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Ranch Girl

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HELPFUL VOTES
  • 25 reviews
  • 268 ratings
  • 949 titles in library
  • 23 purchased in 2014
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  • Gorky Park

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Martin Cruz Smith
    • Narrated By Henry Strozier
    Overall
    (531)
    Performance
    (353)
    Story
    (356)

    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"
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    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.

    29 of 30 people found this review helpful
  • Married with Zombies

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jesse Petersen
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (584)
    Performance
    (506)
    Story
    (504)

    A heartwarming tale of terror in the middle of the zombie apocalypse. Meet Sarah and David. Once upon a time, they met and fell in love. But now they’re on the verge of divorce and going to couples’ counseling. On a routine trip to their counselor, they notice a few odd things: the lack of cars on the highway, the missing security guard, and the fact that their counselor, Dr. Kelly, is ripping out her previous client’s throat. Meet the zombies....

    decembergrit says: "Good read for zombie fans"
    "Meh - Mediocre writing gets repetitive."
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    I almost quit listening, but I did manage to finish it. The writer had a good idea for a humorous plot, but really didn't draw me into the story because the humor was too contrived and the writing was sub-par. I bought this book because I loved Christopher Moore's vampire trilogy, which starts with "Bloodsucking Fiends", which is absolutely hysterical and I highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9821)
    Performance
    (8990)
    Story
    (9004)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    Cynthia says: "What a slog"
    "Great Read! Vivid Prose and Interesting Characters"
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    Wow, Donna Tartt can write! Her vivid descriptions bring each character, room, object, to life in the mind's eye. The story is full of memorable characters. Yes, the book is longer than necessary and somewhat repetitive at times, but the writing is so good, that I didn't mind. Some reviewers felt that the main character, Theo, was unlikeable, but I didn't find him so at all. He is alone in the world, scarred by the tragic loss of his mother, and is struggling to find his way. My biggest complaint would be that that women play such a small role in the 771 pages/ 32 hours of this book. I alternated between reading and listening, just so I could get through the book sooner. The narrator did a good job, which made listening a real pleasure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Triptych

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (880)
    Performance
    (652)
    Story
    (653)

    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!"
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    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!

    1 of 1 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
    (1016)
    Performance
    (653)
    Story
    (668)

    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."
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    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.

    1 of 1 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
    (61)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (49)

    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"
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    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lethal

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Victor Slezak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (889)
    Performance
    (737)
    Story
    (718)

    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"
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    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.

    3 of 3 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
    (317)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (132)

    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"
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    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...

    1 of 1 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
    (103)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (53)

    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.

    7 of 7 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
    (405)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (218)

    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

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