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brenda hubbard

I am a college professor and professional actor, director and playwright. The peformance of the book is as important to me as the writing.

Member Since 2012

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  • Cherry Bomb: A Jacqueline 'Jack' Daniels Mystery #6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By J. A. Konrath
    • Narrated By Susie Breck, Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (136)

    Jack Daniels thought she could rest easy once she locked up the nefarious Alex Kork in prison for life. However, she hadn't counted on Kork's incredible ability to get out of any situation. Now the insane serial killer is again on the loose - and once more, Jack has to make Chicago safe from this deviant woman's evil ways. Her longtime partner, the Krispy Kreme-loving Herb, is on the case with Jack, as is her former partner and nemesis, Harry.

    Larry says: "Boy did I learn a lesson"
    "awful- forced, gratuitous"
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    Would you ever listen to anything by J. A. Konrath again?

    I have enjoyed JA Konrath but with this one- the self conscious sex scenes were a real turn off. And the violence has become so wearying. I am off Konrath after this


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3600)
    Performance
    (2517)
    Story
    (2519)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Alan says: "Outstanding"
    "Intolerable"
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    I had heard from friends that this is one of the greatest books every written, and so I purchased it. There are those books that one should not listen to but read- and this is one of them. The main character has a voice that is described as high pitched and difficult to listen to. And it was. After about a half hour I thought, "if I have to listen to even 5 more minutes of this unpleasant voice, I am going to do someone some sort of bodily harm!" So, I am thinking that this is a book that will be better to read about the unpleasant voice than to have to listen to it for hours and hours on end..
    It may be "one of the greatest novels every written," but if nails on a chalk board set your teeth on edge, then this recorded book is not for you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Light in August

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By William Faulkner
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (1603)
    Performance
    (1085)
    Story
    (1082)

    An Oprah's Book Club Selection regarded as one of Faulkner's greatest and most accessible novels, Light in August is a timeless and riveting story of determination, tragedy, and hope. In Faulkner's iconic Yoknapatawpha County, race, sex, and religion collide around three memorable characters searching desperately for human connection and their own identities.

    FanB14 says: "Perseverance in Face of Cruelty"
    "Brilliant"
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    Amazing novel, no wonder Faulkner is such a highly respected writer of the highest caliber. I loved everything about this novel, great performance by Will Patton, a compelling and involving story, and the writing...OMG dense, complex, rich, potent, intellectually challenging. This book restored my faith in American writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Watch

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (352)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (93)

    In Washington, D.C., a cell phone rings. The White House chief of staff needs Jacob Winter now. His chief investigator and an Army Intelligence veteran, Winter knows how to move quickly and decisively, but he's never faced a problem like this. The disappearances are bad, but when the blackened body shows up barbed-wired to a tree, Winter knows there is much worse to come. And soon enough, there is. Large forces are at work, determined to do whatever it takes to achieve their ends.

    P. Minor says: "Predictable"
    "boring and hard to follow"
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    I am a big Sandford fan and so it is with regret that I have to offer this opinion up- this book is boring, hard to follow, predictable and uninspired. When Sandford is good you can't put it down, the characters and plot are compelling and there is humor and suspense, one can find themselves literally yelling out, "on no!" at key moments in the story. In this one, I could not find the hook in. I tried, I really did but, it was really not good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Naked Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (312)
    Performance
    (272)
    Story
    (275)

    In Naked Prey, John Sandford puts Lucas Davenport through some changes. His old boss, Rose Marie Roux, has moved up to the state level and taken Lucas with her. In addition, Lucas is now married and a new father, both of which are fine with him: He doesn't mind being a family man. But he is a little worried. For every bit of peace you get, you have to pay - and he's waiting for the bill. It comes in the form of two people found hanging from a tree in the woods of northern Minnesota. What makes it particularly sensitive is that the bodies are of a black man and a white woman, and they're naked....

    Ruth says: "Meet Letty West!"
    "one of his best"
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    I have listened to the entire Prey series, at least all that are unabridged. This is one of his best, by far! The most appealing part to the story aside from Richard Ferrone, who is an incredible narrator- (no wonder they have used him on most of Sandford's recorded books) but....the story features Letty, a young girl with an amazing character- resourceful, tough, sweet, naive and "plucky," to use an old fashioned word. And the way that Lucas and Del interact with her is funny and endearing. This contrasts nicely to the diabolical planning and violence of the killers. I highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winter Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (641)
    Performance
    (558)
    Story
    (559)

    Few writers have explored the human dark side with as much insight and power - and in Winter Prey, his shattering New York Times best-seller, Sandford tells his most ice-blooded tale of all. Minneapolis Lieutenant Lucas Davenport has tracked killers in cities across America. But even he may be unprepared to face the savage murderer hunting human prey in the Wisconsin woods this winter.

    Janet says: "... when Lucas met Winter ..."
    "He does it again!"
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    Just when I started to wonder if Sandford could keep it up in his "Prey" series, he hits the ball out of the park with another one. In Winter Prey, Lucas finally falls in love and the woman is his equal in intelligence, courage and heart. The killer is horrifyingly bad, in the way we love them to be. Highly intelligent, completely corruptible, and psychologically skewed. This story has sex ring stuff, child abuse, good old fashioned romance, a suspicious priest and our hero get mortally wounded......no spoilers beyond this.

    And I can't say enough about the narrator, Richard Ferrone- his voice is amazing and his interpretation and nuanced characters are compelling, seductive, scary, wistful, dramatic.---he has it all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Silent Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (521)
    Performance
    (456)
    Story
    (457)

    In Eyes of Prey, Bekker, an insane pathologist who experiments with his patients’ pain thresholds, is finally brought down by an unrelenting Lucas Davenport, who brutally maims the doctor’s beautiful face but leaves him alive. “You should have killed me,” were Bekker’s parting and prophetic words.

    In this sequel to Eyes of Prey, Bekker endures the indignities and horrors of imprisonment, taking comfort in the fact that it is only a matter of time before he will make Lucas Davenport pay.

    Elliott says: "Couldn't Stop Listening"
    "good but not great"
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    Loved the third book. But this one is gratuitously violent. I have liked books 1-3 better.
    Predictable. The narrator is wonderful as always, but the story line and characters, not that good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eyes of Prey: The Lucas Davenport Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (640)
    Performance
    (549)
    Story
    (554)

    The “Prey” novels by Pulitzer prize-winning journalist John Sandford consistently make the best-seller lists, but they are not for the faint of heart. Featuring Minneapolis Lieutenant Lucas Davenport, these thrillers are raw, graphic, and impossible to put down. In Eyes of Prey, a depressed and unfocused Davenport takes on a macabre case, tracking down a serial killer who maims the eyes of his victims after he has murdered them.

    Janet says: "Lucas Davenport, #1 reason to move to Minnesota!"
    "one of the best yet!"
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    I am a rather avid listener of detective mysteries and have always been a fan of John Sandford. This one has it all, interesting plot, great characters, action packed, weird nemisis. I highly recommend it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Middlesex

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori
    Overall
    (6063)
    Performance
    (2241)
    Story
    (2266)

    In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

    Christopher Allen walker says: "Great Pulitzer Winning novel!"
    "Epic, beautiful and funny"
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    It is easy to see why this author has been an award winner. This book is amazing and charts the background and life of a family with some chromosomal variations. I loved the deeply and sensitively drawn characters and how the story is both a coming of age tale about a girl/boy, a love story and also a glimpse into a life of difference. I highly recommend this book. One of the very best I have ever listened to and the narrator is amazing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Pastoral

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Philip Roth
    • Narrated By Ron Silver
    Overall
    (867)
    Performance
    (316)
    Story
    (311)

    Seymour "Swede" Levov is a prosperous, hard-working family man who comes of age in America's triumphant postwar era. But when the country begins to run amok in the 1960s, Swede's perfect world crumbles.

    Thomas says: "A Masterpiece"
    "Astonishing, brilliant"
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    I am not sure why I missed Philip Roth who is no secret to most readers, but I did. He probably became really popular during the years when I was either not reading very much because I was too young to appreciate it, or the years when I was raising a son. However, I recently saw a special on him on PBS and it peeked my interest andI decided to give him a listen, choosing this book because of its subject matter. I am so glad that I did. This novel is world class and will likely stand as one of the great novels of the century. Roth's ability to craft a story that resonates off the page and into the hearts, minds and soul of America is a mark of his true genius. Ron Silver as the narrator is probably the finest vocal work I have heard on audio book- ever. Mr. Silver has an intimate delivery style and plays with pacing and emotional tone to superb effect. I will listen to this book again and again. There were moments that literally took my breath away. And even though I finished it months ago, I find myself thinking about the story over and over again. So glad I have found Philip Roth and I thank Ron Silver for his fine work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8662)
    Performance
    (7812)
    Story
    (7816)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Great book, very entertaining"
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    Ok, I admit it- I love John Grisham almost all of the time. There may have been one book about a bunch of aging jocks that I found tedious and never finished, but he is a good story teller and I am addicted to courtroom drama. This one does not disappoint. The characters are fun, the actor narrator Michael Beck is outstanding- very nuanced and believable vocal work, and I had a thoroughly good time listening to it. The whole major plot twist rests on an old white man's angst which is a little suspect given the focus of the angst (no spoilers here) but I was enchanted none the less. What I love is Grisham and Beck's ability to capture the small town Southern culture in a particular period, and the recognizable characters that inhabit this world.

    I recommend it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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