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  • Cold Wind: A Joe Pickett Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By C. J. Box
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (388)
    Performance
    (270)
    Story
    (267)

    When Earl Alden is found dead, dangling from a wind turbine, it's his wife, Missy, who is arrested. Unfortunately for Joe Pickett, Missy is his mother-in- law, a woman he dislikes heartily, and now he doesn't know what to do-especially when the early signs point to her being guilty as sin. But then things happen to make Joe wonder: Is Earl's death what it appears to be? Is Missy being set up? He has the county DA and sheriff on one side, his wife on the other, his estranged friend Nate on a lethal mission of his own, and some powerful interests breathing down his neck.

    Dennis says: "Excellent, edge of my seat the whole time"
    "1st wind turbine to be involved in a murder"
    Overall

    The plot and the writing are good for this genre but when the author passes judgement on wind energy, he should get his facts straight. Natural gas, coal et al puts large heavy trucks on the roads and causes excessive wear and exceeds that of turbine installation. Trust me, big oil and natural gas has government subsidies cornered. NO ONE is putting up turbines because it's the popular thing to do. Sorry, but the governor is wrong about the extent of the underground resources and the neighbor who won't open his windows because of the sound describes a creaking rusted old water pumper. Wind farms prefer to work with communities so everyone benefits and discourage the divisive arrangement Box describes. Also cats and skyscrapers kill more birds than turbines--that argument was spread and funded by oil industry with buy in by birders

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Elegance of the Hedgehog

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Muriel Barbery
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat, Cassandra Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2000)
    Performance
    (999)
    Story
    (1016)

    An enchanting New York Times and international best seller and award-winner about life, art, literature, philosophy, culture, class, privilege, and power, seen through the eyes of a 54-year-old French concierge and a precocious but troubled 12-year-old girl.

    Pyles says: "It surprised me"
    "Good story, exasperating narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Mom is a recluse, famous architect whose only building is no longer standing, dad works for Microsoft, daughter is brilliant, it is set in Seattle. Daughter wants to go to Antarctica when she graduates from junior high before going off to boarding school. This is a challenge for mom, the recluse. So interesting characters, interesting background and the conflicts are set up. My only problem with the book was the emoting of the narrator. When a character was upset she had to put that emotion in the voice where the writing should suffice. Daughter upset; upset voice. Neighbor crazy angry unreasonable; weird breathless voice with tension. Really, you are meant to read the text and do it well. You aren't meant to act it out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15184)
    Performance
    (13747)
    Story
    (13843)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Hunger Games knockoff"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was hungry for more Hunger Games so I bought this but it did not satisfy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Highway

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By C.J. Box
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (262)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (230)

    When teenagers Danielle and Gracie Sullivan take a clandestine car trip to visit their friend in Montana, little do they know it's the last time anyone will ever hear from them again. The girls and their car simply vanish. Cody Hoyt, who's just lost his job and has fallen off the wagon after a long stretch of sobriety, is in no condition to investigate. But his son Justin, who the girls were going to visit, and his former partner, Cassie Dewell, convince him to drive south to their last known location. As Cody makes his way to the remote stretch of Montana highway where the girls went missing, Cassie discovers that there have been scores of similar disappearances in the state.

    Lorrie says: "No, No, No!!!!"
    "I wanted to like it more than I did"
    Overall
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    Story

    I like books set in Montana where place plays a prominent role. I thought the kidnapped girls might develop into detailed gross gore. That didn't happen. It must be part of a series but I'm not inspired to read the one that came before, nor do I want to read the next one.

    Authenticity demerits: the detour described over Beartooth Pass in the third week in November is highly improbably. That pass closes in mid October and to the best of my knowledge, has never been open in November. Global warming may change that sometime in the future but it has not yet happened. IF the pass were open, it has an elevation of almost 11,000 feet and has hair raising hairpin turns that would either scare the bejesus out of a high school driver or send her over the edge when she hit black ice. Even a teenage driver can't text and stay alive on that road.

    No native Montanan would route anyone over that pass in October much less November. I've seen it closed (for days) by snow in July.

    No trucker would detour over Beartooth Pass because, not only is it closed in November, I don't think large semi trucks are allowed.

    Authenticity points: the road through Yellowstone Park from Cooke City to Gardiner IS kept open all winter. There is a religious group that bought a lot of land near Gardiner.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moonrise

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Cassandra King
    • Narrated By Jennifer James Bradshaw, Willow Hale, Elle Newlands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (106)

    When Helen Honeycutt falls in love with Emmet Justice, a charismatic television journalist who has recently lost his wife in a tragic accident, their sudden marriage creates a rift between her new husband and his oldest friends, who resent Helen's intrusion into their tightly knit circle. Hoping to mend fences, the newlyweds join the group for a summer at his late wife's family home in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.

    Philip Miller says: "Not sure what all the complaints are about..."
    "A southern accent that doesn't make me cringe"
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    Story

    I am from Tennessee. We have different accents than Atlanta, Mississippi or along the southeastern coast. Most people have to use the overdone accents from Clampets of Beverly Hills fame. It is sooo annoying. The narrators for this story have Atlanta and Florida accents wrong but that's okay cause they don't over do it. How they think the Blue Ridge mountain native caretaker can have a Scottish accent (because her ancestors were from Scotland?) is kind of nuts but I just let that one go. The story was pleasant, the characters were a mixed lot, just like in life, full of quirks and contradictions. There was a bad person but it was well hidden and revealed in a series of believable encounters.

    This was an enjoyable listen. While I didn't find it as engrossing as other reviewers, it was a pleasant story set in the south that was modern and showed admirable self restraint by depicting the southern characters as modern people living in contemporary United States while giving the usual trite southern woman stereotype a welcome rest.

    Plop, plop, fizz fizz oh what a relief it is when we are not caricatures.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3953)
    Performance
    (3534)
    Story
    (3529)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "boring and predictable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was pretty sure I'd enjoy a mystery with a dog-cop partnership but it followed the formula of damaged goods struggling with ghosts of that which damaged them but Yeah! it all turns out okay. Boring.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Woman Upstairs

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Claire Messud
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (296)
    Performance
    (258)
    Story
    (261)

    Nora Eldridge, a 37-year-old elementary school teacher in Cambridge, Massachusetts, who long ago abandoned her ambition to be a successful artist, has become the "woman upstairs", a reliable friend and tidy neighbor always on the fringe of others' achievements. Then into her classroom walks Reza Shahid, a child who enchants as if from a fairy tale. He and his parents - dashing Skandar, a Lebanese scholar and professor at the École Normale Supérleure; and Sirena, an effortlessly glamorous Italian artist - have come to Boston for Skandar to take up a fellowship at Harvard.

    Beth Anne says: "Disturbing, Frustrating, Messed Up and AWESOME!"
    "Potential unfulfilled"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story seemed to be going somewhere but **SPOILER ALERT** the protagonist ends up feeling used and discarded by her more talented "friend". It was disappointing because, with all the navel gazing, it was kind of what the reader suspects from the get go.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Bartender's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Ivan Doig
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (349)
    Performance
    (310)
    Story
    (313)

    The Bartender' s Tale stars Tom Harry and his 12-year-old son, Rusty, who live alone and run a bar in a small Montana town in the early 1960s. Their lives are upended when Proxy, a woman from Tom's past, and her beatnik daughter, Francine, breeze into town. Is Francine, as Proxy claims, the unsuspected legacy of her and Tom’s past? Without a doubt she is an unsettling gust of the future, upending every certainty in Rusty’s life and generating a mist of passion and pretense that seems to obscure everyone’s vision but his own.

    B.J. says: "If you love a good story ..."
    "Single father raising is son in eastern Montana"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Ivan Doig never fails to satisfy with excellent writing, a good tale while weaving together life in a small Montana and a backstory about the depression and the building of the Fort Peck dam. It's a fine and satisfying story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cape Refuge: Cape Refuge Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Terri Blackstock
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (132)

    When Thelma and Wayne Owens are found murdered in the warehouse where they held their church services, their son-in-law, Jonathan, is arrested for the crime - but his wife, Morgan, and her sister, Blair, as well as Thelma and Wayne's daughters, are confident that he didnt do it and set out to find the real killer.

    Nancy says: "I'd love to say I loved this.. but..."
    "Bad writing, overwrought performance and accents"
    Overall
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    What disappointed you about Cape Refuge?

    Lousy writing, too many adjectives, too much angst, too much overreaction, little restraint, whiny embarrassing southern accents plus pious christianity. There may have been a plot but no way I could listen past the 5th chapter. Life is too short to listen to such drivel.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something better than this, I hope.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Renee Raudman’s performances?

    Oh, God no, please spare me.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I didn't find any


    Any additional comments?

    An excellent reader with a better regional accent using more restraint emoting couldn't save the writing. This is the first. Maybe they improve. Maybe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter: Dixie Hemingway Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Blaize Clement
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    Overall
    (378)
    Performance
    (291)
    Story
    (290)

    Dixie Hemingway is a pet sitter for some of Florida's most pampered pets. But when she happens upon a man drowned in a cat's water bowl, Dixie's sleuthing powers from her time as a deputy sheriff return full-force. And as more bodies keep turning up, she'd better find out whodunit.

    CoastalKate says: "Incredible"
    "A light read that was well read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I can't tolerate poor narration, formula romance or bad writing so it is hard to find a murder mystery with minimum foreboding, gore and disgusting details that isn't insipid and/or boring. This book had interesting characters, their back stories were revealed nicely, the narration was good, there was a plot (and murder) but it wasn't "heavy". It's also hard to find a good book with a pink cover.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Rob McQuay
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (487)
    Performance
    (442)
    Story
    (454)

    The Appalachian Trail trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America - majestic mountains, silent forests, sparking lakes. If you’re going to take a hike, it’s probably the place to go. And Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaing guide you’ll find. He introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy (or just foolhardy) folks he meets along the way - and a couple of bears. Already a classic, A Walk in the Woods will make you long for the great outdoors (or at least a comfortable chair to sit and read in).

    colleen says: "What a treat"
    "Fun, informative and funny"
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    Where does A Walk in the Woods rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I enjoy Bill Bryson's work. He is really a travel writer who always surprises with side trips full of interesting information. He is witty and self-deprecating. His travels aren't effortless. He gets lost, hot and out of sorts but instead of complaining, he makes us laugh. He isn't a purist, he bumbles along but still manages to be entertaining and makes us feel like he'd be a great traveling companion and best of all, he's such a nice guy he'd probably enjoy our company, as well.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    We listened to this book while driving from California to Montana, eastern Washington and Idaho on the trail of the great ice age floods followed by an impromptu excursion through the Canadian Rockies. It was great fun and set us up for a trip through Appalachia. So no, not all at once.


    Any additional comments?

    Bryson has a great book "In a Sunburnt Land" about Australia, one about a trip to see the northern lights, living in England and taking a walking tour. All are delightful

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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