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Ranch Girl

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  • 23 reviews
  • 265 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 15 purchased in 2014
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  • Word by Word

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Anne Lamott
    • Narrated By Anne Lamott
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    Writing, like life, can be a difficult process, you just have to take it Word by Word. Provocative and witty, Lamott takes you beyond her book Bird by Bird and into her "writer's mind".

    Ranch Girl says: "Good motivational speaker"
    "Good motivational speaker"
    Overall

    This is not a "how to" lecture, but a recording of a workshop that encourages wanna be writers to go ahead and write. I found it entertaining and motivational. Ms Lamont is witty and wise on the subject of writing. She sees writing as a means of self discovery and after listening I found myself writng more freely.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Triptych

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (796)
    Performance
    (578)
    Story
    (579)

    From Atlanta's wealthiest suburbs to its stark inner-city housing projects, a killer has crossed the boundaries of wealth and race. And the people who are chasing him must cross those boundaries, too. Among them is Michael Ormewood, a veteran detective whose marriage is hanging by a thread and whose arrogance and explosive temper are threatening his career. And Angie Polaski, a beautiful vice cop who was once Michael's lover before she became his enemy.

    Cindy says: "Really rough material"
    "Hard to Put Down!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was a great suspense story with interesting characters and plot. The narration, while adequate, was not nearly as superb as many of the other audible books I have listened to. The writing was at times a bit repetitive, and there were some glitches in the logic of the story, but nothing excessive. Yes, there is gore and a dark twisted villain, but also characters I identified with and rooted for. As with most series, the author gives the lead character,WIll Trent, plenty of internal demons that he must combat. The story had just the right amount of suspense without putting me on adrenaline overload. The bottom line is that I was drawn into the story and didn't want to stop listening!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sun Also Rises

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Hemingway
    • Narrated By William Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (921)
    Performance
    (566)
    Story
    (579)

    The Sun Also Rises is one of Ernest Hemingway's masterpieces and a classic example of his spare but powerful style. A poignant look at the disillusionment and angst of the post-World War I generation, the story introduces two of Hemingway's most unforgettable characters: Jake Barnes and Lady Brett Ashley. Follow the flamboyant Brett and the hapless Jake as they journey from the wild nightlife of the 1920s Paris to the brutal bullfighting rings of Spain with a motley group of expatriates.

    Gerald says: "Bravo Papa!"
    "Not my cup of tea, but Hurt's narration is great."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Ernest Hemingway and/or William Hurt?

    I probably won't read more Hemingway; I didn't like him way back when I was in high school either. I would be happy to listen to William Hurt narrate anytime!


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I usually love a character driven plot, but in this case I wish I had cared more about the characters. And I would like more dramatic tension. The story seemed tedious even though it wasn't that long.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the descriptions of Paris and Spain, but got so tired of the characters. I also could not believe how much booze they drank every day - wow! My book group read this after we read "The Paris Wife", which we really enjoyed, but none of us thought Hemingway's book was that great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Care of Wooden Floors: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Will Wiles
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (45)

    A British copywriter stays for a week at his composer friend Oskar’s elegant, ultramodern apartment in a glum Eastern European city. The instructions are simple: feed the cats, don’t touch the piano, and make sure nothing harms the priceless wooden floors. Content for the first time in ages, he accidentally spills some wine. Over the course of a week, both the apartment and the narrator’s sanity fall apart in this original and “weirdly addictive” (Daily Mail) novel.

    glamazon says: "Five out of Five!"
    "Sometimes funny, sometimes slow"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Parts of the story were too slow and not that compelling, but other parts were quite funny and riveting. The story starts out with a rather intelectual high-brow tone (and dull at times), and becomes progressively more and more slapstick (ridiculous) in its humor. There are a number of laugh out loud moments.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It ended well, but a bit abruptly.


    What about Michael Page’s performance did you like?

    It was perfectly good, I have no complaints.


    Could you see Care of Wooden Floors being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes, this would actually be better as a movie I think.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gorky Park

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Martin Cruz Smith
    • Narrated By Henry Strozier
    Overall
    (392)
    Performance
    (230)
    Story
    (231)

    At first, the case of the bodies found in a Moscow park looked straightforward: a "troika", probably three on a bottle, drunk together and then frozen to death together in the brutal Russian night. But Chief Homicide Investigator Arkady Renko hits a sharp and complicated turn with the arrival of the KGB's Pribluda. Suddenly, his access to a routine investigation is blocked. Why?

    IVAL says: "Still the BEST"
    "Beautiful writing - But easy to put down"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This guy is a fabulous writer - The book is filled with beautiful descriptive sentences and is refreshingly free of the over-used adverbs and adjectives that permeate so many novels. I enjoyed the glimpse of life in Russia during that time period. The downside for me was the slow pace of the plot, and the fact that even though I felt sympathy for the main character, I wasn't really drawn in to the point where I really cared passionately about what happened to him. The reader was fine, but not outstanding.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Lethal

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Victor Slezak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (847)
    Performance
    (702)
    Story
    (679)

    When her four year old daughter informs her a sick man is in their yard, Honor Gillette rushes out to help him. But that "sick" man turns out to be Lee Coburn, the man accused of murdering seven people the night before. Dangerous, desperate, and armed, he promises Honor that she and her daughter won't be hurt as long as she does everything he asks. She has no choice but to accept him at his word.

    J. says: "Fantastic!"
    "Entertaining - suspense, mystery, romance"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This novel was a "page turner" for me. The plot moved quickly and the main characters were people I could care about, which made it hard to stop listening. For the most part, I was able to suspend disbelief and enjoy the ride. It was a five star book until the ending, which was just too unbelievable, even though I could see it coming. But still, it was a fun listen overall.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Solar

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ian McEwan
    • Narrated By Roger Allam, Ian McEwan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (306)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (122)

    Nobel Prize-winning physicist Michael Beard is fast approaching 60, a mere shell of the academic titan he once was. While his fifth marriage falls apart, Michael suddenly finds himself with an unexpected opportunity to reinvigorate his career and possibly save humankind from the growing threat of global warming.

    Cariola says: "McEwan Does It Again!"
    "More sad than funny"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I had high hopes for this book, as I am generally fond of satire. However, this novel was by turns boring, depressing, and only occasionally funny. It is risky to have a main character who is unremittingly despicable, and for me this was the real deal breaker. A tight plot might have saved the story, but it wandered a lot, and many of the humorous incidents seemed to be forced into the plot, rather than being a natural part of it. I almost quit halfway through, but I kept going, hoping to get to the part that prompted the glowing reviews. In the end, I was left unsure as to the author's purpose and what he wanted to convey. Was I supposed to scorn scientists, or just recognize that egomaniacal jerks exist in all walks of life...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Once a Spy: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Keith Thomson
    • Narrated By Danny Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (46)

    Drummond Clark was once a spy of legendary proportions. Now Alzheimer's disease has taken its toll and he's just a confused old man who's wandered away from home, waiting for his son to fetch him. When Charlie Clark takes a break from his latest losing streak at the track to bring Drummond back to his Brooklyn home, they find it blown sky high - and then bullets start flying in every direction.

    Jami E. Nettles says: "Off beat thriller"
    "Action all the way!"
    Overall

    This is a non-stop action novel, where the father & son protagonists constantly escape the frying pan only to end up in the fire. Charlie, is something of a ne'er-do-well, suffering in the midst of the mess he has made of his life. On top of his own troubles, Charlie discovers that his aging father, Drummond, was once a spy, and is now marked for death. Drummond has alzheimer's disease, which could cause him to reveal high-level secrets that he carries in his head. The two manage to escape hopeless situation after hopeless situation throughout the story. Along the way Charlie gains respect for his father and confidence in his own talents. This is what I would call a "guy" story, and for me the constant action/escape sequences got repetitive. But the characters were so likable, that overall it was quite enjoyable.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Spymaster's Lady

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Joanna Bourne
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (390)
    Performance
    (209)
    Story
    (203)

    She's braved battlefields. She's stolen dispatches from under the noses of heads of state. She's played the worldly courtesan, the naive virgin, the refined British lady, even a Gypsy boy. But Annique Villiers, the elusive spy known as the Fox Cub, has finally met the one man she can't outwit... British spymaster Robert Grey must enter France and bring back the brilliant, beautiful - and dangerous - Fox Cub. His duty is to capture her and her secrets for England.

    Emily says: "Highly enjoyable; Audiobook is fantastic"
    "Great light entertainment!"
    Overall

    I didn't realize this was a romance novel, or I wouldn't have bought it, but I'm so glad I did. I haven't read romance novels since I was a teenager, but this one is at the top of the genre. It still has the requisite elements of the romance novel, however, the heroine is clever, witty, and anything but weak and helpless. There is lots of humor, lots of action and suspense, and less predictability than the usual romance. The narration is fabulous as well. Pure entertainment!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion's Game

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4434)
    Performance
    (1735)
    Story
    (1736)

    To survive in a game with no rules at all, John Corey must invent a strategy that includes no luck at all. He and the Anti-Terrorist Task Force must stop "The Lion," an alleged Libyan terrorist with the instincts of a wild animal, the bloodlust of a carnivore, and the boldness and speed of a cat of prey.

    CoCo says: "Excellent and engaging"
    "May have the most appeal to men"
    Overall

    It is amazing that this was written pre-9/11. The character of the terrorist is well drawn and provides good insight into his culture and life experience. I enjoyed the story overall, but I had several issues that made it somewhat less enjoyable. It didn't keep me guessing much, and it had too much detail that wasn't necessary to advance the plot. While the main character made me laugh a lot, I didn't actually like him all that much. Finally, it is difficult to believe that an FBI agent who is flawlessly beautiful and 14 years his junior has the hots for him - sounds like every man's fantasy!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Quickie

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
    • Narrated By Mary Stuart Masterson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (860)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (136)

    Lauren Stillwell isn't your average damsel in distress. When the NYPD cop discovers her husband leaving a hotel with another woman, she decides to beat him at his own game. But her revenge goes dangerously awry, and she finds her world spiraling into a hell that becomes more terrifying by the hour.

    Sarah says: "Implausible plot"
    "Mediocre writing, implausible plot"
    Overall

    On the plus side the plot escalates quickly and dramatically. But... the writing is subpar (for instance, the word "suddenly" is used ad nauseum and there are lots of really bad metaphors). Also, the main character does so many stupid things, and by the end the plot was no longer even plausible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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