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C. Carlson

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  • Dead Souls

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ian Rankin
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (43)

    A colleague's suicide. Pedophiles. A missing child. A serial killer. You never know your luck, muses Rebus. Driven by instinct and experience, he searches for connections, against official skepticism. But at night, unsoothed by whiskey, Rebus faces his ghosts, and the prospect of his daughter's possibly permanent paralysis. Soldiering through dank, desperate slums and the tiny flats of the Scottish chic, Rebus uncovers a chain of crime, deceit, and hidden sins.

    C. Carlson says: "bad reader"
    "bad reader"
    Overall

    I had to stop listening to this book because the reader sounded like a news anchor rather than a storyteller. Clipped and monotonous in tone.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Language of Flowers: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Vanessa Diffenbaugh
    • Narrated By Tara Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1080)
    Performance
    (930)
    Story
    (932)

    A mesmerizing, moving, and elegantly written debut novel, The Language of Flowers beautifully weaves past and present, creating a vivid portrait of an unforgettable woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own troubled past. The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it's been more useful in communicating grief, mistrust, and solitude.

    Diana - Audible says: "You don't need a green thumb to enjoy this one"
    "LIngering in my mind"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I admit there were a few plot points that left me wondering. But the characters were entrancing. They lingered in my mind for days, really got under my skin. The reader was perfect as well. Well worth one's time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Waging Heavy Peace

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Neil Young
    • Narrated By Keith Carradine
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (200)

    An iconic figure in the history of rock and pop culture (inducted not once but twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), Neil Young has written his eagerly awaited memoir. Young offers a kaleidoscopic view of his personal life and musical career, spanning his time in bands like Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills & Nash and Crazy Horse; moving from the snows of Ontario through the LSD-laden boulevards of 1966 Los Angeles to the contemplative paradise of Hawaii today.

    John says: "Great book for Neil Young Fans"
    "A great time"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Waging Heavy Peace in three words, what would they be?

    Neil Young's mind


    What did you like best about this story?

    The free ranging way he tells his tales is in keeping with who Neil Young is. He is an artist with lots of ideas!


    What does Keith Carradine bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Keith Carradine was a brilliant choice as narrator, he walked the walk right along with the author


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

    When he speaks about his children, and the way he and his wife have come to understand the needs of their quadriplegic son, he reveals a well of empathy and compassion


    Any additional comments?

    A worthy visit through the winding mind of a real interesting guy

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • State of Wonder: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4394)
    Performance
    (3194)
    Story
    (3195)

    Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past.

    F. B. Herron says: "Do yourself a favor and listen to this book!"
    "Not Patchett's best, great reader"
    Overall
    Performance

    This book was interesting and good, though I prefer Ann Patchett's earlier novels. Hope Davis is a wonderful reader though, and helped me over some rough spots just by being so terrific

    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Maine

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By J. Courtney Sullivan
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (275)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (195)

    In her best-selling debut, Commencement, J. Courtney Sullivan explored the complicated and contradictory landscape of female friendship. Now, in her highly anticipated second novel, Sullivan takes us into even richer territory. For the Kellehers, Maine is a place where children run in packs, showers are taken outdoors, and old Irish songs are sung around a piano. By turns wickedly funny and achingly sad, Maine unveils the sibling rivalry, alcoholism, social climbing, and Catholic guilt at the center of one family, along with the abiding, often irrational love that keeps them coming back....

    Susan says: "Hope author stays true as she continues to write"
    "OK story, annoying reader!"
    Overall

    I had to stop listening to this book, though I had read good things about it and was looking forward to it. The reader sounds as if she is reading to toddlers, she is so slow and "flight attendant-ish." Having just finished listening to a book read by Hope Davis, who is terrific, this reader seemed intolerable.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Spare Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Alex Witchel
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Ponce Morris is a beautiful, rich widow who's been dubbed "the spare wife" because she's the perfect companion to the wealthy, powerful couples she socializes with. She'll go to sports events with the husbands, throw elegant dinner parties, and shop with the wives.

    KATHY says: "Puke"
    "Very enjoyable book, TERRIFIC reader!"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book mightily, and the reader is one of the best I have experienced. Definitely a good audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Thousand Acres

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jane Smiley
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (58)

    Three daughters and their husbands are pulled into a tangle of love, jealousy, and fear when their father, Larry Cook, grows too old to manage the family's fertile thousand-acre farm. As each couple struggles with their own tragedies and challenges, they know their father is judging them in light of the weighty inheritance that hovers within their reach.

    C. Carlson says: "good book bad reader"
    "good book bad reader"
    Overall

    I stopped listening and will buy this book to read. The narrator was awful--she read as if the book were as simple as the characters are "supposed" to be--as if she did not have a clue about what is really inside the book she was reading. This recording is a reminder to me of how I can sometimes take the important contributions of good readers for granted!

    22 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • Away

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Amy Bloom
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    On a morning in 1924, a young woman rises from the floor of her family's small home in Belorussia to find her parents and her husband slaughtered beside her and her infant daughter, Sophie, missing. When her aunt tells her the baby is dead, Lillian emigrates to America. She is working as a seamstress at the Yiddish Theater and enjoying cafe society when a cousin arrives and insists that her daughter is still alive, in Siberia.

    Phyllis says: "the perils? of Lillian"
    "Amazing reader!"
    Overall

    For a book with the sweep of character and place of "Away," I can not imagine a better reader--she added brilliant color to the experience of this already vivid book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Michael Tolliver Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Armistead Maupin
    • Narrated By Armistead Maupin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (235)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (93)

    Michael Tolliver, the sweet-spirited Southerner in Armistead Maupin's classic Tales of the City series, is arguably one of the most widely loved characters in contemporary fiction. Now, almost 20 years after ending his groundbreaking saga of San Francisco life, Maupin revisits his all-too-human hero, letting the 55-year-old gardener tell his story in his own voice.

    Everett Leiter says: "Worthy epilogue to Tales"
    "terrific listen"
    Overall

    I was so happy to read more about the characters I came to love in the "Tales of the City" series of books years ago. As the characters and I are in the same age range I also appreciated Maupin's keen observations of the vicissitudes of aging. A lovely experience to hear him reading the book, as well.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Red Cat: A John March Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Peter Spiegelman
    • Narrated By Elliott Gould
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    With a troubled past and a job that attracts too much attention from the law, John March has always been the black sheep of his staid merchant-banking family. That makes the identity of his latest client all the more surprising: his smug older brother, David. But when a body turns up, John finds that he's no longer searching for the woman stalking his brother. Now he's hunting a killer - along a trail that leads ever closer to his brother's door.

    C. Carlson says: "Good book, bad reader"
    "Good book, bad reader"
    Overall

    I have listened to hundreds of audiobooks, and am dismayed to say that Elliott Gould, an actor of bigger reputation than most of the audiobook readers I have become such a fan of, is an awful, monotonous, word-mispronouncing reader! The production on this book is terrible, also, with big silent gaps between, apparently, recording sessions. This is especially frustrating because the Peter Spiegelman book is really good. Was this a rush job or what?

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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