I've never been moved to find a fan page of a narrator but he does an amazing job of individualizing and bringing alive these characters. Whether you are big on westerns or not you will LOVE this audible book!

    30 of 30 people found this review helpful
  • The Thin Commandments Diet: The 10 No-Fail Strategies for Permanent Weight Loss

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Stephen Gullo
    • Narrated By Stephen Gullo

    In The Thin Commandments Diet, Dr. Stephen Gullo lets you in on his unique weight-loss program that has a success rate that is many times higher than the national average. His two-part approach replaces willpower with strategy and deprivation dining with great-tasting gourmet fare.

    Judith says: "OK, but not as good as I had expected."
    "Very insightful helpful advice"

    This book, chapter after chapter addressed so accurately what a person with longstanding overeating problems experiences that it was very compelling. I believed his advice because he described the behaviors SO well. He provides very concrete strategies that are clearly effective --that doesn't mean he has easy answers. -And some of it I didn't want to hear (like there just may be some foods I have to cut out of my diet, period, or that keeping a food diary really is an effective tool for weight loss.) But when you feel like someone knows your problems and challenges so well --that kind of understanding, plus the MANY specific strategies for dealing with those challenges has made me really sit up and take notice. Well done!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "several plot threads"

    I liked this book more in the last half as several seemingly separate threads start to come together and once one plot line gets wrapped up there is lots more. Some of it is really gruesome which is different when you are listening --viewing you can shut your eyes, reading you can skim --fast forwarding while listening is a little trickier; but its endurable --and like I say there are several stories within stories and the mysteries and characters are all interesting.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • First Degree

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner

    When a cop's body is found burned and decapitated, the last thing Andy Carpenter expected is for a stranger to waltz into his office and admit to the crime. For the wise-cracking millionaire defense attorney suffering from "lawyer's block", the case looks like a no-brainer...until the cops pick up another suspect: Andy's lead P.I., Laurie Collins, who happens to be the love of his life.

    A. Wright says: "Read series in order"
    "Read series in order"

    Fun fast read. -just a quick caution --read his book "Open and Shut" first because its plot is revealed early on in First Degree. -Plus, if you like the author, you will want to read both.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Sharp Objects

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker's troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, Camille's first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

    Kelley says: "I agree with Stephen King"
    "Creepy is an understatement"

    I love mystery thrillers --and with their emphasis on monstrous murderers they are often full of creepy characters and descriptions --but this book is just all creepy with no elegant plotline or suspenseful twists and turns --if you like to read about one damaged smarmy character after another with lots of pages about child abuse (psychological and physical) -you may go for this but I just finally had to stop about 3/4ths of the way through.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Where God Was Born: A Journey by Land to the Roots of Religion

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Bruce Feiler
    • Narrated By Bruce Feiler

    Where God Was Born observes that at the birth moment of the biblical religions, all of the faiths took from one another, exchanged ideas, recognized their commonalities, and were open to peaceful coexistence. Offering a rare vision of God that can unite different faiths into a shared allegiance of hope, this is a brave, challenging, and profound work that addresses the most important issues of our time.

    A. Wright says: "Easy Yet Thought Provoking"
    "Easy Yet Thought Provoking"

    If you like ancient history for the lay audience, and are interested in how religion has shaped culture through the ages, you will definitely enjoy Feiler's book. I have read Feiler's Walking the Bible and Abraham, this is the first book of his I have listened to. He is a good reader. The book shares wonderful bits of history and definitely illuminates the bible. I do want to actually read the book now, though, because it is hard to absorb all the historical information he shares.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Twisted

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated By Lindsay Crouse
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Hollywood homicide detective Petra Connor has helped psychologist Alex Delaware crack tough cases in the past. And in Jonathan Kellerman's New York Times best seller Billy Straight, she took the lead in the desperate hunt for a teenage runaway stalked by a vengeful murderer. Now the complex and wryly compassionate Petra is once again at the center of the action, in a novel of cunning twists and page-turning suspense.

    Woody says: "Vintage Kellerman"
    "reader ruins it"

    I love mysteries, and am not a very hard critic, But the reader of this novel brings this story down. She reads every line as if we are at a point of dramatic alarm -- this gets old by the end of the first 2 minutes and accentuates how much filler this story has.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Pimsleur Quick and Simple Italian for English Speakers

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Dr. Paul Pimsleur

    Understand and speak Italian starting with these eight quick and simple audio lessons. You're not just learning "phrases" with the Pimsleur Method, you're acquiring essential, conversational Italian.

    A. Wright says: "great for tired brains"
    "great for tired brains"

    This audio is great for those of us who have lost our abilities to remember anything for more than 2 seconds! --it is VERY repetitive --just slowly adding new words and phrases and constantly going back over what you have learned. --So, for some, it might be too tedious but I find when I learn it, I really know it.

    59 of 59 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Thomas

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    "The dead don't talk. I don't know why." But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn.

    Denise says: "No Doubting Thomas"
    "works on all levels"

    Great suspense, great characterizations, great hero heroine/love story. Read to the end. A goodie.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Balance of Power

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Richard North Patterson
    • Narrated By Patricia Kalember
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    President Kerry Kilcannon and his fiancie, television journalist Lara Costello, have at last decided to marry. But their wedding is followed by a massacre of innocents in a lethal burst of gunfire, challenging their marriage and his presidency in ways so shattering and indelibly personal that Kilcannon vows to eradicate gun violence and crush the most powerful lobby in Washington - the Sons of the Second Amendment (SSA).

    A. Wright says: "Same as the last book only not as good"
    "Same as the last book only not as good"

    I have listened to Richard North Patterson's other Kerry Kilcannon books and enjoyed them. I can't bring myself to listen to even the first half of this one. Really, I don't have high standards but a) his themes borrow SO heavily from his previous books that it is boring; and b)it also seems MUCH more melodramatic; --it may be the reader; I find her very annoying. Lastly, if you haven't read this series before; start with the earlier ones; at the beginning of this one he gives away the endings of the others.

    78 of 84 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "great audio story"

    This is a wonderful story, and totally engrossing; plus I feel it is one where being an audio book enhanced the literary experience. Very well read. It is a little slow initially, but not for long. I agree it definitely must be read to the end.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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