Customer Reviews | Audible.com
 

You no longer follow brenda hubbard

You will no longer see updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can re-follow a user if you change your mind.

OK

You now follow brenda hubbard

You will receive updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can unfollow a user if you change your mind.

OK

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

9
HELPFUL VOTES
  • 21 reviews
  • 57 ratings
  • 134 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2014
FOLLOWING
0
FOLLOWERS
1

  • Abide with Me

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Strout
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (48)

    In the late 1950s, in the small town of West Annett, Maine, a minister struggles to regain his calling, his family, and his happiness in the wake of profound loss. At the same time, the community he has served so charismatically must come to terms with its own strengths and failings, faith and hypocrisy, loyalty and abandonment, when a dark secret is revealed.

    Kathryn says: "Understated and powerful"
    "Brilliant, one of the best every"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Abide with Me?

    I can't begin to say enough about how wonderful Elizabeth Strout is as a writer and how well done two of her audiobooks have been. Olive Kitteridge and Abide With Me will stand out in my list of top favorites forever!!!

    This is first class all the way.


    Any additional comments?

    I urge everyone to get this book and, in fact, any book by Elizabeth Strout.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • American Pastoral

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Philip Roth
    • Narrated By Ron Silver
    Overall
    (788)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (241)

    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"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    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
    (5784)
    Performance
    (5229)
    Story
    (5225)

    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"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    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
  • Fidelity

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Thomas Perry
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (124)

    When Phil Kramer is shot dead on a deserted suburban street in the middle of the night, his wife, Emily, is left with an emptied bank account and a lot of questions. How could Phil leave her penniless? What was he going to do with the money? And, most of all, who was he if he wasn't the man she thought she married?

    Jerry Hobart has some questions of his own. It's none of his business why he was hired to kill Phil Kramer. But now that he's been ordered to take out Kramer's widow, he figures there's a bigger secret at work - and maybe a bigger payoff.

    richard says: "Thomas Perry is, quite simply, brilliant."
    "Capitvating and Amazing Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Thomas Perry has easily become one of my favorites. He almost always weaves an interesting and action packed story that holds my attention utterly. In Fidelity we get to experience the impact of a crime on an unsuspecting wife who, through the course of the story becomes a survival warrior. So often stories are by and about men, but this one focuses on how a woman survives! Thank you Mr. Perry for realizing that women want to read about themselves sometimes!

    In Fidelity, we also learn to appreciate a murderer, which is always an interesting turn around for a reader. But what I think I like the best in Perry's writing and in Michael Kramer's performance is that the reader feels like we are inside the head of the character.

    Perry takes us step by step though the thinking of each character in a way that is detailed and nuanced but never tedious or predictable. The conclusion is an incredible "page turner." I have now listened to all of Perry's audiobooks and conclude that he is an amazing writer and the pairing of Perry with Michael Kramer as the reader is one of the best pairings I have heard in audio books. Kramer has an intimate vocal style that is both private and intense but also exciting and flexible He creates unique voice patterns for the various characters which is remarkably differentiated and yet never self conscious by drawing attention to itself.

    I will listen to this book again and urge those who like a suspense and mystery stories to get this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Faithful Place: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3316)
    Performance
    (1742)
    Story
    (1743)

    New York Times best-selling author Tana French has won the prestigious Edgar, Barry, Macavity, and Anthony awards. As her third novel featuring the Dublin Murder Squad opens, 19-year-old Frank Mackey is waiting in vain for Rosie, who he’s supposed to run away to London with. But when she doesn’t show, Frank leaves Dublin without her—thinking never to return.

    Buffalogal says: "Incredible"
    "Irish poverty was never so captivating"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    My hero, Tana French, writes with a deep love mixed with cynicism about her own culture. In this story we get the divorced Irish cop, a lot of good old Irish drinking and fighting and
    then the deep statements about human nature all rolled into one. I highly recommend any of French's books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Likeness

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Heather O'Neill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2567)
    Performance
    (1484)
    Story
    (1494)

    Tana French's debut, In the Woods, hit the New York Times best-seller list and drew rave reviews from the Times (London) and Booklist. Picking up six months later, this riveting sequel finds Detective Cassie Maddox still scarred by her last case. When her boyfriend calls her to a chilling murder scene, Cassie is forced to face her inner demons. A young woman has been found stabbed to death outside Dublin, and the victim looks just like Cassie.

    Michael says: "Really on a Different Level"
    "Could not put it down!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you have read my other reviews you know I am a Tana French fan, big time. This book, while probably the least plausible of her Dublin Murder Series, is still incredibly good.
    The thing French does best is to show the philosophical dilemma of her protagnoist while maintaining the character's humanity- warts and all.

    What French has to say about human nature and the state of the world today coupled with original and compelling plot twists and turns makes her a number one in my book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shanghai Girls: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Janet Song
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1290)
    Performance
    (532)
    Story
    (540)

    Hoping to improve their social standing, May and Pearl's parents arrange for their daughters to "Gold Mountain men" who have come from Los Angeles to find brides. But when the sisters leave China and arrive at Angel's Island (the Ellis Island of the West, where they are detained, interrogated, and humiliated for months) they feel the harsh reality of leaving home. And when May discovers she's pregnant, the situation becomes even more desperate. The sisters make a pact that no one can ever know.

    Frances says: "Touching, sad, and enjoyable"
    "Trite"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I wanted to like this book, I really did. I was so thrilled to read a book by a woman writer that focused on Asian culture. But this book seemed so sentimental to me in a cloying way that I found distanced me from the characters. The cultural nuances of the story and culture, if accurate? we the best part of an other wise dreary read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rules of Prey: A Lucas Davenport Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1843)
    Performance
    (1100)
    Story
    (1088)

    The "maddog" murderer who is terrorizing the Twin Cities is two things: insane and extremely intelligent. He kills for the pleasure of it and thoroughly enjoys placing elaborate obstacles to keep police befuddled. Each clever move he makes is another point of pride. But when the brilliant Lieutenant Lucas Davenport, a dedicated cop and a serial killer's worst nightmare, is brought in to take up the investigation, the maddog suddenly has an adversary worthy of his genius.

    D says: "I love this series"
    "A compelling listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Enjoyed this John Sandford book, the first in the series I think. The character of Lucas Davenport is fun and makes a worthy foil to the evil characters. Some of the sex stuff in Sandford's books seems silly to me and not provocative. Nevertheless, I liked it well enough to buy the second book- which was not as good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Butcher's Boy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Thomas Perry
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (518)
    Performance
    (316)
    Story
    (311)

    Thomas Perry's Edgar Award-winning debut novel follows a professional hitman on the run from both the mafia and the government.

    richard says: "A writer with extreme talents."
    "slow to start but enjoyable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    In general I like Thomas Perry's writing. It is straightforward and methodical in a way that highlights the characters analytical thinking. I am always enthralled by how Perry's bad guys think through their strategies.

    There was an introduction at the beginning that I found tedious and set me up to think that this was going to be a real page turner. Instead it was slow to start and I thought, "wow, what disservice that intro did to this book."

    The narration was well done. I will buy more Thomas Perry. But I don't need the commercial intro that was almost ten minutes in length!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mermaids Singing

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Val McDermid
    • Narrated By Graham Roberts
    Overall
    (310)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (263)

    The bodies of four men have been discovered in the town of Bradfield. Enlisted to investigate is criminal psychologist Tony Hill. Even for a seasoned professional, the series of mutilation sex murders is unlike anything he's encountered before. But profiling the psychopath is not beyond him. Hill's own past has made him the perfect man to comprehend the killer's motives. It's also made him the perfect victim. A game has begun for the hunter and the hunted.

    Nancy J says: "The First of a Superior Series"
    "excessively violent for no good purpose"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was hopeful, the actor doing the voices was great, but the story was implausible and gratuitously violent. Ick.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (657)
    Performance
    (570)
    Story
    (557)

    G.Monie says: "Top 3 out of his 23 Davenport Novels"
    "mildly entertaining but hokey"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have loved John Sandford but this one was pretty lame. Predictable romance that was very melodramatic and a convoluted story that I really didn't find compelling.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

CANCEL

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.