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Amy Life long avid reader, especially of poetry, literary and popular fiction, historical fiction, mystery/suspense, and some non-fiction.

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  • Good Poems: Selected and Introduced by Garrison Keillor

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Garrison Keillor (editor), Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, and others
    • Narrated By Garrison Keillor
    Overall
    (56)
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    (43)
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    (40)

    Good Poems includes poems about lovers, children, failure, everyday life, death, and transcendence. It features the work of classic poets, such as Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, and Robert Frost, as well as the work of contemporary greats such as Howard Nemerov, Charles Bukowski, Donald Hall, Billy Collins, Robert Bly, and Sharon OldsGood Poems includes poems about lovers, children, failure, everyday life, death, and transcendence.

    KSmith says: "Very good, but. . ."
    "A Pure Delight"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is a pure delight. I expected to hear Garrison Keillor narrate all of the poems, and while his soothing voice began the book with Psalm 23, followed by Raymond Carver's "At Least," and John Berryman's "Address to the Lord," he was not the only narrator. I was surprised to hear the voice of Billy Collins reading his poem, "Nightclub," and a number of other poets and narrators reading their own or other poets' works. I also own a hard copy of this great anthology which is what prompted me to buy the audio version. At night, I put in my earbuds and listen to this book in bed as I fall asleep.


    What other book might you compare Good Poems to and why?

    Aimless Love by Billy Collins, while not an anthology, is another favorite poetry collection on audible.


    Have you listened to any of Garrison Keillor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to Garrison Keillor read his poem of the day. He has a wonderful voice and delivery.


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

    I was deeply touched by the reading of John Berryman's "Address to the Lord."


    Any additional comments?

    Hearing poetry read is a deeply contemplative experience, preferable to simply reading it in print. I hope that audible will add more books of poetry to the catalog.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Mary Kubica
    • Narrated By Lindy Nettleton, Johnny Heller, Tom Taylorson, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1375)
    Performance
    (1207)
    Story
    (1212)

    Born to a prominent Chicago judge and his stifled socialite wife, Mia Dennett moves against the grain as a young inner-city art teacher. One night, Mia enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn't show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. With his smooth moves and modest wit, Colin Thatcher seems at first like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia's life.

    Roger says: "Brilliant performances, moving story"
    "Oh, what a piece of work is woman!"
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    What did you love best about The Good Girl?

    I am still thinking about all the implications and consequences of this story. One of the women in the story is not who she first appears to be.


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

    There were several characters but not too many for an audio book and the narration was easy to follow. It was unusual to listen to a story told mostly through interior monologue and in first person. At first the flashbacks annoyed me, but soon I didn't notice them anymore. I think hearing this book rather than reading it in print heightened the emotional tone of the story.


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

    This is a story about a young woman who is kidnapped and there are several very emotional scenes where her mother's overwhelming fear created heartstrings for me. The father was a total narcissist whose cruelty angered me.


    Any additional comments?

    I needed some time to process this story and its ending. Every character was living a lie or was in some form of denial. The character development was excellent. Without giving a spoiler alert, the ending could be summed up by saying, "We reap what we sow."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Syrie James
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (290)
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    (256)
    Story
    (253)

    From Syrie James, the best-selling author of The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen, comes a novel that captures the passionate heart and restless soul of Charlotte Brontë—the author who gave the world Jane Eyre while longing for a soulmate.

    Victoria says: "WHAT DO YOU DO WITH YOUR DREAM"
    "I loved it!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely. The narrator, Bianca Amato, was terrific. Her dramatization of numerous characters, use of dialect, and pacing were superb. She truly made Charlotte Bronte come to life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked everything about this story, and I learned a lot about the Bronte family that I didn't know before. This book did not follow the typical "diary" pattern and therefore the story flowed smoothly, using the diary information to further the action.


    Any additional comments?

    This book will be interesting for anyone who likes classic literature and wishes a more personal understanding of the Brontes, especially Charlotte. The narrator "made" the book for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Dorothy Gilman
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (745)
    Performance
    (644)
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    Emily Pollifax is one of a precious few gray-haired female sleuths who solve their cases through unflagging determination, moral courage and wisdom that comes with age. In "The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax", Emily answers the call of that “nice Mr. Carstairs” to go to Istanbul as a courier and search for a missing agent.

    Coffee Lover says: "Wonderful story, perfect narration!"
    "What a Romp! I'm Hooked!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax the most enjoyable?

    Undoubtedly the best thing about this book was the narration. Barbara Rosenblat makes the character of Emily Pollifax come to life.


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

    Mrs. Pollifax's adventures are incredible, and Barbara Rosenblat his her character down pat, from her voice as an elderly woman, to her emotional ups and downs. I loved the characters in the story and wanted to keep reading.


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

    Absolutely the helicopter adventure!


    Any additional comments?

    I am not usually a reader of "cozie" type mysteries which I thought this would be, but there was a sale and I decided to try the book. Now I am engaged with Mrs. Pollifax and plan to read through the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Message: The New Testament in Contemporary Language

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Eugene H. Peterson
    • Narrated By Kelly Ryan Dolan, Carol Nix
    Overall
    (318)
    Performance
    (134)
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    (135)

    This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need to be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life.

    Tracy A. says: "Real Life Bible"
    "HURRAH FOR EUGENE PETERSON!"
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    Would you listen to The Message again? Why?

    This is a modern language poetic New Testament which offers an insightful, interpretive approach to biblical understanding. It is true to the "message" (the heart) of the Bible rather than precise literal word interpretation. I bought it precisely so that I could read it over and over.


    What other book might you compare The Message to and why?

    Read anything by Eugene Peterson. He has a pastor's heart, a prayerful world view, and is an excellent writer!


    What aspect of Kelly Ryan Dolan and Carol Nix ’s performance would you have changed?

    I was not particularly impressed by the narrators or the music, but I did not buy this book in order to be entertained but to be immersed in the message.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    It will change your life.


    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
    (3193)
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    (2070)
    Story
    (2074)

    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"
    "The Perfect Narrator for this story"
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    What did you love best about The Likeness?

    The narrator's voice -- her Irish and English accents were perfect for the story


    If you’ve listened to books by Tana French before, how does this one compare?

    I have not listened to other books by Tana French, but I have read them. I realized after I began listening that I had previously read the print book, but I was so charmed by the narrator that I went through it again. I am a Tana French fan, but this book could have been cut in length. It seemed to go on and on and on... but I stayed with it because of the writer and the narrator. This is the second book of the Cassie Maddox/Sam O'Neil series and I liked the first one better.


    What about Heather O'Neill’s performance did you like?

    Her Irish accent and her excellent reading. I look forward to listening to other books by this narrator.


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

    I did not find this to be a particularly dramatic story, but more of a police procedural whodunit.


    Any additional comments?

    I felt the story was a bit contrived and it was hard for me to accept the look alike premise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shatter

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (409)
    Performance
    (262)
    Story
    (262)

    Psychologist Joe O'Laughlin fails to stop a confused woman from jumping off a bridge to her death. Joe knows she had been talking on a cellphone. Now he needs to find out who - or what - was on the other end of the line.

    Old Hippy says: "First rate suspense story, great narration!"
    "HEART POUNDING, EDGE OF THE CHAIR THRILLER!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Shatter to be better than the print version?

    For this book yes. The narration was superb and added to the dramatic story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Joe O'Lauglin, the main character, a psychology professor with Parkinson's disease.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The climax of the story


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

    I bought this book because every single review was positive, and I add my five stars to the group consensus. This may well be the most intense, gripping, can't put it down thriller I have ever read.


    Any additional comments?

    It pays to read reviews. I am very glad I purchased this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Killer: Victor the Assassin Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Tom Wood
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (764)
    Performance
    (698)
    Story
    (701)

    Meet Victor. He's an assassin - a man with no past and no surname. He lives alone. He operates alone. He's given a job; he takes out the target; he gets paid. He's The Killer. Victor arrives in Paris to perform a standard kill and collect for an anonymous client. He completes it with trademark efficiency - only to find himself in the middle of an ambush and fighting for his life.

    Anthony says: "You Can't Help Pulling for the "Bad Guy""
    "NON-STOP ACTION"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend the book to anyone who likes action thrillers, car chases, shoot outs, escape scenarios, or espionage.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I was surprised by the ending and where the assassin seems to be heading next, but I will continue with the series in order to find out how he deals with new challenges


    Which character – as performed by Rob Shapiro – was your favorite?

    Definitely the hit man who is likeable in spite of his chosen profession. I never expected to be rooting for an assassin.


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

    About 2/3 of the way through the book there is an occurrence that pulled some heartstrings, and heartstrings make a story.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator was very good and the action kept the story moving. I was never bored.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dangerous Personalities: An FBI Profiler Shows You How to Identify and Protect Yourself from Harmful People

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Joe Navarro, Toni Sciarra Poynter
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (86)

    In Dangerous Personalities, former FBI profiler Joe Navarro shows listeners how to identify the four most common "dangerous personalities", and analyze how much of a threat each one can be: the Narcissist, the Predator, the Paranoid, and the Unstable Personality. Along the way, listeners learn how to protect themselves both immediately and long-term - as well as how to recover from the trauma of being close to such a destructive force.

    Den says: "Insightful and intersesting! Good investment!"
    "A Good Educational Tool"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend the book to anyone interested in being informed about the characteristics of dangerous people. A written copy of this book could be advantageous, however. Each chapter is summed up with a list of over 100 characteristics of each dangerous personality type, followed by an equally long test intended to help identify if a person is dangerous. If you want to tally results, that is difficult to do using an audiobook. If you simply want to hear the information, this audiobook is well done. After listening to this book, I have requested a library print copy in order to do the tests.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dangerous Personalities?

    This is not a work of fiction, so I can't specify a memorable moment, but the summation of the book which lists ways to protect oneself from possible harm is a good wrap up. I agree with the quote from Louis Pasteur that Navarro offers: "Chance favors the prepared mind."


    Which scene was your favorite?

    This question is not applicable to a work of non-fiction.


    What did you learn from Dangerous Personalities that you would use in your daily life?

    Many of the safeguards against dangerous personalities are common sense things we learned as children, such as not getting into a stranger's car, but there are other cautions that had not occurred to me. What impressed me the most was Joe Navarro's consistent and repeated warning that dangerous people do not change but normally escalate their behaviors and that getting away from them and detaching are the best options. He gives ideas for how to do that. As an FBI profiler who interacts with these individuals, he has the knowledge to back up his advice.


    Any additional comments?

    This is not a psychological report but a lay person's tool for understanding how to assure protection for harmful people. As Navarro states: For our purposes, iIt is not necessary to understand WHY someone is dangerous or how he became dangerous, but only to recognize the danger and exercise self-protection.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Chiefs

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1741)
    Performance
    (1127)
    Story
    (1125)

    In 1919, Delano, Georgia, appoints its first chief of police. Honest and hardworking, the new chief is puzzled when young men start to disappear. But his investigation is ended by the fatal blast from a shotgun. Delano's second chief-of-police is no hero, yet he is also disturbed by what he sees in the missing-persons bulletins. In 1969, when Delano's third chief takes over, the unsolved disappearances still haunt the police files.

    karen says: "In my 'Top Ten' books of all time!"
    "Sinister Happenings in Small Town Georgia"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Chiefs to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version so I can't compare, but Mark Hammer is an excellent narrator. The dialogue, the descriptions of small town Georgia, the depth of racism in the 1920s and the upheaval of integration moving into the 1960s were vividly portrayed through the audio version.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot kept my interest and there were many moments where it kept me on the edge of my seat, mostly because it was told in stages. This is about three police chiefs in a small town in Georgia who gain information about missing boys who have traveled through the area.. Beginning in the 1920s and continuing into the 1960s, each of these chiefs gains information about a predator, but his capture is a long time coming. This momentum toward resolution drives the story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The climax of the story towards which this novel had been building.


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

    The victimization of the young boys.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is #1 in the Will Lee series and I liked it a lot. I chose to read it after seeing several positive Audible reviews. If I had not read those reviews, I probably would not have chosen this book, because I am not a fan of Stuart Woods "Stone Barrington" series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Great Expectations

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (98)
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    (100)

    Great Expectations chronicles the progress of Pip from childhood through adulthood. As he moves from the marshes of Kent to London society, he encounters a variety of extraordinary characters: from Magwitch, the escaped convict, to Miss Havisham and her ward, the arrogant and beautiful Estella. In this fascinating story, Dickens shows the dangers of being driven by a desire for wealth and social status. Pip must establish a sense of self against the plans which others seem to have for him.

    paul j boyd says: "great expectations"
    "Superbly Narrated"
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    Would you listen to Great Expectations again? Why?

    This is a wonderful story, narrated by a superior reader, and I will definitely listen to it again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I read Great Expectation in high school decades ago and had forgotten much of the story line, so I decided to reread it from an adult perspective. Dickens is timeless and his ability to pull heartstrings is incomparable. I was drawn into the character development of Pip, waiting to see where his choices and actions were leading him.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Pip discovers who his benefactor is and what that will mean for his future.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    We learn our best lessons through failure.


    Any additional comments?

    Those who prefer short, fast action books may not favor Dickens. To give a current example, I would compare Great Expectations to Donna Tartt's novel The Goldfinch. It takes time to develop a story in which the main character seeks his identity, comes to grips with his failings, and makes decisions about how to proceed with his life. I loved it, and I loved the narrator, Michael Page!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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