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Ranch Girl

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HELPFUL VOTES
  • 29 reviews
  • 277 ratings
  • 536 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2015
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  • Gorky Park

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Martin Cruz Smith
    • Narrated By Henry Strozier
    Overall
    (597)
    Performance
    (407)
    Story
    (410)

    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.

    30 of 31 people found this review helpful
  • The Testament

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1864)
    Performance
    (903)
    Story
    (912)

    Troy Phelan is a self-made billionaire, one of the richest men in the United States. He is also eccentric, reclusive, confined to a wheelchair, and looking for a way to die. His potential heirs, to no one's surprise - especially Troy's - are circling like vultures. But Troy shocks them all when he leaves his fortune to an estranged, illegitimate daughter.

    Richard says: "Best Grisham Ever"
    "Not suspenseful, but interesting story - 3 1/2 *'s"
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    This novel was not what I expected at all, as it wasn't particularly tense or suspenseful. I did enjoy the story, and it was interesting to learn about a remote area of Brazil. Other than the main character, a likeable alcoholic lawyer who is trying to stay sober, there isn't much character development. Religion plays a big role in influencing the main character, and the novel seems to have a 'mission' to promote Chistianity. Women have only small roles in the book, and the only woman who wasn't portrayed as unlikeable, was portrayed as a perfect Christian saint - a Mother Teresa.The narrator was okay, but it frequently seemed like his tone was that of someone telling a secret instead of just reading a story. All in all, I'd say it was a bit predictable, but a pleasant listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silkworm

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6198)
    Performance
    (5622)
    Story
    (5618)

    When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

    H James Lucas says: "A well-worn genre enlivened with fresh characters"
    "Repetitive, slow, too easy to solve."
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    I liked the first book in the series better than this one. There just wasn't enough suspense for me, and a lot of repetitive interaction with characters who weren't all that interesting. Halfway through I knew who the killer was. In the same way that J.K. Rowling overused adverbs in the Harry Potter books, she overuses the problem of her hero's missing leg in this series. This book is decent but not great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Code Name Verity

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Wein
    • Narrated By Morven Christie, Lucy Gaskell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2472)
    Performance
    (2213)
    Story
    (2214)

    Code Name Verity is a compelling, emotionally rich story with universal themes of friendship and loyalty, heroism and bravery. Two young women from totally different backgrounds are thrown together during World War II: one a working-class girl from Manchester, the other a Scottish aristocrat, one a pilot, the other a wireless operator. Yet whenever their paths cross, they complement each other perfectly and before long become devoted friends. But then a vital mission goes wrong....

    Suzn F says: "Haunting, Beautiful, Exquisite, Special Book"
    "Women made a difference! An excellent WWII story."
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    This well-researched piece of fiction is both a great story and an interesting window into life during WWII, both in England and in Nazi occupied France. It is the story of two women who become best friends, and their experiences helping the war effort. I am very glad I chose to listen to it, as the narration is top notch!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Krampus: The Yule Lord

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Brom
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (223)

    One Christmas Eve in a small hollow in Boone County, West Virginia, struggling songwriter Jesse Walker witnesses a strange spectacle: seven devilish figures chasing a man in a red suit toward a sleigh and eight reindeer. When the reindeer leap skyward, taking the sleigh, devil men, and Santa into the clouds, screams follow. Moments later, a large sack plummets back to earth, a magical sack that thrusts the down-on-his-luck singer into the clutches of the terrifying Yule Lord, Krampus.

    colleen says: "5 stars"
    "Yuletide Reborn! Riveting!"
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    Fascinating dark fairy tale, woven into the modern reality of rural West Virginia. One of my best listens ever! Krampus, the Yule Lord of old, reappears in the world after a 500 year absence, and finds he's been supplanted by Santa Claus, who has stolen his magic sack. The battle between Santa and Krampus is one plot line of this tale, the other is that of a down-on-his-luck young man, Jesse, who gets caught up in the drama. It was hard to stop listening, as there is plenty of dramatic tension throughout the story. Also, I enjoyed learning more about ancient mythology and Yuletide traditions. And the narrator was fantastic - I would give the him 10 stars if I could!

    (There is a lot of violence and heavy use of the F-word, so if that offends you, skip this one.)

    1 of 2 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
    (622)
    Performance
    (537)
    Story
    (535)

    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
    (12488)
    Performance
    (11302)
    Story
    (11328)

    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.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "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
    (1000)
    Performance
    (755)
    Story
    (756)

    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.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Remarkable Mystery, Storytelling by a Master!"
    "Hard to Put Down!"
    Overall
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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
    (1191)
    Performance
    (798)
    Story
    (813)

    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
    (69)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (57)

    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

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