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Robert

Placitas, NM, United States

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  • The Story of Beautiful Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Rachel Simon
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (253)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (184)

    It is 1968. Lynnie, a young white woman with a developmental disability, and Homan, an African American deaf man, are locked away in an institution: the School for the Incurable and Feebleminded, and have been left to languish, forgotten. Deeply in love, they escape, and find refuge in the farmhouse of Martha, a retired schoolteacher and widow. But the couple is not alone - Lynnie has just given birth to a baby girl. When the authorities catch up to them that same night, Homan escapes into the darkness, and Lynnie is caught.

    FanB14 says: "Beautiful Attempt"
    "Beautiful is Pretty"
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    A bit predictable but well told. The author tells the heart of 2 people who are unable to express it themselves.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Beautiful Mystery: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (994)
    Performance
    (862)
    Story
    (850)

    No outsiders are ever admitted to the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, hidden deep in the wilderness of Quebec, where two dozen cloistered monks live in peace and prayer. They grow vegetables, they tend chickens, they make chocolate. And they sing. Ironically, for a community that has taken a vow of silence, the monks have become world-famous for their glorious voices, raised in ancient chants whose effect on both singer and listener is so profound it is known as “the beautiful mystery.”

    Sparkly says: "Engaging, entertaining, and heartbreaking."
    "Plodding"
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    This book doesn't have the charm of previous Gamache books. A whole book in a monastery was a bit much and I guessed the killer right from the beginning. The story of his inspector John Guy just recently out of rehab and in love with Gamache's daughter made the book move and provided an exciting ending. Worth the listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Leopard: A Harry Hole Novel, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbo, Don Bartlett (translator)
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1044)
    Performance
    (868)
    Story
    (861)

    Two young women are found murdered in Oslo, both drowned in their own blood. Media coverage quickly reaches fever pitch: Could this be the work of a serial killer? The crime scenes offer no coherent clues, the police investigation is stalled, and the one man who might be able to help doesn't want to be found. Traumatized by his last case, Inspector Harry Hole has lost himself in the squalor of Hong Kong's opium dens. Yet when he is compelled, at last, to return to Norway - his father is dying - Harry's buried instincts begin to take over. Then a female MP is discovered brutally murdered.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Simply Fantastic! A great buy!"
    "Harry continues his slide"
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    Depressing, violent, drawn-out and I love it. Each time I hear one of the Harry Hole books, I think he can't dig his hole much deeper: he continues his plunge. I love the narration and the story. Reading The Bat (first Harry Hole book) presents a much different person and it's interesting to ponder his decent. Can't wait for more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mad River

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1106)
    Performance
    (956)
    Story
    (948)

    Bonnie and Clyde, they thought. And what's-his-name, the sidekick. Three teenagers with dead-end lives, and chips on their shoulders, and guns. The first person they killed was a highway patrolman. The second was a woman during a robbery. Then, hell, why not keep on going? As their crime spree cuts a swath through rural Minnesota, some of it captured on the killers' cell phones and sent to a local television station, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator Virgil Flowers joins the growing army of cops trying to run them down.

    Bill says: "Good. Not Great. But Virgil is Hard to Skip."
    "Sandford Again"
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    Another blood-soaked Sandford, but I love it. Virgil Flowers is really taking on his own persona and soon he'll surpass Lucas Davenport for likability. Not much new, but I liked it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lizz Free or Die: Essays

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Lizz Winstead
    • Narrated By Lizz Winstead
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (52)

    Lizz Winstead, co-creator of The Daily Show and one of today's most hilarious comedians and insightful social critics, pens a brilliant account of how she discovered her comedic voice. In this collection of autobiographical essays, Winstead vividly recounts how she fought to find her own voice, both as a comedian and as a woman, and how humor became her most powerful weapon in confronting life's challenges.

    Diane says: "Loved it!"
    "Not funny"
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    This book as a whole is not funny and whatever else it is is hard to figure out. What is worse is that Lizz has an awful voice. Keep the narration for the professionals!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Creole Belle: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1493)
    Performance
    (1292)
    Story
    (1254)

    Creole Belle begins where the last book in the Dave Robicheaux series, The Glass Rainbow, ended. Dave is in a recovery unit in New Orleans, where a Creole girl named Tee Jolie Melton visits him and leaves him an iPod with the country blues song “Creole Belle” on it. Then she disappears. Dave becomes obsessed with the song and the memory of Tee Jolie and goes in search of her sister, who later turns up inside a block of ice floating in the Gulf.

    Melinda says: "Burke & Patton -- Synergistic Phenomenon"
    "Another Hit"
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    Another wonderful James Lee Burke narrated by Will Patton. It's getting pretty dark, though; and you have to wonder after Clete's mental state.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Sins of the Father: Clifton Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings, Emilia Fox
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (681)
    Performance
    (553)
    Story
    (549)

    Only days before Britain declares war on Germany, Harry Clifton, hoping to escape the consequences of long-buried family secrets, and forced to accept that his desire to marry Emma Barrington will never be fulfilled, has joined the Merchant Navy. But his ship is sunk in the Atlantic by a German Uboat, drowning almost the entire crew. An American cruise liner, the SS Kansas Star, rescues a handful of sailors, among them Harry and the third officer, an American named Tom Bradshaw.

    Margaret says: "Can';t Wait for the Next One!!!"
    "Now we have to wait. Again"
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    Story winds along nicely including all the old characters from Book One. Then, like in Book One, you're definitely left hanging waiting for Book Three. Not sure what I think of an author holding the reader hostage quite so blatantly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Redbreast

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (959)
    Performance
    (735)
    Story
    (737)

    It is 1944: Daniel, a soldier, legendary among the Norwegians fighting the advance of Bolshevism on the Russian front, is killed. Two years later, a wounded soldier wakes up in a Vienna hospital. He becomes involved with a young nurse, the consequences of which will ripple forward to the turn of the next century. In 1999, Harry Hole, alone again after having caused an embarrassment in the line of duty, has been promoted to inspector and is lumbered with surveillance duties. He is assigned the task of monitoring neo-Nazi activities....

    David says: "Bravura writing"
    "Well Told"
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    The Scandinavian authors can show American authors a thing or two. A wonderful story told with style. I did have a bit of problem keeping the Norwegian names straight, but that's me not the author. I'll be back for more Nesbo!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Glass Rainbow: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (2114)
    Performance
    (739)
    Story
    (744)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: When it comes to author/narrator pairings, nobody tops James Lee Burke and Will Patton in the Robicheaux thrillers. Beloved Burke hero Detective Dave Robicheaux here returns to New Iberia to solve a series of grisly murders. Seven young women in neighboring Jefferson Davis Parish have been brutally murdered. While the crimes have all the telltale signs of a serial killer, the death of Bernadette Latiolais, a high-school honor student, doesn’t fit.

    Gardner says: "Best Yet... Almost"
    "Classic Robicheaux"
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    James Lee Burke is at it again with all the characters and color of New Orleans beautifully narrated by Patton. Just listening to the poetry of the words is almost enough, but the story is great too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shantaram

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (3136)
    Performance
    (1483)
    Story
    (1484)

    This mesmerizing first novel tells the epic journey of Lin, an escaped convict who flees maximum security prison in Australia to disappear into the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The keys to unlock the mysteries that bind Lin are held by two people: his mentor Khader Khan, mafia godfather and criminal-philosopher; and the beautiful, elusive Karla, whose passions are driven by dangerous secrets.

    Jamie says: "Do Not Miss This"
    "Way too long"
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    This book was way too long. The descriptions and characterizations were wonderful, but the story got tiresome somewhere in the middle. Most of all the main character's exploits ( and survival) became unrealistic at about the 10th time he survived (near?) death.probably worthwhile if you stop at about part 3 (of 5!)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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