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  • The Round House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Louise Erdrich
    • Narrated By Gary Farmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1077)
    Performance
    (920)
    Story
    (917)

    One Sunday in the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. The details of the crime are slow to surface as Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to relive or reveal what happened, either to the police or to her husband, Bazil, and 13-year-old son, Joe. In one day, Joe's life is irrevocably transformed. He tries to heal his mother, but she will not leave her bed and slips into an abyss of solitude. Increasingly alone, Joe finds himself thrust prematurely into an adult world for which he is ill prepared.

    Tony says: "MADE THE LISTS OF BEST BOOKS!"
    "Loved it!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It combines a coming of age mystery filled with some really sad moments, some happy times, humor, and the struggle of a family to come to terms with rape and the laws that tied their hands. It also gave a glimpse in to the lives of Native Americans and how they have been discriminated over the years. The characters were so varied and different and they were all developed and weaved through the story. This was not one of those books where you guessed what happened next at every turn, and that's a good thing. The story was both fresh and poignant and the narrator made it even better.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Round House?

    The birthday gift from Sonja to Mushim (and I listened to the audio version so I doubt that I've spelled his name correctly); I really didn't see that one coming, and even more memorable is how Sonja spilled her story out to Joe in a way that had a very strong impact on both of them.


    What about Gary Farmer’s performance did you like?

    I feel his voice and accent were perfect for this book. I feel this Native American narrator did a wonderful job, absolutely wonderful.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I loved how the whole community stuck together, taking care of one another.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked how there were several little stories that for the most part all came together at the end. It starts out being the story of Joe's family and the terrible tragedy that occurs in their lives and how they react to it, but continues on to pull in the stories of those in their community, their family and friends. The end was sad and I think the book could have ended sooner without adding that part, but, in a way it continued how the four friends stuck together through many life changing events; they were always there for one another. This was a good use of a credit. The story brought to the reader Native American culture, and, how they are treated unfairly by discrimination and laws but keep strong to their heritage. I liked the side stories that brought out culture and history.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Godfather

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Mario Puzo
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (635)
    Performance
    (585)
    Story
    (587)

    More than 40 years ago, Mario Puzo wrote his iconic portrait of the Mafia underworld as told through the fictional first family of American crime, the Corleones. The leader, Vito Corleone, is the Godfather. He is a benevolent despot who stops at nothing to gain and hold power. His command post is a fortress on Long Island from which he presides over a vast underground empire that includes the rackets, gambling, bookmaking, and unions. His influence runs through all levels of American society, from the cop on the beat to the nation's mighty.

    Dana says: "Huge fan of the movie, loved this audiobook!"
    "A good re-read"
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    Read the novel, saw the movie both years ago, enjoyed listening to the audio version. Fast moving story detailing life as a mobster with a surprise ending. I enjoyed the characters and how each of them had their own story, how it unfolded and intertwined. Great attention to detail and the time span of the story was nice. Very enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A House in the Sky: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Amanda Lindhout, Sara Corbett
    • Narrated By Amanda Lindhout
    Overall
    (284)
    Performance
    (253)
    Story
    (253)

    Amanda Lindhout reads her spectacularly dramatic memoir of a woman whose curiosity about the world led her from rural Canada to imperiled and dangerous countries on every continent, and then into 15 months of harrowing captivity in Somalia - a story of courage, resilience, and extraordinary grace. In August 2008, she traveled to Mogadishu, Somalia - "the most dangerous place on Earth." On her fourth day in the country, she and her photojournalist companion were abducted.

    Eric Schurr says: "Incredible story! Very well written and delivered"
    "Worth the credit"
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    This novel follows the life of a self-made journalist as she lives to earn money to travel, write and take photos. When she gets caught up in terrorism and is kidnapped in Somalia she details the almost day by day life in captivity. This was at times hard to listen to as the kidnappers were so brutal, but, reading the triumph of spirit makes for a rewarding read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2621)
    Performance
    (1139)
    Story
    (1142)

    Mma "Precious" Ramotswe sets up a detective agency in Botswana on the edge of the Kalahari Desert, making her the only female detective in the country. At first, cases are hard to come by. But eventually, troubled people come to Precious with a variety of concerns. Potentially philandering husbands, seemingly schizophrenic doctors, and a missing boy who may have been killed by witch doctors all compel Precious to roam about in her tiny van, searching for clues.

    Gene says: "Transcends its Genre"
    "Enjoyable to the max!"
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    I really enjoyed this book, bought it on sale and had doubts, but, it was fast paced, interesting and well written. Good detective/mystery story full of details and cultural tidbits.
    Will read more of this series soon!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Big Little Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1764)
    Performance
    (1623)
    Story
    (1615)

    Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

    Marci says: "Great story. Genius writing"
    "Torture..."
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    This book had a combination of things that really made it impossible to finish...things like the little details that ran over and over and reading like this ....(gwen to another) ..."time to find another tennis partner" BIG PAUSE, wait for it, wait for it...."said Gwen". I found this book extremely irritating for some reason and although I have listened and listened to the same parts over and over I still don't get it.

    I purchased this book solely on the five star ratings...what a mistake. This book was shear torture to listen to. I even skipped a few chapters hoping it would pick up; nope, never did. The book just ran so slow and the plot seemed to get lost in all the detailed descriptions of the many characters and their day to day lives. Snore. I honestly do NOT understand how so many people could have rated this book so high. I really, honestly don't. I even went back and read all the reviews in hopes that I missed something, or, maybe I had not hit the "good part" of the book, but, after listening to (and re-listening and re-listening) I just can't take it any more. I'm returning the book. I guess you can't really go on what other folks like, but, there were so many of them that simply raved about this book, I don't understand it. I thought the narrator was ok, but, maybe subconsciencely her voice was what was boring me to tears. I really can't honestly say, but, to each his own. I'm really sorry to have to rate it so low, in fact, I rarely do ratings since people have different tastes, but, I could not let this one slip by.

    19 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4950)
    Performance
    (4634)
    Story
    (4643)

    In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

    Joyce says: "Love this style of King!!!"
    "Great Twists"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Mr. Mercedes to be better than the print version?

    I DID consider the audio version which is what I purchased.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot was not predictive, the characters were well developed and interesting. This is a great mystery story with lots of twists and turns and imagination. Hodges, the retired detective being pulled back in to action to hunt the demented killer and all those who made up the story made for a great listen. Will Patterson was an awesome narrator.


    Which character – as performed by Will Patton – was your favorite?

    Hodges


    If you could take any character from Mr. Mercedes out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Holly, because she could use a few more friends to show her how awesome she is.


    Any additional comments?

    I resisted buying this book for a while afraid maybe some of the reviews were over-rated. I was glad I purchased it. This book was full of twists and turns and not predictable at all, and, the end was complete without throwing in extra plots just to tie up loose ends. The characters and plot were well developed and it kept me on the edge of my chair. I almost, but not quite, finished this in one sitting. It was really that good. This was a good old mystery and although full of details not to the point of becoming boring. Hodges as a "ret. det" was a truly believable character. Not all monsters are other worldly; they live among us. Will Patterson is one of my favorite narrators and he did a fantastic job as always. Glad I took the chance!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Looking for Me

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Beth Hoffman
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (682)
    Performance
    (607)
    Story
    (607)

    Beth Hoffman’s bestselling debut, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, won admirers and acclaim with its heartwarming story and cast of unforgettable characters. Now her unique flair for evocative settings and richly drawn Southern personalities shines in her compelling new novel, Looking for Me.

    Debra says: "Another fascinating story from Beth Hoffman!"
    "SLOW"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I feel this book was totally slow...hard to get in to and after only 45 mins. I'm returning it.In my opinion it's not worth a credit. I admit I purchased it solely on the reviews, but, as much as I wanted to like it and as much as I like the narrator, I just couldn't get in to it. It was just fluffy and lacking (in my opinion) anything that really grabbed me enough to want to even finish. Maybe it got better but I have to be honest, I just couldn't listen any more.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Servants of Twilight

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (178)

    An ordinary parking lot in southern California. Christine Scavello and her six-year-old son are accosted by a strange old woman. "I know who you are," the woman snaps at the boy. "I know what you are." A scream, a threat - and then a grotesque act of violence. Suddenly Christine's pride and joy, her only son, is targeted by a group of religious fanatics. They've branded him the Antichrist. They want to kill him. And they are everywhere.

    Marg224 says: "Different spin"
    "Different spin"
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    Would you listen to The Servants of Twilight again? Why?

    I love Dean Koontz and will probably always give his books a chance but this one was a bit slow in some spots. I would not listen to this book (or read) it again. At times it just seemed to drag on and on...the endless descriptions of every little detail just sort of turned in to bla...bla...bla after a while. The narrator was a bit grating at first, then, kind of fell in to the flow of things in the second part. Don't think I could listen to this again but it was enjoyable enough for a one time listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters were diverse and for the most part unpredictable which I think added to the appeal of the story. Things picked up in the second half and made the book a worthwhile listen.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The narrator was not exactly bad, but, at first, she just didn't seem to be a good fit for this novel. Towards the second part of the book, her performance either got better or I got used to her style.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, not one way or the other but the overall story was pretty interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    A young mother and son are threatened by a cult convinced that the son is the anti-christ...they are joined by a private eye and are on the run. It was handy for them that money was not an issue, when they needed cars, guns, hideouts...they all fell in to place. One of the sad parts for me was the pain the child had to end. The story and narrator both picked up towards the end of the book. Of course, there is the ending...

    I find long and drawn out reviews tiring and for the most part very unhelpful so I try to keep my reviews short and if I've left out some information that some might find helpful in deciding whether or not to purchase this book please forgive me. In the end we all have to make our own decisions and as I've discovered in the past you can't always depend on just a few reviews. Some of the shortest reviews have been most helpful to me and some, no matter how long or rambling or descriptive have not been.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Red Sparrow: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jason Matthews
    • Narrated By Jeremy Bobb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1202)
    Performance
    (1078)
    Story
    (1081)

    Drafted against her will to become a "Sparrow" - a trained seductress in the service, Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a first-tour CIA officer who handles the CIA's most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young intelligence officers, trained in their respective spy schools, collide in a charged atmosphere of tradecraft, deception, and inevitably, a forbidden spiral of carnal attraction that threatens their careers and the security of America's valuable mole in Moscow.

    Melinda says: "Sexy Saucy Spies"
    "Not for me..."
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    What did you like best about Red Sparrow? What did you like least?

    I guess what I liked best was the overall story...the spy versus spy but I had to go back and listen to parts of it over and over because there was too much jumping around. The overall story has great potential but perhaps for me this would have been better read than listened. I wanted to like Nate and Dominika but for me the story seemed to run together too much and while most of the characters and scenes were poorly developed there were some scenes that stood out...but too few to give this more than a mediocre rating.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The attemp to make this a suspense filled spy novel with strong romance overtones just didn't work for me. I would have developed some of the characters and scenes more fully...left off some of the references that made no sense (...brick lined Richmond...silk road peddler etc. Etc.) And focused more on telling the story rather making it sound more like a laundry list like he did this...she did that then breaking into dialog then using a accented voice for a particular character and next time not.,.. all the jumping around which worked sometimes but far too often did not.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Jeremy Bobb?

    MAYBE...but as for this book I feel he was not consistant in his narration ...at times he droned on and on and at other times he tried to animate what a character was saying but then in mid"conversation he would go back to reading in a monotone voice. For the most part his narration was halted and inconsistant.


    Did Red Sparrow inspire you to do anything?

    Yes...return the book. I admit I purchased this based on the previous reviews and in the future I'll not rely on what others have to say so much. I would not have even given this book a three star rating except for the fact that it was probably better read...it did have a few decent moments and I really wanted the story and chacters to work but everything seemed to not fall in to place. The whole spy story thing...the love story...the murder mystery...good and bad characters...it just didn't fall in to place for me. Also...the narration...in my opinion was not too good. I found myself wondering why the previous reviewers found this such a good book. The inner workings of all the different intelligence communities should have added spice to the book rather than sound like a laundry list of you do this they do that and on and on. One positive note is that I did like the recipes...a nice touch.


    Any additional comments?

    In the future I'll cbeck out what reviewers outside the Audible community have to say about a title together with what the Audible reviewers write and then make my decision whether or not to purchase a title. I guess I'm just very surprized how different my opinion of this book was from the other Audible reviewers and I guess that's why I wanted to add this review...so perspective listeners can see the varied reviews and judge for themselves.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Extinction Machine: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1263)
    Performance
    (1192)
    Story
    (1181)

    The president of the United States vanishes from the White House. A top-secret prototype stealth fighter is destroyed during a test flight. Witnesses on the ground say that it was shot down by a craft that immediately vanished at impossible speeds. All over the world, reports of UFOs are increasing at an alarming rate. And in a remote fossil dig in China dinosaur hunters have found something that is definitely not of this earth.

    Karen says: "Another Amazing Entry in the Series"
    "eh..."
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    What disappointed you about Extinction Machine?

    Eh...not bad but kept hoping it would pick up. It would get going good and then drone on and on...ntoo many loose ends tied up unbelieveablely.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jonathan Maberry? Why or why not?

    Maybe...


    What does Ray Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Good naration.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Extinction Machine?

    Too many to list...


    Any additional comments?

    No...just that this was not a bad read...just eh.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • And the Mountains Echoed

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini, Navid Negahban, Shohreh Aghdashloo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2430)
    Performance
    (2147)
    Story
    (2138)

    Khaled Hosseini, the number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

    FanB14 says: "Does the End Justify the Means"
    "Loved it1"
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    If you could sum up And the Mountains Echoed in three words, what would they be?

    Don't let this one slip by. It's great, has all the aspects that make a novel great.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    You actually forgot it was only one person, the range of this reader was awesome.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Cried in a few places, but, it was ok.


    Any additional comments?

    Bought this novel based on the author's reputation and was not disapointed. Have read his other novels and this one was among the top.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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